Sunday, August 20, 2017


Sorry peeps, but it can't be helped.

I'm sick, so bugger all is going on here!

If I rest up again today, I'm hoping I will be OK to go on a scheduled walk tomorrow morning.

I'm leading it, so I don't want to let anyone down by having to cancel it.

So, keep your fingers crossed for me to improve HEAPS today.

I have no idea if Stew has any plans for the day... there was some talk about him taking Brylee into Hamilton to buy pjs?
I won't be going that's for sure.

Now that my sewing room is set up again, I might get going on my Christmas Bags again.  I have SO MANY to make!
I am loving making them... no stress, so quick and easy.  


We got a phone call from Steve this morning.  They are coming down to visit us today.
Can't wait.  We  haven't seen them in a while.
And as the Hamilton lot never visit, it's nice that at least THEY do.
I find it strange that others don't visit... we are only 20 minutes away!

Oh well... their choice I suppose.

I shall be sitting in me chair just taking it easy.  I've been awake since 4.18 am today... coughing, tossing and turning, snotting and sniffing.  Just peachy really.

I have absolutely NO ENERGY.. even just moving about the house is an effort.

I've requested I be taken off Leading the three walks I've got scheduled this week, there is no way I can do them.

Steve, Bex and the boys duly arrived late morning, and we have had a lovely day with them.
Though I must admit to taking myself off to two hours this afternoon for a little nap as I as struggling to stay awake.

ABOVE:  Steve and Bex trying out the new couch.  They are the first to sit in it!  They like our new lounge suite, having not seen it before.

 ABOVE: Stew cooked beef nachos for dinner, Dante insisted all his 'hot beans' were removed before he ate his dinner.
I didn't have dinner as we had pizza for lunch and I'm simply not hungry.
Plus nachos are very rich and I don't think that would be nice coming back up again!

 ABOVE:  Dante and Keera turned the dining table into a playroom.  Actually ... the entire family room AND the lounge turned into playground central!  Toys everywhere.
But it is lovely to see the kids so happy, and Keera actually getting to play with her cousins so happily.

Steve, Bex and the boys left around 8 pm, so hopefully they are safely home by now.
I've just had some chicken soup and a piece of bread, even though I don't feel like eating, hunger pangs kicked in and made me feel ill... so hopefully I've got that under control now.

Off to bed soon.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Today I'm going to watch Stew dismantle Brylee's bed and move it into her new room.

I hope Stew can remember how to take it apart and put it back together!  It's the queen bed with the hydraulic lifting base.

Stew came home with this for me last night:

ABOVE:  It is from our friend Karen Jones, who lives in Wellington.  I think I saw it on her facebook or something, and said it was gorgeous.
Next thing ya know... it's mine!  There's some border fabric that came with it too... so that will be a lovely project to start soon.

Thanks so much Karen... you ROCK.

It's 4.35 am and I'm now sitting up in the lounge.  I woke up at 4 am and that was it.  Coughing, snotting, headache from hell, so no point staying in bed.
I've watched a couple of episodes of The Midwives on You Tube, had some toast and now I'm going to try and sleep again.  
In me chair.  Cos I don't want to wake Stew up by going back to bed. 

He's a really light sleeper and is bound to wake if I go back.


ABOVE:  I might need to start throwing out old 'tights' soon... cos they are not TIGHT any more.  AWESOME.

Awww man do I feel guilty.   Stew thought he could take the headboard off the bed and just slide the base from one room to the other.

There is no room at all to do that, so the poor man is having to dismantle the entire bed.  All because I can't stand the heat!

But, once it's done it won't need to be moved again.  I PROMISE!

I'm feeling marginally better right now.  Panadol Rapid is rather wonderful!  It certainly dulls the headache.

I had some toast for breakfast at around 6 am, then at 7 am I threw the lot up in a bout of coughing!  BLOODY WONDERFUL.

I swear my stomach muscles have a rapid fire trigger when it comes to coughing nowdays.

But I'm not complaining, cos right now I feel much better than I did last night!

Late afternoon and all the rooms have finally been finished.  Brylee is in her new bedroom, which used to be Griffins (lol), and my main sewing room is now in what used to be the spare bedroom.

I hope I don't feel the urge to move stuff around again... I don't think Stew would appreciate it somehow.

He's just fallen asleep in his lounge chair.  Poor man, he's cooking dinner too today. 

Pork chops, roast veges, stir fry veges and so on.  As I'm bloody hungry, I can't wait.

Dare I wake him up?  NAH.... better let him have an hour to so first.

