MILD WINTER

WINDY FATHER’S DAY

Geez it is so windy today and cold.  I have been busy already and it is only midday.   I woke up with a rotten head cold yesterday and sore throat and feel a little lousy.  I still got out of bed early and made Colin breakfast in bed for Father’s Day, as our Daughter is at work.  Then I mowed the lawns, they took so much longer due to the state they were in and not being done for weeks over winter.  Then I picked up some cow poo from the paddocks for my friend, Tom’s compost heap.  Man it is heavy in the sacks I collected for him.  Our two cows were playing games with me and running around and trying to eat the sacks.  Little shits.  

Time to thaw out inside and have a coffee.  Our Daughter should be home soon to give her Dad a gift I know she has got for him.  

Yesterday Colin went to a Bee Keeping course for the afternoon, to learn more about bees and us having a hive.  He said it was really interesting. They have the second part of the course in a couple of weeks, that will be the practical side of it.  Our bees haven’t been coming out much lately due to the cold.   They are wise.🙂

Yesterday while Colin was at the course I went to Harriers.  We had to take another plate of food for afternoon tea.  Lots of people take sweet cakes and really unhealthy stuff…people love it and gobble it up but I decided to make a healthy option, I made energy balls.  And I made them Gluten Free as I always miss out.  Sometimes if we have an afternoon tea I take fruit.   Last weeks sandwiches were a favourite, not everyone likes sweet food and prefer savoury.  Oh I still hate having Coeliac Disease. 

My Brother came as a visitor for the first time to my Club, he went for a run in the wind with the Medium Pack of runners.  He enjoyed it and managed ok, he pulled his hip out this week, so took it easier.  

He wants to join my Athletics Club, maybe next year.  He is Coeliac too, so I grabbed  him two of my Date and Citrus energy balls to eat before they were all gone.  I must say they were tasty.  I managed to take a photo before I left home.  

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Below is a photo of Turbo, our adopted cat, taken recently.  He is so big & heavy now…and so cute.

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This photo is a hat I found on a website, I really would like to buy one or get a pattern to knit it.

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Have a good week everyone,D

FUN WEEKEND

YAWN, I NEED A NANA NAP 

Hi all, what a busy weekend, yesterday I had our Harrier’s Athletics Club Saturday afternoon walk, we walked a lot of hills, and through the Dunedin Botanical Gardens.  I think we walked around ten kms.  It was a warm winters day.  We then catered for another Harriers Club for afternoon tea. We all had to bring a plate of food. I made a huge plate of ham and egg sandwiches.  By the time us Walkers returned they were gone :O   I was told they tasted nice.

This time I didn’t want to watch everyone eat yummy afternoon tea, so I made myself two special sandwiches and took them along all wrapped up with my name on them.  I found some lovely Gluten Free bread at the supermarket in the morning, it is Tumeric bread. It is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo.  It’s very soft, tasty and such a pretty bright colour.  I was relieved so see they were still on the table …no one had touched them.  Another Club member who also has Coeliac Disease was standing there feeling out of sorts watching everyone eat, so I did the right thing and offered him one.  He was very very happy and appreciated my gesture.  His was gobbled up before I unwrapped my one😛  It was a good day, I was given a surprise cup/trophy at the afternoon tea also for my ‘out of town race’ a couple of weeks ago. Normally the whole club goes up to Alexandra and does a 10km walk or run.  Only a few went this year. 

I was the only Walker who attended.  The same lad I gave a GF sandwich too won a cup for the 1st  member from our club to be finished , for running it.   And I got a cup for being the 1st Walker from our club to finish.  Funny I was the only Walker that went up, but I was still so so chuffed and surprised.  And excited as I didn’t know that a Walkers Club even existed for this event. I was gobsmacked.🙂

Then today I did a Fun run and walk, my Brother did the 10km run, and I entered the 5km walk.  I did my two laps, finished and then supported my Brother and run one of his final four laps with him.  He was tired, but did well as he has had the flu.  This fun event today is in preparation for a Half and Full Marathon that is coming up in two weeks time.  It is run annually by my club.  Last year Colin and I marshaled for it in the cold.  I decided two weeks ago to walk it this year = 21kms.  Steven is going to run it.   I haven’t had much time to practice with my new job and working longer hours.  I will have to try to find time, somehow in the next couple of weeks.

