Hey hey hey…

My posts have been a little intermittent, only because life has been kicking my ass. I have been lurking in the background, reading lots of new blogs and I have to say there are some amazing writers here in the blogosphere. I love reading in general but blogging opens up a whole new category of reading for me. Having access to an unlimited library of whatever I am interested in and being able to gain insight into others opinions and ideas is nothing short of mind blowing for me. I am blown away by technology in general but the technology in which we are all able to share here on the world wide web (if we choose to) is so rapidly changing that it can be difficult to keep up.

I had a conversation with my kidlets the other day about how the internet is constantly changing and sometimes its hard to feel like you have a real grasp of that technology. My kids have grown up in a world where they can find the answer to almost any question by simply entering the question into an internet search bar. I don’t feel like it was so very long ago that I was in school and the internet wasn’t even available in classrooms – and then there’s my parents who don’t seem to have any idea how it all works, and in my dad’s case no real desire to learn!

The internet allows us to interact on a whole new level and I am so thankful to be part of a world in which the internet enables us the ability to share with each other so easily.

Huge thanks to everyone who shares from their own little corner of the WWW.


via Daily Prompt: Transformation

Longest Winter ever?

Here in Western Australia, the seasons are generally pretty dry (compared to most places) but we have had quite a bit of rain this year so far. Even today, early October and its still raining – which is really strange! I am not a huge fan of the heat, so while I am not overly excited about Summer, I am longing for Spring.

The bad weather is however giving me lots of time to get the never-ending TO DO list started. Buying this house, knowing that it needed work, was probably the scariest risk I have ever taken. Up until fairly recently I had a husband who handled the majority of maintenance so this has been an adventure and I have learnt a lot. I have spent the last couple of days learning how to hang picture frames.

That sounds weird – such a little task and I needed to be taught? Truth is, I never thought I would be in a position where I would need to know this stuff. And I am kicking myself now, because my ex-husband is an incredibly talented handyman. Perhaps if I had been more willing and eager to learn I wouldn’t feel so hopeless in some of these tasks? But then, I never thought I would need to learn those tasks! Argh, if hindsight were 20/20 right?

So far, there has been;

  • a leak in the hot water system (and at risk of sounding like a dumbass, I wasn’t sure if I should call a plumber or someone else)
  • a temperamental leaky toilet (which was kinda flushing on its own, as if it had been taken over by some weird toilet nymph)
  • a blockage in the pool pump (that I fixed myself with the help of a youtube video!)
  • a minor issue with a piece of furniture falling over and smashing a hole into a wardrobe door
  • replacing the runner wheely bits on the sliding glass door, which was an absolute shit of a job (after somehow managing to knock it off the runner and locking myself outside for 4 hours in the cold while running out to quickly feed the dog)

I have also had to;

  • had the roller shutters installed on the front windows (when I don’t even have flyscreens on every window yet!)
  • had the security doors installed on all major doors
  • changed and replaced all door knobs and locks

Oh and did I mention my car died? I get a little scared of car mechanics and stuff – I know how to check the water and oil and tyre pressure but when it comes to alarms going off and lights on the dash flashing… well I was pretty fkn nervous driving it actually. It was going to cost more to fix it than the car was worth, so even thought I loved that car it was time for an upgrade. My poor savings is looking more and more dismal by the day, but I have a reliable vehicle now and she’s pretty awesome!

I miss having a husband. Not just in trying to do all these maintenance tasks, but I miss having someone to bounce ideas off on, like what colour to paint a room or whether or not I should use the electric sander or do it manually… but at least the pictures are up on the wall right?

Slaving away,

Synn xx