Haven't seen Griffin bar a few minutes today!  He is in his 'man cave' yakking to friends via his Playstation or something.  We never see him unless we drag him out kicking and screaming!  lol

Got the cough, cough, vomit shit going on now.  So annoying.  I'll probably really enjoy my dinner, till it comes up again!

Stew made a wonderful dinner, followed by a little cheesecake and ice cream.  I had some of both... and so far it's stayed down!

Watching Coronation Street now, then bed.

Friday, August 18, 2017


I'm in a massive funk.  
Yesterday really upset me and now I just feel like staying home and hiding.

Funny how it's blown my self esteem to smithereens.

But of course, I can't stay home.  I've got to take the kids to school.

School.  Yep.  I will be going into Keera's school, handing my letter to her teacher then getting out of there as fast as I can.

God help them if they ambush me again this afternoon!  

For a start, I am NEVER giving them the chance to have a go at me again.  I'm saying NOTHING to anyone.

Unless I want to, and even then I shall be watching my potty mouth!

So... after taking the kids to school, I shall be coming home.

I have heaps to do ... mostly housework.

And as I've not had a walk in a few days thanks to my sore throat and cold, I will be getting on the treadmill and exercycle for some exercise.

I'm not game to go on a scheduled walk as I still don't feel well.  At least at home I can stop if I don't feel well enough to carry on.

I'm not going into Hamilton today either, I will skip Weight Watchers this week.  I just don't feel like going anywhere right now.


So I dropped the big kids off at school, then drove to Keera's school.  Then sat in the car until the last possible minute, then took her to her classroom.  I walked in, handed her teacher my letter, said goodbye to Keera and left.

THEN I shook like a leaf!  I'm utter rubbish at confrontation... can't handle it at all.
Give me emails/letters any day!

I hardly slept at all last night, so stressed out over this.  And my cold feels 10 times worse today, it feels like it's gone onto my chest now.  I'm starting to cough, and it hurts.
Dammit.  I so don't want to get really sick.

I spent a couple of hours in bed with the electric blanket on... didn't really help AT ALL.
But it made me realise no matter what I do today, I'm going to feel like crap.

So I got in the car, drove to Hamilton and weighed in at Weight Watchers.  I got there early so I wasn't around the babies who come to the meeting with their mums.

I lost .600 grams.  EXACTLY what I needed to get to 10% lost since I started here in Cambridge.  It's taken way longer than I ever anticipated, but hey!  I am slowly getting there... one hundred grams at a time if necessary.

ABOVE: This is the new 10% key ring.  Kinda pretty.  I shall put it away with my other one.
And now work on the next 10%.
I can do it... slow and steady.

I've just had some chicken soup, not because it's the 'traditional' I'M SICK FOOD, but because it was exactly what I felt like.
It's now warming up me belly nicely.

2 hours till I pick up Keera.  Still DREADING it.  But maybe the storm has blown over?  I can only hope so.  My letter was my 'Right of Reply'.  I hope they see that for what it is and leave it now.

And NO, I couldn't reply to the Principal yesterday as I was ambushed, blindsided and in shock.

Thank goodness! No one came near me at school, and the teacher sent Keera out to me as soon as she saw me.  So no drama today.

Home now and just chilling out... my head is pounding... it just won't go away!  Brylee will be cooking tonight.

The family had lamb rissoles and spaghetti/baked beans, typical 'Silly Bugger' Friday night dinner.
I managed a rissole.

My head is still pounding so I doubt I will be out of bed for much longer.  No way I'm staying up late to watch Coronation Street tonight!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


I know it's easily 8-10 weeks away yet, but I am in 'getting prepared' mode for our new puppy.

Yesterday I spent some time sorting out where/how to set up a puppy area in the garage, as a safe place to put him/her at bedtime, and when we are out and about.

ABOVE: There's Keera trying it out.  It has to be set up in such a way that Coco can still get outside, and we can still get to the areas of the garage we use too.  I think I've got it sorted perfectly.
Puppy will have plenty of room in there.

Another few days and I should get a phone call from Cuba's owner to let me know the puppies are here ... fingers crossed all goes well for her.

Now, back to today.
I've got a walk scheduled for 9.15 this morning.  I'm not leading this one, so I can relax and just enjoy it.
NOT that I don't enjoy leading walks too, but there is a little bit of added pressure to make sure it goes smoothly for everyone.

I'm definitely not feeling 100% today, my throat is still sore, my head is still foggy and so on, but I will take a good dollop of medication before heading out.  I'm hoping it doesn't rain, that might not help the head cold and throat.

