What To Write

June 28, 2011

So It’s been a good couple of weeks since my last post and I’m fully aware I need to do a blog update, but I don’t feel that I have much, if anything, that anyone really wants to hear about.  Yes, I’ve got plenty going on, but then what mother doesn’t. We can always find ourselves a small project that needs doing, that turns out not to be so small after all.  John went away for the week last week on his company’s annual conference and was gone Sunday morning through Saturday evening.  I gave myself a long list of jobs/chores/projects that needed completing and I’m not sure I got through 50%.  Yes, I know I have Kirsten at home but she was at school for 3 days (21 hours to be exact).

I am a woman who likes lists, and lists of lists.  I have my filofax with my weekly diary and then that is duplicated on my phone so it pops up to remind me in case, for some reason, I fail to look at my filofax.  Oops sorry this one’s not an official filofax.  I’ve been using a planner since I was given one as a leaving gift from my 2nd job about 18 years ago although I’m now on my 3rd planner.  Anyway I then also have a task list on my phone and today, for some reason, I even wrote myself a daily list on a scrap of paper.  So far I’m about 75% of the way through it.  One of those things on today’s list is to update our blog so here I am talking about a whole lot of nothing.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned in previous posts or not, but we’re going on holiday (vacation) at end of September and are trying our very first Cruise.  This one with Disney.  It is leaving from LA and is the Mexican Riviera cruise.  Of course, me being me, I have to make sure that I’ve found out every last tit bit there is to know and have now signed us up for Fish Extenders. For those of you who are immediately wondering what Fish Extenders are, which was the same reaction I had, I found this wonderful blog  called suchthespot.  Now I’m trying to figure out what to do as our gifts.  I think I’ve come up with something so I’m beavering away.  Once I know whether or not it is working out I’ll let you in on it.  I was going to make the Fish Extender myself, but then that would be another project to add to the list and they are being sold on both Ebay and Etsy which I love and can have it personalised etc for cheaper than my time and materials so I’m in the process of having one made for us.  For those of you who haven’t checked out Etsy yet, it is a definite must!  Kirsten knows nothing about our holiday.  She knows there is one coming up, possibly, but that is purely based on the piles of bits that I have going on in my craft room (spare room).  I told John that the last thing we wanted to do was pass on the information as we’d have to go through another 12 weeks of countdown and although I did a 7 week countdown chart for our trip to England last Christmas I don’t think I could go through that again.  Also we are going to stay at a hotel near the port the night before and if we told Kirsten we were going on a cruise she’d just keep asking us why we weren’t at the ship.  I think she knows what a cruise is as one of the books she received for her birthday was Walter the Farting Dog Goes On a Cruise.  We have actually read a couple of books in the series now that we have borrowed from the local library.  I hate to say it but Kirsten loves trying to find the pictures of the “gas” coming out of Walter! On that note I think I’ll leave you until next time.

Beautiful Filly

June 9, 2011

I knowShe is only about 8 hours old in this picture I only posted yesterday, but I had to share these pictures.  My friend, Sunny, who is also British and living here, has a beautiful Arabian that they were given a few weeks back by Mother-In-Law.  I believe her name is Consuela (sorry Sunny if I got that wrong).  Anyway Consuela gave birth to a beautiful daughter at 1am this morning and whilst Kirsten and I were out delivering Avon books/orders this morning we did a drive by to say hello to the new baby.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Just on a side note please check out Sunny’s website, Natural Body Harmony, if you would like to find out more about obtaining Natural Healthcare products.

My Mother’s Visit

June 8, 2011

My mother arrived on May 17 and left Monday evening, June 6.  The time came and went very quickly but we managed to do a couple of things together and yet make it a relaxing trip.  On her first weekend here the three of us, Mum, Kirsten and myself, got up and went to the Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms. We left home around 7.45am and reached our destination at around 9am.  I was amazed at how many people were already there.  We spent a good couple of hours there and came home with a tray of freshly picked peaches (by ourselves), a peach pie, some apricots (we purchased from the store) and various other little peach items.

My mother, bless her, spent Sunday morning turning the peaches into pots of jam and the apricots too.  She also made 2 small crumbles which we put in the freezer for a later date.

We finally got to go and visit the Phoenix Children’s Museum.  I had heard such wonderful things so I was hoping it would live up to my expectation.  Kirsten loved it.  There is so much there to see and do that she had 3 fun filled hours and fell asleep in the car on the way home. We are actually going again next week as Kirsten has a field trip with her new school as part of their Summer Camp. I’m going as a chaperone so I’ve not doubt I’ll be exhausted at the end of that day.

Then we celebrated Kirsten’s 4th Birthday on Memorial day.  We invited a couple of friends over with their children for a BBQ/Pool party. We were 7 adults and 5 kids, and I hope they all had as much fun as they appeared to.  Kirsten is currently going through her Disney Princess phase so everything is Disney at the moment.  She needed new dress up clothes so I had 4 outfits made by 2 separate shops on Etsy.  She got costumes of Belle; Cinderella; Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The local Safeway also made me a beautiful Princess and the Frog birthday cake with chocolate/vanilla marble cake and strawberries.  We were eating the cake for the rest of the week.

Last but not least Mum and I managed to attend a cooking class at Sur La Table together.  Mum had never attended a cooking class in her life and yet she bakes and sells preserves at Cirencester Farmer’s Market back home in England every other week.  Anyway, back to the class.  This one was Summer Treats of Italy. We had a wonderful 2.5 hours that just flew by.  There were only 4 of us in the class so plenty of food for tasting and we even got to take a little home so that my husband could try some of the peach stuffed gnocchi.  The cherry granita and cherry sorbet were exactly the same recipe but one was made with the ice cream maker and the other was just placed in the freezer.  I have to say that the granita/sorbet and the gnocchi were my 2 favourite items of the evening.