Monday, December 05, 2016


I think the tree I've come up with this year is the best one I've done!

I got my inspiration from this guy:

ABOVE:  He was in a tree at the Christmas Heirloom Shop at The Base, and I just had to get him!

Our tree:

ABOVE:  Everyone likes the tree, just as well as it took Brylee and me a good couple of hours to get it done!

I must show you what Stew did for me yesterday afternoon too:

ABOVE:  He hung this new drop down clothesline in the garage. Now I have a really good clothesline to use over the long, wet Waikato winters.

Lastly for now:

ABOVE:  I. JUST. HAD. TO. DO. IT.... Now their beds look festive too!  
And I better take the cardboard off the bottom of the legs too... looks a bit naff leaving it on eh?  lol

Today?   Griffin to school, Keera to kindy, then Brylee and I will go swimming.

After that, home to paint the bathroom unit.

With, (hopefully), a tiny bit of the darker wood showing through on edges.  Kinda old distressed look, but not FULL ON distressed like things I've done before.

I have no intention of denting it, or giving it an 'old weathered' look.  It's too new to do that to it!


Swimming (Aqua aerobics) was lovely again today.  35 of us in the group today, and the water and weather were stunning!  I did two laps of the pool after the class, breast stroke and freestyle.  Gets the heart pumping that's for sure.  

Now?  Jobs.  Got to grab some essential groceries.  Rubbing alcohol so we can put up some Command Strips.  Then home to spray the undercoat on that bathroom unit.

So.  Busy.

Sunday, December 04, 2016


So... what did we get yesterday, aside from the little fish bowl?

 ABOVE:  new beds for the dogs!  We saw them and just could not resist them!  They are actually cat beds, but well... we won't tell the girls that.  *smiles*

 ABOVE:  We wanted additional storage in our bathroom, so found this tall wooden unit at Early Settler... it was half price.  Too good to pass it up.

Question?  I'm tempted to paint it white.  What do you think?  Paint it, or leave it.  I'm just not sure.

 ABOVE: The new umbrella in use.  It's tilt ability is what sold it to me.  I can now block out the sun when it's really low in the sky.

It means sitting outdoors is going to be very enjoyable.

ABOVE:  More surprises coming up in the garden.  There seems to be quite a few of these lillies dotted around the property... even in the lawns!  Very pretty.

And that's all I have for now.

We are heading back into Hamilton this morning to return the Christmas Lights I bought the other day.  The shop assistant has given me the wrong colour lights.  So, should be able to swap them no problem ... I hope.

ONWARD...  5.14 pm: and clearly I've been busy today!

I went into town and swapped the lights.  I  had to get multi coloured lights at the end of the day as they didn't have linking bright white ones, which is what I really wanted.  Never mind, the coloured ones are pretty too.

While I was out, Stew went to Mitre 10 and got a few things he needed to finish a job in the garage.

Then he trimmed our side of the hedges with his new hedge trimmer.  It did a good job:

ABOVE:  The trimmed hedges make the yard look bigger I reckon.

ABOVE:  Tweeking the gardens a bit... and so happy with how they are looking.  Bex... look at our lettuces!

ABOVE:  This feijoa tree was already here, and it's going to have a bumper crop of fruit this season! 

I can't believe how HAPPY I feel about our new garden and home!  Everything is PERFECT.

Brylee and I got the Christmas tree in the lounge decorated finally, but I will hold off showing you till tomorrow, so I have something to put on the blog! lol

I haven't had time to think about the bathroom unit yet, but I WILL be painting it.  Maybe tomorrow?

I have roast pork in the oven, it's smelling wonderful!  Time to get the veges on.

Dinner was delicious!  You really can't beat roast pork.
Quiet evening... everyone's tired.  Off to bed shortly.

Saturday, December 03, 2016


*sigh*.... I didn't get to it last night, felt a bit ikkk... so did nothing about the 'main' Christmas tree.

ABOVE:  The tree that's waiting...

 ABOVE:  waiting,  to have all these put on it.  But first, I have to get the lights on.  Why do I loathe putting decorations on trees... well the bigger trees?

It is gunna have to wait until after lunch.  We have the grocery shopping to do this morning.
I've put THAT particular job off for a few weeks too!

ABOVE:  Lacy having dinner last night... she's clearly doing well physically now.  She's a good weight now... so good to see.

ABOVE:  Our girls after their grooms.  They are so much happier now. 


So, we went into town.  We had a small 'look and price' list.

