Saturday, 20 December 2014

The best job and nicest boss ever.

So yesterday was my last day working at the Sign writers, and what a day, it was long.  I did 9 hours but everything is done for the year, their pays are all set up for the next four weeks, all the IRD things have been sorted, bills have been paid and set up to be paid, and all the invoices and statements went out.  I left knowing that things were indeed tidy and they can all go on holiday and not have to worry about any office thing at work.  It wasn't sad saying good bye as I know I have made some new friends and who knows I could end up back there if things change.

They gave me this lovely bunch of flowers and a thank you card.  As if I needed thanking, I loved working there.  I never once got up in the morning and thought, crap I have to go to work.  This was the best place I have ever worked  with a bunch of guys that just all got on, we had so many laughs.  In fact the night before the entire staff, partners and children went out for dinner, there was 17 of us and it was lovely.  So nice to meet the ladies that partner these guys.  They welcomed TOF and we had an enjoyable evening out with them all.

Before I left my lovely boss handed me an envelope and told me to open it at home.  Hugs all round and I was off.  When I got home this is what he had put in the envelope, $200!!!  How amazing is that?  I am employed by an agency who they have been paying so I didn't think I would get anything.  The flowers were more than enough.  So I phoned him and thanked him and said it was very generous and was he sure it wasn't too much.  He told me they had had a good year, it is Christmas and thanked me again.

This just proves that there are great jobs out there and awesome, generous and appreciative bosses.  So now it is time for me to kick back and enjoy the summer holidays (summer has yet to truly arrive but she will eventually) and think about getting another job in a few weeks.

Now just for a good laugh...

There are a lot of hilarious photos doing the rounds at the moment of people re in-acting a childhood photo so here is my attempt!!  

You should give it a go!!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mid week antics, and all in the RAIN!!!

Yep it rained and it was not nice.
Mainly because it was so warm making it wet and muggy. 

Not Impressed!!

This morning I drove out to Dawns place.
The surrounding hills were all dark blue
and the sky was brewing something!

Later in the day thunder rolled into town.

Millie wanted in
but she had to stay out!!

These four caravans are seconds
the glaze on them is not shiny
so all are up for sale
$65 each.
Half the normal price so a good buy
for a glorious bit of Art.

On my way home I went to check out
the new playground being built at the Lake.
I want to be 4 ft again!
It is going to be wicked when completed.

This multi coloured dress arrived in the morning mail.
(purchased off Trade ME)
So I wore it!!
To the Supermarket
in the rain!
To my Physio appointment
in the rain!!
Then I met my sister who was in town for the day
in the rain!!! 

We had a great time doing the retail shops in a couple of Malls, something I don't often do, but she loves it as she lives at the beach where the shops are limited.  Xmas shopping got done, and we had a fab old time together, as we always do. She is  another member of my family that I choose to be around and she is now staying the night at our mothers.

Imagine how cool it would be if it was
as easy as blowing on one of these and making
a wish for the rest of the family
to get on, play by the rules, and be nice.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

They say you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relations.

Well I must be incredibly lucky as I have some cousins, well second cousins if you want to get picky, and we get together every so often and do lunch or dinner.  We gals all share the same Great Grandmother, Minnie Kerby.

My Nana is sitting on her mothers knee, my Great Grandmother.  This photo I have shared before, taken in 1901 when my Nana was only 9 months old and they were still mourning the death of their father/husband.  Minnie managed to keep that family of six kids together, and there wasn't any Domestic Purposes Benefit back then!!  

Hats off to her.

So back to those cousins of mine.  We were joined by Lorraine tonight (far right) who is the sister of Annette (far left)  and that is Jan on the other side of me.  We had a fabulous evening at the Good George pub where we dined on delicious food, chatted, and laughed an awful lot.  From there we decided to go and check out the Christmas Trees at the Meteor in town which is all about Compassion not Consumption.  OMG I was amazed and blown away with the talent on show, so much that I am going to share some of them with you all.

72 creations to buzz over, all made from recycled and reclaimed things.

 Annette checking out  one made of shells filled with glitter.

