Sunday, August 27, 2006

Menopause the musical
I went with my daughter and some friends from work last Thursday to see Menopause the musical at the Twelfth Night Theatre, Brisbane. We set off with a glass of pink bubbly to put us in the mood and from then onwards we never stopped laughing. We laughed till we cried - it was all so funny and true. At the end of the performance they asked people to come on the stage. I thought why not and got my good friend Sonya to come as well. We ended up on the front row - I held hands with one of the stars of the show and Sonya's hand was held in a death grip by the man standing next to her. We danced and laughed and had a ball. We each got a badge as a memento of going on the stage and I don't think I will ever forget this wonderful, magical and hilarious night.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Waikiki Girl
Here is my favourite photo of Suki - Justine's ragdoll cat. Justine calls this photo Aloha Suki and I just think that is just perfect. I took this photo at Justine's birthday party - Suki quite happily wandered around with the lei around her neck. Her sister Kiki wasn't so cooperative. I think of Suki as the waikiki girl.
Off to New York
Our son, Richard, now lives and works in New York. This photo was taken when he left Australia. He is having a wonderful time living in Tribeca and working on Wall Street. I envy him being able to walk everywhere and there always seem to be something happening. Our daugher, Justine, visited him recently and they both had a great time visiting lots of bars and going to watch the Yankees and of course for Justine, shopping.

These are some of the dolls I have made. The patterns are by elinor peace bailey, Rhonda McGinnity and Cachet. I love all these dolls but I think my favourite is the gypsy (epb). She is one of the biggest dolls I have made and I have her sitting on the lounge. I made her after I took a class with elinor - she was a great inspiration and I came away from the class confident enough to tackle the most difficult of faces. I now like to experiment with my own ideas and designs but I still love all of elinor's patterns - they just have something.
Material Girl
When my daughter was in the USA recently, we looked after her beautiful ragdoll cats - Suki and Kiki. They were a lot of fun and I enjoyed having them stay very much. I often found little things missing - wooden stamps etc. I then figured out that Suki was having a lot of fun taking them and hiding them. Kiki liked to sit in my quilting material drawers (in the end I took all the material out so there was more room for her) . I couldn't resist taking a picture of her there looking very innocent and adorable.

57th Wedding Anniversary
It was my parents, Jack and Kitty, 57th Wedding Anniversary last month. We had a lovely day with them. My dad is in his 80's and he still plays golf and supports his favourite football team - Blackburn Rovers. My mum still knits and crochets and loves doing cryptic crosswords. We had a lovely lunch of fish and chips (their favourite) and a delicious strawberry cream cake - yum yum.

A few weekends ago I went with my husband to a swap meet at Caboolture. I call it boy's shopping. I have been to many swap meets and I really enjoy them. I love it when there are trash and treasure stalls and then I can buy something. Sadly this was a bikes only swap but I did enjoy watching grown men rummage around in piles of rusty parts and get all excited when they made a find. It was only a small swap but my husband still managed to find a few things.

I love cat ornaments and my daughter bought me some more when she went to New York to visit my son, and to Boston. Here is just a selection of my cats. The yellow happy cat and the black paper mache are the one she bought me. I have to smile when I look at them. She also brought me back a Harvard t-shirt (she was there for 2 weeks) I love NY t-shirt and bag, a card set I had wanted so much and a Harvard Mom cup that I am now using for my cuppa at work. I am hoping to visit my son in New York so think of all the wonderful kitsch I can get whilst I am there. I am in heaven just thinking about it.