Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some new things...just because..

Hello
I didn't post yesterday because my Hubby was giving my computer an overhaul for me.
My 'd' drive was almost full so we had to transfer and store a lot of files and folders on an external drive.
This went well.....then ...Firefox hiccupped and made a mess of my blog. Couldn't do anything on the blog.

This morning Hubby deleted and re- installed Firefox ...and it now works perfectly.........What a stressy night!!

One of my daughters gave me this lovely Crossword book to carry in my handbag instead of the small magazine style pocket books I usually carry.
I loved the look of it so much , I went and bought myself this elegant Fountain Pen.  I liked the smooth lines and how the nib was half covered..........looks like a biro ...but isn't one.






I always do my crosswords using a pencil with a rubber on the end because I'm not the best of spellers, but I thought the pen looked lovely with the book.



My arthritis has been worrying my hands and I was finding using my little mouse painful, so Hubby gave me his large on to try....but it was worse for me. Today when  he was out he bought me a middle sized mouse that seems perfect...Thanks Honey.....

I like my Blue Middle sized mouse.....maybe I could call it my Mumma Bear mouse...like in the 3 Bears



Hubby made me some cute storage for a couple of handy sized dishes... in the laundry. We already had a rail up to hang the laundry baskets and the hurdy- gurdy peg dryer on......


I like my tiny laundry........it's not hard to clean... and with only 3 of us living here it's OK........psst... on top of the cupboard is my Hubby's stuffed Gorilla collection..


I was excited to find a cup that had a large, long handle ......I found the normal handles were too small and I couldn't fit my little finger in and it was becoming sore. Plus this cup had a lid ... bonus...

The new way to hold my cup.....much easier for me...


And now... to the ...Just Because.... part of this story

I couldn't resist buying this bright and happy little lady for my kitchen.............just because .... she makes me smile........

I only bought her yesterday...I think she will make washing up a little more 'smiley' for me....



Have a good day
God Bless
Barb from Australia
 



Day 30....Down. and ...Day 31...yourself...

Hello..

Day 30.....Down...... Going 'down' the excalator when I was shopping, yesterday











Day 31........ yourself........ This is my dog, Kyton, pretending to be me...He loves to jump onto 'just vacated' chairs.    I think he makes a good 'stand in' for me.......he's better looking....  hehehe






Have a good day
Barb from Australia

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jan.. day 19...Grow

Hello....

Day 29....subject......Grow...

This is what the rain, heat and humidity of the weird Summer we're having has done to my onion and choko........

                                               .....caused them to Grow.......



Have a good day

Barb from Australia

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 28....Through

Hello...
Day 28........Through

Mum going through the lift doors at the club, after Bingo, today.







See you tomorrow
Barb from Australia

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Some changes

Hello friends.........

After a lot of thought I have  closed my 'Barbs Random Things'  blog where I was posting the daily photos from the Photo a Day list published by Fat Mum Slim...(Chantelle Ellem).....

..........And I have decided to post them here as well as my normal posts...... I'm hoping to  make this blog a more interesting place to visit.....

Here are the photos for the last few days
I hope you enjoy them.

Day 24... Stripes.....

I chose to photograph this shelf because I liked the way the lines are going in different directions.


Day 25.......Landscape...

                               ............a  little Bonsai Landscape I created ..... the tree is a 5 year old japanese box. By the time it is 20 years old it might look like a 'real' tree..


Day 26....Together..
..these are my  'cool cats' ....beatnik  pepper and salt shakers that belong ...Together...


Day 27...... Sun...

Today, Sunday  27th, is not a sunny day....but I've chosen to go with the rain we have today because ... after the heat waves we have been having in Sydney this rain has brought 'sunny smiles' to us all.....

I hope you enjoy my photos....

Have a good day
Barb from Australia



Visiting the Grandkids

Hello......
Today Hubby and I visited some of our Grandchildren...
It was a Sydney weekend for two of the children to visit with their father and my middle daughter brought her two girls over to visit, too.
Earlier this month it was our Grandson's 10th birthday.... but we missed seeing him because my Mum was sick.
We took over his belated birthday present.......and shouted everyone to a McDonalds lunch...........
Happy children...happy grandparents.

