Saturday, December 31, 2011
Today I bought a cork board. It's going to become my 2012 vision board and on it, I plan to pin pictures, articles, ideas, motivations.... anything really. Anything that will help me stick to my plan and stay focused to achieve what I want to achieve!
This year I am going to return back to basics again. I kind of veered off that roundabout a little this year with so much going on in my personal life, but now that that part has stabilised to some extent, it's time to simplify. I want to avoid purchasing unnecessary items (money is still very tight), and I want to return to my goal of hand-making as many gifts as I can in my limited free time. I'm starting soon to prepare for next Christmas! I want to cook from scratch as much as possible, and along with that, I am going to avoid too many packaged food products. I've been a bit slack with this! Nothing I have set for myself is difficult, but it is going to take a bit of time to re-integrate these ideas back into my daily routine. Bit by bit though, I say...
Our family goal is to be able to afford to spend Christmas and New Year in Louisiana in 2012. I'm sure we'll get there if we can all stick to our guns. The kids are on board, my sweet man has said he'll do what he can, and I'm ready and rearing to go!
Stay tuned for our progress... oh, and if anyone has any suggestions for blogs or websites that might help me in my planning (food preparation, shopping ideas, handmade gifts etc), then please shoot them my way!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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I'm a single, working mother. The idea of ordering my children's Christmas presents online and paying them off over a period of time, was extremely appealing. I could budget and I could rest assured that Christmas was going to be relatively sorted.
I ordered in July and dutifully paid off my lay-buy every fortnight, making my final payment on the 28 October as was required. Delivery was supposed to be completed by the 16th of December. I went online last week to check the progress of my order as I was getting a little worried. It just didn't feel like Christmas without toys hidden all over the house! On the Big W online tracker, it told me that my order had been sitting in a warehouse in Brisbane since the 1st of December - 11 days! I called Big W to query this and was told that my tracking number was incorrect, and that I would receive a call within 24hrs advising me of the correct number. 48hrs later, I still hadn't received a call, so I called again. This time, I was told that the tracking number was indeed correct, but they were unable to assist me. I was given the number of the courier company, but this number was wrong! I had to call back. Again. I finally got the number and got through to a lovely lady who advised that the order was indeed in the warehouse and she would call me back within 24hrs to advise me of the status of my order. 24hrs later and still no call. I called again. I spoke to another helpful girl who told me that in fact, the order was now with their local shipping company and she would call me back within 24hrs to advise of a delivery time.
Can you see the pattern here?
In the meantime, I had sent two emails to Big W, as I refused to spend 2 to 3 hours of my precious time sitting on hold. Neither of those emails were answered, until today when they emailed quoting the wrong order number, and advising me of the delay! Well, duh! I called the delivery company again this morning and they told me that my four items would be 'probably' be delivered on Thursday. My four items? There were twelve items on my order! And 'probably'? What does that mean? Will I get my items, or won't I? Will my children get to have Christmas or not?
In fairness, I did receive a call today from Big W who told me exactly the same thing as the courier company. This was after I sent them another email advising them I had contacted the media. And boy, did I contact the media! Every local radio station, local news stations and A Current Affair! Big W made no offer of compensation, no apology, no offer of a refund or credit voucher, and certainly no guarantee that I would receive my order on Thursday. I'm certainly not the only one experiencing this though. Check out the link underneath the picture above. Some families have had their orders cancelled without their knowledge, and without promise of a refund in time to go shopping again!
I don't know what to do at this point. I can only wait and see what happens on Thursday. I chose this method to avoid the mad Christmas crowds, and who knows if there will be anything decent left on the shelves anyway?? I've been a dedicated Big W and Woolworths shopper for years. I'm not anymore.
I know that Christmas is not really about the presents but the point is that a multi-million dollar company has made empty promises to hundreds of families. People that have done their darndest to try to provide their families with the best Christmas they could, and who now may not have anything under the Christmas tree come Christmas morning.
Shame on you, Big W!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
After considering the matter for a moment, Aydi answered: ‘Don’t worry, I’ll help you. Tomorrow night, when you’re sitting on top of the mountain, look straight ahead. I’ll be on the top of the mountain opposite, where I’ll keep a fire burning all night for you. Look at the fire and think of our friendship; and that will keep you warm. You’ll make it through the night, and afterwards, I’ll ask you for something in return.’”
Ali won the wager, got the money, and went to his friend’s house. ‘You said you wanted some sort of payment in return.’ Aydi said, ‘Yes, but it isn’t money. Promise that if ever a cold wind blows through my life, you will light the fire of friendship for me.’”
