September 6, 2010

Spring has Sprung!

Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere - where Spring begins on the 1st of September and we go from wearing an extra jacket to ward of the cold (no seriously.. anything under 15 degrees here and we think we're freezing!) to breaking out the flower allergy meds and summer clothes.

I love Spring - despite the occasional snuffly nose & swollen eyes from the flying pollen - Brisbane is semi-tropics so Spring & Autumn are the best seasons here. (winter as I have said is chilly & windy for we poor frail bunnies and summer is heat and humidity). October / November will see the Jacaranda trees bloom too.

 I'd love to send my adoptees some blooms but can you imagine the dramas the Customs people would have over it? [Bwahaha.... "parcel marked as floral delights" - probably wouldn't make it through]

In "My Guys" news - C & K look to be going okay.  C has a birthday later this month so some Aussie Yums have been ordered and will hopefully be dispatched to him shortly. There's a fruit cake in the parcel but no candles unfortunately... oh and some Musk sticks which another adoptee has described as
"I finally know what the colour pink would taste like - let's never do THAT again!"
Newest Adoptee J2 is a sci-fi lover too so I'm going to be happily sending weird stuff (tm) to my hearts content. Oh and possibly some useful stuff too since that always seem to be appreciated.

I've still had no word on Justin but I have a cunning plan - actually it's more that I've realised just how efficient the mail services are in returning things to Amazon.Com.  So there's a book been sent off to J at the last known address and I will wait for 3 or so weeks to see if Amazon contact me to say it's returned (I'm being hopelessly optimistic that the mail-return snafu was simply from him being home on leave or something. Best leave me to my delusions of his safety - I get less teary-eyed that way).  I also found someone on Myspace that may or may not be in his unit and have left a message that hopefully does NOT come across as weird fangirl stalker.  Just a message asking if he does know Justin to pass on that mail has been returned and I'm worried about him.  Probability of that reaching a) the right person & b) eliciting a reply is very low but any chance at knowing that he is okay (alive, well, happy, finds-me-too-weird-and-could-I-go-away-please) is one that I'd like to take. The Not knowing is the hardest part.

And in the Random Friends met recently - I have a new penfriend courtesy of Green Bean's Cup of Joe program.  W is funny, articulate and amusing and I'm really enjoying chatting back & forth with him via emails.   If you think you'd like to do a spot of troop support but can't afford the time or funds for Soldiers Angels then maybe give Green Beans a go and help support the caffeine addiction of your troops at the front (go oooon.. you know you want the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you've helped a fellow coffee lover to attain their daily "fix" :D)**

Oh! and Kyle who I mentioned in my last post (also found via Green Beans) should be home to the States this week.  Very happy to know that he'll be home & safe and within walking/driving distance of a Caffeine source that doesn't require him to keep his weapons with him at all times.

**legal disclaimer - I don't get any benefits from either of these groups and am quite sure they'd both be going "umm.. how the heck does an Aussie know about us?"  and hopefully not plotting how to get me to go away :D

More spring blooms!


  1. I like the last picture of your home. Maybe when you get a little less financially incumbered you can move into a more roomy place. ;-)

  2. Your "spring" post made me laugh -- Here in the US we're celebrating Labor Day today, which marks the unofficial end of our summer season. And after the last few hot, hot, hot months, I'm looking forward to the cool weather (and even snow!) arriving. Your photo of the spring flowers is gorgeous!

    Glad to know you're in touch with your MP. I'm impressed by all your creative care package ideas!

  3. 15? I always say under 20 and it's considered freezy nasty cold. (under 25 and we Delicate Hothouse Flowers from Queensland start hunting out jumpers).

    Ahh yes. Spring. Pollen. Allergies. Never ending roadworks hear both Pax and my homes. Tunnels. Meh!

    Sending prayers for Justin and your mum.

  4. OMG. That tree is absolutely gorgeous. We are winding down summer and fall is on the way, of course. Poo.

  5. Hi Pax,

    Winding down with the summer allergies and get ready to do battle with the fall allergies...eeee-hgods...eeee-hgods
    Anybody seen the allergy tablets?
    Love the pic's. Beauty ... Mother Nature always does beauty soooooo well.

    Prayers, hugs and kisses for your "knuckle-draggers" and personnal family members.

    Miss Em

  6. OH MY! It appears the 'land down under' is heaven... wow! Beautiful!
    I want a Jacaranda tree... it looks like a huge wisteria bush. That's quite a spring bloom you have there.

    Glad to hear the troops are well... hoping you'll hear more good news soon.

    Pink what? hahaha... I'm with him. I thought the flavor of pink was bubble gum. heehee

  7. When Jacaranda season full blooms I shall try to take some photos of the streets & avenues that are lined with them. Between the petals on the trees, and those on the ground below it gives an effect of "pure purple".


  8. That will be a lovely picture to look forward to!