Sunday, April 10, 2011


I like many of my friends, like catching up with what is happening on Facebook. Okay, so let me rephrase that, I am obsessed with it! There, I said it!

It's not so much the stalking catching up with my friends, acquaintances, relatives, potential relatives and celebrities (I am "friends" with both Kath AND Kim!), since I cut back my work hours to help my husband out with the grape harvest this year, I have become more preoccupied with Farmville!

Yes, Farmville, the pseudo farming game where you can own and run your own virtual farm, well I actually own two, the home farm and one in the English Countryside!

Before you say "get that girl some help pronto!", let me explain - this virtual farming business is quite addictive, (which is ironic, as my husband will vouch, I'm not that great on our real life farm!) However in the last few days I have had more than one person comment, "how often are you on Facebook?!"; which has made me think now might be the time for a self-imposed Facebook intervention!

So instead of harvesting crops for my English pub and home farm bakery, breeding sheep, milking cows for the dairy, collecting peanuts from the baby elephants and ice-cubes from the penguins, brushing the cats, collecting gold from my Leprechaun's Cottage and eggs from my chooks and tending to my beehive (keeping a farm running is hard work!) I'll be back at work three days a week, working on creating some new artworks for a number of creative projects I have coming up this year, keeping our five year old occupied during the school holidays and getting our house in order.

I couldn't give  up "bookface" entirely though, that would be no fun!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time to create

I purchased some art materials yesterday.

In view of my second solo show coming up in November. I've decided I need to start making art again sooner than later, and rather than wait for the repairs to the studio to commence, I'm going set up a table in the lounge room and start drawing.

I might even start with a watercolour of the vine moths I've been collecting.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Life is what you make it

I thought I'd share this quote by Mother Teresa which I came across recently, she says it much more eloquently than I ever could!

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Teresa
Catholic Nun, Missionary
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Celebrate your Day of Birth!

Today is my nephew's 17th birthday which got me thinking about the importance of celebrating your day of birth!

I still remember the day he was born, he was the first grandchild/nephew at the time.  I was home from Uni for the Easter holidays, we (Mum, Dad, sister) were so excited at the prospect of a new little Callipari being born, we burst into the hospital not long after he was born, my poor sister in law was still so tired from the whole ordeal of giving birth, but she graciously chatted and made conversation with us!

After becoming a Mum nearly six years ago, I realised just how tired my sister-in-law must have been, let alone carry on a conversation with us - it must have been the euphoria of childbirth!

Not to exclude my other nephews and niece, it was also a very special occasion when they were born too!  Spending time with them has been precious, watching them grow from cute little babies with their funny ways of doing and saying things to seeing them blossom into handsome and beautiful responsible teenagers (which is a testament to their parents).

Giving birth to a child is such an amazing experience, I was lucky to have a pregnancy free of morning sickness, but suffered through a long drawn out, laborious childbirth, but through all the pain and all of the complications, it was worth meeting our precious little man, nothing can explain the feeling of love that washed over me when I held him in my arms for the first time.

Our little boy has given us such joy.  He came along at a time when my family was still grieving the loss of my beloved Dad, (in many ways he reminds me of him - he does love to chat!), he has filled our lives with light, happiness and laughter.

I was one of those people that put off becoming a Mum to pursue other things first, while I don't regret trying to achieve those things (I still don't feel I have accomplished all that I can), I sometimes wish I hadn't of waited so long to do it; he is the best thing my husband and I have ever created.  And while we would love to give him a sibling, (we aren't getting any younger and both celebrating a very special milestone birthday this year) we will have to see what the universe has in store for us.

So what is the point of my ramblings?   Some people comment when you say "Happy Birthday", that "it is just another day", but I disagree!  We must cherish the special days, especially our birthdays because:
From our birthday, until we die,
Is but the winking of an eye.

- William Butler Yeats
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." - Alexander Woollcott

(I also realise there are people out there who may be having difficulty conceiving naturally - you might consider consulting Nat).