Thursday, October 23, 2014


At the school Brylee goes to, I can check her daily/class attendance on my computer.
She has missed lessons due to visiting the Councillor twice already this term.  
This is doing my head in.  Half the time it's someone else's drama that she's got herself involved in, and half the time it's drama she has created herself.

So, I'm going to try and get an appointment to see said Councillor today, to try and STOP Brylee being able to feed off her own drama, and lap up all the attention.

I'm bloody sick of it.

Teenagers.  Fuck they do my head in.  God help Griffin if he ever causes me this much crap.

It Wouldn't be so bad if we hadn't already raised 6 kids, been there, done that sort of shit.  *sigh*

I bet every parent who cradles their newborn in their arms never dreams of what's to come!

Nope, ya only think of having that cute, adorable baby.  

Guess what?  They don't stay like that.  Sadly.

OK... rant over.  I hope I can get to see this person today, while I'm all hot and crabby.  NOT crabby at this person btw, more at our drama queen Brylee.

In the meantime, I will be sewing.  Or blog reading.  One or the other is getting done today.


Well... I let my fingers do the 'walking' and rang the school.  Talked to the head of Brylee's House, he's a lovely chap.  We have talked often in fact.

He's on to it ... and is putting in place a plan to stop Brylee from going to the Guidance Councillor UNLESS it's actually important.

He's well aware of what she's been up to, causing problems in her new class it would appear.  He's not happy with her either. 

I wish we had other options for her schooling, but I fear all this shit would happen no matter where we sent her.

So, I'm still in me pj's... so I better go and get dressed and do something constructive.

I just bathed Teddy, in readiness for grooming him ... probably after lunch.  I smell of dog now.  Nice.  At least I'm not going out anywhere!

Off to do a bit of sewing now...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Well... after such a lovely day yesterday and all the excitement of the scan and presents....


Today is going to be NORMAL.

Maybe some blog reading too!

I am looking forward to doing some more on the Wall hanging for Judith... it's coming along so nice.

Stew asked me last night, how come in almost every photo of my Hospice 'Treasure', Dante is in it too?
Simple.  That kid loves seeing all my treasure, and he pours over it no matter what it is!  He's gunna be a shopaholic like his Grandma I reckon.
He appreciates treasure! *smiles*

NOW... What else?  Nothing I think!  

Actually, I just remembered.  I must draft and send off a letter to try and get off paying that parking fine!  They demand to be paid within 7 days of the notice, so I ain't got much time to get that letter in... before they slap a $30 penalty on top of the $60 dollar fine.
Bloody criminals charging that much!

I will be back later... 


It's later.
After feeding the dogs and putting them outside for a run around, I went back to bed.  I had a really shit sleep last night.
I woke at around 3 am and that was 'it' till about 6.
So.  Tired.

When I got up at 9.15, everyone had left.  The house is so quiet!

I've written that letter to the parking company, fingers crossed I don't have to pay!  

Now.... I'm going down to Spotlight to get some new flannels!  Our's are getting pretty manky, so some new one's will be nice.
I'm giving all the old one's to the Playcenter Bex and Dante go to.  They can use them apparently.

Forgive me Stewy for I have sinned.

I went out for flannels (face cloths).  But... ummm...  I didn't get any after all.

I got these:

ABOVE:  An Italian dinner setting to go with the two dishes I got from the Hospice Shop on Monday!  

ABOVE:  They were on SALE!  Massive price reduction, see?  They were just too pretty to leave there.  Sorry Darling, I know we didn't actually NEED a new dinner set. 

Well I haven't actually accomplished much this afternoon!   I had me lunch, then watched some telly... took all the Sale stickers off the dinner ware (what a shit job!).  And now I'm sorting out dinner.

Pork spare ribs with veges.  

Dinner was lovely!  I made apple sauce and whizzed it with me new kitchen whizz... it looked like store bought sauce.

I showed Steve my new dinner ware, he said it was "Fucken Hidious, like waves of shit rolling onto his food, and he's rather eat out of the dog's bowl".

Wait till I DO dish his dinner up in a dog's bowl.
Let's see him laugh then. 

End of Day:  Now I don't know if Stew even likes it.  Bloody men.
Well... I like it, and that's all that matters.
nite nite

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


So.... it's me Birthday today.  I'm going to open my present a bit later on in the morning, after I get home from...


