Monday, September 06, 2010



Hello peoples well will you look at that it has been over a year since I have posted anything well in the coming weeks I will try and fix that but in the mean time come and join us at Scrapping Outback for a 3 day cybercrop. Lots of prizes to be won and games to play. Rachelle who owns SO is not only a talented scrapbooker and former Master she is also a chipboard, stamp and PP designer this is one talented little lady. Below is just one of the many chippie's she has designed. SO come and join us. bye for now

Jen







Monday, May 04, 2009

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Time is just rushing by so fast. It has now been nearly 6 weeks since I had my Lap Band and things are going great. I have lost 9kg so far so that is wonderful. On the ANZAC weekend I went to SBC annual retreat. As usual had a great time catching up with all the girls this years theme was masquerade night. I was running out of time so I just bought my mask this time instead of making it. Here is a photo of all who participated in wearing a mask.


In a few days time it will be Jodie's 40th birthday and Deb and I have done her an album well actually in the 6 weeks that Jodes gave us lol we actually did 2 albums so I can't wait for her to see them. The girls are going great guns but chances are they may not be too happy soon as I am fostering another Greyhound he has been returned to the program due to his owners getting divorced his name is Popeye(good grief) I don't know what is happening with the greyhound walks our last one was 6 weeks ago I hope they start up again soon. Grace and Milly will post the pictures from their last walk up on their blog.I will leave you with some of my lastest Layouts

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Well thats about it till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

for the past 12months I have not been happy with my weight and I realised that I had to do something about it and make it permanent. Well after the cruise the decision was made so much easier for me and on the 26th March 2009 I went and had Gastric Lap Banding. Yes drastic measure but I was in a drastic situation. I won't go on about my reasons blah blah blah but it was not a decision I made lightly. Well its been 2 days since the operation and other than feeling sore and sorry for myself everything appears to be going ok. I am on a fluid only diet for about 3 weeks to allow the band to settle it is so nice to taste yummy things again especially after the 2 weeks of being on optifast which was just revolting. I started off at 102kg and I am currently at 96.9. Heres to a new life for me a much happy and healthier one
Well thats about it till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Well holidays have been and gone and I am back to work again. It actually took me 10 days to recover from the cruise. We did have a grat time it was just the lack of sleep and the constant state of feeling full that put a bit of a dampener on the holiday but we did have fun. I have done a couple of layouts recently have even been having problems with that as well but I think that that problem might be sorting itself out.
Andrew has moved in with my sister for a while and Freyer has broken up with Will and has moved back in with us. So we lose one and gain one lol. The "girls" adoptions have finally been finalised so they are offically Uittenbosch's. I am just waiting for my next foster dog it will be a boy this time.
Bit of sad news SBC has closed its forum but at least we still have the retreat to look forward to. Some of the girls and I are playing over at Scrapping Outback. I will leave you with some layouts that I have completed



Don't forget to pop over and see the girls at
Barkings of a Greyhound
Well thats about it till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic",. please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lazy Day, Cruising Sunday 8th February.

Late start to the day due to lack of sleep AGAIN. But it was ok as we are cruising all day. The weather is absolutely gorgeous not a cloud in the sky and the ocean is as flat as a pancake. I went up to the parents retreat (place you go that has no kids) and layed on a nice comfy day bed and was able to have as much NZ ice-cream as I wanted. It was wonderful I even managed to finish a book I had started. All in all a great day. Tomorrow is Tauranga

Home of the “Cake Tin” – Wellington, Saturday 7th February, 2009

Welcome to Wellington the capital of NZ. Today is another beautiful day and we are taking the city tour. We took a cable car ride then went out to Mt Victoria for beautiful 360 degree views of this pretty city. As we were going through the city we noticed a lot of people in costumes and as the day wore on more and more people were wearing costumes. We did not quite understand why till some one said that the Rugby 7's was on and the Kiwi's were playing that afternoon in the stadium that was right next to the Ship. The stadium is nick-named "the Cake Tin" for obvious reasons – it looks like a cake tin – lol. It was a fantastic site to behold. There were people everywhere and in such high spirits. Mind you a lot of people did not quite make it to the stadium but they seemed perfectly happy just wondering the streets going from pub to pub. Poor Kiwi's lost in the final seconds to the Pommie's . Tomorrow is a cruise day as we travel up to Tauranga.

