This will be quick...
This morning we will go out and about as per normal for a Saturday morning.
Later on this afternoon I am expecting my friend Chris D to arrive from Palmerston North... she is en route to London and will spend the afternoon here until she has to catch her flight ... she's in for a long haul trip!
She's going to Hartlepool where her late Husband's family are... she's taking his ashes to be scattered on his homeland. So, quite a special trip for her.
That's all from me right now.... back later.
ONWARD... ABOVE: Griffin only makes my bed so he can have fun arranging the pillows/cushion... todays effort is called a 'ROBOT' design! He is quite creative if you ask me. Love that kid.
We are off to visit the SIL in hospital now, she's going to be in there until at least Monday now...she must be wrapt! Still, it's better to be safe than sorry... she lives on her own in a fairly isolated area.
ABOVE: on our way to the hospital this morning, I saw this vehicle... it's a modified Toyota Van... like it!
Stew's sister has a viral infection the doctor's think... and she should be OK to go home tomorrow. Hope it's not 'catching' as we have all been exposed to her and her virus now!
Lunch in Henderson, then we went out to the airport and picked up Chris D, and she spent a few hours chillin at our place:
ABOVE: Coco certainly enjoyed her visit! Spoilt little tartlet! *smiles*... after dinner we took Chris back to the airport for the first leg of her journey... 10 hours to Los Angeles, to be followed by a 12 hour leg to London. THEN she has to catch yet another plane to Hartlepool! Rather her than me... though I envy her leaving our wet and cold climate for summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
End of a very busy day... and I can't stop yawning. Might just try to have an early night. nite nite.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
This will be quick...
Posted by Chris H at 6:41 AM
Friday, July 30, 2010
ABOVE: I adore this fabric. I bought some a few months ago... and can no longer get any here in New Zealand..... so I went 'shopping' on the 'net... and yaaaaa... I found some in New York, USA! I have ordered some.... plus a couple more fabrics... wonder how long they will take to arrive?
The choice from this site was amazing... I'm thrilled I have found it. It's called www.favoritefabric.com if you are interested in fabric!
Today: well I'm off to work at the Hospice shop all day... and Stew is going to the IEP meeting at school this afternoon instead of me. Yaaaa... I am sure the staff at that school see me coming and groan! lol ... and so they should! I am going to keep on their case until they follow through with thier promises.
TOTAL CHANGE OF PLANS: my sister in law is being taken to hospital in an ambulance with chest pains.. I'm on my way to be with her right now. Back later...
It's later (2.30pm) and my SIL has been admitted to hospital for observation. Not sure if it's her heart (but probably not)... I (and the doctor) is thinking it might be Gall Stones. The symptoms are similar to a heart attack... I should know, having had Gall Stone attacks and me gall bladder out as a consequence.
Fingers crossed they can get her pain under control and it is something they can fix for her soon.
Stew went to the school IEP meeting, will get his 'debrief' tonight no doubt.
Off to relax for a while, today has been a bit rushed.
End of Day: no more news on the SIL, so she must be doing OK. Spent the evening making cards... watching tv.. now off to bed. nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 6:47 AM
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Posted by Chris H at 6:19 AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
For the SECOND time since we bought my gorgeous ROXY... I crashed her! We have a malfunctioning garage door.... and yesterday I opened the garage door, jumped in the car and started to back out... and crashed into the garage door because it had started to go down again.. ON IT'S BLOODY OWN!!! I felt sick. AGAIN.
ABOVE: the dent on the right hand side....
AND the left hand side...
...AND the broken tail light. *sigh*
I am taking my car into the panel beaters today for an assessment, and once he has the parts to repair it, I can get it fixed. Hopefully it won't be long. I hate seeing my car broken. AND I feel such a bloody fool.... fancy backing into the garage door when my car has a REAR REVERSING CAMERA!!! Obviously I wasn't looking into the camera... or I would have seen the garage door coming down again eh? Lesson learnt... USE THE FRIGGIN CAMERA, that's what it's there for.
No other plans for today, just get the car sorted out, then come home and make cards I suppose.
