Tuesday, November 21, 2017


After yesterday's walk cancellation, I'm feeling rather BLAH.
LET DOWN... disappointed.  There are a FEW social walks organised, but they are either at 5 am (fuck that!), or later on in the morning (too hot for me).  So if I want to walk now... I will have to go late at night.

I don't think I will even bother putting them up on the FBG page as EVENTS.  I doubt anyone will come... it's bound to be 'too late' for most of them.

I do have a walk organised for Thursday night at 7.15 pm.... same time as last night's walk.  I wonder if anyone will come?  

M O V I N G   O N....  Today I am going to Aqua Fit right after I drop Keera off at school.
The class is from 9-10, so I will get at least 20 minutes before hand to do a few laps of the pool.

I can't wait.  I love swimming, being in the water.  

After the Aqua Fit class, I should be going into Hamilton for the last patchwork class at Donna's ... but seriously?  I don't think I will bother.  I know I won't be missed, so why rush to get there for the last half of the class anyway.

For me, going to the Aqua Fit class is more important.

After swimming, I will come home, have a leisurely shower then do some housework ... then who knows.

Right NOW I'm in a real shitty mood, so hopefully when I get home from swimming I will be happier.


OMG the pool was gorgeous!  Crystal clear, 28 degrees (almost warm!) and the class was lovely.  There were about 20 of us in the pool doing our thing, so not too crowded.  It was so nice to be back in the water.  
The sun was shining, virtually no wind which was great, and I can't wait to go back.

I'm now actually pleasantly tired, you get a totally different work out in the pool!  My arms are sore!  Legs... just fine.  lol

So... it's coming up to lunchtime in 45 minutes, so I might just get something sorted ... I'm hungry!

5.25 pm:  It's been a very quiet afternoon.  I've felt sick as a dog actually.  100% sure it's down to the heat and bloody menopause.
I finally caved in and turned on the heatpump... on COLD.

And it's finally bearable in here.

I had a visitor mid afternoon.  She's a friend of a friend, and the mother of a FBG girl who lives opposite us.

She's getting a parcel (from me), delivered to my friend Frieda up in Coromandel, saves me postage.  Her family go up there often, so I must remember that!    Very handy.

ABOVE:  Our sky right now... shit I hope it pisses down!  I'm so over the heat already.

Monday, November 20, 2017


First up for the day, get Keera to school then go into Hamilton to talk to the AA guys.

There is an issue with the payout on my camera.  They ain't done their sums properly ... and no amount of trying to explain it over the phone works.  Grrrrr.  First time I've ever had trouble with the AA.  edit:  and I have to apologise to the AA... I had a THREE DAY BLONDE MOMENT... lying in bed last night and FINALLY, all the numbers added up in my stoopid head!  So... all is good, and my camera is being fixed.

After that, home to do some housework.

Tonight I have a walk organised... I think it's about 4.6 kms again.

Before that I have Weight Watchers, just going to the local group... social meeting for me.  I weigh in on a Friday still.  I decided not to change my day after all that!

Stew got the shade sail all finished last night:

 ABOVE:  Stew pulled the grasses/plants out that were in the gravel... so it's all tidy.
At some point before next winter we will put in pavers or concrete strips.

ABOVE:  It's a perfect fit for my car... hoping for a hot day so I can see how well it works to keep my car from getting boiling hot inside.

The colour of the sail is a perfect match to our house!  Thrilled with it.

Right, I'm off to get Miss Muppet ready for school, get some washing on, check on the puppies, who are outside playing, bla bla bla.


It is a glorious, sunshiny day out there!  So, a great test for the shade sail.

Now... off to do some housework.

ABOVE:  Just spent a bit of time printing out pictures of stuff I've made, and ideas for things to make in the future.  I then stuck them on my sewing room walls... filling up gaps.  Still got room for more... but that can wait till I've actually made more! lol

It is still a perfect summer's day out there, bodes ? for a fairly warm walk tonight I think.  I will be making my walks later on in the evening soon, so I don't overheat!

