Saturday 14 July 2012


I love impulsive days where you just decide to do something because you FEEL like doing it at that time. Today was such a day.  The Machinist took me into town and bought me new boots and clothes.  We had burgers (even a gluten free burger!) and discussed our new health plan.  Part of it will be food, the other - a change of lifestyle where LOTS of delegation and surrendering work to others takes a big part.  I love the sound of it already! 

Much later, we had dinner with my brother and ex sister in law.  It's seldom that we can get together, because we are all in business and work hard and have little time for socialising.  Today, however, was their birthday and I love that despite a marriage that ended some years ago, they are still best of friends and they love each other, and make the effort to be together on their birthdays.

And so - this is a birthday wish for both of them -

I love you both very much.  I hope to share many more birthdays with you.  I am so proud of who you both are and what you have achieved.  Thankyou for all you have done for us.  Thankyou for your generous hearts.  


Oh, and B and W - thanks for paying the restaurant bill!  You know it should have been our treat... but you are both so stubborn.  And we all know who you get that from....

Thursday 12 July 2012

Calling A Diet A Diet

It's very rare, of late to spend a whole day at home.  On weekdays, I am taking the Grands to their doctor's appointments or keeping my own, along with the Machinist.  Otherwise, there are jobs to be picked up or jobs to be dropped off in town (sixty kilometres away from where we live and work).  Accountants to consult, banking to be transacted, hardware to be bought, vehicles to register.

And... blood to be let. At the Pathology clinic, that is.

Some months back, I booked an appointment at a Sydney doctor's practice for our Emma. In the meantime, Emma embarked on a new health plan and had no need to see this specialist doctor.  And so - I took her place and I'm glad I did.

I, too will be embarking on a new health plan, - dare I call it a "diet".  Although we all like to publicly refer to it as ' ...a new lifestyle...' or '...a new way of eating...', I'm convinced there's many of us that still use the term 'diet', and when we do, it makes everything clear and there's no questions needed to be asked and everyone knows what's going on.

The diet I refer to is the HCG diet.  I've read about it and am reading more and more.  I will even be adding to the diet blog I set up some time ago...

All being well, I will start tomorrow.  The diet, not updating the blog...

Wish me luck good health!

Wednesday 11 July 2012

Workshop Development

The Machinist has received a lot of new work and challenging projects for our Engineering business. Some products are to be duplicated in the hundreds and some products are to be designed from scratch.

 There is a need to build a second workshop to accommodate new machinery, as well as newly manufactured products and we are currently in the process of working on and submitting a Development Application to our local Council.

We were advised to seek and employ a Development Consultant, but true to our family trait, we are DIO (doing it ourselves).

 For those of you who have dealt with (especially) small country town Councils, you will understand what we are going through.

In a way, - adding to the Environmental Effects Statement with additional comments and CAD drawings is a process which makes you think - really think -  about what you have to do - the extent you have to go through to achieve the final result.

The Machinist and I are in total awe at the size and prospect of this extra workload.  Where to start?

Suddenly, I break out in my best Julie Andrews impersonation (The Sound of Music)

"....Let's start at the very beginning....a very good place to start...."

We laugh.  And laugh some more.  Because deep down, we know that all will be well.  Excitement reigns. 


 Table talk amongst our children is and always has been, -  a rabbit warren . We start off in one hole and end up in another -  quick smart....