Friday, January 28, 2011

Well that will teach me!

G'day all!

I had my car serviced today and got the nasty petrol smell checked out.

One of the fuel lines had perished. And the fuel filter clamps were tied down too tight and were strangling the fuel filter. Hmmm...

So I drove off and filled up the car cos it is cheap petrol Friday (at some point soon the fuel prices will jack up about 10c a litre).

Car felt a less nippy than usual but I thought that was just me being odd.

We drove up to the PiLs' place and had a lovely BBQ there and hung out with Nathan and his brother playing Sky pieces.

Then we managed to get 100m down the road and most of the way through a right hand turn (remember we drive on the left side of the road, not the right, so it is the equivalent of a left hand drive car's left turn) when I realised we had no power. No fuel. Nada. I couldn't even roll to a stop in the most out of the way position as there was a car waiting to pull onto the road there plus we were going uphill... So we had 10 minutes of hazard flashers and cars telling us with quite a great deal of horn blowing that we were a danger parked where we were. Like DUH! Would you deliberately leave your car across 1.5 lanes of an intersection if you had any choice in the matter?

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Little Helmet doesn't fly at the moment. Brother in law and the RACV (AA) man confirm no petrol getting to the carbie. Helmet has gone back to the mechanic with a nice note and the key dropped through the letters slot. This will teach me to go spend $250 on getting him all nice and fixed up!

anon!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Interesting times

G'day all!

Remember that old Confucian "blessing" - "may you live in interesting times?"

Well I am living them. LOL Gotta laugh, cos otherwise you'd do something stupid.

Thanks for all your good wishes. I reckon we are working things out. Distance has certainly not helped.

We'll be back in Melbourne tomorrow, earlier in the day than planned. I am sure the cats will be happy to see us, though they've been in good hands.

I thought I'd give you a montage of some of the sights I've seen in the last week. Next time I am up here with some free time, I'll be hopping on the ferry - had a lovely, if too short, trip yesterday.

Sydney sights Jan 2011

I'll be happy to be home, though if Sydney is to be my home for a while well there are compensations to that too!

anon!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Offline for a bit, most likely

G'day all!

I have to go to Sydney for a while. I will be online there but I might not be posting much, it all depends.

Things are not working for DH and I, being in different cities. I feel lousy about leaving the cats for the second time in less than a week, but they have a nice cat sitter who will look after them (they both said hello to her, which I saw as a good sign!). All my hard work in the garden, getting things under control in a few areas will also be destroyed, but if I don't go then I won't have a marriage....

If it looks like we can get things back together, I'll be moving there but coming home every few weeks to get more house stuff fixed up. I have no idea what I'll be doing about the cats.

I will be back home next week, but after that I have no idea.

It is really quite difficult living in uncertainty. I've been living with it for years. I find it very stressful. Taking things one day at a time is helpful but there are some things you absolutely must plan. And there are some certainties that I expect and have enjoyed for over 10 years now, and suddenly BOOM! Gone....

anon!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another new frock!

G'day all!

It seems like I've been on a dress-buying spree recently. I only had two dresses in the States cos mostly I rode my bike and bike plus dress do not go.

On Friday I had to go out to Knox City (shopping centre or mall as Americans would call it) to meet up with someone. I went to one of my favourite shops (when they are not burning incense at least).

I bought this dress there (and a skirt).

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When I walked out of the shop, the alarm went off but the girl waved me on.

OK.

When I got home and took the labels off the dress to wash it, I discovered a little problem.

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Ahem.

(I do have a receipt for it)

Ah we have fun times at the moment. I had hoped that 2011 would be a better year but already it is bollocks. Sigh. Something that matters to me a very great deal looks like it is not working, so.... But we have to wait and see if it gets better again.

anon!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A reprieve

G'day all!

Well the chickens live on. Boldie was looking really sick on Saturday (it was hot, which didn't help) but she has perked up a lot. Her comb is red again, not a weird grey pink, she is vocalising instead of wheezing, though she certainly has what sounds like laryngitis (hooray! She can't make loud whinings like she normally does). No eggs but with two moulting and one broody, what can I expect? They are pretty useless chickens.

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So I went to the quilting guild meeting on Saturday and managed to baste two quilts all ready for quilting. (Pics don't show them with the safety pins basting them but I assure you they are done!) Haven't had time to quilt them yet, mind you, and won't have much chance since I'll be busy all weekend.

