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My Week in Pictures

It’s been a hectic week.  I have been madly making cards and other crafty goodies for my upcoming market stall.  I’ve been organising things to sell at a car boot sale this weekend (I have so much junk-that’s-not-really-junk to get rid of).  I’ve been organising quotes for air-conditioning in my rapidly heating up house.  I’ve had several birthday events to attend and catch-ups to arrange before Christmas.  It’s all happening.

I finally updated my phone and now have a much better one that doesn’t take blurry photos and doesn’t keep shutting down for no reason.  My old phone looks and behaves like something from the stone age.  Well, to be fair, it was about eight years old which, in phone terms these days, is practically a millennium.

I can take selfies now without having to guess if I am pointing the phone camera in the right direction.  And then edit the photos on the spot if I am not happy with them (ie don’t like the way I look in them).

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I also managed to fit in a spot of op-shopping.  I haven’t been for aaaaaaaaages, mostly due to lack of funds but also I just haven’t had time.  I broke my shoes this week so I actually did need to go and find a new pair.  Not wanting to spend a fortune, I of course when to the op-shop to check out what they had available.  I scored these lovely buckle-detail wedges.  I cannot walk in wedges, normally.  I fall down, a lot.  I wobble and am very unsteady because my ankle tends to turn in and I am a super klutz.  But these had a nice chunky heel and were very stable and comfortable.  And my perfect size! Better still, they were only $3.00!  I mean!  How could I not get them?  I wish they had been black as they would be more practical for work, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?

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My garden has gained a critter.  This VERY LARGE grasshopper.  Who only has one back leg.  He has been on the same tree for about a week now.  I am not sure if he is resting or waiting for a bus, preparing to die, or just hanging out.  I must admit to being a bit squeamish about crickets and grasshoppers but I wouldn’t hurt one and, as I have no garden to speak of, there is nothing for him to destroy, so he can stay.  I don’t know if he can get around on one back leg – I’m assuming they don’t grow back like a spider’s does.  He is quite magnificent though – he looks like he is wearing armour.  He was kind enough to let me get in his face and take his picture without leaping off and scaring the bejeezus out of me.  But I do fear he is not long for this world, which is a shame.

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I had a lovely afternoon of Lego and tea with my Mum, brother and his brood.  Playing with Lego is an age-old tradition in my family.  I don’t think we will ever tire of it, and I am so glad the littlies enjoy it (because it gives us an excuse to play too).  That’s my castle there in the middle of the table – it’s been demolished by Master Nine, despite my protests.  I used to love hanging out with my big bro’, back in the day, building all sorts of creations.  I’m lucky I even had a big brother who didn’t mind his little sister hanging around playing with his stuff and probably taking all the good bricks.

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I went walking with a friend and found this beautiful cockatoo feather (shortly after having a spectacular fall and landing on my face).  Isn’t it gorgeous?  The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is endangered and always having its habitat destroyed by various construction projects and deforestation.  They are lovely creatures and it would be a shame to lose them.  I have treated them when I was a vet nurse and, despite their large size and FEROCIOUSLY STRONG beak, they are quite a gentle bird and very intelligent.  I love this feather and it will have pride of place on my hall table.

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I have not been looking after my plants at all, but they continue to amaze me with their resilience and growth. My “Mother of Thousands” plant is doing so well and is producing so many babies I feel I should open a nursery.  It is doing so well despite my neglect and  inability to remember that plants like water occasionally.

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Even the “dead” leaves from my Kalanchoe Feldtschenkoi I threw into the garden have sprouted bubbies and they are so cute!  They’re like tiny little rose buds at this stage.  I love that they propagate like this.  This is why I never throw any part of a succulent away – it still has life in it even if it looks dead!

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I got glasses.  Proper ones.  Not over-the-counter-chemist ones.  Actual optometrist-prescribed ones.  I am still getting used to them.  I really only need them for fine, intricate work, particularly when crafting and drawing, so I keep forgetting I have them.  They are currently buried under a pile of card-making supplies.

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My cousin in England sent me this STUNNING photo of my Mum.  I have never seen it before.  She looks so beautiful.  She would have been about 18 years old, just engaged and living at home with my grandparents.  Check out those nails!!!  They’re her real nails – not some fake stuck on ones.  And her hair is amazing (although I know now where I get my split-fringe issue from!).  The photo would have been taken by my Grandad who loved to shoot very posed pictures – he would always have a prop and a theme going on, ha ha.  No candid happy snaps for him, oh no!

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Now I just have to concentrate on my market stall on the weekend and then I can relax or, at least, make sense of my house and maybe start decorating for Christmas before Christmas has actually been and gone.

