Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Today is ANZAC DAY.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance

in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all

Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all

wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the

contribution and suffering of all those who have served".

ABOVE: Stew's Dad served in a Scottish Regiment in Christchurch during WW2. He served overseas and came home injured. He never wanted to talk about it. Stew believes he did not feel good about what he had to do during the war, hence his silence.

War is horrible. It is sad that so many people die over religion/politics/land and other conflicts.

I hope nothing and no one causes another world war! Trump worries me I must admit!

Onto something nicer now.

I'm going to suggest we go on a little drive to Tirau and browse the shops there again. It's such a lovely little town, and well... I really do like several shops there!

I'm sure we can find a nice playground for Keera ... and somewhere nice for lunch too.


I put it to the teenagers that they could opt to stay at home if they didn't want to come with us to Tirau... and shock!  They both want to come!  Wonder if that's their bellies dictating their choices?  lol

I've just had brunch... Special K.  Never had it before, it wasn't  half bad.  I'm eating late so I don't get tempted with poor choices at lunchtime.  I will probably only have a DC and salad.

HA HA HA!  A salad???   *snort*
We got there, I looked at the menu and ordered a burger and fries.. yes I did!

We went to an eatery we had been to before, cos last time it was awesome.

Man were they busy!  There was a constant stream of people coming in and ordering meals... ours took about half an hour to arrive.  But it was worth the wait:

 ABOVE:  Stew and Griffin ordered a thickshake, and they came in these cute little jugs.

 ABOVE:  Griffin, Stew and I ordered their Chevy Burger and curly fries.  OMG amazing things they are... so tasty!  I cut mine up and shared it with Keera.  She never eats a full meal, even a kiddy meal, so nowdays I just give her some of mine.

 ABOVE:  Brylee is very predictable, she orders a pancake stack most times we are out.  She got the 'kiddy' size meal today.  

After lunch, we did the 'wander up and down' the main street... and while I saw a few things that took my eye, I only bought one thing:

ABOVE:  There will be no guessing what's for dinner now... I'm going to write it up on the daily board!  It should help with the 3 pm crunch, when ya have to stop and think "What shall I cook for dinner?".  *smiles*

It has cute little hooks on the bottom too.. no idea what I shall use them for.  ANY IDEAS???

Now we are home, blobbing out till it's time to sort out getting the washing in, getting dinner on.. bla bla bla.

Winding down for the day, we are watching The Missing.  Stew and I have already started to put the pieces together.  It's slow going though.

Monday, April 24, 2017


STEVE TURNS 30 TODAY... so a rather special day for him.

I sure can't forget the day he was born!  He was VERY OVERDUE, and in fact I was booked in for an induction and possible caesarean section three days after he was actually born.  That's because by the time he arrived .. he weighed 10 pound 12 ounces!

He wasn't the easiest kid to deliver, believe me.  So... of all my kids births, his sticks out as the worst!  But... I got over it.

Moving on... We hope he has a lovely day, even though he has to work.

Here's a few photos from yesterday:

 ABOVE:  No idea what that face is about! Too funny.

 ABOVE:  Archie got bumped on the nose, so Dante comforted him. How adorable is that?  Awwww.

 ABOVE:  Playing happily.

It has been very nostalgic going through old photos for my Mum's 80th Birthday...

 ABOVE: This one was taken about 30 years ago (when my Grandmother was 70), and was probably one of the very few times all my Mum's siblings and their mother were photographed together;  before my Grandmother passed away aged 86.
My Mum is the eldest of TEN... 5 girls, then 5 boys!  Mum is the one in red.

 ABOVE:  This photo is very dear to me.  It is of My Grandmother, my Mum, my daughter Lacy and her daughter Brylee, and me.
5 generations of direct line, mothers - daughters.  You don't get to see that very often.
Sadly, my Grandmother passed away only 18 months later.

ABOVE:  In the box of photos and stuff my Mum left here for me, I found this.  My mother's school leaving certificate.  Hard to believe, but 8 years later she was married with 3 kids already!
In between then... she went to college, got a job and met me Dad.

Next month we will be celebrating her 80th birthday, a stone's throw away from that very school that she left 67 years ago!  I must remember to take some photos of the school when we go over in May.

Today I shall be working on this lot:

ABOVE: The photo boards.  Not sure how I shall be arranging the photos yet, or display ideas... but I'm sure it will come together over the course of a few days.


It's almost 11 am and I am still in my pyjamas!  Seriously... my back was so sore when I got up this morning I could hardly move.  So I sat down in front of the telly and didn't move.  lol

Now... I'm starting to feel more human again, I might make a move and hit the shower.  
Then who knows?

