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  • Seaweed a bonfire on the beach sounds fantastic
    we are usually so fried by the end of that day that we almost float lol i really love the time i get to spend with my youngest 2. just on our own. thankfully we dont have any issues to tap dance around so we just have fun.

    I am struggling to make the clothes out of material thou
    do you mean clothes for your cards out of the material? i guess you could use a natural material like harakeke and dye it and weave it and then glue it on? it would be quite fiddly and you would need to prep it prob by boiling it like you do when you do kete whakairo so it doesnt shrink. and obviously observe tikunga as well if you use harakeke. i have always wanted to do a collage with some lacebark which is simply beautiful. even if it is incredibly hard to weave with. re: material tho. i did used to have a stretchy velvety leopard spot mini skirt. my oldest has it now but i would imagine you could cut material like that with pinking shears and glue it on too? and i know you can get liquid hem stuff which could stop fraying on fabric?

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    • thinking about it. pressed flowers or mahoe leaf skeletons for clothes could look cool too if you went for the more natural look?

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      • Crickey we are getting all crafty on here!

        Zoe - I love that you outsource like that. My kidlets do a fair bit outside of the house, but they are super keen to continue at home too. They go to kindy, daycare, or school where there is just access to fun crafty things all the time and over time they've learnt that they love to do that. My little miss simply loves playdough, and generally asks for it every day if we have time - I keep a plastic container in the cupboard with all the playdough and gear for easy storage and cleanup. We also have the felt pen container which does a great deal of traffic from the cupboard to the kitchen bench for any number of art projects, along with the 'art box' which is full of scrap paper, stickers, glitter, glue, paint etc. What does you husband write? Is he working on a novel, or blog or just anything that takes his fancy?

        Christmas - I love it. Its hard to find the right balance for me, and sounds like many of you all too. It has to be enough fuss to be fun and special, but not stressful and expensive, then also I don't want it to be too low key. My husbands family always make a big stressful fuss that usually ends with people not speaking to each other and my family like to have 'just a quiet one' every year which is boring and stressful in its own right. So far this year we're in denial, we've tried to plan to have it at our house but other than that havn't put much thought into what we'll do. I love buying presents, or making them (but I get the impression my homemade gifts are not as loved as they should be). I think there is nothing nicer that gifting a well chosen present to someone that you care about.

        Off to my appointment with the specialist about my poor toe at 1pm. Looking forward to finally making some progress with its treatment because I'm getting so sick of it being sore - more annoying that painful, and it stops me from walking/running and I'm finding lots of the kettlebell excercises are difficult too (who knew a big toe was so important?).

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        • I'm not at all interested in holidays. As a kid, they were fun -- but I preferred the seasonal activities to the object-oriented stuff. For me, it was always hard because I would often not get what I wanted, and get too much of what I didn't want. And that continues to this day.

          As an adult, you add the layer of family drama, and holidays were a chore, not a joy. Add to that the way that I work (ie, americans and their work schedules), and DH and I would have christmas day off, which spent driving all over creation to eat food we didn't want (or couldn't eat), be berated by family for not being nice or whatever, and then going home exhausted to get up early to work the next day.

          So, I really don't give a shit about christmas.

          From there, we moved here and the seasons are flipped. Christmas in summer feels ridiculous. Santa is just a nice story, we don't re-enact it any more than we would re-enact curious george. We asked family to stop talking to DS about Jesus (also a nice story) or Santa in terms of "what are you getting for santa?" and "aren't you glad the baby jesus came to save us?" DS was thoroughly confused about how a baby was helpful for salvation.

          I'm raising him buddhist. He knows that salvation is his own doing -- assuming he needs it at all.

          Anyway, we don't do gifts at holidays -- ew do experiences. Other family members give gifts, and we talk to DS about gratitude for that but that it's just generousity on their part and not an obligation that you do just because that's a cultural tradition. We celebrate holidays in a lot of ways, and the way that we do is not through gift giving, but through spending time together and doing fun activity that enrich all of us.

          Thus, we are breaking the "holiday = objects" idea.

          It's been going well. The school backs us up in this simplicity (we spoke to them about it before), and they are pretty clear on the process as well in their own pedagogy.