But, it's only an hour or so, and then I can come home and jump into a good hot shower.  

After my walk, I will probably muck around in my sewing room(s).  I am going to move things around AGAIN... I'm finding it far too hot in my sewing work room... so am going to swap rooms with Brylee.  She is on the 'cold' side of the house, which will suit me better.

I will do as much as I can today and tomorrow, and leave the major moving to the guys on the weekend.

ABOVE:  How bloody typical that I have to move the contents of THREE rooms just because I can't stand the heat!   Grrrrr... I blame menopause for my misery.  
I don't have to move things out of the sewing 'work room' wardrobe though, so one less job.

Ok, time to get moving.... gotta get the kids off to school in an hour or so, then head straight to my walk meeting place.


7.27 am and I've decided it would be silly of me to go walking when I feel so bad. So it's going to be another stay at home day for me.
Rather that than make myself sicker.

So glad I stayed home.  Russell called in for morning tea, so I got to spend some time with him.  
He caught me moving furniture!  Nothing he's not see before, lol.

Once he left, I got back to moving a few things in the bedrooms.

It's now 1.45 pm and all that's left to move is Brylee's bed into her 'new' room, then I can put my sewing desk and two trestle tables into the new work room and it's done!  Well, apart from titivating.  There's always some of that to do!

I took one double door shelving unit out of the 2nd sewing room and put it in the garage, yaaa.  More storage in there now, and less clutter in the 2nd sewing room.

Keera has heaps of space too...  poor kid, this will be her 3rd 'bedroom' since she moved here!
It's just what her Grandma DOES.  Ask any of my kids.  I move shit ALL. THE. TIME.  

WOW.  Like just... wow.  I am an unfit parent/person by the sound of it.  My mouth got me in trouble.. I dared to refer to MYSELF as a 'bitch' at school yesterday... yep, it just slipped out... now there's obviously been a big conflab and I've been waylaid on my way into school today to be spoken to by the principal! 

Seems my language and behaviour???  has been noted and is not acceptable at THEIR  SCHOOL.

Seems Keera has been using 'innapropriate' language at school too. 

And get this, Keera's  feelings are being damaged by my language and behaviour too ... BY THEIR ACCOUNT.  Hmmmm... I wonder who 'talked' to our child and elicited all this 'information' ???  *sigh*

AND EXCUSE ME, but this child has not been in our care EXCLUSIVELY over the course of her life.  I/we are not the only people who have had an influence on her language and behaviour!  Just saying.

Yes I can and do use 'bad' words like, every five bloody minutes I'm sure!  But one thing I know for sure, Keera is loved, cared for and not ABUSED in any way/shape or form.

I am so tempted to never take her back there.

Seriously trying not to cry right now.  I'm totally offended and upset.

So, after talking this over with Stew and Steve, I have drafted a letter to give to Keera's teacher and Principal tomorrow.
It outlines how I felt about being blindsided and given no warning that I was about to be spoken to in such a manner.

That was wrong.  I am entitled to appropriate notice and the chance to have a support person with me in this sort of instance at the very least.

Stew is absolutely furious and would love a chance to bring up all the aspects that were totally wrong with how they went about 'talking' to me today, but he is waiting to see if there is a response to my letter first.

It would be in their best interests to let it lie now!

So, bring on tomorrow!  I'm nervous, but I am not going to let them think they can accuse me of being a bad parent/person and get away with it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Well... after having a walk three days in a row, it's time for a rest.

And that is totally what I am going to do today.

What else can I yabber on about?

Not much!

'REST' will entail doing some housework and then some sewing.
I have totally finished 6 Christmas bags now, so will make a start on a few more today.  

I'm really enjoying making them.

The ladies at my Hamilton Patchwork group think the bags are lovely, and an excellent idea too.  Nice to get positive feedback from fellow sewers.  

Our new puppy is due to be born in about 6 more days!!!!!  I'm kinda excited, but not really looking forward to the 'puppy' phase to come!  Potty training... *sigh*

Right, I'm off to get the kids sorted and then to school, so I can come home and be a lazy tart.  *smiles*


I've woken up with the most horribly sore throat and a snotty nose.  Great.  I do believe I will be spending the morning (at least) in bed.  Hopefully I can get over it fast, there is no way I want to have a big halt to my walking schedule!

2.15 PM:  And my day has been blissfully lazy!  I told you I was feeling yuk, well some pain killers and a nap later and I'm feeling much better.

I can't believe how fast the day has gone, even while doing nothing!    In half an hour I am out to pick up kids from schools, then home to prepare dinner.