Hope you have a wonderful week and accomplish everything you you have planned (even if your plans include lots of napping, day-dreaming and generally lounging about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading, as always x

This Week

This Week

It’s been a busy week, starting with last Friday night, when I stayed at my Aunt’s house.  My Uncle is very ill in hospital and my family and I are taking it in turns to stay with my Aunt, just so she isn’t alone at night.  She’s perfectly able to take care of herself, but she is worried and stressed and sad – much better if she has company.  It was actually really nice staying with her.  We got to chat and catch up, which is something we hardly ever get to do.  She’s awesome 🙂  As children, we always loved her because she was the one adult who would always listen to us and not think we were silly or whatever.

So I got to hang out with her and her pony (Fibber), her cat (Socks) and collie dog (Heidi).  They’re all lovely and such good companions for her and my Uncle.  Socks was a bit of a wildcat in her younger days, but has mellowed a lot in recent times.

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Heidi is a pretty, gentle girl who just wants to be with you all the time.

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On Saturday I went shopping with my Mum.  We had lunch out and bought some presents for my brother (it’s his birthday this weekend).  We also went op-shopping and I got some nice skirts and tops (which I drew into my art journal).

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On Sunday, I had a lazy day at home, pottering around, doing lots of laundry (as it was sunny and warm outside) and trying to tidy up my wreck of a house.  I finished off some jewellery a friend had ordered – mostly repairs and revamps of stuff I had already made for her (that she will insist on wearing in the ocean and swimming pools so they fall to pieces).

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I must admit I spent some time on the couch, dozing a bit, too.  Sundays were kinda meant for that, right?

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I did go for several walks this week, so at least I can feel less guilty about my exercise routine.  On Thursday, I went to my cousin’s for dinner.  She, my two nieces, and I, went for a nice evening walk and then did a 7-minute home workout (she has an app on her phone that yells at you in a drill sargeant voice).  I am so unfit, but at least I didn’t die or pass out.  My legs and arms hurt though haha.  I had a horrible migraine yesterday and I think it may have been from the tightness in my neck and shoulders (from attempting pushups).  See?  More proof that being healthy is dangerous to your health! 🙂

I got to cuddle my nieces’ guinea pigs, Charlotte and Ella.  They are adorable, and relatives of my own beloved Roderick.  They are very well behaved little piggies – quite happy to sit on a towel on the floor, munching on a food treat while the girls pat them or give them kisses.

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Yesterday, in the afternoon, I went for a walk, to try and clear my head and get rid of the migraine that was threatening to split my skull open.  My library assistant had recently discovered a path through the nearby bushland, so I decided to check it out and go for a stroll.  In hindsight, probably not the best idea, going into the bush on your own – next time I will try and go with a work-mate.  The day was beautiful – cool but sunny and bright and it was so peaceful and calm in amongst the true and other plants.  I thought I might see a snake (as we had one outside work this week) but I didn’t, just heard some rustling, which could have been anything from a lizard to a mouse.  Not a lot of wildflowers in there but a few pretty ones were spotted.  The bright colours stood out against the brown barks and dried leaves, grasses and shrubs.

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The only wildlife I saw was a cheeky Willy wagtail, bobbing about on the path in front of me.

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It was a nice way to spend half and hour.  Didn’t get rid of my headache, but still nice anyway.  The path went for miles and miles so I couldn’t explore it all, but will go back another time.

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When I got back to work, I decided to head home early (with some pushing from my assistant) as my head really was splitting and I just needed to lie down in a dark room somewhere.  As I was leaving, I saw these two pink and grey galahs in the trees outside our car park.  They let me get quite close, to take photos, before flying off into the trees further into the bush.  We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much natural bushland and to experience a few visits from native fauna.

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I went home, took my migraine pills and then slept for 18 hours.  Isn’t that terrible?  I slept and slept and didn’t wake up until mid morning.  Still a bit “foggy” in the head, but better than yesterday.  Hope it will be gone by tomorrow so I can get on with some things.  My Mum and I are staying with my Aunt again tonight and tomorrow we will visit my brother.  Then the whole weekend will be gone and it will be back to work (boo hoo).  I’m seeing a rheumatologist this week for my stupid painful finger and hand.  I hope it is nothing nasty…

Hope you’ve had a happy, healthy week 🙂

Week of Winter

Week of Winter

A wet, windy, grey and cold week this week.  Howling winds and hail, black clouds and bucketing rain.  The sun tried its best to come out of hiding a few times, but for the most part it was definitely a Wintery week.  Driving home each afternoon, it was always a race to see who would get there first – me or the rain-heavy clouds.

