Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Yaaa, today is Hamilton Patchwork day.
I've got half a dozen blocks ready to sew together, so that's what I will be doing in class.

I am taking Lacy into Hamilton so she can attend her physiotherapy appointment.
Hopefully she gets some relief from it... her shoulder/neck are still very sore.  I will pick her up after my class.

CRANKY:  Re your idea of having different colours in the centres of the blocks.  I will do a mock up of that idea further down the track and see how it might look.  I'm always open to other ideas.  *smiles*

So... that's about all for now.  Catch ya later.
Have a nice day.


3.41 pm:  And here's a very late update on my day!
Patchwork class was really nice today... A lady in the class came up to me and asked me if I had ever lived in Hamilton?  Of course I said YES... and it transpired we had worked together over 16 years ago!  

I was working with a special needs child in primary school, and I took that child for braille lessons with this lady!  So we have a nice little catch up.

After class I came home and did some more sewing.  I managed to get two dresden plates stiched up.   I thought I would need to make 63 blocks, but these ones are coming out larger than my first quilt... so I won't be making 63 after all.

I will have to work out how many I do need to make once I've made a few more and measured it out.

ABOVE:  I'm starting to think I might need to put 'something' in the centre of each one?  A button?  Or a yo-yo?  Thinking, thinking...

Monday, August 29, 2016


Morning!  It's lovely Monday again.

Here is my latest idea for the next Dresden Plate Quilt:

ABOVE: Using a Kaffe Fassett print this time as a contrast. It's quite nice, not as light as I had planned, but it really does look good.

What do you think?   

I'm starting to wonder if I will ever make up my mind on this quilt!

 Now, here's what Kelly gave Stew for Father's Day...

ABOVE: A cute little bear that sings "Kamate Kamate", and a button picture of the Waikato Chiefs colours.  She spelled 'Waikato' like that cos it wouldn't fit otherwise!  Ingenious. 

Kelly won't be here on Father's Day as she is going on a holiday to visit my Mum (her Grandma) in Australia.  She leaves tomorrow. 

OK... time to go do something constructive.


When I got up, I had a sick headache, so I took a pill and went back to bed... till 10.30!
When I got up I decided to go into Hamilton and get Lacy some more clothes/underwear, as most of her stuff is now in Tauranga, in a house she can't get into anymore.

*sigh*... but hopefully that will eventually get sorted out.

We also went into The Warehouse, where I got 4 containers for sorting clothes into, in the laundry.  

ABOVE: The 4 black boxes are the new ones.  One for each of us.  (excluding Lacy, as she's not gunna be here for years!)

There's nothing I like better than things being organised and tidy.  *smiles*

We had lunch at the base after our shopping, and are now home for a quiet afternoon.

Happily, I spent the afternoon and early evening cutting out dresden plate blades.  Now ALL I have to do is sew them all together!
And that will take a bloody long time.

But, it will keep me busy.

I have my sewing trolley all ready for tomorrow's patchwork group in Hamilton.  I'm looking forward to it.

The rest of this evening I will be watching a few TV programmes.  Then bed.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Last night's evening out was OK.  Lovely to meet more of the people Stew works with in a casual setting.

Everyone had a good time ... lots of dancing, laughing, enjoying the company.
The theme was 'Oscar Night', so I spent a lot of time taking photos... which I didn't mind doing.

Here's a few that don't feature anyone, as I didn't bother to get permissions to post them.  

ABOVE:  This is the Gaslight Theatre in Cambridge, the venue for last nights event.
There's been a few improvements made to the building since this photo was taken.

 ABOVE:  This is the 'foyer' and bar area.  It was lovely... but got really hot once there were 3 dozen people in it!

 ABOVE:  Stew and I on the 'Red Carpet'.

 ABOVE: Stew getting some cool air outside.

 ABOVE: Yep, he wore THOSE shoes!  I love them, he always gets comments on them.  

