Showing posts from July, 2012

the answer to the question

Every now and then this question pops up somewhere on the internet. Usually in a blog post.... Q: are you a folder or a scruncher? A:  Irrelevant. The more important question - is there enough paper available on the roll? Where and why did this question originate. Does anybody really care who folds and who scrunches? P.S. do not answer the question. I don't care who does what with their toilet paper.

Sunday Selections #80

It's Sunday Selections time again! Time to post photos that have been hiding away in your computer files, photos that you may have completely forgotten about. This idea comes to us from Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, who realised one day that she takes many more photos than she uses and wanted to post some of them on her blog. Kim has now retired from Sunday Selections , she has a lot more on her plate these days, but I'll continue posting photos until the mojo runs out. I'm aiming for 100.... There is no linky list here for anyone to add their name to, but feel free to do your own Sunday Selections photo posting if you wish. Perhaps you could link back to me...... This week, I'm bringing you some views of our Torrens River. The river separates Adelaide from North Adelaide and North Terrace is the last main street before the river. We start with a photo of one of the many hotels along North Terrace. This one is the Oaks Horizons Apartment Hotel.

One navy blue scarf.

I am attending the memorial service  for my friend tomorrow, so decided to buy something new to wear. Something nicer than the ancient trackies or jeans and cheap men's t-shirts that I usually wear. I hopped on a bus into the city and wandered through shop after shop after shop , looking at the millions of items on the racks, on the shelves, on reduced/bargain tables. Three hours I spent doing this and eventually came home with.....wait for it..... one navy blue scarf. Yes, you read that right. I shopped for three hours and bought one scarf. I am totally clueless when it comes to buying clothes. I just do not know what to buy. I don't know what looks good, I don't know what suits me, I don't know what items to put together to get a "look". And by "look", I mean something that looks good. On me. (Plus, I wasn't prepared to spend largish amounts of cash on something I wouldn't wear again). This goes back to my childhood. Aft

Whimsical Wednesday #33

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday. A googled giggle to get you over the hump and sliding into the weekend. A TARDIS made of toast . (well, it looks like toast to me) It could be a side table, a cd cabinet, anything really.


My friend, a loved family member, died today, early in the afternoon. On her birthday. She is going to be missed very much. I'm feeling a little hollow. Rest In Peace A.

Sunday Selections # 79

It's Sunday Selections time again! Brought to us by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, Sunday Selections is the perfect showcase for all your previously unseen photos. Here are the oh-so-simple rules. 1. post your photos under the Sunday Selections title 2. link back to Kim in your post 3. add your name to Kim's linky list (edited* Kim may no longer be participating, there's no linky list ....) I usually have a theme to my Sunday Selections and this week I'm showing you:-> The Winter Garden The roses have all been pruned, but there is still colour to be found. In the flowers of this pelargonium. I love colours this deep and velvety. I just had to snip a couple of tips to put on my desk. In these small bushes covered in pretty pink daisies . And let's not forget the lavenders , those hardy little bringers of sweet scents to our gardens. I snipped a few tips to perfume my kitchen. Please feel free to join Sunday Selections an

I got my monkey all wet

I had some sad news earlier today which made me cry. Not just rolling tears and gentle no, this was gut-wrenching, out loud sobbing until my ribs, my face, my throat hurt from it. I hugged the only thing with a face that I had available, my stuffed toy monkey. Harvey Banana. (you've all met Harvey, in the Monkey Mayhem Christmas post, then in the moving box post) By the time I'd calmed down, poor Harvey was quite damp. He's sitting by the heater now, drying off while I stuff myself with comfort food. I'm still feeling miserable and there isn't a single thing I can do to stop the unfolding of events that are happening. A friend is dying.

Whimsical Wednesday #32

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday! Wednesday, also known as hump day, the day when a googled giggle is surely welcome as we slip over the edge and slide down into the weekend. Salami, the Enterprise version. How very enterprising of someone! (not me)

kitchen tip #?????

Not exactly environmentally friendly...... Line the base of your oven with a sheet of aluminium foil. If you keep a tray there to catch spills and overflows, line the tray with aluminium foil instead. It's much easier to throw away a sheet of foil (once it's been spilled on a few dozen times), than it is to scrub off baked on spillovers.