I'm just doing something easy with mince tonight, still not sure what though.

I spent a bit of time in the garage, working out where to put a puppy pen area, for when we get our puppy.  I think I've got it sussed out.

Also spent some time thinking about names.  As I don't know if I will be choosing a girl or boy puppy, I need to think of two names.

My mind really can't come up with much yet!
Forrest  and Tinker is it so far!  *sigh*
I suppose I will have to 'consult' with the family too.  

Right, enough mindless blitherings... I'm getting off the couch and moving.

The mince went back in the fridge and we had fish 'n' chips!  I just did not feel like cooking afterall.  All good, I didn't feel guilty at all.

The final of Master Chef is on tonight... 2.5 hours long!  Exciting!
Time to sign off.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Today is full.

After dropping the kids off at school, I am heading into Hamilton for Patchwork group at Donna's Quilt Studio.

I shall be working on Christmas Bags again.

As soon as that wraps up I will be coming back to Cambridge, grabbing a quick lunch, then I have a Doctor's appointment.

I want to talk to my Doctor about my shin splints, and see if she has any ideas on how to alleviate them.

That appointment should take me up to end of school, so I will be picking up the kids after that  and coming home.

THEN I will need to get dinner sorted for the family.

I won't be having any till after my walk.

Which is planned for 7 pm, and I am leading it again.  This walk has a bit of a hill in it, right at the start too.  I'm feeling more confident about hills now, even though I still hate them, I know I can do them.  Just slowly, one step at a time.

So, that's my day planned out till at least 8.30 pm.  It's not that often I have a day mapped out so much.  But its all good.

ABOVE:  Yesterday's walk photo.   We were giving a cheer to the cows that WERE NO LONGER in the paddock behind us.  We have to try and come up with a different photo for each walk we do... So the caption for this one was :

"To the missing cows by COWley... cheers!,
even though they ended up being steers!"

Robbie, the Shih Tzu/Spaniel cross LOVED his milk!  *smiles*

Right, outta here... stuff to get sorted before I head out the door in a couple of hours.


1.00 pm:  back from Hamilton... I had a lovely morning at Donna's Quilt Studio.  The class is fairly full, with a few new faces today too.
It's neat chatting with everyone and just sewing in like minded company.  

It's the most dismal day out there, so wet and cold.  I'm hoping like hell it clears up by 7 pm!

Off to the doctors soon...

4.20 pm:  Home finally.  The Doctor remarked on my weight loss like... immediately!  How cool is that.
All good there, she's very happy with my progress.  But damn!  I totally forgot to ask about the shin splints!  How dumb was that.
Oh well... it will have to wait till next time, IF they are still playing up.

Now... sort out dinner for the family before my walk.

Dinner tonight was corn and bacon fritters... Stew and I loved them.  Keera ate them as she had no choice... Brylee and Griffin?  Nah.  They didn't like them.  Can't win them all.

Tonight's walk was a bit longer than the 'norm' at around 5.8 kms.  We were so lucky, it didn't rain and it wasn't too cold either.

Though, now I'm home I'm freezing!

Snuggled up under my blankie, watching a little TV before bed.

Monday, August 14, 2017


So yesterday's photos stopped at the beach.  I have a couple more:

ABOVE:  a nice one of us.

 ABOVE:  I have a 'thing' for waves and water!  *smiles*

ABOVE: The Mount. One day, in the not too distant future, I fully intend walking up that freakin' thing.  I've only done it once before, when I was about 15 years old.

After walking on the beach we headed to Jacqui and Martyn's for lunch.

On our way there... we saw this:

ABOVE:  Been hunting... got pigs!  Brought back memories of when I was a little kid and my Dad went pig hunting.

So, we got to Jacqui and Martyn's, had a very nice lunch, then we all went for a walk on the wetlands.

ABOVE: They live up a really, really steep hill.  And I walked down it, and UP it again.  Sure, I got a bit puffed going up, but so did everyone else! 

 ABOVE:  Taken from the wetlands, looking back up towards their home.

 ABOVE: The two little girls walking ahead of us.
Really cute.

 ABOVE:  I saw a black dog in the water among all the ducks and was a bit worried...

ABOVE:  But he had no interest in the ducks at all... he was playing fetch with his tennis ball.  *smiles*

ABOVE:  Relaxing while the kids played in the playground.   We were so lucky with the weather!  It was forecast to rain.  Nope, no rain.

Now... I mentioned yesterday that MARTYN had a surprise for us.... WELL....

