Wednesday, August 19, 2020


 Cute story:  Yesterday Bex came around to do my vacuming.  She had both boys with her.  Archer has a cold.  So Dante decided he had a tummy ache and 'the sniffles', so he didn't have to go to school either.

I said to him he couldn't keep wagging school, cos he was a clever boy and he needed to go to school to keep being clever.... LIKE HIS DAD.

He said "Nah, my Dad isn't clever, he's a dick!"

I snorted, then said "Yes he's a dick, but HE'S A CLEVER DICK".

Dante had no come back to that.

I was amused.  That boy is such a chip off his father's block.

Today I will be cleaning 2-3 paintings, so they can be varnished and be pretty much finished.

I expect to have 90% of my current painting finished before I (hopefully) fly over to Australia.

It's just timing, waiting for them all to be ready for cleaning/varnishing etc. 

I will open my shop today, but pretty much don't expect anyone in.  The weather is supposed to pack it in for the rest of this week.  Forecast is for rain, rain and more rain.

Once I have my paintings cleaned and drying, I will go into my sewing room and tidy it up.  Put away a lot of stuff that's out that doesn't need to be.  I don't think I will be doing any sewing for at least a week, if not longer.

My aim, after the paintings are done, is to prepare everything I will need to take with me once I leave for Aussy.  

MAKE LISTS!  I'm really good at lists.  Just ask Stew. 


My Mum had her first round of radiotherapy yesterday.  It's going to be a case of one step forward, two back ... and so on for a while.   But the aim is to get on top of her pain and reduce areas of concern. 

She has enjoyed being allowed to eat whatever she likes... up till now.  Now the dietitian is starting to tell her NO, you should not be eating that!  So she is gunna have to start behaving. Dang!  No more yummies for you OLD MOO!

I bet she manages to sneak in some evil stuff anyway, I sure would be.

And... that is all I have for now.

I'm going to get outta bed... and start me day.


My paintings are done... well three of them.  Now waiting for the varnish to dry.

It's been very quiet here... just sitting looking at my INBOX... waiting for what I need from OLD MOO's hospital.

I am struggling to focus on anything else right now.


One less worry.  I can travel into Auckland to catch a flight to Australia without having to jump through hoops and get permission.  Thank god.

It's been an utter rubbish day.  And that's just how it is.

I'm going to sign off now.  


  1. Good Morning! He's a Dick" haha - so cute. Can't wait to hear the details of your travels. Is Stew going? Or you alone? I put of making lists all the time. Even if "Make a list" would be and usually is the first thing on the list.

  2. best wishes for your treatment OLD MOO. Chris, I hope to get to come over soon.... I know you aren't coming to Sydney :( but it will be so good for you to see your mum, I bet she can't wait xxxxx

  3. I will be flying into Sydney, then as long as I don't have to quarantine, I will be heading up to Coffs Harbour right away.

  4. If I send sneaky goodies to "The Old Moo, Coffs Harbour Hospital", do you think she will get them?

    1. LOL No. She is called Maud Marshall in the hospital, though her full name is Christina Maud Marshall. That would work.

  5. Hope you get what you need soon to allow this visit to happen so important to you and your mum

  6. Keep on at the hospital for the documentation you need.Even if you have to call them every day.

    1. My niece in Melbourne is doing that for me.

  7. Kiwionholidays4:28 PM

    Great news flying out of Auckland Not so far to travel to leave for Australia,
    Sending love too for your Mum. ..

    She will be stoked to have you over when you get there ,,,

  8. Great news about flight xx

  9. Great news about flight. Hope its not too long before you see Mum.
    Thinking of you Old Moo.

  10. Sounds like you are getting some of your travel plans sorted out; hopefully the rest falls into place. Take care Old Moo.


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