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Sometimes I worry a little too much but then I usually find peace, or an outlet of some sort.

We have had a lot going on lately, well one major thing anyhow. Our lease is coming up for renewal and the owner has decided to sell, so therefore we have not had our lease renewed (probably for the best now that I think of it). With this comes trying to find a place that suits our needs, with a little bit of wants thrown in, and it isn’t hard to find a place that suits our needs, just not our wants. The house we are currently in (for another 6 weeks or less) is big enough that we have room to move and spread out, especially since we work at home, school at home, and live at home.

Hubby needs an office to work in, somewhere he can take the occasional client and staff member, to work. The kids need a space to do their school work and I need a space to set up my creative corner. (My creative corner is where I draw and sew). We want a media room and a yard big enough that the kids are content to stay and play in.  Lots of things to consider.

Matthew Flinders Run

This was another of the great runs put on by TRAQ (trail running association of QLD). The run we did this time was the 24km loop which was 6km then the 30km we did in May. The time we set for ourselves on this run was 4hrs, and we made close to the mark finishing in 4hrs 17min. I am happy with that time.

For the run itself, we chose the earlier start of 8am, so that we could make it back in time for lunch and wouldn’t spend all day out there. I am so glad we did.

The track itself held a wide variety of differing terrains. Some of those were rock covered in moss, sand, and normal dirt tracks. There were a few puddles around that we needed to go around, as well as a few fallen trees that needed climbing over/going around. There were long grasses almost obscuring the track from site and a steep hill section which I fondly call ‘the steps’, there were branches that whipped you as you ran past and deep crevasses in the ground. There was a lot to keep your mind occupied with.

We ran past mountains, macadamia farms, bee hives and were run past by other competitors. Almost everyone who went past would say hello, ask how we were going and were general pleasant to be around. Some even stopped for a chat.

Overall it was a great run, and I am happy with my time, and now it is time to put up my feet and rest them. Maybe after I find something to eat.

Race The Rattler

IMAG0035rattler_race2010 The day started early, at 4.15am actually. It was still dark and would be that way for about the next hour or so. There were four of us heading up to try and ‘race the rattler’. The Rattler being an old steam train at Gympie.

We arrived early (fortunately), scored a good park and signed in. In our registration bag we each received a shirt (in memory of the event), water bottle and a few other bits and pieces. The early arrival saw us able to check things out before the crowds came in, and gave us the opportunity to score a good seat, also, on the train.

A Scottish Doll

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This is my latest creation in dolls. This one was for a swap I did. The recipient had a Scottish background with an Irish dancing daughter so I did my best to incorporate the two factors, along with their chosen colour scheme, into a suitable doll. I crocheted some Irish dancing slippers, gave her a fancy head band and long flowing locks. She also wears a kilt, matching scarf, white lace bolero jacket and lace top. She was also a mini poppet so that meant she was about 3/4 the size of a normal doll.

I really enjoyed making this one as it seemed to go quickly and get character pretty early on. She was different from anything I had made previously also.

Her swap should turn up later this week, and that will be exciting. I only hope I get to photograph her before my girls try to take off with her.

Why I am buying a Slow Cooker

I should add to the title that I am buying this family utensil with my birthday money.

I am not a person who really gets excited about jewellery, pretty stuff or stuff just for me. Where is the fun if you can’t share.

A few years back I bought a mini donut maker with some birthday money I was given. Not long after I got it home I was swiftly told off for purchasing something that wasn’t ‘just for myself’. So I returned that purchase and bought some art supplies instead. I have plenty of art supplies (can you ever have too much though?) and what I bought wasn’t truly something I wanted either. (I was restricted to where I purchased due to the money being on a gift card). Anyhow, I am over that and it was probably the right choice to return the donut maker, after all, my woodles the waffle maker sits unused most of the year and I sure it would have ended up just taking up precious cupboard space.

What does this have to do with a slow cooker? Everything and nothing.

I have been researching/asking questions about slow cookers for a while now and watching the prices of those in the shops, so when my dad sent me some birthday money I decided it was time to buy one for us to use. And it will get used. Between running and bread run it will be used at least twice a week. It is something that is not going to gather dust and will take up precious bench space instead!

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