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Some weeks are so busy they just disappear :)

Wow last week was busy.  Short staffed for 3 days so I had to step into the breach and also do my own job :).  Still managed to get to the gym a couple of times and got in a couple of runs.  Its only 4 weeks till the city to surf so I really need to get that run time up.  Didn’t leave much time for crafting during the week but then some weeks are just like that, and this coming one is not going to be much better lol 🙂

Friday was an interesting day.  It was charity day in town I think.  before lunch we had a visit from the girls for Daffodil Day (Cancer society) so we bought a couple of bunches for the front counter.  Then we had a visit from a rather scary looking young Maori man.  All intense face, black sweatshirt with hood up and un-groomed hairy faced. He tells us that he has had a death in the family and is raising funds for his family to travel to Taranaki by selling flax flowers that his mum makes.  They were beautiful and I am such a sucker for a sob story, especially when someone is trying to help themselves and not just asking for a handout, that I bought a couple.  Truth be told I would have bought them even if they were not beautiful just because he wasn’t just asking for a handout. He gave me the most beautiful smile 🙂 Proves once again that you should never judge by first appearances really doesn’t it.  I now am itching to learn how to make them! They truly are beautiful.

Usually I stitch or knit or a Friday night but this week my husband and I decided to go downstairs and played pool for a couple of hours.  I managed to beat him one game, a feat that has only been seen once before.  He knew he was going to be working all day Saturday so it was nice to hang out together for a bit 😀

My excitement for the frame for my brother knew no bounds.  By Monday I had the photo printed and a selection of shells, picked out the frame and had selected the board which was being cut out.  Thursday it was all picked and awaiting the weekend.  Saturday dawned bright and clear and I leapt out of bed as it was the Papamoa Half Marathon and my daughter-in-law was running in it.  As it runs straight past my front door I got changed into my running gear so I could go for my run straight after I have cheered her on, made a coffee and climbed into the frame.

I few burnt hot glue gun fingers later we have a result that I am rather pleased with.  I have it sitting in my lounge currently just in case some of the bits fall off and need reattaching.  Can’t think of anything worse than giving a gift with all the bits lying at the bottom of the frame hahaha.


The cheering of my daughter-in-law did not go according to plan as she apparently canned the big one and just did the 10km run instead.  She thought she had told me but oops.  I was quite relieved really as I was out there for over an hour encouraging the runners on and hadn’t seen her.  Thought I was the worst mother-in-law in the world as I hadn’t recognised by own daughter-in-law!  Went for my own run when it became obvious that I had either missed her or she hadn’t run and was running against the marathon.  This lead to a few laughs with the remaining runners as they jokingly pointed out the direction that the marathon was going 😀

I did manage to make a wee knitted square during the week.  Took a couple of days but it came out alright.  No swearing occurred during its birth.  I give you the ‘Big Chequerboard Square’.

Hmmm the photo remained sideways.  Give your head  a 90 degree twist to the right 😉

Potatoes were very cheap last week so I bought a couple of 10kg sacks and proceeded to make homemade oven fries for freezing and future use.  I slice them into chips and put them into a large pot.  Bring the pot to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Drain the pot and then sprinkle with heaps of flavouring (I usually use Cape Herb & Spice Spicy Chip seasoning) and a couple of tablespoons of generic oil, put the lid and toss it all about until all coated.  I then lay them all out of baking paper lined trays, sprinkle with a bit more seasoning if you don’t feel they are quite coated enough and freeze them for a couple of hours before bagging up in ziplock freezer bags. Just treat them the same as you would the oven fries that you buy from the supermarket.  Its a bit time consuming but they taste great and we now have about $40 worth of oven fries for about $10. This is bags 5 & 6 all bagged up and ready for use.


I also made a Lemon Meringue Pie with a biscuit base but forgot to photo that lol

While making the fries and pies I discovered that I had missed a call from my cousin.  She had been let down by the babysitter and was frantically trying to find someone to look after her son so she and her partner could attend his work function.  It was aunty to the rescue and completely changed the chicken nibbles, pie and rugby evening I had planned.  I do loads of stitching while watching rugby so its always good for advancement. I did manage about 2 hours stitching before it was time to head to my cousins so 200 stitches was about all that I managed for Warm My Heart this week.


As Renee would not have proper lighting for stitching I took my stripy blanket knitting for after the wee fella was alseep.  He’s not 2 yet so his bedtime is between 6.30 & 7. Mum and Dad left and we had an hour of dancing and giggling with the Wiggles.  Its been rather a long time since I babysat someone in nappies so there was much relief when it was just a wet one.  He is such a delightful little boy, you forget how little they are.  After he was settled it was aunty knitting time and 2 new stripes were completed before mum got home around 9pm.  Got home in time to watch the end of the rugby and eat pie with my husband.

Excuse toes

Sunday dawned with laundry, running and chores to be done.  Extended my run another km so a good result.  We went to our local club to renew our membership around 1pm and stopped for snacks and a wine sitting in the sun.  Such a beautiful day.  Then a stop at friends for a catch up before home around 3pm.  I was determined to get a bit more stitching in as I felt it was neglected this weekend so I went down stairs and worked on Tash’s one until it was time to come up and cook dinner and fold/iron the washing.  I only got about 200 stitches on this one also, but all progress is good progress.


So I finished a very busy weekend with some mixed results.  Felt like I could have done a bit more but was rather knackered Sunday night so just lay on the couch and watched Transformers instead of being productive.  I think we can all sometimes do with a night of nothing 🙂

This weekend coming I want to get a page finish on Warm My Heart as this is a challenge page.  Once done I will start on Kayla’s elephant.

Till next week xxx

Christmas List Progression:

  1. Kayla: Elephant cushion – Have both fabric and pattern
  2. Levi: Photo of him with Nana Fay – Must track down a decent photo first up.
  3. Jordyn: Dream catcher – Not started
  4. Veronica: No idea – Must come up with something.
  5. Natalie: Scary Movie cushion – Have pillowcase and waste fabric.  She also wants a small stitch for her favourite band – not started.
  6. Ralph: Stencil art? – Find something
  7. Jamie: Photo with beach boarder – Completed
  8. Dianne: Not a clue – must come up with something. Hot chocolate/sundae basket?
  9. Lunam Family Christmas: Need to make 4 things for the secret santa. Dragon cushion – Have fabric. Dream catcher – Not started.  Spice mix basket – Have jars.  4th gift – Not a clue yet. Stencil art?
  10. Dad & Siblings: Memory stick of Great Grandad’s war diary’s and postcards – Have 6 memory sticks, just need to scan the stuff. Individual boxes with quick note inside to explain what is on the stick.
  11. Tash: Cross stitch photo – Finish it! Not going to happen I feel but worth a shot.
  12. Marie – Hmmmm
  13. Margaret – Hmmmm
  14. The bosses – Some sort of gift basket.  Need a theme


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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