Thursday, June 16, 2022

Moving My Mum to Resthome Care

Greetings lovely friends & readers

I have been away for over a week as I moved my dear Mum in to Resthome Care.    I think some overseas Countries call it Assisted Living but here in New Zealand we call it Resthome Care.     It feels like I went away in Autumn & returned in Winter as there are bare branches & leaves everywhere around my section & garden.


The day before I went I had a VeRy important event to attend ... Grandparents Day at Sid's new school.  Though the weather was dreadful & the scheduled Cross Country Run cancelled, we still had a wonderful time & both enjoyed it very much.

My 93 year old Mum has spent the past 10 years of her life saying she is Never Ever going in to Resthome Care ... so I knew it was going to be difficult to navigate.   We had been waiting all year for a room to become available & finally when one was, I didn't want to risk losing it.  I am hoping that as the days & weeks go by Mum comes to accept that she can no longer manage living on her own at Home anymore.  It is 21 years today since my Dad passed away from Cancer.    Mum's new room is very pleasant & has a nice big picture window that looks out on to greenery & big trees.  

(You can just see Mums reflection in the window)

The Resthome has 3 cats, two of them were rescue kittens & this one above (Boots) came to welcome Mum on her first day there.  Here she is sitting on Mum's windowsill.  

The next day Boot's brother (Marley) followed me up the hallway & into Mum's room, where he promptly took up residence on her bed for the rest of the day.  The third day I visited, Marley was on her lap enjoying her pats.  I do think they sense when the Residents are "cat lovers" or not, as they don't go in to everyone's rooms apparently.

I had really hoped that Mum would find "a new friend" while in the Resthome but I kind of thought a two-legged one & not a four-legged, furry one !! πŸ˜‰

When my brother came to install a new TV set in Mum's room Marley was not fazed in the slightest & just carried 
on sleeping.

(The wooden childs chair was $5 & I thought I may re-purpose it as a plant stand)

During stressful times I try to relax by browsing the isles of Op Shops ... however it was slim pickings this trip.  The above items were found in the local SPCA Op Shop apart from the Cane frame which was in a shop opposite that was closing down & was $3.

I thought the wee lavender porcelain jug & bowl would be sweet with candles poured into them & the ($2) terracotta wheelbarrow will get a coat of paint & some succulents planted in it sometime.

Before                                                                        After

I couldn't resist this little framed cutwork design for $3 ... but once home I gave the frame 3 coats of Pale Duck Egg chalk paint as I thought this complimented the soft pastel needlework more than the darker wood.

It fits perfectly on my occasional table with other thrifted/upcycled items painted in the same colour πŸ’™
You can read about the Jug Upcycle * Here *
    & the taller Frame Upcycle * Here *

This wee girl spends her Saturday mornings on the Counter at the SPCA shop & is quite a hit with the regular customers.  I asked if I could take a photo of her - she was very social & seemed to really enjoy all the pats & attention.

 Back in early May I entered a Mothers Day Giveaway run by Joy from "The Joy Within" .. & was delighted to be informed I had won it!!   The prize was a Gift Voucher & one of Joy's repurposed Squished Tin's.  Joy delivered my prize while I was down at Mums & I hope to use the Voucher to attend one of her classes at some stage.

Thank You So much for stopping by today dear friends πŸ’•
I shall get round to visiting you all at your blogs as soon as I can,
Right now I am off to make something sweet & sugary that satisfies my craving & no doubt, goes straight to my Hips πŸ˜‰ !!!
Wishing you a wonderful rest-of-the-week,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bunting, Peat Pots & Gourds

Greetings lovely friends & readers

Just trying to squeeze in one last post before we wave goodbye to May.

My dear friend Jane asked if I could please make her a white doiley bunting using a mixture of crochet ones & vintage embroidered ones.  Luckily I had a fairly substantial stash πŸ˜‰ as Jane wanted it 4 metres long.

Bunting is really quite tricky to photograph unless you hang it somewhere.


I did send Jane the above photo of Miss Pip very kindly "ironing" the doilies for me ... & promised to pick all the ginger hairs out before giving her the bunting.

