Saturday, August 30, 2014

EXPECTING A WET WEEKEND

What a bugger.
It's supposed to rain for most of the weekend.
Typical says Stew.

He's stuck inside working all week, and it's been a nice sunny week.  Now he's got the weekend off, and it's gunna rain.

Oh well.  Nothing we can do about it.
I tried to console him with sport on the TV.  That's his favourite relaxing thing to do.

Here's hoping there's a few good rugby games on for him to watch.

I, of course, don't give a shit what the weather is doing!
I want to finish the Dragon Wall Hanging for M-A and her baby boy.

It's grocery shopping weekend too.  Oh ya. Trying to put a positive on it, at least we get to visit Sylvia Park!  I wonder if there's any new Britto in the shop?
I've not got a new piece in a few weeks now!

ABOVE:  Bex tapes paper down on the high chair's tray and Dante gets to draw.  He loves it too.  He's still not quite worked out which hand to use... so he uses both.  *smiles*

He loved it when we drew some cars and dogs for him, and his name.  He is a very clever kid and can point out things after being told what they are just once or twice.
Takes after his Grandma I'm sure!

Right, I better go and see what's the haps around here.  Can't waste the day eh?

ONWARD...

Friday, August 29, 2014

YAAAA... BACK TO PATCHWORK CLASS

Before I get to Patchwork class today I have to dash into Spotlight for a few supplies, then I will be set for the weekend.
I can see this project finished in just a few more days!  I can't wait to give it to M-A for her wee baby boy.

I just hope by then baby will be out of the woods and he can be taken home by his Mum and Dad.  Fingers crossed on that one.  

I've not asked my friend D how things have been going with baby in the last few days, but on Tuesday he was weaned off the ventilator and was breathing on his own.  So small steps towards recovery hopefully. 

I will stop in at the Hospice Shop and see if she's there and ask her then.

I'm totally in love with this little dragon!  I might just have to make another one yet.  lol

What else is the haps?  Ummm...not much actually.  I'm down to half an anti-depressant pill at night and feeling wonderful.  Still no side effects!  Appetite is still the same, haven't actually noticed a drop in it, but strangely enough I'm not able to eat as much as 'usual'?

Don't know if that is down to the decreased medication, or if it's psychological.  Either way, it's a win for me.

Once I'm home from me class I'm going to read a few blogs I think.  Let's see what YOU have been up to!

ONWARD...

Well very good news on M-A's baby.  He's out of the woods and they have both transferred to a 'normal' post natal maternity home.  So relieved.   

Class was lovely again today.  I got half the baby's name stitched on and will finish that section sometime today.

Bex has been a darling and hung out me washing for me... fingers crossed it doesn't rain! 

I'm now waiting for a few eggs to cook so I can make an egg/cheese sandwich for lunch.


ABOVE:  dinner.   I've made 16 of these.  Frankfurters wrapped in bacon then encased in pastry. They have just gone in the oven.

Bex:  "What are we having with them?"

ME:  "Are you joking?  Tomato Sauce of COURSE!"

I think she expected me to add vegetables on the side!  Ahhh... NO.  Silly girl.
It's Friday night.  Anything goes on a Friday night.

Dinner was lovely.  Though BLONDIE, I agree, some onion and cheese would have made them even nicer.

End of Day:  another lovely day here.  Heading into a wet weekend if the weather forecast is anything to go by.
Lovely.
Stew is not impressed.
nite nite

Thursday, August 28, 2014

YES, I WILL BE SEWING

I'm not going out today.  It's a stay at home day.  I've got a fair bit of washing to get done, some minor household jobs then on to that cute as little Dragon again.

Seriously ... that's all I have for now!

I know.  Strange I don't have anything to blither on about.

Oh I could mention I've heard from Lacy and Keera several times since they moved to Tauranga.  Keera sounds very happy, she chatted away to me heaps yesterday.  She is picking up words all the time now, so delightful to hear.
Lacy seems to be happier too.  So, the move has been a good thing all round.

Is this likely to be a new 'trend' ? :


Scary.  Saw it on a news site recently.  Might as well share it seeing as I've got bugger all to put on here today!