 ABOVE: During the evening, there were 'Oscars' awarded to various staff members ... some of the categories were 'Tiger for Punishment', 'Most Hen Pecked', 'The Most Theatrical Fall', 'Super Duper Super User', 'Most Inappropriate', 'Crash Test Dummy' and 'Oh My God, What's Next'!
Some hilarity ensued when recipients went up to collect their 'Oscar'. 

ABOVE:  One of the group, NOT mentioning any names... having a quick nap before I took her back to her motel.  *smiles*

Later on this morning Stew will be going down to do the clean up.  There's not much to do, so I am staying home!

Brylee has Drama practise again today, so we won't be going anywhere I think.

Catch ya later, have a good day.


1.50 pm:  It's been a totally slow day.  No one got up early.  And nothing has been done!
We were going to go on a tiki tour of our area, but then I remembered that we have Kelly visiting this afternoon.

So... that's where we are at right now.  Just chillin.

4.24 pm:  And Kelly and Rena just left.
Kelly gave Stew an early Father's Day present... I will show you tomorrow what it is.

While they were here, Tallulah bit Kelly twice on the hand, and growled at her on/off the whole time!
Boy does she need to be trained/socialised fast.

The Dog Trainer is coming out in September to meet us and Tallulah, and give us a plan to follow to stop Tallulah's anti social behaviour.

ABOVE:  Luckily, Tallulah didn't mind Rena!  It would be a disaster if she suddenly didn't like children either.

*** Give me 10 minutes to update***

Stew is cooking tonight.  Yaaaa.  A night off.

I forgot to show Rena our Hobbit House!  Darn.  Oh well, next time she's out I will, and hopefully by then I will have some 'stuff' in it for kids to play with.  But not a bed, yeah, let's not go there!
Dr's and nurses comes to mind, or playing Mummy's and Daddy's.  Yeah NAH!  lol

11.20 pm: Well it's been a fairly cruisy day today... I even fell asleep in me chair just before dinner!  Stew... bless his heart... took a photo of me asleep.  Haven't even looked at it yet.  Maybe won't either.  lol

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Stew and I are going to a work function tonight, here in Cambridge.

It's a 'Oscar Night' theme.  Oh ya I thought, what the hell can I wear to something like that?
I thought about it for a few weeks, then it came to me.

I'm going as 'Papparazzi'!  I don't have to 'dress up', just tidy attire and me camera!  Excellent!

Only now I find out I am the 'photographer' for the night.  Great.
I will no doubt enjoy it though.  I wonder if I will get a fee???  lol  (Just joking Jacqui!)

Gimme a few wines first and I can be as obnoxious as a real papparazzi!  lol

Stew is going to wear a pin stripe suit with a white shirt... he ain't got a white shirt though, so he's off down the road soon to buy one.

What else is on today?

Well Griffin is going to a friend's birthday party, they are going to 'JUMP' in Hamilton.  It's a big venue full of trampolines and so on.  He will be home around 5 pm.

Brylee has her school Drama Production Practise all afternoon till 6 pm.  Full costume, no scripts.  She's enjoying it.

I shall get the housework all sorted and then get myself sorted for this evening.  Work out what to wear, wash the hair, paint the face, bla bla bla.

No idea what Lacy has planned for her day.  Something or nothing... up to her.

Well... that's it for now.  


3.42 pm:  Well I said I would be busy today eh?  I've been doing housework mostly, I still have to do the hair 'n' face, and sort out what I'm wearing tonight.
Stew's done the 'drop the kids off' duty... now he's in Hamilton trying to find a white shirt for tonight.  
There were only super expensive ones here in Cambridge!

Typical.  We move the 'The REMUERA' of the Waikato, so what do you expect?  Everything is that much more expensive in the fashion shops!

I've literally been on the go all day, so am now bloody tired.  Would be happy to stay home tonight.

PETA:  yes, the kids are much happier and settled here now.  It just needed some time and patience on their part. 

11.54 pm:  And... home again.  The evening was a very nice.  Gorgeous venue, lovely people.  I took dozens of photos, tomorrow I will be editing them all!
For now though, it's time to put my feet up for a little while before heading off to bed.