Jane was absolutely thrilled with her bunting & I have yet to go visit her & see it hanging up. πŸ’•

On my last visit to Mum's I very briefly caught up with my friend Joy from " the Joy Within ".  Joy presented me with this little kitset above in case I wanted to do some crafting while at Mum's.  The kit included some peat pots, chalk paint, mod-podge & a beautiful selection of serviettes.  Joy holds workshops in her "she shed" where she teaches chalk painting & I had seen the peat pots done but never had a go.  I thought this was so incredibly kind of her.  

Let me tell you dear friends ........ those peat pots are Sooooo addictive!!  
In fact they are so addictive that I found myself driving to Mitre 10 hardware store in the middle of a thunderstorm to purchase more !!!  You just dry brush the chalk paint on & then embellish with the serviettes to your hearts content.  So Much Fun!

I decided to make up a little gift package using 3 of the peat pots for a dear friend.   I filled One with lovely choccies, One with a tiny baby tears plant & the other One I made up a small French Pear Soy Candle into a glass container that just fit perfectly in the pot.

I cut up a cardboard cereal box & covered with scrapbooking paper (& a paper doiley) to sit my 3 peat pots on .......... 

.......... before wrapping the whole thing in cellophane & adding a tag.  I left it in my friends porch to surprise her 😊when she got home.

Way back at the beginning of September in * this post * - Sid & I planted some Dinosaur Gourd seeds.  We finally harvested them last week & below is what we grew from the one packet of seeds.

I'm not too sure why they called them dinosaur gourds but Sid pointed out to me that the long one looked a bit like a Brachiosaurus's neck !

Speaking of Sid ... he had his school disco last week & it was dress up.  He went as a Tiger & his Mum sent me this photo above just before he went out to the Disco.  🐯

Yesterday I had a Baking day.  I made Banana Cake from some bananas that were turning, & then a no-bake Apricot Slice with a delicious cream cheese icing.  I plan to give most of this away as otherwise I am tempted to eat it & those jeans didn't get tight all by themselves Julie !! πŸ˜‰

I saw the above Verse on Instagram & it really appealed to me.  Things are "very messy & difficult" with matters relating to my Mum of late & I just have to keep going & trust that it will be okay in the end. 
Thank You dear friends - as always - for your visits here today,
Remember to be kind to yourselves & to each other,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x

Friday, May 20, 2022

Catching Up ............... Part (3)

Greetings lovely friends & readers

Finally - after this post - I should be all caught up again πŸ˜‰

Thank You for staying with me through these lengthy Catch Up posts.

Finally today our permit came through so we could light our new fire - & we are currently having a thunderstorm so the timing was perfect !

Last week my dear friend Sandy hosted a Pink Ribbon Morning tea for a small group of friends.  Sandy has hosted these in the past as we like to celebrate the journey back to wellness of our dear friend Pam, who has battled cancer twice.  I always enjoy going out to Sandy's as everything she does is just to exquisite taste & I knew the morning tea would be special.

As expected it was just superb & the pink theme was so perfect & pretty.   πŸ’—  Sandy had mixed up a pink drink with soda water & we had pink straws, pink plates, serviettes & even pink coasters.  Pink candles were burning & a large vase of pink flowers.

We enjoyed pink cupcakes, pink macaroons, pink heart marshmallows,  club sandwiches & Sandy had even made shortbread in the pink ribbon logo & iced this with pink icing sprinkled with pink & white hearts πŸ’•  The entire table setting just made you want to smile.

Our get-together's always go by so fast & before we knew it, it was early afternoon.  Upon leaving Sandy presented us each with a beautiful potted Cyclamen.

I am lucky indeed to enjoy such friendships & it's so nice to get together & celebrate as we all lead busy lives & the months go by very fast before we manage to catch up.

I have not done a display on my coffee table since my Valentine's attempt.    I just got tired of the furry two always sitting amongst my treasures & then I'd clear it all off for Sid to do play dough on Tuesdays ....  I kind of gave up for awhile.  

