Wednesday, September 29, 2010

School Holidays





School holidays here in Brissy. The last school holidays we will experience with Brenton being that he is in his final year of High School (off to Uni next year). I have very much enjoyed school holidays over the years and have always looked forward to them. So many activities, adventures, great days out and about and at home, friends, family, smiles and laughter. Brenton has been busy as always these school holidays. Brenton has always been such a sociable fella and there has always been lots of friends to share the fun times with along the way.

After a day at the museum and science centre on Monday, Brenton asked could we go for a country drive Tuesday (yesterday) so that he could show me how well he was progressing with his driving skills. So we set off mid morning with him driving in what started as light drizzly rain (good for him to learn in all weather conditions we thought) only to hit major road works the whole way there and back and rain that started as light drizzle but quickly turned into torrential flash flooding not long into the return trip home sigh. We stopped for lunch at a place well known for their award winning pies and perused the towns craft/art cottage where I scored a fab handbag made from a recycled pair of jeans. A couple of clever and crafty ladies from my forum have made themselves one of these bags and I have wanted one for ages. Yesterdays trip was my first proper outing with Brenton driving (other than to the local shops two streets away) Yesterdays weather conditions would have tested the most experienced driver so given he is a learner driver he did really well.

Brenton had a new dvd he wanted to share with Heartpoet and I so after a quick detour on the way home for some take home ice creams we settled down on the lounge for an afternoon of viewing pleasure lol! What can I say about the dvd lol! One for the boys! Man VS Wild Documentary with Bear Grylls. Tis about an ex British SAS soldier, elite endurance adventurer and adrenaline junkie. Bear (his real name) parachutes into the most unforgiving and hostile environments on the planet. Armed with only his wit and survival skills he shows us all how to survive. This fella has a cast iron stomach and sets out to prove man can survive in the most brutal of conditions. Perhaps it was the skunk that he roasted (well done because of the rabies risk) then ate (showing us its enlarged rear scent glands that had spewed forth all over him earlier covering him in gut retching stench for days) or perhaps it was the snake that he killed, skinned, cooked (well done because of tape worm risk) then ate only to fill the snakes skin with his very own urine (tied knots in both ends and swung it over his neck) to drink later in the show that turned me off the whole idea of dinner last night lol~! With episode one down and quite a few more to go (I noticed raw Zebra straight from the animals carcass on the preview for the next episode) I could seriously recommend this as a weight loss dvd lol!





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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

So Pretty~!





My gorgeous Heartpoet bought me a big beautiful bunch of scented Oriental Lilies last Wednesday for no other reason than "just because." None of the lilies trumpets? (is that what you call them?) were opened. I put them in a lovely crystal vase on our entrance table and have changed their water daily since. It is quite humid and ever so muggy here in Brisbane at present. The trumpets have slowly opened one by one over the last few days. They smell divine and are so pretty don't you think?


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Monday, September 27, 2010

In Lak'ech Ala K'in - the Living Code of the Heart



"In Mayan tradition, there is a greeting that many people working with Mayan wisdom know of. It is the law of In Lak'ech Ala K'in, which means I am another yourself (A modern day interpretation). It also means I am you, and you are me (A traditional Mayan interpretation). We have come to understand that this Mayan greeting is an honoring for each other. It is a statement of unity and oneness. In Lak'ech Ala K'in mirrors the same sentiment of other beautiful greetings such as Namaste for East India, Wiracocha for the Inca, and Mitakuye Oyasin for the Lakota. It doesn't matter which culture you come from. But when one of these sacred greetings is given, there is always an action of placing the hands over the heart.

It is common knowledge these days that every action we take in our lives affects all living things. We understand that if we act negatively, our actions impact all life negatively. When we act positively, we affect all life in a positive manner. When we live the Mayan code of In Lak'ech Ala K'in, we know that every action we take is out of respect for all life, and we are living and giving from our hearts.

We can give our hearts in a positive manner every day by saying In Lak'ech Ala K'in to each other, to the trees, to the sky, to the birds, and to the stars. You can greet each sunrise by saying In Lak'ech Ala K'in. Each and every day we have together is sacred, so acknowledge this day by giving it your heart. Remember when you give in this way, you are also giving to yourself! You are not giving your energy away to something separate from yourself. Y ou are giving to another part of yourself!

