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Letter Meme December 21, 2008

Posted by Mistress B in Ramblings.
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Trisha, has assigned me with the letter ‘P’. The rules from this meme are as follows:

The rules are:

You leave a comment on this post and I’ll assign you a letter.  You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place.  When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.

You DO NOT have to do the meme if you only want to comment. Tell me if you want to do it. Otherwise you will not be tagged.

Ten things I love starting with ‘P’


1. Peas picked fresh from the garden – one of my favourite childhood things to do was picking and eating the peas straight from the garden, something that I’m now sharing the pleasure in with my kids. Of course I also love potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, peanuts, parsley and pot plants (but I don’t eat the pot plants). I have some gorgeous pony tail palms at my back door, petunia’s at the front door, two peach trees up the back  and pansies in various places around the house. I really  must get some penny royal to deter insects too.

2. Pets – I love my pets. Currently we have 3 cats, a dog and a rabbit. We have at other times also had various combinations of budgies, parrots, fish, mice and guinea pigs.

3. Projects – I always have a few projects (sewing, stitching, crocheting, scrapping, etc) on the go at any one time. In fact I’m notorious for starting and not necessarily finishing them.  AI have many, many UFO’s in my cupboard in various stages of completion that I really should get to soo……………

4. Pandora – I love my Pandora bracelet that PSLS gave me for my birthday.

5. PSLS -well duh lol

6. my surname – Which I’m not going to put up, but does start with ‘P’. My dad’s family emmigrated at the end of WWII from Rotterdam in the Netherlands so my maiden name was a dutch name with many letters and confusing pronounciation. It always mortified me at school when my teachers would hold an impromptu spelling bee to see which one of them could get my surname right. Didn’t matter where we were either – in class, at library, during assembly Now having only 6 letters is much less confusing for everyone involved! lol

7. Parenting – yeah ok, sometimes this is a role that sucks when the kids are being little shits, but for the most part I love being a parent.

8. Psychic powers -I love my psychic abilities if for no other reason than being able to freak the shit out of Anja on a regular basis! 😉 lol. Seriously though, I don’t think I’m psychic, but I do experience insights that make others  wonder if I am.  lol

9. Perfume – yeah, I know that might sound funny coming from the sinus queen who is always bitching about pollen and flowers. And I do have to be very careful what scents I use otherwise I give myself a migraine, but I do loves me some good perfume. Joop is my favourite.  Has to be the real thing though not a cheap knock off.

10. Presents – I love presents. More specifically I love picking presents for other people and watching their reactions. Hence part of my great love of Christmas! lol (apologies to TDFO for mentioning the ‘C’ word)

So there you have it.
I don’t think there’d be many left who haven’t done this meme, but if you haven’t and would like to, let me know and I’ll get you a letter.


Lost Week? December 18, 2008

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Anyone else feeling like they’ve lost a week?

I’ve been caught in a tornado of end of year parties, Christmas lights tour organising, lawyer chasing, school touring, children shuffling and Christmas organising stuff.

About the only thing that I am on top of is the Christmas lights tour and that just barely!

Hopefully over the weekend I’ll have some time to come visit you all and say “hi” in the meantime, that lady chasing an invisible tail all over town with a harried look on her face is me. If you see me passed out on the floor somewhere, please put a pillow under my head. K?. Thanks.

Now That’s An Entrance!! December 17, 2008

Posted by Mistress B in Christmas, Funny Stuff, Kids.
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Miss Lou was watching Batman and Robin earlier – one of my favourite lines is Joker talking to Two Face and saying “Your entrance was good. His was better.” but I got to say that neither of them topped Santa’s entrance to the swimming club Christmas party tonight!

First we were buzzed by an aeroplane, and presumed it was Santa heading to the fly in at the airport hosted by the local aero club. Then we were buzzed again and this time there were people walking around with their eyes glued to the sky watching this ——–>


yup, that’s Santa and his technicolour parachute!


I got to say that it was really freaking funny watching the big red dude hanging from a parachute and drifting in the wind


I was just disappointed that I only had my mobile phone camera and not my other camera to take pics with.

Santa eventually landed on the athletics track next to the pool and was promptly swamped by kids wanting their lolly bags before dashing away to his next appointment, but that was one Santa visit that won’t be forgotten in a hurry I can assure you!

Busy December 15, 2008

Posted by Mistress B in Craft Projects, Family, Friends, Holidays, Kids, TJ.
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It’s been pretty busy here of late.

Saturday was spent changing our junk room study and Miss Lou’s room over. Now that she’ll be spending more time at home leading up to her moving back home, we thought she should have the bigger of the two rooms.

There were boxes in the study from our move into this house 18 months ago. Books drifting everywhere, tonnes of craft supplies and stuff that I have no idea what the hell it was for.

