Saturday, January 21, 2017


If you bought or asked for coasters yesterday... you be lucky.  I am keeping the cost of them at $20 for blog readers.

At the craft fair, they will be $30.   

I am going to order a box full of the tiles in the 100 X 100 mm size, and make a shit load more!  lol

Today Steve, Bex and the boys are due for the weekend.  Steve is going to help me sort out how to display my tile paintings, trivets and stand alone tiles for the craft fair.
I'm sure we will nut it out just fine.

Our front door lock 'broke down' for some reason.  We couldn't get it to lock with the keys, which was a bit of a bugger.
So yesterday, late in the day, I had a locksmith call in and see why it wan't working.

He soon found the problem.  SOMEONE had tried picking our lock with a hairclip!!!
Hmmm... bit of a worry.  But luckily, we now have, in effect, TWO doors and two locks for any potential nasty person to break into, the screen door AND the 'proper' door.  

And in our case, our front door is made of STEEL.  Good luck breaking that down!

Today we will stay at home mostly.  At some point we will return Lacy to her home.
And that's all for now... catch ya later.


Friday, January 20, 2017


So, last night at dinnertime, Lacy felt sick as a dog.  Like, really sick.  Dizzy. Hot. Disorientated.

So, because she was already a bit under the weather, I took her to hospital.

And we sat ... and sat... and she had blood tests... and we sat some more.  For 4 bloody hours!

We finally got to see a Dr at 11.45 pm!  Got told she didn't have an infection, and to go home.

So ... we walk the miles of corridors back to the car park lifts.  I insert our car park ticket in the machine... and then my EFTPOS card to pay.

Only the machine refuses to accept my card, so we move over to the next machine.  Same thing.

Lacy points out the sign above the machine which says "Don't put your car park ticket near your cellphone, or it will corrupt your ticket".  

Guess where my car park ticket had been for 4 hours?  Right beside my bloody phone!  Shame that warning isn't actually ON THE BLOODY CARD EH?

So.  I ring the car park company, and they send down two car park people, who kindly tell me that they will waive the fee and let us out of the building manually.

That's GREAT.  Only, I can't remember which level my car is on.  Like... I thought (for some blonde reason), it would be recorded on the car park ticket?  Yeah, nah.

So, we have to take a seat and wait while the attendants go in search of my car!

Luckily, I could remember how many ramps I drove up, so they found it fairly quickly, and we got to leave that bloody building at around 12.40 am.

Got home and relaxed for 10 minutes before heading off to bed.

And that was my evening last night!  Such fun.

I've told Lacy she owes me XX number of hours housekeeping as payback.  

Today I'm taking the silly tart back home, and she can stay there and not bother me for at least a week or two!

Tallulah is going to the groomers today.  Coco goes next week. 

While Tallulah's there, I might pop over to Morrinsville to check out a shop I've found that sells art/craft stuff.  It looks interesting.

I will put photos of of the coasters I made yesterday... soon.  I just need the varnish to dry first!


COASTERS, sets of 4 for $20...

ABOVE:  If they sell well, I will make more.  But not yet.  I've got other shit to do.

Like the washing.  

2.27 pm:  And it's been a non-stop day so far.
Keera to kindy, Tallulah to the groomers, off to Morrinsville, where we got some more ink from the shop I found there.

Then home.  Made a tile for Lacy in Purple/pink and SILVER!  Then we picked up Keera and dropped her home with Brylee for her lunch.

Back into Hamilton to pick up Tallulah.

Now.. I'm going to make some trivets!

Well... I got some more trivets done!
And I tried using some silver mixative too... I made Lacy a Purple/pink and silver tile:

ABOVE:  She utterly loves it... which is nice.
It's not even varnished yet... but still looks good.

Dinner tonight was pork medallions done on the BBQ, lettuce salad and tomoato/cucumber and capsicum, tossed with fresh (from my garden) spring onions, mint and parsley.  Such a delicious mix.

Our day is winding down now, with the plan being to watch a movie on TV and then get an early night.
I've had a few very busy, tiring days and need to get to bed at a reasonable time tonight, or I will live up to my nickname of CRABBY TART!

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Yep, heading back to the pool this morning.  
I love being in the pool, and of course, so many of the people doing aqua fit are just lovely.

I ate too much yesterday, feel rotten about that.  So, damage control today/tomorrow.

Now that I've got all my tiles ready for the craft fair, I'm tempted to get my sewing machine out and do some sewing.
I've missed it heaps.

