Catch up 2

I am on a roll…housework can’t stop me now!  Dennis the Destructive Vizsla Dog honored me with a Kind Blogger Award, which was very, very kind.

I, in turn, would like to pass it onto some blogs that I lurk, read, laugh and look for again.

The Duck Herder, who is very kind to ALL poultry and is trying to save the world for everyone!

Voice of the Turtle, the me that walks the other side of the world when I am asleep on this side.

Even in a little thing: because we all need good, kind teachers and she is one.

One Little Detail, whose blog I have recently discovered and am thoroughly enjoying.



Kind Blogger Award recipients, take out ‘Sarah’ and imagine your name there!





Catch up 1

I was pleased and honored to receive a Tree of Happiness award from Voice of the Turtle,

and now I can catch up and do the things that one does after one has learnt to put such an award in one’s sidebar (Thanks again VotT!) and these things are: name 6 things that make me happy, name those I pass the award on to, and link to the passer and the passee’s.

Six things that make me happy:

1.  Rainy days when I don’t have to be anywhere and I have some good movies or books.  And no housework.  Well, that would make me happy if it ever happened…really I think that just might be my favorite dream.  You can see how I might get confused.

2.  A new secret cookbook purchase.  It’s a bad habit, but a happy one.

3.  Watching my chooks being chooky when they’ve forgotten I’m there.

4.  Hearing my kids laugh.  Together. At the same time.  Not at each other.  If they’re laughing at me, that’s OK too.

5.  The smell of onion frying in butter.

6.  Listening to my Ipod shuffle while I cook, with a glass of wine/beer/scotch close by.


And my recipients are:

Free Flow Life: who is working very hard at learning about the difference between trees and weeds.

Rhubarb Whine: who makes me think she’d be a Willow if she were a tree.

Light.Sweet.Crude: who thinks I’m stalking her, for sure! But her funnies make me feel normal.

Food History: whose creativity and subtle sense of humor makes me smile.

Wendy Palmer: whose blog offers me the ‘Aha!’ moments that help me write.

Thankyou, I appreciate you all, and though you may not realise it, you all make little contributions to my headspace through the day: food for thought, smiles, and even conversation fodder – I always need conversation fodder to feed my incessant need to talk.  Bet you had no idea!?


Happy Days

It’s one and a half weeks to the school holidays and I can’t wait.  Nothing has changed from the time I was a kid and school dragged time out torturously until the holidays started.  Other mothers have looked at me askance for my predilection for the holidays to start.  “What…you want them hanging around bugging you that they’re bored, wanting you to amuse them and eating you out of house and home?” they say to me in a number of different ways.  “Ahyup!” I say to them.  “Why?” they ask me, “Why?  Why?  Why?”

I’ll tell you why:

1.  Routine completely breaks down.  No waking at 6am, or getting out of bed at that hour whether one is awake or not.

2.  We can have semi-legitimate pajama days, and if anyone comes around and surprises us all at home in our jarmies, we can say “We have one pajama day every school holidays,” and they never need to know that it is the third one we’ve had.  In a row.

3.  We have food experiments whenever it takes the mood.  “Mum can we try grilling Nutella and sesame seeds on celery sticks for morning tea?”…..”Ahyup!”

4.  There aren’t any (many) fights because I have a path to the clothes line that I need dug out, and if you have the energy to fight, then you have the energy to dig out Mama’s path.  They don’t get bored for the same reason.  I can’t wait till that path is finished!

5.  I have an excuse not to worry about the housework because I can always roll my eyes to the visitors and say “Can you believe how messy the house gets when the kids are home from school?” and they say “Yes,” politely, which really just feeds my justification.

6.  The kids are now totally into what they call the ‘old classic’ movies that I love.  I’m talking ‘Star Wars’, ‘Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Return of the Jedi’, anything with Harrison Ford, submarines or special effects etc etc.  Yeah, I know – old classics?  How rude.

7.  Having them out of school for two weeks, we get to break the nit cycle.  Oh, come on…I know it’s distasteful, but it is a reality.  It can’t be only me, can it?  Can it?  Bugger.

8.  I can have Nana-naps.

9.   Under the guise of supervising something fun for the kids we can roast many bags of marshmallows inside in front of the slow combustion fire.  “Kids!  Where are you, it’s time to roast marshmallows……whaddya mean you’re over it?!  You guys have no staying power, toss me that bag and I’ll show you how it’s done…Kids?  Kids?”

10.  Who doesn’t feel better after 14 mental health days in a row?  I like not having to argue over homework and assignments…it means I can just enjoy my kids as people….before they grow up, get wise to public transport and discover ways to escape my tormenting clutches.

I’m going to have to start thinking about how to drive them nuts now, or my path may never get finished!