Wednesday, December 31

Festery Frenzy.

First up, I would like to wish everyone a

New Year full of Good Health & Good Fortune!

Joyous 2009 to All!

Many thanks to all who wished us a Merry Christmas- we had one!

Reading other blogs, I have the feeling a lot of folk this year, have found the pace quite fast & furious. One blogger Joke notes that this year they put New Year's Eve right after Christmas!

I agree.

I spent 4 (yes four!) hours yesterday seeking medical attention. What a waste of a day. I took a book, since I know from past experience this Centre is always running on slow. (Our regular, hardworking GPs take a break at this time.) A lot of attendees take note of the number of hours of delay, go home & pursue other activities, should their condition allow. I should have done that. I could have been gainfully employed doing other activities, but not feeling at all well, I took a book, & settled in the cool air with resignation, for the two hours I was advised I would have to wait. After 2 1/2 hours I ventured to ask how much longer??

I should have taken a fatter book, as I finished the one I had taken. I contemplated going over to the shops to purchase another, but knowing I have a huge TBR pile at home I thought better of it. I spent a further hour & a bit, then saw the Dr for a quick consult, & left with the script to set matters aright. At least it was cool, although the Dr informed me it can get rather chill from the Doctor's perspective. The consulting room seemed a lot more chilly than the actual waiting area, which is huge with a very high ceiling.

Some fascinating people-watching to be done. Some gladness the waiting areas are so large, as you cringe back from the violently vomitting child passing by, & you try desperately not to inhale.


It is to be another rip snorter of a day here today. Yesterday was 34 here, & today is to be the same. At present it seems a less humid day, so it is quite pleasant.

This is the nearest thing we get to snow! It is the blossom from the Lili Pili. It all falls, & lies in great drifts in the back yard.

Little doggy paw prints investigating the mass.

These are the blossoms. They are like puffs of smoke really.

Very similar to gum tree flowers. Or the red Pohutukawa of New Zealand.

After the hectic run-up to Christmas the gift quilt was finished.

I called it "Stars" since the person it was made for loves his family above all else, & they are his Stars. I embroidered their names in some of the stars.

A lovely Christmas was celebrated among our family.

Here is SG with his sisters & his father on Boxing day, at our place.

I think SG was demonstrating his magic powers here!

Here are GOW & GOM on Boxing day. complete with broom handles growing from Gow's head, heehee!

The girls seem to have adopted the Japanese custom of putting up their peace fingers. I had to snarl to eventually get a pic of them, without the fingers!

AG & HG (honorary granddaughter)

Leo did not get his bath nor his haircut. He has been panting so I am going to have to do something about his wool!! Look at those messy feet!

Gom on Christmas day with a tree growing out of his head, & a dog growing on his stomach. haha.

Meggie & AG, with Oscar. I call the grey patch my 'witchy streak'! Of course there is grey sprinkled all through, but just the one concentrated patch.

Our actual Christmas day was not too hot, so it was quite pleasant outdoors.

Our son SB came to stay for a couple of nights, & it was lovely to see him. He had to return to the city for work, so was gone all too soon.
Loved ones across the Tasman enjoyed a wonderful Chrissy day too!
Beloved Brother & his 3 sons, & his lovely little Grandson. The proud Dad is the one on the right in the pic.
It has been a nice Christmas but we all agreed it seemed to arrive too fast.
We have avoided the after Chrissy sales. Can do without that frantic madness! I might be tempted to sneak off to Spotlight's sale though, to pat some fabric. If some just happens to jump into my bag, well that will be nice!!
I hope you all have a wonderful year ahead. An unrealistic wish, I know, but perhaps if I wish for minimal calamities & minimal health upsets it may help.
I never make New Year Resolutions. Why set yourself up for failure. haha. I just tend to let it all happen & what will be will be.

I really wanted to post Phoebe Snow singing "It must be Sunday", but I can't find a copy to post. If you get a chance listen to it, I love the lyrics.


Anonymous said...

Little grandson is cute with his pose and made me smile. Thanks for posting all the photos. I hope you medical problem doesn't require repeat visits to your dr and long waits. One thing I take along for times such as that is a Sudoku puzzle book and it helps me pass the time, a little bit anyway.
Happy New Year to you and your GOM.

Jeanne said...

What a lovely visit with your family! You're all very beautiful and happy :) Those petal drifts are wonderful.
Keep cool -- Happy New Year, my friend!

