Friday, February 25, 2011

To move or not to move? That is the question

We have lived in our current house for 2 years and 5 days. When we moved last time I said that I would not be moving for a long time. It seemed the more times we moved the more stuff we accumulated.  I said next time it would be quicker to burn the house down and buy all new stuff.   I guess I should never say never as we are contemplating moving again. 

This is our current house

Looks different to that now - as the driveway is in and it is grassed.  We have done quite a bit to this place in the two years we have been here.  We have carpeted, tiled, put in a driveway, ducted airconditioning and the pool - the pool is only 5 months old!

We were not contemplating moving until last week when we saw a great piece of land. Should I stay where we are? Or should we move - possibly to a house like 

Decisions decisions - I am not sure what to do at the moment. However, it is keeping me up at night - so with Harry and this, I really need to get some sleep.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I won!!!!

I enter a lot of giveaways - up to this date I have yet to win. However, maybe someone was smiling down on me and I won the most lovely raffle - OK it was not a giveaway, I paid to enter, but it went to a worthy cause.  

I bid on Nic's set of pyjama's - I wish I  had won them as they are fabulous!!! They sold for $200!!!

 However, what I did win was the raffle. It was for two appliqued onsies.  They are in a size 1 - so a little bit big for Harry at the moment

Photos don't do these justice - they are fantastic.   I love them!!!

Thanks Nic - sorry I did not blog them before. Been meaning to, but like everything........

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quirky & Boring - can the two exist.

I have been tagged by Fiona over a Brave New Me to play along with this game. OK here goes

The rules are:

1) Link to the person who tagged you
2) Mention the rules
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself
4) Tag six other bloggers by linking to them
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged

You will see why I crossed these ones out later.

1. I have two degrees - you would think that that would mean that I am a brainiac or a nerd - but I would call it not having a clue what to do.

My first degree is in Criminology and my second is in Accounting.   Criminology is a completely useless degree and the only thing I received out of it was a HECS debt (still to be paid off) however, I do leave it on my resume as it is always is something that potential employers find interesting and I am always asked about it at a job interview.

2. I have a famous cousin. She is actually very famous.  I will not tell you who she is. If you know my mother-in-law, she will tell you, as she tells everyone that she meets that her son is married to Exxx's cousin.

3. My mum believed when I was a child that I was not tall enough. Maybe her being 5'2" (on a good day) might have given her some clue that I would not be a giant

After three years of testing and measuring I was deemed as too short by the Australian Government and I was put on Human Growth Hormone.  That involved a daily injection (given by myself) and this was supposed to make me grow like a weed.

After 180 injections I gave up.   My estimated height was going to be 5 foot if I did not have the growth hormone - currently I am 5'4" on a good day - taller if I am wearing heels - so did the growth hormone work or not?

4. I love Mcdonalds Sweet and Sour sauce.

When I worked at Mcdonalds as a teenager I was introduced to dipping your hashbrown in sweet and sour sauce - oh so good!!!  Now I will never eat a hashbrown without sauce.  Don't knock it until you try it (unless you already don't like their sweet and sour sauce - then I suggest you give it a miss)

5.  I am paranoid about already opened milk.

When I was growing up we used to go through about 20 litres of milk a week. Dad, being thrifty cheap used to fill the milk bottle with half real milk and the other half powdered milk. GROSS!

The only milk that I could trust waas un-opened with the seal intact.  Today, if I go into a work place, no matter if there is an opened bottle or carton, I will still open a fresh one just to make sure that it has not been tampered with.

6. I have a daggy music collection. My iPod music has a wide mix of things, most of which Mat is embarrased to listen to.  I am sure everyone has daggy music on their iPod that they are not willing to admit to, but here is one of mine

Song is from the movie Mannequin - one of my dad's favourite.

So there you have, six quirky, probably scarey facts about myself that you probably did not need to know.

Oh and lastly - why did I cross out the other rules to the game.

