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A pinch and a punch…

It’s the first day of the month!! I can’t believe it’s December already! Time sure is flying!

Raah (I know I called her Boo, but it just didn’t suit, so I’ve re-named her Raah, as it suits her perfectly!) is almost 6 months. Still fully breastfed, and now we are starting to think about starting solids. It’s likely Santa will bring her a pretty highchair, as the old ikea one we have isn’t supportive enough for my liking. A while back I found a jolly kidz chair on my local Facebook buy swap sell for $30, it’s been great. We are using it as a booster chair for Squeak, she is still very possessive of it. It is similar to a Stokke trip trap, and the mocka chair we are considering for Raah is also similar, but it’s new so has the harness, and tray which we don’t have for Squeak’s chair, as she was too old for them when we bough her chair. Raah sits up at the table with us if she’s awake at dinner time, as I enjoy eating as a family, and I feel we benefit as a family from it. It also helps to encourage me to cook wholesome healthy meals. 

On the topic of wholesome meals, I was hinting in my last post about buying a large kitchen appliance. We finally decided to take the plunge and order a thermomix. We were hoping to have more variety, reduced food costs, less processed foods along with less last minute chaos, as babies want what they need, immediately. I will agree it has added a lot of flexibility and variety, and definitely less processed foods, however I think I will have to properly meal plan, as I can be very impulsive with what I cook for dinner. It’s been almost a month, and there are some dishes that we very much enjoy, like the fried chicken (the spiced flour coating is made in the thermomix) and scalloped potato (cooked in thermomix and then baked in the oven). Most of the time I use it to cook parts of the meal, however I have made the whole meal in it occasionally. I have also made bread a few times, but struggle with the rising and baking part.

Another project I am working on, is new curtains for Squeak’s bedroom. She loves Thomas the tank engine, and about 3 weeks ago we saw some curtain fabric in an op shop (thrift store) so we bought it and I will be making blockout curtains soon. This will mean I can use the drapes in her room in the sewing room, which will mean we have thermal curtains on all the windows, which will help keep the house cool this summer. 

It’s really feeling like things are falling into place, which is really nice. I’l be posting a few list post shortly, favourite cookbooks, current favourite TV shows and the like, as it has been a while and my tastes have changed a bit since my last TV list post. Would you believe I haven’t watched bold and the beautiful for well over a year? There’s just other things on, and it’s just not my thing these days. If you do have any questions, or suggestions for lists, let me know. 

Have a great day!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

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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.

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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.

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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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Let’s add a knitting machine to the collection

Just over a year ago, there was a knitting machine for sale in the local op shop. I considered it, but wanted to do more research. When I went back, it had been sold. Since then I have wanted a knitting machine of my own.

On sunday night, I was on Ebay, just browsing, when I saw a nice machine, only about an hour away. It has the ribber, recently serviced, and a one-hour lesson included. It was buy-it-now. I clicked to buy, I have let too many machines get away from me the past year.

Tomorrow I will pick up my new toy, and maybe I will finally knit something for myself! DaddyMopar thinks maybe I could knit some things to sell. That’s a possibility! I am very excited to pick up my new toy!

It has been a very long week, as DaddyMopar worked late most nights this week. Squeak and I ate dinner without him most nights, luckily he was home for family dinner tonight, Squeak was sooo happy to have him at the dinner table, she was all smiles. She has missed him all week, so we need some family time this weekend. I baked an egg and bacon pie for dinner, their favorite.

Today I went to the local fruit shop, it always has such nice, fresh produce, I can’t help but go a bit overboard. I bought 4 shopping bags worth, but to be fair, there was milk, bread and orange juice in there, so that’s a bag and a half. The orange juice is fresh squeezed, when Squeak was on the way I had to limit how much I drank, it was so tasty and refreshing during summer.

I bought all the ingredients for homemade sausage rolls, my backup lunch for Squeak. I can make the filling easily in the bellini. I normally use store-bought puff pastry, but I am considering making my own, as I dont like how flaky the pastry gets, so maybe I should try a ‘rough puff’ pastry which is less flaky. I will have to do some research.

I am also tempted to do a ‘Miffy’ quilt for Squeak, she loves the bunny. We went to the library today and got 3 ‘Miffy’ books, so I have lots of inspiration. Now all I need is time, and motivation, which will probably be used up by the knitting machine.

Have you used a knitting machine?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Happy Father’s Day DaddyMopar!!

