Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Friday Update - Parcel Content Update




Heartpoet texted me from work yesterday (Good Friday) to advise that I was NOT cooking dinner last night. He had ordered fresh king prawns, oysters, homemade Greek salad, homemade prawn salad, potato scallops, chips, tubs of homemade seafood cocktail and aioli sauce for our dinner, and baklava rolls, with pistachios, walnuts and almonds for our dessert! Pink Champagne and Crown Lager Beers were already chilling in our fridge. The Jamie Oliver Fish Pie I had made earlier that morning would be bumped to tonight's dinner. Heartpoet had slightly over ordered so we set the Greek salad aside in our fridge to be served alongside the pie. As you can probably imagine our dinner last night was delish.  Loving that tonight's dinner is all set to go. We just have to gently reheat the pie. I made 2 dozen hot cross buns yesterday morning as well (so we won't be going hungry this Easter break ha!). 1 dozen with sultana's, peel and spice and a dozen with choc chip (Heartpoet's favorite). What was on the menu at your place Good Friday? Do you have any baking plans over Easter? Do share.

In Wednesday's blog post I promised to share the contents of the two parcels that had arrived addressed to moi in the mail that day. The first was a magnificent one of a kind dress that Heartpoet purchased for me. A WilloW WhisperS ~Revampt creation. Tis boho/fairy/hippie chick/shabby chic all rolled into one. Long in sleeve and long in length I plan on wearing with it with black sheer tights and black boots over Autumn/Winter. Violet is the predominant colour with flashes of green/brown/cream/light blue. Vintage petticoat, vintage lace, vintage doilies re-vamped and dyed into a one off creation.  It is SO me! I love it!

The second parcel was a care package from my dear friend Tracy at Sunny Corner Farm blog. Now a package in the mail from Tracy makes my week! Tracy always puts such thought and care into her packages. Tiny sweet handmade gift cards with carefully chosen words, inventive attractive wrapping. Opening a package from Tracy is a process to savor. Not something to be rushed. A cup of tea in one of my delicate vintage cups and saucers whilst sat outside on my veranda in the beautiful Queensland sunshine is how I roll in regards to opening special parcels. This time I received a wee lavender filled cushion. It smells divine. The word 'Love" has been embroidered on the front of the cushion. I note Tracy has a photo of said cushion (that does not do the cushion justice) in her blog post that is dated April 5th 2014. I believe from reading her blog post that there are 3 other cushions in the set - Trust, Pray and Faith. Also in my care package was 4 solid lotion bars. Tracy has bees on her farm and uses some of the beeswax to make these. Beeswax, cocoa butter or shea butter, coconut oil and other pampering ingredients including essential oils are combined to make solid lotions bars that are then used to moisturize/soften ones hands, elbows and feet. I absolutely adore these. I was purchasing them from overseas til I discovered Tracy made them. Tracy has been kind to make fresh batches up from time to time and gift me some. They smell absolutely divine and work like nothing else I have come across. They are one of my favorite things ever! I have always taken great care with my hands and feet. Heartpoet and others often comment what lovely well groomed hands and feet I have. Heartpoet has told me of his experience in a prior relationship with someone who did not take much care in that department. In my humble opinion, nothing would be worse than climbing into bed at night and snuggling up to someone who has unkempt feet with thickened/cracked heels. Quite the turn off! *Vom* I seriously shudder at the thought. Since my Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis (genetic not diet/lifetsyle) early 2103 both my GP and Diabetes Educator have commented on what lovely baby soft well groomed feet I have. Diabetics tend to have issues with their feet. So I am even more determined to keep up my home maintenance in that department to try to ward off what can be serious complications. I am truly blessed to count Tracy as a friend. Tracy blogs from her farm in NSW Australia. Pop on over to her blog Sunny Corner Farm and say hi. Tell her Kimmie sent you. Add her blog to the ones you follow. There are no strangers in 'The Land Of Blog", only friends we have not met yet ;)



Friday, April 18, 2014

Piece by piece...a bit of me...a bit of thee



Physically/emotionally/spiritually - a changed person. A heart-song once so familiar now totally foreign. It has taken her many years to come to terms with this. If it was just her involved perhaps it would have been easier. Acceptance was a sad day. Lovely personal qualities that bit the dust never to be seen again...

He is so much like his mother in both looks and personality. However he is so much more. When she least expects it a certain twinkle in his eye, a silly facial expression, something he says or does, takes her back. Way back. Those lovely personal qualities buried under years of dust and debris are in fact not lost. They live on in another.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hippity Hoppity Easter's On Its Way



Remember these cuties from the 60's? Lil fluffy bouncy baby chickens inside bakelite eggs. Came across a box of 12 all in original mint condition in my travels. Great for Easter decorating. I envisage Heartpoet's and my future grandchildren will adore these. From memory one used to be included with a fancier type boxed easter egg. You could see them through the cellophane window on the front of the box. I remember getting one or two of these as a wee girl. As a lover of all things vintage I was super thrilled to find these. Don't you think they are just the sweetest?!

