Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Woman's Question

Do you know you have asked for the costliest thing
Ever made by the hand above?
A woman's heart, and a woman's life--
And a woman's wonderful love.
Do you know you have asked for this priceless thing
As a child might ask for a toy?
Demanding what others have died to win
With the reckless dash of a boy.
You have written my lesson of duty out,
Manlike, you have questioned me.
Now stand at the bars of my woman's soul
Until I shall question thee.
You require your mutton shall always be hot,
Your socks and your shirt be whole;
I require your heart be as true as God's stars
And as pure as His heaven your soul.
You require a cook for your mutton and beef,
I require a far greater thing;
A seamstress you're wanting for socks and shirts---
I look for a man and a king.
A king for the beautiful realm called Home,
And a man that his Maker, God,
Shall look upon as he did on the first
And say: "It is very good."
I am fair and young, but the rose may fade
From this soft young cheek one day;
Will you love me then, 'mid the falling leaves
As you did 'mong the blossoms of May?
Is your heart an ocean so strong and true,
I may launch my all on its tide?
A loving woman finds heaven or hell
On the day she is made a bride.
I require all things that are grand and true,
All things that a man should be;
If you give this all,
I would stake my life
To be all you demand of me.
If you cannot be this, a laundress and cook
You can hire and little to pay;
But a woman's heart and a woman's life
Are not to be won that way.
Lena Lathrop

Mocha Brownies

This is a recipe that I made last night for sweets. Its really nice, really easy and quite quick.

180g unsalted butter
250g dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 tablespoon dry instant coffee
1 tablespoon hot water
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain flour

Grease 19cm square cake pan. Melt butter and chocolate in a pan over a low heat, stir until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in sugar and combined coffee and hot water, add eggs one at a time (I found that I had to leave it to cool for a little while because other wise it would cook the eggs). Stir in sifted flour, pour mixture into cake pan. Bake in moderate oven for about 35 minutes or until firm; cool in pan. Dust with sifted icing sugar, if desired, before serving.

This is really nice with ice cream too. Have fun making it!

Tagged by Cassie (again lol!)

This will be an interesting tag :) lol (and possibly a bit of a hard one).
Hopeless Romantic Tag

I was tagged by Cassie:

What two qualities do you want most in your future husband? I want him to be very strong in his faith (he would have to be to get past my Dad, lol!), I guess that's the most important quality and probably a romantic and have a sense of humor :D

Is there a fictional character you see as a model for your future husband? Clark from Love Comes Softly

Where do you want your wedding? Cudgewa Bluff Falls, the most beautiful spot on the entire earth!

What are your views on courtship?I haven't really thought much about it all.

What are your views on your first kiss?I don't really know, I would like my first kiss to be at the altar but I don't know if my views will change before that.

Do you have or want a purity ring/locket? No I don't have one or want one, I believe that if a girl is serious about keeping her self pure for her husband she will do it without a ring or a vow and if she is not serious about that then a ring/locket and vow will not make any difference.

Do you have or want a hope chest? No I don't have one but I really want one :)

Will you wear a veil at your wedding? I don't know I haven't really thought about it. But I think it would be an interesting thing to research.

What kind of wedding dress do you want? Some thing that have I have made my self with the help of my Mum.

What flowers do you want in your bouquet? Wild bush flowers

What do you want to name one of your daughters?I think I will decided that if I ever have a daughter.

What do you want to name one of your sons? I think I will decided that if I ever have a son.

Do you believe in the 'knight-in-shining-armor' view of courtship?I don't know! I don't spend my days thinking about all of this stuff!!

