3 weeks lost

 Losing three weeks of my life to sickness has been frustrating...most of all the inability to 'do' anything, go anywhere and feeling confined. I was pretty zonked on painkillers and one can only peruse so many magazines! Headaches made any indulgence in real literature impossible.

So, I shopped

Online of course...

....just a little....

Here's the deets....

My love of Camilla saw this long kaftan (which was on sale!) pop into my cart. Even though I'm a curvy girl, the style swamps me so I'm going to get it reworked into a sleeved dress.
New season Country Road tempted...and fed my continuing pastel pink obsession with these summer jeans and vase
The shoe height on these CR mules are just right for this ol' gal but I think I'll return them for the white colourway which is everywhere this season!
Ordered two of these light fixtures from Beacon Lighting for over the dining table. David picked them up and HATES them. . . Beacon have a great return policy but I'm going to try to 'sell' them to hubby first!
J is growing like no tomorrow. At 12, he is now as tall as me. He seems to have outgrown every wardrobe item in the past three weeks! New CR jeans (he hates the button fly) and a new Tee are a stop-gap till I can take him shopping. 
Whilst I was buying from CR I also grabbed this black smock which will hide my puffed up belly. I think it will look sweet over the pink jeans. The detailing is gorgeous!
My hospital admission was so hurried that I was admitted with only the clothes I was wearing! Mum grabbed these men's flannies for me from Lowes. Super sloppy, soft and warm. Perfect post surgery. Thanks Mummy!!!!
Harold's always has something I 'need'. Cough. A handful of porcupine quills and an emu egg have now been added to my collection of curiosities!

 There is one more thing that I bought from my hospital bed...
It's a biggie and I am very excited about it! I think it deserves its own post though, so stay tuned!
Here's a teaser...

x KL

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A 'Monet' sunset

It seems I wasn't the only one who was blown away by the beauty of last nights sunset
So many feeds were full of equally breathtaking images. Thought I'd share a few....

From my balcony at Copacabana
Looking over Brisbane Water by Cheryl
Overlooking Luna Park, from North Sydney by Yoland
From a landing plane at Sydney airport. Aaron
Davistown waterfront by Kelly
Castle Hill, Sydney by Lennon Bros Circus
Baulkham Hills by Jan

x KL

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F*#%, what a R I D E !

 If I know you personally or if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you'll know that my life hit an unexpected road block a few weeks ago...

An intimate look at my gizzards during surgery # 1.

After suffering from acute upper abdominal pain on and off for three years, a week of back-to-back episodes saw me take action and go to hospital. 
Long story short, after three hospital admissions, one each of transesophageal echocardiogram, X-ray and ERCP, two MRIs, Ultrasounds and Surgeries, four ECGs and days without any food or water, 5 cannula's and my own body weight in analgesics (including narcotics) being administered via injection, intravenously or ingested - I am one gall bladder and one very problematic gall stone lighter. 
(and I've put on a kilogram....W.T.F.! Go figure!)

I received some beautiful flowers...and have ploughed my way through some great mags

I have to say that the paramedic, nursing and medical staff that I encountered in the emergency department (public hospital) and wards during the surgery procedures (private hospital) were absolutely wonderful. I feel so grateful to have been looked after by such professional, dedicated and caring individuals.

This was the westerly view at sunset from one of our top balconies tonight. Stunning.
Am soooo glad to be home.
I am allowed to drive again on Wednesday (Hooray!)

Thank you to those who have kindly wished me well throughout this ordeal!
Am glad to say all is again well in my world!

x KL

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bits and bobs

I have come to the conclusion that my blog will never be regularly attended to. Thank you to my regular readers for your perseverance with me...
 I do like having a record of this house's progress though (albeit slow) and life in general (whizzing by), so here's an update...

Both the Main Bedroom En suite and Guest / J's bathroom upstairs have been waterproofed. After a council inspection next week we can organise the under-floor heating guys to do their bit!
No pretty pictures - sorry!

The dilemma regarding black walls - where? was resolved. I said 'there, there and there' and the stark white is history! If I win the Lottery I might add a bit of feature wallpaper!

TIP!  Use a tinted undercoat for dark coloured walls to ensure perfect depth of colour.

Painting the dining area end wall means that I'm also committed to my black kitchen! Eeeek!

My wee upstairs linen cupboard is complete and will adequately handle the overflow from the larger / main downstairs version!

I've also discovered Gumtree ... and have / am having great success; saying goodbye to furniture from previous homes. It's also an excellent way of helping those starting out with cheap goodies or freebies! And it's more simple to list than eBay!

Bye-Bye Bali Style...
 The Gumtree discovery was prompted by the return of one of our nest leavers (yay!) who was accompanied by a house worth of recently purchased appliances and furniture (um...not so yay). Some major culling was required!

All listed on Gumtree!
Fast forward to now, just three weeks later and a new work opportunity has seen her announce she's moving to Newcastle...never a dull day!
 Her 3-month old fridge is still for sale on Gumtree!  (RR$700 $500)


 The Scalamandre Leopardo Silk Velvet fabric I bought on eBay arrived but was not the correct length. Given its poisonous value, I was very grateful that the U.S. seller replaced it. Equally disappointing was the arrival our long awaited dining room lights which were damaged. It is at times like these that I really appreciate honest vendors and good customer service policies!

J is on school holiday but has the flu. Again. After he received the flu shot. Humph.
He slept till 1:45 today....I was tip-toeing in and checking on him like a new born babe!

At least I got time to finish and frame, a trio of little artworks for a friend's daughter. They should sit above her bed nicely!

 Hopefully J and I can have some holiday fun together tomorrow...

x KL

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I may have mentioned this before but...

I'm having a bit of a 'moment' with pink.

And not just any pink but the softest of blush colour. 

I first succumbed last year and added gorgeous linen pillowcases from Cultiver to our bedroom.

Then came a few cushions...

Mercer + Reid Ivy cushion from Adairs         Country Road Hosk cushion
 ... and a pair of Mercer + Reid Sanchia Euros from Adairs.

And it was with this addition that my darling hubby said W. T. F ! ?

Today I found these:

Morgan & Finch Nami flannelette sheet set from Bed Bath n Table at 50% off!

 What's a girl to do?

This one, snapped them up. And Dave will be grateful they're intended for the new spare bedroom...
(Daughter # 2 is on the move yet again...!)
I think they'll look divine with my other items and will soften the dark charcoal feature wall.

Might just have to have a sleep-over there myself!

x KL

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