Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe and happy New Year in 2013.

It's nearly 10-00pm as I'm typing this.   I'm watching the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on tv - followed by Last Night of the Proms - my standard new Year's Eve viewing!!  Laura hasn't stopped moaning about it!

I'm actually going to sew this year - shock, horror, gasp!  
Thomas (my oldest son) has come over tonight with some mending to do - that's just not exciting!
Neale, my husband, has finally given up the dining table - he commandeered it several years ago when he started his Masters degree.  He got the degree and then promptly undertook another Masters degree! Now, he's cleaned it off and said I can have it - my sewing machines are being set up tomorrow.
I nearly scored a bedroom to use - Hadden (19 year old son) was planning on moving out into a flat-but he's changed his mind and has bought a new car instead.

I've given in - last night of the Proms is off and we're now watching Harry Potter - Laura is happy!  Looks like we're starting from the first film too!

Love Jen

Tuesday, 25 December 2012


It's true!!

Photo: i 'borrowed' this from the Friends of the Library page. It is so true!
Unbelievable, I didn't receive a book at all this Christmas!
Neale is still a little shirty about the huge book he gave me for Christmas years ago (over 1000 pages long) and I turned to him  on Boxing Day and told him that it was a very good book as I read the last words!

Happy Reading!


Merry Christmas

 Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas celebration.

It's 5.30pm as I'm typing this.
Presents have been opened and lunch eaten.  We're now all just sitting around and resting.
I've been awake since 5-00am, I swear that I'm worse than my kids!! Mind you, the youngest is nearly 17 an the oldest 2 no longer live at home.
I'm not cooking tea tonight - If any of my family are still hungry, they can help themselves to whatever they can find in the fridge and or cupboards.  Am hoping that the dishwashing fairy find it's way to my pile of dishes - I cooked, so I figure that the rest of my crew can do the washing up!

Love Jen

Monday, 10 December 2012

Spotlight is Closing!


It has just been announced in the local  paper that Morwell Spotlight is closing down - so not happy.  The shop has been in Morwell for 29 years and is only 10 mins away from Churchill where I live and is so convenient.
Admittedly, it will be reopening in Traralgon in February - but it will be no longer a quick trip into town as Traralgon is further away - about 25 mins away and i hate going there!  ( yes, I know - first world problems and in reality, 25 minutes is not that bad and it could have been worse!)
No longer will I be able to quickly visit after work, I'll  have to mount an expedition on a weekend.
The closing down sale started today - will have to visit to see if I can pick up a bargain
 or two!


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

I Went to Melbourne

Neale and I went to Melbourne last night by train (It's a 2 hour train trip) - I took today off work and we spent today wandering the streets. It's been over 2 years since I've been to Melbourne

After we had booked into the hotel (The Victoria on Little Collins St) we walked the Crown Casino.  It was a lovely night for walking.  We had tea in one of the many restaurants there.  We wondered through the casino - but I don't see the sense of it (mindless gambling) and it was sooo hot in there.
Neale calls me a wuss for not going to the Eureka Tower and experiencing the Skydeck - maybe next time we go to Melbourne?
Today Neale went to a couple of art galleries in Fitzroy, - one of his friends has her work being exhibited and one of Neale's images is in another exhibition. I decided to spend the time shopping in and around the CBD
I bought myself some clothes - would you believe from Target?  I go to Melbourne and get clothes from the same shop we have back home in Morwell!  Actually, they didn't have my size locally, so I'm happy. I bought 2 skirts and a pair of capri pants.
I was starting to get a little intimidated with clothes shopping - lots of shops and lots of gorgeous clothes and styles, but being  a larger size I'm very self conscious.
I wandered through Cleggs on Elizabeth St. and  saw some absolutely beautiful fabrics (with equally adorable prices!) I saw some gorgeous ponte knit - much nicer and more colours available than what there is in Spotlight locally.
Waltzed through Lincraft on Collins St - but didn't buy anything.  I have bags and boxes of fabrics at home that I should use at least several metres of that  - before buying more!

Decided to get a cartilage piercing done and wondered how long it would take Laura to notice it when I got back home - all of 30 mins!!  I've now got a slightly tender ear and an approx. 8 week healing time.

Found a cheap bookshop with most books priced at $5 each.  I bought 2 books there - so I'm all set for reading material this week - and not to mention I've still got 55 books unread on my Ipad!

We certainly got our exercise with all the walking we did today.  Decided to catch the 3.30pm train home as we were both feeling rather tired which was a good decision.
We should sleep well tonight!

Nighty night - have just looked at the clock and realised that I'll be getting up again in just over 6 hours!

Totally Random Musings

I've got new glasses.  They took a little getting used to as they have multifocal lenses - but heavens, I can see clearer and better than before.  Hip pocket is still recovering from the pain of the cost of them though!

I have come to the sad realisation, that I am now the shortest in my family by 5cm or so - When did Laura get taller than me??

We're getting a new manager at work - he starts next Monday, but will have 4 days training in our Melbourne head office before he starts with us in Gippsland.  Unfortunately, our 2 part time employes will be made redundant in 2 weeks time.  Not good for them and a very increased workload for the 2 contract managers - and me!

Neale & I went out for tea last Sat. night at Qu Bah in Morwell.  Followed by the 8.30 session of "Skyfall"  the latest James Bond film.  Had a lovely meal and we both enjoed the film.

Neale turns 50 on Tuesday.  He tells me all the best things are turning 50 - Dr Who, James Bond, Rolling Stones etc!  We're taking the family out to tea at Qu Bah.  When you're onto a good thing - stick with it!

More patterns are coming my way - I tell you, it's an illness.  Neale is promising to clean up the kitchen table (full of his computers and stuff for his studies) in time for Christmas.  I'm laying claim to it after that - I need to sew.

At work last Friday, we neglected to lock up properly the back portion of our complex (major oops).  Would not have been too much of a problem, but Luigi (the goat) managed to get in through some broken corrugated (plastic?) sheeting at the back door - and spent the weekend inside our tearoom and laundry.  Oh what a mess he made - the floor was covered in his droppings, he ate all the apples on the bench - helped himself to the grain, chomped through some paperwork and then managed to shut himself in the laundry.  It's still a little stinky in there!

Have started walking again in the mornings - not too sure I'm really thrilled with getting up just before 5.30 am though

I love the music featured in the above promo for "Downton Abbey".  It's "She Wolf" by David Guetta and Sia.
Am looking forward to seeing more of  "Downton Abbey" - I've seen the first season, but watching it on commercial tv drove me nuts with all the commercial breaks. I'm hoping to buy the dvd shortly.