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Exploring life experiences at home and beyond – Destination Happiness


Dawn on the horizon

Been up since 4am with my   dog who has lost the art of sleeping. Trying to let everyone else sleep I got up with him. Decided I could look at this early start either

A) Negatively and get angry I have had little sleep or

B) Positively and use the time watching the pitch black sky spattered with twinkling stars begin to turn into a softly lit dawn that soon will casts slithers of light into my family room while catching up with some ‘ME’ time.

I chose B .

Outside gentle bird songs ( and not so gentle kookaburra calls) are the background chorus. I would have missed all this had I been sleeping. Mind you I might not be so philosophical later this afternoon when fatigue sets in hahaha.

So as pup now sleeps snoring softly , the black sky is now an orange horizon with very pale blue rising upwards I have had a quiet time reading and exploring photo scrap booking apps. I’ll show you one I made in this post.

I had some time to read through some writing challenge blogs I follow.

This weekend on the trifecta writing site the challenge was to create a HAIKU poem. A haiku is an unrhymed 17 syllable poem of Japanese origin. It usually has a seasonal reference.The structure is:

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables .


Icy chills give way
To subtle warmth , vibrant hues
No more barren twigs

I used the app SNAP COLLAGE to create an illustration using my own images.

Have a wonderful day 🙂


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Whenever the moon and stars are set

When the full moon happens, you turn into a person who’s the opposite of who you normally are. Describe this new you.


Saw this idea for a post. I had some fun with it using a drawing app on my iPad. This is OPPOSITE me 🙂


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On the edge

Daily Prompt: On the Edge
by michelle w. on August 19, 2013
We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?


Today I have been home from work. My daughter had 4 wisdom teeth removed. If ever I had an ‘On the Edge” day this is definitely one of the best of them!! Actually I am an edgy person at the best of times .

Check out her teeth!! How big they are !!! Lots of wisdom. I’m guessing the tooth fairy must pay well on these 🙂


I usually like to keep my day on an even keel by starting it with coffee. I don’t need the fancy cups with pretty swirled pictures atop ( though they are a very nice touch). No, I drive an 8 minute (yes time is of the essence on a weekday ) loop the opposite direction to my workplace to grab a drive-thru maccas ( that’s McDonalds for the non- Aussie readers). With this cup in hand my day rolls infinitely smoother. With meetings and duties before work this trip is planned precisely. The even keel begins to turn edgy though, when there is an abnormal amount of cars in the line up invariably all purchasing using cards rather than cash ( yes im guilty of that too …haha)
Saturdays I rarely do the drive thru, more likely to get my coffee while catching up with friends or missing out entirely. Sundays I’m spoilt and my husband usually picks one up for me on his way back from buying the Sunday papers. Now the weather is warming up its nice suiting outside reading the papers with my maccas coffee ( either a flat white or cappuccino as the mood takes me. )

Do you have something you enjoy doing to help keep your day on an even keel? Let me know in the comment box 🙂


The Shadow Year

I love to read before I go to sleep. Actually I love to read at any time but with a full time job, family and a house to run  this is often my only time. Books with pages to turn are no longer my source of content though. I’m now into e-books which I read on my iPad. I love that I can carry a full bookcase and its always at my fingertips wherever I go, be that bedside, on the lounge, in the sun or in my handbag. I never minded giving up the paper variety for the e-style. It’s the content I enjoy not the delivery. I can still be the director or the story, bring the characters and events to life in my head, painting the mind pictures based on my interpretation of the author’s words.


I have just finished reading The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell.

http://hannahrichell.wordpress.com/the-shadow-year/     (author’s blog )

Photo taken from this site as well.


Not wanting to give spoilers, the story begins with 5 friends who have just finished university. They take up residence in an abandoned cottage and begin to make it their own. Living alone they develop a micro-society type existence, rattled later when the outside world enters unannounced. 30 years later a lady receives keys to the cottage anonymously. She begins to live in it and tries to work out the secrets it seems to be hiding.  My review is only to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book (don’t want to be too specific and give it all away). I was drawn in by  the way the changing seasons reflected the characters’ actions and feelings , how the enthusiasm and summer heat was later broken by the bleak winter with  despair growing in the characters.


Having enjoyed reading that book so much I have now found the author’s first book Secrets of the Tides and have begun reading it. Although I’m reading them out of chronological order it doesn’t matter. They are not related stories although they do both have woven intrigue and are told in the style of two time eras. Once again, my nights are extremely short as the attempts to put this book down always end up with a ‘just one more chapter’ before sleep.

What have you been reading lately?  Leave me some ideas for my next read please.





“A plumber is the only guy I know who can take a leak….

….and fix it also!”

– from Joyce Hart

Well obviously Joyce hasn’t met my plumbers J

My home is around 14 years old and things are breaking down together since they all went into the new house at the same time. But the water users are really making themselves known so much more than the other appliances and accessories.

This month the washing machine decided that it didn’t really need to cut the water off during the cycle just because the machine was full. Why do that when there was a perfectly good laundry floor to flood (not to mention the cat food dishes as the laundry doubles as the cat’s bedroom?

Giving the sympathy vote I suspect, the dishwasher decided that heating water was not really that great an idea when it could do the job in cold water. It wasn’t as if it had to eat off the dishes it wasn’t cleaning. By the way, I must admit, at first, washing the dishes by hand was a task we all found to be fun. We hadn’t done it in 14 years after all! Then it became a little mundane and though we would all wash up, it was no longer a chore done with a smile and a laugh. It’s now a ‘splash loud and groan to point out I’m doing the dishes’ job, as I wash the dishes alone. We are yet to buy a new dishwasher. It’s another on the ‘to buy’ list but as much as I hate doing dishes I hate even more shopping for white goods .