Friday, August 26, 2016


I have been itching to do some baking lately!

Can you believe it?  I don't remember the last time I actually baked a cake or biscuits.

But, I am determined to make some biscuits, oat and raisin biscuits to be exact.

I might even try making a cake too.  Some nice treats for the weekend maybe.  Or they might be a disaster, and we end up eating store bought biscuits as per usual.

Time will tell.

**  Hmmm... I think I will need to go out and buy a couple of baking trays! **

Once I've got the washing on, that's what I shall be doing.  There's quite a bit of washing to do too... most will have to go on drying racks as it's still raining.   I don't mind the rain at all really.  It means the plants are getting watered.

Our new fruit trees needed a good watering.

So... that's my day planned.  Not sure what Lacy has planned, but knowing her, she will have her head under the bonnet of her car.


Well... it's midday, and I've got biscuits in the oven.
I had to pop down to the supermarket to get Baking Soda... $71 later... I had baking soda, 2 chickens to cook for dinner, more baking ingredients and some buns for lunch!

 ABOVE:  It's so fantastic to have heaps of bench room!  I love this kitchen SO MUCH!

ABOVE:  this is the first time I've used my big food processor to blend ingredients together, and it did a fantastic job. 

 ABOVE:  they taste as good as they look.... YUMMmmmmmmm.


I'm looking forward to a lovely evening with my darling, who always knows what to say to make me happy again.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies With Raisins and Pecans
Wet ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla
Dry Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Stir in
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans ( I didn't add the pecans, I just added more raisins)
3 cups rolled oats
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 200 degrees C. Cookie Sheet sprayed with nonstick baking spray or lightly oiled.
  2. 1. In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. 2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the wet ingredients until just incorporated on low speed. On medium speed, cream the wet ingredients until light and fluffy and light in color.
  4. 3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just incorporated and no flour is visible.
  5. 4. Stir in the quick oats,raisins and pecans to the dough.
  6. 5. Measure out a level 2 Tablespoons of dough ( I have a 2 Tablespoon measuring spoon I use). Place the dough on the baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray or greased lightly with oil. Bake on the center rack for 11 to 13 minutes until golden but still moist underneath cracks on top of the cookie. Remove from oven, let sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
**  I found they needed to be cooked for 15 minutes**

Well Drat!  Looks like I've missed an episode of Coronation Street somehow!  Oh well... I'm catching up on it... can't have missed much.

Enjoying the evening.  And I've only had 2 of my biscuits.  Not having any more.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


I forgot a couple of photos from yesterday:

ABOVE:  These flowers were in the Domain, and I would love to know what they are called.  They are so neat!

ABOVE:  Te Aroha Domain... behind it is a mountain range... but ya can't see it for the fog.  Yesterday there was fog everywhere.

It will probably be a foggy day today too.  Not that I care really, this is such a warm house!
I dreaded coming back to the Waikato due to it's shitty fogs, but I've not been very cold at all so far.

Now... Today.   Hmmmm.... I shall probably do the grocery shopping. I don't mind it so much now that I don't have to lug it up stairs anymore.  

And that is all I have for now.  Catch ya later.


1.47 pm:   Well Lacy and I did the grocery shopping.  It's wet today, so not the best for shopping, but never mind.
It's done now and I can relax for a little while.

Lacy's gone into Hamilton to get something for her car... it's not going too well.

Money pit I reckon.

So now it's really cold, and I've got the heater on... watching something I taped the other night.

Oh dear, lots of swearing going on.  Seems Lacy's car is a piece of *h*t!  Could have told her that.  Money pit?  Too right.
Sigh, hope it doesn't mean we have to put up with foul mood from it's owner!

Dinner is on... so something is going right.  Rissoles, sausages and veges tonight. 

Dinner was good, and Lacy's mood isn't as bad as I expected!  She's gone to bed, and soon I will be too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016



What ya doing on this Hump Day?

