Tuesday, March 20, 2018


ABOVE: Happy Birthday today to Huston.  Have an awesome day!

When Bex was here over the weekend, she showed me how to make felt balls.

It was so much fun...

ABOVE:  making balls.  Lucky I already had some roving/carded wool.

ABOVE:  It's quite a quick and easy process.

ABOVE:  Now I just have to think about what I can use them for!  Any ideas?  I can make tiny ones or bigger ones...

So, I'm standing at my back door, and I can see through my back neighbour's bedroom windows, to the paddocks behind their home.
There's a yellow digger working... so I go down the driveway and down to his back fence and take a few photos.

ABOVE:   I am sure they are clearing the land ready for development!  (that post and rail fence is my neighbour's back fence).

That whole area is pegged for housing in the future.  I think, maybe in the not too distant future by the look of it!

It is certainly going to change my neighbour's outlook!  Such a shame.

Luckily, it won't actually change ours at all.  We have a lovely big section, on a quiet, dead end street.  And our hedges are nice and high, so we don't even see 3/4'ers of our neighbours.
Just waiting for our back hedge to get about half a metre higher and we will be totally private.

Today... I'm doing bloody housework!  There is heaps to do, sweeping, vacuming and washing floors primarily.

I've got Card Night here tonight, so I need to get the house clean!   I've got about 8 or so girls coming, so that should be fun.

Right... off to start the day...


Monday, March 19, 2018


Scary bit first.  Today I go back to the dentist for the 2nd part of the second root canal.
I'm not really shitting myself... well not much!

The best thing about today though is that it's the last appointment.  All going well.

Next:  Those gazillion photos from yesterday... in no particular order, and only captions on a few:

 ABOVE:  Ren drew a sketch of Bex's Dad, when he was about 25 I think. Further down on this post is the picture, alongside Bex's brother Chris... the likeness is stunning!

 ABOVE:  Steve holding Ren's baby girl Evie.
Such a cutie.

 ABOVE:  The rabbit hand over.

 ABOVE:  Father...............................................and son!

 ABOVE:  The Cleary's  rabbits arriving.  

 ABOVE:  Don't ask... just accept those boys like each other!

And that's another birthday done and dusted.  There's several more over the next month or two... no more party's though.

The next family gathering will be my birthday I expect?   Might be re-thinking having a party though... can't bear the thought of dramas that always seem to happen.  It just takes all the fun out of it... cos no matter what I do... it just keeps happening.  I ain't letting anyone stuff up another of my birthdays, particularly my next one!  

Now... I am going to try and get through the next few hours without freaking out!  Relax... relax... yeah right!


Not being allowed to eat or drink since last night... got a thumping headache.  And the nerves are really kicking in again... I really thought I would feel OK about it by now?  Clearly not.

I've got a FBG girlfriend coming to take me to the dentist, and bring me home again after wards.  Stew is in Auckland all day, otherwise, of course, he would have taken me.

Right, one hour to go.... back. to. the. bathroom.

1.48 pm:  and it's over!   All done.  Don't have to go back for a year... and it's debatable if I do go again!  Though maybe I will?  I think it would be better to go regularly, so I don't end up having two root canals again. So costly!

The sedation needle wasn't QUITE as painful as the last time, when he missed the first time and had to go in for a 2nd attempt!  I think he gave me more of the medication too, cos I didn't shake my way through the entire procedure this time either.

Just so glad it's over.

I can relax now. Properly.

I have taken some painkillers for the headache, which is due to dehydration of course. And now I'm going to have a sleep, cos I feel really drowsy.

I really struggled to actually go to sleep... just cat napped at the end of the day.  Too many messages/texts/phone calls, one day I will learn to turn me phone OFF!

So, I'm feeling much better now... just made me poor, tired hubby his dinner.  He just got home from Auckland (7.35 pm).  Long day for him, he was up at 5.30 this morning. 

I'm going to sign off for the day now... it's going to be a nice, relaxing evening.

Sunday, March 18, 2018



Steve and Coco
I feel bad now, I didn't
do balloons for him on
his 30th!
Or a party.

ABOVE:  Bex and her three little ratbags.
Hopefully one day there will be FOUR!

Don't ask what Archer is doing with his fingers... I have no idea!

Today we are having a little party for Bex, we are expecting a few adults and about 10 little kids.  So... the house will be trashed by the end of the day!  lol
What fun.


3.33:  The day has had it's ups and downs.  Let's put it this way.  I won't be having any more party's and inviting people who arrive with a shitty attitude.

From now on... small, select gatherings.  No dramas allowed, no diva's allowed, no nothing.

I know I didn't help today's fiasco at all... but having shit shoved in front of my face ... when clearly I had no interest at all... pissed me off.

I've taken a million photo of people today... and will eventually get around to editing and publishing a few.  But not right now.  I'm tired, and we still have visitors.