I understand the challenges in staying positive in these days where the energy is so compressed that we can hardly breathe, but there is one simple exercise that can turn it all around for us. Each day, simply walk in gratefulness. We can say In Lak'ech Ala K'in to that which gives us life everyday, and that is the heart of the Great Spirit. Instead of solely taking from the Great Spirit by asking for insight and direction, give back your heart, love, and appreciation. You will be amazed at the results. If we open our hearts and send gratitude, it opens all doors that were previously closed to us. Remember you are a part of Great Spirit! When you give to Great Spirit you are giving to yourself.

We can practice In Lak'ech Ala K'in tirelessly, because when and what we give to others is giving energy to ourselves. When we give, we receive. So how do we know if we giving right? It is really simple. When we are energized by our giving, we know we are giving from our hearts and from the code of In Lak'ech Ala K'in. If we feel drained or exhausted, it is possible that we gave out of fear, lack, obligation, ego, or a need to be accepted or liked. The more one practices In Lak'ech Ala K'in, the clearer we will become about our motivations regarding our actions, and the more we will receive. Remember . . . what goes around comes around exactly the way it was sent out. If you don't like what life is sending to you, look at what you are sending out to life.

When we begin to live and practice In Lak'ech Ala K'in, a lot of our old ways of doing things will no longer work for us. For instance, we cannot act like victims anymore, and we cannot live out of fear either. We find ourselves no longer preparing for disaster; instead we anticipate a glorious future. It is time for us to rewrite the prophecies. They have become obsolete. The past will become just a bad dream, and the future will become a beautiful vision of which we will create right now.

When we practice In Lak'ech Ala K'in, we quit being neutral in our world, because we understand that Spirit works with those that take action. We begin to take action by adding to the positive experience of this dimension. So what kind of world do you want? Don't just stand there waiting for the world to appear in front of you. Spirit helps those who help themselves. It is up to us."



Aluna Joy Yaxkin - www.AlunaJoy.com - 11/2007





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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Gliding Through The Heavens

For Kimmie...

Gliding through the heavens
we surpass all obstacles -
asteroids, occasional earthly space junk,
Star Trek Spaceship Hulks,
moons, rust and oh yes
some periodic teenage angst.
Yet when we look past all of this
we see the blazing lights
at the hearts of all the stars.
There we are heading
arm in arm,
hand in hand
and heart in heart.
For your smile
and all you are and represent
brings the light and warmth
of every star
closer to my gaze.
Your soul,
your smile,
your walk -
My Universe's Sun!


Heartpoet

One of those days....


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Coffee anyone?


Well think yourselves all lucky that you can't see me right now as I sit here typing with a home colour in my hair. Glam to the max I tell you :P Clairol's Nice and Easy in the shade of Natural Burgundy for all those interested ;] I am home alone today as Heartpoet and Brenton ventured into the City bright and early this morning to both partake in a Barista Course. Brenton starts Uni next year and already has a pt job that he enjoys. Heartpoet thought that the Barista Course would give Brenton more options when planning pt work around his Uni hours next year. Brisbane has a balmy tropical climate and has so many wonderful Cafes/Coffee Shops dotted around the place and also around the Uni Campuses. Heartpoet loves a good cup of coffee himself and suggested that if Brenton was keen, then perhaps they could both book in and do the course together. Brenton was keen and so today they are both off learning about all things coffee. The course covers, the history of coffee, the many different types of coffee, how to grind coffee, how to froth milk, how to make espresso, how to make and decorate all the fancy types of coffee/hot chocolates that you can order these days when out at a Cafe, how to operate/clean/maintain the coffee machines etc. As you get to drink all the coffee you make I imagine Heartpoet will be buzzing off the walls when he returns home later today lol (Brenton and I are not coffee drinkers). What I love most about their doing this Barista Course together (apart from the obvious of them both gaining another skill) is that Heartpoet already has enough work skills to last him a lifetime. Heartpoet is really doing this for Brenton's benefit. Heartpoet was also very much looking forward to spending the day with Brenton whilst learning something new together. I do love that man!



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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spring has definately sprung around here


Howdy blog pals near and far.

