June 15, 2015

So we’re decorating. The last few weeks have been really hectic for my wife and I, we’ve been redoing our outdoor area where we want to have barbecues and stuff. I begrudginly went along shopping for different homewares and outdoor decorating supplies with my wife, but I actually ending up having quite a good time. We spent the whole day jumping from shop to shop trying to find unique little things we can use to spice up the place. The first place we stopped was this small op-shop, a sort’ve charity place where they sold all manner of pre-loved things. Lot’s o knick-knacks and tchotchkies from years gone by, it smelt a bit funny but my wife insisted that we stay until she had scoured the entire place searching for something that she wouldn’t know until she saw it. Gladly, it wasn’t too large of a stall and we headed off to our next destination within half an hour.

The next place we went was much more my speed, an actual store with new things. They sold all sorts of very creative versions of common decorative items. There were these lovely wind chimes that I ended up buying, they were made of such a nice wood that I couldn’t resist. The last shop we went to before calling it a day and grabbing a coffee was a little family run store that specialised in cuckoo clocks. They had all types of these marvelous contraptions that all seemed to be slightly off time, so the shop was very loud every hour. They were a little out of our price range but we ended up buying one of the smaller ones for our living area.

After the cuckoo shop we decided that we needed some R & R so we grabbed a coffe at my favourite place and headed on home.

Catholic Grandma

April 10, 2015

My son and I went to his grandmothers house this weekend, we try to visit her once or twice a month, she lives a fair way away so we can’t go too often. Her house is a big old rickety thing, it’s on stilts and it looks like it’s going to fall over any day now. My mother is quite a religious person, she’s a very devout Catholic. We go to church at least once a month with her and it’s always a really nice experience. She’s decorated her house with a lot of Catholic things, crucifixes and images of Christ. She’s very disciplined about praying 4 times a day and recommends that we all use rosary beads when praying so that we can be closer to God. She grew up in an orphanage and was raised by nuns, she says this was a very good experience and that the nuns were never as severe as many make them out to be. This upbringing instilled in her very strong pull towards Catholicism and the church, she’s even travelled to Italy twice to visit the Vatican!

She told us about the first time she stepped into St. Peters cathedral she couldn’t keep from crying, she said she’d never seen anything so breathtakingly beautiful. I’ve been to Vatican City myself and I have to agree that the cathedral there is something that cannot be described in writing. Anyway we stayed at her house for the night, she cooked a nice dinner for us and we went to church in the morning and took communion. Overall it was a really great weekend.