I have a feeling I am going to be sewing today.

Because I worked on my Dresden Plate yesterday, today I am going to work on a UFO.

I've not decided which one yet...but you can be sure I will show you.  lol

Here's a mock up of how the new Dresden Plate block will look like:

ABOVE:  The photo was taken last night, so the colours of the blades are not the best.
What do you think?  Stew thinks it is lacking something... ???

I think I have to do a full block then have another look at it.  That half block isn't even stitched together yet.

So, that's me for the beginning of the day.
Off to get some washing on, then sew, sew, sew.


Slept on it... thought about it a lot... and tried this first thing this morning:

ABOVE:  This one has sparkly silver running through the fabric.

ABOVE:  What do you think now?  Or should I still try and find more contrasting colours for the fins?

If I went this way, I would have white sashings.

I am leaning towards the bottom one more than the top one.

And just for the hell of it... I'm now going to Te Aroha (under an hour away), to check out a fabric shop there!  


TINA:  Ahhhh mate, what pink?  There ain't no pink in it at all. *smiles*  edit:  seems the white looks pink to some people! I can assure you it's white though!

2.04 pm:  And I'm home from Te Aroha.  It was an easy drive, took me 45 minutes to get there.

I found the one and only fabric shop there, and bought 1 piece of fabric.  Sadly, they didn't have any to suit my Dresden Plate quilt.

ABOVE:  It's a very lovely, vibrant fabric! 

After that shop, I wandered the street.  Found a really awesome gift shop named ADDICTIONS.  I mentally spent a few thousand in there... but contained myself and only got 3 little things:

ABOVE:  A very sweet little bird melamine tray (cos... like.. I really need MORE melamine trays!), some cute flower earrings and a nautical tin box.  

After shopping modestly, I came home.  All is good here.   

OH!  Someone sent some lovely flowers, no idea who they are from, or even if they are meant for us!  They could be meant for the previous owners for all I know.

So, I rung the flower shop they came from, and hopefully when the florist gets back from lunch, I can find out who sent them.

The mystery of the flowers is solved.  As I suspected, Lacy bought them. 
I just asked the florist to describe the person who bought them! Lacy to a 'T'.  She owned up after I called her on it.  *smiles*

Silly girl shouldn't be spending money on flowers! 

ABOVE:  They are very pretty though.  Thank You Lacy.

So, did I get back to sewing?
No, no I did not!

Instead, I took everything out of the Britto Cabinet and anchored the cabinet to the wall.  It was a bit wobbly, and every time I looked at it I remembered it needed to be done.

So.  I did it.  And now everything is back in, and it's coming up to dinnertime.  We are having takeaways tonight.

After dinner I intend doing some sewing.

Well, we finally found an excellent fish 'n' chip place here in Cambridge.  The Queen Vic on Victoria Street.  Amazing hot dogs!  Lovely fresh fish and really lovely chips.

It's turned cooler tonight, so I'm snuggled under me blankie, waiting for The Midwives to start.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


This morning I'm off to my 2nd patchwork class in Hamilton.
Looking forward to it heaps.

The ladies in this patchwork class go to lunch after the class, and they invited me last week, so I might just join them this week.  We can play ladies!  lol

While I'm out and about, I think Lacy is going to be in town too... sorting out stuff of her own.

I am going to return the 2nd dog muzzle after class.  I'm sure I can knock something up that will work to keep her from biting people and other dogs.  I hope.

So, that's all I have for now!  Catch ya later...


3.38 pm:  Class was nice this morning, I got quite a few blades sewn up.
No one was going to lunch today!  So I came home and prepared our dinner (Beef, bacon and tomato stew), then had some left overs for my lunch.

Now I'm happily watching Midsummer Murders on the TV!   Nice way to relax in the afternoon... though I should be doing something like housework!

Yeah.. NAH.

9.58 pm:  Well clearly it's been a very quiet afternoon!  Lacy has been out all day, and isn't home yet.
Hopefully she doesn't make any noise when she gets in... cos we are light sleepers.

