Monthly Archives: July 2014

MINE!

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Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine mine, did I mention that they keys came with a nice bottle of red? Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine., mine, mine, mine, miiiinnnneee!!!!! 🙂 can’t wait til tomorrow when I go to clean n feed the chicks n ducks. Really… how am I sposed to sleep tonight eh? oh btw MINE!!! And just a P.S in case you didn’t get it MINE!!!!!!

Cue a whole bunch of happy dancin 🙂

Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!!

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3…2…1… GO!!!

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3 days til I get the keys, 5 days til I move in!! Today is the last Friday before two weeks off… yep I’m hard at work (I’ll pause while you finish laughing). My head is so full of next week’s fun. I picked up the latest copy of Organic Gardener magazine so my brain has been thinking of outside instead of inside. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited to see all my stuff which has been sitting in storage for the last 10 (!!!) months but at the same time I have this yen to just leave it all where the removalists put it and spend my time outside exploring and digging and planting. The plus is that while I have 24 something boxes of books, I don’t have any bookcases to put them in yet so I won’t be unpacking them. Just leaves another 25ish boxes of kitchen and bedroom and study stuff to unpack so that should be a snap!

Can’t wait to have time to meet and play with the new ducks and chicken friends. I’ve bought them some mealworms as “Hi I’m your new owner” treats. I’m bursting with new ideas and things that I want to do to the place. Can’t wait to go hiking for hours to explore my mountain, maybe do a bit of fishing in my river and see what’s in there… maybe build a little smoker to smoke my first fish. Yes yes… optimist remember 🙂 I’ve heard there are trout in my river. Can you imagine that?? My very own home caught, home smoked trout? Bursting with bliss I am and I haven’t even got there! I’m going to be positively unbearable once I’ve moved in I’m sure 🙂

I’m thinking about getting a dog too. I want a friendly dog that barks at strangers if that makes sense. I don’t want a really fluffy dog either, bleh all that fur. And not a handbag pooch either, a proper dog. Nor a traditional farm dog like a kelpie, border collie or heeler because they’re bred to run ALL day long and they wouldn’t be doing that at my place so would turn into mad dogs. Something like a Hungarian Vizsla or an Amstaff is what I want. I’ve got friends with both of them and they’re lovely smooth coated dogs with amazing personalities.  Or a pound/RSPCA pup… who knows. The right dawg will find me when I’m ready. I haven’t really been looking lately because I’m sure I’d have fallen in love with a pound puppy and have had nowhere to house him… but in 5 days I will hehehehe.

45 mins left of my working day… hmmm Organic Gardener has a website you say… 😉

And PS… it’s my 60th post!!! Happy 60th!!!

Music messages (and 7 days to go!!!!!!!!!!!)

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Can you believe it? I know I can’t…. 7 days til my bliss/nirvana/serenity home is MINE. And then another day til I move in but that’s beside the point… 7 freaking days! And the weird thing is that I feel a little nervous and can’t quite put my finger on why. Definitely excited but didn’t quite expect to be nervous. I’m weird… I know.

Speaking of weird, I’ve started doing a little experiment for the last month or so and the results are really interesting. I’ve always got a song in my head. Always. It’s very rare that there isn’t a tune zinging around in there (Tove Lo – High at the moment) and I’ve started writing down the song that first plays when I wake up. I was curious as to where the song comes from as sometimes it’s something really random (like this morning’s theme from The Love Boat tv show) and other times it’s a song I heard on the radio or mp3 player the day before. So far it’s about 50/50 between the two but the random songs are the ones that I’m more interested in.

