Archives for the month of: June, 2012

The Colonel has been a busy bee this week. He’s managed to almost finish our wall of Ikea storage. The kickers and shelves/drawers are still to go in but it’s looking pretty darn good. The wall of storage also includes a little office nook. I can’t believe how effortless he makes it look when in reality the process has been far more complicated than it looks. Remember our walls aren’t at right angles and the floors are uneven? The Colonel knows how to cut little filler bits to exactly the right size. Genius!

Here’s where we’re at…

The Colonel with his masterpiece. For some reason, Ikea doesn’t make 80cm horizonal cabinets to go above the fridge. The gaps are yet to be filled in with the White Applad facing.

It’s all so close to completion but the MESS….. when will I ever get time to sort it all out?

‘Til next weekend…

Rachael x




Last year. Same character. Different material.


On top of the normal chaos that is my life, I’m performing in a local cabaret production. I think I’ve mentioned previously that I was an actor in my former life in Sydney.

Tuesday night was the one and only rehearsal for said performance. So there I was, running through my TEN MINUTE monologue for the very first time in front of my fellow performers in a freezing cold, empty hall and struggling to remember my lines. When I’d finished, Hamilton, the director of the production, asked, “How did that feel, Rachael?”

HOW DID THAT FEEL???????? That’s Hamilton’s line when he’s concerned. Why the fuck do I do this to myself?

On the way home I felt FLAT, FLAT, FLAT. My harsh, unforgiving inner-critic went into overdrive, “It’s not funny enough”; ” People aren’t going to laugh”; ” You won’t be able to get it together in just three days time”  “The audience is going to go home saying, “She was so much better last year. Why did she come back and ruin it for herself?”


But now it’s Saturday morning…

Last night was opening night. One performance down. Whew! One more to go!

It was AWESOME! When the lights go up and the audience is there, somehow or other it all comes together. I LUUUURRRRVVVVVED  the audience and they LUUUURRRRVVVVVVED ME.

And Hamilton was very happy. He he he!

Last night. “I’m fine!!!!!!!” Minutes before curtain…


I have  to include this image below. It’s from last night. It’s not going to mean much to you guys who didn’t see the show but I think you can see from the colour and the energy, just how much fun performance can be and why we do it to ourselves.

Dot gets ready to make a birthday cake.

Now I’m going to write a post about the Colonel’s progress on our kitchen.

Rachael x

I mentioned last weekend that we went back to Ikea and bought all our storage for the kitchen wall where our stove used to be.

So, this week, the Colonel has been diligently knocking them together and minutely adjusting bits and pieces to account for our Queenslander’s wonky lines and measurement. Our floors are uneven and the walls don’t meet at right angles. Lucky he’s a builder and is a dab hand at solving such dilemmas. This, of course, doesn’t stop me from sticking my nose in from time to time and checking that he’s doing everything properly ( just like any typical pain-in-the-arse, control-freak female would): “I know you’ve been a builder for 50-odd years now, Colonel, but are you SURE the fridge is going to fit in that cavity?” The Colonel , bless him, has the good grace not to tell me to F#@k off!

The bare wall where the storage will go. Our stove and fridge used to sit along this wall.

The platform is done and the cupboards start to go in.

Here’s Craig modeling the new cupboards. He can just squeeze into them. I guess modeling is like riding a bicycle. You never forget how. I couldn’t resist putting in these shots of him back in his modeling days. I am soooo DEAD for publishing these….

Back when he had his school boy figure.

Anyway, back to the the sexy cupboards…

And the top layer goes on. They will actually run all the way to the end!

Hopefully doors and shelves will go in tomorrow.

Rachael x