Monday, 11 May 2015

Always Catching Up!!

to all mothers everywhere!!! Another first for Karah and I today - the first Mother's day since Naomi passed. I have missed the early morning phone call - she was always the first one to call me on special days.

My handmade gifts from Karah - bookmark (a big one so I cannot lose it!!), a mug coaster, certificate, card and wrapping paper!!

And a tray liner which I will laminate. A lovely start to Mother's day!!
We are off to see my mum shortly - she will be looking down the track waiting!!
Then it will be back home to pack - Karah to go and stay with Isaac and Nakita for the week while Greg and I go off to Wagga for Greg's hip surgery. Driving over tonight as he has to be at the hospital at 6.30 in the morning.

I was given a box of Quinces during the week - my favourite jam is Quince Jelly - mum's of course - so of I went into adventure land and made my very first batch.

not quite the same as mums (think she uses a lot more sugar than I do) but very happy with the finished result!! I still have some quinces left - looks like I will just stew and freeze them to make some more when we return from Wagga!!

Meet our newest garden gnome 'Max' - a 5 year old Chocolate Labrador. He hasn't had a lot of human touch (not abused at all) and is very timid - he had been kept in a large yard all his life, never been tied up or free to really run around. He has been well fed and cared for but big dogs need lots of fun and play. He has been here 3 weeks and we can now catch him without 3 of us cornering him. I have been able to  say his name and walk quietly up to him and he will drop to the ground and wait for me to pat him the last 2 days. he loves our other dogs and just bounces around playing with them all day.

Who couldn't love a garden gnome as cute as this!!

SAL 2015 progress - month 4 is finished of the Nature's Journey (Annie Downs) SAL. I am starting to really like it now that I am getting more done. I have set up June and July to do while I am sitting around the hospital and motel.

Winter has finally settled in here (no frosts yet - bet early for them). Fire has been going day and night, beds topped up with blankets, lots of casseroles and soups being made and hot chocolate. Today is miserable - raining (which I love) and windy (which I hate) and cold (which I don't mind)!!

Well, that is all from me today, had better get started on packing clothes and tidying the house and then tripping off to Wagga!!
Well here it is Monday evening - I tried and tried to publish this post last night but no success. So I will try again tonight with some additions. We are in wagga, arrived later than planned last night but we did get here. Up at 5.30 this morning and at the hospital at 6.30am. Greg was wheeled down to theatre at 8am. They ended up not giving him the usual anaesthetic but gave him an epidural instead (complications because of the severe Guillian Barre he had 4 years ago - too risky to do normal anaesthetic). So he was awake the whole time it was being done but says he couldn't feel anything (I don't know if I could have coped with that). He was in a lot of pain when I seen him at 3.30 this afternoon and just wanted to sleep. Tonight the pain was under control but he was sleeping the 20 minutes I was there so I left him asleep and come back to the motel. About to head off to bed myself - late nights (1.00am) on Friday and Saturday nights and 3 early rises in a row have taken their toll on me. At least Karah is happy with Isaac & Nakita - I have only been away from her for 2 nights in the last 12 months and she get separation anxiety when I am not nearby.
I did do a bit of shopping today. Off to check out op shops tomorrow - not after anything in particular but will probably end up with something!!lol


  1. Many angel hugs to you and Karah. Love the things she made for you. What a lovely "gnome" you have adopted. Hope Greg's recovery is a speedy one.

  2. So pleased to hear the Greg made it through his surgery and pray for a speedy recovery! Another milestone for you and Karah xoxo and yes, the new garden gnome is very cute lol

  3. a special grandmas day.........goodluck for hubby for the op..............

  4. Hi Kerrie,oh how sweet are the things Karah made you for Mother's Day,she has her grandmas talent there that's for sure,hope everything goes well for your hubby and that things are back to normal for you all soon xx

  5. Mother's Day must have been a tricky day for you & Karah. I just love the gifts she made for you. She sounds like such a sweetheart ;) You obviously mean the world to her, and I'm sure it's the same for you. The choc lab is adorable. We adopted a choc lab when I was a teenager (Emily), and she was a lovely dog. Those golden eyes melt your heart. I'm sure your dog will come around to you completely if dealt with patiently. At least he's good with the other dogs, that will help him a lot. I hope everything goes well with Greg's post-op recovery. Take care Kerrie, and give yourself some time to gain back your energy after lack of sleep. Wendy

  6. What a lovely newsy post. Firstly, it sounds like you were very spoilt on Mothers Day. Karah must have had fun creating your gifts. Your quince jelly look yummy. I just made quince crumble with the few I bought this year. They are a lovely autumn treat. I'm sure Max will settle in soon. It is good he is enjoying the company of the other dogs. He has such soulful eyes. You are well ahead with Natures Journey. I love your bright colours. It should keep you amused in Wagga. And finally, I hope Greg recovers quickly from his surgery. I can't imagine being awake for it. He'll need lots of TLC for a while. Take care.

  7. it's been lovely to catch up on your news Kerrie - glad you had a great Mother's Day, despite it being tough without Naomi.
    Your new pooch has a sweet face - I'm sure he'll come to love you all &be comfortable with his surroundings


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