Once again, we’ve done three trips to Perth in three days! Friday it was to Midland, to pick up our friends who were visiting from QLD (for cancer treatment), and drop them back to Aunt and Uncle’s where they’ve been staying, and spend some time with them – Aunt has just (in the past couple of weeks) found out she has bowel cancer, with secondary cancer in liver, and (a bit of a shock), lungs as well. She’s very positive, but is in for a long journey.
Then on Saturday, after a big morning of cleaning and a quick shopping trip, went up to the airport to pick up "the painter", my dad, who has come over from QLD to paint our house. We were calling him "the painter" to avoid the kids figuring out who was coming, and the look on their faces when he walked out of the gates was well worth it! Master Six just stared in shock and said, "Pop Pop?!" in this high little voice (I’m clearly pregnant, cos that reaction brought tears to my eyes!). He told us later that "I said it but my mind was saying it couldn’t be Pop Pop!" How cute is that! Miss Three squealed and got all excitable naturally. Very sweet. At the Aunt & Uncle’s again for the afternoon (Uncle is Dad’s brother), which was nice too. Had to drag Dad away, which I felt bad about, but he’ll spend more time with them next weekend and the week following.
Today we did the big trip to Bunnings for painting supplies (which worked out fairly reasonably), then home to start the work (my job was scraping bloody glow in the dark constellations off the roof of Miss Three’s room, many of which had already been painted over once in the distant past!). At 1ish I headed off up to Greenmount to the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre for the Speculative Fiction Competition Awards this afternoon. I was invited to judge the competition some months ago, but it was a secret! I really enjoyed the judging process and the stories I got to read, and look forward to one day coming across some of the best ones in print! Ooh, just realised my judge’s report is already online! So you can read what I thought 🙂 Was a very pleasant afternoon.
Came home to make dinner with Dad and enjoy the newly arranged patio out the back with hubby and Dad. Came in to serve up tea and discovered water on the tiles. What the?! Absolutely shocked to find the bath overflowing and the hallway (carpet) drenched, Master Six’s (cork floored) room flooded, the living area tiles awash, Miss Three’s bedroom (carpet) half soaked, and water creeping into our bedroom. Argh!! The three of us raced about with towels, turned on fans, opened doors, and (when I remembered it!) the VAX super sucker for about an hour, drying the floors. The hall carpet is still fairly damp, but the rest has dried up fairly well with the help of the VAX, but I don’t think the carpets are going to survive the event too well. Have no idea how a thorough soaking of water affects a cork floor though. Anyone?
Yeah, so that was fun. But am looking forward to seeing some paint go on the walls this week! Yay! So, we’re at the end of another busy weekend. Oooh, a weekend in which I might have just planned a big roadtrip for next year, which will take us across the bottom of Aus, to Tassie, up to Worldcon in Melbourne, to Sydney, the family in QLD, and then across the middle(ish) home again! Big plans (with three kids!), but could be a lot of fun, which lots of great catchups. And snow! And Worldcon! Woot!
Oh, and we have a contract on our house in QLD – fingers crossed all goes well!
Hmm, yeah, busy week. 🙂