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Reconciling Beltaine and Halloween related Trick or Treating...

I've been really struggling...

It's just a little thing, but I know I've already offended many friends (I have a number of friends from the US, more than I even realised), and so I've been trying to reconcile my "issue" so I can get over it and move on.

My issue has been with the recent and rapid spread of the Halloween phenomenon in Australia.  It was almost unheard of 10 years ago, but now it's everywhere.  The thing that has been rubbing me up the wrong was the irritation over Halloween coinciding with Samhain in the northern hemisphere - Samhain being the time when the veil between life and afterlife is at it's thinnest.

A lot of people do view Halloween as being the modern version of the Pagan Sabbat of Samhain, but I've decided (for my own sanity sake) that it is not.  Here's why...

Samhain is the festival of summer's end, the harvest festival, and a cleansing time for people and livestock at they head into the darker months.  It is…

It's spring and I'm falling in love... with ME!

I've been looking at swimmers.

I haven't been swimming since about 2006, and I don't fit into the swimmers I had back then.  There was recently talk of a trip involving spa hopping and I realised I have NOTHING to wear!  I really want something flattering for my oh-so-womanly figure, and then someone (actually a few someone's) posted links to this swimsuit...

Gorgeous, isn't it?  I'm not sure it's for me though.  It has one of those elastic shelf bust supports, and well, I don't know if that's quite enough support for my Fabulous Fiends...

So, I kept looking...  I'm loving this suit right now...


And it comes in red, white, gold, blue and black as well, but the pink is, well, so PINK - and eye catching!

Just recently, I've realised that I'm actually really very happy with how I look at the moment.  I'm just about as well rounded as I've ever been, and I know that for my health I need to be thinking about shedding a few kilos, but …

The Ups and Downs of this week!

UP - Dave got a job interview!  Only his second all year!  It's next Thursday and it's with a school uniform screen printing place.  They wanted a finished artist with some screen printing experience.  Dave has both in spades, so fingers crossed he'll get the job.  It's relatively local, too, only 4 train stops up the line (don't know how far from the station), and when he's driving, even a shorter trip!  The lady who called him sounded like she was 60-not-out, so obviously they're not adverse to employing more mature workers!  Please feel free to pray for us, or light a candle, or send us white light, or whatever you do on Thursday morning this week!  We need all the help we can get!

DOWN - I bought some cushions for the outdoor bench seat swing, they only cost $12 each, and were lovely azure, lime green, hot pink and white stripes.  I was excited about making the back porch more inviting and comfy as the warmer weather moves in.  I left them on the bus sto…

That old argument: Too many children...

I got on the bus this morning with Ari in the pram and sat down opposite two women in their eighties.

They ooh'd and ahh'd over Ari, and asked his age, commenting that he's big for his age (he's in the 5th percentile for height and 10th for weight, LOL).  They asked if he was my first, and I told them he is my fourth child, the youngest of four boys.

Then one says to me, "There's talk the Government is going to make it law that couples should only have two children."

As far as I know, this is codswallop, of course, but I thought it best not to argue that point.  Instead I said, "Oh, that would be awful!  I think people need to become a bit more creative when it comes to dealing with issues blamed on overpopulation.  For example, every family in Australia could stand to consume a little bit less.  These pants he is wear (I pointed at Ari's pants) have been worn my his brother before him.  We don't necessarily consume more than families with o…

My baby turns two...

I'm sitting in the study right now and the rest of the house is in silence except for the fans of the computers and the gas heater in the lounge room next door.  Every Y chromosonian is sleeping, all exhausted from a long and exciting day that started at 6.30am and has been go, go, go ever since!

Ari turned two today.  Two years ago, he came into the world on my bedroom floor after one hour of active labour.  He was tiny, just 2.7kg, despite his 41.5 weeks of gestation, and his brother having weighed 4.5, 4.1, and 3.9kg respectively at similar gestations.  He is still tiny.  We went to the MCHN this morning for his 2 year old check up and he weighs 11.1kg (ranking in the 10th percentile for children his age), and measures 81cm (in the 5th percentile for his age), but his stature is the only diminutive thing about him!
Ari Leo Dal is a GIANT when it comes to personality, determination, and temper!  He knows what he wants and nothing gets in his way!  He is also a GIANT when it comes …

Moving forward!

Yes, I just blogged a few hours ago, but I really hate to have a super negative blog up for long.  Mostly people don't like to read a "bitch and moan" blog post, so I thought I'd write up a quick list of the positive things we can and are doing to improve our situation.  Life is a bit like riding a bike, you tend to steer in the direction you're looking in, it is counter intuitive to steer in the opposite direction, so if you don't like the direction you're headed, you have to shift your eyes in the direction to want to be travelling in.  This blog post is me trying to shift my gaze from the negative to the positive...

The Positive Pro-Active Leaps of Faith We Are Making for the Better!


