Day 7 – Shopping

Day 7 – The day started with “me”time. I booked in for a deluxe pedicure. I owe it to my feet after the many years of holding me upright on stage and in the studio. Always great satisfaction for me so thank you Kym.

On the way back I stopped into my fathers house which my cousin Matt is currently renting to catch up with him & Alana as Dad had said that there was a termite problem. No one was home so I carried on to the shops at North Lakes as I had some birthday shopping to do.

3 hours I spent at the shops trying to decide what to get Katie for her 25th birthday on Monday. I like to buy with thought so that they receive gifts they want or will enjoy. This birthday was hard as so close to Christmas there’s usually not many things on an outstanding list. Hopefully I have got a few things she will appreciate and like.

As it was well into the afternoon before I got home there was not much left to do except pick up some groceries and settle in to watch the final episode of “The Tunnel”. It was great and I enjoyed it very much it did however seem a bit rushed to finalise the story and tie up loose ends. Highly recommend this to crime watchers 4*.

Katie went out with friends for dinner and to party on the night in the city for her birthday. Andrew went to work on the papers as I drove to Redcliffe to watch Thomas play a friendly soccer game against Noosa. This is the significance of today’s picture “Peninsula Power” Thomas’s team. It felt strange watching on my own as I nearly always have Andrew with me who is quite the expert in analysing the game. My texts to him were very broad as I really can’t tell in soccer terms if Thomas is having a good, great or excellent game. I do know he scored a goal. Proud mum even if it was just a friendly.

First one home with time to reflect on the day.


Day 5 – The cast comes off


Day 5 started slowly with household chores being done along with paperwork & banking which I was considerably behind on. I caught up quite quickly and was pleased to see that despite spending freely over the Christmas break we weren’t in too bad a shape.

Come midday it was time to take Katie to the hospital to have her cast taken off. Katie suffered a broken wrist before Christmas whilst in goal at a futsal (indoor soccer) game. It’s only taken 24 years of continual sport to have her first broken bone. Katie was looking forward to having the cast off.                                      Two hours later we finally got the all clear but the wrist was still quite sore and weak. I think Katie thought she was going to be straight back to normal and was disappointed it still hurt. My pictures today show the before and after cast removal. Onwards and upwards to restoring the wrist to its normal self.

We were starving by the time we left the hospital so once we returned home we had to eat. When we pulled up the driveway Andrew was there with the newly purchased second hand bike on the stand being cleaned and adjusted. He was proud of this acquisition and maintains it was the bargain of the century. Once he had done what he could with the bike he had to do a late delivery job with the help of Thomas.

Thomas was soccer training tonight so I decided that as Katie and I had eaten a late lunch I was not going to cook and suggested we go out to grab something which we did around 6.30pm.

On our return we all did seperate things, Katie watched another episode of the “Gilmour Girls” – she has watched almost every episode ever produced and can’t quite believe she was never exposed to the series from the onset. Andrew was trying to change the battery over in the road bikes computer and I took a call from my dad who is getting quite obsessed with his upcoming trip and the jobs he has to do whilst he is here in Australia.  Then……..after we watched The Heat thrash the Scorchers in the BBL we found time to watch the penultimate episode of The Tunnel, OMG, I was on the edge of my seat(well the floor actually), twists & turns we had to keep pausing it as it was getting quite complicated. I love it. Can’t wait for the conclusion. Hopefully we get the chance to see it tomorrow.

Night x

Day 4- House Attention

Cooler temperatures yah! I decide to spend some time at home doing odd jobs as I have been putting them off and blaming the weather. Decorations came down which always makes the family room look bigger and less cluttered, that makes me happy as I am not one that does clutter very well. I tidy the room and give the floor a good vacuum. Washing on before I tackle the kitchen. After breakfast of course which today consisted of a blueberry smoothie.

As I tend to cook a fair bit my pantry is always full of ingredients and I had noticed over the Christmas tiny mite type things in there so I had to investigate and of course discovered I had weavels. So, out came everything and I threw away so much flour based products. I do get these weavels from time to time I’m sure I can’t be the only one!! That chore took me longer than expected. I stopped for a cup of tea before I started on cleaning my kitchen then moved on to tidying up my study especially the computer desk.  All boring things but needed to be done.

Katie was still very quiet today. Hope she is OK. Andrew came home just after lunch today which was good and he and Katie went to pick up a second hand bike that they had bought. Bargain apparently! 

Thomas and I sneeked in some reading time whilst they were out which is where today’s photo comes in to play. It is the cover of the book I am reading. A sequel to the one I read last year. I find it hard to start books but once I do I really get into them and love the time to read. I am not a particularly fast reader but I enjoy it. Thomas who hardly ever reads has been engrossed in a book I bought him for Christmas which is the autobiography of the founder of Nike “Shoe boy”. Thomas loves his “shoes” with a passion and has a small collection of the most expensive training/sports/casual/running shoes. He finished the book this afternoon and loved it. Well done Thomas. Hopefully there were some parts of the book he took notes on.

Salmon was on the menu for tea which we ate at the same time as speaking to my father overseas. He is planning a trip back to Australia next month and was talking to us about that and what he’s plans are. I do miss him not being around as we were so close and I don’t really want that feeling to be lost.

Andrew and I managed to watch one more episode of The Tunnel this evening, it’s getting very complicated with so many characters. With 2 episodes to go I’m hoping it will all come together. It is very intriguing.

Signing off until tomorrow……..

Day 2 – Mixed day of events

Day 2 – Today was the kind of day where we were unsure of what to do. Once again we woke to the oppressive heat & humidity which quite frankly I’ve had enough of. So after a “clean” breakfast of freshly squeezed lemon juice and fruit salad with Greek yogurt we decided to go to the shops to purchase a birthday present for our daughter and to cool down. Mission accomplished as we bought of all things a beautiful coat for her to take back overseas. She will utilise this very well I think.

As with all our small outings we stopped for a coffee and watched the passers by for a bit. We giggled a bit when we saw an entire family all dressed in their ‘Star Wars’ attire obviously Christmas presents and the first opportunity to wear them out.

We ventured home for lunch and decided after a few chores to settle down and enjoy a few episodes of the current crime series we have started to watch on Netflix ‘The Tunnel’ (today’s picture). This is a French & English combined series as a spat of gruesome murders take place in each country starting with a body found in the Euro Tunnel which turns out to be the top half of one person and the bottom of another! Great intriguing series keeping you on your toes. We are really enjoying this.

Now what…….tv viewing over (restricted ourselves to 2 episodes) we then decide to go for a walk, we needed a few bits for tea so walked to our local shops. We find whilst doing a small amount of excercise (which does need to increase somewhat) it gives us an opportunity to talk to each other. As we get older and leading busy lives I believe it is important to not be living seperate lives under one roof. This may work for some people but I don’t think that’s us.

Today’s tea – Goan Fish Curry.                             As we are trying to eat sensibly I decided to cook with fish tonight courtesy of Joe Wicks. The four of us were home together tonight which always makes me happy. I was a bit disappointed to see that our son had taken in too much sun on this torso so, much to he’s annoyance we all reminded him of the skin dangers the sun posed.                                                                     The evening finished off with the discussion of a short break to Noosa. We love to go there and were all quite excited about this idea. Once the Christmas holiday crowds have gone I think we might go.                                                                  As predicted the rain storm came through about 8.30pm and was a welcomed relief to dislodge the heat & humidity. A much nicer temperature to sleep.                                                       

So as my days title suggested it was a mixed day of events. Andrew is back to work tomorrow but I have another week.