Thursday, July 27, 2017


Today we have a local builder coming to discuss my ideas for the carport, and covered pergola out the back.

He's the builder who's company is building the new retirement village just out of town, which is a huge, 5 year build.   He has a very good reputation.

In fact, he's offered Steve a job, and Griffin will possibly be doing work experience with his company over the summer holidays too.

So, hopefully he can do our job.  Better wait for the quote first though!

I have every intention of doing some sewing today... and then I will be going to Weight Watchers in Hamilton early this evening.

I am really hoping for a decent loss... surely all this walking has to make a difference on the scales EVENTUALLY???

There has certainly been a change in my shape!  My tops are not so tight, and me butt is definitely smaller.  I wore a vest last night on our walk, which I'd never worn before... cos it wouldn't actually do up across the boobs!

It's a really good feeling.  I feel so much better about myself.  I may still be BIG, but my attitude is... slow and steady and I will get there.  This time.

And that's it from me for now... usual stuff to be getting on with... kids/housework/bla bla bla.


Holy hell!  First 'rough' quote just in... and it's almost DOUBLE what we kinda guessed!
Some serious thinking will have to be done now.

$20,000 for a carport?  

I'm a little in shock actually.

OK... it's a BIG carport we want, with a covered walkway to the front door... but still!

I'm going to have a late lunch, then get on with some sewing now that I don't have to be up the front of the house waiting for a builder to call in.

Well.. after a couple of relatively nice days, the weather is closing in again.  It's clouding over and getting dark, it's gunna piss down soon!
Luckily there are no walks on for this evening, MOST of the girls don't like walking in the rain!

I've got one tomorrow morning, I bet it will be raining.  NOT that I mind, but if it's too wet it might be cancelled.  Fingers crossed it isn't.

Rushing..... been into Hamilton in crazy, wet weather... every man and their dog was heading home after work and I was heading into it all.
Weighed in... more on that tomorrow.

Now... rapidly feeding the family, then Stew and I have to go and watch Brylee perform in her school Drama production.  Another 'RIVETING' hour I'm sure  (said ever so tongue in cheek-ish).

Then we can come home and RELAX.  Griffin is babysitting his little sister, and getting her to bed for us.

I'm sure he will do fine, she can get herself into her pj's, all he has to do is tuck her in and watch over her till we get home.

AND... the production went well... and Keera got off to bed safely in Griffin's care.

And then when we got home I spent almost 2 and a half hours yakking with our son Mike over Facebook.  Love that!  

And on that happy note, I'm off to bed.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Finally... by tonight I will be TOTALLY up to date with all the walks that have been posted thus far.

19 walks in just over 4 weeks.  I'm very proud of myself.  I didn't give up, even with shitty shin splints.

After tonight's walk, I will be doing 'repeats' so that I am still walking at least 3 times a week.
We won't be getting any new walks now till after August 6th.

Then we will be making a start on the Leamington side of Cambridge.

ABOVE:   Our little town... split in two by the Mighty Waikato River.  Our next walks will be on the 'other side' of the river.  And I'm told there's quite a few hills.  SHIT.

I'm tempted to go for a drive over there and check it out!  Maybe that's a bad idea?

Our weather has been abysmal lately, even the birds are not impressed.  I caught these two sheltering under the eaves...

ABOVE: Poor wee sparrows, they were very wet.  
They have been getting into our roof space too and making a right racket!  But I don't blame them, it really has been wet for a long time now.

We are hopeful that the sun will shine on the weekend so we can take the brown lounge suite up to Auckland.  Just have to hire a trailer, and do it whichever day is looking better.

Mum got the parcel I sent her yesterday... of the placemats, tablecloth and coasters.   Only, I'd put the wrong label on it and her parcel stated that it had TOYS in it.  She was totally perplexed!  WHY would I be sending her TOYS?  

Heee heee.  Once she opened it she was delighted though... probably because is WASN'T toys!  Nah, she loved her new linen, and declared the tablecloth was too nice to use!

That means Russell's children's parcel will have 'LINEN' on it!  Whoops.

