Friday, 11 December 2009


Hi everyone!

I'm still here but have been a little preoccupied with other things this past week such as a little painting and sketching, some Christmas shopping, more clearing in the garage to make room for tradesmen to work, and watching DVDs with the kids. I also caught up with some blog reading which I always love to do. In fact, I probably spend way too much time doing that but hey, what can I say....I love reading blogs!

The heat has been absolutely horrible this past week and I feel like it zapped all my energy. It's truly sauna-like conditions here with the humidity so high. At 11pm last night, it hadn't changed which made for a very uncomfortable sleep. Forecasts say we may get a storm tonight so, hopefully, it won't cause any damage like the last one did but will cool things down instead.

On Monday, we finally put the Christmas tree up. It has always been our family tradition to put the tree up on December 1st and then take it down before the New Year enters. This year, we held off and waited for Beau to be available as he bought us the new tree last year and he's the only one who remembers how to fit it all together. It's one of those fibre-optic types with lights so there are electrical cords everywhere.

Pigma Micron pen, ZIG pen, & coloured pencil in A5 sketchbook

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More sketching.........Mum gave me a Buddha many years ago and I decided to give it a new look. Previously, this Buddha was the typical dark cherry red colour but I have now gone with a bold magenta. WOW! What a difference! I painted the frame of Michelle's print in a pale yellow-green and it sits beside the Buddha and they compliment each other perfectly.

Watercolour crayon, ZIG pen, & micron pigma pen in A5 sketchbook

OH, remember those termites we discovered way back in September? Well, it took the landlord/property manager three weeks to actually do anything about it which happened to be when I discovered a second area of termite presence, on top of my constant phone calls and emails. They finally had the termite control guy come out to check it out. Thankfully, he said the termites we had weren't the aggressive type. He then came back two days later and drilled tiny holes in the suspect areas and loaded the wall cavities with a pesticide of some sort. Now, two months later, they have come back to repair the damage. The repairs involved cutting out the wall area and removing the internal nest and damaged wood and plaster/gyprock. Each of the various tradesmen who have been dealing with us over this issue have said that we were very, very lucky that the termites only caused damage to two small areas. Someone up there must have been looking out for us. Mind you, the pic certainly doesn't look like it was small damage but I guess the tradesmen have seen a lot worse. All that nest you see in the pic was pulled out from inside the wall cavity. Incredible, huh?! That small section that is cut out in the pic was only cut out so they could remove the nest. They actually took away three feet of the wall in width, from cornice to skirting.

Today, the plasterer came and put up the gyrock sheeting ready for the painters who will hopefully finished the job early next week. I'm just so relieved that it will soon be over with and things can get back to normal around here.

How has your week been?

Love, light and peace


  1. I find it fascinating that termites and wasps can cause so much damage, but their nests are such works of art. Can't fail but to be amazed at the workmanship involved

  2. ooh pretty :D the lights are gorgeous

    that nest is a huge mess o.0 very lucky for the landlord and all of you that it didn't get any worse

  3. OMG...that termite nest is giving me the shivers...yikes!

    I love your beautiful all light up...nothing better than the glow of a Christmas tree at night.

    Love your sketches too...many you have some serious talent!

  4. I think that is one of the great things about cold winters.... it pretty much kills off bugs and things...not that I have ever heard of termites around here...but, even the other spiders and thing.s.. ...I know you kind of like them...but, I hate creepy crawlies... I once had a wasp next in the walls of a little house I rented...I just couldn't even stay there after we found it and killed thousands of 'em...ick... just thinking of it gives me the willies... anyway...I was outta there tout de suite....

  5. oh yummy what can keep your termites,,we have ants, spiders and your tree..

  6. Serena,'

    Love your tree drawing and the real thing too. The termite damage does not look like fun. Your persistance paid off though as it could have been much worse.

    I love reading blogs too, especially yours.


  7. It's such a busy time of the year! Glad the termites are taken care of. Not easy when all this happens during a busy time. Is there any other though;-)

  8. Hi Serena,
    I hope the cooler change has come through for you!

    Love the Christmas tree. Your little doggy looks very cute infront of the tree.

    Your entries in the diary are fantastic.

    Oh my goodness, I didn't realise termites could make such a mess and what a relief they are all gone and the mess will be cleaned up.

    Stay cool,
    PS: I broke my ankle because I had slippery soles on my shoes. My leg slid out to the side and I just snapped. Rubber soles is the only sole for me now!

  9. Serena Sweetie, your tree looks lovely! The Buddha in magenta looks striking to say the least! :)
    Wow, I can't believe that whole nest of the termites was pulled out of your wall. You were very lucky you didn't have major damage.


  10. I always enjoy your sketchbook entries. Looseness is something I struggle with, too. Your buddha Looks great! There's nothing like a glimmering tree and Christmas lights at night like that--one of my favorite things.

    The termites, tho--yucky! So glad you will be rid of them. How do you even find them until they do damage you can actually see? Do the exterminators have a way of checking the rest of the house? Shudder! They're not as creepy as cockroaches, tho. At least the termites stay in the wall! I am also glad I live in this subzero territory. It does kill off a lot of the creepy crawlies. I hope you get a break in that sauna weather! :)

  11. Love your sketches and a magenta buddha, love that too! Glad to hear the terminte thing wasn't as bad as it could have been. Lovely tree by the way.

  12. Your tree is gorgeous! And doesn't little Cody look just too cute laying there in front of it.

    Love your Buddha sketch. what a special jpurnal this will be filled with all your lovely illustrations.

    We battle termites in Florida, too. They seem to thrive in subtropical areas, don't they?


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