Steve, Bex, Dante and I are off first thing this morning to Botany for her first scan.
I get to see my next Grandbaby on my Birthday!

How utterly cool is that?  I'm thrilled to bits and can't wait to see him/her.

It's far too early to tell what gender baby is.  Everyone is hoping for a wee girl... I think it's a boy.

Time will tell of course.

ABOVE:  Teaching Dante to be in control of Teddy.  Once he can assert himself as 'superior' to the dog, Teddy will stop nipping him.  I hope.

More on my parking fine/infringement.
I got a fine yesterday for overstaying in the Warehouse carpark, even though I've parked there for over 18 months while working at the Hospice Shop.  Never had a problem, cos I had never seen a sign stating time limits before.

To prove the point:

ABOVE:  I got this photo off Google Earth, that's how the entrance to where I usually park looked for the past 18 months when I parked there.

I am going to take another photo today and show how it looks now.

As it's my BIRTHDAY, I'm hoping to HEAR from ALL of my kids today.  Hmmmm..... 5 managed to remember last year...

Right, I'm off to see the newest Grandbaby to be.


Our newest baby is a right wriggler!  So bloody cute... and so neat to see him/her today of all days.

I have a photo:

 ABOVE:  No # 13, cute little bugger.


 ABOVE:  Cute little Mini from Steve, Bex and Dante.

 ABOVE:  YES... it was a piece of Britto in the box!  Stew got me this darling teapot.  
Feeling very spoilt.

Kelly has given me two little fish she made and has 'shouted' Stew and I to dinner tonight.  We are going to Lonestar, I love their dinners.

ABOVE: My impressive Britto collection... Love all of them.  So bright and cheerful.

Finally for now... a little scan video:

ABOVE:  No # 13 at 12 weeks and 4 days.  Or thereabouts.

 ABOVE: There ya go, brand new sign... and I sure in hell didn't notice it yesterday!  If I had, I wouldn't have parked there ... that's for sure.
*sigh*, now to try and appeal the fine.  

ABOVE:  I dropped off three bar stools to the Hospice Shop, and got these two Italian serving dishes... fell in love with them.  The little one stacks into the bigger one.  How cool are they?

Stew and I are now heading out for dinner at Lonestar... I can't wait.  It's been a good long while since we were there.  I'm having their Hoover Hog, it's to die for.

Well... dinner was WONDERFUL!  We only had a main at the end of the day, as we know their mains are HUGE.  And wow, my pork was AMAZING!  I let the chef know just how much I enjoyed it too.  We opted not to have dessert cos we were too full!

It was lovely just chatting and enjoying our own company, and some day we will do it more often!

THANK YOU to everyone that wished me Happy Birthday, it helped make my day.  {{{HUGS}}}

Sadly, the one person I had hoped to hear from didn't bother.  

End of Day:  one of the nicest birthdays I've had in a while.
nite nite

Monday, October 20, 2014


When Steve baths Dante, it's bedlam.
He seems to think the more bubbles, the better.
I went to take a photo:

 ABOVE:  A bit hard to take just ONE photo eh!
Steve blew bubbles up into the air, and Dante jut loved it!

 ABOVE:  Who wouldn't love a Dad like this?

 ABOVE: His 'pose face' for Grandma.

 ABOVE: He loves his Daddy. 

 ABOVE:  I had a play with Black and White.   Pretty cool!

 ABOVE:  His scary, tired face.

ABOVE:  Innocent.  Perfect.  Our darling Dante.

I can never take too many photos of this kid.  It reminds me of the thousands I've taken of other grandkids when they are here too.

Today?  Pottering around the house doing a few odd jobs this morning, then after lunch I have Hospice Shop duty.

BLONDIE & SOL'S VIEW:  My nausea and so on has STOPPED.  I am wondering if I didn't have a long lasting tummy bug?
I just don't know.  I'm just thankful it's stopped.

I shall keep having a small breakfast I think, it does seem to help with my energy levels.  And I don't end up starving at lunchtime.

I KNOW I should have been having breakfast before, but life long habits are hard to break.

Right, I'm off to start my day... have a good one yourself... catch ya later.