I'm happy to say the car stayed relatively cool under the shade sail... so that's a win!

WW tonight... sitting there and ... everyone going on my walk tonight cancelled.  In fact, the two definitely going had no intention of coming!  One was too tired and the other had forgotten she had put 'Going' on it.  The 'Maybes' all backed out too... so NO WALK.

I'm left feeling like... why did I bother?  So much for dozens of them saying they wanted to keep walking over summer.


I'm now eating dinner and watching TV.  Tomorrow Aqua Fit starts again... so I will do that until the FBG Challenge starts up again in 2018 I suppose.

And do a few walks in the late evenings on my own, or with Stew.

Crabby now.  Signing off for the day.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


No rest for the wicked today... Stew will be back out the front, putting up the fence and shade sail.

Yesterday he got all the posts in the ground for the fence, and the two bigger posts up for the shade sail.

Today ... all going well he will get it finished.

Meanwhile, I shall be moving all this ...

ABOVE:  All of this is going back in the 'old' sewing room.
And then I shall move Griffin back into a bedroom down the far end of the house.

He's NOT happy about moving, but having his room up by the front door wasn't working for me. And at the end of the day, I'm the one home all day long... so I'm the one who has to put up with the messy teenager's room ... in my face all the time.

And NO, I don't believe in closing doors to hide shit.  I hate closed doors.  I don't know why... I just do.

Scrolling through Facebook yesterday, and I saw this and just couldn't help but laugh: 

ABOVE:  Do YOU have my sense of humor?  I found it so funny, so did Stew.

ABOVE:  The front fence... moved back 5 meters.  With my car there, we have room for at least 5 cars on the driveway now.  HANDY.

Stew pruned back the third tree last night, I've not had a chance to see it yet.  So I will go look soon.  Maybe we don't have to chop it down after all?  I know Stew isn't keen on chopping it down.

And with that .... I'm off to get the day started.  Lots to do...


TIRED!  Been on the go all morning.
It took a few hours to get the teenager moved and all my sewing stuff in the front bedroom... but it's done:

ABOVE: Griffin even came out of his funk and helped me with the display/ideas wall.

I'm now taking time out for lunch and a relax, then will be helping watching Stew do the shade sail.  lol

Stew had been at it all day... and apart from some fine tuning (replacing the red straps with chain), the shade sail is up and the fence is finished.

ABOVE:  He's done an excellent job!  My car finally has shade over it.  And we didn't lose the third plum tree either.

It's been an excellent weekend.
Very, very quiet in blog land though!  Everyone must be busy with summertime/end of year stuff.

I can't believe how fast this year has gone!
It will be Christmas soon and I still have made no plans!

Signing off for the day... fairly early but never mind.  No one is around anyway.

Saturday, November 18, 2017



Browsing Facebook yesterday, saw this stunning succulent 'fountain'.... just had to share:


A NOT so secret garden

A stunning succulent fountain draped in fairy lights at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Let's talk HEXIE'S!  The reason I have been making so many, like a crazy person, is because they will be my CLASS PROJECTS from now on.  I don't want to be lugging my big machine out and about any more.

It's too heavy.
I don't want to drop/knock or damage it.

So, in class I can just take my 'hexie' bag and sit and do hand stitching.

When I'm at home, I will work on bigger projects, and only do hexie's when I'm sitting in front of the TV, or yakking to friends and family.

With that in mind, I shall be working on finishing off my Christmas bags today and tomorrow, and hand stitching hexie's at night.

At some point we will go out and get a birthday cake for Griffin... cos I simply don't bake!  It's too bloody hot for a start.  

I took the puppies out last night for their first ever foray off the property.
For a start, they didn't even want to go out the front door!
And they had on collars and a lead each and OMG... there were freaking out!

It was to be expected, but I didn't expect them to be so petrified!

