Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
Now, I really like the idea of this book, three girls find devastation in their lives, but struggle through to become wildly successful with their luxury items chain store called Glamour. Very similar storyline to the other book of hers I read recently. However, I must say, books written in this style, (which appear to be catering for people with a reading age below 12) are a bit of a waste of an idea, because there is no poetry in the words. I enjoyed the storyline; I love Cinderella/ rags to riches stories, but there was just no depth to the language. The girls were forever blushing, and were always enjoying hours and hours of rolling around on satin sheets with their famous, rich soulmates. It wasn't very realistic and there were no memorable sentences. I yearn to read memorable sentences, and I am going to begin looking for more books that have them. Do you know any good ones?
Here is a special book I found for a dollar, second-hand.
A collection of stories about family from a bunch of Australian authors. The story"Madonna of the Streets" by Gary Crew is WOW. Beautiful, mystical and uplifting. Worth reading the whole book, if you can get your hands on it. Now this book has memorable sentences.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
I have about 50 more papers to file and I will have finished my four drawer filing cabinet of school papers. Then I move onto my four draw filing cabinet of home papers. I know there will be a moment of feeling great success when I'm finished, but, while the project continues...woe.is.me.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
The author philosophises on subjects including, love, grandparents, nature, neighbours, motivation, progress and more. His main philosophy, the title, is expanded like this.
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don't hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don't take things that aren't yours.
- Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies are good for you.
- Live a balanced life - learn some, and think some, and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the the little seed in the cup: the roots go down, the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even little seeds -they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the books, and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all - LOOK.
"Take any one of these terms and extrapolate it into adult terms and apply it to your family life, or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. "
Working in a kindergarten and being an adult in this world, I can testify that this is so true!
Friday, 22 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Lucky me to find such a caring man with such a beautiful heart.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
but only just!!!!
On a serious note...I love my Mum and I love being a Mum. One of the most defining moments in my life was when I first brought Jack home as a baby, and my Mum held him and loved him. I felt worlds closer to my Mum in an instant, and felt ashamed of the bond that I had let loosen between us from my teenage years, and through my twenties. Here was someone who would love my child without hesitation, and help me to guide, nurture and teach him. She knew his heart. She knew mine. There was a connection.
I treasure the times we spend with my Mum. We swap books, we both love jewellery, clothes, craft, decorating magazines, TV and movies. My Mum taught me to sing along to the radio, made all my highschool ball gowns, and stood up for me when I was bullied at school. We always had heaps of Barbie dolls, and huge piles of presents under the Christmas tree! She always made desserts for after dinner, and often would bake cakes and cupcakes just for fun. She loves working in a thrift shop, and makes friends with everyone she meets.
I highly recommend motherhood! Not only is it a joy to share a little human being with the love of your life; not only do you have an overwhelming sense of attachment, responsibility and ridiculous levels of love for your own child; but also, being a mother reminded me just how important my Mum is to me and to the future generations of our family. Love you Mum! xxxx
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Yesterday, I bought a book I'd been looking at for awhile, which I'm sure you've all seen before, called Speed Cleaning.
I wanted to see if I could make this whole housecleaning thing a bit quicker, or simpler, or something. Well I gotta say, I wasn't able to speed clean our kitchen in 15 minutes, but I managed the family room in that time! I got to try out my new steam mop, which did a great job, and my husband was pretty impressed at how gung-ho I was about it all. One of the best things about the book was it made me put all my cleaning liquids, sponges, brushes etc into one box as a cleaning kit. This worked really well, and at the end I put the crate into my laundry cupboard. For some people, that is probably a really OBVIOUS thing to do, but not so much for me!
A book I got last year, which started me on my journey of decluttering the house was Cut the Clutter by Cynthia Townley Ewer.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Isn't the cover exquisite? It is a beautifully written story set in Ancient China (one of my favourite settings) and is about a young girl who looks after a dragon. Gorgeous book for readers aged 11 and up.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
a rose garden,
(Okay, we cheated a bit because we had a powered site and Jack brought the laptop.)