The temperatures have climbed considerably and today there was a warmer westerly wind blowing so no need for heating today.
I had a cruise start to my morning.
I had to be out the door around 9:30am and was pacing myself just nicely.
But as I was about to leave I received several phone calls one after the other.
I had to bang on the bathroom door to make sure Mahalia would be here to meet the plumber at 10:30am.
The bathroom sink has not been draining properly so I had organised someone to come have a look.
I knew it was probably an easy fix, one that Tim would’ve done at home in a few minutes.
It is things like this that I am finding really frustrating because I don’t know how to do them
Anyway, the guy arrived and pulled out a major amount of hair – most probably from the head of a certain 15 year old!!
Am threatening to give her the bill to pay 😉
I flew out the door and arrived at my counselling session a few minute late in a breathless panic of hating to be late state.
So we did some deep breathing and then into some heavy trauma recovery work.
I was glad that I had decided to schedule a movie straight afterwards because I was able to sit in the dark amongst a group of perfect strangers and just zone out.
I hadn’t had time to eat breakfast and there was no time in between counselling and the movie to find decent food so I ended up killing the hunger bugs with a chocolate coated vanilla ice cream cone!
I had been wanting to go see ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ and when I saw there was a Grey Power discounted session on at 11am today and my calendar was free, I slotted it in and allowed nothing to get in the way!
It was an excellent movie – I have grown up with Thomas Hardy, studied ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ at high school so was keen to see how this was presented.
Thoroughly recommend it.
I then headed back home.
Hung out a load of washing for Shanni and put a 2nd load on to wash while I ate some lunch.
Mahalia was off having lunch with friends and Mira was resting her the slept so Caspian was very pleased to see me.
Mahalia had taken him walking before she left.
I hung out the 2nd load of washing and then flew down the street to a meeting at SASH with Jan Logie.
There were 6-8 of us there and we had a very interesting time discussing the needs of women & children today in regards to our work.
I just had time to come home and change, catch up with the girls briefly before I left at 4:45pm.
Picked up Sarah-Jane and we drove out to Seifrieds Estate to the TrustPower Community Awards evening.
It was a great evening, so many volunteer groups I had never heard of.
Terrific networking evening.
I met a lovely lady from Soroptimist Nelson, it was really interesting to hear what they do.
Also met up with another couple who’s daughter was receiving an award for her services to volunteering via her high school.
Very encouraging, inspiring and rewarding to listen to the time put in by volunteers in our society.
We left around 8pm and after dropping Sarah-Jane home I came straight back, got some dinner and fell into bed to eat and talk to Jesika.
Then I was out like a light at a relatively early hour for me.
Had to get up and going by 8am so I was on deck for when Martin & Sylvia came passed to pick up an item to take to Christchurch for me.
Roused Mahalia 10mins before their eta but was still impatiently yelling down the hall for her to come help me lift after they arrived.
We had it loaded in very quickly so she was able to go back to her room and take time to wake up properly before heading off to church.
I did some cleaning up and sorting of stuff.
Loaded more into the Nissan.
Wanting to get it filled up before venturing to the op shop so I don’t have to do more than one load.
Was so tired and desperately needing warmth so took myself off to my bed and spent several hours dozing and watching a few episodes of Come Dine With Me NZ.
I finally roused myself and spent some time figuring out how to use my new scanner.
It was actually quite easy, I just hadn’t had any free headspace to work it out till now.
Headed off to Richmond around 3pm.
Spent a little time with Ross & Andrea before picking up Shanni from school.
We dropped her friend off on the way back.
They had enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
When we got back home I just wanted to fall into bed as I was so weary.
Shanni wanted to show me her photos so I had a quick look at them first.
She has some excellent pictures, I was extremely impressed to see where she was climbing – too scary for me!
Woke around 6:30am when Mahalia leapt out of bed.
She was gone just before 7:30am.
Only takes her 5 mins to bike there.
I was expecting the heatpump guy to arrive at 8am so I was up and dressed and ready by then.
But he got held up so didn’t arrive till 9am.
Oh well, I had time to have breakfast, run the puppy, sort the washing and read some rather interesting family history.
Leroy arrived at 9am.
He is shifting the heatpump from here,
I have been puzzling for weeks as to why on earth the heatpump was placed above the drafty back door and right beside the wood fire.
When Leroy come to fix the other heatpump he told me that he had installed them and had not wanted to put it there but the owners at the time were planning alterations which obviously never happened.
