Friday, October 20, 2017


We got the puppies out late last night for play time in the family room before bedtime.

And IKKK!  Shit on puppies.... so it was BATH TIME right then!

They both got chucked in the laundry sink and given a darn good wash!  Sopping wet puppies at 10 pm, not ideal, but necessary.

Then it was playtime:

COCO was not bothered by them at all!  She was tired, she'd been playing with them for a while already and was over them.

She is just so good with them, I knew she would be, but I'm still amazed at how much she tolerates from them.  

They have tried to suckle off her, but she puts her foot down on that idea!  *smiles*

Today I am going to try and get those corner blocks finished and added to the quilt.  Then I can get back up on the kitchen bench and take another photo!  

And that's all I have for now... 


Taaa Daaaaa ...

ABOVE:  I felt the corners needed some red...  so I did the ship wheel.  Do we like it?

I still need to add a thin-ish blue border around the outer edge, then it will be done, till it's quilted and bound.
 ABOVE:  The ship's wheel detail.  Freakin' lot of stitching in them!

ABOVE:  I'm thinking of appliqueing a blue anchor in the middle of the three cream blocks... what do ya think? (that one is paper!)  It will be a real bitch to do as they are in the middle... lots of twisting and turning of LOTS of fabric.  But, it can be done!

I moved a couple of things in the family room.... cos I can.  later!

I went to Weight Watchers.  It was a case of go today, or give up going (AGAIN), and I wasn't gunna do that.
I hadn't been in 3 weeks... and as a consequence I had a gain.  Not HUGE, but big enough.  But, onward, I am not in a race, I'm in a life worth living.  And as my aim was to lose 10 kg a year for 4 years, I'm doing just fine!

Lunch with Stew was lovely, nice to have some 'grown up, just the two of us time'.

After that, home to let puppies out for a run around, then picked up the kids from school and all the usual late afternoon stuff.

Not sure about dinner yet... something easy as it is Friday night!  Silly bugger dinner on Fridays.

10.34 pm:   My batteries just ran out!  I'm struggling to keep me eyes open... off to bed very soon I think.  Tomorrow is another day.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


So... here is what I got done yesterday:

ABOVE:  In order to get this shot I had to stand on the kitchen bench with my head banging on the ceiling!  AND I had to hold the camera up on the ceiling too... cos this quilt is really BIG!

I wanted it to fit a Queen size bed, somehow I think it's gunna fit a King sized one now.

Today I shall be making 4 blocks for those corners... thinking of appliqueing an anchor on a plain dark blue block.   And I want to add 'something' to the cream blocks in the middle too... still thinking of what that will be.

Last night's walk photo:

 ABOVE:  So funny, three of us in the exact same shoes.  This year's New Balance.  Our group Leader, Robyn C, stuck her foot in the photo cos she was wearing the same brand... and she reckoned her's should be in the photo cos they cost more!   lol

Very excited... the FINAL BIG section of the Urban Challenge has been posted, and I will be walking it on Tuesday morning.  St Kilda... a new subdivision on the east side of Cambridge, should be a nice walk.


Been thinking.  The walking group's Urban Challenge is winding down, so in order to still get my 3 walks in a week, I'm going to be walking Monday/Wednesday and Friday night's at 8 pm.  It's going to be cooler then, so doable for me.

I am going to start right at the beginning of the Sections again too... and walk them in order A-R.  I will be putting that up on our group page too, so hopefully I will get some company.  If not, I will be doing it on my own.  But I will be doing it!

SHARON: No I didn't clean the ceilings while up there!  It's a stunning day here too.

I've been outside with puppies, then working on fiddly bits with the quilt.
It's amazing how LONG it takes to just do bloody fiddly bits!

I'm now at the cut out said 'fiddly bits', then I can applique them onto their corner blocks.

I've not even started the fiddly bits for the three cream blocks in the middle yet!

I'm thinking I will wait and see how the 4 corner blocks look first.

Our son Russell is due out here shortly, he's borrowing a fishing rod from us, he must be going fishing!  lol

So Russell called in and he got a cuddle with a puppy or two.  Then a group of my walking girls walked past and stopped when they saw I was outside with the puppies, so they had a cluck too.

