Something you may not know about me…

August 31, 2008 at 1:12 am (Art, Uncategorized) (, )

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Many, many moons ago while looking for a way to earn a crust I applied for a position as a leadlighter.

To my shock I actually got the job only to wonder how the hell I was going to handle and cut glass and make windows.

My boss was a sweetie, it was his studio and he was very popular and well known in the industry here.

So, I learnt the very old and traditional craft of leadlighting.

At first I was petrified of breaking glass, cutting myself etc etc.

But after a few weeks I was carrying large sheets of glass (almost as big as me) cutting them into pieces, soldering, puttying windows and all that goes along with it.

It was not an easy job by any means. It was hard physical work. I lost a lot of weight and became quiet strong in the arms and hands.

It meant standing all day, getting little bits of glass all over you, cutting your fingertips, burning yourself with solder, using powders and putties and stove black to polish the lead so by the end of the day you were filthy.

But I loved that job. Because when you finished a customers window they were always so happy. And it was a creative job too, from drawing up the patterns, designing some windows from scratch, choosing colours and textures of glass and sometimes even painting on the glass.

It wasn\’t however as good for my lungs though. I ended up coughing up lots of junk every morning.

After being there for about a year, business started to slow and he had to let me go but I continued to make lampshades, little hanging things, jewellery boxes. Selling them at craft markets and in some shops. But when I worked I used a mask so I wouldn\’t breathe in the fumes from the solder.

Until my garage where I worked was broken into and my tools and some of my special glass was stolen.

Including some of my work as well.

I had always hoped to start making things again but have never been able to afford buy the tools I needed to replace, anyway where I live now I don\’t have the room to do it because you really need a garage or a work shed to work in.

Maybe one day…

 

Love Me xxxxx

Photo of a bathroom window and matching cabinet doors that I made.

 

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Some of my favourite websites…

August 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm (Uncategorized)

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Some of my favourite websites are:

For LOL cats – http://icanhascheezburger.com/

For cuteness – http://www.cuteoverload.com/

For gorgeous retro clothing, shoes and accessories – http://www.babygirlboutique.com/

For strangeness – http://www.unknownhighway.com/

For funny things etc – http://www.uniquedaily.com/

For hilarious celebrity gossip – http://www.dlisted.com/

And the funniest blog I have seen in a while – http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

Oh and last but not least – http://www.engrish.com/

Have fun!

Love Me xxxxx

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Why do I love cats???

August 15, 2008 at 2:06 am (Cats, Uncategorized) ()

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A lot of people wonder why I love cats so much.

At work I have quite a few cat things around me and I am pretty much known in the office as the crazy cat lady.

Firstly, I would like to say I love ALL animals, but cats just happen to be my favourites.

Why do I love cats in particular you ask?

Well, I love big cats because they are the perfect predator on land, and until man came along they were no doubt on the top of the food chain. For this they certainly deserve respect. They manifest the ultimate, to me, in power and beauty. They are perfectly suited to their habitat yet still have to struggle to survive and raise their young.

I love domestic cats because they still in quite a lot of ways do the things their big relatives do but in a smaller way.

I love that they are independant and that they can\’t really be trained. (A bit like me haha)

I know a lot of people are down on them particularly here in Australia where they have been blamed for the extinction or near extinction of several indigenous species.

But it is not the cats fault. It is the owners that abandon them or don\’t get them fixed that are to blame and it is in the cats nature to hunt and that isn\’t their fault either.

Anyway, mostly I love the soft fur behind their ears and their big round eyes. And the tufts of fur between their toes. And their little noses and whiskers. And the way their furs shines in the sunlight. And the way they purr when you pet them.

They know when you are down and they will spend more time with you.

Apparently it has been scientifically proven that a cats purr is partly a healing sound. This could be why they purr when they are in pain.

So that is why I love cats. But most of all I love my cats.

Here they are on an old quilt on the couch. That is about the close as they will get to each other. They don\’t really get along.

Thats all for today.

Love Me xxxxxxx

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When I am at home sick…

August 14, 2008 at 12:06 am (Uncategorized)

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I take the opportunity to catch up on the one and only soap I watch.

The Bold and the Beautiful. Yes I have to admit I do watch this when I am sick or am I sick to watch it? Um nevermind. And yes I am watching it right now.