Again with the weirdness, but I’m trying to tune in to the messages, hints, phrase words or whatever they are that I get from these songs. And they are turning out to be very useful and insightful. I’m finding the same thing with things that I read although in this day and age with facebook etc it’s not hard to find some daily inspirational as they get posted thick and fast. But some just hit me square in the face. And whether it’s just me reading things into what I hear and read to soothe something that’s going on in my head I don’t know. But I don’t really believe in coincidence. For example, during a particularly negative and irritating day to read a random spammy email and the person has “From now on, practice reframing other people’s negativity as a reminder of how not to be.” ( T. Harv Eker) at the bottom of their email in their signature block. I keep coming across these little things so I’m trying to pay attention.

And just to totally go to Weirdsville population me, I saw The Matrix the other day for the first time. Yep, first time ever and no I have not been living under a rock. I’ve seen clips and snippets over the years and knew the general storyline but haven’t ever watched the full movie and I gotta say it’s a really thought provoking concept. But the line that stuck with me after watching it was when Morpheus says to Neo “I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it”. Which kind of brings me full circle in this post. Maybe that’s why I’m nervous. I can’t help feeling I’m on the cusp of something. Not entirely sure what yet but it feels like I’m about to begin. Not a rabbit hole or anything, probably just a brand spanking fresh new chapter in my life.  As always, I’ll keep ya posted ;}

Wire Fairies by Robin Wright

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Insanely inspired by this man’s work right now:

http://www.fantasywire.co.uk/index.html

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(image pilfered from his site for illustration purposes only – click to enlarge)

Please go visit his site because his work is amazing! I love the dandelion fairies, such a simple but beautiful idea. I really want to get some wire and have a go myself considering he’s in the UK and it would cost a mint to buy and post one. But I reckon I could give it a go sometime after I’ve moved in and my workshop is set up. 10 days to go! Can  you believe that… 10!

My brain is fritzing out trying to tell me that there’s so much to do and so little time but really I’m good to go. One teeny setback today is that I can’t put a bullbar on my truck without getting the suspension upgraded and I just frickin well had all the shocks replaced! Hmmm guess that means I have to buy a new truck hahahaha!  I had actually considered that before as I need a 4×4 to get up one of the mountains in my place (apparently) so I thought about it. But I will need a bullbar (aka kangaroo bar). Heard on the radio traffic report this morning that someone had hit a kangaroo near my new place so…. crap. Not quite sure what to do about that yet so will have to mull it over for a while.

But other than that I’m just biding my time til the 30th which is the day I’m planning to move. Keys and settlement in the afternoon on the 28th, gonna take a uteload of stuff out of storage and go clean and clear on the 29th then moving in on the 30th 🙂 Oh man I can’t wait… have I mentioned that lately???  ;}

 

LUCKY DUCK!!

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I am a lucky lucky girl! You know how I’ve been gibbering on about my dining table and how I haven’t been able to find something similar on gumtree and woe is me-ing about my expensive taste in stuffs (someone said to me the other day that I have a champagne taste on a beer budget… ain’t that the truth). Weehhelll who’s a lucky gal? oh that would be ME ME ME!! So I found these really cute replica Henry Bertoia barstools that I just couldn’t resist (excellent price and I need barstools) and snapped them up from a lovely lady on Gumtree. I went out at lunch time to get some money as I had to pick the stools up after work and the mall that I went to just happens to have an Early Settler store so I thought I’d juuust pop in and see if I could get an end of financial year stocktake sale bargain (aka a haggle opportunity to get that table price down!).

So I walk in the shop, lusting and slobbering over everything as I go, and start drooling over the table when the sales lady wanders over to see if I could be helped. Oh yes sales lady, yes I surely can. I tell her that I’m interested in the dining table and ask if it’s on sale (which I can clearly see is NOT on sale) and she stops me mid sentence to say “not to sound like a cheesy salesperson but have I got a deal for you!” Cue my heart skipping a beat. She tells me that late yesterday afternoon the exact table I want was put in the clearance section FOR HALF PRICE (!!!!!!!) because it has a crack or something. I barely restrained myself from barging her out of the way and trampling her to a fine pulp in my haste to get over to the clearance section to see what this “crack” is like.