Sunday was spent freezing my ass off watching TJ compete in the local swimming carnival.

And today I’m meeting a lady at the kids school to see if there is anything in the clothing pool that would fit her kids for next year before I make the 2 hour drive to meet Miss Lou’s train to pick her up for the holidays.

We are going to do a little shopping on the way home – how could we drive past a Spotlight store and not stop for a stickybeak? lol

We do need a few things though – material for new curtains for one and Miss Lou has a few projects in mind that she’d like to have a go at over the holidays.

Hopefully we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blogging by Tuesday!

Note to self………. December 12, 2008

Posted by Mistress B in Craft Projects, Funny Stuff.
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When going out wearing earrings made by self, take spare pairs.


What a good question.

Because I was wearing these pretties


CJ was wearing a pair too and a few peeps commented about them, wanting to know where I got them………..

So I explained that I’d made them, sold the ones I was wearing and came home with orders for two more pairs!

Not bad going at all

Who knows what might happen if I have spare pairs on me next time someone asks about my pretty earrings!

O Holy Night of Jingle Bombs December 10, 2008

Posted by Mistress B in Christmas, Church Stuff, Community, Family.
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After the assault on our ears committed by Naomi and Widdle Shamrock early this week with their choice of Christmas *ahem* carols I felt that it might be the appropriate time to share some of mine.

Some of my earliest Christmas memories are of sitting upstairs in our church, lit only by candlelight, at midnight mass listening to the choir sing carols.

I remember, and I was only about 4 at the time  sitting, watching,, listening, completely awestruck and thinking that God must live here.

I miss that simplistic faith of my childhood some days but despite the more complicated theology of adulthood I still find that there are often moments where I am sitting in church and and catch myself thinking that God must live here.

Now I’m one of the privileged ones that sings in the choir, who gets to help create atmosphere for others through music but not in a creepy ‘hype you up then lead you to religious fervour’ way like some churches we won’t mention here.

We haven’t had midnight mass for a couple of years because it was too many services for our priest to manage on his own but we still sing carols at the evening vigil mass and at the Christmas morning mass. I’m hoping that this year, now that we have a second priest again that midnight mass might be reintroduced. Having been part of my Christmas tradition for  most of my 35 years it is sorely missed.

Now I’m not going to torture you with some of the all time worst Christmas music as I believe that Naomi and Widdle Shamrock have already done a good enough job of that, instead I’m going to share my favourite traditional carol and my favourite version of it –

Now just to make WS laugh again, and also to appease our tall dark frosty goddess of political incorrectness  Anja,  here is my next favourite Christmas Carol

Somehow I don’t think they’ll let me sing that version in church…….. do you? 😉 lol

Screw Up Tuesday! December 9, 2008

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This week, unlike last week, is all me!

Where is that damn screw up tiara? I’ve earned it!

On Saturday I was having a *ahem* discussion about a difficult topic with someone. I was starting to yell and rant make a very pertinent point when my dear, dear love slave decided that enough was enough and disconnected the phone from the socket. I by this stage was finishing up my rant point and trying not to lose the plot completely let my upset show so told the peoples involved that I needed to go and hung up.

PSLS only told me the next day that he’d actually disconnected the phone a few minutes before I decided to hang up. I must admit that I was wondering why they had gone so quiet towards the end of my yelling profanities our conversation……………

Let me see………… what else…………. oooooOOooo That’s right!

Last week we had a brief discussion between the members of the brigade exec and decided to move our Christmas party from Saturday night to Wednesday night as more people would be available to attend. A couple of other people were helping to get the word around about the change and I made a few phone calls on the night that we made the decision, but it would seem that perhaps I missed one or two people………………

Oooops *grimaces*

Oh and I managed to put a postal worker on the spot the other day when I was organising to get Miss Lou’s purse back to her. I’d put her things in a post pack and taken it to the front counter of the post office. The lady at the counter asked me if everything was in it and I’d forgotten to put some extra money in but you aren’t meant to send cash through the post.  I whipped out a $20 note, said to her “you didn’t see this” and stuffed it in the parcel. The poor lady has turned around and was singing “la la la” to herself  so she could deny all knowledge. lol

Then she asks me what the book was like that I was sending Lou. It was ‘New Moon’, the sequel to ‘Twilight’ which is currently in theatres having been made into a movie. We talk briefly about book fads and she starts telling me that she once had a lady abuse her over Harry Potter books.

What then followed was a conversation on religious hysteria where extreme believers were focusing on the setting of the HP books instead of the actual story and missing the point completely. Not the conversation that I expected to have in the post office. Not a screw up either, but it was an interesting aside.

And that’s all I’m willing to fess up to this week. If you’d like to fess up to anything yourself, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll add your link to the Screw Up Honour Roll 🙂