Get on with those photo boards me thinks.

4.27 PM: And poof! Best laid plans and all that... I got in the shower and decided then was a good time to spring clean it... so 45 minutes later a squeaky clean shower AND me.  lol

Then Stew decided we should do the grocery shopping... so off we went and did that.  It was certainly easier having Stew along to do all the heavy stuff.   And loading/unloading too.

Since then, I've done bugger all.

I know that once I get stuck into the photo boards, nothing else will get done.  So I keep putting it off!  Funny that.

After dinner I went to our Patchwork meeting.  It was nice just sitting and chatting to the ladies... I'm feeling more and more like a part of this group now. And it wasn't too hot in Jenny's house, last time it was and I nearly died from the heat.

Home now and hoping to have an early-ish night.  I'm so tired lately, and I have no idea why.   

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Yep, that's all the sewing I got done yesterday.  ONE ROW.
Pathetic.  Must try and do better today.  I want that rug finished... Cos I've got so much stuff to get done before my Mum's party!

Photo boards.  I've been waiting for photos to arrive from my Mum in Australia.  They took so long we thought they were lost in the post.
Then yesterday, after A MONTH, they finally arrived!

I was so relieved.  NOW I really can make a start on the photo boards.

I also have to do more grocery shopping for the party, get an attendance book, name labels, decorations bla bla bla.  

Today?  I have no idea what the family wants to do.  If it's fine a day outside would be lovely... maybe a park, or the lake, or the mall, or ???

Who knows.  If I get to my sewing, that would be awesome too.

ABOVE: I've just realised most of my photos of late are of this child/dog only!
Whoops!  I will try and get some lovely ones of the other kids today *smiles*


There is an Annual Autumn Festival with Art Stalls down in Cambridge today, so Bex, Brylee and I went down to have a look.

There weren't that many stalls, or much of anything really... but it killed an hour.

 ABOVE:  There were a few bands/singers which was nice... and a couple of guys on stilts... they had horrible faces.

There was going to be a march through town of people in fancy dress too, but we didn't bother staying for that.

 ABOVE:  I got Keera this little bag, yes, Bex could have made it, but I thought it would be nice for the lady who made it to make a sale.

ABOVE: Same with these mushrooms... they are hideous as is, so I will be re-painting them again.  And the wood turned handles?  Well at $1 each, why not?  The old gentlemen on the stall were really chuffed to sell them!

I feel like I have done my 'good deed' of the day. *smiles*

I don't think we are going anywhere today now.  It's just so nice to relax and do NOTHING.
I found a site where I can read books online for FREE, so am reading a book right now that is keeping me interested.  

I haven't read a book in FOREVER! 

6.55 pm:  and the family have just left.  Peace reigns again.  So sad Steve couldn't be here tomorrow... when he turns 30.  
It's the last episode of Broadchurch later on tonight... totally looking forward to that.
Then bed.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Well... I didn't get that much sewing done yesterday, but I'm happy with what I did do:

ABOVE:  Three rows done, seven to go.  All going well I will get a few more done today.

 Archer... caught red handed...


How freakin' cute is that?  He's a little darling, when he's not being really, really noisy, or busy, busy, busy!  He doesn't have a nap nowdays, so he's full on.

Steve is working in Ngaruawahia today, and Bex and all three little kids are going to a Baby Shower at the same place Steve's working at.  So it should be quiet for a few hours this morning.

I don't know if Stew has any plans for the day... but I'm sewing until something 'better' comes along.


Best laid plans... I got one row sewn up, then had to stop cos we have visitors popping in soon from Tauranga.  An Aunt and Uncle.

So I thought I really should wash the floors!  Little kids and sticky shit... floors never stay clean for long do they?  And I'm too house proud to have grotty looking floors for long anyway...so they got washed and I did a general tidy up.

Now just waiting for said visitors...

8.30 am today the Giraffe Live Feed went down for good.  I had a little tear!  I will miss watching them on/off during the day.  But they have assured all of us that they will do updates/photos and so on regularly, so I can still see how the giraffe family is doing, and find out what they name the baby.

I might have had a little whinge about the windows and eaves being a bit dirty ...

ABOVE: So yeah... now Stew is washing them.  I feel a little bit guilty, but not much.  There is NO WAY I can do it!  Well, not the eaves anyway.

So the rest of the day was OK.  Everyone came home from Ngaruawahia, Stew cooked an amazing roast pork dinner and now it's quiet and peaceful.
The little kids are all asleep, everyone else is watching TV or playing some sort of XBox or Playstation game.

