Friday, April 22, 2011

Fond farewell

I never say goodbye...its too final.  I always say 'see you later', and that is what I had to say when I left work for the final time yesterday.  I had a good cry the night before - hoping to get all cried out before my farewell morning tea.  I was fine during the morning tea - said a speech and everything, but later on before the end of the day, people came to see me before I left.  That was hard, there were tears from both sides, so I didnt feel so bad.  I loved working at Tai Poutini Polytecnic - its an awesome place to work.  The people are awesome and I will miss them terribly.

I got some lovely gifts.....

A big bunch of flowers.....



A huge card signed by the staff, and 2 charms for my Evolve bracelet (New Zealand version of Pandora).  Also one of my crafty friends there knitted me a wee bag in my favourite colours of green and purple and she made me an awesome green bead bracelet.

Here is a closeup of the charms.....I was given the New Zealand native butterfly and the other charm is safe travels.


Here is a close up on the bracelet


And here is the whole bracelet.


The murano glass charms signify different places in New Zealand.  So I have on my bracelet, places that I love - Waikato, Dunedin, Central Otago and the greenstone one is for Greymouth and the West Coast.  And then I have a ruru (morepork - our native owl), mountain daisys, a merino sheep, a heart that was the fundraiser for the Christchurch earthquake, amd a dairy cow.

Now onto a stitching update.  I have almost finished the gift for my friend.  I have been managing to get in a few stitches each night.


Now for a bit of amusement.  Moving back to a city always means fighting traffic, and finding carparks -  so this is what my DH has brought me to get around on up in Lower Hutt.....


Its a brand new Suzuki AN 125cc scooter.  Very economical.  I can't wait to try it out.  I had a scooter about 20 years ago when I was in Hamilton and I loved it.  DH has brought himself a big motorbike for commuting.  Both bikes are in the shop still waiting for us to go and collect them.

Oh well thats it for today.   Happy Easter everyone.   I am now going to go out in the garden and get it tidied up one last time before we leave.

Friday, April 08, 2011

The rest of the stash and 2 lots of good news

As promised here is another order of stash I got.
In this lot there are 2 Blue Ribbon Designs charts - Black Cats and Flying Bats, and Halloween with a Y,  also there is I love my Garden by Mosey & Me and finally Love is by Shepherds Bush.

We have found a house for when we move up north.  That certainly takes the stress level down a bit.  It was starting to get really stressful, because DH comes back next week to help me with the final clean up here before the packers come in.  Thats the first bit of good news.

I have 2 weeks of work left.  Not looking forward to leaving.  The time has gone so quick, and I love my job.  But it is time to upskill so I am ready for the challenge.

The 2nd bit of good news is that I went and saw my oncologist for the last time before I move, and he gave me the words...you are officially cured of cancer.  I have got up to the 5 year mark...Yippeee!!!! Very happy with that milestone.  Those of you who have followed my blog over the years would have read when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  But its all good now...I am so happy :)