Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday (resurrected) #38

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!
Resurrected due to a change in browsers.

The day for your googled giggle that will see you over the hump and sliding towards the weekend.

Card Shark.
Watch out for these guys!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

finger-lickin' yumminess

On Sunday I made one of my favourite recipes, devilled chicken wings.
I've posted the recipe before, so I won't put it here again, but I will show you a picture.

Most of the ingredients.

Fresh from the oven finger-lickin' yumminess.

In the summer I'll often bake these first thing in the morning while the air is still coolish, then at dinner time just get them out of the fridge and serve with salad.
In the cooler months, it's mashed potatoes and greens. Yum.

Monday, August 27, 2012

daffodil day

Last Friday was Daffodil Day here in Australia and of course "my" store got right into the spirit of things, with a sausage sizzle to raise funds, a raffle, yellow daffodil stickers on the window and all of us in bright yellow t-shirts. The supervisors had yellow caps and the bakery boys got yellow jackets to wear instead of the regular white ones, the service deli and fresh produce folk had bright yellow aprons.

Things were so bright we almost needed shades!

My friend J has collected multiple daffodil day badges over the years and last Friday she wore every one of them.  She even had a couple of them as earrings! I wish I'd thought of that.
As it is, I had a couple of badges on my cardigan, but with J shining like a star, I felt I hadn't done enough.
Even working on my day off didn't seem like enough. 

So I took one of the bright yellow paper napkins off the lunch table and fashioned a paper daffodil to clip into my hair. It didn't look much like a daffodil, but at least it was the right colour!

Looks more like a carnation doesn't it?

Here's a side view where it looks a little more like a daffodil.

I've never bothered much with buying badges in the past, usually getting a pen or key ring.
But I liked the way J had her badges marching in pairs down both fronts of her cardigan.
Remember the pretty little badges from years back with a small flower atop a green stem?
She even had those.

All funds raised from the purchases of badges, pens, key rings and bunches of daffodils goes to the Cancer Council for research. 
Funds raised from our sausage sizzle and raffle went there too.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Selections #84

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

I was really worried (read panicky) that I wouldn't be able to do any more Sunday Selections, since this is primarily a photo post and IE isn't supported by Blogger, so my pictures weren't loading.

I'd be lost without my photo posts...

So, I fixed that problem with an email to my girl K, who emailed me a link to instructions, which I followed and now have Google Chrome as my browser.

Zippity-doo-dah and hip, hip, hooray!

With no further delay, I bring you this week's selection of photos, taken in the pre-dawn hour as I walked to work a couple of years ago.

Dillon's Bookshop on Norwood Parade at the corner of Norwood Mall.
I've spent a lot of time here. Dillon's Music store is right next door, I've spent more than a few dollars there buying dvds in the past.

The entrance to Norwood Mall.

Halfway up the Mall is Uncle Albert's cafe restaurant. This is the outdoor eating area. Tables and chairs are brought out each morning when the cafe opens and are soon filled with people having coffee or breakfast, later there is the lunch crowd.

This is the near empty carpark area at the back of the shops. It's an enclosed area with shops on all four sides and little lanes connecting the carpark with the main roads and the mall.

This is one of the laneways from the carpark area to the Mall, with Coles on the left and the Norwood Butcher shop on the right. Directly opposite you'll notice an awning, this belongs to Duffy's Bakery.

Friday, August 24, 2012

taking the new browser for a test drive

I already had Google Chrome downloaded, just wasn't sure how to make it my default browser and still access my blog here and also my emails over at yahoo7.

So I followed K's link to the instructions and here I am.
Trying out the new browser.

I'll try uploading the googled picture I wanted for last Wednesday's Whimsical day.
Cross your fingers....

Ha Ha!! It worked!
And very quickly too.
For all the bacon lovers out there, bacon roses.

Now for one of my own photos....

Well, that worked too and faster than IE.

These are the roses I received at work for my birthday.
I took this photo the day after I got them.
I still have the roses, but they're looking a little droopy now and I'll probably throw them out tomorrow.

Having surprised myself and done this successfully, I think I'll go to bed.
I need my sleep to be bright and perky tomorrow, to work on my Sunday Selections post.

I have instructions

....and like the good little girl that I am, I shall follow them.
And hopefully, Internet Explorer will be replaced with Google Chrome.

Even more hopefully, I'll be able to follow the GC system and still access my emails and blogs.

If I was a nail-biter, I'd be chewing down to the quick by now.
But I'm not, and the nails are already broken down to the I'll have to do my worrying internally.
Indigestion city, here I come.

Meanwhile, here's a couple of quotes to keep you thinking.

