Archive for September 2011
I need a weekend away from my weekend!
I wish I could say all of this weekend was about me being one of those super organised folks getting all ready for the week ahead, but alas that is not the case. All the work this weekend has been out of necessity.
You see Brad is off to deliver a nice big boat to Broome. Normally it wouldn’t take that long to get up there, but because they are oversize it means only being able to drive in certain hours, so a few day trip suddenly becomes a lot longer. For me this means spending our weekend cooking all meals that will be needed for him and getting ready. We need to allow for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks along the way over at least 5 days. By doing this we avoid the huge cost which comes with eating in roadhouses – plus home cooked food is always nicer. He has a small cooker in his truck which he just pops the containers in and it slowly defrosts and heats them.
So this is my freezer – two shelves full. As I was cooking meals for him, I did ours as well for the time when he is away. We have family sized and Brad sized meals all labelled in containers.
Tomato based macaroni cheese, bolognese sauce, mince chow mien, spinach & ricotta cannelloni and curried sausages for dinner. As well as snacks of chicken satay pies, apricot pies, egg and bacon pies. Pumpkin Bread, banana bread, two types of muffins, choc chip biscuits, and I am yet to finish making another pumpkin bread and some coconut and chocolate brownies which I will do tomorrow.
To say I am exhausted is an understatement, as this was all done on top of a busy weekend shed clean out, both lawns mowed (we have huge lawns), a vegie garden weed and patio clean down that all were required to be done before he went and I was stuck doing them on my own. But no one will starve around here and if Brad gets lost in the bush that should keep him alive for months till they are rescued.
One thing that has been a saviour is the copy of Frost Bite I picked up recently. I have used a few recipes out of this book and it gave me some new inspiration aside from the old favourites - fabulous.
So spring is here….but I don’t think I would know it. We had the most wonderful taste last week….26 degrees and sunny skies…but since then we are back to rain every second day and a cold wind. I am yearning for those sunny days to return. Our household has also been plagued with cold and flu one after the other. I have actually suffered 2 pretty bad ones this year when before that I would rarely get a cold. The kids…well it is hard to see them without a sniffly nose for the last few months. I have wondered if it is just the change of climate? I mean I haven’t lived below the 26 parallel for the last 8 years and we did just spend the 12 months before here in balmy Darwin. Maybe it is just the way it is in a climate that gets a real winter? Maybe we are just getting used to new bugs in a new town? I don’t really know but I really wish that those nasty cold and flu bugs will just blow away in this wind and the sun will come out.
Right now outside it is raining on and off and about 18degrees with a forcast of more rain by the weekend. I am stuck inside with the metres and metres of divine fabrics from Holland, Japan and America…. like these….
Today I have started fiddling around and transferring some old blog posts over to our new domain – a long and tedious process that I tend to only do a tiny bit at a time. It is one of those jobs that you have in a long list of things that need to be done, but the importance is always lower than the other billion things.
This little job means I get to have a trip down memory lane which is always nice, I love looking back to see just how far we have come over the past 4+ years, not only in our look and products, but also in Kobie’s style as it has evolved.
This is a look at our very first ever giraffe rattle made about 6 years ago – my how he has changed over the years.
And then I get to see pictures of the kids I haven’t looked at for years and love seeing how little they once were.
And some of the early designs we did way back then.
Other things that have seen major changes is our logo, this was our very first logo we did .
Well I guess that is enough memory lane trips and I should really stop procrastinating and actually transfer those files.
On the weekend we expanded our family to include 4 very gorgeous chicks (Dad got some hot chicks for his Fathers Day we like to say).
They are 6 days old and currently residing in our bathroom until they are big enough to head out into the big wide world of the chook yard down the back. This also means Ari is currently residing in the bathroom as well as he just loves his baby chickens and he spends quite a bit of time in there chatting to them.
They are most definately very cute, so I have all my fingers and toes crossed none are roosters as we are unable to keep roosters in our area.