Happy December

and happy first day of Summer (& nearly Winter). The weather here is gorgeous today and I’m enjoying the cool breeze from the air con.

Lots going on here this month

  • end of school shenanigans. Pool parties, presentation assembly, big finding out if she’s made student leader in 2022, getting end of year reports and finding out class placements for 2022.
  • Summer holidays. No big plans as yet. A few day or weekend trips around the state so be on the lookout for some new posts in our Travel Tasmania series.
  • Christmas and all that entails.
  • Summer solstice, thinking we might beach it this year.
  • I’ve got a few blog posts scheduled on different topics, the first will be up tomorrow.

That’s about it at this stage. Hope you all have a great month.

Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-Day

I keep trying to do a full year of this. Don’t think I’ve made it yet. Maybe this year??

Anyway here’s January’s list

3. A CAR
5. A PET
27. A PATH

and my photos


Happy Holidays

15 days in and I’m only just changing my blog theme. Oh dear. Oh well it is 2020 Winking smile

What’s been happening here over the last few months? Lots.

Work has been busy. I’m busy planning to add some new services next year and do some New Year/Back to School specials.

The kiddos finish school for the summer break on Thursday. Today is their school pool picnic. I feel sorry for their teachers. Behaviour at home has been pretty shocking but they are tired and over the whole year. I know I am.

Mum’s first anniversary passed quietly. We spent the afternoon with Dad. Did some cleaning out in the garage (nearly all the craft stuff is boxed up and ready to come here – I’m getting a craft room again!). Had a BBQ. Dad & the kiddos played a bit of cricket. Mum would have loved it.

I’ve been doing lots of crafting but that will all be over at Nightwolf Scraps

We’re still fostering cats. We now own 4 cats after one has become a permanent foster due to her stressful nature. Slowly becoming the crazy cat lady, haha!

I’ve enrolled to do some study next year. Waiting to hear back more details after getting offered a place.

That’s about it really. Will be back later with our recipes for the last few months. Some really yum foods.

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.

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

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 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.

Goodbye 2019

and with that it’s time to do the final update for my list of 100 things in 2019.
Honestly I’m not sure if I’m going to do it again in 2020 but I know I will be trying to finish off my list of 101 things which you can see over here.

On with the list……

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )
(Tally – Started:30  Finished: 32  Not done: 38 )

  1. Finally get gazebo up – it’s happening this summer. Finally!!!!
  2. Replace the garage roof
  3. Organise garage & office
  4. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  5. Redo my herb garden
  6. Philips hue lights for kitchen
  7. Arlo doorbell
  8. Do Declutter 365 – got most of the way through. Giving it another go in 2020
  9. Sort the kitchen
  10. sort our bedroom
  11. some kind of toy storage for the kids but going to revisit it now Xmas is over
  12. Get a new tattoo
  13. Get a massage
  14. finish Holly McCaig course
  15. Take 3 courses at DailyOM
  16. take a cooking class
  17. take a cake decorating class
  18. read at least a book a month (I’m slowly adding them over to Goodreads as I finish them)
  19. more me time
  20. look at uni return
  21. Personal email inbox to zero
  22. date night once a month
  23. Blog a new recipe each month
  24. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  25. Monthly blog back up
  26. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  27. New design for Nightwolf’s Den – it’s coming soon
  28. blog calendar for Nightwolf’s Den
  29. blog calendar for Nightwolf Scraps
  30. catch up on Nightwolf Scraps posts I had planned in 2018
  31. work thru problogger course
  32. Zero work inbox monthly
  33. update portfolio
  34. business goddess course
  35. investigate work related courses
  36. Udemy courses
  37. BAS
  38. get some routines happening
  39. Anzac Day service sick kiddos again
  40. See more of Tassie
  41. Visit QVMAG
  42. Have my parents over for dinner
  43. Watch a documentary every month (12/12)
  44. Have a board games night
  45. Visit the tessellated pavement
  46. Tahune air walk  – bit hard as it hasn’t reopened since the fires
  47. go on a random road trip
  48. go camping
  49. Create a mini Goddess altar
  50. Celebrate the solstices
  51. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus (1/3)
  52. Meditate more
  53. Create a spiritual journal
  54. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  55. Do the 100 day happy project (will be blogging that one soon)
  56. Finish JYC 2012, 2018
  57. Finish wedding scrapbook
  58. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  59. Scrapbook with others more
  60. Get PL printed and in books
  61. Create a scrapping binder
  62. create a blanket from our old Hawks scarves
  63. finish Determined to Shine course
  64. Awesome Ladies Project – Lens
  65. Sort bookmarks (& delete duplicates or broken links)
  66. Sort & cull movie folder
  67. Sort and cull TV folder
  68. Sort photos
  69. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  70. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  71. Create some kick ass Spotify playlists
  72. Switch Off Sundays
  73. learn to do more with the etcher
  74. learn to use the Mac again
  75. Afternoon Teal
  76. Throw a dinner party
  77. Christmas club savings
  78. Craft with mum more
  79. Project Life date once a week
  80. Camp Reset
  81. visit a couple of waterfalls
  82. swim in the ocean
  83. star wars
  84. be an awesome lady
  85. go fishing
  86. Buy myself a Linkin Park t-shirt
  87. Buy myself some new bathers
  88. new ipads
  89. new apple watch
  90. new watch bands
  91. new router
  92. kit sub
  93. settlers collection
  94. Keep a gratitude journal
  95. aim for a weekly walk
  96. more outside time
  97. use the wii/xbox
  98. a year in pixels
  99. better sleep
  100. finish off our recipe book