Thursday, May 13, 2021


There is a LONG story behind the time 11.11 am/pm for me.

That time always makes me think of my brother Vern, who died 22 years ago.  Whenever I see that time on my phone or a clock, I feel like Vern is 'with me'.

I know, it's weird.  

Anyway...  things have been very 'rocky' the past few days but what has helped me tremendously is 11.11.

I have seen that time on my phone and clock at least once every day!  And I can assure you, I'm not clock watching!  It just happens.

So, I am positive my brother is watching over me.  That certainly helps me get through these rough times.

Just like seeing butterflies makes me feel like my Mum's spirit is around me too.

Do you ever have that sort of thing happen to you?  Does it help you, or freak you out?

DOGSTARS:  you asked how my jig saw puzzle was coming along yesterday.

ABOVE:  It's kinda scary how much there is to go!  But, I'm just plodding away at it, most days I am happy to have found 5-10 pieces.  Some days I only find 2 or 3!

BTW:  all the pieces inside the Outside Edges are in, more or less, the right place. 

But I am enjoying it very much.  It is certainly the hardest puzzle I have ever done.

My main job today is to get all the washing and housework up to date, then lay out everything we need to take with us tomorrow.

I'm sure I will overpack, who doesn't?

Catch ya later.

10.55 am:  So.  I'm getting clothes out to pack.

And I get to me tights.

And like...  WHO hasn't had tights ride up and leave a damn cold 'gap' at the ankle?

It happens to me all the time.
Then I remembered these from way, way back in the day:

ABOVE:  I can remember wearing some like this as a teenager!

ANYWAY, I decided that before I do anything else, I was going to put elastic on the bottom of all my tights to stop them riding up.

ABOVE:  One down, 5 to go.
If you found this a damn good idea, you're welcome.  πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

6 pm:  And yes, I know I've been quiet on here today.
I've been busy.
Washing/Drying/Folding/Putting away.
Yakking to friends.
Afternoon tea'ing.  lol
Moving furniture (just rotating lounge chairs).

And other stuff.  You know how it goes.  Just stuff.
Very happy afternoon really.  
Just happy with how life is right now... and looking forward to the weekend, when Stew and I get to hang out with friends and family.

9.50 pm:  Stew and I went out for dinner, then came home and Stew did his packing.
A quiet evening, watching telly.
It's bloody cold tonight!  The temperature has dropped dramatically.  We will be taking plenty of warmer clothes tomorrow, that's for sure.  Thermals even.  Brrrrr.


  1. I see my birthday quite often on the clock ( 2:18 ). It will be so nice for you to get away for awhile. Your country is so beautiful. Have fun.

  2. When I find a penny or a feather I believe it is from my mother who died when I was 18 years old.

  3. Yep. Butterflies are dad for sure... ysually show up when youneed a reminder.. i also smell my nana's powder/perfume in the house sometimes. Thats weird cos it can't be from someone on the street if you know what I mean.

  4. When you are road tripping overpacking is fine, it is harder when you are taking a plane & then are subject to weight restrictions & number of bags etc :-).

    The little signs from your Mum & Brother must be a nice comfort for you.

  5. Certain things do trigger memories of ones who have passed, just little things. Pack some warm clothes because it's bloody cold!! A high of 11 degrees here today- bring back summer 🌞

  6. YES!!! Stirrup tights, loved them especially under boots, what a brilliant idea, you Madam, are a genius :-)

    1. Stirrup tights! I knew there was a proper name for them. lol

  7. Lol stirrup pants. I loved them in the mid to late 80’s with a baggy shirt over the top

  8. Ha, there’s a memory with stirrup pants. Maybe you’ll start an 80s fashion comeback? I’m a shorty, so if tights are regular length I never have a gap πŸ˜‚. Liz

  9. Anonymous3:28 PM

    Yes I see 11:11 a lot, especially over the last few years. I don't know why though but sometimes I make a wish on it

  10. When I wore tights I did the elastic thing to all of them! Especially good when wearing boots etc. Instead of elastic though I used strips of stretchy material as it was softer under my foot.

  11. It's feathers for my mum. She always seems to know the right time to send them.

    Love your stirrup idea πŸ™‚

  12. Haha used to have addidas trackies with a stirrup. Have a glorious weekend. Safe travels ❤️

  13. I always see 11.11
    I stop close my eyes and say the following
    Morena Angela (my deceased twin) I have always loved you died 1968 6 weeks old.

    Morena Nana (my mum’s mum) I miss you died 1980

    Morena Dad I need you now more than ever died 2003
    ( he is my father but not by blood ) and is only known as MY dad x

    Morena Grandad ( my above Dads step father) I miss your cheery smile died 2013

    Morena Taiwhirimatea (suicide) an up n coming NRL STAR at only 18! My heart is heavy to your pain.
    Morena Stacey ( very rare leukaemia) his partner and mother of their only child Hinetetama (she is now 6) died both of them 2015 at 5 weeks apart they are buried
    together in the Urupa on Lake Taupō just along Lake Front looking out to our beautiful Maunga . you are the brightest star.

    Morena Nana my fathers mother died 2015 I miss your hugs

    Morena Lisa my work colleague died at the hands of her unwell brother died 2015 (her death left me a bit broken for a long time)

    Morena Gabrielle he was head boy year after Samuel was head boy Samuels fiancΓ© BFF and “twin” soul died 2016 from misdiagnosis of cancer age 17

    It’s a heavy burden we carry but I close my eyes and give love and thanks for some very special souls.

    There’s other people yes I could add but these few left scars on my heart the most x

    Sorry for the long post
    I also see 11.11pm alot too
    I always feel doubly blessed then πŸ’–

  14. Monarchs are my thing my grandma and my aunty (they are mum mum and sister very close)

  15. Anonymous1:04 AM

    This cracks me up because just last week I thought about those leggings with the built in strap. As a teenager and young adult I wore them often.

    Happy travel wishes to you and Stew on your adventure!

    Ky Girl

  16. Have fun on your travels. Keep safe.

  17. All this talk of 11:11 just made me remember,... I made a custom worry stone for a customer that says 11:11. Now, I know why!


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