November 21, 2006

A HOT Day in Newcastle NSW

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:38 pm by skijumper

Good thing I spent a couple of hours in the aircon in EMERGENCY!  Can’t type well.  Sliced middle finger RH on can in recycling bin. OUCH!  No stitches.  Tetanus shot.  Pain.  Irrigation and antiseptic.  More PAIN!  Many tears.  Put a spanner in my packing efforts for the next few days.  Thank heavens it wasn’t more serious – it was all a bit traumatic. 

Back to the weather.  A mere 36.5 degrees in Newcastle today.  Not hot enough – just wait for tomorrow ; )

Wednesday 22 November
Cloud and wind increasing 
High: 39
Low: 19
Dew point: 15
Humidity: 48%

Source: Local Weather for ABC Newcastle NSW



November 20, 2006

Tips for Parents Flying with Kids

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 pm by skijumper

With just 11 days left before I board an airplane with two children under five I am becoming slightly anxiety ridden.  Each morning I wake up with a jaw/neck ache that lasts quite awhile and each night I awaken in a cold sweat simply thinking of the 17 hour plane confinement.  The entire trip will take probably 30 hours door to door but who’s counting?  Um, me, I am!  I don’t think its going to be easy, pleasant or memorable – ok, memorable in the ‘oh, I am never doing that again sense’.  Alas, I am never doing it again. Just this once.  And God-willing we will all arrive in one peace.  And God-willing we will get some sleep. 

Found a few nifty sites to encourage those of us embarking on such a pleasurable adventure:

Tips for On the Plane while Flying with Kids There is no time for relaxation during flight. As a parent with kids on board, you have a lot of work ahead of you. You have many tough tasks ahead which include feeding, comforting, changing diapers, entertaining and dealing with behavioral issues. There are things that you can do to help increase the chances that you will have a great flight and get those nice comments when you are getting off of the plane at your destination…like, “Your kids were so good on the plane.”:

Source: Tips for Parents Flying with Kids

Like many parents with young children, you may have a fear of flying that has nothing to do with the aircraft and everything to do with the possibility of a tantrum at 30,000 feet. In close quarters. In front of strangers. But don’t worry. With careful and creative planning, you can help ensure that tensions don’t rise when the plane does.

Source: How to enjoy a plane trip with young children

At any rate, on December 5th @ 7.30 I will be stepping onto Canadian soil.  The best part will be seeing my parents – they are very excited and eager Grandparents and will allow me a couple days recovery time at my destination.  And they all said: Hallelujah.

November 19, 2006

The Newy Hilton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:23 pm by skijumper

 The newest pastor at our church, Sam Hilton, has started a blog to encourage discussion about Christianity.  I think he has some pretty interesting things to say, he has a great sense of humour and great pics.  I will look forward to keeping in touch with our Christian community in Newcastle via (partially) Sam’s blog.

About Me
Name: Newyhilton
Location: AU
What do you wanna know? We live in Newcaslte. We love it here! Our great desire is to see people in Newcastle come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Source: The Newy Hilton


November 18, 2006

Randall Goodgame – ‘Bugs and Slugs’

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:38 pm by skijumper

 Randall Goodgame and Andrew Peterson have collaborated on a new children’s cd.  We will try to get our hands on a copy when we hit the northern hemisphere.

The long awaited children’s CD by Andrew Peterson and Randall Goodgame is now available for pre-order! (Just in time for Christmas)! “Slugs and Bugs and Lullabies” will captivate your little ones with delightful melodies and bombastic charm, and then quiet them down into dreams with tender lullabies. With 18 original compositions, Randall and Andrew have changed the landscape for kids music.

Source: Randall Goodgame – Store – “Slugs And Bugs” CD! Pre-order Today!

Anything that will ‘captivate’ and ‘quiet them down’ is worth checking out!! (Plus I love the title).

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November 17, 2006

Making Memories Foam Stamps Alpha

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:20 pm by skijumper

 After a hard day – lots of packing, selling of stuff, visiting friends (not so hard), booking airline tix, laundry – I have just enjoyed a fair bit of time checking some of my favourite places on the web.  One of them ikea, the other – any site that sells scrapbooking stuff.  Well, anyways, I have been eyeing a new scrapbooking tool that I think I could put to good use.  One of my favourite things at the moment – Making Memories big foam stamps. 

So…Trace…this is what I want for Christmas (the mixed alpha).  Tis the season.