Quote one, from The Well of Ascension;

A man can only stumble for so long before he either falls or stands up straight.

Quote two, also from the Well of Ascension;

...he absolutely hated fighting with strangers, odd attribute in one who was hired, essentially, to hit people.

Quote three, from a elderly customer at work yesterday;

I'm getting better and better at being worse.

Said as he fumbled through every pocket in his wallet, looking for his FlyBuys card.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Testing, testing....

I'm going to try uploading two images.
One will be a photo that I have taken myself,
the other will be a googled image that I saved to my files.

Here goes......

do you see any photos here?

No, I don't either, how very disappointing.

Let's try a saved googled image....

Nope, nothing here either.

We all know I'm not much good at actual writing content, so I use a lot of pictures instead.
Now that option is unavailable, I'm stuck with......well, nothing.

Since moving here, my internet connections have been iffy, just lately it's been worse than that.
I wonder if the work being done on the NBN has anything to do with that?
It does look as if I'll be going back to just reading blogs, leaving a comment here and there, (but not everywhere because some of the blogs I read no longer have a comment button), and very occasionally updating my own blog.

If I can think of something to write about.

Don't be surprised if the Sunday Selections doesn't appear, that's a photo post and as we've just seen, all of my filed images are unavailable to me.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday is no more......

I'm not sure what the problem is.

I'm unable to upload any of my saved googled images, all I get is an orange triangle with an exclamation point in the middle of it, and a message saying "server returned invalid response".

I'm not sure if the problem is with Blogger or IE9, but I've been having trouble since I upgraded to IE9 in order to be able to leave comments at a couple of my favourite blogs.

I'll keep trying, I'll run through all my images and see if any of them work, but so far two dozen of them haven't.

This is quite frustrating, I don't know how to make this work.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Are you ready for another book quote?

Because that's what I've got for you today.
Well, four quotes actually.

Again, from the Final Empire, book one of the Mistborn trilogy;

E: "Women are like thunderstorms. They're beautiful to look at, and sometimes they're nice to listen to, but most of the time they're just plain inconvenient".

V: "You say these things just to provoke me!"

E: "I'm charming that way".

On religion:
The right belief is like a good cloak I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe.
The wrong fit, however, can suffocate.

Sometimes we just have to be what the job requires.

In the end, I worry that my arrogance shall destroy us all.

I'm into book two of this trilogy now, titled the Well of Ascension, it also has some quoteable lines, and it's holding my interest really well.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Selections #83

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

A weekly meme created to show off photos that have been languishing in your  (my* ) files.

This week I bring you four random choices, instead of a theme like I usually go with.

The Roulettes from several years ago.

Peeling tree bark.

The sort of work my brother does. He's a construction engineer. Big storage tanks, bridges over gorges, freeways, cross-country water pipelines, he's there.

Ducklings by the water lily pond in the Botanic Gardens.

( * I seem to be the only one left doing Sunday Selections.
Is it because I opted to not have the linky thingy?)

Friday, August 17, 2012

now, about these Daleks...

I have a question, a thought or three,
...we all know about the Daleks, yes, even you, over there in the corner, trying to hide.

 Anyway, these Daleks, their one purpose, the reason for their existence, is to exterminate everyone, human or otherwise, that isn't Dalek.

Let's imagine, for oh...half a minute....that they manage to do this.

Throughout the universe, the known universe and the unknown, undiscovered bits, there are no other beings left but Daleks.

Daleks that have been programmed to do nothing but exterminate all other life forms.

What do they do now?

Do they wander their new home planets practising saying "exterminate, exterminate, exterminate"?

Do they just sit there saying "well, this is boring, there's nothing and no-one left to exterminate."

"Should we have a picnic?"

Do they turn on each other?

Do they just quietly rust away?

Maybe I should just wander off and cook my breakfast...........

Thursday, August 16, 2012

remember when... were five and just starting school?

The big kids in grade seven, the twelve year olds, were soooo big!
High school kids seemed grown up and teachers were old.
Anyone aged 40 was positively ancient.

Then suddenly, we were the "big kids", the twelve year old seventh graders.
High school kids didn't seem so grown up anymore and teachers that didn't have grey hair weren't so old after all.
Anyone aged 40 was still old, but no longer ancient.
60 was considered elderly.

The years flew by and we were 20, then 30 and suddenly 40 didn't seem so old anymore.
60 seemed so far away still.

Well, geez! Where did those far away years go?
Today, I turned 60.
I'm old.

I don't feel old, although there are days when my body feels like it's been hit by a truck and if I have to stand up one more minute I'll collapse in a heap.

