Showing posts from October, 2009

A Question

(Our driveway during a recent rain storm.)

Why is it that almost two months into Spring we still cannot get more than two days of sunny weather in a row?

And what is worse: DIL#1 and The Two Most Adorable Granddaughters in the World arrived back from Australia yesterday but they can't get into town because the road is closed. I have to wait until tomorrow - tomorrow! - before I see them again.

Staying Humble

Or a day in the life of a Christian who definitely doesn't have it all together.

Some times I fail miserably at this thing we like to call our "Christian walk". Take yesterday for example:

Woke around 7 am. Tired. Hadn't slept well. Back playing up. Again.

Jumped on the scales. How could they have gone up that much since I last weighed in? They're meant to be going down. Down.

Felt fat and ugly all day. Not helped by all the mirrors at work placed at child height and which give me a perfect view of myself from the waist down. Not my best perspective.

Worked 8.30 am - 3.30 pm. Had several biting incidents. Why do parents (of the bitten) think that we (teachers) encourage biting? Sometimes I feel like saying, "Well yes, of course we were supervising, but he hadn't had his daily taste of human flesh yet so we decided not to stop him." Don't they realise how quickly some children move and that you're usually calling out "No" or "Stop&q…

Labour Day

It's a long weekend, the sun is shining ... and there's so much I want to cram into this one day.

Traditionally, in New Zealand at least (so I learnt a few years ago), Labour Weekend is the time to plant tomatoes. Yesterday DH and I took a long walk and picked up a few tomato seedlings from the shop, which I'm hoping will get into the garden some time today. Every year we say we won't bother with a vegetable garden, and every spring we fall under her spell and succumb. We also picked up some chilli plants. DH loves chilli and the rest of us have learnt to tolerate it, even The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 (whom I'm still missing by the way - both her and her sister).

Currently DH is around at Son#1 and DIL#1's home helping Son#1 paint so that their house can go on the market. Before going there DH took Son#3 shopping for shoes (brave man and wise me for staying home). Son#3 has been looking at running shoes for a while and hasn't been able to make up his m…

A Lesson from Tolkien

For those who may be interested, yes I am still reading The Lord of the Rings. I have finished Book Two, or the First Volume. TLOTR is often erroneously called a trilogy when it is in fact one novel of six books which is often published in three volumes (just a tiny bit of useless information for those that like that type of stuff).

It was something that I read in the Foreword to the Second Edition that hit a chord with me:

The most critical reader of all, myself, now finds many defects, minor and major, but being fortunately under no obligation either to review the book or to write it again, he will pass over these in silence ...

The most critical reader ... myself ... These last few weeks with the publication of my own book drawing near I've found myself being extremely critical of my own work. The turn of phrase that I'm not happy with. The transitions between scenes that are weak. The passage that is too 'preachy'. The choice of words that could have been better. The…

Almost There

The files are ready to go to the printer. The book should be out soon. And I'm not sure how I'm feeling right now.

Waiting ...

Waiting, waiting, waiting ...

To hear back from the publisher. It's been almost 3 weeks since I sent in the final proofs and I still haven't heard a think. Not one word. Not a dot. I'm getting frustrated and edgy. This book was due to be released last month. I know they're busy, but surely no one else's book is more important than mine! lol

I sent in a second MS over a week ago. That could take 3-6 months before I hear. Such a long time. Sigh.

And I'm waiting for "my girls" to come back. Another week or so and they should be home. In the meantime, I'm enjoying my clean house. And the quiet. But something tells me that in a week's time I'll be ready to give that all up again just for a cuddle and a smile.

Meanwhile I'll go on waiting ...

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31, KJV).

Too Quiet

There was no patter of feet or chirpy voices waking me this morning ... yet still I woke early.

I'm cooking for less and my house stays clean ... but there's something missing.

This past week the Two Most Adorable Granddaughters in the World flew to Australia with their mother to attend a funeral. Despite having to wake in the small wee hours and boarding a flight while most people are still sleeping (even me), The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 didn't fall asleep on the plane until five minutes before landing. Typical!

I'm wondering now how I'll survive until they return.

