Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Today went like this...

Wake up
Eat brekky ( check emails and blogs)
brush teeth
duck to shop for milk and bread
drink coffee
chat to Daniel about what he is up to today
drink coffee
wrap pressies for Gregory and Andrew
eat lunch while studying
make Daniel some lunch
type up directions for Andrew to go and get Gregory form Geelong
drink coffee
check out Lego creations in Daniel's room
make coffee for Andrew to take on trip to Geelong
water garden
make dinner
eat dinner
check emails, blogs and facebook - realise I haven't blogged for 3 days!!
blog 3 times
now what shall i do for the rest of the evening...... NOT STUDY......
watch some telly and ring a friend for a chat me thinks
see ya!

A quick trip

to Geelong to take Gregory down to his friend William's for a LAN Party. It turned out that there was only 3 of them there for it as 4 had cancelled in the morning. I drove 2 hours each way to drop Gregory off but others cancelled just before it was due to start! I think that is rude - don't you reckon?
At this time of the year, you know what you have planned and where you have to be surely it would be possible to let someone know you can't make it at least a couple of days before, especially if you had told them you were definitely coming. Is that just me that thinks like that??
I am a bit like that when it comes to people being late to something - if you know what time you are supposed to be there, baring flood or car mishaps surely it is possible to be there on time??
End of rant....


was a sleep in, followed by some study, then after lunch we did one of our favourite things. We went book shopping. We found the most amazing secondhand bookstore - Book Now. I thought the other one called Book Mark was good but this is better - I could nearly reach all the books!! Ha ha.
I found dozens I could have taken home but stopped at 3 - a gardening one on natives and 2 Frank McCourt ones. Andrew insisted they go under the tree so I have loads of pressies now!! I found 2 home repair and building ones so they got wrapped and put under the tree for Andrew. Christmas can't happen unless Gregory gets books and he hadn't been able to think of any he wanted but he managed to find one. Then he remembered one he had seen before so we headed to Dymocks and we found 3 more for him and one for Daniel. End result - books for all!! Happy happy.
Is that weird to be a whole family that likes to buy books?? To have forever?? I try to convince the kids we should become library book borrowers to save money but I can't get them to change their snobby ways!!


as Gregory would say.

I have completely forgotten to blog for 3 days!! Um ah, bad blogger I am. Bet you didn't even miss me though?

So I am going to do new posts for each day, tee hee....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Silly me

I hadn't old blogger that I was now in Victoria. I wondered why the post I wrote at a quarter past 12 last night still had Thursday on it, when I was joking about it. Doh!! I have now changed to Victorian time so I really can't be too late with my postings now!
Just got home from a nice picnic amongst the trees at Castlemaine - not cold - just perfect weather wise. Met some new people and reacquainted with a couple I had met before, so all good. Daniel made a new friend - yayee!
Then we tootled off to Maldon to the Cherry Farm and got 2 bags of the yummiest biggest cherries ever! Hope some last for a week until Christmas?? Umm maybe not.....
Popped in for a natter with another friend on the way home and now after all that socialising we are exhausted and very quiet!
Two of my little monsters have found their way safely to their new homes and are already loved! That makes me happy too! All in all a very good day.

I'm still awake...

so that means it is still Thursday right??
Pretty quiet day today except for a lovely chat with my friend Susy tonight. It is lovely to be able to pick up the phone and chat with someone and to feel so comfortable chatting away and before you know it 45 miutes have passed. Thanks for the chat Susy - remember to look out for a little parcel coming your way.
Righto I am off to beddie byes - going on a picnic at Castlemaine tomorrow. Gonna be a cold picnic though!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monsters underfoot!!

Look out! Look out!! There are monsters, cosmonauts and lizards running amok here at the Marks house. Aren't they cute? This is what I have been doing instead of grocery shopping and study today! Naughty me....

