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Exploring life experiences at home and beyond – Destination Happiness


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Learning a craft

Do you have a favourite craft activity? Craft is a relaxing activity ( when it goes right 👍 ) with great satisfaction in achieving an end product made by yourself. I have tried paper quilling, knitting and calligraphy, and as a teenager a little bit of candle making. This craft only lasted until my mum realised I’d used her best saucepans to melt wax after the one she’d given me had the handle loosen ( watching my safety I’d thought as I you the new saucepans haha). No more milk carton, mould and drip candles for me.

As a child I remember watching my sister crochet after being taught by our nanna. Somewhere along the line I picked up the basic stitch. Now with the help of YouTube ( technology is interwoven in all I do) I am trying to teach myself to crochet.

My first project is a square cushion for my lounge. It’s just a big ‘grannie square’ really but I couldn’t help myself to try adding my own personal twist. I’ve tried to incorporate a colour change just on the corners. So far ( thankfully) the result seems better than when I adlib on cooking recipes with ingredient changes. Can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

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I think I’ve found what just might turn out to be my best friend forever in a site called Craft Yarn Council. It not only has free patterns and some interesting articles to read, it also has informative topics, like the all important ones like ‘What’s that stitch’ and ‘How to read a crochet pattern’. For knitters ( or aspiring knitters) it has ‘how to’ guidelines and patterns as well.

If you crochet, do you have any hints or tips to help as I learn this craft? I do know I need to work on getting my tension even !!


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Challenges

Can’t believe it’s first day of my holidays and I’m awake this early. Actually I awoke at 6 am with the alarm going off for my husband to get up for work. Guess my body is still in work mode.

 A friend set a challenge for those of us not going away for the holiday break to set ourselves some goals. I took up the challenge …

 1. To accept I’m not going away for the vacation period and so will make sure I don’t end up buying myself a ticket somewhere
This will be my hardest challenge. I’m not good at staying home during a holiday break. I get a bit twitchy and more often than not end up escaping somewhere if only got a few days. But, I have a vacation planned for later in the year and so I am going to work hard on meeting this challenge. Maybe Challenge 4 might help me stick to this one.

2. Write some blog posts and read the blogs of others.

I love writing but it seems to get pushed to the background with the demands of a day job. I love having time to sit back and paint my reflections of life with words but sometimes finding the time is the challenge. Reading the thoughts of others is insightful. It’s people watching of a different kind. It stretches my my mind to new ideas, opinions and visions and takes me to places that are already in my memory or have been beyond my thoughts.

3. Spend sometime outdoors in the sunshine admiring the beauty of where I live. 

 

 I live in a coastal town but rarely take time to enjoy the beauty of what I have at my doorstep. I allow the mundanes of life ( and my often sheer laziness to get moving) to get between me and this natural beauty. Winter is the perfect time for hot coffee watching the waves crash on the sand and possibly a whale frolicking on its northern migration. I’m getting out there!!
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4. Put together a photo book of my Europe trip of 2014.

 

This definitely might help me avoid a trip away as I relive memories and organise the photos and thoughts ( or will it make the desire to get away burn stronger- we’ll see). I have so many photos of the trip I took to Europe – travelling with my husband and our kidults. At this stage I’m imagining a coffee table style book . Anyone with suggestions of easy online bookmakers to work with?
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So with those challenges set up , I think I shall make myself breakfast in bed and as I eat my jam and cheese toast and sip my coffee I’ll start with reading some of the blogs in my reader.


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Twitter Anyone?? 

I started my Twitter account back in October 2013. I didn’t really understand the concept of #hashtags and thought it polite to follow everyone who followed me. I learned the @ tag was actually part of my (is it a ) name. 

My first followers were family but gradually I have built a small following picked up from my love of cavalier dogs, black cats and my high involvement in watching reality television. 
 Today I was reading through the tweets of  @WanderinPoet and saw a tweet about How to Spot Fake Followers  and it got me thinking about how to increase my followers so I posed the question back about how to increase followers. The reply was almost instantaneous ( just how I like things) with a tweet AND a WordPress blog post of information ( read here). If you are a Twitter learner like me you’ll no doubt  find it interesting – I did. 
My Twitter usage is social predominantly, I love that I can always find something to comment on or join in a discussion, and admire a photo or read an inspiring quote. I’ve also used it to contact big brands for tech help. I also use it to publicise my new WordPress blog posts ( that have been few and far between recently).  
If you are a tweeter how do you use Twitter?  Oh and can you tell me if a ‘@whoever’ is shared differently in  Twitter  if it’s put at the start  or end of a tweet – I notice people do either . 


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On my way…

The WordPress photo prompt this week is about the journey.

‘In-between moments can be just as memorable as grand finales. This week, share a photo you took on the way to something else.’