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I am trying to get the house cleaned up after the bombshell of the happenings over Christmas/New Year. It is a slow and painful business, this cleaning bizzo, even when you have a nice new mop and broom.

I took a car load of stuff to the Salvos. Hooray!

Nutmeg is doing well. She even ate a raw chicken neck tonight. I've been trying to get her to eat stuff like that for a while. Cheshire point blank prefers to starve than eat anything like a raw chook neck or wing.

My beautiful crop of nectarines

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has been done over by the rancid weather we are having. I have never seen rot move so quickly.

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I managed to save about 80% of what you see here. I've stewed them and am only blogging now cos I am trying to get them to cool down enough to go in the fridge.

I am plotting some knitting. I have a cardigan about a third done but it is wool and I don't want wool at present. I want cotton or bamboo or something cooler like that.

Lots more to talk about but I need to get these nectarines cool and me to bed.

anon!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Cracking the guilts

G'day all!

You would think I had gone hog wild spending waaay too much or something over the last few days. I am having an attack of the guilts.

I bought too many calendars (two for home, one for work, one as a gift and two wee baby ones that called to me, Lynne, Lynne, take us home! My goodness I am a sucker for a calendar at 40 or 50% off! I mostly do landscape calendars but quirky ones take my eye too.

I bought two dresses and one skirt (cost me less than $100).

I insured the car for third party property, fire and theft (umm $350 or $450? More than what the car is probably worth but if I run into a ferarri or a light pole, well we have to pay for it if we don't have car insurance). (In Victoria, every car has to have third party personal insurance - it is part of the registration fee. Our rego fee is over $500pa but for that we get no fault insurance for damage we do to other people or they do to us. We do not have to have property/car insurance - that is up to us to arrange when we choose to. Now that we have cash flow I am insuring Helmet in case I damage someone else's vehicle. If Helmet is written off, so be it. It will be peeving but a minor prang will write him off if we wanted to claim the insurance...)

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Her Imperial Intergalactic Highness (now with added futuristic collar) Nutmeg has cost over $400. Money well spent in making sure that she doesn't go blind. (Though the vet today could've laid off on the picking on her weight... I try to keep it down.)

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But worst of all, the very worst is Boldie the chicken is wheezing. She is distressed. She has sneezed for a long time but I thought it was just her way of communicating. But now she is wheezing as well. It might be curable but it will cost a couple of hundred dollars to find out. I am not that attached to Boldie that I will pay out that much for a sick chicken that isn't laying many eggs and is not a treasured pet. Isolde is broody all the time. And Goldie is moulting. Isolde and Boldie have to be knocked on the head and we can't leave Goldie by herself and I can't get new chickens immediately because Boldie's problem might be catching so I have to clean out the coop and disinfect it. So I am seeing if our chicken friend can come around and knock the lot on the head. I will probably cry from guilt cos I feel like I've failed the chickens.

And it is too hot to do useful stuff on my day off. Stinky hotness! Go away stinky hotness! 28C is nice, 33 and nasty hot northerly is Too Much!

And the hot water heater's gas blew out for the second time this week.

But there are upsides (I have some very nice dresses and a skirt, I have pretty calendars for the wall, my hair is starting to be able to be styled, Nutmeg is well, etc). And the wind is cooling down so I can open up the house to let it through and cool the place.

anon!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The joy of pets

G'day all!

I am sitting at the emergency vet with Nutmeg, who has a bad eye. She was fine half an hour before tea, then after I talked to my sister for half an hour, she was hunched up on the bed and obviously in pain. So here I am with my knitting and the cat carrier (and a busting bladder...) Waiting waiting waiting...



Ah, that is better - I couldn't figure out how to put the picture in the right spot using the phone but now it is fixed.

Nutmeg has a grungy eye of unknown origin, likely trauma. I have to put ointment on it for a couple of days then take her to our vet to get it checked again to see if it is ulcerating. She has a plastic collar on and is walking around in a very very funny way, trying to scrape it off with every step.

anon!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Spider-phobes, look away now

I mean it!

Do

not

read

this

post.

Honestly.

That

means

YOU,

2paw!

OK. That should be enough spidey-space.

On Saturday night, we didn't sleep as well as we could. DH in particular had a bad night's sleep.

On Sunday night, DH called me into the bedroom. He thought I should see something.

