Friday, February 27, 2009


A few of my favority things in my home.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Is it Wednesday?

This week has whizzed by, although I do realize it's only Wednesday. However I selected to take a day off on Friday and spend the lovely day at home all by myself :: alone :: I cannot remember the last time I did this! Boy am I looking forward to a complete day of peace. To sew, sew, sew and watch something lovely, like Sense & Sensibility (for the 20th time) or Love Actually or some other girly movie.....Yippee!!!

Anyway, I found this listy thing the other day on someone other blog (which unfortunately I can't remember the name of)....but it seemed like a bit of fun.....

done....want to do...not done

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii - does a stop over on route count????

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Helped a child you didn't know

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain - I live on one, does that count?

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo - everyday, but only when no one is listening!!!

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train - this is on the tippy top of my list!

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 in a gondola in Venice - love to do this with my oldest

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 - all the time they are just up the mountain abit from me

36. Taught yourself a new language - does profanity count?

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung karoke - very badly whilst intoxicated

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower - got to the bottom, but couldn't convince my companions to go to the top :-(

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China - second at the top of my list

57. Started a business

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. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy - too many things back home I wish I had saved

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

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards 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

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

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. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

Monday, February 16, 2009


Sometimes the best photos are those taken by the eyes of a child. These are some of my favorite snaps by Little J.
The Bum

How to get a long snake in one photo.....6 year old style :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Things Loved

As today is the day to celebrate love and I am having a day thinking about the places, people and things I love.

The Three J's....looking handsome as usual and of course my #1 love.

The view from Orford Castle. Reminds me of my Mum and Dad........I very clearly remember visiting this place with my family back in '77 when we were kids. We had moved back to England temporarily and were living in a small Suffolk town. This is a good childhood memory.

The view from Inverness Castle. I took a trip to Scotland a few years back all by myself. Quite brave of me really, but I loved Scotland. It seems like a simple but rewarding place.

Me! Ahhh!!! In Scotland and actually I photo of me that doesn't make me cringe....I am feeling a bit low about things today, so I posted this to remind myself that I haven't completely gone to pot........I actually can't believe I am going to post this.

The path home. This is an old railway line that ran between the small towns in the hills back home (Perth). I walked and rode my horse along this path countless times as a kid growing up until the day I moved aways when I was in my early 20's. It is one photo that brings memories of home very close.....

Happy Love Day everyone....I hope your day brings you love and happiness.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Little Red Car

I realized in my last post that I reference Mr. VW without explanation. He is of course my other half and has a life long love affair with classic vw beetles. Hence, Mr. VW. After over a decade of togetherness, we eventually found his little love on the side of the road with a big 4 sale sign. Quick test drive and a match was made. We are a folk of little means :: little paychecks that is. But this little car has bought us all love -including the J's. Red73VW is suffering the effects of time, leaky windows and rain and needs some serious "pan" work, but we still love a quick zip around the countryside on a sunny afternoon. Here's the little beauty :: very photogenic, but slightly sadder looking up close. Nevertheless a family member.

Speaking of family members, I can't resist but to share these two little family members. Linus and Sally. Two of the Four canine members :: Pigpen, Linus, Lucie & Sally. Here is Mr. Linus, the senior gentleman of the pack who has in his old age mistaken my clean washing for a lovely soft place to sleep. We think his mind might be going a tad bit in his old least he didn't mistake it for a place to spend a penny. The other is the baby of the group, Sally aka "The Stomach" or "Log" for her vast expanse and love of the 'f' word :: food. Here she is even in sleep guarding her treat from the others.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I loaded the little counter thingy the other day :: over there on the right hand side, see? It's still in the single digits (all generated by me)....but I am determined to carry on. I would take a photo of my latest little table quilt thingy which is lovely and bright and colourful, but the camera has devoured the batteries again and is now requesting new ones, which I don't have. Not to worry, I managed to squeak a couple out while we were on our Sunday adventure up the mountain. The photos don't do it justice, but this playground has the greatest view! Little J had a fab time and the weather wasn't too chilly and Mr VW really got into a game of 'sticks' with him. Anyway, it's literally on top of a mountain and if the sky were clearer and the camera not so crap, you could see that you can see for miles and miles.......

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Blustery Day

It's rather windy and blustery here today. It's supposed to be warm again, 50F or there abouts. However I think the wind will make it feel cooler. Some sun would be lovely to melt the left over yucky snow and ice. I am now checking the garden daily for signs of my daffodils, but I am probably too far ahead of the game. I have lived her 12 years and still can't figure out when spring arrives. Here is a little quilt I made a while ago. I don't know why I can't get around to hanging it. But once in a while I get it out just to take a look. I like it quite alot. :-)