I was going to post updates on my knitting and some sleepy cat photos but something more important to my life has arisen so the R&R stuff can wait.
I have spoken to my boss and he has allowed me to change my working hours for next week to fit in with a course I am doing from Tuesday to Friday. It means working/learning 15.5 hours Wednesday and Thursday, 12 hours Tuesday and 9 hours Friday (that'll be easy....if I don't fall asleep!). Thank goodness I'm rostered on to work this Saturday and not the same week as the course.
What am I doing you ask? I'm training to be a forklift driver!! :D
I figured if I can drive a 4.5tonne GVM truck with 3 horses loaded on it around the hills/corners surrounding Kempsey for years then I can balance an equally breakable load of packaged wine casks/bottles around winery warehouses. It will cost me over a week's current pay to do the course. One of my friends at the winery said not to forget to claim the course fees on my tax and that having a forklift driver's ticket is a definite bonus to gaining a job at the winery. He should know as he's a packaging manager there.
Wish me luck :D!
I'll try to find a few mins each day to take a pictorial record to post here as this is a bit of a milestone for me.
....are usually the time when I cook for the week, wash the
laundry and clean house and possibly potter around gardening.
I don’t really like cleaning house through the week as I
already spend between 26-30hrs doing pretty much the same at work – sweeping,
mopping, vacuuming and wiping stuff down. To come home and do it just seems
like I haven’t left work. I think I need a change of mindset as I should make
myself do at least one job a day at home then I can have more of my weekends
free – even those ones where I'm rostered on Saturday morning and don’t finish
This last week had a few little surprises in it. I discovered
that I can cook on my woodstove. Why on earth I never realised that before is
beyond me but I thought the little handle was so one could lift the tiled
section up to clean under it…..I never thought of putting my camping teapot or
my saucepan there. That’s going to save me a little bit of gas charges over
I also received a lovely hand knitted beanie from Shirley
over in WA. Adore the colours and finding myself living in it on cold days as
it’s so warm! Thank you again
I finally bought the knitting needles and found some 8-ply
wool for the sock knit-along at the DTE forums but they have been sitting there
mocking me as I haven’t even cast a stitch on yet! I really need some more
socks to wear outside work so I’ll have to motivate myself!
Look…look….I found a local who sells free range eggs!
$4/dozen if you collect and $5 delivered. I fried 2 to have with my bacon this
morning and they are the freshest, most golden eggs I have had since I had my
hens on the farm 2 years ago. Nothing like the flavour of a fresh egg. I could be
tempted to eat lots of these poached, fried and scrambled but I’ll be good and
use most of them for cooking. Beats the beejeebers out of the pale runny “organic”
eggs you can buy from the supermarket. She only lives a couple of blocks away
too. Another thing I love about living in a village J.
I was eating crunchy
ANZAC biscuits last night and thought one bit was overcooked then realised I
was a bit short on the eating equipment! Excuse the "morning face" WYSIWYG!!
Thank goodness for friends to ask (thanks Di!) and Dentists on line and that they have a vacancy tomorrow. Doesn’t change the fact
that it’s going to cost me a couple of hundred dollars L.
Winter!! By CRIKEY it was cold last night! I lit the fire in the wood stove
again but made sure I stacked some extra wood in it before I retired for the
night. There was a nice crispy first of the year frost in my back yard at
7.30am when I finally dragged myself out of bed. Didn’t think to take a photo
but everyone who’s lived with it knows what a good frost looks like – right? So I thought I'd post a picture to make everyone in the cold climes feel warmer.
Made myself some
chicken stock yesterday in the slow cooker using chicken necks and then added
to it to make chicken and vegetable soup for lunch today. Nothing like hot
homemade soup on a cold day. The ingredients are all purchased but I hope to
change that in the future, well except for the chicken, but then maybe I can find
someone around here who will give me a non laying freebie or sell it to me
Cheers to all plus keep warm wishes to those in the Southern Hemisphere!