I had wanted to get something symbolic for Rhiannon Easter of last year. I had impressed on her that this Mother bird does not cope well when her chicks stray from the nest for too long. Heartpoet and I purchased her the Yondale Family Nest and had all of of our names stamped inside. You get the birdie part, the nest part and the stamping for that price. A silver chain or black leather cord necklace can be purchased for extra if required. We purchased a black leather cord and as Rhiannon already had a silver chain she could wear it two ways. Bronte from Yondale Designs packages her creations beautifully, giving lots of attention to small details. She includes polishing cloths, spare parts (if required) etc. For those interested cost was $170 all up including registered mail. Combined with a bag of solid Cadbury eggs Heartpoet and I felt this to be the perfect heartfelt keepsake Easter gift. Ironically we will not be seeing Rhiannon this Easter.
 C'est la vie! :/

How do you and your family celebrate the Easter Season? Easter like Christmas is not quite the same without at least a few littlies around don't you think? Easter bonnet parades at pre-school and primary school, dyeing hard boiled eggs, leaving a carrot and glass of milk out for the Easter Bunny (although our 'bunny' preferred a stubby of beer lol), making bunny paw prints on floors whilst children slept using a homemade paw stencil and talcum powder, family get together's with Easter Egg hunts in the back garden etc. In recent years we find ourselves with a distinct lack of littlies among family and friends. My second cousin Georgia (who works with Indigenous youth in remote Karratha - Western Australia (past nominee - Young Australian Of The Year - for her work over there) is expecting her first baby in 7 weeks time. Georgia has shared with me the sex of her baby and the gorgeous names her and her partner have chosen. I have been sworn to secrecy re these two things so will have to wait to share more. I am hoping Georgia's bubba's arrival breaks the 'drought' and our lives are blessed with the presence of many more bubba's in the months/years to come. Heartpoet is going to make an awesome Pop one day, and as for me well I cannot wait to be a Nana. Heartpoet has decided that as keen as he is to be a Pop he is not overly fond of the name Pop or Poppy and informed Brenton that he will be known as Stuart (his name). Brenton retorted quick smart with - In your dreams buddy I have you pegged as a Poppy hahahahaha! Methinks if/when the day comes Heartpoet will agree to be known as 'baked beans on toast'.  It will only take one look at the babe for him to melt in a puddle on the floor and he will agree to anything. Heartpoet will make the best one of a kind slightly eccentric Pop. He will be much loved, of this I am certain. I must therefore keep my Poet in tip top shape as it is my greatest wish to be witness to not only this moment but many other special moments featuring him, myself and those dear to our hearts in the years to come.

This Easter both Brenton and Heartpoet have work on some of the days. We have a number of things planned. An extended family get together, a couple of special nights planned at home for just the four of us - healthy delish dinners (Seafood Good Friday) followed by decadent healthy desserts followed by board games (or a dvd) with freshly popped popcorn and homemade hot chocolates. Whilst online the other day I stumbled across the most sinful recipe for hot chocolate. Not something I drink however the other 3 (who don't mind the odd hot choccie here or there) will think they have died and gone to heaven. Heartpoet and I have a lovely day out planned for just the two of us. A trip to the cinema might also be on the cards if time permits (the 'kids' are welcome to join us). Easter time in Brisbane is my favorite time of year weather wise. Glorious balmy sun filled days and crisp cool evenings. Just perfect!

I am hoping Easter will provide some respite for my lil family re stressing about the cancer in Heartpoet's neck. I have no doubt after Easter everything will get very real and we will be thrown head first into round 3. Round 3 will include another bigger operation and ongoing radiation therapy. From all outward appearances I appear calm, cool and collect. In those quiet reflective moments the r word scares the bejesus out of me. Heartpoet has been a tad 'out of sorts' since his stitches came out and he received news of round 3. I have been applying pure Australian Oil Of Macadamia to his neck twice daily to help the big scar on his neck heal. This oil contains a high concentration of palmitoleic acid and is very similar to the sebum in human skin. No other known plant oil has a similar composition. The Specialist requested Heartpoet not shave the area and suggested he grow a beard.  So my Poet has opted for a shorter hairstyle and that designer stubble look that is all the go.  The kinda look Celebrity Chef Pete Evans pulls off so well.

The postie has not long arrived closely followed by the parcel delivery man. Not a bill in sight. Hooray! Two parcels addressed to me. How exciting. Whatever can they be? Off now to make a lovely hot cuppa and sit in the beautiful Autumn sunshine I mentioned earlier. My daily Vitamin D fix so to speak! Will open my parcels also. Curious as to what's inside? Me too! Pop back in tomorrow and I will let you know.