These photos show on the way to Norfolk Island. I visited in January . I was looking for a summer holiday break and this destination looked beautiful. It certainly lived up to that expectation too. The scenery was amazing and the way of life relaxed. And if you want to read about my flight over take a look here 😄

First glimpse

First glimpse

Flying over Emily Bay

Flying over Emily Bay

Touchdown

Touchdown


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Chat over Coffee

If we were to have coffee it would be in a cafe. I love having my coffee made for me ( those swirly pictures in the foam add to the experience) . Being able to choose something delicious ( like a cake, preferably with cream) to go with it is essential too – the whole experience- cemented together with friendship talk.

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My talk of course would start about my kidults, although they are grown up and live away from home we still keep in close contact and I couldn’t imagine life any other way. My son and his fiancé are mulling over wedding plans and their dog ( oh I miss him living here) has had an infected paw needing antibiotics. He is a beautiful natured Cavalier but one of those dogs ( like some people) that injuries and illness just seem to happen often too. Lucky he has good people watching over him closely. My daughter is off to school camp in Monday for three days. As an over anxious parent I always hated school camps and gave my kids strict instructions to stay near the teachers and not get lost wandering. Now she is the teacher – still told her to stay close to the others :)) Her partner is nursing a foot injury that has been recurring for quite a while. I feel for him not being able to pursue his love of running at the moment.

 

I’d tell you about our campsite home. This here will fill in the background talk. The floorboards are down and the painting is done with just a few touch ups go finish. The painting is thanks to my husband taking some of his holidays to finish the job and it does look great. Hopefully today we will start moving at least our bedroom furniture back into the room. I’m over having to get up from virtually down on the ground each morning. In keeping with my declutter theme a lot will not be returning to the rooms. I am taking part in a 30 day declutter challenge which is difficult for hoarders as my husband and I are, but it’s happening so it’s all good.

 

I wouldn’t bother you with telling about work except to say this year I’m being more realistic about my time spent on it at the expense of time doing things I enjoy.
Let’s not have this conversation all one sided. I’ll sip my coffee and devour the cake while I listen about your week. Look forward to reading about it in your comment :)

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Camping

We are camping out…and will be most of the week despite it being a working week. The campsite comes with a large screen tv , FOXTEL ( pay TV ) and luxury leather lounge. The bathroom facilities are just a very short walk and a kitchen is attached to the campsite. The kitchen has all the modern cons , but the dishwasher is loud enough to be heard at the campsite. as a light sleeper I found the unusual noises a little hard on my first night.The ground is hard on the knees when getting out of bed for it is made of porcelain tiles laid diagonally. The mattress is a high quality Support Pillowtop Queen Mattress so we won’t suffer back ache or deflated mattresses as is often the case in camping. Despite all this I got little sleep through this , our first night of probably 6 nights. Where is this campsite you ask and why are we here?
The ‘out ‘ campsite is our family room.

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To the why- we are getting floorboards to replace our carpets, after 16 years. The carpets were cream , such a silly beautiful colour I chose. Throughout those 16 years we have raised two children (9 and 8 years when we moved into this home – the last did have much more kid friendly colours but lacked size), one cat, introduced a bird and an extra kitten, then a puppy. The cream of today though is a little curdled. It was a good time to do it we thought as my son has left home and taken his things with him and my daughter has only left a bedroom suite behind.
Before Thursday we (aka my husband) have to remove all the bedrooms’ and study furniture and pull up the carpets in prep for the floorboards.

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Luckily the forbidden room has floorboards already, as this gives us extra storage other than the garage. Lounges and bedroom suites dismantled fill our garage. My clothes and shoe racks have mostly been draped on lounges in the forbidden room ( some will stay in the wardrobe until the last minute

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Being time a great opportunity to change colour schemes we are painting the rooms because no drop sheets are necessary since the carpets are going.
So, the floorboards go down on Thursday and Friday, then we can move back into our rooms and leave this campsite! Best part, I have lots of things to rummage through to find my declutter items from. I definitely do not intend putting everything back into the rooms – hard as that might be. Anyone walking my shoes in house renovations at the moment or have a story about their experience to share?

 


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Day 2 total = 3

Yesterday I tossed out the coffee pot . I thought finding two things to toss today would be easy. A couple of hours and creative thoughts about the potential of things in my study’s wardrobe ( basically the refuge for every homeless item in our house) I finally moved to my own room’s stash in desperation to find the 2 unlucky things. At the moment our bedroom is draped across the floor of the forbidden room ( read here for a glossary type explanation) as we move everything in anticipation of new floorboards in the bedroom. Finally I found 2 things.

