Saturday 31st January

Wow! This is the end of the first month of the year.
Where has it gone to?

Woke to rain today.
So nice to see and hear.
Much cooler which pleases me immensely.
I was planning to take Mahalia shopping if she was up to it.
Finally went in around 9:30am and she said she could manage to come.
But it took her around 2 hours to get ready.
She had barely moved when she got another bleeding nose.
So, another load of washing had to go on :-/
Shoshannah was feeling loads better today.
She went off on her bike to do some shopping.
Mahalia managed to get into the car around 11:30!!
I was disbarring of getting anything done>
Azzan just wanted to stay in bed so I left him to rest.
We went straight to Bendon and got what we both needed.
Then back to Warehouse Stationary to pick up some more bits and bobs.
Then I brought Mahalia back home.
Azzan decided he wanted to come with me so he quickly got dressed.
Left Halia to rest and we zipped out to help Pat & Phillipa with their moving.
They are moving house this weekend, they had a good crew of muscle so I arrived with food for lunch and then helped unpack boxes.
We all managed to get lots done.
Phillipa made sure that her bed was the first thing up and made!
So no matter how much or little was achieved today she wouldn’t be fossicking for sheets at mid night!!
Good plan girl 🙂

Azzan & I finally left around wish.
All the kids were heading off to the river to wash off their sweat so we left Pat & Phillipa to carry on doing some stuff they needed to accomplish tonight.
Great house, lovely section, great downsizing, much potential.
Looking forward to visiting often 🙂

We just chilled out once we got home.
Finally made some dinner.
Then made some other plans which will unfold tomorrow 😉
Took me all evening to catch up on here.
I was still up when Shanni arrived in from work at 12:30am.
She was buzzing after a happy night.
Good to see her feeling better.
Time I cruised off to bed.
An adventure is waiting to unfold in the morrow….

Friday 30th January

The view from my bed this morning at just after 6am.
I am praying the red sky will indeed bring rain.
We are so in need of a good downpour.
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I was up soon after 7am because I was expecting some men to arrive at 8am.
While I waited for them I did an ant poisoning around the section.
It is nice to see the stuff I have bought is actually working.
The guys arrived just after 8am and I showed them what needed to be done.
All the stumps removed plus a couple more small trees.
These are the before photos.
They were very quickly on to the job.
One with the chainsaws and the other with the stump muncher.
They got it all done in an hour.
So amazingly wonderful!!
And an hour later they were all packed up and gone only leaving behind mulched up stumps and a garden almost ready to start landscaping.
Super cool!!
While the guys were working I had to shut the front windows so I carried on get g my stamps transferred over into the new craft drawers.
I am so rapt with them.
They fit perfectly into the space, and they easily accommodate all my wooden stamps, plus a few empty drawers for paints etc.
Now I just have to figure out where to put all the rest of my art stuff :-/

The kids were waking up by this time.
I had warned them that there would be some loud machinery working early, but they all pretended not to hear it 🙂
Today I had three unwell children.
This virus is a real mean one 😦
Mahalia is now getting the bleeding noses, they seem to be part of the deal along with headaches, fevers, lethargy and just feeling totally grotty.
Shoshannah was not well this morning.
Am hoping it is just exhaustion though.
She was shaking, feeling sick and very tearful.
So I called her in sick and insisted she had a quiet restful day.

I shot down to the Courier Post depot to pick up a parcel.
It was addressed to me but to Marah & Anson’s address.
She was called by them to say they couldn’t deliver it because they were not signed up for Rural Mail Delivery.
Another new thing none of us realised had to be done.
Turned out the parcel was from Spark – another broadband modem.
When I commented to the woman at the counter that they had sent a repeat parcel she said ‘Well that’s Spark for you!’
I’m seriously wishing we hadn’t had to transfer the phones over.
Vodafone is so much easier to deal with.
Anyway, I popped into the PO on the way home to get the forms for Marah & Anson to apply for the rural mail and discovered they were ok with me signing for them.
It’s a weird world alright.
Never know when the privacy act thingee kicks in.