ABOVE:  After about 5 minutes Marley was happy walking around on the lead.
As for Denim?

Not happening AT ALL.  She refused to move forward at all.  I had to literally DRAG her along... and I couldn't give up because if I had, she would have 'won' and I would have lost the control.

And we all know, I must be in control!  Derrrr.... I mean, I have to be the dominant one over the dogs.  Top dog... yep, that's me.

ANON'S who feel the NEED  to comment on that... YA CAN'T!  I have comment moderation ON, so NO comment will be published before it has been approved by ME.  See... I do have the control!

My blog.  My way.  My rules. 


 ABOVE:  Coco having to share her Dad's lap.  Don't think she's that thrilled with the idea.

ABOVE:  The Tamahere Market today was PACKED!  So many people, and parking was all up the road, in the surrounding paddocks and just everywhere.  Never seen it that busy.

ABOVE:   A little treat for her on the way home.

We went to the supermarket and got a cake for Griffin... then home for lunch.

After that we went to Mitre 10 and got supplies to put the front fence up again, and the shade sail.

Saw 'free firewood' on the side of the road (builders scraps) so grabbed some for kindling for the brazier.  SCORE.

Now on with the day!

I'm moving stuff... but done for the day.

Griffin is having venison burgers for his birthday dinner, and chocolate cake.  I hope he likes it.  He's a bit crabby right now as I'm moving him out of the front bedroom.
It's not working for me at all.

The first thing visitors see/smell when they enter the house is ... TEENAGE BOY.
He has been getting better with keeping his room tidy, but it's still not how I want it.

So, he's going down the hallway to another room, and the front bedroom is becoming my sewing room again!   I drive myself crazy moving rooms around all the time, but seriously, it can take ages to get things right in a new home.  Right?  And when you have many options, it's even worse!

Stew is making good headway on the front fence and shade sail installation.  It might even be all done by tomorrow night.

Well... a productive day.  And more of the same tomorrow.

Watching Coronation Street ... so will sign off for the day.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Yesterday Julie asked me if I could show her what I do with the cards?  
So ... here's what I do:

ABOVE:  A very rough 'tutorial' on how to get the fabric onto the card... the glue way.
You can baste stitch the fabric on too, but that takes way more time!
Stuff that.

I kept expecting to hear from the school last night, asking me to come and get Keera!
I was so sure she would freak out at bedtime and not want to stay.

But, no phone call... so she must be just fine.
It's weird knowing I don't have to get up and take her to school today... cos she's already there!  *laughing*

I'm going back into Hamilton today, got WW's, then I need to do a little 'birthday' shopping for a certain young man who's turning 16 tomorrow!

SIXTEEN!  OMG where did my chubby bubby go?  Griffin has grown up far too fast. *sniff*
He's all smelly, sweaty teenage boy now... and like... 6 foot 1 inch at least.

ABOVE: Yesterday for LUNCH he ate... get this... FOUR PIES! (I didn't know he ate 4 pies till later). And about an hour later he wanted to eat an entire large packet of potato chips!  I wouldn't let him.  

I know you must be getting sick to death of hexie photos by now... but late last night (12.30 ish to be exact), I laid some out on the kitchen bench, and this will be my first Table runner:

ABOVE:  I will add 'borders' of solid colour around the outside, not sure what colour to use yet, but it could be any colour obviously.

The best thing about taking photos like this is you can see any 'mistakes'... and I can already see one.  CAN YOU?

I will leave that one up in the air, let's see who can find it.

Now... I am going to get some washing on and tidy up... then go to town.


Dammit, now I can see two mistakes.

TO A TROLL NAMED PRUDENCE:  Clearly you were not WORKING today... spending hours reading my blog then leaving shitty comments... how productive. Guess what?  I know exactly where you work too!  Shouldn't use ya work computer chick. ( XXX XXXXXXX County Office of Education)

Moving on.  I went to my WW meeting and recorded a GAIN of .400.  Tis only a piddle, so I'm not to bothered.  