The reason I like BB is because nothing ever really changes. You can tune in every 2 years or so and the plot is always the same.

Eric is divorcing or marrying Stephanie to marry or divorce some blonde.

Ridge is deciding whether he should divorce or marry Brooke or Taylor.

Someone dies and comes back to life.

Someone is having a baby to someone they slept with once.

Someone gets shot or kdinapped.

Some children seem to disappear then reappear totally grown-up.

The women are always crying. The men are always comforting them in the sack, and its not usually the man they are supposed to be with.

There is always a wedding and its always either on a boat, a beach or at the Forresters home.

There is always someone plotting the downfall of the Forresters.

They are always marrying and divorcing each others husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Just mix it up anyway you like.

Seriously I could write this story.

Once I did an assignment on why women in particular watch soaps, apparently its because we always like to know there is someone with more problems and dramas than we are having, but hang – on wait a sec, these are TV shows not real life.

I think BB is hilarious. I don\’t watch it because I take it seriously, I watch it because it is the best of the soap genre. Silly plots, long pauses, overacting, those facial expressions matched with tuxedos and evening dresses or lingerie.

Everything you always want in a soap but are afraid you will actually get.

Love Me xxxxxxxx

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Last night I watched THE worst tv show ever…

August 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm (Uncategorized)

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Dog the Bounty Hunter…

Have you seen this ridiculous show?

Its about a fashion challenged family that go find criminals that haven\’t turned up for court appearances or have skipped bail or whatever.

We don\’t have that here in Australia.

You know Dog doesn\’t need to carry weapons because just the site of his family\’s fashion sense would scare any criminal into submission.

They would plead to be taken back to jail just so they wouldn\’t have to look at this family anymore.

What I would really like to see is Dog the Bounty Hunter meets Extreme Makeover or How to Look Good Naked (eww um maybe not, they already show way more than anyone needs to see). Hehehe

Its totally bizarre and really, is there any point to this tv show?

The only reason I can think of tuning in to this show is to see what awful outfits and accessories they are wearing this week! Mesh singlets and USA flag vests with handcuff earrings? Seriously!

Haha that is my acidic Wednesday blog. Stay tuned!

Love Me xxxxxxxx

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What is a bush turkey?

August 11, 2008 at 2:03 am (Uncategorized)

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This is a bush turkey or scrub turkey.

Sometimes I have three in my backyard or up on my roof scratching the leaves.

Garden proud people hate them because in a very short time they can ruin months of work. However they are protected and the only way you can get rid of them is to have them relocated.

AUSTRALIAN BUSH TURKEY
This is a large black ground bird with red and yellow wattles, found in rainforests habitats. When disturbed it will fly high into the trees. Voice is a coarse \’grunt\’. The legs and feet are powerfully adapted to scratch up earth and leaves for their incubators where the eggs are laid. Nests are created by the males, and consist of a large mound of leaves, mosses, twigs and soil up to 12 m. across, and 3-5 metres high. The male controls the temperature of the nest after the eggs are laid by the female, by opening or closing holes in the mound. They are very tame and inquisitive on \’springers\’

They are very tame and we have had them wandering through the canteen at the University from time to time.

Love Me xxxxxxxx

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Are you tired of looking at me yet???

August 10, 2008 at 1:53 am (Uncategorized)

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Here I am before work yesterday. Yes, I was working on Saturday.

Our university has a program for sessional academics and Pam and I do the Powerpoint and Web Graphics session. Its kind of fun meeting people but it can be tiring when they aren\’t very computer literate, however you just have to be patient and realize that most people aren\’t as skilled as we are, and that is why they are there.

I think I have mentioned before that we have about 8 children under the age of 10 in our street and most of those are under 6. Anyway there are two little girls two houses away and they have recently gotten two chickens as pets and egg layers. They really love those chickens.

When they laid a whole heap of eggs they knocked on my door and gave me an egg. It was so sweet, they went from house to house with their dad giving everyone an egg.

Lately the chickens have been escaping and seem to like my backyard a lot. Probably because there is heaps of leaves and they can scratch away.

So this morning, there was one of the chickens, a bush turkey and Fluffybutt. The chicken and the bush turkey were scratching away and Fluffybutt was just lying in the sun while they walked around her. I thought it was really funny.