Saturday, November 12, 2011
After a trip to trusty Bunnings, we came home well equipped and ready to go!
We edged the area and then added cow manure and organic soil. This was the chicken's last foray before they were banned from the area for good!
We planted lettuce, strawberries, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, capsicum, tomatoes, basil, thyme and chives.
The last step was to add some trusty chicken wire to keep those curious chooks out!
Now we can just sit back and watch it grow....
Sunday, October 30, 2011
We were in Australian red neck country. Well and truly. The van was in the back of the yard and from the outside she was beautiful. All my gypsy visions came rolling in.... On the inside though, she was rotten. Through and through.
The years she'd spent sitting in the pasture hadn't been kind, and it didn't take us long to realise that she wasn't going to make a trip home to the Gold Coast. We chatted to our country friends for a while and after coffee and biscuits, we headed home. Not dejected, but full of enthusiasm.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Then again, I love this too. Maybe this might be more his style?
Thursday, September 1, 2011
So when you find that other end of your silvery soul ribbon and you've tied them back together, what do do you do when they come undone? Do you leave them, and let those two souls float apart, never to be reunited? Or do you go to the ends of the earth to find that other wispy, lonely ribbon, and tie them back together again?
Friday, August 26, 2011
"I am a friend, who offers support and love whenever possible." Glad you included whenever possible, but it should say whenever you could be bothered.
I said, 'whenever possible', because it isn't always possible to offer the love and support that everyone needs, all the time. Quite often we need to learn to love and support ourselves before we are capable of giving it out. If our own tanks are empty, we have nothing to give. It's as simple as that.
You are obviously someone who I have hurt or disappointed in the past. If this is the case, then I am sorry. You must know me to some extent, but how much of me do you really understand? Do you understand on an intimate level, what pains and heartaches I have been through? Are you aware of the amount of inner strength I've needed to call upon to get through the last 8 months, or even the last 8 days? Sometimes we all need to turn inside and work through the darkness on our own, and sometimes this means that we need to shut others out. Turn our backs on the distractions, and deal with our own demons. Maybe you've misread my indifference to you?
If my blog upsets you, then you have the choice not to read it. I don't always share what I write for the benefit of others. I write it for myself. It's a way for me to clear my mind, put things in perspective, and make sense of the everyday. And it doesn't always make sense!
Like I said in last nights post - I'm not perfect.
I just do the best I can.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I am a friend, who offers support and love whenever possible.
I am a lover, who gives and receives affection with all my heart and soul.
I am a daughter, who strives to be what my parents dreamed I'd grow up to be.
I am a sister, who will always believe that my brother is capable of anything he puts his mind to.
I am an ex-wife, who credits so much of my growth to a wonderful man.
I am a worker, who tries to achieve what is expected of me.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Who knows why he bought it? Maybe he collects moon rocks, or is a metal expert? Or maybe he just wanted to make a little boy's dreams come to life? It really doesn't matter though. What matters is that we did it. We tried something a little bit 'out there', and it worked. At the same time, we also showed our future world explorer, that if you want to succeed at something, you first need to give it a go!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth."
~ Excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
I guess you're all wondering where I've been and why I haven't been posting. If I told you everything though, I'd be writing a novel. Or maybe a screen play of Day's of Our Lives proportions. Seriously.
Life has always been kind to me, and I've never been one to wallow. I know that change is good, and things definitely don't happen just by chance as there is always a higher purpose. Sometimes it's hard understanding just what that purpose is, but the finding out certainly makes for interesting times!
When things seemingly come out of nowhere, you have to sit back and take them all in. Embrace them and just roll. So that's what I did. My husband and I have separated. We are still best friends and always will be, but there comes a point sometimes when it's best to move on. It's nobody's fault. It's just one of those things. One of those curve balls again, and while it was something that had been simmering away in the background for a while, neither of us really saw that ball flying through the window.
It's going to take time to adjust to this new life, but I'm ready. I have so much love from friends and family and the support I've been offered has been quite overwhelming at times. I have a wonderful network of people and I want to thank you all. On top of all of this, I've also been blessed with the love of someone special, but that's a whole other episode!
So there you have it... This Everyday Mum might not be so 'everyday' after all!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Here is my oldest son. His hero is Bear Grylls. He lives and breaths adventure at the moment, and is literally counting down the days until he is 18 and can go and discover the big, wide world. The entire schools holidays were spent pouring over his survival guides, watching Man vs Wild, packing, and re-packing his backpack. He has drawn maps, written lists and planned every adventure down to the last detail. He even made a raft out of old pieces of wood from the yard, and plans to use it to sail to England. Oh yes... he is THAT keen!