Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Me Day

Today I had a wonderful Monday.
I slept a wonderful deep sleep and awoke fresh.
I went for a 2.5km run and then went to my Personal Training Session ( what?! You say. "you are RUNNING" - Yup, and I will post about that later).

I came home and started to prepare for meeting a pal for coffee, that's when "it" erupted.
A cluster of cold sores.
I immediately sent a text taking a rain check for coffee.
Luck would have it, the zovirax actually was where I thought it would be!
Surely this was a sign?
I had been so good and this was my reward.
This called for some celebration whilst the magic cream did its work.
I snuggled down for a relaxing afternoon, sewing in ends of a crocheted rug I am making and sipping spicy chai.
There was a cheesy midday movie to watch (yay),  it was raining outside, but warm and safe inside.
What a wonderfully simple day. I took in every moment of it and feel so good.

How was your Monday?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A picture Paints a thousand words and sometimes sends you screaming!

It has been a while since I blogged,  probably the biggest break I have had since I started this little blog way back.  You see I have been a bit "blah" about blogging, my mojo seemed to up and go.  I haven't really crafted much either and not understanding how to upload my photos from my new phone (which is the main camera I seem to use lately) has really reduced post fodder.

I have however, been actively embracing change in my own life. You might recall I went to Perth in the summer. A trip that gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet up with one of my favourite bloggers Bronwyn from Taylor Made.  We caught up at a local cafe in Mandurah, along with me I took my eccentric MIL who entertained us with her crazy stories.  It was a lovely day, we went from virtual friends to real life friends and of course, as bloggers do - we took photos. 

And you know how they say a picture paints a thousand words?  Well Bronwyn looked beautiful but who was the blimp next to her? Holy snapping turtles!!!! It was ME! The picture screamed  at me  "HEY FATTY BOOM STICKS"!!!! OMG!!

It certainly put a rocket under me and I have taken on a new attitude to living.   Hooley dooley, how the hell did I get this fat? 

Well let me tell you how.  It all comes down to not looking after my mental health.  I have blogged about my anxiety disorder in the past, so some readers might be familiar with this GAD (generalised anxiety disorder). Ironically, I am a mental health worker who works with folk in their recovery.

So the time had come for me to walk my own talk.
My mental health is very driven by hormonal swings, PMS (hide the ice picks) is just awful, pregnancy and post birth ugh!  But now I am in a peri -menopausal phase and it SUCKS like nothing else has sucked before!

Not long before this photo, I had a spate of panic attacks - one was so severe that I raced to my GP at 8.30am thinking I was having a heart attack. Stupidly, I mistook it for a panic attack.  I got over it and went along with business, just dealing with the swings as they rose and dipped.  This photo came along and then, only then through the tears and sobs did I finally admit I was really really miserable. It was time for action and big change.

So here I am, a little down the track and feeling the change kick in.  I won't bombard you all with a HUGE post of my changes, I'll save that for the coming weeks.  I will say though, that old expression "scales fall from my eyes" - indeedy! I have never felt so good in my life, things look so different.

So about that blogging mojo? I am going to start a course with Pip so I am hoping to learn some new things about blogging to spruce up my style and move on into the wave of blogging. So, I am back friends and looking forward to connecting and sharing some more.

Miss P xx

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thankful for...

Inspired by my friend over at  Taylor made, I thought I too should post a gratitude list, after all there is so much to be thankful for. 

I am thankful,

That I am fortunate enough to have memories of Paris

For the honour  of being asked to act as advisor for Miss M's speech writing efforts for House Captain roles

For being able to make small differences in people's lives through my job

That I wake each day to a new day with endless possibilities

That when my car was rear ended in the recent wet weather a few days ago, no one was hurt and  all parties were civil and understanding

For Mr G bringing me morning coffee every day ( I love you so much more for this Mr G!)

For a son making a difference through Duke of Edinburgh scheme with community service

That it is Friday

For my personal trainer who is truly the best coach I have ever met and the progress we are making

That we all slept safe and soundly last night, and will likely to do so tonight


Sunday, February 16, 2014

A new coat

As you may know, I love a make-over. I love making something shabby or tired and jooshing it up!

This little chair, that I thrifted years ago, has graced  the front of my door for many years, but the weather has gotten to it and left it, well weather beaten.

So last week I spied a can of red spray paint I must of bought impulsively from the hardware shop once and never used. Ta dah! A perfect pop of colour for the front and it matches...

My front door!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It Feburary - time for 2014 to get started!

It is February and that marks the OFFICAL start to the new year for me. I tend to fluff around in January, loll about and indulge in lazy Summer days. I think that is the way it should be.  The last week is rush, rush, rush to get back to school stuff ready and then bang! February arrives and it is business time!

Well this January was a bit different for me. I worked (insert miserable, resentful face). So in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons - Mr G, who was on leave, was given a gazillion Back to School tasks, so when it finally was my time for some annual leave in the second half of January, I only had hair cuts to deal with.  

Clearly I am happy on the beach!

