A Happy Suburban Chick Friday Thoughts.


Fabulous Friday I can feel the upbeat vibe as I get further into the day. There is an excitement out there in the world of Suburbia, the weekend is coming. Here is a fun frivolous blog post for Friday.

I thought I share Fran’s Friday thoughts:

Friday gym class Sh’bam fabulous fun way to start Friday’s
Friday sipping tea Earl Grey so uplifting.
Friday magazines read- The simple things.
Friday music_ The Best Of Josh Pyke
Friday Quote: Friday it time to start making stories for Monday. (and no idea who to credit that one too.)
Friday annoyance: Went to Australian Hearing to replace shoe for a receiver and Roger Pen for my son- nope still not working.
Friday delay_ Dinner out to the restaurant can you believe it, they were booked out, date night with hubby postponed until next week.
Friday dinner gnocchi, garlic bread, and red wine. I am cooking.
Friday sads it feels like Sunday night as I am working this weekend. Postponing the weekend until Tuesday and Wednesday.


Happy Friday!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!




The Problem With Housework!


The Happy Suburban Chick must come face to face with her reality of housework. It certainly does not fit into the area of domestic bliss. Here is a list of 5 housework problems that every Happy Suburban Chick must come to terms with. They are as follows:

Housework is like Groundhog day, same thing day after day. I empty the wash basket, and the next day it is full and I start all over again. I make the beds and the next day I make them again. I do the dishes and the next day I do them again.

The biggest problem is nobody really appreciates it especially when it is done well, things run smoothly everyone is happy and life just goes well.

When it not done, you soon hear the complaints, the inconvenience is well and truly noticed. Like where are my jocks, did you buy me my deodorant, post my letter, and I am hungry what is for dinner tonight

I don’t get paid to do it, even though I work hard and put a lot of hours into it.

It doesn’t require much skill, but rather takes up a lot of time. I can not develop my skill and knowledge.

Being distracted by housework when I could be doing something more interesting, challenging and fun. Yet somehow that housework is very persuasive because I find myself doing it.

So what’s a Happy Suburban Chick to do! Put on the music and get stuck into for a start. Acknowledge that it will never be complete it simply and ongoing project with no end date. If no one appreciates your work you must be doing a magnificent job. They can sack you, and give your job to someone else. Funny thing is I have never been given the sack from doing housework even when I suck at it. That’s right it’s unpaid work. Finally when you find yourself being sucked in by the persuasiveness of housework, set boundaries and give it definite time frames, and say no when it demands more.

A Happy Suburban Chick must learn to control the times she spends on housework so she can spend more time doing what makes her happy.

How do you cope with housework? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


Also check out a previous post on do you struggle with housework?

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Christmas Time Musings!


The Shopping Centre was immersed in the sound of Christmas carols, and swamped in a visual display of Christmas decorations. It really looked and felt like Christmas time. Whilst there was a business as people rushed around buying gifts with great excitement and enthusiasm. For me I was in search of Grimlock, some Transformer toy. Finally I found it. The Christmas shopping is now completed.

The Christmas cards have been posted out, I spent Sunday night with a glass of wine, my Christmas cards, and penned out best wishes to family and friends.

Finally keeping with tradition we finally completed making the Christmas piñata this year, a Christmas Reindeer piñata, packed with lollies ready to be busted open Christmas afternoon


All the food is brought, now all there is too do is prepare for Christmas dinner, which will be celebrated with family at home this year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and may your big dreams come true in 2015!


A Day In My Life!

Monday flew by so fast and now it is Tuesday catching up with emails, doing the food shopping, and re-filling the well by attending my Yoga class.
Also loving listening to iTunes radio a opportunity to listen to different types of music, today I am enjoying Gypsy & The Cat Radio.
Experimenting, cooking a new dish for dinner, to enjoy with a glass of wine.
Added some happiness with lovely pink gerbra’s on the kitchen table.
Helping my son with his maths homework, and re learning some old knowledge at the same times. I enjoy maths and the challenge, however sometimes I get so frustrated.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Living A Life Worth Examining!


Loved this afternoon as we collected Little Miss Popularity.  She had been having a holiday with her Grandparents, full of lap time, walks and lots and lots of attention.

We of course have just got back from our own holiday, and have missed her so much. Currently she is in the rumpus room, having lap time with Mr. Serious.

Loving tonight, as the young Mr. Serious cooked us a three-course meal, garlic bread, cheesy bacon macaroni dish, and chocolate pudding. Yummy! Also he did the dishes, scrubbing all the pots. Loving that.

Definitely enjoyed today!

To the Ultimate Blog Challenge: Who do you most admire and why? 

I admire Julia Cameron, for her work especially the books that  she has written to help her fellow creatives to break through blocks and get back in touch with their creative work or hobbies

I admire her for her own creative body of work. Mostly I am grateful that I have been exposed to her books and tools. My life is so much more deeper and enjoyable now that I do my morning pages daily and go on weekly Artist’s Dates. I have enjoyed the process of getting back in touch with my creativity.

