Thursday, September 2, 2021

Happy Birthday Hubs!

Today, she's 11.
She didn't mind one but that we're in Level 3 lockdown. At the very least, we have Delivery Easy to bring us take aways.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Lockdown day 2 and 3.

Yesterday doings.
Before breakfast this morning, we remembered to be thankful.
Then we broke the Covid law and went to see our Tinks, who was so excited to see us.
Then home again to lockdown. Pretty sure they’re going to extend our 3 day lockdown today.  We haven’t killed eachother.
Not crazy .. yet.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Doomsday Prepper

I was taught the value of being prepared despite needing to be prepared. The Aunties example over 30+ years of my life gave me a bit of an obsession about food storage. My family will tell you. I’ve been harping on about being prepared for an apocalypse for yonks. It’s also a church thing. It’s what we do, or what we’re supposed to be doing. It’s what we’re taught. My ancestors were doing it way before I was even thought of. If anything has caught on for me, it’s food storage and prep.

We’ve always had a room that was dedicated for food storage. It has been both used and neglected over the years and when a mouse died in there one year I didn’t go in the room until the mouse was a skeleton. I didn’t ever think it a scary place until there was a dead mouse in it.

For 40+ years this is what it looked like. Soon after Aunty Marva died we cleaned it out. A lot of stuff was thrown out and I tried to start it up again only to neglect it again.

Now and again I'd give some time to the store cupboard. Sometimes it will be full of food for the apocalypse and sometimes it was full with cans that turned gross over the years as the mice ate around them.

Lockdown 2020 was an eye opener. I set up storage in my laundry room inside the house, but that really hasn’t been working out so I planned, on paper, how I wanted to revamp the store cupboard.

It’s taken a year to finally do something about those ideas. It was emptied and bats/insulation installed.

Then it got a ceiling and walls. The 40 year old shelves were warped so I opted for new ones. The restocking has begun and it’s quite fantastic watching my idea come to life.

Hubs made a point a few days ago about the cans moving forward in an earthquake and falling, so we took care of that today. Glad I hit Bunnings (hardware shop) before lockdown closed everything.

We shall paint them with blackboard paint eventually.

There’s a lot more to do before it’s where I want it to be. Decided to leave the floor so it’s cooler in summer.

It’s a liberating thing. Found the best thing ever cleaning it all out. More on that another day.

Also revamping the shed. We’re going to attempt to turn it into a tiny home. I am standing at opposite ends of the room in each picture. 

The end.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Saturday and Tuesday.

This happened on Saturday. We are all very proud of him. It was supposed to happen last year, but Covid hit and missionaries were sent home and everything was delayed.
This happened today - Tuesday the 17th.
Today would have also been our 21st wedding anniversary. Still remember that hot day in Torrence, CA at an office next to Staples. 

I got my boy for the lockdown. All is well.
Kia kaha New Zealand! Stay safe.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021


 I've started something. Just woke up one day and decided that this is what I was going to do each morning. Toast toppers. Tomorrow's one is going to be great.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Week 1 down

I’ve done it again. I’ve gone and over-loved another baby and now she’s obsessed. She cries when I leave the room, even though there are other people in the room aka her brothers and Aunty Hubs. She follows me to the bathroom and observes like a psychopath and this … this is how she must go to sleep when she stays over otherwise, she’s not going to sleep.
She kicks her brother when we’re all in bed. He’s not allowed to be near me. So we hold hands secretly.
Uncle Jasiah arrived from the big smoke today to spent his second week of school holidays with The Livian’s.
A date with Hubs at our spot in town. The closest thing to a diner with comfort food that Hastings has to offer.
The boy asked Nan Nan for a tent to make a hut. She granted his wish.
Dreamy Dumplings the food truck .. the best tasting I’ve had ever, but 6 pieces for $10.
Tonight I have 4 kids. All I wanted to do was watch the rugby in peace. 
It wasn’t meant to be.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

End of Term 2

A whole school term has gone by and I didn't cave and go beg for my job back. There were a few times where I missed the place and there were nights when I dreamed of being back there, but I didn't pay it any attention because I know that mentally, I am better off. I just miss my work peeps.

I have spent my days considering what to do next. I've paid more attention to the world and what's going on around us. I've put a lot of time into building up our food storage and I wait for Hubs to come home from school like how Forest Gump waited for his kid. It's been a little like that. 

Hub's has said several times that she loves coming home after school. For 6 years our lives consisted of her going somewhere else after school, waiting for me to pick her up, having dinner and spending maybe an hour together before it was time for her to go to bed just to do it all again the next day. 

Family matters more than anything Internets. I calculated that, while I was working, in 24 hours we only spent an hour quality time together. It made me a little sad, so when she made that comment one day I wanted to look for something suitable for us. Something that allowed us to determine our own time together and not a reward-less job that took all my time and energy away from what matters most. Can't say I've found that something yet, but it's a work in progress.

In the last 10 weeks I finally found Salsa Verde locally. It's not the best, but it'll do Donkey, it'll do. We found new places to eat and went on dates. We found the mug for 2021. We laughed. The baby became an expert at crawling and will probably be walking before the month ends .. and we dressed fantastic, didn't we Avi.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Birthday girl

Today our Tinks turned a year old. We spent 20 minutes in the Aquarium in Napier and then got drive through McDonalds before coming home. Today she gave no craps about fish or chicken nuggets, but her afternoon bath was probably the best part of her day.
Happy birthday big girl!

Happy Birthday Hubs!

Today, she's 11. She didn't mind one but that we're in Level 3 lockdown. At the very least, we have Delivery Easy to bring us ta...