However last week I decided to do another vignette with lots of candles as I love to burn them through our dark winter months.  I took a piece of advise from my dear friend Claire who said to decorate every spare inch & leave No room for any furry 4-legged beings to sit!   

Lots of Op-shopped junk treasures used for displays !!

I used trays to cover nearly  all the table & then did some candle, plant & vintage book displays on the trays. I really enjoyed this, using up items from my rather large stash.  I was so proud of myself when I'd finished & even made The Mr come & have a look.  (he was not in slightest bit interested)

Well dear friends ............................................. 
you can see how well that worked out for me .......................................................

In case you're wondering .... Yes he IS crying at me because I haven't left him any room to sit !!!!!  😐

Last Sunday my eldest grandson Alec turned the big 7 !! He had a birthday party & his Mum made him a wonderful chocolate mud cake.

Sarah, his Mum had gone to lots of trouble organising games to occupy all the children that came - a lovely mix of both boys & girls.

I especially loved this game above ... seems only yesterday my own boys were playing Pin the tail on the Donkey!  Now its "Pin the tail on the Dinosaur."   I loved seeing where all the tails ended up ... one even completely on the next window frame !!! πŸ˜‰

Saw this on Instagram & loved it !!

 Thanks again dear friends, for your ever-welcome visits here today,

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend where-ever you are ... be kind to yourselves & to each other,

With much love & friendship to You All,

Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Catching Up .......... Part (2)

Greetings lovely friends & readers

Here I am still playing "catch up" on my blog posts from my recent trip to Mum's & before that ........

My sister-in-law told me about a new store that had opened about 10 minutes from Mums, out on the Coast road.  As I'm always looking for places to take Mum for a drive I thought it might be nice to drive out & visit it.  

The store is called Brandy's Botanicals  -  the Owner Debbie has had a wonderful barn built on her property in order for her to sell her plants, seeds & other Giftware.

It was really lovely & a wonderful selection with lots to look at plus the Owner was just so lovely & friendly.  

My photos Do Not do it justice - it really was packed to the brim with plants that she had mainly grown all herself - plus a wonderful selection of seeds & some very unusual varieties.

Mum chose this glazed pot & I helped her find the sweet little trailing plant to go in it.

I bought myself 3 small size houseplants as well as 3 packets of seeds & the Owner tossed in the other 2 packets for free 😊

On the subject of houseplants ... I noticed my poor Peace Lily was looking rather root-bound & in need of a re-pot.  I fossicked around under my house & found this old terracotta pot which needed a good scrub with lots of "elbow grease".  It has the odd chip in it but this just adds to the overall effect I feel. πŸ˜‰

After scrubbing & drying it well I gave it 2 coats of Pumice Chalk Paint & then applied a new transfer that I had ordered from * Here *.  I then sprayed it with 2 coats of matt finish acrylic varnish, just to protect it well.

I gave my Peace Lily a good root prune before repotting it in fresh potting mix.  It just looks so much happier now & will hopefully flower again when spring comes.

Prior to my trip to Mums my dear friend Jane requested a doll order for her Aunts 70th birthday.  Jane knew exactly the pattern she wanted - a Rosalie Quinlan doll called Ruby from an old craft magazine (Homespun I think) 

Jane requested that I make the doll in her Aunt's favourite colours of blues & greens ... "vivid retro florals" was Jane's words.  I was able to find exactly this in my vintage sheet collection, & Jane chose the homespun check for the bloomers.  

In Rosalie's pattern the tag reads "dear Mummy, I love you" but Jane asked me to stitch "Happy 70th Aunty Colleen".  

The pattern has a loop sewn to the dolls hand so she can be hung but is equally as nice sitting on a bed or a chair.  Jane tells me her Aunt Loved the doll & plans to hang her in her sewing room.  πŸ’™

We had a stretch of frosts last week & it was Oh So Chilly.  These two spend most of the day tucked up on a blanket on my bed keeping warm together.

I think I have one more Catch Up Post to put together friends,
Thank You for your visits here today - I am off to collect Sid as we have a couple of hours together after school on Tuesdays.
Wishing you all a wonderful rest-of-the-week,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0