Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Image: Art Form
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Dream job - Travel & Lifestyle Writer for Conde Nast Publications. Dream retreat - this renovated farmhouse on the Dalmatian coast where I could happily rest between assignments & file my stories from. Reality - neither, it's back to work today..... get a grip Miss Millie & quickly!
Monday, April 26, 2010
A couple of you have requested a progress report on the Bathroom-From-Hell. While it may not appear to have progressed too much, MOTH has actually done quite a bit. While I was away last week, he spent nearly a day just fixing in around the window frame. He'd had to cut into the wall big time with the Big Bertha Brick Cutter early on, so getting the gaps fitted properly with plasterboard was a big job. I was going to climb up onto the ladder & photograph his excellent work, but my stilettos wouldn't allow it.
All the wet area blue board in the double shower alcove is now up & on the weekend he taped & waterproofed it & then applied 4 coats of waterproofing polyurethane prior to commencing the tiling (1st image). For the first time I can actually see a chink of light at the end of this horrendous tunnel. More would have been done, but we needed to spend all of Sunday in the garden separating all the new 'babies' from their Christmas Lillie mothers & then potting them up. I'm happy to report that again these original 'girls' have presented us with at least 200 new additions to the family. Not bad for a $50 investment from Tesselar's bulb catalogue 3 years ago!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
In 1942 at the age of 21 you enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve & commenced pilot training.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Having been trapped inside most of the week, I enjoyed a quiet & much-needed wander in the garden last evening. The weather has been playing funny tricks on us here in the Hills, with warm days & cool, rainy nights. During my roaming I found these interesting mushrooms. Not really something I should probably include in MOTH's Low-Fat dinner food tonight, although he really loves mushies!!!!! Happy weekend to you all my cherished blog friends.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
A very busy week in Melbourne for the FY2009 Sales Meeting is over!! Late, late nights were required to ensure I was adequately briefed by my gorgeous interstate colleagues on various 'business' matters. These important Meetings were held in various lounge bars in the vicinity of our Hotel. If the Company Accountant is reading this post, I suggest you take an additional one of your 'De-Stress' pills prior to opening my next Expenses Report, you'll need it!!!
I was really looking forward to the glitzy glamoury Awards dinner on Monday evening. It's always a delight to see one of my lovely hard-working colleagues receive recognition on the night. I was having a great time sitting up the back at the noisy Rabble table when the Award presentations commenced & I must admit I wasn't really giving the C.E.O. my full attention. So I was somewhat surprised to find myself stumbling down the front to accept the gong for Top Sales Interventional Cardiology Aust./N.Z. Sitting back down again, & about to dash out for a loo break, I was back up the front again being handed the Top Sales Interventional Radiology Aust./N.Z. Award (I do a dual portfolio). By this stage my table were screeching like a troop of excited monkeys as I plonked the second Award back down. I knew I'd had a good year, but this was beyond anything my by now befuddled brain could take in.
Thinking I'd better move onto the mineral water pretty quickly in an effort to clear my head, the room went very quiet as the C.E.O. announced the Sales Specialist of The Year Award. This is the big one & I had my eyes firmly fixed on my favourite Sydney team-mate who I just knew would receive it. She is such a star, & my heart was racing for her. This Award encompasses all 6 divisions of our Aust./N.Z. business & is highly competitive. Then the Winner's name was announced, & it wasn't the name I thought it would be, it was mine. I honestly couldn't get out of my seat, it needed the strong & supportive arms of everyone at my table to propel me up to the podium.
To receive the Trifecta is so mind-blowingly awesome, back home this morning I'm still in shock. I'm so lucky I do what I love & love what I do & I've received Awards before but these are extra special, as now at 54, I'm the oldest Sales Specialist in the Company.....so I guess there's still life in the old girl yet! The Award comes with a very substantial travel voucher that will allow MOTH & I to have a fantastic overseas holiday sometime this year. It couldn't have come at a better time, as we are both in need of some time away from the renovations to refresh & recharge our batteries before commencing the kitchen. Planning our itinerary will commence over a celebration dinner with the boys on Saturday night. We could be heading your way dear overseas blog chums, so be very afraid!!!!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Just like my beloved Larry, Curly & Moe, I'm a bit all over the place at the moment, so will say my goodbyes until the end of next week. I'm off to Melbourne on Sunday morning for our annual Sales & Kick-Off Meeting & as usual, have left the preparation of all my financial & scientific presentations to the very last minute. So I'm in deep do-do big time. It looks like another huge Meeting, although I always want these things to be over with before they've begun. But I'm looking forward to seeing all my lovely interstate work colleagues for a really good late-night goss & whinge session in the Hotel bar!
We also have Son #5's birthday to celebrate on Saturday. Our baby will be 27 & if you missed his birthday pics from last year, do take a look here, they're ever so cute. I'm hoping to see the Melbourne sons for a quick Mother/Sons bonding session prior to the work meetings commencing on Sunday night. I hope if they are reading this post, they have remembered & are rescheduling their hectic social diaries. I am preparing an Agenda boys, so be prepared to answer your Mother's probing questions in a full & frank manner! MOTH's counting the seconds until I go, he's been surreptitiously digging for the date for months. When I finally confirmed them, he really struggled to hide his excitement, the high leap in the air & loud whoop of joy were a slight giveaway! See you all when I return, I promise to write a suitably 'interesting' report.Image: All Posters
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tucked underneath I'll throw on this Belinda Robertson black cashmere sweater. AU$487.
A comfy pair of 7forallmankind bootleg jeans are a must. AU$225.
And last but by no means least, the piece de resistance, a 100% acrylic Port Power scarf. AU$3.
All up I make that approx. AU$6,251. Not a problem, a bargain I reckon to look nice for the old boy.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
I'm happy to report that the Bathroom-From-Hell is steadily progressing, although MOTH had a minor set-back over the weekend as he wasn't totally happy with the fall level in the double shower alcove, so ripped up a couple of centimetres of the newly-laid concrete floor & is in the process of redoing it. He performed that highly technical manoeuvre The Bucket of Water Test & found that there was minor pooling just outside of the shower screen area. So thought it better to be safe than sorry & decided to redo it.
I'd ripped the pic below out of an Country Style mag years ago, dug it out recently & gave it to MOTH to use as a guide for the mirror over the vanity bar. I thought it looked good inset in a surround & he said it wouldn't prove difficult. However over the weekend I had an minor epiphany while drooling over the real estate images of a newly renovated house in Adelaide. Considering the BFH is only the size of a small broom cupboard, I've scrapped my first idea & asked MOTH to do a floor-to-ceiling mirror instead. I'm hoping this is going to create an illusion of more space (ie. the old smoke & mirrors trick!). Is that old decorating tenet of using mirrors to reflect more area still relevant. Any thoughts?
Sunday, April 11, 2010
to recapture the spirit
of those we have loved and lost -
they live within our souls
in some perfect sanctuary
which even death
cannot destroy -
From The Thoughts of Nanushka Vol VII-XII - Nan Witcomb
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tiny alcoves holding small glass vases lined with fresh olive branches are a delightful feature. Sleep tight, see you in the morning.
The morning brings a refreshing & invigorating swim in the pool.