          End of the day, I'm slowly extracting myself from any christmas sheenanigans.

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          • Holiday=objects is so true isn't it, although the americanism of 'holiday' is not quite right here in NZ. Obviously when I think of holidays I think of experiences, but then its also true when I think about birthdays and christmas's past I only remember the experiences, not the gifts at all.

            It really does ruin christmas that we get so caught up on the gift part, although I love the gifting so I'm not sure I'm ready to give that away either. My in-laws always do that pick a name from the hat thing at christmas, so you have to buy for just one person. I'm torn about this method though. I like that it means you aren't inundated with useless or unwanted gifts, and it means you can spend more money on a suitable gift for the person you have chosen. But.....its not really what christmas gifting is supposed to be about, I enjoy chosing/finding that perfect gift for someone as a token of my appreciation for them and I feel like I miss out on that.

            How interesting that you are bringing up your boy as buddhist. My husband and I have spent alot of time in buddhist countries and I've done a fair bit of reading about buddhist ways, in fact we have a buddha who looks over our home from the top of our bookshelf and we have a beautiful painting of buddhist monks from Myanma on our living room wall. I wouldn't call myself Buddhist but I certainly follow much of their philosophies and teachings.

            So I'm back from my appointment with the specialist, he thinks that there is no sign of trauma on the x-ray but there is definately stiffness and some 'mechanical blockage' going on in the joint. Possibly early arthritis, possibly beginnings of a burr (bony growth). Off to have an MRI in the next 6 weeks, and getting the podiatrist to make me some fancy supports for my shoes - looks like I'll have to give away my vibrams....boooooo....hissssss!!!

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            • Originally posted by seaweed View Post

              how is your sick wee lamb gwamma? me and the dog did some cattle herding this morning lol
              The wee lamb is holding its own today thanx Seaweed. I checked it a few minutes ago, and no flies, and no dribble around its wee mouth either. It still has a slight scour, but that also appears to be drying up. Yay

              Originally posted by seaweed View Post

              do you mean clothes for your cards out of the material? i guess you could use a natural material like harakeke and dye it and weave it and then glue it on? it would be quite fiddly and you would need to prep it prob by boiling it like you do when you do kete whakairo so it doesnt shrink. and obviously observe tikunga as well if you use harakeke. i have always wanted to do a collage with some lacebark which is simply beautiful. even if it is incredibly hard to weave with. re: material tho. i did used to have a stretchy velvety leopard spot mini skirt. my oldest has it now but i would imagine you could cut material like that with pinking shears and glue it on too? and i know you can get liquid hem stuff which could stop fraying on fabric?
              I have forgotten how to observe tikunga, so I had best not go with the flax, however I will experiment with a few different bits n pieces

              Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post

              So I'm back from my appointment with the specialist, he thinks that there is no sign of trauma on the x-ray but there is definately stiffness and some 'mechanical blockage' going on in the joint. Possibly early arthritis, possibly beginnings of a burr (bony growth). Off to have an MRI in the next 6 weeks, and getting the podiatrist to make me some fancy supports for my shoes - looks like I'll have to give away my vibrams....boooooo....hissssss!!!
              really sad to hear about the vibrams. I could not give mine up for anything now. And I am sad about your toe too, however you have made a start to your recovery. I sometimes think that making a diagnosis is the beginning of the recovery - if this makes sense?
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                I'm raising him buddhist.
                This is an interesting concept Zoe, I haven't really had any thing to do with any religion, but I must read up on the buddist philosophies. I think that it is important to do things that you believe in.
                I love giving, but am not very good at recieving. That goes for compliments as well as gifts. In fact a friend has just bought us a whole box of red wine = 12 bottles. I am not sure what I have done to recieve such a gift, but there you have it. I undervalue what I do for others, and this friend obviously overvalued it ? not sure ???

                It looks very nice ! Hawkes bay Pinot noir !!!!
                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                ...small steps....

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                • I have forgotten how to observe tikunga, so I had best not go with the flax, however I will experiment with a few different bits n pieces
                  if you google you will prob find loads of info. it's not hard and most of it is actually common sense.

