Saturday, August 01, 2020


TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY, we lost my Dad.  It does not feel like 20 years, but it is.  So much has happened in our family, and in the world since he died.  He's missed so much, good and bad.  He would have loved seeing all his Great Grandchildren come into the world, sadly he only knew of Brylee's impending arrival before he died.  Brylee was born two months after his death. Now there's 27 Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Grandchild.  WOW that's a lot of family he never got to know.

A lot of life happens in 20 years.  Made me sit up and think about that last night.  Did some deep thinking.  I'm going to stop being a twat and start eating healthier and get more exercise.

I want to be around and HEALTHY for at least the next 20 years!  Who knows how many Great Grandchildren Stew and I will get to welcome into our family?

Today I'm opening my little shop, and will probably do a little sewing.

But my main goal today is to continue mixing up paint and medium, ready to do more painting, hopefully this afternoon.

Stew has a few odd jobs to do around here today.
Damned if I can remember what though!
It's not like I have a list for him... NO I don't!

The OLD MOO is still in hospital... funny story:

Mum said she had a really LOVELY salad for her lunch yesterday.  Then ... the nurse was talking to her, and Mum said how lovely her salad was, but it would have been even nicer if there'd been some mayonnaise.
And the nurse reached down and picked up a little tube of 'stuff' from the  lunch tray and said  "And what is THIS?"
Yeah.  It was mayonnaise.   I think The Old Moo felt a bit of a twit.  😀😂

Anyway, she's feeling a bit better, but will be there for a few more days while some tests are done.
She's a bit of a worry is The OLD MOO.

After I close up the shop for the day, I'm heading into town to buy more plastic bottles for me paint/medium mixes.
I went out last night to The Warehouse, thinking they would have plastic bottles. WRONG.  They had NONE.  I was very surprised.  I went over to Briscoes too... and they had none either!
So it's off to a dedicated plastic ware shop today. 

Oh yeah, just remembered.  I'm going to ask Steve to make me a large easel, to display some of my paintings on.  I am going to have a go at selling them at the end of year markets I'm doing.
That's if I ever get some made and not sold to freaking family before they are even dry!  Not that I'm complaining of course, selling them is neat. 😋

I was saying to Amanda yesterday, it's not just being able to sell them that's important to me.  It's the fact that I absolutely LOVE making them, and they make me feel so happy!  

And well... that's all I've got to blither on about for now.  I'll be back later to yak about more of me day.


2 pm:  And I've been rather busy all morning.  I got both tree runners finished, then spent an hour or so mixing paint.

And then I did #4 Wave Painting, it is pre-sold to Amanda, she wanted 3 for her wall.

ABOVE:  I am biased of course, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!  The colours are amazing.
And for the first time, I actually wrote down a record of what colours I used.  And I took a video of the process... and again I buggered it up and it's upside down.  Grrrrr.  But I still have it as a reference.

I am now stopping for the day, cos once I get the paint pots cleaned up it will be well over 'lunchtime'.  I might even skip lunch as we are going out to dinner.
Been invited to Steve and Bex's for Lasagne.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

ABOVE:  OMG... Steve's home made Lasagne was amazing!  He even made the pasta sheets himself.  We had the lasagne with coleslaw and hot garlic butter buns, fresh out of the oven.
THEN we had Banana cake lathered in chocolate which Bex had made, and ice cream. 

We are now home, all of us are in a food coma.  I can hardly keep my eyes open and it's only 8.56 pm!

I think I am going to bed early!  


  1. Anonymous7:54 AM

    Good on you Chris for having those thoughts and thinking about the future. Losing someone you love is difficult (like I have this week). Life is for living it to the maximum because you have only one shot at it. Fingers crossed THE OLD MOO recovers quickly poor Ron having to fend for himself. GM.

  2. I think what you said about making changes in order to live another 20 years is right on! Mayo on a salad? Am I missing something there? Like, a lettuce salad? Mayo? Hmmm. IS there any "open" wall space in the shop you can hang the rest of the paintings on? I know you will have more than one to show off!

  3. That latest wave is your best yet... I like that the tip of the wave is smaller and the colours are great.

  4. Mmmmmm. A salad. I don't normally eat salad in winter but now I want some. I must say most hospital food can be hit and miss but in my experience salads and sandwiches are a winner. Hope the OLD MOO is feeling chirpy again soon.

  5. Love that you've done some thinking/reflection and know that you've got to look out for your health if you're to aenjoy many years with your potential great grandchildren, that is a far more meaningful reason to make good food choices. Having said that, lasagne is one of my absolute favourite dinners and it ALWAYS tastes heaps better if you've not had to make it yourself, right?! Your wave paintings do look fabulous!

  6. Love the painting and enjoy the lasagne!

  7. Oh yum that lasagne looks big fat pregnant belly is craving that now ha ha

  8. Kiwionholidays10:09 PM

    Making the lasagne sheets is an art in itself

    Good on Steve n Bex doing a lovely meal like that

    Doesn’t do us any harm to be treated like that now and again Chris,,

    Fab end to a busy few days ,,,

    Enjoy your early night

    Happy your Mum is on the way to being home soon.

    Cheers 🥂

  9. Great to see you are enjoying creating with paint. Dinner sounds super yummy!

  10. Anonymous10:50 PM

    yo bex..... doggy bag lol 😂 leftovers
    #Lacy 💙

  11. Did I not read in your earlier part of this post you were going to eat healthier????? Lasagna, garlic buns, banana cake with chocolate icing!!!!!! Oh I forgot they were all healthy.were they not?....LOL LOL. Just kidding Chris, It sounded like a lovely dinner, I would have forgot about healthy eating too.
    Stay well, Oh!!! I just love that WAVE it is gorgeous


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