I will be working on making a valance for my bed first and foremost.  

And that's me day for now.


AND.... decision made. No aqua today ... I've got a killer headache.  I am almost seeing double it's that awful.

So, some pain meds then sit still for a while.  Maybe later I can get into my sewing room?

So... I had a two hour nap, then went into town.  Talked to the council about chickens.  They basically said we/they couldn't do anything about roaming chickens.  BUT, she has informed the enforcement officer, and he will go and talk to them about keeping their chickens in their own yard.

After that, the kids and I went into Hamilton and I bought some small tiles to make some coasters with.  Then we had lunch at McDonalds, with Lacy in tow too.

Then we came home.

ABOVE: The girls chillin, watching Dora The Explorer!  How thrilling.  NOT.

I made 4 sets of 4 coasters, in different colour ways.  Paula, maybe one set will suit you?
I will get them varnished tonight, then show you tomorrow.

Dinner tonight, sausages, lettuce salad and potato wedges.  Sounds good.

The evening didn't go as planned.  Some details tomorrow.

Off to bed, it's now 1.03 am.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Well it's going to be a quiet day on the blog.

After I drop Keera off at Kindy, I'm heading into Hamilton for the day.

I don't expect to be back home till late tonight.

The two big kids are on house/dog sit.  And later on, Brylee will walk down to Kindy and pick up Keera for me.

Then they, (B & G), will have to entertain her, feed her and make sure all is well until Stew gets home from work.

And that is all I shall be saying about today really.  My activities today are not shareable. 

So, until I am home again... have a nice day.


9.00 pm:  Home again.
It's been a long, long day.  Very tiring.  Lots of sitting/waiting/stress... but it's over now and everything is back to 'normal'.  Moving on.

Tomorrow I will be having an EXCELLENT day. I plan on going to Aqua Fit again... and then sorting out my tiles/pictures, making some price stickers etc.  I haven't sorted out how I'm going to display my tiles yet, but we will work on that this weekend.

And now... I'm going to finish watching Level, then go to bed.  I'm knackered.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017





Oh today is going to be so good!  Miss Muppet goes back to Kindy, and I get 6 hours a day of PEACE and bloody quiet!

Noise is one of those things that sometimes you just NEED to get away from.

I love it when the house is quiet, and I can just relax and enjoy IT.  I've not had any QUIET in 5 weeks.


I'm thinking of going to Aqua Fit this morning.  If I do, I'm sure I will have Brylee and Griffin in tow... they can spend an hour in the pool while I do the Aqua Fit.

Time to get back into my routine.

I'm not going to Hamilton Patchwork class this term, maybe not at all this year.  I was spending too much time out of the house with various pursuits.

I will stick with the Cambridge group, and Aqua Fit.

Weight Watchers.  I lost .500 grams this week.  Taking my loss for this year to 2.2 kgs.  Not bad considering I've not exactly been totally 'on track', but I have been trying.

I have ONE GOAL this year.  Minus 30 kilos and get into JEANS again.  JEANS.  I would kill to get into jeans again.  I dream about it!  Jeans/t-shirt and sneakers.  My 'fav' outfit.  I WILL DO IT.

 ABOVE:  These two wee boys always make me smile... Bex is so very good at keeping me up to date with what's going on with them.

ABOVE:  These photos made me crack up!  Archer and Dante picking dead skin off Steve's heels!  Bex gave them tweezers to help do it, they look so engrossed in the job. Ewwww.

And on that note, I'm outta here.  Gotta get that wee girl up/fed/dressed and out of here by 8.15 am.


10.50 am:  And we did go to Aqua Fit today.  There were heaps of people there!  Yesterday they had over 60 people, so had to split the group into three.  They didn't do that today, but I think they should have.  Some people couldn't hear the instructions and kept getting behind.

Certainly popular, which is great. 

Home now, had breakfast and ready to jump in the shower.  Then I'm going to relax and make my name badge for Weight Watchers.  It's going to be pretty!  lol

OMG what a lazy day I've had!  Really, I've done NOTHING.  Well... I had a nap.
Then I made my name tag for Weight Watches.
I'm very surprised with myself!


ABOVE:  See?  I didn't bling the living daylights out of it!  It's pretty.  

Stew's in Rotorua today... he's going to have the blistering sun in his face all the way home tonight.

It's a stunning summer's day.  And tomorrow?
It's supposed to be horrendous... a 'weather bomb' sorta day.  I'll believe it when I see it.  Can't imagine it after today's weather.  HOT HOT HOT.

