I scanned through the posts from 2018 on my blog and was surprised by how much I did and accomplished. I hope I will have as much energy in 2019. It started with our January 1st walk up Bennachie which was marvellous. There was ice, lovely views, and an incident that involved a dog stealing… Continue reading 2018 in review
I got to see my sister on my recent trip to France. And my niece and nephew. It was my niece's birthday. I have visited Antibes several times over the past 20 years. This next photo of me was taken on one of my first trips, when I was about 21. I'm now 42 and… Continue reading Sisters
My father sent me some old family photos. Here are some early ones of me. I think, though I'm not 100% sure, that the first one was taken at my 1st birthday and that's my chocolate cake all over my face. I'm pretty sure it's my birthday again in this next one and that's more… Continue reading Baby photos
A new home
It has been a hectic and stressful week this week. Settlement for the house we bought was on Friday and we moved in yesterday. But the most stressful part was when my father took a turn for the worse on Thursday night. He had an emergency heart bypass last Tuesday and seemed to be recovering well.… Continue reading A new home
The stay-at-home parent and the working parent
I love my job. It's so fulfilling being able to help people with their websites and most users are profoundly grateful for the support. I also feel privileged to have this little window into their lives: to see what they're writing about and what their interests are. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have this job.… Continue reading The stay-at-home parent and the working parent
Happy Easter everyone!
My Dad is visiting us for the weekend. Whenever he comes, we seem to end up visiting Bunnings - a mega hardware store - numerous times. Bunnings is Dad's temple and since I've always got a list of jobs for him to do, we end up making numerous trips there. Although so far this weekend… Continue reading Happy Easter everyone!
My very lovely sister is visiting us from Brisbane. I haven't seen her for two years so it is a big deal for all of us. Today I took her to Devonport which is a quaint village on the North Shore. I know I complain endlessly about Auckland but my complaints are related more to… Continue reading Devonport
What to do about a sore neck?
For the past few months, I've had a sore neck. The pain was just on one side of the neck (right side) and spread down into my shoulder and the upper quadrant of my back on that side only. It wasn't debilitating, but always there and so irritating. The pain in my back and shoulder… Continue reading What to do about a sore neck?
Tennis or Karate?
First day back at school for Daniel today and we were all a bit sad about that. Daniel's love affair with school seems to have waned lately, although he still seems moderately happy with the place. According to his teacher he was exhausted all day today and at one stage she suggested he should come… Continue reading Tennis or Karate?
Tennis, prostitutes and triangles
Daniel has started taking tennis lessons. We thought it would be fun for him and a good way to develop some bat and ball skills and so far he's enjoying them. His first lesson was last week and I haven't mentioned anything to the coach about his suspected autism but one thing about autistic children… Continue reading Tennis, prostitutes and triangles
We've had some lovely visitors this past week. Our niece, Frances, was with us for a whole week and we all enjoyed her visit very much. She sketched a picture of Freud for us before she left. I love it! Thank you, Frances. She's a very talented young lady.Then we had the pleasure of my… Continue reading Relatives
Gosh I've been so slack with my blog recently! I'm so sorry. Things are just all go here. Today I caught Elizabeth using a bic glue stick like it was a roll-on deodorant and applying it to her armpits.Elizabeth has a new favourite book - a pink, tizzy thing:We bought Elizabeth some underpants with strawberries… Continue reading Elizabeth