Sunday, 30 September 2007

Slack Blogger

(edited to add: Not Happy Jan!!!!!!! Mark Da Costa has just been voted out of idol. Lots of pouting going on here and sad faces :o( as he was my Fav. )

Hi everyone, sorry I have been neglecting my BLOG for the past week, things have been hectic around here, with school holidays, work etc....


Tuesday Madeleine went to the Melbourne Zoo with Neil's sister Annette they didn't take many photos but here's the only one they took of Madeleine with a butterfly sitting on her hat.

Because she was out with Annette it gave me the chance to catch up with Wendy after I finished at work. It was nice to catch up and see the shop back to how it used to look. I really like the atmosphere with it being that little bit smaller. I also went to pick up the few things Lynne had kindly put away for me the week before when the new stock had arrived. Great new papers from American craft and some for of my current fav alpha's Thickers along with their vinyl lettering and felt alpha's. Very cute and great colours as well.


Wednesday Madeleine and I had a great day in the city.
We caught the train to Flinders Street and headed over to
Federation Square to get a glimpse of the final 12 from this
years Australian Idol. We positioned ourselves in a front
row position along the fence were they would all be walking
down before going on stage.

Much to Madeleine's delight her Favourite Matt Corby held her hand as he went past her. She jokingly of course told me she was never going to wash that hand again.
After they all went past we manoeuvred into a pretty good viewing position for the concert. First up were the Young Divas with Jessica Malboy performing with them for the first time. I was a little surprised they weren't singing live. It was definitely a recording.
Anyway after them was Madeleine's favourite from last year
Dean Geyer. He performed 3 songs from his new album and was really good. After him was Damian Leith and then the final 12 performed. I tell you some girls have the most ear piercing screams, and most of the screaming was all directed at young Matt.

Madeleine's face said it all really. She had a huge smile on her face the whole time we were there and really got into it. The atmosphere with all those young girls and there were a few guys there as well was quite exciting. Although I must say the most vocal of the guys in the audience were screaming madly for Dean Geyer (lol).

After that we headed off to lunch and took some of the lane ways and side streets of Melbourne to go through the Block Arcade and then ended up at a cafe in Block Court. I just love the arcades and lane ways of Melbourne you really get a feel for the city. All the funky little boutiques and curio shops are just fabulous.

Back to work on Thursday and Madeleine spent the day with her friend Victoria, they ended up doing a bit of scrapbooking together. Then we went around to see John who I haven't seen since Jackie's funeral. He is doing OK and keeping himself busy doing all these odd jobs around the house that Jackie had wanted done for over 12 months. He is on a big learning curve at the moment and finding it a bit of a struggle. Understandably I think he is finding it hard not to let the sadness overwhelm him at the moment.


Friday believe it or not I had to have another day off work. This time with Gastro, the pain woke me up at around 1.30am so I spent sometime in the bathroom close to toilet, that kept happening through out the night and didn't let up until lunch time Friday.
Now hopefully that is it for me and illness for quite sometime, I think I've had enough now.

Yesterday (saturday) we headed off to the Melboure Show.
Grand Final day is certainly the day to go the crowds aren't
that big, and the girls didn't have to queue for rides.

This year we took Tijana and luckily the weather held out. It
was overcast all day but it didn't rain. They had a ball on the
rides from the giant slide, the taipan roller coaster, the claw,
they must have had around 20 rides.
Lots of healthy food consumed of course.. Fairy Floss to
Dip n Dots. I know they have Dip n dots in Sydney but it was
the first time I'd seen them in Melbourne. They are tiny little balls of icecream & quite yummy. They had Fairy Floss and Bubble gum in their containers.

This year we even managed to talk the girls into going to have a look at the dogs. There was certainly some interesting sites in the dog pavilion. Here's a few as a sample. The poodle had the most bizarre hairdo. Although the schnauzer has a nice looking comb over. The little fellow in the hat was just cute and the guy and his dog asleep in their pen says it all.

