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Melissa in Australia

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  1. come over here, we have only just started spring.
  2. I am a landlord. We do not allow animals in the house at all. No exceptions. We have however, allowed a dog in the yard only. The tenant signed an agreement that the dog will never come into the house.
  3. Here in Victoria Australia all permanent care/adoptions from foster care are open. The court will order the number of access visits per year that have to be complied with. The minimum is 4. We are stuck with 4 parent access visits plus4 sibling access visits. We have to travel 400+ km EACH way for the visit. I mostly use public transport and it takes 7 hours each way. So it makes it into a 2 day traveling ordeal
  4. Mad rush in early morning to get house tidy and twins ready for 4 year old preschool. Went to work at a lock a school for the day. (CRT) Cooked spaghetti for tea Hung up some laundry outside in the dark
  5. My kids all have single beds. Even my son who is 6 foot 2 inches. My 6 foot4 inch son has a single bed at university as do all the other students on campus. I don't get the big push to put kids especially little kids into double beds. Why? It just makes more laundry and looses space in the bedroom.
  6. Half of our house is 20 years old, and the other half 12 years old. I consider the house new. We fix / do everything ourselves and built the house sturdy with the expectation that it will last longer than our lifetime.
  7. Most children here are trained before or around 2 . All my bio children were toilet trained at or before 18 months. The twins came to us still in nappies at 3 1/2 . It was viewed as neglect that they hadn't been trained before then.
  8. I remember when I was 13 and had a messy room my mother came in with a rake. She raked everything on the floor into a huge pile. And told me that whatever I didn't tidy up would be considered rubbish. It actually was a positive thing as I didn't know where to start in cleaning. I kept my room tidy forever after
  9. That is what I remember the recommendation to be. No drugs including coffee as they can all have a negative effect on the baby.
  10. We do it this way. No butter just bread, cheese and occasionally some ham
  11. I mean bubbles breaking and new ones forming. Existing bubbles from trapped air when shifting into the pot are ok
  12. Tomato sauce starts fermenting if going off. So if it has little bubbles while it is sitting there then it is going off. I would think it was perfectly fine, if you are heating it up as part of the canning process than I wouldn't even bother preheating it
  13. DH often takes our kids out for a couple of hours to the beach. I do either housework or flower gardening. I find it very relaxing and recharges my batteries
  14. I have the game squatter. It has a million little sheep pieces that are a pain to clean up
  15. I usually blanch then peel the tomatoes and pack them in the jars works really well for me
  16. It is a good idea to have it written in your will as lots of family fights can start right with what to do with the body
  17. Adoptive/foster agencies Professionals that deal with foster/adopted children like occupational therapist or speech therapists who can recommend the book for families Fostering websites
  18. Traveled to Melbourne for ceremony. I Am in a motel room all by myself. I cannot believe it. Just spoke to DH on the phone. Twins have been a real handful for him all day. They have been challenging because they do not handle change and I am not there. DH said it gives him insight into how challenging they were for me when he went to Canada twice this year. Raising these twins is a real combined is more than what one person can do by themself.
  19. We have received a letter in the mail telling us that we (DH and I ) have been nominated for a chairman's award for outstanding achievement in fostering. I am traveling down to Melbourne for the ceremony tomorrow. I didn't even know that there was such an award.
  20. It also seams ( here in Aus at least) that each institution has a slight variation of their own of APA. All the universities I have done units with had a free printable their preferred APA interpretation that is frustrating to loose a mark because you follow an APA guide that said a full stop and the university preferred a comma in the end of text reference list
  21. Day started out great But deteriorated I have a big attitude problem regarding neighbour. Good new is tomorrow is a new day
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