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Welcome Back!!

I stopped blogging a year ago, not for any reason, purely because I lacked time to sit down and write. Working part time along with raising my daughter, and all the bits and pieces of running a household, meant that writing was put on the backburner. I also stopped going to the gym. DaddyMopar was also working hard too.

We made a few big decisions during last year. We decided that DaddyMopar would think about what direction to go in workwise, which meant switching to casual work. We also decided that Squeak might like a brother or sister.

So almost a year to the day from my last blog post, It is time to re-launch the blog. MummyMopar was a crafting and cooking blog, but since my life is currently centred around parenting, I feel the pull towards writing about parenting, family and housekeeping. I don’t have as much time for crafting, since we have an announcement…..

Welcome Boo!!

Boo is our beautiful 9 week old daughter! born the Thursday before Queen’s birthday long weekend. She was born by Caesarean, and weighed in at a lovely 10 pounds!! (4.5kg)

There has certainly been some big changes, so stay on board and join in the new adventures!! Being a mum of two is a big change, and I have had to make some big changes. Also, I am making changes in our household, trying to save money, be frugal, and resourceful. I will share my experiences, anecdotes, and handy hints and tips.

Hope you enjoy the new format and layout, I love the theme and how cute the animals are!!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

 

 

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ANZAC Day

Today is Anzac Day, Australia’s day of commemoration of military service. In 1915, Australian and New Zealand troops landed on a rocky beach in Turkey, called Gallipoli Cove. You may have heard of the 100th anniversary in the news.

World War 1 (The Great War) was a big deal for our adolescent country. We became a nation in 1901, and the war matured us. We heard stories of Simpson and his donkey, of great mateship, and things that would become ‘the aussie way’

For years Anzac Day, and later in the year, rememberance day, have been held dear in my heart. I love my country, I think it is the most wonderful place. I may be biased as I have never left it’s shores, but I could never imagine living elsewhere. I am humbled by others who volunteer to protect us, in our armed forces.

I had a conversation with my Mum this evening, discussing our family history. Mum mentioned her grandfather had served in the Army in WW2, in New Guinea as a driver. Mum mentioned that her grandfather never spoke of his time in the Army, but she remembers a photo  of him in his uniform that was in her grandparent’s home. I hadn’t known about his military service until today, Pop passed away when I was a child and my great-grandparent’s home was about two hours away so visits weren’t often

I was able to do a quick search on the internet, and find some details of his service. I can request a copy of his service history, but that will take time. I was able to find out some information, such as when he enlisted, when he was discharged, and his rank, and his last posting. I also googled the posting, and his company was sent to qld about the time he enlisted. That company was in New Guinea until the end of the war, less than three months before he was discharged.

With the dates I found, my grandmother would have only been one year old when her Dad joined the army. He was in the army two and a half years. It makes me think of my great-grandmother, raising her daughter. I wonder what life was like during the war?

This morning when I woke up, I knew nothing of my great grandfather’s military service. It makes me wonder how much is lost through the generations, stories about family members, lost in time.

Today I was made more appreciative of our armed forces. For me, it was never this close to home. I was proud of our country, grateful to those whe served, and even more to those families who had made the ultimate sacrifice, whose loved ones never came home. These were all someone else’s stories. The stories I knew were of farmers who looked after our country, those who kept the home fires burning. Today I learned a different story, and I wonder how many stories I am missing, just because I didn’t ask about a family member.

Tonight I am going to sleep wiser, and more curious. I take for granted, on a daily basis, the freedoms the men and women in the military fight for. They have fought for them for over a hundred years. They are still fighting for them. I don’t know how to say thank-you enough to them.

Lest we forget.

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a few random Q& A’s about me

1. What is one thing you would like to accomplish before your next birthday?

My birthday is in may so I might not have anything accomplished for me. I am hoping to knit myself a nice cardigan at some point during the year. I would like to finish it this year. I do have quite a few baby gift knits for the first half of this year. I would also like to master the basics on the knitting machine.

2. Do you have any “rules” about food?

I have severe allergies to nuts and coconut, so I can be very pedantic about food. My love of cooking and food developed as I was starting to have a bad relationship with food because of the allergies. We tend not to eat at restaurants or buy takeaway as often as I tend to be very conservative when ordering so I normally order things like spaghetti bolognese, or chicken parma. I have had a number of bad allergic reactions over the years and it is very scary when they happen.

