Wednesday, October 15, 2014

wordless wednesday: day after ada



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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

granola! that is all


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Help me! There's fresh homemade granola in the house.
Munchable by the handful.

3 cups large flake oats
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup almonds, whole or slivered
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix together in a large bowl.

Combine 1/4 cup each of veg oil and maple syrup, then pour over the oats mixture. Stir well to combine. Pour onto two sheet pans.

Bake at 250F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir 1 cup of sultanas evenly through the granola.

Once cooled, store in an air tight container.
Enjoy :-) 

Monday, October 06, 2014

midlife monday: finest hours

summer in october?
Our house went on sale at the beginning of June.
We sold it towards the end of August.

Prior to the putting up for sale was a month of prep, decluttering* and decorating.
During the selling period, came a teachers strike, prolonged summer holidays, and visiting lots of open houses in different areas, trying to work out where we would like to live.

Once we had sold, it wasn't until the end of September that we found, made a successful offer, and settled our completion/move in dates for a new house.

What I'm trying to say is, it's been quite stressful, for a long time ... and it's not over yet.

blue sky thinking?
This weekend saw me reaching the pinnacle of stress, realising what no one else seems to have clued into, that we needed to knuckle down to packing for our move out date, optimising garbage collections to get rid of junk and making sure we have enough boxes without running out at the last minute. I spent the week filling boxes and then stuffing work, homework and other projects around the packing.

What's complicating the whole deal is that our move out dates do not coincide with the move in dates. Thanks to my incredible network, we do have a short term rental for a couple of months so my worries about homelessnesslessness were unfounded. But we still need to pack for two life stages - what we don't need goes into storage; what we cannot live without, comes with us.

Hello Griz!

So this pinnacle of stress episode. Yes - 3am.
Then at around 6am I start packing like a mad woman in the garage, berating mr ebb for not doing more of his share, and that I resent him leaving everything to the last minute.

Grrrr. I spent the whole weekend cracking the whip, and feeling like a total shit for being so mean.

But then I remembered.
Holidays are like this too; I pack in advance, knowing that I won't have any help close to the date for last minute planning, emergencies at the eleventh hour and so on.

We have less than three weeks to get ready for our two moves.
And after the rec room, our books, the kitchen and the garage, I'm not packing anyone else's stuff!
Stress? What stress?

*at least, I thought we decluttered. mr ebb and the Wee Guy were still chucking out stuff yesterday evening ... 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

spt thursday: outreach

Holding out a hand to help - it doesn't have to be filled with gifts, money or anything more bountiful than a kind word or good wishes.
There's a gratitude meme currently making its way round Facebook. I'm not a great fan of overt or forced gratitude. I generally gag if I see mention of being blessed.
But today, this week, I'm feeling truly filled with it - for friends IRL and online who have shared our first world stresses and joy with kind words, gentle support and encouragement; for offers of help, a safe place for our cat, a bed, a joke, sympathy, advice, storage for my soldering gear, and ultimately a place to live temporarily while we wait for our new home.
Each Facebook 'like', each comment, each suggestion, offer and cheer leaves me, mr ebb and the wee guy feeling like we're in the middle of a giant international hug.
Thank you.
I am truly grateful xoxo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

wordless wednesday: the trees, breathing



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Monday, September 22, 2014

midlife Monday: so today ...

first day back at school
+
first day at middle school
+
played Frisbee on the field
+
full version of Minecraft downloaded
+
out for dinner
+
found coloured pencils for tomorrow's full day at school
+
warm happy glow from all the Facebook love (thank you for sharing our excitement guys - was like you were there in the room with us!)
+
celebrated buying a house
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packed boxes, sorted out a property inspection, and updated some insurance
= happy :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

the daily pussy: omnipresent


wordless wednesday: back on track?



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