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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MOTHERS DAY

I WAS SPOILT

Mother’s Day has been and gone.  Our Daughter had to work in the morning and also the night, knowing this, she had made me some Gluten Free Pancakes on Saturday night for me to wake up to for breakfast.  They were yummy.

When she came home from work at mid day, she gave me a beautiful vintage card, a pair of cat PJ’s and a sterling silver crystal necklace and earings.  Way way too much, I was spoilt rotten.

Colin and I went out to the Cemetery to see Mummy Dearest, I took a photo of her plaque to send to my Sis in Australia.

Then we went to a new Cafe in town for a coffee. 

Today I have finally finished re-vamping an old chair I was kindly given by a dear friend a few months ago.  It was a shame to paint the wood, but the seat of the chair was a bit poked, so I decided to spray it a lovely baby blue colour, then rub it back in a few places to give it that distressed look.

After a terrible day at work today, I was at least happy that I finished this and I like it a lot.  :)

The chair is very old and has come from a Dunedin Presbyterian Church.  Lucky me.

At least it has a new life now and will once again be used.  I think I will give it to our Daughter for her birthday in a couple of weeks, as she liked it too.

BEFORE & AFTER photos below

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CRUTCHING TIME

SUNDAY IS NOT SLEEP TIME, IT IS SHEEP TIME

Colin and I have just been outside rounding up our sheep to do the crutching…a job we have been putting off.  The sheep went into the yards well this time without chasing them around the paddock.:)

Some of our girls fight like anything when we have to tip them over to get rid of the dags.  I even learnt to grab three of them myself and drag them out to give a haircut around their bums.  Man some of them kick like anything.

 A job done before I start work at Kmart late this afternoon.:) It will be good for our compost.

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A special hello to our Niece Gina in New Plymouth, xxx

For Sale : Ride on Lawn Mower, going sheep, hardly used. ha ha

Ride on lawn mover, $300, barely used, good condition

 

LOOKING FOR A GOOD YARN

CHIT CHAT 

Finally I have time to add an entry on Word Press and to read a couple of fellow bloggers posts.:)

It has been really hectic over the last few weeks, along with cooking at my work during the day, I have also worked the odd night at Kmart too to help them out.  I have also had a few nights out during the week nights….nothing exciting, just meetings and mundane stuff.😦

I worked my day job yesterday for 6.5 hours then went on to Kmart to do the 4pm till midnight shift, yaaaawn.   I had 15 mins to drive there and get changed into my uniform.

I received a text from them early in the morning pleading to work as they were so short staffed.  I didn’t really want to as it is so hard working 14.5 hours basically in a row, but…..Colin and I really need a holiday sometime, a decent one.

The money I work extra is going to mostly get put away for us for the holiday. I do like the staff at Kmart and the place, it is hard work though.

 Now that Colin has finished his chemotherapy medication, along with his Oncologist’s recommendation he should be able to go overseas.  My plan, if possible, is to maybe go back to Bali next year sometime, and maybe Kuala Lumpur again.

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It has been about 7 years since we went there, that is when I started getting sick with bowel problems.  It was on our 20th Wedding Anniversary over there.  I put it down to eating too much rice at the time until we arrived home😛

We love Bali – the country and the Balinese.  They have nothing but are always happy, so so friendly and such a beautiful country.

I already have been asked to work at Kmart tomorrow night, I said yes to that as we have Monday off work for Anzac Day….’Lest we forget’ .   I will have a lie in on Monday morning, then will go to a Service at 11am rather than Dawn Service at 6am.

Today it has been cold and rainy off and on.  My Harriers Club were guests of another Dunedin Club today.  I was asked to take the ‘Fast Pack’ of Walkers as our Walking Leader is out of town for the long weekend.  It was nice to take ten faster walkers with me, we paced well up the hills, then around the inlet of the harbour.  We only walked for 1 and a 1/2 hours, but the pace was quick.  Our heart rates were working.  It was nice to have a natter with the others in my group.  I asked a few quiz questions of the local history of the area/suburb we walked in.  It wasn’t planned at all, but it got us all chatting more, interesting stuff. I think it went down well.

We went back to the other Club’s clubrooms for afternoon tea. We were very lucky that we missed the rain and stayed dry.  The clouds now look like they are going to shit themselves (ha ha)…black as anything.  At least the rain will fill our water tanks up:)

I took a raffle at their club to support them for their fundraising. To my surprise I won one of the six prizes, my number was the second one drawn out.  :) We were allowed to pick the prize.  I was going to be a guts and think of myself and pick the cake of chocolate but then noticed some lovely big pork chops, a large tray of them.  Colin loves chops and we hardly ever have pork ones as they are expensive.  Personally I mainly eat chicken or fish and wouldn’t thank you for a big steak or chop but he would pick meat anytime.  I made the right choice to surprise him..tomorrow night I think he may be having a good feed.:)  

I hardly ever win anything so was delighted and thanked the host club on my way out the door.  

