Tuesday, October 26, 2021


 As we are stuck in Level Three lockdown, Stew is still working from home.

And I'm at home with nowhere to go.

It seems crazy that Auckland is in Level Three like us, but they now have more freedoms than us!  Yet their Covid numbers are 90 to 100 + most days, and ours is less than 9 most days.  What's with that?

The other crazy thing is, all year 11, 12 and 13 college kids can go back to school as from today.  Ummm, hello... LOCKDOWN does not count for them?  WTF?  Or have I got that wrong somehow?  

It is totally Mickey Mouse, and I'm pretty sure hundreds of thousands of people are friggin over it.

I used to think Jacinda was doing an amazing job handling this Pandemic.  Now?  NOT AT ALL.

And now that I've had a little rant... I don't actually feel any better.  

Today I'm gunna empty the bottom of the linen cupboards, and then do another runner.

ABOVE:  A sneak peek at the next runner.  It's a cat.

What is it with me and friggin cats?  I don't even like cats.

ABOVE:  Bloody man, he's far too sensible. 
He's always pulling me into check.
He now says "You do what you want, BUT ...".

The damn annoying thing is, I can see where he's coming from.  So.  Another little rant done and dusted.

I am just feeling... frustrated.  Time to stop whingeing and just get on with me day.  OK.

Monday, October 25, 2021


 Today we should be getting up bright and early and heading off to the Cambridge Labour Day Market.

Thanks to Covid restrictions... we get to stay home.

How bloody wonderful.

I've got all this stock ... and no way to sell it.

Most frustrating.

Sometimes I'm tempted to pack up the sewing room, move it into a small bedroom, and rent out the studio.  Sure would bring in more money than my sewing does.  But then we would lose the privacy we have come to enjoy.  Still it's tempting sometimes.

It might be an option further down the track, who knows?

ABOVE:  This kid!  Her Mum said "Smile".  And that's what she got.  

ABOVE: Cooking her own dinner, scrambled eggs with cheese.  She really enjoyed herself.

ABOVE:  THIS.  This is so me.  You too?

Right... today I am going to continue moving smaller things off the floors, putting them in the garage and sunroom.

I want to move as much as possible this week, so that there is virtually just the big stuff to move on Saturday and Sunday. 

The only thing we won't move till the night before the carpet comes will be our bed and a couple of lounge chairs.  

Gosh, we even have to take all the doors off their hinges... and they might not fit back on as the carpet and new underlay will be higher than what's on the floor now.

Which means Steve will have to cut a small slice off the bottom of some doors, if not all of them.

Things you simply don't think of eh?

Lastly for now, I'll just leave you with this:

11.30 am:  and Stew and I are making excellent progress on getting the smaller stuff moved out of the bedrooms etc.
We have done way more than I imagined we would today.  And I'm knackered already.

At least there will be bugger all to do next week.
And we can take our time putting it all back.

YEAH RIGHT.  You know me.  It will be done in a matter of days for sure.

A bit later on today, I am going to finish a Medium Runner that I made last night.  It's not a tree!
It was rather fun.  I'll show you once it's finished.
I stole the idea off a t-shirt I saw online.  In fact, I've got a few ideas off t-shirts. 😉😊😅

9 year olds who lie to please others... Grrrrrr.
Exactly what we expected.  Coached to give the 'right' answers to please the questioners.
Accused of conversations that NEVER happened.
One day this shit will ALL STOP.

AUDREY:  WE do not hold adult conversations in front of any child.  If a child relays information that is deemed 'adult', it is being FABRICATED, or having words put in it's mouth by 'others'.

And that is it for this subject.  It won't happen again.

ABOVE: The garage is starting to really fill up!

ABOVE: on the right is the front bedroom's floor.   The carpet is in a disgusting state.  Looks like originally it had two single beds in it, cos the flooring in the middle of the room is filthy.  
So glad we are ripping it all up and putting down new carpet.
Nice to know we are not living with someone else's dirt.

5.07 pm:  And it's been a fairly nice afternoon.
Bex and Steve came over with lunch for us, which was a nice surprise.
They stayed a couple of hours.
Then Stew and I both just chilled out in our lounge chairs and listened to music etc for a couple of hours.

Now, I've done a few little jobs around the house.