At 1pm  I shot down the road to a job interview.
It was a bit daunting, first time I have applied for anything for nearly 40 years.
I have no CV/resume, I only have a lifetime of experience wearing a multitude of different hats.
But my lifetime contains the skills necessary for this position, plus I am passionate about what it stands for, so thought I would give it a try.
More details to follow once I find out if I am in or not 😉

I got home around 2pm to find relations swarming all through my house!!
David & Sasha had arrived with the entourage of brothers Phil & Steve and their families and Aunty Janet & Uncle George.
15 in all.
Azzan was in his element and began the guided tour of the property.
They all had food to devour whilst we chatted.
I sat out on the deck with Aunty Janet & Kathryn and admired the view of the hills while we talked and ate.
But it was incredibly hot, far far too hot, even in the shade of the swing seat, so we retreated back indoors.
They were all on a mission so didn’t stay very long.
It was great to see them all 🙂
It was very quiet once they all loaded up and headed eastwards on their journey.

Later in the day I was sitting at the table doing some work on the laptop when I got a Facebook message from Shoshannah.
I laughed.
She sent me a photo of her wardrobe and said she was stuck!
Don’t know why she didn’t just call me – too easy mate 🙂
She had decided to move her furniture around and discovered the wardrobe was heavier than she realised.
I reminded her that it did take two of her big brothers to manhandle it in there.
And they were struggling under its weight!
So I squeezed in her door and helped her move things around.
It actually does make her room roomier so she has made a good choice.
And as we know Shanni, you have to male good choices 😉

There was a distinct change in the weather and temperatures tonight.
Much cooler and very breezy.
I had to shut windows tonight.
Quite a relief actually.





Thursday 29th January

I had a few things to do so zipped off to get them done in the morning.
I called in to see Sally & John.
Chatted with Lucy & Tristan for a wee while and then carried on with my list.
Mahalia text top let me know there was a courier parcel to pick up.
The van had called in but the kids weren’t able to get to the door quickly enough and he left his card, darnit!
I had a good chat with the guy in the pest control section of Mitre10 about what to use for killing ants and borer.
I popped into visit Phil, Kathryn, Mary, Summer & Paul at their holiday home.
They were enjoying a relaxing start to the day before the ladies all went off touring wineries.
Then I went to get the parcel and discovered it was still in the van somewhere around the city.
So home I went to check on the kids.

Graham arrived around midday with a trailer load of firewood for me.
He went off to get groceries while Azzan and I unloaded and stacked it all.
I am so glad I decided to stack it against the back fence and garage.
It was so incredibly hot that we wouldn’t have lasted 2 minutes in the direct sun.
As it was, even in the shade of the tree we were still pouring with seat.
I was incredibly grateful Azzan managed to find some energy to help me because both girls were not up to speed, and it would’ve taken me ages on my own.
He really got into the swing of things, took us an hour to do it but it is a good job done.
I am very grateful to Graham for making sure we are getting prepared for winter.

I went back and picked up the parcel later in the day.
When I got back Mahalia told me there was a massive invasion of ants in the bathroom.
She was not wrong.
They were having a field day.
So I quickly emptied the squirt bottle of lemon tree spray on the tree, the tree guys had suggested I give it another dose.
Then I filled the bottle with the ant spray and gave the little blighters what for!
When I went back a few minutes later there were millions of them lying dead.
Oh how I love that spray 🙂

Then Azzan helped me vacuum up all the borer dust on the old desk and then we sprayed it.
I had two bottles so we both go stuck in.
Then later I gave them another dousing, so hopefully it works and we will be free of the critters.
It felt so good to have such a killing spree 🙂

I’ve had all the doors open all day to get the breeze through the house.
It is great here – keeps really cool inside even when it is boiling out.
Tonight I actually slept with lots of large windows open.
Usually  only have the high small ones unlatched but at present it is unbearably humid.
We are tending to eat very late because no one wants to eat while it is hot.
So we are getting to bed much later than I want to.
Shanni worked late tonight.


Wednesday 28th January

Another extremely hot day.
Mahalia is no better today.
She is now getting the bleeding noses like Azzan had.
I spent some time pumping up the pool.
Azzan was delighted and was quickly submerged in it.
Its not huge but its wet and cool 🙂
He just wanted something he could lie in and read.