The good part of today, apart from the practise was that I was the 1st Walker home, by a long long way to the 2nd person. I was shocked.  No times are taken and no names as it is a practise and fun event, but I am still very happy .  ;) It was nice to see my Brother too as we have been out of contact for a couple of years.  

I took a photo of some of us walking yesterday and my sandwiches as they looked so pretty.  I think I will be in bed early tonight. 

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NO BLOGGING

NO TIME😦

Hi everyone, it has been a long time since I did a post. I have been reading others from time to time , but not able to do a post myself.

It is not from a lack of not wanting to write something or from a lack of having nothing to write about, quite the opposite really.

Lots has been happening, both good🙂 and bad😦

I have managed to do a bit of crocheting, I am still making the Peggy Square blanket for our Daughter, I started it before Christmas for her Birthday in May.  I forgot how many squares you need.  It is probably about three quarters done. Maybe she will get it next birthday😛

I have a new job, I had to resign from the other one, I loved the children I was cooking for but the staff/teachers were not very friendly.  I was working so hard, there was way too much work for one person to do and I was physically running all day.   I really was treated like a slave and ignored.  I managed to hold on to the job for 7 months, the ‘Cooks’ job  I thought I had applied for ended up being about 20% of my work day.   The rest was laundry, cleaning and dishes.😦

Anyway my new job is great…I will tell you more later.  I am now working full time, and working with lovely staff.🙂  I am tired though, using my wee brain a lot.

Also I have to tell you… my Karman Ghia is almost ready to drive🙂   Colin has just taken it in to get certified =🙂  After only a couple of minor things to fix, it has passed.  He and I are very happy.  They are very thorough at Certification.  They check and test everything.  They get all the welding checked/tested and every new or modified thing checked with a fine tooth. I guess they have to when you improve or renew or modify a car. It is all about safety.  Colin has done a great job.  I can’t wait to get in it and drive it.  All that needs to happen now is the carpet and the door panels put on.  Colin even upholstered them himself.  I am so lucky.  

On a unhappy note, Colin’s Brother died last week of cancer😦  He was only 54.  It is so unfair.  He was operated on prior to Christmas, it was in one lung and two ribs.   The ribs were removed and part of one lung.   He recovered well, but then started breathing badly again and being sore, the doctors thought they got it all.   Only a few weeks later he was told it was in more ribs and throughout his bones??  We can’t understand why it spread so fast, or was it not picked up at the operation?  A couple of months ago he was given 2-3 months to live. I think he got about 2 and a half of those months.  It is so unfair.  He stipulated he didn’t want to have a funeral, we have to respect that, but it seems hard to accept he has died or to try to put closure on him not being here.  I guess time will help and we do hope to get his ashes soon so we can scatter them somewhere nice. 

It was a bad week, our Daughter was in a car accident on Wednesday of the same week😦  Someone hit her car on the passengers side, he never saw her.   Lucky that it wasn’t her Drivers side and lucky she is unhurt as the car is a mess.  She has saved for over 2 years for this wee car on a low wage.  It is such a pain having to get it fixed at the Panel Beaters through his insurance, (we are still waiting to hear if it is able to be fixed).  And also the inconvenience of being without a car for weeks. We are all sharing cars at the moment so she is able to get to work each day.

I said to Colin, ….it must be someone else’s turn to have bad luck.   We honestly have had about 12 or so years of it.  It should be the bad awful people in the world that have the grief we what we have experienced.  Surely… more good times in life is yet to come.  Really it makes you think and appreciate the good times, and the things we do do and have or own,. compared to those that are poor, under nourished and without a home.  

I am volunteering at The Hospice on Sunday again, therefore I plan on making someone that needs a lift to have a smile.  I love chatting to the patients while I am working and cleaning their rooms.  :) They seem to enjoy talking too :))

That’s it from me at the moment.  I hope all my favourite bloggers and followers keep on keeping on too and smiling.  

Donna

BEFORE AND AFTER

NEW LIFE

Wow what a cold day in wintery Dunedin.  

This morning I volunteered at The Hospice for a few hours.  I chatted to a really nice patient who was not much older than myself. We had lots in common, I think she enjoyed our talk.  It certainly made me feel good helping out there and making someone smile.

