No sooner was my gas heater turned off than the weather went pear shaped. The temperature dropped to winter temps which resulted in the best dumping of snow on the Tararua's we've had all winter. In fact since having no gas heater we are onto our second cold snap already. I decided to use the oil column heater that I had been given, but for some reason it wasn't working so Dad gave me the instruction book to read. But before reading the instructions I though maybe it would be easier to use the small fan heater I use in the downstairs office. Sadly that was not to be - it went - as in it turned on - but for some reason it wasn't heating, just pumping out cold air so no use at all. I plugged the oil heater in instead and after reading the instructions turned the dial and there was a poof sound and a terrible smell and that heater had died too and fearing a fire I very quickly unplugged it. Two heater down!! I even thought (only for a fleeting second mind you) about sitting in the bathroom as it was nice an warm in there thanks to the towel rail being on. My sister in law suggested that I could fill the bath with pillows so I'd have a comfortable place to recline. I must say candles can be a good source of heat and with the sliding door to the dining room shut the lounge does become warm-ish. Thankfully I now have an old bar heater to use when I need it and thankfully to date it is still going. The good news is that I can almost guarantee that as from this coming Wednesday the weather is going to improve - because that is when they are coming to install my new fire!!
My brother Ron and Dad are going to build me a wood storage shelter in an unused part of my back yard but close enough to the back door that I don't have to cart a full wood basket for miles. I'll do some before and after photos. It is an area that isn't used at the moment but does need mowing so I'm all for less lawn. Better order some fire wood too.
It is a bit strange to now have no children living in Levin. Something I discovered I do need to adjust too, and actually grieved over a wee bit. Their lives all move on - as they should - but I must admit to feeling a bit stuck and left behind. Not that I am making any plans to move as I totally believe that you shouldn't follow your children around, and anyway I have 4 so how do I choose??? I'm actually feeling a lot better about it now that time has moved on a bit. We will just have to make an effort to stay in touch, but I guess that is the case in so many aspects of life.
Last week I had a lovely day out Op shopping with one of my best and oldest friends. Not that this friend is old (although she is older than me, but only by about 11 months 2 weeks) but we've been friends for years - in fact we worked out that we'll be hitting 38 years of friendship next year. We decided that when we get to our 40th anniversary we'll do something special, DV, - no idea what we're going to do yet but we've got time to think about it.
Although we have had some cold days we've also had some lovely warm spring days as well. Last week Wed was glorious so I made the most of it and spent the day outside. I managed to get the lawns done, the veggie garden turned over and some veggies planted, my asparagus is starting to sprout new spears - yum. I transplanted the strawberry plants which were growing in the veggie garden and planted them into containers for up on the deck. Now there is just the front garden to weed and mulch. I'm not really sure what to do with the front garden. At the moment it's a bit of a wild mess with bulbs popping up all over the place. It really needs some structure. I'll have to give it some thought.
Mum, Dad and I did a trip down to Wellington 2 Sunday's ago to visit Dad Nugteren. Nephew Andrew was also in Wellington and did the morning service. Dad Nugteren came to Church which was wonderful, but very tiring for him. We were thankful that we got to see him at Church because he was fast asleep when we went to the rest home to visit him - 2 nurses tried to wake him without any success so we left him a note and headed back to Levin. We plan to go down again sometime in Nov.
Rejection sucks - big time and it does little for your self confidence. Last week Monday I had 2 job rejections in one day - it sure put a bit of a damper on my day. I have been giving things some thought and when I go for my next meeting with my case working I will talk to her about maybe doing a book-keeping or beginners accounting course. Or maybe I should go down a completely different track and do a hairdressing course. It'll give us something to talk about.
I am really looking forward to this coming week - I'm having a 'chick' day with my 2 very dear friends from Wellington and of course my wood burner is being installed. I am also planning on carry on my 'spring cleaning/sorting' which I started today by sorting out the wardrobe in my sewing room. Today I did the wardrobe in the spare room. I have applied to have a stall at the Fabric-a-brac event in Palmerston North at the beginning of Nov and want to see if I can sell off some of my fabric and accessory stash.
Well that's it for another installment.
Until next time.
Love and blessings