This is so bad that it was Brilliant!!  A rather dead cat dressed in a santa suit a top of a tree that spun around and sang.  From the OMG what were you thinking and what are you on file!!

Made by individuals, families, pre schools or groups.

I want this giant Pohutukawa moving sculpture in my garden!!

A living garden tree, one made of old badminton shuttlecocks, and Lorraine checking out the most amazingly colourful one made out of plastic lids of various sizes.

These three were all made from Books!!

 A wall of wreaths.

 My favourite three, knitted, buttons and crocheted.

 These ones were all yarn, knitted and or crocheted, seriously fabulous.

TeePee Christmas tree
seriously cool.

 So Kiwi, driftwood, shells,  Kete and Pohutukawa.

White left and right, and Jars in the middle.  My bosses wife entered the jar one and her blurb about it goes like this: 'December a time JAM packed with Christmas stuff.  Sometimes we get so flustered and find ourselves in a PICKLE. But, Christmas is so worth PRESERVING'.

 YAY for colour!!!!

A walk way of white led on to an entertaining story where you collected two stars. A couple of young men then hot glued them together and you could light a white candle in remembrance of someone passed on and place it in a table of sand. 

After voting for our favourite tree we ended up in a make shift lounge where we got a free hot drink.  I say $5 to get in was money well spent and I left feeling pretty good about us Hamiltonians, what a creative bunch we are.  I am also inspired to think outside the box when it comes to a Christmas Tree now.

 Love the Christmas lights down the main street lighting my way home.

Nothing says Christmas is near more than Ham on the bone
and Scorched Almonds!!
That was my lunch.

I wore this.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Such a productive Monday

For starters, I bottled all the Beetroot that I had pulled from the garden.  Some people say "but it is so much cheaper to buy it in a tin at the Supermarket, why bother?".  Well I bother because (1) I grow it, (2) I enjoy doing it, (3) I know exactly what has gone on it and in it when growing and  bottling, and (4) it tastes divine, oh and (5) it looks bloody marvelous in jars!!

TOF and I have decided we will plant another crop now that we have a vacant position in the garden!  I can feed the leaves and the ends to the girls so there is no wastage and I re use jars. How GREEN am I?

I hunted for eggs as the girls are playing hide and seek with their eggs at the moment.  I found one under little Coral, she is so pretty.  Another basket of Strawberries was picked and there are more ripening up.  We are getting a bumper crop this season.  I have bagged and frozen quite a few so jam making will be happening later on sometime.

After lunch I rang Country Sue.  We used to refer to ourselves as City Sue and Country Sue for a while, now we call each other an assortment of names!!  Anyway, as I said I rang Sue to see what she was up to and did she want a visitor, of course she said yes so off I went.

Paddocks are full of these bales at the moment, some are scattered about awaiting collection while others are neatly stacked.  Being a towny through and through, I would say this is feed for the stock.

Sue has her Christmas Mojo happening, and has gorgeous decorations dotted about her home, she even has Two Trees!!  I have told her she must do a Christmas blog to share all her decorating. Little Max was hanging with us girls waiting for the usual walk around the property.

 Meet the rather lovely Cara.

 And dear old Isabelle lying down
Donald is sneaking past her.

The calves above are nameless as they will make their way into the freezer one day and we all know you shouldn't name your food.  Donald in the bottom photo had a partner called Mac but he wasn't well so has gone to cow heaven (the offal hole).  How glorious are the huge sunflowers and the Lavender hedge is really doing it's thing down the driveway.

Sues garden is thriving with all the warm weather and, the odd days of rain we have had  has certainly promoted growth. Bees were in abundance busily filling up on pollen.

         Barns and implement shed look so cool in black and white.

Max leaped over the hedge bordering the Roses like a super dog, I must make him a cape and a mask!!  SUPER DOG MAXIMUS!!

Apparently the Sunflowers were self sown, how glorious they are too.

I got home after TOF and we decided on Fridge surprise for dinner tonight.  So while we pondered what we construct from all the leftovers we got stuck into to barking part of the garden.

