Saturday, December 29, 2012

We've arrived . . .

We decided on Friday to get away for a night.
We had no real plans but at the last minute we decided on Napier.  We tried to look for accommodation online but everything was booked.  We decided to wing it anyway.

We lucked it.  We must have got the last one.  A nice studio apartment with a kingbed and large spa bath.




 Next stop food.  We hadn't eaten since the night before.

Wind blown hair and a nice cold steiny

Dixie Chicken
 One of the downsides of taking our room was that it was for two nights.  What the heck.  So lucky The Warehouse is only about 500 yards away from our motel so we dashed over and bought some extra clothes and undies.  Thank god for sales!!!!

Had a quick spa to freshen up - it is so hot here.  Then we went for a drive, made a  quick stop at the supermarket for a few supplies and headed to our favourite seafood place.





 
 Went down to the beach and ate fish, scallops and oysters.  Yummo.



So now we're back in our room relaxing and loving the air conditioning.  

Tomorrow we're going to the Aquarium - somewhere I haven't been for about 20 years.  Looking forward to that.

My camera fits in my bag so I'll be taking more photos.  I need lots of practice, but I will get better.

Time to chill and it's time for a glass of vino.   

Ciao. 
   

Escaping..

We are on the road. Decided to take off on the
spur of the moment.

where are we going

where the sun shines brightly

Heading south




We're here.  Now to find somewhere to stay.







Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing you all a very happy, safe and wonderful day.  

This year we will be having a quiet one.  The kids are having christmas with their partners families this year so we will be having a New Years get together instead.

We're heading up to Mr T's mums for Christmas dinner which will be nice as I'll get a break from the kitchen which will be lovely.

After today we'll be in cruise mode and I'm really looking forward to that.  

So have a wonderful day and enjoy your time with your families.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

At long last . . .

All is good in my world again.    Long may it stay that way.

Mr T had his colonoscopy  and it seems to have done the trick.  He's had no stomach pain since.  He told me at the weekend that it is such a relief to have no more pain.  Even his finger is mending well and he only has the occasional twinge.

I am so relieved.   I feel like I have my husband back.

Everything seems to be on track with the business too.  Somehow we've managed a bit of a miracle and things are happening and falling into place.  We will finish the year on a positive note and can look forward to relaxing and enjoying our Christmas break with no stress.

We also sold our boat last week.  We've had it listed for over a month and some of the offers were ridiculous.  We had dropped our price a couple of times as well.  Then when things started turning in our favor a bit I said to Mr T, we're not giving it away so I put the price up again.  It sold the next day.  It's bittersweet as we are really going to miss her, but at the end of the day this has given us extra capital and a respite from a difficult year.  We can always buy another boat.

 Enough is enough.  No more doom and gloom talk. Full stop!!!!

Christmas is going to be a little bit quiet around here.  We had all the kids here last year so this year they're at the other families.

We're going out tonight to give Kayla some presents as Kelly and Dave are going over to his mum's at the Gold Coast this week.  We couldn't let her go without giving her some presents.  We'll keep some under the tree for when they come home for all the grandies and have another Christmas in the new year.

And here's more trouble.  I'm not quite sure if Sophia knows whats up but there's definite something sneaky going on with Lucas.


  






Only 3 more days of work and then I can relax for a couple of weeks.  I will sleep the sleep and recharge my batteries.

Life is good again.  









Ciao

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

So where was I . . .

I can't believe it's December already.

I'm not really looking forward to Christmas this year.  I am however looking forward to a break.  This year I really deserve it.  We won't be doing anything this year which will suit me fine. 

Mr T's op went well and his finger (or what's left of it) is mending.  I think they finally got it right!!!  However what was not nice was the stomach pain he ended up with the Saturday after the op.  I ended up rushing him up to ER at about 10.30pm that night after the pain became unbearable and he started passing blood.   They ended up keeping him in for another couple of nights for observation.  

We managed to get him booked in for a colonoscopy, which he's had this morning.

