Friday, October 12

back on the chain gang...

ok, so it's not quite that bad. Although, I wasn't going to post until the house was in order, but given that we have now been back 5 days and it is hard to gauge any progress I thought it I'd better post before you Mum sends out the search party! It's a good thing that you cannot see the washing still to be done, the roomful of washing to be folded and put away, the beds to be made, dishes to be scrubbed, bills to be paid let alone the emails to be answered, all now added to my pages of the ever growing 'Must get this done soon' list.  Instead I will fill your eyes with the good times from our holidays.

For me this meant a lot of time enjoying thismy favourite drink
finishing some projectsautumn folded
spending a lot of time at the beach with Miss Lwoolamai surf beach and wildlife!
and other lovely family pursuits that can be found at Phillip Island.

For Miss L a large part of the holiday was enjoyed by collecting jellyfish from the shoreline (hundreds of them, all about coin size) and then releasing them into an appropriately surveyed rock pool.  home for jellyfishThank goodness my only involvement in this daily project was pointing the oozy little creatures out with my toe. ick!  When we were able to drag Miss L away from the beach, it was to spend over an hour in the animal farm holding her favourite adoptee guinea pig. Sheesh!  Lucy and Butch
The upside of this activity being that Miss L is now intent on being allowed to have her own guinea pig, and so is attempting to prove her ability to be responsible.  I am of course milking this situation for all its worth using this as a perfect time for her to learn tidying up, putting away, packing school bags etc. etc.  We will see how long this lasts.

For Mr Whizzme it meant mainly spending much cherished time with his girls.time with Dad

Since returning
- I have started the training course to become a telephone counsellor at PANDA
- joined my often partner in crime into guilting inspiring each other with joint gym sessions
- got about 1/3 done of both chevron scarf versions
- started the Christmas shopping
- organised the next sewing session for shop goodies.

Now that I am feeling better about my no more neglected blog I will return to the 877 posts still to be read in bloglines, the 15 commentors I still have to reply too and probably the washing.


joanne said...

I was all revved up to be open minded about the guinea pig - but when I saw the picture I still got the rodent shivers - sorry. jellyfish look good though???

gwen said...

Nice to hear you had a nice time at the beach. Your 4SS quilt looks very good. Good luck with your laundry and with the guinea pig! Take care.

Lesley said...

Looks like you had a great time. Cute guinea pig :) My non-animal-lover friend has just given in to pressure and got two (you have to have at least two or they get lonely) for her son - he doesn't get a look in as his mum is always cuddling her 'babies' as they are now known. Good luck!!!

greenolive said...

those finished projects look fabulous!

SadieandLance said...

Welcome home! I missed you! Don't worry about your messes...I'm not worrying about mine!

Lisa said...

Philip Island's great... we've got a family place at Inverloch.

Lots of fond childhood memories, but by gum! the water's cold!

tiel said...

glad you had a super holiday.

your girls are gorgeous.

your husband reminds me so much of someone I know, they could be brothers.

love the quilt.

milk the pet thing for all it is worth.

and stop feeding to bloglines. I refused to do this whole thing. You'll never know and and you will cease being a slave to other blogs.

Sheeps Clothing said...

It sounds like you had a lovely time at Phillip Island. Did you see the penguins?
I had a guinea pig when I was about Miss L's age. It ended in tears when my Mum went to hospital for an appendectomy and everyone else forgot to feed him.....
Welcome home and don't worry too much about the washing - it won't go anywhere.

ikkinlala said...

That looks like such a great beach to visit!

Kirsty said...

Beach holiday sounds and looks wonderful. Nice Hubby too!
We have just got a second puppy, this time a working dog and he is "flat out" I will enjoy him more when he grows up a bit. I think Guinea pigs would be quieter.
Love the reworked jumper too looking great as a blanket.

Kirsty said...

I forgot to say good on you about the PANDA work. My good friend is a breastfeeding councilor and she just loves the work they do and she often refers women over to them.

fiona said...

wow so busy, all good things by the sound of it! we love Phillip Island to, such a nice pace, not to mention 40 fish and chip shops!!!

Di said...

It sounds like you had a great trip! I have jellyfish in my post today too!! Your daughter looks like she had a fabulous time on the beach - I remember those times well myself!! But in Scotland it usually involved sitting behind windbreaks and wearing wellie boots!

sugarcreekstuff said...

We have a Guinea pig and love it. The love attention, dont bite,unless you have food smell on your hands, and love attention. They sleep at night! (A plus if you've ever had a hamster) I can't recomened one enough.

sue said...

Our next door neighbour had guinea pigs which had babies too. They do take a bit of work (cleaning their cage) but are so cute. I remember we used to visit our neighbours when we were kids who had about 5 different ones and they were so nice to cuddle. I think they are a great pet for children, and I am sure your daughter will look after it. Good luck with the training course for PANDA too, they are great. I had PND after my daughter's birth and they were very good to me.

ellia said...

oh my gosh!!!! what a beautiful gal you have! wow!!!!!!!! and guinea pigs are so much fun when you're a kid :D