Cruisin part 2 – more photos

I figured that in my main cruise post I’d spare people the pain of scrolling through the oodles of photos we took that don’t contain us in them, so the rest of the photos are all here!

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After enjoying the cruise I did with the Red hatters, I convinced hubby we needed to go on a cruise, but because we booked it a year and a half in advance, we didn’t want to make MiniObsi have to wait that long (we assumed she’d be excited to go!) so we tried to keep it a secret until a few months before we went.  We figured her birthday (Oct) was a good time to let the secret out 🙂

Since the “boarding pass” you get is just a plain boring piece of paper you print off yourself, I made Mini a faux boarding pass (based off boarding pass tickets I found online) that we gave to her for her birthday.

Faux boarding pass = cool!

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Come to the Dark Side – We have Chocolate Eggs!

We’re not really big on celebrating easter, and we’ve never done the easter bunny, but we do normally do a hunt.  When Mini got old enough, we started doing clue based hunts instead of just hunting for eggs.  This year MrObsi Eggcelled himself with an eggstra special and most eggcellent easter egg hunt eggver! 😉

I wondered why he kicked me out of the lounge room for a a while – I thought it was because he was hiding stuff in the lounge.  But no, he had other plans!

It started with MiniObsi being handed (my) Stormtrooper Pez.  Inside was a message!

“Imperial spies have gathered intelligence about where various rebels are hiding.  We must find them before they make contact with their command centre.”

and the first clue was:

“The clay buildings of Tatooine may seem empty and desolate now, but much can survive in them with a good moisture farm.  We know the rebels have many friends there.”

We needed to decode the Aurebesh letters to find where the clue was talking about.  The clue decoded as “pots by window”

Poor C3P0 – doomed to wander the desolate wasteland of the garden pot 😛

He also had the second clue nearby (and a mini egg)….

“Many hide on Coruscant, concealed within its building from the world outside.  Yet we have been given an address within a metal storage pod by a landing bay”

We didn’t need to translate that one – we guessed the garden shed next to the carport!

Leia had the next clue:

“The word is that Jabba the Hutt has captured a rebel and has them locked away in a cage”

Mini guess that one straight away – a metal brazier thing we have rusting away on the lawn

Hidden in the cage with him was the next egg and clue:

“We have received communications from a post that it has been taken over by a rebel”

Although I’d already spotted the next one, it gave me a huge chuckle to read the clue.  It was of course the letterbox 😀

It’s a Trap!!!!  and another clue:

“One is said to have fallen into a Sarlacc pit but may have survived. It is on dry land.  You will find water there no more.”

This was referring to the old pond, which we are trying to fill with any spare leaf litter/dirt we can find – but is still a (shallow) pit.

We rescued Han from the Sarlacc and recovered his clue:

“Signals have been received from near the swamp in Dagobah”

I’m rather insulted at the insinuation that my pond is a “swamp”, even though it is a bit green at the moment 😛 (and in need of a weed)  But we went there to search for the next clue.

This one next made me really laugh.

“Sporadic rays of power have been detected from a shield generator on Jakku.  Rebel activity was last reported there over a decade ago, but it might be worth checking.”

The “sporadic rays” clued me in instantly – it’s the solar panel for the pond fountain, which has been annoying in its sensitivity (we have to keep moving it through the day and haven’t found the best position for it yet).  And sure enough, it was there.

(Although there’s a significant amount of green here on the green garden pot it’s resting on 😛 😛 Rey obviously didn’t travel to this part of Jakku 😉 )

His clue had us guessing for a bit, we had to decode this one.  A bit intellectual for us I think 😉

“The Force has been sensed strongly on a planet not on any of our maps.  It comes from an island covered in symbols of another island”

The code translated as “wheelbarrow” – of course!!!!   We have a wheelbarrow filled with dirt and weeds, and that’s where the last guy was hiding.  Can you guess who it was????

It’s Luke!…… Then I finally got it…. the wheelbarrow is like an island….. and it’s filled with clover-like weeds, so those are “symbols of another island” – very clever!

The paper with him read:

The last Jedi…. get it?  😀

Well played MrObsi….. well played!!!!!  😀 😀 😀 😀

and the funny thing is that he wrote all those out last night, and Mini just happened to be wearing a Star Wars shirt today!!  Spooky!


(So he’s kicked me out of the lounge so he could borrow my Minifigs without me knowing 😀 He very nicely said he took care not to get them dirty or anything and he took a photo of them all first so he could put them back where he got them!  He’s a good man!! :D)











Why the sudden urge to get things done

I’ve been posting on facebook about my recent home improvements…. I’ve had a few people being all shocked that I’m doing stuff (come on, I’m not *that* lazy 😛 and I have done other home improvements and even gardening in the past) ….. and even a couple of people asking if I’m pregnant and nesting!   (for the record – No 😛  I’m on the pill because I have PCOS and hubby had the snip about 11 years ago – so there’s double safeguards {and with the PCOS I rarely ovulated anyway so the fact we had MiniObsi is somewhat of a miracle}.. but anyway…)

The reason I’m all of a sudden inspired to do some things is because I’ve got to the “fed up” point over things I’ve been wanting to do for years, and I need to do them now for my own sanity!