Catch ya later...

ONWARD...

3.5 solid hours later, and this is how far Dragon has come:


ABOVE:  All the black outlining is done!  I though it would take much longer than that I must say.
Now I'm onto the clouds, then I can add balloons and baby's name.

I have a feeling this little wall hanging is going to be finished by next week easily.

Some good news... my hot flushes have calmed right down!  Maybe, just maybe, I'm finally getting over them?
God I hope so.  Ten years now!!!

Right, I'm off out to get a much OVERDUE blood test done, so I can stop stressing over it.  Dammit.

They butchered me!   The Technician stabbed me once... NO BLOOD.  She stabbed me again... NO BLOOD.
So I had to see the 'Supervisor', who apologised, then stabbed me and found the vein but had to syringe the blood out cos it wasn't flowing.  That stung like bejezus!

I wasn't very impressed... and me arm is throbbing.  *sigh*

At least I managed to produce some piddle for them... score on that one.  

Thank god I only have to do that once every three months.

PETA:  Yep, I had plenty of fluid today.  About 1.5 litres by lunchtime in fact.

Progress on Dragon... I have stopped for the day as I need something to be working on tomorrow at Patchwork Class.

Coco is limping... fingers crossed she's just pulled a muscle or sustained some soft tissue damage.  No one knows how, these things happen.  If she's no better by tomorrow it's off to the Doctor for her.

COCO:  Is much better already.  She's a whimp, so probably hurt it a bit and then did the 'Drama Queen' thing and played it up!  Such a sookie girl.  I'm very relieved she wasn't injured badly at all.

End of Day:  on a whole a lovely day.  I am looking forward to Patchwork Class again tomorrow, where I hope to get heaps more done on the Dragon Wall Hanging.
nite nite

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2ND PATCHWORK CLASS TODAY

Today I'm heading out to Manukau to see what I think of the Wednesday Patchwork Class.  If it's as nice as the Friday one, I'm going to join it too!

I am taking the Dragon Wall Hanging with me to work on.  I got a fair bit done yesterday afternoon ... now I have to iron all the individual pieces onto the backing fabric, then do all the top stitching, quilting etc.

What fun.  I love having a special project on the go.

CHRIS D:  if you are reading this... I just want you to know YOU and I can do it again... I have always said that!  Onward and downward Chick.

Weight Loss Support Group girls... sorry for being 'absent' so much.  Lots of stuff been distracting me from the main issue in my life.  Losing weight.
I think I am about to turn a corner and really get serious.   

Stew is doing well... he does some serious exercise in the garage every morning, and I think that's what I need to do more of too.

That Cross Trainer is calling my name I think.
Oh ... and the Treadmill and Exercycle. 
I was saying to Stew last night I want to bring the Exercycle up into the lounge, so I can use it while watching programmes I have taped on the telly, instead of just sitting there.

Sounds like a good idea eh?  I DON'T CARE that it's in the lounge, it's not like we do heaps of entertaining after all!

Right, I'm gunna bugger off and get me stuff sorted out, ready to head off to that Patchwork Class at 9.45 ...

ONWARD...

AWESOME.  I lost 3 kilos this last week!  No idea how.  What a way to start the day.

HI!  Back from class.  Only two ladies in that class, so no trouble with no room on the tables!
I enjoyed myself immensely.  As I was leaving two ladies came into the shop and saw my little dragon and went all ga-ga over him.  They loved him and he's not even half finished!

I must admit he is going to be gorgeous!


ABOVE:  My pozzie today was right on the end, nearest to the irons.  The lady in red is away in a week to Australia for a month, lucky Tart.

I'm not off to make a sandwich for me lunch and watch a couple more Home and Away episodes, before heading down to do some sewing on me Dragon.


ABOVE:  Step one finished.  Now to applique stitch around it all, then add a few balloons and the baby's name.  That is the part that takes FOREVER.

End of Day:  well as per usual, a quiet evening around here.  I didn't do any sewing as planned. There were a couple of programmes on the telly I wanted to watch, so I did.
nite nite

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DEDICATED TV DAY!