Right, I am off to get the kids off to school, then I really do have to get some washing on... vacum the house.... bla bla bla.


12.31 pm:  And... I've only just got the washing on!
On my way home from dropping the kids off at school, I decided to carry on into Hamilton and try and find some new bras.
Ha! That was a total waste of time... NOTHING FITS me comfortably.  So, I shall just wait till the boobs have shrunk some more... and try again then.

I decided to meet up with the girls for morning tea too...

 ABOVE: the girls and I.  We went to Robert Harris in The Base, and I asked for a hot chocolate with NO FROTH, so I actually got a full glass of HOT chocolate.
Man do I need eyebrows or what! lol

After morning tea, I looked around for a new phone case, but had no luck there, so on my way home I stopped in at Chartwell Square and found this:

ABOVE:  Really happy with it... as I can now have a few coins on me when I'm out walking too, without having to take my handbag.
I would have got a blue one, if they'd had one, of course!  But the choice was black or a hideous purple

And I did it!  I have completed every walk this side of the river!  I'm so chuffed with myself.
AND the best thing about tonight's walk?  It was short, it was slow and my shins were just fine.  What a relief that was.

Now... I start repeating walks until the new ones get posted.

Now... it's chill out time... watch Master Chef and get warm again.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Well... it's a 'walking' day again.
Today's walk includes walking over the 'top/high bridge' at the end of the shopping area in Cambridge.
I am really looking forward to that.

The high bridge is very NARROW, so I would NEVER, ever drive over it!  I just couldn't do it... and certainly not with my eyes closed, (and they would be!).  lol

I will take some crappy photos with my phone to show you how narrow it is.

After my walk I've got to pay some bills (necessary evil), then I'm coming home to do some jobs here.

One of them is ringing around and getting some quotes for an Archgola or similar structure out the back of our home, and a carport out the front.

We had planned on getting Steve to build the carport, but seriously, he's so busy in Auckland,
we don't want him coming down here on his one day off a week to work for us.  

Once he moves to the Waikato, we can take advantage of him more!  lol

So that's my plan for the day.
Time to get moving, get the small kid ready for school... bla bla bla.


10.50 am:  Today's walk was ... difficult.  The first 1/4 went fine, then my shins started hurting, then they completely packed it in and I was in a lot of pain.  I thought I was gunna have to give up and get someone to pick me up and take me back to my car... it was that bad.

But I knew that if I just slowed my pace and tried to walk through the pain, it would eventually ease.  And it did.  Like, about 5 minutes before the end of the bloody walk!

So typical.  That has happened now on several walks I've done.  Most frustrating.  And I always feel guilty that I'm slowing people up.  
The kind girls today assured me I didn't, but I feel I did for part of the walk at least.

But all good... I've just paid one big school bill... so can relax for the rest of the year!  NOT, I bet I get an account for Keera next... the 'school donation'.  *sigh*
I might just dodge that one for a while.

I'm cooling down now, so will get off and have a nice hot shower and then relax for a little while.

PETA:  Yes, they plan on moving down to Hamilton (or Cambridge) early next year.  Hamilton is only 20 minutes away from Cambridge, so either way, they will be really close by.  

I just remembered the photo of the bridge...

 ABOVE:  There it is!   I don't think it's clear just how narrow it is in the photo.  
There are 'stick' things in the middle of the road to keep cars on their side of the road... so add them to the mix and it feels even narrower.

ABOVE:  We were so lucky with the weather today!  Lovely sunshine.  The Waikato River is VERY full after all our rain. 

7.06 pm:   I've had a very quiet afternoon.  My legs were bloody sore, so I tried not to aggravate them.  IN fact, I fell asleep for a little while this afternoon, so did Griffin!
Keera happily watched over both of us!  lol

Brylee was at Drama practise, and I popped out and picked her up at 6 pm, before getting dinner ready.

Stew was in Rotorua today, so he got home just in time for dinner.

I had a yak with me Mum tonight, she's not doing that well.  Exhausted ALL THE TIME... so she's off to the Dr on Thursday.  I'm hoping once he adjusts her medications she will come right.