You see, I suffer greatly from depression.  Some days are great, some days are a struggle and some (thankfully infrequent) days are REALLY a struggle….   There’s LOT of stuff about the house, car, yard that are broken and frustrating and I have had to just put up with them.  For years. Which just adds to the everyday struggle.

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House beautification

In addition to getting a start on some garden organising, I got stuck into getting some of the house cleaned and organised.  I decided to start on the bathroom since that seemed the easiest point.

I (finally) convinced hubby that painting the window/door frames black was a good idea.  Ideally I’d paint them white, but that would require paint stripping and sanding and frankly that’s too much effort.  Also I can’t have white in the bathroom and brown elsewhere, and doing them all is a daunting prospect – so I figured a coat of black over the brown should be easy to do, not require sanding and not look that drastically different to the brown elsewhere.

The house came with a turquoise bathroom cabinet.  While I appreciate colour, it’s just a bit weird there!  So while I could paint it white, after seeing some pins on pinterest where people had used wrapping paper to back cupboards, I remembered that Ishka has awesome paisley wrapping paper, so I decided to go with the theme!


I also painted the outside black, and also the window/door frames.  Added a few plants, bought new teal bathmat and hand towels.



Makes a huge difference just for a bit of paint and a few little changes! 😀

(The hanging basket thing is going to have a hanging “chain of pearls” in it, when I get one 😀 )

We also did some work in the kitchen…..  When the old bench hotplates was cut out the tiles fell off the wall beside it and the upper cupboard was cut out to make way for the rangehood but the old cupboard was just left with no side from where it was cut.  We never got around to putting a side on it… but now we have!  And the bare plasterboard is now white (I didn’t want to paint it cream to match the rest of the wall, we’ll put a bit of molding there to hide the join.  Hubby had made thin cupboards to fill the spaces beside the stove, but they were never painted – just plain chipboard, with metal tops (so I could wipe them).  So I painted those.  (One day I want doors on them too…)


I was also sick of the pantry.  When we moved in it was just bare chipboard, which was gross, so before I would even put my food in there, I needed a quick fix, which was to put black faux-marble contact on it, with electrical tape on the edge – but that made the pantry very dark (although easy to clean), and the tape got old and lost its stick so it got stickytaped on 😛   So I ripped all that out and painted it all white.






And I found a cute way to display all my cupcake wrappers!


I’ve also painted and covered with more paisley paper a shelf we use in the toilet.  It was a “shabby chic” thing that was painted to look old, and the stained with brown wood stain, but it always just looked dirty, which is especially icky in a toilet 😛   So it’s now black and purple paisley 😀  Much better!


I’ll be painting the window/door frames in there black too, and I’ve bought a black metal toilet roll holder, so I’ll take a photo of there once it is all ready.

I’ve also become quite a fan of succulents.  So I bought some and planted them in little pots and things for around the house

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New Pond and Rock garden

The new pond and rock garden are now in (have been for a week and a half now)!  So here’s an update.

I (with a bit of help from Mini and MrObsi) cleared out all that garden bed – dug down about 20cm, ended up with 2 full wheelbarrows (lucky we have 2 wheelbarrows), 1 large garbage bin and about 8 buckets full (bagged in plastic) dirt that can’t be used for anything.  Still no idea what we’re doing with it….. contemplating a garden skip (since we likely also have to remove the entire lemon tree due to gall-wasp, and that’s taller than the house).

dscn5642I also cleared out the overgrown grass and passionfruit vine growing up the fence.  No before pic because it was a disgrace, but the stuff I cleared away filled the garden waste wheelie bin, and I estimate I recovered a space about 6 metres by 1 metre.   The replacement sealant of the holes in the pond shell was holding up fine, no leaks so that was all set.  Of course the day after we dug it all out, it rained and we had a pond!  (ahh the joys of clay soil).  Luckily it did drain out.   So we sprayed more weed killer through the bed, put down the black plastic that was the old pond liner and 3 bags of screenings gravel.  Then filled the pond and gathered the rocks to make a rock garden!




But then I decided we needed to paint the porch railings because they were rusting away, and if we didn’t do something about it soon, we’d have to replace them.  Ideally you’re supposed to sand back all the rust and repaint, but if sanded it all back there are some spots that wouldn’t have much actual metal left, so we just wirebrushed off the loose bits and painted over everything.  Should give us a few more years before we need to replace it.  Avoiding the now filled pond was fun though 😛







We had to put the fish in before the pump/fountain arrived because we started getting mosquito lavae in the pond.  We’ve lost one fish, I’m hoping we don’t lose any more 😦