Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Last night I had a go at taking photos of the Super Moon.  I didn't have any luck at all till I watched some videos on You Tube.

I used the Manual setting on my camera for the first time... and this is what I got:

ABOVE: It's not perfect by any means, but I'm really happy with it!  I'd love to learn more about photography, but when does one get the time?

TIME.   I'm probably going to have less spare time soon... cos here's a little secret:


I went to an interview a couple of weeks ago, then I got a call back for a second interview last week... to be a cleaner at a Private Boarding school in Hamilton.  And well... I got it!

I didn't expect to at all as I didn't even have a CV... I just applied and said I didn't have a CV, and I was a 60 year old who had not worked outside the home for 14 years!

I must have said something right in the interviews though eh?  

While being a cleaner is not a 'whoop dee doo' sorta job... it is a job and I will be earning some money and getting outta the house. 

OH and I didn't even tell Stew I was going to a job interview cos I wanted to surprise him if I got it.  *smiles*

Kinda chuffed cos it means every job I've ever applied for, I've got.  And I still don't have a freakin CV.  lol

Now... today we have a couple of my Mum's siblings coming for lunch.  Then we have Amanda and her kids coming for dinner.  So I expect to be fairly busy entertaining today.

Tomorrow we have a couple more family members coming for lunch as well!

At some point today I am hoping to make a start on a couple of little sewing projects for my Mum too... which need to be finished by Monday.  So the Alien Quilt is being put aside for a week.

So... it's going to be a busy few days!
Catch ya later.


At this stage neither Brylee or I have start dates for our jobs. Contracts have to be agreed and signed and I know I have 2 days of training and OSH work to do.  So ... could be a week or two for me. Brylee will probably start soon I expect.

4.15 pm:  Oh my what a busy day!
I spent the morning preparing lunch.  I made cheese scones, date scones and sausage rolls.
I had every hot drink imaginable on the bench... so I had everything covered.

Our guests arrived and we had a lovely, lovely visit with them.

 ABOVE:  Lunch really was yum.

 ABOVE:  Three outta five sisters.. Ethel, Joyce and me Mum.  Missing is Laura (in Canada, but we talked to her this morning on the phone) and Jean who is away in Wellington.

ABOVE:  And one with me.  Bit hard to tell, but we all have the family blue eyes, just different shades. *smiles*

The visitors have left now, so I get to breathe for a couple of hours before Amanda and her kids arrive for dinner.

We are having a semi 'silly bugger' dinner.  Sausages, mashed potatoes, spaghetti or baked beans... a nice easy dinner after today's efforts!

ABOVE:  And dinner is over and the Hamilton clan have left.  It was very NOISY... but lovely.  I've got a few more photos, but will post them tomorrow.  Little Liam has lost his first tooth and is very happy about it.  Amanda was giving 'photo bombing' a go!

And that is a wrap for the day, it's been hectic, busy, hot and noisy.  I'm EXHAUSTED and already looking forward to bed.


  1. Wow, good for you for getting the job! When do you start and is it every day? Lots of changes at your house. Everybody working and only Griffin still in school.

  2. The Moon photo is magnificent! A JOB????!!!!! Wow! That will be some new fodder for your blog? How many hours a week will this be?! Well, cool and congratulations!

  3. Congratulations! Good on ya!

  4. Great moon shot Chris. Congratulations on your job. Cleaners are a valuable part of any team. When do you start?

  5. That's a great moon photo!! Well done on the job too - I'm thinking you will really enjoy that. Congratulations to both you and Brylee :)

  6. Congrats on ya job

  7. Wow that's exciting, congrats to the both of you!!

  8. Well done you!!!

  9. Well done on the job Chris. Cleaning is an important job. It’s a health and safety issue and some business can’t operate if they haven been cleaned

  10. Anonymous2:29 PM

    Congratulations...will it be part time? good exercise


  11. Anonymous2:32 PM

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  12. Wow! Congratulations on the new job!!! You must interview really well if you have gotten every job you've applied for! Hugs~

  13. wooohoooo on the job....

  14. Congrats Chris, happy for you both. :-)

  15. Lucky, lucky them! You will be awesome! Our school cleaners are way less than impressive. Super speedy! They can vacuum 4 classrooms in our block in under 20 mins! I wish you were in Christchurch!!!

  16. Congrats to both you and Brylee!!

  17. Kiwionholidays6:08 PM

    Fab post ,,,neat about your job well done you ,,
    The sisters all look lovely together and what a fab get together for you all,


  18. Trying out to see if this goes through fab post lovely pic of the 3 sisters and you,
    What a neat reunion for you all
    Fab news re your new job

    Well done you...

  19. Love the sisters photo. They all you so alike. Short white hair and glasses lol....but definitely a resemblance. You too. Keep the'll see yourself in twenty , or much more lol, years
    Congrats on the job.

  20. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Hi Lovely pictures, your mother and her sister sitting next to her have similar tops on...with all of you having the amazing blue eyes, where did your ancestors originally come from? very nordic I think..


  21. Anonymous8:38 PM

    I was born in Holland and everyone also said I looked like the blonde girl in ABBA.. and Olivia Newton John when I was young lol..even last year my friend and I were at the hospital and my mothers specialist said we looked like ABBA she has the brown hair like the other we are your age ( a bit My mother also had the most amazing blue eyes..


  22. Congratulations on the jobs you two! Amazing photos of your mum and her sisters.
    Lovely family photos too.

  23. Congratulations to you and Brylee on the new jobs! It looks like you have had a fun day with all your visitors - lovely to see.

  24. Your family really does have the MOST AMAZING set of blue eyes!

  25. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Congrats on the jobs!!!! Love all the pic's - must be wonderful for your Mum to catch up!!!! X


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