Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Do not turn your back when working !!


The Birthday Celebrations continued, with the most delightful evening out, a yummy meal, at Bulls, and here we are. Thank you so much Jeanette, this was Hugh’s  birthday present , but we all enjoyed it so very much.

Jeanette, Kaz, Ralph, Hugh , then  I am on the very right. All prettied up!!!  Look carefully, as you might not recognise me further down the page!!!

Dinner out for Hugh's birthday

Jeanette left for home the next morning, a long 6 hour drive with extra time for stops along the way. It was so good to talk to her after she arrived safely back in Auckland. I am hoping she will have a short flight for her next visit and a longer stay down here.

Property maintenance was on the list, so out came the weed-eater, or weed-whacker, or whipper-snipper, depending where you live. Long grass in difficult places was quickly down to ground level, and all is looking great.Then the fence railings, a bit grimy, so out came the water-blaster. Hugh cannot manage to stand for very long, so I donned gloves and a hat, and started. I didn’t know he had the camera ready!!!

Next time, I will NEVER turn my back!!!

Jean waterblasting #2


Jean waterblasting the fence railings

Jean waterblasting #3

It looks so shiny and clean.

One of my blog friends, Joanne, has  very interesting words today.

  She found a blog a while ago called “ word365”  when you choose a word to use through the year, to turn to, to use  and to be guided by.

  I gave  my own choices much serious consideration, and after weighing up so many possibilities,  decided on Keep”.

I will keep hope in my heart, keep family and friends close in my thoughts, and try so hard to keep only what I need,  I will only keep positive thoughts, and keep on giving thanks for so  much goodness and happiness  in my life every day.

Finally, I thank each one of you who sent Hugh a birthday greeting . He was so thrilled and really appreciated and enjoyed every one. 80,  there are so many good reasons to celebrate, to be thankful, and to keep on living each day as a bonus, never to be taken for granted.

And , finally, again, thank you all for loving and caring messages and words for me, I am keeping well, new tablets are working so far, and I am so happy to have my feet on the floor at home  every morning.

Quotation of the day , from Omar Khayyam

“ Be happy for this moment .

This moment is your life”

Greetings from Jean.


Mystic Quilter said...

Hello Jean, I'm so pleased to read that your new medication is working!!! You all look to be having a very happy celebration in the photo. I'll be in touch again soon.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, happy belated birthday to Hugh. Your words keep is a great word for your year ahead. I always keep positive thoughts. Great group shot, you all look wonderful. I say keep well. Enjoy your day!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dearest Jean ~ What a wonderful post to read! Belated Happy 80th to Hugh! Thanks for sharing the photo of your dinner out.

Ah ha, Hugh captured you hard at work. I loved seeing that, as it is inspiring to me to keep on doing what I am doing and that is taking each day as it comes, doing the best I can.

I'm so glad to read your meds are working for you.

You chose a good word for the year and I love the quote by Omar Kayyam.

Love, hugs and prayers for the both of you ~ FlowerLady

Jane said...

You go, lady! Actually that water blaster looks kind of fun! I'm glad those new tablets are working for you. "Keep" sounds like the perfect word for the new year. And I love the quote at the end of your post. Belated happy birthday to Hugh!


Out To Pasture said...

Congrats to Hugh on his milestone birthday. Looks like everyone was enjoying the meal. Cute pictures of you using the spray gun. It would have been a handy weapon to threaten any passing paparazzi. Ha!

Terra Hangen said...

Congrats to Hugh on turning 80 and I think you had fun with the water blaster. I chose the word "rest" for the year.

Susan Heather said...

You are doing a grand job on that fence. So pleased to hear that your new meds are working and you, obviously, enjoyed the celebration lunch for Hugh's 80th.

Love the word keep and the phrases you make with it.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your Hugh! Also happy to see you're feeling well enough to be out there doing yard work. That sort of thing is months away here in Nebraska, USA. It's been so cold & windy with about 3" of new snow last night.

Carol Mattingly said...

What a lovely birthday you had and you look like a really busy gal. Take care. Carol

Leeanne said...

Great to hear you are firing on all cylinders!

Julie Fukuda said...

Just a lovely post! Glad to see you both out and enjoying time together with friends.

KB Bear said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Hugh! It looks as if you had a very fun birthday celebration!

I'm so glad that your health is doing better. I will keep my thoughts with you, hoping that it remains that way. Notice the word "keep".

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Jean, I can hear the happiness in your words. Good health is of paramount importance...it's bad to be poor but worse to be sore, was a saying I grew up with. It is nice to know modern medicine really works! I love the idea of a word to concentrate on and yours is such a fundamental wonderful one. I think I'll borrow it. I also want to borrow your Khayyam saying! Thanks and many happy returns to Hugh too.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So glad that you are feeling better! Love the happy photo of you and your friends. My you are working hard on that fence! Have a great weekend!

Jenn Jilks said...

How lovely!
Good news all around! xo

Fundy Blue said...

What a lovely photo of Hugh's birthday gathering, Nancy! It looks like you were all having lots of fun! I cracked up over the photos of you with the water blaster ~ way to go. I like the word you chose. It sounds like a great word to use as a guide to keep you on track. Mine is "love." I'm glad to hear that you are doing better.
take care, my friend!

Sandra Walker said...

My philosophy in life exactly. It's what yoga teaches. It's hard not to be 'grasping' or 'clinging' (as in wishing and accumulating) isn't it? Downsizing yet again to this next new-to-us house has had me letting go of a few more possessions, hard, but kind of refreshing in a way as well. Love the action shot of you out there! Aren't power-washers the greatest?! Happy birthday Hugh, and glad to see your feet on your own turf!