I'm trying not to fall asleep in my chair!  I'm so tired, no idea why.

Sure won't be long out of bed tonight, that's for sure.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Today Stew is going to take the teenagers to the movies.

I'm going to stay home with Bex and the 3 smaller kids.

If I can, I hope to start sewing the blocks together that I cut out a couple of days ago.

This time I hope the fabric seams are not too thick and stitch together easier.  I will be mega pissed if it still doesn't work.

So, it's going to be a fairly quiet day.

The only photo I have for today (so far) is of April and her baby boy (as yet un-named):

ABOVE:  They are both doing so well.. it's lovely to see.  I will be sad when the live feed stops and I can no longer watch them.

Sheesh, I might have to go out to the Hamilton Zoo more often just to look at OUR giraffes... and of course the Rhinos.

Cos I really love rhinos too.


Oh wow, forgot to come back and update till now.
So.. I have managed to sew up one and a half rows of the rag quilt, and ... the thick seams can be sewn together!  I'm so relieved.
Now I can get on with joining all the blocks and get it done.  I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of the weekend!

THEN I have to get on with making the photo boards for my Mum's party.

Stew and the kids really enjoyed the movie they went to see, The Fate of the Furious.
They got home just in time for dinner.
Sausaged on the BBQ with onions 'n' cheese on bread.  Nice and simple tonight.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


I choose to live in the NOW... not to dwell on the past if I can help it.  I choose to no longer get involved in other people's arguments.  I refuse to get dragged into them either.  So LEAVE ME ALONE UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO BE NICE.  Cos I like NICE.  I like happy.  


I just found out Steve is coming down to do a job in Hamilton for two days... so he and his family are going to be here for the next few days!  

That is not FAVORING him, it's being a good mother/grandmother.  We have an OPEN DOOR to all our kids, and those that CHOOSE to visit, keep in touch and care about us, use that door!

Just saying... in light of recent conversations.

It took me 3 hours last night to paint it.
Stew thinks it's pretty cool... so I must have done an OK job of it.

Here it is:

ABOVE:  Because it was taken at night (the photo), you can't really compare the colours of the gate to the painting accurately.  It is actually a pretty good match.
I like it, it makes me smile.  edit:  I've taken a new photo of the gate (above) in the daylight.  It shows the colours better now.

Right... not sure what our plans are for the morning yet.  I'm sure we will come up with something!


Thank you so much for all the lovely positive comments about my gate!

I did the gate 'free hand', I just kept looking at the painting on the wall for guidance.  The fact that Stew was impressed made the effort worth it!  He is fairly hard to impress!

ABOVE:  a bit of the detail.  Not flash!  But it still looks great in my opinion.

WORTH NOTING:  There is NO BLUE !!! Brylee kept saying put some blue in it... but nope.  There ain't no blue in the painting... so no blue on the gate. 

4.35 pm:  And we went into Hamilton for lunch then did some shopping.  I'm not going to say what we bought till it arrives!  That will take 4 months!
Something we didn't actually NEED, but something we wanted.  Will make life easier for me if nothing else.

Home now and Bex and the boys have arrived.  The gate has been slammed a few times already... so I've had to yell at Archer!  Little bugger.

Well... it's been a nice evening.  Dinner was yum, chicken steaks and veges.  I'm now watching Coronation Street so am quite happy!  *smiles*

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


This morning I will be working on painting the lounge 'gate', and then the walls that have been fixed.

Knowing my luck, I will get carried away and end up painting way, way more than I anticipated.  Cos sure as eggs you will be able to tell what has and hasn't been painted.  

ABOVE:  This will be the first thing to get painted.  I'm going to put a top coat on, the same colour as our walls, then add some colour details.  No idea what sort of details yet.

Lunchtime today we are expecting my friend Tracy and her daughter Siobhan from Auckland for a visit.  That's going to be lovely!  

After lunch Keera has a dental appointment.  I don't know if she has ever been to the dental clinic before?  Hopefully she gets a clean bill of health.

Then, later on this afternoon she is going to the Dr for her arm to be checked.  She is using it again, but does not have a full range of use.  So, better to get it checked out for peace of mind.

And that is all I have for now! Fairly dull post today sorry, couldn't even find an interesting photo!


12.00 midday:  we have had a mini working bee in the house this morning.  Everyone got on with a job or two, and I finished spray painting the gate, and the back wall of the garage.

Later on today I will roll paint on the walls.  Then I will do some hand painting on the gate.

Now waiting for our visitors to arrive for lunch.