Sunday is DaddyMopar’s second father’s day. Last year was a quiet celebration, as Squeak was 4 months old. Fast forward a year, and Squeak is such a character, and she loves her daddy so much!

We are lucky to have such a wonderful man in our lives. Aren’t dads wonderful? Squeak is cuddled up on DaddyMopar’s lap, watching tv, as Squeak is winding down for the night.

We are lucky, both DaddyMopar and I are close to our dads, and they are wonderful Poppa and Granddad to Squeak. She reaches for them when she sees them and loves hugs. We are a very lucky family.

Last year we used red paint to take Squeak’s footprints, and today we tried, but with Squeak being 16 months old it was not as easy as last year. The good news is that baby wipes will clean red paint off most things, the couch, a smudge on a knitted blanket, but not the ‘disco duck’ that makes music and dances. Luckily the paint came out of Squeak’s hair as well. We did get the beautiful footprints, and some fingerpaintings to frame. Next year the father’s day footprints & fingerpainting will be done outside, where I can clean up easier!!

Squeak loves her Daddy, and her Poppa (DaddyMopar’s Dad, and her Granddad (My Dad). We are lucky to have such wonderful men in our lives, that care about us the way they do!!

Happy Father’s Day DaddyMopar!!

Lots of love, MummyMopar x x x

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Does everyone get nervous about dentist appointments? I definitely do, to the point of my legs shaking. I had a clean and checkup this morning, and I only need one filling, which is a repair of an older filling. DaddyMopar is having this week off before he starts a new job, so we decided to go to the park so Squeak could feed the ducks in a local park.

Our local park is more of a nature reserve, with a lake fed by a creek, and some very well fed ducks. As we parked our car we were greeted by a duck, followed in, then followed by about a doen ducks to a picnic table. We had brought bread for the ducks, and cheese and bacon rolls for us. Squeak loved the ducks, she had a massive grin as we threw crusts, and all the birds ran to get them. It was a nice winter’s day.

This evening I had a few hours to myself, so I worked on Squeak’s quilt. The top was completed, so I had to assemble the batting and backing, the get out the sewing machine and start quilting. There was nothing on TV, so I put on a dvd of ‘darling buds of may’, and spent half an hour looking for thread. I had read years ago that only cotton thread should be used in quilting, so I searched for my stash of cream cotton thread. after 30 minutes of searching and only finding polyester or non matching colours, I admitted defeat and picked a reasonable colour

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Yes, I used Yellow

I got about a quarter of the way through quilting before I ran out of thread. It was only 100m, so I will have to pop down to the local quilting shop for thread, and a new circular knitting needle to knit a new jumper for Squeak

Do you have any suggestions for which pattern I should knit?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Thank goodness It’s monday!!

What a weekend!! The family birthday dinner for DaddyMopar with his family! His brother and sister-in-law cooked up a feast of roast lamb and chicken, and delicious roast veggies! We then had apple & blackberry crumble, We were spoiled! Our sis-in-law also made a birthday mudcake, Yum Yum!!

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Yes, I got a piece to bring home!! Lucky me, as it’s my favorite.

On Sunday we went shopping to buy a replacement doll, as Squeak’s doll had damage on her little plastic doll hand. Off we trotted to buy two new ones. Now we have Baby Deedee, and backup Baby Deedee. There is a stress when your child’s favorite toy is out of commission, and luckily she was easy to replace. Squeak is very attached to Baby Deedee, tries to take her everywhere, and doesn’t want to nap without her. Luckily she didn’t notice that Deedee had changed slightly, and I was very relieved. We also went to Bunnings to get more fabric storage cubes, for my sewing room. Recently I had new shelves built to accommodate the ever-popular fabric storage cubes. I don’t have a built in linen cupboard, or any built in wardrobes, so I need the cubes to be my linen cupboard, as well as my craft cupboard.

Today we continued re-organising my sewing room, It is amazing how much fabric, and wool I have. The local CWA spring show is coming up in a few weeks, and I am tempted to make a few things, as well as finish a few unfinished knitting and quilting projects to enter. I have been too nervous to enter in the past, but this year I think it’s time. I have to decide what I am making, and what projects to finish. One I MUST finish is Squeak’s baby quilt. It is so sweet, pink and purple with butterflies. I hopefully will finish it by the end of the upcoming weekend. fingers crossed.

Do you have unfinished projects? or a suggestion of what I should knit to enter?

Lots of Love,

MummyMopar