Te Tau Hou Hari.. xo.
And a new year it is at that, and I must admit that 2013 sure did run me a little ragged and saw my "101 Mihana's in 1001 Days" looking rather neglected... but..... in my defence, I bought a homely home, leapt on stage for the Bad Girls Musical, polished off my teaching degree upgrade and buried my Nan and rubbed a mama's feet while she gave birth to a wee lass...
And to strike off a few Mihana's on the list:
No:2 Learn to draw peoples faces - In the summer I had a quick fire lesson, learnt the ins and outs and decided to concentrate on one aspect of the face until I mastered it, beginning with the eyeballs..
No: 5 Complete a "Photo of the Year" trick which I started on the first week of January 2013, and completed in the last week of December 2013.. Do click below to view grand pikitia from all whom were involved..
No: 11 Plant an orchard full of fruit trees - Although I have not quite accomplished this, the grand piece of land I purchased in 2013 already has the beginnings of an orchard.. Plums, two types of apples, peach, and blackcurrants, and today I discovered an apricot tree with one lonesome apricot...
No: 13 Clear out the Storage Unit - Done and dusted, and now EVERYTHING that I own is on the half acre of land that I own..... Still bewilders me on a daily basis!
No: 26 Graduate with a Bachelor of Education ECE - Truly done and dusted!
No: 37 Make a hanging clothes dryer frame - No need too... The homely home has a grand one hanging above the fire place....
No: 40 Read all of George R.R. Martin's books - Done and dusted!
No: 48 Master Cider Making - Hmmmmm....... After picking apples from a tree that was planted when I was a wee one and fermenting them for a fair while with sugar and ginger, the taste was parfait... except the bottling technique was a failure - loosing 3/4 of the bottle in fizzy mess that was known to strip the colour from a cardigan, when first opened... yet delicious!
No: 58 and 59 Keep my office space under control/Recycle all paper from my office space - Before the 2013 teaching year finished, I rehashed my desk and the tamariki made loads of recycled paper, pots and seed bombs with the mountain of paper collected.. I even bought a wee filing system to manage important papers!?
No: 66 Buy a pasta machine and make beetroot pasta - I am now a proud owner of a red stainless steel pasta machine.. Next step: Beetroot pasta!
No: 68 Wear lipstick for a whole day - Do four nights in a row count? and once for a whole afternoon? I was led astray in an act of rehearsing for four months and then performing the Bad Girls Musical in the Taihape Town Hall with a grand cast under the direction of Wendy Revell.. Never in my whole life have I worn soooooo much makeup at once!
No: 76 Visit my Nan once a month - now this I was accomplishing until I was very blessed to spend her last 5 days with my Nan in June 2013.. These days were full of stories, laughter, tears and grand whaanau, and on the 26th of June she left us for a new journey, the same time that a mama's waters broke... and coincidentally enough that mama had been my Nan's nurse leading up to her maternity leave... I was asked to deliver Nan's eulogy, a blessing in its own sense but trying to write down everything that made my Nan sooo beautifully unique, was like trying to catch the wind - near done impossible... Miss her face dearly xo.
11th July 1933 – 26th June 2013
And well... shoot the cat and stuff the turkey, I like to think that'll do for now.....
Hebrew of the week:
שמור על קור רוח עד שאחרי בית הספר
"Keep cool til after school"