Wednesday, December 07, 2016


ABOVE:  There's a special little guy under this Christmas tree!
We hope to see him in the New Year, he's got a new home with his family too.  They moved to Papamoa, the lucky buggers!  We would love to live that close to the beach one day.

But not yet!  We hope to enjoy our new home for a long time to come yet!

 ABOVE:  Tallulah, watching in hope I will give her something off my plate.  Doesn't happen very often!  
She's adorable.

 ABOVE:  Someone's heading off to camp...

ABOVE:  Yeah, this guy is.  He's off to Orewa (up past Auckland) on a three day, end of year camp.  Swimming, rock climbing, snowboarding and camping among other things.

I am sure he will have a wonderful time.

ABOVE:  he's a gorgeous boy, even with funny faces.

Today?  Once I've dropped Griffin and Keera at their respective places, it's home, pick up Brylee and off to Aqua Fit.

Then home to sand off some drips so I can close the bathroom unit's drawer, then get it back into our bathroom.  I MIGHT be able to do it with our hand truck?

If not, it will have to wait till Stew gets home.


Well... I 'suggested' the guys put the bathroom unit in my bathroom before they left for work/school:

 ABOVE:  before...

ABOVE:  after.
What do ya think now?  
I think it looks AWESOME.  And I will be getting new knobs for it ... pretty crystal ones.  Cos I like BLING!

4.01 pm: Well it's been a much quieter day today.... Brylee and I went to Aqua which was lovely.  The water was much cooler today, so more refreshing.

After that we came home, got cleaned up and went into Hamilton for a couple of things.

Knobs!  Found some, and a couple of hooks too.  Haven't had a chance to put them on yet, so no photo.  It will happen!  *smiles*

I also found a few more Christmas decorations:

 ABOVE:  The white leather decorations are for the tree, and the bell garland? I'll find a place for it!

Right... I'm off to put dinner in the oven (mutton chops)  then fix those knobs and hooks in the bathroom.

ABOVE:  Done.  Hook for hanging towel/clothes on, and pretty knobs.  No, they don't match the existing cabinet handles, and I'm fine with that.

It is a totally separate piece of furniture after all.

Dinner is smelling rather yum.  Whoops! We will have plenty of left overs, Griffin is away!  Totally forgot that he wouldn't be here when I got the meat out.  Oh well... lamb chops for lunch anyone?  lol

I'm rather sore after today's Aqua Fit!  Arms and legs/hips.  Must be doing something right eh?

Sign off time.  It's been a lovely day... which ended with an awesome chat with family in Auckland.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


Ever since I dyed my hair brown, I've not felt 'right' in myself.
In fact, I've hated my hair so much I had been doing nothing with it at all.

No straightening, no curls.  Nothing.

I would look in the mirror and tell myself it was NEAT not having re-growth... but under it all I felt YUCK.

Totally not myself, not happy at all.

So when one of the ladies I do Aqua Fit with told me about a salon here in Cambridge,  offering a $99 Christmas special on colours/foils, I jumped at the chance.

And they could do my hair yesterday afternoon!

So... I got it done.

ABOVE:  It's a work in progress.  It will take about two more appointments to get it back how I like it... so by February I should be really happy with it.

Right now there's some funky shit going on where Lacy put the pink and purple stripes in... part of it has gone green, some is back to pink... weird.  I don't mind that though.  It's funky... right?  *smiles*

OH!  Best thing?  We negotiated a price I'm happy with, and it's much, much cheaper than the other two salons I got quotes from, and it's  way cheaper than going back to Auckland to get it done there. SCORE!

ABOVE:  Too cute not to share... Steve bathing his boys last night.  I wonder who enjoys the bubbles more?

Today my only JOB is to paint that freakin' bathroom unit.  I ain't doing another bloody thing till it's done.


Some people are just so ... sad and pathetic.  If blonde hair is so ageing, how come MOST older women have blonde/grey hair and look LOVELY?

I believe as long as you are happy with how you look, no one has the right to tell you any different.  Well... as long as you ain't looking like a hag... as I'm sure ANONYMOUS looks.

