101 Things (2017-2020)

Well one didn’t predict the lockdown and not being able to do anything much when I shortened my 101 things to finish in January.

Here’s what I was going to do and what my results are…..

  1. new jumpers for me  DONE
  2. a set of oracle cards DONE
  3. buy a Linkin Park t-shirt (I regret never getting one in my 20s) NOT YET
  4. get our wedding scrapbook finished  UM NO
  5. Keep up to date with my ALP KIND OF
  6. Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes (at least get them cut) CUT UP
  7. Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts (as above) CUT UP
  8. create a spiritual journal/workbook NOPE
  9. celebrate the sabbats DONE
  10. aim for a weekly walk NOPE
  11. create a recipe book STARTED
  12. Have a BBQ (when we get the gazebo up!) NOPE
  13. complete one of my udemy courses HAVE ONE UNIT LEFT
  14. learn to crochet NOT YET
  15. Take the kids to Tazmazia NOPE
  16. Visit the tessellated pavement DONE
  17. Cradle Mountain NOPE
  18. answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind DONE (read it here)
  19. write my name in wet cement NOPE
  20. give my personal blog a makeover DONE
  21. sort our movie library STARTED
  22. Watch sunrise & sunset in the same day DONE
  23. Get that damn gazebo up NOPE
  24. take the kids 10 pin bowling NOPE
  25. make a brand new 101 in 1001 list! DONE Will be up on 1st May

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

List found here

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 30ish
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? Peer pressure, the need to keep up with everyone else
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?  I hope not.
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? Get rid of all forms of cancer
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Crafting
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? I’m not sure
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? I would have spent more time with family
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? Pretty much most of it.
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? Doing the right thing
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do? Speak up and defend them.
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? Be yourself.
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one? Most likely yes
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? Yes
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people? Can’t think of anything
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? Because everyone is different
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back? Travel. Money.
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? Yes
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? New Zealand or Canada.
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? Joyful simpleton
  22. Why are you, you? Because I am
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? I hope so
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? loosing touch with a good friend
  25. What are you most grateful for? Family & Friends
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? Never be able to make new ones
  27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first? Probably not
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true? Yup
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now? No. Obviously not
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special? Spending time with mum & dad. Mum’s not here now
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? Can’t think of one just now.
  32. If not now, then when? That is the question.
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? Nothing
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? Yes
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? Power and money
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? No
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? No
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? Depends on the day.
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? Sometimes
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? When we started our business
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? Mum if she was still here. Otherwise I’d spend it with hubby.
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? Hell no.
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Truly living is doing.
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? Not sure
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? Part of being human
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? More tattoos
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? Last night
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? Family. Yes
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that? Most likely not, unless I look back at my planners
  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? Mostly for myself. Some are out of my control.

How are you going?

Me? Well it’s interesting. Schooling the kids from has been ok. First week was great, full of enthusiasm. Second week, not so much. School holidays have descended into chaos HAHAHA
We ‘go back’ to Term 2 at the end of the month. The kids will be learning online. Can’t wait to see how it goes.

Mentally. Coping. Just. Missing mum terribly but so glad she’s not trying to survive through this. Just wish she was here so I could talk things through with her or just give her a hug.

I’m trying to keep myself busy. Crafting. Baking. Working from home. Hanging out with crafters and planners virtually. Playing D&D online with our friends who live in the same town. Man that is really strange.
Sleeping in. Playing with our 3 kitties (we’ve adopted 2 of our fosters) and our current foster. Enjoying the days of sunshine. Loving the colder days and curling up like a cat in front of the fire.

Meet Logan & Luna. Our new fur babies. Cola hates them. Actually Cola hates all the fosters so far. She’s old so I’ll forgive her. She just sleeps most of the day now and hides from the kittens.

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How are you all going? Coping with lockdown/isolation? What are you doing to stay sane/entertained?

Much love to you all xx

Getting back to basics

One of the great things about staying home is we’re getting to try out a heap of new recipes and are introducing the kids to some basic recipes.

This week we’ve made

  1. our own butter (in the Thermomix),
  2. Apple cider using the abundance of apples of our tree
  3. Milo brownies
  4. fruit leather and dried apple slices
  5. banana cake
  6. chocolate cupcakes

Next week is going to be Easter themed baking in our house. Looking forward to it. Hot cross buns and Easter biscuits *yum*

COVID-19, temporary home schooling and more

So, Covid-19. What a time we are living in! Countries in lockdown. People panic buying (why the toilet paper people???). Physical distancing. Self isolation. Schools closing down or recommending students stay home.

We start our temp home schooling on Monday. School holidays officially start at Easter so we have 2 weeks.
Not sure If I will blog every day but we’ll see how it goes.

In the mean time – Stay Safe. STAY HOME (unless you are an essential worker – in which case THANK YOU!!!!!) Don’t do anything stupid. Be kind to one another.

Here’s a few memes to hopefully brighten your day and I’ll hopefully see you all on the other side.

Meme - I'm having a quarentine party this weekend!! None of you are invited. Half of us are going to come out of this quarentine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem. Kids complaining they are bored. Bitch please. You lucky this didn't happen in the 80s with only 12 channels no internet, Netflix or xBox! You'd be doing puzzles and playing go fish! I don't like the fact that my chances of survival seem to be linked to the common sense of others.

