Monday, 22 April 2013

A Meandering Post....

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 The weather is finally changing and getting cooler, especially at night.  Looks like our 30 and 40 plus days are packed away until next summer and instead we have lovely mild temps.

I know it is cooler because I have dragged out my knitting needles and sorted through my wool stash (ssshhhh .... also bought some more) to make some goodies for my grand kids.

Starting off with a jumper for oldest grand daughter (3.5yrs) who is very very tall for her age and into size 5 or 6 ... lol.   I had my computer on, ipod music blasting out and was knitting then decided to make a coffee.  Came back in and discovered Mr Spot had decided to to a row or two.  Fortunately he tackle the ball rather than the actual knitting so it was just a matter of untangling and extricating him from the mess .... lol.

I mentioned on Facebook recently that I have to admit to a brush addiction.  I realised this when I ordered some acrylic paint for the Hibiscus painting and added a few brushes to the order.  When they arrived I quickly realised that they brought my total of water colour brushes to over 300 ....

I wasn't game enough to count my oil brushes and add them to the total ..... lol

These are my 'working' brushes - each container holds around 60-70 brushes.  As you can see they are all shapes and sizes ... the ones with the plastic covers still on them are my Kolinsky brushes that I treat like gold.

Then in a drawer I have the remainder which are mainly replacement ones or some really specialised shapes that I don't use on a regular basis.

So yes I am a brush addict ..... lol.

 Another change of hair colour; gone is the rainbow, although I was tempted to have it redone; instead I went for a base colour of  light blondy mushroom and then bright candy pink streaks through it.  Maybe I should start a poll for my next colour .... rotfl.

Went for a drive last week to search out some ideas for painting.  Decided to go to Mt Annan Botanical gardens - was a lovely place but I think it would be better in spring when there are more plants in flower.

Still I took about 30 photographs.  There are some lovely spots in the area, great for picnics - there are covered tables and gas BBQs scattered all through the park (and very very clean toilets...) so it would be a great place to relax with family.

There were still some lovely plants in flower at the moment like this flame tree, and the Banksia were in full colour.  I love the colours in the banksia; the one shown is a lovely ochre colour with soft cream tips and it is a prostrate form with lots of heads on it; probably only reaching 1/2 metre in height.

There was even a bed of lovely Sturts Desert Pea.

It would be beautiful in July/August as the wattles would be in flower; might have to take a trip then to get some photographs.

I think a trip to Mt Tomah Gardens is next on the list; remember I almost made it there last month except the weather changed.  This time I will plan ahead and check the forecast.  This time of the year would be great as the trees are in their autumn shades.  Should be able to get some great leaf photos.

So jealous - my handsome grandson is off to America for a few weeks with his Mum and maternal grandfather ... wish I could stow away but I doubt there is a bag big enough ... lol.  I am sure he is going to have a wonderful time, I know his grand dad has some great things planned that will remain forever in his memory.  I know he is off to Disneyland, not sure which one and then a few surprise places.

I can't believe that he will be 11 this year ... I can remember when he was born and we were all told the terrible news that he had a serious heart defect, including Tetralogy of Fallot, that would require surgeries.

He was given a shunt between his Aorta and pulmonary arteries when he was 2 months old as a 'stop gap' until correctly surgery could be done. This would mean that the blood and oxygen would flow to the correct side of his lungs.

Tetralogy of Fallot includes 4 defects within the heart structures:

  • Ventricular septal defect (hole between the right and left ventricles)
  • Narrowing of the pulmonic outflow tract (tube that connects the heart and the lungs)
  • An aorta (tube that carries oxygenated blood to the body) that arises from both centrioles, rather then exclusively from the left ventricle
  • A thickened muscular wall of the right ventricle ( right ventricular hypertrophy).
Thank goodness that is all behind us and he has grown to be a handsome young man - and a very strong one as you can see!

So have a wonderful time in America and enjoy every minute!!

On the last book of the Harry Potter saga (rereading them for the 14th time lol) and starting to think about what to read next.  I have a few thousand (more like 25,000 - 30,000) ebooks on my computer; I generally load about 200 onto my tablet at a time although I am reading the HP books in hard back.    My problem is deciding which to read, that was why I fell back onto HP.  I had recently reread all the Pern books of Anne McCaffrey which sort of led me to Harry.

Some of my favourite authors have books due out soon - I have pre-ordered Dan Brown's new book so it might be a good idea to reread the two that would come before, Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code.

Matthew Reilly's next book is due out in November - it is called Tournament and a departure from his usual novels, it is set in 1546.  He is also working on another novel - to quote from his Facebook page - "It's not a historical novel like The Tournament and it's not a sequel to any of my existing series. ...... I may - no promises here - get it out in 2014."

James Rollins next novel is due out in June - The Eye of God; I have Kathy Reich's latest - Bones are Forever - to read but haven't read her one before so will wait till I do.

Been going through all my ebooks trying to decide which one to read and I am no closer to a decision.  I need to select something soon because Harry won't last much longer!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Annus horribilis .....

Well 2013 is looking to be an Annus horribilis for me.

The list of disasters, problems and the bad luck register is getting longer as the months roll by.  I just hope it stops otherwise I will be completely crazy instead of just partly by the end of the year.

  • I started the year in hospital; was supposed to be overnight and ended up there for 8 days;
  • Post operation complications meant healing/recovery was set back;
  • Power failure that saw me have an electrician crawling under the house for hours and having to come back AFTER all the rain had stopped (took 2 months to dry out) - he by passed some power points so I would have electricity but I had extension cords running through the house - $$$$ in his pocket.
  • Metal hose on my shower head has a split so water everywhere but shower head (thank goodness I have two bathrooms) $75
  • Possible rezoning of my house to public recreation (park) by local council (still pending);
  • dishwasher died $350-1000;
  • inverter for my solar electricity died ( 4 months after the warranty ran out ... lol) costs for a new one range from $2000-3000 then the electrician costs for putting it in;
  • One of cupboard doors in my kitchen came off when I opened it - need new hinges
  • got a thorn in my foot and been spending the next three weeks digging out pieces of it (hopefully got the last one out this morning).
All this and it is only the start of April!

And why do all the weirdos in the world approach me?

Some guy who I have never seen in my life approached me in greengrocers and asked me if
  1. I would have sex with him; and 
  2. if he could ejaculate on my breasts!

I burst out laughing then realised he was serious; he raced out of the shop before I could say anything.  Asked the staff if they knew him but didn't even see him.

I was still chuckling as I drove home - maybe I should have hit him around the head with a bunch of celery but then I suspect he may have enjoyed it.

But apart from that things are great ...... lol!

Working on another painting - surprisingly in acrylics which I rarely use - quite large, about 1mt by 1 mt with a floral subject; something I haven't painted for quite a while.

Thought I would give the nudes a rest for a while .... lol

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Rainbow hair .....

Decided I needed a new hair colour - last time it was bright pink and the time before red and purple .... figured I would go all  Nothing like a crazy hair colour to make you stand out from the crowd .... rotfl.