“We’ve all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way.

She encourages her readers to live fully, and live the life that is true to who we are, not the life we think we should live, rather the life that our soul calls us to live. We are encouraged to listen to that quiet voice inside us, and allow it to get louder and stronger. Our quiet voice is the inner voice of the soul, it guides us to really live life in a way that supports who we authentically are.

I continue to work through her books, to learn a little bit more about myself, and to know that my age doesn’t mater. It is never to late to work on your own creativity. Thankfully this opens the way for possibilities.

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too sill to work on your creativity.” ~Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way

Wishing you all a wonderful day!


My Exciting Day!

Photo on 16-03-2014 at 6.23 pmSunday evening and the day has just been wasted away. I like to think that the Sunday’s I don’t work are exciting days, but this one was not one of them. It was one of those days when my family were to busy doing other things, and did not want to do anything with me. It was also wet and raining so the poor dog didn’t get a walk. The morning was nice, it was overcast and cold,  the perfect day for a sleep in. I stayed in bed curled up for a while doing some journalling and reading a book. Finally when I did get up, get breakfast and thought yes,  let’s go out and play. But no, they were all too busy!  Mighty Mouse was playing a game, Mr. Serious was playing a game and finishing of  his home work, and Hubby was too busy doing other stuff. So I did my ironing and scrubbed the floors. I felt a bit like Cinderella. I am still waiting for the Fairy Godmother to come so I can go to the ball. Then I relaxed on the couch had a rest whilst listening to the sound of roaring cars on the TV from the other room, where my husband was watching the car racing. Followed by wine and more reading outside in the cold where it was quiet. Followed by pizza for dinner and more wine. Finally followed by coffee( I think my coffee-making skills are improving, it tasted pretty good.) Followed by TV, not that there is much on TV, so I watched one show, it was funny and I don’t even know what it was called. Now it is 10pm and the day is over, and that is my exciting day of being a very boring suburbanite!

How did you spend your Sunday?  Did you make the most of it? Did you work? Did you play big time? Did you feel you wasted it ?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!



Ten Blessings of the Week.




IMG_0955The previous week was rather quiet with the exception of the last three days at work, which were busy to flat-out overwhelming busy. However that is the nature of nursing. I also made the decision to nominate myself for my son’s school council. I thought it was time to get involved, learn a little more about the complexities of his school and hopefully help out in some way. I also attended my other son’s camp information night, and came a way wishing it was me going, it sounds so good and exciting. However he is not that excited about it. Even quiet weeks have lots of blessings. Here are my Ten Blessings for the previous week.

  1. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful books to explore, read and enjoy. They always bring  a quiet relaxed joy into my life.
  2. I am so blessed to my adventure walks, especially the one around Wilson Botanic Park, lovely to see the turtles swimming about.
  3. I am so blessed to be inspired to do four days of creative cooking trying out some new dishes that were very yummy! It was delightful to experience the aroma’s as the food was cooking.
  4. I am so blessed for the rain, and the cool change. It felt so fresh and every thing looked clean, and the gardens started to green up again. Plus it was so enjoyable to simply sit and watch a wonderful thunderstorm.
  5. I am so blessed to have discovered a lovely new place to visit, Heritage Hill Museum, it had three lovely art exhibitions and beautiful gardens.
  6. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to have lunch with my husband at the shops, without the kids.
  7. I am so blessed to receive a surprised dinner with my parents. They cooked me a wonderful meal that I was not expecting. It so nice when someone else cooks, I really enjoy it and appreciate the effort.
  8. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a lovely touching movie, it was so nice yet so sad that I was in tears. It was really nice to sit down and chill out whilst watching a real girly movie.
  9. I am so blessed to have been quick enough to eat home-grown strawberries from the vegetable patch. I am usually the one who tends to the vegetable patch, so I get to the strawberries first, they don’t always make it inside I usually just eat them. Home grown strawberries are so tasty. Yum!
  10. I am so blessed for all the moments of solitude, peace and that sense of just being. No expectations, no noise, no activity, just being and noticing all that was around me.

Today is just a wind down day, after a busy time at work it is just good for me to take time out, relax and re-fill the well.

Quote of the week: “When we look at clouds we see different shapes. See all the grace you can.” ~S.A.R.K

What were your Blessings for the week?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon


Saturday Morning Musing!

IMG_0706Spent a couple of lovely hours at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park on Friday. I met up with a friend for lunch, it was the perfect tranquil space to share a meal, and then walk around the Sculpture Park and chat. There was also a photo exhibition on which captivated my imagination and also curiosity. I kept thinking how did this person do this, and where were was the place the photo’s were set in. The McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is one of my favourite places to visit and catch up with friends. It is such a peaceful place and yet there is so much to do and see there.

Whilst Friday morning was spent trying to re-arrange Mighty Mouse’s room, trying to figure out how to make it look more grown up and yet keep all his teddies. I think this time I am going to go with an animal theme. More using the colours, and bold animal pictures like tigers or loins.  Whilst Mr. Serious room, I have not idea what to do. He tells me he wants it to be about gaming and movies. I guess I will go out looking and see what inspires me. This year I hope to freshen up and change the look of my boys rooms. At the moment their rooms are very child like and very hap hazard in the way they look. One is just cluttered and full of teddies and toys, the other is sparse with the walls covered in movie posters and school work. Both rooms have shown my boys unique style and likes. Now I just want to update it and add a bit more of a grown up look. So far I have found it difficult to come up with ideas, there are not a lot of images out there that focus on teenage boys rooms.

This week I have been experimenting with cooking different meals for dinner, some have been a success and some have just been alright. I have enjoyed being creative with my cooking and found that it has not taken that much extra time. Most of the preparation has been in being organised and having the shopping list for all the ingredients. One of my goals this year is to be more organised in my home.

Now it is the glorious weekend, and I am hoping to take the boys to the Melbourne Aquarium this weekend. Catch up with some reading. Also I need to take my son shopping to get a few things, which he needs to pick out.  Also planing the week ahead. That is just a few of the things on my weekend list.

So what are you doing this weekend?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

I have also been enjoying playing around with photo’s and trying to come up with some different looks!

It has been both fun and creative.



Hot Summers Days

IMG_3810Oh I wish I could live near the beach, alas I live near a lake. There is something about the beach that says “Summer Days, come out and play!” The lake says ” I am here for you everyday!” Yet it just seems to hot for me to do either. I spend my days in the cool of the house, which is not that cool because it lacks air-conditioning. Early morning, and late evening seem the only time that is cool enough to venture outside. I do like to play in the evenings sitting outside under the trees enjoying the shade, siping on wine and enjoying some cheese and biscuits. Whilst I look forward to catching up with family for  dinner tonight. The days have been lazy this weekend, and I have been catching on reading a lot, doing my journalling, and watching movies.  I just go with the flow of the weather after all that is all that I can do. 

Five Tips for Hot Summer Days when you don’t have an air conditioner


  1. Drink lots and lots of cold icy water.
  2. Play outside mostly in the early morning and evening the cooler parts of the day.
  3. Close every thing up and keep it dark to keep the house cool, then in the evening open the house up to let the cool breeze in.
  4. Visit someone who actually has an air conditioner and enjoy socialising in a cool environment. 
  5. Enjoy the hottest part of the day by doing slow activities, read a book, listen to an podcast, catch up on your favourite tv shows, have a nap. Just indulge in slowing down and doing something restful.
 Whilst if you have to work I hope it is in a cool environment. When I work on these sorts of hot days, I don’t mind because at least I am in a really cool air-conditioned environment.

I know I should just get air conditioning, for years my husband and my self have been talking about it, we just have not made it happen. We complain about it on these hot days, I think it  is just  that the hot days don’t last, they come go, and we forget about them until the next summer.

Today I had some fun creating the above picture, just hoping to bring a little more colour and variety to my blog this year.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

Entering The Year Slowly



How quickly January has gone, it has been a month of just being with family and catching up with friends. I have been enjoying being a home body and just winding down from the previous year. Simply spending my days exploring, enjoying and simply lazing about the house. Simple re- filling the well with oodles of self-care. I seem to have made it a habit over the years to just take January slowly. It could have something to do with the fact that it is the summer school holidays , and that December finished with the beautiful frantic busyness of catching up and celebrating with family. All the busyness of December made me want to simply step slowly into January, and enjoy a month of lazy days. Ofcourse there were many days of exploring, such as the sand sculptures at Sandstorming, the Collart Homestead, Werribee Zoo, a late  night at the Drive-In  and of course having friends over for dinner. Mighty Mouse and myself went for an excursion to the Royal Children’s Hospital, he was pretty thrilled when he saw the huge fish tank with small sharks in it, had Mc Donald’s for Lunch, and sat patiently mesmerised by the Meerkat Enclosure at the outpatient appointments area. Whilst after some tests and being reviewed by the doctor, came massive relief, with the news no surgery required, all is ok. That news made me a very happy Mummy!  So back to the other hospital for monitoring again, where there is not even goldfish anymore.   The month of January has been scattered with excursions and activities, some of which were planed and some that just happened. That has been the beauty of January there has been plenty of space to relax and also be spontaneous.  Now that the boys have just gone back to school and that I have just gone back to work things are starting to speed up, and the calendar is quickly filling. That’s Ok! Now that I am rested and have had time to reflect, I look forward to all the wonderful experiences and lessons this year has to offer me.

 I have missed my blog and are happy to be back.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon