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A Bit Of Baking

Dear Mum,

Life is still hectic as anything, for Deanne, Joshua and myself. Deanne is putting an awful lot of hours into her University work, as you’d expect, I guess. She seems to be getting on okay with it and is enjoying the practicals.

Josh is powering along at school and appears to be teaching himself to read, mostly through the medium of dinosaurs. Not, you might think, the easiest of words to start with but he knows the creatures so well that he can start reading the words and guess from his immense knowledge of terrible lizards.

Because last Monday was a bank holiday and he was meant to be starting his new term of gymnastics, it meant he had both gymnastics and swimming yesterday. I was quite surprised to find he didn’t sleep in the car on the way home from the swimming, but I suppose he is growing up and becoming a bit more resilient. After getting home we had to shop, Deanne had a long day at Uni, then had coursework to do, so it was Josh and me all the way. Before we shopped we stopped for a drink and a snack, Joshua had a doughnut man and a babyccino, I had a Diet Coke and a hedgehog slice. The first picture is the boy enjoying his food and drink.

Today Josh and I did various bits of cooking, first of all I did some bread in the bread machine so we could have sausage sandwiches for lunch. I was so excited by this that I took the second picture, it’s been ages since we had homemade sausage sarnies! In the afternoon we did a big bake, made some oatmeal raisin cookies, followed by some lemon biscuits. That doesn’t sound like a lot but it took most of the afternoon. Joshy also wanted to watch the making of the Walking With programs, after I accidentally put the wrong disc in the DVD player, he asked me to play it anyway. He was entranced, then ensconced!

Gotta go, back to work tomorrow.

Love

Dan

Saturday Shopping

Saturday Shopping

Sunday Sausage Sandwich

Sunday Sausage Sandwich


Eating Out(side)

Dear Mum,

Thank goodness it’s the weekend! We had a slight lie in, getting up at about seven o’clock but had to get ready and go shopping first thing, as we were totally out of various things, not least of which was dishwasher tablets and ice cream.

We got home at about half ten but then had to race to Garden City as we had a date to meet up with Gemma, who is over, very briefly, from Sydney for her Big Nana’s 90th birthday party this weekend. We went to Miss Maud’s, a Swedish café selling various tasty cakes and sweets, including a chocolate éclair, which is exactly what I had. Josh had a marshmallow santa face, Deanne had a chocolate bombe thing and Gemma’s was a lemon cake. There was also a lot of talking and catching up to be done, Joshua was particularly well behaved, although towards the end of the time I did have to lend him my phone to allow him to amuse himself with the Cbeebies app.

Josh and I came home and had cheese sandwiches (I told him the old “why will you never be hungry at the beach – because of the sand-which-is there” joke, which he thought about for quite some time), but Deanne skipped lunch as the cake had been enough for her, she went out and picked her Mum up and they went back to Garden City together so Dee could choose her birthday presents and Julie could buy them. By all accounts they had quite a good time.

When she got back we put one of the chairs from our new table in the car to take back to Bunnings, it was broken when it arrived so we gave it back and took one of the ones which was on display. They did try to offer us one they had in the store room but it was a slightly different design and so we explained that it would be a bit weird to have nine identical chairs and one different one!

After that we tried to go to IKEA to get some cutlery to go with our plastic crockery (is that a misnomer?). However we arrived at five on the dot and discovered, much to our consternation, that five is when it shuts on a Saturday. Rubbish!

I took a picture of the table, from where I was sitting for tea tonight as I was digesting and Dee and Josh had popped inside the house. I made a cheesy tomato pasta which everyone seemed to enjoy. Joshy and I also had some of the aforesaid ice cream for pudding.

Tomorrow we’re going to do some Joshua things, as so far the weekend has been a bit adult oriented. We’ll probably try and Skype if we’re in at the right time.

Love

Dan

Our Outdoor Table

Our Outdoor Table


Science Fair

Dear Mum,

Deanne decided early on today that she wasn’t well enough to join us for any activities, so I tried to make her as comfortable as I could and then got Josh and I sorted for the day.

Our first outing was to view a house in Leeming, maybe a little over our ideal price but the estate agent told us that the market is slow and we can probably get away with low offers. The house was really nice, not dissimilar to our current place but much (much) closer to Joshy’s school. I’m looking at a couple more on Monday and will then decide what we’re going to do.

We headed home and I showed Deanne the video I made on my phone of the place, she just about managed to turn over in bed to look at it, the poor thing, and agreed that it looked a very good house.

Then Josh and I went shopping and bought some things to top up the cupboards, including some cartons of real orange juice with straws for Dee to drink while laying down, and a couple of jelly mixes, one of which you can add 200ml of a juice of your own to flavour it. Joshua decided he’d like to try one with apple juice. After which it was time for lunch, so we all had cheese sandwiches, Deanne and I toasted, Josh’s just bread.

After eating the two of us drove to the train station and went into Perth. It’s National Science Week over here at the moment and there was a science fair on in the cultural centre, which is near the museums. We saw the end of the Scitech show, which involved putting liquid nitrogen into a big tube of warm bubbly water which then shot a spout of foam in the air. When that was over there was about an hour before the next “act” so we went and looked around the WA Museum for a while, inspected the stuffed animals then looked at the fossils and the reproduction prehistoric fish.