Arrived in Christchurch today and for some weird reason I thought it would be great if we went horse riding WHAT WAS I THINKING when I booked that tour. The stomach started churning as we approached our horses nooooooo Jen not a good idea. Ok just get on the damn thing and smile smile smile. Ok so far so good we are on the horse AND we have made it out of the gate. We travel down this gravel path with tree's along both sides so my horse decides it time for a snack so out of order we go and head for the nearest tree " Jenny pull the rein to the right and give him a little dig in the sides" yeah right easier said than done. Quite frankly if Noble wants to eat let him I say but alas he is not suppose to so eventually we get back in line only to have the little bugger go to the other side and start munching so we start the process all over again. Finally we continue along our merry way to the river bank. The water is sooooo beautiful the river is called "Waimakiriri" it comes down from the mountains and is that green/bluey colour. We start riding along the riverbank and dear old Noble's eye start twitching to the left oh great whats up this time. On the river bank is a big orange kite and low and behold the horses have not seen one before so this makes Noble a bit nervous. The guide asked the guys if they could leave it on the ground whilst the horses are close but that is not good enough for dear old Noble. He decides he wants to put a bit of distance between him and the kite so he starts to prance around and carry on I scream or swear very loudly can't quite remember but I just pulled on those reins till he stood still. GET ME OFF THIS MANIAC HORSE. We manage to get back to the stables without further incident I was just relieved to be off the wretched thing lol. Our next adventure was jet boating WOW what a scream that was. We could'nt believe how shallow the water was in some places I mean I am talking about a couple of inches if that. The weather was fantastic and riding in the jet boat was the perfect ending to an interesting day. We actually did not get a chance to see the actual city of Christchurch today so we will just have to come back again. Our "poltergeist" is still banging around so sleeping is hit and miss some nights. The maintenance people keep trying to sort out the problem so hopefully the banging will finally cease. On to Wellington







We arrived in Dunedin about 8am and no expense was spared on the weather. What a glorious day. This is the first day since we left that we have touched land. Ed went on his Speights Beer Tour and I went out to the Otago Peninsular to see seals and penguins. We arrived at Natures Wonders Naturally which is set high on a hill over looking the ocean with gorgeous views N,S,E &W. We got our special jackets on then jumped in the 8 wheeled quads and set out to see the seals. OH DAMN did not quite understand about driving in the Argo's I thought just a nice little drive around the property stopping to see the sites BUT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO that was not the case we drive uphill and down dale over things underthings we spun round in circles I HATE 4 X 4 driving so you can imagine my horror at 8 X 8 driving and the more I cringed and squealed and swore as we bounced over obstacles the more our driver enjoyed my dismay (bastard lol) but the sight of seeing the seal colony made up for everything. It was one of the most amazing sites so of course my camera went beserk I am sure I had one seal doing posers for me (lol) next stop after going up what I felt was the equivalent of that street in San Francisco that goes up down up down then up up up then down down down was Penguin Beach and low and behind there was one tiny penguin all by himself thank god for zoom lenses. Back to the ship we went and arrived at the same times as Ed's beer tour. Good grief maybe sending him on a beer tour by himself was not the best idea lol but he enjoyed it and that is what this holiday is all about. Ed is still plodding along with his roulette strategy and I am plodding along with my feeding of the poker machines lol. Next stop is Christchurch.


DUNEDIN




have to go sightseeing will put up some more soon.

Holy crap what happen to the weather it is absolutely freezing this morning. AAAAHHHHHH but what a morning. Today we officially started our tour of NZ. We arrived at Milford Sound about 7ish the wind was blowing a gale and it was a wind that just chilled you to the bone. But the views of Milford were so worth it. What a gorgeous place. Once we entered the sound the wind died down and not a ripple on the water could be seen. The only thing to be heard was the low rumbling of the ships engine. I can only imagine what a spectacular sight the Pacific Sun made travelling up Milford Sound. The sun came up over the mountain and it turned into a glorious day, chilly but gorgeous. In Milford we had to enter and exit talk about turning the ship on a postage stamp that was highly impressive onya Captain Philpot. Once we exited Milford we went seaward again for a bit then into Thompson Sound. Thompson Sound lead into Doubtful Harbour which in turn took us seaward again then we entered Dusky Sound in the afternoon. We sailed through Dusky Sound and by early evening continued our journey onwards to Dunedin.


