Saturday, July 17, 2010

Another month has passed.
Mum is looking well (besides having no hair) and is back home again and is getting around quite good too. At this stage I don't know what her tests have shown (if the cancer is stable, has shrunk or grown).

My brother from Alice Springs was home for awhile and is now in the USA being a tourist. He is on Long Service Leave. He will be coming back here for daughters wedding in October.

The day he left here, for his home in Alice Aprings, before going to the US, my husbands sister arrived from Adelaide for a few days so she could visit their stepmum. She stayed with us. Last week-end my husbands brother also arrived from South Australia and stayed with us a few days, again to visit their stepmother. She is in a bad way, but having said that, she has been that way for some time now. Never any improvement. They've upped her medication again. They seem to think she is waiting for someone in particular to visit but we have no idea who.

On the 4th July, our daughter ran the Gold Coast Airport marathon. We went down on the Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight at Surfers Paradise at the Paradise Resort. I was quite happy with the place, enjoyed the BBQ meal there and the floor show. Weather on the Sunday was good and sunny and our daughter ran the marathon under 4 hours which she was really pleased about. Took 25 minutes off of her time last year.

This past week I have been working on her wedding invitations. They open like a book, with the information to be placed/glued inside but they haven't organized their gift registry yet and decided on the wording. I really, really wish they would hurry up as I want to get them finished and out by the end of the month. (I said that last month too). The meals at the reception venue have gone up since they booked too (bugger). They are now having the wedding cake as desert so have gone to a cheaper option, instead of the entree, main, desert option they first organized, but because they want the chair covers, sashes, and fairy lights they have to pay $300 for these when in their first option it was part of the package.

We picked up the wedding dress last Saturday, but the front hem needs taking up (even with her buying very high heeled/platform shoes). So to the dressmaker on Tuesday we go. Must make phone calls to the cake maker now and let her know we need enough cake for desert and the hire place as we can have t-lights on the reception tables.

Husband goes away for a couple weeks holiday next month to South Australia to visit friends and relatives. His brother is turning 60 so wants to be there then, as he came up to us for my husband's 60th a couple years back.

I hoping this invitation stuff is sorted by then.

I have my wedding outfit at the dressmakers too as it needs some altering. Pants taken up and a nip and tuck here and there. Things I don't want to do myself.

Been working on our tax returns this week end. Am hoping to be called in to work on the 21st August for the elections. I worked at a polling booth at the 07 elections. The extra money will come in handy as always.

Anyway will post again next month.


  1. Hello Gayle

    Sorry to bother you on your blog, but got stuck with trying to reply to your post on the crafty mamas site – couldn't register.

    Did you have any luck with getting your Empisal KH-820 to work? I have just bought one at an op shop (not sure if working yet), and could let you know about what the buttons of the carriage do, if you still want (I'm in Sydney, so can't really get it to you...). (could take a video if you thought it would work)

    Also wondering if you are willing to sell me a photocopy of your manual – I can download them for US$40 but that seems ridiculous given that I don't know if the machine works well! I would happily pay you A$20

    anyway, happy to let you know about the carriage regardless of what you think about the manual!

    Sorry again to hijack your blog..


  2. Sarah, Look at Crafty Mamas "Empisal 820 Knitting Machine".