This week has been another very busy one. Today is our youngest's 20th Birthday. I can't believe that the little 12 year old boy I met when I started going out with Richard is 20 already! Sam I hope you have had a fabulous day!
I have joined the gym and have started to try to get myself fit again! I need to strengthen up and get my flexibility back! I was there four times last week.....let's see if I can keep that up! I also did a lot of creating throughout the week. Here's just some of what I made:
Do they say something about my moods this weeks...meditative and yet full of energy? Well the second one was done as a sketch initially the right way up as I drew. I then realised that my journal was upside down when I drew her so decided to try to make sense of her that way and this is what came along. It was a huge challenge to try to get the shading and the highlights in the right places when I was thinking of her being upside down. Let's just say an interesting challenge.
A couple of weeks ago we went to my friends' 10th Wedding Anniversary party in Maryborough. It was a lovely evening held in their carport. This little guy decided to gate crash.
That's my hand behind him to give you some sense of scale. I would say he had to be at least about 20 cm or 8 inches long! I had to get a photo of him because my friend in London has some he keeps as pets and I thought Simon would just love to see this one!
There were more interlopers in my week! On Friday I decided to do a little bit of gardening. There was a Eucalypt seedling in the front garden that I decided needed to go so I reached across it and got the nastiest sting on my upper arm from this little guy! I have no idea what sort of caterpillar he is but my goodness he packs a punch! He stopped me in my tracks. I needed to come in and put an icepack on the sting, take an antihistamine and sit down for a little while. This morning I decided the price he needed to pay was to be my model while I played with the macro lens on my camera!
While I was out there I also spotted this chrysalis and decided he could model for me too!
I think this next story though takes the cake for the week's excitement! I was laying in bed reading last night (a real book, not my Kindle) and Richard decided he wanted to go to sleep. I knew at one point I had a reading light on my bedside table so I decided to have a scout around for it. Well I nearly jumped out of my socks....except I wasn't wearing any! When I turned around there were two little eyes looking at me! This is who they belonged to:
She is an Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog and is about 2.5cm long (I can fairly confidently say 'she' because the males only grow to about 2 cm). She was sitting under my lamp I guess hoping to catch any bugs the light attracted. She is the third one we have had in our house since we have been home. I keep catching them when I can and popping them back outside. We have had so much rain lately (about 150 mm or 6 inches this month and we are only up to the 11th!) that I guess they think it is moist enough indoors for them! I can hear them right now out in our garden....they are noisy little devils too!
Another joy I had this week was to go to watch Harry perform at a local retirement village. His Kinda group were singing Christmas Carols there. It was delightful and best of all was his comment when I asked him if he had had a good time. His response.....'Oh yes Grandma! I just love being on the stage!' Oh he melts my heart!