I actually slept in till 6:30am.
That was nearly an 8 hour sleep last night.
A record for me these days.
I so needed it.
I gave Caspian a run around outside and then his breakfast.
Checked in on Azzan several times but he was sound asleep.
So I eventually headed to the shower, leaving the door ajar for the puppy.
Grief! It’s like having a baby in the house all over again!
He was so funny.
At one point I looked down to see his wee tongue poking under the shower door licking up water 🙂
Azzan finally arrived out in the kitchen just before 9am.
He was so pleased with himself that he had woken without my assistance.
He got my bike, helmet & lock out for me while I gathered up my things and gave last minute instructions.
He was happily cooking breakfast for himself when I left at 9:15am.
Nathan came down a bit later on and picked figs for me and then took Azzan to Phillipa’s and Caspian was looked after by him & Mira.
It was a gorgeous morning, I really enjoyed the bike ride.
It wasn’t really long enough though but I didn’t have time to dally so just took the shortest route to the Women’s Centre.
It was my first training day at SASH today.
There was just a small group of us, 5 plus two tutors.
We began at 9:30am and had a very interesting, informative day.
They warn you that in this type of work you may get triggered at times, today was just the beginning of the training but in amongst the basics there were things discussed which were causing stomach churning triggers within me already.
I know it is going to be hard as we move on but I am praying that I can deal with my own issues privately & appropriately and be able to help others in need.
We finished around 3:30pm.
It was so hot.
I biked back home, got in the mail and washing and then drove up to get Caspian.
He was happy to see me and sat on the front seat quite happily while I drove to pick up Azzan.
Phillipa had all of her g’kids there so Azzan had been having fun helping to entertain them.
We chatted for a few minutes and then headed back home.
Debated on the way what to have for dinner.
Azzan really wanted eggs on toast with salad.
He picked the last of the fresh lettuce from the garden and I made salads.
I suggested he might like chips instead of bread as I had eaten too much bread today – food was supplied and it was very bread based which doesn’t sit well with me.
He was off down the street in a flash 🙂
I poached some lovely farm eggs that Marah had given us.
Azzan cuddled up to me on my bed with our yummy dinners and watched a couple of episodes of Bad Education.
He was a happy lad.
Then I dozed for a wee while before getting up with a second wind.
Decided to have a go at putting up some of the shade cloth I had bought yesterday.
Azzan helped me lay it out and measure it.
I used the deck gaps as cutting guides and then I staple gunned it to the fence between us and the neighbours.
The boundary fence is pretty basic – just horizontal trellis which is not terribly private, so with the shade cloth it makes it less see through.
I plan to plant the garden out soon along there which will give more privacy too.
I got two sections stapled up and the third one half done, it got too dark to see properly so Ive left it till tomorrow.
I was pretty darned proud of our efforts tonight 🙂
When I came inside Azzan was cleaning out the fridge and shucking corn and getting veggies ready for tomorrow nights dinner.
I collapsed on the sofa in the dark and rested for a few minutes then made some fruit salad and muesli for dessert and came to bed.
Time for sleep now.
Am really trying to get the lights out much earlier.
Shoshannah was up getting things done when I hit the shower.
I took Caspian outside for his morning constitutional.
Mahalia was up at 7:30am all bright eyed and bushy tailed, she headed off for a bike ride.
Azzan wasn’t so pleased to see the morning as he had not settled till quite late last night.
I popped down to the vets with Caspian and got a collar and flea treatment at 8am.
Shanni headed off to her carpentry class just before 9am, forgot her bike lock so Mahalia whizzed up the road with it.
Ian arrived to have a look at the curtain rail in Mahalia’s room that fell off the wall a week or so back.
I was pretty annoyed at yet one more thing to have to fix etc.
But the upshot is that the track that was used was very inferior and not at all strong enough to support the weight of curtains.
He also commented that the curtains in her room are just the black out backing fabric, not the real curtains per see!
So much for the ‘very expensive’ curtains I was told these were!
Anyway, he had a measure up and showed me what would be preferable and called me back later with a quote.
It’s more than I had hoped but at least it will be a way better job than what was there and it should last for years.
Luke arrived with some stuff he had brought out from Pot Ligar for us.
He chatted for a while and then went off to do some jobs.
I had a few things on my mind that I needed/wanted to get done.
I had told the kids that I wanted maths & english done and the beans & corn processed this morning.
I needed to get out of the house.
I spent most of the morning in tears or fighting tears.
Too much stress and worry and not enough sleep.
So around 10:30am I tried to leave, it took a while.
I found a couple of courier parcels on the mailbox.
One of them was my shoes that I ordered from Australia not even 7 days ago.
Berserk.com.au certainly came through on prompt delivery – thanks Fiona for putting me on to them 🙂
I had ordered them with slight trepidation as I usually cannot find shoes to fit easily.
However these were absolutely perfect.
I was thrilled with them.
