Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Days whizzing by

Its that time of year where the days DO whizz by.

Last weekend (two weekends ago now) I repaired and enlarged a large shadecloth that we attach to the side of the house - This bit belowIts now 7 m long and 3.6m wide, and attaches to various treees and parts of the fascia boards. I got quotes for some fancy schmancy company to make us one, but it was going to be $4000 and ugly as sin, plus we would have had to take it down in a wind or with rain. No thanks. $60 worth of shadecloth, and two hours later- its great!!! Its less droopy now that it has been tightened up.

The plants love it.
Xmas shopping - at least half done, with ideas for the rest. I did some of last weekend with WIDGET!!!! She is in WA for a holiday visit and we caught up on Saturday. She likes our weather (it has been warm and gorgeous all weekend) and approves of my Power Shopping methods. Step 1- Get idea. Step 2 -Buy it, quickly, while praising the customer service skills of young people who appreciate a decisive customer. Step 3 -Walk out, job done. Works for me!(who is very lucky to now have sufficient income to achieve this method)

Plans for Xmas day - now complete.

Work - I commence nightshift again tonight for three nights, with a further two shifts next week on the 23rd and 24th - which means I finish work Xmas morning at 7.30am. Guess what I will be doing for most of Xmas day? Before we host my family for dinner. Go on, guess.

My sister is back from Melbourne! With her lovely daughter, and we hope they will be staying in Perth! yay, bouncing joy on this one! We hope our niece will get snapped up in an audition soon and get a job (hopefully in Perth) but my sis is likely to stay even if her daughter moves elsewhere for work.

Anyway, must dash - the shower is calling and I clock on in 52 minutes time!


Natalie said...

Shade = Comfort
You've made a great spot to sew too!
Lovely to read your newsy post.
Merry Christmas Planning to you.

Madre Adoptiva said...

Looks like a lovely spot. I would love to find a place like that to sew outside... though not right now. Right now it's well below freezing and the ground is snow-covered. Your pictures warmed me up. Thank you!

Lesley said...

I love that spot outside your big room.
Looking forward to some shady chats out there come Feb. If it's not too stinking hot, of course ...

MaryBeth said...

What a wonderful shade canopy! We could surely use a very large one out here in the desert in the summer. So our summer is your winter?
I would love to come visit !
Please e-mail your snail mail address! ASAP!

Happy Holidays to you and your Beautiful Family

Victoria said...

I think it would be cool to be there for a baby being born early Christmas morning. Sounds sort of like a very busy time for you though!!
I particularly like the sewing-machine-outside photo.

Fairlie said...

I like your Power Shopping methods...of course, they work well in Perth. I challenge you to do it here in New York. Just reaching the counter to be served takes at least 15 minutes of queuing.