ONWARD... just remembered... the dogs are getting groomed today! Oh I can't wait to see Teddy all nice again! And Coco.. well I have no idea how she will look after being clipped all over!
THE CAR: will need an entire new back door, and the lights unit on the right hand side... so it is gunna cost several thousand dollars. YIKES! Expensive little mishap. And it won't be fixed until at least next week... but that's ok, as long as it's fixed eh?
Expecting the groomer at around 11, so am going to do some housework until then....
Yaaa... the groomer is here. She seems really nice. The dogs liked her too. Teddy is being groomed right now, then it will be Coco's turn.... which the groomer said won't be PERFECT as Coco is only a puppy and is bound to wriggle too much for her to do a really fantastic job on... but I expected that. Coco is going to freak out!
ABOVE: taa daaa! Two well groomed dogs! Don't they look adorable? Teddy's coat is a bit shorter than I would have liked, but the groomer was not sure how short to go... she will next time. Coco was a very good girl apparently... and only wriggled for 50% of the time! She even fell asleep at one point too! Talking of being asleep, they are both now zonked out on the couches in the lounge, sound asleep. Awwwww.
Truth be told, I'm kinda tired too.... might just join dem dogs! I vacumed and washed the floors this morning, made dinner in advance and numerous other house jobs... no wonder I am tired.
HA! No nap, kids arrived home didn't they? Oh well... I made a couple of cards this afternoon.... Stew is home now and I am making him venison pies for dinner. YUM.
End of Day: and Stew loved his pies. I got wrapt up in card making and forgot to have any dinner... is it too late at 10.30 pm to eat dinner? lol
Posted by Chris H at 6:39 AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
" AND I can assure you it wasn't ME who chewed the corner off the rug"...
It was Teddy... see... he even looks guilty!
Posted by Chris H at 6:35 AM
Monday, July 26, 2010
NOPE.. couldn't get anymore to fit in there! I used it all! And Teddy (her bear) watched the whole thing from the floor. I asked her just what was she doing and was told "Go away Grandma".... nice. lol
Posted by Chris H at 6:32 AM
Sunday, July 25, 2010
After we have done all the housework this morning, we are heading off to Hamilton to return Rena... who has been a joy to have. It was the FIRST TIME EVER we have had Rena... without her parents being with her... and she has been so good! No crying, grizzling... NOTHING!!!
My house is a pig's sty.... I have ...seriously, done virtually NO housework this week! Well.. I did the absolute minimum... and this moring we really do have to pull finger and do some serious cleaning/dusting/polishing! I can honestly say I am embarassed at how much dust has gathered! *ikkkk*
Then I can relax when we are in Hamilton... knowing I don't have to come back to a mess. Kelly and her Fiance' Gordon just bought a house... which we are going to see for the first time today. I can't wait! I hope to take lots of photos to show you....
I took some really funny/cute photos of Rena the other day.. sitting on the loo....like a big girl... with a whole roll of loo paper shoved down the toilet and all over her legs! If her Mum and Dad say it's OK, I hope to show you all just how adorable she looked... lol. She has been very entertaining this weekend.
ONWARD.... ABOVE: all clean and tidy again, and it took 2.5 hours! ... Stew did one end of the house and I did the other! Dusted/Polished, vacumed... all DONE. Now I can relax... Heading off to Hamilton in just a mo....
ABOVE: All ready to go home to her Mum and Dad.... in her cute new clothes and shoes..
Posted by Chris H at 6:37 AM
Saturday, July 24, 2010
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Now .... onward...
ABOVE: here is my latest effort and the 1st of my 'Nautical' Cards! I think it's quite nice, even if I do say so myself.
Today: will be dedicated to having fun with my family and Rena! Then later on this afternoon I am going to a Volunteer's Afternoon Tea held by the Hospice. Hopefully it will be nice. And 'Granddad' will be on 'watch the kids' duty for an hour or so! Neat.
That's all for now...
