Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Getting Excited......For Spring!

Tuesday 31st July, 2012

I am getting excited.....only one more month of winter left or 31 days and then we go into Spring.  Yaaaaayyyyy!!!!!

I have had enough of Winter this year, it has been so cold and we have had our fair share of rain.  We have the heater on, at least 18 hours a day, and I still need a blankie over me when I watch TV.

We sleep in a water bed and this year for the first time ever (we've had a water bed for 30 plus years) Tony has had to turn the thermostat up.   Now this surely must be a sign of old age!

Yesterday morning when Tony woke up his eye was much better.  He said that most of the pain was gone.  Jodi rang up in the afternoon, she had been to the doctor and was on her way to the Dental Hospital in the city.  She wanted to know if Tony would be able to drive her car and her back home after he finished work.

It sounded as if she needed to have a tooth or teeth extracted, she said half her face was swollen and was in a lot of pain.  They ended up taking one tooth out and she had an infection around another tooth.  They drained that and she has to go back again Wednesday. 

I had to go down and pick him up from her place and then we went and did our shopping.   It was so cold in the supermarket I couldn't wait to get home to the warmth of our place.  We didn't even bother having coffee or going out to have dinner.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Surprise Getaway

Sunday 29th July, 2012

Finally caught up with Tori on Friday to give her the ticket for the Hilltop Hoods concert.  She called in as she was over this side of town to look at a house that she was interested in renting.  She ended up getting the house to rent.

Tony had set the alarm for me on Saturday morning to get up  at 5.30am so that I could watch the opening of the London Olympics.  I was disappointed with the opening, for me the best part of it was Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean.  Why would you make your National Health Scheme as part of an opening ceremony?  Got me beat!  I would have thought Britain is better known for more than that.

There was so much going on in the arena even the overhead camera shots didn't portray it that well.  In recent times there have been so much better Olympic opening ceremonies than this one.  Even the part where Daniel Craig, aka James Bond 007, visited the Queen and then they both supposedly parachuted into the arena didn't impress.  And what can I say about Paul McCartney.....he definitely doesn't have the voice any more in my opinion.

In the afternoon I went and did a scrapbooking class.  I am mainly doing digital scrapping now and have the pages printed into a book, but I do miss the paper scrapping.  When Tori was here a few weeks ago she showed her friends the book that I had done for her and it made me think about doing some paper scrapping once again.  By doing the classes at least I might be able to get a couple of pages done each month.

While I was there we had the plumber come out again.  The toilet needed to be adhered to the floor more securely.  On Tuesday when he was here he stuck this softer compound under the toilet and as the toilet was a lot heavier than he imagined it wasn't suitable and so he came back and put a concrete mix under it.

Consequently we weren't able to use the toilet for at least 12 hours and so when I got home Tony suggested we go somewhere overnight and stay in a motel.  Sounded good to me!  The only problem was where do we go?  Do we go to the Clare Valley, the Barossa, down South or up North?  

I put some underwear in a bag, got a change of clothes and toiletries and we were off.  As I needed to go to the loo Tony suggested we go into work and use the toilet there.  After doing so we ended up going down to Goolwa and booked into the motel.  Went and had dinner at the Corio Hotel, came back to the motel and watched some of the Olympics on the telly.

This morning when we woke up Tony complained that his eye hurt.  He thought that he might have got something in it.  I looked, but couldn't see anything.  He said that the pain was really bad.  Yesterday morning he cut the branches back on the tree and one of the branches fell and grazed the side of his face.  Whether he got a speck of dirt from that we don't know.  He got under the shower and washed his eye but said it didn't make much difference.

After breakfast and booking out of the motel we went to the chemist.  They gave him some eye drops to help soothe the eye and then asked him to go to the doctor tomorrow if it didn't improve.  The chemist had a look but couldn't see anything either.

He said it didn't affect his vision and he could still drive and so we headed off towards Victor Harbor.  As we were leaving Goolwa we saw that the sign was out for the Cockle Train, something that we have been meaning to do for years, and so we decided to take the train to Victor and back.

The carriages, known as the 'red hens' were built in Adelaide back in the 1930's.  They have been restored to their original state by volunteers.  It was a nice trip that took approximately 30 minutes each way.  At times we were so close to the coast we could have jumped from the carriage into the water, if allowed.  We didn't see any whales.