Then I did more sewing... making good progress on the 4 corner blocks, but they are not finished yet.  There's quite a bit of work involved in them.

Gutted with the final decision re: our new government.  Disgusted in fact.  Bet Winston screwed them for everything he could and they bent over backwards and licked his arse to get into power.  Fuck MMP.  Gives all the power to the minority.  And on that note, I will not talk about it again.

Off to bed soon, I'm so tired, you have no idea!
Stew was so restless last night, he kept me awake half the night!  I might just kill him if he does it again tonight.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


It's not that freakin' warm outside first thing in the bloody morning!

I am usually tucked up in me bed at this time of the day... instead, I'm wrapped up in me dressing gown (which is towelling, so not that warm), watching puppies run around after being cooped up all night in their pen.

Brrrrr.  We have had a really cold wind the past few days, it's got a real frosty bite to it.  I was going to chop the sleeves off Keera's winter school shirt and make it short sleeved, but I think I'll leave them long for a bit longer!

Once the kids are at school I plan on working on my blue quilt... I would love to get the top part done in the next few days.
Then I have to decide if I will try and quilt it myself, or get a professional to do it for me.

It's going to be a BIG quilt, so maybe a bit too big for my domestic machine.

Now I know I am going to drive you all nuts with puppy photos, but hell... it's what I do!

 ABOVE:  Darling Marley with her little black spot.

ABOVE:  Marley trying to eat Griffin's phone.

ABOVE:  Denim hanging onto Coco's tail for dear life!  She would not let go, no matter what Coco did.  She got dragged around the room.  Coco hates having her tail pulled, but she did not hurt Denim at all!

Denim is a real live wire... it's hard to get a good photo of her, she's always MOVING!  But at some point I will get some I'm sure  *smiles*

And that is me for now... I hope to show you progress photos of the quilt later on today.


 ABOVE:  How cool is this?  I can work in my sewing room AND keep an eye on the pups outside at the same time!

ABOVE:  The quilt is coming along nicely... thank goodness for my kitchen bench, it's just perfect for laying out quilts.  Even the bar stools come in handy. *smiles*

OOOO I spot a big mistake!  Taking a photo certainly show them up.  I've laid out those side blocks in the 'wrong' pattern if you compare them to the top and bottom rows.  Better fix that pronto.

So happy!  I got the bulk of the blue nautical quilt top done!  I have to make 4 corner blocks, I will do them tomorrow.  Then I think it might be done except for the backing/quilting and binding.  Not much then!  lol

I'm off for a walk shortly, leaving the kids at home.  Stew will be home in time to feed them dinner, which will be takeaways as I can't be arsed cooking!
I've been busy all day and I'm tired... and it's HOT now.  Cooking?  Yeah... Nah.

Tonight's walk was neat... great company and conversations.  I got a bit hot ... 6 pm start and it was really warm out there.  Wish it wasn't heading into summer, I am going to be walking at 8 pm soon, just to avoid the heat.

Winding down for the evening... got to get the puppies outside again soon too.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


So as I said yesterday, the pups are now in the garage in a pen.  I open it up when I want them to go outside for a run around:

 ABOVE: The Puppy pen opened up so they can come and go from outside.  It's going to be so easy to train them to go outside for bathroom!
They will learn how to go through the dog door by following Coco eventually.

Yesterday when I opened the back door, they stood at the edge and were so scared! There was a step down!  You would think it was a cliff with a sheer drop they way they acted!  So funny and cute.

They eventually fell out the door, then figured out how to climb in and out.

ABOVE:  The dog run.  It's just the perfect size for them... and there is plenty of shade for when it's really hot over summer.  I will probably get them a paddle pool to cool off in too.

I have patchwork class in Hamilton this morning, so after dropping the kids off at school, I will whip home and give the pups a run around outside before heading into Hamilton.

I will be home by lunchtime, so they will be fine for a couple of hours on their own... with Coco keeping them company, *smiles*.

I will be working on my current blue quilt in class... still got heaps to do on it!


ABOVE:  We have very clever little puppies!
Gawd I'm huffing and puffing today!  I had just finished washing the floor and running up and down the dog run with the puppies!

