Sunday, 28 July 2013

Fridays Fabulous 5 # 40

After a break of sometime here is my first post of this kind.  I have lots of links just waiting to be posted but I would love to find some that others love too.  So please link me up.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A day in Daystay at Starship Hospital

Hayden has been in hospital today for a renal function test.  I had a lot of time to fill while he was waiting for the different blood tests he had to have over the course of 5 hours.  That does not include the hour before it all started that was needed to get his port a cath accessed so we had a point to draw the blood from.

So this is how our time looked like today.



First step is the port a cath which needs to be put it.  I does not hurt as all the nerves have been quarterised.


Starship hospital from the inside and the playground in the foreground which filled in some of the time.  I got time to admire the paint job from the Atrium.



Of course no stay in hospital is complete without stickers and some paper.


Luckily there was a holiday programme free to attend.  So Hayden made a flying fish kite and did some colouring in .

There of course was the cutting and gluing but I forgot to take a photo of that and the long walks too and from one side of the hospital to other to kill some time.

It sure is not a test to be repeated as it makes for a very long day.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Mondays Menu 22 July

This week will be a week of trying some new meals for us.  I hope that some of these recipes will stick and will become handy during the new school term which starts next week.



Monday  Coconut Fish Chicken on rice.

Tuesday  Grilled Tikka Masala Lamb cutlets with raita

Wednesday  spaghetti and meatballs

Thursday  chicken noodle soup

Friday  lamb cutlets with salad and potatoes

Saturday  homemade beef burgers with finger grilled vegetables and hummus on the side

Sunday  leftovers


(An image of winter I too just last week)

I am linking this post to I'm an Organising Junkie

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Project 365 May 2013

 I am still chugging away with this project so here is Mays installment.  I had to sit down one day and play catch up but it was worth it as now I just need to do last weeks page.  All is good in this department I think.  I love having my pages with bright colours.  So Orange is the flavour for this month.











(Credits; Life in a Box templates, weekly wordart, hodge podge 5 Life 365 and SS 8 from Weeds and Wildflowers)

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Off site backing up

After a long break from blogging I am back with fresh energy.  I needed to take some time away because life got so busy that something just had to go or my sanity would.  So sadly my blog did. 

Anyway here I am back again with my thoughts about backing up my precious bits and pieces.  I run 1 EHD but now, with time to think clearly, I know it is time to proactively do something more.  I have, since January, been considering on line storage options.  Very nervously I must say but the thoughts have been floating around in my head and the occasional an on line search.  I was nervous because I was not sure how reliable these companies would be and even if they would exist when I really needed them.

So then the I lost some photos due to a small EHD failure and now I know I need to do something quickly.  Luckily I still have those photos backed up on CD....yes I know they were my original back ups which I did when I got my first digital camera over 9 years ago.  I used a Nero programme and I have yet to work out how to unpack then but they are still there.

So what I have decided is

  1. Firstly I should back up everything in onto an EHD.  The one I have has a whole lot of digital scrapbooking stuff but my photos and things sit on my computer.  (I say this very embarrassingly).  So tomorrow I am off to get a new EHD to back up the photos and other documents that I need stored.
  2. On line storage.  I have narrowed the list of possibles down to 3 companies.  Mozy, Backblaze and CrashPlan.  The things that I have been considering as important for my families storage needs are; scheduled backup updates,  access to the items stored, and ease of use.
  3. I have some CDs still but choose not to continue down this line as they CD do fail. 

 (source is here ...an article about using Gmail for storage)