 TO A CERTAIN PERSON: REALLY FUMING RIGHT NOW.  Just because YOU read this blog does NOT make you part of our family.  Keeping in touch does.  It HURTS that you choose to have nothing to do with us... that's HOW IT FEELS anyway.  I have cried many times over this.  I just don't usually put it on here.

Rest of rant deleted, cos it made me feel bad.

Whoop.... having fun at the shop today. Feels good to be here and not feel sick.

I have found some treasure too!

Sorry I've been so tardy getting back here this afternoon/evening.  I was just busy!
Today's treasure:

ABOVE:  a bunch of toys for the toy box...

ABOVE:  a really big train set!  I was very happy to get this lot for us.

Oh I also got a pair of black and white lounge pants for myself.  No photo.

I got a $60 parking fine today too!  I parked my car in exactly the same place I've parked it for the last 18 months, today?  A fine.  Bloody pissed off.  I'm going to appeal it of course, cos I just don't get it. 

It's part of The Warehouse's carpark... and I've never seen a parking sign where I park my car before.  Today?  There's a sign.  Grrrrr.

Bex cooked dinner tonight, humble sausages and veges, but it was rather nice.

End of Day:  a long day, will be happy to get to bed tonight for sure.

nite nite

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Soooo.... after getting lots of stuff out of the house yesterday, I decided to move the lounge/family/dining areas around a little:

 ABOVE:  Brylee, Bex and Dante helped moved all the food in the large display unit so we could move it from the lounge to the family room.

 ABOVE:  The dining table is now at the far end of the lounge, and I must say I really like it here.

 ABOVE: This pretty painted pot is so old... it used to be my egg bowl back in the days we lived in Hamilton.  That is at least 15 years ago!  I loved it when I bought it, and I still do.
I'm amazed I still have it considering how often we have moved.

ABOVE: Because I put the large display unit in the family room, I had to move the shell painting into the lounge.  I was worried it would be too big for the wall, but I think it looks just fine there.

The lighting isn't that good in the photo, but you get the gist.

ABOVE:  another progress shot of the wall hanging for Judith.  I spent 4 hours last night sewing the side sashings together and on!  
Now today I shall work on the bottom sashings.

Little Tallulah was quite interested in it.  She's so cute, even from an 'above' shot.

Right, I'm off to make a start on the day... hopefully I'll get a bit of sewing done, and maybe some blog reading too.  
And housework.  Ikkk.


It would appear we are going out after lunch... to buy my Birthday present.   OOOOooo fun!  I know what it is (cos I told him what to get), so I'm quite excited.

Can YOU guess what he's getting me?

Present shopping done... yaaaa.

Here it is:

ABOVE:  Oh!  Guess what, I'm not opening it until my actual Birthday.  ha ha ha!  You have to wait to see what it is.
I'm sure a lot of you will already have guessed.

But no one is saying... cos you are all MIA!  Having a nice day I hope? 

End of Day:  Well... a fairly quiet day in the house.  Steve cooked a lovely Butter Chicken for dinner, which is always nice when ya don't have to cook yourself.
nite nite

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Today we start taking stuff over to our new Storage Unit in Botany.

As it is supposed to be a miserable, wet weekend, I doubt we will be moving any of the 'larger' items on a trailer, instead we will most likely just take over all the smaller items.

Getting anything out of here is better than nothing though!  I just want all the clutter gone, gone, gone.

Totally over having to haul a dozen things out of the store room under the house to find one thing, or from under the stairs etc.  

I expect we will get quite a bit done though, so I'll be happy.

I got a bit of sewing done last night, following on from doing some at class yesterday.

I got to the point where I could lay out a few bits to get an idea of how it will look:

ABOVE:  I'm getting quite excited with how it's coming out now.  I've still got a long way to go on it... but I shall be working on it exclusively now until it's finished.  

Those pinwheel blocks are getting easier and easier to get right now too... it just takes some time to get those freakin' points right!

I've considered them a personal challenge, and I like a challenge!  *smiles*

Right, I'm off to start finding stuff to shove in the car and take to the storage unit...


Bit of  a mad rush on here... the bad weather is holding off so Stew has gone to get a trailer so we CAN move the bigger stuff today... Yaaaa!

ABOVE: We were incredibly lucky and the wet weather held off just long enough for us to load up the cars and trailer and get under cover at the storage facility!