There was a suggestion on another website that you order a size smaller than usual which is what I had done as that was the largest size they stock and it was right!
They are Hot Chocolate made in Venezuela and they certainly brightened my morning 🙂
I put them on and this time made it out of the gate.
Azzan wanted to go to the library so he biked off there for an hour.
I left Mahalia doing her maths and babysitting the puppy.
I drove on out to Bunnings and had a look at all the shade cloth.
Had a good talk with a lady there and ended up bringing three rolls home to try.
Then called into Grey Power to restart my membership.
Tim & I used to belong a while ago, it was strange joining as a single
I called into Melrose House to see if there were any ladies still at the coffee morning, and met Gay & Susan leaving. with Paddington Bear.
So we drove back to my house and they popped in to visit for a few minutes.
Mahalia gave Susan a guided tour.
Paddington Bear introduced himself to Caspian, they got along fine.
We absolutely cracked up when Caspian got a hold of his lead and began pulling him along.
Poor Paddington wasn’t too sure what to make of this wee bossy boots!
He got tugged about for a few minutes and then went and took refuge by his mother.
Susan took him off home and then I chatted with Gay for a while longer before she walked home.
I made myself a wrap for lunch and then went and had a lie down on my bed.
The tears were pouring by this time.
Feeling incredibly overwhelmed.
Nathan & Mira arrived.
Nathan had made croissants and brought me some.
They made very good comfort food – thanks Nathan xxx
I had Mira’s birthday present – a wee bit late, but she loved it so I was pleased 🙂
Nathan & I talked about what I needed done tomorrow and then they left as he is working tonight.
Mahalia & Azzan wanted to go swimming so I said if they finished the veggies and cleaned up the house and Mahalia had all her tramping things loaded into the car then they could leave.
Shoshannah arrived home and got her things finalised.
She made some humus and then we drove into the city.
She got a new eftpos card sorted at the bank, lost hers the other day, then we stopped at Kathmandu to pick up a head torch.
The ladies there were fussing all over Caspian, they want us to bring him back anytime we like 🙂
Then the kids called to say they were finished swimming and were on their way into the city.
We parked at Tank and I got some drinks while we waited for them.
Then it was off to Richmond.
I had been wanting to get on the road before 4:30pm to try and beat the traffic, we just made it and had a reasonable drive until we got nearly there.
The traffic was already beginning to bank up for the last km before the lights.
We sidetracked to PetMart to get a lead for Caspian.
Then to Sasha’s.
She had just gotten home from work and was nearly ready.
Cat was there too with Nico who was very exuberant and bouncing all over the place.
Caspian wasn’t too sure about her bombastic behaviour.
It didn’t take long to transfer all the gear and then we left them to it.
They are all heading up to Mt Arthur for the weekend on a girls tramp.
Azzan & I drove home via Chilandos.
He ran in and got some take out meals and we came home to et them.
Caspian was glad to get out of the car and run around.
I lay on the sofa and watched some episodes of Twenty Twelve but kept on falling asleep so gave up.
Hung out a load of washing and did a quick tidy up then fell into bed by 8:30pm.
Its not quite 10pm and I am about to turn off the lights now so am hoping that I will get a good nights sleep.
Shanni didn’t have to get to school until mid morning so she was able to have a relaxing start to her day.
I stayed in my dressing gown till she had gone so she caught me outside picking ripe figs!
The tree is laden but they all ripen very randomly.
I’m going to have to ‘fig’ure out what to do with them all now 🙂
Caspian was in a very playful mood.
He is so funny, his favourite game is to zip into Shanni’s room when he finds the door open and grab a piece of her underwear and run like crazy with it.
I woke Mahalia before 8am in the hopes she might have time to get herself ready for the day before lunch time.
So I was pretty annoyed when she was still not dressed when Shanni left for school at 10am.
I had been awake since 6am and had been busy doing stuff even though I was still in my dressing gown so I ended up shooting through the shower before her.
I got stuck into some things I had been wanting to get done.
Anson arrived with his chainsaw and after a chat he cut a few branches off the trees at the back of the section for me.
Then he was off to do town chores and I carried on in the yard.
I raked away all the debris by the front gate which has been annoying me intensely for a while.
Then I tackled the creeping vine which was entangling the neighbours fence.
Also started raking some of the dirt to try and get it more evenly spread but it got too hot and I disturbed an ant nest so ended up getting the poison and dealing to it.
By this time it was way after 12:30pm so I got changed out of my work gear and into a town dress.
Mahalia was in her room doing Maths.
I left her to finish her work, deal with the puppy, have lunch and get herself off to her appointments.
I didn’t have time to walk into town due to the time I took in the garden so I drove in and stopped to get a Tank smoothie and then bought a ticket to the movies.
Found a carpark and ran back to catch the beginning of the show.
I had been wanting to see ‘Mr Turner’ for some time and it was on its last couple of days.