I was pleased that my walk went well too.  All in all a busy day, but a good one.  Think I will sleep well tonight.  I am off to finished restoring my vintage  pram now for the young lass to put her  baby doll in that she purchased a short while ago.  It is a collectors doll and very life-like.

 I will most likely let her keep the pram, I think it is from the 1950’s, I had always wanted one and brought it from a second hand shop about six years ago. Finally I had a reason to hurry up and do it up.  It looks good with a lick of paint and sanding and re coating the frame,I’m  just finishing putting the pom pom trim around the hood of it.

The picture below is not my one, but it is the same sort.

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remember-anzac

Last but not least, here is a little bit of history about Anzac Day:

 

Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.

Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians. To this day, Australia also marks the events of 25 April. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a sixth of those who served on Gallipoli.

It may have led to a military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand had a role as a distinct nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition and ritual befitting a military funeral.  

On Monday, let us also remember those Soldiers that survived and their families that are still are affected by this war.

LEST WE FORGET

 

 

CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU AFTER ALL!

INFORMATION FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS LIKE MYSELF

Hi all, gee the days and weeks are flying by.  I still haven’t told you anything about our road trip up to the top of the South Island for the VW Nationals at Easter time.  Then travelling down the West Coast of New Zealand home to Dunedin.  I have lots of photos too, Colin and I haven’t had the time to even view any of them yet.   …promise I will get to them soon.

My Harriers Athletics Club has now started for the season, it was opening day last Saturday.  I went for a fast walk with the Fast Pack of walkers today, it was breezy but warm. It was nice company.

Tomorrow, my friend Tom and I are competing in a walking race, it is called the ‘Three Peaks’.  It is a  little over 15 kms, hilly and off road.  I hope my Marathon experience recently may help?

I did the Three Peaks last year by myself for the first time, it nearly killed me:), very steep, muddy and slippery in parts.

 This year the organisers have reversed the route, starting at the finish line at 830am tomorrow morning, therefore I have no idea what it will be like….maybe steeper in parts?  Will find out soon enough.  I have been sorting out my gear to take. I need to get out of bed super early.

I have just  been reading the newspaper about food, a New Zealand Celebrity Chef has added a story and some recipes.  This is part of what he says:

Chocolate – I like to think of it as a health food.  I certainly feel better after having a little and, as is so often said, it does come from a plant, so if you have enough of it must surely qualify as a salad!

I have to say that I must agree with his knowledge,…he is a foodie after all.  :)

Will post again soon along with some photos.

Hi to my little Sister Brenda in Australia and to my two Polish friends, Beata and Jacek living and studying in Denmark. xxx

 

DOG – TIRED

TIRED, BUT HAPPY

It is Sunday night, but feels like a Saturday night to me.  My days and nights are jumbled up this week.   I am not sure if I am Marther or Arthur, ha ha.

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I did my usual stink of Monday to Friday cooking for the Children at work this week, but also was asked by Kmart to work on Friday night as they were short staffed.
I was very happy to receive their call, as I hadn’t heard from them for around seven weeks. We are going away  weekend to Nelson with a few members in our Volkswagon Club sometime …. therefore the extra money will come in handy to pay for the petrol costs.

As it turned out, I was just about to finish for the night on Friday when the Assistant Manager asked me to work again last night.  I couldn’t say no, I wanted to help them even if I was dog – tired.  I was also thinking of more money to help with the costs of us being away for six days, as it is going to be an expensive few days.

On Friday I worked 6.5 hours at my cooking job, finishing at 330pm, I quickly got changed into my uniform and  tried to find a park near Kmart to start. I worked there from  4pm until midnight!…I worked 14 hours straight😛  Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn

Yesterday I did the same at Kmart, getting to bed at 2am again, I then had to get up today to Volunteer at The Hospice on my usual shift cleaning for them.  I didn’t want to let them down, so dragged myself out of bed at 730 am.  I am feeling it now, yaaaaaaawn again. I am pooped.

It was nice at The Hospice today, chatting to two lovely ladies and a nice man, the others were sleepy when I cleaned their rooms.  I love helping them out there and just being there. 

When I left I quickly drove down the road to my 84 year old friend, she has a sore leg after getting a lesion cut out last week.  She had left a message on our answerphone saying she had to have ten stitches.  I think I made her day arriving with a bunch of cheerful flowers.  She understood I couldn’t stay much more than 45 mins. She is a dear wee soul with a whacky sense of humour.  I love how she always says ‘ that’s cool’ or ‘mate’ to Colin. 