What music do you want to play at your wedding? This is probably the easiest question in this whole tag. I would like to play Pachelbel also known as Canon in D.
Are you a hopeless romantic? Not hopeless but I do consider my self to be a romantic.
I tag... Sarah and Ayala

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Love Comes Softly and A Young Maiden's Daybook #9

This is what my Mum got me for my birthday. Yes it is a little late but when they are coming from America and being back ordered... I think you get the picture. But although I couldn't find a picture of it, Mum actually got the first three movies in a set!
Love Comes Softly
Love's Enduring Promise
Love's Long Journey

Personally I think the books are much better (like any book that has been made into a movie), but although the movie makers changed a lot in them they are still very good movies which I would recommend to almost anybody (one of my favorite things about the movies is that Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing is the theme song)!

I know it happens to be Wednesday but seeing as though I didn't get around to it on Monday I thought I would do a Young Maiden's Day Book today :).

A Young Maiden's Day Book

Today.... Wednesday, 29th July

Outside my window... Its over cast and the fog is creeping over the saddle in the hill into our valley, its kinda surrounding the hill and when it comes up further we wont be able to see the hill.

I am thinking.... That my Mum just told me I should get a lot more done on my course, and that I have set my self a goal to use all of the old fabric we have before Christmas (now I have said it, I need to keep it, lol).

I am thankful for (This time I am going to change this to "I am happy that).... there was a Jersey calf born yesterday, Kurt will be happy because he has wanted to see what one looks like :D.

I am wearing.... my P.J.'s, black top, black track suit pants, and my snugly blue and white striped dressing gown.

I am reading.... (Lately I have to think "Now what HAVE I been reading?!" lol) When Quilt Designers Think Small.

I am creating.... a late birthday present for my Mum and finishing off the handbag I started last week (its almost finished).

One of my favourite things.... Warm mornings in Winter.

For education this week.... Writing, I have to finish my assignment, and maybe some English if I have time.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning: sewing, cleaning and cooking

A spiritual lesson I'm learning.... to see the good in every thing (still) and to be content.

A godly character trait I plan to work on.... being patient with every body and every thing (I am not going to change this because I still need to work on it)

I am praying for.... I don't think I will fill this out anymore because we are supposed to do things before the Lord and not before men and to do things in secret and I don't think filling this out every week is being very secretive.

For the rest of the week.... Farm work, house work, writing, sewing, hair cut, and next week the dreaded visit to the dentist!!!

A picture I'd like to share.... Shared it up top.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Tagged by Cassie
What time is it? 11:39 AM (25 July 2009, sorry I didnt get to this earlier Cassie!)

What was the last out door activity you did?I fed the poddie calves and bucketed oats.

Do you have an email address?Yes

How many followers do you have?18

How long have you been on the computer today? Dont know didnt time my self

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone with? My Mum

Are you happy right now? Kinda

Do you want a horse someday? No I already have one.

How many pets do you have? Dont know, I havent counted lately but I'll try, 2 dogs, 6 cats, 3 horses, 150 ungraful cows, and over a hundred calves, and I have about 9 pet calves who change every couple of days.

Do you have a playlist?Yup.

Are you having a fun summer? Its not summer :D!

What book are you reading now? Bible, umm dont think I am reading anything else lately.

What is the most advanced book you read?uhh dont know!

Do you like your blog? Yeah its ok, but I think its almost time for a make over.

How many tags have you gotten? I dont know probably under 10.

What is the most recent award you've gotten? I dont know if I have ever got an award, lol!

What is the first award you've gotten? read above.

Who gave you your first tag?Cassie

Who gave you this tag?Cassie

Do you have a three column template?No.

What are you doing tomorrow? umm, feed poddies, wait for Mum and Dad to get home, then not much else.

How long have you been on blogger for? About 3 years, not always this blog though, I started this one at the start of this year.

How many times have you changed your profile picture?Once or twice

What did you do for your last post? Just an update

What is the most comments you've ever gotten on your blog? I think about 12

Are you having fun with this tag? Kinda

What is one thing you want right now? I dont really know.

Is your profile name your real name? Yes

What is your favorite animal? Cats, birds

What is your favorite movie? Ever After, Amzing Grace, Pride and Prejudice, Bride and Prejudice.