Like my Pansies? lol

So my lovelies what have you all been up to this fine Spring day? (well it is here in Qld Australia at least)

Heartpoet is home today and he spent the early part of the morning cleaning the garage whilst I tidied up upstairs. Brenton spent the morning having a double driver instructed lesson as he missed out on one last week due to there being no vacancies. Not a bad idea really having a double as with the hour lesson the time goes so fast. Heartpoet and I then re potted a few plants and tidied up round the garden before heading off to what has fast become our favorite place to have lunch these days. It is nice to treat ourselves every now and then to lunch out and at $10 a head it is ridiculously cheap and the food is to die for. I had marinated roasted kangaroo with the most delish salad and homemade crunchy fries followed by a cup of tea and two huge homemade date scones with butter. Heartpoet had Barramundi with salad and fries followed by a mugachino and a lemon drizzle cake. Jugs of iced water are placed on the table and the service is ever so friendly. The surrounds of this cafe are just breathtaking and after lunch we always walk off a few of the kilos we just put on wandering their garden nursery and gift shop. After lunch we headed to the shops as I wanted to put together a lil get well goodie bag for Em. It must have been my lucky day because both of the magazines she loves have just been released and both came with a sealed bag of extras this month. One has a lovely T Shirt Dress and the other has a gift bag full of treats such a lip gloss, makeup, make-out mints lolol, Impulse Body Spray and many other treats. I also got some gluten free fudge, gluten free chocolates and some gluten free jam drops and put all the goodies into a pretty gift bag with a cheery card, certain to put a smile on her dial! Oh she loved her formal dress by the way. We dropped it over to her place last night and it fits like a glove and is in her own words "perfection." Brenton has just taken off with Heartpoet, he overheard Heartpoet mention a trip to the hardware shop and before Heartpoet knew what was happening Brenton had the L Plates stuck on the car and was waiting for him in the drivers seat lol. I am off now to clean out our fridge and then if time the oven...is a woman's work ever done sigh? A late dinner for us tonight as Brenton has his pt job to go to and methinks after lunch a late dinner will do just fine. I am making fillet mignon tonight (marinated eye fillet steak wrapped in streaky bacon with garlic butter and herbs on top) with new potatoes with freshly snipped chives, honey roasted pumpkin and green beans tossed with toasted sesame seeds.





Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Magic Moments


Our dear sweet Emily (Brenton's g/f) is stressed out to the max today. Tomorrow she is admitted to hospital for the surgical removal of all 4 of her wisdom teeth. We have taken Brenton to an oral surgeon this week to book the very same operation. To take her mind off tomorrow Emily was today in the City shopping with a close friend of hers and Brenton's and was to meet up with Brenton for Sushi before she headed off home and Brenton headed off with three mates to a concert featuring the band Parkway Drive. I had no qualms interrupting their Sushi meal with a quick phone call to Em. You see a few weeks back Em had come to me for a chat regarding her formal (prom) dress. At first she had planned to borrow a dress. We had taken Brenton suit shopping and he coordinated his accessories colour around Em's dress that she planned to borrow. A stunning wrist corsage for Em and a button hole for Brenton were ordered. Em found the perfect shoes and jewellery whilst out shopping with her mum. Plans were all coming together nicely. However deep down I just knew Em was not thrilled with her dress choice and one night when she was over for dinner she told me that it did not sit comfortably on her and in all honesty she was no longer happy with her decision to borrow the dress from her friend. Em paid me a visit the following afternoon with a photo of her dream formal (prom) dress. "Can you please help me mum?" she sighed with a little smile that said she knew she had me hooked from the minute she handed me the photo. What can I say but I am a sucker for dreams and it is no secret that all in this home think Em is a sweetheart. She is well aware of this, in fact she knows me/us all too well lol! The dream dress was the same colour as the dress she was to borrow so changing her mind made no impact from Brenton's end of things nor on her shoes/accessories already purchased. So I telephoned and I emailed and we measured and we stressed whether this could be done for the amount budgeted. Well we need not have stressed. A little bit of magic wound its way special delivery to my door this afternoon! I carefully opened the packaging and was quite overwhelmed by what I saw, there amongst the layers of tissue lay Emily's beautiful dream. With tears welling in my eyes I telephoned Em and said "Hey gorgeous guess what I am holding in my hands right now?" Em responded by squealing (in the way that only teenage girls can do lol) and then in a hushed teary voice she said "is it as beautiful as my dream mum?" to which I replied "Yep Em it is indeed as beautiful as your dream but it could never be as beautiful as you~!"

