Saturday, December 12, 2020

GLASSES FOR STEWY

 Stew's turn today.

He has an appointment at 10.15 this morning to get his new glasses fitted.

I hope he's happy with them and they fit better than his current ones, which cut into the side of his face.

Once we have done that, I would like to go out to Wairere Nursery and look at the Magnolia trees for 'the gap'.  We should probably take the trailer, as the tree I have me eye on certainly won't fit in the car.

Then I think I am going out on a mission with Steve.  Christmas shopping I do believe.

So it's looking to be a fairly full Saturday.

Which is neat.  

Weekends are traditionally 'quiet' on my blog... which is a bit sad.  I like to hear from my peeps... so come on.  Tell me what you are doing today?  Is it going to be Christmas shopping?  Gardening?  Housework?  Visiting family... or like us, ALL OF THE ABOVE!

ABOVE:  I love this photo of Mum, taken while she was talking to Stew on my computer.  It's hard to believe that just two weeks later she would no longer be with us.

Mum has been gone two months today... I can't believe how much I miss her.  Every day something reminds me she isn't here anymore, it's a constant sadness.

But, I've been through this before with other family members, and I know it will get easier in time.  Just have to get through it eh?

Right, enough of that (sorry for being a misery guts) ... I'm off to start our day.  

ONWARD...

12.14 pm:  And we are home after a good morning's tasks done.

Stew has his new glasses, and is very happy with them.

We then went out to Gordonton, Wairere Nursery for a tree.

ABOVE:  First up. A Bumble Bee's bum.  Just cos.


ABOVE:  Next.  Stew being a right dick.


ABOVE:  We ended up getting an Olive tree for 'the gap', and 4 new Hydrangeas for other gaps in the garden.  They are my favourite flowering shrub.

ABOVE:  We arrived home to a note on the front door.

ABOVE:  Yeah, the twat called in while we were out.  Oh how sad, no left overs for you.  Nice note though. We do appreciate it, and we don't mind helping you when it is warranted.

We are now expecting Steve, Bex and the boys for lunch.  They are bringing our lunch, how nice.

ABOVE: Another job done.  They guys planted the Olive tree and hydrangeas.

I don't think our garden needs any more plants now.

5.31 pm:  And Stew and I are going out to dinner.  Just the two of us.  Brylee is at her work Christmas Function, so won't be home for dinner.

We are just going down the road to our local Lone Star in Rototuna.  I'm hoping they have their Lasso of Hog Pork dish back on the menu.

MUCH... LATER.... and OMG, they did have the pork meal.

Stew and I both had it.  Photo tomorrow.

Right now, I'm in a food coma and need to go to bed!

44 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Morning chick not much on the agenda today just groceries and a bit of weed pulling methinks. Unfortunately grief is a slow process and you can't change it no matter how much you try. I pretty much locked myself away from everyone when my Number 2 Dad passed away nearly 2 years ago and it was the worst thing that I could have done I didn't even realise what I was doing at the time, pushing people away, I became a hermit until a friend said "get your fucking shit together he wouldn't want you to be like this!!" Well bugger me it was just the push I needed, but it doesn't change the fact I am still grieving but not as bad. Keep your chin up we all care 💙💙 sorry for the long speel on a Saturday morning lol 😆 George's Mum.

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    1. Well I for one and glad you got your shit together! OMG I can't wait to come and visit you... on my Mum's behalf. She so wanted to meet you.

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    2. Anonymous12:38 PM

      Ahhh sheesh well kinda got it together some days are better than others lol at least we already have met albeit a while back now 🙃

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  2. Debbie7:26 AM

    We've just come out of our harshest lockdown level in my area of Scotland but remain in a partial lockdown still. Today small shops were allowed to reopen but not cafes or restaurants, so we popped out to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and I also found myself a silly reindeer jumper in a charity shop!

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    1. Shame you can't show us the jumper.

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  3. magnolia trees are beautiful but they're always making a mess. the flower petals fall and then the seed pods fall, then the leaves fall and next year it starts again. The leaves don't break down either you have to rake them up. I remember them blowing everywhere and clogging drains too.