This afternoon I spent a few hours stripping some paint off an old duchess I brought  and started a few weeks back.  I brought it for our Daughter, but she doesn’t like it, so I think I will do it for myself.  Maybe she will change her mind when I am finished?  We will see.

Kmart rang and asked me to work again tonight, I couldn’t and had to say no.  Tomorrow we have a special day off work, ‘Otago Anniversary Day’, yay, that is great, I will catch up a little and sleep in until at least 9am.  

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It has been very muggy in Dunedin today, not really sunny as such, just hot.  Even the dogs and our cats have been feeling it.  I won’t be having many blankets on the bed tonight, that’s for sure.

The photo below is Chevy and Bailey, looking grumpy. The photos above are Chevy lying down in front of the fire last winter with her mate, Turbo, our cat we were baby sitting, or is that cat sitting?  Anyway, he has stayed and stayed, now he is ours.  We love Turbo, he loves it living here too with lots of company: dogs, sheep, piggy, cows and lots of long grass in our paddocks to catch mice.  

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Looking forward to a lie in. 

 

 

FIRST MARATHON

I COMPLETED MY FIRST MARATHON = YAY

Hello, finally!

I planned to do this post a week ago but have been busy attending nice courses, meetings etc, and just being too lazy/tired.😉

I can now tell you my good news. 

Last Friday morning we went to Wanaka and  Queenstown in Central Otago for 3 nights. It took us 4 hours to drive there. 

On Saturday it was also my birthday. I actually spent most of it by myself, ha ha, doing a Dream Goal I wanted to achieve before I turned 50.  I wanted to compete in a Marathon (42.2kms) and to finish it. 
It was a hard Marathon to enter as it is off road event, (I am a road/street walker) .  It had mountains to climb, creeks to go thru and rivers 😕.   Different terrains, gravel, dirt, grass, stones, tussocks etc.   
I have been trying to train for months doing some track off road walks up hills, but when I was made redundant from my job in October it thru things out.  I had to concentrate on getting a job then, so had less time available to train.  But I did what I could.
I had heard about my Marathon ‘Motatapu’ starting in Wanaka to Arrowtown, reaching a height of almost 900 metres at the 27km mark.  It is breathtaking scenery that you wouldn’t believe.
I found out when I paid for it last year that it was going to be on my Birthday day, so I thought it was a ‘sign’ that I had to enter…and I did…and I completed it, = yay.  I am so so happy. A week later today and I am still smiling on the inside.:)  My lucky number is 5, and my Race Number that I had to wore had three of them on it.:)
I was so determined to do it, if my body stood up to it I had the will not to give up. As you know I have bowel problems/issues and have low blood pressure, so was worried.
 It was extremely hard, I did quicker than I ever expected, 6 hrs and 29 mins to  complete it walking as fast as I could. The river crossings towards the end were almost up to my shorts, deep in parts.   I also came in ahead of many runners.  Good for them doing it and also the cyclists in the Mountain bike section.
I turned 49 on Saturday,  therefore I had another year up my sleeve incase I failed before I turned 50. …I didn’t need to worry afterall.   
Before I turned 40, I wanted to RUN a half marathon – 21 kms, I did that at 38 years old and then again at 39 and was pleased with that.
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 I kept is quiet from everyone as I was nervous, so didn’t want people reminding me about it.  ha ha.  Now I can tell everyone in the world….I did it!!!!  Did I tell you I am happy?
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I was a bit sore and stiff for the two days after but not as bad as I thought I would be. I had wet feet for 80% of the time from the 30 lots of water crossings, to my shock I didn’t get blisters or sore feet.  I am all ok now, but  I still feel tired a week later.
I felt very privileged to be walking through such beautiful scenery in Central Otago, especially that the owners kindly let the public on to their properties to do this event once a year.  One of the land owners is Shania Twain. 
New Zealand is so beautiful, we are very lucky.
Colin and I didn’t go out for Dinner that night to celebrate my Birthday and me crossing that finish line as it was getting late when we got back to our motel in Queenstown.  We spent another night in Queenstown and went out the next night.  
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Before we left our Daughter made me a very tasty chocolate Gluten Free Birthday Cake, I was surprised and chuffed.  
Colin and I did a few things in Queenstown, I will tell you later.
Today was nice and sunny, so I went on a 10 km walk with my Harriers friends out Brighton, once again I wore my Harriers Top/Uniform with pride.   
I am finishing this post off with a nice wall I have just spotted on the net. It is in a shower of course, beautiful.
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