My Place and Yours – Toothbrush

I’m playing along again this week even though I was a bit reluctant because showing my toothbrush may have meant showing the rest of my bathroom.  I just wish I could get the two youngest members of this household to wield their toothbrushes more willingly!  I did see a light-up toothbrush that might attract Daniel when we were choosing bathroom goods for flood victims but not sure if it would be worth the money.

Has anyone got any good ideas for encouraging tooth brushing with a smile?



I’m playing along with Danielle at Hello Owl this week as she hosts “My Place and Yours”.  I lit up when I saw this week’s theme of stripes because I have some beauties!  I got these stripes for the bed for Christmas.  I’m loving all the different colours.  They will soon be joined with new stripes as I knit my “Dream Blanket” to go over the end of the bed – but that’s a subject for another post.


I’m still playing along with Helloowl’s My Place and Yours Meme but I’m cheating rather badly because I saw last week’s theme and loved it and just had to blog about it even though the time was up so I hope she forgives me and doesn’t ban me forever.

Deep breath.

You see, my favourite colour has always been green.  To be truthful I do have a few pink things around the place but that is more of a survival issue when living with three boys – I know they won’t touch anything pink!  But back in the day I was a green lover.  I was delighted when my parents finally agreed to paint my bedroom walls green because they picked out what they thought was a nice delicate pale safe shade of green only to find that on four walls all reflecting off each other it was a much stronger colour than they had bargained for.  I was in heaven.  It was the perfect place for my china (and plastic and pottery) frog collection.

We’ve got a bit of a green thing happening in our living area with pale green sofas and a light green as part of the pattern on the large floor rug but nothing major.  One day when I get to re-decorate the master bedroom it will be green, white and natural tones.  It will be so much more relaxing and inviting than the yellow, grey and white colour scheme it has now (what were they thinking?).

But I have a start with my green desk.   It is actually a re-purposed kitchen table from my MIL’s place so it could most likely tell a few tales of when dh was a boy.  It is just the right size for our current house arrangement in which my computer resides in my bedroom meaning I can escape to do work/waste time on the Net.  Without getting out of my chair I was able to quickly re-arrange things on the desk to make a collection of green things very speedily.  All these thing were already on my desk which shows how much I like green and how disorganized I am because many of these things probably should be elsewhere.In this picture you can see (from left to right) Clinique lipstick in a nice neutral shade (All Heart) that goes with almost anything – only the case is green, Green felt pen and green gel pen – I love gel pens and I love metallic gel pens the best.  One downfall of my new job is less opportunities for using gel pens -seriously! green packet of tissues always on hand, green Smiggle paperclip holder which is a bit strange to tell the truth because my other green Smiggle stuff has made its way to my desk at work – this might have to go on a drive tomorrow, green fabric paint that was sitting there with some red fabric paint from the beginning of the school year when I redid the names on the boys’ school bags.  Hey it’s August so I may as well not put them away because I’ll need them again soon! Terracotta plant pot painted with green metallic pain and then treated with crackle medium for that aged look and some faux jewels for glamour because don’t we all need some more glamour? Pale green Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton waiting to be knitted into something yummy as it’s official colour name is “sorbet” and lastly some green glass stones left over from the Little Athletics conference dinner which were just too pretty to leave behind.

So there’s my green stuff and a resolution in my mind to think green when re-decorating in here one day


I’m finally playing along with Helloowl’s Meme again!  I read it each week and think “that’s a great idea – must blog about that” and then somehow I don’t get around to it.  But this week’s was going to be easy because I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about.  I went looking for my girl guide promise badge.  It is the Centenary of Girl Guides this year and I’ve been invited to a high tea at The Irish Club in town.  But I couldn’t find it after a short search so I’ll have to look a bit more.  Then I thought I’d get a picture of one off the internet – no good.  They’ve changed the badge since I was in Guides and I cannot find any images of our older style ones so for an image to go with this post you will just have to put up with the Girl Guide Centenary logo and a list of memories.

The blue corduroy dress I wore to my first guide meeting before I had a uniform

The Guide Handbook – reading it cover to cover

The Badge book

Lots of interest badges

Lots of cloth badge on a grey camp blanket

The lanyard and whistle that meant I was a patrol leader

Poinsettia Patrol then Wattle Patrol

Camping out in old ridge tents with no floors

Building gadgets (camp furniture) out of wood and cord

Putting together a bed roll

Big campfires

Cooking over trench fires

Lighting and cleaning kero lanterns

Learning first aid and home nursing for the first time

Creating simulated wounds

Lots of knots

Wide Games

Bras up flagpoles


Snow Skiiing



Helping fight a bushfire


BP Park

Many awesome women

Play along by visiting Helloowl’s blog here