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Life is an ever changing journey





Since Brenton hit his teen years I have had to cajole nag for a photo or two from time to time. Unlike Rhiannon, just the sight of my camera had/has him running. Le sigh! So you can imagine my surprise when Brenton gifted me the above photo this morning of him and Miss K taken yesterday by staff at Underwater World at Moololaba on the Sunshine Coast. "Here Mum I know how much you love photo's so we had this one taken especially for you :P" On close inspection a lovely photo at that! Heartpoet had to almost run for the smelling salts because I almost fainted in shock :-0  ;)

I don't blog much about the nitty gritty details of Brenton's personal life any more. Not because he has asked me not to. Respect and trust form the framework of our relationship. He has always been comfortable with the manner in which I share here. Oftentimes however there are other parties to be considered. So things may change/jump ahead and you may feel yourself saying hang on a minute when/how did that happen/come about? Perhaps I have not blogged bridging the gap. Know that in instances like that there is always a story. A story that I personally feel is not mine to share. That leaves things open for assumptions to be made - which can be right or wrong depending on your own personal mindset. Those who have grown to know and love us will likely be closer to the mark assumption wise.

 Life is an ever changing journey. There are no mistakes only chances taken....





Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday



Just because you're a drama queen, doesn't mean we're going to treat you like royalty!




Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy :)




Be careful little tongue what you say!
A lesson some people need to learn. It’s kind of like a cook tasting the food as s/he is making it – needs to be done to ensure that is what s/he wants to serve. Words are the same way. Instead, most people let them tumble out of their mouth without a second thought.
In my humble opinion a careless talker greatly jeopardizes his/her long term happiness.
So be careful how you tread my dears as every step will show...




Be careful who you take counsel from. Our emotions often cloud our judgement making it difficult to see the reality behind hidden agendas or motives in different forms of behavior.




There is a flow and a rhythm
 that seems to be guided by something much higher.
It is raw and it is real.
A soul-mate union - uniting body, soul and spirit.
He brings out the woman in me. 
Making me feel feminine and beautiful.
 He loves 'all my curves and edges, all my perfect imperfections'.
He brings me inner peace and balance.
He lets me move freely but embraces my shadow from afar.
I hear his whispers when he thinks of me.
His presence balms my patchwork heart.
I cannot imagine my life without him...




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Currently


Weather: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the morning. Winds southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending east to southeasterly in the middle of the day then becoming south to southeasterly and light in the evening. Top of 26C.

Listening: Songbird - Eva Cassidy & Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy - songs dear to our hearts (Heartpoet's and mine). I introduced my cousin Meagan to the sublime voice of the late Eva Cassidy. Now she is a big fan. Are you a fan?

Eating: Nibbling from a homemade antipasto platter - a lil bit of this and a lil bit of that - lunch - delish.

Drinking: Brenton returned home Saturday (from a week away with friends on Stradbroke Island) with the tail end of the flu. Last night it hit me like a Mack truck. I was due to have the flu shot this week :/

I am currently sipping a mug of hot Lemsip. Brenton is hitting the greengrocer this afternoon on his way home from work for some fresh Aussie lemons so I can make my Ginger, Lemon, Honey, Garlic Tea.


Kimmie's Ginger, Lemon, Honey, Garlic Tea

In a big plunger place:

1/2 lemon, sliced (incl skin)
Approx 4cm of fresh ginger, finely sliced
A heaped teaspoon of honey
Crushed fresh garlic
Fill the plunger with hot water.

Leave to steep for 5 – 6 minutes and then drink the tea.

For this to be effective you need to drink a lot – at least 4 – 6 cups per day. 


Wearing: Retro summery boho sundress with boho wrap bracelet and beaded thongs (flip flops).


My bracelet is the same as the one above but has two silver discs.
 One with Brenton's name. One with Rhiannon's.
 A gift from my Poet last year.

Feeling:  Two operations to date (one in 2011, the other this time last week) Heartpoet's specialist is now referring him on to the cancer clinic of a big hospital. 1 cancer was found first op. 3 in the op last week. Two have been removed with healthy parameters, one not successfully removed that has invaded the deep skin tissue. He awaits his appointment.  We have been told another bigger op and radiation treatment likely awaits. Then god knows what. So how do you think I am (he is) feeling?!?  :/


Heartpoet's neck Friday of last week
The stitches (17) were removed today

Want: There are things in life we don't want to know, but have to learn. Things we don't wan't to happen but have to accept...

Needing: One of your hugs would be nice right now.


Thinking:

"Here I go, I'll tell you what you already know

If you love me with all of your heart (with all that you are)

If you love me

I'll make you a star in my universe..."





Enjoying: the little things. The little things in life are what connect us to the bigger things in life. A simple daily hug to a lover or a family member may not seem that huge everyday, but when they are gone just the memory of this embrace can be a fulfilling memory that will make you smile.

Missing: I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize you never truly stop missing someone - you just learn to live around the gaping hole of their absence.

Watching: Love Child. The final episode of series 1 aired Monday just gone. Heartpoet and I both loved it! Bring on season 2 we say! (Currently filming and due to hit Australian TV screens 2015). Love Child Season 1 poised to scoop the pool at 2015 Logies yes? For my overseas friends I believe season 1 has now been released on dvd. Do yourself a favor and check out Australian Drama at its best.


Til next time...

"I want things back the way they were
I want things back the way they were
I want to rock this baby to sleep

If I can’t have what I want
Dear god, let me want what I have..."