7. I always break chain emails, I never forward things on to anyone to see what the email does and I generally don't tag people to play along - boring I know, or am I really living on the edge risking bad luck for many years to come.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I don't want my hair cut.

Today was hair cutting day. Mat always has his head shaved - blade one, so if he went any shorter he would be bald.

 When we first got together I told him to leave his hair longer as I wasn't partial to the 'skinhead' look. He ended up with a 'fro' - but instead of the fuzz that you get with an afro - his hair went straight up. You know like Kid and Play from the 80's - so better off to shave it.

Anway getting back on subject - Mat is quite partial to the buzz cut and so today thinking that Harry's hair was looking a bit English (translated into - short on the sides and long on the top - brushed forward) he thought he would give Harry a haircut.

Quite a bit shorter than I would have liked - I dont think he looks like my little boy anymore :-(  He loved having it done and laughed the whole time - maybe it was the vibrations from the clippers.  

Ella, who is famous for her hair - believe me, we get stopped every where we go about her hair. 

Ella cried the whole time while Harry was having his hair cut - over and over she cried "I can't want my haircut - I like my hair long" 

Do you really think I would let Mat near her hair with a pair of clippers - I think not!

Friday, February 18, 2011

We have a date!!!!!!

Thank goodness we have a date.  We went and visited the ENT surgeon this morning to sign all the paperwork for Harry's operation.

We were given our date as the 14th March - as we are paying for it, it is the 14th March 2011 not 14th March 2012 if we had waited on the public waiting list.

The total cost for the operation - our out of pocket expenses $2,400 - now I think that is a bargain. I would have paid double - actually I would have paid more than that just to get my little boy some relief from his ears.

So now we are on the countdown - 24 days - it can't come soon enough.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The wait is how long???????

Harry had his VROA hearing test on Tuesday. He did not have much response when he was sitting in the sound booth to the sounds that were played. When they put bone conductor headphones on his head, which by-passed his eardrums he was really receptive and was responding to the sounds.  His ears were again tested and again they were full of fluid. So it was onto his ENT specialist appointment today.

To be honest I have been holding out for this appointment - I have been waiting for it for 3 months and all those long nights with a crying child, we thought if we can get to today we would be OK. Thank goodness it arrived.

Harry has to have grommets put in his ears. As we dont have private health insurance - it was one of those things we did not get around to as we were healthy - Harry was going to be put on the priority waiting list to have the grommets.  There are currently at one hospital 550 kids on the waiting list to have this done.  Priority should mean 90 days, but the wait is a minimum of 12 months - usually longer than that.  If Harry had not been put on this list then it would be a minimum of 3 years.   Just to let you know if you want your tonsils out on the public health system - plan to have your operation in 2016!!! I am not joking, the waiting list is 5 years!

It was at that point that I burst into tears and said that something had to be done. There is no way that we are waiting that long. Harry is suffering and this is now effecting his good ear.  I told him about Harry's sleeping (lack of it) and he said that that would be due to Harry having a constant dull pain in his ears 24/7 and us speaking would be like him trying to hear underwater. 

We can pay for everything privately and get it done within a month - and that is what we are going to do. To be honest, I don't care what the cost is. I need our little boy fixed and happy.  

I had terrible ear infections as a child and I had grommets when I was 6 years old and never had an ear infection again. I know what a difference they made for me and Harry needs this more than anything. Believe me this next month can not go fast enough.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Making progress

 We are making progress in cleaning the sewing room. The first thing to be fixed is the fabric. I have been storing my fabric in plastic tubs up until now. Don't get me wrong, the plastic tubs work well and I have the shallower ones so you only have one level of fabric - however the problem with plastic tubs is I forget what fabric I have. 

At work ( I work in a shed) one day I noticed that some pigeon hole type cupboards had appeared from no where.  They were taken out from a shop that was closing down, yet nothing had been done with them. My boss wanted them to go as they were taking up space - how cool for fabric storage.  

How neat does my fabric look sitting in this!!!

I have not added all my fabric in yet - still a little bit left to go - but the good thing is - have you notice how much empty space I have.    That might call for another fabric order.