12 Recipes in 2020: February

(oops forgot to post this last month)

February was lots of recipes that are family favourites and nothing really new. I love a good tuna pasta bake, especially if it has crumbled plain chips on top (Smiths crinkle cut salted are best). I couldn’t find my usual recipe so I googled and came across one at Taste. It’s pretty close to the one I usually make and I just chucked a heap of crushed up chips on top and sprinkled with a handful of grated cheese before I whacked it in the oven

Tunabake

You can grab there recipe here. Don’t forget to add the crushed chips on top. You’ll thank me.

12 Recipes in 2020: January

One of the things I’ve had on my list of 100 things for the last few year has been make a new recipe each month and blog it. Going to give it a go.
January’s recipe is Ham Mashed Potato Cakes from The Recipe Critic.

It’s a great way to use up leftover ham for Christmas and leftover mashed potato. It’s not unusual for me to have left over mash as I ALWAYS make extra so I can make Scottish potato scones the next day.

Stretchy cheesy shot of ham mashed potato cakes to show texture

These are super cheesy and rather yum. One thing I will do different next time is make my mash with less liquid as our potato cakes fell apart a bit. Kids weren’t overly keen but hubby & I enjoyed them.

Grab the recipe here.

Finishing off my 101 list

I’ve gone through my list (which you can check out here) and thought I’d list what is left. Then I thought about it some more and a few of those items aren’t on my radar any more, aren’t of interest or not doable by April.
SO here’s what I still have left to do by April……

  1. new jumpers for me
  2. a set of oracle cards
  3. buy a Linkin Park t-shirt (I regret never getting one in my 20s)
  4. get our wedding scrapbook finished
  5. Keep up to date with my ALP
  6. Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes (at least get them cut)
  7. Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts (as above)
  8. create a spiritual journal/workbook
  9. celebrate the sabbats
  10. aim for a weekly walk
  11. create a recipe book
  12. Have a BBQ (when we get the gazebo up!)
  13. complete one of my udemy courses
  14. learn to crochet
  15. Take the kids to Tazmazia
  16. Visit the tessellated pavement
  17. Cradle Mountain
  18. answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
  19. write my name in wet cement
  20. give my personal blog a makeover
  21. sort our movie library
  22. Watch sunrise & sunset in the same day
  23. Get that damn gazebo up
  24. take the kids 10 pin bowling
  25. make a brand new 101 in 1001 list!

25 actionable things to do by the 28th of April. I can do this

Planning in 2020

After 3 years in a bound book type bullet journal I’ve decided to change things up a bit for 2020. I’m going Traveller’s Notebook!

To be honest I was bitten by the bug last year but didn’t want to dive in fully so I did a frankenplanner for the last few months of 2019. My bound book bullet journal in an A5 ring binder converted to a stringed Traveller’s Notebook. I blogged about my DIY in 2017, tried it out a bit, wasn’t sold. Tried it again in 2018 for a bit and still not sold. Finally subbed to Planners Anonymous and then I tried their B6 sized inserts  (without a TN cover) and loved the more portable size. So I made myself a laminated TN cover and ran 2 planners for the remainder of 2019.

Towards the end of the year, Sami released the gorgeous Planner Babe B6 TN and I decided I really wanted to buy it. I’m not a pink girl but Planner Babe is one of my favourite kits so far. (I’m excited that there might be a Northern Lights TN coming soon, after all a girl needs to swap out her TNs with the seasons right? Right!)

Planners Anonymous Planner Babe Travellers Notebook

So that’s what we’re in for 2020. My inserts so far are:

  • 2020 Single Page Monthly + Tracker Printable Insert from Annie Plans Printables
  • Luxe subscriber undated insert from Planners Anonymous. This is my weekly insert. It changes each month depending what the PA kit is. January is Northern Lights. February is most likely going to be Books & Botanicals.
  • Planners Anonymous Dot Grid Insert for collections. Currently using the Northern Lights one. May add the Books & Botanicals one as a way of tracking the books I read this year.
  • Custom made B6 blank page insert. I’m using this to create my 2020 vision boards. A Vision journal if you will
  • The vegan leather envelope that came with the Planner Babe kit. Currently empty. Not sure if I will keep it there or add another insert.


Happy New Year?

Is it? When our country is burning? And some of our pollies don’t seem to give a damn.

This is where the fires are currently…..

Australian Bushfires Map
(image source: www.thesun.co.uk)

To put it into perspective, when the Amazon was on fire it was an area of approx. 2,2400,000 acres. Currently in Australia – approx. 11,300,000. I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Fortunately where we are, there are currently no fires and we are not near enough the bush to worry but thousands aren’t so lucky. Thousands have lost everything. We’ve lost so much of our native wildlife and native flora. And they are saying the worst is yet to come with extreme fire conditions predicted for the weekend.

Our PM went on holiday to Hawaii during the fires and only can back when there was such an outcry from the public.  Since then there have been meagre offers of help from those in power and lots of ‘thoughts and prayers’. Sorry thoughts and prayers don’t do squat when everything you own is gone.

What can we do to help?

Donate
Donate direct to either the NSW or Victorian Fire brigades.
Donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here
Donate to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital here

To donate to the Salvation Army disaster appeal, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate at any Woolworths checkout, or donate online here.

The Australian Red  Cross launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC (Australian Broadcast Commission) to support communities affected by fires, so far raising over $2 million. You can donate here.

St Vincent De Paul Society are also running a disaster appeal. You can donate here or in person at any Vinnies store.

Here’s hoping for a cool change and some much needed rain.