Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I see a distinct family resemblance. The other photos can't be published in case someone lipreads what FF said after second son managed to throw the ball behind the fridge three seconds after it was rescued from the washing machine. The recovery mission continues.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
My firstborn. The one who officially made me a mother. He doesn't feature on here a lot because he's at that age. The teenage years. Where you disappear into your room and turn your music up way too loud and only come out for meals and occasionally to ask for a lift somewhere. He's permanently connected to the internet, and has unnaturally stumpy thumbs due to incessantly texting his mates. He likes Greenday, Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin. He listens to jazz while he does his homework. I know, 'cos you can hear it all over my house. He gets impatient with his little brother and rolls his eyes when I ask him to mow the lawn.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
On the home front, things are OK....firstborn is deep in assignment mode, as well as training hard for his TKD grading next month. Second son is recovering after a couple of days of something nameless that involved stomach pain and a temperature. He is also grading next month, so the punching bag on the deck is getting a serious workout in preparation for the big day.
FF has decided that Planet Hartwell needs a name. (other than Planet Hartwell, I guess.) He's voting for "Twin Peaks" since our front deck is now wrapped in plastic, courtesy of the cafe blinds we installed a couple of weeks back. I'm scared to ask the boys for their thoughts.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"Hi, it's Mrs Hartwell.....yes, that's right, with the nuerotic bitzer and the fat cavvy, uhuh. Yeah. Umm, look, I think Bandit's forgotten how to walk. Well he's sitting in the middle of the floor looking worried. Well, MORE worried than usual. Yes I can bring him down now. No, the cost is fine....we were eating three times a week, anyway."
Turns out Bandit has epilepsy....the boys are fascinated. Sebi refers to it as 'pepsi-lepsi' or pepsi, as in "hey mum, Bandit's havin' a Pepsi". Firstborn calls it 'flipping the safety'....Bandit continues to periodically sit and look worried. The vet has assured us that it won't kill him. The cat thinks it's fabulous.
Friday, April 16, 2010
arrived on my doorstep a couple of days ago. It's the Optica Mini Magnifier Lamp from Brilliant, and so far it's living up to its name. According to the box it's suitable for the Vision Impaired, Hobbyists and Beauticians. As far as the hobbyist part goes, they're spot on. The light is clear and steady without any of the little flickers that can drive you mad with some fluorescent lighting. It actually gave a better, more concentrated light than the adjustable lamp I am currently using. For fine work with a craft knife, the magnifier lens came in very handy, although I would advise stopping and resting your eyes every 10 minutes or so, particularly for delicate or intricate work. I also found threading my sewing machine much easier using the magnifier. The lamp itself is lightweight but sturdy, with a wide foot for balance...perfect for a craft table. The neck and head are both adjustable so you can aim the magifying lens to the particular area you're working on. And for dedicated planet people, it uses an energy efficient globe which reduces energy consumption by 75%. Not bad.
Other uses I found ....
Cross stitch, removing splinters, examining dead grasshoppers (my son did that one),
reading instruction leaflets.
It would be even better with....a slightly longer neck, although it is the mini version, and Buyster do have a larger model available. I just found that after prolonged use you do tend to get some back ache.
SCORE OUT OF TEN.....7.5
SEE IT HERE....BUYSTER
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
or you could check it out for yourself.
Buyster Lighting has some gorgeous things on site ATM. Seriously stunning gear, plus a crafter's best friend.....check here
table lamps and see what you think. Review to be posted soon. xo
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Happy Easter to you and yours!! My lounge room is ankle deep in discarded tin foil as the boys chow their way through way too much chocolate. We had some brass players at church this morning, and the music was to die for....I really get where the Sally's are coming from. Love me a well played trumpet. Finally finished the last shots for the St Marks Anniversary Album, all that's left is the editing. Which I'm not gonna think about today. I'll do a Scarlett and "think about that tomorrow".
Little known useful fact....there are no calories in a cracked Easter egg. Later.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
So far this week I've managed four and a half volumes of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward....heehee, basically dentally enhanced pornography, but fun reads none the less. I'm trying desperately to get my hands on a copy of Robert Neill's Mist Over Pendle, but it's been out of print for about 15 years and is nearly impossible to find. FF reckons it's my fault for having such bizarre taste in literature, but is it my fault that I have eclectic taste?? As well as a mild-to-moderate fang fetish, lol. To get my mitts on Robert Neill I'm gonna have to put the Kindle on charge and check out some second hand dealers. My second fave thing to do.....
Next weeks list.....
The Vampire's Assistant (if I can get it away from Kit)
The Lancashire Witches (way old, but way good to come back to)
Some more Deltora Quest with Seb (in between easter eggs)
Eragon (again, first I have to get it away from Seb)