Have you seen the new Star Trek? No, those kind of movies dont interest me

Who is your favorite fictional character? fictional character?! I have no idea! Probably Daniell from Ever After

Are you hungry?Not really

Should you probably get off the computer right now?It doesn't matter.

Who are you tagging now? Sarah and Earwen


Here are the rules.Go to your 6th folder and to your 6th picture.Post that picture and then tag away. (this will be interesting)... Wow I am the only one who actually looks happy and NOT tired!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

hectic days

I hate hectic days, especially when those hectic days go on for a week :P! This week we have been getting ready for Mum and Dad to go up to meet the owner of the farm we are living on and share farming (we have already met them but they are going to talk with him). So they will be away for this weekend, it is also my Mum's birthday :) so its kinda a working holiday birthday present for her, lol, if that made any sense what so ever! My grandma is staying with us, she arrived last night and will be leaving early this morning. Mum and Dad will be back tomorrow sometime (they didn't exactly say when, so I guess it will be just when they arrive).
It is 10 past 6 on Saturday morning, a friend, the man who is helping with the milking while Dad and Mum aren't here, will be arriving shortly. Its still very dark outside but I can see my brother bringing the cows over the road, when it is dark he has to have a flashing light.
I am thinking that I should get off the computer and make some stuff, but I really don't feel like it, lol!
Just had to interrupt my writing to take two travel mugs of hot chocolate to Ayala and our friend. And say goodbye to Grandma.
I'm sorry if this is kinda short and sketchy, I really am at a loss at what to write. After some personal stuff that happened to me a few days ago I haven't really felt like writing or had anything to write about.
Shalom! From your very awful author (joking!)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Just a quick note.

I saw in the local paper the other day, the Elaine Mitchell Award has attracted over 100 entries!!! From all over Australia... AHHH! Now I am scared! And I have to wait till late September to see if I have even made it to the top 10 (!) then I have to wait till some time in October to see if I come anywhere near winning!

A Young Maiden's Daybook

A Young Maiden's Day Book

Today.... Monday, 20th July

Outside my window... Its sunny, the sun is just starting to go down for the day, my brother just rode past on his motor bike and my sister is walking down from the bus stop.

I am thinking.... That I am excited about going to the Faulty Towers restaurant tonight, and thinking I am glad I have almost finished my goal for today!!!

I am thankful for.... that it was warm today and it was actually pleasant to feed the calves this morning.

I am wearing.... Dark blue jeans, black wool jumper, and bare feet.

I am reading.... Georgiana, by Libby Hathorn, it is about a botanist in 1829, who settled in Western Australia. Its a fiction book based on the life of the real Georgiana Molloy.

I am creating.... a handbag to sell on Etsy.

One of my favourite things.... the feeling of accomplishment after you have finished something.

For education this week.... Writing, I started my fourth assignment today (whoo!!).
A keeper at home skill I am using/learning: sewing, cleaning and cooking (this probably wont change much)

A spiritual lesson I'm learning.... To see the good in things instead of the bad (I was told the other day that I already do that, I was surprised because it isn't usually what I think).

A godly character trait I plan to work on.... being patient with every body and every thing (I am not going to change this because I still need to work on it)
I am praying for.... Same person as last week except for different reasons.

For the rest of the week.... Farm work, house work, writing, sewing and being generally busy.
A picture I'd like to share.... don't have one right now. I think I have exhausted my supply of photos :).
"Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God. He to rescue me from danger, buy me with his precious blood."
(My ALL TIME favorite song ever!!)
"Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love, here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal if for thy courts above!"

Friday, July 17, 2009

Stuff needs to be done!

