|Birthday cake made from scratch and|
decorated with Reese confectionery.
Welp, that's January all but gone folks. Uh huh.
So many folks just waste January fluffing around and being disorganised. Sure, it is still holiday mode for some and Australian summer holidays for the children, but January can be a great time to get budgets pumping, holiday jobs cranking and plans well on the way to being started and bedded down.
|Porridge with chopped apple, cinnamon, a little cream and honey.|
The perfect breakfast. (Well, one of them anyway)
How's our Christmas accounts coming along? Ours automatically has installment number two dropping into it tonight (pay day). Have we set up our new budgets for the year yet? What about our summer gardens - are they producing well?
|Toshi the cat - she who must be obeyed.|
At ours, the five girls are gearing up for another year at Uni (college) and school. Both daughters studying Nursing at Uni hope to graduate this year with Bachelor of Nursing degrees and launch out into their first postings - both want to go out to country hospitals in their new grad' years. We'll see what happens. The other daughter is finishing her History and English degree this year and has sensibly also done an education component so she can teach in secondary schools. She has her big 10 week teaching placement this year, so that will be interesting. Another daughter starts her double degree in Communications and International Studies this year and the youngest is beginning her final two years of High School doing her HSC via pathways method. So it is timetables, books, study notes, part-time jobs and juggling tutes, prac's and placements this year....it is making me dizzy just thinking about it. Within five years all our children will be finished their University degrees and making lives for themselves elsewhere - it only seemed like yesterday I was reading A.A.Milne to them sitting at the end of their beds with them all rugged up in their 'dressy-gowns', chins on knees and listening enthralled. (there's that stupid lump in my throat again).
|Romertopf roast lamb shoulder|
|....carved up and succulent.|
Pass the mint jelly will you?
|Sweet potato being fried up.|
|Help yourself folks!|
Table set in the background with
lamps on and waiting.
|Broccoli and cauliflower cheese.|
|Mint jelly and butter awaiting|
|Lamb, honey carrots, sweet potato,|
baked potato, broccoli and cauliflower
cheese, hot bread roll and iced tea.
|Just a few of us tonight eating|
|...on the deck at twilight with fairy|
lights on and oil lamps glowing.
In the last couple of weeks we have celebrated birthdays, cured June from her cluckiness, done a full spring clean of the hen house, installed a small pool, entertained tribes of folks, flown to Adelaide SA and back, survived Christmas and New Year at work (I run a large payroll) and zillion other things. We also had some mishaps with a water leak and had to empty out the side garage and storage rooms....a blessing in disguise as it triggered the culling and sorting part of our brain. We have enough sorted to order a skip bin I think!
|You can't have too much cake.|
I saw a little quote the other day that I just loved - I'll leave it with you now:
“Today, there are three kinds of people: the have’s, the have-not’s,
and the have-not-paid-for-what-they-have’s.”
Take care folks and stay nice.