ABOVE:  With all this talk of flooring, I remembered the left over tiles we had from our Auckland home, so Stew brought them up from the shed.
They should look good here in the laundry area of the garage.
We just have to get the fixative.  I am sure we can do it ourselves.
It will probably be done in the next few days.

Stew and I are having Lemon and Garlic chicken with rice and veges for dinner.  But for now... I'm in me sewing room finishing off the runner I started last night.

ABOVE: This one was fun to make.  

SPARKLING:  Of course you can.
LIZ:  I can always make another one, if you want one.

Sunday, October 24, 2021


 Well... today I'm going to be in my sewing room again.

I'm thoroughly enjoying myself in there.

ABOVE:  This little 'fence' was in front of the heat pump unit, under the lounge window.  It's here now ... until we can build another one specifically for here (with a little gate).

Having it there means I can have the door wide open, but the dogs can't take off down the road.

It will be wonderful once it gets really hot in summer.

ABOVE:  And here is the re- arranged sewing room.

I hope this works out, and I don't have to sit there and feel like it's not 'RIGHT'.

Is anyone else like me, who simply cannot work happily unless their area is RIGHT?   

It sure makes life slightly more bothersome being a pain in ya own arse!

So... what shall I sew today?  More Wonky Tree runners?

Yeah, I think I will. 😊

11.45 am:  And I've been sewing all morning, and I am thrilled to say the new room configuration is working PERFECTLY.  I'm pretty happy about that.

Stew is busy working outside, laying down weed killer. The dogs have gone on a 'Playdate' at Steve 'n' Bex's ... so they are safe.

Might stop shortly for some lunch.  And do some fluffing around in the house.

ABOVE:  And whoops!  Marley struck again.  No toy is safe when she's around.

Bloody hell, where is everyone?  Having fun?
I don't think there's been such a quiet day on here in months and months!

So... anyway.  I've made two more of these:

ABOVE:  I'm still having fun with them.

Stew's cooking dinner tonight (again!).  We are having sausages and veges, nice standard fare.

It's shitty outside, cold and wet.  So, not done much else today.

I'm gunna bugger off now... cos well, no one is here.

7 pm:  Well Stew did well with our dinner, it was delicious.  He even made us cauliflower cheese in the oven.  So yummy.
I'd have seconds, but I'm too full.
Must have been REALLY good, cos the kid even ate all her dinner.
Time to wind up this for the day... nothing much is happening around here.

Saturday, October 23, 2021


After finishing the 5 blue, smaller table runners yesterday, I made one more.

ABOVE:  A Christmas gnome runner. I've done large runners with 6 gnomes on them before... but this one?  Sooooo cute!

And I added the little lantern as an after thought.  Do you like it?  

I am going to make some more runners today.

Maybe I'll mix it up and add different things to them?  Ideas peeps?

Lacy will be here all day with Miss Muppet.  I am hoping the little boys come over to play as well... those kids love being together.

STEVE:  If he's to be believed, he's feeling a bit better.  But he's good a fibbing too.  He knows I worry about him, he's been known to cover up how he's really feeling.  Time will tell I suppose.

So, that's me for now... catch ya later.

11 am:   I've started working on my next set of runners.
And they are not going to be Xmas Gnomes. 
No markets.  No chance of selling them till next Christmas.

ABOVE:  Might be using these fabrics instead.
IF I get one done by the end of the day, I will show ya.
And dang!  I just realised they may be considered Christmas runners as well.  
Oh well... I wanna do it anyway.

I have two twits in my sewing room with me.  It's noisy.  I've just told them to shut up or they will be getting kicked out.

ABOVE:  I'm making a mess.  And I love it.
Very damn fiddly what I'm doing now.
But... I'm using up heaps of me little scraps of fabric.  SCORE.

Stewie is making me lunch.  YES!
Actually, he's making dinner too.  Home made burgers.

So.  Working in the sewing room all day, having visitors come in and sit on the couch, at the computer desk etc, showed me the configuration of desks, tables, ironing board etc just was not working.
So I spent a good bit of time once everyone had left, re-arranging that bloody room AGAIN.
I swear to God, how many times have I done that?
I do me own head in I tell ya.

I think I've got it right now, so I can access everything, work at all work stations, and still see the computer screen.
Yes, I like to watch Netflix while I'm sewing... it's awesome!
I took some photos, which I'll show you tomorrow... cos come on, I need blog fodder for tomorrow!

For now... here's what I got sewn today:

ABOVE:  I had a lot of fun making these Wonky Trees.  The top one is a small runner, and the bottom one is a large coaster.
I have listed them for sale on my Facebook page.

Because there's no markets till next year, I might as well try selling a few things on Facebook.  If it doesn't happen, well I tried.

Apart from my sewing today, did I tell you that Lacy and I took all the furniture out of my dressing room and Stew's big set of drawers this morning?  Well we did, just getting a few more things out of the rooms ready for the carpet arriving in..... ELEVEN DAYS!

And.... it's like 8.41 pm and I'm done for the day.
I'm actually going to bed!
Don't know if I've gone to bed this early in years, but I'm just exhausted.  So much to do, not enough hours in the day.

Catch ya tomorrow.

Friday, October 22, 2021


There was an announcement made last night.

The Waikato is staying in Level 3 until Wednesday next week.

Not what we wanted to hear, but it's expected because there were more cases in the Waikato announced yesterday.

AND a case in Napier, their first Delta case.

So... it's spreading.  Goodness knows what will happen next.

There's a damn good chance people are going to go 'fuck it all', and just do what they want.  I think plenty of people are already doing it.

I so, so wish life could just go back to 'normal', and let damn Covid do it's thing.  Vaccinate as many as possible, and let those who refuse to get vaccinated face the consequences.

It has to happen eventually.  We simply cannot keep going on as we are.  Locked down, then have some restrictions eased, then  lockdown again and again.

People are simply not going to keep putting up with it.

I've started looking online for Christmas presents.  I think that's being sensible, as clearly shopping in person might not happen for a long time.

I will devote a couple of hours to doing that this morning, then I'm going to continue my sewing.

Bex made some good suggestions for smaller runners yesterday.  Instead of large runners with say, 6 gnomes on it, do small ones with only one gnome.

Good idea!  Same with cats, wonky houses etc.  I'm a little bit excited about adding a smaller range to my runners.

We had a lovely evening last night.  I  hadn't laughed so much in months! FILTHY AND INNAPPROPRIATE JOKES abounded.  Steve was reading them from his phone to us, and he had us in hysterics.  Much as I'd like to share some of them, 99% of them were downright disgusting!  Totally inappropriate and not suitable to general consumption!

I don't know how people come up with them, sick puppies. 😂😅😆

Right, time to go and start the day.

We shall be picking Miss Muppet up this afternoon, another lovely weekend ahead.

1.47 pm:  Well I've had quite a busy morning.
Got washing out.  Fluffed around moving some things in the house.
And been sewing:

ABOVE:  I have almost finished five smaller runners!
I can't wait to move on to the next batch.

Before you ask, NO, we did not feel the 5.9 magnitude earthquake... it was way down the line, centered near Tauramanui, it was very deep (210 km).   

MIKE!  Did you feel it?  Any damage? SANDRA?  CHRIS D?  ANNE? LOIS?  JANENE? ALL you girls down there!

I have had an excellent and fun afternoon.
I made the first of my next batch of smaller table runners.  It's rather cute.
I'll show you tomorrow, once it's totally finished.

I'm now out of the sewing room, and have  supervised Miss Muppet cooking her own dinner, and now?
Might think about what Stew and I will be having.

Well dinner was just average.  We had mini spring rolls, crumbed prawns and hash browns.  Wasn't very nice at all for some reason.

All is quiet now, and I'm probably going to bed early tonight.  I've been a busy bee all day.

Thursday, October 21, 2021


 Today I plan on doing some prep work in the wet room.

There's some sanding to do... which shouldn't take too long to get done.

Then clean off the dust and get painting.

The room won't look any different as such, as it's already white.  But, there won't be areas looking iffy or covered in fluff!

The fluff is from fibres coming off towels and clothes, and simply 'sticking' to the walls!  

ABOVE:  I got one more of these arm rest covers finished yesterday, and two more cut out ready to stitch up.  Then I will have enough 'spares'.

We have our bubble mates ( Steve, Bex, the boys and Lacy) coming over for dinner this evening.

We are getting takeaways.  I'm ready for a night off cooking.

It will be so nice when we can have everyone over again.  I miss our larger family gatherings.

Mike and Joyce would have been here today too... but because of the Waikato being in Level 3 lockdown, they couldn't come up.  

So, a long weekend looms.  Labour Weekend.  No market in Cambridge this year. 