He seems okay.  Naturally they've done a biopsy but they've also removed some nodes which may have been the cause of it.  I'm convinced its Diverticulosis as I was talking to my workmates  as her husband had it last year and the boss is having a colonoscopy next week with the same symptons.

So here's hoping that's all been solved/cured.

With all the dramas that have been going on I've been a wee bit down, not eating properly and a couple of nights ago I had a hissy fit at Mr T and felt so guilty afterwards.  I know he's had a tough year dealing with everything and pain but as I told him - I've been there right beside you the whole way, running around looking you, looking after the workshop, running the home, trying to do my own job and keeping the family close.  I've had it.  I'm worried and stressed and the last thing I need to hear is my husband talking doom and gloom.   While I feel guilty,  he may have taken some things on board because now he's talking a lot more positive.  I was kinda worried he might have been getting a bit depressed.

I really want my blog to focus more on the positives from here on in.   In a year from now I want to be able to look back and see that things got better from here on in.  

So now I'm going to pull up my big girl panties, hold my head high, plant a huge smile on my face and move forward.
 

  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Surviving . . .



I don't know how but we're making it through the weeks.  The stress is still there but not as great.  The thing is we're going to make it.  It's just going to take a little time.
 
Mr T had his op on Wednesday.  This time a big success.  Already, he has more movement in his fingers than he did the day before the op.  He's rapt and feels more confident now that he is finally on the mend and has a relief from the pounding pain that was constantly there.  Obviously he has pain from the op but nowhere near the level he had before.  Today is his birthday, so that's a great pressie for him.
 
You wouldn't believe what happened tho.  He had to stay in overnight - but they had to evacuate the orthopaedic ward because of plumbing issues and were relocated to an older ward.  (They've just spent millions of dollars upgrading the hospital and someone forgets to gradient the showers properly - duh!!!)

Anyhow they were very short of beds and Mr T had to bunk in with three other ladies.  I don't know who I was more sorry for them or him - I only know I had a good nights sleep.
 
Things are slowly returning to a place resembling normalacy.  I went and did a decent grocery shop yesterday -  my cupboards were beginning to look quite drastic.  If anything now is the time that I really need to get into a routine and plan everything.  
 
Yay, Friday.  I've been looking forward to you.  I'm going home to relax, and have a lovely lie in tomorrow.  
 
Before I go I just got these pictures from an Insurance Broker.  Quite amazing.  It makes Christchurch CBD look almost like a desert. 



Below are  photos of Christchurch’s CBD (taken on 6 November), which speak for themselves and are staggering.













Happy weekend all.  

Ciao

Monday, November 5, 2012

Another Monday . . .

I deleted the last post, if anyone missed it you can email me. 

Things are looking a lot better than they did a week ago.  All I need is for the boat to sell.  Auction is closing in about 3 hours.  Fingers crossed.

With all the drama and everything happening in my world I totally forgot that it's Melbourne Cup Day tomorrow.  That is so unlike me.  Every year I run the office sweepstake and we finish up work around 3pm and retire to the boardroom for drinks and nibbles.  I put on bets for everyone using my phone betting account.  I opened this years ago when my niece became an apprentice jockey so I could put a couple of dollars on her rides.  Melbourne Cup is now the only time it's used but it sure comes in handy.

So I'll have to put my happy face on tomorrow.  Pull out my hat and get glammed up.  Might be a nice distraction.

My weight is holding steady at 76.  Last week I was in the 75's but I wasn't eating much and too much on the emotional rollercoaster.  We are starting to eat a bit better now and the good thing is my portion sizes a quite small.  It's really hard to eat sometimes. 

Thanks everyone for your support and comments.  I really appreciate it. 

Thanks Linda.  I'll be in touch.








Monday, October 29, 2012

Sick . . .

 
I'm an emotional and physical wreck.  Things are not good at all in our world at the moment.  Going from bad to worse.  I have had that awful gut feeling for the last week that I can't eat or sleep.
 
 
The kids came out for a barbecue at the weekend.  Helped to take our mind off things for a while.
 
 
Photos aren't the greatest.  Probably a combination of my shaking and them moving to fast.
 
 
 
 


It gave us a chance to catch up with Kayla who we haven't seen for a little while.
She's such a cutie.

 
 
 
 
 
We have to sell our beloved Pick Nick.  It hurts.

 
 
 
 
I know I'm going to cry when she goes.
 

 
 
Mr T's surgery didn't go ahead.  It was cancelled at the last minute because of staff shortage.  He's been rescheduled for the 14th November.  So hard to move forward when we're still up in the air about this.
 
 
I was umming and aahing about whether to write this post, but some of you I have known since I first started blogging.  I know what it's like when someone just stops blogging and you wonder how they are and if they're okay.
 
 
I'll still be around but just a little quiet.  Once I've moved on from this horrid place I'll be back more frequent.
 
 
Take care till I see you again.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Stress .....

Yesterday I got an email that hit home with me.  I thought I'd share it.

Stress

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked;
'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g .

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,
'And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
As the burden becomes increasingly heavy,
We won't be able to carry on. '

'As with the glass of water,
You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'
'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now,
Let them down for a moment if you can.'
So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.



Things haven't been so great of late.  There's been an awful lot of stress and I really have to learn to let it go.  I've been trying hard to be all things to everybody and I'm so worn out.  I have no strength and no energy anymore.  Everyday is a struggle just to get to the end of it.

No more.  I have to dig deep and pull myself together. 

After waiting for what seems like ages we got the date for Mr T's surgery.  Next Friday.   We had planned to get away and relax and explore the Coromandel Labour weekend.  We were so looking forward to our little "escape". 

Now we shall be home.  Hopefully he will be in overnight at the most.  Fingers crossed.  Hopefully it will be as painless as possible and that it will be the LAST surgery and no more (This will be the 4th op).  Hopefully it will be a speedy recovery. 

I am going to relax and enjoy the long weekend, get Mr T settled and comfortable and then I'm going to potter around the garden.  I've decided to do a bit more veges in pots this year and put them around the deck. 

It hasn't been all doom and gloom though.  I'm thoroughly enjoying daylight savings and the weekends haven't been too bad since it started.  Still a bit nippier late afternoon but I've enjoyed putting the umbrella up and sitting outside.  We've spent the last couple of weekends outside and we've done quite a bit.  Mr T got the pool all cleaned last week, trimmed all the ivy and waterblasted the sides around the pool.  We're looking forward to heating the hot tub up and having some soaks.  My gardens are looking great - still a lot of lovely spring colour, ready for another tidyup tho. 

The family are all great and no problems.  For that I'm truly grateful. 

My weightloss has stalled I am sitting at around 78 kgs.  Not 100 % committed to that at the moment. 

My hair is growing.  It's getting quite long and I like it.  Need to kill a few greys but hey - it is a lot fuller and doesn't need as much boffing up as before.

I must upload some photos to share. 

Well that's about it.  I hope this doesn't sound too much like a pity post.  I will be fine. 

I want to share this photo with you though cause I think it's cool.

It's my DIL Janelle and Lucas fooling around.




And our little Missy Moo who looks so much like her daddy.






Catch you soon.

Ciao

Thursday, September 27, 2012

What a load of . . . .

I work with a great bunch of people.  Over the years they have become more of a second family to me.  We have all shared a lot of life changes and been there to help and support each other through some really difficult times. 

However, we do play practical jokes on each other.  The other morning I came to work, went to pull out my chair and nearly had a heart attack.  There was this humungous big load of shit on my chair.



You can bet I yelled and I'm sure my heartrate lifted quite a bit.  It looked so real.

Many thanks to the builders doing maintenance on the building who decided to add a prop!!!!


And it promises to be a beautiful weekend.   I'm so looking forward to a fine, warm one where maybe I can relax out on the deck and enjoy some sun for a change.

Planning on lots of gardening, mowing the lawns and waterblasting all the damn pollen that has latched itself onto the decks and the joinery. 

Although I haven't been posting all is going well.  My scales konked out on me last week so I bought a new battery and it still wouldn't work, was just about ready to buy a new one when Mr T looked at it got it going again.

My weight is 77.2 kgs.  Overall so far 2.8 kgs and I'm nearing the end of my third week.

I have been busy and had a few functions to go to which threw me out of sync a bit but you get straight back on track.

 
I've been eating lettuce sandwiches lately.  Although this photo doesn't do it justice they are really tasty.
 
Apology:  This is a draft from last week.  I have not been able to access most blogs and can't leave comments.  Our new server at work is not allowing us to open any links which is quite frustrating.  Hopefully this will be corrected soon.
 
Take care all.
 
 
 

 
 


Monday, September 10, 2012

A week on . . .

 
 
I've finished my first week on my new journey.  For the first time I've journalled everything and didn't miss a thing.  I've put down not just what I ate but how I felt as well. 
 
If you want to see how I got on then check out the journal page.  I have also taken photos but not quite ready  to publish those yet, I wanna be able to see a change first.  Sad, and vain aren't I lol.
 
 
I know the weather is pretty unpredictable at the moment but that is spring weather.  I for one am not letting the rain get me down as we have also had some some really lovely days too.
 
I got my spring perfume the other day.  I like wearing this to work as it smells nice and makes me feel fresh.  Very fitting for the season.
 
 
 
Our little man started kindy about three weeks ago.  As he finishes at 5pm  thought I'd pick up and take him home cause it will give me extra special time to spend with him and I get to see Sophia as well.  Because of working life and other commitments I worry that I'm not spending enough time with the grandies.  By picking Lucas up makes me feel a lot better.  We don't get to see Kayla as much because they live across town and at the weekends they are also busy. 
 
Anyhoos  on Friday pick up I ended up bringing Spiderman home. 
 
 


When he saw me he came running up to me with a big smile on his face. 




One happy little boy.

This was taken yesterday.  He was wearing his skinny jeans, lol, and he looked so grown up.



 
A bit of a goofy grin.  He came for a visit so mum & dad could have a rest.
 
That's it for now.  I might post my journal a bit more frequent now.  I am very determined and I know I can do this.
 
Ciao for now.
 

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The day after the best day ever ....

Came down to earth quick.

Mr T had been up to hospital for his medical checkup  and the news was that he has to have ANOTHER operation.  This is the fourth.
It seems the throbbing in his finger is an exposed nerve and he has to have surgery to pull it out.  It even makes me want to cringe just typing it.

Anyhow he's back in hospital in about a month or so, after his bronchitis has cleared up.  He's already been through his admittance and he's seen the anasthesiologist.  Let's hope they get his pain relief right this time and we have a quicker recovery  and let's hope this is the LAST time.

After the initial reaction we now just want to get it over and done with so we can get back to normal. 

Between last November and March of this year I lost over 12 kg.  I felt really fantastic.  The past six months have thrown us some curve balls and I've put on nearly 6 kgs.  I needed to do something, but I also needed to be in that right headspace.  Last week I searched and read a lot on the internet.  I bought things that I needed online that I knew were going to help me. 

This Monday, 3rd September I began with a total commitment.  Monday I weighed 80 kg.  I've also started a journal which is basically a reference for myself but you can read it too.  Just don't go there yet as I haven't published it yet.  I will do a full week and document it and then hit publish.  After that it will be daily, even if it's only brief. 

This page will be the same as usual and I'll still mention how I'm going but the other page will be more indepth.

So that is where I am right now.  I can't remember when I've been quite so determined.

It's cool, daylight saving starts in just over 3 weeks time.

Ciao

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Have a laugh . . . it's good for the soul

 
From a man's perspective . . .
 
 

 
 
 

 

 





 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Bet you have a smile on your face. 
 
 
 
Regular post in the making.  Is it really possible to jinx something you post about????    Well it can't be cause I don't believe in that.
 
Plus I'm  thinking of adding another couple of pages to this blog. 
 
Back soon.
 

 
 
 

Miserable day . . .

Winter has well and truly arrived.   A very bleak day,  - wet, cold and windy.  The garden at work is looking quite glum.   Look...