Sunday, August 12, 2012



FIRSTLY TODAY:  Condolences to my sister Lorraine in Australia, her boyfriend was killed in a car accident on Friday night.  We are thinking of you and his family.  ♥


It feels weird knowing Griffin spent his first night away from us with 'strangers'!  He had a sleep-over at his friend's house.
Wonder how much sleep they got!  I bet not that much.  I take my hat off to parents who 'do' sleep overs!

I don't know if I'd have the patience or tolerance to put up with a room full of giggly, 'won't to to sleep' kids!

I think he's coming home this afternoon.  I bet he will be going to bed a bit earlier than usual!  lol

I did not get a chance to do any sewing yesterday, what with Lacy and Miss Muppet visiting, and going out to Sylvia Park etc.

OH and Coronation Street was on too... it's on Thurs/Fri and Saturday nights here now.   And it's quite INTERESTING ... lots going on.  I know... Coronation Street is INTERESTING!!!
In me 20's and 30's I wouldn't be caught DEAD watching Coronation Street, but now?  I love it.

Did I ever tell you that the first TV programme I EVER saw was Coronation Street?  I was 5 when we got our first TV... and I saw Coronation Street followed by the 6pm News... then the TV programmes STOPPED until the next day!  CAN YOU remember the first TV programme you ever saw???

Here's a few cute photos from yesterday... cos I ain't taken any today yet eh?  lol

ABOVE:  Lacy, Stew and Keera.
I LOVE seeing Stew interacting with our grandbabies! 
I cannot remember a single time when my Dad held one of my babies.  NOT ONE.  That's sad.

But you can't go back and change things, so ..


WORRIED SICK.  Our infant grandson Bodhi is in hospital.   He has an infection in his blood, they don't know what yet.  He has an IV in with antibiotics, is being tube fed and is on oxygen.... so they are doing everything they need to do to get him well again.
I am BEYOND worried.  And so damn annoyed that they live so far away... and I cannot just jump on a plane and go to be with them.  DAMN DAMN DAMN.

MAGPIE:  I didn't take offence Chick.  Just wanted to clarify things.

KYM in Brisbane asked for the Ginger Cake recipe again... so here it is:

Preperation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 1hr 10 mins

185 g (6 oz) butter, chopped
1 cup (350g/11 oz) golden syrup
3/4 cup...(140g/4 1/2oz) lightly packed soft brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups (185g, 6 oz) plain flour
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 Tblsp ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2 Tblspn finely chopped glace ginger

Ginger Icing:
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 Tblsp milk
2 Tblsp golden syrup
30 g (1 oz) butter, softened
1 1/2 Tblsp finely chopped glace ginger

Preheat oven to 160C or 315F, Gas 2-3... Line a lightly greased 9 inch square shallow baking tin with non-stick baking paper, over-hanging two opposite sides.
Combine butter, golden syrup, sugar and 3/4 cup of water in a pan and stir over gentle heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and let cool a bit, then add the beaten egg, mix well.
Sift the flour, soda and spices, add to mixture and beat well to remove any lumps. Stir in the glaze ginger, pour into the tin. Bake for about an hour .. or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack.

Icing: beat icing sugar, milk, golden syrup and butter together. spread over the cold gingerbread cake and sprinkle with glace ginger.
When cutting a sticky cake like this use a hot, wet knife for best results.

This cake will add 10 pounds OVERNIGHT. But it's delicious!.. and freakin easy to make. If you love ginger.. you will love this cake!

I needed to smile, so I rang our youngest son Mike in Palmerston North ... and we all had a good long yak with him.  We miss him so much. But, he's healthy and happy so we can't ask for anything more can we.

ABOVE:  Bodhi in hospital.  The doctors are now checking Sienna as well, as she is unwell too.  I am hoping she only has a bad cold... I don't know if I could bear it if she was ill too.

Meanwhile, wee Keera has a cold too... but she is OK... I've been around to Lacy's to make sure!

Heard from Tess this afternoon... Bodhi is no worse... so we just have to wait until tomorrow to find out what is ailing him.  Sienna is OK too.

Had a 'power nap' late this afternoon ... just could NOT keep my eyes open.  They are sore and aching and I have no idea why.

End of Day:  a very troubling day.  I hope tomorrow brings good news for our baby Bodhi.
nite nite

UPDATE on Bodhi before I go to bed.
Tess text'd me a little while ago... baby is no worse, holding his own. They are hoping that we will all know more about his condition tomorrow. It might just be a viral thing... but they just don't know yet. There was talk about his PKU test being abnormal too. So.. we wait. I will update if/when we have more news. THANK YOU to everyone for your kind wishes and concern. Bodhi is a much loved and special wee man.