Right, I'm off to patchwork now... see ya later.

And whoops!   Got busy, forgot to update.
Patchwork was just neat... two new ladies, and at least 6 of the 'regulars'.
I didn't get as much done as I wanted... took a while to figure out the spacing for the sashings and so on.

But, I've a better idea now on how to do the next row at least.

I stopped in at Spotlight for yet more of the blue fabric, then came home.

Straight away outside with the puppies and Coco, cleaned up some poop and so on.  Sat in the sun and had beetroot and ham salad while watching the girls play.

Then it was time to get the kids from school.
Home now, and working on ... dinner.

In half an hour I will be outside with the pups again.

Falling asleep in me chair tonight.  So tired!  Puppies have added a whole new layer to me life.  I was sitting outside in the pitch black night, torch in hand, watching puppies play on the grass!  Then inside, and playtime in the family room till their bedtime.

It's like having two babies...thank god they sleep through the night!

Off to bed, another day tomorrow.

Monday, October 16, 2017


We let the puppies out on the back lawn after lunch yesterday.
It went so well!

They loved racing around like mad things, and Coco?
She was like a totally different dog!  So animated.
She played with the pups, she was just so happy!

And she was really careful around them too... even though she did bowl them over a couple of times.  On a whole, she was really gentle with them.

She hasn't gotten cross with them AT ALL either.  So happy about that.

ABOVE:  I sat on the swing with Keera, scared the thing would snap and I'd end up on the ground... but it didn't!  

I must move some seating into a shady area of the back yard... it's getting hot out there.

ABOVE:  1st time outside here... and they loved it.  They got exhausted rather fast though, and had a massive sleep aferwards.

Today all three kids go back to school... and the best thing?
Stew has today off... so it's just him, me and the dogs home till 3 pm.

I think we will be enjoying that very much.


I've re-arranged the two sewing rooms/Keera's room so it works better... I had too much in my 'main' sewing room and it got to the point where I couldn't even turn around without having to move my chair.

That wasn't the idea when I moved from the cramped front bedroom into TWO rooms!  So it's sorted better now.

Only about 3 more months then Keera will be with Steve and Bex, and I really will have two rooms of my own to do my sewing/crafts in.

I have come to the conclusion that when you have options within your home, it just means you can move shit more often!  OMG,  I move shit so much I even do my own head in!  lol

PUPPY SHIT... puppies just got moved to the garage!  

Works well... I let them out of their pen and they can go straight outside to the dog run.  Tried it this morning and it looks like they can't get out of the run either... but I'm not going to leave them out there on their own at this stage.  They are far too little.  And cute.  And stinky.

So... my car is outside AGAIN.  lol

What an awesome, lovely day!
Once the kids were at school Stew and I went into Hamilton and did  a little shopping.

OK.. clarifying that... I did some shopping.  Stew was the 'bag boy'.  lol

I got a few new tights for summer, which I desperately needed to do, most of my existing ones are too big, or worn through.

I also got this:

ABOVE:  a new handbag (back pack style).  My old one, on the left, was literally falling to pieces.  Timing was on our side again, 25% off!  So saved a good amount of money.

After shopping, we had a lovely lunch together, then came home.

I had just taken the puppies outside when a dear friend from Hamilton popped in to visit and see the puppies.

ABOVE:  Sue # 2!  She loves animals, and she loved our Coco and puppies.

We are going to be in Kinloc for most of next Sunday at the market/craft fair and Sue is going to puppy sit for us!  How awesome is that!
I don't have to worry about the babies at all now... it had been worrying me thinking of leaving them home alone for so long.  Now... problem solved.


It's the end of the day and we are finally winding down.  Another nice day tomorrow I hope.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Oh man, do I have heaps to show you!

 ABOVE:  'J', holding our two little girls.  She was so HAPPY to see two of the pups leave home!  She's totally over puppy poop!  lol
It is hard work in the last few weeks looking after them that's for sure.

 ABOVE: The very first thing to happen once we got the puppies to Bex and Steve's... BATH TIME!
Puppies fresh out of a whelping pen STINK!
And those two sure did.
So, into the bath they went.

