Note to self DUH!!!

When making home made ice cream do NOT put it in take away containers, they split when you get the ice cream out.


English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cook up day photos and Chinese tomorrow

Grumpy Grumpy (Photo credit: Tony in WA)

After my big cook up day today my back is knackered.

The good thing after having a cook up day is that you don’t have to spend time cooking tea the next night.

We had lasagne last night and as it was such a big dish we were able to have 2 night time meals and lunch for me today.

I don’t have to cook tomorrow as we are having dinner at our local Chinese restaurant Penang House on Mandurah Terrace (the foreshore in Mandurah) tomorrow night before we head of to Mangles for our trip to Mindarie.

Grumpy has checked the weather again today, and even though the temperatures are going to be fabulous over the weekend, we will not be staying Sunday night at Mindarie as the wind is going to come up as the day progresses.

A bugger of a day


Grumpy (Photo credit: Tony in WA)

You know it is going to be one of those days when you wake up 3/4 of an hour before you are ready to get up and you can’t go back to sleep and all you can think of what you have to do today.

It’s not so bad if you get up at 7am but if you get up at 4 it is a real bummer.

I sorted the washing, made the bed, had my shower, got dressed, went down for breakfast, helped with the dishes, sorted out my computer ready to take to work, cleaned my teeth, put my make up on, went down stairs and get in the car, put my seat belt on and then remembered I had to move my car because we were having our garage door sorted.

Where we my keys – in my bag – where was my bag – underneath all of the other bags (computer bag, lunch bag, bag with washed tea towels for the office) behind the car seat.

I did remember to put my shoes in the car, at least that was a positive thing.

We sorted the car and drive to work.

Grumpy comes and tells me our son has put petrol in his diesel car, what a tosser, and he is going to help him sort it out.

I go into the bathroom at work to touch up my make up and lo and behold, I have toothpaste spots on my dress. Bugger. You can’t wash it off, it needs to be put in the washing machine.

I had a reasonable morning after that until about 10am when our designer brought our house plan in to me so that I could approve the changes that were made.

Not her fault, mind you.

I thought I would start working on the colour scheme for the house and with the wind blowing my hay fever started and turned into a sinus headache and the colours that I wanted for the stone tops didn’t match the glass splash back that I wanted. It all just got too much and I said Bugger it.

My lunch got cold while I was on the phone.

While I was taking my lunch back to the micro wave to reheat it after being kicked out of Grumpy’s office (Don’t bring food in here, Is it my fault he is to lazy or stupid to have lunch) and what do I do, spill the whole bloody lot on the floor.

I will work on the colours tomorrow.

How I would dress Julia Gillard


I do understand that Julia Gillard is a Prime minister and she should look professional.

I would dress her in a block (all on colour) colour. If she prefers a dress with a jacket over, I would still have a block colour both dress with jacket over.

Let’s work with black and red as an example.

English: With Prime Minister of Australia Juli...

English: With Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. Русский: С Премьер-министром Австралии Джулией Гиллард. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A black dress with a round neck, a black jacket with a small peplum,, a  very thin red belt, and insert in the breast of the jacket (I went to a sewing class over 20 years ago to see an American seamstress/image consultant who showed how to dress clothes up economically. Unfortunately her name eludes me at the moment, but I will find it and find the book that I bought while I was at the seminar about inserts in jackets and post it)

I would also include a costume jewellery necklace to fill the gap between the top of the dress and her neck along with complimentary earrings.

I love pearls and wear them a lot, but I don’t see Julia Gillard as a pearl woman.

She does have them on in the caption, I only noticed this picture after I wrote my comment and I haven’t changed my mind

I would probably keep her in a black court shoe.

I would definitely put lipstick on her.

Many years ago I had a photo portrait done as a Christmas present for Grumpy. I was concerned about the make up as I have sensitive skin and I was told that it is stage make up, that didn’t mean anything to me.

After I had the make up ,put on,  hair styled and the photos taken I left the studio and had to go straight to school to pick up the kids. I didn’t bother washing the make up off my face before I left and didn’t realise how thick it was until my kids who are both very forward like Grumpy and me told me that they didn’t like the make up I was wearing.

I looked in the mirror and agreed it was VERY heavy

In fact it was ghastly.

When I got the photos however, you would never have known how much make up I had on, it fact it was the perfect amount for the photo.

As such when she is being filmed, she needs to have enough make up on for the viewers to notice it not necessarily the people immediately around her.