We looked and looked, and then we found and bought one thing on the list, then another, then another.

So, a successful shopping trip.  Stew and Griffin have gone back into Hamilton now to pick up a couple of our purchases.

Some things we bought were not even on the list... were not even necessary.  But, oh well... fell in love with them.

Now I have several painting jobs.  And that bloody tree still needs decorating too.

Keera is having a nap.  Brylee is vacuming (much to her disgust) and I'm about to hang out yet more washing.  

ABOVE:  First purchase?  Dunno... but we got the smaller fish bowl to go with the big fish bowl.  Had to do it!  Can see lollies in it, so people can add their own lollies to their dessert from the big bowl.  OR....or, you could have a seafood salad on a bed of lettuce in the big fish, and shrimps in the little one!

I will show you what else we bought later... once the guys get them home.


Yeah, nah.  I'm going to sign off for the day, and show stuff tomorrow. We just had a wonderful BBQ under our new umbrella.  So lovely outside in the early evening, having a dinner cooked by the man, sipping my first Bacardi and Coke for the year!

Friday, December 02, 2016


Yesterday Brylee and I went out to the local shops, on the hunt for a round Christmas Wreath for the front door.

No luck here in Cambridge.

Sooooo.... this morning I am taking both dogs into Animates in Te Rapa, Hamilton for a groom.
While they are there, I will pop into the Christmas Heirloom Shop in The Base and see what they have.

All going well... I will find one that's lovely.

Then I will pop home to pick up Keera from Kindy, then go back to Hamilton to pick up the dogs.

I'm asking them to clip them VERY SHORT, so they are more comfortable over summer.  Right now, they both look like sheep!

While there, I will be picking Lacy up so she can spend some time with us and Keera.

Last night, Griffin got home from his school Drama performance... looking like this:

 ABOVE:  I'm picking he was a wise old man or a shepard?  lol  Sadly, we missed seeing his performance due to timing muck ups.

After dinner, I got Stew to put up our one and only string of outside Christmas lights.  I hope to get more some time... but probably not this year.

ABOVE:  Not exactly spectacular at all, but it's something!

ABOVE:  I AM happy with my 'picture' window display.  

ABOVE:  My neighbour's lights, so pretty.  They flash and change colours.  That's what I'd like one day.


Yeah.... my outside string of lights sucks.  The photo shows how INSIGNIFICANT they are.  Bummer.

Well... I had a good morning!  

Got some housework done, then took the dogs to the groomers. Then I went to the Christmas Heirloom Shop at The Base and found a front door Christmas Wreath and some new lights for the big tree.

I've picked up Lacy and she is going to put up the big tree while I go back into Hamilton later to pick up the dogs.  Oh and of course, she will look after Keera so I don't have to take her in with me too.

Now.  The new door wreath.  I was so tempted to go with a blue and white one... but I resisted and got this:

ABOVE:  I went for it because it was a bit different, and more a traditional colour way.
What do you think of it?  
I might add a few more 'bits' to it myself yet.

Well... Lacy got all the decoration unpacked, so I could put them on the tree tonight.   I found some blue stuff for the wreath:

 ABOVE:  Blue added... now it looks more like MINE.

 ABOVE:  I have a little tree for the dining table.  It has little green and blue lights, but ya can't hardly see them in this photo.

ABOVE:  And finally (for now) a cute wee dancing tree.  He sings "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" and dances and sways.  He's for the kids to enjoy.

Ikkkk... ate too much tonight.  First time in weeks I've done that and regretted it.
Live and learn.

Another day tomorrow.

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Well... I'm not sure about going to Aqua today.
I'm so tired today.

And I'm aching from the other day still!

But, if Brylee is really keen, we will go I suppose.  I can pace myself and just see how I go?

After aqua we will come home and get some housework done.
Brylee should do some more study for her final exam tomorrow too.

I'm going to try and find our Christmas trees and decorations in the next couple of days too.

It's time to get them up!  It's DECEMBER!

I bet I'm one of the last people to get her Christmas Decorations up eh?

MY gosh, this year has been so busy, it's just flown by.

I hope next year is QUIET.  Uneventful and calm.  That would be bloody fantastic.

ABOVE:  Some cute photos of Dante and Archer that Bex sent me yesterday.  We should be seeing them in a couple of weeks for Dante's 4th Birthday.

Right.  Time to go and get Griffin and Keera off to school/kindy... and get ready for Aqua I suppose.