Even though the room is still in a tip like state, I love going in and sitting on the bed and just looking at my fabric - bliss!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I think its time for a clean

I am not the neatest person when I am sewing - actually I am not the neatest person when doing most things.

My sewing room (which is the spare room) usually ends up in a bit of a state, but I think this time it is the worst it has been.  I usually clean it up before my brother comes for his once a month visit - however, this time with Harry in the hospital I did not get around to it. 

 Sorry shocking photo quality

This is actually only part of the room! There is a queensize bed that was completely covered with my crap.  My brother to sleep there last night picked up the doona with everything in it and put in on the floor.

A major re-organisation is needed in there and I started on it this afternoon. Stay tuned for the end result - already it is looking a lot better.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Harry has had a cough for over a week - he has had no cold symptoms until Thursday morning when he had a runny nose and he sounded wheezy. Harry always sounds wheezy - we feel like he has been sick since he was born.

Yesterday, he still had the runny nose, he still had the cough and the wheeze, but when he woke up from his nap he was hysterical. When I finally calmed him down you could see his stomach was caving in when he breathed (I am sure there is a proper medical word for it) knowing this was not normal I rung the doctor.

The GP took one look at him and said he needed to go to the Hospital as he had another bout of Broncholitis - this is three times now in 8 months. Once at 5 weeks, again in October and yesterday.  The hospital they were brilliant. We sat down in reception and Mat lifted up Harry's shirt to show his stomach and they took us straight in - no triage, no waiting - straight in. The head Doctor was there waiting for us.

Bad photo - taken with my iPhone

Harry's oxygen levels were low and they commented how chesty he was. We were to be admitted. This was about 6:30pm - we were taken to the ward at approx 10:30pm.  It was at this time that I was told that Mat could not stay.  You are stronger in pairs and as soon as I was told and realised I was on my own (and they said I was in for a rough night) the tears started to flow.

Well we did have a rough night. Harry's oxygen levels dropped causing alarms to sound and scare me half to death. They had to raise the amount of oxygen he was getting. His heart rate was over 150bpm, and they gave him some ventalin which luckily took his heartrate down to more acceptable levels.  I think the worst part of the night was the toddler that was bought in at 1:30am and screamed until 3:00am. 

This morning after keeping his oxygen levels over 95% all night he was taken off the oxygen and picked up from there. He was discharged with the Paed thinking that Harry may have asthma and we need to follow up with him in a few weeks to do some more testing and start him on an asthma plan.  I am hoping that this is the answer to my wheezy kid.

So my eyes are a little heavy and the lack of sleep has started to set in - however, I am so grateful to be home - even though there was one positive of being in a hospital today - the air-conditioning! (The car showed 44 degrees on the way home) It was heaven! It was so lovely and cold - maybe a little too cold, but I wont complain.

Friday, February 4, 2011

How many times????

How many times can one little boy get Bronchilitis in 8 months????

3 times! 

For the third time since he was 5 weeks old he had Bronchilitis. We went to the Dr's only to be advised that he needs to go to the hospital. Waiting for Mat to come home before taking him to the Childrens Hospital. I am sure we are in for a long night

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sherbet Pips

I am really supposed to be de-stashing and was not going to buy any more fabric until I got it down.  However, how could I resist........

If you have not seen this line already, you need to have a look at Aneela's blog. This fabric is not released until April and everywhere I have looked has sold out of the charm packs (which seem to be floating around)

This morning I scored two of the charm packs for the bargain price of $15.00 each!!! (Believe me in Australia that is a good price) I am so excited!!!

Not sure what I am going to make yet. I might just keep them to look at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I like green eggs and ham

Look what's coming to live at my house

The entire set of the Dr Seuss fabric.  I got an email yesterday to say it had been posted - so I will be stalking my postie next week.

I cant wait!!!!! I have seen a quilt made using this fabric and I am in luuuurrrrvvvveeeee.   So stay tuned for some sneak peaks.