Thursday, July 23, 2015


The contract has been signed & the deposit has been paid however the property is still listed as for sale on - do you think I should be worried?  The agent sent us a picture yesterday of the sold sticker on the board in front of the property so I'm hoping there will be no problems!!!! EDIT today it says under contract & the auction date is gone.  She's old, but has potential!!!

As per previous posts, Plumbing Boy & I are going to move into a house with his 90 year old Mum.  The place she's bought has a spacious granny flat with full kitchen facilities, lounge room, dining area & of course ensuite with a big walk in shower.  I think it will need new curtains, however she may like the lace ones currently adorning the windows - she's decided she will live in the granny flat & we will live in the main house which is in the inner west, 7 kms from the CBA, almost bayside (Newport). 

I don't think I'll rest easy until settlement on the 1st of October, so bare with me while I try not to think about it too much until then!! I am looking forward to a long hot summer of being outdoors & pottering about in the garden.  I want to grow some tomato's & basil.  And put in an apple tree :-)

Not much else to report.  Still traipsing back & fourth between here & the MIL's to take her to do various things; although she is quite capable when she wants to be - took herself off in a taxi on Sunday to go shopping for a new bed, which she's ordered, forgetting settlement isn't until October.

Still running & training.  Running a half marathon event on Sunday.  At least the weather forecast has removed hail from the description today, although still says snow above 600 metres.  I think I should be safe enough in the city to avoid snow.  Wish me luck - it's gonna be a chilly start!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Another week

Another week has marched on by - time just goes so quickly!!  I had the pleasure of catching up with these lovely ladies last Friday night - bloggers of old, both of whom sadly no longer blog!!!  I can't even remember one of the blogger tag names so you'll get neither!!!!  The blogs were Pretty If & Dont Weight Until It's Too Late however.

Not much really has happened other than the usual domestic chores below - this week's lunches; wood box refill & kindling chopped.

Mucking about on snap chat with my niece (pre & post run)....

And some sweat.  I've been a bit slack with the training this week - I hate winter.  I'll be lucky to leave the building next week - forecast tops of 11 degrees C.  Urgh.

The big news is that we will be moving soon from our cubby house as I like to call it (2 bedroom unit very close to work) into a proper house with Plumbing Boy's Mum (read last week's post if you want to know why!).  We've been house hunting & have found something on our side of town with a granny flat that we are all in agreement that could work.  Just have to secure it.  EEEEK.  I am looking forward to having an out door area & growing some basil & tomato's!!! & being able to sit outside in the sun (if it ever comes back).   

Friday, July 3, 2015


What's been happening fellow bloggers???  I've been rather busy myself.  Plumbing Boy's Mum has found herself living on her own unexpectedly at 90.  The family member who had been living with her & helping her for the past 3 years moved out 9 days ago with no notice; so we have been busy driving back & forth across town to help her out, keep her company & take her to her some appointments.  

She cant drive any more, but can catch a taxi to & from when required (although she does object to the expense LOL).  She is OK living on her own (got the OK from her Dr), & truthfully, she seems happier within herself than she has been in years!  I think her medication is finally right & she is enjoying having her house back to herself.  But there are limitations to her ability - if she wasn't so elderly she would be having both a hip & shoulder replacement.  She'd probably survive the surgery, but not the rehab afterwards, so her medical team just wont go there. So it's pain & limited ability management.  Changes are a coming;  but more on that next week.

Other than that, we had my niece stay last Friday night & after taking the MIL out for lunch Saturday & to do a little shopping, PB dropped us off in the city to have a wander around Spencer DFO before her Dad arrived to pick her up.  She shouted me afternoon tea - well, a cuppa & we shared these divine creations!!

I then headed to The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick where I met PB & 6 other friends for dinner.  Below is one of my mates from high school - hadn't seen him for maybe 8 months.  He, I and another friend kicked on after dinner staying to see the band & then danced up a storm for a couple of hours.  PB was dirt bike riding so went home shortly after dinner leaving us to it.  My calf muscles were killing me for 2 days afterwards.  No, I wasn't wearing heels - I was in sneakers.  But there was lots of jumping & bouncing up & down on the dance floor!!!!

Woke up starving the next morning (& may have had a slight headache).

 We got the fire back back up & running the weekend before last, then this week the biggest & favourite (because it's next to the couch) hydronic panel split open!!!  I was out for a change when it happened & PB had mopped up most of the mess by the time I got home.  The last 2 x panels split when I was home alone - both within 2 weeks of each other a couple of years ago!

We also had my aunt visit for a night & she had a car load of stuff she no longer needs.  But apparently I need a cherry piper for when I make cherry clafoutis ; a soup terrine; the jug apparently fits a 1 litre bottle of wine - my aunt said for when you have guests & you don't want them to see the label of your cheap red!  Decant it into the jug & all is well she said!!; you can never have too many power boards or napkins she said;  & a good book to read.  There was more, but I didn't photograph it :D

 And more clowning around on snapchat with my niece.  I need to spell check before sending as you will see.  Do you like my new reading glasses???

There was indeed a nutella donut found in the fridge - PB bought it back from a job - the client gave it to him.  I had half.  Not sure I'd pay for one, but the chocolate was good.  Apparently they are the latest thing here.........

I have started at a new gym & with a new PT.  My old PT who I'm still training with spasmodically (when he's free) has started a new non gym related job as he transitions to the next phase in his life (more about that much later when I can reveal) which leaves him with little time & only my goodself left as a PT client.

My old gym was a short term contract - basically ended when my PT moved on.  I have actually joined the gym where he trains, & it is fabulous!  It's medium sized & designed for athletes.  It's not too busy - haven't had to wait for any equipment or space; the members are all serious about bettering themselves as athletes - no meat heads, grunting & dropping weights all over the place; it's only a couple of years old so all the equipment is really new & is well maintained; it has very cool equipment; it has an altitude training room!!!  

I felt a bit intimidated in the beginning - I don't consider myself an athlete at all & thought I'd be out of place there, but after a week or so I'm feeling quite at home.  Everyone goes about their training respectfully of others & I'm starting to meet some of the regulars - getting a smile & a wave here & there.  And like I said, it's not super busy - maybe not so good for the business, but great for me as it means I'm more open to trying different things due to lack of said audience!

I've started with a PT there; first time with a chick PT.  She is professional, organised & focused.  I think she will be good for me.  Time will tell - everyone is on best behaviour to start with.  She also has an awesome physique herself - I want her buns!!!!!  & her upper body strength!!!!!! I watched her jump up & grab the handles on one of the machines & smash out 5 pull ups with no body swing at all while she was training last week!

I ran this morning - weather app said it was 3 degrees outside but "feels like 1.7" - the last pic is post run @ 5.30am today!!!  I was actually quite hot when I finished, but definitely needed all layers, gloves & beanie!!  It's gonna be a long winter.  Yes I know, could be worse, at least we don't have snow.  I much much much prefer the warmer weather!!!  I'd rather melt than freeze.  I think I'm gonna be one of those seniors who move north for the winter :-)