Showing posts from June, 2009

My Rocking Chair

When my babies were little I always wanted a rocking chair but we could never afford a new one and never found a second-hand one that suited us. When our first granddaughter was born I thought of a rocking chair for all of ten minutes - the length of time that The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 would let us hold her before she was struggling to be free.

However with the birth of our second granddaughter DH decided to buy me the rocking chair I've always wanted and found a second-hand one very reasonably priced and in good condition. And both sweet granddaughters have given it the stamp of approval!


Room for two:

And this is what Nana's rocking chair is also good for:

Les Mis

Last night a friend and I went to see a local production of Les Misérables. I was to go with Son#2 but he stood me up! A while ago, at his enthusiastic suggestion, I bought tickets for the two of us to attend and then he turned around and took his fiance last Sunday! Not that I blame him. His fiance is far prettier and I suspect he prefers her company to mine! However because of the change in plans I was able to give his ticket to a colleague and we went together and had a wonderful night!

I can't post any photos as we were requested not to take photos. And anyway I was so engrossed in the musical that I didn't even have time to think of photos!

For those that have not yet had the fortune of seeing Les Misérables, it is a musical based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, it follows the intertwining stories of a cast of characters against a background of cheating, lying, despair, poverty, revolution, friendship and love. There is the paroled convic…

I'm Sure You Think ...

... that I've been getting oodles of cuddles from my Most Delightful New Granddaughter since I've not been here for a few days. And how I wish that were true!

Instead I've been doing the cooking and cleaning and laundry and errands for two households while caring for The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World since her daddy has been quite unwell. That plus doing all the usual day-to-day activities with a few extra (such as Son#2's engagement party) thrown in. Now I have extras staying at my house and Son#4 is sick and I have some of his symptoms.

In case it's not clear ... I've been busy.

So there's not been anywhere near as many cuddles as I would've liked. I've managed to squeeze a few in but not enough.

I'll be back when things have settled down. And when I've had my fill of cuddles ...

"Photos To Follow"

I promised photos in the last post, and since I like to keep my promises, here they are (although if I'd waited I could have uploaded Son#1's photos which are far better - but I didn't want to wait).

This is not the first promise I've fulfilled today. On several occasions when I have picked The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 up from the centre she attends one day a week I've discovered that she has told her teachers that Nana is taking her shopping - to buy pretty clothes! Often we are going shopping but not to buy clothes. Instead I'm usually just popping into the supermarket to pick up a few essential grocery items that I've run out of. I'm not sure where she inherited her love of shopping from (definitely not from me!) but anyway I promised her that when the baby was born I'd take her shopping for pretty clothes - just for her!

Today I fulfilled my promise. In the future I'll be not so quick to make such rash promises! I had no idea what to exp…

It's A Girl!

At 10.26 on the evening of Tuesday June 16 Another Most Adorable Granddaughter was born. We praise God that both mother and baby doing well. Photos to follow when we finally get to see this precious little one for ourselves.

Meanwhile we have the exciting task of informing The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World that she is now officially a big sister. She's been waiting for this moment for a while now. One evening last week she cuddled her mummy's tummy and informed her baby sister that it was about time she came! I suspect she's going to be overjoyed. In fact I know she'll be overjoyed.

We're expecting Son#1 to come for breakfast and then he'll take his daughter up to the hospital to see this precious new addition to their little family. The rest of us have to wait and it will seem a long wait until we can see both mother and baby in seven hours time (even longer for Son#3 since he's in the middle of exams poor boy and will likely have to wait until t…

A Psalm for Today

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke,
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
So that I forget to eat my bread.
Because of the sound of my groaning
My bones cling to my skin.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert.
I lie awake,
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.

My enemies reproach me all day long;
Those who deride me swear an oath against me.
For I have eaten ashes like bread,
And mingled my drink with weeping,
Because of Your indignation and Your wrath;
For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
My days are like a shadow that lengthens,
And I wither away like grass.

But You, O LORD, shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
For the time to favour her,
Yes, the set time, has co…

Man Sized

I often double, triple or even quadruple a recipe when I'm baking. As anyone with a large family knows, it's just as easy to measure out eight cups of flour as it is two. And our butter comes in 500g which is often three or four times the amount required in a recipe and it's so easy to unwrap it and use the whole lot rather than break it up.