Today I am going to be an utter SLOTH!

I have at least 10 episodes of Home and Away to watch, so this morning I am going to watch as many as I can.

I might have to go out at some point... not sure yet.  If so, this afternoon will be tv watching instead.

I don't care either way.

My boss at the Hospice shop (D) became a grandmother again on Friday.  Things have not gone well for her daughter or the baby, with baby still being in ICU.   I want to make a wall hanging for the Mum, and put baby's name on it ... that will be my project this week in the Patchwork Class.  

So along with the TV watching, I will be looking at animal characters to find the perfect animal to make into a pretty kiddy type wall hanging.

I want it to be happy and cheerful, and cute.

A couple of possibilities I've looked at so far:


ABOVE:  I quite like the little dragon...

ONWARD...

Well.. I've watched all but 2 episodes of Home and Away and am happy to stop!

I have decided to go with the little Dragon for a Wall hanging.  I took the small picture down to Warehouse Stationary and got it upsized.

I took the dogs with me for a little outing.
As I had to wait 15 minutes for the large print, I decided to see if I had something in the back of me car to tie onto the dogs so I could take them for a little walk.

ONLY thing I could find was a ratchet tie down:


ABOVE:  It worked!  And the dogs loved exploring a totally new area.  It's a park in central Manukau.  I found some pine cones too... they are still in the car, but they will come inside and smell lovely later.


ABOVE:  Dante today at Playcentre, enjoying playing Connect Four with himself.

Getting heaps of the cutting out of the dragon done today!  I've had to stop for now as dinner is ready.  Bex has cooked lamb chops and veges. 

End of Day:  well a quiet evening had by all.  I spend most evenings listening to TV while playing 2048+, my score on my current game is a whopping 15,433,968... and every time I think I'm going to lose I somehow managed to get back from the brink!
I think I've been playing this latest game for about 2 weeks!
I sometimes wish I would lose already!
Time for bed... nite nite

Monday, August 25, 2014

WALKIES I BELIEVE

Because the weather is being so delightful right now, Bex wants to go walkies in the Botanic Gardens this morning.  So... that's what we are going to be doing once the kids have left for school.

One of the ladies I met at the Friday Patchwork Class walks in the Botanic Gardens most mornings too, and said she is sure she's seen me there.  Maybe we will run into her today?

She has a Border Collie that she walks with her husband. 

After that I shall do a few household jobs, have a quick lunch and then head off to do my stint at the Hospice Shop.
I hope it's as busy as it was last week so I'm not bored shitless.

I'm taking my camera with me to the Gardens, I'm told the daffodils are out in masses and are gorgeous.  We will see...

ONWARD...

In case you didn't see it yesterday, I did a photo Tutorial of how to make a club sandwich in a Tupperware Jelly Ring.  So, if you have ever wondered about how to do it... the tutorial is below on Sunday's post .

WELL... going for a walk has been scrapped.  Bex has a sore ankle and I feel like death warmed up.
Stew SNORED like a bloody freight train all night, so I got hardly any sleep.
If he does that again tonight I'm sleeping in the spare bedroom!

So, it's going to be a quiet morning here... 

I know I'm boring today!  It's gotten cold so I'm  doing diddly squat.  I hope everyone else is having a more productive day?  

I kinda went mad at the Hospice Shop today:


ABOVE:  How cool is all that!  The Tupperware containers, orange candle sticks and bright plate are for Bex and Dante, the rest is mine!
I love the three little dogs and the metal sea horse candle holder.  Two little wooden frames are for Christmas 'Doodles' for family.

I've gotten home quite late so it's an easy dinner tonight,  Beef spare ribs with chips.

End of Day: well another good day here in the H household.
Looking forward to a better sleep tonight, cos if Stewy is a'snoring, I'm in the spare bed!
nite nite

Sunday, August 24, 2014

UMMM.... MAYBE OUT AND ABOUT TODAY...

No definite plans for today, but I'd like us to go out somewhere nice.
Maybe a beach, or .... 