Only jealous and mean spirited people attack others for no good reason, except to be nasty.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall...."

LYNDA:  Yes, I got about 8 inches cut off the length about a month ago.  It desperately needed it, and it was simply TOO long!

My painting is going... so-so.  The undercoat kept clogging up and stopping the sprayer from working, but I persevered and it's getting better.  

Waiting for the undercoat to dry now before putting the first coat of top coat on.

ABOVE: Brylee wears these slippers, inside and sometimes outside in the yard, ALL THE TIME.
Now I don't mind that she's wearing stinking hot slippers in summer, her feet an' all... but OMG... she drags and slides them along the floor when she walks.

The noise has finally done my head in... and I'm about to take them off her and throw them on the roof where she can't get them back!  Or maybe I better just hide them?

Can't have the silly little tart trying to get on the roof I suppose.  *sigh*

I wonder if the neighbours will hear her screams when I yank them off her feet?  ha ha ha!

12.31 pm: The damn paint is taking FOREVER to dry!  And it's only the undercoat!  Oh well... I have managed to get heaps of other things done while waiting.

Tidied my sewing room so I could actually get in the door!  Sorted out Christmas presents, found the gaps and wrote a list.  Just a few odds 'n' ends to get now.

Brylee didn't scream when I removed her slippers!  Totally didn't expect compliance, nope, not at all.

FFS ANON:  Give it up!  Me an 'old lady'?... like hell!  I'm a middle aged Crabby Tart.  And as for having age appropriate hair length, who the fuck said 'old ladies' couldn't have long hair?

I will NEVER have short hair, and god help anyone who tries to cut it when I am actually OLD!  Family.... be aware.

AND... I don't think I look OLD at all!  Pffffft.

Over this shit now!  Moving on... I've finally managed to get the 1st top coat on the bathroom unit.  It's looking good.
I will be very happy when it gets back in the bathroom, I've got towels and stuff all over the freakin' floor.

Yaaa, I got the last coat on the bathroom unit tonight.  So, it's got all night to dry and set.

Dinner tonight was bacon and spring onion rice risotto... it was delicious.  Stew is having left overs for lunch tomorrow.

Time to sign off for the day.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for your lovely comments about my latest hair colouring.

Monday, December 05, 2016


I think the tree I've come up with this year is the best one I've done!

I got my inspiration from this guy:

ABOVE:  He was in a tree at the Christmas Heirloom Shop at The Base, and I just had to get him!

Our tree:

ABOVE:  Everyone likes the tree, just as well as it took Brylee and me a good couple of hours to get it done!

I must show you what Stew did for me yesterday afternoon too:

ABOVE:  He hung this new drop down clothesline in the garage. Now I have a really good clothesline to use over the long, wet Waikato winters.

Lastly for now:

ABOVE:  I. JUST. HAD. TO. DO. IT.... Now their beds look festive too!  
And I better take the cardboard off the bottom of the legs too... looks a bit naff leaving it on eh?  lol

Today?   Griffin to school, Keera to kindy, then Brylee and I will go swimming.

After that, home to paint the bathroom unit.

With, (hopefully), a tiny bit of the darker wood showing through on edges.  Kinda old distressed look, but not FULL ON distressed like things I've done before.

I have no intention of denting it, or giving it an 'old weathered' look.  It's too new to do that to it!


Swimming (Aqua aerobics) was lovely again today.  35 of us in the group today, and the water and weather were stunning!  I did two laps of the pool after the class, breast stroke and freestyle.  Gets the heart pumping that's for sure.  

Now?  Jobs.  Got to grab some essential groceries.  Rubbing alcohol so we can put up some Command Strips.  Then home to spray the undercoat on that bathroom unit.

So.  Busy.

Well I didn't do the undercoat... because while we were in town I checked out something one of the ladies at Aqua Fit told me about.
And I ended up going to an appointment instead.

It meant picking Keera up early from Kindy, and Brylee babysat her while I was out.