Mondayitis. Bleh! After two weeks of slothing, eating, sleeping, reading, watching dvds, today I go back to work. I had planned to kickstart a new health routine. Wake early, go for a walk, organise my cupboards better, (well I did the cupboard thing), eat more fruit. Not too much of that actually happened. Although I did go for a couple of walks, it's been raining off and on, so I stayed home a lot instead. Because I don't like to get the camera wet. And I had lots of lovely books to be reading. And a comfy bed to read them in. And coffee whenever I wanted it. And I'm lazy. The coffee had quite a bit to do with me staying home too. Coffee makes me pee. Often. So after having a coffee I pretty much have to stay home for the next few hours, where the bathroom is only a few steps away. When I'm working, I get only one coffee a day, after I get home from work. A second coffee would have me up all night going to and from the toilet, which is not good

Sunday Selections #78

Welcome back to Sunday Selections! Brought to us by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock , Sunday Selections is a way to show off some of the many photos you've taken, but not yet used on your blog. Here are the rules-> 1. post your photos under the Sunday Selections title 2. Link back to Kim somewhere in your post 3. Add your name to Kim's linky list 4. Leave Kim a comment This is such an easy meme, why don't you join us? This week, I bring to you photos of the Adelaide City Railway Station. Sited near the corner of King William Street and North Terrace, this used to be our Interstate railway Station. As far as I'm concerned it should still be. But no. Now this is where all of our suburban trains come and go from. The interstate lines now come and go from Keswick Station, quite a long way out of town and not nearly as pretty. Oddly enough there is no connecting line between Keswick and the City... Entering through the North Terrace doors, this is what we

is this the oldest water heater in the city?

When I first moved in here I took photos of the old water heater in the communal backyard area. Then I lost them. So I took some you do. Recently the heater has been leaking, with the ground around it staying damp for up to three meters. A plumber was called out and was heard to say, "I've never seen anyhting like it. I've been a plumber for 35 years and I've never seen a water heater like this. It's a huge storage tank, three of me would easily fit inside it, and it services all of the four flats in my building. It's an odd looking thing, pipes and electrical cords all over it. I'm not sure of the original heating source, but it is now gas heated with an electric pump that stirs the water. Why? Who knows? All I know is the pump runs 24/7 and is quite noisy. Some of the old pipes. The rubber hosing is looking very weathered and worn. Another section of hosing. You can see the pipe it is supposed to be protecting is b

another one? really?

Carbon tax for the masses, (tighten your belts people), whopping pay rises for the politicians. My pay rises come in at -- cents per hour twice a year. Their pay rise is quite a bit more per hour. A lot more. Double digit dollars per hour. And then they skipped off for a lovely long six-week break. Does this seem wrong to anyone else? How many more taxes can we endure?

Whimsical Wednesday #31

Whimsical Wednesday! The googled giggle to get you over the mid-week hump and sliding down into the weekend. There's something a little fishy about this egg.

Ha Ha!!

That's a delighted chuckle type ha ha. Not a scornful got ya! ha ha. The reason for the happy? I don't have to get myself cut and scratched by the rosebushes to prune them. All last week and today a pair of gardeners has been going around the gardens with drop cloths, heavy duty gloves, pruning saws and sharp snipping tools. They even had a wheel barrow. Now all the roses have been pruned and I can just sit back and wait to enjoy the new growth and the frothy flush of spring and summer blooms.

"Rain" update

Thanks to all of you who suggested avenues I might follow to find a DVD copy of this movie. My daughter K, who is so much smarter than me, surfed around the internet and found a copy. She emailed the link to me and I have now purchased a copy of this movie. I can't wait to watch it again.

Sunday Selections #77

For this week's Sunday Selections I have a few photos of things around my home. My favourite thing of all, my bamboo back scratcher.  I bought it at the Brickworks Markets in 1993. The fins of my column heater. Just one of my handbags, this one I bought from an Avon clearance catalogue. Peeking through the slats to the front porch. Furled umbrella. The stained glass of my butterfly lamp. Looking through the door screen.

senior moments?