And behold… it was as if the lights dimmed a little and a giant warm yellow spotlight shone on the table. There it was… We had a look around at the table and there is a 4cm long miniscule crack on one end of the oak tabletop AND THAT’S IT!! Nothing a little metal plate underneath and a bit of oak coloured putty won’t fix! HALF PRICE YEAAHHHHH!!!! I didn’t let her finish her sales schpeil and tried not to yell when I blurted out “I’ll take it!”. I may or may not have have glared rabidly like a wild beast protecting her catch at anyone who came near my table… I’ve seem to have conveniently forgotten while I was in my bargain nabbing hazy stupor. So I get my beloved table and only have to pay half and arm and a leg for it. Woohoo!! And bonus awesome replica Henry Bertoia chairs.

So I’m thinking now that I should go buy me a lottery ticket for the lucky 3 trifecta 🙂

Can you say excitement?????!!!!!!! (and “you need to go to over punctuators anonymous”)

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EHMEGERD dear readers! (I’m allowed to say that, I’m a hipster remember yolo, lol, rofl, lmao (hahaha almost typed lamo… that irony is not lost on me… )) Anywayz… guess what??!! Got an email from the lawyer this morning asking if I’d be ok with moving up the settlement date to the 28th of July. Hmmm geee let me think. UM YEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

So I promptly updated my desk calendar for the countdown… um and then realised that I miscalculated my countdown so I’ve made a right ole mess of it, musta been high on the sharpie ink 🙂

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BUT the important thing is that there are only 27 days to go!!!! Yes, yes I realise that there are electronic countdown apps n whatnot but this is more fun. Nothing’s more satisfying than physically turning the page to a brand spanking new lower number (albeit scrawled out twice). Easily amused, yes indeedy.

I’ve also become a bit of a Gumtree addict lately. I’ve been on a quest for furniture (and bunnies – for compost materials not eating!) as I Freecycled a lot of my stuff before I put it in storage. So far I’ve managed to nab some pretty good bargains but the one thing that’s remained elusive is my dining table. Then again I’m being a lil picky because I want something specific and don’t really want to pay $1000 for the one I want in the shop. I mean it’s a table ffs, why oh why do I have to have such expensive taste hmmmm?

But through my addicted stupor, the site is also pushing my grammar/spelling nazi button like mad (bzzzzzzt bzzzzzzzzzzt). It truly amazes me the amount of people who do not know how to spell “drawers” and instead butcher it with “draws”. The all time classic was a listing for “a chester draws”! oh really… does he now? RAAAGGGE!!! *deep breaths*

oh btw pinch and a punch for the first day of the month hehehe (besides the fact that I wrote this yesterday and it’s actually the 2nd today cuz I forgot to press publish, old age eh it’s a curse)

The 10 Commandments of Grocery Shopping

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Think I’m going to print this and keep copies in my handbag to hand out to offenders whenever I’m out shopping…. or discreetly leave it in their shopping trolley 🙂 Although I have to add an additional commandment which irritates me no end – Thou shalt not leave thy trolley in the middle of the aisle (or worse at a 45 degree angle in the middle of the aisle ARG) blocking everyone’s way to grab your most important item on the shelf that you cannot live a moment longer without. Parallel park it or I will and give you the greasy side eye as I do!

Abby Has Issues

Given the fact that the employees at my local grocery store see me more than my own family does, it’s safe to say that I have quite a bit of experience pushing a full cart around.

While I generally enjoy the experience because a) I love finding and checking things off of a list and b) food, there are a few simple things that would make it better for all those involved.

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Thou shall not leave your cart in an empty parking spot.

As I’ve said before, there are two kinds of people in this world: 1) those who return carts to the cart corral and 2) a-holes. Leaving a cart to find it’s own way home often results in the cart camping out in a parking spot someone will inevitably pull halfway into before realizing the cart is there and angrily backing out, pissing off people behind them…

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