Lacy and Keera are now (I presume) living in Tauranga.
As far as I know they moved over there properly yesterday, but I'm not sure.
I haven't heard from her since Wednesday.  Out of sight out of mind no doubt.
I hope her and Keera settle in and enjoy living there.

We will miss them... hopefully they can catch a bus and come back to see us fairly regularly.

I'm still thrilled to bits with my new (but old) computer pozzie in the Family Room.  I can see so much more of what's going on in the house from here!  Up the hallway, down to the front door, and of course the kitchen/Family room.  If I lift me chin a bit I can even almost see Stew in the Lounge too.  

Simple things can make such a difference eh?

I started taking only half an anti-depressant last night... so fingers crossed in another month I will be totally weaned off them!  How awesome will that be?  Heaps.  

I am hoping it will help with my weight issues.  Even if it's only psychologically!  The mind is a powerful thing, and so much is down to how we feel, even if it's not necessarily true.  Your mind can play tricks on ya.

I hope mine does!  I need all the help I can get to turn the weight around, and be heading down again.

Right, that's about it for now... I'm off to see what we can get up to today!

ONWARD...

Pfffft... Stew wants to stay home and do jobs.  So... *sigh*, looks like it's a sewing day for me. Trouble is I don't really feel like sewing.

Thanks for contacting me Lacy.  How is it in Tauranga today?

I know what I shall do!
I'll make a club sandwich tutorial.... off to get the thin sliced bread...


CLUB SANDWICH TUTORIAL:

Use whatever ingredients you want in your sandwich.  

ABOVE:  1. Grated Carrot, Cheese and small amount of Mayonnaise.
2. Lettuce leaves.
3. Hard boiled eggs, mashed up with cream cheese.
4. Chopped up Ham.
5. Chopped up Smoked Chicken.
6. Basil Pesto with Cashew Nuts.
7. Fresh Parsley.
8. If making just ONE club sandwich, you will need two loaves of sandwich sliced bread of your choice, lightly spread with Margarine or soft butter.  Cut the crusts off.

 ABOVE:  drop a few sprigs of parsley or herbs of your choice into the bottom of the Tupperware Jelly Ring.


 ABOVE:  Holding the bread like this...


 ABOVE:  Drop each piece of bread into the Tupperware Jelly Ring with the buttered side FACING UP, slightly overlapping each slice as you line the dish.


 ABOVE:   Add your first ingredient.  Mine is the ham.  Put the next layer of bread on top, buttered side up.  


 ABOVE:  My next layer was lettuce leaves and the carrot/cheese/mayo mixture.  Press it all down with the back of a spoon. Add another layer of bread on top, buttered side up, and don't forget to slightly overlap the bread slices as you go.


 ABOVE:  My next layer is the egg and cream cheese.  Again, put another layer of bread on top, buttered side up. Press down with the back of a spoon.


ABOVE: I did a final layer of ham/chicken and the Basil Pesto, then I put the FINAL layer of bread on... this time.... BUTTERED SIDE DOWN.

ABOVE:  Press the whole lot down. Trim around the edge, press the lid on.


ABOVE:  Place in fridge to 'set' a bit.  You can cut it in about an hour.  
The beauty of these is you can chuck the Tupperware Jelly Ring in the chilly bin/esky and take to a BBQ/Picnic, and they don't fall apart. 


 ABOVE:  Ready to eat.

1. Take the large seal off.
2. Flip it over onto the plate/serving dish, remove the inner seal, then the outer Ring.
3. Notice how it's a bit 'messy' inside?  
4. Trim with a sharp knife.
5. Ready to serve.

You can make it look 'pretty' by placing lettuce leaves/cherry tomatoes etc in the middle 'hole' if you want.  I didn't bother today.


 ABOVE:  Ready to cut.  The Tupperware Jelly Ring leaves you perfect cutting lines!  You get 20 sandwiches out of one Tupperware Jelly Ring. 


ABOVE:  HOW DELICIOUS DO THEY LOOK?

They tasted damn fine too.

Tupperware Jelly Rings cost $40 and they are worth every cent!

