Friday, March 26, 2010


On Christmas Day my dear sister-in-law tried to teach me how to crochet.  Fortunately for me she is a talented and patient teacher and I managed to learn enough about reading patterns to be able to pick it up.  She also introduced me to a delightful blog, Attic24, where I discovered the pattern for these little flowers.  If you like to look at crochet, or learn about it, that's a good place to start.  Lucy's work is much better than mine and I love her many beautiful creations.

My intention is to make many of these flowers and use them to decorate a plain net curtain for Abby's bedroom.  The first flower I made, top left, is made of something cheap from K-mart (I lost the label and I don't remember what it was).  The other two, bottom left, (shown with the original) are made from a bamboo/cotton blend.  I like the feel of this, and the fact that it is not so 'fluffy' looking as the first one, although it splits easily when trying to crochet with it.  I'm a little annoyed that I ended up with almost the same colours from two different shopping trips.  I must plan better next time, but I guess this is indicative of what colours I like.   When I have enough money, I intend to buy some different colours, to add variety and brighten it all up a bit.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A look at homonym's

Last week at FaithWriters (a site for Christian Writers) we had a 'mini-challenge' involving writing a story and using five sets of homonym's within the story.  When I looked up the link we were given listing many homonyms a ridiculous little story popped into my head and I wrote it down for fun.  Here it is.

Faye's Strange Day 

Faye lived in a cosy house in a small town by the beach. One morning, as she ate an egg and wurst sandwich for breakfast, she felt the strangest sensation on the heel of her bare left foot. Looking down she was surprised to see a fay, one of the little folk, sticking a large pin into the heel.

Faye angrily kicked at the little lady, who promptly disappeared into a small knot hole in the floorboards, leaving Faye puzzled about the whole experience.

As Faye stood up to begin clearing away her breakfast dishes, she noticed her heel was numb. As the morning progressed, the heel began to swell and by evening Faye could barely walk and when her husband arrived home, they took a drive to the local hospital to get it checked.

After one look at Faye’s pale face, the nurse on duty ushered her into a cubicle and hurried off to find the nearest Doctor. Faye was concerned when she overheard the nurse speaking to the Doctor. “There’s a woman just arrived and I took one look at her and, seeing how fey she looked, I thought I’d better get her checked quickly.”

A Doctor entered the cubicle shortly after and seemed puzzled by Faye’s injured heel. “I know of only one way to heal an injury like this. Because it was inflicted by the little folk, we’ll need to use their own remedies to cure it. I must ask what you were doing when this occurred.”

Faye told the story of her morning and the Doctor nodded and “Hmm, hmm’d” until she mentioned the wurst she had been eating.

“Ah, huh! That is the cause of this problem. There is only one cure for you. You must stand up, wave your arms above your head and repeat three times “I waive the right to eat wurst for breakfast”.”

Faye was most puzzled by this cure, but after her peculiar day, she decided to try it. As she finished her third recital, she felt a tingle in her left heel and looked down to see it had been completely healed.

“Now,” said the Doctor, “You must never eat wurst for breakfast again or the worst thing imaginable will happen. This heel would swell again and we would never be able to heal it afterwards.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Proud of my kids.

It's been a couple of months now since the kids started at their new school.  This photo was taken on their first day.  Ben refused to co-operate and so he gets a goofy photo of himself.  So far the kids have all coped really well with our move.  They have settled into school and are making us proud of them in many ways.

Abby has made some good friends and her teacher tells us that she is one of the top readers in her class.  Abby has earnt the respect of her class mates by the impressive stories she writes and takes to school to share with them.  She had her tenth birthday on the 9th of March.  We had a cake for her on her birthday with all the neighbourhood kids and had a 'Mystery Dinner' birthday party with a few school friends on Friday 12th.  It's hard to believe that my little baby has grown up so quickly. 

Tim has also settled into school very well.  In the first week of school, his class mates voted for him to be 'Class Captain' for the first half of the year He is on the T-ball team, in the choir and in the chess club. He has also made some good friends, both at school and at home.  His teacher informs us that he is in the highest reading group and recently scored the highest score (48/50) in his class for a practice test they were doing in preparation for the NAPLAN testing next term.  He is also eagerly sharing his faith with friends at school and has recently asked to be baptised, which will happen on Easter Sunday when my parents will be staying with us.

Ben is continuing the tradition Tim started for our family.  Breaking his right arm at the age of six.  On Friday 26th February, as Simon was walking out the door to leave for the Katoomba Men's convention, Ben fell off his stationary bike and began to whimper about it hurting.  After a hospital visit it was discovered that he had a fracture.  I thank God for the community I live in because my neighbours fed my other children and put them to bed whilst I sat at the hospital with Ben.  At parent/teacher interviews today, Ben's teacher greeted us with, "You have a very clever little boy."  During the interview she showed us a test she had done with him, explaining they don't normally even try this test until late year 2 or 3.  Ben had breezed through the first page and continued reasonably easily on the next page.  She then mentioned that she would like to get him tested to see if he is 'gifted'.  We have noticed lately that as we try to help Abby with maths homework, he often answers before she does.  Ben also joined the chess club today.

Ezra is doing extremely well at pre-school.  He begged to go for the three weeks before he started and on his first day told me quite firmly that I could go now and he'd stay without me.  This is remarkable considering how clingy and shy he seemed to be last year.  Our move seems to have turned him into a regular little socialite.  When he is at home he loves to rush out to the playground and chat to anyone who will stop and listen.  He has planty of companions close to home as there are 8 boys around his age living in our community, and he seems to be quite popular at pre-school also.