Monday, September 30, 2013

Music Monday: Royals

Lorde is from NZ, and her voice is amazing! She is only 16, but this song, hit 3 on the US charts, and one in NZ.
I love this song, and how she has stripped back almost everything to just her voice.
After I herd it, I went to Wikipedia, and read up on what she wrote the song about - very interesting!

Friday, September 27, 2013

5 reasons being sick is miserable.

The sore throat started after we left our friends. I shrugged the pain off, but by nightfall my nose was like a dripping tap.
No worries. Sleep always fixes these things.
Not so! By morning, my throat felt like it was on fire, and my nose made its way through the last box of tissues. Mum gave me pills, and I spent the day in bed, and read 4 books, as well as doing some school work and watching YouTube.
I. Was. So. Bord.
I was determined that this morning I would wake up fully healed, from my day in bed. But no! Once again the evil virus struck. My throat wasn't so sore, but now my chest was killing me. It hurt to cough and breath.
Oh woe on me. And of corse, my blood sugars shot to the sky. I got up anyway, and spent most of the day at the computer. This virus wont stop me! If its not gone by Monday, (two days!!) mums taking me to the d-d-d-d-d-doctor.
And this lead to my list of 5 reasons being sick is miserable.

1. You can't sing. So I just whisper the words. I listen to a lot of music. Not being able to sing along in painful.

2. Mum puts a time limit on how long I have to get better before its time to visit the murder house Doctors.

3. Tissues. Lots of tissues. So many your nose goes all red a sore.

4. Everything hurts.

5. Being in bed and relaxing is boring!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Monday: Made in the USA

Made in the USA is off Demi Lovato's new album DEMI. 
I love this song!! The music video is awesome too :) Demi helped direct the music video, as well as being in it. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

5 reasons today was dramatic

1. I realised the 'water stone' - the stone on the end of my pump that disperses oxygen in to my fish tank - had stopped working!!! I have no idea for how long the fish had been without oxygen, so today in town we made an emergency trip to Wet Pets, and bought two more for $4. When I got home, the tubbing was stretched from the last one, so I had to cut 3cm off, then put the new one on. Arg.

2. I got my speech and drama exam results back!! I got honours, the second highest mark!! Whoop whoop! Apparently I needed to work on my facial expression.

3. Dad started updating Apple stuff to iOS 7!!

4. Me and mum meet the diabetes youth coordinator. She bought us coffee (thanks!!) and we talked about some exciting stuff....

5. Hunter caught a baby rabbit. I think its about a month old, and its so cute! I'm not sure it will make the night - its not bleeding, but I think one of its legs is broken. Often wild animals cark it on the first night from the stress.
My last wild animal rescue was a bird. Cheepy was my little baby, but he died suddenly. I woke up one morning and he was sick - such is the nature of birds, and as a baby, he fell two metres on to concrete, where dad found him. Why Cheepy? This is why:

On and on and on... He'd stop after a feed, for about 20 minutes, then it was time for another feed. Here he is at two or so weeks... 

He, I think, was  a girl... Cheepy started developing soft brown feathers. As you can see in the above picture, he still had some baby fluff. Cheepy loved water. Seriously, the first bath in water was in a shallow-ish dish, and I put him in there, and he splashed around, flicked it with his wings... He just loved water! 


Here is the little guy! 

I try very hard not to give wild animals names. Cheepy was a nickname, I didn't set out to give him a name.  

What a day!! 

Oh yea, and tomorrow I'm going to spend half the day at the high school I might be attending next year, so see whats its like.

The Wild Animal Rescue Girl

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review: The Drover's Quest

The Drover's Quest is by Susan Brocker, and it was written in 2012. The book contains a map of the journey the main character takes. It's ISBN is 978 1 86950 907 1. It's 23 chapters long, with a prologue. There is 176 pages.

The Drover's Quest is set in the 1860's, in New Zealand. Rumour is flying around the goldfields that Tom McGee has found a nuggets of gold the size of his fist. Men have been killed for a lot less, so no one is really surprised when he goes missing, and his campsite is ruined.
The only person who refuses to believe this is his daughter, Charlotte. On her 14th birthday, the news is bought that her father is gone. She has been living in a convent home for a year, after the government determined the goldfield is no place for a girl to live.  She decides to disguise herself as a boy, and sets out to find her father.
A skilled horse rider, she joins a cattle drove over Arthur's pass. Keeping her identity a secret is harder than it seems, and Charlotte needs all the help she can get, from her fathers friend, Tama, and an american cowboy, Joseph.

