Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I am not American, but I am well aware of the holiday that my American friends are all about to celebrate.
I have yet to experience a true American Thanksgiving, but maybe one day.
My Chiropractor is American, all the way from New York and this is the conversation I had with him yesterday....
Me: So are you taking any holiday in the next 2 days?
Jeff: Why would I be?
Me: Because it is Thanksgiving at home for you?
Jeff: Oh man it is too
pause for a moment
Jeff: I better call my Mom then!
Glad I can help be a social calendar.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A little white digital camera that was at the back of our garden in the compost area.
It was laid on the top of the ground so had not been there too long, plus he was also throwing grass clippings down there just over 2 weeks ago and he never noticed it then.
It is a little dirty and wouldn't go, but this could be because the battery is flat. However he did have the brainwave to take out the memory card and put it into our camera.
Hey presto, up came over 500 pictures.
The camera obviously belongs to a young lady in her early 20's. We think we can even say which one in the pictures it belongs to.
Steve thought he recognised a street in one of the shots but we were not sure.
However in some of the pictures there is a company van parked at the house next door.
So being the little detective that I am, I printed off some of the pictures and went and paid the company a little visit.
My theory being that maybe someone from the company would recognise the house that the van is parked at and then they would in turn be able to tell me where the house is to get in touch with the people next door.
Turns out to be even better once I got to the company.
The guy who's house the van is at was at work, he said yes he knew the house I was looking for and even knew the people in the shots as he himself had attended the party in the pictures.
So I have left him the pictures and my contact details and asked him to please contact the people and let them know I have their camera and pictures.
The house in question turns out to be out the back of us on another street quite close by.
However we are yet to figure out how the camera has ended up at the end of our garden as no street backs on to us only other properties. In fact you have to go down another street to get to one of the houses behind us.
So whether someone stole the camera and has then come through the property behind us or they visited the house behind and threw it our way thinking it would get buried in our garden where we are obviously doing some work who knows?
The pictures are dated from March and April, however we were not sure if they were this year or last, but have since discovered they are from this year.
So I will keep you posted on whether we are able to succeed in our little mission of being model citizens and returning the camera and pictures to the rightful owner or not!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
As for the movies, give Twilight the benifit of the doubt and then enjoy New Moon. This will then put you in good stead for June of 2010 when Eclipse hits the Movie Theatres.
I do like the fact that this was one of those movies that they realised was going to already be a hit and managed to release it worldwide at the same time, like Harry Potter Books. There is nothing like being in another country and watching on the evening news how wonderful something is being accepted only to know that we still have 6-8 weeks until it arrives on our shores!
Happy reading and happy watching.
Monday, November 23, 2009
What do they like, what are they into, will it last long or will they be over it by New Years Day!
Last year I was struggling with what to get Alex (youngest) because he was into everything that Ben was into and seeing as Ben was at the age to have those things it was difficult to find something to keep Alex happy without it being to babyish but at the same time remembering that he is in fact 2 years younger than Ben.
Well I can tell you now that this year I am having the opposite problem.
Everytime a mailer comes through the door I am having more and more problems finding something for Ben! Just about every mailer has something for Alex. At this present moment I could go out and buy Alex about 6 different things and they would all be a hit.
Now remember we are not going over board this year as we have already had our main present and that was the Wii Console, which was purchased earlier this year for our birthdays and Christmas, but I still want to get them something, but the choice is now endless for Alex and non exsistent for Ben.
Oh well keep looking, although Lego is looking better and better each day....!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Just because they decide, then why do I have to pay the Bio Security Fee?
Anyway, have paid the fee and parcel should be here on Monday.
Will wait to see how it turns up?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I may not stick to it as religiously as we should but I have an idea as to what goes where.
I was very anal one time and actually put it all together on an Excel Spreadsheet, complete with sums so it adds it all up for me when ever I change anything, you know, like allowing more money for gas and power or less for entertainment etc.
I also made sure that when calculating the budget I included everything, and I mean every little detail.
I have included on our budget for the subscription to the tv magazine we get throughout the year, for our family subscription to St Johns (ambulance service that allows us to get free ambulances whenever we need them, and with Steve having Diabetes and having the occassional hypo in the night you just never know when I will need medical assistance for him, and seeing as everytime I call them it could cost us $70 per call and it is only $60 for the year, then we have this service) and even down to allowing x amount each week for Ben to buy lunch at school if he wants it.
But whilst updating it this time I was amazed at just how much we do spend on things.
With life how it is for some people at present, then I can see how people decide not to have life insurance or even house and contents insurance!
I always cringe when I hear on the news that someone has lost their whole house and possessions due to a fire, that they firstly had no smoke alarm and secondly they are not insured! I don't know what we would do if we came home to find our whole house ablaze or even emptied due to being burgarled! We would have nothing and no extra money to get the stuff back. Now I know stuff is not important, yes it would be lovely to get back all the pictures and family moments you have saved, but I am talking plan and simple stuff like furniture and clothes, things you need to survive day to day with.
