Because, BEARS.

I’ll concede right now that I read a lot. And a lot of what I read isn’t worth reviewing, as I read to clear my head before sleep, or to drown out the chaos around me. This last two weeks with the cold virus has been awful and I haven’t retained a lot. Except, bears.

The latest Psy-Changeling book was released last week, and a couple of days later the e-book dropped into my Kindle. Oops. Oddly enough (given we live in a tech world and I’d also pre-ordered the audiobook for the same release date) Audible didn’t deliver that version until the evening. I will say it was harder than usual to work that day as all I wanted to do was hibernate. I should have taken a leave day and curled up – I would have had six un-interrupted hours in between the school run, so totally worth it. Next time!

BLURB: Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

I really enjoyed this book. It’s the first in the Trinity story arc and so, so different a world from the first book, Slave to Sensation (2006!) yet still the same. Seeing a glimpse of some older characters settles my need to have linking books, and I can see a few of the issues that the three cultures need to resolve showing thru to what will form at least the next few books (note Nalini, you need to give us more than just the Trinity conclusion!!) but as ever, Nalini’s characters are not entirely predictable (bears!). The only thing that I found jarring was who the culprit was, and I can’t say more than that so early on in the publication life. Perhaps after I’ve re-read (or finished listening) that will settle on me. I can inadvertently not “grab” a meaning because I am devouring the book too fast & I suspect that’s the case here.

Because I don’t seek to fund this blog & I purchased these editions, I won’t give specific links but you can read an excerpt or look for local editions on Nalini’s site : 

Lastly – I much prefer the darker UK covers. Thankfully that’s what we get down here 🙂

WIP (somewhere it’s still) Wednesday…

I just found this in the drafts – whoops!!

I had a full-on day yesterday, so apologies for not writing. Hubs packed/left for a work trip (solo parenting, oh yay); I had work, I left work early to look after sick MIL & sick child, worked at home, did three loads of washing (did I mention sick child?! I meant, SICK child), stitched a little, forgot to eat lunch, found warm clothes, left Screaming Teen in charge and went to the British & Irish Lions game at Eden Park (thank you adidas crew). If you want a match report, go HERE

As you can see, primo seats, right on the 22 and UNDER COVER. The only wet was from beer spillage when the people in front of me cheered. Unexpectedly, the Auckland Blues won 22-16. Personally, used to rugby league referees, I thought this one sucked when it came to positioning. He appeared to be in the way multiple times so kudos to the players, having to add “don’t pass to the dude in white” to their thoughts every time they passed from the base of the scrum or a ruck.

Stitching-wise, I am nearly completed all the DMC in Andromeda’s rock. I have decided to change out the charted green to a Kreinik to give gloss, like you could expect from wet seaweed/mussels, and eagle-eyed punters will see that I have frogged the lilac in the waves on the left & worked out that I will replace this with 3752, which is in the same depth group.

The image on the right is very true to the colours of the fabric, which is Country Stitch Antarctic Storm on 28ct lugana. Catherine likens it to DMC 800 and that’s pretty much what it is, just slightly darker as I specifically requested.


WIP Wednesday 

It’s been a big, big day. I’ve had some problems with one eye and today was the retinal exam. Anaesthetic drops and dilation drops later, & I looked like a Snapchat filter. 

You’re not getting that photo. No. 

Eventually I got home (cloudy day & I looked like a wanker wearing shades on the train). I couldn’t read or do anything for about 3 hours, but eventually I could cope with the light and started to be able to focus.  Big print on the kindle, but a win. 

I also remembered a wonderful opportunity I had in 2011. Sir Roger Moore had just released his autobiography (read it, you’ll howl with laughter) & I was working for Whitcoulls. We hosted him and after Shanee & I got an autograph & a photo op. I gave him a copy of Hairy Mclary to read to his grandchildren. RIP, Mr Bond. ❤

This afternoon I’ve managed to get some stitching done. This is Emi, a Nora Corbett bewitching pixie. No conversions, as its part of Julie’s RR. Sorry, I don’t know the fabric details!