Happening way too often around here for my liking! I try to do without turning on my heater at least until the sun goes down. So I'm sitting here in layers of warm clothes, but still feeling cold, so I turned on the heater. Ten minutes later I wandered over to it to see why it wasn't warming up. Ooops! I'd forgotten to turn on the switch where it is plugged in. Going into the kitchen yesterday and making a cup of coffee, wiping up the puddle where the kettle drips as it pours, turning off the kitchen light, getting comfy on the couch, then realising my coffee is still on the kitchen bench. Walking into the bathroom and wondering what the heck I was there for. Looking all over for my pen and finding it 6 inches from where I'd been sitting . Putting the gladwrap in the fridge and realising what I was doing as I  almost put the wrapped cheese in the drawer. Earlier today, I sent a text to my daughter saying I was sitting in the sun, drinking coffee. oh n

where can I buy this?

IMDb has this movie listed as being available from Amazon. sorry IMDb, it's NOT THERE!! Also not at JB HiFi also not at also not at BigW online also not on EBay Where else can I look? Suggestions welcome. Of course it has to be in English.....  A 2003 movie titled Rain . I saw this on TV a few years ago.  A German Shepherd named Rain is trained to fight in the Vietnam War and his intelligence and courage in the face of adversity wins the respect and loyalty of his platoon. Director:   Robert J. Wilson Writers:    Martin Kitrosser, John McGowan Stars:        Susan Dey, Scott Cooper, Mark Kiely and Pamela Moore Somers I loved this movie and I've searched Amazon from top to bottom for a week. Left them a message on the "did you find what you were looking for" link. I searched JB HiFi and left a message on the "contact us" link. Visited the above mentioned places, no luck there. Does anyone out there know w

just a couple of things

I'd been out walking and as I came towards home, I passed the flat with the nice roses in the garden, the one where I'd photographed the pretty cat. The curtains and blinds are always open there during the day and if you're looking at the garden in passing, as I do, you notice things on the windowsill. (it's a ground floor flat). Well, today I was walking past and the side curtain was pulled back a bit further and the woman living there waved at me. I was surprised enough to wave back. We've never met. Perhaps I'll make a friend there when the weather warms up and we're outside more. Listening to the TV weather forecast and heard that some areas of SA are going to be icy tonight. -1 and -2 degrees. Ugh! Rug up people. Add extra rugs to the couch, put on your bedsocks, wear the dressing gown to bed, it's going to get cold. Icy cold! Makes me wish I hadn't watered the front porch pots late this afternoon, they might freeze overnight. W

Whimsical Wednesday # 30

It's Wednesday again! Yes, already, doesn't time fly? Whimsical Wednesday , "hump" day, middle of the week, when we are all dreaming of the weekend to come. Here is your weekly googled giggle to help you through. The sunglasses live on.

the new kick-start diet

I saw the new and improved Kick-Start diet on TV last night. It was a featured story on Today Tonight , but I wasn't paying a lot of attention, I did notice that it featured a lot of soup , much like the original kick-start diet. So this morning I got onto Google and found the recipe for the soup. Here it is:-> 3 tomatoes 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes 2 cans of liquid stock, either beef, chicken or vegetable     (stock comes in cans? what size cans?) 2 cups water 1 packet dry vegetable soup powder or French Onion soup powder 1 bunch spring onions 1 bunch celery 2 cups green beans 3 green capsicums 1kg carrots 2 stock cubes, either beef, chicken or vegetable chop all vegetables into small pieces, add to the pot with everything else, rapid boil for two minutes, then simmer until vegetables are tender.   Makes enough for one person for two days. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want, during the day. Instead of your usual foods of course. (This rem

Sunday Selections #76

This is where I usually type the blurb about how Sunday Selections was brought to us by Kim, of Frog Ponds Rock, and then ask you to post your photos with a link back to her in your post and to add your name to Kim's linky list. But Kim has mentioned that she may not be continuing with Sunday Selections, I'm guessing she has far too much real life living to be getting on with these days. Kim has asked if I would like to take over the hosting duties, but I've said no. I will continue to post photos on Sundays, with the Sunday Selections title, but I won't have a link to add your name to should you wish to also carry on with the meme. I'm not sure if Kim will be posting a final farewell Selection today. So here for your enjoyment is this week's Sunday Selection. I was taking a walk in a different direction when I found Glen Osmond Creek. There are a few such creeks throughout Adelaide, First Creek, Second Creek and so on, most of them have had