Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Arty Farty Day

I had a great day at Art again .. although it was my turn to provide lunch, but I didn't realise it .. and on top of that, we discussed last week about me providing my own lunch because the girls don't understand the complexities of 'gluten free' well enough for my tummy to be safe from harm.

So I took a delicious chicken and vegetable soup, which I made myself .. FOR myself .. and the others had nothing haha .. until the teacher was generous enough to make some curried egg sandwiches for the others.


We all arrived at the class with arms loaded with tiles and our item which we had selected to mosaic.

I was originally going to do the bird bath, but then at the last minute, I decided to pull the legs off one of the little round side tables in the family room, and mosaic that .. which was funny because when I brought it out to the car, one of the other ladies said, "Oh I have one of those! I might go back and get it so that I can mosaic it too!"

So there were two of us mosaic-ing round tables. The top one is mine and the other belongs to Creative Cat.

When we arrived at the class, our first twenty minutes was showing each other all of the tiles that we'd acquired during the week and pointing out the tiles that were for 'sharing' and the tiles that we wanted to use ourselves.

Then we chose our colour pallet ... and we were all VERY different.

Arty Annie selected browns and oranges.

Sassy Hugger chose lots of earthy tones

Creative Cat wanted creams, greys, blacks and browns with little pops of colour.

I'm certain that you can guess my choices were teals, aquas and soft blues with yellow, white and black.

By the end of the three hours, I was the furthest behind, as usual! Sassy Hugger had been in during the week and broken her tiles and selected her colour pallet already, so she got started right away.

Artistic Annie was very quick to complete her pot, but my phone camera decided to play up and I didn't get any photos at the end of the class. I'll be sure to take them as soon as I arrive next week so that you can see progress shots.

I had only siliconed the outer edges and one small patch inside, when I looked at the clock and there was only ten minutes remaining of the class. Ugh!

It's funny how on Saturday mornings I almost find excuses NOT to attend the class because I have so much to do at home, but then when I'm there, I have such a good time and I just DON'T want to leave when 1pm rolls around!

So that's what's happening with mosaics. I still have a clay mobile to complete and Teach still has to press my house number tile so that I can paint that and have it fired. Our busts still haven't been fired either. Still a lot going on mid-project, but that's ok.

I'm having an easy night so that I can focus on a solid 'to do' list tomorrow.

Nite all.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Bookem Rozzo

One table completely covered with journals, notebooks and books.

I love my journals and notebooks. That empty space that you see in this pic is no longer an empty space.

I've typed up and printed the price lists for this table and also for the purses and wallets.

The tiles that I ordered online arrived today ...

just in the nick of time for Art tomorrow! I'm not even sure what it is that I'm going to mosaic yet. I have the bird bath, but I'm thinking that a plant pot might be better to do first, until I get a feel for the process.

I'll decide tomorrow.

It's almost 11pm so I'd best get some sleep. I have an early start for work in the morning and then I need to ride to the shops for my coffee before getting ready for Art. Oh and I have to prepare my lunch to take with me as well.

My pillow is calling my name.

Nite all.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Brain is Resting

We started today by spending an hour with our financial advisors. Pleasant, but hardly necessary. A phone call would have been easier and just as effective.

Before we came home, we stopped to check our mail, and I was pleased to receive a package that I've been waiting almost 2 weeks for. From there we came directly home so that Adoring Husband could pack the car and head off on his road trip.

I spent part of the day setting up the tables in my dining area, covering them with my new velvety teal blankets and then walking three kilometres (my watch measured it!) back and forth from my workspace to the dining room to display my wares!

There is still a lot to display yet! It feels like it's never-ending!

I have a lot planned for the next few days including grooming the dogs, cleaning out both the fridge and the pantry, getting the washing up to date, chalk painting the bedside tables, cooking a roast and bulk batch of Hainan chicken, finishing my display and possibly cleaning the windows if I feel like it.

It's almost 11pm and I need to be up with the sun tomorrow for work, so I'm off to bed.

Nite all.

Origin Time

Congratulations to all Blues supporters for an awesome win in the first State of Origin game of the series. Great game. Great team. Great win.

I did not like the score line very much at all ...

I've had a great day today (apart from the State of Origin loss) and it all started with breakfast at Aquavue with Adoring Husband. French toast with bacon, banana and maple syrup. YUM! However, I was advised, after I had already eaten some of it, that the icing sugar that had been sprinkled over the banana, contained gluten. Ugh! I had already ingested it, so that was disappointing.

We heard on the news last night that the Pier Markets were on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so after breakfast we headed down to Urangan Pier.

The markets consisted of 6 stalls, none of which had anything worth handing money over for their goods. We were very disappointed.

Next, I wanted to go browsing through a clothes shop called Luxe, but we discovered that it doesn't open until 10am and it was only 9am. I was very disappointed.

We stopped at Go Natural to get some coconut sugar, which cost about $8. We left with $105 worth of fruit, veg and kombucha!

Because Go Natural didn't have the nut butter that I need for those delicious cookies that I baked yesterday, we drove to Nana's Pantry, but they too, didn't have any. So I bought the three types of nuts  - almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews - so that I could make my own.

