Monday, September 25, 2017


MONDAY! Thank goodness.  It was a busy weekend and I'm ready for some peace and quiet.
It was lovely to have family visit, don't get me wrong!  But it's always nice when Monday rolls around and things go back to 'normal'.

A few more photos of the weekend:

ABOVE:  Keera alternates between calling Steve 'Uncle Steve', 'Uncle Dad' and 'Dad'!  Rather cute.  She's still getting used to the idea that he will be her DAD when she goes to live with them.
She LOVES the idea of course.

 ABOVE:  It took a little bit of hint dropping, but I eventually got Steve to add ANOTHER, shorter shelf in my sewing room...

 ABOVE:  I'm thrilled to bits with my shelves! 

ABOVE:  Stew found these old 's' shaped hooks in the garage, so I made good use of them.  Pretty nifty eh?  I'm freakin' happy with my sewing work room.

Today?  Kids to school, then home to paint a couple of outdoor pots, do some housework and enjoy the silence.  *smiles*


Another 'clockwork' day.  Everything is going to plan.

Just talked with Lacy... she's going to be coming down tomorrow for a visit.  Will be interesting to see how that goes, Keera hasn't spent much time with Lacy in months.

 ABOVE:  Making dirty cream pots nice and white... waiting for paint to dry, then they can go outside again.  I found the perfect place for them too.

ABOVE:  Stew went to use the iron last night... STONE COLD, not working.
So I went down to Briscoes to find a new one... as I figured it would cost as much to get it fixed as a new one.

Maybe not!  Can you believe the cheapest iron there was $99!  I got it though, cos we certainly need an iron.  

At least it's blue.  lol

So the remainder of the day has gone as per usual.
Prepared dinner for the family, then I went to Weight Watchers.  It was a nice meeting.
Home and now... watching some TV while yakking to friends on Facebook... mostly girls from my walking group.

Time to sign off.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Late yesterday afternoon I moved the treadmill's position in the garage and put the exercycle in the spare bedroom so I could get my car back into the garage.

Had to be done ... coming into summer my car would have been a sitting oven for us to get into.  Wasn't going to happen.

It means I'm a bit cramped in the laundry area, but looking at priorities meant the move around was necessary.

If we could have built a carport of course, none of the moving around would have been needed.  Annoying.  Can't wait for our road to be re-zoned.

I mentioned yesterday that I asked Steve to put up a shelf in my sewing room, this is the result:

 ABOVE:  Now my work table is just that, for working on, not for dumping fabric 'in use' on.
So handy dandy.

ABOVE: See that nifty bracket hook thing?  Perfect for hanging stuff off!   I saw them, and just had to get them over 'normal' shelf brackets!  They were not even that much more expensive either.  It was a good shopping trip!  *smiles*

Nice surprise this morning, Kelly and Rena popped in.
Took the opportunity to take a few photos of the grandkids that were here:

 ABOVE:  LOVELY bunch of kids.

ABOVE:  Nice busy household today.

The rest of the day I have spent sewing and being with the family, and also going for a quick drive to re-map one of the FBG's walks... had to include a couple of extended roads.

Bex and I also had a little Tiki Tour around the last section(s) to yet be mapped, St Kilda.  A really lovely new area out south/east of Cambridge.

Dinner tonight was Lamb Shanks roasted in mint sauce and onions, and lots of veges.  Super delicious.

The kids will be heading home to Auckland soon, then it will be chill out time.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Did I really think I would get a sleep in today?

Yeah... NAH.... didn't happen.

We have to get up early to go and vote... Government elections.  
And then we are going grocery shopping before our visitors arrive.

All going well we get it all done before they arrive, if not, well the teenagers should be home and can let them in.
Not. a. problem.

The Quilt Show starts today.  I hope to get down there to have a good look now that it's all set up.
I hadn't planned on putting anything in the show at all... virtually all my quilts and wall hangings have been given away as gifts and so on.
But at the last minute I remembered my Nautical Star wall hanging, so took that down to be displayed.

ABOVE:  Crap photo taken with me phone, but anyway... shows up nicely there.  I wonder if it's still there, or has it been moved elsewhere?  I will find out later I suppose.

Right, better go and bloody vote... not feeling confident about who will win, and govern our country for the next three years... it will be a tight race.


Everything is going like clockwork here!
Voting done.
Groceries done and put away.
Lunch made... fresh salad/ham/beef/salami sandwiches.
Kids here.... and the sun is shining!

Beautiful day here.  Stunning in fact.  

And then we got visitors!
Sharon from Taupo called in with her son Samuel and his girlfriend Sharni.
It is Samuel's 21st BIRTHDAY TODAY.

ABOVE:  Sharon got a photo album made of Samuel's special moments over his first 21 years, it was lovely!
There he is replicating his baby photo.  Rather cute.  *smiles*

While Steve is here I got him to put a big shelf up in my sewing room.   Photo tomorrow.  I found some awesome shelf brackets from Mitre 10!