Now I'm home from that appointment, and will show you what it was ... tomorrow!  lol
I love keeping you in suspense.

It's 5.25 pm, and it's time to get dinner on.  We are having venison sausages, coleslaw, braised asparagus and wedges tonight.   Oh and garlic bread!

It was YUM.  Time to wind down, and try to keep cool.  It's stinking hot inside this room tonight... the sun beams in here ALL DAY.  Stifling.  Thank goodness we have air con.

Sunday, December 04, 2016


So... what did we get yesterday, aside from the little fish bowl?

 ABOVE:  new beds for the dogs!  We saw them and just could not resist them!  They are actually cat beds, but well... we won't tell the girls that.  *smiles*

 ABOVE:  We wanted additional storage in our bathroom, so found this tall wooden unit at Early Settler... it was half price.  Too good to pass it up.

Question?  I'm tempted to paint it white.  What do you think?  Paint it, or leave it.  I'm just not sure.

 ABOVE: The new umbrella in use.  It's tilt ability is what sold it to me.  I can now block out the sun when it's really low in the sky.

It means sitting outdoors is going to be very enjoyable.

ABOVE:  More surprises coming up in the garden.  There seems to be quite a few of these lillies dotted around the property... even in the lawns!  Very pretty.

And that's all I have for now.

We are heading back into Hamilton this morning to return the Christmas Lights I bought the other day.  The shop assistant has given me the wrong colour lights.  So, should be able to swap them no problem ... I hope.

ONWARD...  5.14 pm: and clearly I've been busy today!

I went into town and swapped the lights.  I  had to get multi coloured lights at the end of the day as they didn't have linking bright white ones, which is what I really wanted.  Never mind, the coloured ones are pretty too.

While I was out, Stew went to Mitre 10 and got a few things he needed to finish a job in the garage.

Then he trimmed our side of the hedges with his new hedge trimmer.  It did a good job:

ABOVE:  The trimmed hedges make the yard look bigger I reckon.

ABOVE:  Tweeking the gardens a bit... and so happy with how they are looking.  Bex... look at our lettuces!

ABOVE:  This feijoa tree was already here, and it's going to have a bumper crop of fruit this season! 

I can't believe how HAPPY I feel about our new garden and home!  Everything is PERFECT.

Brylee and I got the Christmas tree in the lounge decorated finally, but I will hold off showing you till tomorrow, so I have something to put on the blog! lol

I haven't had time to think about the bathroom unit yet, but I WILL be painting it.  Maybe tomorrow?

I have roast pork in the oven, it's smelling wonderful!  Time to get the veges on.

Dinner was delicious!  You really can't beat roast pork.
Quiet evening... everyone's tired.  Off to bed shortly.

Saturday, December 03, 2016


*sigh*.... I didn't get to it last night, felt a bit ikkk... so did nothing about the 'main' Christmas tree.

ABOVE:  The tree that's waiting...

 ABOVE:  waiting,  to have all these put on it.  But first, I have to get the lights on.  Why do I loathe putting decorations on trees... well the bigger trees?

It is gunna have to wait until after lunch.  We have the grocery shopping to do this morning.
I've put THAT particular job off for a few weeks too!

ABOVE:  Lacy having dinner last night... she's clearly doing well physically now.  She's a good weight now... so good to see.

ABOVE:  Our girls after their grooms.  They are so much happier now. 


So, we went into town.  We had a small 'look and price' list.

We looked and looked, and then we found and bought one thing on the list, then another, then another.

So, a successful shopping trip.  Stew and Griffin have gone back into Hamilton now to pick up a couple of our purchases.

Some things we bought were not even on the list... were not even necessary.  But, oh well... fell in love with them.

Now I have several painting jobs.  And that bloody tree still needs decorating too.

Keera is having a nap.  Brylee is vacuming (much to her disgust) and I'm about to hang out yet more washing.  

ABOVE:  First purchase?  Dunno... but we got the smaller fish bowl to go with the big fish bowl.  Had to do it!  Can see lollies in it, so people can add their own lollies to their dessert from the big bowl.  OR....or, you could have a seafood salad on a bed of lettuce in the big fish, and shrimps in the little one!