This something. (Scuse the blurry shot, taken with only one 15W fluorescent light.)
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No worries, it is just a golden orb weaver spider. Inside. It must've come off DH's clothes which he left on the line overnight. I had wondered where the spider had gone - she is a lovely big beauty and had been making her web on the line for a few weeks (quite annoying when it comes to hanging out the washing as I don't want to bust the web. She had even remembered her dinner she had left hanging in it when I had to break it one day - I vibrated the web to warn her and she rushed down and cut her dinner (a nice big fly) out of the web and raced back to her hidey hole. No kidding!). I had hoped she hadn't been eaten by a bat or a bird.

Nope.

Look where she was making her web.

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That is MY PILLOW underneath her (she's the little grey blob).

Well I was not going to bed with her making her web over us AGAIN (I think she might've been a bit frustrated by us moving when she tried to attach her web to us... EEK!). So I had to get her on a broom (the beast went and hid in the venetians! Above my pillow!) and get her outside. I threw the whole broom on the washing line (it was dark and she was running around like crazy).

Yesterday her web had reappeared on a different part of the line.

Good luck, little sister. May you have many babies!

anon!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Secondly

G'day all!

(Dang, no wonder noone has commented on this post - I forgot to publish it!)

Things proceed here at the Modest Manor. I am doing a series of pics of the progress on our house, though they really belong on the house blog, where they will duly show up!

I have to share this pic with you. It was my Project 365 in 2011 pic* for yesterday. DH's dad has been coming around a LOT and helping with the renos. Here they are working on the deadlock on the new door.

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I think it gives them both a great deal of pleasure to work together.

Today I helped out a bit and did some dyeing (and went to Bunnings and bought Even More Stuff for the house renos. We've spent at least $100 a day for the last week there...). I dyed up a couple of bathsheets for DH - I've tried tie dyeing them. I won't know if it has worked until tomorrow but it was sure fun making a mess (though I did manage to spot orange fibre-reactive dye down the front of my lovely NEW purple tshirt.... Argh!). I hope the things come out nice and colourful - the last bits of dye in the tub look pretty!

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(*project 365 in 2011 is take a picture every day in 2011 - the idea has been running since 2008. One of Nathan's mates did it last year and his photography is quite amazing. I am not trying for such amazingness, just things that I like :-)

anon!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Welcome to 2011

G'day all!

It is now 2011 and has been for nearly 24 hours! Amazing.

So far, so good. It was a bit icky today - we are getting more weird humid weather, this time from the north-west (not the north east, like before Christmas). A few showers and one cracking thunderstorm. My goodness, one lightning bolt was right overhead - from cloud to cloud but only a kilometre or so up so the thunder was almost instantaneous. It cracked and rattled and shook us within a second of me noticing a very small, innocuous looking flash in the sky. Holy cow, did it give us (MiL, FiL, DH and I) one helluva shock! MiL ducked so hard she hurt her neck! I was sorting through a pile of building junk and had a long piece of aluminium (aluminum for Americans) in my hand. Rather glad it was cloud to cloud not cloud to earth/return stroke! Someone's car alarm went off several times - it obviously doesn't like thunder. Nutmeg voted for running under the house - under the house must be safer than inside the house.

I finished spinning some yarn that has been hanging around for a while. I started it months ago and had about 80g to spin up. Over the last three days I spun the rest. Now it needs a little bath and a little time in front of the camera.

I have a lovely bag of hand-spun yarn all ready to take up to my spinning guild, but alas the guild has to move. The scouts are kicking them out. So the guild has to find a new home - they very much want to rent a place rather than just have a place for one or two afternoons a month. It is a very active guild, with a gallery, a craft supplies room (with fleece room!), and a library, plus there is usually at least one activity a week happening in the rooms and ladies are always there. (Even the odd gentleman!) So it is sad that they have to move cos finding a suitable place for not a lot of rent is going to be difficult. Plus I cannot foist some yarn on them to sell for me - I've noticed my handspun sells better in person than online. Oddly enough the stuff I think is crap yarn is usually the stuff people want to buy online, whilst the really nice soft stuff sits around for months or years even! I take it to the guild and boom! Gone.

People might wonder what my resolutions are for this year.

I have none.

I am not a resolutions sort of person.

If I have to have a resolution, I am going to try to live without fear this year. Nice in theory but depending on what happens, I might just have to live with fear. That would probably be a challenge in itself!

anon!