ABOVE:  Bex, Steve and Griffin are at Sam and Nicky's  house tonight... they are having fun without kids.
They will be home tomorrow sometime.
This is the FIRST TIME EVER Bex has left Archer overnight.  

I'm sure Stew and I will 'manage' just fine with 3 little kids to look after!  lol

Dinner just over, everyone had a nice meal.  We had saveloys, potato waffles and broccoli and cheese bites.  Very tasty.

Time to chill for the evening.  Kids will be off to bed in about an hour, then I can relax and look forward to Coronation Street after 9 pm.

Friday, September 22, 2017


This weekend the Cambridge Patchwork group I attend is holding a Quilt Show,  just down the road in the Anglican Church.

So today it's set up day down at the church hall.  I will be going down at 10 am to do my bit towards setting up all the stands, hanging quilts and so on.

I might even drag Brylee down there with me, if I can get her out of bed that is!

So, no walk this morning that's for sure.  

After helping out down at the church, I will come home and work on puppy Quincy's blanket, I should get it finished today.

'J',  the puppies owner,  has been struggling to get the puppies started on solids, and I was about to go up there for a full day to see if I could help out.  

So funny, when I suggested that to her last night, she said she had been about to ask me to do just that!
BUT... the puppies are now getting the hang of trying the food, so I shouldn't need to go up after all.

Next time we go up, they will be 6 weeks old... the time is flying by!

I will take some photos of the quilts etc while I'm out, there are bound to be some gorgeous ones!

ABOVE:  Last night's walk photo... so lovely getting to see 3 mares with foals.  Not so lovely, the 4 wire electric fence, with no warning signs anywhere.  

The little dog who was with us got a nasty shock by going too close as we were walking on the footpath, that the fence ran alongside of.

And that's about all I have for now... catch ya later... have a nice morning.


So far it's been busy!

Went down to the church and helped for a while..


 ABOVE:  Labels on every single one ...

 ABOVE:  Yep... even more!

 ABOVE :  sorting out where to hang what... a huge job.

After a couple of hours I took off, picked up the big kids and went to weigh in at WW.  Went up .200 grams.  Not happy with that. Grrr.

After WW, we met Stew at the Hamilton Gardens for lunch... followed by a walk around the little lake.

 ABOVE:  We fed the few ducks and ducklings that were there, and that huge eel.

ABOVE: The ducklings were so cute.

Home now (2.30 pm) and will be heading out again soon to pick up Keera from school.  

Yaaa it's Friday.  Sleep in tomorrow.

Time to wind up my blogging day... going to enjoy a quiet evening in the sewing room until Coronation Street comes on.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Still talking about the front of the house... someone suggested some sort of panel/art work on the larger brick sections.

I had already thought of that, and checked out what was on offer at Mitre 10:

ABOVE: This is three that I quite like.
The one on the left is made of compressed hardwood, so not quite so keen on that as over time it will deteriorate. The other two are made of steel, and will rust up and look quite rustic.
Not sure if they will 'show up' as well on the brick work though.

I could paint the steel ones though.

I'm going back to Mitre 10 this morning to look at them again.  They measure 600 mm X 1200 mm, so a decent size.

ABOVE:  This is another of the steel screens.  I quite like it too.  

Today I have a walk booked for early evening, so I've got the whole day to do some sewing.  Puppy blankets ... then I would love to get back to a quilt I started a few years ago.  A Sampler quilt, which uses different blocks.

So... off to get Keera to school... then home to sew.


Sooooo... overnight I had a thought... a good one maybe?
Why spend money on a screen when I already kinda have one?

ABOVE:  I took the blue one off the fence, flipped the fish around and stood it up there.
What do ya think?  I might re-arrange the fish a bit when it's not raining, but you can see how it looks.
It needs to go up a bit too, but I don't have the fixtures required to fix it to the bricks right now.
Steve can do that for me on the weekend hopefully.

And yep, it's bloody raining again.

It stopped raining long enough for me to duck back outside and do some 'groupings' as Athene suggested, and I PROMISE these are the final photos of the front of the house, as I am extremely happy with the result now:

ABOVE:  Now we have pots in groups, and bits 'n' bobs in groups, and it looks awesome. There is 'balance' and the blue screen gives it some depth.

ABOVE: I even like how this little area looks without the blue screen on the fence.  

IT'S DONE.  Finally happy with it, and it's thanks to heaps of you giving me ideas and suggestions.
I'm liking the front of our home now.  *smiles*
Best of all... I didn't spend a single cent on this project!  I already had everything.

Been sewing.  NO idea where the past 3 hours went.  It's almost time to pick up Keera from school, then sort out dinner for the family before I take off for my walk.
NOT feeling enthusiastic at all about walking, but I know once I'm there I will be fine.  I'm just a bit achy still. 

7.30 pm:  And as I thought, once I was out there walking I felt fine.  My shins started to hurt a bit, but very quickly came right.  A lovely group of ladies tonight, we yabbered the entire time, so before I knew it we were done!  4.9 kms done in 57 minutes, so a moderate pace.

Sadly, one of our Fat Bottomed dogs got too close to an electric fence and got zapped.  She yelped and cried, poor thing.  The fence had no signage to indicate it was electrified either, which was a bit poor.  It had FOUR electric wires too... total over kill.

Got home in time for dinner, which was just sausages and chips tonight.
I'm now chilling out watching TV... Coronation Street is on tonight... nice one.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


When we moved into this house there was virtually NOTHING in the little garden strips by the front of the house.

The place looked NAKED.

So of course, I tarted it up with pots and so on.

Now, after being here for over a year, I know why they had no potted plants there.

They die.  They get no water, or very occasionally a tiny bit.

So yesterday afternoon I moved the plants out.  And just put non organics along the house edge instead... PHOTOS REMOVED TILL I RE-ASSESS THINGS.


All my blue pots (and plants) have been dotted around the front in other places.

 ABOVE: These ones are forming a bit of a screen for the bins.

 ABOVE:  This is going to be a lovely blue corner once the hydrangeas flower, they will be mostly blue ones.

ABOVE:  See that piece of driftwood on top of the letterbox?  I've had that bit of wood for about 20 years!  It just keeps tagging along when we move house.  I can't even remember where I got it from now, it's been so long ago.

Now... today?  Sewing.  Pure and simple.
I had wanted to go on a walk at 9.30 but my shins and Achilles are still sore after Monday's walk, so prudent I think to rest them some more.

A little hark back to something said yesterday in a comment I deleted:

PEPSI is my private blog... and yep, I say stuff on there that is not public.  It's exactly like talking to my girlfriends in private.  The fact that others don't know what's being said is EXACTLY the same as one of my kids having a bitch to one of their friends about ME, but I can't hear it,  or comment or defend myself.


What is said about me behind my back is none of my business, just as what I say on my PRIVATE BLOG to MY GIRLFRIENDS  is none of your business too.

So don't go bleating on about not being able to read PEPSI and DEFEND yourself.  It's none of your bloody business what I say on there... AND who says anyone needs to DEFEND themselves from what I am saying anyway?  Ya don't know what I say on there eh?  You are PRESUMING a lot I think.

Back to today...


Sooooooo.... I took on board what was said and have spent the last hour or so out the front AGAIN.

And this is the result:

ABOVE:  Less.

I will just have to remember to water the pots.
My biggest 'problem' with the front is that I dislike the front of the house immensely.
It's just so... not me.

I absolutely loved the street appeal of our Auckland and Palmerston North homes ... so am still coming to grips with this home.

Don't get me wrong, I love this home, in many ways it's perfect for us.  I just don't like it's frontage at all.

So, now that's done I shall move on to my sewing.

I went up to school to pick up Keera... and her teacher came out to speak to me.  Keera refused to eat her sandwich today... so I STUPIDLY said "What a little trollop".  Now I'm sitting here wondering if I'm going to be raked over the coals for calling my granddaughter a trollop!  Grrrr.
I really can't be trusted to open my mouth up at that school... really.  *sigh*

ABOVE:  Last one!  I brought around the biggest, heaviest pot we had... and I think it looks ok there.

LOL.... thanks for all the positive comments today... they helped me with juggling things out the front and gave me more ideas to think about.

Signing off for the day... dinner tonight was a chicken and bacon casserole, mashed spuds, mixed veges, cauliflower and broccoli.  Delicious!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


So yep, it's a bit early to be worrying about this, but I couldn't help myself.

I had planned to keep the new puppy in a penned off area in the garage when I needed to go out or just wanted 'time out' from her under me feet... BUT I just couldn't see me doing that.

It's COLD in the garage! I wouldn't be able to see her!  So I came up with a better idea:

ABOVE:  I shrunk down the dining table so I had an area over here:

ABOVE:  In this corner of the family/dining room!  Perfect.  She will still be inside the house, and right behind my lounge chair!
I will no doubt set up a mirror beside me,  so I can still see her when I'm in my chair too.

Yep, I'm that much of a clucky puppy owner!  I can't help myself.  So... I'm set up almost!  I can now just count down the days... 27 to be exact.  *smiles*

Today I have patchwork in Hamilton.  I will be going to Spotlight on my way to buy some blue polar fleece for the little boy puppy up in Auckland.  His name is Quincy.  I will also trace out his name in class today, ready to make his blanket this week.