Truffles doesn\’t like the chickens much so she stayed away.

The update on my court case is… my siblings have asked for it to be adjourned to a later date because we presented them with our evidence and now they don\’t know what to do… they are beat and trying to figure out what they can do about it.

So no longer will it be on this week but moved to a date in 6 to 8 weeks time.

Well thats about all for today.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. And promise me you will all kiss your pets for me.

Love Me xxxxxxx

P.S. I met the cutest dog at the supermarket today. He was a Spaniel/Poodle cross black and fluffy, five months old and like a gorgeous teddy bear!

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Re: My last blog…

August 1, 2008 at 11:46 pm (Uncategorized)

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Well, my last post certainly seemed to create some interest and generated some great comments.

I just want to say that I don\’t think I \”need\” a man to make me feel whole. But having a well suited partner would certainly enrich my life in many ways.

And if I find someone who is right then that would be great but I am not desperate or out searching every night for someone.

I am just happy to go with the flow and if something happens then I will take a chance but if not I am no less of a person.

Another thing I find thinking about is children. There are many babies being born to my colleagues at work, young couples who have just gotten married (or not) and I guess it starts stirring the old grey matter around.

Although I would like to have a child, I would not want to do it on my own. I believe rightly or wrongly that a child should come out of a loving relationship.

Now that may sound old fashioned I suppose, when there are so many women out there who are deciding that they need to have a child before their biological clock runs out, so are checking out the sperm bank and having a child on their own, without a partner.

That is great for them and I say if they want to do that, go for it. But I couldn\’t do it.

I now think the probability of me having a child of my own flesh is very low but I have always thought if I have a child great but if I don\’t or can\’t then that just the way it is.

I have never felt a really strong urge to have a baby I can\’t really explain why. Maybe because my husband was too unstable and I didn\’t want to bring a child into that kind of environment. Maybe I am just not the mothering kind. Who knows really.

But if I remain childless then that is fine, after all I do have my fur children anyway.

Love Me xxxx

P.S. Who is that doggie? That is Anneken my next door neighbours son\’s dog. He had a sore ear and had to go to the vet the other day, and he looks so darn cute with that bandage and collar, I just had to post him.

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Why I like and don’t like being single…

August 1, 2008 at 12:23 am (Uncategorized)

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So as I was walking home from work this afternoon I began thinking about some single women that I know who are totally not interested in ever having a relationship again.

Mind you they have been married and have grown up kids, so maybe they don\’t feel they need a man in their lives as they say they are very happy with things the way they are.

Are they really happy this way? Are they just too set in their ways to put up with a new person in their lives? Are they in denial? Maybe they just don\’t want to be vulnerable and hurt again?

There are many pro\’s to being single.

No one to answer to.

Don\’t have to depend on anyone but yourself.

Don\’t have to worry about anyone but yourself.

Can mostly do what you like when you like.

No arguments over the remote control or anything else for that matter.

But there are also many con\’s.

No one to depend on.

No one to share good and bad times with.

No one to hug or kiss.

No one to appreciate your cooking.

No one to tell you that you are the most beautiful person in the world.

And I am not talking about this stuff in a way you share it with your family.

I am talking about an intimacy that you can only have with a partner that you love and that loves you. Your family and friends just never can provide that kind of thing as far as I am concerned.

So I have trouble understanding the logic of these women I know. Because I don\’t like being without that kind of intimacy in my life, and lets face it even if you have casual sex with someone that still isn\’t real intimacy.

Having said that, when I am in a relationship I am never totally dependent on a man nor do I feel I \”need\” a man to feel \”whole\”.

A partner however can help you grow, enrich your life, and teach you many lessons.

I won\’t deny that I have a longing in my heart to find someone with whom I can have a great close, happy and intimate relationship.

But this isn\’t a plea to all you single guys out there either.

I don\’t think that I will meet this person online (well perhaps online dating) but I certainly don\’t believe in long distance romantic relationships that are based online. I need to meet someone to know if I would get along with them. Apparently, smell has a lot to do with who you find attractive and you can\’t smell someone over the internet can you?

Plus I love Australia and really wouldn\’t want to settle down anywhere else.

Well, thanks for listening to the meanderings of my little mind.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Love Me xxxxxxxxxxx

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