Just A Minute | October

This month...

Husband and toddler are away for two weeks, I'm at home with horrible pain in the back of my pelvis (left over ailment from pregnancy), dosed up on codeine, so thought I'd treat myself to a fancy new Bush radio so that I can listen to Radio National, layi
I bought myself a fancy new radio. I really like to have it on all day while I do things around the house. I mostly listen to Radio National (and sometimes they read out my tweets and I feel famous for five seconds, haha). It makes me feel more connected with the world, but it's not like having the TV on constantly - I can just kind of drift in and out of paying attention to it. My favourite shows are The Inside Sleeve, 360 Documentaries and This American Life.

I'm a bit obsessed with this waratah tree in my backyard. So beautiful.
Our waratah tree bloomed and looked rather fantastic. They're finished now and I'm rather sad about it! They would have to be my favourite flowers. I've gotten really into gardening over the last few weeks. It is a nice mindful ritual for me and it seems to give more meaning to the passing of time - watching the plants changing over the passing of only a few days - there is a huge iris at my front door that seemed to pop up over night!

#atticuskitty & #babyjagoe sitting in the sun today
Atticus and Theo spent some time in the backyard soaking up the afternoon sun.

#atticuskitty #babyjagoe
I moved our bedroom around and now our bed gets the loveliest afternoon sun and C, Theo, the cats and I spent many an afternoon laying on the bed enjoying each other's company. Theo enjoyed the cats company most. The cats tolerated Theo's company!

I did justify buying this book while opshopping today though.
I've been going to the opshops occasionally and looking at the old books for inspiration. I found this old book about budgerigars and loved the illustrations.

Things I saw and liked while opshopping today but didn't buy. Opshops are so expensive these days!
There are lots of things I don't buy at the opshop that I like ($$$) but I like to document them anyway.

"Stay still so I can take your picture" "Never!" #babyjagoe
A latergram from a week or two ago. Urgh, I miss him so much! Two weeks is too long! #babyjagoe
This boy just makes me smile and laugh so much. This is the best age. It is a joy to be his mother. He is so uplifting and picks up new things every day. Last week he started saying "Uho!" when he dropped something and I thought it was so funny and wondered where he's gotten it from (I never realised it was something I said a lot!). Though his vocabulary isn't huge, he can understand directions ("Go get your ball and bring it to me") and when you ask him if he wants something he'll say "Nup!". Urgh, I love him so much!

Two essays and a podcast to do by the end of the weekend. Less than a month left until I'm finished my degree. Want to sleep through weekend.
I spent a lot of time in my studio writing essays. I am so glad to be rid of them forever!

How am I meant to concentrate on my uni work when there's a cute boy giving cat massages outside my door #babyjagoe #tintinkitty #mescakitty
While sitting in my studio in our backyard I would often look out to the garden and see this boy watering plants, running in circles around the clothes line, throwing things into the pond or giving the cats massages(?).

My boys sitting in the sun in their jammies #babyjagoe @xavcob
As my classes came to an end part way through this month, I so enjoyed getting to be at home spending more time with my boys. There is such beautiful sun in our yard, you just find yourself out there several times a day. The boys flew off to NSW last week for a two week holiday with family and I miss them so much! I'm back at home finishing my uni work and going to work.

Today #babyjagoe learnt how to pick his nose.
This month Theo also learnt how to pick his nose, haha.

My new kitchen dresser I found at the opshop. Still deciding what colour to repaint it. Thinking pastel green?
I found this kitchen dresser at the opshop (I'd been searching for the perfect one for months) and have been deciding what colour to paint it. I'm thinking pastel green? Once my uni work is over I am going to run around the house like mad painting all of the furniture.

Man on a mission #babyjagoe
This guy is a man on a mission. Being cooped up in his pram makes him quite grumpy and he must be free to wander!

Tea for one.
This is probably my favourite spot to sit in our house and I've spent a lot of time sitting here since Theo & C left - looking out over the garden, drinking Licorice Legs tea and painting or reading. C and I often make little complaints about the compact size of our home, but I think it has so much charm and I love it's cute little spaces, like this dining nook.

There is a path down the side of our house that we rarely use. I always forget that lovely things grow down there.
There is a path down the side of our house that we rarely use and the other day I walked down there and spotted lots of huge roses flowering. Rather lovely.

Listening | Serial, This American Life, Mary Lambert & CW Stoneking.
Watching | Sherlock, Broadchurch & Grand Designs. And I also took a great Skillshare lettering class by Mary Kate McDevitt which I really enjoyed.
Reading | It Chooses You - Miranda July.
Making | Uni work. Essay writing and painting, painting, painting! I have my easel set up on my kitchen table with all of my paints and I have been doing seven hour painting days while I listen to Radio National.
Purchasing | A fancy new Bush radio.
Looking forward to | My uni work being submitted, starting my new course, painting furniture, working on commissions, gardening and my boys returning to me on the 11th!

How was your month?