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See that patch of black sky at the bottom of the photo?  Yeah, that’s where home is!

Work was very busy ( I had to do a library “tour” for new employees – ugh, I hate speaking in front of people!) and I had lots of projects and research reports to get finished.  It seemed like a very long week and I was glad when Friday rolled around.  I did receive an emailed “Good Work!” and a smiley face from my CEO which was awesome and surprising (considering it was for something small and insignificant to me and just part of my job really) but it made me feel good for a little while.  It’s nice to be appreciated.  I also got a little card from one of the Supervisors in another department because I had brought in brownies for their OT student’s farewell morning tea and she wanted to say Thank you.  Also nice.  I’m a bit needy when it comes to stuff like that.  Sometimes you just want to be acknowledged.

I did a fair bit of walking, despite the weather.  I’ve been trying to exercise more and force myself to get out more and move that body (which basically sits down all day in front of a computer).  I live in quite a nice neighbourhood now, with lots of green parks and pretty houses to walk by.

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I love watching the dogs in the park.  They look so happy and joyful, running like mad things, playing and rough-housing.  Sometimes I get so caught up watching them that I don’t notice how late it’s getting.  I live in a nice neighbourhood, but not so nice that I should be walking around in the dark.

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I did get a hat this week.  I’m not good with hats.  I have a big head.  I do!  I also have lots of hair so big head + big hair = hard to find a hat that fits and looks ok.  I got a knitted hat from Ebay (I love Ebay – even if my bank account doesn’t!) and I think it looks alright.  It keeps my head nice and toasty and doubles as a my-hair-is-gross-today-and-I-need-to-hide-it-option.  I wore it to my niece’s 10th birthday party and she asked me “why are you wearing that thing on your head?”.  So, not sure if the hat is a total success.  I’ll let you be the judge. Be kind.

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Big Head!

I was supposed to go walking this morning with a friend of mine but she messaged me early to say she wasn’t feeling well and so would have to cancel.  Bit of a bummer but I coerced hubby into going for a walk with me (I bribed him with breakfast out).  We went to Food for Me, our fave brekky spot.  I had the “Wicked Scrambled Eggs” – so yummy.  The BEST scrambled free-range eggs with Danish feta, sundried tomatoes, chutney and the yummiest bread ever.  I wanted to take a photo of it when it arrived but I, um, started eating straight away, and so you’ll have to make do with a half-eaten display of deliciousness…

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I’d like to say we came home and did lots of housework and gardening but we did not.  I sorted laundry but that’s about it.  Our garden is atrocious.  We were told when we moved in that we could ignore the backyard as there really wasn’t any garden to speak of, but I think we took it a little bit literally and now we have three-feet high weeds.  Looks nice and green though! 🙂  Roderick would have loved it and I must admit I think of him every time I pull up a bit of grass or a dandelion or some herbs from my sad little collection of pots on the front step…

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Terrible really…

I haven’t done much crafting at all this week.  I spent several hours today making earrings but that was all I accomplished all week.  It’s been so cold and miserable and all I wanted to do was curl up in front of the heater and not move from it. Gallons of hot tea have been consumed, trying to warm myself from the inside…but of course then you need to keep going to the bathroom and it’s cold in there!  I am quite happy with the earrings I made today though – having sorted all my bead and finding boxes out the other day made a huge difference.  I could actually find stuff and I didn’t make a mess!  Who knew being organised could be so useful and time-saving?  Hmmm….

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Wish I had more of these stripey glass beads…they were from the bracelet I bought at last week’s High Tea.

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I quite like these.  They’re a bit weird but kinda organic-looking at the same time.

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These little copper leaves are so dainty and tinkly.  I made another pair with green beads too.

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I really like these ones.  They have a vintage/Japanesy feel to them somehow.

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This pair refused to sit still while I was trying to take the photo…but I think you can see them ok..

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These ones were also made from recycled beads from some of the 2nd hand jewellery I got last week.

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These too…I think they may be made from iron ore…

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Pretty and girly.  Forgot I had these silver loops.  I think the pink and green works well together.

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This pair is quite elegant and I have no idea where the little silver cones came from…but they worked for this!

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These leopard earrings look like they have ruptured hernias.  Hope no one else thinks that but me (I have a weird brain).

So, that’s my week.  I’m so over the cold weather and the dark mornings.  Bring on Spring I say!  Hope your week was happy and fulfilling or lazy and chilled out – whichever you prefer.  Have a great Monday and week ahead 🙂