Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Guess what happens when I sit and sew for a few hours in the heat?

ABOVE:  Me damn legs puff up and I end up with no shins or ankles.  Grrrrr.
I'd managed to avoid this problem so far this summer, but yesterday/last night?  Yeah.  All puffed up.

My toes felt all tight and horrible too... even though they don't look too bad.

ABOVE: See?  When I press down on me shin I end up with dents.  Horrible.

So today I'm going to make sure I don't sit for any longer than an hour at a time, and take a good walk around to get the fluid moving again.

I am going out first thing this morning to post off a Zippered Coin Purse to a friend in Wellington.  She saw it on Facebook last night and bought it.  

Then I will come home and make some more.
They are lots of fun to make, nice and quick, and it's neat choosing the fabrics, what goes with what and so on.

I think they will be a great project to use fabric scraps on too... I'm always wanting ideas on how to use up me scraps.  I don't throw away ANYTHING, cos it might come in handy at some point.

Hence my scrap bins are kinda full!

I don't think I have anything else 'on' today except the usual.  Watering the various areas around the yard, and the LAWN... cos it really is almost a lawn!

I'm not gunna bore you with any more progress photos of grass.  I'm gunna now wait till it's fully grown before I show you again.

Oh and yeah,  *sigh*... gotta do some washing. Friggin boring as shit like that just makes me go MEH... don't wanna do it, but I have to.

Back later.


Who else gets to the middle of the afternoon and then thinks "Oh hell, what shall I do for dinner?".

Yeah, that would be me for the past few months.
And it's so annoying.

So, Stew suggested I go back to planning out the week's dinners.

ABOVE:  So, I did.  And what a difference it makes.  No more desperately defrosting something at 4 pm, or going nah, can't be arsed and getting a takeaway.

It's so easy to just look at the planner and go grab the meat out of the freezer.  

I've already got tonight's dinner cooking.  Pork in the crock pot.

I had a bright idea when I went into the Studio this morning!  Yeah, it does happen sometimes.

I've had a pile of blocks sitting waiting to be used for 'something' for quite a few years now.  And I decided they would be perfect for 'Zippered Project Bags' ... or just larger 'Coin Purses'...

  ABOVE:  I have 16 of them.

ABOVE:  And there ya go, the first one is done.
So gorgeous!!!

ABOVE:  And as predicted, it lasted all of 3 minutes!

I've now made three of the bigger Zippered Bags... time to take a lunch break.

ABOVE:  my NEW favourite!  It's got a boat!  I'm tempted to keep this one.

4.30 pm:  And I've wrapped up me sewing day.  I ended up making 4 of the larger zippered bags.  Then Brylee and I had a lovely swim.

Griffin swung by for some clean clothes... then left again.  But not before I had a few words with him.  Most likely in one ear and out the other, but I tried.

Now it's time to get the dinner finalised.  I'm turning the pork into a stew then putting it in a pie.  OMG I feel like pie!  lol

It's a Kiwi thing.  We love our pies.  Not sweet ones, savoury ones for sure.

8.30 pm:  And dinner was really yum, as I knew it would be.  No left overs though, sorry Lacy.

Time to just relax and watch some TV.  


  1. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Nice set of pins Chris 🤗 especially for someone soooooo near the grave lol George's Mum.

  2. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Geez you're nowhere near the grave Chris.
    Wish I could send some of our rain up to you.

    1. George's Mum meant that as a joke Anon... it's a longstanding joke now, pertaining to someone who slagged me off and said I was near the grave.

  3. Love those little coin purses, and admire people who can get zips to go in that neatly. And look at you - making us watch grass grow!
    Mary in Tassie

  4. Anonymous1:31 PM

    Just a thought, Chris, if you added ham to your yummy baked carrot dish, it would be a full meal. Bread roll with it if really hungry. Audrey

  5. Love meal planning, makes meals shopping soooo much easier :-)

  6. My ankles are the same, it's the heat, in fact I'm bloated all over! ;-D Or it could be I'm just fat!! haha, I'll stick with the bloated though or as I say 'The tide's in!'
    Loving the wee purses, good idea using up the blocks

  7. Anonymous4:18 PM

    I use a bag like that in my main handbag to keep makeup, face wipes, sanitizer, medication, bandaids etc so they are a great idea!

  8. It's as Aussie as meat pies!

    1. Cool... I can get a pie or two when we are over there then!

    2. Meat pies of all descriptions - with potato on top, steak n kidney, chicken, and my favourite scallop. Not sure if the last on counts as meat but close enough!

  9. Anonymous6:24 PM

    yea leftovers lol 😂
    See you guys tomorrow 😁
    #Lacy 💙

  10. I wanna (NZ) meat pie. Waaaaa

  11. Oooh my mum came to stay and brought up a pie for dinner..... soooo good

  12. Love the coin purses! Wish I was in your half of the world and I would order a couple!


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