Baaa... sounds like the weather bomb is only going to affect the South Island.  So, no relief up here by the sound of it.

Time to head off to bed.  

Monday, January 16, 2017


First up for today, both Stew and I have diabetes eye checks.
Because they have to put drops in our eyes, we can't drive afterwards for some time, so Stew's taken the day off work.

Later on this week we have two more 'medical' appointments, so it will be three in a row.

Don't you find 'things' go in 3's?

I certainly do.

Three births, three deaths, three car accidents and so on!

It's weird.

My eye appointment is at 9.45, so Stew is going to drive me to the clinic and home again.  When it's his turn an hour later, he will walk to the clinic and home again.

Luckily, the clinic is not that far from our home, so it won't be a long walk for him. Hopefully he doesn't walk into a lamp post on his way home!  lol  😏

After our appointments, I will be heading out with Brylee for a while at some point during the day.  'Girly' stuff to attend to.

Then I can relax for the rest of the day all going well.


Well... our eye appointments were straightforward, still got dilated pupils, so our eyes are fairly light sensitive.  But getting better.

I'm off out again soon with Brylee.  We might even get some shopping done while out... Brylee LOVES Mitre 10!

There's a really CUTE guy who works there on the weekends, and sometimes on weeks days too.  'nuf said. 😆💜💙💚

All good news today.  Bry's little 'problem' is JUST FINE.  Nothing nasty to worry about.  Not going into specifics, this is just to let those in the know ... know.  *smiles*

ANON!  Really?  Your comment is not even worth answering.  

Bloody tired... so  is Stew.  My eyes feel like they have sand in them... gritty and sore.
We are both going to bed early ...

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Fingers crossed... we are expecting wet weather today.
We hope so anyway.

With any luck it will cool things down a bit.

We really should have gone to the lake yesterday, but neither of us felt like it.  We are both tired.  Him back to work, and me not getting a break from having to get up early every day.

I think I will have to get one of the big kids to take a sleep in OFF, and give me a break.

Clearly it won't be today.  Or tomorrow.

Stew and I both have diabetes eye exams tomorrow morning.  A pain in the butt, but necessary for good health.

I think I will talk Stew into going into Hamilton some time today.  I need 5 more larger size frames for tiles, and some more hooks for the back of the frames too.  Other than that, everything is pretty much done with them.

Funny how I thought I would give alcohol inking a 'go' and now I've got 30+ freakin' tiles!
And I haven't even tried it on PAPER yet!  Nuts.

At least if they don't sell at the craft fair, I've got all next Christmas's presents done!  lol

OK... off to start the day, feed that kid, bla bla bla.


1.45 pm:  And we have been into Hamilton, bought the few things I needed, done a mini grocery grab, had some lunch and come home again.

The promised rain has arrived.  It's lovely, no having to put the sprinklers on today.

Hanging out till Tuesday so BAD.  Keera goes back to Kindy!
OMG her need to be talking, talking, talking ALL THE BLOODY TIME is doing my fucking head in.
ROLL. ON. TUESDAY.  And if that makes me a dreadful Grandma, too bad.

Stew and I ended up watching a movie that was of no interest to us at all at the beginning, but it turned out quite interesting!  'White Lies', and New Zealand film. 

Time for bed.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Keera got tired of dressing her dolls yesterday.

ABOVE:  So poor Tallulah got 'dressed' too.
I saved the dog before she died of heat exhaustion.
Not long after, Keera packed a mental and ended up in bed early, the long, hot afternoons are getting to everyone.

Today is supposed to be the same, then tomorrow some relief with, (predicted), wet weather on the way.  Yaaaa.

As for today... meh.  Don't know.  I will probably paint the next batch of backing boards for the ink painting.  

Maybe Stew has some ideas for the day?  Time will tell...


Oh yeah... what do ya think of this one?...

ABOVE:  I did this one the other night, and just love it. YES, it's bloody blue, but still ... so cool!

1.26 pm:  So we have stayed home and just chilled.
I've made a few more tiles:

ABOVE:  The first one is going to be a painting, the next three will be trivets.  

NO, I won't be making coasters, tile or patchwork.  Too many people make coasters to sell already.

Stew is out mowing the lawns, it's stinkin' hot.  I've not ventured outdoors at all.
I've got several more tiles framed ready for sale, and about 4 more drying, they will be trivets.

