Friday, March 27, 2020


Right, the tree's next addition:

ABOVE:  So, now we have a POM POM.  And I had to look up on You Tube how to make a freakin' pom pom!  

While I was sewing it on, no less than 3 'groups' of people walked by (at a safe distance)..... and they ALL stopped and talked to me about the tree and what I was doing.

AND all said they would now be keeping an eye on future developments.  *smiles*

By GROUPS I mean there was a man on his own, a man and woman together, and a Mum and her little boy.     *We are allowed to go for walks, as long as we don't get close to other people*.

Also worth noting, THAT is as far as I intend to go off my property, unless I'm going to the supermarket, masked up and holding sanitiser soaked wipes.

Day 2 of our LOCK DOWN... who knows how many more?  30/40/50, no one knows.
It's a surreal feeling knowing you are literally stuck at home and can't go anywhere except a couple of places.

Stew was talking to someone on the phone yesterday from work.  Apparently one of his colleagues in Auckland was driving to the office to pick up case files, and was stopped by the Police!  

Because he didn't (as yet) have the necessary paperwork clearing him to go to the office, he was told to turn around and go back home!

Because where Stew works is deemed as providing an essential service, they will be issued with the appropriate paperwork soon I hope.

It's certainly a very different world we are living in right now!  

I wouldn't say I am scared, but I am unsettled by it all.  

I read this on a friend's blog last night:

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from "Miffed" to "Peeved."  Soon, though, level may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross."
The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.
The virus has been re-categorised from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance."  The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's Get the Bastard."  They don't have any other levels.  This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its alert level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright, Mate."  Two more escalation levels remain:  "Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and  "The barbie is cancelled."  So far, no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

Yep.  Funny, but not.  Not enough is being done in some countries to stop the spread of this damn virus.

Today I have no set plans.  There's plenty to do around here... let's wait and see what I get up to.


So.  I ate a 2nd piece of my cake at around MIDNIGHT.  VERY. BAD. MOVE.

I woke at 4 am with stomach acid rising into my mouth.  I choked, struggled to breathe for over 3 hours!  It was horrific.
It has only ever happened 4 times in my life, and always after I've eaten too late in the evening.

I've got a burnt throat and feel like utter shit.
I'm exhausted and have a massive headache to boot.

Not happy with myself, I should have known better.

But that cake... so delicious!

But I think I'll give it a wide berth today.  
Might even fast till dinnertime to give myself time to get over that incident.

We have glorious, constant drizzle here today.  The lawn and gardens are getting a good soaking.

So's the knitting on the tree... but that's OK.  It won't hurt it.

I've got another piece ready to go on too.  And I've thought of what piece to do next, so I might just start on that today.

STEVE:  Has just been taken to A&E at the hospital.  More later.

ABOVE:  taken just now. (3.45 pm).
He started getting pain in his shoulder radiating down to his chest... the Doctor thought it might be a travelling blood clot?  So off to hospital Bex took him.

He's there till they can work out what the problem is. 
Bex and the boys had to stay in the car, drop him off at the A & E door and go home.

Scary.  He's hoping he doesn't have to stay there... cos Bex and the boys (and us) cannot visit him now.

8.55 pm and he's finally off for a Cat Scan!  Hoping it doesn't show any blood clots and he can go home.

How wrong can you be?  He does NOT have any blood clots.  What he has is an enlarged heart, showing signs of damage from ????
So, he's been admitted and will be seen by a cardiologist either tonight or tomorrow.

FUCK.  What else can go wrong for him?  This is the third damn thing.

I'm going.  I doubt I'll sleep much tonight, even though I'm knackered, been awake since 4 am this morning.

The worst thing for me in all of this is we can't even go up there and be with him.


  1. I just walked the dogs, and everyone was keeping good distance, but more people are out than I normally see. Just as you said, kids/mom, couples, solos. Many dogs are probably getting more walks than they normally do. I am used to being home. But I am sure it is a major adjustment for most people.

    My daughter is offering online support for the families from her autism clinic. Those poor parents are really challenged, very hard to have no respite/break. They are used to the kids being at the clinic most of the day M-F. A woman this morning told my daughter she is the only adult she has to talk to, so even though it is just over the computer, it is a comfort to these families.