ABOVE:  Our unit is 3 m X 1.5 m X that high!  We have masses of room left!  I can't imagine we will ever full that space.

It's lunchtime, and Stew's gone down the road to get something from the Hot Bread Shop, then he's going to load the trailer with garden rubbish and take it to the dump. 
That will cost about $50, which is a darn sight cheaper than the $250 the guys touting for business told us they would charge us "Cheap as man"... pfffft!  AS IF.

I can't believe how much we have achieved today.  All the clutter is gone.  All the dead and overgrown plants are gone.   One of our neighbours saw Stew putting masses of agaves in the trailer for the dump and asked for them, so they scored some good plants for free.  Gotta be called an EXCELLENT DAY.

I have moved quite a lot in the lounge and family/dining room too... photos tomorrow.

I'm knackered.
Stew is knackered.
Bex and Dante are asleep.
Steve is home from work and relaxing.
Brylee and Griffin are somewhere around.

All is good.

ABOVE:  And... down came the rain!  We sure dodged that lot this morning, so lucky.

SPARKLING:  That ain't a cow!  It's our pig WEATHER VANE!  It only looks like it's on the neighbour's roof.  lol

After dinner I went downstairs and did some sewing.  Stew called out a bit later on and asked me if I was ready to come up, as it was after midnight?

WTF?  How did over 4 hours go by so fast?  WOW.  I didn't even think I'd been down there for an hour.  

So, it's bedtime I suppose.  Catch ya tomorrow!

End of Day:  an awesome, productive day.  Very happy.
nite nite

Friday, October 17, 2014


Today I'm off to Patchwork class, first of this term.  I'm looking forward to it, chatting with other like minded ladies is always nice.

Here's a few photos from yesterday:

ABOVE:  I mentioned getting a few jobs done around the house yesterday afternoon... so ummm... this was one of them!  lol

 ABOVE: Little ratbag... still trying to eat everything not tied down... or actually, in this case it WAS tied down!

ABOVE:  I NEVER thought I'd see the day Teddy lay still and actually slept, while Dante was playing with him... driving his trucks and cars all over him!

Somehow I think this was infinitely more preferable to hanging out with this:

 ABOVE:  Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!  She terrorises Teddy!  Teddy is a big sook when it comes to puppies.  
He'll eventually get over it and be nice to her.

ABOVE:  just before bedtime last night.  Cute little bugger.

Right, I'm off to pack me sewing bag and go have a nice morning with the girls.



Today... weighed again.  LOST 3 kilos in a day!  AND I didn't starve, in fact I ate breakfast, a large lunch and medium pasta dinner! STUPID STUPID body.  

I'm hoping that by having breakfast, something I simply NEVER did, will speed up my metabolism?  AND stop me feeling ill every morning.
So far, nausea and so on has STOPPED

If eating first thing in the morning is all it took, I'll keep doing it!

Patchwork class was lovely, I got a few more blocks done for the Wall hanging for Judith, so it's slowly getting there.... and I got the border fabric for it too.   Can't wait to start putting it together and quilting it.

Lunch, watched Home and Away from yesterday and now I'm going to start sorting out stuff to put into storage tomorrow.

As predicted, the weather is turning... and we are headed for a nasty, stormy, wet weekend by the look of it.  Yuk.  

I go out to me car to put the dehumidifier in it, ready for going to storage, and there's a truck on the road with two blokes putting foliage in it from a neighbour's garden.

Next thing I know they yell out... "Hey lady, want us to take away your rubbish from the garden?"

Ummmm.... this is at least the 3rd, if not 4th time THIS WEEK they, or their cohorts have asked me that!   And AGAIN, I said "No thanks".

They are really starting to piss me off.  They have knocked on the door asking me too.  Grrrrr.

Anyone else get bombarded like this? 

Well... I did some sewing this evening, which was neat!  I even got to do a bit of : "let's see how this looks" with the Wall Hanging.  Will show you tomorrow.

End of Day:  can't wait until the day I can sew for as long as I want, instead of having to pack up when Stew wants to go to bed!  I'm a bit of a night owl, he's not.  *sigh*
nite nite

Thursday, October 16, 2014


*** FORWARD POST: I'm trying something different overnight.  When I first wake up in the morning, I am going to eat some cheese/crackers, like at 5 am.  Have me piddle then go back to bed till my 'normal' rising time.