I really enjoyed The Drover's Quest, I read it in a day. Susan Brocker is an amazing author, and at the end of each page, I had to turn another to see what would happen. Its well planned and the end ties up nicely.

Susan Brocker has written over 50 books for children and young adults, including Brave Bess and the ANZAC HorsesSaving SamRestless SpiritThe Wolf in the Wardrobe and Dreams of Warriors

Spring in our garden...

Spring is beautiful in our garden. The garden explodes in colors, bugs and animals. I took a walk with Hunter and my camera today. We had to stop 3 or 4 times for a dust bath. Hunter had the dust baths - not me!
Spring is always busy, theres seedlings to grow, hedges to be trimmed, weeds to be pulled, and finally we can hang out washing again!  Hunter stops coming inside muddy, and Blackberry's breathing becomes much better. Even though the weather is unpredictable, mum spends most days in the garden. The biggest thing for me is I get a lot of inspiration for writing! Theres just something about spring that makes everyone extra cheerful!

I have put the captions above the pictures.

These two flowers (above and below) have amazing color!! I don't think the pictures do justice. 

Hunter is just the cutest! 


The smell of this flower is amazing!

Dust bath #1

The cows are behind us the moment. This cow just made me smile. Some of them are friendly and came up to the fence. You can tell Hunter was raised with cows around, because he doesn't bat an eyelid at these big girls!


Dust bath #2 in the dry grass. Mum sprayed part of the paddock to grow pumpkins, corn and other things. 


He really enjoyed it!

Flax always look nice, and its doing great on the steam edge. 

 Last year, mum planted a packet of wild seed, and it didn't die down over winter, and this spring, the flowers are back!

Yea, he was still rolling in the grass.

The grass is growing fast right now!

Mums trenches inn the paddock...

I think these are on the Peach tree. 

This little guy was watching us :) 

 The paddock is really green!

The feijoa plants. One day they will be a hedge. They had a bit of a hard start to life, because apparently sheep like feijoas! Theres about 7 of them!  

Hunter found something interesting in the paddock...

We finally made it to the citrus garden, and these two where up in a tree nearby. 

The citrus garden is rocky, to encourage heat - theres two baby grape vines as well. 

Those rocks were so warm! Time for dust bath #3

I love taking pictures of these ones, they are so pretty!

I love spring! I leave you with a spring poem I found, and love! 


© Teresa Underwood

The air is cool, the breeze is light.
The clouds in the sky are fluffy and white.

The flowers open to show their bright faces,
as the garden snail alongside paces.

The trees unfold their bright green leaves.
The spider a silken web she weaves.

The birds sing their notes high and clear.
Cheer up! Cheer up! Spring is here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Recipe Cards

Ok, there are some things in this world I can not resist. One of those things are Recipe Cards.

We only use cook books in our house, but today, I found an awesome Recipe Card template! The best thing is, when you open it as a PDF, you can type the recipe there!

I typed up two strait away - who wouldn't?? It was like magic! I put some blue card in the printer, and printed them out.


Find the PDF here. Find the website here.

LOVE pillow

This afternoon I set out to blog a new craft.
But somehow I ended up on Pinterest (again). An hour later, I had a numb leg (I was sitting on it), had made it to the bottom of the DIY & Craft page, and still hadn't let the cat in (sorry Blackberry).

But I have new idea's and saw some stuff I love. And thats the important thing, right??

Anyway. This weeks Craft isn't really DIY, sorry. My sister had a sick day yesterday so we finally used some pastel dye sticks my Granma sent me!! Thanks Granma!

Here are the pastels....


The front of my pillow...

The back!

We cut out our pillow from cotton and drew on our design. We then put the iron onto 'cotton' and 'dry', and put grease proof paper over the design. We ran the iron over the paper for a few minutes, then ta da!
The design was dyed onto the cotton. We then sewed up the pillow, and stuffed it. 
Amazing!! I'm not really sure how it works. It even had dad stumped for a while! 
As you can probably tell, I love pillows! 

Sweet dreams, y'all! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Music Monday: Battlefield

Jordin Sparks won American Idol when she was 18 or something! Her voice is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!! This is one of her best songs, I think!

My first Exam. Ever.

I got some awesome news today.
Everyone my speech and drama teacher teachers passed their exam!

That means I passed!!