MILFORD SOUND



There’s a chill in the air – Tuesday 3rd February, 2009

Ah the shorts are being replaced by jeans and jumpers. we are getting close and of course the weather has turned to crap. We did the same thing today as we did yesterday so no use repeating it. I will say that I am surprised at the number of frail looking elderly people that are on board. This is just #NOF city waiting to occur. I do like having all the oldies around it makes me feel young mind you I am huffing and puffing like most of them I am sometimes tempted to pinch their oxygen. Yeah yeah my fault and I know what I have to do. Tonight was a right disaster with the sleeping arrangements it felt like we had a poltergeist somewhere near us as all I could hear was doors slamming and then at some stage during the night it felt like a coal train was passing beneath us the noise was so loud I tried to whinge to Ed but of course after 8 beers he was'nt real interested so I decided to go to the pursers desk and try and see if we could get transferred to another room as the boat is not at full capacity. Alas no joy there ship might not be at capacity but the rooms where all taken with a lot of individual travelers don't these people realize I need my beauty sleep I mean A LOT of beauty sleep. The night manager even sent a little Indian man down with me to our cabin so that he could try and hear the noises. That's great me bringing home a strange man to our cabin and whispering to him not to stand on my husband who was sleeping on a mattress on the floor (that's another story) yeah lot of good that did. finally got off the sleep about 4am which was really 1am Brisbane time only to be woken at 6am which was 3am Brisbane time because we were about to enter Milford Sound. Ah but that story is tomorrow.

Paddling Across The South Pacific Monday 2nd February, 2009

Day 2 finds us a bit overcast with a slight chill in the air. Yet another late start to the day we seemed to have found our pattern. We mossied around the ship, had a chat with Ugly Dave Gray, did our quiz sat about and read sent an email mind you it cost me $13 just to do that as the internet is via Satellite. Thought about everyone back home and hoping everything is ok. Hope you girls are behaving yourselves with Lisa. Ed continues to gamble on roulette and winning I continue to gamble on the pokies and losing. Ed bought me a gold (not real gold) charm bracelet watch that I absolutely love now I just have to talk him into the matching necklace. We go each day up to the duty free shop and pick a new perfume and cologne to try for the evening – yeah I know rather pathetic but hey we smell good. I wander through the art gallery admiring some rather beautiful pieces I am hoping that Ed will say how about we get that Nechita (she is the modern day Picasso and is extremely famous) but I won't hold my breath. I am working my way through the cocktail list and having regular Nana naps in the afternoon. Unfortunately sleeping at night has become a big problem for me and it does not help by having dinner at 830pm. Each night they take an hour off us so that we gradually swap to NZ time. More tomorrow

A New Day Dawns Sunday 1st February 2009

No early start today. So much for promises of getting up at dawn and doing everything. It went "whats the time" "0640" "too early" "ok" "whats the time "0930" "damn better get out" and so the day began. We had a nice big cooked breakfast then went off to the quiz. We found some quiz partners 2 older couples and did fairly well we organized to meet for the afternoon quiz and that was the start of our daily routine. After quiz it was time to hit the decks and take advantage of the nice weather so we slipped slopped slapped and went and found a couple of deck chairs and settled in for a nice snooze in the sun. Oh dear someone did'nt quite slip slop slap properly and ended up with sunburnt upper legs (yes me). Tonight is formal night so out came the tummy,butt,thigh, waist, hip tuck in torture suit. Let me tell you never try and squeeze your body into lycra with sunburnt legs. It is not an experience one wants to go through too often. After another wonderful dinner it was entertainment time and tonight it was none other than "Ugly Dave Gray" he was quite funny and has not really changed too much over the years. After that it was time to GET THIS BODY OUT OF THE LYRCA. Once I was rid of the wretched lycra it was back to the casino to be once again entranced by the colours, bells, and that ever elusive 15 free games call of the poker machine. Eddie went and tried his luck with his "special" roulette strategy – which is actually working very nicely for him. Unfortunately my strategy of crossing my fingers and talking to the machine did not work and I lost another $10. Oh well better luck next time.

