...random jottings on what may be happening in my life at any particular time, not necessarily anything earth shattering, just ordinary every day stuff; and photographs, mainly taken by me, my GKB and other family members as we travel through this journey called life...
The day after we went to the futsal at the beginning of the week...
...we met my niece and her husband for
coffee at Wal's Plant and Fun Land.
They were in town for two nights, visiting from Australia.
And we all (apart from Sis) met Ahyla for the first time.
Little Mother's second youngest great-grandchild.
She's 18 months or thereabouts, a wee cutie.
Afterwards some of us played mini golf
and some of us kept Little Mother company
guarding the bags, phones, cardies etc.
It had started out cool and cloudy but by
the time we finished early afternoon it was really hot
and so everyone came round to my place for refreshments.
I live just around the corner - handy. A very pleasant day.
A couple of days later and we are awaiting Sis
and Little Mother's arrival for lunch.
My GKB has made a batch of scones
so we'll have them with a good hot cup of tea or coffee.
And that's a bag of windfall pears next to them waiting
for me to peel and stew along with a bag of apples.
Some of you have asked about Futsal. Futsal is a modified version of football (soccer). The kids play it indoors, five a side and 12 minutes each way. It's a good way for them to keep up their footy skills in the off season.
My little mother had a hospital appointment yesterday morning.
My little sis, the middle one, was flying in from
Aussie yesterday morning. Luckily my two daughters
offered to go and pick up their aunty from the airport, so
I was able to go into the hospital with Mum.
We all arrived back at her home within five minutes
of each other. Great timing :)
We had a quick cuppa and I went home for lunch.
Both daughters sat and chatted for a while.
A little later I had a phone call from sis, could I take
her back out to the airport to pick up her rental car,
about tea time. Not a problem. She thought it might have been cheaper to pick one up in town but not so. You live and learn!
Finally we found the right rental desk, in a completely
different building to all the other rental companies. Who knew?
Unattended! If desk is unattended Ring Bell ONCE ONLY!
So we did, we were too scared to do otherwise, the notice had already told us off, or so it felt. But I have to admit it was also tempting to ring the bell twice just to see what would happen. Anyway it wasn't long before she had her car
and she and our little mother drove away home.
Tonight we all went into the Edgar Centre in the city
to watch my grandson, Jack, play futsal. This is him
in goal, later in the game he was out with the other players.
He was terribly embarrassed that his great aunty
and grandmother were taking photos.
Making a save :) They lost the game 3 - 2 but it was
only the first one of the season and that wasn't a bad score.
I was really quite surprised at all the sports that were there practising. The photo below was taken as we were leaving;
tennis courts nearest us, then marching teams with the futsal competition happening beyond them. Behind us the cricket
nets were getting a workout as well - batting practise.
Tomorrow we will spend the morning out with
our niece and her little family as they holiday around
the South Island before heading back home to Australia.
Well it has been one of those weeks where I seem to have been busy but couldn't tell you what I've been doing. So please, take a load off your feet, make yourself a cuppa and take five minutes and I'll see what I come up with.
What I can tell you is that I have completed my first book in the reading challenge I'm taking part in. I wrote about it here.I quite enjoyed it even though it was a study resource - '30 Days to Understanding Church History' by Max E. Anders and Judith A. Lunsford.
It was easy to read and understand, chapters were short and there was a test at the end of each chapter. I've started another one which I think will take the rest of the year, I've been reading it on and off for about 20 years and only got to the end of Chap. 1 this week so I'll read others in conjunction with it. One day I might even tell you what it is :) I definitely will if I ever finish it!
Today was Shrove Tuesday so we had a pancake morning tea at church this morning. My GKB was coming but missed out because he has come down with a cold and is a bit miserable with it. There was quite a good turnout and we had the vicar and one of the ladies making the pancakes. I had mine with maple syrup. Yum. Some kind people had brought produce from their gardens to share so I came home with rhubarb and a courgette. Actually it is a bit big for a courgette but not quite big enough to be a marrow.
I'm sure it will still be tasty.
Quite a while ago I said I would show you some of my
demitasse teacups.These are more that my GKB
used to bring home for me on a Friday night after work
when we were first married. They are rather dainty
and pretty and are stamped with
Aren't they gorgeous? Very feminine.
I love the gold trim on them.
And of course it is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey.
In fact it is the year of the Fire Monkey.
This big celestial dragon was in one of the city malls when we went in on Monday. Sorry the photo's are not clear, it was behind glass and the mall lights were reflected in it. Unfortunately the Lion Dance wasn't taking place until 7pm and we didn't want to hang around for another four hours so headed home.
A close up of the dragon, if you look closely you will see that he has caught the 'sun' and is holding it in his mouth. I'm not sure whether that bodes well or not.