Martyn and Jacqui joined Jenny Craig about 6 months ago.  They both lost weight.
Jenny Craig were on the look out for a new person to front their advertising... and they chose:


He's lost 20+ kilos and looks AMAZING!

Jacqui has done exceptionally well too and looks fabulous.
Now when Jenny Craig adverts are on the TV, we will all see Martyn!  


PHEW... that's it for now!
I've got the usual sort of Monday ahead.
Kids to school

Walk at 10.30, then home to do some housework.

Catch ya later.


4.12 pm:  Hells bells, how did I forget to update all day?

So it's gone like this:

After dropping the kids at school I came home and did bugger all!
Then I went on the walk, which I was leading.  There ended up being 10 of us, a good number considering it started raining just as we set off.

I got a bit wet, but not too much.

The pace was fairly fast to begin with, but slowed down eventually, which was just as well as my shins played up.

After the walk a bunch of us went to a local coffee shop for a cuppa and bite to eat.  I had a date scone, which was very average.

Then I came home and did... bugger all!  I am knackered!

Come end of school time, I picked up the kids and came home.  
And prepared dinner.

ABOVE:  I'm trying a vege bake.  I've got it in the oven on about 180 degrees.  Hopefully it will be fully cooked in 2 hours or so.

Well... the vegetable bake was OK... but I wasn't too happy with how it had so much liquid in the bottom?  And I might have put too much egg in cos it was like an omelette with vegetables in it.  Weird, but edible.

Stew and the kids liked it, so all good I suppose.

Time to sign off... it's getting late and I'm still knackered.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Yesterday's mission was to  hang some net in the lounge, to give us some privacy from anyone standing outside, and to enhance the look from the outside.

The lounge looked dark from the outside, and the windows looked

 ABOVE:  The before photo was taken in the morning, the after in the early evening.
But you get the gist.

ABOVE:  Top photos BEFORE, bottom photos AFTER.  

Now when sitting in the lounge we don't feel like goldfish in a bowl.  *smiles*
I really like the net.

Last night's dinner was a rarity... no meat.
I'd like to do more dinners without meat, we have far too much meat in this house.

So... any ideas people? 

I have on my pathetic list:

- mock whitebait fritters
- macaroni cheese
- corn fritters
- baked potatoes
- omelettes with cheese/tomato/mushroom

Not much eh?

As a side note, we have tried stuffed aubergines and didn't really like them much.  That's the only other one I can think of.

Moving on... we are heading over to Tauranga/Mount Maunganui today.... just to have a nice outing for a few hours.
And it would be lovely to take a walk on the beach... if the weather is nice enough.

We are planning on having lunch with our dear friends Jacqui and Martyn too.  We love catching up with them.

So, that's it for now... catch ya later.


4.15 pm:  home from Tauranga/Mount Maunganui... we have had an awesome day!
I am going to go through the photos then post a few, and more tomorrow, as I took HEAPS.

Coco missed us, so much so, that she did her business AND pee'd all over the floor! She's in the sin bin (in the garage) musing on her misdemeanours now.  So frustrating, and so unnecessary, she has easy access outside and never does it inside usually.  Grrrr.

And before you ask, DOGS are not permitted on the beach at the Mount, therefore we could not take her with us.

Thank you for so many awesome non-meat meal ideas too... I am certainly going to be trying some of them.

RIGHT.... time for a few photos of our day:

ABOVE:  Heading up the Kaimai's, on the Waikato side... FOG.  No idea what the weather was going to be like on the other side.

ABOVE:  It was gorgeous!  Not that many people on the beach though.

 ABOVE:  A photo of a home with a very interesting facade.  I really like it.

ABOVE:  We headed onto the beach, and took a walk onto Moturiki Island, all the way to the end and back.  It's beautiful!

ABOVE:  Happy family snaps.  A nice lady took the one of all of us.  So nice to be included in some photos.

ABOVE:  On the island, looking back towards Mt Maunganui.

ABOVE:  Far north end of Mount Maunganui Beach, looking towards Moturiki Island.

ABOVE:  We couldn't have asked for better weather today.  Perfect for enjoying the beach.

Keera loved the beach and running around.

After our walk on the beach, we headed over to Jacqui and Martyn's, where we had a lovely lunch, then we all went for another walk on the wetlands, which are a short walk from their home.

I will save those photos for tomorrow... there is a little surprise from MARTYN tomorrow!  

And on that note, I'm outta here.  Got to do a few jobs ready for tomorrow.  I'm leading a walk with the Fat Bottomed Girls tomorrow.

40.24 kms walked this week