PEPSI UPDATE HERE: SHIT A BRICK ... 'we' had some tests done at the Doctor's a couple of weeks ago... and I'm SO RELIEVED to say everything came back NEGATIVE.  So we have nothing to worry about in relation to that.

I'm so sorry I forgot to let you know, for those of you who read Pepsi.

12.45 pm:  And... we didn't go to Aqua today.
I was just too stressed out about the things I wanted to get done around here, and my arms are still killing me from Tuesday's efforts.

So, I found the Xmas trees, the decorations and so on and Brylee and I did a bit of decorating.

The big tree isn't up yet, but we have done a lovely 'front door' display, which can be seen from the road and driveway.  I'm thrilled with it.

Keera noticed when I brought her back from Kindy at lunchtime.  I am sure it will look even nicer in the evening.  

It's now lunchtime, and Brylee is kindly making me a toasted sandwich for lunch.  Then I'm going to relax for a while and watch Home and Away!

LEANNE: Yes I am happier than I've been in a very long time, but I still get stressed out easily.  Particularly at this time of year when there's all sorts of things going on, gifts to get/wrap, birthday party for Dante, end of School and Kindy activities, and just life in general!

I get in a flap far too easily.  It's just my nature.
I'm NOT calm and collected that often *smiles*.

And on that note, I'm off to relax after making a lovely dinner of bacon wrapped lamb rissoles, with home made potato wedges and vegetables.  Are ya drooling?   hee hee

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Yesterday afternoon I decided to teach Brylee and Griffin how to play cards.  Skip Boo in fact, as it's the only cards I have in the house I think?

Anyway, we played about 5 rounds of the game, both kids really enjoyed it, and I sure did!

I haven't played cards in years, I used to play with Steve and other family members till shit hit the fan a few years ago.  Then no more cards.

I really missed it.

After dinner last night, Brylee and I sat down to play another game of Skip Boo... and OMGOSH!!!  Stew said he would play a game with us too!


Because Stew hasn't played cards in over 17 years!  The last time he played cards was with me, and my brother Vern.

Vern used to come home from Indonesia and stay with us, and we ALWAYS played cards together, the three of us.  It was like a tradition with us!  We loved playing, the competition was fierce.  

So, when Vern died, Stew never played cards again.  I don't know if it was a conscious decision not to play cards again?  But he never did, till last night.

I hope he continues to play cards with us, because I LOVE PLAYING CARDS, and have missed it so much.

ABOVE:  My gardens yesterday, after those F*#king chickens had been in and raked all the bark everywhere.  I'm now on the warpath.
Next time I see them I am going to let the dogs out... THAT should scare them off surely?
Clearly the chicken's owners are not confining them as they are supposed to.

If I wanted chickens in my yard, I'd GET ME OWN!  Grrrrr.  The chicken owners have been asked to keep them out of our yards, both ours and our neighbour's.  What else can we do?

Shoot them???

Even if we chicken fence proof OUR YARD, they can still just walk in our front driveway.  I'm damned if I'm going to go to the expense of getting a huge wire gate to keep them out!  Not my chickens, not my expense.

Rant over.

Off to get the kids to school/kindy, then do the grocery shopping.


Well Brylee and I are in Hamilton.. we came in to do the grocery shopping.  We have been here for 2 and a half hours and yeah.... probably won't be doing it!   We are having too much fun scoping out the shops in town.

I have found THE MOST AMAZING, TOTALLY ME dessert bowl! 

Wait till you see it! You are going to either LOVE it... or HATE it. **smiles**

RIGHT.  I wanted to find a 'trifle bowl', one with straight up and down sides ... for christmas.  But I couldn't find one big enough... so Brylee and I hunted everywhere in Hamilton.  Finally, we went into The Importer, where I found this: 

 ABOVE:  A fish bowl!!!   How bloody cool is that???

ABOVE:  Now I need 20 people to help eat the dessert I just made!

What do you think of it?  I want everyone to tell me... like or not?

***Obviously I shall need to practise making the layers... but I'm fairly happy with it as a first attempt.

Well I'm happy to say we had NO PROBLEMS getting the dessert out of the 'bowl'.  😋

Time to wind down for the evening.  I'm really tired tonight... shopping is exhausting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Remember me saying I'd bought a new fan... with a remote control?  Well it went for about a week, then it didn't work at all!

So yesterday I took it back and got a replacement.

 ABOVE:  Stew had to put it together last night... fingers crossed it doesn't break down too.

