Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Armed and Dangerous

As I sit here I am armed and dangerous.

Yep, put one little white velvet paw out of place and you get it.

Our house at the moment is completely and utterly mad. Well.. that is to say it is completely and utterly madder than it is on a 'usual' day.

Almost two weeks ago now, we got B.J. a little white Maltese. Last week we got Snuggles, a little tabby kitten. These little tear-aways are 12 weeks and 10 weeks old respectively. 

Introductions were done, with kitten taking an instant dislike to puppy and hissing and spitting at him whenever they chance to be within eye shot of one another. Now puppy barks repeatedly at Snuggles. Hence the need for me to garner reinforcements. I have checked out these citronella collars for dogs. They are so expensive that to buy one one would require selling off one of my children. So really not a valid option.

Growing outside we have a lemon tree, the lemons are very small at the moment, and Angus has picked nearly all of them off. So I have filled a spray bottle with water and cut up two of these little lemons and put them in the water.

Now, whenever this little renegade barks he gets a squirt from me. Judging by his face and subsequent sniffs and snuffles afterwards, he doesn't like it. Although I have only used it for a few hours, he is starting to learn already. I do love this little doggy. But I am not one of these owners that will pander to him and say it is too cruel. I believe a dog should behave himself. Even a 12 week old puppy, who is only learning. He is going to learn the right way and not get into any bad habits early on. Do you agree, or does that sound too harsh to you? Honestly now.

I have four kids. My house is at its best organised chaos. Things have to chug along, relatively smoothly, or mummy loses the plot. 

So as I sit here spray bottle at the ready, I am back in control and relative peace is reigning again. I tell you what though... if one of the children would like to try their luck, they can get a squirt too!


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Life is Precious

It is Sunday! So it is Ooh, That's! Day.

I wanted to share some of my pins from my Life Board with you all. As it is coming up to the 'silly season', I just wanted to remind everyone that life is indeed precious and to take care and look after yourselves.

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

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Enjoy your Sunday!


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saturday is Caption Day!

Time to get those creative juices flowing. Can you think of a witty, clever, funny and fitting caption for this picture of Joshua?

Then please pop on over to Mammasaurus and see what other pictures are in dire need of a caption.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and above all stay safe. 


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
An Essay of Man Epistle I

The first line of this verse is very well known. It was written by English poet, Alexander Pope, way back in 1733.

I love this verse. In that one line it has the power to strengthen you. It inspires you to believe that even though life may be hard and difficult sometimes and you may be finding it hard to cope, there is something there in the human spirit which will always believe that things will get better tomorrow. That no matter how bad the situation gets, things have the potential to get brighter.

Occasionally, we all get disappointed with ourselves. I do so many times. Probably more than most. We berate ourselves because we aren't the mum, the friend, the person that we would like and aspire and have the potential to be. Because of things like sickness, nerves, money troubles and a host of other things that seem to jump out at us just when we think we can actually do this, we never quite reach our goals and aspirations.

We need to keep in mind that just like a spring of water, that bubbles up from deep within the earth, our life is always changing. We can never tell what will happen tomorrow, or even the next minute. We may feel that there is no hope any more. But even when things are at their bleakest and you are taking life a minute at a time, I know that there is always hope. If you can just hang on that little bit longer, things have a habit of sorting themselves out and the figurative sun does come out again.

Alexander Pope had a fairly sad life. From the age of 12 he suffered from a form of tuberculosis, which stunted his growth and deformed his bones. He also suffered from respiratory difficulties, abdominal pain and high fevers. He only grew to a height of 4ft 6in. He never married and because he was a Catholic, he and his family were shunned by London society at that time.

His Ode on Solitude has the line.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me dye;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lye.

But I feel that he truly believed that hope springs eternal. For he also wrote the following positive lines.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.

The most positive men are the most credulous.

I believe that when we see an example like his, and when we see others who have suffered so much, and we see them lift themselves up and remain positive, so much so that they can even inspire others, then there is really hope for all of us.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunshine Yellow

Welcome to Sunny Sunday!!

It is Ooh That's Pinteresting! on 

In keeping with Tina's Sunshine theme today I thought I would share some of the pins from my Yellow board with you all.

Yellow is one of my favourite colours. The colour of daffodils, sunshine and happiness. It lifts my spirits and I hope it does the same for you too.

WANDER'D lonely as a cloud 
That floats on high o'er vales and hills, 
When all at once I saw a crowd, 
A host of golden daffodils, 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,        
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
W. Wordsworth


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Saturday is Caption Day!

Yay! It is Saturday again. That means it is Caption Day!

Can all you clever people come up with a caption for this picture?

Just leave your witty ideas in the comments below. I just love to read them. :-)


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Literary Link-up Challenge

Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an author? I know for a fact that a lot of my bloggy buddies are very talented writers. Just for a bit of fun here is a challenge!

Can you write 2 paragraphs or less, that include the following items.

- The sentence, “If he didn't know better ____________."
- The long flight of stairs
- A Bathing Suit
- A mango
- A pair of scissors
- A tape measure.

Here is my little effort. Can you do better? I am sure that you can.