WIP Wednesday

Hello you lovely people! How have you been? I’ve had a pretty busy week, all in all.

  • Watched the first rugby game of the season (Waitakere beat Avondale college, hooray!)
  • Picked up my new toy, a Galaxy S8+. The camera is amazeballs. The moon shot was on auto; imagine if I had taken the time to not have post bootcamp wobbles and had changed to the proper setting!
  • Ordered MIL her Pressie Box, which should be ordered today. for some beautiful things and great customer service.
  • Watched the first hockey game of the season (I fail, I keep calling the ball a “puck”. And Icing is of course not a thing).
  • Survived both Normo’s birthday set (49!) and my own (shared with Lavinia, we had 10 minutes of EMOMs). Not surprisingly, didn’t go to the small session last night!
  • Started my portion of Julie’s round robin. Si liked the colours in Emi, so that is the Nora Corbett pixie that I started.
  • Made another flosstube video. Mase made a cameo appearance. Look for Paula SewScrapMuse on youtube. Yes, my accent is “cute”. Huh.
  • And 3 year anniversary with WordPress. I don’t miss Blogger at all!

Me at 43

Taken from the 100 Things About Me list that’s available in many places online 🙂  I left the original numbers, just to confuse y’all.

  1. What is your name? If you haven’t worked this out by now, I feel sorry for you!
    6. What is your favourite vegetable? I’d say tomato, but that’s a fruit. Kumera?
    8. What is the worst exam result you remember ever getting? C, in sixth form physics. I giggled my way thru the exam (apologies classmates) and am still amazed I passed on about 4 hours sleep that week.
    10. Can you swim? Like a fish. Except for the breathing underwater bit. I haven’t mastered that.
    13. Who is your favourite comedian? I love Michael McIntyre. And Jimmy Carr. And the writers for Pixar. And Sarah Millican. Sarah Pascoe. More the English style rather than ‘murican, altho Dane Cook can be pretty damn funny too. I don’t like comics who feel the need to explain the joke.
    14. Who is your favourite politician? Helen Clark. She rocks, despite not being currently “in politics”.
    15. Who is your favourite historical figure (been dead for at least 100 years)? Jane Digby ( for a quick look, but definitely check out Mary S Lovell’s book)
    19. Who is your favourite mythological god or goddess? Cassiopeia
  2. Who is your favourite woman of all time? My MIL Carol. I love her.
    21. Do you agree with “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”? Nope.
  3. Do you agree with “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? Yes
    31. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Happy Feet (Si says the best part was the credits)
    32. What is the worst TV show you have ever seen? Any sitcom that gets re-written. LEAVE IT ALONE!
    33. What is the worst book you have ever read? I’ve read some shitters lately. Sense & French Ability is the most recent (it IS a book, altho I can see why M might think it’s p*rn. Easy mistake, babe.)
    34. What is the worst song you have ever heard? MMM-Bop!!! Apologies if you get an earworm.
    35. What is the worst sport you know of? Darts
    36. Who is the worst movie “star” ever? Tom Cruise, Ricky Gervaise…
    38. Who is the worst author ever? I would give kudos to anyone who finishes writing a book. I may not read it, but kudos anyways
    42. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Scotland
    46. If you could change any one thing about your country, what would it be? That a minority of the minority seems to be able to rule change.
  4. If you could change any one thing about international politics, what would it be? Trump winning.
  5. If you could eat an entire cow at one sitting, would you? Ah no. Hooves? Ick.
    51. Have you ever illegally downloaded music/TV shows/movies from the net? What is this, a setup?
    53. Have you ever gotten any points on your driving license? No
    54. Have you ever stolen anything from a shop? Yes
    55. Have you ever bought alcohol or cigarettes while underage? For myself, yes. I started Uni too young. Corrupted.
  6. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? Singapore
    62. Where have you visited that you would like to go back to? Jenolan, in New South Wales.
    63. Where would you like to visit that you haven’t yet? Norway
    64. Where is your favourite place in the world? Bethells Beach
    68. What is your favourite way to travel? If I can’t get there right now, Instagram and books.
    75.What was the last song you listened to? “River Lea”
    76. Was it any good? It’s Adele. What more do you need to know?
    77. What was the last computer game you played? On my phone – Bloons Tower Defence 5
    78. Did you do well? Yes – and ashamedly I’m hooked on those cute monkeys.
    89. Do you believe in democracy above all other systems of government? Yes
    91. What is your favourite movie? The Labyrinth, close second is The Princess Bride
    92. What is your favourite book? The Little White Horse
    93. What is your favourite song? Oh, heaps of love but no one single favourite. Recently loving Ed Sheeran’s Nancy Mulligan. Now that’s a love story.
    94. What is your favourite city? Auckland, NZ – love coming home
    97. Are you glad these questions are almost over? oh yeah
    98. What are you going to do next? Count to make sure I’m at 43..
    100. Give us a quote to end on…”Let not your heart be troubled” – John 14:27 NKJ