Right, there ya go.  Tutorial done and dusted, I'm off to have a granny nap.  I'm cold.

Granny nap.. bit hard when there's so many NOISY people on the property!
Stew mowed the lawns, the kids were playing and bouncing balls on the concrete, Dante was making lots of either happy or crabby noise... so I kinda dozed.  

Steve cooked Sweet 'n' Sour chicken for dinner, it was bloody nice I must say.

End of Day:  spent the evening watching telly, really enjoying The X Factor Australia right now.
nite nite

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BYE BYE FRIDGE & SICK KID

First up today, Stew and I will go and get our blood tests done... quarterly checkups due so have to do the blood thing.  Ikkk.

Steve is at work today, so Stew is helping Bex  take our old fridge/freezer over to their storage facility.
On the way they will also pick up a round dining table Steve and Bex bought at the Hospice shop.  
I hope it fits into their storage space!  I don't want anything else cluttering up my home!

While Stew and Bex do that, I shall stay home with the kids.  Dante has been fairly sick this week with a rotten cold.

He's also got a nasty cough and high temperatures.  So he's been bloody grizzly as.


 ABOVE:  Bex hasn't been able to do much these last couple of days as all Dante wants to do is lie on her and nap, or grizzle.


ABOVE: The dogs love to curl up on their knees,  sometimes Dante doesn't mind, and other times he kicks them off.

This afternoon Stew is looking after Dante as Bex and I have a final Tupperware party to attend.  I'm doing a demonstration on how to make Club Sandwiches in the Tupperware Jelly Mould.  I love doing it cos they come out so good!


So, that's pretty much what's happening here today.


Catch ya later...


ONWARD...


Well... the fridge is on it's way to storage and I finally have my Family Room back to 'normal'.  Everyone went but me and Dante.  And now he's miserable... he wanted to go too.

Oh well... he will get over it.


ABOVE: Helping Granddad.  

Tupperware Party.  Went very well.  I did the demo and everyone loved the club sandwiches... as I knew they would.

ABOVE:  Bex took a few photos with her phone.  I'm just starting to make it in this one.

ABOVE:  The finished sandwiches.    

If I get a chance I will do a proper 'How to' in the next couple of days for you.  But it's not rocket science!

Stew cooked dinner tonight, sausages, potatoe/kumera/and carrots baked in the oven with cooked onions and gravy.  Was very nice.

Stew is now watching rugby on the telly and is in his element.  

I'm going to do some sewing.  My frog is a disaster.  Her eyes were 'wrong' so I tried unpicking them... and buggered it up.

So, it's back to the drawing board.  *sigh*, it's not too often I bugger something up I must say.

End of Day:  on a whole, a lovely day.  Got masses of washing out on the line and for once it's not supposed to get rained on.
nite nite

Friday, August 22, 2014

VERY EXCITED ABOUT TODAY

OOOooo...  Today I'm going to The Crafty Needle on Jack Conway Ave in Manukau ... to attend the Friday morning get together/patchwork class.

I say 'class' but from what I understand you take whatever project you are currently working on and do it in the company of other women.  There is a 'tutor' who is there to help you if you have any questions/problems too.

I think they do class projects too, but you don't have to join in of course.

This sounds right up my alley ... I have so many projects I want to do already, I certainly don't want to add to me list right now.

So, I shall pack up me 'class bag', put the cover on my machine and get down there by 10 am.
This class goes till 12.30 pm, so it's not a long class, plenty of time to get home and do some housework.

Like I relish that idea... NOT.

Because I am a 'tidy freak' my house is never a mess really...  but some things like DUSTING can get a bit neglected, but on the whole it's always fairly up to date.  One of the 'side effects' of having a large family... if you don't want to live in chaos, keep on top of the housework!  *smiles*

I used to make my 6 kids help me.  I had a rostered housework chart, where everyone had jobs to do ... but now that I'm down to just Brylee and Griffin, I tend to do the majority of it myself.   Trying to explain what I want done with those two is like trying to explain nuclear science... impossible.  I swear to God some days I might as well be speaking a different language!