She's not been 'right' since her heart attack in May. I'm a little worried, but she insists she's not ready to pop her clogs yet! (her words, not mine)  *smiles*

We've just taken Keera through her homework... reading, spelling and maths!  Second day at school and she's right into it!

Time to chill out... and put the smallest person to bed.  She's tired and grumpy now.  Crying, says she hates Brylee cos she made her go to the toilet!  Ahhhh kids!

Monday, July 24, 2017


Miss Muppet starts school today.  First full school day, for the next TEN YEARS at least!  Luckily, she doesn't know that... YET.

Because Keera was attending Kindergarten 5 days a week, nothing will change much for me and my days... except she will be 'out' till 3 pm every day now.  

Not wanting to take the thunder out the day for Keera, but there is another little snippet of news.

Lacy starts on a 36 week course today, one that she got selected to attend.  She was one of 25 out of 60 applicants who got approved to attend.
I know, amazing eh?  AND she passed all the tests and interviews too... even with her 'dodgy' history!  

I'm not going to say what the course entails, but if she passes, she will be guaranteed a job at the end of it.  In a most UNLIKELY field of work too!  Jailbird, but not behind the bars is a clue.

I've got patchwork this morning, so I better go and sort out what project I'm taking to work on.

Catch ya later.


1.20 pm:  School drop off went well.  Keera refused to even look at her teacher to start with, but after half an hour she was yakking away like she was one of the family!
So, I had no trouble leaving her there and coming home.

I went to Patchwork group at 10, and froze my buns off.  Seriously, the hall had heat pumps on, and it was freezing.
So I didn't stay for long, I don't like being cold THAT much, particularly when you are just sitting there.

Lunch has been had, and now?  Dunno... thought I might just potter around in the house, do a couple of odd jobs, prepare dinner and so on.

ABOVE: Home after her 1st school day.  And by all accounts, she's had a wonderful day.

There are THREE children in her class!  The numbers will grow as the term progresses, but for at least the next 2 weeks, it will be just the three of them.  2 girls and 1 boy.

The teacher asked each child to tell her ONE thing that they loved the best today.

Little boy:  "Playing with the cars".
Little girl:  "Drawing pictures".
Keera:  "Playing on the playground, and drawing, and running, and reading, and the sandpit, AND... and ... and... " !!!!  She couldn't stop once she got started.  So cute, and funny.

Well... I thought it was funny.

I'm very happy she had a neat day.  Here's hoping it continues.

Ate a dodgy mandarin this afternoon, now have a shitty tummy... not nice.  Rather thankful I didn't have a walk booked in for tonight.  My next one is tomorrow morning... I better feel better by then!

Spending the evening relaxing and doing bugger all ... these new lounge chairs are very warm and comfy.  *smiles*

Sunday, July 23, 2017


The Fat Bottomed Girls : Urbane Challenge ... Our esteemed 'leader' Robyn suggested we all get matching T-shirts to wear.
With our Logo on it, and FBG across the bottom and on the arm, so we have all been trudging into the local Image Apparel shop to try on sizes and order them.

On Friday I went in and tried on one.  I ended up ordering TWO.  One to fit me NOW, and one three sizes SMALLER... FOR LATER.

That's called being positive I will be shrinking!
I can already feel and see a bit of a difference, so here's hoping in about 6 months the smaller one will fit me!

That would be so awesome.  

It's so MOTIVATIONAL TOO.  That, and the though of my boobs shrinking.  OMG I want that so much! I'm totally OVER humongous boobs!

They are NOT sexy, OR comfortable.  Who the hell likes having big boobs? Thankfully, from previous experience, I know they will shrink.  Can't.  Wait.

So yesterday we got Griffin's hair cut.  The stylist combed it into a different style to how he usually does it... and we love it!

But OMG, try taking a photo of that bloody kid!  He is IMPOSSIBLE:

ABOVE:  Seriously... so hard to get him to JUST SMILE!