Speaking of the Grand Final how's those Cats 119 point win. Great game for all those Geelong supporters they just anhilated Port Adelaide. I'm not a Geelong supporter but I certainly was yesterday and for some strange reason found myself getting all sentimental at the end of the game. They certainly deserved to win as they have been the best team in the competition all year, and after 44years it was defintely their time.
I found it a bit hard after our long day at the show to muster any enthusiasm to get ready to go out to Lena's 40th Birthday party last night. Once there though we had a lovely time and she also had the most sensational birthday cake it was a hugh slab of Vanilla slice very very nice indeed. It wasn't a late night by any stretch and we were home just after midnight.
Ok once again if you stayed with me for this long well done and I'll try to be more regular in my updating but no promises.
Hi to all the girls at Thursday coffee mornings I miss you all and of course to all the other regular customers who i don't get to see anymore a big wave to you all. :(
Leeanne x

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Getting better all the time

I am pleased to say I am feeling much better today, thank goodness. Still feel tight in the chest and have a nasty cough but by and by I feeling so much better. To celebrate I took Madeleine off for a little retail therapy and then to see Hairspray. Lots of colour and movement, and songs from start to finish, a really fun movie. John Travolta makes one ugly women.


Well tomorrow is it for me. I am officially off training and out in the real world. I'm looking forward to getting started and also to being on my part time hours. I suppose I'm a little bit nervous, as three of the days I have had off were the days I should have been doing the on the job training. Although I'm sure they won't let me loose on any unsuspecting customers on my own tomorrow........hopefully.


Anyone else out there watching Idol this year, I'm actually enjoying it more this year, there are some really talented people on it this year. Madeleine's fav Matt Corby got the first touchdown for the year tonight. A pretty boy with talent, I'll be very surprised if he doesn't win. My fav is the oldest contestant Mark who really knows how to rock it out and perform. Anybody with me, if your watching who's your favourite. Madeleine wants to got into Fed Sq on Wednesday to see them perform live. I'm sure there will be nobody else there (lol)


Well it's going to be a short and sweet post tonight because of the dreaded lurgy I haven't done much to talk about this past week. Looking forward to having more time to be creative again, I haven't done any scrapbooking for the past 3 weeks.


Leeanne x

Wednesday, 19 September 2007


That Murphy has a lot to answer for really. New job and so far 3 and a 1/2 days off . They must be thinking they've got a lemon in me so far.

The all over aches and pains started on Sunday and I thought great I'm getting a cold so started dosing up on vitamin c tablets and hot lemon drinks. I so didn't want to got to work but thought I should as a) it was a Monday b) I'd only just had the previous Thursday off. Anyway I lasted until lunch time and was fading quickly.

Got home and collapsed in a heap and slept all day. Monday night I alternated between burning up and teeth chattering chills. I was supposed to go to Springvale yesterday so had to ring them to tell them I wouldn't be in. (can't tell you how embarrassed I was to ring) Anyway I went to the doctors yesterday and my temperature was 39.6 no wonder I felt bad. He has given me antibiotics but told me not fill it unless my cough gets worse. I was told just to dose up on panadeine, fluids and ventolin. Again most of yesterday was spent sleeping and just plain feeling lousy.

I was supposed to be making around 100 honey joys for Madeleine for Market day at the school, so my lovely sister Julie came over after work yesterday and did those for me. Thank you again Julie I really appreciate it.

Madeleine had basketball last night so another mum Sue took her for after school and then brought her home for me.

Today Madeleine has just been picked up my another friend of mine Andi to take her to school for me as she was loaded up with 4 litres of milk, 100 honey joys, 8 litres of ice cream and sundry other items. Their stall is selling all sorts of things from popcorn to milk shakes.

I am so lucky to have so much support around here I don't know what I'd do sometimes. We live in a great little community in Carrum, where there is always someone who will lend a hand.

Ok that's it for me I need to go and lay down again.Cross your fingers for me that I'm well enough to got back to work tomorrow.


Leeanne x

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Emotional Week

Boy of Boy what a week, sorry for not blogging I just didn't feel up to it. Now if you will just bear with me I need to write all about it, for me. So I must warn you this will be a very very long post.

Firstly before I start I just want to say thank you again to everyone who has left a comment for me on my BLOG or called me over the last week. Your support means the world to me and I really appreciate it. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends who care so much about me. Thank you.