I wonder how many people will try to leave their Level 3 locked down area and go to the beach?

ABOVE:  Apparently there will be 'tighter border controls' to stop that happening.  But as we have seen, plenty of people can and do get through those 'border controls'.   In fact, the border measures already in existence are a bloody joke.

If too many people flout the rules of lockdown, there could be a huge and rapid spread of Covid, outside of Auckland and the Waikato.

Then where will we be?  LOCKED DOWN FOR LONGER.  

So, here's hoping the cops CAN keep people from leaving Auckland and the Waikato areas.

OK, time to get up and get some jobs done.   There's some washing to get on, then sanding.
And... I wonder how Steve is feeling today?  

9.07 am:  And I've changed my mind about doing the wet room today.  Just not in the mood.
In fact, I'm kinda feeling FLAT.
Might take myself off to the supermarket, buy some flowers.  And a cake.

ABOVE:  I padded the bought flowers out with some from my garden.  There wasn't much to choose from at the supermarket.
And I got two cakes, a big one and a little one... cos well... I'M GUNNA EAT CAKE.

ABOVE:   I have finished making the chair arm rest covers.
I've now moved on to small table runners... same fabrics.
There will be more made over the next couple of months, in readiness for the next market, whenever that is held!

THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes, I really appreciate it.

Stew bought some gorgeous earrings for my birthday.  They are still in the shop.  I have to pick them myself, once the shops are open again.  😂😅😆
I better tell him, right?

ABOVE:  IT WAS A GORGEOUS CAKE!  Two types of Lemon.
We  had chinese takeaways before hand.  We are all now in food comas.
Sent cake home with Lacy, and Steve 'n' Bex are taking some home too.  AND Brylee is popping in a bit later to pick up cake too.
So hopefully there's not too much left to scream at us from the pantry.

I've had a neat day, sewing mostly.  Got quite a bit done, and I'm looking forward to doing more tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021



172 fully staffed ICU beds, 14 fully staffed paediatric ICU beds in NZ, for the team of 5 million.
If you are 80 and get COVID and are unvaccinated 1:7 chance of dying. Vaccinated x 2 doses this improves to 1:140.
If you are 50 and unvaccinated 1:70 chance of dying improving to 1:1400 if you’ve had 2 vaccine doses!

ICU will be at capacity in minutes with widespread community transmission. Improve your chances.
Source: ANZICs
I have copied this from a friend's post who works in ICU. Sobering stats 🤔

The only way out of lockdowns and massive restrictions, that are seeing dozens of businesses close weekly, and people lose their livelihood, is to GET VACCINATED.
Do it for the greater good.

And so I can go shopping again. 😂😅😆 But seriously, it's getting worse not better here.

edit: PLEASE don't think I'm scaremongering or trying to put pressure on ANYONE to get vaccinated. I'm just concerned.
WELL... OK, I will put pressure on my own family members, cos I would like to see them again.

I procrastinated so much yesterday. I did NO sewing, even though I love sewing, and have heaps to do.
But motivation is low again... feeling lethargic and blah.

Perhaps I need to get out and walk some more? That might pick me up.
Worth a try.

ABOVE:  One positive of lockdown?  You don't have to be around idiots!

9.55 am:  And I took myself off for a walk.  It wasn't a long walk by any means, and it was already damn hot.
But I feel better for it.

ABOVE:  Not the best photo of me (all hot and bothered), but a lovely one of our local park.

Steve?  Still home.  I tried talking him into going to A & E for a proper check up.  He's not going.  I could throttle him.  Seriously.

It's now 10.30 am, and I've just had some toasted muesli.  And who cares that it's not 'breakfast' time any more?  Not me.
I'm on... "I do what I want, when I want time".

I was not going to hang anything else on my walls until after the carpet was done, and cos all the smaller 'wall type things' are packed up in the garage.
I am not planning on re-hanging some of the things either.  I had far too much on me walls.

But these:

ABOVE: These two pottery and molten glass birds?  I was given then as a gift from a very dear friend of mine many years ago.  They found a new home...

ABOVE:  I umm'ed and aah'ed about putting them there for days.  Now they are there, and I'm happy with their placement.

DOGSTARS:  I have re-positioned them, just for YOU. lol

I don't know why, but I'm still procrastinating about getting into the sewing room!  