Ben & Marie brought Shoshannah back to work.
It was blazing hot – far too hot!!
I began transferring all my stamps into the new drawers.
That took a while.
But at least it was a cool place to sit.

I shot out to Richmond to pick up some ant poison from Farmlands.
With the dry weather they are getting very prolific.

I know we did stuff, but for the life of me I cannot remember what!
Maybe it will come to me later………


Tuesday 27th January

I had a 9am appointment with the accountant so I decided to walk in as I haven’t been getting enough exercise lately.
It has been too busy and I have had to zip around doing things in the car.
It was a lovely time of day to walk as it hadn’t yet gotten too hot.
Had a good chat with Ben and then wandered off back home again.

The kids were just laying low still.
Mahalia was very miserable.
All we can do is keep the fluids up and give her pain killers and rest.
I went out to Richmond in the afternoon to pick up my new laptop.
Ross had finished transferring everything over from my old one.
I also hoped into Kmart to check out the small swimming pools.
Found an inflatable one for $24.
Cant really go wrong at that price!!
Also found some craft carts which looked promising.
David messaged me to say they were having a bbq so I called the kids to see if they wanted to come.
Mahalia couldn’t move from her bed, but Azzan was keen.
So I zipped back to Nelson to pick him up.
Azzan was so excited when I showed him the pool.
In these temperatures we are currently experiencing  we will take anything to cool off.

The sun was setting as we drove back along the motorway to Richmond, and even through the dirty windscreen it looks pretty cool.
Azzan took the photo – I was driving 😉
We called into Kmart to pick up a foot pump to inflate the pool with.
I bought a few of the craft drawers, the lady there was very helpful and managed to pack them all into the car.
No room to spare!!
Then we finally got to David & Sasha’s and joined in the family bbq.
They had all just arrived back from a day out over in Takaka.
It was a lovely few hours.
Azzan really enjoys catching up with the cousins – especially Owen & Kellianne 😉
We left around 11pm – much to Azzan’s chagrin.
He was still in party mode 🙂
Thanks D&S – it was lovely to catch up with everyone.



Monday 26th January

Decided that Azzan needed to see a Dr again.
Made him an appointment then I headed off to my 9:45am counselling session.
Came back home and picked him up.
Saw a new Dr, she was very pleasant.
Took throat swabs and sent us off for blood tests.
I zipped into the supermarket to get some more Panadol for the kids.
Then back to the house.
Marah was here – on her own.
A child free trip to town – left Eden with her Daddy 🙂
She brought me this lovely box of goodies for my birthday and a card which Eden helped to make 🙂
Shanni had decided she didn’t want to hang about in a house full of sickies during her days off so she hopped on board with Marah and went home with her.
The days are so incredibly hot at present that no one has any energy to do anything during the day.

I went out to Richmond later in the day.
Spent a few hours with Estelle and then a few more with Ross & Andrea.
It was rather late when I got back.
Kids were both tucked up in bed.
Made myself some dinner around 11pm and then went off to bed.


Sunday 25th January

We had a quiet day.
Azzan laid low most of the day.
He was feeling very unwell still.
Shanni went off to work mid morning, she was supposed to be working tonight but was asked last night if she could do a split shift.
Mahalia constructed the large sun umbrella.
It’s going to be so good with this really hot weather we are getting.

I made up the light shades I had bought in Wellington and Mahalia managed to put up two of them but the light fittings are old and the third one was stuck tight so I will have to wait until we can get an electrician to replace it.
I love them, they look so cool.
Just perfect for in here 🙂

Then we constructed the three small cubes for my craft area.
I will get a few more drawers.
Am loving the orange – and even Mahalia thought it looked good 🙂

Am slowly getting this corner under control.
Just gotta sort out where I am going to put all of this :-/

I popped out to pick up groceries later in the afternoon, we had nothing the fridge!
Roni came to visit when I got back.
Mahalia crashed out on the sofa during this time and I realised later that she was also unwell.
Oh dear 😦