Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...sweet 16 party.. 2015-3-31



Hello...

On Sunday 29th March we had a lovely party lunch at my daughter's place to celebrate her youngest turning 16.......


It was a great day with lots of beautiful food.....







.. these tasty cheese topped potato halves went very quickly....as did the cheese and spinach triangles....
 
 
 
Then there was the Cake......


.. the weather was lovely and most of us stayed outside in the warm sun......



We don't do a big Easter get together.... we all do our own quiet celebrations ...
Our next big thing is Mother's Day....... looking forward to it...

Bye for now...
Hugs...  Barb  xxx



Sunday, March 22, 2015

...Party Time.... 2015-3-22 ...




Hello......

One of my Grand Daughters turned 21 yesterday...

We had a family party here at my home to celebrate......

My Granddaughter organised everything herself.... she is great  at this... she is doing a University course in Media Studies and is learning how to produce videos, movies and television shows. She has to know everything ..... catering, location, cost, time etc.....  plus how to actually use the cameras and sound equipment...... and editing......

She left me little messages so I would know what she wanted....



... and she asked if we could drape the corner in the lounge room to be a backdrop for photos....... and she would come and decorate for the party..

Soo..... we went from the above to this......

 


The theme was 'Your favourite Musical Genre ... or Artist' ...... plus  her turning 21 ....

This is what was done to the spaces.....
.. photo collages.... this is my daughter , the Birthday Girl's mum..... dressed as a Rapper ....

... this is another grand daughter as one of the girls from, ABBA... and the bench top has all the plates and glasses on it and more photos on this wall and Piano keys edging.....

... my grand son is a country singer.... and there are musical notes on the fridge and freezer......

... this is me in the bright colours ( supposed to be a Hippie).. and my 3 daughters... a blonde Hippie, an Opera singer and the Rapper .......the photo corner was hung with old records.....
... I think the backdrop is great...... these two grand daughters are sisters..... the older one is dur to have her baby in about 8 weeks.......

... another grand daughter ... with her fiancée..... they are getting married in October this year.....

...  this G/D represents  Orchestral music..... she is an accomplished percussionist and was in her school orchestra for many years..... (she doesn't play violin.. but it was easier to carry this instead of the drum kit and zylophone) ... ..

..............another grand son...... this time a Rapper..........
 
..... this is my hubby dressed as a Reggae singer.... and one of our Son in laws ....... 

... my Mum and my Brother sitting in the Anthem/patriotic corner.....


.                                      ................ the big Cutting The Cake moment.........

....... and then it was clean up and everyone started to leave......... It was a great party and everyone enjoyed themselves.........

I love the way my family come to my house, decorate, bring all the food, clean up, take down the decorations and take home the rubbish.......  great way to have a party...... 




 ...... I'm finishing off with Kyton the Hippie Dog........ it was his birthday yesterday too...... he turned 12.... getting old for a doggie........



 Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.....
Hugs..... Barb  xxx








Friday, March 13, 2015

Peace and Time... 2015-3-13



Hello everyone...

I'm so happy to be writing this post today...

We've had a wonderful week of peace in the house... Mum and hubby are both quiet and happy..... and I seem to have more time to do the normal things around the place......

No stress is wonderful......



.... Kyton likes to sit here most nights and watch the daylight fade into dark.........



.... I love the soft colours of the Sedum flowers.. the little ant is a nice bonus...




I get a bit sad that my moods have such a bad/good effect on the people around me......
.
If I'm happy -- Mum and hubby are happy
If I'm stressed and upset --- they both fall apart and become irritable and cranky......







.... went to the second hand shop and bought these nice shoes for winter....  I took the bow and buckle off them and used a permanent marker to change them to classic Black....... so comfey to wear......
.......... I do this to most of my shoes...  



...My Dad made this wraught iron plant hanger may years ago... I'd forgotten I even had it.... it was broken on one of the welded joins.... so hubby re-welded it and painted it...... Mum loves it.. she said she was glad to see it finally painted...... hehehe.....



 


Autumn has arrived with the beautiful changing colours of the leaves ........
This is my favourite season.......


Thanks for visiting...
See you soon...

Hugs..... Barb xxx





Sunday, March 8, 2015

... Smiling.... 2015-3-8 ...



Hello everyone.....

We have had a really nice week here at home.....

Mum finally decided to have her hair permed tomorrow..(Monday).... so she is  happy  again....

Hubby is back in the shed practicing his wood turning......

AND ..... my doctor increased my anti- depressant  dosage and I have had 5 straight days of calm ..... soo good...

...... and Autumn is here ... this is my favourite season of the year....

...............   some lovely Autumn colour on my Sacred bamboo.........



I cut the Petunias back out the front and we planted Gazanias ..... and trimmed the hedge again...

.... I love the house number hubby made.....  and the gazanias are this colour..




Hubby took down the Mirror near the front door and re-cut it to a smaller size and re-framed it and painted it cream..... I love it...




He also repaired and painted this steel scroll pot plant holder my Dad made about 60 years ago.... Mum is really happy with it...






I'll leave you with another Gazania flower.......

Have a good day everyone.....

Hugs.... Barb  xxx

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

..... Hello...... Wednesday 4th March 2015........

... ... hello everybody....... hope you all had a good week.....


I've made a few decisions since I last talked to you all.....

1 ... I'm going back to see my psychologist once a month....

2 .... I've agreed to go out occasionally and leave Mum in the house on her own for a couple of hours...

3... I'm stepping back from trying to keep Mum's mind 'busy'.......no more talking her into Yahtzee.... if she just want's to sit and doze... I won't disturb her....

4 .. no more driving myself, Mum and hubby crazy trying to be a 'good' daughter......



Doesn't that sound Dramatic  .....


but...... that's ME....... I'm a bit dramatic.......  but no more .... (I hope) ...

Just take things as they come and not worry so much.......
Sounds easy ...but hard for me to do........







I found this cute little fellow in the garden yesterday..... he didn't hand around for long ... as you can see .... he jumped off and I lost him.......


                                          Here's part 2 .... of my Bonsai story ........


Some of  my more advanced 'My Style' bonsais............



... Mum is trying to keep her legs as strong as she can...... she does find walking a bit difficult at times.......



Mum's Thursday afternoon carer lady brought mum these coleus pieces from her garden.... we now have them growing nicely......... Mum loves them...


These Impatiens are from Trish... they were for Mum's birthday in January.... and they are still flowering beautifully....... Mum checks them through the window every day....



Thanks for visiting..... and for being patient with me.......

Have a good day...
Hugs ... Barb  xxx