Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Oh Tuesday, crazy day of highs and lows and wild contradictions. Weren't you listening when I said I wanted a calm and easy week?

This morning I woke up in Indi's bed because she is at camp and my Farmer Boy was snoring. I was feeling cranky and impatient and late to bush kinder, but all of a sudden happy and grateful and glad when I was handed a coffee in a take away cup on the way out the door. Yay! Thanks Farmer boy/barrista.

I was feeling disappointed that the quince jelly I made last night had to be thrown out because it got overcooked when I got distracted by a crying child and then a washing pile that needed folding. Then the farmer boys come in and ate some of it on crackers for afternoon tea and declared it the best ever! They've each taken a jar home for their families. Happy again.

Casting of my latest knit. Loving how it looks on my big three year old but being disappointed that she is soooooooo over posing for me and having to snap a couple of photos of her on the go and mostly from behind. Maybe I'll have to travel with some treats in my pockets in the future. Raveled here.

Looking forward to the most gorgeous sunny, autumnal day. The best forecast day of the week. But becoming a bit cranky when the DSE start burning the bush at the back of us and so all my washing and all our outside play is filled with stinky smoke.

Getting my giveaway package in the post from Suse. Thanks Suse!! A wonderful knitting book, Knitting at Home and some of her gorgeous handmade soap. After a quick flick I am FULL of inspiration but I already have too many projects on the go to cast on a new one.

Loving that Jazzy and her friend have been playing for hours with their dolls. Not loving that Miss Pepper hasn't been able to keep up with the intricacies of their big girl game and was quite upset for a while. And then being happy again when she decided to stop whimpering and start helping me my popping all the bits of quince that I've cut up in the pot for me.

Feeling oh so embarrassed at the state of my house when guests come in but using it as the kick up the bum I needed to spend a bit of time cleaning.

I could go on but you get the gist. Up and down and roundabout.

Maybe I'll run a bath with some calming lavender oil.

See ya!


  1. No-one's life's a straight line. There are always ups and downs. And left turns and right turns. And zigzags. And U turns. And full circles. And combinations of all these.
    Any other way and it'd be oh so boring and predictable.
    Enjoy the journey.
    I love you. xxxxx

  2. Love the cardi!
    Hope this weeks gets calmer for you. I bought some ear plugs a few months ago and have never slept better.

  3. I was thinking of you today at lunch time, wondering if the parcel had arrived :)


    and I love Pepper's cardi.

  4. *sigh* when your dad comments Kate, it makes me miss mine... but all in a nice way, he always says the nicest things.

    Our house is crazy today too- senile dog, feral child, cabin fevered husband ( its raining) everyone is noisy, I am trying to 'work' and I need ear muffs.

  5. you ok love? bit glass half empty at the moment?
    you know what I do when I'm feeling a bit glum? I count my blessings. I'm not a religious person but I think a nice little mental tally of all the wonderful things in your life always helps.

    And go and cuddle some of those puppies - you couldn't help but feel good after doing that!

  6. Kate

    thanks for your blog, it brings me joy and cheer following your life and joys - and I needed a bit of a cheer up today - so thank you xoxo


  7. geez, great parenting advice from your mum last week, and life advice from your dad (farmdoc is your dad, isn't he?) this week. Wow, this blog is the complete package x
    Somedays, though, straight is very very lovely!
    Your girl is so very spunky!

  8. Your photos of Pepper are always the sweetest no matter what she might be doing, I especially love the first one she made me smile. Enjoy that yummy soap, have a bath and indulge in something yummy to eat. I hope the waves of life calm down soon. Hugs xo

  9. Oh Kate I know those up and down sorts of days ( I always call them psycho days)
    Hope it settle out a bit.
    and I know the embarrassment re the state of house too, its comforting to hear someone else feels that.
    and I've just figured out who Farmer Doc is i think, I've always loved him, but now i think I love him that bit more xo

  10. All sounds pretty normal to me! Loving the cardi and that soap, truly heavenly looking. Perhaps tomorrow will be quite? One day it will be too quiet. Enjoy all the nice bits.

  11. I hear you dear lady.
    I too have these days.
    I accidently left my quince paste to dry out in the oven & forgot about it. I remembered it when I heated the oven up to cook some biscuits & all I could smell was burning sugar! I managed to scoop a third out that hadn't yet burnt.
    Oh, I also managed to caramelise my green tomato pickle. Luckily it still tastes good, but it wouldn't win first prize at the fair!
    I could go on...
    All I do is breathe in & give into the chaos. Try to savour those days that are "perfect", for they help us through those that aren't.
    Much love x

    p.s. your dad rocks!

  12. The Cardi turned out so adorable...It's hard to deal with those ups and downs, I guess the one comfort you can find is your not alone. You are amazing and not only do you have a wonderful family that loves you but a enormous bunch of us bloggies that do too...((hugs))

  13. Another great knit. I think Isabelle has decided to stop modelling for me too. I will have to check out that knitting book that you won, it sounds nice. Hope your week calms down a bit so you can get more done!

  14. I'm wondering what Pepper's saying in that first photo - she, and the cardigan, are lovely, even in fleeting glimpses! Hope you're feeling better now that Tuesday's nearly over... xo

  15. me too Kate...and me too Cath x

  16. Tuesday here is just beginning for us in Trinidad but i know that embarrassed feeling you talk about! your little 'model/poser' always looks pretty going or coming. With a family like yours I know you will perk up in no time.
    Hope you have the sweetest evening.

  17. "Up and down and roundabout" sounds like some sort of dance. Maybe if you add a bit of twirling it won't seem as bad. Hope Wednesday will be about up, smiles, singing and laughter.

  18. What a lovely cardie/vest in the first photo, how long did this take you to knit?

  19. I just adore knitting for my granddaughter, and she loves to ham it up when I ask her to model for me, but I still get some good pics. You've inspired a new project, thank you! This summer, she is taking knitting classes; it'll be fun to see what she wants to make for herself!

  20. it's all roundabouts and swings isn't it? as always kate you have a great knack of keeping the balance and focusing on the high points.

  21. I just adore the knit! Beautiful! Enjoy the bath -sounds like you deserve it:-)

  22. I LOVE your finished knit project. Wish it was in MY size!! Cute, cute, cute! I know what you mean about starting more. I need to NOT go to Ravelry this week, because I keep coming up with stuff I want to do, but no time. Need to get some other stuff finished.
    Thanks for entertaining me...oh, I hear 4 baskets of clean clothes calling my name!!

  23. Love the cardi and hows your dad? Geeezz mine has never told me that he loves me...yours does it in public view!!! Talk about contrasts in the same generation. Lets hope the next gen follows your dads lead and screams it all over the place. I know MY kids are told every day!!! xx

  24. I should correct myself and say that Yes my dad does loves me but he just can't say it....its just not his thing, thats all.

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