Link to Making Memories Foam Stamps Alpha

November 16, 2006

Travel Documents

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:00 pm by skijumper

I am really impressed by the service I have received from the Canadian Consulate General Sydney – Passport Office.  I sent Nyssa’s Limited Validity Passport in to be extended for another two years and was pleasantly surprised to find it back in my post box this morning.  In addition to this, I expressed posted Eden’s application for a Canadian passport yesterday and then received a phone call today to say that I had forgotten to included the photos.  Ok – yes, it was very silly of me not to include the passport photos in the passport application especially when it took a bit of effort to get them done (carting two young children around on errands is never a great activity) however, the impressive thing is that they are already processing her application.  Which means that they are honouring my request to put a rush on the passport so that I can (hopefully) board a plane to Canada in a couple weeks time.  I am so impressed.

November 15, 2006

UnNatural Greenthumb – Bumbling in the Garden

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:37 pm by skijumper

 Gee, I really love spending time in the garden.  I love pulling weeds, planting seeds, transplanting, getting dirty, watering, and harvesting from my garden.  Sadly, I don’t spend much time doing any of these things.  I would love to have a big veggie patch, a waterwise garden, compost heap, pretty flowers and the time to really be a good gardener.  Maybe I will someday.  In the hope of becoming that natural greenthumb I am starting to think about growing my gardening skills.  I will need to do a bit of research, lots of reading, some shopping and hopefully lots of digging and planting.  Looking towards spending the next growing season in BC I did a quick search and found some very helpful information.  A good place to find all the basics is GardenWise BC.  They have great tips for both plant selection and overall landscaping and have included this helpful calendar to help us get things done (GTD) in the garden.

BC Garden Calendar

To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life 
this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfying thing a man can do.

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), from My Summer in a Garden (1870)

Every season in the garden brings with it new pleasures and new opportunities to perpetuate its beauty and vigour. To keep your garden healthy and looking good, get into the habit of doing regular maintenance. Here’s a simple month-by-month planner to guide you through the year.

Source: GardenWise – BC Garden Calendar


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November 14, 2006

New EYEGLASSES for less than you could even imagine

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:56 pm by skijumper

 Mike ‘stumbled upon’ this blog the other night about how to save money on your next pair of new eyeglasses.  It seems like this guy is trying to start a revolution in the whole eyeglass market – He just may be on to something.  After reading his news I definitely feel like buying my next pair of eyeglasses for a lot LESS!

I’ve stepped into my last eyeglasses store. I’ve been wearing glasses since junior high, and the prices have gotten outrageous. The last pair I bought at LensCrafters, in 2004, set me back about $300 and never fit properly – even after multiple trips back. They broke the last week of October.

I’ve had my eye on, and nearly purchased a pair of Silhouettes a few months back. They were the titanium hingeless variety. I priced them out at a couple of stores and with AR (anti-reflective) lenses with scratch-resistant coating, I was looking at about $500. I don’t claim to be the smartest guy in the room very often, but no way in hell was I going to buy into that.

The best deal I could find in a store for a pair (in a non-welfare frame) approached $270 — without AR lenses. That would not do either. There had to be a better alternative. I decided I was going to find the Silhouettes online. I already knew what I wanted and they’d have to be much less online. I googled — and found them — for $410ish. Not good enough. I went back to my search results. You know how google has the ads on the right side (of course you do)? I ignore them almost all the time. For some reason (my empty wallet?) I decided to click a link to Zenni Optical (a.k.a., and I kid you not —

Source: Eyeglasses Stores are for Suckers «

To read more on this topic, from the same blogger, including the eyeglass prescription law, ratings of online eyeglass purchases and horror stories… visit Glassy Eyes.


November 13, 2006

Butterscotch Bags – still sewing

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:28 am by skijumper

Here are two samples of the handbags I create. 

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November 12, 2006

Composting Council of Canada – Stop one on ZERO WASTE journey

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:07 pm by skijumper

I want to consider further the idea of ZERO WASTE (see previous post) by considering some existing organizations in Canada who may have resources (systems, information, legislation, product) to draw upon.  My first stop will be the Composting Council of Canada’s website – did you know they have a blog?!

The Composting Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance composting and compost usage. It serves as the central resource and network for the composting industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.

Source: Composting Council of Canada

So what do I know about composting.  Not a great deal.  I do know that the worm farm in our back yard is a very simple place to ‘toss’ our kitchen scraps.  However, our little tiger worms would have to work very hard (or multiply very quickly) to get through all our kitchen scraps, leaves, grass cuttings, etc.  Plus, they really aren’t partial to large chunks but I am rather against liquifeying all my kitchen scraps – it looks like vomit and smells very similar.  So, in addition to our pet worms, we also need a composter. 

The people at Composting Canada have done us non-composters a great service by provided – you guessed it – a How to Compost Guide. A very useful tool for us visual learners.

To find out more about composting regulations across Canada go to Composting Regulations and Guidelines Across Canada.


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