I will show you what else we bought later... once the guys get them home.


Yeah, nah.  I'm going to sign off for the day, and show stuff tomorrow. We just had a wonderful BBQ under our new umbrella.  So lovely outside in the early evening, having a dinner cooked by the man, sipping my first Bacardi and Coke for the year!

Friday, December 02, 2016


Yesterday Brylee and I went out to the local shops, on the hunt for a round Christmas Wreath for the front door.

No luck here in Cambridge.

Sooooo.... this morning I am taking both dogs into Animates in Te Rapa, Hamilton for a groom.
While they are there, I will pop into the Christmas Heirloom Shop in The Base and see what they have.

All going well... I will find one that's lovely.

Then I will pop home to pick up Keera from Kindy, then go back to Hamilton to pick up the dogs.

I'm asking them to clip them VERY SHORT, so they are more comfortable over summer.  Right now, they both look like sheep!

While there, I will be picking Lacy up so she can spend some time with us and Keera.

Last night, Griffin got home from his school Drama performance... looking like this:

 ABOVE:  I'm picking he was a wise old man or a shepard?  lol  Sadly, we missed seeing his performance due to timing muck ups.

After dinner, I got Stew to put up our one and only string of outside Christmas lights.  I hope to get more some time... but probably not this year.

ABOVE:  Not exactly spectacular at all, but it's something!

ABOVE:  I AM happy with my 'picture' window display.  

ABOVE:  My neighbour's lights, so pretty.  They flash and change colours.  That's what I'd like one day.


Yeah.... my outside string of lights sucks.  The photo shows how INSIGNIFICANT they are.  Bummer.

Well... I had a good morning!  

Got some housework done, then took the dogs to the groomers. Then I went to the Christmas Heirloom Shop at The Base and found a front door Christmas Wreath and some new lights for the big tree.

I've picked up Lacy and she is going to put up the big tree while I go back into Hamilton later to pick up the dogs.  Oh and of course, she will look after Keera so I don't have to take her in with me too.

Now.  The new door wreath.  I was so tempted to go with a blue and white one... but I resisted and got this:

ABOVE:  I went for it because it was a bit different, and more a traditional colour way.
What do you think of it?  
I might add a few more 'bits' to it myself yet.

Well... Lacy got all the decoration unpacked, so I could put them on the tree tonight.   I found some blue stuff for the wreath:

 ABOVE:  Blue added... now it looks more like MINE.

 ABOVE:  I have a little tree for the dining table.  It has little green and blue lights, but ya can't hardly see them in this photo.

ABOVE:  And finally (for now) a cute wee dancing tree.  He sings "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" and dances and sways.  He's for the kids to enjoy.

Ikkkk... ate too much tonight.  First time in weeks I've done that and regretted it.
Live and learn.

Another day tomorrow.

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Well... I'm not sure about going to Aqua today.
I'm so tired today.

And I'm aching from the other day still!

But, if Brylee is really keen, we will go I suppose.  I can pace myself and just see how I go?

After aqua we will come home and get some housework done.
Brylee should do some more study for her final exam tomorrow too.

I'm going to try and find our Christmas trees and decorations in the next couple of days too.

It's time to get them up!  It's DECEMBER!

I bet I'm one of the last people to get her Christmas Decorations up eh?

MY gosh, this year has been so busy, it's just flown by.

I hope next year is QUIET.  Uneventful and calm.  That would be bloody fantastic.

ABOVE:  Some cute photos of Dante and Archer that Bex sent me yesterday.  We should be seeing them in a couple of weeks for Dante's 4th Birthday.

Right.  Time to go and get Griffin and Keera off to school/kindy... and get ready for Aqua I suppose.


PEPSI UPDATE HERE: SHIT A BRICK ... 'we' had some tests done at the Doctor's a couple of weeks ago... and I'm SO RELIEVED to say everything came back NEGATIVE.  So we have nothing to worry about in relation to that.