So now I get the privilege of paying to have it put in a far more efficient place, which is where he advised it should’ve gone in the first place
He was a chatty guy and we had some interesting talks while he worked.
Turns out his family knows a lot of my friends.
Mahalia arrived in from rowing, was exhausted so fell back into bed.
Nathan went to work, he’s not too great at the mo, came back later looking very unwell.
Mira had a driving lesson, then rested and went off for her last shift at work.
Leroy had to leave at 11am for a couple of hours so I shot into the city to pick up some things and then popped into the market to get some bread and coconut yoghurt.
Back home for a while.
Prised Mahalia out of bed at 2:30 so she could take Caspian for a quick walk.
Then we mosied up to Founders and met Freya & Ana for coffee & a chat while their kiddies played in the cafe playground.
It was really lovely to see the girls again and Mahalia was able to connect with Ana who was a top competitive NZ rower before kids.
It was getting rather chilly by the time we left just before 5pm.
We went for a tiki tour to suss out a new tea shop, Branford Park and an address.
While driving we decided to check out the movies.
Back home to say hi & bye to Nathan & Leroy and then off down he street to suss out what was on.
But at 6pm on a Saturday night not many seats are left.
Took option B and bought tickets for the 8:40pm session.
What to do for the next 3 hours on a very chilly evening?
Go home or go walking?
Of course, you go walking!
Mahalia opted to eat at Little India so we headed up there very briskly.
We were recognised and welcomed.
I said to Halia that either we were very memorable or he hadn’t had many customers since last week.
She responded the former of course 🙂
We ordered Malai Kofta and Paneer Shimla Mirch to share.
They were absolutely delicious.
Nothing left in our bowls!
It was lovely to spend the evening with my youngest daughter.
Even if she does load my iPhone up with selfies!
We sat and talked for ages and then finally rugged up and faced the cold again.
We walked up the street and down the other side, checking out all the restaurants’ dessert menus.
Decided that Cafe Affair would do so wandered upstairs and ordered some brownie and sticky toffee pudding.
They were both rather good.
Eventually we rolled ourselves downstairs, chatted with Nathan’s boss Vic, and then walked back to the cinema as we had filled in the 3 hours and the movie was starting in about 15 mins.
Whilst waiting for it to begin it all of a sudden hit me that I had no-one to be accountable to.
I was out ‘on the town’ which term according to Mahalia I am not allowed to use in that context! – and I had no-one to ask if I could go, no-one to tell me it was too late to go out, no-one to go home to and recount the movie to, no-one……….
It was solely my own decision.
And that bitter sweet thought made my eyes all wet & blurry
We spent the next couple of hours watching ‘Man Up’.
It was actually really good.
Somewhere around the scene with the fire extinguisher I started laughing and I don’t think I stopped 🙂
Mahalia commented that it was not her normal choice of movie but she did enjoy it.
Back home to find Nathan looking somewhat better.
He had taken a much needed nana nap and was just waiting to go pick Mira up a bit later.
She was out celebrating after finishing her last night at work.
It was a lot colder today.
-1.3’C in Nelson.
We even got a slight frost.
Phoebe’s car was thick white on the roof.
The lawn was lightly crisp and the deck was very slippery.
Back window of my car was iced up, but that was the extent of it here.
Shoshannah was picked up for work before 8am.
Mahalia tore out the door half an hour later.
I spent the morning helping Nathan sort out his NZQA stuff and figuring what he needs to do to get the credits he needs for his university studies.
Talk about complicated and extremely frustrating.
Finally found a guy who talked us through it on the phone but even he couldn’t give us 100% certainty of what to do.
We completed the enrolment online with what knowledge we now had.
Once that was done and Nathan had gone off to work I sorted some of the the boxes stacked in the kitchen.
Loaded several into the Nissan to get them one step closer to the recycling centre.
I began making a large batch of pumpkin soup.
Cooked up a heap of chickpeas to add to it.
I am loving having my pressure cooker out here now, makes it so much faster and energy efficient.
Azzan was given the ultimatum to clean up his room and get his school work done before he left to go to his counselling session.
I picked him up at 2:45pm and after getting myself a raspberry mocha from Starbucks we went to Torpedo to get all the bike accessories he needed.
We chose the high viz vest and some gloves and then recruited some assistance from the shop assistant.
He got Azzan sorted with a helmet and lights.
He is now pretty much ready for school.
It was time for Kip McGrath so I left him there and came back home to continue with the soup.