Anonymous said...

I wish you a happy, healthy and creative new year.

Ali Honey said...

I hope the meds worked Meg.

Thankyou so much for the personal Happy email greeting. I hope you and GOM have a year filled with more good health than bad; more laughter than saddness and far far too much to do so you will never be bored.

Be happy and enjoy! Roll on 2009.

Stomper Girl said...

Blimey, four hours is quite a wait.

Happy New Year to you and GOM and all your family Meggie.

Tanya said...

Oh, oh, oh - I adore that quilt. The colours are divine!!

Happy new year.

Kitty said...

Awwww, what lovely pictures Meg - thank you for sharing them with us. My kids can't pose for a picture without either pulling a stupid face, or doing something weird with their hands!

I hope you feel much better soon - and that 2009 brings you good health, happiness and well-being.


Lee said...

Thanks Meggie, I hope it is a great New Year! (Not a patch on the last?)

corry said...

Happy New Year Meggie, may 2009 brings you lots of joy and happiness

Mike said...

Great pictures of a lovely family Meggie. Glad you had a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a very Happy New Year.

Linds said...

Fabulous photos, Meggie! Your Christmas looks perfect. I do hope you get better soon. Happy New Year to you and all your family!

PS...I love the quilt!

sheoflittlebrain said...

Lovely family photos, Meggie! It was fun to see your family Christmas.
I just dropped by to add my warest wishes for your Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Christine Thresh said...

It's not 2009 here in California, yet.
Thank you for the New Year greeting. You have a fine looking family.
Peace and piecing (quilt) in 2009.

Leanne said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year Meggie, may 2009 be a good one

ancient one said...

Happy New Year! Enjoyed your post. Loved the snow.. ha ha Hope you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Hi Meggie,
Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for your friendship over the past year.
Looks like you have had a good Christmas. Your neighbour is very talented, her fruit platter looks like it was made for The Hyett!

VioletSky said...

Thank you for sharing your family album, Meggie.

Best Wishes for a healthy 2009!!

Blue Mountains Mary said...

Happy New Year dear Meggie - I hope the year is a peaceful and healthy one for you and GOM...

Frankofile said...

Your post has brightened my new year already. Great pix.

Isabelle said...

Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful family. And that lilly-pilly tree - I remember you mentioning this before. What an amazing name.

Happy 2009!

Exuberant Color said...

the quilt turned out great, bright and cheerful.

Your fake snow was interesting. I have never heard of that tree.

The tree and broom handles growing out of heads: isn't it funny the person taking the picture doesn't see them with their concentration on the subject. I know I never do.

V y Yo said...

Happy 2009 to you and your family!!!!!! Best wishes!!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog ;)

Pauline said...

what wonderful pictures - so glad your holidays were filled with family and good fun. That quilt is marvelous! Happy New Year to you Meggie!

Lucy said...

Happy New Year Meggie!

Catherine said...

Happy New Year, Meggie! I love that quilt -- bright and cheerful!

Sheila@Simple Indulgences said...

Hope you are feeling better Meggie?
One wonders what else you might have contracted during your 4 hour wait!
Lovely family photos, you have good looking children, and your brother's grandchild is gorgeous.
Glad to hear Christmas was good.
Happy New Year to you all.
(I'm blogging again under a different name)

velcro said...

Happy New Year Meggie. Love the photos!

34C? It's somewhere around OC here but with beautiful blue skies

julieQ said...

Happy New Year!! I am so glad you had a wonderful time with your family. And equally sorry about the FOUR hour wait for a prescription! I love handwork in these situations...

Thimbleanna said...

Happy New Year Meggie! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with all of your family. I feel the same way you do about resolutions -- I got tired of looking back at the old lists and realizing I hadn't accomplished any of them LOL!

Quilting Kim said...

Happy New Year Meggie! I so happy that you had a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family. I, too, never make resolutions - no sense wasting the effort when I know that I will never keep them. Afterall, well-behaved women seldom make history!!!

Warty Mammal said...

What a good-looking family you all are!

May 2009 be kind to you.

h&b said...

Or perhaps he's making "Spidey-Web" ( that's what it looks like to me, and I am now well versed in Spiderman, lol ;)

Happy New Year Meggie !
To you & GOM, and all your family.



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Tanya said...

Loved seeing pictures of you and your family. Hey, your witch's streak is great. I wish mine grew that way. My hair is just salt and pepper...