Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I CAN DO IT!

Last night before I went out to Card night, I washed me hair.

I was like, hmmm... wonder if I can make it look as nice as the hairdresser?

Cos we all know most of the time we CAN'T.  

ABOVE:  Well... it's not exactly like how the hairdresser did it, but it's still OK eh.  I'm still very happy with it.

Now, once I drag my sorry butt outta bed, I'm going to Chartwell Square.  I've got a couple of things to put in the post, and my favourite shop is starting to get in Winter stock.

I need some winter tops.  Badly!  I almost only ever wear black tights, and some sort of coloured top.  It's the tops I am lacking.

It's a false saving when you buy cheap tops and they only look good for a season.  I'm gunna get 2-3 GOOD tops, that will last a few years.

When I get home, I will suss out the rest of my day.

All going well... there will be another trip over to Cambridge tonight for an FBG walk, but that will all depend on the weather.


9.32 am:  After sleeping on said lovely hair, it's not as curly this morning.  😕  But, it's still pretty.

For those of you who asked, this is what I use to curl me hair:

ABOVE:  It's a Jose Eber curling rod (25cm).  I've had it for about 9 years now.
There was a Pop Up store selling them in the Manukau Mall when we lived in Auckland, and I was impressed enough to buy one.  
I can't remember how much it cost, but it wasn't cheap.
Again though, proves spending more is sometimes a good idea. Nine years and still going strong.

ABOVE:  I just found this photo of Brylee getting her hair curled at the mall!  Stew is holding a very tiny baby Emily in the background!

Awww... and isn't the blog wonderful in that I can go back and see/find stuff?  And all our memories are on it too. 

Perhaps every time I think of stopping the blog, I remember how much it gives back. 

11.45 am:  I'm home from shopping.  I went to Taking Shape and realised pretty quickly that they don't have much winter wear in yet.
So, while I did fall in love with a lovely, long pink cardigan, it's price was impossible to justify.

So I went to Farmers and found 4 tops for the price of the pink cardigan!  Yes, they are not pretty pink, but serviceable.

Almost all are grey, or grey/white stripes.  And that's just fine.  They are lovely and soft, and not bulky, which I hate.  I'm bulky enough without adding bulky clothes on top of it all!  😆😅😂

Might be walking this evening.  Might not.  Still don't know as it can get called off at the last minute if it's raining.
Only for me... I have to leave an hour earlier to get there on time, so could end up over there and there's no walk on.  Slightly frustrating.

5.40 pm:  And the walk is canceled due to inclement weather.  I don't blame them, it's bucketing down more often than not.
I might risk a quick walk around my streets, if Stew is keen to accompany me.
NOT that I feel like walking to be honest, but I NEED TO GET OFF ME BUTT!

And... no walk.  Too wet.  Had dinner instead.
I'd made a Cottage Pie and lettuce salad.  It was bloody yum.
I made far too much, so we shall be having it again tomorrow night.

Now.... I'm dang tired as.  Off to bed a bit earlier tonight I think.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

I HAVE TO STOP

 Most days I come on here and pretty much have an agenda for my day.

And sometimes that works, and I actually do what I planned on doing.

And some days, like yesterday, I end up doing nothing I planned on doing!

So, I have to STOP saying what I've planned on doing !  It doesn't always happen.

So... leading into today... I have no plans!

Except I have Card Night again tonight.

Yes, we only had it last week, but we are just getting back into the 'correct' rotation.  

I've gotta go as I have the winner's trophy.

We are expecting wet weather again today, so it's back to doing this:

ABOVE:  Drying racks in the sunroom.  Gosh we are so lucky to have this bonus space in our home.

It might take a bit longer to dry in here, but at least I'm not throwing it all in the dryer.

I only use the clothes dryer when I absolutely have to... and to air things like the towels.

ABOVE:  The girls begging for scraps of pork from Steve.  He spoils them.

And that is me for now.  As I said, I've no plans.

I will do what I do, when I feel like it basically.

Might sew.  Might shop.  Might do me jig saw.

AND.... finally for now:


ABOVE:  Just  a happy thought for the day.



8.30 am, and it's wet.   Like has hardly stopped raining all night long.
Yaaa, I don't have to water the gardens anymore.
Boo, this means FBG walks will be getting cancelled. I love walking in the rain, but no one else does.  Sad sad sad.

I've got a walk scheduled for tomorrow night, I will keep my fingers crossed it goes ahead.