Whoop Whoop!

I went into my first ever exam with two girls from my class. I'm calling them G1 and G2. They did grade 6, and I did grade 4.
Half of grade 6 had been done earlier in the year.... So in other words... I had double the amount of work to do. 

It took us 50 minutes...
Me - Talk about type 1 diabetes
G2 - Poem
Me - Horace Poem (by Monty Python)
G1 - Poem
Me - Book reading from I Am Not Easter
G1 & G2 - characterization
Me -  characterization
Me- Impromptu story

There was talking in between, about modulation and what the poems meant. And stuff.  
For this exam, I memorised Horace Poem: 

Much to his dad and mum's dismay

Horace ate himself one day
He didn't stop to say his grace
He just sat down and ate his face
"We can't have this!" his dad declared
"If that lad's ate he should be shared"
But even as he spoke they saw
Horace eating more and more:
First his legs and then his thighs,
His arms, his nose, his hair, his eyes
"Stop him someone!" Mother cried
"Those eyeballs would be better fried!"
But H was on his second course;
His liver and his lights and lung,
His ears, his neck, his chin, his tongue
"To think I raised himn from the cot
And now he's gone to scoff the lot!"
His mother cried "what shall we do?
What's left won't even make a stew..."
And as she wept her son was seen
To eat his head his heart his spleen
And there he lay, a boy no more
Just a stomach on the floor...
None the less since it was his
They ate it - and that's what haggis is

I also memorised a A4 page of dialogue of Anne yelling a Mrs Lynde and then crying about it. I have perfected fake crying!

I did a four minute talk about Type one Diabetes.

Then I read a passage from I Am Not Easter, picked by the examiner on the day.

To finish it all off, I told an impromptu story with the title 'The Running Race'

I did almost an hour of practise every night in the week leading up to the exam.

And it paid off.

Off to have a party.

Friday, September 13, 2013

100 for 100: Week Three

What a week!
             Excuse me in advance...
                           I had a speech and drama exam today, so I spent all week memorising stuff, and practising.
                                 The drama of it all.
Anyway, I will let the table speak for itself, while I slink out... To watch a DVD, not to write.
Friday night, peoples. I can stay up till midnight, need be.
Yes, I'm upset I didn't write more this week, but I'm going to try really hard over the next 7 days. I am!

(Click on the pic to see it better) 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

24 Things I like...

24 Things I Like

I like...
Taking photos,

I like...
Thinking about World problems, 
The outdoors.

I like...

I like...

I like...

I like...

I like...

I like...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Red Bricks

So we are doing some stuff around the house. Like taking out walls and fences and digging holes, moving water tanks.
Just stuff, really. 

So, part of my job (if I want money, so I can afford to run my cellphone) is to lift bricks. 


Ok, here's some statistics for y'all.

The red average brick weighs 2.7kg (6 pounds)
I moved about 227 bricks.
Thats 612.9kg. 
It took about 6 loads in the wheelbarrow.
It took me an hour. 
Thats about 10 minutes to dig up the bricks, load the wheelbarrow, wheel the wheelbarrow, and unload it. 
My wrists hurt after it all (but strangely nothing else).

I felt like I had done so much! 

Then I turned around and took a good look:

Meh. How embarrassing. There's hardly anything there. 

Off to dig up more bricks. 

The Awesome Bookmark

Have you ever tried to cut thick cardboard that has paper stuck to it with still wet glue? 
It is liable to throw you into deep depression, make you want to drink tea (not that thats a problem), and RUIN what you're working on. 

Now I have cleared that up.... One of the best things about reading is bookmarks.  I love bookmarks. 

I love Bookmarks. 

So today, as my first of 10 crafts to do before Christmas, I made an awesome bookmark. My daddy taught me to research before buying anything. Same thing applies here. So I, the wise person I am, got on the internet and look up how to make bookmarks. 
Don't look anywhere but here on how to make an awesome bookmark. Because you will be dramatically disappointed. Here's how to make an awesome bookmark!

You will need:
  • Stiff cardboard
  • Cool paper
  • Cool stickers
  • Glue. Or, if you're sensible, double sided sticky tape
  • ribbon 
Start with your cardboard, and cut the size you want you're bookmark to be: 
I cut mine 20cm x 5cm. 

 Put the first layer of awesome paper down on one side and glue it: (yea, I haven't cut mine right down to 20cm x 5cm yet, because the glue is still wet!!)

