So here I am. The only female on the Station. I am surviving somehow and trying not to drink too much Chardy.
The lead up to my Birthday and Christmas hasn’t been all that pretty for the past 4 years. We haven’t had Christmas with family since 2010, when I was pregnant with Clancy. So the past few years have been a little sad in the lead up to the festive season. The first 2 years I had one other female here on the station over the Christmas period but for the past 2 years it has just been me and a bunch of blokes. Sometimes you just think “why bother going to any trouble, as if they give two shits about your Christmas menu”. But that is ridiculous, who doesn’t love Christmas. So we trotted out the baked ham – thanks to the reicipe in the 1977 Women’s Weekly that my Father in Law photo copied and sent to me years ago. It is Margaret Fulton’s Baked Ham and dear lord it is to die for. So bloody yummy and it was definitely a hit, this is Mr Chardy’s department and he cooks it on the BBQ while the turkey and vegetables are in the oven. We had a full hot baked lunch and it was so yummy, we all overate and forgot about the Pavlova. But don’t worry, we whipped up some cream and turned the Pavlova into dinner while watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Gotta love that one.
I beat myself up way too much before Christmas with the old “over expectations” and basically made life miserable for everyone especially my children. It was as if the Royal Family were coming to visit and I had to get everything perfect – which, can I just say, didn’t happen. The place is still a mess and I have no idea why I think this is going to change. Anyway, I am sure you don’t want to listen to me go on and on about my sad and sorry state of affairs Pre-Christmas so lets just say there were about 3,042 melt downs and most of them were my melt downs, lots of crying and then I literally had to slap myself into line. I mean, for godsakes, there are people out there with REAL PROBLEMS, real heartaches, real sadness and here I was feeling sorry for myself because I had to spend Christmas with my gorgeous family, perfectly healthy children and a tree that had more presents than you could poke a stick at under it. What is wrong with me people? I really did have to slap my face and pull myself together, just ask Mrs Savvy B.
Does anyone else do this or is it just me?
In the end we really did have a lovely couple of days over Christmas. Now we have New Years Eve upon us.
In other news our car is still sitting in the shed. Which would be perfectly normal for most, but for us it is a bit scary. You see we have 16okm of dirt road to get down before we even hit the bitumen. We are due to head off on holidays on the 6th January and usually by now we would have put our car down on the bitumen. We have also had a fair amount of rain, and each day it rains a little more. Don’t get me wrong, we love this, but WHAT ABOUT THE CAR….. Fingers crossed Mr Chardy will get it down to the bitumen in the next couple of days. I have all our bags packed ready to go.
Now, how do we get to the car you may ask? Good question. It may be dry enough to drive down so we will just take utes to get to the car. If, by chance, it is too wet to drive out we will have to fly down to the bitumen….some how. Now, are some of you picturing our little Pradie Dard sitting all lonely in the middle of nowhere on the side of the Highway? Well don’t worry, there is another Station down there where we leave our car, so don’t worry, it will be safe and sound and not sitting abandoned, jacked up with no wheels.
And holidays…. yipppeeeeeee. I can’t wait to go away. I have been watching so many families head off for Christmas or for holidays and soon it will be our turn. We will drive to Mt Isa (once we get to our car, or get our car out of here) and hopefully get Tom’s cast off his arm. We are heading down to Maleny for the much anticipated wedding of some great friends. A quick 3 days in the Sunshine Hinterland catching up with so many fabulous people and then back up to Magnetic Island for 7 nights with our favourite family the Savvy B’s!!!
So, can you all please send me a virtual SLAP ACROSS THE FACE, tell me to get over myself and wake up and smell the roses. My house and life is never going to be sorted, I have no idea why I think it will be one day. I can assure you it won’t be. So I need to get over it and get on with things.
I had best head off and get my backside over to the kitchen to whip up dinner for the blokes – we are having Chicken Curry and Rice tonight, Yum!
So tell me, PLEASE, do you lose your shit like this before Christmas? I am definitely not one of those “got everything together and everything organised” people you see all over Facebook in the lead up to Christmas. I wish I could get it together. Oh I wish I could.
3 very happy boys on Christmas Morning
I really was much more impressed than I look about all the lovely bottles of bubbles I received for my Birthday and Chrissy
We trotted out a retro Prawn Cocktail with Champagne for breakfast on Christmas morning
I set this little table for the children….who was I kidding, as if they actually sat there, like I had imagined in my mind, all happy popping bon bons…. no they had a big melt down about chairs and no one ended up sitting there, it just ended up a big mess. So don’t worry, I haven’t turned into one of those perfect Mum’s who has perfect table settings for their kids, ha ha ha. But gee it looks good doesn’t it, if I didn’t tell you the real story you would have almost believed that my life was perfect. Oh god, I am laughing out loud now.
These are the strapping young blokes I have been spending the days with lately…our wet season CREW
And this is my actually reality….far from perfect, ohhhhh so far
And this is what has been keeping my children alive while I am over in the kitchen cooking and cleaning… this and toast! At least they look good, ha ha ha