I miss:

the chatter - "What you doing? Can I help? What's that? Why?";

the gummy smiles;

the chubby fists that hold onto my fingers or the cords on my jacket and won't let go;

bath time and wet floors and clouds of baby powder;

toys and food everywhere;

crying because the uncles have to go to school/have a bath/do homework and The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 is excluded ("But I need

The Offending Patch

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched (Mark 9:43, KJV).

A week ago I was thinking on this verse as I replaced a patch in a quilt I've been working on for a while. This quilt is to be a wedding gift for my second son and his wife-to-be and I want it to be the best it can be given my skills and abilities. So imagine my horror when about a third of the way into quilting, I discovered a hole in one piece of fabric. The hole could have been caused by a flaw in the fabric or it could've happened as the quilt was moved and perhaps caught on something sharp and tore, but whatever the case, the offending piece had to come out.

I looked at that hole in the quilt and I cried. I was disappointed and upset. I doubted my ability to repair the quilt. My greatest fear was that I'd remove the damaged piece and not be able to get the new piece back in. Then I&#…

The Long and The Short

The long:

And the short:

October 1, my hair was at 36". Three feet of hair is apparently nothing to sneeze at according to my long haired American friends. Since I work in metric, I'm looking forward to that day when I can say that I have a metre of hair but I still have a little way to go before that day.

Last week I had my ends trimmed. My goal is to get a lovely thick hemline and I'm not there yet. The very top layer seems to be about 2" shorter than the rest of my hair and it's my goal to get it all to the one length. I could've cut back to all the same length but DH wasn't keen so I'll take it slowly.

Incidentally, my hair only looks this wavy when I've just washed it. Once it's dry, the weight seems to drag the wave out and it looks ... well not like this.

After Son#4 took this photo, The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World#1 asked me to take a photo of her "from the back side". So I did.

And one from the front side (because she…

You Know

that you're a neglectful parent when you suddenly realise that your second youngest son has only 4 weeks left at school and you've not sat down with him yet and sorted out what he's doing next year!

I did manage to wrangle from him a few months ago that he was interested in a particular course but he felt that he couldn't pursue it ... because his older brother was doing it. It's taken since then for me - and his brother - to convince him that there's so many directions he could veer off into that it's not copycatting to start the same course.

That settled (finally) we then turned our thoughts toward accommodation. His first choice is all full up. Obviously other parents are not so neglectful and have got in on time to organise somewhere to stay for their precious darlings - unlike us.

So ... we'll just have to put our thinking caps on.

And pray.


Because neglectful as I am I don't want him sleeping under a bridge.

Discovering Middle-Earth

I have a confession to make. Despite living in Middle Earth, I have never read The Lord of the Rings.


I've watched the first movie, fell asleep during the second, and have never seen the third even though I live with several TLOTR fans and all three movies exist in either video or DVD format in our house.

But the other night with our temperatures returning to mid-Winter temperatures, and finding it impossible to get warm, I decided to go to bed early and read. I looked at my old favourites lined up on the bookshelf but nothing seemed to appeal. And then my eyes fell on The Lord of the Rings.

Why not? I thought. Perhaps millions of fans can't be wrong. I nearly changed my mind when I realised that I would have to wade through one thousand pages.

One thousand!

But I started it and while I can put it down, I'm enjoying it.

So why did it take me so long to pick up a copy of The Lord of the Rings?

The blame lies squarely at the feet of my library teacher from primary school. As…

Cranberry and Choc Chip Muesli Slice

I think it was Elizabeth who said that a recipe post was 'safe'. It's not controversial, you're not exposing your most vulnerable side, and since I somehow deleted some particularly gorgeous photos of yours truly with the granddaughters (you'll have to take my word for it) I can't do my original post. Besides, it can be fun to share recipes with friends.

I adapted this recipe to come up with a yummy nutritious slice that is perfect for snack time. It can be easily doubled and keeps well in an airtight container. My DIL#1 liked the original recipe but the rest of us thought it was a little bland - hence the reason for adjusting it. I like anything with dried cranberries (craisins we call them) but you could substitute whatever dried fruit you have on hand. I think walnuts or pecans would also work quite well in this recipe.

My recipe:
2-1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut (optional - you can use all, some, or omit it altogether)
1 cup dark choc bits (you…