Let's hope that stops me from having the awful nausea and 'other shit'!

I will be able to tell pretty quick if it works.

I am really hoping it does work, because if not I think I will need to visit the Doctor.   It can't be normal to wake up and feel that ill?

Maybe it's one of my medications?

ANON (yesterday):  I have heard of Phantom Pregnancy symptoms.  But I think I'm a bit long in the tooth to be having them!  And, I had 6 kids and never, ever suffered from morning sickness at any time of the day!

Once I'm up and the kids are off to school, Bex, Dante and I are going to do the grocery shopping... ikkkk.  
Stew and I put it off last weekend as we were fairly busy. 
Now I HAVE to do it, cos we are running outta bread, milk, meat, cheese... etc, etc!

Can't have that.  

TALLULAH:  Omg, she is so clever!  She's learning all sorts of things... like 'bed', 'out', 'no'... and I'm sure it won't be too long before she's got the dog door sussed too.

Having Teddy and Coco using the door right in front of her is going to teach her real quick.
And she's already shown she's a quick learner.

Like... I say "come on Tallulah", and she knows she can run like hell the other way and I'm gunna have a real hard time catching her!  Little shit.  *smiles*

We love the little bugger really!

I mentioned some awesome news I got yesterday.... 

ABOVE:  My gorgeous niece Rowena and her partner David.  They are having their first baby!  AND he/she is due at the same time as Steve and Bex's next baby.  How cool!  I fully expect a tiny little red headed GREAT niece or nephew too... as Rowena is a screaming red head.  lol

So, once I've finished current projects on the go in the sewing room, I shall be making a baby quilt for them.  

Right, catch ya later when I get up!

Well... the verdict is... I'm not feeling quite so wretched this morning!  But, cheese and crackers first thing in the morning, before rising?  IKKK.
Might have to think of something else like yoghurt?  That might go down better. *smiles*

GUESS WHAT?  I GAINED 6 kilos THIS WEEK.  Only I can do that and be sick as well!  I am convinced my body is seriously f*#cked up.

I need to sit down and work out just what the hell is happening... and try and turn it around again.

Grocery shopping:  done and dusted.  It was nice to go with Bex for a change.  We managed perfectly well too.

After lunch my batteries ran down, as they do.  So it's been a quiet afternoon.

The kids are now home, so time to do a few more jobs around the house, before sorting out dinner.

Tonight we are having Tortellini with Bacon and Alfredo sauce.... for a change from Takeaways.

Right, off to get those few jobs done...

Got a good deal done this afternoon and feel good about it too.

Heard from Lacy tonight and am happy with her situation now.  She's moved into a new house with new flatmates and all should be good until she can find a place of her own for her and Keera.

Ya never stop worrying!

End of Day:  off to bed, this time with a protein bar!  And Yogurt in the fridge if need be.
nite nite

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


This morning I go back to the hair salon for them to fix me hair colour.

I'm NOT looking forward to that I can tell you.
The back of my head has only just stopped hurting from the last time I had to have me head tipped backwards over a basin for almost an hour while they washed, rinsed, conditioned, rinsed, toned, rinsed... you get the drift!  

Why can't someone make a basin with a soft rubbery edge that doesn't hurt ya neck/head???

Oh and it's always hard when it's a repeat, cos you are not happy with the last job.  How do ya look the stylish in the eye who botched your hair?   Hmmmm.


My appointment is at 9 am, which means I have to be out of here at around 8.30 to get there in time.  Traffic is manic on the motorway at that time on the day.

I will be there for about 3 hours.  So I shall be home again around lunchtime.

Before I forget ...!!!   I got a parcel on the doorstep yesterday:

ABOVE:  An early birthday present from Sandy S in the USA!   How pretty, and in my favourite colour of course.  Thank you so much for my Birthday present Sandy, it's lovely.

I am also very happy that you enjoy my blog so much every day. *smiles*

Right, I better go get ready to get me hair done again!  


GAWD.  Another morning of really bad 'morning sickness'... I'm starting to wonder what the hell is wrong with me!
It's now beyond a joke and I'm thinking maybe I need to visit the Dr ... *sigh*
Seriously hate feeling like throwing up!
And I've had a piece of toast too.

