switch off & reconnect – emu point

Image by Liam Wilde

We took the sprogs to Emu Point for a swim Sunday morning before I holed myself up indoors and did some work on assignments. I’m so glad we took that time together before I spent the next two days studying! They had a glorious time in the cold, calm water and I didn’t mind it so much either… once I got used to being so cold!

Image by Liam Wilde


What do you do to switch off & reconnect with yourself & people you love?


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switch off & reconnect – canasta

Last night saw Bean and I crack out the cards and play canasta for the first time in several years*. We play Bolivia canasta, it’s a variation of regular canasta that requires three decks of cards, rather than two. The basics of the game are the same, but there are some twists which make it a more complex game that takes longer to play than regular canasta. We tend to finish the whole game in two hands, sometimes three. We used to play most evenings when we first got together, back when I didn’t own a computer at all and when online social networking wasn’t such a big deal. After having Sprout we played a bit less, but we still played, then we both got a laptop and we both got fakebook accounts and it was all over for the canasta nights. The cards got packed up and we rarely pulled them out anymore.

I don’t know what inspired me to suggest a game of canasta last night. I know that after a lovely day of farmer’s market shopping and pram shopping** I didn’t want the connection we’d established throughout the day to fizzle away as we sat on our computers ignoring each other. It’s such a terrible pattern we’ve established in recent years. One we’re really trying to change.

It’s tough, trying to break a compulsion to screen escapism. Especially this year, with so many sources of stress and frustration that we desperately want to escape from. It’s so easy to sit in front of the computer and spend waste an evening. We go to bed, knowing we’ve made it to the end of the day, but not really feeling richer for it. That’s not to say I see no value in the computer, or the internet… I do keep this blog and read several others, after all. I just see no value in staying on the computer after I have achieved what I turned it on for in the first place. I don’t see value in using it to escape the dullness of my daily life, instead of making my daily life less dull! I suppose that’s what this switch off & reconnect endeavour is about. Connecting with my daily life, with myself, with my family, with my local area – creating connection here in my local, real life community instead of searching for it online every time I crave it.

The connection continued today, we played, we were silly, we walked outside in the short breaks between the rain, I made some biscuits with Sprout, then we went to the museum to spend the rainy afternoon.

A good real life is slowly coming together, here on the south coast, so I’m feeling less compulsion to sit on the computer endlessly flicking from page to page without a clear aim***. I’m enjoying discovering new people and places here, and relishing the fact that glorious people we know from past periods of our life are either living down here already or coming down here soon.

Yes, life is getting better every day, and so the computer is becoming redundant as a prominent feature in my days. How utterly fabulous this is.



*In case you’re wondering… I won! Bean won the first hand, but after a good looking start for him in the second hand I cleaned up and scored high enough to win the game too.

**We’ve put a pram on layby so I can walk Dave longer distances. Sprout and Moe can’t walk as far as Dave needs to walk to use up his abundant kelpie puppy energy, so they’ll be able to sit in the pram while I walk far and fast with the pooch.

***Surfing the internerd is great fun, but it’s just one of so many things that are great fun and it seems to (sadly) dominate my spare time so much because it tends to require less effort than other great fun pastimes.



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A little self-indulgence

I got this “thingo” of questions today. I figured, rather than email it to people and give everyone the toms I’d stick it on here. Of course, I could have ignored it, but that wouldn’t have been very egotistical of me…

1. Kimba
2. Pin
3. Mumma

1. “hoodies for your feet” from my older sister = awesomen (the slippers & the sister both)
2. repurposed woolen jumper made years ago by my Gran from one she made my Mum millions of years ago
3. a yellow hair clip with white spots

1. cavity free teeth
2. mental wellness
3. an acreage in/near Denmark

So that’s what it’s called! I don’t much hope anyone will do the meme, but I do hope someone visits me soon!