Next the bathroom hand basin tap started to cry. It’s tears were from the hot water tap so consequently at the rate it was sobbing we were losing at least a shower a day and with up to 6 adults here on some days, it was a race to be in the shower first because you just didn’t know what would be left at the end of the day – combined with the fact we were now using the hot water to wash dishes by hand. My daughter found this out the hard way after giving herself a spray tan, dying her hair black then going to wash it off. Oh, for those interested, it seems cold water works ok on showering off excess spray tan and hair dye ( a very hard lesson).

So – to the plumbers.  We call out a Plumber Number One to fix the tap of the hand basin. He arrives, does something magical and we have no more drips – impressed. Let me fill you in on the next task we asked him to do. We have a water metre outside our home close to the nature strip. It is constantly run over by cars reversing out of our drive (it’s hard sometimes to maneuver four cars on a driveway really designed for two). We had heard it could be sunk below ground level and secured in a box with a lid strong enough to withstand the cars. He quoted what seemed a reasonable price. He took off , came back with the required box and we all ‘ooohed and ahhhed ‘ looking at the box lid after he had gone. No more water spouts at night (cause that’s usually when the run overs happened – blame poor light haha).

All good, until about a month later. The repaired water tap was again turning back on with extreme force as you turned it off, spraying the bathroom and of course using our hot water as it dripped all day. Must admit my daughter was a lot paler during this period, still traumatised by the cold shower, she packed up the spray tan machine.

Unable to (maybe unwilling) to get Plumber Number One again we called Plumber Number Two. He looks (and wears the spray) of the basin and informs me the last plumber had fixed the tap but…(insert plumber talk – picture me with the glazed over eyes nodding as if I knew what was being spoken of). Then I heard the words that brought me out of my daze NEW TAPS. I had so wanted to change from gold to chrome I nodded and ran to buy the taps.


He arrives to fit them, of course he has to turn the water off to do that. I explain our water main is boxed and show him. He then tells me the most dreadful news. Plumber One has put my meter in a box BUT he has covered the rest of it with dirt and that includes the tap to turn the water off !!!! This box is sunk about half a metre depth underground- a lot more digging. Digging done, we get our new bathroom basin taps. Plumber Number two has refilled the hole and gone before I realize now the cold tap drips into the vanity. ARGGHHHH (can’t cry I’m scared of any water by now). Plumber Number Two can’t come out until Plumber One fixes the water metre. Ok, that gave me a few weeks to buy all chrome fittings for the bathroom- since Plumber Two was returning soon to fix the drip I decided to get him to put in the taps. Finally three weeks later we get the new taps throughout the bathroom. The chrome looked great.


Plumber Two drives off, I turn on the new rain type shower head I have had fitted …you guessed it a huge spurt comes from the head to my face. Called (speed dial by now) Plumber Two back and finally after about 7 weeks I think the bathroom has no more leaks. I’m a little nervous about the droplets I found in my ensuite basin tonight. I’m just going to hope I didn’t turn the tap off properly this morning before going to work!!!


The Great Moscow Circus

Roll up Roll Up !! The circus is in town! But it leaves tonight 😦

I am a circus fan. That may seem odd for those of you that know I have a big aversion to clowns. I think it as to do with the fact they always look evil and masks scare me and a clown’s face is a heavy mask. I can remember being young and terrified in a Coles ( supermarket) store because every so often on a Saturday they would have a clown with a huge ( and I mean HUGE bigger than an exercise ball) head wander up the aisles. The purpose of this clown I do not know because I never hovered long enough to find out and I’m guessing my sisters weren’t allowed to get close cause I wouldn’t go near him. Anyway enough of clowns for now . Back to the circus.

Recently I attended the Great Moscow Circus. From the beginning the circus was dramatic and professional. It was a tad scary having a wizard character enter the ring bringing with him performers amongst a flash of coloured lights and loud commanding music. Then the amazing acts began. The audience held their breath and let out audible gasps as an artist performed on the silk ribbons. Trapeze artists flipped from swing to swing . A man walked on the outside of a tubular contraption as it rotated. None of the aerial acts had safety nets adding to the dramatics. Ponies pranced around the ring, knives were thrown ( including some while he knife thrower wore a blindfold!! ) and bikes raced around inside a dome that looked too small to hold them even in a standing position let alone while racing. The dome opened towards the end of their ride and I must admit by the gasps and screams of those sitting around me, I wasn’t the only one thinking the dome was breaking . There was also a quick dress change item. How good would that be when deciding an outfit for a night out !! I spent time trying to work out he magic and contemplated googling it when I to home but decided I didn’t want the magic to disappear .

Though not a cheap night out , the show went for 2 hours and the glitz and precision of acts were good value for the price. Oh and the clowns don’t wear the outrageous face paint 🙂 I laughed lots, cheered and spent much of the time in amazement of these performers.

Are you a circus fan? Tell me what you think about circuses.



Trifecta – 33 words

While looking for interesting blogs to read (interesting to me that is) I found the http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/ site.

My understanding is they provide two writing challenges per week. The weekday challenge asks you to use the third definition of the given word in no more than 333 and no less than 33 words. The weekend challenge involves the number three in some manner.  Anyway I’ve had a go with the photo challenge.  Don’t forget to leave your opinion or thoughts in my comments section.

Wilting under the searing heat

Of a summer sun

Angry, bitter, heartbroken, despaired

Life’s shadows stretched

On the canvas of yesterday’s footpath

Think he will come for us today?

He didn’t come yesterday!


Photo credit: [ changó ] / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND