Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

September 23, 2008

Just a minute ... in September

A confession: I missed the August "Just a minute" meme being hosted by August Street. The kids got too sick and I became too disorganised. I thought of doing a late posting earlier this month. You know: better late than never. Instead I thought I'd skip straight to September and see if I can pass myself off as being early.

So here's my snapshot of September ...

Beautiful yellow and blue spring irises and a bed of blue-faced pansies. The pansies have finally flowered - 12 weeks after I planted out the seedlings. They were on notice; destined for the compost bin when I saw the first flower. Lucky for them. I'm tough on the offence of failure-to-flower. I am also waiting for the silvery plants pictured above to flower. I have no idea what they are: they were in unmarked pots at Bunnings and going for a song.

Mostly sewing and craft magazines. Actually, I do have to use the word "reading" loosely. I'm mostly just looking at pictures. But a picture tells a thousand words right? I bought a copy of Ottobre Design and a Japanese boys' clothes sewing book. So to be more specific, I am now looking at diagrams; some of which are in Japanese.

Wire In The Blood on Friday evenings. I'm a bit of a fan of Robson Green. The series has me convinced, however, that the ratio of serial killers to law-abiding citizens (read: victims) in Bradfield UK couldn't be any less than 2:1. Dodgy.

I'm also enjoying the English-dubbed, Japanese show Iron Chef on a Saturday night. What's not to love about these mid-90s episodes featuring a flaymboyant brocade-wearing, capsicum-eating host who wants to encounter new, original cuisines which can be called true artistic creations? And this week I picked up 8 new ways with Chinese carp. Handy that.

Did I ever mention that I am an Avon lady? Not really your fully made-up, door bell ringing, successful sort. More your unkempt, lazy type. I doubt I'd know a 159% instant moisture boost or sizzling summer shade, if I tripped over it. When I fill in the little box on the order form that says "customers served" its generally 2: just me and my mum. Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with Avon: the products are all decent and very well-priced. You just need to put a heck of a lot of work into it to make money. And be prepared to wear colours called Baby Blue, Lagoon and Frostiest Mauve. This month I have been weighing up whether to stick with this gig and give it a bit more effort (ding-dong) or to admit defeat and jump ship.

Predictably my much-dreamed of Hoppo Bumpo childrenswear shop is as empty as it was two months ago. If I'm not careful, at some point Etsy are going to come along, board up the virtual windows and stick up a "For lease" sign. I do have a custom order for two pairs of Hoppo Bumpo trousers: will they be the catalyst for a flurry of sewing?


  1. Did I ever mention that I am an Avon lady? Not really your fully made-up, door bell ringing, successful sort.

    My sister tried to be an Avon lady with limited success. I admit I buy Avon every few months when they have a good deal.. their mineral make up was a mistake though as I look like a ghost!! My street had an Avon lady but she vanished!

    Etsy are going to come along, board up the virtual windows and stick up a "For lease" sign
    I feel the same way about red-wren designs!

    Thanks for an insight into your September =)

  2. I'm a bit worried about the mysterious, vanishing Avon lady. Maybe its a more dangerous job than I ever imagined!

  3. I still have memories of the Avon lady visiting our house during the HSC. She'd knock and knock and knock at the door. I'd ignore it, I was in the thick of Hamlet, Gwen Harwood, and trying to bungle my way through what happened in Modern History for the past 100 years.. She continued knocking - I'm not kidding, for about 15 minutes. Stalker!!

    On a brighter note, do they still have that wash off nail polish for little girls? If so, I'd love to order some from you!

  4. My Etsy shop is empty too.... have no banner, no jewellery but am working on a custon order

  5. Oh - the carp episode!! I saw that... and tried to keep my dinner down :)

    Love a bit of the Iron Chef. The dubbed laughter cracks me up!

    Disappearing Avon Ladies? Maybe they all end up down in Bradfield UK, never to be seen again. I guess do the old 'pros & cons' list and if there are too many cons...

  6. YOu just reminded me about Just A Minute. I have to make sure I don't miss it.
    I love reading through the Avon catalogue (not that I ever get one).


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