QUILTING WILL DOMINATE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

TIME TO GET THIS FINISHED - 10 YEARS WORK IN PROGRESS

Friday, July 14, 2017

SNOW

WEDNESDAY

Yesterday we woke, latish for us, to hard frost, blue sky and sunshine. Today it's grey with snow flurries with temperatures not expected to get higher than 5'C/41'F. That's cold for us. It's still dark and I'm wrapped up cosily with the heat-pump on high. It's not often it has to work so hard to keep our space warm.

The builder is arriving soon to begin install the glass door in our bedroom. This is one thing that has bugged me from the beginning. I'm not used to sleeping in a room that cannot open up to the outside. The lack of direct light and air onto our bedroom has run a close second to the inconvenience of having no running water. That too will be changed soon.

We Kiwis are tough. Double glazing and insulation are fairly recent legal conditions to new housing. Many houses are cold and draughty. Central heating is almost unheard of in private homes. I can remember sleeping with my day clothes in my bed and in the morning, getting dressed under the blankets.

My mother was a fresh air freak all her life. She slept with her bedroom window open even on frosty nights. First thing every morning she threw open windows except in the bitterest weather.


The America's Cup Parade is scheduled for Christchurch today. I'd love to go out and show my support but.... we are looking after Ava-Jane and I know we don't want to go out in this weather, especially as she is recovering from a nasty cold..



John and I closely followed New Zealand's Team challenge of the America's Cup. Now that we have Sky TV we were able to watch live all the races in Bermuda. It was exciting and nerve wracking. We knew we had a good chance to win the Cup but nothing is guaranteed until the final race is won. We are delighted to have the Cup back in New Zealand. It's a good time to be a New Zealander and we are so proud of the Team from the management and all other aspects including technology, creative design, the engineers, builders and the athlete's, (yachties), who sail the boat. Since our first challenge for the legendary Cup in we have seen people from our little country display amazing qualities of resilience, persistence, innovation and many other positive characteristics. Our population is less than five million and although there are wealthy New Zealanders there are international companies which probably have bigger budgets than our whole country.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in New Zealand was worth 185.02 billion US dollars in 2016. The GDP value of New Zealand represents 0.30 percent of the world economy. 


Weather is the great talk of the day. Our drive is slippery with frost. Icy rain and snow have left a frosting on the cars. There's more to come.

FRIDAY EVENING

At last we have natural light coming into our bedroom. I keep wanting to go in to turn off the light. It's been cave-like for so long it takes a bit getting used to having a window. Now I can feel confident about decorating. Eventually we'll have a restored cracklewood headboard and dressing-table. They're in storage st Whitianga until later this year. I have my quilt, as seen in the heading photo, and still to be finished. Ava-Jane's quilt must come first. Amanda likes painting so she'll do the new wall colours and I want a light coloured carpet, beige or oatmeal I think. We'll also be able to choose our pictures from what we already have, again in storage. Choosing new bedside tables and lamps are on the list too.

New Zealand has experienced a really rough few days with an icy winter storm. I can't remember when I heard so many roads closed for more than 24 hours. The stormy weather has passed us. Here in our part of Christchurch we are only a few metres above sea level, maybe fifty feet. Icy roads are common but snow not so much. We continued to have sleet and hail showers throughout Wednesday and it's just been cold, grey and miserable since. Yesterday we looked after Ava, today her father stayed home. We've all been off colour, some worse that others. Not strictly flu but headaches, queasy tummies, sore throats and all the usual cold symptoms have kept us below par. For once I feel better that anyone else today.

I'm trying to pull myself back into a healthy lifestyle. It's a very long time since I did any kind of exercise and I have been eating a lot of bread and sweet stuff. The results are easy to see. I'm doing really well to have one half decent food day in a week. The good news is that I am unlikely to get much worse. I'm gently bringing myself into a healthier pattern.

The first major spend we had after selling Mum's house was to get a new car. There was a lot of discussion and John had a lot of fun visiting car lots. Finally we decided to but a new car and I had several points that any car we bought had to meet.

1. High in reliability and kilometres per 100 litres

2, Comfortable seats and a roomy backseat for when we are 3 or 4 adults.

3. Red which was guaranteed against our strong light, and a profile I liked

4. Fabric, not leather, real or fake upholstery.

5.  Room for the child's car seat with easy installation, and space for another adult in the back.

My first choice was a Mazda 3 until I tried out the back seat. Grrrr!

We bought a Honda Jazz and kept it quiet for months because we paid our deposit soon after the sale was confirmed. Another 4 months went by before we were able to pay and collect it. I felt really cross when the lawyers took more than 8 weeks to do their bit in working out the distribution to the 6 family members. In fact we might still have been waiting if we hadn't begun to agitate. I wouldn't have minded of there was a good reason but it was simply a hold up in the administrative office of our lawyer.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

HOW LONG IS IT?

I've been getting a few nudges from faithful readers.

Where am I?

John and I continue to live in the 'garage' at our son's home in Christchurch. We're not homeless but sort of camping still with no running water. Hopefully all this is about to change.
A SUNRISE VIEW FROM OUR FRONT DOOR LOOKING TOWARD NEW BRIGHTON BEACH

My mother's house, the family Beach House, sold with the final payout in April. What a marathon exercise that has been. Our son, Wayne, approached us with an idea he and his wife had hatched up.  Would we like to stay here and convert our current living space into a comfortable Granny Flat? John and I had to think carefully, but the pros outweighed the cons by miles. For me it was a no-brainer. A few days prior our wee Granddaughter, Ava-Jane, who was about 2 years and 3 months old had walked across the driveway and knocked on our door to give us a good morning greeting. It was a very special moment for me.

John and I quickly realised that when we bought our own place we would wait many years before Ava would be old enough to visit us independently. We love to look after her even though she is very active and wears us out. It's so much easier to live on the same property. Wayne and Amanda have the freedom to make spur of the moment decisions to go out on their own. And we have come to appreciate that they don't take us for granted. Amanda now has a part-time job but has arranged childcare so that we are back-up only. Often a whole week goes by without us having full responsibility, even for a couple of hours. Some weeks we do more but however it works out we see our wee girl everyday.

AVA-JANE AND AMANDA ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO


We continue to appreciate the privilege of being a hands-on grandparent. More-so when we still have the freedom to do the things we enjoy too. We still love to travel and as our finances allow we continue to go the North Island from time to time and have at least one overseas trip in the pipeline. We also want to see more of New Zealand and our scattered friends and relatives.



Today we are waiting on builders. It's a beautiful morning. The sun shines brightly in a blue sky while the forecasters predict stormy weather, freezing rain and snow to low levels. John is putting on some washing and I'm going to hop in the spa before washing my hair. I have a quilt laying on the floor while I work at basting the top, inner wadding and back together so I can quilt it. This is for Ava-Jane's bed and is intended to be a forever quilt. Something that will hopefully last and be something she will still treasure at 21.

REVERSE SIDE


Another reason for my lack of blogging is that I am Window's 10 challenged. I have a new laptop and was hoping I would understand it better. I've just spent one and half hours trying to get the photos from some file or other so I could add them here. GRRRR!!!!! I don't have the patience to work all this stuff out. It used to be so simple to upload photos from my camera to my picture files. Now I find that half my photos are in some weird place and I don't understand how it works. I can see I need some tutoring ASAP.

It's already almost mid-day so I need to have some breakfast and get at least one of my 'to-doos' for today off the list.
THE BEACH HOUSE THAT CONTRIBUTED FINANCIALLY TO OUR NEW LIFE IN CHRISTCHURCH