We headed back to the stage area where Bizircus were just setting up. They were a science and magic act, if you can get your head round that. they did magic tricks and circus-type tricks, which they explained with physics and humour. It was very funny and Josh as absolutely transfixed after their first trick, which was the bloke making the woman hang in the air. I asked him if he could figure out how they did it and he said no, I agreed that I couldn’t either and it was pretty clever. The only thing that bothered me was that the guy looked and acted a lot like Glenn Robbins, who is the bloke that plays Kel in Kath and Kim, and Russell Coight in All Aussie Adventures that ToF and I used to watch, so I had trouble separating him from the characters I’ve seen on TV.

Josh had an ice cream before we left and we watched a bit of the Naked Scientist, who is an English bloke who just answers science questions posed by kids. The “naked” is because he doesn’t use any props or e.g. Google to get his facts, they are all in his head. However Joshua did say that he was expecting him not to be wearing any clothes!

I grabbed a Vanilla Diet Coke on the way back to the train station, then we went home to check on the patient. Deanne was okay, but still unable to do anything very much. Josh asked if he could do some of the Maths Seeds, which are the numeric version of the ABC Reading Eggs he has been doing. He seems much more proficient at the maths ones than the English ones, and he’s not too bad at the English ones! He continued doing those from when we got in at five until I had finished making soup for tea at about half six, he loves them.

This evening I watched the rest of a film I have been doing in shifts called Aeon Flux which, upon reaching the end, made no more sense than it had done at the start. Good effects but a loony story!

Tomorrow we have nothing planned, although there is another science and sustainability thing on, somewhere near Canning Bridge I think, so we might go to that. Deanne is Skyping Rich in the afternoon, as she has a few questions for him about an upcoming interview she has been invited to.

I liked the picture of the earring you sent, looks a little tarnished but practically good as new for 1,600 years old! Deanne likes the sound of the tea and we hope the finger isn’t hurting too much.

Sorry for the long mail but it’s been an exciting day.

Love

Dan

Science Fair Ice Cream

Science Fair Ice Cream


Round And Round

Dear Mum,
Deanne was going to get her hair cut this morning, Joshy also needed one so I took him to the $10 hairdressers at Willetton, then went to the Coles there to grab some supplies. Followed by the pharmacy to get Dee some antihistamines to stop her sneezing, which isn’t helping her back!
Got home at lunchtime and had beans and toast, Deanne got back a little later than us and I made her a cheese toasted sandwich. Josh really wanted to watch the Lion King 3 DVD he got out the library with us, so we did that and then he and I went to the park to play and have a scoot around, Dee stayed at home to rest her back.
At the park Josh wanted to go on the spinny thing, as pictured, but then
asked to go faster and faster until he told me to stop, suddenly, because he thought he was going to be sick. So he learnt a valuable lesson there!
We went round the park for a few minutes, but he didn’t stop on his scooter when I told him to and nearly got run over by a cyclist, so I curtailed the trip and we came home.
I made risotto for tea, possibly too much of it but I’ll turn it into risotto balls or possibly arancini if I’m feeling a little continental, a la Montalbano.
Tonight Deanne watched some Midsummer Murders while doing some work, then I watched the end of a film I started last week. Tomorrow is another laid back day as we can’t do much until Dee’s back has recovered.
Love
Dan

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My Pledidge!

Dear Mum,

We had a relatively late start this morning, as Deanne is still recovering from her inner ear thing, Joshua is recovering from his first week back at school and I am recovering from…well mainly from a really hectic week with lots of things happening in it.

After we had all breakfasted and got ready we went to the shops. we got out the money you sent us from Xmas, which we are going to keep safe until we’ve decided what to buy and then wrap them and keep whatever we get until December. We also got a present for Alice’s party next week and a few other bits and pieces.

Dee and I had leftover potato bake for lunch, Josh had a ham sandwich. In the a’vo Deanne made a buttercream cake, I put on a loaf of bread to cook, which we’ll use for lunch tomorrow. It was just a plain white one but I chopped up some sundried tomatoes and added them after it had proved. I’ll be really interested to see how it’s turned out as we haven’t tried it yet.

Dee made risotto for tea while Joshua and I played with his Lego. Snuggles actually decided to go out for a while on himself for a bit while we were sat near the back door, which is a bit of a step forwards for him. We’re shutting him out of our room in the daytime so he doesn’t have the option of slouching under our bed the whole day now, it seems to be helping a bit with his agoraphobia.

Josh had made a mess in his room, so when he was getting ready for bedtime I told him to clean up before I’d come back in his room. He did a really good job and I went in and told him so, and that I was really proud of him. He turned to me and said “my plodedge”. I was a bit confused and asked him to repeat what he’d said, this time it was “my pledidge”. I thought for a bit then asked him if what he had meant was “my pleasure” and he confirmed that it was!

We might possibly go see a movie tomorrow as Deanne got free tickets for writing that article for the BuggyBuddies website a while back. Bob is coming over in the afternoon for a while.

Love

Dan

Cake Mix

Cake Mix