Heavily weighted

So it’s Saturday morning and I’m only now finding the time to write the blogpost I meant to post on Monday just gone 🙁

It’s been a huge week. Mr8 caught a cold last weekend, so I considered taking parental leave on Monday – but reconsidered when I discovered that the Principal, Head of Senior School and Head of Primary were all going to be away, so I’d be the only Exec member on campus! Cue Hubby taking a day off to be with our son, and my attempting to not let the school burn down in everyone’s absence! But I managed, as did everyone else, and Tuesday dawned without incident.

One of Tuesday’s tasks was to prepare my students for the inaugural ‘Onesie Wednesday’ fundraiser, the following day – and as it was the first of its kind, we made it a secret event, in that only the Middle Schoolers themselves, and their teachers, were aware of it. The day started as usual, but at the beginning of recess, everyone changed into Onesies. Frogs and Tiggers, unicorns and minions, animals and even Pikachu appeared on campus, to the surprise of everyone else and to the delight of those of us ‘in the know’.

Great fun was had by all, then we changed back at Lunchtime and the day continued as usual. Then at 3pm I had car park duty; 3.15pm the first ever session of Chess Academy to start, and 3.30pm was my first Parent-Teacher interview timeslot… my evening finished at gone 8pm.

Needless to say, I was quite happy to not be at the gym at 4.45am Thursday!

Instead, my bestie came around for some much needed sanity time Thursday afternoon, because Friday was not only Athletics Carnival all day at school, but also the beginning of Eisteddfod last night. 

Miss12 performed a Jazz piece on Piano, earning herself a Highly Commended. And this morning she’s performed again, with Miss9 waiting on the sidelines to perform in her two categories this afternoon.

It’s been huge. A heavy load – kinda like how I’m explaining to Miss13 at the moment, to ‘weight’ her right hand when playing Piano, so the melody sings out above the chorded left hand bass notes.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, let me tell you!

Have a great rest-of-the-week, everyone!

– KRidwyn

Archaic words

I was writing a Facebook post a couple of days ago about the thunder I’d heard, and how my watertanks needed replenishing.

Which got me thinking about the verb ‘replenish’. ‘Re’ as a prefix indicates repetition, so ‘plenish’ should mean ‘to fill’, correct?

According to Google, yes. But it’s an ‘archaic’ verb, as in, not in common use any more. Sad, really.

Like the word ‘blare’. I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard the verb being used, except in past tense; ‘the driver blared his horn’, or as an adjective ‘the blaring trumpets only increased the pounding in his head’.

I love archaic words. I’d like, if I could, to be part of their reintroduction into common use…

Want to help me?

And have a great day, dear Reader!

– KRidwyn

And… we’re done!

It’s June 30. The 30 day #blogJune challenge has drawn to a close. And I’m still finding myself rather bemused by my #blogJune journey this year.

I posted back on the 16th of June how, for whatever strange reason, I wasn’t finding it overly traumatic, publishing a blogpost each day. On the contrary, this year’s #blogJune was the easiest yet! And considering I’m more busy now than I ever have been in previous years, I’m left scratching my head as to why this is.

It *may* have been because I haven’t written thematically this year. With that restriction gone, I think I found it easier just to blog about whatever I was thinking at the time. Yes, I realise that as a qualified librarian, the point of #blogJune is *probably* to post Library- related stuff… but again, that restriction would have been too much.

Whatever the reason, I’m happy. The challenge is now over, and I’ve published 30 posts in 30 days without too much drama.


And now, with July 1 just hours away, I’ll return my writing focus to JUSTINE BROWNING AND THE MEDDLING MERMAN, and return to my regular weekly blogpost.

See you Monday, and have a lovely life til then, dear Reader!

– KRidwyn


I received proof today.

Written evidence determining just how correct I have been in the opinion I’ve been holding; the fight I’ve been fighting, for what has felt like an eternity.

I shan’t be any more detailed than that, but suffice it to say, I’m happy.

I have been vindicated.

And I’m an emotional wreck right now. Exhausted, relieved,

And HAPPY!!!

Here’s hoping you had a win today too, dear Reader 🙂

– KRidwyn

Kinda convenient…

A friend came over for Afternoon Tea the other day. Feeling adventurous, I baked a sponge cake (the making of edible food and I do not go hand-in-hand).

It was once the cake pan was in the oven and I was going to pack away the butter that I realised the butter’s lid was missing. I checked everywhere: bench, fridge, sink, pantry – to no avail. Then it hit me; I had rested the inside circle of the cake pan onto the butter’s lid for a brief minute, before picking it up again and inserting it into the the outside circle of the cake pan.

So I pulled the cake back out of the oven, and sure enough – there was the lid of the butter, stuck in between the inner and outer circles.

Dumb. Yeah, I know.

So I had to remove the inner circle, the cake mixture all the while leaving residue up the cake pan, and down along the inside, retrieve the butter lid, re-insert the inner circle (leaving yet more cake mixture residue everywhere) and then plop the whole mess back into the oven.


By the time my friend arrived, the globs of cake mix which had fallen from the bottom of the cake pan had burned, giving the house a delightful aroma of burnt food and embarrassment.

The cake, I’m proud to say, tasted quite fine. Sure, it hadn’t risen quite as I’d originally intended, but then again, with large proportions of cake mix adorning not only the outside of the cake pan but also the inside of my oven, this was to be expected.

And just so you know, my food-preparation skills are second only to my oven-cleaning skills.


So it was kinda convenient that Hubby had already arranged to have our house cleaned today. I arrived home with the kids at almost 2pm to a beautifully smelling house – and a clean oven!!!

Now the only embarrassment I’ll feel is when I need to ask our cleaner back next time…

Hope you had a lovely day too, dear Reader!

— KRidwyn



Zealously pursued; seldom attained

A rare temptress is she


Hold too tight and she disappears

A fine mist

in the pre-dawn of the




Hold loosely and she vanishes

beneath worries





No, she is fleeting

A vague notion, few of us are cognizant we even have…


… until she

has fled

And we remain.


In the dark.


With only the memory

of happier times

Just passed…


And regretful

at how oblivious we were.



This is just a little something I wrote a while back. It felt like it wanted an audience 🙂

Have a great day, dear Reader!

— KRidwyn


Just weird…

I tried to #blogJune earlier from my MacBook, but couldn’t even access the site. I got the impression that the server I host my site through is down.

So how then, am I able to post through the WordPress app on my phone?

Who knows! But if it works, I’m going to run with it!

Have a great day, dear Reader 🙂

– KRidwyn