The paddocks around the area had so much water lying in them, the train driver said that the area had more than 4 inches of rain (100mm) in the last month.  Because of all the water it had attracted a lot of water birds such as swans etc to the large pools. 

Back in Goolwa we got the car and went and had some lunch at the local Bakery and then headed back to Victor Harbor.  We decided to go back to Adelaide via Waitpinga and Cape Jervis.

As we drove into Cape Jervis we could see Kangaroo Island across the water.  The Sealink ferry was already heading over to Kingscote on KI.  The water between the mainland and KI is known as Backstairs Passage and they say it can get very rough during wild weather.  Tony reckons the trip across takes around 40 minutes.

We decided that KI should be one of our next getaways, once the weather warms up.  I'm not good on boats and definitely don't want to be on the ferry if the weather is too wild.

We came back along the coast road through Normanville, Yankalilla, Myponga, around to Sellicks Beach, Aldinga and then got onto the Expressway.  Called into work for another pit stop and Tony decided that if the Medical Centre was open he would go and see a doctor about his eye.  He said that it was still sore, the drops hadn't done much.

We got to Modbury just after 6.00pm and he was able to get in to see a doctor even though there were 35 people ahead of him and only 3 doctors on duty.  After 90 minutes of waiting he was finally seen to.

The doctor didn't find anything in his eye, but gave it a flush and said that there had been something in there as he could see a little nodule.  He was told that if it didn't improve in a couple of days to go back.

We ended up getting some pasta for tea, got home and flopped.  Tony wasn't too long out of bed, I decided to watch some of the Olympics.

For a spur of the moment getaway we had a great time.  Gotta do that again!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Out To Lunch!

Thursday 26th July, 2012

Today Dianne and I went out for lunch.  I had arranged for Tori to meet us as well as she had bought a ticket to go and see a band, the Hilltop Hoods, and had the ticket sent out to our address.

We arranged to go to West Lakes shopping centre and Tori was going to meet us there.  While we were on our way there she rang to say that she wouldn't be able to meet us as she had an interview to go to in the early afternoon.  Oh well, now I will have to arrange to meet her in the city tomorrow afternoon to give her the ticket.  The concert is tomorrow night.

Dianne and I continued on our way to West Lakes, we were nearly there anyway, and had a great time browsing the shops and having some lunch.  I also was able to get Dianne her birthday present.  We were having so much fun we didn't realise how quickly the time had gone.  When we checked, it was well after 4.00pm and so I rang Tony to let him know I would pick him up on the way home.

While we were at West Lakes we came across a display of decorated cakes.  Several years ago I used to do cake decorating, and did many cakes for birthdays, weddings, christenings and so on.  I would have loved to continue to keep on doing it but alas I began to get arthritis in my fingers and it became too painful.

While we were looking at these beautifully decorated cakes Dianne recognised a couple of the names.  They were the children of a neighbour of Rick's sister.  What an amazing job they did, the boy got 1st prize, his sister got 3rd prize and they were judged in the category 8-12 years old.  

the boys entry

the girls entry

I can't believe how much cake decorating has changed over the years.  Today it is so much fancier.   Back in my day I would hand make all the flowers out of icing, yet today's flowers look much more frillier (is that a word?) and intricate yet the basics are the same.  

Looking at these cakes makes me want to go and do it all over again.

I don't remember being asked to be a model for this  hehe

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Teeny Weeny Hint Of Spring

Tuesday 24th July 2012

We had some lovely weather over the weekend, none of the forecast rain eventuated.  Instead we had sunny days, no wind and temperatures in the mid teens.  Now they are forecasting rain for Wednesday and the rest of the week.  We'll see!

Katie was dropped off at our house on Saturday morning.  After she came the plumber showed up to deliver a new toilet that we had ordered.  He said he would come back on Tuesday to install it.  We went off to do some shopping, I wanted to go to Gaganis Bros to have a look.  They sell mainly continental food, plus an array of catering items like plates, cups, serviettes etc and kitchenware.

Katie decided that she needed some new sneakers to keep at our place and so we went and had a look for some.  I wasn't prepared to pay a lot for them, she only wears them when she comes to stay, but she found some (Mitre) for $15.  

