Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shaking all over.

 The computer is sick, using sons laptop oh fun!.Wonderful Christmas, will post later when I can add photos,but yesterday Boxing Day from after Midnight on was one after shock after another, the one at 10.30am was a shallow 4.9 coming from Opawa a close suburb, yikes I threw myself in front of the china cabinent, not that would have done much good. Went to bed at midnight and the world moved but not in a good way so sent a sleepness night worrying about "the big One". Sorry to moan but not only is this Christmas but also my holiday  I don't have to go back to work till the 10th, I am not liking this at all just think I could be in a mall and the quake happens, I might have to leave without spending my vouchers "hell's teeth that would be a disaster.! love Aunt Bee.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I wish you a Merry Christmas and Thank-you for being you.

What's that under my tree, yes, dear readers a Cath Kidston hanger, well a hanger covered in CK fabric. My dear friend Mare gave it to me, she actually listens to my ravings. So Merry Christmas Everyone, It's been just over a year of bloging I was going to mark the occasion but an Eartquake got in the way. I want to say how much I pleasure I get from reading the over 100 blogs I keep on my favourites, and there are so many, I'll just say to the British bloggers thanks for reminding me of my 4 wonderful years in Britain and the kindness of the British people I met there, Aussie bloggers you are undoubtably some of the best craftswomen in the world and to my fellow Kiwi bloggers, one day I'll pick up the courage to arrange a meeting becos it nice to know I'm not on my own, loving the things I love, not to forget the Americans who always are so interesting to read and though thousands of miles away it so nice to see we share the same likes and the same stresses know matter where we are in the world. And that's the rub isn't it we are so alike we have so much in common and we are spread across the world sharing with each other our own personnal but oddly familar lifes. There we are, have a Merry Christmas and New Year, lots of lovely things and more importantly lots of lovely people to spend time with. Aunt Bee.xxxxx

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I have finished work for 2010, start the merry making and blogging catch-up.

Taken on Tuesday morning on the way to work. 7.30am and already  26c.
Lovely red toile pillow cases, and paper mache bowl for my eggs it's very deceptive as it holds easily 2 dozen eggs. A candle holder which is beautiful and 2 nice tins.All bought last weekend at the market and CS shop.The weather has been stinking hot with a  hot NWesterly wind yesterday doing so much damage to the trees and gardens.On the way home from work there were trees down over the road which makes for interesting driving for me and my small car with avoiding the trees and trying to keep the car on the road in over 100km an hour winds. The large glass jar which does have Cookies on the other side, I wanted to put my flour in this after watching Ina G (I love that woman in a cooking sense), using large glass jars for her flour, sugar etc. And a linen hat to ward off the sun, which has been beating down on us without mercy.

Monday, December 20, 2010

sorry, sorry I blame the heat

There was a post, lost forever in cyperspace perhaps Julien can find it, but I can't. Doing this at 6.55 am as the temperature rises to 31 today, actually wearing shorts today  for the first time at work in 13 years. Very busy, with Christmas "do's", and still working till Thursday lunchtime. I'm off to work with Aj, will do a post tonight, with photos of my thrifting finds and other things of interest...........ok interest to me.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baking and a tale of a harried woman.

First time I have made Julie le Clerc's Christmas cake, secret ingredient  condensed milk, looks good.
 Vanilla and white chocolate cake.
Tom made this years ago and I still love it. Its eyes light up alternately.
The tree and new lights on bookcase.
I have been truly busy this last week, because my job entails taking people out to community activities Christmas is  very busy in the eating and drinking department. This week our Dance class finished, not a nice mental picture of me dancing but it does allow me to be a big kid and dance as if no-one is watching, no party in the real sense here, but my 2 clients always make things interesting. Friday was the end of Exercise class very laid back, and always fun, we always go for a nibble at the cafe in the Leisure Centre with other members of the class, unfortunately one of my "men" lost the Christmas card he had been given which caused some grief until I thought of giving him mine. Then back to work to change into "good " clothes and grab some money, then down to a local Working Man's Club for lunch. What a palaver, we had to go in pay and then straight away get our lunch, one of my men could do this independently and the other 2 need help. I asked the cook a large man with numerous tattoos who looked like he had learnt his trade" inside" or on a tramp steamer of dubious origins, if I could have less than the half a chicken he gave me, but he said that's what you get, a request for more gravy as my men need their food soft elicited the same reply. The plates were to hot for my guys to hold so I had to put my plate in a corner, take my men to the buffet, get them things they could eat, seat them and then go back to my plate get my vege, all while juggling a glass of orange juice and a jug of beer and two glasses. Good thing we woman can multi-task. I sat down cut up to plates of food and mashed one up to baby food consistency and as I took a gulp of juice, some-one asked if I needed a hand. Don't you just love that, and my colleagues at work thought I was having a cruisy day. Then to cap of a perfect day I had to leave work early to have my yearly Mammogram, which I checked to see if I had the right day, yes I did so off I went, needed to take a ticket from the parking machine I don't know how this happened becos I do remember seeing the ticket, but between taking the ticket and getting a carpark I lost the ticket, this would have been all of 25 seconds. I hate when I'm so dozy, so I thought ****** and went to the building , I've been there before, but not for 3 years I couldn't find the ****** building , I DON'T BELIEVE IT! could this be the day from hell, am I going mad. So after walking around, I asked a very nice lady who said I'm going there myself, so she took me in a door and up in a lift and there we were. I said to the receptionist I'm sorry I got lost, and she said we moved 2 years ago and I see you haven't been here since the move. Told the X-ray lady what had happened and she laughed  and said to tell the men at the parking booth what had happened and they would let go through, she said they were nice guys. So I approached them with my tale of woe they didn't look fazed  and let me go, the parking was free if you were there less than 30 mins, and I was so I don't feel guilty just relieved. Thank god for the weekend. Have been baking so I shall show you the results, plus the Christmas decorations are up. I did the decorations on Tuesday night with absolutely no help from Aj and Tom and when they came inside and saw the wonderous beauty of the lounge they said " See what a clever girl you are you can do it on your own, don't you feel all grown up now for achieving that". See I know it's wrong to want to beat your children and the defence of provocation is no longer allowed, but sometimes it would feel good too. LOL in case anyone thinks I'm serious. Two of Aj's friends have walked into the house this week to say wow the house looks great, your mum must love Christmas and I assure you it is just basic decorations but I do love Christmas. Sadly they said we don't have any decorations up, our parents/mother thinks it's a waste. What a shame, the boys both loved our house and I told them they could do something at there homes but sadly don't thing they will and I wonder if this is common and in the future will the joy and anticipation of all the traditional rites of Christmas will be lost for many. Love Aunt Bee.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A quick look at things received and sent for Christmas Swaps. Market buys.

My swap gifts before posting to my partner.
Mags to make my heart beat faster. Delicious smelly cinnamon/rosehip pot pourii
Lovely goodies
Gorgeous parcel from Jeni
2 sheets,  sultana loaf, marshmallow slice, a pretty tin, gingham table cloth
6 avos for $5, what a bargain