Found Caspian in Mahalia’s room, on Mahalia’s bed.
Both looking rather sheepish at being caught!
I left them to it with strong suggestions to Mahalia that she had a very limited time to clean up her room.
I quickly put some soup into a vacuum mug for Azzan to take with him cuz Anson had arrived and was taking him home with him for a few days.
Azzan was very very happy to be heading off with his big bro again.
We carried on with our dinner.
Shanni was getting her camping gear finalised.
Mahalia went off babysitting for a couple of hours.
I blobbed out and watched some ‘Orange is the new Black’ for the evening.
We woke to the chilliest day in NZ thus far this year.
It was a good day to be wearing some of the most amazingly wonderfully lovingly warm hand knitted socks made by the glorious Eilidh.
I had cosy toes all day – thanks so much Eilidh 🙂
I had an earlier rise planned today, Mahalia needed to be at NMIT at 8am to catch the bus for her class kayaking trip at Able Tasman.
Typically though I woke way earlier than necessary – like just after 4am, so I had nearly 3 hours of catching up on my blog and emails before I had to pull myself out of the blankets and into a hot shower.
For the first morning so far my rear car window had a layer of ice on it – brrrr.
But not as cold as the poor Southland folk are getting – it was down to minus 21’C this morning in the Mt Cook regions.
There were two buses being loaded when we arrived but my heated car seats were too cosy for Mahalia to want to get out until she was absolutely certain her class mates were there.
Then I pretty much had to push her out into the cold before I could head back home – tough being a mother sometimes 😉
I came back home with time to say goodbye to Shanni as she flew out the door to her driving lesson, which was ending up at school.
She needs at least another 10 hours of driving practise in on top of the lessons, so if there is anyone out there who lives nearby who is willing to ride shotgun with her so she can get some driving in we would really appreciate some help in this area.
I have tried to take her but am really struggling.
Because of historic events (rolling the landcover 30 years ago and then successive accidents involving cars and roads etc) I get triggered really easily which makes it very stressful for both me and Shanni.
I am working through this trauma now but it takes time and she is getting impatient to get to her next level of licensing.
Azzan finally appeared looking rather sleepy and disheveled.
We had breakfast and I dod some house stuff then had to leave him with Mira so I could go off to a meeting.
I had a scant half an hour free so I shot into Countdown and got a few groceries.
Then spent 2 hours reviewing insurances.
Got back home soon after 1pm to find Bruce & Azzan busy on my laptop mapping out routes for Azzan to get to school.
Then they donned helmets and hi viz jackets and went off to explore those routes.
I had the house to myself so I left Caspian to roam the section and be the big guard dog he pretends to be.
I took my lunch down to the sunroom and lay on the couch and had an hour resting.
It was just lovely to have some down time with feet up time 🙂
Azzan & Bruce arrived back around 3pm so I had a chat with Bruce while Azzan put away his bike and got ready for Kip McGrath.
Mira was back so I left her getting dinner ready.
Had just enough time to drop Azzan off and then get myself to my 3:30pm appointment with Sarah.
Mahalia text just as I was going in so Mira went and collected her.
She was very cold so came home to get warmed up before Mira took her to Kip McGrath and picked up Azzan at 5pm.
I was able to zone out completely and enjoy my massage.
I think I might have gone off to sleep again – Sarah has that knack or relaxing me so much.
Finally it was time to fall of the bed and pile my clothes back on and head out into he cold dark evening.
Mira had dinner under control.
An hour later I shot down to pick up Mahalia and then we enjoyed a delicious dinner.
Roast veggies with spinach, feta, basil, cashews sprinkled with balsamic and citrus infused oil eaten with a side of beetroot.
It was simply delicious.
Perfectly warming on a cold night.
Mira & I watched some of NZ’s Come dine with me.
It is such a crazy series – so Kiwi compared with the British original – that it is so bad sorta makes it cringingly funny.
I received a phone call with Marah while she was trying to set up her printer.
I am eternally grateful that Ross set up mine, but I now have no idea how it all works!!
So I was playing with the bells and whistles while Marah was doing hers in an attempt to try and figure it all out.
She was actually doing better than me!
I was saved from the technological nightmare when Rebecca called up for a chat 🙂
Nathan worked all day and then went straight to his German class so arrived back as we were all heading off to bed.
Another -1’C over night low is forecasted so I left the heatpump on quietly heating so we wouldn’t freeze! tonight