Saturday, September 15, 2012

I trained him well

Friday evening.

The most strenuous thing I had to do yesterday was remember the hairdresser appointments for Megan & I. And remember to go to afternoon assembly at the primary school.

Hubby spent the day at the mine, working extra hours as he does.

Arrives home, I duck to the shops to get some urgent groceries.

I come back to this:

Slaving away in the kitchen, finishing prepping the dinner that I started.

So what did I do?

The only thing a good wife does:

he he he......

Cheers, ladies, good health to you!

Karen xx

Monday, September 10, 2012

More Family Visitors

I have good reason for being super quiet on the blog front this week.

My Dad came to our new town & stayed with us on Tues & Wed nights.

My Mum & Stepdad are currently visiting, staying in a motel just around the corner for 2 nights.

So I have been playing the role of personal tour guide, which they tell me they have appreciated. I'm pretty sure they tell the truth. Except when I was a kid & the subject was Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. Or that the wind would change & my face would stay in that funny face I pulled. Forever.

Took a quick couple of snaps last night at the pub where we had dinner:

horse related decor in the stockhorse capital of the country

loving the tablecloths!

that's us, except me of course. Someone had to take the photo!
Ray's artwork during the LONG wait for dinner.
Apart from eating out, I have been driving our visitors around to the same places I have already shown you. The places that are part of our new routine.

And I get to do it all again in 2 weeks, when a friend of mine comes with her hubby & kids.

Would anyone else like a personal tour? I'm loving having visitors.

Karen xx

Monday, September 3, 2012

Physiotherapy & chocolate - what the?

Went to physio today. This old bod needs to work, with lots of aches & tightness, kind of a hangover from my nightfill job.

Worked on one shoulder & arm, stretching out the muscles a bit.

Gave me an exercise band & a list of exercises to do every day until my next session.

The band smells like chocolate.

It really does! Liam (9 & home sick from school today) commented on it first. So I am not making it up. I got Megan to smell it & she agrees. Ray kind of agrees, thought it smelt odd but couldn't place it. Yep, cheap chocolate. Zac just thinks it smells like it's meant to.

Does it smell like chocolate to make it more inviting for me to use? So I get at least some enjoyment from my exercising?

Or is it giving me permission to eat chocolate after I've done my daily workout?

You decide!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Another Gorgeous Sunny Weekend

I have to love this time of year. The sun is shining more often than not. Sure the nights are still cold cool here (the last few have been only 1 or 2 degrees), but with a wood fire, we are fortunate to be snug & warm in our home.

The trees are blooming. It's just too, too nice to be inside.

Yesterday I took the younger two kids to a Farmer's Market. Now, tell me what images those words conjure up in your head.

Farmer's Market.

I imagined trestle tables with boxes of potatoes, pumpkins, onions, cauliflowers, cabbages, lettuce, oranges, strawberries, lemons, etc to be felt, smelt, bought & brought home to enjoy the fresh, full flavours.

It was advertised as having local beef & lamb available to buy.

Exactly what we have been looking for.

It wasn't what I expected. Let's just say I didn't come home with any fruit. Or veg. Or meat. But we did have really yummy sausage sandwiches. And I tasted a really yummy locally made red wine. And I brought home some direct from the local factory fudge. I guess I am used to bigger markets. This one only had a dozen stalls. However I would like to stop at the seed stall once we are back in a home of our own.

I really really really wanted to see the bag lady. And she did not disappoint! I have never been a "bag lady", but I swear she could convert me! For those of you who missed it on Facebook, here's a pic:

Driving home:

grape vines

olive trees

Today saw a bbq at the primary school to celebrate the appointment of our new Parish Priest, Father Peter. Every Vietnamese Priest I have ever met has been named Peter. Very popular name!

that's my two on the left with sunnies on their head, plus Megan in  between

father & son basketball

Liam spectating

(We had some other photos too, but they had other people's kids in them & I didn't want to put them online without their parents' permission.)

Apart from that, it's been washing, washing and more washing.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Tell me what your favourite stall is at your local markets.

Karen xx