On to FOUND.   I bought a couple of things while in Palmerston North, and put them in my sewing room when we got home, and then totally forgot about them!

I was in the sewing room yesterday afternoon, hunting for my Weight Watcher slippers... and I came across the box. 

ABOVE: Stew and I both liked this vase, so got it.   It's years since I bought a new vase.  Isn't it pretty?

ABOVE:  I fell in love with these coffee mugs... they are just gorgeous.

ABOVE:  Don't ya just love the box?  LOL
It's the new umbrella for the BBQ table.  I am sure it will get out of it's box at some point over the coming weekend.  It's amazing!  It tilts, so you can set it up to block out the sun no matter where it is!

I am going to LOVE it come summer dinners out on the patio.

This morning, once Keera is at Kindy and Griffin is at school, I am going to Aqua exercise class at the pool.  Brylee is coming along to have a swim too.

After that, I have a few things on my 'to do' list to get through.

OH... Weight Watchers!  According to their repaired scales (they have been away getting fixed for 2 weeks), I gained .200 grams this week.  According to MY scales, which I will go by, I lost .500 grams this week.

I will go by 'their' scales again next week.


10.35 am:  And we are back from the pool.
I almost didn't go as I was feeling really ikkk, but I'm glad I did go now.
I'm buggered!  But happy.

Brylee had a nice time, she wants to go every day now!
We will go again on Thursday all going well.

I took a photo of the pool... will upload it later to show you. I did two lengths of the pool (swimming) after Aqua too.

Now... it's time for a shower before getting some washing on, then going into town (Cambridge) to do a few things.

 ABOVE:  This is the Cambridge public pool.  There were 26 of us at Aqua this morning... and our instructor was a cheeky Maori man in his mid 50's.  I really enjoyed his class.

ABOVE:  The other day I got that super cute little silver and blue dish, I thought it would be nice for putting used teaspoons in.

And I forgot to show you the drone we got Griffin for his birthday too!

ABOVE:  It's been too windy in the past few days for him to use it outside.  It's got a camera but he hasn't used it yet.

Time to relax!

10.46 pm:  And awesome evening!  We did something tonight that we hadn't done in 0VER 17 years!
Tell ya what it was tomorrow.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Yesterday afternoon I decided to tell Stew I wanted to move a few things around in the Family room.

So, being the darling that he is, he obliged.

 ABOVE:  The reason I wanted to move the furniture around was because every afternoon if I wanted to watch some TV, I had to close all the curtains to reduce the glare on the telly.

Now, I don't have to.  That area of the room now looks more open too, which is great.  Nothing like a change to pick up your tired spirits eh?

After that was done, I decided to chance my luck, and get him to move stuff in the garage too.

ABOVE:  We put my car outside, where it will now stay, and spread the exercise equipment around so there was more room to actually USE it.
And now I have more room in the 'laundry' area too... and I can now dry washing in the garage, instead of in my bedroom when it's raining.

 ABOVE:  Bex has been a busy girl, this is her latest creation.  It's cute as a button.

 ABOVE:  An ever so nice photo Bex sent me yesterday!  Bloody hell Archer has a big tongue!
And a cheeky little face.  Steve?  Used to seeing him like that!

ABOVE:  Miss Muppet looking ever so gorgeous in her McDonald glasses.  She's got kindy today, and the other two kids are home.

Brylee is still on study leave, and Griffin is home as it's a 'Teacher Only' day today.

We have a few things to do in town before we have a quiet afternoon later on.

Oh, before I go... I have that little video of Tallulah enjoying her new chicken:

ABOVE:  She loves her new chicken!


3.08 pm:

Just home after a hectic few hours in Hamilton with Brylee and Griffin.

I bought a huge sun umbrella for having over the BBQ table, some thingees for 'filing' papers etc under my coffee table, a lap top tray thing with a fan, for sitting my laptop on, on my knee.

I've stopped using my laptop table as it just doesn't 'fit' in the family room with the new configuration.

The kids and I met up with 16 other patchwork ladies at the Cafe' in Hamilton Gardens for lunch.  Oh my, what wonderful food they have there!  

I'm going to take Stew there this coming weekend.

After a bit more shopping, we came home.  I'm knackered!  Lunch has made me tired.  I had some hot chips and a hot chocolate, couldn't finsh either of them.

Time now to turn around and go out and pick up Keera from Kindy.  Busy ... busy.

9.14 pm:  Long day over... looking forward to a slightly less busy day tomorrow.