Sunday, July 26, 2020


My painting area is up and ready to go again.

Stew put the shelf up in the new area, so now I can paint.

I hope to get at least two paintings done this morning.

DOGSTARS:  Taking a video of the process is rather hard.  My lighting is not that good, and getting the camera at the right angle/height is problematic as well.

I've spent quite a bit of time trying to get it set up so I can take a video, but am not having any luck.  I won't give up on the idea, but it might not happen right now.

I don't know what Stew's plans are for the day... could just be a lazy Sunday.

Steve is coming around this morning to try and find out why our 'Ultra Fast Fibre' internet connection is SUPER SLOW!  In fact it's so slow I can't download photos half the time cos the download times out.  And let's not even try to view a video on Facebook... I'm sick to death of seeing that little spinning circle!  

And some days trying to open my internet banking is impossible, so I actually DRIVE to the bank cos it's quicker!  Yep, it's that bad.

Steve said 'normal speed' is around 70 something or other... our's is on 1.  ONE.
I have no idea what 'something or other' is... but he's getting to the bottom of it, hopefully today.

ABOVE:  So good to have this boy home again.  He's out of a bad situation finally.

ABOVE:  I bought this over sized top.... it's supposed to be like a wearable hooded blanket.  All I know is ... it's divine!  So snuggly and warm.

ABOVE:  Another snuggly blanket we have, I shared it with little Archer last night.

Right.... let's get to the day.  I'm excited to start mixing paint. 


OK.  It's nearly 12 noon.  Steve has been here for a couple of hours working on the phone with SPARK.  It was eventually decided we needed a new Modem, even though out current modem was less than 2 years old.
So the guys went and got a new one (no charge) and Steve installed it.

AND BOOM!   OMG instantly we have super fast internet.  I'm gobsmacked.
Now to download a photo takes like LESS than a second!  Most days it would fail as it timed out.  
I was having to send my photo to Facebook and down load it from there!

Seriously, this is a huge improvement.

AND, while he was here I asked him to try and sort out a way for me to take a video of my painting.  So he did this:

ABOVE:  I now have a way to take a video with the camera right above the canvas.  Awesome.
Just took someone else's way of thinking to work it out.
Clearly my thinking process was not up to it. 😂

NOW... I'm gunna have a piddle (been putting it off for a couple of hours, it's cold in the loo!)... then I shall mix up some paint.

12.55pm:  And I've just finished my first ever WAVE painting.  It's looking AMAZING.... but time will tell if it bleeds together or not.  That is my main worry right now.

I did a video, it's still downloading.  

ABOVE:  let's see if this worked.  Used a different method of putting a video on here.  (If it works, Thanks LINDA.)

COOL!  It works on both a computer and a phone, no more having to go to 'View Web Version' on your phone.  Thanks Linda, much appreciated.  Now I just have to remember how to do it.  😂

Oh and I also have to turn the phone around when I'm videoing, cos you are watching it sideways.

6.45 PM:  and I had a little nap.  When I woke, Griffin was walking out the door, returning to Auckland!   Didn't even say 'goodbye'.
To say we are beyond upset would be an understatement.
He's going to learn the hard way obviously.  He's too young, and easily manipulated by an expert manipulator.
So... the guys wasted their Saturday, and I wasted time getting a room ready for him.  WE are pretty upset right now.

Moving on, cos what else can ya do?  

Stew is cooking us some dinner.... I think he's making beef 'n' bacon burgers .... cos we have some beef 'n' bacon left.  Smelling yummy already.  

I'm in the foulest mood so... will sign off for the day.  The only words that want to come out of my mouth a very, very bad ones right now.

*** another cat! ***


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Love the oversized hoodie! Is it one of the moana road ones?-Stella

  2. Could do woolie rug here today still only 4 degrees

  3. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Yep I need one of those woolly hoodie things where did ya get it?? Bloody freezing here today but the sun is making a great effort. Geez Griffin you're looking good young man 😀 GM.

    1. I got it from Acquisitions ... the company that stocks them is called MOANA RD

  4. You definitely need that internet sorted! We have the gigantic fibre plan and get around 900 Mbps which is ridiculously fast. It's not much more expensive either, we only pay $89 a month including landline and national free calls. If Steve can't sort it you need to call the internet company!

    1. Fantastic... life's too short to have slow internet :) Did you get my email about how to put up videos so everyone can see? If you don't get what I mean I'm happy to explain more. Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy and means everyone will be able to view your videos whether on phone or computer.

    2. Yay, it worked!!! Just keep my email handy if you forget :)

  5. Love your snuggle hoodie..💕

  6. Oh yay! Can't wait to see the video!

  7. I lived watching the video and the wave looks,fantastic

  8. ooohhh what a relief to get the internet sorted -- nothing worse than tech problems!!! PS: is that Griffin's leg flung over Brylee --- so cute!!!

  9. Anonymous4:50 PM

    Kewl, that's really neat 😊
    #Lacy 💙

  10. I'm stoked you got your internet speed sorted and the uploading of videos too! Win, win!! But sending you lots of love regarding Griffin's poor decision to go back up to Auckland. You're a wonderful set of parents to have offered him a roof over his head and for giving him an opportunity to sort out his next steps in life but it's so disappointing that he's decided to return up to Auckland instead of making a future in the Waikato.

  11. I love your new painting ... it looks awesome! You are so clever.

  12. I am so sorry to hear that Griffin was talked into going back to Auckland. He will be back but it will take him time and maturity.
    Love the cats. Prefer the ones with fur though!! This one is cute.

  13. Anonymous9:30 PM

    Can Steve come and fix our internet os it’s real bad and the new modem didn’t fix it. Our tech adviser did a Griffin but said he would be home for dinner-4 months ago. Can’t contact him because he changed his number 🤷‍♀️ It’s very hard

    1. I'm so sorry about your internet... and your Tech Adviser going bush. I hope he/she gets in touch again soon. {{{HUGS}}}

  14. Anonymous1:57 AM

    Chris - I am so sorry to hear Griffin decided to bolt again. I know how disappointed you must be. I'll send wishes that he realizes (soon) where it is he is supposed to be. Take care and try not to worry too much, he seems to be a good kid, and hopefully he comes to realize what is best for him sooner than later.

    Ky Girl

  15. I am sorry about Griffin. Just keep the room ready and let him know you will always be there for him. That's about all you can do. And the trip for the guys wasn't really wasted. To show that your family loves him, and welcomes him, and will be there for him, is incredibly valuable even if he doesn't see that right now.


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