Today's the day today's the day. All aboard the Pacific Sun for a 14 day cruise to the land of the "long white cloud" – New Zealand. Wonderful mummy dropped us off at the port of Brisbane where we boarded the revamped Pacific Sun. I love the thrill of embarking on a journey everything is so wonderful and exciting. Once we boarded we could'nt wait to find our cabin. Because we booked a special kind of cabin they did not give us a room number so we had to wait till we boarded. I was hoping that we would get upgraded to a really nice cabin but as we headed down level after level I knew we were'nt going to get the luxurious first class cabin and as we headed to the front of the boat my hopes soared again when it appear that maybe we would be getting an outside cabin with a window - Nope no window. When we found our cabin right up the front of the boat we were actually quite surprised the cabin space was bigger than all the previous cruises we had been on. Granted there was still the bunk beds but we were use to that. So all in all it was a very comfortable cabin and it would do nicely as our home for the next 2 weeks.. Back up top it was time for the drinking to begin and wait for the tell tale sound of the horn that would tell us that it was time to leave the Port and sail away. Looking around at all the people on the boat I began to notice a common theme, wheel chairs and oxygen tanks holy cow it looked like all the retirement villages in Brisbane had converged on the Pacific Sun for their annual holiday. It was quite good actually because I felt young and a live and did not have to spend the whole holiday staring at all those young chicks with their perky boobs and gorgeous figures the bummer part was that there was no real eye candy-oh well. Finally after an hours delay the horn sounded and the last rope was cast off and we were underway. Ok now what to do we have said good-bye to Brisbane and we were headed for Caloundra were we would say goodbye to our "pilot" then we turned east then south and headed for New Zealand we would be at sea till Wednesday morning when we cruised through Milford Sound. Back on deck the sail away party was in full swing. By now we'd had a few drinks and I was starting to feel the "rhythm of the beat" it was Congo Line time. "Here Ed hold my drink I'ma gunna Congo" da da da da daaaaaa DA da da da da daaaaaaaa DA.. That was fun and low and behold I managed to get myself on video doing a very bad congo dance. We went to dinner and met our dining companions for the next 2 week and low and behold one couple came from our suburb AND knew someone I worked with who would of figured. As usual dinner was absolutely superb. After dinner we went to the Casino and Ed started playing roulette with his specially design strategy. Me I just headed off to feed the pokies. After finishing at the casino we settled in bed and lights out I close my eyes only to have them forced open with and almighty BANG. Holy shit what was that did we hit a whale or something is this going to be a replay of the Titanic if so were the hell is Leo to rescue me instead of snoring Ed. Then again BANG oh no it was no whale. It was the waves hitting against the bow of the boat oh DAMN was'nt this going to be fun. When the waves were crashing against the bow you could hear the water lapping against the boat it sounded like it was right underneath us. Thank goodness for the sway of the ship it was liked being rocked in a cradle and soon the waves were a distant sound and the excitement of the day faded away as sleep became my new best friend.


 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wow 2 posts in 2 days. Well actually this is not much of a post. I have been scrapping up a storm this year so far so I thought I would share them with you.Well thats about it till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"





Monday, January 26, 2009

Hello and HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY. It has been a good start to the year so far. Mum celebrated her 65th Birthday on the 16th January and we went out to one of those cook your own meal on a stone grill restaurant. I chose the usual meal - steak. andrew was a bit more daring and he had the barramundi, crocodile and kangaroo. he like the barra and croc but not too fussed on skippy.















On the 24th January we celebrated Freyers 18th Birthday.

She went out for the day with her mum, boyfriend, grandparents and sisters. I got some balloons, set the table really nice and cooked dinner. It was a nice evening.Her and Will are living at Redcliffe with Wills son Chayse so far so good





The "girls" are going along nicely. Just waiting to finalise their "adoption" then there will be two more Uittenbosch females in the house lol. well it is only 3 more sleeps then off on our cruise we go. We leave for NZ on the Pacific Sun on Saturday 31st for 2 weeks we are really looking forward to this holiday. Well thats about it till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Yay its been its gone. Now if I could just find my sanity life will be back to normal. CHRISTMAS IS OVER FOR ANOTHER YEAR. It was'nt as bad as I thought. We had a great family christmas eve except the "girls" did not appear to be overly thrilled lol and Ed and I did not get out of bed till midday on christmas day just in time for me to go to work. Scored pretty well off Santa. and the girls scored pretty good as well. Grace's favourite toy (which she got for christmas) is now the "mooing" cow that she carries around the house.Anyway what I really wanted to post about is the latest "trick" my son has mastered on his bike. Its no wonder I have grey hair anyway have a look and let me know your thoughts lol.

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Some good news on the Freyer front she has finally broken up with the "dead beat" and has moved on. Her current "beau" is a lovely guy named Will. Ed, Kylie and I like him alot. He is 23 and also has full care of his 3 year old son Chayse who is just the most delightful little guy who absolutely loves Milly. Now you may be thinking how the hell is Freyer going to deal with a boyfriend AND child well she will just have to. As we all know she is very strong minded so she will find a way to deal with the situation. The 3 of them are actually moving up to Redcliffe this weekend. Yes she is still only 17 well she will be 18 on the 24th january but she nows what she wants and by hell nothing will stand in her way of getting it so we just let her go and keep an eye on things from the sideline. Well thats about it till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"