Good girl

In my house there lives me and four females. I don’t mind this, and most of the time I don’t dwell on the issue.
But one thing I have started to notice: There is much to praise in the actions and achievements of my housemates and so I’m finding that the most common refrain that comes from my mouth begins with ‘Good girl…’ and ends with their name.
Lisa, Maisie, Punky or Charlie.
It’s not always that easy. I can almost hear my brain do a quick cycle as it completes the sentence.  I often call the cat by the dog’s name, and vice versa. I don’t think I’ve stumbled and called Lisa the cat or dog’s name yet, but I fear it’s only a few more weeks of ‘baby brain’ away.

Wax in my ears

Had the doctor clean my ears out today. They have a tendency to get blocked up with wax. I’ve found the only solution is to go see the doctor who will clean them out by squirting water into them via a syringe. I’ve tried the candles, I’ve tried the waxsol by itself, by syringing is the way to go.
It feels uncomfortable, bordering on painful – but it works.
The doctor I saw today is not my normal doctor. My normal doctor will just syringe them out on the day if I ask him to. But this doctor insisted I treat my ears with Waxsol for a couple of days prior to loosen up the wax a bit. Much to my frustration, I complied with his treatment and I think the result is all the better for it.
You should have seen the clump of waxy gump he removed from my ears! You probably had to be there.
Ongoing treatment? He recommends I just wipe clean the inside of my ears with a tissue after I shower. Ear buds are a big no-no.
The really interesting bit? It felt like my left ear was blocked the worst, and the right one didn’t need treatment at all. After the doctor’s inspection, he convinced me that the right one was actually blocked much worse, and the stereo effect meant that my left ear had to do more of the work so it just felt more blocked – or something like that. At first I thought he was bluffing, but the proof was in what he actually extracted – and the right ear was in fact far worse.

Things I hadn’t done but now I’ve done since we bought a house

  • Pulled up carpet
  • Sanded floorboards
  • Polished floorboards
  • Painted the interior of a house
  • Moved and installed power points (with the help of a licensed electrician)
  • Sheeted a room with gyprock
  • Tiled a kitchen splashback
  • Removed wallpaper with wallpaper steamer
  • Replaced a door handle
  • Replaced door frames
  • Installed shelves
  • Replaced and modified stormwater pipes
  • Laid roof insulation

And the list keeps growing every weekend…


This morning we spent some time in the front yard. I have a “pull it up, cut it off, knock it down, clear it away” type of attitude. Lisa is much the same, although often takes more time to be a little constructive.

I pulled this palm tree out with my bare hands. The roots are pretty shallow so it wasn’t actually very difficult.

Lisa created a ‘rustic garden edge using old scrapy bricks.


You know it’s time to get a haircut when:

1. Your wife asks you on a daily basis when you are planning on getting a haircut.

2. The first thing you say to yourself when you look in a mirror is “you flaming hippie” in an Alf Stewart voice.