After class I will be going to a rug place in Frankton (Hamilton suburb) to see if I can find a 2m X 2m piece of lino for the puppy corner of the family room.  It will be perfect for keeping the carpet clean.  If he doesn't have any, I will try a place out Te Rapa way.

Then I will be heading home again.  Probably be out till early afternoon.  So, catch ya later.


1.05 pm:   Just home from Hamilton.
Patchwork was neat today... I got the letters for Quincy's blanket done and ironed on the polar fleece:

ABOVE:  Now I have to applique' around the letters, add some details and so on.  I should have it finished in plenty of time to take it up in a fortnight.

Steve rang me first thing this morning to tell me not to go buying any lino!  He has a big piece that he can give me.  AWESOME!  That's a good saving for me.  And also meant I didn't have to do lots of driving around today looking for some.

Now it's lunch time for me... then I want to fluff around moving a few pots out the front of the house.

Funny how one's mind works.  I've been thinking and thinking about family lately.  How we never see some, and heaps of others.
And while I did make a big effort when we first moved down here, inviting people over for dinner and so on, I've now come to the realisation that the effort isn't reciprocated AT ALL.

It's like, if I don't invite them over, or arrange to meet in town, we never see them.
And I've now decided that's just fine ... I'm not going to be the one who makes all the effort, and is the 'host' for all the dinners/lunches.

I NEVER expected my parents to do all the visiting, we always went to them.  That's just how it was.

And now, that's how it's gunna be in my home and with my family too.

YOU want to see us, spend time with us, have your kids see us and spend time with us... YOU MAKE THE EFFORT to come here... and you can friggin well bring lunch/dinner with you!  (or invite US to your home!)

Steve and Bex do that.... just saying. 

We actually expect Steve and Bex to visit this weekend as they have plans down here (some party or something), so we will be babysitting the boys.

***EDIT:  AND I have to note it.... Lacy is trying to get down here in the school holidays to visit us too.  She insisted I tell you all, like right NOW!  She doesn't want anyone to think she doesn't want to visit us.  lol

So spent about an hour out the front, Brylee helped moved stuff around with me.
Almost forgot to pick up Keera.  Got up to the school with about 3 minutes spare.  Phew!

Next time... I will keep my phone NEARBY, so I hear the alarm.

And I think that will be all for today.
It should be a quiet night as per usual.

This is my 4,000th POST

Monday, September 18, 2017


Our visit to see the puppies yesterday went very well.
I got to cluck over them all... and also to decide which one was our Marley.

 ABOVE:  Marley is one of these two.

 ABOVE: Cuba and her five puppies.
All happily feeding.

ABOVE:  All of the puppies are adorable!  Even Stew had a cluck over them this time.

ABOVE:  I got a very short video of some of the pups too.

We spent a good hour and a half with the pups, then I showed the pup's owner how to prepare their food...  as from today they will start being offered puppy food.  The start of weaning.

Four weeks till they can leave home... and come home.  *smiles*

Today I am going for a walk at 10.30, PROVIDED the heavens don't open and piss down on us.  I pray it stays reasonably fine, cos this walk is the final one on the Leamington side for me.  

Time to start the day, I've only got to get Keera off to school today, the two teenagers are home on study leave all week.


So it's 9.45 am, the walk hasn't been cancelled (so far).  The weather is utter shit, rain on/off and cold as f*#k.
I'm not looking forward to this walk... it's a freakin' long one at 6.6 kms, and it has hills.
I hate hills.

But on the other hand, I also desperately want to get this one DONE ...  So, mixed feelings.

After the walk I'm going for a celebratory morning tea/lunch with a few of the girls.  IF we are not dripping wet and cold.

1.50 pm:  And the walk went ahead, even though it was raining.  So happy to report I've done Leamington!

ABOVE:  Some days I have a fat face, today is one of them!  Photo angles eh?  lol
Still got a long way to go with the weight, but slow and steady.
5 inches off the bust AND bum now!  I don't mind if it takes another year or two... as long as it keeps coming off.  *smiles*

Since this morning's walk I've not had much energy, in fact I've been feeling quite knackered.  Usually I feel quite 'pumped' after a walk.  Not today.

I got bloody shin splints again this morning... not excruciating but bad enough to make me have to stop a few times.  So, I think the starting pace might have been a bit fast for me?

Moving on... tonight's dinner is left overs.  There's enough stuff in the fridge to feed everyone, so no waste.  The family can choose something and bloody well eat it.

I'm not going to the Monday Weight Watchers meeting tonight.  I go for the social side of the meeting on Mondays, but I'm just feeling so tired I'm giving it a miss.

And that people, is about 'it' for today.  Going into Hamilton tomorrow for patchwork class, and will be getting some blue polar fleece to make a puppy blanket for the puppy owner's new little boy puppy. She saw the one I made for Marley and fell in love with it, so of course, wanted one for her little puppy!  Typical really, and I had half expected her to order one.  lol