Friday 20 October 2017

My two youngest children are sapping my will to live. Their capacity for complaining and moaning and pitching a fit about anything at all that goes wrong is just endless. It honestly feels like they are just determined to be miserable – everything that goes right passes by without a word, but the minute something goes wrong it’s part of a whole giant conspiracy to make their lives miserable and they have to tell me ALL ABOUT IT. In excruciating detail. And if it’s something that I can help with, or something that we can change, then by all means let’s talk about it. But when all they want to do is spend ten minutes criticising what I’ve made for dinner and detailing exactly how unfair I am and how much their lives suck…well, it just makes me feel crappy, and it feels really unnecessary. I do try to just let it go, but the constant barrage of negativity is wearing me down.

Emma came back from camp today. She was really happy – she did most of the activities, and had a great time with the girls in her cabin. It was lovely to see her so excited and happy about it. This school has really done a lot for her self confidence, both socially and academically, and I’m so pleased.

I painted the toilet today, so now the whole en suite is done. In order to paint in such a small space we had to go and buy a shorter ladder with a smaller base (our big ladder wouldn’t fit in the room at all), so it was another Bunnings trip first thing. The new ladder is shorter and designed for painting, so it has a good sized step to stand on comfortably and even a little attached tray to put my paint bucket on. Anyway, it made painting a little bit easier, and will probably be money well spent by the time I am finished the house. I’ll do the kids’ bathroom and toilet next, since I’ve got the anti-mould bathroom/kitchen paint.

Nicholai put a resume in for a casual holiday job today – I shall be interested to see how this goes. It could be really good for him if he gets it. It was advertised at his school and there will be a lot of competition, so fingers crossed.

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Starting to paint with the en suite bathroom was a good idea, because I finished it today and that is very encouraging. Really, it’s a small bathroom and once you take into account doors, mirror and tiles, there actually aren’t very many walls, but being able to say I’ve finished a whole room makes it seem like not such an impossible task.

It was also nicer to paint in the cooler weather today as opposed to the heat yesterday, and I remembered to wear my wrist brace and that helped quite a bit.

It was really wet this morning, so Jericho and Soren and I went out collecting snails in the yard. They’re quite interesting to watch actually, in their little plastic house – I have to keep reminding myself that we are keeping them as a food source, not as something fun!

Nicholai has embraced The Inbetweeners – he asked to watch some last night and now he’s watching some more. It’s quite a strange feeling to be no longer censoring him, and just sitting around watching tv with him after the little boys have gone to bed. Teenagers are certainly a trial, but there are some compensations and I guess being able to watch M rated media with them is one of them.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

I started painting the house today. Well, I began by not being able to find the paint stirrer or the little plastic bucket to put the paint in anywhere in the mountain of crap in the garage, so I had to go to Bunnings to replace them before I could actually do anything. I started in the en suite and did about half of a wall, and then had to stop.

I wanted to give the whole thing up at that point, to be quite honest. I was just in an absolute rage over my stupid inability to do things without it hurting. Painting this house is going to suck, it’s going to take forever, and there’s nothing I can bloody do about it. So I basically sulked about that for a bit, but later in the afternoon I went and repainted the section of wall and that revived my spirits a bit. It’s going to look lovely, and if I have to take six months to do it all, then that’s what I’ll do. I am going to go and get a new paintbrush though, a medium sized one, as the big one I have is too big and the small one I have is too small.

It’s Walk to School month, and the primary school had a special day today where the teachers collected children at particular points in the neighbourhood and they all walked together and then got a free breakfast at school. It worked out well today, since I was able to take them to the meeting point so they could walk and then drive Emma and her bags to school so she could head off to camp. She was really looking forward to going, which was so good – she’s not been a huge fan of school camps in the past, but she’s doing so well at school at the moment and her confidence is blooming. I hope she has a good time.

It’s quiet here today though, with Emma away on camp and Troy in Yarra Glen for work. Nicholai, Soren, Jericho and I ate our tea outside, which was lovely. I made a quiche, but I guess I overdid the self-raising flour, because it rose so much it engulfed the oven rack above it.

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Emma is going to Anglesea on camp tomorrow, so we had to take a quick trip to Big W after school to buy her some bathers. It appears the tankini has completely disappeared…why? As it was, Emma decided she wanted a bikini. I have no particular objection, but I was pretty taken aback when she said so! The first one she tried on was pretty but impractical for doing anything other than posing by a pool, so we moved on to something that might actually cover her boobs if she moves. We bought her shortie bottoms, and she does have a rashguard to go over the top if she gets sunburned.

I hope she has fun. She’s pretty excited – not all her friends are going, but it will be a good chance for her to really get to know some of the kids who are going, and probably get to know some totally new kids as well. She’ll be back on Friday, so I’ll have a couple of days of missing her.

I went out to visit Benita this morning, and just hung out for a while. Cam was home and out spraying gorse, and Ben and I stayed inside talking and playing with the kids. Dempsey is talking more every time I see him; he was doing puzzles today and saying the names of some of the animals. He also got stuck under their deck – there was a support beam running over the top of the little gap that he walked through, and he was just standing there crying with his head jammed against it, not realising that all he had to was bend his knees a little and he’d be able to get free. Poor little dude.

I came home at lunchtime so that Troy and I could get some errands run on his break. We went to Officeworks to collect the photo print that’s going on the wall in Troy’s office, and then we went to Bunnings to look for a bamboo blind for the deck and get some paint.