Our final stop was Stocklands, to stock up on dog food so I don't run out while Adoring Husband is away. We left the supermarket with quite a bit more than that, but we were headed home before 11.30am.

I spent the afternoon laying out the majority of my jewellery on the dining room table ...

There is not enough room for it all and I'll have to set up two more tables. One for more jewellery and one for the wallets and bags and the journals.

So much stuff.

At least everything will be set up, so whatever is left after the party next week can be photographed where it is and I will finally be able to load everything onto the website.

Oh! I also received a package in the mail today with an order that I made just over 24 hours prior to receiving it! Amazing!!

New Business Cards that are SO much nicer than the old ones.

Thank you postcards ...

And a sign to use at the markets or at my (our) shop, if/when it finally becomes reality.

I love it all!

So half of our day had some disappointments and the other half had some happy wins!

Anyway, it's after midnight, and we have an early appointment tomorrow. Best get some sleep!

Nite all.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


It's been a full day.

Two hours with the girls this morning over coffee and it was lovely to see Lady Lynn join us for a short time. There was a fair bit of snorting happening, a sooky fur baby in the mix, a quick visit by another friend and way too much coffee!

I did some grocery shopping before riding off to The Motivator's house where we sang and danced our way through three hours of decluttering and cleaning. Even though I suffered concussion when half a window fell on my face (I am exaggerating this minor incident), I enjoyed putting my back into it and felt very productive.

I returned home at about 2.30pm to do some ironing for Adoring Husband, but by the time I'd made myself some lunch and ate it, my body had seized up and my brain said 'Nope!'

Instead, Adoring Husband and I discussed which route he would take on his road trip this week and spent half an hour looking at maps online, trying to figure out the quickest and easiest roads.

Between us, we made a really quick spaghetti bolognese for dinner and then while I was browsing through my emails, I found this delicious cookie recipe, which looked so easy that I went straight into the kitchen and it took me 15 minutes to mix it up and get it in the oven. Ten minutes to bake. Twenty minutes to cool down and set. Ten seconds to gobble one down.

Adoring Husband pleaded for a second cookie and then stole a third one, just to make it easier for them to fit into a container.

So AH and I have a breakfast date in The Bay tomorrow morning, which means an early start. It's already rapidly approaching 11pm, so I'd best get to bed.

Nite all.   

Monday, May 29, 2017

I'm All Set

It was a busy day today, with The Motivator and I heading into The Bay in pursuit of some appropriate tiles for our next art project.

I was lucky enough to discover a website this morning that was selling some perfect tiles for the project that I have imagined in my head and there was a clearance sale, which was a bonus!

We acquired some offcuts and one-offs from a shop that had a table of inexpensive bits and pieces for sale and also some bigger broken tiles for free from a crate outside the back door, which was headed to the recycle centre once it was full.

We went to Bunnings (YES! 'I' went to Bunnings voluntarily!) and found some terracotta birdbaths that were reasonably priced and will look amazing when when we're finished!  I like these ...

We had a busy, but enjoyable day together and I feel like we achieved a lot. Not as much as our original plan! But we'll fix that tomorrow.

Officeworks was one of our destinations where I bought some more price tags!!  Wahoo!! So we arrived home and as soon as I walked in the door, I said my 'hellos' to Adoring Husband and headed straight to my workspace where I got some more pricing done.

Even though I didn't get much time at my desk, I'm happy with today's productivity. 

Now I need to sleep so that I'm ready for another big day tomorrow.

Nite all. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pricing Dilemma

I've run out of price tags!

It's like I have a never ending supply of jewellery! The more I price, the more I find to price!

Luckily, I'm having a Grand Opening Party for Romance Your Life with Roz website next week, so that has inspired me to get moving on the pricing situation, which is why I ran out of price tags. Must get some more tomorrow.

This morning, after a solid 8 hours sleep, I had a plan. I was going to photograph the snap buttons for which I was not able to 'acquire' photos and as I attempted to clear my desk of some jewellery and paperwork, so that I could use it for that purpose, I got slightly distracted.

There were some items still without prices, so I decided to finish tagging them before putting them away. While doing that, the larger gift boxes seemed like the ideal storage spot for the bigger items, to protect them. I still haven't figured out a good storage system for my jewellery. I'm not sure what to do there.

I registered on a couple of the jewellery websites, so that I could double check some prices ... and of course that piqued my interest and I browsed their stock and selected $2000 worth of jewellery which I would LOVE to buy, but refrained. Such control!

When I ran out of tags, I decided to go visit The Motivator to check out her new furniture, buy some crabs, plan our attack for the next Art project and figure out how to productively spend our Monday together ... so much to do, so little time!

I returned home and shelled the crab so that I could sit down with Adoring Husband and watch a movie while pigging out on crab meat.

We had a late dinner of duck breast and vegetables.

Anyway ... big day tomorrow, so I'm off to bed.

Obviously, my distractions prevented me from being as productive as I'd hoped today and it will probably be Friday before I get the time to sit down and focus again. I have a busy week ahead of me.

Nite all.