I arrived home to find Colin working on my VW, he was wrapped up really warm in the garage.  It won’t be too long now before the car is finished =🙂

Have a look at my next project that I have just finished. I brought this duchess (set of drawers) from a recycled store some time back for $30.  

BEFORE:

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It was an oldie, one that use to have a curtain around the front.

That is the reason for the big top on it and overhang at the front and sides.  It was quite ugly but I could see the potential and that it could go from an ugly duckling to a swan again. 

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I started it a while back but with work and general busyness I hadn’t had much time to complete it.  A few weekends ago I got stuck in. I stripped all of the paint off with a heat gun and then sanded it.  I was told it was rimu, it turns out that only the drawers were on the inside.  It is pine, therefore I decided I would paint it.

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I had brought some handles from a Nelson market when we were up there at Easter with our VW Club.  That tells you how long the project has been going.   The handles are from India. I decided to distress the cream paint as the pine already had knocks and dents on some parts.  Then I painted only one drawer a different colour.

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Time for the curtain, I picked up some lovely vintage inspired fabric from Spotlight and sewed the curtain up.  I will have it pulled back all the time, I just wanted a curtain for the prettiness rather than using it.  I am pleased with the way it turned out. Actually I wouldn’t mind a skirt in this fabric. ha ha

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Colin’s younger Brother has come over from Brisbane, Australia to see Grant, the older Brother with cancer.  We still haven’t seen him yet, he has been in Dunedin for 5 days now.  I bet he is freezing cold.  Grant will be so happy to see him.  

That’s it from me.  It is too cold in the office.  Our two dogs are very wise and are sitting in front of the fire.  Have a good week coming up.

Donna

 

POLAR PLUNGE

SHIVER ME BRITCHES

Hi all fellow bloggers and readers.  Sorry I haven’t written a post for ages.  Life has been so so busy, a lot has been happening, both good and bad.  

Last weekend I braved the cold and did the Dunedin Polar Plunge, shit it was cold.  The morning was so drizzly, non stop rain and freezing cold.  I woke up and found out that the event started at mid day, later than I thought…so I decided to do it.  I hadn’t done the annual dip in the St Clair Beach for around 3 or 4 years, so decided I needed to get my butt down there.  

For some reason, I could not talk Colin in to doing it with me.  He is a chicken🙂   Actually the last time I did it was in a Chicken Suit, the time before I was a Hill Billy in dungarees and the first time was in a bikini.  

Buggar the bikini this time, I jumped in with my sports shorts, singlet and even my pink shoes on.  I stayed in the longest ever, it was so fun. The waves were really strong and the weather really rough. I put my head under a few times.  It was such a good and fun atmosphere with lots of people dressing up.

The volunteer Firemen sprayed some warm water on us when we completed our dip.   Colin said I was mad, he is right…madness runs in my families genes.  Call me MADonna😛

There is a small video at the bottom that was on the local newspaper website.  I was certainly in pink alright, very bright. 

The photo of the sunset I took tonight at 5pm as it was getting dark.  Taken from our house looking towards Saddle Hill.  I dislike winter so much.  

Colin’s Brother has been unwell, he now has cancer too.  He was given only 2 – 3 months to live about 2 months ago😦  He is only 53 years old.  He is going down hill fast, he has agreed he may go in to the Hospice for a little stay.  We hope he does as it is such a lovely place, it is where I do my volunteer work.  The cancer has now spread from his lungs and ribs into his bones.   It is so so unfair and hard for us all, especially when he has told us he doesn’t want to die. It hasn’t sunk in with us. 

We do have to do spur of the moment things and push ourselves to live for the day even when some days are difficult.  Do fun things and try new things…oh and also eat lots of chocolate. 

I will share a quote/verse I found that I like also. 

If you live on my side of the world and it is winter, keep warm. 

Donna

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DRIFTWOOD FROM NELSON

DRIFTWOOD OUTDOOR MOBILE

Yay, it is finally finished🙂

I collected this driftwood off the beach in Nelson at Easter time when Colin and I were up there at the VW Nationals. 

I had the idea in my head of making a wind mobile thingie out of driftwood.

I drilled all of the holes by myself🙂, threaded the rope thru them, layering the pieces of wood from smallest to largest.  It then sat on the floor in the garage for about two weeks until the rain stopped.  The weather has been dreadful.