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Objects- 1 thong ( the partner is missing ) , 1 pink lipstick
Acquired – The thongs I bought. They aren’t an expensive brand rather a cheap department store brand, but I liked them because I’m not big on brands rather on what I like. It’s not like I expect ted buying expensive ones would be economical. I like to be able to replace have many pairs. I have no idea where or when the other thong walked off but I always hoped one day it would walk back into my life. This hasn’t however been the case, in the 12 months or so I’ve been missing it. I suspect it just did not make it into a suitcase on some holiday experience. Having said that, I’ve never wished to throw this one out …just in case. I have since purchased several more pairs.
I love pink lipstick. In fact I love pink in most things, but with my skin tone I have yet to find the right shade and it’s not from not looking hard enough. This is yet another in my sad pile of make up mistakes. So…straight to the garbage!
Result – a vacant spot on my shoe rack ( I just know that thong will turn up now haha and one less lipstick in my overcrowded make up box.
Tossed item Tally – 3
Things left to remove – 462


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465 things gone in 30 days!!

declutter (verb)
To simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc:
I saw this challenge on a Facebook page, and as a tweet. I am a hoarder. I grew up believing throwing away things in good working order was wasteful. I didn’t however, learn the lesson of tossing one out to make room for another or that sometimes we have things we just do not need or want. I had a go decluttering my home slowly a while back. You can read about that effort here. But, old habits die hard and I still have clutter left- mountains of it…as well as new additions to my collection.
So, hold me accountable, follow my journey as I shift these mountains.

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Day 1
Object – coffee maker

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Acquired – a hand-me-down of an item I didn’t actually want. I love coffee but I particularly enjoy the experience of coffee. The experience is buying it, sipping it, reflecting AND having someone make it for me. I don’t mind driving out for a take away and as I only drink one a day now I don’t want to give up that luxury. Sure it’s dearer than a home brew but I don’t smoke , drink or even buy magazines so it’s a luxury I wish to keep.
Result – a large vacant spot in an otherwise cluttered kitchen cupboard
Tossed item Tally – 1

Things left to remove – 464

( I might have to get busy organising for the big number days)

Are you a hoarder( or do you live with one)? If not, any secrets or tips you can offer me ? PLEASE!!


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Norfolk Island Experience

Our journey was infinitely more comfortable than that of the early convict inhabitants. We flew Air New Zealand and the staff from check in to the end of the flight were friendly and helpful.of course for us we never travel without ‘a story to tell’. Today’s had a few chapters :)

Chapter One Proceeding through Check in and customs
I was feeling a little disappointed as our check in was fast and all too easy. The line wasn’t long, desk staff helped with boarding passes and our bag was within the legal weight ( not always the case – no pun intended).
Customs was a breeze and I had a chatty officer who listened politely as I told her of my travel plans …well she DID ask where I was going , how long and why – she wouldn’t ask if she weren’t truly interested right ;)
Then things turned to our more common ‘Griswald ‘style. We put our carry on bags through screening and of course I’m chosen as the body scan person . So, having had my experience before ‘Your hands aren’t high enough up!” I stuck them up nice and high …this time was ‘too high!” I must commit to travel overseas more often to get this task right :)
Then I was told to step forward after the scan and she patted around my waist . I smirked and said, “It’s all fat”. She smiled…I’m sure she was thinking no one could have that waist naturally .
Then, collecting my bags from the security screen, I notice the contents of Brian’s backpack is being scrutinised. At first when he heard it was something ‘long’ he questioned that it could be his selfie stick…but no!! Turns out he forgot he had scissors and a letter opener ( both which had to be handed over) in his pencil case. While all that excitement happened I stood by watching as if I’d never seen him before, only to be chosen for the ammunition check. I must admit though it’s good they do screen.
Chapter Two – Unlucky to some
Those of you who know me,or read my blog regularly, will know the number 13 causes me distress. Yesterday , as soon as I could, I checked us into our flight for today. Our designated seats were in row 13..and the flight showed to be full with exception of row 12 which were exit rows . These seats cost to change to them. My dilemma was should I choose these seats and pay the $50 and risk changing fate or accept and sit in row 13. I remained strong and sat in my designated seat. On touch down I cheered YOLO ( my catch phrase from the beginning of 2014) proud of myself for having sat in the seat. It was only a slightly over 2 hour flight though. Not sure if I could do it for a long haul

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On arrival on the island we were given our hire car and shown to our apartment. It looked nice. Starving we hit the shops to lock for a late lunch. Being 2:30 we had to hurry as lunch cafés seem to close around 3pm. We also found out the liquor store closes at 5:30 ( but discovered that at 5:45 pm) …haha…we will learn to be better organised. We also must remember on Wednesday afternoons many things close , so the residents can play. Good afternoon for a tour that day :) took a drive around the island to get a feel for things and experienced the rule ‘Cows have right of way’ :)

My apologies for the poorly presented post. Internet is a bit difficult so I wanted to post while I still had access . Photos are small as when I tried larger it slowed down sending until if totally stopped :(

 

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