Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

It's Saturday!

Three hours of fabulously creative therapeutic art, with four fabulously funny ladies who feed my soul (mostly).

Today, I finished my house number tile and began painting the clay baubles that I made two weeks ago. They will be threaded onto chains and become a hanging mobile when they're fired and finished.

As a group, we made the decision to create a mosaic pot for our next project! We are very excited and keen to get started and our mission this week, is to search out tiles and glass and other materials that we can use for our project.

I'm especially excited because I've had a plan, ever since we moved into our house, to mosaic the floor of our outdoor area. My old hairdresser once worked in an old shed with a concrete floor that had a beautiful mosaic design in the entry way and I absolutely loved it.

Once I get a feel for it, I hope that the experience will inspire me to design something amazing for my floor, and during the process I hope to discover a 'tile/glass/other heaven' where I can have easy access to all the materials that I need!

I've spent an hour this evening in Pinterest checking out lots of Mosaic Projects and I've created a board under the Romance Your Life Pinterest page. The most difficult part will be deciding on my design ... but I need to choose a pot first.

I like these ...

I also spent an hour in my workspace this afternoon, where I emptied a draw of paperwork so that I could fill it with the jewellery that arrived last week.

My desk is now a little clearer of jewellery, but it houses a pile of paperwork that needs a home! I seem to be chasing my tail.

I hope to spend an entire day at my desk tomorrow. Sunday will NOT be my day of rest. I want to be super productive!

That means that I'm off to bed.

Nite all.

On the Up and Up

Well, today was a better day.

Slow to start, but I got a lot done in my workspace.

Before I started work, I began watching a series on Netflix. I have Netflix on my iPad, so I signed in while I was still in bed and watched the first three episodes of 'Girlboss' which I really enjoyed, so I will probably start every day with a couple of episodes.

Today, I 'acquired' some photos of the Snap Buttons and Jewellery that were delivered yesterday, so I loaded them onto my computer, edited where necessary and began to add them to my website. I haven't published them for viewing yet, but I hope to finish adding them by Sunday.

Not all of the photos are there, so I will have to take some myself. There is still some work to do, but I can handle it.

Needless to say, my desk is currently covered with loads of jewellery and I'm not quite sure where I'm going to store it.

I guess I'll put THAT on the 'to do' list as well.

Anyway, I have ART tomorrow, so I'd best get some sleep.

Nite all.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Just UGH!

What a crappy day.

Today is twelve years since my Mum died and I reckon it has been one of my worst anniversaries to date. I've been feeling miserable and out of sorts all day. I haven't been able to focus on anything and I've been moody and cranky.

So I've decided to write the day off and file it under 'bereavement'.

First thing this morning as I opened Facebook, there was a musical meme staring me, of Mum's favourite muppet .. Kermit The Frog .. and the background music was 'Rainbow Connection' which Mum loved and often played for Vegan Chickie when she was a baby.

The quote on the meme was...

'The only thing making you unhappy are your own thoughts. Change them."

The quote only served to cement the sad thoughts in my head!

Tomorrow I will change my thoughts ... not today.

Just Ugh!

Nite all.

Today Was Nice!

Adoring Husband had official SES business this morning, which meant that I could spend a couple of hours at Stocklands on my own.

This is a dangerous thing.

One pair of shoes, eight tops, one pair of long black pants and two lipsticks later, Adoring Husband appeared in his uniform and we continued shopping. A haircut for him, a new suitcase for me, a jumper for him (because he will be heading south soon where it's bloody cold!) and some groceries.

Now RUN for the car and don't look back!!

The best part about this time of year, is that the shops are full of Winter clothes and there is always a sale rack FULL of very cheap Summer clothes. I just can't stand wearing sleeves and it doesn't get cold enough here to wear sleeves anyway.

Everything I bought today was at least 50% off and some had a further 50% off the sale price, so at least I was budget conscious!

I LOVE my new suitcase (which was also on sale). Adoring Husband purchased it for me. My old suitcase is about ten years old and has been well and truly worn out. The wheels have worn down and the corners are frayed, so it was time to replace it before the wheels fell off in the middle of a trip.

So no work was performed in my workspace today, but there was a little bit of housework here and there.

Both Adoring Husband and I had a very short nap on the couch late this afternoon, which is not so unusual for him, but very unusual for me!

Here I am, just after midnight, thinking about bed, so ...

Nite all.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Where did it go?

Where the heck did the day go?

Yesterday, I thought I would have the day to myself for a full day of work at my desk ... forgetting, of course, that Tuesday is coffee day with the girls!