3. Say 7 facts about your house

  • The house is believed to be over a century old
  • We have kangaroos come into our yard and are within metres (yards) of our house
  • We have a gorgeous view of both the sunset and sunrise
  • I never properly decorated the nursery for Squeak, as she slept in our room until she was almost a year old
  •  We have the lovely old-fashioned double-sash windows in quite a few rooms of the house, and cooling the house in summer is soooo much easier as they make the air circulate
  • It is the style of house that looks great with quilts, knitted things and a nice ‘shabby chic’ style. The shabby chic style is great as I have eclectic taste at times and I have bought 3 cabinets for the televison to sit on, luckily I am happy with the third one!
  • The house has high ceilings which is really nice looking, but can make things difficult keeping the place warm in winter. Luckily it is summertime and I can brainstorm ways to reduce my heating bill over winter. I am considering curtain pelmets.

4. You favorite ice cream?

I love homemade ice cream, as my mother-in-law won an ice cream machine in a raffle and gave it to us. I tend to buy a litre (about a quart) of custard or yoghurt and we can make a delicious frozen treat. DaddyMopar loves the frozen yoghurt, I love choc custard, and my brother loves the vanilla! It does set harder but about 5 minutes after I take it out of the freezer it is perfect.

5. What’s your favorite television show?

Daria. An animated cartoon from MTV that aired during my teenage years. For years I watched episodes I had taped off tv, then a few years ago they released a box set that my brother gave my for xmas. I love watching them in bed as I fall asleep. I rerely get a chance to, but a girl can always dream!

6. If you were a crayon what color would you be?

This is funny as Squeak loves crayons at the moment. I have to watch her carefully as she wants to have a little nibble at times, and although nontoxic, I don’t think she should eat them. I don’t really prefer any colour crayon though.

Do you have any questions, are you curious about anything?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

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It’s been a while…..

I lost track of time!!! It feels like only last week that I last blogged, but it has been a month! It has been an interesting, fun filled month. we spent a weekend away in the lovely Victorian town of St Arnaud with friends from our car club, and it was a blast! there was a halloween themed party on the Saturday night, and some amazing costumes were showcased

I made Squeak a patch to dress up as ‘Superbee’ a joke on Superman, and the car superbee. A pair of black leggings, yellow t-shirt, black wings, and the patch on the chest of the T-shirt and a perfect costume!

superbee

I haven’t got a pic of it finished, I cut it out from the background, and attached it to the t-shirt with safety pins, and now I am considering framing it, just as a cutesy thing for Squeak’s wall.

Unfinished projects…..GUILTY

I currently have a lot of unfinished projects.

The Persille pullover still needs to be sewn up.

The Square cotton feather shawl has been ignored and not touched

The All-in-one sleeveless top is almost finished, I ignored it for too long, as the plain stocking stitch was being repetitive. I then started a Bubbles shawl for Squeak in 8-ply (DK) using 5.0mm needles. I realised when I was about halfway through the patterned border (not the edging) that the pattern for 4 ply (fingering) called for 5.5mm needles, so I should have used at least a 6.0mm. Oopsies. Hopefully it turns out ok. Squeak picked a multicoloured yarn, a 250g ball in spotlight, and refused to let it go, so I bought it to make this blanket for her. I am a bit worried that it won’t sit right, as the bubbles shawl is a bit odd, it is circular with a feather and fan border, then a knitted edging. I hope it will sit flat. I could always knit extra panels to expand it if it needs it. I Wish I could post a pic of it, but my phone is flat, so I will post an update tomorrow.

I have now committed to knitting two more blankets in the next 6 months, as two of my cousins are expecting within 6 weeks of each other! I purchased some lovely dusky green 8 ply (DK) to knit up a rectangle blanket, and it suggests 6.0mm needles, so it should have a lovely drape. I am still deciding for the baby due a few weeks later, I might decide once the green blanket is underway, or almost completed. If I decide too early, I might lose steam on the green one. I can feel myself losing motivation on the 8 ply bubbles, and I HAVE to finish the all-in-one sleeveless top before Squeak grows out of it.

Do you think I have too many unfinished projects?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Feeling better, a bit

I am slowly recovering from my chest and sinus infection. Last week I was on antibiotic tablets, but I wasn’t improving, so Monday morning my Dad drove us to the Drs, as he was worried that I was too sick to drive. The Dr was glad I had came in when I did, and next thing I was in the treatment room, for an antibiotic injection, a steroid injection, and a stint on the nebuliser for asthma as well.

On monday night I started to feel better, which was great! Tuesday was another antibiotic injection, and another stint on the nebuliser. Today was just an antibiotic injection, hopefully the last. All the injections were in the buttock muscle, so it can be sore to sit down, and I have a nice collection of bruises just under the waistband of my jeans!

