It has been very wet here most of the weekend.
I spent 90% of Saturday in the study determined to get the accounts finished.
I did it and then had three goes at emailing them through to the accountant.
I made a mistake with the address twice before succeeding.
This normally wouldn’t matter.
However, I have this amazing set up on my iMac where I can restart the computer and it opens up in Windows if I hold down the right button on the keyboard.
I only use the Windows interface for the accounts so when I am doing them I am totally separated from the world and the accounts have my undivided attention.
No jazzing off to check emails or fiddle around getting side-tracked on more interesting stuff.
I have to get into the figures and get them sorted before I do another restart to get back to my favourite friend, the Apple interface
So making a mistake with the address meant I had to go through the palaver of restarting the computer about 6 times to get it right! Normally the only time my computer is turned off is when I go away or if there is a lightening storm happening or a power cut catches me unawares. So I have always have various windows open that I am working on or saving to show Tim etc. Restarting means saving stuff or loosing it
Tim spent the day doing stuff around the sheds. Welding gates etc. They went out mustering between showers too.
The children were pretty much left to their own devices. They are very good about that but unfortunately Azzan seems to have been suffering due to his parents absence and he was getting mischievous and in trouble with his siblings – more than once-!!
During dinner the rain began pouring down so hard we thought it was hail. It wasn’t but the gutters were blocking so Tim had to go out to do a gutter and drain check. Shanni had to go deal to her birds so they wouldn’t get too wet either. Man! was it a deluge! Short and sweet though so not too much damage.
Seb drove to Nelson in the afternoon and got caught by rain – too much water on the road and his electric’s got wet and his car conked out on the Whangamoa’s. A friend came to rescue him but because of the delays he never got to his defensive driving lesson he had gone out for. So once again it was a wasted trip. Here’s hoping next weekend will prove more fruitful in that area.
Tim and I watched a movie last night. It was so good we ended up watching the whole thing right thorugh even though it didn’t finish till 11pm.
‘The Ultimate Gift’ based on a book of the same name. It was such a good story, thoroughly recommend it. Tim commented at the end how nice it was to watch a movie with no bad language or filth in it.
The children all slept in this morning so Tim & I snuck out for an early morning spa. It was trying to rain so quite nice out there. I love the heat of the pool when it is cold and wet outside.
I ended up in the study all morning. Had a l-o-n-g chat with Joy. A friend across the Sounds. Nice to have a catch up – we pretty much grew up together from our teen years and we married best mates but we don’t see each other very often these days unfortunately despite it only being an hours boat trip over there. I finally threw on some clothes around 11am and then went out to see what was brewing in the kitchen.
Before that though I did my weekly weigh in and whoopee do-!! I have broken the 70kg. I weighed in at 69.5kg. I was so astonished to see the 69 that I thought the scales were malfunctioning. It didn’t register at first that I was actually not seeing 70-something
Azzan was hungry – like he always is. He tells me a million times a day that he is hungry. So I suggested we made pancakes. No. He doesn’t like pancakes. So what about pikelets? Yes, he likes pikelets but didn’t want to make them either.
So I asked him what exactly he did want to make. He went off and had a think and then came back and said ‘I want to make bangles.’ Just as well I am a mother – I knew what he meant without too much figuring. ‘Ah! Bagels. Is that what you mean?’ Yes! That is exactly what he meant. I haven’t made bagels in years so I asked him how he knew about them. He said he read about them in Dr Seuss. So I guess there is something normal in Dr Seuss after all-!!
My recipe for bagels was lacking some ingredients so we searched the internet and found some recipes. And we set about making them.
Thankfully I have a Kenwood cake mixer so it did all the kneading for us.
Then I cut them into pieces
and Azzan and Mahalia helped shape them.
Mahalia got it sussed but Azzan was making some interesting ones. I think I made about 16 to their 4
Then while they sat and rose a bit I had some breakfast.
Then it was time for the boiling water part.
Then it was into the oven with them all coated with sesame and poppy seeds.
They certainly looked very yummily delicious when they came out of the oven.
I was wondering what we would put in them for lunch – I was thinking traditionally here, salmon, cream cheese, savoury fillings – you know the go!
But Nathan put all those thoughts out the window.
‘Butter and jam Mum.’
‘Don’t you remember? That’s what we had at the hostel in San Francisco.’
How could I forget??
We have had a very chilled out day since then. The children have been watching ‘The Waltons’. Remember the wonderful TV series. It was one of my favourites when I was young. The children couldn’t understand why it was in colour if I used to watch it when I was young. I tried to explain that it was when Granny was young that the movies were in black and white. ‘But you are old Mum so how come they were colour back then?’ Cheeky brats – duh!
I decided it was time to become more involved in my craft room again. So I went and got engrossed and made a few cards. I am just fiddling with bits and pieces that are lying about that I haven’t cleaned up and actually turned out a few really cool ones. So I was feeling pretty happy with myself. Nice to do something I want to for a change – I have had enough of accounts and school at the moment
Shanni cooked dinner tonight and was very pleased with herself. I did suggest that yes, she had done a great job but it is usually best to let others praise you and not do it yourself over and over. To which she said ‘Well, no one else does so I have to’
I am heading off to bed now – I am feeling rather whacked now. Need to get myself together for a day at school tomorrow. It will be a short week so gotta make the most of the next two days.