Now here is where is get exciting bloggers!  I love the beach and feel that each Summer, in order to fulfill  my inner needs, I must do something beachy.  I left my run a little to late for renting a place at the beach near Melbourne and only had a choice of $5000 a week houses - nice I am sure but out of my pocket's league.  Then I got creative. My in laws live in WA in a coastal town. Hmmm, they don't see the kids regularly. Hmmmm, MIL would cook and look after us. Hmmmm, I would have fun op-shopping with MIL. Hmmmmm, Tiger Air say they can get 4 of us there and back for under $1300. (For OS bloggers, Perth is on the other side of the country, a 3-4 hour flight) and 3 hour time difference, long way from Melbourne).  So off we went!

Now here is the exciting blogger bit. I met up with one of my favourite bloggers!!! Bron, from Taylor Made My next post will be all about it, so I won't go into detail just yet, but boy was it fun!!

So I will leave you with a few summery, beachy pics for now - see you in a few days!

 When I enlarged this picture for my Facebook page, I was astounded to see, on the right 
a little seal! This is the beach, right behind my In Laws home. 2, 3 swims daily!

 Vintage scrabble, the 1972 version that belonged to Mr G when he was a lad

Summer hair

Free figs and eggs were a daily enjoyment at Gran's

 going out on the boat is quite the norm in Perth

A bit of hand fishing off the boat

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A very Merry Christmas, to you...

Well here we are, a few days away from Christmas day.

School has finished, assemblies attended. Sports all wrapped up for the year. All parenting duties done, pressies bought, supplies in cupboards - phew! Who said we would never get there?   Are the few days leading up to Christmas not the busiest and hardest?  I think so. But I think there is a BIG pay off for it. If I am super organised by the two days before Christmas Eve, I can really join in the festivities of the Yule tide and do so with ENERGY!

We won't be having any visitors this year, just my brood. We will still have all the trimmings and hopefully it will be warm on Boxing Day so we can hang out in the backyard and feast on left overs. Bliss!

More importantly, Christmas is the time of year that heralds the end of year, it calls for goodwill and peace to all. In the next few days I will drop off a few hampers and make a few donations. Not much really of an effort in the scheme of things but at this stage it is the best I can do. I will pray for those in the Philippines and those in war zones such as Syria and other countries we hear nothing of, for their safety and care. I will pray that those who seek asylum into this country and are being held in inhumane conditions hold their hope fast and remain healthy in mind and faith - it is truly all they have at the moment until the government of this country begins to behave in a more decent manner, one that reflects the true values of Australian society.  I will also pray that all road users arrive at their destinations in one piece - road fatalities are so pointless and heart breaking.  I will think of those who do not have family and are alone or perhaps even unwanted - next year as my kids are bigger I hope I might be able to participate in a charity lunch for such folk.  Christmas it gives me so much to think about.

So I will celebrate the birthday of Jesus, by reflecting on the year, being grateful for all I have, for all I see, for the safety my family and I enjoy and I will share what I can.

So to you dear blogger's, thank you for all your support and being part of my life. May you and your families enjoy a truly beautiful and safe Christmas. See you all after the festivities. 

Much love

Miss Prudence xxx



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Miss M turns 10 part 2

Whew! So busy around here ! I had great plans to blog the bananas out of December but no, it hasn't happened.  December is an uber busy month for us. As you know, Miss M turned 10 and it was a blast with a Slumber Party, 6 great friends, craft, Katy Perry tunes and movies and LOTS of pizza and m and m's. I was pretty chuffed my cunning plan to get them drinking water over soft drink worked ( make anything cute looking and it appeals - Madmen know this!).

beautiful 10 year old girl

our traditional birthday selfie
Hama and fimo craft!!! A sure hit with the girls!

Birthday Cake at 9pm!!

It has been an even busier year as our middle guy finishes Primary school.  HOOOOLEY DOOOLEY how the bananas did that happen!!!! Well it has. This week he went to his Graduation Ceremony which is a sweet lovely evening to honour Primary School Years. Mr T looked pretty sharp in his new outfit from Dangerfield ( a very hip and cool shop for hipsters).  At the end of the ceremony they all grouped on stage and sang a song "I'll be there", which was very moving for all of us. A supper and disco followed and now there are 3 days left of his Primary School life, how fast time moves. 

 Of course there has  also been lots of making and baking and decorating as I said. 
I just adore these little brown paper packages!  I cut out bell shapes, stamped them up, popped a handful of Christmas lollies or Christmas peppermints and sewed them up using zig zag stitch. A crafty triumph if I do say so myself! Of course, this is not my cleverness, I spied it on Pinterest and this is my version. Gosh, there are such clever crafters out there!  I made up heaps of these to hand out to colleagues at work and for Miss M to hand out to class mates.

The teachers gifts are also ready to go off this week - remember the Crocheted jar covers that made really groovy candle holders ? Well they are off to the lovely teachers along with some cute little knitted baby pants (one teacher is expecting her first bubba) that I wrapped but forgot to photograph. Do you do that? I make so much more that never seems to make it on the blog!

Our tree is up too, and thanks to Mr G the outside looks like the Griswalds live here. This year was Miss M's turn to top the tree.

So this epic post should bring you up to speed regarding the last few weeks. I hope you are all close to full stages of Christmas organisation and you can all relax and enjoy the festivities.
Back soon to share some baking!