HAIR.... thrilled to bits with the re-do!  AND  the ladies in the salon were just lovely, and didn't make me feel awful at all.
First time ever... I sat in a chair at the basin getting me hair washed etc,  that vibrated!  And heated up too.  So nice!

Kinky, but nice.   

ABOVE:  Way better, and I feel so happy with it I've made an appointment for mid-January to get it done again.
No more waiting 10 months!

So... I started to feel better in me tummy around 10 am.  So... tonight I am going to take to bed some crackers or SOMETHING to eat in the middle of the night, to see if that stops the dreaded 'morning sickness'!   Fingers crossed.

Time for lunch... 

Whoops!  Been missing in action this afternoon.  I had a lovely afternoon, watched some TV, made an amazing beef stew for dinner, and all the usual stuff inbetween.

I even IRONED some shirts of Stew's, that's two weeks in a row!  Sheesh I'm weird.

End of Day:  a lovely day, with some really awesome news tacked on the end of it.
I'll spill tomorrow.
nite nite

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Good morning!

First up for today, Tallulah has an appointment at the Vet's for her 2nd immunisations.

Once that's done she is safe on 'public' ground.
I will be very happy once that's done.

Once she's sorted, I will be home doing some housework.

Then maybe some blog reading before I wash Teddy and give him his first groom with me new grooming kit.

Last night I made a tether system, so that I can position the dog on a table and groom without having to hold them.

 ABOVE:  Tethered front and rear to the patio beams. 

ABOVE:  What amazed me was she was perfectly content to just stand there!  This is how the groomers at the shop keep the dogs on the table.  

Hopefully she lets me sort out her legs and paws later on today, after I've done Teddy.

Bex pointed this out to me:

 ABOVE:  It was just above my head.  Nice.  I get the creeps just looking at it now.  It is quite BIG.... hard to show in a photo though, and missing a leg.  Eeew.

Right, I'm gunna bugger off and get ready to take Tallulah to the Vet.


Well...I've come to the conclusion I need to have something for breakfast... then I feel better in the morning!
I'm not a 'breakfast' person, never have been.
But for a while now I've felt so dreadful and HUNGRY first thing in the morning.   

I had a piece of toast this morning, and now I feel just fine.  I've even done a few jobs around the house with energy I've been sadly lacking for weeks and weeks.

I wonder if the diabetes has anything to do with how I've been feeling?  Anyone know if it can give you 'morning sickness'?  lol

Comments.  Much appreciated.  But hey, if you have nothing nice to say.... why bother? Just putting it out there.

It's a lesson we all have to learn.  I've left my fair share of stupid comments.  I'm fairly sure I've stopped that now!  

It's almost time to take Tallulah to the Vet.  She's all wet.  Running around outside with Coco on the wet grass.  Nice.

WOO HOO... a most excellent morning!

- Tallulah immunised, no problems.  Vet happy with her.  TICK

-  Prescription filled without having to wait 20 minutes. TICK

-  Paid for Storage Unit, and got padlock too.  TICK

- Found new top to wear to dinner next week.  TICK

-  Did not get home wanting to kill anyone on the road with road rage!  TICK
(this is a good thing)  *smiles*

I'm very please with my morning... and it's the first morning in MONTHS I've felt NORMAL.  Well.  Have energy.  Feel like doing stuff. Yaaaa.

Now it's lunch time, then I'm going to do 'stuff' again.  ♪ ♫ la la ♪ lah lah ♪ ♫ ♪...

One's energy ran out after lunch, so I had a cat nap ... and then once the kids were home from school I got going again.
Kids.  Wonderful things when they can help doing odd jobs around the house!
Brylee is vacuming me car and Griffin has helped move and few things and look after Tallulah for an hour or so.

Dinner tonight?  Something easy as we still have not done the grocery shopping and stocks are low.  
Fish cakes, fish fingers and fish balls with chips!  lol... the fish balls are very healthy if nothing else!

The fish balls (fish, veges in a ball shape) were REVOLTING.  Everything else was lovely.  I cooked some bacon too, just for interest.

End of day:  I must be tired, I can hardly type!  I keep making silly mistakes.  Time to call it a day... and thank god for spell check!
nite nite