Keera had a blast at camp, but came home really tired and tearful.  So she had a nap for two hours after her afternoon tea.

Still tired when she woke up... so we didn't let her stay up too late tonight.

It's a quiet evening here, been sorting a few details out for next month... Christmas and so on.

Time to wind the day up.   

COMMENT MODERATION IS NOW ON.  I'm sick of TROLLS and HATERS comments getting through when I'm not vigilant enough.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Finally, a day that's not too busy.

First up... Keera to school.

Then I'm going into Hamilton to get some groceries.  Sadly, it's kinda essential I do, cos we be running out of lots of stuff.  Like spaghetti.  And OMG, some people in this house LIVE on spaghetti!

You'd think their throats were cut with none in the house.  And pies.  Griffin has a pie for lunch every day... and we ran out of them ages ago.

At least when I get it all home the big kids can help put it all away.

While in Hamilton I will be going to Spotlight for more hexie cards.  I only got 300 on the weekend, and I need more!

Tonight Keera is having a 'camp' at her school.  Her age group are having a 'sleep over' in their classrooms.  They will be having dinner at school, evening activities and so on.  Then on Friday they will be fed at school, have special activities again during the day,  before being picked up at 3 pm, as per usual.

I hope she has an amazing time! 

I am attending a Scentsy party at a FBG girl's home tonight too.  I love the stuff.  I have a burner on in the garage every day, it masks the smell of dogs!

I want another burner for the family room... the smell of the wax melts is just so lovely.  Far and above better than incense or an oil burner.

So, looking forward to my day.


Well it's been one BUSY DAY after all!

I dropped Keera off at school, and on my way home I realised that I was driving MY CAR.... when I should have been driving Stew's car!

Cos MY car was supposed to be taken into Hamilton by Stew, and dropped off at the garage to get it's new brake pads.

So, I took it in and switched cars with him.

Then I went to Spotlight for more hexie cards, but they only had ONE lot left.
So I got them, then went out to Grandmother's Garden at Gordonton and got more.

The difference between the two places?

100 cards for $7.99 at Spotlight.
75 cards for $9 at Grandmother's Garden.

Hmmmm... won't be getting them at GG's again that's for sure!

ABOVE: I did get a thread holder from GG's though, cos it was cool!

After that I did the grocery shopping... and came home.  The kids carried it all in for me and we all put it away.  Quite a mission as I did a BIG shop.

After that I had a conversation with our insurance company and the Camera shop about my camera.  They are REPAIRING it!

It better work properly once I get it back!  

After that it was pick up Keera time, then pack her bags/sleeping stuff for tonight's sleep over at school.

I've not even had time to have lunch yet!  (it's now 3.40 pm)

NOW I have to make a plate for tonight's Scentsy party, and sort out dinner too.  

And I thought it was going to be a quiet day!  pffffft!

Well the Scentsy party was lovely, I got another warmer and some more wax melts too.
I got home around 10, and have spent the next 3 hours mucking around with Hexie's!

It's time for bed!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


It is two weeks today since I took my camera into the shop to be sent away for assessment.

It could be another two weeks yet... I MISS MY CAMERA SO MUCH!

I am so, so tempted to ring the shop and see what's the state of play... how long it might be? But I don't want to nag them, or harass them. *sad face* I know that when they have the assessment done, they will let me know.

It's just so hard waiting... waiting... *more sad faces*

It's a BIG day for Marley and Denim today. They go to the groomer for the first time ever.

They are only getting a mini groom, just around their eyes and bums, and a bath.

I am sure they will be just fine, even though they HATE baths.

I will do 'before' and 'after' shots of them...  IF they keep still long enough for me to get a photo!

The other thing on today is another walk tonight. I am finding it very interesting ... that SO MANY ladies stated they wanted to keep walking over summer, yet not that many are jumping on the walks that have been posted.