  2. Love the tree! My memory of pom-poms is that they can reduce your stash quite quickly- they take a lot of yarn. Best wishes for the lockdown.

  3. Lol. As a Scot I find that funny, and sadly accurate.

  4. That is so funny! Sadly though for Australia the are simply not doing enough. Clothing shops are still open, people are going to malls... it doesn't make sense and many Aussies are getting so frustrated with the Government. I'm glad we are in lockdown - right decision Jacinda :)

  5. Ooooh, watch out for that acid reflux! It can atrophy part of your vocal cords and then your voice doesn't work properly. If you raise the head of your bed even three inches, it helps keep the acid down in your stomach (if you don't eat too late in the evening). Be sure your sheets are not slick and slippery (no satin!) or your feet will end up sliding out the bottom of your bed, and hang off at the ankles and wake you up. Just my personal experience here.
    I do enjoy reading this set of British and expatriate blogs I have found. Thank you for your blog!

  6. Anonymous2:07 PM

    Sheesh take care chick I have been stood down for the day as our internet servers at work can't handle the jandal ohhh well beer time! George's Mum.

  7. Hugs for Steve and you all. More hugs.

  8. Oh shit... That's awful news Chris.

  9. Oh no!! Poor Steve :-(

  10. Oh Gosh Chris, hoping for all the best for Steve.

  11. Look young man its not just Bex the boys Chris and Stew that are worried about you your Ma blog family too so please get well soon Steve cyber hugs xxx

    1. Anonymous9:25 PM

      like that xx
      #Lacy 💙

  12. No more cake Chris!!! Fingers crossed Steve is ok. Sending hugs.

  13. OMG - I feel so bad! Steve must be absolutely miserable! How boring and lonely for him! Steve! Get home - will you!??? Who took that picture? I see the old quirky Steve in that face!

  14. Anonymous6:55 PM

    Shoulder tip pain can be related to clots but more often to gastric maybe from his pancreatitis. poor Steve....we cooked the cake as well very yummy


  15. Steve did the right thing by going straight back to the hospital. Really hope he improves quickly and goes home soon, xxxxxx

  16. Gosh Steve and the rest of your are going through the wringer lately, it'll be hard not to be anble to rush to his bedside, xxx

  17. Oh Chris I am feeling so much for you, and Steve, such a beautiful man he does not deserve this, Bex and the boys, this is so hard for you, I hope and pray Steve will have good health again soon,

  18. My heart breaks for you and Bex. I can't even offer to help. I hope the news is not too bad for Steve.

  19. Hope Steve is on the mend and home again quickly.

  20. Anonymous1:58 AM

    That would be heartbreaking not to be able to go see them. I really feel for you all and hope everything turns out okay for their lovely little family. Michelle from Oz

  21. Sending positive vibes for Steve to get better. This is an impossible situation for all. Take care.

  22. What next! I hope they can get to the bottom of this soon. I feel so bad for Bex and the boys and you and Stew not being able to go and see him. Take care Steve and get better.

  23. thinking of all of you and hoping things turn around for you soon- all best wishes from waaaay far away-

  24. I have a daughter with severe health issues. So I know a bit of what you are going thru and I am so so sorry.

    It is very tough and scary under normal conditions, let alone these.

    Take the best care of yourself that you possibly can.

  25. So sorry to hear that Steve is back in hospital. Sending positive vibes that he is home with Bex and the boys soon and feeling a lot better.

  26. SO sorry about Steve. It must be so hard for you. Thinking positive thoughts for you and your family. Even though he can't be with his family, at least he knows that you all love him and are with him in spirit.

  27. OH no that sucks :( (((hugs for you all))

  28. Anonymous9:25 AM

    So sorry about Steve, but I have to also tell you that my Dad had an enlarged heart and he died at 94, after an active life climbing mountains, gardening and walking. So my fingers are crossed that Steve will be Ok as my Dad was.
    All best wishes to you.
    J.P. in the UK

  29. Sorry Steve is feeling so crap! As someone who is recovering (still!) from bilateral pulmonary embolisms and a pericardial effusion I know how scary that can be. You definitely don't want clots! Hopefully they will say it is viral and treat him with colchicine with no ill effects.
    Melissa in Oz


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