I stayed in bed until 11am today.
Mahalia got up late too.
She was astonished that I let her sleep in till 10am!
It was cold so Caspian wasn’t complaining too greatly about sleeping in either.
I rolled out of bed into the bath.
Watched the first episode of ‘Orange is the New Black’ whilst soaking in hot Epson Salts.
When I was finally out and dressed I was looking for some food.
But other things got in the way.
Mahalia had stacked most of the wood Graham had dropped off and she had gone off walking with Katherine.
So I stacked the rest of it.
Moved a heap of timber to tidy up thing.
Then Nathan helped me move the small stack of wood Anson had left a while back.
Got it all stacked together so I could cover it all more easily.
Then we put the boxes of kindling into the shed out of the rain.
The rain was just beginning to fall.
Damp enough to be annoying but not heavy enough to cause too much damage.
Nathan & Mira went off shopping so I made some poached eggs on toast and watched another episode of Orange is the New Black.
Whizzed over to the airport to pick up a friend and when home the girls thought pizza sounded like pretty good idea for dinner so I mossied off down the street and got a pizza & chips.
Milton St Takeaways do a really good special pizza with spinach, feta, caramelised onions & walnuts.
The girls had also made some baked potatoes while I was gone.
We curled up on the sofa and watched a few episodes of The Paradise while we ate dinner.
Today was the first day we turned on the heat pump in the hall.
Had the fire blazing all day so the house was nice and cosy.
I’m not that keen on the heat pump type of heat, it doesn’t warm you up like the wood fire does, so I am glad to have a good supply of wood for the winter.
Began my 48 hours on the pager at 8am so was up, not really ready for the day.
Was feeling like rubbish..
So after the girls headed off to NMIT so I took Caspian for a walk around the block.
It was a cool morning but sunny.
Here’s home from across the road as we came back.
I think my jacaranda tree needs a prune.
You don’t realise how big it is until you take time to look back at it.
I walked down to the Sprig & Fern to meet Adam at 10:15am.
It was really nice sitting out on the deck in the sun while we discussed some business.
An hour later and the sun was retreating behind the trees so we came back home to suss out a few details.
Then he headed off.
Had a fairly fraught half an hour, my temper was pushed and I hit the roof about some issues.
Then Graham arrived so I took my frustrations out on unloading the trailer of wood.
Had only just finished that when I got called for work just before 1pm.
Spent the next hour plus working and then dropped into Women’s Centre to write my report.
Picked up a baked potato on the way as I was getting rather hungry by this time.
Wrote up my report and had a relaxing chat with me of the other SASH ladies.
Finally dragged myself away and headed home.
It was beginning to get rather busy outside as there was a big rugby match on tonight.
I was totally oblivious to it until mid arvo.
Crusaders vs Hurricanes so all the fans were out in force.
Nathan & Mira were both at work by the time I got home.
They had long nights ahead with all the rugby supporters out on the town.
Mahalia was home and Caspian was enjoying her company.
Shanni arrived back, she had been to a job interview and then the hairdressers after polytec.
She was very happy with her cut and conditioning treatment 🙂
I zipped off to catch Briscoes before they closed as I knew their floor rugs were on special.
Had a ball there getting blankets, mats etc at some extremely amazing prices.
I also went to New World and got a few items, mainly went to get some mouse traps as Shanni has been hearing a little critter in her room.
Shanni cooked chicken and a starry with rice for dinner.
Sasha droped David & Anson off at the rugby and then came to hang out with us.
We had a girls movie night.
I had bought and Apple TV thingee a week or so back but hadn’t had a chance to figure out how to connect it up.
Mahalia & I got it sorted, it took a while which was a bit frustrating.
I was rather annoyed at the shop salesman, because when I had asked him how to get it working he just brushed me off and said, ‘Get your son to set it up for you’!
Sanctimonious young prat – there are some things in life that I want to do without being made to feel old and incapable!!
Anyway, we finally got it running and got Netflix working so we chose a movie called ‘From Prada to Nada’.
It was a very predictable chick flick, but fun to watch.
Just what we all wanted 🙂
Then soon after the movie ended the guys called to say the game was over so Sasha & Shanni went to pick them up.
Shanni went home with Anson for the weekend.
That left Mahalia & I home alone!
We both wanted something but the fridge and pantry wasn’t supplying our needs.
She wanted ice cream, so I hoped into the car and made a mercy dash to the supermarket.
However, I never took into account there were about 60 million people trying to depart from the game which was help only 3 blocks from here!
I shoulda taken a different route and gone to New World, but I didn’t.
