1. Proof that my sewing machine still works.
On warm days we prop our front door open, usually with a rock. (Shut up, it's a lovely rock. It's rather a special rock actually, as I smuggled it home from Falls Creek last Easter when Mr Soup and I returned to the scene of our mountain home meeting twenty-three years ago, only this time with three offspring in tow. The Rock is a symbol. Oh yes).
Anyway, one night last week as the mister left for soccer training he said (rather hurtfully seeing as I am fond of The Rock) We have to get rid of this stupid rock. It's scratching the door and driving me crazy. When he returned an hour and a half later, not only had I made dinner, but had done some online research, rifled through my stash of Ikea furnishing fabrics, sewn a doorstop, stuffed it with rice (quick rethink regarding the risotto I had planned to make for aforementioned dinner but now could not), and put it in position by the front door. (ps. that's the doorstop there in the photo in case you were pondering).
I have never been so efficient in my life.
(The Rock is now an indoor doorstop where it continues to drive my husband crazy. Ha).
2. It's hot. Autumn, where aaaaaare you?
3. As I type, the eldest child is making Kool Aid and praising the Americans for their ingenuity. A drink! From coloured powder! (Teenagers have compromised taste buds).
4. The sunrises have been pretty this week.
5. I have been thinking about Mary's and Alice's project of taking photos of a particular spot in their lives on a regular basis in different lights and seasons. I've been taking photos of our view for the past four years, and while I wanted to find a new spot to join in this project, the reality is that this is my favourite scene to photograph. (It's also the handiest). And so in 2010, I'm afraid once again you will be subjected to a whole slew of pictures of "Through my Kitchen Window". (As I typed that I turned around, noticed that the evening sky is particularly beautiful tonight, and took a photo. I'm back now. See what I mean by "handy"?)
Speaking of projects, I did join The Coffee Lady and Ali's flickr group The Changing Room and am having marvellous fun spying on what everyone wears, giving and receiving helpful feedback (well, theirs is helpful, mine tends to be OMG I love that skirt! and Where did you get that necklace? and I have major hair envy) and as a result being slightly more mindful of my wardrobe and making the most of what I already have. It also made me clean the bedroom mirror, so that was an added bonus. Then my boss took me window shopping at her favourite boutique and shoe shop in the city and I got all wanty again (we have a major bash coming up and she said we need something faaaabulous). Aarrghh.
6. We lit a candle and said a few words before dinner on Sunday night.
7. We had a new toilet installed through an initiative of our local water provider to subsidise the installation of dual flush loos in our region. Those of you who have multiple boy children will understand when I say that a fresh, new, modern and clean toilet in my house gives me great pleasure.
8. A reader of my blog astounded me with her generosity, and brought tears to my eyes this week. Thank you Gisella. Photos to come when the weather cools a bit.
9. I listened to Jane Eyre (narrated by Juliet Stevenson) on audiobook. Oh my word, the men in that book! I'd forgotten [spoiler alert] what harsh, unpleasant creatures they are. Yesterday I picked up two film versions of the story to watch while my own menfolk are at their interminable soccer training sessions. Also yesterday I finished reading Sarah Dunant's new book Sacred Hearts which I heartily recommend if you are into Renaissance Italy with particular focus on women in convents (you know you are). A ripping good story and I wish I could convince my bookgroup of the merits of historical fiction. Our bookgroup just read La Lacuna (by Barbara Kingsolver) with mixed feelings. Parts of the book dragged for me but overall I enjoyed it, and it prompted a re-viewing of that Salma Hayek film Frida with all its colour and glory, so that was a positive.
10. And in magpie news, I now have several brave birds who will take bread from my hand.
Ok then! We're all caught up.
(Tomorrow ... I shall show you The Rock. I know. You can't wait).