So, it looks like the order of the day will be small groups of dedicated girls. And I'm fine with that, as long as I keep walking, I don't mind how many join me. *smiles* 

ABOVE: And there went my favourite pyrex, microwave dish's lid. Last night. I was dumbfounded just how spectacularly it smashed into a thousand pieces and flew from one end of the kitchen to the other!

I had to stand there and wait for Griffin to get the broom and sweep up around me before I could move... with one foot raised up like a friggin flamingo.

There was glass under my toes! Grrrrr. I will have to go and buy another dish now.

Hmmm... shopping? Maybe not so sad after all. lol

But not today. I have plenty to do today already.

ABOVE: I laid out a few of the hexie's last night to see how it would look with added colours.

What do ya think?

:  edited.


ABOVE:  While the puppies were at the groomers, I sorted out all my fabric scraps, finding all the bits that were big enough to become hexie's.

That's the pile I got... and now I'm cutting it all out.

The pups took AGES!  I kept thinking the groomer was probably just playing with them!  lol
I sure do, little time wasters.

But ... they are home now and look GORGEOUS:

ABOVE:  They are exhausted!  Sound asleep for the afternoon I'm sure.
The groomer did their eyes, feet and bottoms... along with a good bath and comb.  

All three dogs go back in early December for a full groom.  

It's now 1.30 pm and I'm finally getting some lunch and having a relax for a little while.

Another awesome walk tonight... there were 6 of us, so a nice number.  Perfect evening for walking, not too hot or cold.  We are getting some stunning sunsets, tonight's was no exception.

So, it's wind down time... then later on... bed.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


TODAY is our youngest son's birthday.  Have an awesome day Mike, we love you and miss you HEAPS.

 ABOVE:  Him and Steve sure inherited Stew's ginger beard!

Another busy day ahead.

First up, I have to drop Keera at Athletic Park for her school Athletics Day. As it's not far from here, I will be walking her there.  I hope she has a neat time.  Bet she will be exhausted when she gets home!

After that, home to pick up the teenagers and go into Hamilton.

They will be spending the morning at The Base while I go to my patchwork class.

After my class I will meet up with them for lunch, then home in time to pick up Keera from the park.

If I'm lucky, Donna will have fabric glue sticks in her shop, as I need some to stick my fabric hexie's on the card hexie's.  I have gone with glueing the fabric on instead of basting stitches,  as it's just so much easier and quicker.

Oh yeah, we might be chopping down a tree soon!  Ironic really, as I put my car under the tree for shade.  But now that we have opted for a shade sail... it's actually in the way!

ABOVE:  Freakin' crap photo!  So, there's three plum trees.  The one nearest to my car might have to come down to make room for the shade sail.
We won't know till we get the shade sail up... which won't be till at least next weekend.  

AND.... that's me for now. I will be back much later on.


Class today was just so lovely, but sad too.  Everyone is lamenting the closing of the shop, and the day classes.  *sniff*
Many of the ladies won't be going to the evening classes (WHENEVER they start up!), so we are all going to lose touch with each other, and that's just sad.

I have really found that group of women lovely to spend time with.  

I got lot of hexie's cut out today.  And I'm going to keep on cutting out for a while.

At night while watching TV I shall be glueing them to the card.

I DID get a glue stick at Donna's.  She didn't have any of the refills, but while I was there she got a delivery of... REFILLS!  So because I knew I would need a few, I got half of her new shipment.  *smiles*

ABOVE:  I also got a few of her marked down (half price) remnants.  SCORE!  

Lunch with Brylee was nice.  Griffin (bless his lazy arse), stayed home in bed.  I knew he wouldn't be able to get up early.  Like 9 am!

*shaking my head*, that boy needs a bomb up his butt.

I spent the afternoon cooking dinner, and cutting up hexie's.
Get used to the word 'HEXIE'S'... cos I will be using it a lot from now on!

Dinner was a lovely rich mince stew and veges.  Sometimes the simplest meal is the nicest!

Time to sign off for the day, it's been a lovely day.