Thursday, 30 June 2011

Monday, 27 June 2011


This boy has been doing lots of good things lately.  He's been remembering to ask me politely, saying please and thank you for things that he might need help with.  This afternoon while I was making dinner Toby washed the dishes.  Sometimes when he's a little bored he asks me "Lisha....what can I do?", it can drive me up the wall.  So today I told him that if he asked me that I would give him some work to do.  He forgot, and asked me, so he got to put away the knives and forks.

About five minutes later he forgot again and asked me. . ."Lisha. . .what can I do?".  I laughingly suggested that he help me with the rest of the dishes.  Seriously he took me up on the offer and told me that he would wash the dishes while I cooked dinner. . . . . and so he did.  It was very helpful.

Last Friday Toby came home from school with a merit certificate for "Being a Great Class Member".  He was very excited to show us.  Today he came home from school wanting to take care of the class fish in the school holidays.  I'm quite sure he's up for the job seeing as he's such a great class member and great helper at home.

I love my little Toby who is growing so beautifully.


Saturday, 25 June 2011

Supporting the team

Amelia helped me make something last night.  It was a very important job she had to do.

You see she has another very important job to do on Saturday mornings.

So it was imperative that the first job she did was a good one so that her Saturday morning job would be a success.

I think she's very good at her job.  It's very important supporting her boys' teams.

It's good to know there are other working dogs out there doing their bit for the team.

Friday, 24 June 2011


Dear Mrs Mushroom Lady,

Tell me please, is my Amelia going to start hallucinating if she had a nibble at one of these?

I found them in the back garden mulch.

Or would they be Ok to sauté in a little butter and have on toast for breakfast?

Yours truly

Lisha the wannabe mushroom eater.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Tuesday Afternoon Sun

I have Toby home from school today, with the beginnings of an ear and throat infection.  There is no better place to be than in our back room sun on a cool and windy winters day.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Saturday Afternoon Sun

After a big walk it was snooze time out in the back room sun and a little crochet.  No soccer today, the grounds are still too wet, but boy is it a lovely sunny day.  I've opened all of the windows in the house to let in the fresh warm air.

The boys have been working on their miniature models, the dining room table has been taken over by an army of Orks, Roman soldiers, Goblins and Elves.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Back to the usual

Well here I am back home again and back into the usual routine.  After two weeks of peace and calm, yes even though my mum was having major surgery there was lots of peace and calm,  I am back in the thick of it again and it's exhausting me!!  I can often be found dozing on the lounge (or floor) by 8pm each night.

My mum is doing very well and we thank you for all of your well wishes.  She is recuperating and following my instructions to rest and take it easy.  I have lots of spies keeping an eye on her and informing me of her well being.  

We celebrated Kids Day on Monday, the long weekend holiday.  The boys were well rewarded for being such good kids, especially while I was away.  Two weeks is a long time to be away from their mum.  They received a mix of New South Wales and Queensland colours, seeing as we are all a bit of a mix of Queenslanders and New South Welsh people.  Even the big kid got his first Maroon jersey ever!  We spent the morning at The Tin Soldier in Penrith choosing some miniature figures to put together and paint up.

I was the recipient of some beautiful roses from my sister which brightened my day with lovely smells and colours.  Thanks Gabby and Neil!!

 Amelia has been very helpful in the kitchen too!  Sticking her nose in where it most pleases her.

I have a feeling she missed me lots while I was away, she is my constant shadow at the moment and there are a few signs and bits of evidence around the house (and in the camera) that she missed me!!

I started crocheting a simple blanket while I was up in Queensland with my mum.  I am so glad I did, it is such an easy one, no pattern followed, just up and back with a 7mm hook, very therapeutic while sitting by the hospital bedside.  I have been using Lindcraft's Zambezee yarn, the same yarn I crocheted my hat and Sam's hat and scarf out of.  It's a lovely silky acrylic with tencel.

It has been raining lots in Sydney, but there is still a fair bit of colour in the garden.  The Camelia Japonica's are flowering now with their lovley pinks and there are still some Autumn colours around.  I can see the bulbs starting to shoot up from the ground too, a few Jonquils here and there and I know those Freesias are popping up too, no flowers on them yet a little bit too early. 

No sooner do I get back from Queensland but my Sam has to be whisked away to camp this week.  He was sort of excited and sort of anxious.  They were going to the Great Aussie Bush Camp, but I don't think they will get to do as much of the outdoor activities as they'd like to with the weather being so wet.

I can only imagine the muddy, soggy and smelly laundry that will be coming home tomorrow.  I can't wait to see Sam though.

I must mention the joy it is to have instant broadband again.  To be able to upload multiple photo's in a couple of minutes instead of one photo taking 10 minutes to upload with mobile broadband.  I am happy to have my camera again too!!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Room with a view

Pre Op

Bowel prep, giggling silly playing eye spy in the waiting room, a very long few days.

Post Op

Crochet club in the penthouse balcony suite at Hotel Mater, a few more long days in recovery.

My Mum is doing very well now and we are hoping she will be home in the next day or two.  The large lumps removed were benign tumors so we are celebrating and giving thanks.  It took a good day to get through the nausea after the operation but she is up and running around the penthouse suite in Hotel Mater with views to the city and Mt Cootha. 

PS.  They serve good desserts there.