Don't you just love a little bit of magic and girls that have the ability to dream~!




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What's Kimmie up to today?



Like my new motto? lol~! Thought it was a tad more proactive than the one that says make lemonade hehehehe ;]


Buzzing around like a bee today making...

Lemon Fabric Softener

There is nothing nicer than fresh smelling, soft, clean washing.

Ok here is what you will need...

6 cups of vinegar
1 cup of water
1 cup of baking soda
15 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil

The you will need to...

Combine all ingredients in large glass lidded jar. Add 1 cup to the rinse cycle of each load for lovely lemon fresh clothes.


Char Sui Pork

This is a favorite dish in our house with both the adults and teens :] My step-daughter Rhiannon first introduced us to this dish and it fast became a much loved regular on the menu.

You will need...

500g diced pork
tin water chestnuts drained and sliced
2 large green cooking apples peeled and sliced
2 red onions sliced
Jar Char Sui Sauce (Asian food section Coles etc)
Pkt baby spinach
Pkt sesame seeds


I love this dish, it's lick ya lips delish. Combine pork with whole jar of Char Sui Sauce and coat meat. Marinate in fridge for two hrs. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a fry pan/wok add onions, apples and cook till softened. Remove and put on plate. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and stir fry the marinated pork. Return apple/onion to pan/wok, add chestnuts and baby spinach. Stir fry till cooked. Serve on bed of steamed rice or noodles and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.



Macadamia Fudge

So moreish and so very simple to make...

Place 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk, 200g of white choc melts, 125g of butter chopped, 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup into a large microwave safe bowl. Zap on high 100% power for 5-7 minutes, stirring twice in between. Remove from microwave. Stir in 1 cup of unsalted roughly chopped macadamia nuts and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence. Pour into a lined baking tray and place in fridge overnight. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I will learn to let go what I cannot change


The words of this LeAnn Rimes song (also currently playing on my blogs media player) rings so true for my patchwork heart today......


What I Cannot Change lyrics

I know what makes me comfortable
I know what makes me tick
And when I need to get my way I know how to pour it on thick
Cream and sugar in my coffee
Right away when I awake
I face the day and pray to God I won't make the same mistakes
Oh the rest is out of my hands

I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can

I don't know my Father
Or my Mother well enough
Seems like every time we talk we can't get past the little stuff
The pain is self-inflicting
I know it's not good for my health
But it's easier to please the world than it is to please myself
Oh the rest is out of my hands

I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can

Right now I can't care about how everyone else will feel
I have enough hurt of my own to heal

I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can.



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Monday, September 20, 2010

Could Nuriel be the most beautiful girl in the world?


Prince's song The Most Beautiful Girl In The World was playing on the radio today and straight away I thought of the above photo of my friend Cadi's newborn baby girl. What a precious little cupcake. Nuriel has a face to melt all hearts and check out her cutie pie legs in those socks :]

Could U be
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
It's plain 2 see
U're the reason that God made a girl

When the day turns into the last day of all time
I can say, I hope U are in these arms of mine
And when the night falls before that day I will cry
I will cry tears of joy cause after U all one can do is die

Could U be
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Could U be
It's plain 2 see
U're the reason that God made a girl
Oh yes U are

How can I get through days when I can't get through hours
I can try but when I do I see U and I'm devoured
Oh Yes
Who'd allow, who'd allow a face 2 be soft as a flower
I could bow and feel proud in the light of this power
Oh Yes

Could U be (Could U be)
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Could U be
It's plain 2 see
U're the reason that God made a girl
Oh yes U are

And if the stars ever fell one by one from the sky
I know Mars could not be 2 far behind
Cuz baby, this kind of beauty has got no reason 2 ever be shy
Cuz honey, this kind of beauty the kind that comes from inside

Could U be
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
So beautiful, beautiful
It's plain 2 see (Plain 2 see)
U're the reason that God made a girl

Could U be
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
(U U're my girl)
It's plain 2 see
U're the reason that God made a girl
(U're the reason)

If the stars (Could U be) ever fell one by one from the sky
(The Most Beautiful Girl in the World)
Oh Yeah
I know Mars (It's plain 2 see) could not be 2 far behind
(U're the reason that God made a girl)

Could U be
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Could U be
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Could U...


