Saturday, July 8, 2017

... at last.... a catch-up post ... 2017-7-8 ..

.. a lot has happened since I posted about 6 weeks ago ...

 Mum was sick for 2 weeks and then was in hospital for 3 weeks .

  She has lost a lot of weight and is weak and tired.

..  this is my sister helping mum to have a meal in hospital ... poor mum couldn't hold the spoon or fork properly ....

..  Mum had to have oxygen to help her breathing because her heart was playing up ....

.... our lounge room went from this cosy little area .........

..  to this comfortable private ward for Mum ...  the doctors said mum needed the hospital bed because she needed  ongoing care from nursing , physio and personal care caregivers ...  she is very frail ....
she has settled in at home very well ..   she doesn't like that the bed has sides on it , but says she understands it's for her own protection ...  Mum's doctor has named this   ..'the Team Mavis Ward'......


...  here's Mum checking out the morning paper .... something she doesn't do much of these days....  it was good to see...

We thought Mum wouldn't be well enough to come home from hospital at one point....  but God answered our prayers and she is now home .. where she wants to be ... her wish is to pass away quietly at home ... and we are trying to make this possible for her...  BUT ....   who knows what the future holds ...  Mum might be with us for a long time yet ...   that's in The Lord's Hands.










... some flowers to finish with ...  these roses and lavender are from my sisters garden ..  xxxxxx

Have a good day ..
Love ...  Barb  xxxxx











Wednesday, May 24, 2017

.. Filling the freezer... 2017-5-24 ..



 I've been having a great time in the kitchen for the last week .......


 The Choko/ Chayote vine has been producing madly.
We have given so  many away and they are still coming .... every day hubby brings in a few..


I do get some nice sunlight and texture photos of the vine.....

... I love it next to the chippy paint....


..and with the sun shining through he leaves .


So... apart from giving bags of them away and eating them with nearly every evening meal .....

This is what I've been doing ....
                                             ..... cooking them with apples and Pineapple........
                                                       .... making Jam and  Relish ..............


                                 .............  bagging and labeling for the freezer ........

                             ..................  casseroles to go in the freezer too ..........
                                  ... my slow cooker has been working hard..................  
       .... and still the chokos  keep coming ......... more stewed fruit for the freezer coming up ..
                                                 ..Lovely in winter with hot custard ....


... gorgeous Australian  native flowers for Mum on Mothers Day from my brother and brother-in-law ...

I loved this flower in particular ....it was so unusual ...
..  the curved 'petals' were stiff like they were made of paper ....   so different ...  


 Have a great day .....
 Barb  xxxxxxxxx





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day Party.... 2017-5-16

..
we had a great Family Mother's Day Party ..

gorgeous food  ....






 Isn't this cake wonderful .... My granddaughter Christy made the cake and filled and decorated it ...   Amazing ....
  her sister Lisa and her did most of the cooking and food preparing ...  they did a fabulous job...  we were all  so impressed ....

.. here is Christy giving out flowers to all the Mums in our family.......  

... here are 2 of my daughters and Mum with their flowers...   I didn't tell you... we got chocolate as well ....
....  2 of my great grandsons having a wonderful time .....  My son is watching them ..


                                            ..... our official group photo .........
                                                       ... it was a great party ..........



....   Barb  xxxxx

Sunday, May 7, 2017

.. a special Wedding .. 2017-5-7 ...

.. on Friday 5th May 2017  my Mum, Hubby and I went to a wonderful morning wedding in the mountains a couple of hours from our home .
 It was a wonderful sunny Autumn day and the trees were gorgeous in their Autumn colours.






 The Groom is my nephew and he and his wife decided on a Fantasy Woodland Wedding ....
with a distinctively Scottish tone to it ....
It was gorgeous ....

Here is the Bride and Groom ....   don't they look wonderful ...





...  this is most of the wedding party ..  I didn't get them all in the photo....

...   this is the Piper who led the way ....

and my Mum and Hubby at the reception hall .....


The decorations were so lovely ...
This is the tea and coffee table ...

with this heart and roses on it ...




the hall was a wonderful twinkling sight ......



We all had a fabulous day ... good company, good food ... love and laughter ....
 I wish them a wonderful life together ....  



.....    hope you all enjoyed this little peep in a magical day ...
 ....   Barb  xxxxx

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

.. tag time ..among other things .. 2017-4-25 ...


I have enjoyed creating more tags for Christmas......  
 they are all glittered and laminated ... I'm really happy with them ....
will be doing a lot more during the next few months .....


...I love the look of them all tumbled together......   I enjoyed making the tassels ....    and each tag is individually coloured ... not one colouring cut up ..   more fun this way....    xxxxxx


I've done a few more felt decorations too .....

I plan to do more of these and they will have tassels too ...  

I'm into tassels this year ...  xxxxxx


We are doing Rule of Thirds on the Nature page this week ....   I put up this photo of a Dandelion from our front yard ....
..  it shows other weeds as well ......
.... so...  I thought I'd share what my hubby refers to as the 'front lawn' ....
He would really like to have grass out the front , but this is where we park our car ..   lol  lol ....


 ... between the 'lawn' and this Monster Choko Vine ...   the front of our house is a bit different to the average house front ...


...  we probably wouldn't rate very high on the Street Appeal Meter ....     \o/   \o/   ...


the Autumn rains have made everything grow really well  ...   nice and green .. xxx



..  some of the lovely flowers from the arrangement my brother brought  us for Easter ..








.. all that is left now are a few daisies on their last legs ..... I put a clear photo frame in front of them to support them for this photo ....
...  I'm going to use this photo for tomorrow's theme of Rectangle ......   trying to be a bit creative ..... lol ....

Have a great day .....  
...  Barb  xxxxxx