27 January 2020

I'll Be Back Soon

I'm just popping in quickly to let you know that I'm not well, I have shingles, the pain is intense. I'll be back as soon as I'm feeling better with a new post.

Until then, stay safe, Jan.

29 December 2019

Christmas 2019

Well, that's Christmas over and done with for another year. My Christmas day was a bit different this year as it was the first time in a long time that I didn't host it.

My daughter and her fiance bought a house earlier this year and they decided that they would like to host Christmas at their home which was lovely for me as the only thing I had to do was bring fruit, some cheese and crackers. I have no photos to show you as I was busy just enjoying time with my family.

We've already started planning for Christmas next year, which will be more than likely spent in Brisbane at my youngest son's house we are looking forward to it and hoping that it will be a lot cooler than it was this year.

We don't buy gifts for everyone in our family, but we do do a Not So Secret Santa every year and every year it gets harder and harder to find something that I would like. When I was browsing my Pinterest a few weeks ago this print came up in my feed and although it's not my usual style of art something about it appealed to me and I requested it as my gift, I'm thinking of buying three more and hanging them above my bed.

How was your Christmas Day? Are you already making plans for next year? Let me know in the comments.

25 December 2019

Merry Christmas

Good morning everyone, I'm just popping in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

I hope that wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate Christmas that you all have a wonderful day.

8 December 2019

My Week in a Nutshell

Another grey, overcast day today, very windy and cold as it has been the past few days, I love the fact that I am still wearing jeans and jumpers in December, I know summer will arrive soon so I am enjoying it while it lasts.

I had to make a trip into town today to buy a few things that I had forgotten when I went shopping last week and also to pick up a book from the library. I bought some Wiltshire knives and a pair of scissors which were on special for half price at Big W and a new external hard drive, unfortunately, it was not on special.

Spanish this morning and afterwards I bought two variegated Hearts Entwined (aka String of Hearts) and a String of Pearls succulent from the op shop.

I spent a couple of hours after lunch checking the irrigation system and adding to it where necessary, and I managed to get 1/3 third of the front garden mulched with pea straw. 

I had a doctor's appointment to go to this morning, but before that, I spent some time trimming the bottle brush tree as it was blocking the view of the footpath and pedestrians were hard to see when my daughter was backing her car out, while I was out there I also trimmed the rosemary hedge. After the appointment I dropped into Mitre 10 to buy some pieces for the irrigation system and discovered they had some plants on sale for $2.99 each so I came home with six new plants for the front garden which was looking a little sparse and needed more plants, and at that price how could I say no, if they all grow the front yard will look lovely.

After lunch, it was back out into the garden where I managed to get the rest of the irrigation system fixed and more pea straw put down, I still have a small section to do, but that will have to wait until Saturday now.
I love the way the garden looks with a fresh layer of pea straw mulch on it.
I've started working on Thursday as a volunteer admin assistant at the community house where I have my Spanish every week, it's nice to be doing something outside of the house again.

I had a meeting this morning at our local hospital where I will be working with the dieticians as an admin assistant starting next Friday, after that, I dropped in to have coffee with my daughter who doesn't live far from there, then it was home for lunch. After lunch, it was another trip to the vet as my housemate's dog also has an ulcer on his eye.

I was out into the garden early this morning to finish laying down the mulch, I also managed to get mulch on one half of the vegetable garden before the day got too hot. In the afternoon I gave the vegetable garden a good watering in preparation for the extremely hot weather tomorrow.

Another early start to my day as I had to get the vegetable garden covered, as well as water all the potted plants and fill all the birdbaths and water dishes, the rest of my day was spent inside trying to stay cool. With all the time I spend tending to my gardens and yard I sometimes wonder how I find time to do anything else, but all the hard work is almost finished now and once it is it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours a week to look after it. 

Until next time, stay safe, Jan.

2 December 2019

My Week in a Nutshell


I was supposed to go out today, I had a few things that needed to be done, but to be quite honest I just couldn't be bothered, I woke up this morning feeling quite flat, I'm not sure why and it only lasted a few hours, I guess we can't be happy all the time.

It was overcast today and very warm (34°C) and with nothing better to do, I defrosted the freezer which was a job that was well overdue, it didn't take as long as I thought it would and now it's done for another two months or so.

This afternoon I took the shade cloth off the vegetable garden only to find the bloody blackbirds had dug up one of my watermelon seedlings, I'm pretty sure I didn't actually need three, but still.

Spanish this morning and a quick wander through the op shop which also has a small plant section and I came home with four tomato plants, one each of Mortgage Lifter and Money Maker and two of KY1 which I've never heard of, but apparently it's an Australian heirloom tomato so I thought I would try it, another punnet of Genovese basil and a small pot of Siam Queen basil it only cost me $10.00 for the lot.

I had to have my photo taken today for ID purposes, at my age, it's not something I enjoy having done, but needs must I just hope it turns out half decent.

I also needed to go to Centrelink to sort something out, I never look forward to going there because you can be there for hours waiting to be seen, but luckily I only had to wait five minutes and the problem was sorted out in no time at all. Home after that for lunch and a quiet afternoon.

A quiet start to my day today, my daughter and I went grocery shopping in the afternoon and then it was a trip to the vet as our dog has a bad eye, it turned out that she had managed to cut her eye on something and it had ulcerated, she is now on anti-inflammatory medication and ointment for her eye.

In the early evening I planted out the tomatoes I bought yesterday, as well as the basil.


The flyscreen on my kitchen window has needed some attention for a while now as it was very dusty but being a security screen it can't be removed and the only way to clean it is to fill a bucket with some water and detergent and scrub it with the soft floor broom, it took some doing but it's now nice and clean.

I also had to empty out the fish pond as the fish have some sort of fungal disease, so far I have lost six fish and really don't want to lose anymore. Treating them involves emptying the pond, (don't worry the water didn't get wasted), refilling the pond and then adding anti-fungal treatment, fingers crossed that it works and my fish survive.

I didn't have a lot to do at home today so I took myself off for a walk and somehow my feet found their way into one of the several op shops in my area, I don't buy a lot these days as there isn't a lot I need but I am always on the lookout for books to add to my collection or to replace the ones that I loved, but stupidly gave away. I found five books to add my collection and when I got to the register I was happy to find that books had just gone on sale for 50% off so even with the price I had to pay for a bag to carry them in it only cost me $10.25 which worked out at less than the three big books would have cost. The books on the bottom are old favourites that I want to reread, and the others are a new series that I have just found.

I woke up to grey skies this morning and hoped it would rain, but then the sun came out and dashed my hopes, an hour later the clouds were back and it rained.  As I couldn't get out into the garden as I had intended, (I still haven't fixed the irrigation system in the front garden), I cleaned the bathroom and laundry instead which was the last thing on my list of household chores for this week, by the time I had finished doing that the skies had cleared again but it was too late in the day to start on the irrigation as it is going to take quite a few hours to sort it out so I think I will leave the garden for tomorrow.

Well, I won't be doing any garden chores or yard work today as I woke to rain this morning and unlike yesterdays intermittent rain it hasn't stopped and as I've finished all the housework that leaves me with a free day, what to do, what to do?

As today is December 1st it's time for the Christmas tree to be put up a job I leave to my daughter now, we have gone a minimalist this year, no tinsel, no garland of beads wrapped around the tree, just baubles and lights.

Not great photos but it is grey and rainy today, I will try to take some better ones when we get some sunshine.

Until next time, stay safe, Jan.