I've organised to have the cheque re-issued and sent to our current address.  The cheque is on it's way!I'm organising an update letter to show to Centrelink.  I have another month to find some other way to earn mobility allowance.I have final dates for the manu…

So bad, it's almost hilarious!

This morning's endeavours have been profoundly enlightening.  I think we may be living under some kind of curse.  Maybe I should change my name to Job?  Who knows, but let me tell three frustrating, mind-boggling findings from this morning that have me laughing with incredulity...

The Address Stuff-up:  We moved earlier this year and I went through the process of changing our address with every place I could think of, and then I got one of those mail-re-routing thingies, so whomever I forgot would be re-routed to us anyway.

In July, I realised even though I'd changed my address with my Training Provider (BestChance) back in April, they had somehow overlooked changing my address so my invitation to the graduation ceremony was going to be re-routed and turn up at my house on the day of the ceremony, possibly too late to confirm my guest numbers, so I called them and changed my address with them a second time.

Then early this month, I found out they were still sending corresponden…

A few of my favourite things!

Jayne over at Random Ramblings posted a very inspiring blogpost recently which I've just HAD to copy the idea of...

Here a few of my favourite things...

# WORDS - I love words!  I particularly like words that aren't used much, like "gry" (the dirt under your fingernails), which I've been trying to work into my writing somewhere, just so it can be used again (this blog post doesn't count as "using the word gry in my writing", but keep looking out for it, it'll pop up somewhere!).  My favourite word in the whole wide world is "serendipity".  I like the way it rolls off my tongue and I like it's meaning and connotation of hope.

# SUNNY DAYS - Who doesn't like a sunny day, then?  Some people say if it was sunny every day, we'd get bored.  I just don't think I would!

# MY KITCHEN TABLE - Not because it's a relatively new purchase, or because it's a particular design, but because I have always dreamed of having a table …

"How to spend $60 of food per week for a family of four" - *bullshit cough*

On a couple of occasions this week I've been surprised at what people consider to be "spending very little on food".

Just now I saw someone link to a Facebook page by a woman advising people who to spend only $60 a week on food for their family of four.  At first I was very impressed.  Sadly, on further investigation, it turned out that she was actually only talking about dinners.  Breakfasts, lunches and snacks were not included in that amazingly economic "food" budget.  On her "how to get started page" some disappointed reader criticised the misleading nature of her claims, and she told them her site was a culinary site, not a site on budgeting, and yet part of her self-promotion is about how she lives on Government payments and only has $120 per fortnight to spend on food, which seems to suggest she's talking about feeding her family of four on just $60 per week...
But misleading promotions aside, I'm just surprised that she considers spendin…

Writing sucks!

It's three o'clock in the morning and I'm wide awake, browsing the net.  Why?

Partly because I fell asleep at around 5pm and slept for two hours - that never helps.

Partly because I'm all churned up.  I had a talk with mum tonight.  She's reading through my manuscript.  Another lecturer (not my supervisor) is reading through my manuscript, and tonight a student is has also received the manuscript and will read it over the weekend.  The thing is.  I thought I'd be finished by now.  It seems EVERYONE else who was finishing up this year IS finished except me.

I'm the only true external student out of the group.  There was one other external student, but that student was actually on campus at least once a month, apparently - something I had no hope of achieving.  So, a lack of constant communication - both on my part and that of my supervisors, has been part of my problem.  I should have been in their ears more, but it's been very difficult to build a rappo…
Gosh, it's so beautiful outside!  The weather forecast is predicting warm weather as far as the eye can see (if you ignore that 17 degree day on Saturday, but relatively speaking 17 degrees isn't really cold anyway)...

In the back of my mind I'm a bit panicky about finishing the manuscript and the exegesis in the next 8 days (haven't heard back from the people who are supposed to be hurriedly giving it a once over for me - must make a call tonight and find out where I stand).

In the back of my mind is the ongoing worry about our financial situation, mostly about the things we can't afford the kids at the moment, like birthday presents for Ari (good opportunity to reassess our values anyway?), and school camping trips for Erik and Luey, and school uniform/bag/hat etc. for Bryn.

In the back of my mind is the nagging unease about the fact that Dave may not even get an interview for a job he is more than qualified to do, and willing to do at a rate below his value, sim…

Boy to Man: Rites of Passage...

I have four boys.

I have four BOYS!

This has been playing on my mind a lot lately.  I always thought I'd have daughters.  Many, many daughters.  Obviously, that didn't happen.

People say it doesn't matter what sex your children are as long as they're healthy, and I agree that a healthy child is something everyone wants!

People say there is nothing you can do with a daughter or a son, that you can't do with a child of the opposite sex.

They're wrong.

They are wrong in so many, many ways, but tonight I just want to talk about just one way in which they are wrong.

Rites of Passage is something done with the child of either sex by the parent of that same sex (and if such a parent isn't available, then by someone the child is close with of the same sex).  When I was daydreaming about all those daughters I was going to have, one of the things I daydreamed about was their rite of passage into womanhood.  In a time when rites of passage are not as culturally value…