I'm heading down to the supermarket soon.  I'm going to make a club sandwich in me Tupperware Jel Ring as my contribution to supper at Card Night tonight.  I'm over chocolates, chips and so on.

ABOVE:  Today's club sandwich has in it, from bottom to top:  Ham and Pastrami, Beetroot thinly sliced, Cooked Red Onion and Cream Cheese, grated Tasty cheese and grated Carrot  held together with some garlic butter, Lettuce and mashed up hard boiled Eggs with a little mayonnaise.

If you wish to know how to do this, go and check out my 'tutorial' on the post dated:  Thursday, February 6th, 2020.

ABOVE:  It has now rained so much, with accompanying thunder and lightening, that our pool is over flowing! 

I'm wondering if I should syphon some water out of it?  Hmmmm.

4 pm:  And yeah, I ended up getting drenched in the rain putting a hose in the pool and draining off a few inches. 
Then I had lunch, had a nana nap and did some of me jig saw.

I'm now seeing double, it's so  hard on the eyes!
I think I managed to link about 9 pieces together in TWO HOURS!  Yeah, it's that hard!

Now... relaxing for a little while before I head off to Cambridge for Card Night.

Stew has been in Rotorua all day, so we shall no doubt pass each other on the road, him coming back into Hamilton, and me leaving.  We have done it a few times 😊😉.   I'm leaving him a 'ready meal', he just has to throw it in the oven and heat it up.

10 pm:  I'm just home from Cambridge.  What a fun night.  We played 5 Crowns instead of Scum, so some confusion getting one's head around a new game.  Well... for some anyway.

There's several card games that are almost exactly the same!  5 Crowns, Gin and 14.   All the same with slight differences.

Anyway, it's the end of the day.  We just had left over club sandwiches for supper.
Time to say :

Monday, March 29, 2021

FUNNY KIDS

 It was such a busy day yesterday, we had kids visiting all weekend.

And OMG they are so loud!  And hungry.  And busy. EXHAUSTING!  But so much fun.

I got some really 'lovely' photos of Liam:

ABOVE:  All I asked for was ONE nice smile!!!  Nope.  This is what I got.  Little shit.

He's a bit of a hard case.  Oh and he'd been eating chocolate donuts, hence the chocolate face.

Then I glanced over at what the girls were doing:

ABOVE:  Not quite what I envisioned that gap being used for... but whatever floats ya boat!  The girls were happy, can't imagine they were comfortable though.

Kids eh?

Today will be my 'normal' Monday.  It's the day I get all the housework done.  Washing. Tidying up. Cleaning, bla bla bla.

I'm also going out to a couple of plant nursery's, to suss out some shrubs for a big gap in the garden, down where the dogs run is.

We were going to put a couple of feijoa trees in there, but I've changed my mind. 

Steve and Bex have two or three HUGE feijoa trees that we can get fruit off, so no point us growing them as well.

The other thing on my agenda today is planning my next couple of Table Runners.  I want them to be FUN!  So I will probably spend some time looking at ideas on Pinterest, Google Images etc.

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9.30 am:  And well... best laid plans and all that.
I just cannot get myself moving this morning.  I lay in bed till 9!  Feeling really depressed and wound up.
But, THEY will not win.
We are united as a family on this.

Yet again, we are appalled at the lengths some people will go to, to stab us in the back, and try to discredit us!

2.55 pm:  Brylee called around, and we had a lovely, girly yak.   Then we went shopping.
I wanted to find something to keep all the freakin' socks together in the wash, and some way to avoid having to hang each individual sock on the line!

And after visiting Spotlight and not finding anything, we went to Farmers at Chartwell Square.

ABOVE:  and we got three wash bags!  Handy little things, and they should work for the socks.

Oh... I also got some tie backs for lounge curtains.
It certainly picked my mood up, shopping for ANYTHING does that!  And Brylee was nice company.

I have a huge roast of pork in the oven... Brylee is coming back for dinner.  😂😊😋
Lacy, there MIGHT be left overs for you tomorrow.

ABOVE:  That was the best roast pork I'd done in a very long time!  No dry bits anywhere.  We had it with roast potatoes, veges and an onion gravy.  It was delicious.

And now... time to wrap up this day.
Catch ya tomorrow.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

PARK AND ICE CREAM?

Today is gunna just be a low key day.

We will probably visit a playground so Keera can have a play around, then go somewhere for an ice cream.

If Steve and Bex are around we can drag them along too.

Brylee is visiting so she can spend some time with her little sister too.

I have bitten the bullet and started making enquiries about Markets towards the end of the year.