We chose a colour called ‘grey pail’, which is what we painted our Yarra Glen house living room/ kitchen last September. It looked really good there and we hadn’t really had time to get sick of it yet, so I think it will work out here. I’m going to start with the bathrooms, and then figure out where to go from there.

Monday 16 October 2017

Our outdoor table was delivered this morning, and I built it this afternoon. That sounds more impressive than it actually was, since it was in four pieces and required only sixteen bolts and an allen key to put it together, but assembling furniture always makes me feel so capable.

And I love the table! It’s so big – when it was on display in the store it was styled with armchair style cane chairs, and since we chose regular plastic chairs instead there seems to be a lot of extra room down each side. We had a barbecue and ate outside this evening and it was lovely. I think we might buy a bamboo blind to have at the end of the deck so that no one has to sit with the sun in their eyes, but it’s really perfect otherwise. I love our outdoor deck space, especially at the moment with that creeper all hung over with purple flowers.

I do need to get rid of all the packing boxes that are out there though. They’re stacked behind the couch, so they’re not exactly in the way, but there are so many there that the couch is practically halfway along the deck. I’m going to list them on Gumtree – we bought some off there when we were moving, and it was so much cheaper than all the new boxes that we also bought because of having so much damn stuff!

The little boys and I have started farming snails for Sebastian. There is a big clump of (we think) rhubarb in the side yard and I’ve been harvesting them from the underside of those leaves and keeping them in the little plastic animal carrier. We’re going to feed them and raise them until they’re nice and juicy for Sebastian, who loves them.

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Sunday 15 October 2017

Today was another gorgeous sunny day. I’m not looking forward to summer heat, but I am really enjoying this spring.

Not so much the hayfever sufferers in the family. Suburban gardens are full of flowers, and then I decided we should go and get hot chips and rolls and have lunch in the gardens which are (unsurprisingly) also full of flowers. We ate lunch and walked by the lake for a little while, and by the time we left Jericho and Soren were both sneezing into tissues and looking like they’d been sobbing. I felt bad for them, but it was still a nice outing. There were entire swan families swimming around, which were so funny and sweet to watch.

Troy took Jericho and Soren to EB Games this morning, so they could spend some time looking around. They’ve decided they want a Nintendo switch, which may mean a very expensive Christmas coming my way. I mean, the last time we bought them a game system was the Wii we bought when Jericho was three, which they no longer make games for. So wanting a new one is hardly unreasonable – I think we might try and see if we can swing it.

The state of our family computers is a bit of a mess too. The kids’ computer is on its last legs – it will work for about fifteen minutes at a time (conveniently one poker chip’s worth of time) but then freezes or glitches, so it’s pretty useless. We could replace that for a fairly reasonable price, but my computer is becoming increasingly finicky, and replacing that would be a different story. I thought mine might be salvageable though – it’s just that the trackpad doesn’t work properly and the keyboard sometimes does some odd things, so I thought maybe someone can open it up and vacuum out all the crumbs and unstick things, and perhaps that would sort it out. But it’s frozen a couple of times recently and I’ve had to restart it, then my usb ports weren’t working, all of which doesn’t really bode well. God, I hope it doesn’t break – I don’t want a new computer!

I finished crocheting my third hanging basket last night, while watching UFC, so I was able to plant them and even hang them today. When we looked there were already hooks in the beam the runs across the deck, so once Troy yanked on them a bit to test that they were strong enough, it was just a matter of hanging them up. At the moment you can barely see the plants in them, but the crochet looks great! I’m not sure how well they’ll stand up to the constant dampness and exposure, but it’s acrylic yarn which is basically plastic anyway, so it should be okay.

I really enjoy weekends at the moment. The kids are all pretty self sufficient, and doing something like go to the gardens for lunch isn’t the expedition that it used to be when they were younger. They good just to hang out with, and they’re able to stay home and do their own thing if Troy and I want to go out for a bit.

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The three crocheted baskets. The final round of crochet was crocheted over the wire frame, so they’re not coming off any time soon.

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And hanging up! It will look better when the plants grow I think!

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Saturday 14 October 2017

Troy and I are currently watching The Inbetweeners with Nicholai. I love this show, and he is actually old enough to watch it…what the world is coming to, I really don’t know.

Today was lovely and sunny, and just generally nice. Nicholai headed off to cricket early, then Troy and I went down to a big second hand book sale run by Rotary. It was really crowded and busy (both with books and people) and in only the children’s and teens’ book section Troy and I gathered 25 books. Probably one third of the books were for me, and two thirds for the children. If I’d had a trolley I probably could have gone through the rest of the sale and filled it up, but our arms were full and so we paid our $20 (so cheap!) and left.

Nicholai played his first cricket game for his new club today. It’s so handy playing just on the oval next to the school, he walked up there himself in the morning and walked back home when it was all done. Troy and I went to see how he was going in the middle of it, he’s bowled two overs and his team was batting at the time. He didn’t end up batting himself, but his team won and he was pretty happy with it all overall.

Troy and I went looking for an outdoor table setting in the afternoon. We went to Bunnings first, to have a basis for comparison, and then went to Amart since they were having a sale. We wandered around for quite a while, but made a choice pretty easily in the end. The table is metal but looks like wood, which sounds weird but it actually nice, and it’s really big. Bigger than we need for us, but that means we have room to grow and room to invite guests to eat with us. (Although to be frank, we’re not all that social, so who knows).

I also continued to watch Dance Moms and crochet hanging baskets, so hopefully I’ll finish this one off while watching UFC tonight. I really didn’t like the first one I did, so I decided to think of it as an experiment and chuck it so I can make a new one I’m happy with.