ABOVE:  Full house... and we loved it.

 ABOVE:  The best food of the day, BY FAR!
Anna, Bex and Steve's sister-in-law, made this 'cob loaf'... OMG it was delicious.  And certainly didn't last long!

 ABOVE:  I got to bring out my cheese knife ladies.  Hee hee.

Now, I will have more photos tomorrow... like gazillions of them!  But for now... that's it.  I'm signing off for the day.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Today is going to be sorta busy.

We are expecting Steve, Bex and the kids midday or early afternoon.
They are coming down for Bex's 30th Birthday Party, which is being held here tomorrow.

We are having a birthday lunch.

Today will be about planning what we need to do/make/get for it.

I finished the table runner that matches the dining chair cushions last night:

ABOVE:  I'm really happy with it.  I am tempted to make another one as a spare... or even one for the bench top?  Would that be too matchy-matchy?

Stew thinks I could make matching cushion covers for the chairs and couch in the family room... but I think that would be too much. While they are in the same 'room', they are separate areas.

Either way, I shall make something cos I have more of both those fabrics.

ABOVE: So nice to be getting beautiful, crystal clear photos again!  The new loaner camera is great, but what's best is having my (new) lens back.  It is so much better than the little 50 mm one I bought as a stop gap.

The 50 mm will be good for taking close ups and portraits, flower photos etc.

ABOVE:  Miss Muppet went for her yearly eye review.  She is entitled to a new pair of glasses every year... so Bex chose these new frames for her.  I love them!  So much nicer than the heavy dark blue ones she chose last year.

She only chose them to be like her Grandma... which was sweet, but these lighter ones suit her so much better.
She's got such a sweet little face, they look wonderful on her.
She will get them in a few weeks time.

There's quite a bit to do in the garden today too... everything is growing like crazy thanks to the tropical summer we've had.  So hot and wet... I'm so glad it's coming to an end!

Daylight saving ends in another two weeks.  Yaaaa!

Hmmmm.... I just thought of something!  I could make 8 matching placemats for the table?  Yep, I could, but probably not today.  *smiles*

And that's all I have for now... gotta go get some washing on.... get the kids to hang out their's... and so on.


OH wow... I've forgotten to update all day!

so, Stew and I went into Hamilton and did a small grocery shop for tomorrow's birthday, then to Spotlight for a few birthday party things.

 ABOVE:  Stew choosing balloons... there were heaps and heaps to choose from!

 ABOVE:  Why have we never bought a balloon blow up thingee before?  So easy to get them all blown up with.

ABOVE:  Getting the room decorated.  Steve and Bex arrived and were like ... "Wow, you didn't need to do that!"
But... it's not every day you turn 30 is it?

ABOVE:  Gorgeous kids... so lovely to see them again.

Well... it's been a lovely, exciting evening.  We tried a new craft technique... more on that another day.
Watching Coronation Street... then heading off to bed.  Busy day tomorrow.

Friday, March 16, 2018


It's still dark outside!

I'm going walking... at 7 am.  It's a FBG Social walk, we still have not started the Urban Challenge yet.

I'm not a morning person, certainly not getting up at 6 am!
But.. I have to start somewhere, and it's nice and COOL in the early mornings.

I stayed up too late last night, sorting out emails and photos... documenting the saga of the camera and lens.
I may need it at some point if things go pear shaped.  
I just have this sinking feeling my camera is stuffed ... and the insurance company has already paid out in full on my claim.
Fingers crossed it all ends up OK.

This is short as I really need to get me sneakers on, and get outta here ... walkies await!


Well... I did 2.5 kms this morning, so kinda half a walk!  There were about 7 of us, 6 'regulars' and one new lady.  I felt like utter crap getting up that early and going walking, but once we were actually walking (and yakking) I felt better.

I MIGHT even be tempted to do it again... maybe. lol

Now, I am going to get back to those chair cushions.  I reckon I might get them done today after all... as I did quite a bit on them last night after dinner.

3.21 pm:  And I just woke up from a nap!  I am NOT a morning person... that's the last time I'm getting up early for a walk!
I went to bed at 12.30 am, woke at 5 am with leg cramps and that was it.  Knackered by 2 pm!

Old and cranky.

But, I haven't been completely useless all day:

ABOVE:  I got all 8 chair cushions done!

And I'm working on a runner for the table top too.  That will be finished by the end of the day.


ABOVE: Griffin took a 'selfie' yesterday.  Coco looks like she's thinking "What the hell is he doing?"

Well... it's the end of the day.  Stew arrived home with the loaner camera from Canon, so I'm up and running again camera-wise.
We had pizza for dinner... cos I was feeling lazy.

I'm now watching Coronation Street, then going to bed early.  It's been a busy day.  Got lots of sewing done eventually.