Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Turning 50

A red and black birthday... the cake was made by Natasha, a special family recipe. It was delicious and beautiful. The room looked lovely with all the red and black... even all the guests dressed in red and black. Turning 50 was fun!

Beautiful Grandbabies

This is the first time all these grandbabies are together! I am SO loving this!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Healesville with Susie

Healesville is always fun and we love taking our overseas visitors there... it was very hot this day... but it was a good day! Peter and I will miss Susie, now that she's gone!

Nathan's Wedding

Carla has been my friend for many, many years. Nathan and Tyrone (and all my boys) have been friends for many, many years. I wish Nathan and KC many, many years of health and happiness!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Our Halloween

We had a really fun night at Karen & Nick's... celebrating Halloween. Karen and Nick went all out and the house and garden looked fantastic. Good food, great company... lots of fun!

More Halloween

Tony, Robyn & Phoebe joined in the Halloween festivities... I think Phoebe enjoyed her first Halloween. She stayed awake the whole time...didn't want to miss out on a thing! The was a cute little pumpkin!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Girlfriend Day

Girlfriends, shopping, coffee, chatting, laughing... a great way to just hang out!

First Halloween for beautiful niece!

...and this is what she is going to be for Halloween this year!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Birthday Celebration

Our Curves Girls Coffee Group and partners got together for my 50th & Judy's 60th Birthday Celebration. It couldn't have been more perfect... an absolutely beautiful lunch at Stones of the Yarra Valley Winery. The weather was perfect, the food was perfect, the delicious birthday cake made by Maria was perfect, our lovely gifts were perfect, the girls and partners were perfect! We had the best day!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Weekend Away...

We had the best weekend away with our very special friends. Campaspe House is just beautiful... we came home soooooo relaxed!

Monday, July 27, 2009


I read Tuesdays With Morrie years ago and am rereading it. It's the book for bookclub this month and was actually my pick. It's as good now as it was years ago. If you need a good read, pick this one up... so worth it!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

We are looking forward to another great 4th of July with special friends. I'm in charge of the apple pie again! Only fresh apples will be used!

Jersey Boys

Dinner at Tea House, our absolute fav place for a great Chinese meal. Followed by an evening at the Princess Theatre to see Jersey Boys, the musical production that tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Great performance. We both loved it.

Why, oh why do they have to sag?

Is it just me? Or is there anyone else that hates the sagging pants on young people. It's not a good look on either a male or female... yes female. I was at the tram stop yesterday, waiting for the tram... two young girls arrived, one with sagging pants. It was not a nice look.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Talking, talking, talking...

I enjoy a good chat with a friend, sister and hubby. I have noticed however that most of my conversations, if they aren't in person... are either text, IM or emails. When I use my mobile to ring PJ he almost never answers and I get really annoyed so I now almost always send him a text. I catch my sisters mostly my baby sister on MSN Messenger and that's really great because it's very regular. Sometimes I think I don't need a home phone... I don't even like to answer it! Today I went to a friend's house and had a coffee and a geat chat! Now it's time to go to work... wonder if the phone will ring a lot?!...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Angus Perceval Browne

We are very happy that our dear, dear friends Barry & Marj are grandparents. They have just welcomed this beautiful baby boy, Angus Perceval Browne, son of Mark and Oonagh Browne. Congratulations Browne family! We can't wait to meet him.

Monday, April 13, 2009

More Odd Spots...

Odd Spot #400
Men sweat approximately 40% more than women.

Odd Spot #268
Dendrophobia is the fear of trees.

Odd Spot #401
Galileo died in 1642 - the year of Isaac Newton's birth.

Odd Spot #410
The bra was invented and patented by Mary Phelps Jacob.

Odd Spot #272
Laurel was born before Hardy

Odd Spot #328
Gynophobia is the fear of women.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Who picked that restaurant?

Last night we joined friends Nick & Kaz and Pippa & Ed for a really great night with crappy food! Yup, crappy food...and did I mention not very good service? Yup, not very good service. Crappy food and not very good service but we still had fun. OK, to be fair... the chips and salsa at the beginning were DELICIOUS! Truly delicious... but it went downhill from there.
Our margaritas came out and the glasses, as beautiful as they were, were not filled to the top. It looked like someone sipped our margaritas on the way to the table. My main meal which was a combo had a burnt enchilada on the plate...I think someone else said the same about theirs. We never got dessert or coffee... no one came to ask us if we wanted dessert or coffee... no one asked if we were ready for the bill. Do you think they would have noticed if we just left?
We were celebrating Kaz's birthday... it was a fun night... with crappy food and not very good service.
Happy Birthday Kaz!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Pour me a glass of red please...

PJ has gone under the house to select a nice bottle of red (two actually) that has been there for a few years, that we will take to T&S's for dinner tonight. This lovely red is now selling for $140 a bottle... so that being said, we are sure it's going to be a delicious bottle of red! PJ says you should always have good wine with good friends. We are having REALLY good wine with REALLY good friends!
Have a tour around the Barossa Valley... www.barossa.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More Odd Spots...

Odd Spot #269
The garfish has green bones.

Odd Spot #275
Hair grows slowest at night.

Odd Spot #175
A man's voice is deeper than a woman's because males have longer vocal cords.

Odd Spot #210
The skeleton of a 70kg body weighs about 13kg.

Monday, February 9, 2009


65 dead, 640 homes lost in fire horror
Feb 08, 2009 5:49pm
By: NEWS.com.au
THE official death toll from Victoria's worst ever bushfire disaster grows as authorities move through affected towns, some of which have been nearly wiped off the map.
AT least 65 people are dead in the bushfires ripping through Victoria, in a disaster which has eclipsed the state's Ash Wednesday devastation of two decades ago.
Authorities are continuing a grim search for more bodies as Pictures: Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader photographer with Lilydale CFA
With The Herald Sun and AAP
Article from: News.com.au

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Joining In...

Within less than an hour at work yesterday three people came in reading one of the books in this series. Everyone seems to be loving it! My sisters love it... I think I'm going to join in this reading frenzy. Have you read this series? Do you love it too like everyone seems to be loving it?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Some of the Males in my family...

At Mom & Dad's house in Silver City.

What New Mexico is to me...

Green Chile Enchildadas... Yum...
Red Chile Enchiladas... YUM...

and Tumbleweeds!!!!
I love to see tumbleweeds rolling across the freeway on a windy day. I also love to see snowmen made out of tumbleweeds... I managed to see one this trip.
Chile... mmmm yum. PJ and I eat lots of chile when we are in New Mexico. I love both red and green PJ prefers green.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Grandbaby Photos...

Mickaela Rae playing in her exersaucer... she loves it.
Mickaela is getting her first haircut... (will have to find an after photo).

Kadance and Nanna in Socorro... waiting for dinner to arrive.

Dinner arrived... Kadance eating his past... messy, messy boy... but still cute!

Braylon eating pasta for dinner. It's his favourite.

Sister's Birthday...

My sister had a special birthday in August. I made this quilt for her... I loved the colours when I bought them but once I put the quilt together I didn't really think the colours were her. I hope it keeps her warm... even if the colours are not really her! Happy Birthday Sister.

Sweet, Sweet Girl...

Mickaela is so adorable. Such a good baby and so much fun. She loves putting her feet in her mouth!