 ABOVE:  having some food... Archer fell in love with them immediately.  Keera loved them too.
Dante was a bit more hesitant... he got a bit freaked out when they tried to chew his fingers.

 ABOVE:  Three enthralled children.

 ABOVE: We had fish 'n' chips for dinner.  Archer tried a wedge of lemon.  He declared "I don't like it".  Then ate it anyway!

 ABOVE:  As we expected, Keera cried and cried and SOBBED her heart out when it came time to leave.   She was so upset ... I felt really bad taking her!

Once we were on the road, to try and settle her down,  I started talking to her about the puppies, and how I would really need her to help me with the puppies when we got home.  And how it would be her job to feed them in the mornings... and that worked a treat!

She was much happier after that... then she fell asleep for almost the entire trip home.

The trip home was marred by one thing.  Poor Brylee got a migraine and was rather ill ... and she ended up being sick in the car.
Once home, a couple of panadol later, and she came right.

ABOVE:  Talk about PERFECT timing!  When we got the mail in last night, we had this letter from the council.

I have been approved to have all three dogs on our property.  I didn't think I would be turned down... I gave them everything they asked for, proved we were properly set up for 3 dogs and provided detailed photos of our property, the fencing, the dog run, the dog exercise area and even the dog doors!  lol

 ABOVE:  The girls.
They are pretty easy to tell apart. Marley has a full white 'collar' over her shoulders, Denim only has half a white collar.  Marley has a white patch on her forehead, Denim has only a few white hairs on her forehead.  Oh and Marley has a black patch on her tummy too.

Marley is more reserved, Denim is more exuberant. 

ABOVE:  You can easily see Marley's full white collar and Denim's half white collar in this photo.

ABOVE:  I saw these portable, collapsible dog bowls in a bookshop yesterday, so got some.  Perfect for having in the car.

 ABOVE:  I found some white Skechers at Sylvia Park... very plain, but super comfortable.

I was talking to my neighbour the other day, and she told me she had been in Huntly a few days ago, and had visited the local fabric shop there.  She said she was very impressed with the selection and had bought quite a bit of fabric.

So, of course I asked Stew to stop there on our way up to Auckland yesterday.

I was really surprised at their selection.  Lots of fabrics I had not seen before.

 ABOVE:  All of these are 1/2 metre pieces.
They had Fat Quarter and half metre pre-cuts, so I got these, a much better size than fat quarters.

 ABOVE:  TOP... A couple of 1 metre lengths, and two more half metre ones.

ABOVE: Then I spied this pretty panel.  I plan on turning it into a wall hanging for our bedroom.

ABOVE:  And look how happy Coco is with her new little sisters!

ABOVE:  Another one, this time of Coco going nuts!

So... how's that for a post, first thing in the morning too!

As for today... Stew has a College Reunion this afternoon.
I will be staying home and watching puppies!



Nope, after we saw the litter when they were all 2 weeks old I decided right there and then we were getting two.

And I even gave YOU guys a clue or two, but none of you seemed to pick up on them:


ABOVE:  The letters.  There's an 'M', 'A', 'N' and 'D'.
Then someone guessed Marley was the name (correctly) .... but what about the 'N' and 'D'?

CLUE TWO:  I told you there were TWO names!  And no one got it, or figured out that there were going to be two puppies!

So, I decided to just wait to tell you when we brought them home. 


I've been busy doing housework and mucking around in the sewing room so far this morning.

The puppies and Coco are happy as can be.  After lunch we will be putting them out on the back lawn.  It will only be their 2nd time on grass!

That should be interesting.

Playtime outside went very well.  I took a little video and more photos... but will put them on tomorrow as there is SO MUCH on here already today.

Stew is at his high school reunion, I have to pick him up later on tonight.
Brylee is at school for Drama practise.
Griffin is playing on his Playstation.
Keera is bugging the shit out of me... sticking to me like GLUE... and I'm finally sitting down for 5 minutes!

I've literally been on the go all day!

10.44 pm:  After feeding myself and the kids, I went into Hamilton to pick up my hubby from the school reunion.  By then though, he was at a mate's home... so of course once I got there I ended up staying for a yak... which was rather nice.

We eventually came home and saw the big kids off to bed... they have school in the morning.

Off to bed soon...