I know I definitely have three lined up... but will want a few more for sure.

Bex did very well at her market yesterday, and it got me feeling like I would like to do some again.  Not for the money, more for the social side, I love meeting people!  Having them buy something I've made, because they love it, is just lovely too of course.

But NOT over winter.  OMG I simply cannot handle the cold.

This coming week I will head back into my sewing room and make a start on a few more table runners.  Not sure what sort yet... but they will be cheerful and colourful!  I don't really know how to do any other sort.  😂😊😏

Maybe a few more of those Gnome ones too... cos they are just gorgeous and make me smile.

I'm NEVER making any that don't make me smile.  Ya gotta enjoy what you are doing if at all possible.

AND that is why I shall probably never do any more 'outside' the home jobs!  

Life is just too damn short to be unhappy in what you are doing.  I love being at home, pottering around, sewing, painting, making my home a place for family to enjoy visiting, and where Stew and I feel happy and safe.

Right, I'm off to have breakfast with Lacy and Keera, and start the day.


1 pm:  and we have had a really wonderful morning. Because the weather was rather iffy, we ended up taking Keera to an indoor playground at The Base.  Steve and Bex brought their boys along too.
Rather an expensive expedition, but the kids did love it:



ABOVE:  Lots of happy faces.
And parents enjoying 'time out' from entertaining them.

After a good two hours, we came home and I fed the masses.  Sausages on bread, sausage rolls, hash browns,  hot cross buns, fruit, peanuts and juice.  

Now?

I'm gunna relax till the next round arrive.  

ABOVE: The next lot arrived, so they are playing happily.  

A couple more hours until all is quiet here again.

Well... it's the end of a busy but delightful weekend.  Time to hunker down for the evening and look forward to a normal week ahead.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

HOW SOON IS TOO SOON?

When I was in Australia, I was supposed to help my Mum sort out all her personal possessions, and put names on them, so they would go to who she wanted to have them. 

Sadly Mum didn't live long enough. Once I arrived she didn't have the energy or mental capacity to do anything like that. 

SO.... here I am, looking around my house at all my possessions.  And I'm thinking... HOW SOON IS TOO SOON to start putting names on all my stuff?

I want to make sure all the major items (China and paintings, jewellery etc) goes to who I want to have them.

I'm 62, could live another 20+ years, or I could get run over by a bus tomorrow.

ABOVE:  Yesterday I decided to make a start.  I've named each shelf of china in the cabinets with a person's name. And I've got 'THE BOOK', with paintings, wall hangings and so on.... and names of who gets them.

There is HEAPS more stuff I can put names on yet!

LOL, Stew said "What do I get?".  I told him everything if I go before him, but he will have 'THE BOOK' as a guide to help him.

My master plan is to start giving all my shit away to the kids when I get to 75-80, before I kick the bucket.

My Mum's Mum (so my Maternal Grandmother) had 'THE BOOK' too, that's where I got the idea from btw.

Has anyone else given this any serious thought, or am I just weird?  Is it morbid?  

I just don't want there to be any doubt over who gets what.  I don't want any wars. I don't want to leave it too late like my Mum.  I don't want anyone accused of theft either.  It's not very nice.

So next subject, today I am going to enjoy having kids over.  Bex is doing a market, and Steve is working.  Which means we will have the little boys, plus Lacy and Keera, so fun and games ahead.  

And no doubt lunch out at the mall, cos the little kids love that.

Oh we also have Stew's sister, Khady,  coming to stay the night too.  She's up for a funeral... poor thing.  It won't be the best day for her.


8.30 am:  And we are up and enjoying the company of Dante and Archer... for now.


ABOVE: Enjoying their six lollies in bed with Grandma. 😊😋😍

ABOVE:  I've taken HEAVY precautions against any child getting near me jig saw.  I'm NOT losing any pieces from this puzzle. 😖😞😕

Thanks for the ideas re: Taking photos and putting names on them.  I will certainly do that and keep it all in a folder, both online and physical.

So, we went to the mall and bought a couple of toys for the kids, to keep them entertained over the weekend.  It working so far.


Gosh new toys are fun for kids!  And there's some lovely sharing going on too.  These three are such lovely kids.

ABOVE:  Happy kids.  It's nice and quiet in the lounge!  I've spent a good deal of time with Bex, Steve and Lacy, showing them who gets what!
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I'm really on a mission to get it done and dusted.

I'm not cooking tonight, I think we are getting fish 'n' chips.