Saturday: I received the first call from Jackie's sister-in-law letting me know that she had slipped into a coma and this time she wouldn't be coming out of it, and that the next call I received would be dreaded one. Yolanda was understandably very upset and had spent the morning at Jackie's bedside saying goodbye. When she rang she was on the Tullamarine freeway on her way to pick up Jackie's sister who was flying in from Queensland. While we were talking she said to me OMG Leeanne your not going to believe what has just driven by me, I never see these. It turned out that an empty hearse had driven by her, which she was a little freaked out by.
Anyway we hung up and not a 1/2 hour later she rang again to tell me that Jackie had passed away. and it had actually happened while we had been talking earlier when the hearse had driven by. (coincidence maybe, maybe not)

I cried, but not the flooding, sobbing kind of tears I thought I would, which I have done over the past 6 months. I felt numb but also a little relieved. Relieved for Jackie who had been suffering so horribly especially in the last 2 weeks. Relieved for John, the boys and her family who had sat beside her, around the clock watching her suffer. I can not ever really imagine what they have gone through.

I started to make phone calls to all the other mums from school who were friends of Jackie to let them know. I rang Andi first but she wasn't at home she was up at Southland (her fav place) and I could have rung on her mobile but I said to her later I didn't want to call her there as Southland is her Happy Place and I didn't want to ruin it for her. Andi like me was particularly close to Jackie and I wanted to let her know first. As soon as she heard she rang me back to say she was coming over, she arrived at around 4.30pm with a bottle of champagne and left around 12am. Karen and Phyllis and Rick (and their girls) also came around and it was so nice to have company and do a little reminiscing and reflecting with friends.

Sunday: I must confess I was a little hung over but not to bad I had gone to bed around 2am but the girls woke up at 7.30am and I got up then. The Mahoney girls and Andi's daughter Georgia had stayed the night. Andi came to pick up Georgie around 10.30am and she brought around her photo album from her husbands 50th birthday last year at Morning Star Estate in Mornington. They're not great photos of Jackie and me, but we had a fun day, lots of laughing and goofing around as you can see. The photo of her and John is lovely though.

Sunday Neil also played in a band at the Chelsea Flower show and Bicentennial Park. He was helping out a friend who teaches guitar and singing to young kids. It's the D & A music school. They did really well and played about 4 songs. Sunday was a beautiful day here in Melbourne so I decided I would walk to the park along the Bike Path about 7ks. I needed to clear my head and have some alone time. I underestimated how long it would take me to get there and luckily got there just as the band started and to take a few pics.

Monday: Jackie's family was still none the wiser on when the funeral would be, as the priest at Chelsea hadn't got back to them, even though they had rung him about 10 times. Apparently he has Monday's off. Go figure !! I thought Priests were supposed to be there serving their parishioners 24/7. How wrong was I. I'm not going to get myself going on the Priest, cause that would take a while.
The other thing that happened on Monday was when I got home from work I had an email from Scrapbook Creations saying they would like to publish one of my layouts. Woo HOo!!! I was so excited as I've never been published before. They want to do it as a Project so I have photograph some of the steps before I send if off. Not sure how to go about that really but Wendy has said she would help.
Tuesday: I felt like I still hadn't had a really good cry about Jackie and was starting to worry myself that I hadn't. I certainly kept tearing up but no real tears, and for those who know me, you know I'm normally a big cry baby. Anyway that all changed around 6.30pm when John rang me and told me what a good friend to Jackie I was and that Jackie thought the world of me, and then he asked me to speak at Jackie's funeral. OMG I just burst into tears, I had that many emotions going through me at once I didn't know what to do with myself.
I was so honoured, privileged and terrified all at once. I said thank you but didn't think I could do it, but that I didn't want to disappoint him. He just very calmly told me he would understand if I couldn't, but maybe I could write something down and if I felt I could get up then great and if not that was Ok too.
I was just dishing up dinner when he rang so I went back to the table and told Neil and Madeleine was John had asked. They both said nearly in unison You can't do that. Exactly!! that's what I was thinking. Now don't get me wrong they certainly weren't trying to be mean, it's just that they know firstly I'm not big on public speaking and secondly I'm a big sook. All meant in the nicest possible of ways.
Then I rang Yolanda and Andi to discuss it with them. Both who kindly said that if I couldn't do it they would read it for me. Great I thought there's my out. I am such a coward. I also spoke to a few other friends who were very encouraging and said all the right things to me. Thank you girls.
Well there was no way I was going to sleep that night if I didn't stay up and get something down. I sat up until after midnight writing down my thoughts on Jackie, I wanted to keep it short because I knew there were a few of us (well Potentially) speaking, but wanted to say how I really felt about her and what she meant to me.
Wednesday: I dropped my eulogy off to Yolanda so she could have a copy if she had to read it out. I just need to take a moment to say what a warm, wonderful beautiful person Yolanda is. She is an amazing women who always has time for you even though she has 3 young boys who are on the go the whole time. Over the last 6 months I have used Yolanda as my conduit between me and John and Jackie. She was the only way sometimes I found out what was really going and on. I can't thank her enough for allowing me to call her on a daily basis and sometimes more than once a day to find out what was happening.
Back to Wednesday I dropped in to Yo's after work on Wednesday and stayed for a few drinks with her and Jackie's sister Anna and her brother George. If I have to find a positive out of all this it would be that I have become friends with Jackie's family and they are truly lovely people.
So easy to talk to, so open and warm.
Then we had to head off to the Lang Warren Hotel for dinner with Julie, Anthony, Taylor and Alex. Sue, Greg, Stacey and Nick. We were there to celebrate Taylor's birthday of the 12th September and Alex's on the 23rd.
Thursday: Neil, Madeleine and I headed off to St Brigid's in Mordialloc. Jackie's sister Anna was waiting for me when I arrived to give me a long stem rose. She had brought a dozen for some of us to lay on her coffin. When you walk in and see the coffin for the first time it knocks the breath out of you. It is such a confronting sight.
We all sat waiting for the service to start, Madeleine sat and held her Dad's hand through the whole service and cried, she was very brave. She loved Jackie so much. Anyway both George and Anna did a reading and while Anna didn't think she could do it she made it. After the priest had finished talking. John and both James and Jessie got up to talk about their mum. Jame's said what a wonderful mum she was and she their favourite and she gave the best hugs and kisses. She was the best cook and told her how much he loved her and signed it off from your favourite son. He was so brave through out and didn't shed a tear. Jesse who is seven said I love you Mum.
Then John spoke about his love for Jackie and the whole in his heart and what she meant to him and the boys. He spoke beautifully and then had to stop when emotions ran high. He has lost his soul mate and he himself is feeling totally lost at the moment.
Then Yolanda spoke and she told us about Jackie's academic achievements I learnt that Jack spoke fluent Japanese. How could I not know that. Jackie never bragged about herself. She told us of her love of antiques and good books and the colour green. What she meant to her and it was a beautiful reflection of Jackie. John's two sisters also got up and spoke about what she had meant to them.
Then it was my turn. I believe I had decided before I got to the church that I was going to do it, but what really cemented it for me was James and Jesse and how brave they were. Andi came up with me and stood behind me for support. This is what I said for Jackie:-
For Jackie

