Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 32- A Bathroom Reno

This is the before picture of our bathroom. You cannot see it but this is our nightmare and all because the previous owners cut costs and did not prepare the flooring correctly with waterproof materials. The tub and vanity basin are both cracked, the tiles are lifting and cracking and the entire floor is squishy from trapped water, not to mention a horrible damp smell. 
This was my last bubble-bath in the best bathtub ever.
I am sad we have to replace it but I will have a new one here soon.

And this is what greeted us at the end of Day 1 of a renovation
that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. 
In the shower area you can see how wet the floor was under the tiles.  
The builders did a great job and by Friday afternoon our bathroom looked like this.
I have been having problems with my right foot and part of my therapy is to roll a spikey ball with my arch. Milly has other plans for my spikey ball and as soon as I start rolling it on the floor she attacks my foot and steals the ball. It is very cute, but she is a bit vicious.
I am part of a group of crazy walking ladies who are challenge each other with FITBIT steps. Nicky and I have also started our Point to Pinnacle training. I  had a very good walking week!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 31-Let the training begin

This little beauty is my 1940 Singer Featherweight and it is currently being rebuilt in Salt Lake City in the USA. She will be with me in the next few months. I cannot wait for her to arrive.
This week Nicky and I entered Point to Pinnacle. A 21km walk from Westpoint Casino in Hobart to the summit of Mt Wellington. This will be a challenge for sure! 
Well after all the talking about it I have finally registered. I have made my initial payment for the 8.5km Fun Run part of The Great Wall of China marathon on 21st of May 2016.
I am so excited about doing this and am now in serious training mode.  
Saturday night we celebrated Maree's 50th birthday!
It was a lovely night spent with good friends.

Week 30-Tasmanian Beaches

The cold weather has put me in the mood to snuggle up at night with a romantic novel.
The new Nicholas Sparks novel is proving to do just that and is a great page turner.
These Americana Raggedy Annie's now belong to 6 very good friends. There are 2 in Tasmania, 1 in Oklahoma, 1 in Wyoming, 1 in California and 1 in Utah. The idea was our Instagram friendship group would all have the same Annie as a symbol of the special bond we all share with each other. Mine is the dolly on the right in the top left picture. She is very cute!
Thursday and Friday I had professional learning at 7 Mile Beach
learning all about Restorative practises.
A beach walk before breakfast was a wonderful way to start the day.
On the weekend the Primary Team had a "Professional" bonding session at Nicky's shack at St Helen's.
We started with a counter meal at the pub on Friday night, followed by bubbles, cheese platters and nibbles, a game of Articulate and lots of fun and hilarity!
This has been a busy but fun week!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week 29-Christmas in July

Friday night saw a Christmas in July dinner party at home for myself and my Ravo Chick friends.
Alex and Georgia helped with the decorating and the dining table and lounge area looked wonderful!
We all made a little effort and Santa hats were optional, but of course I love a good dress-up!  
I had to have a wee sip of Red while waiting for my guests to arrive.
Here we all are-Lisa, Sally, Jacqui, Cathy, Deb and Narelle.
A lovely get together as usual. It really is wonderful having such " old" friends.
We all get on so well and totally enjoy each others company.
We forgot to take a photo of the soup and the main course but here is the delicious dessert!
A wonderful Plum Pudding, a yummy meringue and the best chocolate dipped strawberries!!
Saturday morning Nicky and I took the very pretty Gretel for a walk along the Tailrace.
No sewing for me this week but I did receive these lovely goodies from my bestest Wyoming buddy, Bessi! The bag is made from Vintage Market fabric and the bockin has its very own nest! So cute!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 28-Holidays

A little more 4th of July sewing this week. I really enjoyed working this small cross stitch. 
I have had little time and enthusiasm to sew this week but have managed to make
3 more Farmgirl Vintage blocks. 
Auntie Rita hasn't been very well this week and we have visited with her a couple of times.
She really is a sweet heart and I love her sense of humour. 
Georgia has enjoyed getting to know Auntie Rita better and the two of them have
become good buddies. 
On Saturday night Andrew and I had a special date night at The Charles. A lovely dinner, a few wines, and a relaxing bubble bath...a lovely way to end the school holidays.  
On Sunday Andrew competed in a band competition at Campbell Town.
He hates this photo but I think it really captures his cheeky side. 
Sunday afternoon was a miserable cold and grey afternoon so the girls and I had an Orange is the New Black binge session. Heat pump, cuddles, quilts, chocolate and episode after episode...  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July-Week 27-Liffey Falls

Alex is in Bali for Meggi and Andrews wedding this week. It has been fun Skyping with her.
The day finally arrived, it went beyond all expectations and they all had a wonderful day. 
They all looked very relaxed and beautiful! 
This is the Tumbler quilt that we gave Meggi and Andrew as their wedding gift. 
My Liberty Road quilt is finished and hanging in the hallway. I am so happy with it!
On Friday night we went to the Riverside Golf Club to celebrate Mrs Howards 80th birthday.
Here she is with all of her family.
On Saturday Sally, Lisa and myself went on an adventure.
We headed off for a short bush walk and ended up spending the day together, finishing a 10km walk at Liffey Falls with a late lunch at The Raspberry Farm.
It was a lovely day and so good to spend time together again.

Late this week a volcano erupted on Java causing a dust cloud to hang over Bali.
Alex was one of the lucky ones and left the island on her scheduled flight.
Many people were stuck there for days.

July-Week 26-End of Term 2

The last week of Term 2 saw the eSchool at Ross for a Family Fun Day.
It was a lovely day, despite being absolutely freezing! We had a Great Race around the town looking for things and the kids had a ball.
Friday night we walked down to the pub, as usual!
Things have been tough for both of us at work these last few weeks, and its always a great way to de-stress and come together again at the end of a hard week!
And the joys of living almost in the city, we can walk up the hill afterwards.
It is Independence Day in America this week and I have been making a Liberty Road quilt.
The quilt at the top left is the quilt that Friends in Stitches made for a special friend and the blocks on the right are the beginnings of my quilt.
On Saturday we headed off to Seven Mile Beach for cousin Gary's 60th birthday party.
Another great night with family!!

Fun girl cousin selfies with Leanne, Wendy, Karen and Jane.
All of the boys, Simon, John, Gary, Banner, Andrew, Matt, Nicholas, David, Nakka and James.
Another fun time together!!