Right.  My SIL's plans have changed, so we won't be seeing her till next week now. 
I hope her day went well.
Time to sign off for the day.  It's been a very nice day with the kids here.


Friday, March 26, 2021

A QUIET DAY THANKS

 I'm planning on having a really quiet day today.

Just pottering around the house.

There's a little bit of tidying up to do in the garage, so I'll get that done first thing.

Then I might do some of my jig saw puzzle.

It's going to take me WEEKS to get it done!

The Grey Cat.  There's this freakin' grey tabby cat that is constantly on our property.  It sits on the fence and annoys the dogs, and I've seen it sitting on the little bridge over the pond.

I'm starting to think it's responsible for a few dead fish.

Does anyone know how I can 'encourage' it to PISS OFF? 

The only thing I can think of is sitting out there with the hose ... ready to spray it?


ABOVE: This is so damn true!

I never realised just how OFTEN I rang and chatted with me Mum and visa versa,  until I couldn't ever again.  It still hurts like mad.

I often feel at an utter loss when I can't talk to her about what's going on in our lives.  She was always my sounding board, my confidante and my staunchest supporter, (along with Stew).

It is five and a half months since she left us, I can't get over how quickly that time has gone!

It's going to be a very long time before I stop reaching for my phone to ring her.

Moving on... because anyone who's lost a family member knows you have to... I shall get outta bed in an hour or so, and make a start on my day.


My hair this morning.... not so pretty!
A side part means I have hair falling all over my face, which I loathe.  So, I've tied it back in a low ponytail.
The high bun has to be given a rest, cos it's causing thinning on the top of me head!
I think now that it's getting cooler I will wear it out more often, cos it did look rather nice.

Right, I'm off to put the washing away, tidy the garage then puzzle I think.

3.20 pm: And it's been quiet here.  I got all me jobs done.
I did some puzzling.
I had lunch then watched a crime programme on TV.
Very mundane day really.

Now though, I've got a headache.  Probably from looking at little pieces of puzzles eh?  So might take a panadol and try to sleep it off.

ABOVE:  Well me damn headache did not go away.  It's been with me all day in fact.  My head really hurts. Part of that is from the hairdressers yesterday I'm sure, parts of my scalp are quite sore.
I'm so damn sick of having headaches!  I REALLY, REALLY hope that in a few months my stress levels will be so much lower, and the headaches stop.

And now... I'm gunna bugger off and spend the evening watching mindless TV.  And keep away from the lollies!  No more dry horrors all night from high blood sugar thanks.  😆

Thursday, March 25, 2021

PLASTIC BOXES

 Yesterday I got some new Tupperware delivered.

NOT that I actually needed any new Tupperware!

But, a friend's daughter sells it, and a week or two ago she needed to make some sales to get her over a specific target, so I bought some.

ABOVE: The pink containers are for storing stuff in the freezer or fridge.  The blue ones are for reheating stuff in the microwave, and I just love the new measuring jug.

Today I'm going to dedicate a couple of hours to re-organising the contents of my pantry, and sorting through all my plastic ware.

I'm sure I could be using more of it, instead of having it all in a cupboard in the garage!

Yeah.  I've got HUNDREDS of dollars worth of Tupperware in the garage.  Doing nothing.  

I used to sell Tupperware back in the day, hence me having quite a bit of it.


ABOVE:  Last night's walk photo.  I look like a right dick!  I think I was trying to see over the tarts in front of me.  😂😅😆  I look tired, and we were only half way through the freakin' walk.  

Gosh I have missed these girls so much. So, so happy I'm getting back over there to walk with them all again.

Even though I HATE WALKING.

OMG!  I just remembered!  I have a hair appointment this morning. 11.30 to be exact.

It's probably going to take a good 3+ hours to do my hair.  *sigh*  So, I better have a good breakfast, or I'll be friggin starving by the time I get out of there.


ABOVE:  TOTALLY how I'm feeling today.  Such an excellent feeling.  Sorry peeps, that's a 'family only knows' comment.  But just know I'm happy today.

Right, I've gathered up all the Tupperware and plastics and now... sorting!
I have a feeling I will be giving a lot away.


10 am:  And I've got all the Tupperware not in regular use on the kitchen bench.
The bowls will go back in the cupboard, cos I do use them a lot.
As for the rest?
Well I will have to start putting shit in them, and using them!
I've got a lot of baking ingredients in one REALLY BIG box in the bottom of the pantry.

This afternoon I will sort that lot out and put them into Tupperware containers.  I really should not just let them sit in a cupboard in the garage... right?