And I'm not making any more till after my stall.  No point making any more, in case they don't sell.

Stew has sorted dinner for today.  Sausages on the BBQ, home made coleslaw and home made potato salad.  What a man.  He cooks at least one night a week so I'm thankful for that.

Bedtime early tonight, I'm so tired!
Dinner was lovely btw, Stew did a good job.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Today I've got my 2nd hair appointment here in Cambridge.
I am sure it will go well. I'm not superstitious... luckily cos it's Friday the 13th. 

The other thing that might happen today is... I get my car back?

They said they would have it 'all week'... so if you are talking about a full 'working week', then I expect to get it back today.  

I can't wait to see it all pretty and fixed again!

I am paying a bit more, on top of the insurance excess, to have them fix up as many of the surface scratches and stone chips on my car that they can get out.  I'm hopeful they have managed to get heaps done.

While I'm at the hairdressers, the two big kids will look after Miss Muppet for me.  No way I'm taking her with me.

And that's it for now.  Catch you later.


I have to say it... the girl at Empire Hair is THE BEST hairdresser I've ever had!
She is fast, she listens and she gets my hair bang on how I like it!
AND the price is right too. 

Today's hair:

ABOVE:  All credit to Griffin for the fabulous photo!  Brylee took some too, but none were as flattering as this one.

I hate having my photo taken... so to get a nice one is just neat.

It's now nearly midday and I still haven't got any washing on... so that's next on my list of 'to do's'.

4.07 pm:  And the washing is done and hung out, it should be dry in no time.  It's a super hot and windy day.

Keera and I had a play in the yard with the sprinkler on.  It was bliss.

Got a phone call just after I updated here, and my car was ready to be picked up... so I hot footed it down there and got it.

She looks SO MUCH BETTER now!  And they did a fairly good job of buffing out a lot of the scratches and painting over the stone chips in the front too.  I'm wrapt with it.

Now just to avoid any more 'accidents'.  I've now dinged my poor car 3-4 times... enough is enough!  😅's me favourite evening in front of the telly. Coronation Street is on, so I've got the family room all to myself... the rest of the family is watching a movie in the lounge.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


You might as well bugger off.

I've got nothing much to yabber on about today.

I might take the kids to a movie today, cos they are finally getting bored!

If we go out, it means I will have to carry on with the ink paintings, getting them framed, later on today.

I ordered some more ink from Australia, expecting that to arrive in the next week or so.
Until then, I'm not making any more.  I've run out of a couple of colours I really like to use.

So... I'm off to feed small child, get some washing on, get teenagers out of bed... and check out the movie options.


*SQUEALS*!  My new inks arrived... I am beyond amazed at that Australian company!
SO FAST to deliver.

 ABOVE:  Several new colours, and some replacements.
Of course, I had to try them out immediately... 

ABOVE:  Trying to steer away from BLUE BLUE BLUE! 

4.01 pm:  And we finally decided to go and see this movie:
ABOVE: It was... entertaining.  Sometimes funny.  Killed a couple of hours.
Keera spent those hours with her Mum as the movie had an M (Mature) classification.

 ABOVE:  When we got home, I put the sprinkler on for Keera, and me!  And the dogs.  I made them run through it lots, they didn't really like it, but it would have cooled them down if nothing else.

AND I actually RAN around the yard too!  It felt great!  I could RUN a bit!  

Dinner tonight is going to be fish 'n' chips, I want a night off!

Dinner over.. sure can't eat as much as I used to!
This is good eh?

Watching TV for a while, then I might do some more tiles.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


So... this is where my site will be come 30th January, for the St Andrews Craft Fair:

ABOVE:  The church is on the corner of Hamilton Road and Victoria Street, it's a very well known corner.

Before the expressway went in, everyone travelling North or South on State Highway 1 had to pass it. 

So, I've got a bit of work to do to have all the Ink Tiles framed and ready to go.  And of course, if I get the time, I will make some patchwork coasters too.  

I've not got any other plans for the day (YET)... so I will catch ya later.


ABOVE:  "I can do my own hair Grandma!"
Nice Keera, very nice.  

So, I want some plain white paper to put on the very back of the painting backing board, to cover the odd bits of paint I got on them.

I go down to the local Paper Plus shop.  I go in and show them the backing board, and ask then if they have any paper that is that size?

NO is the answer.  I say, anything a bit bigger that I can cut down?

NO is the answer.  BUT,.... they do have some card?