But there are several disadvantages to this approach to baking.

Firstly, if you run out of a particular ingredient it's not as easy to improvise with what's in the pantry. You might get away with only half a cup of coconut instead of the three-quarters that the recipe calls for when making a single batch, but when you multiply that by four, half a cup isn't going to cut it. Trust me, you'll notice it!

Secondly, the family might get bored with the same treat day after day. However this can be a good thing because it could mean they won't eat as much and you might even have some left for when visitors unexpectedly turn …

A Long List

Life has been busy.



Work is ... unpleasant. I have decisions to make.

I've had to turn the other cheek. Not just at work but also in my personal life.

I'm letting silly things stress me: finding accommodation for our son's wedding; deciding on how to wear my hair; wondering if I can lose enough weight by the wedding to look good in photos.

Some days I just want to cry. I drive to work and I get all teary. And I don't even know why half the time.

I'm sleeping more than usual. I don't know if I'm coming down with something or if it's just a reaction to all that's going on.

My foot hurts. I don't know what I did to it. It feels as if I've given it a nasty twist but I can't remember injuring it. All I can think of is that I must have brought it down too hard when walking in the dark the other night.

It's been cold. I wasn't going to complain about the weather but having recently experienced the coldest June night on record…

Updating My Calendar

June 10: Son#3 commences exams. DIL-in-waiting also commences exams the same week (I'll have to find out the dates so I can pray for her too).

June 12 or June 15: Grandbaby due.

June 19: Son#2's engagement party; Son#1's last day at work; Son#3 finishes exams for this semester.

June 20: Son#1's Final Exam which he must pass with at least 60%.

June 22: Son#1 starts his new job.

Some time in September: Son#4 and Son#5 sit mock exams; my book is (hopefully) released.

November: Son#5 and Son#4 sit NCEA Level 1 and 3 exams respectively. Son#4 also sits scholarship exam.

Some time before Christmas: Son#1 and his wife make preparations to move. It could be next month, it could be December, or somewhere in between.

January 9: Son#2 and DIL-in-waiting's wedding day.

January 10: Everyone breathes a sigh of relief and then sit back and put their feet up!

Take Two

Thank you to Noel from Bloom Where You Are Planted for this beautiful award. If you think you've seen it here before - you have - but I'm not in a humble mood this week and have no intention of turning it down. This award came on a day when I really needed some encouraging. It's been a hard week - a hurtful week - and to have someone offer some encouragement in this way was a wonderful blessing. So I'm not going to ignore it.

I also had another surprise when I visited Noel's post. She said that if you need to know anything about hair, to come here. Imagine! I'm sure I'm not that knowledgeable. I mean, this is the same person who 7 months out from her son's wedding is starting to freak because she has no idea whether she'll be able to do her own hair or not and has even (during some insane moments) considered having it all cut off! (The wedding will be in another town and I don't know whether to trust an unknown hair stylist or trust myself. Both…

I Can't Count

True. My last post that was meant to list five things that I like about winter only listed four! (I'm sure there were five when I first wrote it - somehow the fourth one must have gone AWOL in cyber space). Not one reader pointed out the error so either they can't count or they are very kind (probably the latter).

So here is Number Four: Winter woollies. Deliciously comfy-looking knitted garments. Fluffy scarves. Warm gloves. (But not hats or jackets. I hate the former with a vengeance and only wear them when I have to and the latter I can never seem to move in which could have something to do with the number of layers I usually wear underneath one).

It's Official

(Sorry but it's not a baby announcement for all those waiting anxiously to hear ... no don't close this page!)

June 1: Winter has officially begun despite what our internal thermostats have been telling us for the past fortnight. Winter is here and it's here to stay. :(

It struck me this morning that this Aussie girl raised on a diet of sunshine and warmth complains too much about the cold weather. There must be something good about winter ... just let me think ... and think .... and think ...

I've set myself a goal to see if I can find five things - yes five! - that I like about winter. Here I go:

One: Sitting in front of a roaring fire. We have a wood burner and when I can get the boys to light it, it does a wonderful job of heating up at least one room in our house (sometimes more but certainly not the whole house - oops, sorry, complaining again);

Two: Electric blankets. For years we used hot water bottles but then my husband and I spent a weekend in Rotorua where there…