We have continued on with using black bark and edging the area with branches we have had cut from our big trees.  TOF makes me these metal pin things that get hammered into the ground over the branches so they don't move.  I am pretty happy with how it looks.

Before I go!!

Last week I got a parcel in the mail all the way from Omaha, Nebraska, USA.  Yes the seriously lovely Goody sent me the amazing hand made colourful card, some candy cane life savers, which I might add a delicious, and a very handy light that goes in your hand bag that is activated when you shake your bag to aid in finding things.  Genius!!  So huge thanks goes out to you Goody for sparkling up my day and FYI the card isn't in the sunshine so it shall not melt!!

Just in case you wanted to know
we dined on
Chicken and Cheese Toasted sandwiches.
TOF also had steak
and left over Nacho Mince!!

Fridge Surprises are the BEST!!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Silly Season is in full swing.

Always at this time of the year there are numerous work/Christmas parties and dos on.  One such event is held at our local Horse Racing Club where peeps throw on there glad rags, look fabulous and head off for a day in the sun with a punt or two on the nags.  TOF and I got all gussied up one year for one of these race days and it rained the entire time, not that it dampened any festivities!!  Yesterday Jak and his mates had a pre drink in our garden before heading off to said Races, which is a gentle wander down the road from where we live.

We have played host to many a young persons get together over the years in our garden and totally enjoy having these young ones around.  As the above picture says, I can totally endorse doing this.  When I was growing up our family home had an open door policy to our friends and it was great.  I would rather be the one that has everyone around here and know they are all safe than not know and worry.  Not that I have worried about the lads for a long time.  Luckily both chose really good friends, the sort of friends you can invite home!!  I suppose that with TOF and I have pretty relaxed attitudes to life has made it a lot easier too.  Anyone is welcome here, there are only two rules, 'Don't wake us up' and 'clean up your mess'.

And who wouldn't want to know this bunch of lads?  All doing well in life all following their own path.  Four are at University and Two are apprentice builders.  Bloody good catch for any young lady.  Just saying!

I provided some nibbles while they all par took in some quiet beverages, I took some photos and then they headed off out the gate to the Racing Club.



Not too much of a mess!!

So while they were all down at the Races TOF and I potted about in the garden and generally were on cruise control.  Pretty much the norm for us on a weekend.  The day rolled by and before we knew it the troops were back, slightly worse for wear but full of the joys and love of life!!

It is times like this that I wish I was a twenty year old again.  No big worries, life was all about having a good time, and a good time was always had.  No mortgage or nasty grown up bills, just a fabulous disposable income to be disposed every weekend at will.

Off course the pets found their way down the garden path
to join in as best as they could.
They hate to be left out of anything!!

I loaded this motley crew into one of the lads vans and drove them all to a party.  It was one of the noisiest and funniest drives I have been on for a while.  I used to deliver Max and his mates to destinations all round town so it only seems right to be doing it all again.  I would also prefer to drive them than them drive when they have all been drinking.

Again, because I am a mother and I am sure any mother would do the same.  Off course there was an early morning phone call for the pick up.

Which I did for the same reason above
and it was raining,
and I was still awake as
I was watching the movie

When I am to old and doddery
and bordering on dangerous as a driver
my Taxi service will halt
I aught to have a hell of a huge list
of drivers to call on
as I am 'paying it forward'
driving them all

Now for something completely different.

Remember these gorgeous hand crafted delights made for me by my darling friend Louise, well she has just finished a new line of delightful mice.  I have fallen in love with the lot of them, these mice I would be happy to have in my home, not the sort I caught earlier on in the year!!

Louise said it was alright for me to borrow and share her photos on my blog, because I said they were so Blog worthy.  This bunch of Merry Mice were making their way to a Market this afternoon in Auckland to be sold and at $45 each I am pretty sure they will all find a very nice new home.  Not that where they come from isn't nice!!

 Look at that tiny little hand knitted hoody.

 Hatch is Louise's label.

 Love the stripy hat!!

I mean to say,
could they get any cuter??

I love that I have super creative friends and I am only too pleased to promote any of their fabulous creations with the rest of the world.  

It is what you do isn't it?