Thursday, 13 April 2017

Happy Easter 2017


I'm Back........

Hi All,

Can't believe it's been well over a year sice I updated my blog.  A lot has happened.
  • I turned 50 last year (shock, horror)
  • We adopted 3 kittens - Slinky, George and Roxy.  Unfortunately, Roxy got sick with a fatal cat disease at the start of November last year and we had to have her put down - broke my heart. They're now about 14 months old and are total mischief makers and into everything. My lace curtains have been shredded!
  • Neale and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary In May
  • I resigned from my job to take up a position with another company.
  • My elderly FIL got sick in the 2dn half of last year and after 6+ weeks in hospital and rehab, we had to make arrangements for him to enter a nursing home as it was determined he was unable to live alone.  Thankfully, he's only minures away from us and has settled in well and seems to be doing ok.
  • Laura completed her 2nd year of her Secondary Teaching Degree (2 more years to go - however, she has chosen to defer for this year and is virtually working full time at a Leisure Centre in Morwell and is hoping to save up some money for next year.
  • I bought a new car - A Mazda CX5, and sold to Laura my cute little Mazda 3. Laura finally got her driver's licence the day after she turned 21.
  • I got made redundant from my job after 9 months.  Still a sore point - lots of tears and rude words have been shed and uttered,  and have subsequently been out of work for nearly 9 weeks. I know I wanted a holiday - had visions of Hawaii. Alas, it's not going to happen any time soon now.
  • Our oldest son Thomas, has moved to Melbourne to live with his girlfriend.  He was accepted and has started studying at Deakin Uni for a Primary Teaching  Degree
  • Have been applying for lots of jobs - and have been rejected quite a few already too! Trying to be hopeful, but being realistic in knowing that the area has extremely high unemployment.  I'm looking at admin jobs, accounts receivable work etc.
Have got a job interview for 2 1/2 months work (Accounts receivable work)  on Tuesday for a local company  - Recruitment Agency has just rung  Fingers and toes crossed.

Still doing lots of reading - updated my reading list for April.  Have been into Morwell this morning and picked up 2 magazines  - Vogue Patterns April/May 2017 and Sew Style Essentials Issue 1.  This is a British magazine that came with 3 Kwiksew patterns.  I buy several of the British mags each month at the moment, but will have to discontinue if I can't find work soon.

Sewing wise - Mending!  The last thing I repaired was Vee's (older son Thomas's girlfriend) denim jacket and is very sentimental to her. It used to be her Father's jacket and he brought it out of Chile escaping the  coup in 1973.  Next up, a coat to tighten up the buttons (I won't ell you how long Morgan has been waiting for that to be done and to repair a strap on Laura's dress - she got shoved by a jerk in a bar recently and the strap gave way.

Have had my trek to Spotlight yesterday and bought some Burda patterns that were on sale, woven interfacing, some pretty rayon to make a shirt and some wool blend to make a straight skirt.  I've got plenty of fabrics/patterns to keep me going  and will just need incidentals like zips, buttons, linings etc. I've also bought several of the Stylearc patterns recently and have a few in my shopping cart at the moment.  I like the fact that they cater to larger sizes  - so I'm hoping to have some success with them.

 Jen
 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

No work today due to the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.  I'm not particularly interested in the horse race, but am loving the day off.  Neale, has had to work today (suffer darling!!) - he'll get a day off in lieu over the Christmas break from the University he works for.

I've been across to Spotlight in Traralgon this morning.  I discovered that Vogue patterns were on sale for $5.00 last night. I misread the sale catalogue I received last week and am happy I didn't miss it altogether.  I had been waiting for Vogue patterns to come on sale for ages.   I bought 11 patterns from my wish list and some more pieces of material - which is in the washing machine now.


Laura is planning on going to QLD in February with her boyfriend and a group of their friends. I'm hoping/wanting to make her some dresses and skirts to take.  I've bought a pile of  pretty rayons, cottons and  voile - they all meet with Laura's approval!  I've shown Laura some patterns and she's happy with my suggestions - it helps that she has marked pages of my pattern folders.  
Below are some of the patterns under consideration - no doubt it will be very warm/hot in QLD in February.








Sunday, 18 October 2015

Shirt with pockets!

I bought myself a loose longline shirt on Friday night and have just put it on this morning - only to discover that it has inseam pockets!  I haven't seen this before - obviously I .don't get out much!  Anyway, this is a brilliant feature. A place for tissues instead stuffed into my bra!! Hayfever season  - thankfully it hasn't hit me hard yet.

I'm psyching myself up this afternoon to have a clean out of the storage locker - the boys have
"stored" a lot of rubbish down there over the years and i need to make some room.  Laura is giving up her lease on the room she has been renting in Melbourne and will be coming home tomorrow with her stuff that needs to be stored - bedframe, mattress, screen, chair, shelving units etc. Laura has finished uni for the year and doesn't go back until March next year.  She's got some people coming over tomorrow who might be interested in taking over her lease.  She'd rather keep the $2500 herself than pay for a room she no longer needs.  Heaven knows what she'll do next year - it's too far for a daily commute.

Jen