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Birthday Week – Its a big one

Everyone in our house has their birthday in this week of August.

Yes ok, that is a slight exaggeration but it certainly feels that way, and because of the number of birthdays we have in this week progress on projects can be a little slow.  This year, although less to attend to, was no exception.

Monday was my Step-mothers birthday.  Her and I have not always had the best relationship but in the past few years we have put all in the past and get on rather well.  I could not let the day go by with out popping in and am glad I did.  Out of the 5 of us surviving kids I am the only one who did.  In all fairness my beautiful sister in Perth rang and as its an 8 hour flight we did not expect to see her.  She came home last year for Di’s 60th and I miss her.  Our age gap is eighteen years so she is more like my favourite niece than my sister but her and my daughter Kayla are very close as they are only 3 years apart.   It’s Katy that I am doing Warm My Heart for. I digress.  So we went round and gave my non-drinking step mum a bottle of Baileys.  She very occasionally likes a tipple so we got her favourite 🙂  After a couple of wines with dad to celebrate for our Di we tottled home and it was definitely a non crafty night that ensued.

Tuesday and Wednesday were both a bit late due to work commitments and by the time dinner was done so was I. Tuesday is the mother of our two youngest birthday.  We don’t have to worry about that one.  Wednesday is a cousin and a friends birthday which I try to acknowledge but due to distance don’t visit.

Thursday was my darling husbands birthday.  I made him a special dinner of venison steaks with salad and he shot out to the local chippy and got chips and scallops.  This was all that he wanted 🙂 His after dinner surprise was a bit of a disaster.  I had gotten him a bit of cream filled lammington cake for dessert and hidden it in the car.  He threw his bag in the back and smooshed it.  I had to plump it up to put candles in it and due to the smooshing they tended to all lean in different directions like little miniature leaning tower of Pisa’s all aflame and sliding off the cream.  He was happy though and just stoked that he got a birthday cake regardless of how flat. No crafting this night.

Friday is my darling Kayla’s birthday.  As she’s in Missouri we were not doing our normal birthday dinner.  I sent her a card that depicted a scene from Monty Pythons A Holy Grail, the one with the black knight sword fight, and filled it full of confetti before sealing it.  Apparently it all wound up in her lunch and I am a bad person for laughing.  I also sent some Whittakers Berry & Biscuit which she refused to share.  I also sent her a picture of the new frame on her angel that I posted last week.  She tells me its beautiful.  Friday is also the birthday of one of my favourite people but she lives in England so had to settle for FaceBook messaging and noticing that her card hadn’t rocked up yet.  Learnt last week that if you put anything in a card now it is classed as a parcel so it cost me $13 to send a card and a mud mask ~sigh~ The postal service complain that nobody uses them anymore but the cost is ridiculous.  I had to swing by the supermarket that night and didn’t get home till late.  By the time dinner was cooked I was knackered.  It was a really really really long work week and I was remarkably well broken due to a hell PT so it was wine and couch time.

Saturday dawned bright and cheery.  Ralph had to work so he was up and off on the V Rod.  You could really feel summer coming that day.  I had all the doors and windows open and the radio blarring while I washed all the bed linen and did all the chores.  Finished them up around lunchtime and climbed into the stencil art that I started last Saturday.  I finished it up around 4ish and am not 100% happy with the fabric choice that I have made.  I feel it all gets lost a little and have decided that the waterlillies need to be either a red or orange colour.  I will keep a lookout for some that I like then change that bit later.  Meanwhile here she is


I then stitched Warm My Heart for a bit, cooked a Prawn Curry for dinner, then stitched a whole heap more as it was Bledisloe Cup night and as it was in Sydney didn’t start until 10pm.  Was well worth watching as we gave the Australians a recording breaking spanking.  Made for a jolly late night though as it was 12.30 before bed.  When you get up at 5am every weekday this is a long haul.

Sunday dawned beautiful and we promptly slept in.  Why not.  Its Sunday and we work hard.  After chores etc I got hungry so we went out for birthday Tapa’s.  Ralph had bought himself a Grab One voucher during the week so off we went.  Food was mostly average but we had fun and I would go back


Discovered I love Halloumi with Honey and the Coconut Prawns with Red Curry Sauce were delicious.

After lunch we went for a walk on the beach.  I need shells and stuff for a present for my brother and his family at Christmas so we wandered along and found some then sat on the beach being beach people for a bit.  If anyone’s wondering, the water is still freaking cold! I put one foot in then promptly took it right back out.

The rest of the afternoon was stitching watching Blade and Blade 2 (I have a horror movie fetish) and evening TV stuff.  Got to love a lazy Sunday afternoon.  I forgot to get a photo so will take one tonight and edit it in tomorrow.

Added 24/08/2016 – Better late than never 🙂 Here is the photo


Our Sunday birthday was a niece.  Saturday did not have one.  Today, Monday, is our middle daughters birthday but she is in Stratford at school so will celebrate when she comes up. It is also the birthday of one of my husbands best friends.  Tuesday is our ex son in laws who we still see a bit as he is a lovely guy and it all ended amicably.  These 8 days always wreck us a bit financially but they are all people that we love.  Family means everything so it doesn’t matter 🙂 Although we are usually are very over cake by the end of it :0)

This week is looking like it will be a wet one so cross fingers, it should be a good crafty one 🙂

Take care everyone xxx




Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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