~*Most Beautiful Girl In The World Lyrics - Prince*~




Matters of the heart, life and stuff



To have something halfway is harder than having nothing at all...

Over the last few days Kimmie and I both received an emotional winding of sorts. It has made both Kimmie and I do much soul searching in terms of our relationship with a particular person. I have come to a decision based on emotional preservation. A decision Kimmie fully supports. The straw that broke the camels back truly is the case in this instance. The journey that led to our decision can only be likened to a bad theme park ride. A ride that I have seriously contemplated getting off many times over the years for various reasons. A ride Kimmie has oftentimes encouraged me to stay on. I have hung on for grim death many times over the years on this particular ride. So it is both surprising and amazing how good we both feel today having come to this new decision. We are no longer willing to be dictated to nor controlled. Yes we both feel a tad worn out and sad but we both agree that with this decision comes a sense of freedom for us both that is quite liberating. We now no longer live with false hopes and know exactly where we stand. We are content that we have both given the situation in mention 100% at all times and on all levels so we have no reservations. Whilst many couples would have folded directly after boarding this particular ride my relationship with Kimmie (my earth angel) has never once faltered and has gone from strength to strength over the years. Kimmie and I have new and exciting things planned for our present and future together, we will share will you all as they unfold.


As Harvey Crumpet said....


Carpe Diem (seize the day)



Hugs


Hearpoet and Kimmie
x

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Have you ever wanted to ....



Have you ever wanted to be rich for a day and just bless people?



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Selfish People


Many a times we come across people who are hard to forget. Well, not always because they are helpful or bequeath us with some wonderful experiences, but sometimes because they give us unforgettable awful experiences with their utterly bad behavior and selfish characteristics.

Though, we hardly expect everybody to be good and helpful to us, we don’t even expect that people use us for their benefits and behave in a manner to make us feel low or worthless. We don’t expect that people should help us in return for everything we do for them, but we do expect that people would at least notice and weigh our efforts made to help them and not just take our efforts as granted.

Despite this, we still come across people who are mean, arrogant, egotistical and selfish. Encounters with such people leave us feeling hurtful and used to a great extent. Moreover, if one is a sensitive person with a soft heart, then such associations might give them hard-to-forget, distressing experiences. One or two such experiences would surely leave us flabbergasted and we would wish to stay away from such people in the future.

Though it is not easy to recognize a selfish person immediately, they possess some particular traits and some peculiar characteristics. We can keep ourselves off-hook if we know their baiting traits.

All selfish people display a very uncaring attitude and a strong “Me first” trait.

A very peculiar and common trait which all selfish and conceited people possess is that they always put themselves and their needs on the forefront. They only give heed to their priorities, their goals and in the process would not think of anyone else, not even about those who might be really needy than them.

When it comes to getting their needs met and their work done, they would turn a deaf ear to the necessities of others. Such selfish people do not believe in the “Live and Let Live" philosophy, constantly putting their own needs and desires first, they just live for themselves.

A selfish person would view others only as a means to get what they want. They have a have tunnel vision which starts from and leads to themselves and their personal needs alone.

Another trait which selfish and conceited people show is being manipulative, scheming and plotting most of the times.

This trait arises from the fact that selfish people are driven by the fear of loss of control. They therefore become very manipulative and scheming. They tend to control everything by maligning someone’s reputation or by misrepresenting things.

Selfish people have a great inherent desire to control situations and people and are unwilling to reach compromises with others. To get their own way they would down cast others and debase anybody’s reputation.

Another conspicuous trait which all conceited and selfish people display is of being calculative and accumulators.

Oscar Wilde, the Irish writer, poet and prominent aesthete, has expressed this demeaning selfish trait in such beautiful words, “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”

This selfish characteristic gives people a grave tendency to hold and hoard things to themselves.

It becomes difficult for such people to part with even simple things like their time and efforts, leave aside important things like money. They would hoard all the resources to themselves and would not share it with anyone even if those resources would go wasted and depleted.

They would never think of sacrificing anything for anybody and in case they do it some time they would expect a lot in return. Insecurity might be the reason behind this base characteristic the selfish people display. They feel it is their right to receive from others but never feel obliged to return anything. Selfish people behave in this manner because they don’t know how to balance giving with taking.

Low self esteem is another characteristic displayed by selfish people that gives them a negative outlook towards life and making them contemptuous of others in general.