Tuesdays are cheaper viewing, and it was the only day I could take the time.
Plus I was so in need of time for just me so I took it!
It was a very intriguing movie, enlightening of the latter Georgian times.
Dorothy Atkinson played Hannah, Mr Turner’s servant who served him faithfully for 40 years.
She was probably the most memorable & fascinating character.
Turner himself was played by Timothy Spall, as a person he irritated the pants off me, but Spall played him exceptional well.
The cinematography was wonderful.
Well worth taking 2.5 hours out of my day to soak it all in.
Afterwards I popped across the road to the NCC and registered the puppy.
Then back home to play with him and get the washing in.
Jolly birds had dropped messes on my sheets so back into the machine they went with to soak in some stain remover.
The Mahalia arrived back and stayed put to play with Caspian while I went up to the Sprig & Fern with Gay.
We chilled out on the deck with a drink and a platter of humus, olives and rye bread.
It was really rather a lovely way to end the afternoon.
On our way home we chatted with my next door neighour Nin who is growing and selling veggies at her gate.
Mahalia had filled up on nuts so wasn’t hungry anymore so we decided to go for a bike ride.
It was such a lovely evening, too nice to stay indoors.
She pumped up my tyres as I hadn’t ridden my bike since we were out in Bronte last year.
Then we were off down the street.
It was so much fun cruising along after her.
I need way more practise though, I am not terribly confident and am rather tightened of falling off.
We cruised along the cycle trail near the Myazu Gardens and then stopped into visit Dave & Paula.
Rachel and her girls were having dinner there so we caught up with them too which was lovely.
Then back on the bikes and along to Milton St Takeaways to get a scoop of chips to add to dinner.
I poached some eggs in our new poaching thingees while Mahalia rolled around out on the lawn with Caspian.
He was loving his time with her.
We watched ‘Singing in the Rain‘ while eating dinner.
Then around 10pm after I had dozed my way through a lot of it Mahalia helped me to move some furniture and make my bed.
I was up early so took Shoshannah for a driving lesson on her way to the bus.
We had time to drive a bit further before the bus.
After she left I stopped in at Benge & Co to pick up some veggies & fruit and then whizzed into Fresh Choice to get bread.
Home to see if Mahalia was motivating.
I had brought a couple of croissants so filled them for us both for breakfast – rather nice change.
Pat got the wash house all finished today.
I’m so rapt with it.
It is lovely and clean and white and has plenty of shelving.
Much more utilitarian than it was before.
I headed off to my morning counselling appointment.
I have been feeling really tired, and very flat over the past days so it was good to talk about stuff.
When I got back home Mahalia and I headed into town for lunch.
We ate at Chilandos as I had some vouchers.
They were lovely and so pleased to see us as it is a while since we were in there.
They always ask after Azzan 🙂
Then we drove out to Richmond and picked up Shoshannah.
It was a drizzly day so she was pleased I had come.
I wanted to go look at some landscaping supply places so the girls sat in the car while I went in to a couple and had a look see.
They seemed to both be too tired to do anything so we headed back home.
Mahalia went off for a bike ride later in the afternoon.
The girls cooked dinner.
It was very tasty.
I just sat and tried to get some stuff done.
Problem is when I try and do business things when I am tired I always botch things up.
Pointless waste of time
I should never have gone out the gate today.
One of those days when I just should’ve stayed in bed.
It is actually much harder to stay in bed in town.
That is one thing I miss about being at home.
Just having time to stop when I need to.
I woke at 5am and managed to get back to sleep.
But at 7am a little person was awake and zooming about so I got up to spend some time with Marah & Eden.
Caspian enjoyed playing outside with Eden.
She tipped out all the pegs, picked them all up again and got annoyed with Nonna taking photos of her 😉
They eventually headed off home.
By this time it was raining quite heavily which was great.
We so need the rain at present.
Alan popped in for a visit, it’s been a while since we caught up so it was nice to see him.
Shanni wanted to go shopping so I let her drive.
It was a new experience for her to drive in the rain, one more thing to think about!
She did well.
We shopped at Kathmandu and then I suggested she could drive up to get Katherine.
The drive up the hill was a challenge for her but she was fine, just came to a very close halt, bumper to bumper with their car when she put her foot not he accelerator instead of the brake.
That made me squeal!!
Thankfully there was no damage, just a lesson learnt 🙂
Katherine hopped in with us and Shanni drove back into the city centre.
I took the wheel and the girls went off to have some time together.
Mahalia a had a bath while we were out and took Caspian into the bathroom with her cuz she thought he would get into less trouble there but he found the toilet paper and this is what greeted me when I returned home!
His favourite place to hang out 🙂
Seb came in for a visit before heading back down the bay.
He and Nathan had been to an all day stag party yesterday.
I was supposed to be going to a friends garden party but was quite relieved when they called to say it was postponed due to the rain.
I just chilled for the rest of the day.