Category Archives: Quality of life

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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Skinflint Sunday: I think it’s called ‘Rationalisation’…

This has been a pretty good year. What with the selling of the house, the abolishment of the 3K/month bridging finance, the total debt-free situation… and the shows I’ve treated myself to. First up was k.d lang in July. Dress … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Protect your investments.

This will be the last time I dye my hair like this. I have travel plans next year and I don’t want to risk getting denied entry because I look different to my passport photo. The hair dye I use … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Teach your children well.

A couple of days ago I came home from work at about 4:30pm. It was a boiling hot day and Ryan22 was really happy to see me, as he didn’t know where the remotes for the air con were. David24 … Continue reading

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Why I haven’t been writing blog posts.

Lately, especially coming up to the sale of the house and the subsequent settlement, I’ve been diving headlong into educating myself about personal finance. There’s been very little blog writing, but masses of blog reading, along with podcasts. A roughly … Continue reading

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