When we got home I made a "Curry in a Hurry"  with mashed potato for dinner.  I used a BBQ chicken.  Katie enjoyed it.  The recipe calls for frozen vegetables but I prefer to use fresh so I add capsicum, carrots, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, celery and peas.

Katie ended up going to bed early as she was excited for Sunday.  Tony and I didn't watch all of the racing from the Tour as we had to be up early.

Sunday morning we were up early and around 9.00am Robyn and Bob came.  We were off to Disney on Ice. This was the first time that Robyn and Bob had gone to see it and Katie was excited that they were coming too.  This year I got tickets for the morning session (11.00am) as that had the best seats available when I booked back in May.

Disney, titled "Let's Celebrate", was one of the better Disney's this year.  We all enjoyed it, even Bob and Robyn.  While waiting to go in Joan (Luke's mum) came over to talk to us.  She had brought Phoebe (Dianne's granddaughter) with her and was with her daughter and two grandsons. 


After Disney we wanted to get some lunch.  While walking back to the car we passed two hotels but neither were offering Sunday lunch.  We went for a drive looking for the Brompton Hotel but ended up at the Excelsior Hotel.  What a revelation!  We had the nicest lunch, Bob was very impressed with their Wagyu Beef.  Definitely a place to remember and one to go back to again.

After lunch we headed down to Largs for an icecream and coffee and also for Katie to play on the playground.  Tony, Bob and Katie went for a walk along the jetty, it is now open after the renovation.  They said a few people were fishing and one guy was wanting to catch some garfish.  Tony said it was a bit breezy and nippy at the end of the jetty.

Soon it was time to take Katie to meet her mum and then for us to go home.  Robyn and Bob left soon after.  I managed to stay awake for the last stage of  the Tour De France.  It was a day for the British riders,  Mark Cavendish won the sprint on the Champs-Elysees, and Bradley Wiggins won the coveted yellow jersey with Chris Froome second.

1Bradley Wiggins101Team Sky87:34:47
2Christopher Froome105Team Sky+03:21
3Vincenzo Nibali51Liquigas-Cannondale+06:19
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck111Lotto-Belisol+10:15
5Tejay Van Garderen9BMC Racing+11:04
6Haimar Zubeldia19Radioshack-Nissan-Trek+15:41
7Cadel Evans1BMC Racing+15:49
8Pierre Rolland29Europcar Pro Cycling+16:26
9Janez Brajkovic181Astana+16:33
10Thibaut Pinot146FDJ-Bigmat+17:17
                                                                 The top ten place getters

Just after lunch today, the plumber showed up to install the new toilet.  We opted for a Caroma Easy Height, it's a bit higher than the old one.  Just goes to show, old age is creeping, no, fast approaching us now.  Hopefully it will ease the pressure on our old achy knees and sore backs. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cadel's Tour Is Over

Thursday 19th July, 2012

It looks like Cadel Evans' Tour is over.  He has now slipped to 7th place overall, over 8 minutes behind the leader, Bradley Wiggins.  The Pyrenees became too much of an obstacle to conquer even though this is where he gained the upper hand last year to become the eventual Tour winner.

It was revealed later on that 2 hours before the start of today's stage he began to suffer from a stomach bug.  I also feel that his spirit was broken early on in the Tour when Team Sky would cover any breakaway he tried to make.  The 3rd place rider, Nibali, found that out yesterday when he tried to make a breakaway and Team Sky were upon him before he could get too far ahead.  Congratulations to them, they rode a great race and Bradley Wiggins deserves to be this years winner. 

Cadel and his team mates

Bring on 2013!!!  Cadel will be back!  There's still 4 days of racing to go, I'll probably stay up and still watch it. Let's see what the Aussie bike riders can do in the Olympics, I think they'll have more success on the track than on the road.

I just heard on the radio that the young boy that was hit by lightning last Thursday has died in hospital.  What a sad time for his family and friends.  My prayers go out to them.

Nothing much has been going on in our life.  The weather hasn't been too bad, the rain seems to have disappeared for the time being.  The days have been sunny but still cold.  One thing that I have noticed is that we are getting a few extra minutes of daylight each day which means Spring is just around the corner.