Welcome & the Work Begins

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This is just a quick blog post to welcome anyone who is new to the blog.  If you are here for recipes, be sure to check out the tab ‘Recipes – Food’ at the top of the page.  I have tried to add all of the recipes scattered throughout the blog to links on that page.  There will be more add all the time.

In other breaking news, the work on replacing some of the verandah boards and all of the railings as well as some concreting and a new entrance to the verandah will be starting tomorrow.  The will be some blog posts with photos coming up to show the progress.

This is what it currently looks like.

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Behind the Scenes

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Just because I have not posted very much recently does not mean there is nothing going on here at ‘The Castle’.

We have had 2 phone calls in the past 48 hours to confirm that some of our plans are coming to fruition.  The first was from a tree lopper to confirm that he will be here early next week to remove a couple of very large trees and mulch them as well as the smaller ones that GMan cleared recently.

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Once this is done we will be able to consider the next step in some of our long-term landscaping plans.

Yesterday we received a quote from the builder for the next major renovations.  This will include replacement of some of the verandah floorboards, new railings, cafe blinds and screening and gate to provide added security to the verandah area.  Some more concreting to finish the path near the steps and provide a base for an additional water tank will also be done.  We will discuss the finer details with him this weekend and hope that the work will be completed with the next couple of months.

It is great to feel that some of our planning to beginning to come to fruition.

Appointments

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Part of being organised is making and keeping track of appointments.  This week I have appointments for a dental check up, haircut and mammogram on 3 consecutive days.

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I am lucky because Breastscreen and my dentist both send reminders when an appointment is due.  I simply make the appointment and make a note in my electronic calendar at work.

My hair appointments are generally 7 weeks apart and I make the following appointment when I am at the salon.

The dentist and hairdresser both send an SMS reminder the day before the appointment.

My haircut on Thursday was one of 3 that I planned and booked back in February.  I did this as I was calculating the intervals so that I could make sure I had my hair cut just before we leave to go on holidays in July.  I will have it cut 2 days before we leave so that it will last for the whole holiday.

What regular appointments do you make and how do you manage them?  Diary?  Electronic notes?  Some other method?

Meaning of Materialistic

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I read an interesting question online today.

How do you become less materialistic?

The first thing to do is to define the word ‘materialistic’.  I resorted to the dictionary and this is what I came up with.

Materialistic – excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and material possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.  

I think that sums it up quite nicely.

So, how is a materialistic attitude determined?  Nature, nurture, genetics, stage of life?

I am sure that at least some of our attitude towards possessions stems from how we were brought up and the attitude of our parents.

Additionally, most of us go through what I would regard as an acquisitive phase during early adulthood as we set up a household which is independent from our childhood home.  During this period there are often children added to the family and along with that comes additional possessions.

At the other end of the scale there are those of us who no longer have children at home and are perhaps already retired or soon to be so.  Many of us are looking to remove clutter from our lives.

However, I think a materialistic attitude is more than simply having lots of stuff.  To me it means that a person places more emphasis on material possessions than values.

I cannot get enough of this video which is brilliant.

Weekend Plans

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My apologies for disappearing for nearly a week.  This week has been a bit of a blur.  On Monday GMan made a flying visit to Melbourne to attend the memorial service for a dear friend who died unexpectedly a couple of weeks earlier.  It was an emotional day but I am so glad that we were able to attend.  RIP, Carol.

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The rest of the week has simply been going to work and doing my best to keep my head above water.  A menu plan and meals in the freezer have been most welcome.  Honey soy chicken was on the menu last night.

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Now it is the weekend and this looks like being a full one.  Tomorrow we are going to see Miss O play netball.  It only seems like the other day that she was born and now she is 8 and playing her first season of Saturday morning sport fixtures.

After the netball match, GMan and I are heading off to a computer shop to look for a tablet computer to buy then out to lunch with my mother.

To round off the day we are going to see “The Lady in the Van” starring Maggie Smith.  I am looking forward to this film as she is an excellent actress and I have enjoyed several of her other films.

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What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope it is great.

A Tyre(ing) Week

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Tyres are one of those things that we would find it difficult to live without but we really do not give much attention to them until there is a problem.

For GMan, this week has been all about tyres.  Last week he discovered that the ute had a slow leak in one tyre which became not so slow and the cause was a nail.  After after visit to the local tyre shop, we discovered that it could not be repaired so a new one was ordered and he collected that this morning.  Of course, there is a spare tyre but a replacement was necessary.  The ute is back in business.

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The ute was not the only wheeled device with issues.  We have a metal handcart which came from my parent’s place but we have not used it recently as it needed a new tyre.  That was not high on the list of things to do but GMan did do it this week.  The only tyres available did not match the original so he bought 2 new ones and the handcart is now sporting a very flash pair of whitewall tyres.

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The final project is for later today as GMan needs to pump up the tyres on the mulcher.

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Wheels are great, but like everything else, they require a little maintenance from time to time.

 

A New Toy

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It is not often that I post about something new that I have bought.  More often than not, it is about what I did not need or what I have passed on to someone else.

3 weeks ago GMan and I each bought a Fitbit Flex.  I have heard many people talk about these devices and I must admit that I thought they were a bit of a gimmick but eventually we decided to join the crowd.  I have previously used a pedometer on occasions but find this to be much more accurate and it is easier to wear as it is not dependent on the type of clothing that you are wearing.

This is mine which I wear alongside my wristwatch.

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I think I have only scratched the surface in terms of what I can program it to do but our main focus is to achieve 10,000 steps each day.  I have met my goal for 19 out of 21 days.  On the other 2 days I achieved about 9,000 steps.

We both hold down sedentary office jobs so we actually need to make a conscious decision to get out and about during the day.

There is no digital display on this model but all of the stats are available on the app on my phone.

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There is nothing like the challenge of meeting a goal to motivate you so we feel that these purchases have been well worthwhile.

I am also looking forward to to being able to track how much walking we do when we are overseas on holidays.