Friday, December 31, 2010

Months disappeared...Where? and What?

I’ve wanted to post, for some weeks, but other things kept happening!!! Then a dear friend posted a comment, hoping I was okay, so I knew I just had to sit down and get it done!!

So where do I start?
My new job – as a school chaplain, started off and went very well. By the end of the term I knew over half the students by name and started to place sibling groups together. Coming into my office for “teddy hugs” has been a huge hit.

I also made some cushions for the office, using a very colourful cardigan someone had knitted, which I bought at a second-hand shop. It wasn’t complete – just the back and two front side panels, which had been joined, but no sleeves or anything else. I unpicked it, and made cushions with them. The photo’s show the outcome.

Just before I started the job I managed to get some DJ blocks made for someone I’ve been swapping with for a while. I made great progress then they came to a halt.

I made progress in getting 3 mug pouches sewn up for my giveaway, commenced the embroidery work after completing the colouring-in on the stitcheries, then they came to a halt.

Everything changed as my hours and days changed with working and affected my creative/sewing times. Plus I was feeling quite tied.

On top of all that, my sister-in-law was getting married and asked my daughter to be a flower-girl, along with her cousins. So making a flower-girls dress became priority one, in what little time I had. I really enjoyed making this dress, it's been a few years since I last did some dress making, which was also for a wedding. Back in my teens I used to make most of my clothes.

From this:-

To this:-

Along came Christmas, with family coming here. When we have Christmas here in our home, it’s become our tradition to make a ginger-bread house. So this is our 2010 Gingerbread house!!

Our son now has his "L" driver’s license . . . some of you know me as calm, quiet and easy-going. Well, we may have to now add, “she’ll go grey very quickly!!!”

Then yesterday morning…….my daughter had gone into the kitchen, when she called out “Mum!” I said “What?” (Hubby and I were lying in bed relaxing and talking.)
“Mum, there’s a snake in the kitchen!!” (Action… jumping out of bed, unbelief that it could be so….)
There it was right in front of the kitchen stove. Hubby raced out for a shovel, while we kept watch, as it turned and slithered back across in from of the cupboards and sink.

My husband has said “it ‘naturally’ died of ‘natural’ causes!!!” It was a 3ft “tiger snake”. Some interesting stats: one person a year dies from snake bite in Australia. 60% of people die from a “tiger snake” bite.

We can only guess it came through the front door, when the flywire door wasn’t properly closed. Don’t try and think about it being in the house for the day and night, without us knowing!!!

So I’m happy to say we are all safe and well and I’m hoping for some creative times in coming weeks. I’m suffering badly from “withdrawal symptoms”!!


  1. Oh My Susan, so good to hear from you:) Your life sounds like it has been very very busy:) I too have neglected my blog, guess I had better get busy too. Your daughter is beautiful and the dress is so very pretty. Love the remake of the sweater:) And the gingerbread house looks so yummy. Enjoyed my visit with you today, well I enjoyed everything except the the SNAKE thing...yuck!!!! God's Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Oh Susan! First, I am so glad I commented now asking how you were. It is so good to visit with you and I hope you start to feel your creative juices flowing again although they have not stopped. Your job sounds very rewarding for you even if it is taking your time from your handwork. You will find the balance in time.

    Your daughter looked so pretty in her dress. What a fabulous job you did sewing it.

    Now about that snake....YIKES! I would have been scared to death. Thank God you are all okay and noone had to find out he was there after someone had a snake bite. I hope you get no more visitors like that anymore.

    Happy and healthy New Year to you and your family!

    Hugs from Holland ~

  3. So nice to see you posting! You sound like you have been busy but enjoying yourself.

    Did not like the snake! Aack! I don't like snakes at all.

    Wishing you all of God's joy and peace in the New Year!

  4. Good luck with the new job! I love the pretty!

  5. Oh Susan, your daughter is sooooo pretty! You made her a beautiful dress to match that smile. :-)
    Wonderful idea about the cushions and good to hear you're enjoying the Chaplaincy.
    Hate snakes...much prefer spider. Glad it's not with you any longer. ;-)