This negative trait towards everything makes them bad team players as they always try to pull down others with their remarks, actions or suggestions.

They find it hard to motivate and inspire people because they themselves lack motivation and the drive to look ahead in life. This characteristic makes them unpopular in a team and a misfit at group tasks.

A selfish person is highly self centered and self obsessed. This trait makes them see or hear no one else. They become bad listeners and give little or no consideration to what others have to say. They are inconsiderate and have little or no room for compassion. They would cut off conversations and bring the focus on themselves. It becomes their earnest desire to be seen and heard more than anyone else making them oblivious to the opinions, suggestions and advices of others. All the conversations they indulge in pertain and turn back to themselves. Looking at the traits and characteristics selfish people possess, one thing becomes obvious that selfish people do not need your contempt. You surely have to keep yourself shielded from their negativist traits but you don’t need to run from them. All of us are selfish to some extent, but when the traits and characteristics go beyond control they make us selfish down to the core. Selfish people are ridiculed and downcast by the society in general. A big non-selfish and selfless trait would be to understand such people and help them out of their selfishness and greedy attitude by accepting their presence, although cautiously. Of course be careful not to fall in the trap of their cagey attitude, but by not ignoring them and remaining unfazed and unaffected by their damaging, detrimental and calculating behavior, you might help a selfish person understand the value of selflessness. You never know, how greatly your selfless approach can help a selfish person reform into a kind, loving and unassuming soul.


~*Selfish People*~




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Are you there yet?



Have you ever felt like you don't know where you are or how you got there? Have you ever felt uncertain about your life? Have you ever felt so much sorrow that you were consumed by it? Have you ever felt so much joy it scared you? When will these questions have meaning for you?

These are feelings we've all experienced. The search to find one's self is everyone's journey. Are you there yet?




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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cinderella


She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I'm sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It's been a long day
And there's still work to do
She's pulling at me
Saying "Dad, I need you"

There's a ball at the castle
And I've been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone...

She says he's a nice guy and I'd be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says, "Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, "Dad, the wedding's still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone...



Steven Curtis Chapman
(Currently playing on my blogs media player)



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Letting Go





Friday, September 17, 2010

Grab The Car Keys Buddy


Brenton starts two weeks school holidays today. The first words to leave his mouth on arriving home today were "Quick Stu grab the car keys buddy, you and I are going on another driving lesson. With the amount of learner hours I have to rack up we better get a wriggle on. I need to get my P License asap otherwise who will take you to lawn bowls and bingo when you are old hehehehehe?" Now Stu is not nearing old age nor is he a bingo or lawn bowls fan but it made him chuckle. The pair have just pulled out the driveway ;]



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Thursday, September 16, 2010

I want to Run Away

~*by Karen C Vanderlaan*~








Sometimes, life is just tough...


I want to run away,


Just be gone – check out


I long to hide away


And bury my head in my hands


To just cry until I am all cried out


Done - no tears left


Cry till all the sad is gone


I wish for long, long hours to sleep


To rise only to return and slip back


between sheets that never cooled


I desire the sleep of no interruption


Till all the exhaustion has lifted


From my heavily laden eyes


But… none of this will I do


I will get up each day the crack of dawn


I will continue the endless motions


That make this life of mine work


Putting one foot in front of the other


Over and over again.



*Piccies from: http://vi.sualize.us/




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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Loving in the present


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It's a baby girl for Cadi~!


My blogging pal Cadi's partner unexpectedly died not long after the couple discovered Cadi was pregnant with their child. Cadi's pregnancy has been quite the emotional journey for her. Cadi has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl (a surprise as she was expecting another boy, a brother for her two older sons). Nuriel Bradi was quite overdue and was born at a planned home birth after 12 hours of labor. Go check out Cadi's blog for the gorgeous first pictures of her precious babe - Nuriel measured 21" & weighed 9 pounds on the dot!

Congratulations and much love Cadi on the beautiful new addition to your lil family!



http://maehegirl.blogspot.com/2010/09/birth-announcement.html



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Babies at the bottom of my garden



Our mumma possum has two sweet bubba's. She has nested in our bird house lol and with the three of them snuggled up together inside it is a VERY tight fit indeed hehehe. For my overseas blog followers Aussie possums and cute, gentle and quite shy and are nothing like the American possum. Heartpoet is besotted with the new mumma and her babies and mumma adores him allowing him to pat her. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the banana drizzled in bush honey he has been treating her to the last few nights ;] He says a new mumma needs all the energy they can get :]

*Mumma pictured.