I took the normal route and headed to Countdown – duh!
So here I am crawling along in bumper to bumper traffic watching the clock move closer and closer towards 10pm.
I’m thinking to myself, this was a stupid impulse…grrrr!
Then as I was crawling along I remembered that Sasha hadn’t asked the guys what the score was so I called Anson on the handsfree and had a chat.
Thrashed them in fact – 35-18!
Apparently that was unexpected so everyone in the South Island were most delighted 🙂
Anyway, I saw a glimpse of hope and zipped around the corner and got tot he supermarket with 3 mins to spare.
Raced to the ice creams and found the one Mahalia wanted.
Then remembered I had a voucher to use so spent the rest on a stash of naughty treats 😉
We hunkered down on the couch and watched the beginning of the 2nd season of The Paradise whilst devouring MallowPuffs.
I dont ‘do’ ice cream so left Halia to that pleasure.
Finally headed off to bed
I was planning to leave reasonably early to head back home but as the morning was very chilly I was happy to not be too rushed.
Not that keen on hitting the hills when there is a chance of frost on the roads.
The girls were getting ready to attend a Fullpower course for the morning that I had signed them up for.
I dropped them off at the ACC rooms at 9:15am and then went to do a couple of jobs.
Raced into New World to get a couple of items, zipped out to Tahunanui to return some lightbulbs and then back to fuel up the truck at Caltex.
Dropped some stuff back at the house and then I was gone.
It was a beautiful day.
Clear blue skies, and warm in the car, but not so hot outside.
There was a very chilly breeze blowing.
I had a fairly slow trip in as it got harder the closer I got.
Normally the tears don’t begin to well up until I get nearly home.
But today I was sitting with a huge ball of emotion in my gut just building and building most of the way, with tears seeping, then spilling the further I drove.
I stopped at Tim’s cairn for a few moments.
There is something about being here.
The place where Tim’s spirit left us.
It is spectacularly beautiful.
But an incredible sense of abandonment & sadness overwhelms me here.
I took this panorama while here – it gives a very strange perspective of the road behind and in front of me!
I finally carried on homewards.
Only another 20mins and I am at the house.
Anson was out doing his possum traps so the house was all quiet and cold.
I was horrified to find rat destruction through the hall and some bedrooms.
The mess was all too much 😦
So instead of dealing with it straight away I called up Jesika and had a chat with her to take my mind of everything.
Azzan arrived soon after with Phoebe & Seb and Sapphie.
He got stuck in and vacuumed up the mess which helped me face what I needed to do.
I began cleaning out my bedroom and Azzan helped me load a heap of boxes into the Nissan.
Seb dug out a few plants for me to bring back to town.
I didn’t want much, just a rose, Jesika & Evan’s wedding protea and some bulbs.
Phoebe took some cuttings from around the garden and then I began sorting stuff inside.
Azzan was very helpful and looked after his wee niece.
They found my bag of chips and finished them off 🙂
As Azzan vacuumed watch bedroom he closed the door to leave them empty and clean.
I finally got the school room done.
Sapphie discovered the empty bookcase and quickly turned it into a climbing wall.
She is certainly displaying talents her aunts would be proud of!!
Anson arrived back home.
He was very cold.
No wonder, the rest of NZ was in the grips of a winter storm bringing low thick snow down low in many areas south of us.
We were just getting the resulting colds winds.
He & I had been invited to Sandra & Phil’s for dinner.
So as soon as Seb & Phoebe headed off we raced around getting ready to go.
I managed to finish packing up the car.
I made sure I had as much onboard as I could take.
Anson left before me.
I wanted to make sure all was tidy and as clear as I could make it, plus was still fitting in more boxes and stuff to take out.
Finally left just before 6:30pm.
We arrived down in Bulwer to a lovely warm house and delicious dinner.
Spent the evening getting to know Tim & Martin’s cousin Gill & her eldest son David better.
It was the first time she had ever been to Port Ligar.
Phil had taken them fishing this arvo and they were enjoying their catch with their dinner.
Had to do a tad of photo cropping here because Martin & Gill’s faces would not cooperate with the camera – worse than taking photos of the kids!
Marah was messaging me throughout the evening, sending these cute photos of Eden & Aaliyah which everyone enjoyed with me 🙂
Everyone began making moves towards their beds soon after 9:30pm.
I decided to head off home to Nelson.
I did have the invitation to stay the night but felt I just wanted to get home.
It was a long drive and I had to stop a many times to rest my eyes, but I finally pulled in the gate at 1am.
A very long day and an extremely long 3 hour drive but I was glad to be back in my own bed.