      Master Ten ...wouldn't look up ...too busy checking out his new cars....



                             .....Macca's  always makes the young ones happy..........



                         ...the Birthday Boy and his drum kit....a present from his Dad......


We dropped the two older Grand Daughters home and I was able to get a nice photo of their pets.....

                                    ....Meet  Milo.....the Spaniel.........


                                                 ....and ....Melody.... their old cat......



After this we went to visit our Grand Daughter-in-Law  and the three little Great Grands.

                              ........................Miss Four.....................


                             ..................little Master  One.........


                           ...... and Master Two   who refused to wear the sparkly glasses.....

                                         ..................G-Nanny had to wear them instead..............




We had a nice afternoon out in the welcome rain we are having here in Sydney at the moment......a nice relief from the heat waves we've been having.

Have a good week

God Bless
Barb from Australia




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hello, I missed visiting everybody

Hello all.........
well , I hope there is an 'all' out there in blogland who will be pleased to find I'm  back.

My mum has been sick with a possible mini stroke....but the Drs are happy with her now...she is back to normal with no debilitating effects.... an answer to our prayers.

My Hubby suffers from mild Aspergers (which I've never discussed before). and he threw a 'whammy' of a tantrum while my sister was here for Mum's birthday...making life uncomfortable for the rest of her stay with us.

AND

On a personal note...I had to add extension pieces to my bras because I put on too much weight over December/January...... Too much christmas and birthday cake....I know this is my own doing and I'm setting out to rectify this ....... but depressing none the less.....
I'm looking forward to the day I can remove these extensions.

Add to this the heat wave we've been having in Sydney and I just retreated for a while.

I'm happy to say life is back to normal now.....well as normal as it gets with a 96 yo Mum who is a bit vague at times...........a Hubby who is a little unusual at times...........and myself, who has panic attacks and mild OCD..........
and we are ALL deaf and misunderstand  each other regularly...........
How wonderful that most of the time our senses of humor let us enjoy our 'differences'
I'm glad there is lots of normals..........one for each of us in fact ........

oh .. I forgot my dog, Kyton who the vet thinks has mild epilepsy and a bird who talks to his foot.......

so you see there is usually something funny happening here on a daily basis and Life is usually very good..

I hope everyone had a nice New Year
Will visit soon..

God Bless
Barb from  Australia

Sunday, January 6, 2013

De-cluttering binge..




my little office area

Yesterday Hubby and I took down the Christmas decorations and packed them away.

This is always a bitter-sweet undertaking for me. I'm always sad to see Christmas put into storage....but I like getting my house back to 'normal'

But......my OCD and I...went from Christmas ........straight past 'normal' .... and .... into ....a place I've never been before.......a place called  Spacious.
(well it's spacious to me )



...from this.....
to this .......much better!!


from this


....to this...
......to  Spacious.....

















Well,  this is a spacious 'new look'  to me  ..........I love it!!




 The cursor has developed a life of it's own and isn't responding the way I want it too......The photos did the same.........Must be something I did....not to worry!!!See you soonNow I have a new layout..clever???? not!!
    Bye....Barb  xx                                                            


































































Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hello 2013...my plans for the year

Hello friends,

This year  I want to do some cross stitch..I have this lovely Santa just waiting  to be  done....

This kit was my Christmas present from Hubby for 2011 ... hope to find time to do it this year..




Mum will be 96 on Jan. 9......... she is becoming more frail..but still does everything, except her washing, for herself. We are all so grateful to still have her with us..
Even so..arthritis and all.. SHE  forgets her age and acts like a teenager.....

This is Mum talking to my cousin on the phone , just two weeks ago ...I love it!!
Plan to play extra Yahtzee with Mum this year


On Christmas Day I went out the front to say goodbye to our friends and found my Senico vine had a flower on it......

What a lovely Christmas present..........I plan to do more Garden Photos this year.


I'll be doing the Photo a Day challenge again this year and  posting these pics on my 'Barb's Random Things' blog  .........(on my side bar)


I've kept my list small so it will  (I hope) be achievable...

See you soon.....
Have a good day

Barb from Australia