Ok yeah, the title does sum this up well :). I probably should be writing the activities for my course. Or figuring out the pattern for a shirt I started making last night (will post photos when finished).
My Mum brought me about 2 meters (could have been 3 meters) of dusky pink corduroy in the Autumn and I haven't been able to find a pattern to fit it. So yesterday while looking for fabric for a present, I found a couple of meters of baby pink cotton and I had an idea. I would make a shirt out of the cotton and a jacket and skirt out of the corduroy. Yay, that's sorted, now for the hard (fun!!!) bit... making them! :)
My course.... Well I am at the end of the chapter and in each chapter there are activities, basically like assignments except they don't get sent to my tutor. This time they are exactly like the assignments, except I have to write an anecdote and a quiz, and in the assignment I can choose which one I would like to do. I have a quiz all sorted out but what I am having trouble with is thinking of a story that would make a good anecdote!
Well got to go, I have an hour till I have to be down at the dairy and feeding the poddy calves. So I should get started on something!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

*Sigh* another day in the pocket of time...

Yup I just made that up :)! I guess it kind of reminds me of picking up shells on the beach. Don't know why. Felt like writing something, this just came to me as I wrote.

Just another day,
Just another morning,
Just another calf to feed,
Just 5 more cards made to sell,
Just another idea to make tomorrow,
Just another frustration,
Just another aching muscle,
Just another blanket started on,
Just another email sent,
Just another mess cleaned up,
Just another load of washing hung up,
Just another song played,
Just another scene I should have written down,
Just another page not turned in my book,
Just another creation thought of,
Just another day... ends.
One more day to live,
One more song to play,
One more singing bird to listen to,
One more rose to smell,
One more frustration to over come,
One more day I will be able to turn my idea into something,
One more time to show kindness to someone,
One more horizon to see,
One more life has been born,
One more scripture to learn,
One more sight to enjoy,
One more sermon to listen to,
One more friend to meet,
One more day that hasn't happened yet.
An amazing God to serve,
Just another day.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday again! #7 Young Maiden's Day book

Well today is Monday again. It is also when holidays end and when school goes back so both my sisters are at work and I am free to continue on my boringly mundane life alone, lol! What a holidays. It was pretty hectic but really fun!

Yesterday after Kurt went home the Paul family (friends of our family) arrived unexpectedly. We had supposed to have gone to their house for a fellowship meeting Saturday night and when Dan got sick all that was called off and we stayed home instead. So it made the day more interesting :).

I am very relieved. My writing assignment came back today!!! I got 74/100, so it isn't as great as I would want it but I think I should just be happy that I got it done, finally!

Today Mum asked at the local paper, the Corryong Courier, if I could do a few weeks work experience!! I am kinda scared and kinda excited. The only problem I have with working really is that I get painfully shy around anyone I don't know well or at all. I hate it! Also today Mum asked at the school if I could enroll to do a textiles class next year. Now that I am really excited about!!

A Young Maiden's Day Book

Today.... Monday, 13 July

Outside my window... Its sunny but there are clouds so perhaps more rain.

I am thinking.... That I should get up and make some stuff, as I haven't even started anything today and I want to at least make one thing a day.

I am thankful for.... Beautiful music

I am wearing.... Blue jeans, pastel green jumper/sweatshirt, bare feet

I am reading.... I haven't read anything but my Bible in ages, the last book I read was The Hiding Place the story of Corrie Ten Boom.

I am creating.... nothing at this moment in time, but I hope to be in the next 10 minutes :D

One of my favourite things.... sunshine and warm after rain and cold

For education this week.... Writing, I finished my last assignment Friday and I hope to at least start my next one by the end of the week.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning: sewing, cleaning and cooking

A spiritual lesson I'm learning.... To be content in all situations

A godly character trait I plan to work on.... being patient with every body and every thing

I am praying for.... Someone in hospital

For the rest of the week.... Farm work, house work, writing, and sewing

A picture I'd like to share.... don't have one right now.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A few un-interesting bits of random ramblings...

Ok, like I said this post will probably be a bit boring but then I guess its better than not posting at all :)! (ok reading over it, it was pretty interesting, I even made myself laugh at the last bit, lol).

