30 January 2008
29 January 2008
17 January 2008
12 January 2008
It was time for our family cat, Ellie to die yesterday. She was 19 years old and has outlived other family pets, two cats and a dog. She has been getting thinner everyday and we think the last few very hot days has been too much for her and she has shut down. My Dad took her to the vet to see if there was anything they could do but as anticipated the vet put her to sleep. We accept this is the right thing to do so she is not in any pain. However, it is hard to lose a much loved pet. It is sad to see her go as we will miss her funny ways but she has had a good and long life and we have loved her very much. She was a good girl, not like the other naughty puss, Billy 2. Goodbye little Lally girl we love you.
10 January 2008
8 January 2008
7 January 2008
.....for more curiosity and fun. Moochie is bored with me all the time and his incessant curiosity will not wait while I do boring household chores. So its time for him to enter childcare for as little as half a day or up to 2 full days depending on what I can find. I'm sure this will create the right balance for both of us. Since I do not know anyone in Tokyo who has done the research, I'm working from scratch to find a suitable place as well as find out all the 'quirks' which might also be known as 'systems' that I need to be aware of. Here are some of the more interesting things I have found out in my research:
- average one off enrolment fee is about $2000
- some centres charge $100 a month 'toilet training' fee
- daily fees start at about $60 and go up from there....
- some centres change nappies AND clothes every hour on the hour
- some centres make you take home all dirty nappies
- some centres only allow cloth nappies
I will post more as I learn how things work, but always when entering a new culture that is very different from your own, learning and ACCEPTING and not asking why every 5 minutes, is sometimes challenging!! I guess I am looking for something that I feel comfortable with, is affordable and will be the best environment for mooch. I guess I am lucky that he can be in a place that despite what appear to be strange rules to me provides him (and me) the chance to appreciate how others do things. And this is the point of the whole trip!!
5 January 2008
This summer has been so hot and the flies have been so horrible. I try to create my own state of coffee zen so I can sit and enjoy it. It has taken a few months to not swat, but I cannot not swat the ones crawling over mini mooch's lips and eyes. Horrible, annoying flies go away!!
4 January 2008
These are the easiest sausage rolls you could make. I am in full scale mode of hand sized, hand made foods. After buying one of those mini muffin trays recently I wonder why I did not buy one sooner. I do wonder though if pei pei pip squeek will think food is only mini muffin shaped.....these fellas are easy to make and seem to be successful. It is the first time he has eaten sauce so maybe the sauce is actually more interesting than the sausage roll. It would be impossible to have one without the other, no?! Recipe as follows makes about
In the bowl,
500gm roll of sausage meat
1 grated carrot
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 finely sliced spring onions
salt and pepper
Mix thoroughly and lay onto sheets of readymade puffed pastry, roll and cut into desired lengths. Cook for 10 mins or until brown and sausage meat is cooked.
This made 36 small sausage rolls.