It’s so hard to know where to start, when talking about Jackie and what she meant to me. I feel so privileged and honoured that Jackie called me her friend.

She was generous, loyal and kind, and always made me feel welcome in her home, and that nothing was too much trouble. Jackie never liked to be the centre of attention and was always more interested in what was happening in your life rather than talk about herself. I can just hear her now saying
“so what’s new and what’s the gossip”.

One of the other things I have always admired about her is her dedication to her family, and to her two precious boys who she loved beyond words, and was so fiercely protective of. She would always jokingly say she would turn like a mangy dog if anyone upset her boys.

An extension of that, and another reason for thinking the world of her, was that she also extended that loyalty and protection to my daughter Madeleine. She was always telling me how great Madeleine was, or how clever, or how beautiful, or how talented. I will always be thankful to her, for making Madeleine feel so welcome and special in her home.
Jackie was so brave and strong through these last 6 months, and a real inspiration to those around her. She showed me what true strength of character is all about, in the face of adversity and made me realize not to take things for granted. To make it all count and tell the people who matter the most to you, that you LOVE THEM
Then Andi spoke and she was so calm she spoke beautifully. Then James got up with his Dad and played a piece on the keyboard. I can't remember the first song and then he played Que cera cera. Let me tell you there was not a dry eye in the house after that. He is an amazing young man and a real credit to his mum and dad.
After the church service we headed off to Gateway in Chelsea Heights for the little ceremony you have before her coffin was sent off.
They had coffee and sandwiches at Gateway and it was nice to relax and catch up with everyone. The kids really enjoyed each others company and it was nice see James and Jesse smiling. John who is such a private person found it hard to stand there, as everyone came up to give him their condolonces, but he made it through, which is a real credit to him.
From there we headed back to George and Yolanda's for drinks. We got back there about 1pm and I left around 9.30pm. I'm thing that wouldn't go home. I certainly drank to much champagne but it was really nice sitting and chatting with everyone throughout the afternoon.
I said goodbye to Anna, who I really feel like I could be friends with. It's a shame she lives up in Queensland.
Well believe it or not that has taken me around 2 hours to write. If you made it through well done. I'm sorry I went on so long I just wanted to record it for myself.
Thank you again to everyone for your support
Leeanne x

Saturday, 8 September 2007


Today my good friend Jackie lost her battle with cancer.