It was almost finished. The design portfolio was due by close of business today and Marcus was running ahead of time, he thought with surprise. A small smile played at his lips. If he didn't know better, he could relax and enjoy the rest of his day. But as he had come to expect, last minute details, unforseen problems could all crop up and he needed to be ready for anything.
He glanced at the finished garments. The bold, bright colours of the pool and leisure wear were probably the best things he had created so far and he was proud of all he had accomplished. The pristine white bathing suit with the vibrant mango motif, looked stylish and summery. He adjusted the tape measure around his neck and brought his attention back to the matching coverall. He took a pair of scissors and carefully trimmed an errant cotton end. There, he sighed, all finished. To get it from his upstairs apartment to the car he would need to make a few trips down the long flight of stairs. But it was all good. Nothing could get him down today.

Write a blog post and link it back to me at A Welcoming Hearth. 
I might make it a weekly event.

I look forward to reading your paragraphs and seeing some of your imaginations at work.



Sunday, 13 November 2011


I love Pinterest! It is highly addictive but a lot of fun. Sunday is Ooh! That's Pinteresting Day over at blog and it is great to see what everyone has been pinning and what is on their mind.

This week I have made a new board called Friendship and would love to share some of the pins I have found with you.

Friends are so important. They make life easier and days sunnier. I hope that you have friends that are very close and that you feel you can talk to about anything.


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Saturday is Caption Day!

Linking up with the gorgeous Mammasaurus for some weekend fun!

Can you think of a good caption for this pic of my lovely girls after they cooked some yummy Pikelets.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

5 Things on My Mind

5 Things that are going through my mind at the moment. To tell you the truth I feel that my brain is on high speed overload. So narrowing it down to only five hmm... here goes!

One ... the end of the year is fast approaching. The end of the school year is only 3 weeks away. That is bringing a lot of stress. I worry far too much. I wish I was one of those relaxed and let-it-go mums, that nothing fazes, water off a duck's back kind of person. But it just gives me a headache.

Two ... I crave order. If my house is in a mess, then I cannot relax and I am not happy. But I have four young kids and it just doesn't stay clean and tidy. I should just do the best I can, smile, and say this too shall pass. As long as my kids are happy then I am happy. But how do I do that? I have dreams of coming home and stepping into a clean, orderly house, with everything in its place and breathing a calm, contented, happy sigh. Ahhhh!

Three ... my dad is on my mind so much. This year he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and also Parkinson's. He has moved next door to my sister and her husband. She is doing so much to help him and I can't do much at all. I appreciate her so very, very much and love her so very much and I hope she knows that.

My beautiful sister
My Dad and Hannah

Four ... we have a new puppy! He is 10 weeks old and a white Maltese. He is so cute, adorable, naughty, cheeky and at the moment he is pooping and peeing everywhere and anywhere he pleases. But it is worth it.

BJ at 10 weeks old

Five ... Bethany, my gorgeous 8 year old has been invited to participate in a gifted and talented enrichment day. She is so pleased and I am very happy for her. I have always shown her that being intelligent is a great thing. So many people these days are extremely dumb and seem to be extremely proud of that fact and want to bring everyone down to their level. Well I won't have it.  Achieve great things my sweet girl and wow them all.


It's your turn.
What's on your mind? Where's your head at?

See what 5 things are on Tina's mind at


Monday, 7 November 2011

{Giveaway} Animal People by Charlotte Wood

'He could not find a single thing more to say. I just want to be free. He could not say those stupid words. They had already withered in his mind, turned to dust. He did not even know, he marvelled now, what the hell those words had meant.'
Product Talk by Nuffnang 

'Animal People' the new novel by highly acclaimed author Charlotte Wood, is a delight to read from cover to cover. It draws you in with its descriptive language and understandable characters. 

Set in a big Australian city, this novel follows the main character Stephen over the course of one day. But what a day! This day brings untold disasters and surprises. Will Stephen rise above his unfulfilled and somewhat bleak existence? The things that Stephen experiences on this day will shape his life to come and could even change his views and perception of the world. Will it make him stronger or will it destroy him completely?

In this novel, inner city living is brought into sharp contrast with those calm, leafy suburbs of the upper middle class. The author's descriptions of the various people that Stephen comes into contact with, will show you a real depth of compassion and understanding that the author has of urban life.

I will leave it up to you to find the reason why this book is called Animal People. The reason isn't at first fully discernible. Do you think of yourself as an animal person? What are the qualities or traits of 'animal people' as opposed to 'non-animal people?' Embarrassment is an emotion that separates us from the animals, Stephen suggests at one point.

The Sydney Morning Herald gave a glowing review of Animal People:
This is a compelling and ultimately moving novel that cements Wood's place as one of the most intelligent and compassionate novelists in Australia.'

You can find some more information on this wonderful book over on this link.

I enjoyed this book immensely and I know that you will too.

I am giving one lucky follower the chance to win a free copy of this book. All I need you to do is comment below and become a follower of my blog. Too easy!

I will draw a name using next Monday the 14th November, 2001 at 10pm, so be quick!


The winner of my Giveaway is ......



Sunday, 6 November 2011

Pretty Ballerina

Sunday is Pinterest Day! Woohoo! This week I thought I would share some photos from my Ballerinas board on Pinterest. I love Ballerinas. So pretty and graceful. Like a lot of little girls, I had dreams of being a ballerina when I was little. I remember going to see The Bolshoi Ballet performing Swan Lake in Perth a long time ago. I was completely transfixed. Just beautiful.

Come and check out my other boards and then pop over and check out what other gorgeous things have captured people's imaginations this week at

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