Friday, January 23, 2009

Things about me

I have seen this on many, many blogs over the last month or two, so decided I should add it myself to give my loyal (well hopefully loyal) blog readers some more info about me

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower, the benefits of lost a camping as a child
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to Disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped, no bloody way
12. visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch, cross stitch at age 16
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables, the plan for 09
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen Niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo's David in person
41. sung karaoke (only when very drunk)
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted, and entered into Archibald prize
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business (does making friendship bracelets to sells as a 12 yr old count)
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood, that reminds me I must go again
65. gone sky diving, ditto to No 10
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque, oops banks fault
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy, lots
70. visited the Lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job (laid off.. all the same)
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating (a fish does that count)
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury, got called up for jury duty and then got picked for a trial, but excused myself due to work commitments (does that count)
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person.
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Books, Books and More Books

Well all I can say is Baa, Baa (hehe....). Seeing that all my quilting friends, here, here and here are doing it to I thought I might join in the fun.

Not that I need any more encouragement to read, I was one of those children that always had there head stuck in a book.

So 50 books by midnight on 31 Dec 2009

Finished to date

1. The Long Hot Summer - Mary Moody (Jan 09)
2. The Quilter's Kitchen - Jennifer Chiaverini (Jan 09) not sure if this one counts as it is more recipes then story but it is a novel so I am going to count it :)

Currently reading

3. Always and Forever - Cathy Kelly

I am a big Cathy Kelly fan, find her books easy reading but also interesting. I use to fly back and fwd from Melb - Sydney when I first met my lovely husband. (He lived in NSW, me in VIC) and I use to end up buying at least one book for the flight (sometime I finished it when I was there and had to buy another for the flight back) so needless to say I have a reasonable collection she was one of my favs to buy. I have read this many times before but when Ruth mentioned it I had to drag it out again.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Plan for 2009

I now have a plan of projects that I am going to do for 2009, well the start of hopefully. I have added a To Do List to this blog to keep me in check, of course my Baby Dear Jane and the Doll Quilts that I am doing in a class are on top of this. Humm me thinks that I might have to talk to work about dropping my hrs back down to 15 as soon as I can. I need more sewing time, maybe I should start by getting of the computer

Sunday, January 4, 2009

What a trip to GardenWorld + 3 days + 2 wonderful parents can acheive

This December just gone makes it 7 years that we have been in our house and we still had not done much to the backyard, we have a path that runs from the backdoor of the carport to the backdoor of the house and small garden either side of it and in the last 12 month Andrew has finally got to put in his fish pond, but apart from that our backyard was bear and therefore not a nice place to be in summer.

Now that Bastian is close to walking, I started to think that it might be nice to be able to spend time out there.

So.... We spent Wednesday afternoon at GardenWorld and brought up big on Natives, and we hired a Rotary Hoe for the weekend.

The result
Doesn't look like much in the photo, but I am really happy with it. We have still left a large grassy area so the Bastian and any future siblings have some to play. We have other plans to put in a gazebo area so we have somewhere nice to sit. However like all things in life that will have to wait till we have available funds.
The other thing that I am very excited about that was done over the weekend is my veggie garden, now a bit of a background. I have wanted a veggie garden since we moved in. So not long after we moved my lovely Dad put in a small fence so that I could keep our dog out and dug it all up for me, and ..... I let it sit there. So a while later Andrew one again dug it up for me... and once again I did nothing, this has happened a few times over the last 7 yrs. So much so that it is bit of a running joke.
Anyway as we had the Rotary Hoe for the weekend we decided to dig it up again, this time I brought some pine sleepers and Dad has made actual garden beds, so I am planning to go down the street this week and get some bails of hay and some seedlings. It is a bit late in the year to plant veggies, but our weather is more like a late spring at the moment, so I am hoping to have some luck with them. I will post some pics once they are all set up.

Quilty Christmas Gift

This year I got some nice quilty Christmas gift from my Mum. Got to love mums :)

I got a Jelly Roll of the Sweet Pea range, a book on creating quilts from Jelly Rolls and some gloves to use when Machine Quilting, they are meant to help grip the material and make it easier to maneuver, plus keep the quilt cleaner, and of course a got a tin of Haighs Chocolate Teddy Bears which I get each year.

I have already chosen a quilt to use the Jelly Roll for. This one

Only problem is that the jelly roll I got only had 29 strips in it and I need 40 so I will be going to my local quilt shop tomorrow to try and but another one. Now I just have to get some time to make it.