 Stickers!! Decorate your paper. I put my name on it, so I don't have a pic...

 On the next side, glue one end of the ribbon down...

 The glue some more paper... Layer it... Do whatever you want!!

This side under construction:

 Done this side!! The other side has the purple with my name.

 And because I made it out alive, I gave myself a WOW sticker. So there.

If you use double sided sticky tape instead of glue, it will be less messy, no drying time and you can trim the cardboard down. 
Do whatever you like with decorating... Use fabric, felt, tissue paper, wrapping paper... 

Then find yourself a good book to read, and use that awesome bookmark!! 

Girl with the WOW sticker. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Music Monday: Bulletproof

Bulletproof by Stan Walker = Addicted. 

I LOVE THIS SONG!!! The music video though, I admit, is a bit weird... Enjoy!! ;) 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

10 Things Before Christmas

It's 15 weeks until Christmas! *gasp* 
Have you been Christmas shopping yet? Or are you like me, and wait until the last possible minute? Bleh. Shopping. 
I have a lot of things to keep me busy. My 100 for 100 challenge. Exams. Decisions to make.  Food to eat. 


10 Things Before Christmas is 10 short-term goals I want to complete. I'm not sure if I will get through them all, but one can try! I will be doing a weekly update. This will be a fun little segment to do :) And ending the year by having completed some goals will be nice. 

My goals: 

1) Write 10 book reviews
2) Paint/Draw 10 pictures
3) Read 10 books of the Bible
4) Read 10 new books
5) Take 10 good photographs
6) Do 10 nice things for other people
7) Write 10 blog posts about things I love
8) Do 10 new crafts
9) Cook 10 meals for my family
10) Get out of my comfort zone 10 times

Please do not hesitate to do the same thing! Feel free to copy my picture as well :) 

Friday, September 6, 2013

My Incurable Habit

I have a healthy amount of paper. In fact, I had folders and folders of paper. I have a lot of notebooks. The reason I have full notebooks and all this paper is because once I have an idea for story I research. I don't go 'oh, lets set it in California'. I go 'Wow, I should so set this is California. Ohmygosh I know nothing about California!!' 
Which is why I have the Wikipedia pages about California in one of my folders, along with all my other scribblings and research for that story. I made it 1/4 through my fist draft and currently it sits quietly waiting for me to return, a full plot sketched out. (Did you know 1 out of 8 American live in California??)
I also keep a diary/journal. Once, I used one diary in two weeks. I think it's just a sign that I was destined to write. And write. And write.
Hey, sometimes, a girl has stuff to say.
A few weeks ago I decided to 'sort out' all my paper. In truth, all I did was put it in a big blue ring binder, and call it my writing folder. Oh, yea, and I labelled each different idea. It took me two hours.

I just love paper. I can't help it! I love notebooks, too. And pens. There is so many awesome pens you can buy!!
When I have my own money, I probably spend it all on stationary. 

YOLO, my friends, YOLO. 

Spring Time - By Hunter

Hi y'all, Im Hunter 
Hi, I'm Hunter - and this is my Mum's blog. When I say mum, I mean like my human mum. Cause my real mum was a long haired ginger cat. I had lots of brothers and sisters once, but mum and aunty (mums sister) only took me and Tigger. Now Tigger's gone too, he passed away :( I'm a runt, so I haven't really gotten that big. I like to sleep, eat and stalk Black Berry. I'm pretty smart for a cat. I've worked out that if I scratch the couch, mum feeds me, and if I give a nice long, loud meow, I get cuddles. 

Spring Time
An original Poem

Bees are buzzing,
Baby birds are hatching,
Hedgehogs are awakening,
Flowers are waving.

Lambs are playing,
Little tails waving (till they fall off),
Tummys bloated full,
Warm yummy milk.

Pine pollen is floating
Causing hay fever,
Mums dad gives us all a fright,
Doing a giant sneeze-a.

Black Berry is more cheerful,
But her breathing isn't much better,
She sniffed me this morning,
I blame the spring weather.

The sun sometimes shines,
Gearing up for summer,
To think I'll soon be two;
The queen may send me a letter.

I, the great good cat,
Observe my kingdom,
From my garden perch;
Spring has sprung.

- By Hunter

Happy spring y'all. And if your leaving summer - well, now you can stop tweeting about it, 'cause all us over here have been living in winter. Now it's your turn, while we have summer. So there.
Off to catch some ZZZ's

- Hunter