This weekend Kurt (Ayala's student) stayed over for the weekend. Its a little weird because he is almost one of the family now, lol. He loves the farm, and cant get enough of fencing, feeding the calves and hunting the cows. He really enjoys learning new things. He heard me playing Beethoven's Fur Elise on the piano and begged me to teach him, telling me that he thought it sounded "Awesome!!". So I gave him a lesson (that was interesting, seeing as though I have never taught anyone how to play anything on the piano, and I am not overly good at it myself), he learnt it off by heart in about 4 days! It took me weeks to learn that!! He also wanted to know how to play Ode to Joy, after that Dan started calling him Beethoven, and when ever he wanted to practice he would say "I'm gunna go be Beethoven." :).

Yesterday one of the springer herds (we have three herds of cows, two herds of cows (the springer's) are the cows we have to check every day because they are going to have their calves soon, and the other herd we milk) got out of their paddock and got into another paddock but yours truly thought they were the herd we were milking and so Ayala and I put them back into what we thought was their paddock, no problems, until we found out that the herd we had just moved were the springer's! OH what a nightmare... So we spent the whole rest of the day in the paddock sorting about 50 cows out of about 130 and they all look the same!!! Our neighbor came and helped (because it was the kids fault we were sent out to fix it and Mum and Dad stayed right away) with her horse, Ayala already had Blackie, the boys had the motor bike and Sarah and I were on foot (not the best thing because I had gotten a blister earlier in the morning). After a lot of frustration on every ones part and about 8 different plans of attack, we sorted most of them out and we had missed about 10 which got sorted when the herd went to the dairy for milking. Ayala and Diana (our neighbor) and their horses got a lot of camp drafting (also called cutting) practice and the horses had a good exercises.

Usually Mum and Dad are the ones who do the milkings, but last night my brother got sick and Sarah and I had to help Mum while Dad looked after Dan, (which meant my blister didn't get much rest, lol, it hurt a bit) it also meant that we had to help get the few springer's out of the herd. The last 9 cows were made up of 3 springer's and 6 normal milking cows, our plan was to try stop the three springer's going into the dairy but as we tried to stop them one of the cows (not a very nice cow, lol) put her head down and charged Mum, Mum told me later that she thought "What should I do?" The only thing she had time to do was yell "AHHHH!!!" and freeze. The cow missed her by a couple of feet (I was standing a few meters diagonally behind Mum) and came straight for me!! I just thought "What do I do? Run for the fence or..." Sarah told me later that I just screamed, lol! The cow also missed me by a couple of feet and ran into the dairy shed. When I think about it the cow probably wasn't thinking about getting us but just bluffing to get us out of her way, but it is a little hard to judge if a cow is bluffing or not when she is charging you!

Okey dokey, got to go.
Bye byes :D

Monday, July 6, 2009

untitled and A Young Maidens Day Book

Well a few interesting things have happened over the last few days.

Yesterday we found out the Ayala's mare isn't pregnant like we hoped. That was a bit of a disappointment. We are slightly worried though, because about a year and a half ago, Luka (the mare) had tetanus and we were told then that she would be a ruined horse if she ever recovered. But thankfully a miracle happened and she was fine, we are just wondering if being ill like that could have damaged some of her organs, we have still to ask the vet about it so it is just a theory.

Today, Face book decided they didn't like me anymore and deleted my account. At first I thought it may have been because I was home schooled, but after a bit of searching through the terms and conditions I found an exception for home schooled kids. Then after a bit of thought I guessed it could have been because I made a comment about God. But my sisters talked me out of that one, and now I have no idea! Which is annoying because in the terms and conditions (yes I read most of it!) they clearly stated that they would contact me before they deleted my account, so I am left scratching my head... I guess all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to his purpose.
Monday, I guess I should do a Young Maidens Day Book well here goes.

