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Melissa in Australia

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  1. Ds12 does most of his morning schoolwork the evening before. This is because he needs complete quiet to focus plus we have to so much therapy with twins in mornings
  2. I don't have s suggestion just yet( will need to think) but just wanted to say good on you. I have followed some of your other posts and think a mothers helper is a fabulous idea.
  3. Just thought your son might be interested on how lots of Australians in rural areas get water. We have huge water tanks that collect rainwater. This is the only water we have. It is stored in the tanks. In summer when there is no rain the level of the tanks is carefully watched. In a wet winter when the tanks are overflowing ( like right now) we celebrate by having a bath. Because we know the amount of water we have we are careful of water use most of the year. You never know just how dry the summer is going to be. The longest we have gone without any rain at all was over 4 months. By the end of that time the water did have a slight brackish taste. There is some formula to work out how much water can be collected per square metre of roof .... something like 1 cm per Squ/ metre equal one litre. Because way back most places collected rainwater, houses were built to increase catchment area. So mostly single story.
  4. Vacuumed whole house. 2 loads laundry washed hung out, dry and brought in. Made a batch choc chip cookies. That was it , all energy used up for the day :-(
  5. In summer we put a tub under the shower and bucket it out for the toilet. Also putting a container in the sink to catch rinse water and vegetable washing water immediately aware of how much water is used. I use the rinse water to keep a select few plants alive.
  6. I did this years ago. I also tried washing with soap instead of detergent. The dishes slowly developed a sort of sticky coating. The reason I tried it is dh developed multiple chemical sensitivities and it took me multiple months to find a product that he wasn't sensitive to.
  7. The iron does have vit c and I do not drink coffee or tea. Yes I am loosing blood internally and just had surgery last week to fix one area of blood loss. I also am premenopausal with some small fribroids so have blood loss there as well.
  8. My older boys are the fishermen in this family. They bring the fish to me already filleted. I dip in egg then seasoned bread crumbs and shallow fry
  9. So if you have had a low hemogloben how long did it take for you to get it to rise? 2 years ago mine was101. I took iron tablets up unlit just over a month ago. Per operation last week it measured 95. After operation it now measures 86. I am pretty lightheaded and feel completely exhausted after the slightest task. I have started taking iron again and have a regular diet that includes both red meat and green leafy vegatables
  10. 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Pretend read books, Duplo Pirate ships I suspect lots of jumping on the bed Listening to audio Trying out sneaking out of room tricks
  11. Twins up at 5 am. Sent back to bed by me. 2 loads of laundry washed, hung up, dried brought in and folded. Beds made Kitchen bench tops cleaned of clutter Ds12 math,explode the code, grammar and reader done ( not much I know but more than yesterday) Twins 2 pages preschool rod and staff, reading eggs, and cut and paste activity Kitchen floor swept twice Not much of a list I know, but way more than the last few days. Feeling much better than I have for the last few days post operation. Surgen told me i should be close to normal in 2 more weeks
  12. Tried really hard to do some of the light housework and ds12 schoolwork. I am completely exhausted it was too much too soon after surgery. Ds didn't cooperate and only got math done. Twins are both taking advantage of my feeling so awful and are mucking up. Dh is exhausted from trying to be 2 parents at once - I feel so bad for him.
  13. Met and married at 18. Dh was 32. I think it was a lot harder for Dh than me. He was use to doing his own thing and thinking just for himself. He was actively seeking someone to start a family with when he met me. We had our first child within a year. We have been married over 23 years
  14. Dh drove me 2 1/2 hours to See surgeon. Surgeon said everything great after operation. Then we did the 2 1/2 hour drive home.
  15. We have had a female prime minister and trust me they are still a stupid politician, just like the male ones.
  16. I usually only leave the sponge in the tin for 5 minutes then turn onto a covered rack. Is the sponge to be judged unfilled? What we do is place both layers onto a plate on top of each other. Wait until completely cool and place the whole thing into a large freezer bag. Not glad wrap as that sort of clings to the cake and destroys the finish. Did and I enter lots of baking into our country fair. This is how it is specified to be taken here. The expectations might be different where you are though. Good luck to your dd
  17. I am one of eight. I am close to some, a bit distant with other and don't get on at all with one
  18. We have gone the foster/ adopt route. So nice to see all the old toys being used again
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