Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chair Emergency

See the navy emeco chair shunning the mama bearenstien chair?
Bullying will not be tolerated!

So I free foraged this chair off the street about 10 years ago. I think it had been left behind in a council cleanup (For those OS readers, this is where you can leave hard rubbish on the curb & the council will pick it up. Great for scoring free stuff). 

It is a sturdy chair, very solid. It has served its time in the laundry, occasionaly venturing upstairs as emergency seating. It has been part of a blanket fort. Used to stand on. Been a stable support for carpentry projects. I like its reliability.

I don't like it's looks. I know that 'Country Style' has moved on from decorative geese with bows around their necks, its just that this chair is a little too Mama Bearenstien's Country Kitchen for me. I have US Navy Emeco chairs in my kitchen. (OH OK OK they are reproductions! I admit it!!)

Fresher than it's setting, but still not quite......
Note that this is NOT my kitchen. It is the unrenovated workshop.
Where I store lots of magazines.

So I painted the chair white. It took a bit to cover that Hunter Green, so there are 3 undercoats & 2 topcoats on the chair. With sanding in between. I've invested a bit of time into doing it up.

And I still don't like it.

So, I am asking for your opinion, what would you suggest I do? I was thinking a bit of distressing & a beachy chair pad, but I don't think I would like that either. Should I paint it a different colour? Turquoise? Yellow? Black? Paint a chair pad on it? Decoupage it with comic books? Should I go boringly on trend & paint it grey with some aviarian stencil?

Sell it? Put it back on the curb?

Please help, it's a chair emergency.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Cleaning my head for Autumn

$2 Aluminium coffee tin from the Salvos Op Shop

Every time I sit down to write a blog post I end up spending the whole time reading everyone else's blog updates. This is normal, right? Right?? Well this cannot go on. I will not give up any of the blogs I follow because I am an enthralled stickybeak supportive blogger; I just need to manage my time in a more productive way.

Right then, now that I have stopped performance managing myself, there are a few points I would like to get off my chest so that I can move on mention. But first, a 'Kids say the darndest things' moment.

Last night at dinner, the boys where discussing which insect they would rather be (as you do). Monkeyboy announced that he would like to be an 'Ass Whopper'.  I am assuming he meant 'Grass Hopper'??

That's right Darling, you whop that cake's ass.
The Garden is going well, although we are inundated with insects - grasshoppers are indeed whopping our ass. The cucumber vine that had grown so well was practically decimated by the combined efforts of banded pumpkin beetle & aphids. Bastards. The vine died a death, despite the assistance of aphid munching ladybirds, & then a few good sprays of Confidor. It ended up being pulled down, extra disappointing because at one stage it was covered in flowers, which I assume would have been fruit.

Noodle Salad with sliced cold brisket, lettuce, shallot & BOUGHT cucumber.
Oh the shame.
The tomatoes are mostly home to larvae, unrecognisable until you have let the fruit ripen on the window sill for days & then have your mouth all ready for a toasted tomato sandwich for breakfast, only to cut the tomato &... too incredibly gross for words. 

Beans, carrots, capsicum, spinach, lettuce, corn & herbs are all going really well but the real star is rocket - it is continually harvested a few leaves at a time & just keeps regrowing! This weekend I am planning on adding some chillis to the garden.

Home made pizza with tomatos (no not from the garden!), olives, anchovies & rocket-from-the-garden. I have been experimenting with the crust & have discovered that allowing the dough to 'double rise' after it has been rolled makes for a crust that is thinly crisp. And super delicious.

I have a lot of projects on the go, which means that none of them is getting the attention they deserve. We bought an old meat safe from ebay that is being restored for the bathroom; I am frankensteining a tricycle with a stroller; completing the 'Family Gallery' wall; creating a vision board to align with my 2011 goals & filling my notebook with more ideas & projects than I think I can actually do in this lifetime! Oh, & I have a chair quandary. And I have been op-shopping a bit. And cooking alot. I think I need an assistant to help out with all of this!

I will post pictures & hopefully success stories soon. Or my imaginary assistant will.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

TV is punishing.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Brad Pitt.
Last Saturday, The Gentleman continually displayed some pretty appalling behaviour. Fighting, rudeness, back talking, generally mean & menacing, totally disrespectful. Ok, ok, he is only 6, but what sort of parent would I be if I just let him think that was acceptable? I would not be raising a decent human being, & that is my job. So, I had to think of a punishment that would curb this nastiness, something that would hit him where it hurt - I said no tv for a week. And then I thought, crap now I have to put up with a week of whinging. Good one Mrs BC! Didn't think about that too hard, did you? Der head.

But halfway through, I am pleased to report that it has been pretty wonderful. Instead of filling up time arguing in front of the tele, he has played lots of fun outside games, & played nicely at that. Invented soccer golf. No more (or not much) Kamen Warrior kung fu moves. We have read books together. Read books on his own. He has coloured in, drawn, created. We made a cake together. He & Monkeyboy have both gone to bed an hour earlier because the tv hasn't dictated the time. Which means they have slept better & woken up earlier. Which has meant an easier time in the morning for everyone.

I never planned on being one of those cranks carrying on about 'TV is rotting children's brains'.

But I am liking it very much.

I think this punishment might be modified slightly & continued indefinitely.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Organic Fly Screen?

I opened the front door the other night to find this visitor at eye level,
the web stretched across the door frame.

I may have shrieked.

The spider is about the size of my palm.

Umm, no thanks, Mother Nature. I'll pass.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Life goes on

The beaches here are still closed after the floods, due to the high level of toxins in the water. For a while we had the most bizzare stuff wash up on the beach - a water tank, a mattress complete with it's bottom sheet, a dead shark, a lawn mower, enormous parts of Riverwalk, a forest worth of driftwood. It has all been cleared away now, but still no swimming. We have had to go up the coast on two occasions, for an emergency surf. Glorious.

These old fashioned jam drops where a big hit, but not with me. I am trying to change my eating habits, & it is getting easier to stick with it as time goes on. My aim is to cut out 95% of crap, improve the quality of carbs, increase protein & watch my portion sizes. I don't like the word diet, I want these changes to be for life, literally.

In an effort to improve my health I have been walking 4 times per week, about 7kms a time. I can still walk next to the beach, even if the beach is closed, dammit! In an effort to improve my financial outlook I bought cheap arse shoes from Target, that actually imploded after 3.5 months of pounding the pavement. False economy! I returned them for a full refund, which I recieved. Then I went to a sports store & bought some proper shoes like a grown up.  

Inspired by Shauna Glen, I made some chocolate dipped strawberrys that where enthusistically hoovered down by the boys in this house. Ok I ate ONE, who are you, the food police??
(btw did you check out the size of Shauna Glen's massive berrys? )

If you are married to a Kiwi you will know how to cook mussels. I normally cook them in a spicy tomato & wine sauce & serve with fettucini; at Mr BC's request these where cooked ala Luke Nguyen in lemon grass & coconut milk. Nice, but I like my version better.

Like the rest of the world we have had some strange weather lately - these clouds where the tail end of a biblical style downpour as it went over the top of us & headed out to Moreton Island. I prefer walking in the rain - it is cooler, less crowded, & makes me feel virtuously committed to my health. Bonus!  

What have you been up to?
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