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  2. Ah the first sleepover!!

    Hope he had a fun time. My parents live in England (and I'm in Canada) so they don't get to see my boys too often. Its wonderful that you and Stew can have so much time with them. Cherish every moment! It will mean the world to those babies when they are grown.

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  4. I am sure Griffin had a blast... sorry to hear about your sisters boyfriends death and Bodhi is in the best place possible, crossing fingers for a positive outcome and speedy recovery.

  5. Oh Chris, I am sorry to hear about Bohdi. I hope he gets better Soon. Also condolences to your sister.

    Griffin will be fine, I have had a few sleepovers & they don't tend to get much sleep. Generally theY crash in the lounge on the floor & watch dvd's, play games & just talk. I feed them homemade pizza or American hot dogs & leave them to it.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your grandson - I hope he recovers quickly. I hate to hear of any sick child, it is simply not fair.

  7. Sell some stuff on trade me, flights are not to bad at the moment... when there's a will there's a way.... :)

  8. We LOVE Coronation Street here in Canada too:)

  9. Thinking of you and your family at the moment Chris. I hope wee Bodhi makes a speedy recovery and is home soon with his family. I can understand how stressful it must feel for you being so far away at times like these. Also thoughts are with your sister right now - what an awful time for her too. I hope Griffin enjoyed his first sleepover.

  10. Anonymous11:01 AM

    Sending my best wishes that Bodhi is well and home again in no time. XOXO

    And my deepest condolences for your sisters loss. That is so sad.

    KY Girl

  11. Sorry to your sister Lorraine, that is awful. I am also so sorry about Bodhi - hope he makes a speedy recovery.

    Hope your day goes well.

    Penny xo

  12. Anonymous12:25 PM

    I am so sorry to hear little Bodhi is in the hospital with a blood problem! wonder how he got that? I'll pray for him to get well quickly. Poor little guy and I know his parents must be a wreck. My sympathies to Lorraine on losing her boyfriend. She must be devastated. prayers of sympathy to her and his family. A hard time for all of them.

    Darling photos of Stew! ...debbie

  13. I'm so sorry your sister is going through the loss of her boyfriend.

    I'm keeping your family in my prayers with special emphasis on your sweet new grandson. Hugs...

  14. I hoping for quick recovery for Bohdi....I know it must be awful for you to be so far away.

  15. I am sorry to hear that Bodhi is so unwell,prays and thoughts for you and for Russell and Tess, a loss in anyones family is sad, it is teeming with rain we have pot roast in crockpot had soup and scones for lunch and we are lounging with heaters on and have blankets on knees.

  16. Oh dear.sad for you on both counts. Poor wee baby.and your sisters boyfriend. Will be thinking of you all.No use saying don't worry,because it's natural that you will. All the best Chris for a good outcome.

  17. So very sorry to hear about your sister Lorraine and the devastating loss of her boyfriend. I feel very sad also that little Bohdi is sick. I hope he is well again very soon, If Russell and his family lived in Melbourne I would offer for you to stay with us if you were able to come to Australia to see them. Magpie

  18. Thinking of you all and I hope Bodhi is on the mend soon.

  19. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Thanks for the recipe Chris, can't wait to make it.

    Prayers coming Bodhi and Sienna, I hope they are both well soon.


  20. I'm sending 'get well' vibes into the universe for Bodhi :-)

    Our youngest became very ill at 4 days old and spent the next 2 weeks in PICU. He was very, very ill, but today we have a happy, healthy extremely intelligent 12 year old. The doctors and nurses in the ICU are amazing. Kia Kaha.

  21. Thoughts are with you and yours xx

  22. Thank you for the Bohdi updates. Fingers crossed he will be fine. Try to get some sleep tonight.

  23. Sending love and positive thought your way.

  24. Hope thinks turn around for the little one. I know that a sick child can be heartbreaking. Hope he comes back home soon.

  25. Continued thoughts and prayers for your family! SO sorry you all are going through this. I hope also the comment trolls you had problems with awhile back at least respect you during this time. ((hug))

  26. OH PS in answer to your question I am blogging on an old laptop. Really awkward but at least I have something to stay connected w/ the outside world.

  27. Sending good and positive thoughts for a swift diagnosis and recovery for Bodhi...and hope that you (and Stew) will take good care of yourselves, or you'll be no use to anyone!

    Mrs F

  28. Oh my goodness poor little Bodhi!! I hope he recovers quickly!

    So sorry for your sister's loss, how horrible.

  29. Keeping you and ALL of the family in my thoughts and prayers! <3


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