Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

G'day bloggers both near and far!


Me pictured at home yesterday, reminiscing how this time 22 years ago I was 26 going on 27 and heavily pregnant awaiting the birth of Brenton. Time flies but not memories.



How long til Christmas 2015? Click *here* if you dare ha! I love this Christmas tradition from Iceland!



Here's an interesting fact. Did you know that it takes up to 60 roses to get one drop of rose essential oil and that it is one of the worlds most expensive and luxurious essential oils? It also has the highest vibration of all the essential oils and is known to be healing to the skin and the senses. If you're lucky enough to receive a bunch of roses, don't throw them out once they're done- keep them and hang them up to dry to make your own potpourri (or put them in your bath like Cleopatra did!) A fixative is a vital element in your potpourri recipe. Orris root powder is my choice of fixative. The fixative reinforces the natural perfume and absorbs and retains the scent of the essential oils you have used. Without adequate fixative the life goes out of your potpourri very quickly. Heartpoet has never needed a special occasion to present me with roses. Brenton is a chip off the Poet's block and Miss T is presented with a dozen long stemmed beauties on pay day each week. So at any given time I have a heavenly scented batch available for either home use or to gift. In recent weeks bunches of baby pink, apricot, purple, burgundy and snow white coloured roses have been hung to dry.



I watched a beautiful video on facebook this morning - cue big sploshy tears. Every gal NEEDS a dad like this little girls dad. Her dad took himself way out of his comfort zone. Whilst his dance moves may not have been 100% perfect technique wise they will always be perfect in the eyes/heart/mind of his precious daughter. Dad's like this one are every day hero's in my book. You can check out the video by clicking *here*.



Remember our baby boy Silas?


Well he is a BIG boy now! 3 years old and a total sweetheart. Best dog ever. Smile nicely for the camera please Si. No matter how old this gentle/loving/affectionate 'bear cub' is he will always be our baby!



Check out Junjurru the Wallaby. He is one of a kind and hand made by an acquaintance of Heartpoet's. "Junjurru is 27cm tall. Stuffed with poly fibre and has safety eyes. The main fabric is a brown marbled quilting fabric. Contrasting fabric is silver on brown Aboriginal print." Heartpoet and I have not long purchased him for our darling Lil Miss Ngarli-Luu (my 2nd cousins wee girl) as a 'just because pressie'. He is winging his way to a remote part of Western Australia as I type. We don't need a special occasion to spoil this precious lil sweetheart!



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Currently


Weather: 26C and it's still Winter! Can't complain about the weather in Brissy at present. Today is a beautiful day. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming. Sunshine is truly the best medicine.

Listening: Aussie Delta Goodrem's music (turned up loud) has been on high rotation here today. Delta's new single Wings has shot to number 1 on the charts. My favorite Delta song? In This Life (see video below). The lyrics strike a chord with my journey to date. Delta has been cast in the coveted role of Grizabella in the upcoming Australian tour of CATS. Her first ever musical! Which means she’ll be singing that main song everyone knows from CATS, ‘Memory’. So far she has been signed for Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. Fingers crossed she signs for Brisbane also as Heartpoet and I have premium tickets.



Eating: I road tested the following 3 new (to us) recipes last week and all 3 were smash hits with my lil fam - Potato Gnocchi with Chili Tomato Sauce, Tender & Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes and Farfalle with Chicken, Lemon & Tarragon.

Drinking: in the love of my lil fam.


Wearing: Just back from a walk so Lorna Jane Outdoor Exercise Wear - T Shirt & Tights.

Feeling: health wise pretty good. Had to start blood pressure meds a week and a half ago. My levels were only slightly elevated however with a family history of high BP (on my mums side) and with my diabetes my GP wants to protect my kidneys as the particular medication he prescribed will do that also. With my diabetes I am also at a higher risk of heart attack/stroke. So we need to keep right on top of it. I have been started on a low dose to see how I go. Hopefully that will do the trick. I felt slightly woozy the first day as my body adjusted then fabulous ever since. Although I did awake to my period this morning. Tell me any woman who feels 100% fabulous when her period comes a knockin' lol.

Wanting: to put the finishing touches on the family side of things re Brenton's Birthday celebration plans. Almost 22! How did that happen?! Miss Taylah (Brenton's gf) has plans of her own and has been busy sorting a surprise for Brenton's Birthday. She has personally sought me out to discuss her proposed plans.Thrown out ideas and asked my opinions on such etc. I (Heartpoet also) find Tay to be a beautiful breath of fresh air. It is lovely to be included and have your opinion valued. How could we not love this gal given her beautiful smile, sweetest of hearts and exquisite personality?! Tay lives her life with gratitude and appreciation. She treats others with kindness and respect therefore she is super easy to warm to. More children was all I ever wanted in life. I would have been perfectly happy if all 4 miscarriages I have endured had turned out to be boys. I adore boys. I would have been equally as happy if they had turned out to be girls. With my one and only child (a son) my cup has always been half full never half empty. Tay's presence in our lives and her willingness to connect/share with both Heartpoet and myself is the icing on an already lush cake. We feel so incredibly blessed. Brenton & Tay have grand plans for their future together. Heartpoet and I feel much joy at this coupling and look forward to loving and supporting them on their journey together.