I get taken to look at the card.  It's $1 a sheet.  I ain't paying that much per painting!

So I say thanks.  And the saleswoman leaves me to it. 

I wander around the shop for like, 1 second and come across this:

ABOVE:  Would you LOOK AT THAT!  500 sheets of plain white paper, which can be cut down to size!   For $27.  Ahhh, that's sure MASSIVELY cheaper than $1 a sheet of card.

So, I take the paper up to the counter, eyeball the saleswoman who 'served' me, and hold up the paper.  Then I said "Oh look, plain white paper that will fit my board".  And pay and leave. 

She walked away without saying a word.  DUMB ARSE BITCH.

ABOVE:  (ignore the focus, I was having problems!).... Brylee messed up her hair, so she did it again, all by herself.  "It's even better now Grandma!"

 ABOVE:  7 totally finished.

ABOVE:  By tomorrow midday, these 8 will be finished too.

I tried making a few more little ones this afternoon... but seriously, it just wasn't working.  I've got 4 done, but I'm not that happy with them.  

Dinner is starting to smell yum.   I've got corned beef in the crock pot.  We will be having mashed potatoes, veges and a cheese sauce to go with it.  My mouth is drooling!  I've not cooked corned beef in a few years.

Super yum dinner tonight! Everyone loved the corned beef, though I found it very strong tasting.  Still lovely and I really enjoyed it.

Watching Legally Blonde 2, then going to bed.  It's bloody tiring with a non-stop, yabbering 4 year old in the house I tell ya!  *sigh*

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


HAPPINESS. Still choosing it.

It's sometimes hard to remember things happen for a reason.  Good or bad, I'm still doing my best to roll with things and still be HAPPY.

In case you missed it last night, I lost 1.7 kgs over the Christmas period.  I'm really happy with that, I didn't forgo anything at all, but I did watch my portion sizes, and I didn't snack at all.  Well.. I did indulge in a few chocolates at one point, but apart from that... I WAS GOOD.

I've set myself a goal.  I am going to do my utmost to lose 15 kilos in the next few months.

We have three BIG life events coming up, and I'm damned if I'm going to be this weight come May!  

- Steve turns 30 in April.
- My Mum turns 80 in May.
- We will have been married 30 years in June.

Of course, the biggest event will be my mother's birthday.  We are planning a party of course!  I am doing a lot of the organising, with the help of Mum's sisters and brothers. 

I must find an amazing cake maker!   It's never too early to start looking.  Does anyone know of someone who can do AMAZING CAKES in the Waikato, or even Auckland?

Moving on...  today I will be spray painting all the backing boards for the Ink Tile Paintings.
I hope it's fine enough to do it outside, and not in the garage.

Paint fumes ... ikkk.

I haven't heard back from the Church re: the Craft Fair yet, and if I can get a stall. I will contact them again today.


12.00 noon:  Well I thought I had vivid white paint eh?  I didn't.  It was vivid white, tinted to the same colour as the walls of this house.

So a quick trip down to Mitre 10 ensued.
On my way back, I called into the church and spoke to some bloke there.  He's going to put me in contact with the organiser of the fair, hopefully today.

It sounds like I will be able to get a stall, and the price sounds very reasonable too.

I've now done all the painting... just love my little sprayer!
It's a messy job though.  Still, might be worth it if they are popular and SELL!

If not, I will palm them off on friends and family as presents!  lol  Don't get me wrong, they are LOVELY... and I'm sure my friends and family will be very happy to receive one as a gift.

Yaaa!  Sorted.  I've got a stall at the upcoming St Andrews Craft Fair, to be held on Monday 30th January, 9 am to 2 pm. (Auckland Anniversary Day).
If you are in the vicinity, COME AND SEE ME.  Ya don't have to buy anything, just come say 'Hi'!  

This will be the first stall I've had in a few years!  I'm hoping it's not a flop.  That would be stink 💩.  I might take along some of my cards too... I still have a few of those left.

Well... I've stuck down 7 tiles onto their backing boards.  4 with tile fixative, and 3 with PVA glue.  Let's see which works best!

I went down and took a photo of my stall's position.  I hope it is a good site.  I chose to be under a tree, that way I stay cool, and so do the customers.  I know standing in the full sun is horrible after a while.

I will show you my 'site' tomorrow.  Right now, I have to get on with getting dinner ready.  We are having roast pork and veges.

Dinner was really YUM...... evening has been very quiet.  Time for bed, it's midnight.