Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hitting the wall

More like a cross roads really.  Again.

If you've been following my blog you will know that when I first moved to Deloraine (4 years ago) I was attending the Conservative  Mennonite church.  Fellowshipped with them for about 6 months before deciding it wasn't for me. 

You can read my thoughts HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Best to read in order.  And the comments at the end of the posts are interesting too.

Since then I've been attending another church which closed down earlier in the year (due to lack of numbers) and the Mennonites moved into the biulding (they had previously been meeting at the Seventh-day Adventist church). 
So I decided to give them another try. I really enjoy their church service (bible study, message, singing) but after 6 months I start to feel hemmed in again.  Like I am being squeezed into a mould the wrong shape.  Anyway...suffice to say...I've decide it's not for me. Again. (Some of us are slow learners.)
I feel like a hypocrite because I don't really live that lifestyle 24/7 as they do.
And I really don't want to, because there is a lot of good stuff in the world and I think we need to use our own judgement on things, and that choice is basically taken away from you with the Mennonite church.  
The church has definitely grown and some Australian families have joined, so I can see a future for the them here.  I think it is the first Conservative Mennonite church in Australia. And they are lovely people.

But I can't do it...

So here I stand...
Ever the fringe dweller.
What we all need is Lagom...
(it got much better reviews on UK Amazon than US - but read it and judge for yourself)

the journey continues...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

What is this thing called 'the cinema'?

Having not been to the cinema for 15? years, it seems like a new invention.  The last movie I saw was Pearl Harbour! (How sad is that ?!?)

So...last Saturday Marnie txt me and said "can we do something fun today?"  So we settled on the cinema, and as The Disaster Artist was on in Launceston, and I had seen a trailer and thought it might be good,  I chose it.  There's a trailer HERE if you haven't already seen one.

The downside was all the swearing, but I tried to overlook it, because the upside was a good movie!
My sort of offbeat humour, but it could also be view at a deeper level and although it was kind of funny and quirky in parts there was also the pain and sadness of the lead character (Tommy). 
The conclusion?  He who perseveres wins!!
Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps? 
So...we've decided it will be a regular thing.  Hopefully more regular than every 15 years or I might not make the next one!  And Denver gets to pick next.  I'm thinking he will pick the new Star Wars movie, and I will be totally lost because I haven't seen any of the previous ones!

And following on from my last post and the retro blanket, I've started...

Not sure whether to leave the orange as the final round, or edge with white (actually it's cream).  Will decide when I've done a bit more.  Doing 4 of each colour combination (2 x cream centres, 3 x random colours, 1 x orange). 
Went for my walk early, early, as it's hot, hot, again, so the rest of the lawn mowing will need to wait. 
 Oh dear...guess I'll just have to sit and crochet!
Such is life.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A day in the life...

Finished the blue/green/white lap blanket.  It will probably be for my bedroom...unless I decide to give it away.  How many crocheted blankets does a person need?!?!

Reading The Barefoot Investor.  The barefoot bit was easy.  Still working on the investment bit...

After seeing this photo in a magazine (frankie) I thought I'd like to do a retro granny blanket next...

So bought some yarn when in Launceston yesterday...
May introduce some white too

I have a headache today (rain is coming).  I've been for my early morning walk/run and mowed half the lawns before it got too hot, but might make a start on my blanket now.  May need to put my sunglasses on to work on it though!

Here's your 'lightbulb' moment for today...
                                                          (this one's for Jefferson)

And what would life be without an introvert joke...

If life gets boring...just change your mind!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

What a cutie!!

and the koala's not bad either :)
Daughter in law Hayley volunteers at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  She works with the koalas.  She and Ben visited some of her 'babies' recently.  Thought you might like to see some of the photos she sent me...
The little koala above with Ben is Snow.  She is just over a year old and is being introduced to the photo shoots at the Sanctuary.
 this is Rogue...typical male :))

and this is Bunker and Jamie
A little taste of Australia!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Putting pen to paper...

or finger to keypad...whichever you prefer...

I've just joined a penpal site.  Global Penfriends.  It's great!  And free!!

Check it out if you'd like to make new friends.  So far I've made penfriends in Australia (Victoria and Queensland) and Finland.  Some like to snail mail, some email.  Whichever way, it's nice to meet new people and learn about their life, interests and country.
And I am not being paid for this endorsement :))

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The best time of day...

The birds woke me at 5am this morning with their chatter...

So I was on my way for my walk by 6.  And...there was fog!!!

Unfortunately by the time I was half way around the river track the fog had cleared :(...

I had company...

Thankfully they didn't say much...

Despite the was still lovely and peaceful...

And I couldn't resist this one of the sunlight through the trees...
I won't bore you with the other 600 'sunlight through trees'  I took

And now the sun is shining and it's HOT!
So I'm inside for the day.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Following on from my previous couple of posts...

My cold is much better (the olive leaf extract is working its magic) and no headache this morning (yay!!), so went for an early walk (6.30), picked up a few things at the supermarket on the way home (it opens at 7am), and after breakfast I mowed the lawns!  It's getting too hot outside now, and I've used up my quota of energy for today, so it will be 'inside activities' for the rest of the day.

When I was sorting through my knit/crochet yarn boxes, I came across 2 unfinished projects....

This one I will make a bit larger and send off as a cot blanket to KOGO...

And these 4 squares I had started I will make into a throw for my bedroom...

I had been looking to buy some yarn to make a throw that would go with my summer quilt, a gift from Jefferson when he visited Cambodia. 
(You can read about how Mekong Quilts is helping underprivileged women in Cambodia and Vietnam HERE), but couldn't find the right coloured yarn (I wanted an aqua)...and then I found I already had this in the 'unfinished box'...
 the colours are a bit paler than I was originally intending, but I think I now prefer the paler softness with the brighter quilt colours

And my back issues of Anabaptist Voice publication arrived!!  You can subscribe or read online HERE...
a feast of good reading

Marnie finally emailed me the photos she had taken on her phone from our Penguin trip last week, so here ya go...

 on the coast road between Penguin and Ulverstone

 the sea!

 the sea!!

 the sea!!!


 Penguin Uniting Church fav shop in Penguin

the obligatory photo in front of the big penguin :)
We walked.  We ate.  We shopped.  We came home.
I wanna go back again!!!