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Saturday, December 10, 2011

WENDY'S KITCHEN

Hello to anyone that reads this post.

It has been over a month since I took the time out to write anything on here. I have been so busy with a new project. I have taken on the lease of the kitchen at the local pub - Tiaro Royal Hotel

It all happened so quickly that the past four weeks have sort of flown by in a blur. But it is all settled down now and I have a rythm settling in. The kitchen is open 7 days a week for lunch between 12 and 2 and then again for dinner between 6 and 8pm. I am not gone from the house all day and I do get time to myself. It is not very busy as yet. I certainly hope to make it that way.

The reason for this activity is pure and simply to make money to pay of debts. Debt Free Is my absolute motto - chant - mantra. I cannot think of anything else lately. It feels so urgent to do this and whenever I get a thought that side steps from this I just automatically pull myself back to the goal. There just does not seem to be anything else that I feel is more important - nothing I can buy - nothing I can do - that is more important.

DEBT FREE = FREEDOM

So here I am working in two businesses. But as the saying goes - if you want something done give the job to a busy person - no procrastinating over a decision or when to do something. It is just do it now - make the decision now and move forward.

All year I have been plodding away at making gifts for Christmas presents. Plodding away with no time schedual  - just cruising. NOW I have lots of work to do - not as much time free and I have managed to not have all my gifts finished and wrapped. So another year comes to an end with me flat out sorting out and finishing of those last few gifts and things to do. Makes me laugh.

Anyway I won't write to much else today. I just wanted to fill those who follow my blog in on where I am at and why I have not been around to write or even read the posts of others. It will not be so long though before I write again and catch up on some reading and what everyone else has been up to.

Cheers,
Wendy

Sunday, November 6, 2011

COMMENTING on blogs you read....


One of my Bromeliad's in flower. It is absolutely exquisite - the flower on this plant. I am trying to find out what it is called - any help would be appreciated. I think I will send a photo to the local Bromeliad Society.

It is so spiky this plant - It is hard to even take a close up photo of it. It has pups on the side and I would like to break them of and plant them but I can't get near them to break them of. I will just let it spread and grow to it's hearts content exactly where I have planted Mama plant.

COMMENTS - do you take the time to leave a little comment when you read someones blog post? It is funny but we take the time to read what someone wrote but not to leave a little word to just indicate that you have visited and read what the author took the time to write. I have done that in the past. Read something and then closed out of it and not left a word to say that I read and enjoyed what I read as well. Then I decided that if I spent the time reading something I would take the time to leave a comment.

I have read recently somewhere the request for people not to have the security word to type in when leaving a comment. That it takes too much time. It does not bother me if I have to do the security word. It does not take long. The problem I have sometimes is that I scroll up or down the page and forget to actually do that part and click off the blog page and then realise that I have not done the word thingy. Oh well.

I just think that if you are the type of person to write blogs, read blogs and follow blogs then you should take a little time and leave a comment. I thought a little LIKE button such as is on facebook would be good but then I thought about that and said to myself that it is the little words of encouragement that count. The little acknowledgements that your words have been read and even if not agreed with they are still acknowledged.

I just find that if I am taking the time to actually read through someones post ( and in most cases it is a blog that I actually have taken the time to follow) this means firstly that this blog and this post have got my attention long enough to read the whole post and secondly that I either agree or disagree, have enjoyed their words about their life, enjoyed their photos etc etc and thirdly that I actually want the author to know that I visited.

I also think that it goes the other way as well. If people leave you a comment on something you have written or photos you have posted surely it isn't too much trouble to leave a small acknowledgement and thankyou for their visit. Sometimes we forget that the comments are a way of having a discussion on the subject written about. You might seriously have way to many comments to answer each one individually but it would be good manners to at least leave a short reply acknowledgeing the fact that so many people have replied. I feel so much closer to the people who write back to me when I leave a comment.

There is one blog that I follow daily/weekly that never leaves a comment in reply to anything I write. The funny thing is that I still look at this blog because I really like the message and photo. It does not take me long to read but sometimes can be quite inspiring. But I am just about to delete the blog from my follow list. I just do not understand why some people post things and then never acknowledge others looking and taking the time to read their words and look at their pictures. If it is private then maybe they should have their blog set on private for themselves and a close few that they wish to share with.

Is life that busy and if you have that many blogs to read that the few seconds - and it is literally less than a minute to leave a quick reply/comment after reading a post - if life is that busy, maybe you need to slow down.

What do you all think?????

My CAMILLIA's are starting to open the hundreds of buds all over them.

The gardenias have also nearly finished so now the camillias will fill my vases for the next few weeks.


Window sill of flowers.

Two of my children with their children. The circle of life.

Just because I think this is a gorgeous photo. I just want to grab a good book and a blanket and lay under this tree for the afternoon. So inviting.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Love One Another

This weeks prompt from Carry On Tuesday is Love One Another - here is my take on those words....

Love One Another

To love one another
is the most purest
and blessed of feelings.

To love one another
hurts and cuts deep
and feels like a curse.

To love one another
is easy.
To love one another
is so very very hard.

Two sides.
Two heads.
Two choices.

Make it easy
or make it difficult,
to love one another
and to allow another to love you.

The bottom line though
is
always love one another,
and that starts
with a clear conscious choice
that only you can make.

Love one another with all of your heart
and all of your being
and all of your soul.

The rewards will be yours.


by Wendy House
3/11/2011

BEING DEBT FREE - OWE NO MAN NOTHING


I follow a few blogs about minimalist living. To me it is the same thing as simple living. Just going in from a different angle but heading in the same direction. You see I have a very small house. I recently knocked out a wall. i have wanted to do that for so long - actually ever since we bought the house. I now have a two bedroom instead of a three but it is GOOD. I have been looking around and feeling so squshed - so cluttered - so overwhelmed. The wall is gone. I got rid of quite a few things but my goodness so much more has to go.


Little vases of Gardenias - my house smells awesome.




More pineapples growing - I will get three this year.

A vase that someone was tossing out and I grabbed it and potted it up with petunias - gorgeous

I find one of the things we do is hold onto something because we know that if we do want it in the future you don't want to have to buy it again. I do not have a lot of money - I cannot afford to go cloths shopping very often - so I hold onto the things in my cupboard. Yet I wear the same pieces day in and day out. I love those cloths - I feel comfortable in them. They flow on me - they are not tight. So in the next week - everything is coming out of my cupboard - The things I wear are going back in and the rest is going to a charity - or in a bag ready to sell at the next car boot sale.

I have been at my husband about building me a wardrobe. You know a floor to ceiling robe that I can fit everything into. I have just changed my mind. I will fit my cloths into the cupboard I have.

I am currently going through all of my photos and dividing the lot between my three children. They will get them when I go one day so it may as well be sooner than later. As I go through these photos I am keeping out ones that move me - really speak to me - only happy memories though. Those few handfuls of photos are a slither of my life. I am doing a photo wall/area of these and that is it. The funny thing is that I love photography. I am just not into going through photos and reminising. If I ever feel the need to go through my old stuff - I can always take a look at one of my childrens collection.

I have also been thinking a lot about my relationship to money. I have a hate relationship with money - always have. A dear friend has given me a book to read as a birthday gift. He was worried I would be offended. I said not so. I will read it and get back to you I told him. I am doing that - I am reading slowly - taking on board the questions it asks and just letting the information wash over me and allowing myself time to respond. I usually cower away in fright when I have to deal with my relationship with money.

I use it.
I need it,.
I say I don't want it
I say I don't desire it.
But of course I do.
It is just the things I desire are probably different from the things you desire.
I know I hate debt.
I know I am in debt.
Finding my reason - finding the fire in my gut - to change this relationship.
That's the key.
Assuming what fires me now will be what fires me in the future is not correct.
What fires me now will always be important to me but will change in importance once it is achieved.
That is.....

BEING DEBT FREE.
OWE NO MAN NOTHING

Thanks for reading and dropping by.

Cheers, Wendy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Show Must Go On...

This weeks prompt from Carry On Tuesday is "The Show Must Go On". Below is my poem using these words in the poem.


The Show Must Go On

It really doesn't matter
whether you want to or not.
It really doesn't matter
how you feel
now...
or later...
for in this life
the show must go on.
Just pick one foot up and move.
Take a step.
Just put one foot in front of the other,
because even though it seems the end
and you feel life has been stripped from you,
the world is still turning.
The lights are still red, amber, green.
And...
The show must go on.