So it was 11am before my coffee date was over .. even though there were only two of us. We had plenty to say and plenty to share, so thanks Tweedle Dee for a lovely morning!

I bought some groceries and then returned home to an empty house. Adoring Husband had SES duties today, so I went straight to my desk.

I created my next pdf freebie to give away on the website, but I can't give it away until I've created the next step and that is going to take some time.

Adoring Husband arrived home and we had time to catch up on our day before he started banging and crashing around the house searching for his glasses and then searching for phone numbers so that he could retrieve his glasses from where he left them.

I cleared some emails and printed some paperwork and saved some documents.

Then we remembered that we had a date this afternoon to visit Beauty to help celebrate her successful application for Australian citizenship. Sadly, I missed the ceremony today, but what a fabulous crowd of friends gathered at her house.

Beauty is very loved and well respected in this community and particularly in her very large circle of friends and I really felt honoured to be on that deck with so many lovely people, sharing her delicious food and recognising an achievement of which she is obviously very proud

The other wonderful happening was seeing Rebel Mardi and The Life Saver there when we arrived! I had no idea that they were travelling up for the celebration and it was such a happy surprise. There just wasn't enough time to catch up on all the news!

My intention was to stay for about an hour and a half, which would get me home at 6pm.

We arrived home at 7.45pm.

It was a great afternoon/evening and I got to chat with a lot of different people, which is unusual, because my habit has always been to sit in one place and chat with one person all night. Once again, the Journey work that I did earlier in the year, has had a positive effect on my socialising and I am loving the difference!

It's midnight and I have a big day planned with Adoring Husband tomorrow, so I'd best hit the sack (that term gives me a flashback to my father!)

Nite all.

Monday, May 22, 2017

List Blues

I made a 'to do' list this morning, because I forgot to make it last night.

If I don't have a list of planned goals for the day, I am easily distracted and I get a lot of 'nothing' accomplished.

When there is no list to follow, I 'start' many tasks and 'finish' few.

So this was my list ...

1.  Photograph the new diaries and journals and put them on the website.

2.  Finish a product review that I've started and post it on the site.

3.  Create a newsletter to send to my subscribers.

4.  Do some manifesting.

5.  Spend time on my new idea.

I was in my workspace for more than seven hours and I only completed one thing from my list!

I photographed all of the diaries and journals that were delivered last week. I edited the photos and resized them. Then I added them to the shop with the sizes, descriptions, prices, tags and other information required.

I created a pin for Pinterest with a collage of some of the diaries and journals.

That's it.

I didn't even leave the room for lunch ... although I did take about 20 minutes to put some lamb shanks in the slow cooker.

So I obviously under estimated the work involved and I feel a bit disappointed that I only finished one task, however, I didn't get distracted so I know that it's been a full day's work.

At least I don't have to write a 'to do' list for tomorrow! Haha.

So I'm off to bed for a good night's sleep so that I'm ready for a full focussed day tomorrow.

Nite all.  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Get Fruity

Last night, Adoring Husband wanted dessert.

I knew this because as I walked out of the lounge room, he enquired "Are you going to get dessert?"

I replied "No" but then I walked out of the lounge room again later and he AGAIN asked "Are you getting dessert this time?"

So I went on a treasure hunt in my freezer and found some frozen pineapple and banana, which I whizzed up in the food processor with coconut milk and maple syrup to create fruity ice cream. Last night, I grated chocolate over the top, but today I tried something different.

I toasted some coconut flakes and I made salted caramel macadamia crumble to scatter over the ice cream.

This is my version of 'Fruit Whip Ice Cream' and you can find the recipe here.

This morning I visited The Motivator to deliver her Le Reve order. What was going to be a quick visit, ended up being a three hour visit!! Much was discussed, as always, and I left with that familiar feeling of motivation.

I rushed home to watch a webinar for which I had signed up this morning and even though I was 30 minutes late, the thirty minutes that I actually watched was great and I learned a lot.

Each free course and video that I watch gives me some new information.

There are so many free videos, each competing for my business, each at the end, wanting me to pay thousands to participate in their 'setting up website business' course.

I have watched about twenty five free videos so far.

Combined, those videos have provided me with so much valuable information, I'm certain that by now, I already know half of what their courses would teach me anyway!

At the end of today, I had recreated the dessert above and photographed the steps, edited the photos and added the recipe to my website, then added the link to my Facebook page.

Before I go to bed, I'll add it to my Pinterest page and perhaps Instagram as well.

So that's my Sunday.

Happy with my day.

Nite all.