Tuesday, 7 January 2014


My first post for 2014!!!

I trust you all enjoyed a lovely New Year's Eve?
We did! 
My parents came over to celebrate. 
Early in the evening, 
we watched 'The Call' starring Halle Berry. 
A movie to keep you on the edge of your seat, 
that's for sure.
Mum and Dad hadn't seen it before.

Then we played Yahtzee, 
then talked and danced, 
until it was time to welcome in 2014!

Mum, Brad, and I
stayed up ALL night to see the dawn 
of the new year. 
It was a lovely New Year's Day!


We've been experiencing a heatwave over the past week 
and the heat and humidity have been unbearable! 
In some areas, temperature records were broken. 
Local people I know, via Facebook, 
posted pics of their temp (outside) guage readings, 
varying between 43°C/109.4F and 48ºC/118.4°F!!! 
I wish we had air-con.....sigh....
Today, we are having a bit of a reprieve 
with the temps being a little cooler. 


I've been having fun taking daily photos 
for the Facebook group
All pictures below were taken with my mobile phone -
Samsung Galaxy S3

Day 31 of December 2013 - End.
My Mum and Bradley (my son) dancing
the night away on New Year's Eve.
Sorry about the blurriness
It was poor lighting.

Day 1 of January 2014 - Word.
I took this prompt to mean
our chosen word/phrase for 2014.
My word is CREATIVITY.
I didn't find much time for my creative projects in 2013
and I'm hoping this year will be more productive.
I thought a pic of my work desk seemed fitting.
I'm so happy to have my workspace back!
I'm not sure if I mentioned it on my blog but
Beau sold his couches recently which freed up some room
to set up my workspace again.
I was RAPT!!!

Day 2 - Shine
I love the waxy, shiny leaves on some of my succulents.
This one is called an Aeonium Rose.

Day 3 - Run
I was stumped with this one
but my artist's mannequin
saved the day.

Day 4 - Cold
To try and cope with the heatwave,
we used frozen gel packs or dampened towels
which we had folded and placed in the freezer.
We'd then drape the 'frozen' towels over our shoulders.
I used the gel pack.
They did give some temporary relief
which was better than nothing.

Day 5 - Sacred 
I had a play with some of the effects in Snapseed (photography app)
with this one....yet another Buddha in my home.
I love the Tibetan/Indian style of Buddha best of all.
They always appear so tranquil, meditative, and peaceful.


On New Year's Day,
our land-line died but was resurrected
within a day.

Yesterday, Aaron noticed a wet, bubbly patch
on the ceiling in our garage. YIKES!!
One of the roof tiles had slipped down
so now, we wait for it to be fixed.
Hopefully before our next storm.

I was a little worried that these problems could be signs
of the year to come.
Or perhaps all the negatives are getting
out of the way early?
A friend suggested that I focus the start of my year as
beginning on January 31st which is the Chinese New Year.
I just might do that.

I hope 2014 has been off to a better start for all of you!


  1. Happy new year!!! love the picture of your Mom and Bradley dancing! that is very special.

    1. Thanks, Julie, and a Happy New Year to you! xo

  2. Looks like everyone had a good time staying up all night I haven't done that in years.

    Happy new year.

    1. We did, Merle....it was a lovely evening and special because my parents were there with us. Happy New Year to you! xo

  3. Happy New Year! I love all the photos...and gasped at the temperatures you're having there. I know how it is to live in a hot place. During our summers it's over 100º many days. And I don't enjoy that at all.

  4. what a wonderful way to see the new year in! I wish that it was cooler for you, I'm not sure which is worse, our cold weather or your hot weather, take my friend,

  5. great photo of your mom and bradley :) stay cool! and hopefully tile gets fixed soon!

  6. Looks like you all had a great time :) Your heat is still with you I see as our cold is still here. Predicted to be warmer tomorrow ...but more snow too. At least we have heat... I don't think I could handle those high temps anymore with out AC.

  7. Happy New Year Serena.......oh my your temps are unbelievable. You know, here in AZ, we experience such awful heat in the summer...but we have AC thank goodness! Try and stay cool.




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