Today.... Monday, 6 July

Outside my window... Its dark, I am writing this in the evening

I am thinking.... Wondering why, and thinking that I love the sound of Amazing Grace on Bagpipes (its on my play list) and thinking that I love the movie too

I am thankful for.... That I got kicked off Face book (I have no idea why I am thankful for that!), for the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies, Lord of all to Thee I raise this my hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent child, friends on earth and Friend above, pleasures pure and undefiled, Lord of all to Thee I raise this my hymn of grateful praise. For the gift of Thy dear Son, for the hope of heaven at last, for the Spirit's victory won, for the crown when life is past, Lord of all to Thee I raise hymns of gratitude and praise. (Wow, I just started writing 'for the beauty of the earth' and I just felt I needed to write the whole song, and I realised that is exactly what I am thankful for right now!)

I am wearing.... Black wool jumper, loose blue jeans and white socks
I am reading.... The hiding place

I am creating.... Stuff in my head, haven't transferred them to my hands yet
One of my favourite things.... sunshine after rain (its been raining a lot lately)
For education this week.... Writing

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning: Sewing and designing things

A spiritual lesson I'm learning.... To be content in all things

A godly character trait I plan to work on.... being content in my circumstances
I am praying for.... a few people

For the rest of the week.... Farm work, house work and 'making stuff' work
Pictures I'd like to share:
These photos are a couple of years old but I wanted to share them with you. :D

This is the first poddy calf that I ever raised, Rosie, and her calf Buddy, my Mum found the photo the other day and I thought they were cute :D

This photo was taken just after Ayala's 15th B'day. We have a matching photo somewhere taken a couple of months ago (will post it at later date).

This, as all of you should know, lol, is a wombat. And no he is not dead, he is asleep. His name was Woko, he was the best pet EVER!!! Now I know you aren't supposed to keep wild animals as pets but when his mother met an untimely end, we picked him up (he was only about a month old) I couldn't resist asking my Dad if we could keep him. He said yes!!! We took him home and gave him some milk and put him in a box, the middle of that night he dug through the box and got under my bed and called to me (wombats have a funny call, its basically a series of grunts). From that night on he found ingenious ways of getting out of his box and finally found a way to get up on Mum and Dad's bed, lol! There are heaps more stories that I could tell but I don't have the time right now. We were all sad the day he got out of the yard and fell asleep under Dad's car.

Well I really need to go.

Your author


Friday, July 3, 2009

Big week.

Well the reason for my being so bad a blog author is because the start of this week our Internet stopped working :(. It took us the whole week to get it fixed. But there was a good side. On Monday (or Tuesday, I forget which, it could have even been Sunday), Mum came to me and told me if I was going to get serious about making stuff I needed to set aside a corner where I could set up my sewing machine and what ever else I need. The problem with this idea is that there is no where! We ended up finding a corner, I love it because I can be set up with my stuff and fiddle around making things, I have already made two handbags. I might post about them another day.

Other developments... Last week, I got my entry for Elyne Mitchell Rural Women's Writing Award finished and with the help of my two great friends Noah (from and Cassie (from I was able to edit it as well. Thanks guys :D!! I couldn't have edited it with out you, lol! Now all there is to do is wait... till October (I wish I really could time walk! lol)!! That is when the winner is announced but apparently I should be notified soon if I get to be a runner-up, but there is a good chance that may not happen.

Today, one of Ayala's students came and spent the day with us. He's a good kid, although he has been through a lot. He is about Dan's age, they are great friends now. He lives with his grandparents and when he comes out here its almost like he treats us like a family away from home.
Tonight, we have had a kind of fellowship meeting, with one other family, it didnt really feel like one.

I have to go... Its 11 pm here and I should be in bed asleep but I felt I should write something, seeing as though I haven't for a week. I'll try be a better blog author from now on :D.

Bye, from your very tired author.

P.S. I am thinking about setting up a website, not a blog, a website, if anyone has any experience in this field please comment to see if you can be of any assistance.