ABOVE: Stew got me some lovely flowers (left) then Tracy arrived with some more! (right).
I feel right spoilt.
So, we had a lovely visit with Tracy and her daughter, lunch was nice too.

After lunch the girls took off to Tirau for a look around the shops, and I took Keera to the Dental Clinic.

She got a clean bill of health, and also at the Doctors.  She is using her arm more and more, so I'm relieved.

I also went to Resene and got some test paint pots to paint the gate.  Fingers crossed my idea works and it doesn't look yuk once finished.
I shall be waiting till Miss 4 has gone to bed before painting it though... she's a 'touch it' sorta kid.

The gate is done.  It took me 3 hours, and we are all rather pleased with it.
Of course, you will have to wait till tomorrow to see it!
Off to bed very soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Today Griffin sees a new dentist here in Cambridge for his sore tooth.
Hopefully they can sort it out, and ACC still covers the costs!

I'm picking he will need another root canal, but as he has pain?  Maybe not?  Fingers crossed.

Because Keera started using her arm a bit yesterday afternoon, I'm hoping she wakes up today and it's on the improve, thereby meaning we don't have to take another trip to the hospital.  Time will tell on that score.

I'm going to make a start on this job:

ABOVE:  Painting that gate... and once the gibstop stuff is 100% dry, I will put on the primer, then paint those areas too.
I'm SO tempted to paint that gate multi colours!  LOL... to match the cushions and paintings.  DARE I?  Or would it be too much?

Stew watched me struggling to shut the kitchen windows recently.  In order to reach the latches to pull them closed, I have to literally get on the kitchen bench, or go outside and push them in from outside.

So he went out yesterday and came home with this:

 ABOVE:  I don't know what it's 'correct' name is, but it is a 'picker upper thingee'!  lol

 ABOVE:  I can use it to close those windows AND...

 ABOVE:  AND... open and close the curtains without having to climb on the sofas to reach them!  I love that!!!

Oh, and I can use it to pick crap up off the floor without having to bend down too... which will be awesome for my back.   

I think that thingee is going to be one of my best friends. *smiles*

Best thing?  It was bloody cheap... so if I kill it in 3 months, it can be easily replaced. 
I probably won't kill it though.

ABOVE: The darling, darling little baby boy giraffe.  He's now 2 and a half days old, and doing very well.  I'm NOT watching the live feed as often now he's here, but I still keep half an eye on them.
He's too cute to ignore!

As it's school holidays, the kids are home from school and kindy for the next two weeks.  Stew has taken this week off work too... so lots of family time for us. 


2.00 pm:  Well.. Griffin has an infected tooth... the one beside the one that's had a root canal already.
So, he's on anitbiotics for 5 days, then he goes goes back next Monday for clearing out the gunk, then in 4 weeks he will have another root canal done.

I went out and bought some primer and have put in to the walls, and I've sprayed it on the gate.  Well... it's half done, waiting for one side to dry before doing the other side.
It's a process.

I also sprayed the back garage wall where there were filled in holes too.  Spraying is so friggin easy!

Pity I can't do that inside on the walls.

The rest of the afternoon/evening has been spent getting dinner (chicken/bacon/mushroom casserole) and falling sleep in front of the TV!

I'm freakin' tired!  Could be cos I stayed up till almost 2.30 am last night eh?  Derrrr.
Sometimes I just don't realise the time.

Not so tonight, I'm going to bed 'early', like no later than 11 pm.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Today we are going to be doing a few odd jobs around the house.

Well.. Steve is!

He's going to repair a few minor holes in walls, caused by taking down existing shelves, gates and so on.

He's also hanging a gate back at the lounge doorway, to keep dogs out of there.

Once the gibstop stuff is set we will sand it and then I can paint.

I've not done any painting in this house!  Novel thought... painting!

Gawd I seem to end up re-painting every house we have ever owned!

At least this house doesn't need the outside to be painted!  It's brick.  Thank god.

I shall apologise in advance for the next photo collage...but I just couldn't help myself:

ABOVE:  It's Steve to a 'T'...he's always being grubby to poor Bex!

ABOVE:  One way to get the ball off the roof I suppose.

 ABOVE:  I made Keera a pretty pink, velvet sling last night.  She's still not using her arm.  I think we will have to take her back to the Dr for a full arm x-ray... the hospital only x-ray'd her forearm on Saturday night.

 ABOVE:  Bex baked us Banana/Feijoa cakes yesterday.  There's only one left now.  Of course.  *smiles*

Time to get moving...