Ummmm... who NEEDS 5 Jel Rings?  Really?  FIVE?  I only NEED 2.

I wonder if Bex wants one?  Amanda?  Joyce? Can't see Lacy using one, but miracles could happen.  😉😆

I'm stopping for now.  I don't want to get more involved in filling containers and so on before I have to head off to the hair salon.

Oh ... I'm quite excited about getting my hair done again!  
I've gone REALLY GREY around me edges in the past few months.  I know why of course.  

STRESS.

I blame so many bastards for that, it wasn't JUST me Mum dying.  It was all the shit that followed that sad event... plus a couple of other stressors.  BASTARDS. That's all I can say on it, I've been subjected to SO MUCH FRIGGIN' STRESS ... sometimes I wonder why the hell I've not had a heart attack or stroke!

I've done everything I can to lower my stress levels lately, as you know.  Closed me shop.  No markets.  Not worrying about things I can't change.

Focus on only ONE thing at a time... and only things I can do something about.  Stew has been WONDERFUL, taking care of me so well.  
I hope I take care of him too.

Darling, I love you so, so much.  You are my  EVERYTHING.

And ummm, how did I get here from plastics and grey hair????  😂😄😋

Better go and tidy myself up... and have something to eat.
ABOVE: An hour and 47 minutes later... all the foils are in. Now I sit and wait between 40 and 50 minutes until it's ready to be washed off. I'm ROASTING under this plastic cape. 
The things we do for vanity. 🥴🙄😝

And it is now 4.05 pm, and I've just got home from the hair salon.  4.5 hours sitting.  Not the most comfortable way to spend half ya day, but oh well....  here's the result:

ABOVE:  I had a good amount taken off the length, and some shaping around the face.  Then the hairdresser gave it a bit of curl.  I like it a lot.
Not practical for when I'm scrubbing the floors etc, but nice to wear out sometimes.

So, after having an incredibly late lunch (after 4pm), I finished off the pantry and sorting out the Tupperware.
Then Stew got home and took me and my beautiful hairdo out to dinner!   

We went to Foundation at The Base, and just shared a pizza and wedges.  
It was nice and quiet there tonight, which was good as I have a bit of an headache.

Now that we are home, we shall just chill out till bedtime.
Catch ya tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

OH MAN!

 My new puzzle is a BEAST!

It's gunna take me forever ... it's the biggest I've ever taken on, and it's just so difficult!

But, I'm loving it.

I'm so glad there are 'shelves' in the puzzle, it means at least you can section things off.

I'm having to use the picture to figure out where pieces go, there is NO WAY I could do this one without using the picture for help.

I've no housework today. Now that it's just Stew and I at home, there is hardly any 'tidying up' to do.  We are both very tidy people. 😄😅😊


I've had no more disturbing 'front door' episodes.  I'm still a little perturbed by it, but well... nothing came of it, so I should not worry really.

ABOVE:  I often forget to post our Card Night Winner/Loser photo... here's last night's one.

Right, that's me for now.  Catch ya later.


VICKIE:  THIS IS FOR YOU:

ABOVE:  Stew cut a piece of shelving  the right size to sit the TV on, screwed it to the existing shelf, then screwed the TV on to it.  It's solid as a brick shithouse.

And just like that, half the day is gone.
I'm going into town soon to check out a couple of shops.
Then later on I've got an FBG walk over in Cambridge.
So, a full afternoon and evening really.

Stew will no doubt enjoy having the TV all to himself for a couple of hours tonight, while I'm out walking the streets. 😃😆😅



Well it's now 4.35 pm, and I've had a very successful afternoon.  I bought NOTHING! 
But I did do something that was LONG overdue and totally necessary.
More on that another day.

I'm now just chilling out at home until I head over to Cambridge for the walk.  I hope it has cooled down by then, cos man oh man, it's a hot one today!

I really thought today I would not be that busy, but it really has been quite a day!

Lacy called in for a swim and shower, the water on the farm is off (pump motor broke down), so she's a bit smelly!  All going well they will have running water again shortly.

Oh yes, I heard from Ron today too.  He's fine.  The rain stopped today and they have blue skies again.  His road is very rough, but traversable.  So I shall not worry about him any more, which is a load off my mind.

9 pm:  And I did it.  I went walking in Cambridge and I'm so glad I did.  It is so very nice catching up with girlfriends.  
I can't wait until my next walk next week.

Now... time to put me feet up, have a very late dinner and spend time with Stewie.  Love him quite a lot  😊😉😜.