My heart goes out to her family, No matter how long you've known that this day is coming, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. She has been so so so sick for the last couple of weeks so at least she is at peace now. My dear friend you will be sadly missed.

Say a little prayer for her husband and two boys, that they find a way through the sad days ahead.

Ok no more to say at the moment, its all to overwhelming.

Love to all

Leeanne x

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Quick Catch Up

So far so good on the new job front. I have been on training for the last 3 days and while it has been very interesting, it can be a long day sitting listening to people talk at you for 7hrs 21 mins. It has been really nice catching up with some of the people I used to work with, it's like I never left (almost).
I went on a 1/2hour walk yesterday at lunch time, which was great but probably didn't help in the staying awake department. Not that I can drop off as there is only 4 of us and it would be pretty obvious. Last night I was in bed at 8.30pm and asleep by 8.32pm. I was exhausted.

I also had a bit of a minties moment on the way home. I was rushing home yesterday to pick Madeleine up by 4.45pm for her basketball final. When with only 2 streets to go before home a friend and her children stopped their car, to turn into McLeod Rd. To which of course I waved and then immediately fell over and onto the road. DOH!!!!!! Luckily I don't get overly embarrassed easily,but lets just say I could have done without it. (lol) Anyhoo got home, picked up the car keys and we arrived just before 5pm for the basketball final only to find out they had changed the time to 5.30pm. Not Happy Jan. To top it off the team lost by 1 point.

Today I'm happy to report that I was attentive all day and am still awake at 9.50pm. I still haven't completed the last layout from Wendy's No Scrap On Line Class or the card, but I think realistically that is not going to happen until the weekend.

I can't wait to check out the new inks at shop, Wendy and I tested them when we went to the workshop of Print Blocks and they were just lovely to use.

Tomorrow is coffee morning and I won't be there :( *heavy sigh* I'm really going to miss everyone. Have a coffee for me girls. black no sugar (hehe)

On a serious note one of the regulars from coffee morning Vesna lost her younger brother last weekend after a serious road accident. I am so sorry for your lose and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this awful time.

Ok well I'm off to bed. mmmmm bed can't wait. Getting up at 6am no so good.


Leeanne x

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Weekend Wrap up

Thank you to everyone who has left such lovely comments wishing me well re my new job. Well it's not far away now, I'll have to get up at 6am to get organized by 8am. You know I'm not a morning person so it takes me ages to get ready. By the time I shower, blow dry my hair, organize my lunch and Madeleine's, Iron my clothes, have breakfast and vague out for a while it will be time to go. I'll be catching the same train with Neil, not so sure he's that thrilled about that, but he will just have to get used to it for three weeks. (lol)

We didn't go out last night so I finished two of the August No Scraps class layouts. If you haven't tried one of these classes you really should give it a go. This month it was three layouts and a card. Here are my first two. The first one is of Madeleine and her friend Laura when they were heading out to the Red Carpet Party and striking a few poses before they left. The second one is a collage of some of the photos I took when we were in Queensland in July. Excuse the way the layouts look they are straight it's just the way I've photographed them.

Today being Father's day I cooked breakfast instead of Neil. It's a bit of a ritual in our house that Neil cooks breakfast on either Saturday or Sunday. So we had Bacon, Eggs, Mushrooms, Chipolatas and Baked Beans. Very nice if I do say so myself. Then he went out to lunch with his Dad, Mum and sister at the Dingley Hotel.

While Madeleine and I headed off to catch the train into the city to see the Phantom of the Opera with some friends. We had lunch at a Bourke Street Cafe and then headed around the corner to the Princess Theatre. I'm pleased to say it was just as outstanding as I remembered. The costumes and sets are just beautiful. Anthony Warlow was fantastic as were the whole cast. All in all a GREAT show, If you're in Melbourne and get a chance to go, do yourself a favour. You won't be disappointed.

Here's a photo of Madeleine and I that Neil took before we headed out. And no I'm not standing in a ditch. My 12year old daughter just happens to be at least 3 inches taller than me. Very sad really.

Well I better sign off and think about going to bed. Work tomorrow you know. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Leeanne x