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In The Arms Of An Angel...


Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it ok
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction oh beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
They may be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of an Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of an Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

~*Sarah McLachlan*~ - In The Arms Of An Angel lyrics




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Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Glut Of Cumquats/Kumquats (can be spelled either way)





The cumquat is a tiny, oval, miniature orange like fruit. It has a soft edible rind that has a sweet tangy flavour. The flesh is sharp flavoured and sherbet-like.

The large cumquat tree in our backyard is laden with fruit this year. A windy night last night bought many to the ground. Mr. BT (Bush Turkey) who has chosen to reside and nest permanently in our yard (with his wife and yearly tin lids (kids)) was caught this morning making the most of the windfall. Do any fellow bloggers have a delish recipe or two using cumquat's that they are willing to share with me? Heartpoet will get a ladder later today and remove as many as he can. As the tree is so huge we will only be able to pick from lower branches. Tis such a shame that the ones up top will go to waste. The ones too high to reach will no doubt be ravaged by Fruit Bats and Crows and any that continue to fall by Mr. BT and his fam~!

Thanks in advance~!

*Piccies are of the tree in our yard



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If you ever leave me will you take me with you....


When I fall you're my place to land
I lose my touch, you're my hands
The one I hold on to
If you run out of reasons to try
I'll love enough for both you and I
I'll be the one you can run to

I'd rather go through any pain love puts us through
Than to spend one day without you by my side

If you ever leave me
Will you take me with you?
If you're ever lonely
I wanna be lonely too
My home's beside you
No matter where you may go
My love's inside you
Even more than you know

In a world of anger and lies
I find peace in your eyes
A flame in the darkness

And through all space and time
Till every star refuses to shine

You know where my heart is

I'd rather go through any pain love puts us through
Then to spend one day without you by my side

If you ever leave me
Will you take me with you?
If you're ever lonely
I wanna be lonely too, oh
My home's beside you
No matter where you may go, where you may go
My love's inside you
Even more than you know

Oooh oh yeah

And I can't remember life without you
The way it used to be
Feels like a million years away

But hold me till the angels sing

Tell me every little thing

Promise me forever from this day

If you ever leave me
Will you take me with you?
If you're ever lonely
I wanna be lonely too, whoa
My home's beside you
No matter where you may go
My love's inside you
Even more than you know

Even more than you know,

Even more than you know,

Even more than you know,
Even more than you know.

~*Barbra Streisand and Vince Gill*~



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Saturday, September 11, 2010

He whispers into my heart and kisses my soul!


A work day for Heartpoet in his line of business means a very early start, he is up at approx 2am and he returns home at approximately 3pm. Upon returning home he immediately sweeps me up into a loving embrace, showers me with kisses and then wants to know what I would like to do for the rest of the day (despite his being exhausted). There is more often than not a divine lil surprise/gift for me that he has carefully chosen himself.

When I awoke this morning (at the more respectable time of 7am) I made myself a steaming hot cuppa and pulled the lounge curtains to one side to greet what will no doubt be a glorious day here in Queensland, Australia (yesterday was a hot 34C not bad for the start of Spring). On our entrance table I spied a written note from Heartpoet for me, on top of the note was one lone daisy freshly picked from our garden. The note read....


"Kim

I love you with every cell of my being.

Are there other gals in the world? Standing with you in the sunshine of every hour, I hadn’t even noticed! There are no moments when you have not been with me nor will there be any moments when we will stand separately apart.

My heart has strength for both of us and carries you into every sultry sunset through to all eternal dawns. My heart is true, and thrives on the trust of our true love. Forever smiles our love.

Stuart
xxxxx"


When I checked my mobile phone in my handbag there was also a text message from him that read...

