Tuesday, 29 July 2014

No Baby Still ....


Still no baby!

Think the stork had got lost!

My DIL went into labour at 32 weeks, the Docs managed to stop it after a day or so. Theygave the baby steroids and hope she could hold the babe in for at least another two weeks to give his lungs a chance to develop.

Well, that was weeks ago - whe is now over 40 weeks and the little bugger refuses to come out.

It is as if he is saying " you wouldn't let me out when I wanted to so now I'm staying!"

Last Monday and yesterday they did a 'sweep' but still nothing.  The baby has been engaged all this time and she is partly dilated.  I have no idea when this baby is going to arrive but I do know his mother is fed up to the back teeth!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Book Excitement .... Phones and Games ...

 Yahoo! Another #1 bestseller!

I did it again.  This time with book #5, made it to the top spot on my publisher's MF Romance Bestsellers list.

Just had to share it with everyone... lol.

So exciting!

Been such a great year as far as my books are concerned.  I have two that will be out in paperback - one in Dec and the other in Jan.  They are both paranormal romances.

This is the cover for the ebook version of one of them. It is about immortal Greek daemons and also has little green demons in it along with Greek gods.

Haven't got the cover for other yet, that one is about vampire hunters and it is the first in a series.

From what I understand, the publishers does something different or does the layout different for the print version.

It will be great to be able to put them on the bookshelf, makes it more real somehow .... lol.  Plus I get to look at the 'hotties' on the covers easier ... 

At least book males are less trouble ...  the ones I attract in real life usually are weird ... lol

Contemplating whether to get the new Samsung phone.  I got the S3 a few years back when I changed my mobile number.

 I am really happy with the Galaxy and have been toying with whether to upgrade to the S5 or not. I love all the features on them.  Funny how quickly we get used to having a mobile phone.

My elder grand daughter loves playing games and uses her Ipad. When I babysit she drags mine out to see if I have downloaded any games that she would like. If I don;t had it on me she grabs my phone instead and takes photos and videos.

I get home and have to clean off dozens of pics.

I play a game called Mousehunt and she loves 'tooting' the horn to set off the trap.  Then she has to inspect the mouse she caught and discuss whether it is a 'good' mouse or a 'bad' one .... lol.

My younger grand daughter isn't as fanatical, although she has her own Ipad and knows her way around the damn thing better than I do and she is only 2 1/2!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Doctor Who .....

Look what my kids gave me for my birthday!

They know I am a Doctor Who nutcase and so they got me a whole pile of goodies that I didn't have.

As you know (if you follow this blog) I painted the door to my art studio/workroom as a TARDIS.  Now I have even more goodies in there.

They join my David Tennant figurines, my sonic screwdrivers, books, Dalek desk defender and Journal of Imposssible Things.

The cookie container shaped like the TARDIS had a light on top.  When you open it the light flashes and there is a sound like the TARDIS landing.

The bobble head David Tennant had his sonic screwdriver which also lights up.

I clipped the little red dalek book light onto the side of my lap top so he can watch as I work.  His buddy is much bigger.  He is my red desk defender dalek and he roams around my desk shouting 'exterminate, exterminate' .... lol.

Now somehow I have to convince my builder son to make me a TARDIS bookcase ...... ;)

I can't wait until August 24th when we get to meet the new Doctor - Peter Capaldi - my favourite had been David Tennant, the 10th doctor.  Followed closely by Tom Baker, the 4th doctor.  Didn't care much for Matt Smith (11th doctor) but after a while he sort of grew on me.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Whale of a Time .....

Fort Denison
 Had a wonderful day yesterday, despite the horrid weather.

Heading out to sea.  As you can see it was a very grey day.

Still we were excited to go.  Both of us rugged up with parkas.  Fortunately it didn't rain.

This is Fort Denison, a former penal site and defensive facility. 

The Sydney icon - the Opera House.  It always looks spectacular regardless of the weather.    

This red and white striped buoy stood out amongst the grey.

We saw lots of Black Browed Albatross flying and fishing.  Managed to catch one resting as we sailed past.

The whales were very elusive and it wasn't until we had been out a few hours that we finally found a Humpback.  Our guide was fairly confident it was a female.  I didn't care - I was just excited to see one.

"Thar she blows ....."

We followed her for about half and hour.  It was hard to take pics.  The swell was reasonable and trying to keep your balance and focus was hard.

I did manage to get some reasonable shots, considering she was a far way from the boat.  I had taken all my cameras and used the Canon EOS with my telescopic lens.

I was pleased when I got home and went through all the photos to find I had managed to get some reasonable shots.

It is hard to keep your balance, hold your camera ready, focus the damn thing and hope you are pointing  in the place where you think the whale will surface.

I liked the photo I managed to get of the whale and a Black Browed Albatross flying toward it.

On the way back we were lucky to have two dolphins come and play.  

I was lucky someone told us there were dolphins so we went onto the bridgedeck. I didn't get any photos as I was right on the bow pulpit and hanging on for grim death while I leant over to watch..... lol.

They rode in the wave at the bows.  They would swim just under the surface then jump out and back down again.  It was amazing to watch.

I have no idea how they managed to swim that fast, jump and not hit either of the hulls.

Kirribilli House
On the way back, we passed Kirribilli House on the starboard.  It is the residence of the Prime Minister when he is in Sydney.

Built in 1854 by Adolphus Frederick Feez, it is a twin gabled house built in the Gothic style.  William Morris Hughes, the PM (1915-9123) acquired the property for the Commonwealth Government in 1920.
Admiralty House
In 1956 Kirribilli House was set aside for overseas guests of the Commonwealth and for the PM's use.  Since then successive PMs have used it as their Sydney residence.