ABOVE:  Eventually... a couple of nice ones.  He looks so grown up with his hair like this!

It's Sunday right?  Meh.  No plans for the day.
So, nothing else to yabber on about right now... catch ya later.

MIGHT move that shit stuff I was gunna move yesterday actually...


Shit... what a quiet day!  Actually, last couple of days have been quiet on here.
Maybe you peeps are sick of listening to me go on about walks?  
Oh well... too bad!

Stew and I have been incredibly lazy today.  Stew put the treadmill and exercycle back in the garage, then one of the big brown leather couches into the lounge, and that's all we've done!

I'm probably going to kill Stew soon though, I don't think I can watch/listen to friggin sport for a second longer!
And would ya look at that... he's changed the channel.  Clever man.

Then he got even cleverer... and went outside and did a couple of jobs.  

I've been plugged into headphones, listening to music on YouTube, while once Stew came back inside, he watched... more sport.

It's wind down time now... expecting a phone call from Lacy shortly ... no doubt to wish Keera a happy School Day tomorrow.

Blob out time... ha ha!  I've been blobbing out all day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017


So... I bit the bullet and made a hair appointment at the local Hair Salon I liked.
I am going to get my hair cut...  THIS MORNING, bright and early.

I talked to the hairdresser yesterday afternoon and we agreed on the length.  I shall show you what length we chose ... when I get home!
I'm not getting my colours done today, no time.

OMG!  I wonder if I will lose much weight with the hair cut shorter????   I can only dream LOL!

After my haircut, I'm off on the next walk, today is Section R.  It's got some shitty hills in it by the look of it... so another challenge.
But, I'm up for it.  If I can get up Albert Street hill, I can do more.

After this walk, I have two next week, then I will have to start repeating walks I've already done, just to keep up with my walking goal of no less that two a week.  Ideally I would like to do 3 a week though.

As we have had a few new members just lately, there will be plenty of 'catch up' walks on offer, so having some to go to won't be a problem.  Yaaa.

After my walk, I think we should be heading into town, Keera needs school shoes before Monday.

And that is all for now... laters!


3.22 pm:  Been busy!

HAIR:  We  had agreed on a '3'... but now looking at the comparisons, I can see it's closer to half way between 1 and 2 (though in the before photo my shoulders are slightly higher).  Oh well... as it's not exactly even, I will probably go back soon:

ABOVE:  3 things: 1. It needs a colour!  2. It was wet on top.  3. Might need a bit of work on the straightness!

I don't think I lost any weight worth noting.  Dammmit.

WALK:  was awesome, in the rain again.  But not torrential, which was good.
There were some nasty hills today, not enjoyable, but I did them.  No choice really, it was do them, or don't get the walk done and dusted.

Company today was lovely, as per usual.  So very cool having company as ya walk.

After our walk we stopped at Colombus Cafe in Mitre 10 and had a coffee/hot chocolate.

ABOVE:  I had a hot chocolate (that wasn't hot at all), and a morsel of caramel slice.  Was very nice.

After that I raced home to get ready to go into Hamilton with the family.

In Hamilton, we went to The Base and bought Keera school shoes, had lunch and then came home.

It's a miserable, dreary day out there.  Wet, cold and just WINTER-ISH.  Kinda to be expected eh?  *smiles*

I'm about to muck around in the house, move some shit...

And I didn't move a bloody thing!  I piked out and did bugger all for the rest of the day.  Tired. 5 walks this week... got sore feet!

Coronation Street is on... so a nice night in front of the telly.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Sometime today our new lounge suite is arriving.  I can't wait to see it, get it in position and hopefully, like it!

You never know how something is really going to look in your home, until it's there.

Things look totally different in a big, open shop eh?

I'm just hoping the new suite makes our family room look less cluttered and dark.  

I will, of course, show you once it's in position.

ABOVE: Stew looking ever so uncomfortable last night!  Lucky it was only one night like that.  My dining chair was bloody horrible after a couple of hours, so Griffin gave me his lovely purple-blue chair.

