I am getting ready to head beachwards to spend Christmas with my entire family...its been a while.
Whilst I do love bright baubles and decorating with traditional colours, part of me also sighs with much appreciation at a washed out 'bleached' summer sunlight theme that so fits our Australian culture.
it soothes the mind and the soul....
it calms the overly sensitised spirit
and allows for a moment or two relaxing
and dreaming about what lies around the next bend in the road.
Whilst quietly reflecting in church this morning, I pondered again at the many beautiful songs in the hymn book. What a fitting way to mark the commencement of each new week.....a line or two from a chosen hymn.
Bowerbird Bazaar - It was awesome - totally awesome - we have some truly fantastic creative and artistic people in this country - true artisans. I got to meet someone I admire so much and got to speak with her AND when I returned to purchase form her stand she remembered me!!!
her words move me, her spirit pervades her and she just plain makes you feel like the world is a good place. Kylie your work is stunning!
These delectable Christmas decorations are made every year and you have to get in quick before they disappear. Looking for something special this yuletide then she is your girl @ paper boat press.
I also picked up some crocheted morsels here - Crayon Chick - again the delight of actually purchasing from the maker and creator beats the rush, push and shove of impersonal shopping centres. It makes you feel at one with the items you buy.
Go visit her here and see what amazing things she can do with your child's drawings!!!
Now here is something that truly blew me away.........I think these are just the most magical idea E.V.E.R.!!!
This is definitely in my Christmas shopping pile - I have nephews who will love this!!!! The kit comes with everything needed for creating your own lampshade cover AND it is completely washable - so the shades can be changed!!! Whats not to love??! Go ahead and visit two layers of cells and see what they have on offer.
I am a little bit excited......as I am heading off to Bowerbird Bazaar tomorrow!! Look at all the fab fab stuff that is going to be there AND one of my favourite artist/writer/artisans is going to have a stall there - YEAH!!!! I am so so excited!!
I will be back with my thoughts and ramblings from this event!!!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you do.
I have been away from here for far too long my friends. I think perhaps I just needed to step away and re-group. I have had to sift and sort through some 'stuff' and work out how I patch up a tattered and weary heart and jaded soul and step out again.
A dear friend of mine perhaps sensed the need for me to get away and so we sojourned for a writing retreat up at Mt Tamborine in QLD. It was superb, it was sublime, it was mentally, emotionally and spiritually refreshing.
We met some truly amazing people who just blew me away with their lifestyle choices - they showed me that they truly live by faith each and every day - and I have come back home feeling better. I am more grounded, I am quiet, I am subdued but I am better - and I am writing lots!!
I am now planning a sustainable veggie garden and making adjustments to my pace of life. My studies are now more manageable and I am smiling on the inside.
This is all good stuff and this is what I am thankful for today!!! Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Okay well here it goes I am about to have another little rant on the subject of parenting. Yes, I have written about this before and yet again I find myself observing something that defies belief. Now before I tell you the story I will pre-empt this by saying that I do NOT think I am the best parent in the world nor do I believe I have all the answers!!
I called past my local IGA this morning after doing the school drop off with my little M and noted a dad & mum with their little toddler sitting out in the rather chilly wind eating a morning snack - yes you guessed it - donuts with coca-cola AT 9AM!!!!!!!!!!!!
Firstly I WAS STUNNED that they were sitting outside in the freezing cold with the little boy all snuffled up with a green nose (again you can guess why - they were busy smoking away in between bites of the donuts) but to feed their darling little boy such manufactured sugar, preservative and additive filled food just had me speechless. He would have been under 2!!!! He had his own can of coke and donut. It was probably his breakfast.
I can only imagine how hyped up and ratty this boy is going to be by lunch time and his parents will probably wonder why their little son is being so naughty??!!
Okay, I do not smoke and am not out to have a go at those of you who do, BUT common sense prevails - it is icy cold out this morning and so surely sitting outside was not wise given that the boy was so obviously not well.
Then to choose such nutrient poor foods for their son just got to me. I came home really upset about it and it has me again questioning how people parent. Yes I know that everyone has different models to parent by and we all have had varied and rich experiences but this stuff is just the basics - it should be the ABC of parenting - feeding our children well and nourishing their bodies and their minds are the best gifts we can give them along with our love.
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My M is home from school.....again. He came back from his weekend at dad's very underpar and has got worse since. This seems to be an all too familiar story in our house. Last night I spent most of the night up with M as he was sick everywhere and naturally enough today I have had barely a spark out of him.
So off we go again to the doctor for a 'check up' and again I am told.....'its a virus!!!' Script for getting my M better: rest, rest, rest, liquids, keep temp down blah blah blah.
As a mum I feel so helpless watching my little M continually be unwell and yet we try and keep him warm, rug him up, feed him nutritious foods, don't allow too much junk to be consumed......I am really at my wits end.
We have just started work with a tutor for him and here I am in week 2 having to cancel it - this frustrates me beyond belief. M canot really afford to miss time from school, he has issues with learning and this just exacerbates the problem.
He is due to commence 3 weeks school holidays at the end of this week, I question myself as to why we can't just get through to the end of term but here we are plugging through this final week.
Am I missing something here???? Am I failing him as a mum, should I be trying to do more, should I be demanding we see someone else ( I have tried several doctors).......
Here's hoping that tomorrow my M and I can do some phonics work at least...
Our theme this week for Writing Group has been 'teacher' and this is my piece from that session. It still is raw and needs fiddling around with but it is a work in progress and may sit like this for a while.