Just realised...

i missed yesterday. Thought about blogging all night then forgot and turned off the computer. Just remembered to check now and doh! I had forgotten.
Yesterday was a nice quiet day - did some study and some more craft for pressies. Daniel and I had our date for the week and went to the movies. We saw 'Where The Wild Things Are'. I have to say that I didn't get it?? I love the book and have read it many many times to children all over Queensland! But the movie... I just didn't get it??
Daniel told me what it all meant to him and that helped a little but I really didn't get it!! Can you tell that it is annoying me too? I will have to go and do what the boys do when they don't understand something - google and wikipedia.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Housework Monday

Yep, Monday is housework day here. I try to get as much of it done as I can on a Monday so I don't have to think about it all week. Some weeks it works, some weeks it doesn't!
Today was quite good, most of it done except the mopping. Then I kept going on the hand made things I am making for people for Christmas. Yikes, I had better get my butt into gear if I actually want them to have it before Christmas.
Things are looking good for the house purchase, building and pest inspection tomorrow and in goes the home loan application too. Fingers crossed it will all be ok.
Night night sweet dreams.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Family Day Out

This afternoon, we headed out for a look around a little bit of Bendigo.
Daniel wanted to show me the Fernery area at Rosalind Park, so we went there first. It was so lovely and cool. I wandered around getting ideas for putting in an area with lots of ferns on our block. It would be lovely to walk through on a hot day. I don't think the trees on our place will be thick enough though. I have been thinking about so many things I would like to do there!!
Then we walked down along Pall Mall to the biggest second hand book store in town. I found 4 books for me to read, so they will be under the tree. The boys couldn't find anything they wanted so we went over to Collins (ABC Centre) Bookstore and Dymocks and Gregory found a book for us to put under the tree for him.
By this time, Daniel was hungry (isn't he always these days??) and Gregory was thristy so we headed to a very yummy coffee shop called Basement. It is in the basement of the Bendigo Art Gallery. We all had something scrumptious to eat and the coffee was perfect. I think we will be back there sometime soon.
We went upstairs then to the Art Gallery and saw some interesting pieces of art. The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin was the highlight for me. You know the one of the man and woman, with a child in her arms, lighting a fire in the bush! I found out quite a bit about it while I was there. It is cool to read about something that you assumed what just a painting.
Then it was time to head home again. We all agreed that we had had a lovely afternoon together and that we should do it more often.
Night all.

Nearly made it..

home in time to post while it was still Saturday. I just watched the computer clock tick over to midnight. Ooops missed another day. Hey wait it is only 11.30 in SA and 11.00 pm in Qld so all is good!
We, Andrew and I, went out for dinner tonight with the people he works with for their Christmas Party. They seem a nice group of people - didn't get to talk to everyone though. Dinner was yummy - isn't it always when you don't have to cook!?
Sweet Dreams!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


was a very quiet day. I did about 5 hours of study and some grocery shopping. That's it!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What a day....

Woweeeee what a day it has been.

First thing I did this morning, after breakfast, shower and check emails that is, was to ring and order the computer. It has 4GB of RAM, a 3.1Ghz processor, a GB of graphics card and a very large smooth clear flat screen monitor. It even has bright blue lights shining out of it when it is on - very pretty!! All for less than $1300. Over $200-300 cheaper than Harvey Norman or Dick Smith.

Half an hour later, Andrew rings to say that the house offer has been accepted!! Woohoo!!! And for the price we offered over 10 days ago!! Arrrggghhh the drama.... So when the vendors have found a place of their own to move to, it is all ours. Of course, we have to have a building and pest/termite inspection. Then it is ours!! A place in the country surrounded by bush but only 10 minutes to the middle of city!

Then just before lunch the computer guy rang to say that the computer was ready to be picked up. Oh my heavens.. it is all happening.

At 2 Daniel and went out for our hot date day. We bought a couple of books for Christmas with a 10% voucher at ABC shop, checked out the cutest little shop called "Bob" - full of the most gorgeous handmade goodies, wandered through Toyworld, bought Gregory 2 new computer games and then had our date at Jamacia Blue with Mars Bar Cake and hot chocolate for him and I'm not admitting to anyone what I ate!! On the way home, in the rain, we collected the new computer.

Whew! What a rollercoaster of a day!

I need a quiet day tomorrow to catch up on my Uni study.