Wendy House 18/10/2011

Kalambaka Greece - Monestry

Hotel - Myconos, Greece

View from roadside cafe - somewhere on Crete, Greece

Coffee in the above awesome view cafe in Greece

I have been busy lately and I have not been giving myself a hard time if I do not write anything much on my blog. I just write when I get a chance and I have something to say. I read those that I follow though and also flip through random sites that others follow as well. I also have a weakness from craft sites and can get lost for hours looking through the clever things other people make.

There is a new cake recipe in my homemade cooking page. It is recipe using 3 weetbix - no butter or eggs. So easy to make and I have made this and frozen slices ready to toast for a snack or breakfast.

I had my fundraising afternoon on Saturday just gone. The Great Cake bake for Red Cross. I had a lovely afternoon and have raised $135 for Red Cross. My target was $100 so that was a great effort.

Cheers,
Wendy

Sunday, October 9, 2011

It was love at first sight.....

Today's post is a poem - written for Carry On Tuesday - the prompt this week was "It Was Love At First Sight".

Love At First Sight.

It was love at first sight,
but I never said or thought it would last.
I know myself better than that.
I know I fall in love so easily
and how easily the next sparkle can move me
in a new direction.
I held you in my gaze,
I imagined touching you,
wearing you,
feeling you.
I had no control.
I stepped through the door,
I took a deep breath
and asked to see you
and it was definately love, love at first sight.
And I tried you on.
I twirled and fluttered,
and opened my purse.
I then went on home
with my new dress.

Wendy House
9/10/2011

Well I hope you liked that. I don't think I have ever written a poem about purchasing a dress. I actually do not shop very often. But I don't think there is a person out there that has not fallen madly in love on the spot when they have seen an item that moved them - in this case a dress. I am sure that even if you are careful about your spending you can still remember a time that this happened to you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I'M BACK

These flowers have been in this vase for well into the second week now. Orchids from a friends garden and the rest from mine.

Hello to all. I have been busy doing other things that were not based around the computer. I certainly cannot complain that I have nothing to do. Lots of visitors to our home and a little bit of visiting our family and friends. Lots of creativity.

I had to share this awesome plate with you all. I went to a coffee shop with my daughter on my birthday in September and the staff found out it is my birthday and they all came out and sang happy birthday to me and presented me with this yummy muffin.

I have been making Christmas things to keep. The odd decoration here and there to keep year after year in my new Christmas keepsake box. I have not bothered about doing to much decorating for Christmas for such a long time. The change begins this year. We are actually not home for the main holiday days as we spend each year with my parents one day and then Micks parents the next. But I want my house to look festive and to get into the spirit of things. So I made these two pillow cases. $1.00 each from a $2 shop and then a bit of rick rack sewn across the top and tada - I have my very own Christmas pillow cases to use each year to brighten up my bedroom.


More of these amazing flowers. The bulbs have all came up in the garden but I can't see them all day every day so I cut some and placed in vases around the house and they just simply last for ages and look extraordinary. Oh they make me feel good to just glance at them constantly all day.

Our Tiaro Creative Arts Group met today and joined another group from the local area at Curra. We were invited to a members home that is set on top of a mountain and has incredible views to choose from for painting and drawing. It was such a relaxing day. I am still very new to this and have  this tendancy to stop myself from trying and saying things to myself like, "I can't do that - I don't know what to do". You know, just the negative self talk we all drown ourselves in every day. Well not today. I got out my colour pencils and sketched this drawing below of the shed above.

I really like it.

I am also making a set of placemats for a gift for someone for Christmas. Each one has a little saying on it about friends and home. I really like this one.

And roses.....

And sunflowers.....
3 more to go to finish the set. I am going to finish them of tomorrow.

Original photograph by Michelle Edwards.

Our Creative Art Group will be holding an exhibition of our members work starting at the end of October and going through to the end of November. 

Original photograph by Wendy House 2011

This is a photograph that I took and I am going to frame this for the exhibition.

Talk again tomorrow.
Cheers, Wendy



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Those Were The Days My Friend....

This weeks poem for  Carry On Tuesday - 124 - using the words "Those were the days my friend".