                  Off to have an MRI in the next 6 weeks, and getting the podiatrist to make me some fancy supports for my shoes - looks like I'll have to give away my vibrams....boooooo....hissssss!!!
                  my new balance minimuses are more like shoes lookswise. so maybe just maybe they could deal with them?

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                  • Well, DH and I have practiced zen for a long time -- loosely mostly rather than particularly ritualized. And then, when DS was born, continued with that, and added in some nichiren these days to give him some grounding in ritual. made the ritual up myself using some nichiren constructs.

                    Mostly, you meditate to see things clearly. And then you do the best you can. And that's basically buddhism.

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                    • well howdy all. Hope that you are having a lovely day - where ever in NZ you are. I am just about to pop into Rangiora, to take some morning tea to the office, then its back out to do some gardening ! Lewis posted some interesting links on seafood and the Maoris, in an Autism thread he started a wee while ago. I will try and link it in, but am not good at that stuff. Where is Seaweed when you need her !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                      ...small steps....

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                      • ##############It's kind of humbling for anyone coming from a a European cultural background to consider what the health of people living there was like before contact. Weston Price says earlier scientists had said the Maori were:

                        ... the most physically perfect race living on the face of the earth. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: Chapter 12

                        The Maori ate plenty of seafood, of course:


                        It was particularly instructive to observe the diligence with which some of the isolated Maori near the coast sought out certain types of food in accordance with the tradition and accumulated wisdom of their tribes. As among the various archipelagos and island dwellers of the Pacific, great emphasis was placed upon shell fish. Much effort was made to obtain these in large quantities. Price says elsewhere:


                        ... it is authoritatively recorded regarding the Maori of New Zealand that they can see the satellites of Jupiter which are only visible to the white man's eye with the aid of telescopes. These people prove that they can see the satellites by telling the man at the telescope when the eclipse of one of the stars occurs. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: Chapter 10

                        Yet the descendants of Englishmen, Scots, etc., in possession of the same resources, just don't know how to eat to stay healthy. #############

                        sorry guys this is actually a quote by Lewis, not sure how to link it in properly but really interesting reading !

                        Have the best day
                        G
                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • Buddhism is such a beautiful way to approach life. Sadly, like all belief systems, there are factions, but they don't negate the beauty of Buddhism. I found that Buddhism resonated with me when I went searching to see if anyone believed what I do. No sentient creator. Live life decently just because that is the way it should be, not because of any reward at the end, etc.

                          My Catholic upbringing left a lot of negative feelings. Not being baptised keeping one from entering Heaven - that was the biggest one, and I hated it at age 7 when I first heard it. Other Christian dogmas aren't better. And then I stopped believing in a sentient creator. While I'm never 100% anything because I suck at following rules, I have to say that Buddhism touched my heart in a way that other philosophies never have.

                          Right or wrong, I believe that someone brought up as a Buddhist will believe beautiful things, and hopefully will translate that into being a beautiful person.
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                          B*tch-lite

                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                          • Yeah. Frustrates the heck out of the rest of the family that I've chosen an atheistic process for the kiddo. My mom is particularly beside herself (being catholic), but that's what it is.

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                            • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                              if you google you will prob find loads of info. it's not hard and most of it is actually common sense.
                              so right Seaweed. I am always scared to do it wrong, so I just don't do it - but I will do some homework, cos I love some of our flora and fauna.
                              Have you got a good recipe for seafood chowder Seaweed??? I was reading up on Lewis's articles on the Maori, and I reckon that I don't eat enough seafood.....so today I bought a couple of pieces of fresh fish, some more salmon, and a mixture of squid rings, mussels, fish and crab. I chopped up the mixed marinara, fried it in some butter and salt, then added a small 165ml tin of coconut milk. It was fantastic !!! But next time I should get a proper recipe. Anyway you are our seafood guru, so I thought you might have one ?
                              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                              ...small steps....

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                              • i know i don't eat enough seafood. on account of really hating seafood.

                                i will eat fish, but the shellfish. . . blech. I just never could stomach it. mostly, i can't stand to chew it.

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