"Greetings at 4.35am! Hustle and bustle all around just about set up. Just thought I should let you know how much I love you! The coming dawn won't light my sky as much as you do! XXXXXXXX"



When I met Heartpoet (over ten years ago now) my heart had been battered and bruised by both people and life events. I pinch myself daily and thank both the heavens and the universe that both myself and Brenton were given the gift that is Heartpoet in our lives. Experiencing a healthy relationship where respect, great affection, sensational intimacy ;], honesty, trust, humour and perfect communication as well as the sharing of a common vision and goal has balmed my patchwork heart. This unselfish, unconditional love that Heartpoet has showered both myself and Brenton with has given me wings to fly and enabled me to be the very best wife/lover/mother/friend I can be. Tears immediately spring to my eyes when I think of Heartpoet's relationship with Brenton. Brenton was 7 when we first all moved in together and from day one Heartpoet treated Brenton as his own. Brenton loves, respects and trusts Heartpoet. They have a bond that makes my heart sing. Heartpoet has been there for Brenton day in day out, through all life's trials and tribulations and willingly and lovingly supports Brenton both emotionally and financially without ever a word of complaint. They both tease each other and stir each other good naturedly. Heartpoet has Brenton's love and respect because Heartpoet has always loved and respected him. Brenton is also close to Heartpoet because Heartpoet is not a fair weather only friend and has always been in it for the long haul.


"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland"


Thank you Heartpoet for whispering into my heart and kissing my soul~! Thank you for being the man that you are and a fine role model for my son. I only have to watch Brenton around his g/f Emily to know that your presence in our life holds immeasurable value! I am ever so thankful that I found the courage to walk away and start a new life with you. I love you more than words can say~!


*Piccie of Kimmie taken 4 months ago.




Friday, September 10, 2010

The decision to kiss



The decision to kiss for the first time is the
most crucial in any love story. It changes the
relationship of two people much more strongly
than even the final surrender; because this kiss
already has within it that surrender.
~*Emil Ludwig*~








Kiss me
Out of the bearded barley
Nightly
Beside the green green grass
Swing swing
Swing the spinning step
You wear those shoes and I will wear that dress

Oh, kiss me
Beneath the milky twilight
Lead me
Out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon sparkling
So kiss me

Kiss me
Down by the broken tree house
Swing me
Upon it's hanging tire
Bring bring
Bring your flowered hat
We'll take the trail marked on your father's map

Oh, kiss me
Beneath the milky twilight
Lead me
Out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon sparkling
So kiss me

Kiss me
Beneath the milky twilight
Lead me
Out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon sparkling
So kiss me

So kiss me

So kiss me

So kiss me


~*Sixpence None The Richer*~



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Night At The Theatre - Hotel Sorrento - My Cousin Kaye



This post may interest my blog followers that reside in Melbourne (Victoria - Australia). My gorgeous and very talented cousin Kaye (school principal by day) dabbles in acting and this month will be starring in Hotel Sorrento at the Williamstown Little Theatre, Williamstown. If theatre is your cup of tea (it is mine) then book now as I am sure the tickets will sell faster than hotcakes! Please remember to say hi to Kaye for me on the night~!



Hotel Sorrento
By Hannie Rayson
Directed by Ellis Ebell



Cast:
Hilary: Kaye Mills
Meg: Gail Bradley
Pippa: Catherine Larcey
Marge: Shirley Sydenham
Wal: Ray Hare
Dick: James Carlon
Edwin: Barnaby Chiverton
Troy: Dylan Boyd

Hilary lives in seaside Sorrento with her father and 16 year old son. Pippa is visiting from New York and Meg returns from the UK with her English husband. Three sisters, reunited after years in different worlds, again feel the constraints of family life. Meg's novel, recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize, overshadows their homecoming. Hotel Sorrento is a powerful Australian play that begins as a comedy about national identity and develops into a familial drama of great poignancy and reverberation.


Season dates:
9 - 25 September 2010

Tuesdays - Saturdays 8:15pm
Sundays 5:00pm

For all ticket enquiries and bookings go to...

http://www.wlt.org.au/index.htm


*Piccie: Kaye with the late veteran Australian actor Charles "Bud" Tingwell.







If You Should Steal Away


My heart would sleep a thousand years if you should steal away
And gossamer my dreams would wrap until my dying day
For through the whispers of your sighs beneath your angel wings
This love that soars upon the wind through starlit wonder sings
So stay with me upon this gasp and linger, stay, entice
For here asleep within your arms, I rest in paradise
And in the silence, lullabies, I'd sing and gently weep
I'd hold you in my arms til dawn, til love's emotions sleep



Heartpoet