I was very glad that I had set the alarm and that for once I had set it right, cuz I didn’t wake until it went off at 5am.
It was freezing so I zipped out to have a quick spa to get my blood temp up.
Got myself organized and then woke Azzan.
Packed up all the cupcakes into various containers so they could be carefully transported to town.
We were all loaded and heading up the drive before 6am.
We stopped to pick up Marah’s mail and left them some cupcakes.
I had loaded some podcasts onto my phone so listened to Brené Brown all the way out.
I am gaining so much from listening to her talks on vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.
One quote to start the day –
“If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment.”
We arrived in Nelson bright an dearly so I drove straight to Placemakers to change the toilet fitting.
Also met up with the young lad who was buying four of Shoshannah’s birds.
It was his 14th birthday and they were his present so he was very happy.
I was also happy that they survived the trip!
We then headed back into the city.
I had time to do a few jobs, and then leave Azzan at the library while I had a meeting with our bank manager.
He was very helpful and I left feeling somewhat less stressed about things.
I was able to do a few more things and then picked Azzan up and met Nathan at Fashion Island for lunch.
It was good to see him and have time to talk a while.
He hopped in with us and we scooted out to Stoke to drop some things off at Phillipa’s for the wedding.
Had a quick chat with her and then back into town.
Nathan hopped out at the library and then I went to Manna topic up a book.
Found this coffee mug with a verse which I found very encouraging.
Two weeks ago Jennifer at our bank had told me very excitedly that Azzan had won a prize.
When we opened up the bank accounts at the BNZ they went into a draw and he had won this authentic All Blacks jersey.
In fact he was the only one in the South Island to win this.
She wanted me to bring him in to have photos taken when he was presented with it.
I never told him what we were going in to the bank for, except that whatever happened in there he was to show his appreciation cuz I just knew that when he saw it was a rugby shirt he would be like ‘I hate rugby’ etc!!
He was really funny.
Stood there with a big smile saying I really love the shirt, and I am so going to wear this – like NOT!
We were all cracking up.
He had his photo taken, found the price tag which had been inadvertently left on but proved it was a prize of considerable worth – and when Jennifer told him she didn’t want to see it on TradeMe next week, he asked ‘what about CraigsList?’
He was steps ahead of her, she didn’t know what that was!!
We had some time up our sleeves so I went to drop some things off at the hospice shop.
Azzan wanted to go shopping there so I left him to browse while I had fun playing with the babies toys in the Farmers sale – Nonna priviledge 😉
Wow, there are such a lot to choose from today and most of them make noise or music.
Specially designed for grandparents to give to grandchildren to annoy the pants off their parents.
Payback time – love it!!
He came back to tell me he had things I needed to go look at.
I finally got dragged there and found he had things lined up on the counter with his name on them.
I talked him out of them all.
After all I have spent the past months dejunking the house and bringing stuff out there and am not about to start bringing stuff back again!
So I got him to come help me choose a baby toy.
Of course I got the – ‘I can’t buy stuff cuz it’s junk but you can buy baby junk.’ 😉
Then we met up with Chrissy & Asher.
Transfered Azzan’s bags into their car.
You would think he was staying there for a month with the amount he had packed.
Chrissy and I had a sit down and chat at Starbucks for 20mins before Asher’s music lesson.
Found the boys sitting upstairs outside a closed cafe discussing the ways of the world, we were told 😉
Azzan headed off without even a hug he was so excited about spending time with Asher – actually I think they were already demolishing cupcakes!!
I drove to Arrow Motels in the slow 4:30pm traffic around Rocks Road.
It gave me time to sight see and have a good look at some of the houses that I normally can’t see.
Unpacked my gear in to the house and then had a nice hot shower and freshen up.
Decided it was time to dolly myself up a bit.
I have been feeling so down lately that I haven’t spent much time on make up for ages.
Haven’t even been painting my nails
The family was getting together for dinner with friends so I painted Lucy’s nails a pretty dark pink before I did mine.
She told me she always feels very flash when she has colors like this on her nails 🙂
I mosied off to Crusoe’s Cafe to meet my dear friend Bethel who is over here in NZ from the Land of Oz, staying with her daughter in Picton.
They drove over tonight specially to see me – aren’t I so special 😉
It was just really neat to spend time with them.
It is ages since I saw Bethel.
And I hadn’t seen Dallas since Tim’s funeral.
I was so incredibly touched that she came all the way over to it to represent her Mum.
Anat & Rami looked after us well as usual.
Metisse and Edj got their food first – pretty spectacular fish and chips for a wee fella.
Dallas was pretty impressed with her steak sandwich too.
We had a lovely evening and finished it up with Rami’s ultra special GF Brownie.
Dallas took the kids back to their motel and we chatted some more.
Then after talking with Anat & Rami we rolled ourselves out to my vehicle.
More talk along the way and then more talk before having to say goodbye for another year.
Thanks for coming over Bethel, was uber cool to spend time with you xxxx
Back to John & Sally’s in time to hear that the fuel prices are skyrocketing over night.
Signs of the times I guess.