Right... that came out of nowhere... mini rant!

ABOVE:  Meet Max.  He is my sister-in-law's 'new to her' dog.  He's about 6 years old and according to Khady he needs LOTS of training.  *smiles*  By the look of him he's going to keep her on her toes.  Too bad her cat doesn't like him. 


 ABOVE:  I saw this gorgeous mug rug on a girl's blog yesterday, sheesh I can't remember whose blog either!  Sorry for not linking back to you ... Chick!  Anyway, I might just make one similar soon, cos it's so pretty. edit:  I found the blogger who's blog I got the pretty mug rug from.

OK... I'm off to pack me Sewing Bag/trolley... AND ME CAMERA AND CARD.

ONWARD...

Hi! I got back from class at bang on 1 pm, just as the plumber was arriving to replace a leaking tap in the ensuite bathroom.
Good timing.

Class:  Really liked it.  There were 4 ladies, the tutor and the shop owner there.  One of the regular members was away, so I shall meet her another day.

We were all doing our own projects today.  I finally started on me frog!
Didn't finish it though, I was yakking too much! *smiles*


ABOVE:  The 'class room' is at the end of the shop, separated by large shelves full of fabric.  It's a lovely, bright and welcoming area.

I joined the Friday class, and next week I am going to attend the Wednesday class as well.  If I like it, I'm going to join THAT one too.  

Already feeling very positive about getting out and about more!  Very happy today, that's for sure.  All the ladies were warm and welcoming, which was lovely.

Now that I've had some lunch, I will go and work on the frog some more.

Frog is coming along well... got all the stuffing and stitching down the openings to do tonight.

I've got Spaghetti Bologneise cooking for dinner... then it will be sit down and do the hand sewing while watching Coronation Street.  Yaaa!

End of Day:  well it's been a fab day... and now I'm looking forward to a lovely weekend too.  It's supposed to be fine for the next few days.
Freakin' tired... off to bed a bit early.
nite nite

Thursday, August 21, 2014

QUICK TRIP OUT, THEN READING A FEW OF ME FAVOURITE BLOGS

First thing this morning I'm popping out to the mall to get a couple of things on me list, then I'm calling into the Patchwork Shop to see what time on Friday they have a class.  I know they have one on Wednesday (which I had to miss), so will check out their Friday one instead.

Next week I'll go to the Wednesday one then decided which one I want to go to on a more permanent basis.

I'm really looking forward to it!  Getting out and meeting new people again.  

We have been watching The X Factor, Australia, and there's a young 14 year old girl who is doing really well and is an AMAZING singer (Marlisa Punzalan).  I heard her singing a Jessica Mauboy song 'Never Be The Same'... it's a gorgeous song.  


ABOVE:  This is Marlisa singing Jessica's song. I hope to find a CD of Jessica Mauboy's so I can listen to more of her music.

Before I go, Dante had his first ever ice block yesterday at Kelly's in Hamilton, Bex got a photo of him:

ABOVE:  Hee hee... it was COLD, you can tell from his face what he thought of it.  Seems he loved his ice block.

ABOVE:  there he is playing with an orca ... at a friend's of Bex's, taken yesterday too.  Such a cheeky wee man... he's full of a head cold right now too.  Not so much fun at night for his Mum and Dad.

I'm off now... catch ya later...

ONWARD...

What a lovely morning I've had!  I got out on me own, wandered around the shops, bought 2 music CD'd of Jessica Mauboy's and just enjoyed being out.
It's one of those lovely sunny mid winter days.

OH WOW, would ya look at that?  I've not updated for hours!
I've been busy reading blogs... so I'm not gunna feel guilty at all.

I just had dinner, a lovely beef and tomato stew and veges.   And now I'm taking a break from the blog reading and am going to watch some TV for the evening.

What have YOU been doing today?  I hope it is fun... or at least you are getting paid for it!

End of Day:  I enjoyed today. It was nice and quiet, I didn't feel stressed out over ANYTHING and that is rare at the moment.
I love how my lounge looks, so big without the computer area, it's really making me happy.  I'm know I'm a sad git.
nite nite