1. had an emotional breakdown
2. drank a glass of raw milk
3. pushed both the sproggets on swings while meeting someone new

1. My property manager
2. My awesome younger sister
3. I don’t remember, I don’t get enough mobile reception for calls at home so it’s been a while since I spoke on a phone before my trip to town today…

1. hang nappies on the line
2. breastfeed
3. make split pea & red lentil soup with the sproggets

1. water free from chlorine & fluoride
2. sparkling mineral water (aka wanky water)
3. raw milk

1. the sproggets
2. Dave the dog
3. the organic fuji apple I ate first thing this morning

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Fakebook update

It’s been just over 3 weeks since I deleted my fakebook account and triumphantly announced it here so I think it’s time for an update.

It’s awesome. That’s pretty much the update in short. Life without fakebook suits me very well.

In the time that I otherwise would have spent on fakebook I’ve rekindled my passion for quilting, begun altering some clothes, sorted through my fabric stash (which is quite large, and now quite organised also), painted several pieces of furniture, done more work in the backyard (sadly none of it is planting out the garden beds since it’s still so hot & newly transplanted plants just aren’t faring very well without cooler weather & regular (or any!) rains), walked Dave even further, spent more time playing with my children & communicated better with Bean (who was inspired to delete his fakebook account a day after I deleted mine).

I’m also feeling happier with the social interactions I’m having. I’m making more of an effort to get out and see people. I’m not socialising as often as I was when using social networking (checking fakebook several times a day), but the quality of my socialising is so much greater. Lots of people say they don’t like fakebook but they couldn’t get rid of their account because it’s the only way they are able to keep in touch with people. I used to agree, but what led me to finally deleting my account was realising that if someone wanted to keep in touch with me they would, fakebook or not. I have email addresses, phone numbers and blog URLs of people I want to keep up with, and I’m no longer afraid to use them! I spent too many hours scrolling through my news feed to see what people were up to in fakebook land, it was never a satisfactory form of socialising for me, and I wasted too much time worrying about things that were written on various profiles & “walls” by people who may or may not have been real friends anyway.

I know this could be read as a little evangelical and preachy, I know it may be met with resistance by people who find fakebook to be a positive addition to their lives and… I don’t actually care! I honestly don’t care if (the collective) “you” like fakebook, if you think it enhances your life, if you couldn’t imagine life without it. I’m not interested in ridding the world of fakebook, I’m not on a crusade of conversion. If you like fakebook then keep on using it if it’s working for you. I simply didn’t love it, and I got sick of whinging about it’s negative points so I decided to try life without it, which I have found works perfectly for me.

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Oh look, a faery spewed on my chairs!

Well, not really… I just painted them.

A few months ago we endured ikea & while we were there we bought a couple of small children’s size cane chairs. The were raw wicker, unfinished. I always thought I’d do something to finish them – maybe varnish them, maybe paint them…

I decided to go with bright coloured paint. After all, they are children’s chairs… Who am I kidding though?! Any excuse to make my whole house look like faeries have come in and spewed all over everything. I love colour. I’ve always loved pastel colours, earthy colours, muted colours, bold primary colours. Recently, through challenging myself to try something new in fabric selection for my patchwork projects I’ve grown to love bright colour also. Although, fluro colours & day-glo make me want to spew…

It took me AGES to paint the chairs. A couple of hours per chair. It’s painstaking work with a paint brush (instead of spray paint) & a baby who wakes for feeds several times mid-task. Each chair used a lot of paint too, about 3/4 of the 500mL sample pot per chair for one coat. The wicker just sucks up the paint. As expected, the chair I painted with the darker base colour used more paint than the chair I painted with the lighter base colour.

Anyway, I think they look cute & I’m looking forward to painting more things soon.

On my list are our currently unfinished pine bookshelf (distressed look planned for that one), the old changetable/chest of drawers that will become my fabric cutting table/fabric storage space and our pantry (distressed look planned for that one too) and our unfinished pine bedside tables (also acquired while enduring ikea).

Technical bits:

I used Taubmans colours on these chairs. The darker green/aqua colour is called “coolaide” and the lighter green is called “split lime”.

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