RENA: went to bed last night at 9.40pm.... and fell asleep immediately. No crying, climbing out of the cot... NOTHING! AND she slept without moving until 8am this morning! How awesome is that? She had her breakfast (milo and fruit toast) and is now playing ever so happily with Brylee and the dogs... I am thrilled to bits at how well she is doing here with us. OH and she has not asked for her Mum or Dad once! lol
ABOVE: I just got a new watch... it was so hard to decided what to get! There is just too much choice out there! It ended up being this one or a Mid Blue Baby G.... this one won.
We had lunch at our favourite mall, Sylvia Park, bought our granddaughter some clothes and shoes... cos we could... and after being out for 4 hours came home! I am not used to having a toddler around...we went out without her nappies or wipes... luckily we didn't need them! Well... we did zip home and change her nappy after lunch, but went out again right after! lol... fancy forgetting the nappy bag!
Now... I'm tired! Think I will have a rest until dinnertime!
End of Day: dinner... chinese takeaways... naughty, naughty. Made more cards this evening... slowly getting the ever so large order going.... nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 6:04 AM
Friday, July 23, 2010
Now.... I am off to work at the Hospice Shop.....OOOOh AND later on today (after school) I am off to Hamilton to pick up our Granddaughter Rena, who is coming to stay ON HER OWN with us!!!
I LOVE working at the Hospice Shop! It's so busy, the ladies who work there are just so much fun.... and I get to buy stuff I don't really need... but just HAVE TO GET! LOL
I did buy a few things today, but right now I don't have time to show you... I must grab myself some lunch, pick up the kids and leave for Hamilton to get Rena... back here later....
Posted by Chris H at 6:21 AM
Thursday, July 22, 2010
MY PHONE'S RINGTONE! I LOVE IT... it makes me laugh every time I hear it. It's a Crazy Frog one that I got from Lacy.
Today... it's take Griffin to his Speld Lesson... and it is now 1.5 hours long. So what can I do while out there? Might just have to take a book... or me walking shoes... though walking out in the country on my own might just freak me out... NOT that safe with nobody around eh? The book might be a better idea me thinks.
ONWARD.... Well it's a wet day.... I drove the kids to school... so I definitely will be reading a book in the car today!
I've been sewing again this morning... should have all the fabric sewn on card by end of the day hopefully. Gotta go... PEE....
How RUDE of me to leave you wondering just how LONG I could stay in the loo having a piddle! LOL..... Imagine Niagara Falls...
So, been out to Drury with Griffin. His teacher is pleased with how he is doing.
Question: What Did I Do?
Did I sit in the car and read? Hell NO!
Did I go for a walk... Hell NO!
Did I drive 8 minutes up to road to Pukekohe and SHOP? Hell YES!ABOVE: I quickly found the Bernina Sewing Shop... which along with other stuff has the most awesome selection of Buttons I have ever seen! I bought some..
ABOVE: I got 5 of these ADORABLE FUNKY FISH buttons too! They are made of metal... and cost like... $5 each... but I. COULD. NOT. RESIST! I have no idea what I will do with them YET....
ABOVE: Right next door to the Bernina Shop was a fabric shop... the owner of the fabric shop also owns the Bernina Shop (Well... yes... we had a yak !)... anyway... I managed to find some lovely fabric in there too! Totally LOVE the sneakers one.... and of course the shell one I have already been using. It's out of stock now so I was lucky to find any.
ABOVE: Faith from the Fabric Shop (Yep, we are on first names terms already)... directed me to the local Card Making shop, where I managed to pick up some more punches and a bit of ribbon.
*sigh*... after all that I had to go and get Griffin and drop him back to school.
NOW? Gunna relax for a while... sheesh, shopping is Tiring! (oooo ... that's my exercise for the day!) Yaaaaaaa.
End of Day: and did I relax? Naaah... I sewed some more. IN fact, I sewed from 1-6pm, then stopped to make dinner!
Posted by Chris H at 6:36 AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sometimes I get tired of blogging!
And sometimes I wonder why I do it?
Is it for me... HELL YES! I love doing it... but just lately it's become a bit of a chore. I am totally focused on getting the rather large order from the Whitianga shop done and dusted, so it's not hanging over my head.
But then I feel I am neglecting my blog... and you will all get bored shitless with me and my friggin cards... and stop visiting and commenting!
