C’est la Vie

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This is all I have to show after spending a great day at the annual Craft & Quilt Fair last week.  Yes, I did remember to take my camera and yes, I took lots of photos of some beautiful quilts which featured in two quilt challenges – True Blue and Lest We Forget in honour of the Gallipoli landing, as well as demonstrations and workshops.   Unfortunately, after downloading them onto my (new) laptop, it decided that it would not turn on the next morning and I had to take it back to the shop – for the third time!  Too bad I so efficiently deleted the photos from my camera after downloading.

So the good news is that I was given a store credit to replace my laptop (a different brand this time!) but the bad news is that I lost all my data.

As if that wasn’t enough, I just purchased a new washing machine in the last few days and used it for the first time yesterday. The first load went through perfectly;  unfortunately it broke down on the second load, which then got rewashed about 4 times while I tried to get the water to drain out, which it refused to do.  Result – a very clean laundry floor and a new washing machine being delivered tomorrow.

They say these things happen in three’s …… can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Back to the Blog.  

I’m afraid I have been very remiss with blogging for a long time.   I guess I have not been in the right “head space” for posting or even Facebook for ages, due to my husband’s brush with cancer.  It’s been a very full-on year.  However, good news at the first 3 month check, with a very positive report.  Of course, there will be ongoing checks for 5 years, but all good so we can move on with our lives.

After the disappointment of having to cancel our second round the world cruise earlier in the year, we were very happy when our refund cheque arrived in the mail this morning (finally) from the travel insurance company!   So now we are concentrating on our next vacation which will be leaving Brisbane on 26 February for a 42 night cruise to China and Japan.

We are lucky that the “Sea Princess” is now based in Brisbane which gives us the opportunity to cruise to some places not previously visited, and we don’t have to fly to Sydney to board.  Flying is not our favourite thing so we will make the most of it.

Lots going on around the house  and with the cats, but they will have to be the subject of future blogs as I realise that I haven’t taken any photos for months.  Not that I have been idle with lots of craft and gardening happening which I will share soon.

My Cats Garden is Nearly Done

Last year I was planning a garden for the cats.  Well, for them and for me.  They have a fenced-off area along the side of the house and I thought a narrow garden along the fence line between us and our neighbor would be nice for them and create some interest from the street view.

So recently, with a little bit of help to sort out the string line, I did the edging myself.  Maybe not absolutely straight in parts, but I am pretty happy with my efforts and I’m sure it will look fine once we have finished the planting.

So the dream becomes a reality.  Great – one more item we can cross off the “To Do” list!

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Life’s Ups and Downs

Feeling happy that Spring is here at last (yay!). Can’t believe it’s nearly the end of September already.

On the downside, last month we got some not-so-good news. No one wants to heat that their spouse has tongue cancer, but there it is. Treatment started last week with a positive mental attitude for a good outcome. Luckily we have moved to a very caring community and everyone’s support has been appreciated so much.

On the upside, we just planted our first garden around the pool. The lavender was barely in the ground before the bees were buzzing about. Next step is to plant some Australian native trees to bring back the birds after we had to take out a lot of the garden which had been badly neglected.

I love a garden – it’s such a peaceful place to be, don’t you think?

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