Finally yesterday after a 10km walk with my Harriers Club I got Colin to help me hang it off our upstairs bedroom balcony.  It now can be seen from our lounge sliding doors.  

It turned out just like I imagined.  It is nice and chunky, not at all delicate.

Hopefully our two dogs won’t be able to jump up to play with it. 

I have just taken a photo also of our stone pillars on our house made out of local rock (from the Blackhead Quarries down the road).   I love them.   We have six of them on our house, and also a large stone fireplace and hearth.   The stonemasons were fascinating to watch putting it all together.  What an amazing trade to know.  They made a great job. I love the solid form of the natural stone.  And it also gives our house that we built a bit of character.

I haven’t been able to post any blogs much lately, it has been all too busy and chaotic.  Talk later though, I hope things settle down a bit for us.   I must run and pull some knee high weeds out of the garden and check our bees in our hive.  

Ta ta

Donna

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LOVE

DAUGHTER

It was our Daughter’s 22nd Birthday yesterday.  I can’t believe she has grown up that fast.  

It was a cold, wet and windy day, winter is certainly here now😦 Today is no better, it feels like snow in the air and is raining non stop since we woke up this morning.

Colin and I brought our girl a pretty duvet cover for her bed, it came over from the UK after she picked it online.  It is baby blue in colour, it has a vintage floral pattern on it. We also gave her a dress ring with a large pink stone.    I also made her a sterling silver ring at my night class I recently finished.  It is a plain – ish band with texture on it. I hit it after soldering the join up with a special hammer to give it a distressed appearance.  The young girl likes both rings a lot. She also got a few other bits and pieces and also a Gluten Free Icecream Cake that she has wanted for years.  They are normally made for young children…:)  

 I’m not allowed to mention our Daughter’s name on my blog as it is an unique  name and she does not want to be recognized.  I respect her wishes.

I love our Daughter so much, we only have one child, I wouldn’t change anything at all about that as it was our wish to have one.  It is a shame that society puts a lot of pressure on people to have at least two children and a lot of people automatically think an only child is a spoilt child….that is not true.  
My Sister-in-law never wanted children at all, she likes other people’s children but is not maternal.  Society doesn’t accept that either, some narrow minded people think they are selfish people by being childless.  

My opinion is that you should only have children if you really want them, do what you want in anything you do in your life, not what others tell you to do. 

Our Daughter is a kind, caring, shy, honest girl.  She works hard in her job as a Caregiver and only gets a low wage.   She has a lot of time for the people she cares for, some are elderly, some have disabilities or illness’s, some are stroke and cancer victims.  Some of her clients have mental health issues or are blind.  She often goes out of her way to help them and they obviously enjoy her company while helping them with day to day things.  

I am sure the love she has for animals too shows her caring nature.  She loves to rescue animals, especially her two dogs and our three cats, two of them belonged to family members unable to take care of them. 

Yes, sometimes we argue, sometimes she dislikes me and sometimes we don’t talk much, we are not always on the same page …so to speak.  She always says that she will look after her Dad and I when we get old…ha ha…I don’t want her to wipe my bum, but that is nice to know. 

Our Daughter has had to go through a lot these last ten or so years, she didn’t enjoy High School. She has had to deal with both parents having illness’s and life threatening illness’s, operations and long hospital stays.  She has watched all of her Grandparents dying of cancer and diabetes.  I guess this has made her have such an empathy for the underdog and those in need whether that is people or animals.  She, like us hates neglect and cruelty to animals and people.

She has recently become a vegetarian as she loves animals so much and doesn’t want to eat them.  We have to be careful in what she eats to make sure she gets her nutrients as she has Coeliac Disease like me and all of our other family members.

I so wish that she has lots and lots of happy times ahead of her and that she fulfills her dreams as she deserves so much.  She would one day make a great Mother herself and wife.  

I am very proud of our Daughter.  She is #1

The photo below is of our Border Collie – Deefa that was put to sleep a couple of years ago. He swallowed a piece of fencing wire that was unable to be retrieved from near his lungs during an operation. He was such a lovely natured dog.  This photo of him was sent into to the Dunedin Museum last year to go up on a photo board/exhibiton of Cats and Dogs.  His photo was chosen to be part of the display.  

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