It means a lot to me when you do visit and comment...IT REALLY DOES. It makes me feel like I am not 'alone' here, plugging away at my cards, doing housework, caring for the kids, struggling to lose weight, being a crabby old tart!
I don't know where this is going really.... just wanted to say I am struggling to keep a balance I suppose. I miss my laptop computer... I could curl up in my lounge chair in the evenings and read blogs for ages... but ... I killed it. And it looks like Steve cannot resurrect it from the dead either... dammit. AND I can't afford to buy another one. *double damn*
Yesterday worked well though, I allocated a certain amount of time to the necessary jobs, blogging and card making... so I suppose I am on the right track?
Later on I will take a photo of my latest card creations.... and bore you all some more!
I need to add two more things to my 'must do daily' list! EXERCISE and SHOPPING! Both SOOOOO important. lol
Talking of shopping, I need to go out today, I have quite a long list of things to do ... banking, shopping, parcel to post, etc! Righty ho... shopping, banking, posting etc DONE.
Posted by Chris H at 6:34 AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I have to get better at TIME SHARING... my time that is!
Posted by Chris H at 6:38 AM
Monday, July 19, 2010
The kids go back to school today!!! I can't wait. These holidays have taken forever to be over... 2 weeks in the middle of winter... ikkkkkk. Noise.... arguments... more noise... GO TO SCHOOL would ya! (for you who don't know... in New Zealand we have 4 school Terms, which are broken up during the year with 3 lots of 2 weeks holidays and a larger 6-7 week holiday over Christmas/New Year)
ABOVE: the totally gorgeous blue jug I just had to buy in Whitianga! Told ya it was beautiful didn't I?
ABOVE: oooohhhh, about 150 cards ready to have their fabric sewn on them... hoping to do a few at Patchwork Class this morning.... I can't wait to go and catch up with the ladies there. I LOVE MONDAYS!
ABOVE: yet another wee video... of Coco the wonder gardener!
Right, gotta go... make lunches, get kids out the door, pack me bag for class... bla bla bla....
Class was lovely... but COLD! I was so cold I left early... I am sore from shivering! I will take a hot water bottle next time! It was lovely to catch u0p with the girls there. Right now.. I'm going to sit in front of the heater to warm up, then continue sewing heart blocks for cards.
OH and I have found a place online where I can buy my kiwiana fabric for cost price! How awesome is that, it's half the price of in the shops. Yaaaaaaa.
RENEE: go to http://www.nutex.co.nz/, you can get the fabrics for $9.50 a metre once you become a client of theirs. I just sent them an email asking to become a client... simple as.
End of Day: well I have made 6 Heart Cards... will show you tomorrow... oh and while I was busy with card making...Coco did more gardening... and tried eating the rug in the Family Room... *sigh*.... the sooner she outgrows this stage the better! I cooked chicken drumsticks in a sweet and sour sauce for dinner... served with Egg Fried Rice... it was delicious! nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 6:44 AM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I am up early... Stew is having a sleep in today... and I am working on cards.
At some point we will have to go out and get some groceries I suppose.... for school tomorrow.
SCHOOL TOMORROW.... yaaaaaa!!!
And I will be going to patchwork class... but not to do 'patchwork' really... I will be sewing fabric onto cards! But still... it will be nice to be socialising with other women again!
Posted by Chris H at 6:12 AM
Saturday, July 17, 2010
ABOVE : Whitianga beach this morning... it's not raining right now! But it's going to soon!
We are in Whitianga until lunchtime, then we have to hot-foot it home so we can pick up the dogs before 5pm!
If we don't get home by then they will charge us another full day for both dogs... another $54! No thank you!
Hopefully there is not too much traffic... it's almost the end of the school holidays, so the roads could be very congested. Yaaaa.
IT'S NEARLY END OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS! I am thrilled about that. I love my kids, but they DO NOT come with a volume control, or a MUTE button... DAMMIT!
Monday I go back to Patchwork Class too... which I have really missed.
ONWARD.... When I get home I will update on how our two days away went, maybe with some photos?
Posted by Chris H at 6:32 AM