Monday, August 22, 2016


Well... today I'm going to take some of the Dresden Plate blades I've cut out, and stitch their tops at class today.

I say 'class', but really it's just a hall where ladies meet and sew/yak and sometimes have demonstrations by other people.

I'm not sure I'm enjoying this 'class'.  But I will persever, if only because it's a way of intergrating myself into the community.

What else do I have on today?  NOTHING!
When I get home I will have lunch, then probably do some more cutting out of DP blades.  It's going to take days and days to cut out all I need!

I forgot to mention yesterday... the lady who served us in Acquisitions in the mall, and sold us the two new Britto Figurines, is an avid sewer like me.

She LOVED my Cute Bag (which I was using that day), so I gave her the link to find the pattern on my blog.  She was so thrilled!  It made my day.

Now I just need to make the best of this day... and try to enjoy the company at the class.  It's hard 'breaking' into a long standing, existing group though. 


2.14 pm:   And Hi!   Class today WAS much nicer than other days.  As you say, I just have to give it time.  I can't leave now anyway...

ABOVE:  I am now an 'official' member of the Cambridge Patchworkers.  *smiles*

After class I came home, picked up Tallulah and Lacy and we went into Hamilton to find the 'right' muzzle for Tallulah.

 ABOVE:  The poor girl... we will have to re-name her Hannibal!   The muzzle training has started as of today, so hopefully by the time next term's Dog Obedience training starts, she will be used to it. 

ABOVE:  Right now though, she has decided to pack a sad and go to sleep, with it on!  At least she's not fighting to get it off.

I've got WW's tonight, again, not expecting anything good.  Just NOT in the right groove.  But I shall keep trying, cos I ain't gunna give up again.

Well the muzzle lasted half an hour, then she pulled it off.  So, it's going back to the shop.  Darn.  I may have to try and make something that fits her super short snout myself.

8.52 pm:  WW tonight, I lost a stellar .100 grams!  Suppose it's better than another gain.

Enjoyed a lovely dinner of macaroni cheese with onion and polonies.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016


One of the ladies I go to Patchwork with here in Cambridge told me about an adult exercise circuit in the Domain, and yesterday we found it.

ABOVE:  It's actually a really good circuit too!

 ABOVE:  Marty, Jacqui, Joel and Griffin had fun on some of the equipment, that's for sure.  *smiles*

 ABOVE: Also in the Domain is bowls, petanque, tennis courts, and I can't  remember what else!
It's a lovely park for sure.

 ABOVE:  I love taking photos of interesting trees.  There's something about how the branches twist and turn that I find lovely.

 ABOVE:  How's this for an interesting home?   It's opposite the Domain.  I really like it.  It sure has street appeal.  Makes my home look very staid and humble.

Too bad.  I love our home!  It's perfect for us.

 ABOVE:  We watched this hawk searching for his dinner.

ABOVE: Isn't it cool!  I'm quite proud of this photo!

NOW... today.

We are going into town (Hamilton) to do a few jobs.  Kids need some stationary.  I want to exchange the muzzle I got for Tallulah for one that fits her.

Can't think what else yet.... 


2.20 pm:  Well.. we got up, did a little housework then headed into town.

You know how we got a couple of new Britto figurines the other day eh?  Well that's because a new shipment just arrived in the country.

There were a couple of other ones we really liked, so.. ummm...

ABOVE:  We got them!  Now we are going to try and track down a Road Runner, to go with Wiley Coyote!  Hopefully there's one somewhere?

While out, we got Griffin some new shoes...

ABOVE:  Friggin size 15!  And on SALE, down from $300 to $180.  Still bloody expensive.  That boy better stop growing now!  It's really hard finding shoes that big.

After that we got some school stationary, and  had lunch at the Base then came home.
It's a stunningly gorgeous day out there!   And all I feel like doing is having a nap.  Might even do just that.  *smiles* 

Well... a nice day turned to custard fairly fast.

 Better sign off for the day before I say more.