Eighteen Days and Counting #What’s Up #News #Joy #Love

The excitement is mounting, my daughters are coming home. It’ll be two years and eight months by the time I get to hug them. For my husband it will be just over three years and then there is our son living in Wellington who I’m sure if looking forward to seeing his sisters and introducing his girlfriend to them. It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas this year. I can’t wait to get the whole family together for the first time since 2017. Along with all this we get another cat called ‘Bonnie’ whose story you may have read. 

Photo of Bonnie, my girls cat.Bonnie is my eldest daughter’s cat and is coming home with the girls. How my cat ‘Nero’ is going to take this, we’re unsure, because Bonnie is sociable, and Nero isn’t. Along with this we have to find somewhere else to live due to the unit we currently rent is too small for all of us.

Rent in NZ is horrendous these days, getting close to 3/4 of your wages if you’re on a low income, of course, it also depends on where you live in New Zealand. At least the laws are better for those renting and we have a healthy home criteria which our currently place still doesn’t meet much to our annoyance, considering the owners knew this from when we moved in just over two years ago.

My other news!  I have my first hardback book with a brand new cover, with thanks to Mara Reitsma who is one of my contractors and works as an Illustrator with ‘Covers by the Rose’ Excellent work, and I’ve added a photo below of Oxford Bear reading one of the new hardbacks. The story is the first Children’s book I ever wrote (six years ago) called ‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps.’ An adventure in an English Country Garden. I actually used my parents garden from the house I grew up in. This story also has some learning curves for children. Healthy Eating, is the main one along with Bullying and Racism. You can buy a copy HERE

Oxford Bear reading the new hardback book of Girlie and the War of the Wasps

The image shows the new hardback book cover. In the background is Oxford Bear reading a copy. This book is the first in a series of Girlie Adventure Stories, about a little blue ladybug called Girlie and her friend Sammie Kitten. We are in the process of making the rest of the books into hardback copies. Until then you can still buy paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon.

Time to head out into the garden and plant some edible flowers. Enjoy the read.

The Excitement Grows

I’m not sure whether to sing, dance or shout with excitement. Our girls are coming home. I’ve not seen them since March 2019 and my husband and son, since November 2018. It’s going to be a huge Christmas this year. We can’t wait to hug them both, and I’m sure there will be plenty of tears involved.

The first to arrive will be Bonnie, their cat. At this time, I’d like to thank everyone who assisted with helping my daughters raise money to bring Bonnie home. She has helped both girls through their mental health issues over the last few years. A wonderful companion. It’s going to be fun to introduce her to Nero, my cat. We have to make arrangements to get Bonnie from Quarantine, ten days after she’s arrived. I’ve decided to go and collect her, so here is hoping the lockdown levels have dropped and I can get in and out of Auckland without any issues.

The girls arrive a week later and will have a two-week stay in a hotel. No idea which one yet since there are several around the country. Depending on where they have to stay, we will fly or drive and pick them up to bring them home.

Next steps! We’ll need to pack our house and move to another, because it is too small and we’re only allowed one cat and three adults. The hunt has started, though we have to be careful date wise due to parcels. We may have to wait until after Christmas. We shall see. I suppose it depends on the landlord as well. There are a few lovely houses out there, the rent is now prohibitive. One of the units beside us was $250 for a two-bedroom place, was recently refurnished and updated to healthy home standards and they are now charging $450. I’m totally horrified. My eldest daughter also mentioned the house we used to live in up to Sept 2017 has gone from $310 to $520. Some minor alterations. It was a three bedroom with a small garden. Nice house, though not up to standard when we lived there. It looks like we’ll be paying anything from $500 upwards for a decent place now…

Off track again…

Meanwhile, we can’t wait to see our daughters.