Day 17

Not much to report today... Gregory and I went a computer huntin' this arvo. Bagged us a good 'un me thinks!
We tried Harvey Norman and Dick Smith but in the end the local guys down the road can do the same machine for cheaper. Hope they aren't trickin' me! I know where they live so I can take it back can't I???
Sweet dreams - will try for some photos of our tree tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 16 - Christmas is almost here

It is ok, Christmas can happen at our place now... we finally have the tree up and decorated. It is Gregory's job to put the tree together and then he and Daniel put on the tinsel, lights and little decorations. I can't believe how quickly and easily they did it. I can remember when it used to take hours as I had to hand out the decorations and do the lights myself. I hope they keep wanting to decorate the tree forever!
My darling little niece turned 4 today. Happy birthday Caitlin Hannah!! Daniel and I went shopping for her present and spent quite a bit of time in the pink aisle in both Target and Big W!! It was a difficult experience for both of us!! LOL! In the end we couldn't resist buying her a green sparkly Tinkerbell outfit complete with wings!! John took a photo of her and sent it to us - it was so worth it, including squishing those wings into a box to post it to Queensland.
Well tomorrow we should finally know if the house we put an offer on is accepted or not. Right at this moment, I don't mind which way it goes. So we shall see.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 15

Woohoo I am halfway through my blog marathon..... 15 days to go. Maybe it will become more of a habit now and I will blog more often after the 30 days are over?? We will see...

Today I finished the Christmas shopping. I still have to make some goodies. I am giving quite a few handmade pressies this year to those that I know will appreciate them... hopefully I will have them finished and in the mail before the big fella in red comes down the chimney!!

Today Lisa posted a really cool list of things. It is called the Cowboy's Guide to Life and I hope she doesn't mind but I have copied and pasted it here for my blog. Enjoy...

Poo.. I can't get it to copy and paste. Here is the link to Lisa's Blog .

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 14

I went to the movies today - by myself! If I want to see a chick flick then I have to go alone.

I saw The Time Traveller's Wife. Not riveting or terribly wonderful but still worth watching. Even if it was only to see Eric Bana naked several times!!! Cute bum!!

Still no word on the house - have found a couple of others to look at so will see what happens this week.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 13

There is a free book up for grabs over at Linda Cockburn's blog. I haven't read it but I love the way she writes on her blog. She lives in tasmania and they are building their own house, have animals and veges and all cool things relating to being self sufficient. Go have a look... Linda is an inspiration... www.lintrezza.blogspot.com

Ciao for now....

Friday, December 4, 2009

Day 12

I had to leave this behind today.
After 3 wonderful days at Daylesford, it was time to head home. It took less than an hour to be home, so I really should duck down there more often. I was taking macro shots of this water lily yesterday when this little critter decided to fly down for a look. How lucky for me was that?

The second photo is of Jubilee Lake from the playground. How tranquil does that look? It is unless there is a heap of teenagers canoeing in it!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day 11 - Calm today

I am over the whole house thing... what will be will be...
Today I had a lovely day hanging out with beautiful homeschooled kids and their Mums. We checked out the most amazing shop with all things hand made! They have a website - www.lark.com.au Go and have a look for yourself!
Then climbed to the top of the tower for a view of Daylesford - simply stunning!!
A yummy cappacino at Sweet Decadence - don't you love the name?
Back to the camp to take heaps of photos of the big kids having a canoe around on the lake.
Now it time for dinner and lots of Mummy chat over a coffee.

It realy doesn't get much better than this....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 10 - perhaps a change of mind

on behalf of the current owners of the house we offered on. Today the real estate lady rang Andrew back to say that the owners were rethinking our offer and would get back to us regarding our offer!
So..thank you to Jill, Susy, Sandie and Lisa would sent supportive and encouraging comments. It may have done the trick. Please keep thinking happy thoughts for us and I will let you know tomorrow what is happening.
I am a lucky girl because the boys and I have left Dad at home to fend for himself while we go on homeschool camp to this really awful place called Daylesford!! Ha ha... not... it is gorgeous here. Today was even warm enough for the boys to have a paddle in Lake Jubilee. I've had a look around some cute little shops and had some yummy coffee - this homeschooling is such hard work, but someone has to do it.. Right??
Ok folks... catch you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day 9

but not a good enough offer apparently!! We are NOT proud house owners.

That's it.... end of today's blog!