Ration Sheet

While preparing for my ration challenge, I had a lot of trouble finding a suitable ration book template, so I created my own. It isn’t perfect (and it is 2 sheets rather than a booklet), but it suitable for my… Read More ›


…every time there is a tragedy, it will invariably spawn its own set of jokes. Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry


This is my fourth speech from the Competent Communicator Manual. I gave this speech on 25 May 2010. The exercise is ‘How to Say It’. The title is ‘Food’ and the time is meant to be 5-7 minutes. I came… Read More ›

Mini Gaol Cell or Much Needed Break?

[juiceboxjungle height=”396″ width=”320″ video=”iframe/embed/162831_2009-09-22-205021?amazon_id=juic04-20″] More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle This is a tough issue. I’m not sure that I would categorize a playpen as a ‘mini gaol cell’. In some families they are actually necessary (when there are other children… Read More ›

Pigs Might Fly by Emily Rodda

Opening Sentence:“I wish something would happen!” Synopsis:‘I wish something would happen!’ said Rachel. ‘Something interesting!’ Afterwards, she would remember what she’d said and how she’d felt that rainy Saturday morning, and she would think: ‘That was really the beginning.’ And… Read More ›


Things you don’t see as often anymore. Horse troughs Though I’m sure there are plenty in the country Brushed nylon sheets Bellows Cakestands Football pools coupons Milk floats I had to look this one up! Inkwells Nightcaps Three-wheeled cars I… Read More ›

Q & A

I stole this from fiernymph: 1. What is the thing in life you are most proud of accomplishing? Being with hubby for thirteen years.  2. What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Had sex on the front porch… Read More ›