My mind, however, is still caught in my younger years.
I'm old, but I'm not mature.
I'm just a big kid.
I still see the good in everything, I love kicking through autumn leaves, splashing in puddles, drawing faces in the sand at the beach.
I love kids movies, cartoons, I read young adult books alongside my regular novels.
I'm not a deep thinker, I take things at face value most of the time.

I'm still looking forward to growing old, to a time when I can be more leisurely throughout my days.
Today in the supermarket, a customer in the checkout next to mine told us she was 91.
91!! And still doing her own shopping!!

I hope someday to be over 90 and still doing my own shopping.

Anyway, back to the point of this story.

I'd hoped to get through my birthday without a fuss, but that didn't happen.
I was surprised when a meeting was called in the lunchroom, where I just happened to be sitting waiting to start my shift, and myself and another girl (C), were presented with cakes and flowers while everyone gathered sang Happy Birthday to us.

A bunch of pretty pink roses for me and a bunch of cream coloured roses for C who turned 50.

The cakes brought out for us were lovely. A small vanilla cake with vanilla cream and strawberries for C and a larger chocolate cake with chocolate cream and glace cherries for me.
I always feel awkward when people make a fuss of me, I'm just not used to it, but this felt nice. All of us sitting or standing around eating cake after C and I had blown out our candles.

When my shift was over I decided to cut another slice of cake (if there was any of it left), and bring it home for dessert. Well, there wasn't much left, so the office manager suggested just taking the whole thing home. I said was she sure about this, someone else might still want a piece?
But she insisted, saying it was late in the day, and probably no-one would want any and it would just get thrown out the next day.

So I brought it home.

I sliced it into six and put five pieces into lunch boxes in the freezer and I'm enjoying the sixth piece as I type these words.

Happy Birthday me!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday #36

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday.

The day for a googled image to get you smiling as you scale the hump and slide down into the weekend.

In honour of the Olympics, I bring you:--->

The Watermelon Cyclist.

Monday, August 13, 2012

we have you surrounded

It's like an old cop show, "We have you surrounded, Come out with your hands up"
Ha Ha
They haven't come to get me, no one is ready to lock me up.
Not yet anyway.
But my building is surrounded.

By scaffolding.

A crew of painters has been working their way around the complex, repainting gutters, eaves, balconies, hand rails and the exterior walls.

You can see this makes getting in and out of my front door a little tricky.
Duck under the cross bars, step over the bottom rail....

Almost completely surrounded.
This will be up for about a week.

Sadly, they don't have the time or budget to do things like sanding back, repairing holes etc, they just slap on the paint in the same colours, but still, it gives that "shiny and new" feel when it's done.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Selections #82

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

Begun by Kim, of Frog Ponds Rock, as a weekly meme to show off all your unseen photos, now continued by me, but without the linky list thingy.

This week I show you two sides of July-early August in Adelaide, Australia.

Rainy skies,



oh look! another rainbow!

Mid to late July sees many of our different Wattles beginning to bloom.

This pale lemon scented wattle is one of my favourites.
The scent is very delicate, almost unnoticeable, until you bring the bloom right up to your nose.

More of our wattles are this lovely yellow colour.

Many of them come in this little puff-ball style.

In varying shades of yellows and golds.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Currently reading

Final Empire.

Book one in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
I don't have a photo of the cover, because I have this on my kindle instead.

So here's a couple of quotes.....

"...the entire point of life is to find ways to get others to do your work for you..."

"It's an interesting question. By influencing her emotions, did you take away her ability to choose? If, for instance, she were to kill or steal while under your control, would the crime be hers or yours?"

My daughter K first mentioned these books to me a long while back but I hadn't paid attention and forgot about them.  Silly me.
More recently we were discussing books and my son J said I should read the Mistborn trilogy.

So I downloaded them, yes, all three books, that very same day,  ignored all the other stories already on the kindle and started reading Final Empire.  I was hooked within the first chapter.

Book two is titled The Well of Ascension.
Book three is titled The Hero of Ages.

Surprisingly, there is a fourth boook. Guess the trilogy was just too good to end, the people (publishers?) wanted more.
Book four is titled The Alloy of Law. 

I haven't downloaded that one yet. But I will. Oh yes, I will.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Here's an easy challenge

This was sent to me by no-one who found it on tumblr.

The 30-Day Challenge you'll actually finish.