I am taking my musings today from another blog I follow. Her post has me thinking...Heather over at Raining Silence linked the following video on her recent post...please take a couple of minutes out to watch it...
My dad keeps a journal and has been on at me for a while to record what happens in my life. My response has always been 'Well nothing exciting happens in my life' why on earth would anyone be interested in that!
BUT.....I am so interested in my grandpa's journalling (I only have faint memories of my grandpa as he died when I was 8) and the diaries my dad keeps....is that any more interesting??
Why do we so value what others do/experience/write but tend to diminish our own existence?
Will my M be interested in reading my notes and scribbles when he is older and want to have something to pass on to his children?
Will my life be interesting in 100 years???
I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you keep a journal? Do you like the idea??
the other night a dear friend popped around for a cuppa and a chat...and it was just so lovely...switching off from the world, life and the universe and catching up with what was happening in her space....at the end of the night when I turned to walk back in the house after saying goodbye I had one of those special moments...it had been softly raining all evening and raindrops had clustered on the diosmas out the front.....they sparkled in the evening light just like a string of dancing fairy lights...picture perfect....it made me smile.
This week seems to be crammed full of STUFF!!! Life is meant to be in a routine now, after all we are in to the 3rd week of Term Two - yet I find myself scrabbling around, behind the eight ball so to speak, racing the clock and just plain old disorganised!~!~!
I finally managed to get in some baking yesterday afternoon, only to be met by 'oh yum chocolate cake, oh no this one's no good mum'!!! - quick question - is there such a thing as bad chocolate cake?
My notes have started to arrive for study......and my desk is still looking, well not ready!!
My meal plans that worked so well last term, seem to have evaporated and now its madness at 6pm as I work out what we are going to eat for dinner. Shaun is having waaaayyyyyyy tooooooo many frozen dinners just now!
I have a study class tomorrow morning and I have to confess that I have not prepped for it yet........at least I have got the evening ahead....
I have finally managed to get to the bottom of our internet problem and with any luck we will be back on line at home really soon......
We have had our first weekend with our little respite foster girl and it was wonderful - she is a little cutie and certainly adds a new dimension to our home. She changed outfits on average 6x per day ( and she is only 5!!!)
I have my Writing Group tomorrow night and I am organised for that.
I have a quiet weekend with my books planned...that makes me smile.
I wonder, is your Wednesday leaving you frantic and struggling to keep up, or as I am trying to do (thanks to 'One Thousand Gifts') are you able to S.L.O.W. down and take in the good, the little, the moments...they are all precious. I am trying really hard to learn this new lesson, this taking time to make time idea.
Its been a while....our internet has been down and though I found it immensely frustrating it has also been strangely liberating. It has opened up time...time for me to read and as luck would have it my copy of 'One Thousand Gifts' by Ann Voskamp turned up. If you want to find out 'what it means to be...deeply human,...deeply spiritual,...deeply and authentically fulfilled' then this book is a must for you. TK xx
I am a tad annoyed with me just now....went to the doctors yesterday to get a renewed script for on-going medication, so no biggie, and then within about 10 - 15 minutes of getting back home I started to feel really really off colour. I have this horrid nausea that will NOT subside and a pounding headache that feels like I have been whacked across the head with a beach bat!
So bad did little old me feel that my Shaun had to get up and take young M to school this morning (this is a huge ask as Shaun works late afternoon and night shifts and had only got to bed at 4am). I have too much I need to be doing and really do not need another day or two of feeling awful.
Ginger tablets seem to be helping a little, along with sips of weak tea. Does anyone have some tried and true remedies that may help which do not require another visit to the doctors? Please let me know.....my life is waiting!!!
Did you watch THE WEDDING??? I did, I had no plans to but then ended up sitting with my sister and waited with bated breath to see Kate in THE DRESS! You see I was a real Diana fan....I can remember sitting in the common room at boarding school with a hoard of other boarders watching the beautiful girl bride that Diana was. This whole Royal Wedding has been handled differently...perhaps time has taught some lessons, lets hope so.
However I must say I am awfully glad I did not have to go through the whole sorry saga of sorting out an outfit fitting for just such an occasion. My heart goes out to poor Beatrice & Eugenie who have been slammed for their outfits and head pieces. Unusual choices yes, but after all we are all cut from a different cloth and the world would be a sad dreary place if we were all the same.
What would you have chosen if you were invited to the Royal Wedding?
Here are some of my picks.....but as you can see its left of centre and possibly not entirely suited.....
We are safely back home from our wonderful family centred weekend in the beautiful Port Lincoln where we had the honour of celebrating my dear Nan's 90th. She was in top form and it was such a blessing to see her sitting smiling and watching her family as we all spent time catching up and reminiscing times past. We all live apart and don't get to catch up very often so it was a really special time - one of those 'heart moments' in life.
Easter was almost an aside but I to want to pause play homage today for my Monday Musings' to one of my favourite poets, Christina Rosetti. She is well known for her religious tone and especially for her Easter themed works. Here is just one of my picks:
An Easter Carol
Spring bursts to-day,
For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.
Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.
Winter is past,
Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.
Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.
Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.
Uplift thy head,
O pure white Lily through the Winter dead.
Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.
All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.
Sing, Creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds and everything.
All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.
Whether you be of religious persuasion or not, I hope that you can see the beauty in Christina Rosetti's work and appreciate her ability to paint a picture with her descriptive verse. It truly feeds my soul.