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Home Alone


Check out this awesome new invention. I would love to have one of these installed at my house not only for Dexter but for my cats too. How great would it be to be able to see them while I am at work and see what they get up too, but also to be able to send them a treat or two.

I found this on Facebook yesterday and after some research on the internet I found out that this particular camera is from a company called PetChatz and it retails for around $349 US, so not bad at all.


Painting 101


How hard could it possibly be to paint treated pine? Not hard at all one would think right? Well that’s wrong, depending on the cut of the timber painting can prove to be a very challenging experience!!

We are in the process of having our deck and pergola constructed, fortunately an old family friend who has recently started up his own home improvement company has undertaken this long time coming project for us and he has been really wonderful going through the whole process with us and trying his best to cater to all of our wishes.

We have had to make quite a few compromises I must say. The pitch roof I once wanted is now flat. The decking is treated pine not merbau. The rails are not quite as I imagined and the screen that I want running down the one side of the house will have to wait until next year when we can save up a bit more money. As a whole the deck is coming along really nicely, and it’s big, and new and within our budget, and we have been assured that it will be ready for Christmas when the whole family is coming for lunch so really we couldn’t be happier.

The only problem is we have hit a glitch with the painting. According to some people the wood needs to be primed before it can be painted, but according to our friend and deck builder, it does not. So far we have painted on three coats and the results are shocking. The wood appears to be sucking in the paint. Tonight my husband who is not a handy man by any stretch of the word, is out there after work (before even having his dinner) painting away. Has it made any difference? I don’t think so, but he does.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



NaNoWrimo has begun

So NaNoWrimo has commenced and although I was keen to again be part of the writing frenzy I can’t make myself decide on the type of story that I want to write. I have all these ideas but when it comes to actually putting pen to paper or finger to iPad I can’t decide which idea is best to go with and as a result my start to the NaNoWrimo challenge is slow very slow.

When I signed up for the challenge last year I had no idea what I wanted to write about, only that I had a story to tell. I cleared my mind and just began by writing the first thing that came to mind, before I knew it a story was forming, taking shape, my characters were coming to life I was immersed in this story that existed only in my mind.

Normally when I write I know what I am going to write about, I have a clear idea of both the characters and the plot. Some things will be added as the story progresses but as a general rule of thumb I already have the story already pre planned out in my mind. This was not so last year though, last year I was kind of flying by the seat of my pants, and I must say it felt good, it felt exciting and rather scary because I didn’t have a clue as to what would happen next. I let the characters dictate the story.

This year it would seem I have taken a different route to my NaNoWrimo marathon, I know the basics of the story, at least I know what I want the story to be about but I’m not all that sure of my characters or the direction they will take.

I know the goal of this challenge is to reach the coveted 50,000 word count but that is not my goal, that is not why I signed up for the challenge. I look to NaNoWrimo as a tool for discipline, by subscribing to the challenge I am making a pledge to myself that I will undertake and complete my story in the allocated time. In order to achieve this I must stay focused, I must use every spare minute I have to write my novel. As a mother of three and a working woman I don’t have a lot of spare time, so here in lies my true challenge, what I found last year was that even 10minutes here or there can make a big difference to meeting my goal. So wish me luck, I’m going to need it.