Alongside Kirribilli House is Admiralty House.  It is the residence of the Governor General.  
It was previously called 'Wotonga'.  It was built in the 1840s for Lieutenant Colonel J G N Gibbes. the Collector of Customs in the NSW colonial government.

It was sold a few times till it was purchased by the government in 1885  for the Imperial Navy's representative in Australia and then became known as Admiralty House.

It started to get bloody cold - in fact it felt freezing.  We rugged ourselves up but still stayed on the outer deck.  We didn't want to miss anything!

We arrived back at Darling Harbour around 4:30pm - cold and tired but very happy.
HMB Endeavour

My final photos were of the replica of the HMB Endeavour and the HMAS Vampire.
HMAS Vampire

Construction of the Endeavour replica began in 1988,in Australia, and the ship was launched five years later. Since then, she has sailed over 170,000 nautical miles twice around the world, visited 29 countries and many Pacific islands, and opened as a museum in 116 ports. 

The HMAS Vampire 'Bat' was the last of the country's big gun ships.  

The Vampire served in the Royal Australia Navy in 1959 - 1986.  It arsenal included :  
  • three twin turrets housing 4.5" guns (still in place)
  • anti-aircraft guns (still in place)
  • torpedo launchers
  • anti-submarine mortars.

I have a wonderful day - it was full of excitement and lots of laughter.  We struggled ashore, wrapped in our parkas and scarves, in desperate need of hot coffee, the ground kept moving .... lol.

There was a very nice bistro just near the dock so we sat almost on top of the outdoor fire and enjoyed a latte and a very yummy ricotta chhesecake sprinkled with home-made honeycomb and salted caramel ice-cream..... delicious!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Exciting Day Ahead ....

Went to Centrelink the other day to hand over all the paperwork and documents to become an 'official' Senior Australian.

I have had lots of dealing with Centrelink over the years.  Younger son was given a disability allowance when he was born until he was 16 because of his autism.  Husband was on a disability pension in the last 6 years of his life and as I had given up work to act as his full time nurse/carer I was given a carers pension until his death.

Even when he died I was given a 'bereavement allowance' for a few weeks which was a great help.

Centrelink had a horrid name - but in all honesty and fairness I have to say I have never had a problem with them in all the 35 years that I have dealt with them on and off.  They have always been helpful and supportive.  Maybe I have just been lucky in the people I have spoken with but I can't say anything else but be honest in my opinion about them and Centrelink as a whole.

Now I have to wait four weeks to find out whether or not I am accepted for a small part allowance from them.

I wonder?  Does that mean if they say no I won't be a 'Senior Australian' regardless of turning 65?  Maybe I will forever be 65 if they refuse .... wouldn't that be funny!

Next week, more exciting than having a birthday (because it is usually a very quiet affair with my fur babies & just passes as an ordinary day) is the fact that on Tuesday I am going WHALE WATCHING!!!  Leaving from Darling Harbour and heading out to sea.

I am so so excited!

I love whales and just hope I get to see at least one.  Be prepared - if I do see any there will be hundreds of photographs taken to keep the memory alive ... lol.

On top of that I love being at sea although I haven't done it since my 20s.  Must be in my blood.  My father spent most of his adult life at sea - both my sisters and I absolutely love it.  The only thing I don't like about the sea is seafood .... lol.

The photo (left) is of the trawler Nanagai that my father was the skipper of.  He would spend weeks away fishing and return for a week to stay with us then off again.

 He stayed with her when she was seconded by the US Army's small ships division during WW2.

I managed to get his records from the US a few years back including medals he was awarded.

It was amazing to see copies of the original paperworks - his signature on documents, information about his whereabouts, postings behind enemy lines, etc.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Heaven Is .....

Had to share this - the book has only been out for a few days and it is already #17 on the top MFM Bestselling List.  The other three books are still on the top 20 Best Selling List.

On top of that I am #27 on the 40 Top Selling Authors!

Anyway, enough of the self promotion .... lol.

I have an undeniable sweet tooth and not ashamed to admit it.  Anyway, I have discovered the delights of salted caramel.

Oh My God!

I am in heaven!  It is delicious and positively addictive.  I ended making a large jar of salted caramel sauce and keeping it in the fridge.

Do you know what a freshly peeled banana tastes like when you dip in into salted caramel sauce?

It tastes like a little hint of heaven.  Sublime.

I am not a very big fan of ice cream, in fact I wouldn't care if I never had any.  But I decided to try to make some vanilla ice cream with the salted caramel sauce rippled through it.  It worked and it was delicious!  I guess home made ice cream is a big difference on the shop bought stuff.

Now I am experimenting with other things to add it to.  I have made some macarons filled with the salted caramel.  They didn't last very long at all.....lol.

Now I am thinking of salted caramel cheesecake, banoffee pie with salted caramel, sticky dated pudding with it - heck I doubt I will ever use plain old caramel sauce again ..... ;)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

"The Lady" .......

Finished my painting.

Very happy with how it turned out and more importantly, the owner of the original photograph loved it.  It always makes me feel great when someone compliments my work.

The photo owner told me the woman attended a family gathering.

She had a lot of stories to tell - when she was young the country of Pakistan was created and she came from the other side of one country to the new one on foot.

When the photographer asked to take her photo she agreed but did not smile .... lol.

How wonderful it would have been to listen to all the things she had to say, all the amazing things she must have seen in her life.