Thinking: Fathers Day is just around the corner (Sunday September 6th in Aus). Brenton (Tay also) and I have already commenced plans to spoil Heartpoet on this special occasion. We *heart* this OOAK dude so very much!

Enjoying: Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give. At least that's how I rock and roll. To say I enjoy giving is an understatement. Sunday just gone I had booked Heartpoet in for a luxurious Thai Oil Massage at a decadent day spa. Similar to a traditional Thai massage, but includes the use of oil which at the end puts you in a deeper state of relaxation. Relieves tight muscles and joints all over ones body. 90 mins of sheer bliss. A tad exy price wise but my man works longggg hrs so every now and then I like to treat him to something extra special. He never asks for anything and is always hugely appreciative.

Missing: If you are truly loved, you are also appreciated. The two go hand in hand. Therefore, one cannot be unappreciated and loved at the same time. It's humanly impossible. If someone wants to acknowledge your existence only when it's convenient for them leave them alone. You are worth more than a temporary acknowledgement.


Watching: A recent visit to the cinema with my Poet was to see Far From The Madding Crowd -based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel. Heartpoet had read the book in his youth. I had not. We both thoroughly enjoyed it with Heartpoet lovingly teasing me in the car ride home that he JUST KNEW that I would love it given it has a happy ending. Whilst I have got much better at accepting sad endings or up in the air endings (where you have to draw your own conclusions) happy endings will always remain my firm favorite. I adore going to the movies with Heartpoet. Coming up 15 years together and he still holds my hand (from advertisements til the movies final credits roll), purchases us Choc Top Ice-Creams and leans in for a quick smooch or two whilst sharing a popcorn and Coke.



Reading: My lil pile of unread books is still sitting there awaiting my attention. Miss Tay is in the midst of moving in here (will share more re that in my next blog post) and life has been full to the brim (for all under this roof) across the board (in the very best of ways) of late.


Quite the distraction.
Miss Tay's dog LuLu
 Don't let that sweet 'butter wouldn't melt' face mislead you. 
Madam can be a real firecracker when she wants to!


Favorite quotes: “You only need one man to love you. But him to love you free like a wildfire, crazy like the moon, always like tomorrow, sudden like an inhale and overcoming like the tides. Only one man and all of this.” ― C. JoyBell C


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Friday, August 7, 2015

Dream on darling dream on



Dream on darling dream on

Lights upon the window rainbows on the glass
refractions on reflection and images to pass
Visions and the splendours a windswept winter’s day
blushes on the edges petals on the sway
Yet far beyond the images of colours red and green
stands a figure swathed in speckles in a golden misty sheen
For you see through all the grandness of the living every day
of the never ending moments when you’re so far away
I yearn for moment’s visit when you are in my arms
when your smile pervades the essence and liberates your charms
When your movement in the present takes me back to that first kiss
when we trembled at the pleasure at the elements of bliss
When your smile ignites the fires that rage and roar with heat
when we wonder at the blessings of the present when we meet
So dream on darling dream on and let me hold you so
to whisper in the dark of night in the heat of passion’s flow
For surely we are certain we would stake our lives on this

on the fervour of this love we share on a sweet romantic kiss

~*Heartpoet*~


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rare Photos


When someone posted the above to fb earlier today it made me smile knowingly. In my lil fam there is really only one culprit - Brenton. We have various photo albums, envelopes of photo's and online files filled with photo's of Brenton and Rhiannon from over the years. The majority have Rhi smiling sweetly and Brenton acting the ham. Resulting in Rhi dissolving in fits of giggles. Nothing much has changed in more recent years. So many outtakes of Brenton (alone or with another/others) pictured with a ridiculous expression on his face. Where once it frustrated the bejesus outta me I have long given up fretting about it. Indeed only last week I pulled out my iPhone as Brenton and Miss Taylah (all dressed up) were heading out the door to a fancy restaurant for dinner. Sure as eggs are eggs when I looked at the three photo's I had hastily snapped Miss Taylah looked sensational but Brenton (whilst looking most handsome) had a ludicrous exaggerated look on his dial...in all 3 photo's! So I have decided for my birthday (later this year) I am going to request the pair have a handful of photo's taken by a professional photographer as their gift to me. I have Miss Tay onside already ha! Rest assured that I will share them here when the time comes.

Brenton takes after myself methinks in that he is most uncomfortable having photo's taken. Do you like (feel comfortable) having your photo taken? Do you have a ham or two (or perhaps even a few) in your fam as soon as the camera appears? Had some professional photo's taken of late?


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Currently


Weather: 

There was sunshine in my soul yesterday!


