14 Jul 2014

Term break

Nine weeks later, I find myself returning to this blog. It feels like I've missed an entire term. There have been lots of blogworthy events, but I've been  absent.  I'll catch up on the ig highlights over the next week.

For the meantime, the children have enjoyed their first week of school holidays.  We've been down the coast for a few days to stay with my parents, and go whalewatching.

Home for a couple of days, a double playdate (the horror!) and then all of us to Sydney. My main priority was the Quilt Show, which was great.

We also spent the day at Taronga Zoo, and a morning at IKEA.

Now we're home, much to the relief of the cat.

Ideally, we'll finally get this room swapping finished before school returns.

7 May 2014

Autumn is here

All over 

our unkempt garden
 are pieces of red.
  It's nice.

5 May 2014

Of homework and hankies

Our son has started receiving online homework - which seems like a great idea. Can't be lost, easy to access etc. There's a chat type option, so the class members can email each other. It's fairly slow, since their typing is fairly slow. Still.

It's reminded me of all those child internet safety guidelines - keeping the computer in a public place, and so on. Our computer lives in the 4th bedroom of our home, sharing the space with the sewing room, and general home office things.

So, we're rearranging. There's no longer going to be a dedicated sewing space, but I'll be putting all my crafting supplies into the wardrobe of this 4th room. We're removing extra cupboards out of this room, along with the computer desk, sewing table and maybe the filing cabinet.

The family room currently contains 2 large bookcases, a couch, and our gaming systems and tv. We're getting rid of the couch (since it won't fit down the hallway anyway) and moving all the rest into the 4th room.

We've also acquired a daybed with trundle which will serve as a couch for gaming/DVD watching and as spare bedding space.

It's such a big job, with so many steps. Ideally, I'd like to paint the bedroom while it's empty. I'd also like to be done by the time I start my block of work, in around 3 weeks time.

I'm trying to declutter and organise as I'm moving stuff, but it's taking time. And lots of mental and physical energy. Last week I was so annoyed with the whole process that I was driven to rationalise my underwear drawers. (Quick, useful, achievable task!).

In and under the drawers were some of my handkerchief collection, most of which I inherited from my Mama. I washed them all up on the weekend, and then they served very nicely as a calming down task for a grumpy child. Who asked if they could it again, next time they're grumpy.

And that's how my children's school homework policy has led to this lovely stack of freshly ironed hankies.

30 Mar 2014

Making Everyday Easier - breakfast sorted!

Lately, I've only been blogging when something exciting happens. Like a holiday. We've been on a few holidays in the last year, so that's helped.

Everyday life has been feeling more demanding, and I've barely done any crafting, so there hasn't been any finished crafty projects to show off. So I'm trying to think of ways of getting ahead and organised.

Pinterest has been full of suggestions, and today I've been trying out make ahead breakfasts. My children love to eat an egg for breakfast, and I'm very happy for that to continue - great protein source, sustained energy, and it doesn't take them an hour to eat. (Sadly, cereal does actually take an hour to eat. It's infuriating!)

I baked eggs in silicon cups for about 10 minutes in a moderate oven.

I brushed the cups with a little melted butter for non-stick insurance, and they slipped right out.

One child prefers plain egg, and other wanted bacon and a little cheese on their egg muffin. I cooked the bacon in the oven too, since it was already on.

Pinterest suggested wrapping the finished muffins in paper towel, since the best microwave results are achieved by cooking in it.

So the muffins are in the freezer, and we'll be taste testing in the morning. Apparently one minute in the microwave will do it.

I'm looking forward to it; easy cooking, and no washing up of that little frypan every day.