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  4. I've got a work brunch then a boozy afternoon work party. 🥂

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    1. Have fun. Sober Driver is? Or are you it?

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  5. No need to be sorry for being blue or feeling sad when thoughts / memories pop up of your Mum; my Dad has been gone 2 yrs now (Aug 2018) and then just 14 months later lost my Mom in Nov 2019, so we went to the gravesite again on Mom's 1st anniversary Nov 7th. My sister and I miss them each and every day. Period. It does get better but I think I will always miss them. Always. Anyways, enjoy your weekend! I am taking my adult "foster son" (double amputee) out tomorrow for a bit of Xmas shopping too. Masked up and with plenty of sanitizer with us!!

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    1. How sad to lose both your parents in quick succession. That would be hard. Have fun shopping tomorrow.

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  6. Anonymous8:22 AM

    Tomorrow I am meeting some friends{6 in total} in my fiends back garden for our annual Christmas get together. Cant say I am really looing forward to it, it tends to be cold and damp at this time of year. Can't drink as I will be driving. Before that going to my mums doctor to pick up a form for her blood test. I am a new reader to your blog, first came across you while you were in your first hotel lock in Debbie - in UK -

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  7. You are not being a misery guts Chris you are speaking your mind which is good. It does get better love just keep thinking of the good times. Hugs Yvonne

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  8. Anonymous10:00 AM

    chin up Ma, Granny may not be here in person but you can bet your socks she's definatly here in spirit, and and very strongly with you xxxx 💙
    #Lacy 💙

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  9. Yes, it does get easier with time. Going on for 5 years and I still miss my mum.
    And yes, I agree with you Lacy...I bet she she is too.

    This morning I’m looking after grandies, then I have a 4 hour shift at work.

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    1. I can't believe it's been 5 years already! I remember very clearly when she passed away. It was around the time you came over here on holiday wasn't it?

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    2. Yes Chris, we met up with you and Lyn about 5 days after she passed. We were going to fly home from Noumea which was the next port after she passed but my family requested we continue.

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    3. Its 5 years at the end of March.

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  10. Anonymous10:29 AM

    I am 10 days post full knee replacement so I won’t be doing anything on my weekend except enjoying have my family wait on me for once 😊 2 months is not long at all and you don’t have to apologise for anything ..... it’s your blog! Michelle from Oz

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    1. OUch! I hope that knee is doing well, and good on you for having the family wait on you.

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  11. Lazy weekend for us - we've taken our caravan to Phillip Island for a long weekend so we are just going to relax, do a bit of sight-seeing, wander up and down the main street and maybe shop for Xmas, then - back for something delicious that Gaz will cook on the Weber, and a glass of something sparkly! Perfect!!

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    1. NICE! I keep thinking we could do with a nice little Weber.

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    2. Anonymous12:39 PM

      Seriously buy one for yourselves for Christmas we've just got one OMG they rock sooooo much I cook on it nearly everyday 👍

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    3. The Weber Q range are brilliant. We have the baby Q for the van and the bigger one at home. Love them.

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  12. Today I worked and had to drop off my dad (89) at hospital for hip replacement surgery. Because of COVID I was not allowed to be with him, The surgeon reported that he now has a new, stable hip and may come home tomorrow.

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    1. 89.. WOW that is an incredible age to be having such major surgery. I hope he continues to recover well, and has many good years left on that new hip.

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  13. Today is the first day in I don't know how long = that I have not worked all fricking day. So, I am wasting time. Doom scrolling. About Covid.... and how the Dictator wants to throw away millions of votes so he "wins". Anything to keep his arse out of jail for fraud I suppose. I saw a snowshoe hare out the window. I am drinking a glass of wine before 5 o' clock for no apparent reason. I don't feel like packing orders which is usually #1 on my list, but today I don't seem to care. I should vacuum the dog hair, but again.... I just don't care! I think this president and this pandemic are truly getting to me. I just want Trump gone. Jail, his gold plated apartment, or Russia - just gone! I want Biden in office. I want people to take this fricking virus seriously. I want summer. And cheese.