Listening: I love the lyrics to this Katy Perry song. This is how I rock and roll with those in my circle. A circle that can always stretch to accommodate more. I go about my days with an open heart. Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how! Carve your name on hearts, not marble.



Unconditionally

Oh, no did I get too close or did I almost see
What's really on the inside
All your insecurities, all the dirty laundry
Never made me blink one time

CHORUS:
Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
There is no fear now
Let go and just be free
I will love you
Unconditionally

Come just as you are to me
Don't need apologies, know
That you are worthy
I'll take your bad days with your good walk
Through the storm
I would, i do it all
Because I love you
I love you

CHORUS:
Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
There is no fear now
Let go and just be free
I will love you, unconditionally

So open up your heart
And just let it begin
Open up your heart
And just let it begin
Open up your heart
And just let it begin
Open up your heart
Acceptance, is the key to be
To be truly free
Will you do the same thing for me?

CHORUS:
Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you, unconditionally
And there is no fear now
Let go and just be free
Cause I will love you
Unconditionally
I will love you
I will love you
I will love you
Unconditionally.


Eating: Those who sit at my table are always sated after a meal. None of this stretch 1 chicken fillet to feed many crapola. An abundance of good quality healthy hearty winter fare is currently on offer under my lil roof. You can have a second serve if you desire and pack flavorsome leftovers for your lunch the next day. Methinks I was an Italian mumma in a prior life hehehe. All under this roof are happy/healthy/fit/slender so I must be doing something right. Yes I have type 2 diabetes but in my case it is genetic not diet/lifestyle related. My specialist informed me it would have presented at a much younger age if I did not live the lifestyle that I do. Rather than be gutted by the diagnosis I take comfort that I warded it off for as long as I did.

Drinking: During dinner prep last night (check out the recipe it was oh so good) I thoroughly enjoyed sipping a glass or two of pink bubbles. I rarely drink alcohol. But when I do my favorite tipple is pink champagne.

Wearing: Black fitted pants, black cami, long boho crochet cardi, black flats, and my Brenton & Rhiannon (has discs with their names on) boho wrap bracelet.

Feeling: Excited. Two premium tickets to see Les Miserables arrived in the mail this week. A surprise from Heartpoet. We have also put our names down with Heartpoet's workplace social club to see 3 musicals touring later this year/early next. Great seats have been sorted for: Into The Woods, CATS and The Sound Of Music. My favorite kind of date night - dinner out followed by a show!

Wanting: To book a girls only lunch/pamper day with Brenton's girlfriend Taylah. She works long hrs on her feet and has been most unwell this week. I very much enjoy her company and she mine. Should be fun!

Miss Taylah 

Thinking: Those who make public thinly veiled smug swipes at others lack balls. Me? If I take issue with someone I will politely convey such directly to the individual. Publicly if warranted but preferably privately. I will always leave my name. I cringe a lil  lot on the inside when I see people doing this about others. The old saying...more arse than class ALWAYS springs to mind. It says way more about you than the person you are spiting on. Don't do it. Just don't!

Enjoying: Catching up with extended family (from both near and far) of late. Like all families ours has it's fair share of nutters lol. We no longer chase people. Our thinking is: be ourselves, work hard, do our own thing (mind our own business). The right people who belong in our life will come to us and stay. We have found a lovely balance at present.

Missing: My 1 hr twice daily (morning/evening) walks. Heartpoet's and Brenton's most recent work hrs dictate I have no walking buddy for my evening walks. Even with a large fully grown German Shepherd I have been heckled by various blokes along the walkways. When did the harmless wolf whistle or friendly wink/nod turn into something sexually overt that makes one feel unsafe? On a recent evening walk Brenton deliberately walked a few paces behind. Within minutes some grub coming in the opposite direction started heckling me wanting to know was I open to suggestions as to what he would like to do to me? Brenton picked up the pace and stepped sideways in front of him. Brenton - young, tall, pumped from weekly PT sessions x 4 with a mixed martial arts pro (+ regular gym), and with tattoo's, said how about you tell ME man what you would like to do to MY MOTHER!!! The look on this grubs face was priceless. Brenton is a lover not a fighter but thankfully this grub did not know that ha! So needless to say I have been banned (by Brenton & Heartpoet) from walking alone (or with our dog) as a safety precaution. The walkways are bordered by a creek covered in thick scrub. Just too risky. I feel hemmed in and I hate it. Women should be able to walk without fear for their safety. We live in a lovely leafy green area. A few bad eggs spoil it for the masses. It's bullshit!

Watching: Heartpoet and I were gifted a $100 movie voucher this week. A 'just because' out of the blue pressie from Brenton. "Because you are the best mumma and step dad in the world". Sheesh not sure about that title but do know it is lovely to have our efforts noticed/appreciated. So off to the movies for Heartpoet and I this weekend methinks. I am not even sure what is currently showing?

Reading: Not much in the way of books (have quite the stack piling up). No new magazines. Not much in the way of blogs (only my firm favorites). Life has been full to the brim of late (as you have probably noticed by my reduced number of blog posts). 


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