01-09-2009 15:43 hour

Tales from Tangowahine
We now have two new lambs and they are so pretty. Apparently they are a new kind of meat breed. The boys fed them when they got home and now the lambs are sleeping on the deck. The two new ones are curled up together and Guts is across the otherside of the deck from them. I hope they can teach him some new manners. Obviously, Guts is way bigger than the other two, but then that's hardly surprising. The boys have crosscountry tomorrow and I am going to watch. It is going to be interesting as the track is really wet and muddy, as much as they like playing in the mud, I don't think they are big fans of running in it. I hope this weather keeps up. So, I can't proclaim to know how you feel (although my brother in law told me it was like having a hangover, and I do know how that feels!). Just want you to know we are thinking of you and wishing you the best. Warm Fuzzies Brenda

31-08-2009 20:25 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well hello there! Just think Rory after this round of chemo you can say 2 down 2 to go! yeehaa to that!  Hope you are feeling okay.  The soccer table has gone down a treat in our house thank you very much!  we had some pretty fierce competition yesterday afternoon (so fierce in fact my wrists were too sore to type a message to you!)  Once you are all settled after all of this is finished with you might like it back so we will keep that door open for you!  Kody and Ben are getting excited about the cross country on Wednesday (2 sleeps!)  this afternoon they got out of the car at the gate and sprinted to the back door (kind of a little bit scared because I was behind them in the car, they think I am going to overtake them or something!  It makes them go really fast! (just for the record I dont chase them in the car!!) Ben never has the energy to walk the short distance home but you want to see him run just for fun! 
Crikey I thought the wind was going to carry me away today!  I made vampire slime and play dough at playcentre today oh yes and bubble fluff! Was lots of fun. Sending seriously happy healing thoughts your way. Lots of love from the Johnstons xxxxx

31-08-2009 16:14 hour
peter niland ( whangarei , new zealand )

Hi there Rory . I didnt mention how you can get in touch with me if you are getting well and want to have a holiday at the beach house at whananki . I am at Annie Rose in Whangarei . 4300817 . Your Mum can ask for me .

31-08-2009 14:43 hour
jane cunningham ( Whangarei )

Hi Rory
Thinking of you in your next cycle of chemo.... just keep on keeping on...
love jane and whanau

31-08-2009 09:34 hour
Kathry Milich ( Dargaville )

Good morning Rory, well Korie bounced off to school this morning, he hasn't had any down time since he came home from your house on Saturday!  The Kody collision 'bump' on his head has gone!!!! (Thanks Dr Leigh for seeing to that!)  It sounds terrible but I was kinda happy to see that Kody had a bump on his head too, he ALWAYS leaves our house injured!!! So I'm glad that battle wounds happen at your house too!!!  We went to Kories great nanas on Saturday and he worked like a little soldier in her garden and cut down some trees and tidied her yard.  Then we went out to the bach for a social occasion with Nana and Grandad Morrison and Uncle Mark (nana talked about seeing you and mum last week) Korie finally went to bed at 9.30!  Then up on Sunday for a drive with Popa Milich and Gordon to the Waipoua Forrest for Kories first visit the Yakas tree.  They tell me that the camera went flat and so no photos to proove that he actually got there!!!  Well it's crazy windy here today, we hope your week goes to plan, take care dude, sending all our good healing thoughts your way.  Love form Kathryn xox

31-08-2009 08:36 hour

Tangowahine Tales
I realise that your day isn't going to be a good one but I hope this takes your mind off it for a while.
We found out where Guts was getting out of his enclosure. I'm not sure if that has been sorted yet but he seemed okay staying in there this weekend because i was in the house.
Yesterday i thought I would give him a big feed to keep him happy and gave him 600mls of milk. His little tummy was sticking out both sides when i had finished and I felt satisfied because he struggled to get through it all. Satisfaction short lived. When it came time to feeding him at lunchtime I found out he had gas from too much milk and we shouldn't feed him again till the gas had gone. (He needed to fart, really badly) So we had to wait till that happened. He got a feed last night but not as much as the morning and he was fine when we got up this morning. The boys came back from their grandparents yesterday with sprats that they had caught off the wharf at Russell. Rueben has been feeding them to the cat (all four of them) and when I got out of the shower this morning he had put one in the cats bowl in the kitchen!!!! I remained very calm as I asked him to put them outside on the deck because i would be sick. Not amount of purfume from the shower was going to hide that smell. And so we all start another week. I know today and the days coming are going to be tough but in the long run it will be worth it. Warm fuzzies. Brenda 

30-08-2009 22:53 hour
Mandy McGregor ( Ulsan , South Korea )

Hi guys, hope all is well. I am thinking of you Rory with the Chemo tomorrow, hope you have a good week!!

29-08-2009 12:29 hour

Tangowahine Tales
David came inside yesterday morning and found Guts wandering up the hall way towards him!!! As we were all out yesterday morning we can't work out how he came to be inside. Like I said, who ever said these animals were Stupid, was themselves stupid. We have increased Guts's milk intake so hopefully he won't be so hungry all the time. We had a phone call this morning from one of our lamb suppliers and it looks like we will have another two before the end of the weekend. That means Guts won't be so lonely. Be a nice surprise for Ethan when he gets home from Nana's and Poppas. I am just blimping out with no responsibility and loving it. Well that is kind of true, I actually miss the boys, the house is so quiet, except for Guts and his moaning!! Hope your all well. Brenda  

27-08-2009 23:11 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi guys,  hope the weather has been not to bad for you to spend the precious days back home.  We have been having mixed bag of goings on down here in the naki, mikayla has just gotten another infection in both ears (not even a month since the last 2 when she perforated one along with tonsilitis), I (wendy) have my arm and thumb in plaster with a probable fractured scaphoid bone below my thumb, which i did 3 weeks ago but tried to ignore the pain till i couldnt any more (typical mum syndrome), this makes nappy changing quite the impossible now - but very comical to watch I'm sure.  Logan gets his tonsils out on sept 16th but isnt looking forward to it really. and jason is just very busy at work - but could develop man flu any day just to make it awkward for us all (hope not tho !!! ). we are almost finished with renovating the bathroom, paint is on an we are waiting on the plumbing and wiring to be finished off. (cant wait for the second toilet to be back up and running again)
anyhow onward and upward, you guys are inspiration to all those that have there hands full and we all definitely look at your strength and push on knowing that tomorrow will be another day.  take care guys and sam i hope your big egg feels better tomorro, and rory fingers crossed that your results keep building up to get back with the treatment very soon.  lots of love  jason wendy logan and mikayla

27-08-2009 22:01 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well, just for the record crying and platinum blonde hair does not mix! Kody is soooooooo looking forward to tomorrow night.  And yes Brenda is a blessing in everyones lives! I am glad a bit of pressure has been relieved in your lives.  I hope you get a good 8 hour stretch of sleep tonight....I'll put it out to the universe for you!!! Sleep well xxxxx