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    1. "And cheese."... yeah that really made me laugh, and Stew!

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    2. Anonymous10:01 PM

      hahaha meee toooo lol and I'm not particularly a big fan of Cheese 🧀 xx 💜💙
      #Lacy 💙

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  14. Anonymous11:36 AM

    I totally understand the sadness. My daughter was killed 2 years ago by a drunk driver. The deep sadness and grief I feel never has gotten easier for me. I live in a state of denial and shock. We were extremely close and I miss her every minute of every day.

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    1. ^^^^ this is truly my worst nightmare. I worry about this potentially happening all the time. I'm so incredibly sorry this happened to you and your family. A tragedy I simply cannot imagine, sending healing from Sydney xxxxx

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    2. I think that is every parents worst nightmare! So sorry you lost your daughter so tragically chick. {{{HUGS}}}

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    3. Anonymous12:42 PM

      Thank you both. It is a very difficult journey to travel that's for sure. It was made even harder as there was quite a bit of media coverage regarding the accident. I had talked to her via video chat in the afternoon then she was she was killed a few hours later.
      It's horrific and doesn't get any easier no matter how much grief therapy I have and it's very difficult to accept she is no longer here.
      I had a seizure an hour after the Police knocked on our door. I have no history of seizures nor have I ever had one prior. It was brought on by severe shock.

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    4. Anonymous2:49 PM

      Annon xxx my hear goes out to you, it really does xx 💜
      #Lacy 💙

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  15. Anonymous12:05 PM

    I agree with you totally Dogstars, I think you better move to Australia or New Zealand!! Chris you look great in your new clothes especially the jump suit...if you go on their online shop site in the clearance and sale sections you can get great deals. Also ebay has a huge taking shape section I often look there and have bought things..

    Take care

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    1. New Zealand, end of story. I would move there in a heartbeat.

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  16. Anonymous1:07 PM

    wasn't after leftovers today ya twat lol just wanted to give you both a big hug lol 😂 but now I won't coz you both look and smell funny lol 😂 love you both xxx
    #Lacy 💙

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  17. About to walk the not so little puppy (she's nearly 5 months). Then just pottering. Avoiding the shops cos I hate crowds at the best of times and Christmas post lockdown is a nightmare. Might do some more painting. Or crocheting. Or play scrabble. Or read. It's going to be a warm few days so I plan to do very little.
    Of course you miss mum. Be gentle with yourself. When you're feeling particularly sad, sit quietly and calm your mind and you will feel her presence. She is with you always but sometimes life gets busy and you can't sense her walking with you.

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  18. Anonymous1:48 PM

    Had family photos taken at Raglan today now off to clean our house we just sold (just moved this week!) Busy busy! Love that picture of your Mum. Surrey

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  19. Perfectly normal to still be in the grieving process re your Mum. Heck, I still really miss my Dad 33 years later ... there are often moments when I think "Dad would have loved that" or "I wish I could tell Dad this news" ... and I'm sad he never got to meet my husband because I think they would have got along really well. As for my day today ... just a quiet one at home pottering - so much I need to do before Christmas. First on the list is wrap some presents (especially my husband's ones while he is still at work). I love your new plants!

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  20. Anonymous5:04 PM

    Grief lasts forever. It just takes different guises as the years pass.its 12 years since my dad passed and I still think of him everyday. I've been to visit Maree today. Beautiful day for it. She is recovering well but still a long road ahead. Kj

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  21. Wow lasso of hog sounds delish i always go for jonny cash stash never even look at menu lol

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  22. Coping with grief is hard at anytime...but at Christmas time it multiples a thousand times.Give yourself all the coping strategies you can muster up, and remember you have a following of support. Take good care of yourself x

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  23. So funny. I just Googled "Lassoo of Hog" and guess what showed up.? The Lone Star Restaurant... along with a beautiful photo of that meal! Apparently it is a NZ thing. Looks wonderful!

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  24. Good luck with the olive tree. I'll give you a recipe for preserving olives .... One day lol

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