Category Archives: Quality of life

Simple things.

On the 29th December Ryan23 became Ryan24. I made him pancakes for breakfast and he ate 5. Christmas was lovely. I now have 2 more books to add to the pile of books beside my bed. 25 at last count! … Continue reading

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In defence of Santa and my epic Christmas tree.

It’s Christmas Eve!! Look at this naughty girl up on the couch like a cat. On the coffee table behind her you can see the book I’m on at the moment. I set myself a Goodreads challenge of reading 80 … Continue reading

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Boring comes before fun. Sad but true.

Proof that my son can use an Allen key! I asked him to send a photo when he put the bed together. 🙂 Work at The Best House in Melbourne has ramped up a notch. The wicking garden beds are … Continue reading

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Evan22 moves into a REAL student household.

Hooray! I’m back! And this is a picture of The Playboy Mansion. (More of that shortly.) The last of the marking for the school year has been done, we’re swinging into the last week of formal classes and our glorious … Continue reading

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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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