Barrack, our rooster, likes to start crowing at around 3 AM so he has to be put away in the shed every night. Alan has made him a special cage and away he goes at night time. Barrack's crows are muffled and they don't disturb all of Kirup. Anyway, the kids love helping Alan with the chooks at night as they get to have a cuddle with them. Here is Piper with Barrack
Saturday, December 29, 2012
We have had a lovely time this year. Jacob, Naomi and the kids have come across from Queensland to stay with us until mid January. Kenric, Marilyn and Evangeline came down for the day and Alan went over and picked Beryl up from the home and brought her home for the day.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It was with great regret that we decided it was time for my dear mother-in-law to go into a nursing home. I had hoped I could keep her here with us until she left this earth. Unfortunately it all got too much. We have found her a lovely place in Bunbury and on Monday, Alan and I took her to the home. We told her on Saturday evening but she had forgotten.
I have been in every day to make sure all is going well and her settling in is not too traumatic. There have been some bumps in the road not helped by the fact that she can't articulate what she wants and needs.
Today a very nice gentleman came from aged care to assess her to see what level of care she needed. She has been assessed as high care although fortunately not going to into the dementia unit as she would be distressed there. We are so thankful for this. Also, fortunately they can offer her a room at the facility in another area of the nursing that will look after all her needs.
Oh the guilt! I feel like the wicked witch of the west. I know it is for the best as I was struggling to look after her. She had a fall on Sunday. Luckily Dr Smith and Nurse Smith were on hand to make sure all was well.
I know this is for the best.
Monday, October 8, 2012
I also got to go out to dinner with my fourth son which I enjoyed very much.
I always go up to Perth over night as even though it is not too far I find I get too tired to go up and back in one day. On the way back I stopped in at Safety Bay to have even more cuddles with my gorgeous grand daughter.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Firstly I have not been comfortable with my stitching area. Don't think I like my stitching room. I have this thing about rooms. I didn't like the lounge area of my last house. Never liked it and wouldn't really sit in it. Anyhow, we have been doing a bit more unpacking and organising and I bought my old tea trolley down from the shed and set it up next to the sofa in our living area. Placed Beryl's lamp for light at night. Have gorgeous light during the day as there is a window behind me. Much better.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
So on the very late evening of the 9th of April I managed to put the last back stitch into the blessed piece. I had to have it finished for the new part release on the 10th.
Do I like the design? Well yes I do and it is certainly a lovely stitch. I don't think it will fit into my house though and hopefully when it is done someone will be desperate to own it.
So why I am spending the best part of a year stitching on it? Dunno.... I think it is a motivator. I want to stitch but feel so exhausted all the time. This design has enough colour change not to be boring and I like stitching pretty things. It is also just plain cross stitch. It is enough.
So here is the picture I sent to the lovely designer Angie. She does some gorgeous designs.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Anyway these was taken last father's day when he was asked to go to Lachlan's daycare to celebrate father's day.
Had a terrific weekend with Kenric and Marilyn coming to stay overnight. It was his birthday yesterday. He is 29. Where does the time go? Mary Lyn (Marilyn), as we call her, is battling away with her pregnancy. Little Miss Smith is making her mother quite ill.
Now for an update of a stitchy picture. It is Dorothy Preston. I started stitching Dorothy around the time my mum got very ill or when she died. Not sure which because they where quite close to each other. I would like to finish her this year. Did I tell you I had to restart her because I cut the fabric too small. Now I never do that. I guess I had a good excuse.
Well here she is. You can see her percentage progress on my side bar.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Firstly my baby boy has passed his driving test. He has only to wait 6 months and clock up 20 hours of driving time (with a licensed driver) and he will have his License. I am thankful for that.
Secondly I have to tell you that my second boy who studies at the University of Notre Dame here in Western Australia received an email from the University to tell him that he has won the Vice Chancellors medal for the School of Medicine for 2011. He has only this year to go and he will be Doctor Smith.
Yep a proud Mum and Dad are we.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Firstly this is the very first progress picture of my Baroque Gardens which is an online SAL by Chatelaine. I then saw some progress pictures of it being stitched on black and what can I say but the heart was weak. Was probably one of those down days when stash shopping makes it all better for a nano second. Anyway, I promised myself that I would start it when we moved down here to Kirup. That would be my reward. Then I had to get the fabric and the rest of the materials. Money was not at a premium so that took a while. I seem to be stitching it in the afternoons at the kitchen table with a good light.
and here is the very first progress picture with just a tad under 1000 stitches done
Now for my Coat of Arms SAL. I really love how this sampler is starting to look. I am stitching it on what I think is a 40 count Summer Khaki Zweigart using 1 strand of Dinky Dyes Kayla's Rose.
It is a much more vivid colour (the thread) but I want to get stitching on my Baroque Garden for this afternoon. Tonight I am putting away my COA and will probably pick up Dorothy Preston.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Aka my Thermomix now named Arnie arrived today. I am so excited as this mean machine is all part of my plan to becoming a little bit more live off the land type self sufficient type thing. I laybyed this little beauty last June and have at long last paid it off. Julie (the sales lady person) is phoning me tomorrow to go over everything and then I can experiment. Woohoo
Also my parcel from Martina arrived. Lovely scrumptious Weddingen Linen. I love this linen. I now have another metre each of 30 count Antique White and Fawn, 34 count Antique White linen. I also ordered the Dragon Quaker chart.
Tomorrow you get to see my first progress photo of Chatelaine's Baroque Gardens. Maybe my progress thus far on the Coat of Arms SAL if I manage to finish page 15 tonight.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
It has been a case of 3 stitches forward and 2 back so not much achieved. I am stitching the skin 1 over 1. Think it looks a bit messy. Too bad as I am over frogging.
Here's my progress picture
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Well 2011 bought some big changes to this girl. I sold my shop, I sold my house, I bought another house in the country, I had my MIL come to live with me, my dad moved, my youngest son moved to Uni, my third son moved to Queensland and gave me 3 beautiful step grandchildren, he also got engaged, my 2nd son and his wife announced they were pregnant so another grandchild, a beautiful baby girl from my Laura, my eldest son and his wife also moved down south with us, my husband changed careers, as did my eldest son, I finished my first big crossword puzzle, I finished 2 crocheted afghans, I finished a UFO (Quaker Stocking by CHS), I also finished another very small UFO by Lori Birmingham, I had 2 new finishes. First was the Imystery and 2nd was a Bent Creek Uncle Sam. I also took delivery of 4 chooks (chickens for the non Australians) and they free range. I am sure there were many more things that happenend but I wanted to condense it all down. These are in no particular order.
Also did you notice that I have those percentage things on my side bar. Gosh I feel so clever to have them.
Well that is all folks. I will check in again real soon as I have heaps more to add.