Showing posts from January, 2015

A Leetle Laugh

1. We took Nehli to the vet the other day and I don't know if veterinary surgeries have the same connotations for animals that hospitals do for some people, but as soon as we got in the door she laid down on the mat, all four legs spread out, and would not budge. She reminded me of one of those bearskin mats that used to grace d├ęcor back in the 60s or 70s. Now, she had never ever been in this veterinary surgery before, having had her jabs in a surgery many hours drive from here, but she seemed to know what this was all about as soon as she entered that door and she wasn't having a bar of it.

Nor did she behave much better in the consulting room. She refused to sit or lie and when put on the floor she immediately hid under my chair, only emerging to wrap her lead around my legs and hide under the chair again.

Why do we have so much success in choosing dogs that absolutely hate the vet and always misbehave? And why do we always choose appointments when you can guarantee there wi…


My baby is twenty-one today and oh, doesn't that make me feel old. Almost as old as I felt when my eldest turned thirty twelve days ago or almost as old as I feel knowing that I am almost half a century. Notice, I said almost. Contrary to what some in the family believe who wished me birthday wishes for yesterday, I am not yet fifty. They were two days early and I'm going to hang onto my forties until the very last second which includes taking into account time differences between New Zealand and Australia!

Anyway, this post isn't about me but Son#5 who arrived twenty-one years ago and has since blessed us with his presence, his humor, his maturity (yes, Sons#1, #2, #3 and #4 he does possess maturity), his approach to life, his deep-thinking, his take-everything-in-his-stride attitude, and just being who he is.

Birthday'd Out

I may be in denial about my upcoming birthday but I'm not in denial about how much I enjoy having my family all together and this past weekend I've been particularly spoilt.

Our eldest son's thirtieth surprise party on Saturday night (sorry no pics as I didn't even think to take my camera - but it was a surprise - and a lovely night - and very late), my surprise birthday breakfast Sunday morning (yes another surprise - I thought when Son#2 turned up so early that DIL#2 must have gone in to labour three weeks early - as if we need another January birthday) ...

and then The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World#3's birthday party Sunday afternoon ...

We still have Son#5's twenty-first birthday this week to celebrate and then we'll be all birthday'd out. Until the next one ...

A Milestone

Thirty years ago today the most beautiful baby that ever there was burst into this world with a lusty cry. Of course he was to be followed by four equally beautiful siblings but we didn't know that then.

What we did know was that something amazing and incredible had occurred.

I remember leaving the hospital astounded that we could just walk out with this precious bundle. Shouldn't there have been some kind of license or something to prove we were capable and fit to be parents?

He grew and we enjoyed every stage of his development.

We quickly realised that he was an awesome older brother ...

(although he could be a little bossy at times I've been told) ...

and later husband and father (and eventually uncle) who preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it.