ABOVE:  The mop clearly needs a trim!  I can't remember the last time I actually got it cut... but I think it was in Auckland, before we moved.  WHOOPS!  It's certainly looking a bit ragged on the ends.

Time for a big chop ... I'm thinking of taking quite a bit off... how much do ya reckon I should take off?  I'm so tempted to go for '3'!  Bare minimum is '1' though, cos it really needs a good cut.

Right, I'm off to vacum the family room, get it ready for the new furniture.  Exciting!


Two whole hours EARLIER than expected... our lounge suite arrived:

ABOVE:  And we were SO LUCKY it wasn't pissing down with rain! 

And now for the 'Before and After' photos!... 

ABOVE:  Well?  What do ya think?
I have to say, it's a lot lighter in colour than I remember ordering, but I know it's right.
Coco is going to have to learn to sit ON THE FLOOR!

It's sublimely comfortable... well the single seats are, the double couch is small and quite firm.  But as I won't be sitting on it... *laughing*, not my problem!

It certainly lightens up the room, and they are so easy to move compared to the heavy leather suite.

I'm very happy.  I shall probably spend most of today just looking at it!  *smiles*

I might move the two seater to in front of the window... see how that looks... the recliners are quite tall and are blocking the window quite a bit.  

 ABOVE:  Sorted!  Looks much better like that. 
Keera has tried out a new recliner, but has opted for the floor.  She likes to be right in front of the TV.  

Right, I better get on with something constructive... like finding something to put on the back of that 2 seater or it will fade in the sun.

Well, I took the really lovely colourful throw from the lounge and put it on the back of the two seater, so that's sorted now.

Then we had lunch and I popped into town to do a couple of things.  

The afternoon is dragging and I don't really feel like doing much at all.  So I'm not.

Dinner tonight is going to be a 'silly bugger' one... so no prep involved.  Something out of a tin, some eggs, burger patties or something similar.  No hassle.

Getting cold again... you certainly notice once it gets dark!  Dinner was good... everyone like it.
Chicken steaks, Baked Beans and Spagetti, Hash Browns, Red Onions, Fried Eggs and cheese on top.  

Time to wind down for the evening with me blankie on.  Cos my feet are COLD!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

@!* SQUEALS *#!

So... did I mention about 3 months ago that we had ordered a new lounge suite?
I can't remember.

ANYWAY....   it's arriving TOMORROW.

I am super excited.  This will be the first lounge suite in many, many years that is NOT leather.  

We ordered 4 Lazy Boy chairs and 1 X two seater... in a mid tan colour.

I got this as I was really struggling to move the big brown, leather furniture.... and it made our family room look so much smaller.  The brown leather suite is very CHUNKY.

Because Steve and Bex's lounge suite is literally falling to bits, they are taking most of the brown suite off our hands.  

I have to laugh... we have 'passed on' over 3-4 lounge suites to our kids now!  Amanda got one, Russell has one, Lacy has had some, and now Steve.  *smiles*

Tonight Stew and Griffin are going to put the brown suite in the garage, until such time we can take it up to Auckland to the kids.

Bex is coming down today, she is 'returning' Keera to us.  She is only staying for lunch, then heading back to Auckland with the boys.

This will give Keera time to settle down again before Monday, when she STARTS SCHOOL as a proper school girl!  How exciting!

FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS URBAN CHALLENGE: There's been 3 new walks added ... Sections Q, R and S.
Tonight I am doing a section that I missed because I started after the group formed...Section K.
Once I have done that section, I will be right up to date with everyone else, with only the 3 new ones to do.

I will be knocking off Q & R by next Tuesday too.  That will only leave S for me.

The group's organiser is not adding any more new walks until after our Mid Challenge Get together on August the 6th.  That's going to be a lunch event... quite looking forward to that.

Well... I had quite a bit to yabber on about this morning!  All good! Time to get moving.  


ok... it's 4.04 pm and I just realised I've not updated ... WHOOPS.
So, I went into town this morning to find a lightweight rain jacket... found ONE that fits, but it's $100.  So I decided to think on it for a while.  I've got to know I will get plenty of wear out of it before spending that much.