Where I Am At Home

On her blog this week, Tsh Oxenreiter is celebrating the release of her new book, At Home in the World. I picked up (totally cover lust) Notes from a Blue Bike a while ago and liked it.

On her blog, Tsh is inviting people to write about three things:

  1. Share about a place where you feel at home in the world.
  2. Write about a city (of any size) you love. (there’s prompts for this submission)
  3. Tell me whyyou’ve chosen to stay wherever it is you call home…

 I’m picking number one. And for me, number one is Te Henga or Bethells Beach, Auckland.


It’s a wild, windy West Coast beach with all that the geographical location implies. There’s no swimming here (except in the lagoon that is formed by Waitakere River) and the surf patrol is only during the high season. The coffee cart is in the clearing next to the main carpark – and often the eftpos is down, so make sure you take some cash & don’t expect to be able to use cell phone data or WiFi – and the public toilets are paved with the black sand from where people have showered or simply rinse their feet off before going home.

Walking down the sheltered entry you could be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing much going on here. The carpark may be full but it’s rare that you’ll encounter someone else, except when the tide is out and all the kids want to explore the cave. Dogs run freely down the south end of the beach, wheeling around like the gulls they chase, bouncing into the surf after tennis balls and driftwood. If you want to explore, head left at the heads and climb over towards Ihumoana Island (now fenced off due to rockfalls) and further north, past Kauwahia Island and surf at O’Neill Bay.

Head right, and stretch your legs down towards the old wharf and the caves. You can keep going, moving down the Hillary Trail for hours or days. Your head will clear of anything and you’ll come away reinvigorated. It’s a great place to walk & talk to God, to your significant other, to your kids.




Oh, thank goodness it’s Friday. This week has been full-on, with the middle three days devoted to the work conference. I am pleased to report that I didn’t embarrass myself (or my boss) and didn’t call anyone by the wrong name. Not even once. Admittedly this was helped by being in a group with one other with the same name, 3 other support office people, someone I clicked with right away, and another I thought was OK and not a plonker.

And speaking of the plonk, it was pretty low on the scale, so that was only the half glass with dinner. Just enough to pretend that I am an adult.

And my team won the challenge. We rock.

Stitching-wise, nothing but FFO so far. So at least I ticked off some monthly goal between WIPocalypse updates. Toothless in all the variations is going off to Europe in the post today. Hope my partner enjoys!

Zac was involved in the term art exhibition at Waitakere yesterday. It’s cool to see where his talents are evolving to. This is my super sporty, super geeky kid who is exploring his boundaries and taking every opportunity. Love that.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Don’t forget to get some exercise in! (that’s me in the blue – lots and lots of bear crawls make for a really solid sleep!)