I started the Girl’s All-in-One Sleeveless Top just before I caught ther cold that led to the chest and sinus infection, so I have been working on it for almost 3 weeks. It has been slow progress as I didn’t feel up to knitting, and with Squeak recovering from the cold, I pretty much ignored knitting and enjoyed quiet time with Squeak.

top

It is a horrible colour to take a photo of, but a beautiful colour on Squeak, I’m very excited for this to be finished for her to wear.

jacket

I tried to reduce the brightness and glare so you can get a true idea of the yoke, It is gorgeous. I love tops knitted with a one-piece yoke. Now that Squeak is in toddler sizes, there is a lot less knitting patterns that take my fancy.  I tended to only buy patterns for babies, but now I am running out of choices.

It is likely I will have this finished within a week or two, then onto pyjamas for Squeak. I was planning long pyjamas made of printed cotton as the weather is warming up, but Squeak has developed a habit of sleeping on her front, and kicking off all her blankets. If this continues I want her to keep wearing the flannels until the weather changes to be more summery and milder at night, as it keeps her that little bit warmer, which means less likely to wake up in the night wanting Mummy or Daddy to find the blanket for her to snuggle, for her then to kick the blanket off within an hour. At the moment she is happily warm and comfy with just the flannel pyjamas, but I really want the better fit of the elastic in the cuffs of the legs and sleeves, and it is a daily struggle to do up the buttons on the pyjama shirt. Hopefully I can start on them by the weekend, but it might just be wishful thinking!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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A bad cold….

This week hasn’t been easy, Squeak came down with a cold last Monday after a restless night’s sleep, and woke with a fever. She was still happy, playing with her toys, so I wasn’t too concerned. Tuesday she was worse, more cuddles and less play, with the low-grade fever still there. On Wednesday morning, still a low fever, so off to the doctors we go. We both needed antibiotics for the start of a chest infection, and sinus infection for me.

We spent most of the day on the couch, and lucky we went to the doctors, as Squeak wasn’t comfy before we went, but once she had her first dose of antibiotics she was up and playing for a little while, before a nap on Mummy’s lap. Poor lil poppet.

Thursday showed a remarkable improvement, Squeak was up and playing a lot, and catching up on sleep as well. My Mother-in-law came over and tidied up, as I had fallen behind in clothes washing, and tidying the kitchen. Also, she looked after Squeak. I tried to get a nap but I couldn’t sleep.

On Thursday night my asthma started playing up, and by Friday morning I knew I had to go back to the doctors. Luckily my family GP was in, as he knows my asthma history. My asthma stays controlled, until I have a bad cold or similar, then all of a sudden it is difficult to control. I had a injection of steroids, and now have a tapering course to keep it under control while I recover from my cold.

Luckily Squeak is on the mend, She has a bit of a runny nose, and occasionally a cough. It had been a hard week. My sinuses are taking a lot longer to recover, I have a doctors appointment tomorrow for a follow up. In this last week,  I cooked some very unusual meals, and my pressure cooker saved the day most days. I just threw in some meat and veggies, and most times a delicious meal was the result!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

 

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A finished pullover for Squeak!!

I finished the self-stripe pullover! I stayed up late last night sewing it up, and finished it this afternoon. Squeak loves it, but I wish I made it an inch or two longer in the body. It fits her well, So I am very happy. I would of finished it sooner, but as I was sewing up the raglan sleeves, I noticed the back was shorter than the sleeves. I soon realised that I had finished too early, and I still needed to do another 10 rows with decreasing. I also used 4 less stitiches in the neckband, and I think it looks good. I used a stretchy cast off method, which was brilliant for a neckband, I am impressed and will use it a lot. It is a bit bulkier, as each stitch is knitted, then the two just knitted are knitted together, but the elasticity makes it a winner, especially on neckbands. I didn’t have to put buttons in so I am stoked!

Almost finished pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

self stripe pullover

You may notice a difference with the pic, as the old laptop had picasa to re-size and watermark pics, I spent an hour finding a new program to do it. I heard the pics load better if they’re not a large filesize, and I thought 6mb wouldn’t cut the mustard. I also like the watermark as anyone whe sees it can look at the blog and find the pattern and type of yarn. So my new photo-editing software of choice is Fotor. It was the first I came across that offered both re-sizing and text.

The progress with the knitting machine isn’t great, as it needs to be set up and not interrupted. In our house such a place is difficult, as it is still cold from winter, and my sewing room is quite chilly. Also, keeping an eye on Squeak is important, and her naptime tends to be filled with dinner preparation, and the housework where she tends to be underfoot, like unstacking the dishwasher, or vaccuuming the floor. I am thinking of ways to work around this, but at the moment I’m not coming up with many answers.

As a side-note Squeak is almost walking. She will take off across the room, and will happily take a dozen or so steps by herself. Also, she can walk happily holding onto a hand for a few minutes, and very much enjoys it. My lil girl is growing up.

How was your week?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x