12.10 pm: And I'm still procrastinating.  I just did my 2nd 'click and collect'... I bought some 'special purpose' paint for our wet room. 
It's the last room needing painting, and I will be doing it sometime soon.
That room WAS clearly painted just before we bought the house, but they used shit paint, which is not standing up to the purpose of the room.  

And now... I might go vacuum my sewing room, and then make something.

OR NOT!  I made our lunch.

ABOVE:  I made club sandwiches, just like the shop ones, just not trimmed of their crusts.  I couldn't be arsed doing that!
I think they look as good as the bakery's ones.

Finally!  I got into the sewing room, and cut out and stitched up a couple of things.  It was awesome.

Dinner this evening was beef sausages, lettuce salad and a spud.  Hellers Beef Sausages... don't buy them.  They were not flash at all.  Way too much filler, tasteless and just a waste of money.

Won't buy them again.

Now?  The usual.  Watch TV. Feet up. Still cool in the evenings, so blankie on too.
Catch ya tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


 Today I'm focusing on pretty much ... more of the same stuff as yesterday.

Housework, particularly cleaning windows, frames etc.  They look SO MUCH BETTER once cleaned, they were doing my head in!

Then I'm going to sew a couple more armchair covers, so I can clean the dirty one (s), and have spares to put on.

ABOVE:  These are what I ended up using as covers for the arms of the chairs.  I originally made them for the bench in our Cambridge house.  They stay on really well.

As I walk around our house now, I have started to see a 'theme'.

It wasn't intentional either.  It just happened!  
Most rooms have blue accessories.  Cushions.  Ornaments. Curtains. Runners, etc.

So weird how that happened without me even realising it.   There IS some pink/salmon scattered here and there too, so I don't feel too guilty.

Like, the kitchen is a salmon-ish colour right?  And lots of our wall paintings etc have different colours.  

I went to bed last night feeling really flat.  And crabby.  Trying to get my head around a problem that has continually cropped up.  Working on it.

Steve:  had a phone appointment with his doctor yesterday.  According to the Doctor, his symptoms are similar to quite a few other people's, and he is to 'ride it out'!  NOT what I expected to hear.
I hope the doctor is correct, and it's not something to worry about.
With Steve's medical condition, they can't afford to stuff it up.
He was off work again yesterday.  I don't know if he's at home or work yet today.
I hope he is feeling much better though.

I'm procrastinating.
Putting off cleaning windows really. 😊😂
We decided a while ago to use our big glass fish bowl as a terrarium.

So this morning I worked on that.

ABOVE:  Hopefully the plants grow in there.  It looks rather cute.

And now *sigh*.... I better do the friggin windows.

11.20 am:  And the next set of windows are done.  I'm doing them room by room, so it's not a huge job on one day.
I'm over doing huge jobs!

In fact, I'm not doing any more windows now until the carpet is down.  All the rooms I've done can have their doors closed so they don't get dusty while the carpet is being laid.
F*#k doing them all again!

Nearly lunchtime, might go buy a club sandwich or two.  We love them.  YES, I could make me own, but that takes more time and effort and EXPENSE.  So... buying them.

KFC are giving away free Popcorn Lunch boxes to people who are vaccinated.  So Brylee went down to get herself some.  They gave her 4!
So she dropped some off here.  Very nice that was.

I have run outta oomph.  Been dicking around on social media, updating Instagram and Facebook.
Don't really know why I bother, but it's another way to share shit I suppose. 
Makes your 'world' seem bigger than your own backyard I think.
Certainly helps when you are stuck at home in bloody lockdown.

Today's Covid numbers are not good.  94 new cases, 7 here in the Waikato.
The only way we are getting out of lockdown now is if our vaccinated numbers go UP.
So PLEASE, PLEASE if you have not been vaccinated... please reconsider for everyone's sake.

STEVE:  Is still home sick.  Everything hurts.  NOT happy, and slightly scared about what sort of reaction he will have after his second covid jab.  He's determined to get it though.
And I just read that anyone over 12 who is immuno-suppressed should get a third primary jab ... so that's Steve too.

Leeanne:  Steve does not have Covid.  He is having a reaction to the vaccination.  You cannot get Covid from the vaccination.  He was more susceptible to having a reaction due to his medical condition.

Dinner tonight was Mutton chops, roast potatoes, and mixed veges, slathered in a brown onion gravy.  SO YUM.

Now... relaxing for the evening.  Catch ya tomorrow.