Teen Room, Pickled Onions, Baby Birds and just pure bad luck!

The Onions are in the pickling vinegar after many hours of soaking in brine. We will know in August how they taste, and if they are any good I will pass on the recipe!

The baby birds are just like the other batch of hatchlings, getting bigger by the day. I am thinking it is at least day 5. There are 4 little beaks open just waiting for mummy to drop in some scram. I am so happy that this is happening for a 2nd time this year. This Robin is a very good Mummy.

Talking of very good Mums. I am one of them! Son number 2 is having a room face lift. It has been 5 years since we moved in and an 9-year-old has completely different taste to a now 14-year-old.

Bye Bye Old Room

Today I have been clearing, shopping and painting…. 

What you have just read is my saved post from yesterday… You see I got so engrossed in this decorating project that I just didn’t have time to add the pics I had taken and finish the post.

Last night I finished 2 walls. Josh has chosen grey as his colour and asked me to use my talents to paint a Boston “B” on his wall just like I had for his older brother all those years ago when I did his room. However, big brother is a Yankee fan so I painted the Yankee Logo for him.

I must have got all carried away with myself, this project was moving along swimmingly. Whilst I was at the Lowes this new paint caught my eye, it turns walls and doors into Dry Erase areas. This was perfect for my little doodle boy who plans on his own graffiti designs being put on his walls… by himself!

This project was also keeping me away from the fridge… my mortal enemy! Oh I was doing well!

Maybe this is the right time to tell you that I am a stay at home mum. Money does not grow on trees and I am doing this project on a shoestring so to speak.

Today, eager to get started I primed the area for the Dry Erase board… and completely finished two walls, trim ‘n” all. This enabled me to move all the furniture to the other side of the room so I could crack on with it.

Daughter at the beach with a friend, Teen at his friends, eldest child chillin’, there was nothing stopping me getting this room painted today!

Until the unthinkable happened… I dropped a can of paint.

Have you ever dropped a gallon of paint, almost 3/4 full from a height?

Stupidly I looked down to try and catch it and got a full in the face SPLAT!


Oh dear god, this was not happening. I think I used the “F” word and my 16 year old came running up the stairs, just as my hubby said “Oh NO you DIDN’T” from his at home office.

I was speechless other than the “F” bomb for a few minutes.

Of course my quick thinking like minded hubby snapped a few shots for the blog 🙂 Gotta love him!

Clean up has been horrendous!

It just Happened!

The $100 project is know considerably more… the carpet has to be taken up and then the wood will need finishing. A project I was not ready for at this moment in time.

Many thoughts have whistled through my head whilst I have been cleaning up.

  • How did I do that?
  • This is never going to get clean!
  • Can I die from all this paint in my mouth?
  • Paint tastes gross!
  • Hubby is too quiet, he will kill me!
  • I should get a day job!
  • Stick to eating!

But really there aint nowt else to do but LAUGH!

I hope your laughing too.


Pickled Onions?!

I have decided that I cannot pay the extortionate price if $7:59 anymore for a small jar if Haywards Pickled Onions.

I know how delicious they are… But really they last just a day with us pickled onion lovers!


I grabbed a couple of bags of small onions at the store…some pickling spices…vinegar and salt.

I put the onions in the brine as directed in my trusty very old cookbook!


Here they will stay until tomorrow when I move to step two.