Lloyd

Up until dawn
danced the night away
not once
not twice
so often I lost count.
Laughing till our sides hurt.
Being loud.
Being us.
Partied 'till the dawn showed her colours,
never wanting it to end.
But it did.
Some things just can't go on forever
no matter how much we try.
But those were the days my friend
where awesome memories were made,
fun memories that make me tingle,
make me glow with a smile.
Yes those were the days my friend.
We were good together.

Wendy House
27/9/2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When I Look Into Your Eyes....

Today I put a poem on here for Carry on Tuesday. The prompt was "When I look into your eyes". This poem is for my daughter.




 
Daughter
 When I look into your eyes,
I see strength.
Strength of character
so strong,
and it inspires me.
You inspire me.
Your eyes they spark,
and your eyes they glow.
Life.
Your eyes just dance with life.
And  I know your story,
and I know your past,
and I look into your eyes
and see strength.

Wendy House 14/9/2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

COMING HOME - home is where the heart is

Below is a poem I have written this week for Carry On Tuesday.
This weeks prompt is "Home Is Where The Heart Is"




COMING HOME

Coming home
driving in the drive
turn off the key
and sit
be still.

Home at last
too many hours
on the road
too much traffic
in that city
too many lights
way to bright.

Home is where it is quiet
Home is where it is dark
Home is where it is peaceful
and welcoming
and familiar.

Home is where the heart is.

Home is also where your heart is.

It's good to be home.

Wendy House 5/9/2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Weekend Of Camping

Grevillia flower - this is a tiny litle vase I keep on my kitchen windowsill. This is a beautiful flower and lasts for ages when I pick it.

Just look at the colours in this. The red edges look like satin. I just never get sick of looking at this flower.

This little spray of flowers above my kitchen sink is from a shrub that is absolutely covered in these pretty little pink flowers. The red flower beside it is from a bromilliad. They have the most strange and exotic flowers.

Camping at Karie Creek, Qld over the past weekend. Sunset from our camp site.

Fishing as the sun goes down.

The mangroves along the shore. Enlarge this photo and take a look. The trees look like they are creeping ahead to the water.

Little sandy beach area directly in front of our camp site. More fishing.

Sunset again.

Beach at low tide.

Heading out on the boat for some fishing.

Mangroves along the river.

I so love this photo. It is my favorite.

And this.....

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

IT'S A FOOLS GAME....

It's a fools game...
wishing
waiting
for something to happen
for someplace else to be....

I just read a post on Minimalist Lifestyle. Link below.
http://minimalistlifestyle.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/how-to-be-happy-now/#comment-355

What a timely post for me to read. And I would say timely for many other bloggers I have been reading lately. But for me it was a poke with a big stick - someone grabbing me by the shoulders and saying LISTEN.

I wrote a post the other day and even though it was a bit of humour it was also written from my truth as well. I WANT TO GO TO ITALY. I had read a book recently and it was all about italy and she painted such a lovely picture of it all that it just got my feet itching as usual. You see this is a problem.

If I am always wanting to be someplace else or always dreaming of things being finished, sorted, organised, perfected and just plain better than now  - then how on earth can I be content and happy with now and what is happening now or what I have just completed and achieved in the present moment. I can't can I. I will always be itchy and fidgety and uptight and unsatisfied.

I don't want to be like that. I want to be content and appreciative and enjoy my life no matter what is happening.



Then I read this post an-authentic-self-through-creativity on the blog "Amanda Brooke - simple and creative living" and it was another confirmation for me to appreciatate now. Take notice of now. So in keeping with the advise on this post I have created a beautifully covered "Illustrated Discovery Journal". Similar to something I have done before but without the wishing. Just things that inspire and move me. Pictures, colours, fabrics etc etc. I am also going to create a page on this blog as well for pictures and things that I collect electronically and don't or can't print out.

My "Illustrated Discovery Journal"- covered in some awesome fabric I had in my stash.


This looks so good you could eat it. Bottlebrush flower.

Little Weed...

Little Weed....
LOOK - I think my lemon tree is finally flowering. I am soooo excited.

Unusual flowers on one of my Bromiliads. It now has more on it so I will take another photo soon.

SUNSHINE - My cloths are finally dry.

Cheers, Wendy