ipe Daily Bliss: May 2007

Daily Bliss

Today's lovely moments are tomorrow’s beautiful memories

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kitchen News

We have have chosen a new cabinet maker. The kitchen will be installed in about 13 weeks.

Friday, May 25, 2007

State of Origin

Maroons take game one

State of Origin 1 - QLD v NSW

8pm, Wednesday 23 May 2007

Suncorp Stadium, Milton Road, Milton in Brisbane, Queensland

The first match between Queensland and New South Wales in the State of Origin, rugby league competition.

Queensland produced one of the great Origin comebacks with a stirring 25-18 victory over New South Wales at a deafening Suncorp Stadium after trailing 18-6 at half time. My oh my!

I don't watch this annual series of games because, to tell the truth, I don't like Rugby League at all. However, as it's State of Origin & I was the only New South Wales (Blues) supporter in my family until I married Paul, I've always had a friendly bet with William, my ex-husband, & our kids.

Despite the fact that NSW has never had more series wins than Queensland at anytime in Origin history, it has been a profitable exercise overall. One year, Will was so certain that Queensland would win that he turned off the television 10 minutes before the end of the game. I bet him $10,000AU they'd lose to NSW & he confidently agreed. NSW won so I made him pay up. LOL. We took a fabulous 10 day vacation to Hong Kong, Macau & China. I bought an emerald & diamond dress ring as a memento of the game - & something about which to tell a good story.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Blues lost Wednesday night's match & I have to pay up. William has a bottle of plonk waiting for him when he comes south for The Living Doll's (middle princess) 21st birthday next month & Gabriella (youngest princess) has won a Gold Class ticket to see Harry Potter. We all benefit cos, undoubtably, I will help drink said bottle & will take said daughter to the cinema! LOL.

Happiness & laughter always folks,


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Take a Look at This!

Yesterday was a busy day, mostly about work, but one of the more pleasurable things planned was a late afternoon drive south to the Gold Coast (about 110km from where we live in Brisbane) to meet up for dinner with my parents-in-law (who are on holiday from places much further south).

This family get-together has been postponed several times because of the kitchen drama & Paul's broken foot (we usually spend Easter's 4-day weekend with them at their home near Port Macquarie but postponed that cos we were supposed to go to Sydney for another family event a few weeks after that). Consequently, last night was the first opportunity for Elaine & Trevor to pass over a birthday present for last month's big day. They had already told me that they didn't want to post it, they said, because it was too difficult.

The gift was a bonsai plant. LOL Definitely not something postable. I'm a gardener & because of the drought have a magnificent collection of potplants. This beautiful mini tree is going to take pride of place on my back veranda. Lots of hugs of appreciation were given to my parents-in-law

Then, out came the piece de resitance...

My fabulous mother-in-law knitted me a gorgeous twin-set! Am I a spoilt girl or what? She said she wasn't sure that it would fit so bought the bonsai plant just in case. You can imagine the squeals of delight from me, the manic cross stitcher & handcrafter. I was over the moon with delight. There was a lot more hugging all over again.

The good news is that both pullover & cardigan fit perfectly. Also, the weather has been most co-operative. Being almost Winter here, the temperature (which has been rather hot for this time of year) plummeted to 8C here this morning, so I'm wearing them as I type. I feel warm & toasty.

Look at the detail ... it's magnificent!

Thanks Mum! Thanks Dad! Both twinset & Bonsai are special gifts that I will treasure.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mothers Day!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

There is always, always, always, something to be thankful for

Kitchen renovations & the resulting fallout have been taking up my time & sanity but AUSPOST is like FEDEX. She just keeps on delivering in rain, hail & kitchen disaster.

A heart-felt thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who sent me gifts, emails or cards for my birthday. Things keep on coming even though the big event was nearly 2 weeks ago.

Belonging to a couple cross stitch birthday groups means that I have received Blissful (Cross Stitch) Stash from all over the globe. I'm not going to name names in case I miss someone out. That would be dreadful! Let me just say that I am overwelmed at people's generosity. I never expected anything like this! Thank you notes are in the mail.

Happiness & laughter always,


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Kitchen - Dishonest!

We got an email out of the blue from 'Drew the Manager' of Jaguar Fine Kitchens yesterday evening saying:

'The proposal is that the other Drew will commence to install the kitchen on Thursday with the cabinetry and panels etc. It will take him at least one day probably a day and a half. The stonemasons will then commence installation of the bench tops on Tuesday. However, before Drew commences he will require a cheque or EFT receipt from you for the second instalment payment of $[xxxx.00].'

It was a bit of a surprise considering the last email, but we replied that that was good but that on two occasions we had, at their request, made arrangements to be present in person and organised tradesmen for the installation of the kitchen and on both occasions they had failed to arrive to do the work and had not notified us that the installation was not to occur. We also told them that since this caused us personal inconvenience (time off work etc), & difficulty in getting tradesmen to attend our home without some guarantee that the work is actually going to take place that we would come & view the kitchen at the showroom/factory on Friday morning and then, if all was well, get them start the installation on Tuesday (Monday is a public holiday). It would give us time to make arrangements with the sparky & the plumber. We would pay Drew when the work for this installment was complete.

Would you believe, Drew the manager sent us another email saying 'no' & that they are cancelling their contract. There is to be no kitchen, not now, not ever.

Weird, huh? We are at a loss to understand anything. It's not that we said or did anything that caused this problem. The kitchen simply didn't happen.

The question that I ask is 'why did they ever pull out the old kitchen if they had no intention to put in a new one?' Isn't that fraud? Isn't taking more money still with no intention to deliver goods called stealing?

Silly buggers! They put it in writing, didn't they? It's time to take legal action.

Meanwhile, no leftovers left when we got home. Too tired & cold to go out and BBQ something. Good thing that I had provided Paul with large salad sandwich at 4pm when I collected him from work, don't you reckon?


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