Category Archives: Quality of life

Skinflint Sunday: Buy yourself hundreds of new friends.

In my last gardening post I think I mentioned that I’m not overly impressed with the soil that the landscaper bought for the garden beds. My plants are yellowing and not growing well. I’m composting like a mad woman (more … Continue reading

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What happened after the landscaper left?

Lots! I got Francis, my chippie brother-in-law, to continue the side deck around to the door that will one day be my study, but is now Ryan23’s room. I got him to put the step all the way around. One … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: When every day’s a bad hair day.

Every day is a bad hair day when you live in my body. Over the last month or so I’ve been pulling up cowls over my head and wearing them like a snood. One of my students asked me why … Continue reading

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Want to see what 40K buys nowadays?

When we moved here to The Best House in Melbourne, there were improvements I wanted to make. However, when I had 18 months of bridging finance to get through until the old house was sold, (running at 3K/month- yikes!), things … Continue reading

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Big news! Plus I need your vote for the Grand Final.

Jeffrey suspects that something’s up. First up, before I get into why the blog will be unattended for 3 weeks, even though I’m travelling: OMG. It’s the Grand Final. Frogdancer, who can’t walk quickly without starting to puff. Whose frame … Continue reading

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Labour Day weekend.

This is the end of a glorious long weekend and the photo is a pretty accurate summation of how I’ve spent the last couple of days. I started and finished a novel, (the third in the Neapolitan series by Ferrante), … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Buy useful souvenirs.

I’ve talked about podcasts before and how much I rely on them to make my new commute bearable. Long-term readers will know that while I was paying the horrendously high bridging finance on The Best House In Melbourne for 18 … Continue reading

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No picture… it’s too dark out here.

I’m sitting on the old couch on my front verandah. It’s the night before Australia Day. The rain is beating down on the tin roof above my head and every now and then I feel a thin spray of water … Continue reading

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When it’s this hot outside, I’m glad it’s the holidays!

This is the new look. Happy 2018! When I went into the hairdressers and said I wanted to get rid of the 4 bright colours, she persuaded me to go for this look. My Mum has silver/white hair, so it … Continue reading

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Kids can surprise you – even when they’re adults.

I saw this meme on Janet’s blog and thought I’d give it a burl. Making:¬†Either tonight or tomorrow night I’ll be making some timtam fudge or caramello¬†fudge for the people at work. I’m also knee-deep in a quilt for Tom25, … Continue reading

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