01.  Put off something important.
02.  Don't clean your bathroom.
03.  Feel socially awkward.
04.  Waste time on the internet.
05.  Draw a picture of an invisible werewolf.
06.  Lay in your bed for a while.
07.  Doubt yourself.
08.  Waste time on the internet.
09.  Eat a food.
10.  Wear some clothes.
11.  Complain about something or someone.
12.  Waste time on the internet.
13.  Daydream about bacon.  (changed from fap, because I have no idea what that is)
14.  Go for a long the couch
15.  Waste time on the internet.
16.  Look at pictures of cats online.
17.  Skip social event to stay home.
18.  Sit on something.
19.  Make a list of things to do, then don't do them.
20.  Waste time on the internet.
21.  Think about how awesome tacos are.
22.  Read a word.
23.  Use a bathroom (any bathroom).
24.  Waste time on the internet.
25.  Feel sleepy.
26.  Eat too many potato chips.
27.  Waste time on the internet.
28.  Be jealous of someone.
29.  Breathe some air.
30.  Waste time on the internet.

Easiest challenge ever!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday #35

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday.
Middle of the week.
Hump day.
With a googled giggle to help you over the hump and sliding down into the weekend.

spider fries and a saucy cockroach.
or hermit crab fries?

Monday, August 6, 2012

a tale of two eggs

There they were, two eggs, sitting in their little cardboard box in the fridge.
The last two of a dozen brought to me by my T, from her chooks.

I was standing in my kitchen looking at these eggs, knowing that I needed one of them for something, but I couldn't remember what.
So I put them back in the fridge and went about my day.

A little washing, a little sweeping, read the paper, shampooed my hair....usual Sunday stuff.
Still couldn't remember what I needed an egg for, so I hard-boiled both of them for sandwiches.

Fast forward to near dinnertime and I thought about preparing a frittata with the left over veggies from last night.
Mash the veggies together, add an egg........oh sh**!!

I ate spaghetti instead.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Selections #81

It's Sunday Selections time again!
Time to post photos that have been languishing in your files, waiting for their chance to shine.

Originally brought to us by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock as a weekly meme to show off some of the many, many photos we all take.

This week I have a few more riverbank photos and some statuary I saw along North Terrace.

Sunlight on the water is always a pretty sight. The building to the right is the kiosk which sells snacks such as ice-creams and hot chips, also sandwiches if I remember correctly. The usual soft drinks and hot coffees are also available.

The walking/cycling track runs along the river from the Zoo at least and continues through several suburbs after it leaves the city.

Wide green spaces for lounging, picnicking, strolling.

River ducks.

Cranes across the river in North Adelaide.

These are two of five plastic boat lanterns which I've been told light up in different colours at night.
I haven't seen this for myself, so I can't verify. They've been there for a few years now and I think they were originally placed as part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

Some interesting metal art, I walked around it, but saw no sign indicating what it is representing.

These large statues (people?) look as if they've been made of scrunched aluminium foil, then bronzed.

Friday, August 3, 2012

So. I've been to the dentist. Again.

It's Friday, (but you all knew that already), the day I don't go to work.
The day I save for paying rent, doing the washing, and going to Ikea.
Mmm, Ikea.
And for appointments if they're on the calendar.
Like the doctor and the dentist.

Today I had a dental appointment that had been rescheduled from last month.
I had two huge broken fillings which needed repair, but only one could be done.
The other had broken too badly, there just wasn't enough of it left.
That one just got smoothed off so the rough broken edges no longer scraped my inner cheek.

The repaired one, done four hours ago, is still numb.
I've been waiting for the tingling that heralds the waking up of the nerves, but it hasn't happened yet.
Earlier I managed a cup of coffee without dribbling too much of it, and now, I've just finished a bowl of delicious hot garlic vegetable soup. Without dribbling too much.

It really is a weird sensation, sipping coffee and soup with half my mouth asleep.

Anyway, the dentist has recommended that I get a few crowns done on some of my teeth.

It's been said to me before, but this new dentist went as far as telling me why it would be a good idea.
In the lower left quarter of my mouth, I have only one lonely molar left.
It's heavily filled.
It's probably 95% filling.
An island of filling in an ocean of gum.
If that tooth/filling should break as many others have done, it couldn't be repaired.
(I may have to give up eating nuts and chewing steak).
Having it crowned would add strength and support to that one remaining tooth.

Having crowns put onto several of the other heavily filled teeth would protect them from cracking and breaking also. I may still have to give up eating nuts.....and other chewy things, like sticks of molasses licorice.

The dentist then went on to say that my private health cover should allow for one crown per year, and by doing one per year, I could manage to save enough cash to cover the gap fee.

Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

On a brighter note, today I received my gas bill in the mail.
"No payment required"
Hooray for weekly advance payments!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday # 34

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday.

The day for the googled giggle that gets you over the hump and sliding down into the weekend.

Spaghetti monsters
"vee are from zee planet of spaghetti, vee haf come for zee sauce"