I'm so sorry I forgot to let you know, for those of you who read Pepsi.

12.45 pm:  And... we didn't go to Aqua today.
I was just too stressed out about the things I wanted to get done around here, and my arms are still killing me from Tuesday's efforts.

So, I found the Xmas trees, the decorations and so on and Brylee and I did a bit of decorating.

The big tree isn't up yet, but we have done a lovely 'front door' display, which can be seen from the road and driveway.  I'm thrilled with it.

Keera noticed when I brought her back from Kindy at lunchtime.  I am sure it will look even nicer in the evening.  

It's now lunchtime, and Brylee is kindly making me a toasted sandwich for lunch.  Then I'm going to relax for a while and watch Home and Away!

LEANNE: Yes I am happier than I've been in a very long time, but I still get stressed out easily.  Particularly at this time of year when there's all sorts of things going on, gifts to get/wrap, birthday party for Dante, end of School and Kindy activities, and just life in general!

I get in a flap far too easily.  It's just my nature.
I'm NOT calm and collected that often *smiles*.

And on that note, I'm off to relax after making a lovely dinner of bacon wrapped lamb rissoles, with home made potato wedges and vegetables.  Are ya drooling?   hee hee

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Yesterday afternoon I decided to teach Brylee and Griffin how to play cards.  Skip Boo in fact, as it's the only cards I have in the house I think?

Anyway, we played about 5 rounds of the game, both kids really enjoyed it, and I sure did!

I haven't played cards in years, I used to play with Steve and other family members till shit hit the fan a few years ago.  Then no more cards.

I really missed it.

After dinner last night, Brylee and I sat down to play another game of Skip Boo... and OMGOSH!!!  Stew said he would play a game with us too!


Because Stew hasn't played cards in over 17 years!  The last time he played cards was with me, and my brother Vern.

Vern used to come home from Indonesia and stay with us, and we ALWAYS played cards together, the three of us.  It was like a tradition with us!  We loved playing, the competition was fierce.  

So, when Vern died, Stew never played cards again.  I don't know if it was a conscious decision not to play cards again?  But he never did, till last night.

I hope he continues to play cards with us, because I LOVE PLAYING CARDS, and have missed it so much.

ABOVE:  My gardens yesterday, after those F*#king chickens had been in and raked all the bark everywhere.  I'm now on the warpath.
Next time I see them I am going to let the dogs out... THAT should scare them off surely?
Clearly the chicken's owners are not confining them as they are supposed to.

If I wanted chickens in my yard, I'd GET ME OWN!  Grrrrr.  The chicken owners have been asked to keep them out of our yards, both ours and our neighbour's.  What else can we do?

Shoot them???

Even if we chicken fence proof OUR YARD, they can still just walk in our front driveway.  I'm damned if I'm going to go to the expense of getting a huge wire gate to keep them out!  Not my chickens, not my expense.

Rant over.

Off to get the kids to school/kindy, then do the grocery shopping.


Well Brylee and I are in Hamilton.. we came in to do the grocery shopping.  We have been here for 2 and a half hours and yeah.... probably won't be doing it!   We are having too much fun scoping out the shops in town.

I have found THE MOST AMAZING, TOTALLY ME dessert bowl! 

Wait till you see it! You are going to either LOVE it... or HATE it. **smiles**

RIGHT.  I wanted to find a 'trifle bowl', one with straight up and down sides ... for christmas.  But I couldn't find one big enough... so Brylee and I hunted everywhere in Hamilton.  Finally, we went into The Importer, where I found this: 

 ABOVE:  A fish bowl!!!   How bloody cool is that???

ABOVE:  Now I need 20 people to help eat the dessert I just made!

What do you think of it?  I want everyone to tell me... like or not?

***Obviously I shall need to practise making the layers... but I'm fairly happy with it as a first attempt.

Well I'm happy to say we had NO PROBLEMS getting the dessert out of the 'bowl'.  😋

Time to wind down for the evening.  I'm really tired tonight... shopping is exhausting!