Home, had some lunch then Bex and the kids arrived.

Fed the family and sat a yakked for a couple of hours.  Then it was time for Bex to leave with the boys.

SOMEONE wanted to go back with them... 

 ABOVE:  And NO!  It wasn't Keera!
Coco was keen as mustard to go with them... little tart!
Needless to say, she didn't go anywhere.

ABOVE:  Bye bye boys, see you in a couple of weeks when we go up with the old lounge suite for them.

I've spent the last little while making sure I'm ready for tonight's walk... it is supposed to be pissing down with rain... so I'm going to get wet, wet, wet.

Too bad.  I've walked in the rain on many occasions, it just means having a nice hot shower when ya get home eh?  *smiles*

Keera cracked up about 1/4 of an hour after Bex left, started crying and wanting her Aunty Bex.  *sigh*   She's happy again right now, watching the TV in the lounge.  It will take her a few days to adjust to being here again I'm sure, then we will be sweet again.

15 minutes before our walk was to start, our organiser was suggesting we cancel it, as we are in the middle of a storm!  But as we were already on our way to the meeting point, our group of girls decided to go ahead as did another group starting at the same point as us.

It was an awesome walk, albeit WET AND WINDY, but so what?  We got wet, and came home and got dry.  Simple!
Stew found a raincoat of Griffin's that fitted me, so I wore that.

But I got too hot ... so unzipped it and got sopping wet, I also took off the hat, so me head's wet too.  But I loved it!

I love storms.  I love walking in the rain.  LOVE IT!  I'm mad, and I don't care.

I'm certainly cooling down now though, so will be wrapping up in me electric throw now and enjoying the rest of the evening in comfort.

Well... not really comfort.  The lounge suite is now in the garage... so I'm sitting on a dining chair.  Not that comfy.  Stew is on a bean bag!  

And... that is all for today. Catch ya tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Today's walk.... is one I have been dreading.  I still am!

It's got a very steep hill right at the start of it.

ABOVE: this is at the bottom of the hill.  It doesn't LOOK steep from here eh?

edit -  ABOVE: I took this photo this morning as we started the walk... a lady told me trucks had been known to 'die' on this hill! 

It is... REALLY STEEP.  But one consolation is that it's not too long, only 300 meters or so.
And it has this really solid retaining wall with big upright posts on the worst, steepest part, so if I need to, I can haul myself up by grabbing hold of the posts!

LOL.. it might not be a good look... but I don't care!  I'm going to conquer that friggin hill!

Once I've done the walk I will head home and make the teenagers get out of bed before midday!
I'm sure I can find something to do with the rest of the day, just not sure what yet.

So, until later... think of me crawling, dragging myself up a hill!  *smiles*


 ABOVE:  'Jumping for joy'... I DID IT!  I got up the bloody hill!  No one had to drag me or push me... I did it all on my own.

For the first half my butt and the back of my thighs were screaming, then the 2nd half my breathing was the problem.  I had to stop half way for a breather, but not for long, maybe 10 seconds, then my walking buddies egged me on and I got to the top elated!

It was not any where as bad as I thought it would be... so thrilled.  I feel like I could do it again!  
But maybe not in the next day or two.  lol

ABOVE:  I don't know who took this photo, but well... there I am walking this morning.  Yep, Fat Bottom.. but shrinking!

I've now lost 4 inches off my butt!  

Now I'm home and about to have a shower and so on.  The kids are up (shock!)...

DOGSTARS:  I don't know who decided on the group's name as there are NOT that many girls with really big, Fat Bottoms!  Mine is probably one of the biggest... so I am in no danger of being kicked out!  lol

*Fat Bottomed Girls, Urban Challenge* ... click on 'Fat Bottomed.... ' this is the link to the article in our local paper about The Fat bottomed Girls Urban Challenge.  I hope it works.  Front page AND page 5.

It's the end of the day... Watching a double episode of Master Chef... Sarah didn't win the immunity challenge.  Sad.

Signing off for the day.