It's a lovely, busy family day here. People are playing, yakking, baking, fixing walls, dodging showers, frizbee throwing, sewing!, and much more. 

LOVE LOVE LOVE days like this.

Russell and Ange popped out again too. So yep... nice ... no stress or tension.  

AND THAT WAS IN REFERENCE to no drama happening today like Keera ending up in hospital.  Don't read my blog and jump to conclusions, or try and twist shit around to suit yourself, because THAT causes stress and tension.

ABOVE:  I have spent most of today cutting out fabric for the back of this quilt/throw.  I'm hoping it will now be reversible... cos the fabric on the back is really nice too!

Now I have to start sewing it all ... OMG I hope the seams are not too thick this time.  There will be screams of frustration if they are!

Archie got hit in the head with the frizbee, so I held him and rocked him... and he went to sleep!  Awwwww ... so precious.  Now he's in his cot asleep.

Bex and Dante have gone to visit a friend in the area, so it's fairly quiet here right now!

Steve has finished putting gibstop on the walls... yaaa.  Tomorrow I will be able to prim and paint them all going well.

KEERA'S ARM:  We have observed some use of the arm this afternoon.  No massive movement, but movement that suggests maybe nothing is broken.  Time will tell... it's another day tomorrow.

Winding down for the day now.  Steve, Bex and the boys are heading home shortly, hopefully they don't hit too much traffic!  But they probably will.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017


3.30 am, Easter Sunday morning:

April had her baby at 1.50 am Easter Sunday NEW ZEALAND TIME!!!

It was 9.50 am Easter Saturday morning in Harpursville, New York State, USA.

I was so lucky to get to watch it from the very start to the very finish.

I was lucky because at 7 pm last night Keera fell over and landed on her right arm akwardly, and she screamed and cried so bad I took her to hospital!

We were there for only 3 hours, which was amazing for a Saturday night.  They took her in straight away, she had an x-ray after about an hour and they said nothing was broken, so we got to come home again... JUST in time for me to see the whole baby birth.


It was awesome to watch... April did an amazing job.  Baby was born and up and walking around within an hour.  So special.

 ABOVE: I watched the birth 'live' on YouTube, and also on their Facebook video feed... which was actually about 30 seconds ahead of the YouTube feed.

 ABOVE:  Baby standing up for the FIRST TIME EVER.  It was so magical to watch.

ABOVE:  Baby having his/her first feed, after only an hour and 20 minutes from being born.  So cute, baby even wagged it's tail, just like a baby lamb when it feeds!

So, after watching the birth, and the first couple of hours of baby's life, I decided it was time for me to get to bed.

It's almost 3.30 am here on Sunday morning.

Keera woke up about an hour ago crying about her arm, so I'm thinking it's going to be a trying day once she gets up in the morning.  She will have to be careful of her arm as it's most likely quite sore and bruised.

Poor kid, but accidents happen all the time.

When I get up later on this morning, I will share more photos I took of yesterday (here).

But for now... off to bed for ME!


ABOVE:  From Animal Adventure Park's Facebook page, around 3.40 am our time.  
And NOW I will go to bed!

10.11 am:  And I'm up!  Bex has done the kid thing and looked after Keera for us while we slept in.

Keera is not a happy kid.  I have to wonder if they x-rayed the right area of her arm, cos she's miserable.  If she doesn't start using her arm by tomorrow I'm taking her back.  

Difficult to know with kids... she could just be milking it... or being a drama queen.  That's been known to happen! lol

We will just keep an eye on her and see what eventuates.
Meantime, I might just have some brunch then cut out that sheet.

Photos from yesterday:










Well... yesterday was very busy... lots going on.  Drama and tension... which is par for the course around here.
I think family gatherings will be off the 'menu' for a very long time now.
Juggling personalities/attitudes and grudges, jealousies and so on is just too bloody hard, and I'm no longer prepared to be piggy in the bloody middle.

Leaving all that in the past now... and going to move on and not allow it to get under my skin any more.

Lunchtime here... Keera's over tired and overwrought... gone to bed.  Quiet time.
Steve is nearly finished his job up the road and will be home soon.

No idea what they all want to do this afternoon.  I'm tired and will probably just blob out on my chair... or cut out that sheet!

Yep, that's an idea.

6.35 pm:  Spent a good couple of hours cutting out fabric this afternoon, before exiting ... stage right.
Done enough for today.

We had Pizza for dinner, no one felt like cooking, certainly not me.
I only got a few hours sleep last night and am knackered... Broadchurch is on tonight, hope I can keep my eyes open to watch it.

Signing off now.  Hoping nothing else happens for the day!