Monday, January 03, 2022


This morning I will be sorting out this lot:

ABOVE:  It's all the really little scraps of fabric that I wanted to keep.
They have laid on the sewing room floor overnight to dry.  There was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to peg it all on the line!

Once I've sorted and put it away the sewing room with be done, except for marrying my fabric up with Mrs C's.

That won't take too long as I've been sorting Mrs C's fabrics into colours as I folded it all up.

ABOVE:  I tried to get a decent photo of these three little boys with their Christmas swords.
HA HA HA!  Well, I tried.

ABOVE:  Mike is a VERY popular Uncle to all his nieces and nephews.  
The kids just love him.  He always takes the time to play with them and be with them.

ABOVE:  Amanda's car last night, stacked to the gunnels!

ABOVE:  There wasn't much room left for Emily and Liam.  Lucky they didn't have far to go to get home.

Right, that's me for now.  I predict another stinking hot day is ahead of us.

ABOVE:  And there ya go.  All Mrs C's fabric is sorted, washed, dried, folded and put away.
I have decided not to 'marry' it up with my fabrics for now.
It can stay there, separate from mine for the time being.
Some of it still smells a bit, so best to let it just air out some more.

I cannot thank Bex and Joyce enough for helping me get it all done!!!   It would have taken me a couple of months on my own. 

Because the last couple of weeks have been quite stressful (stuff behind the scenes), Stew and I are going to just stay home and do NOTHING for a while.
Mike and Joyce will hang out with Steve and Bex for the majority of their visit.

ABOVE:  The guys playing Exploding Kittens last night.  I do believe Mike enjoyed it, even though he's wearing the 'Cone of Shame'.

4.15 pm:  The kids are off playing mini golf.  Stew and I are just chilling at home, watching movies etc.
Amanda and her two youngest are due here for a swim soon.

It is STINKING STINKING HOT.  I hate summer.

6 pm:   So hot I had to go for a swim.  The water was bloody WARM.

Steve is cooking everyone's dinner this evening.  Butter chicken on rice.
It's so hot in our house right now we are all feeling it.

Amanda and her two kids just left after lazing away in the pool for ages.

LEEANN:  It's not a mothballs smell.  The fabric is from a house where someone smoked.  We washed all the fabric with baking soda, it has taken out most of the smell.

ABOVE:  These two doing the 'Mum thing', watching the kids in the pool.
Not my job anymore!
Been there, done that.

RHONDA:  Our high today was 30 C.  I think it's what you are used to, as to how HOT it feels to you.
30 C plus high humidity is not very tolerable here!

35 in Sydney probably feels like 25 here.  You get a dry heat.  We get a humid heat, totally different.

Our AIR CON:  is not working, so we are waiting until we can get a repairman in.  Hopefully in the next few days.

Our dinner was wonderful.  Steve did well.

I've just been out watering pots and some of the garden.  My hydrangeas were wilting, so are my Peony's.  The pond went down by about 4 inches today, so I've topped that up too.

I will have to do that every evening from now till the end of March.  What fun. NOT.

Another reason I don't like summer.  

9.25 pm:  The day is done.  All is quiet in the Harvey house.
Time to sign off for the day.
Catch ya tomorrow.


  1. That is so nice, my cousin Al was like that when he visited. My brothers never take the time to try and have a conversation with my kids.

  2. Anonymous10:25 AM

    By the look of the shelves Mrs C liked blue fabric as much as you. I wonder how long you will be able to do nothing for? Stew could probably do it for longer!! Audrey

  3. Anonymous12:38 PM

    Hi I have enjoyed your posts and all the lovely pictures of the family, all looks so good. I think if you had a quiet life you would totally quiet hour or two all you can aim
    Enjoy your days with the family,

    Take care


  4. That's one huge amount of fabric but you will make good use of it am sure 👍 stinking hot again here sitting inside in front of the fan 💙💙

  5. I hate this heat too. Cannot cope & it is too hot to do anything 😕

  6. Leeann5:17 PM

    If the fabric smells of moth balls, you can't wash that out with soap & water. I got some old fabric from an estate and after googling found out that washing it in vodka works as the alcohol breaks down the chemical in the moth balls. I went to the bottle store and got the cheapest bottle I could and it worked!

    1. Sometimes white vinegar will remove odors too. I do not think it will just air out if it did not wash out. Be careful it does not spread to the rest of your things.

    2. I would drink the vodka and then not care about the smell!

  7. Anonymous5:52 PM

    I came on here to suggest you spray the fabric lightly with white vinegar and let it dry. The vinegar smell doesn't linger. But then I read the comment above from Leeann about vodka, and that might work too. I once removed awful cigarette/cigar smoke smell from a wool jacket with a light spray of vodka, and a good airing.

    Unfortunately either method means you will have to unfold all the fabric, hang it on your drying rack, and fold it all up again when dry, but its worth a shot.

    A Fan in Canada

  8. Are you having an unusually warm summer this year Chris? Heat sure zaps energy. Living in Sydney Australia most residences are prepared for our hot summers with air-conditioning. So far this summer it’s been tolerable because temperatures haven’t been over 35 degrees.

    1. Replied on the blog chick.

    2. Thank you Chris. That makes total sense. Humidity is awful, absolutely the worst of all weather in my opinion!

  9. Anonymous8:04 PM

    38 here in my part of Central Queensland today

    1. OMG fuck that! Dry air though (?), so slightly different.

    2. Central Queensland is awful in the heat. We had a 9am funeral a few years ago in mid Dec and I think it was 38/39. We couldn’t even go to the pub after as we had a 17 hour drive to get home

  10. Sydney gets sticky heat. Adelaide, where I live, gets
    dry heat. It was almost 40 on the weekend. Like you
    I HATE HATE HATE summer...

  11. Anonymous12:00 AM

    I looked up your humidity in Cambridge and it is the same as Sydney and we are all feeling the same...except our aircon is working...hope yours is fixed soon,


  12. I hate thr heat too my air con has b3en going long and hard but its only good in lounge/kitchen area so yoday i bought a pertable air looking forward 9to bring me that.


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