Monday, January 29, 2018


We're five weeks into the year. One of my to-dos for the year was to find more work, enough to enjoy a little bit of luxury now and again. As you do, I hadn't involved God in the plan .. I only ever ask of him when I'm in dire need. Asking for employment didn't seem like a God question, so I just didn't do it.

My Mum did though and I have her earnest communications with the powers that be to thank for getting a job last week that, with work at Hub's school too, will take me out of the 'just comfortable' zone and into the 'you can go to the movies this week AND get a bucket of popcorn' zone.

I'll tell you what .. being a widow with a minion changes your perspective on things. At one point during Larry's Hollywood Studio days, combined with his online school business, we had an income of over 300k per annum - USD. It wasn't much in Southern California where rent costs you your first born and then some. We also had an ongoing battle with vehicles and the Mojave desert heat. I have nothing to show for from other than a bunch of memorial hotel visits around SoCal and a perfume habit.

Memories = money well spent. Half a million dineros on memories in a matter of 10 years is pretty inexpensive if you ask me.

So I started work last Thursday. I've worked with them before and they're good people. Originally the job was for 12am-8am. This threw a spanner into the works where Hub's is concerned, but the boss man has a lot of empathy for families and is trying to sort a 10am-4pm shift. Until then .. I'll be a vampire by night and asleep by day.

Tried not to let things ruin my buzz for the month, but of course something always does.
Don't rain on my parade bruh, things are looking up for me.
Let me have it.

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot. There awaits a brighter day, To all, to all who weary not.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weary not.

If the way be full of trial, weary not.
If it's one of sore denial, weary not.
If it now be one of weeping, 
there will come a joyous greeting
When the harvest we are reaping, weary not.

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot.
There awaits a brighter day,
To all, to all who weary not.

If the way be one of sorrow, weary not.
Happiness will be the morrow, weary not.
Here we suffer tribulation,
Here we must endure temptation,
But there'll come a great salvation, weary not.

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot.
There awaits a brighter day,
To all, to all who weary not.

If misfortune overtake us, weary not.
Jesus never will forsake us, weary not.
He will leave us never, never
From his love there's naught can sever
Glory to the Lamb forever, weary not!

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot.
There awaits a brighter day,
To all, to all who weary not.

I don't know about you, but this song just slayed my life. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Upcoming menaces.

Today was not as hot as yesterday, but tomorrow is going to be hotter than today and yesterday.
Summer heat is exhausting.

Mum! Should I cover his bags so you don't see them in the photo?
Yes. Yes you should.

Binnyz outside bath.

These two will share lollypops when they're older.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Go away summer.

It's been unbearably hot the last few days. We maxed out at 35°c yesterday. It was not pretty. Today was no better and today was the sabbath. The air conditioning was on in the chapel, but that didn't do diddly squat because the ward before us had all the doors open. Add to that my calling in the primary. All those kids were horrible in this heat and there were only 12 of them there out of the normal 40 ... so when I see Mothers sitting on the couches in the lobby on a hot day when they could be in sharing time taming their damn kids ... it makes me think things that may have me disfellowshipped as a Latter Day Saint, but for real .. get off your asses and into classes.

Mate .. I've just created the ward theme for the year.
There you go Bishop.

Add to all of that, having a tired baby during the first two hours. He was a bit of a nightmare today.

I do not like summer. I have never liked summer. You sweat in places that just makes things awkward.

It's just too hot.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


A song for Mummy Mitch - kudos to Coco.

When his Mama's legs are prickly.

Jan 17th

Well, The Livian's left for brighter shores yesterday. It was emotional and there's a big void in our lives now. Our norm, almost daily, was to stop into their place a few times. Their house is quickly changing and I thought Hub's would be OK with it, but she's not. Seeing their house become someone else's is a bit hard for her, and me too! Like .. there's actually a rubbish bin in the kitchen now and not a plastic bag busting at the seams. It's not our kind of normal.

But it's OK, we move with the changes and will re-adjust!
It's just that it might take a few weeks.

Something worth staying for though ... and that's aside from the fact that Australia has so many poisonous snakes and New Zealand has no snakes at all.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Avi turns 2.

She'll be 2 on Thursday.
They leave on Wednesday.
We had a birthday today.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

BBQ Season.

I inherited a BBQ with The Livians moving. My family thought I shouldn't get it. They said I wouldn't use it. They said it would sit at my place as an ornament, but the point is .. I inherited it so .. suck it. In my defense, all BBQs I have purchased in the last 8 years have been taken from me by the people who said I wouldn't use this one.
I'd like to see them take this one.
It's a biggun.

Upped my ante and made tacos on it today after burgers and steak the last few days. BBQ'ing is muy addictive. I'm going to BBQ in winter.

How's that for an ornament ya scurvy-sonsabitches.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Coco ...

We've watched Coco, the movie, three times in the last two days. It's a great movie with prominent messages of culture, tradition and family.
I loved it.
Pixars best so far.

Tonight Hub's told me she's proud to be part Mexican.



Out of the nearly 100 things on my 2017 "resolution" list, I completed 4 things. I was happy I did that many because previous years had me checking off none. I only have a handful on my list this year, which I have renamed "The 2018 To-Do List", because if I wrote out lengthy lists, I'd only procrastinate for another year.

Getting finances in order are on most lists. I'm focusing on that this year. I believe that you can never save when you have debts, so taking care of those debts are a priority for 2018. It isn't much, but life's incidentals barricade the way to financial freedom a lot. eg. car breakdown, new school uniform for a growing child, freeloading family member etc. She needed two new uniforms last year because she outgrew them.

Getting out of dodge for a get away costs money too, but for your own sanity, it too is a must. With The Livians moving to Australia in a few weeks, we've planned for a few visits during the year. I'm still trying to talk myself into getting on a plane and going to Australia. Both are in the top 5 of my hate list.

Change the diet. As fantastic as chocolate is, it's the reason I can't shop in just any store for something nice. I've never really cared for taking pride in myself to be honest. My attitude has been .. I found a husband dressing like a tom-boy without make up and rocking unbrushed hair .. I need not care for contours and highlights. I still feel the same way, but a change in my consumable lifestyle is on the list for the 20th year now.

Keep your circle small. Here especially, it's a must do.  People know peoples business here because there is no loyalty in circles. My circle only really consists of 3 people and even then, all three are family. Friendship can be a dangerous state if the wrong people are involved and there are alot of wrong people here. It's safer to keep it small.

I'm 39 in March, which means 40 in 2019.
I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My favourite blue-eyed boy.

Kidnapped for the afternoon.

Playing peek-a-boo with Aunty Hubs.

Home time.
I don't wan-go-back!

Summer part 2

Nessa envisioned this shoot with my nephew Ellis. They pulled it all together very well. Hubs was supposed to be in it, but got stage fright...