But having just redone the budget, it shows that we have life insurance for both of us, I have an extra one on Steve and we have total family medical cover. We also have house and contents plus car insurance, oh and I also have a superannuation account as well, but having all this costs us a little penny, which I know we are not seeing any of it now, but will benefit us later in life, but at just over $700 per month it is a tidy little sum of money that could be spent else where sometimes, but then when I think of being able to come home and know that if anything happened here we could have another roof over our head, we will be ok for transport if something happens to the car and god forbid one of us needs surgery we would be able to get it without having to wait months and months on the District Health then I can happily justify the money that we spend each month.
Do you have a budget? Does it include everything on it to give you a real look at where you spend you money?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I love opening presents and so the joy of getting to open one daily is going to be fun.
However I live in New Zealand and they can be a little bio security safe, due to us being an island and them not wanting any unwanted anything in this country.
So I have just received a nice little call to say that my parcel, that is winging its way from Italy, has arrived safely in the country.
How nice of them to call and let me know, although sadly that is not why they called.......they called to let me know that they decided to open the parcel for security reasons and for doing this if I would like the parcel delivered then I have to pay the biosecurity fee!
So I am not actually sure now what state the parcel will be in when it arrives after I have paid the fee on my credit card to the Bio Security people in Auckalnd. They may have sadly opened each individual item or just opened the box and x-rayed each individual item.
I will keep you posted as to the state of the parcel when it arrives, hopefully on Friday or early next week!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It sounds like people really have been getting bothered and frustrated with blogging!
I am also amazed that Blogger never did anything huge to tell us about this? Although I am sure they did and we just ignored it thinking it was nothing to do with us.
So hopefully you are now switching over to the new editor, you are finding it helpful and easy to use and you are slowly falling back in love with blogging?
I look forward to seeing all these amazing posts sprouting over the wire soon as you all have loads to suddenly blog about now things are working fabulously again!
Monday, November 09, 2009
So here are the instructions
- Go to your dashboard
- Click on 'settings'
- This should bring you up in the basic tab
- Scroll down to the bottom
- Go to 'Select Post Editor'
- You will find that you have a Green dot next to 'Old Editor' change it to 'Updated Editor'
- Save Settings
So go and create a new post and see all the wonderful new things you can do, or more like be able to write a post without having to continously get rid of extra spaces and being able to add pictures where you want and how you want.
I have given paper crafts ago before but have never delved into the depths of that world.
And I am not going to now either.
Back in August I got invited by a friend to join her at a stamping party she was attending. Never been to one before and thought why not.
Now if I wanted a new craft then why not this one. There are loads of little gadgets etc and loads of wonderful bright coloured paper. But they are also very expensive.
Now I like to send cards to people all the time, but I could never justify spending all that money to make this personalised card for someone knowing that they probably wouldn't keep it anyway and then just throw it out!
So for now I am sticking to my current hobbies.
However one of the Committees I am part of had a get together afternoon and we had the lady from the Stamping party come and do a party with us. It had a Christmas theme and was lots of fun, and very easy.
We made a little Christmas Box and also a voucher holder.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
I could upload them nicely but then not put them where I wanted in regard to the text I had written.
I searched all through Blogger Help etc and finally left a comment on one of the posts there.
And hey presto, I got a reply, and as expected it was as simple a problem to fix as I expected.
So now I am using a new Editor that is sneakily set in the Settings of my blog (that I didn't know about)
It has lots of fun features to assist me in writing my posts.
- an undo button
- a strick through button (no more having to go into the HTML code)
- Background of word colour change if I want to highlight a word
- a very smooth picture uploader
- quote marks
P.S I have just created a post for tomorrow and it was so much fun. I added 2 pictures and it was beautiful. Youi get to add them one at a time where you want them and you also get to write under it without srewing up the rest of the text written. You also get to position the picture without messing all the other text up, means you don't have to go back and resort everything so it doesn't have loads of spaces between the text!
They just make the picture look like it could have been taken years ago with the sepia effect, shame Alex has a logo on his shirt!
The boys loved the speed of the boats and watching the people fall into the water at the end.
They also loved sitting beside the river with dad.
Wow, look at them go
The Bridge to Bridge is held every year and we have such fun when watching.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
well in Alex's case, be as stupid as ever!
Lots of good company, food and alcohol makes for one enjoyable weekend.
We did leave the caravan once during the weeknd and that was to go to the local RSA (Returned Services Association) to an open day they had. It allowed the kids to run around for 10 minutes somewhere different and to also play on the bouncy castle and little mini ferris wheel. They loved it.
This is also my 800th post on my blog. Man those posts creep up on you when you are not looking, 900 next and then the wonderful 1000th