Here doggy

The Shottesbrooke winery dog. Day 249/365.

Saturday, 30 July 2011, Day 249/365.

He might be a bit cool to pat but he’s cute is he not? He’s got a guest book on his back and he just invites you to write in it.

He’s at a winery in McLaren Vale about 40 minutes from where I live.


An after school hot chocolate treat. Day 248/365.

Friday, 29 July 2011, Day 248/365.

Getting a hot chocholate fix while you’re eyes are glued to the television that’s mounted up on the wall while your mum tries to talk to you about your day, your week, your life.

You can see how much attention I was getting. Oh well, it was a nice interlude after the first week back at school after the holidays and before the weekend.

Now he’s learning the piano

Practising the piano. Day 247/365.

Thursday, 28 July 2011, Day 247/365.

For this birthday I got him an electronic keyboard. I honestly didn’t know what to get him and didn’t want to get yet another DS game when he’s got a few now anyway and I knew he was also getting money for his birthday.

The Surfer actually suggested this and I’m glad he did. I’d already asked JJ if he wanted to do piano lessons and he expressed an interest.

So he got the keyboard for his birthday and started piano lessons a week ago. So far he’s been practising without me prompting him too much. I hope his interest sticks with it and he enjoys it enough to learn to play it well.

Not leaving on a jet plane

Line in the sky. Day 246/365.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011, Day 246/365.

Jet trail. It makes me think of those people up in the sky going somewhere. This time last year I went somewhere. It was to celebrate leaving and  old job and starting a new one. Thank goodness I did that because I don’t know when I’ll be doing it again due to my work non-certainty.

Yesterday I dropped The Surfer off at the airport so he could fly to a surf beach and go surfing for nearly a week – hmmmpphh. I wish I was with him.

So here I am, firmly on the ground envying all those people up there going somewhere.

Deal Monopoly

Monopoly - the card version. Day 245/365.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011, Day 245/365.

Sometimes it’s just too easy to tell him to go and watch tv when I want some time to myself. As part of my new parenting resolve I thought I’d try and find a game that we could play, and that he could also play with The Surfer’s kids.

I found a couple of card games, one being Monopoly Deal. I like the Monopoly board game but it takes way too long to play – you sometimes need an afternoon and I get confused towards the end when you’re running out of money as to what you have to hand over to keep on going and how mortgages work and all that.

The Monopoly Deal card game is great though because the first person to get three full property sets wins so a game can be over in about ten minutes which is sometimes all the time we have after a day of work etc.

We both love it and JJ wants to play it all the time. He keeps winning which is probably one of the reasons he loves it. It has the same properties as the board game so it is fairly familiar. It took us a little while to get it but once we’d played a few games it was easy to remember the rules. It’s also really good because it is a card game and therefore very transportable.

I also bought Scrabble Dash but that hasn’t had quite the same appeal.

Would anyone like a seat?

Seat anyone? Day 244/365.

Monday, 25 July 2011, Day 244/365.

Remember last Monday how I said Mondays might become my objects on top of fixed objects day? Here’s a look back at last Monday in case you’ve forgotten.

When we were driving near our place last Monday I saw this lounge chair outside a nearby telephone exchange and thought that has to be my photo of the day. Luckily it was still there that evening and I got JJ to pose for me in front of it.

JJ was keen to sit on the actual chair but I wouldn’t let him. You know, something about safety.

I don’t think it’s there anymore. I wonder who took it away? Probably the council earning their money they’re getting off all the extra rates we’re all paying now. I got my housing rates bill the other day for this year. I’m glad I’m earning money again is all I can say!

Non-stop puppy play

Clay and Lola have a doggy playdate. Day 243/365.

Sunday, 24 July 2011, Day 243/365.

These two dogs played non-stop for just over two hours. The labrador was getting a bit worn out but she kept going. The staffy could have kept going for longer – he’s just a bundle of energy.

However, after the walk home, he just slept and when we went to put him to bed later on, he did a bit of a drunken stagger and we didn’t hear a peep from him the whole night.