Sunday, September 06, 2020


 Father's Day this year... not one anyone will forget in a hurry.  It is the year from hell really.

Certainly is in this family.

-Steve got REALLY SICK.

-COVID-19 struck the world.

-And finally, my Mum got REALLY, REALLY SICK.

So we are not exactly 'celebrating' this year.  But, I do have a little gift for my darling Stew, and we are having some of the family around for a Sunday Lunch.

Just finger foods.  No biggie. No fuss.  Just a nice family gathering.

It will also be a chance for me to see and say 'Bye bye' to the kids before I leave the country for an indefinite period of time.

I'm starting to feel 'just' a bit nervous!  It's now only TWO sleeps to go.  I don't know what I'm nervous about more!  Flying.  Quarantine. Seeing Mum again.  Leaving home for an extended period of time?  Probably all of the above rolled into one.  

I am going to do my best to look for all the positives in every situation ... because that's all I can do.  Be positive.  Look on it as an experience I will never have again.  And be THANKFUL, so very thankful that I am able to actually go over there and be with my Mum and Ron during this time.  There is NO POINT being negative, because that will just make this harder on everyone.

So, moving forward.

I got this photo of Bex last night, she is making a large crochet basket using all her scraps of wool:

ABOVE:  She fully expected me to dislike it, but I think it's really neat!

I might have to 'commission' one, in my colours, for my bedroom. Yeah, there's an idea.

OK... time to get up and start the day.  Should be a nice day with the family.


ABOVE:  Happy Father's Day Darling.  I'm sure you just LOVE your new Britto!  I couldn't resist it, so cute. He also got a big box of 'goodies'... chocolate, pretzels, licorice allsorts etc.  We shall probably eat it all during the course of today.

Right, lunch has been and gone.  Visitors have been and gone.  All is quiet again.

IN no particular order:

ABOVE:  Left to Right:  Joel, Huston, Logan and Daniel.
ABOVE:  My kitchen... full of testosterone!

ABOVE:  We ran out of regular size forks, so had to resort to the 'serving size' ones.  😂😄😅

ABOVE:  Amanda brought along her boyfriend, Daniel, and his two small children (Payton and Logan), top right in this photo.

ABOVE:  Me and my man... probably last photo of us together until I'm home from Australia again.

It was really nice to have a little gathering for Father's Day, and a chance for me to say 'Bye', and issue a few instructions for while I'm away.

And it's now 10.45 pm and I'm about to go to bed.  Not to sleep, cos that's not been happening much for a little while.  I toss and turn, sleep for an hour, toss and turn some more, sleep for an hour... and so on.  Very frustrating.

My hot flushes have kicked back in with a vengeance.  15 years of hot flushes and counting!


  1. Anonymous8:30 AM

    Morning! Yes I have to agree it's been a turd of a year 😪 but positivity is important in difficult times. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there 💙 ❤ George's Mum.

  2. Happy fathers day stewie. 💙 I am very lucky to have amazing parent in laws. See you both soon. X my eyes look creepy in that photo 😅

  3. Anonymous11:16 AM

    2020 better not repeat itself. Happy Fathers Day Stew. Best wishes for your trip Chris.

  4. Happy Father's Day to Stew and Steve. Love Mickey-hes adorable. Hope your family day is awesome!

  5. Anonymous1:20 PM

    Happy Father's Day Dad xx
    #Lacy 💙

  6. Happy Father’s Day dad x love you.

  7. Anonymous2:40 PM

    oi where is my supper silly smiley face 😂
    #Lacy 💙

  8. Looks like a great day. Love the basket, Bex - it looks awesome.

    1. Thanks I have just finished the main part of it and it's now housing 26 balls of yarn 🤭😅

  9. Lovely photos everyone is growing up fast .
    Stew and you look amazing such a great photo

  10. Hello, Chris...just want to send lots of love and support to you during your travels. I live in Illinois. I think about you everyday and pray for you. Just wanted to let you know ...Bless you, be safe, and spend all the time you can with your Mom!

  11. Great family photos Chris, safe travels.

  12. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Hi great pics...Amamda's boys and Griffin look very similar...looks like a fun day...


  13. Wishing you all the best with your final preparations. I hope the journey goes well for you and you really get to enjoy this precious time you will have with your mum (I love the photo of the two of you on her 80th birthday). Take care, Mxx

  14. Kiwionholidays10:20 PM

    Fab pics of your going away getogether

    Hope to catchup when you are over in Isolation

    Cheers 🥂

  15. Running with Scissors has left a new comment on your post "FATHERS DAY 2020":

    naaawww great pix. In case you need something in Sydney: xxxxxx

  16. It’s so good to see you and Stew with your family having such a lovely happy time together. I will be thinking of you, Take care of yourself Chris, you will never regret spending this special time with you darling Mother. Please make sure you take all your medication with you.

  17. Anonymous1:26 AM

    Love the pictures! What a thrill I know it was for you and Stew to have so many of your children there. This has been a wonderful move for you. :-)

    I would like to commission at least 6 baskets...Bex, do you ship to America? It is not a rush job, and I am just inquiring, of course.

    Chris, safe journey to Australia and I look forward to seeing what you create whilst in quarantine. Peace to you and your Mum. XO

    Ky Girl

  18. Nice family get together so you could say your goodbyes to all. Safe travels, enjoy your time with your Mum, I sure do miss mine. How long are you planning to be in Aussie. Take care.


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