Saturday, January 19, 2019

They Say It's Hot

40 degrees some are saying and 40 is hot, and same tomorrow they reckon.  Yeah, it's warm and today I did go swimming in the dam a couple of times so maybe it was hot. 

We are a couple of k's out of town on 5 acres, with paddocks around instead of houses.  We have grass that stays green without watering even during Summer and lots of trees so there is a lot of shade around and husband has put misters up in what we call our Shade Area and they work great to cool the air, it is noticeably cooler within minutes of turning them on.  The birds really like it when we turn them on too and dozens of little birds come in and flitter around, it's really pretty good to see.

Inside we only have wall fans and we have those on when it's warm inside.  Close the front curtains during the day and open them at night to let the breeze in.  If it's too hot inside then we go out and sit in the shade area.

The chooks notice the heat so if we are home we put sprinklers on for them but even without that there are plenty of trees for shade in their yard and they have continuous waterers so they always have fresh water.  

I don't like the heat though, I much prefer Winter, but with a bit of common sense, some forward planning by husband and the lovely area that we live in...we will survive, even with a few hot days.


I will take a few photos tomorrow to show why it is so cool here when lots are dealing with the heat.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Curtains Up For Little Blue Wren.




The curtain I put up with so much effort yesterday blew down with last nights wind so little bird was back this morning.





I needed another plan...but what, what, what?   I have cardboard boxes but wasn't sure how to make them stay in place as I cannot reach one corner to secure it there.  The cattery is also in front of a section of this window and that makes it awkward for me to get to.  Eventually I decided on a board that I was using for the kids to draw on as it was the correct width though way too long.  I had to sit it on a sink outlet pipe and wedge it between the cattery and the wall but it looked like it would work. So, sorted.  I win little bird!   But, maybe not...
 


The wind blew and a gap formed and little blue wren came back.   I was concerned that he would get stuck between the board and the window so had to go hunting for another solution.  That was one of my boxes, not the best but will work for now and maybe husband will get home today.  In 10 minutes he will have it sorted, no problem.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Reflections...

I was away from home most of yesterday and didn't get back until around 3:30/4:00   Did drop in for a bit to pick something up with T and she noticed a bird at the kitchen window, sitting outside and sometimes tapping the glass.  We thought it was cool and that it was probably getting bugs from all the spider webs.    Went out again and when I return home the bird is still there, still tapping the glass with it's beak. 





 It didn't seem too fussed about me getting close to the window and taking photos either.

After a bit I posted on a bird group and someone mentioned Blue Wrens being territorial and reflections...Of course!  So I went outside and yep, reflections.  He was thinking that there was another bird in his area.
Three hours later and it was still there!

 
The wire cage that you can see the corner of, that is our cat cage.  The wren was flying in and out of that and sitting on the wire, not smart for a bird to enter a cat cage.
 
This morning he was back, tapping at the window with his beak.  I knew I had to stop his reflection but wasn't sure how to.  I hung a towel from the inside but that didn't work.  What I needed was something on the outside but that was going to be a bit trickier.   I tried throwing a towel over that rail that the cords are on but there was still too much glass so he still came back.  In the end I knew I had to cover the whole pane of glass, but how?
 




I ended up hanging an old curtain up but I don't know how secure it is.  Not very I think but it is doing it's job.  My first attempt I didn't cover the whole window, missed a spot and he found it. 


Oh and a heads up.  If you are not as fit and agile as you once were...Put a block of some sort under the ladder leg so it doesn't wobble as much.  Tie your shoe laces up before climbing the ladder.  Don't rely on bendy shade cloth wire to support you.




I will ask husband to make it more secure when he gets home from work.
 

Friday, January 4, 2019

A Depressing Topic.

It's Friday the 4th January so we are 4 days into the new year.  I woke up feeling good but then started feeling blah and teary for no reason and wondered why.  Had some Magnesium as that usually helps but then I remembered today as something different.  Thirty years ago today I was in a hospital so I missed daughter L's 1st birthday.   Happy Birthday L.  Sorry 'bout that.

I was put in hospital a week or 2 beforehand for what the doctors called "Chronic Clinical Depression"   I only remember bits of the years leading up to it, husband says it's better that I don't remember things.  He says things weren't good.   I know it wasn't a good time for the kids...But I got better so today surprised me.

This time of year there are many people going through a hard time and some blame the Season.  The being alone over Christmas and New Year period.  They tell everyone that they are "depressed", maybe they are.  Maybe they are just sad, lonely and afraid.   This is different to true Depression

Depression is a bad thing, it mucks with your head and you become someone different.  Sometimes someone not nice.  There seems to be a lot of it around and sometimes I wonder why.  What makes some people so sick that life becomes a chore and they want out?  What makes us feel so bad that each day is an effort?

 I know a few people that suffer from Depression and have been on medication and seeing counsellors for more than 20 years and I hear others talk of the same.  Twenty years!   I can not get my head around that.  Twenty years and still not "better"   Why would someone continue taking pills and doing the same thing for 20 years when it hasn't worked, when they still need medication and counselling?  I truly don't get it. 

A lot of these people drink and smoke and eat crap to relieve the stress and pain of their Depression, does this work for them?  Maybe.  Maybe they would be worse off if they didn't.  Maybe. 

I was talking to someone about this recently and they told me that I didn't understand.  That I would never know what they had been through and so shouldn't try to give advice.  I had told her she should stop filling her body with poisons and she might have a chance at getting better and she didn't like that.  Said it wasn't that easy.  But what if it was that easy?  Give it a go and tell me in 3 months that you don't feel better.  Don't tell me that I don't understand.  Been there, done that. 

And don't blame your childhood for how you are today.  Some people have really crappy childhoods, some get hurt so bad..., some people have major losses to deal with...  Of course it's going to mess with our head.   Don't let it ruin your life though.

I believe that Depression can be fixed, that people can recover from it, that they can get better.  If you suffer from this please don't take offence at anything I have written.  I'm not saying it's your fault, I'm saying that if what you have been doing for the last 20 or how many years is not working then just try something different.  It may be that simple.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Day Of The new Year.


First day of 2019 and I was up early, around 4:40 am.  I love getting up early but prefer 5 - 5:30.  Before 6am anyway.  Half past 4 is a tad too early but anything after 6 and the morning slips away too quickly.

So I have a coffee, go on Facebook, read some blogs.  Then outside for a look around, check the chooks, turn off any sprinklers that have been on overnight.  Then I get busy doing nothing and before I know it husband is up and it's time for another coffee, a bit of a chat and soon it's too hot for me to be outside.

This morning though Husband says he'll help me get the extracting shed sorted.  I have been asking for help for weeks now so had to go along with it even though it was getting too hot for me.  Months ago daughter T helped me empty this shed, then we power washed it all and I then spent 4 days getting the floor painted.  Another few days to put the shelves back in then some more time to get the table and the tubs of jars back in there.  But the honey extractors were something that I couldn't get back in.  I couldn't move them by myself and T has been unwell so didn't want to ask her.  But now it is all put back together so we are ready for the long overdue extraction, whenever that may be.

The rest of the day I basically did nothing.  Except I had a sleep for a bit in the afternoon.  'Cause 4:30 is too early you know.   It was hot so we spent a few hours outside, me sitting in the shade and watching the birds and husband cleaning a barbecue we  acquired yesterday.  Son came out with his dogs for a bit and when he left I came in to make tea then decided to go into Vinnies and collect some rubbish as tomorrow is our bin day and there is so much down there.   Then back on here until bedtime.  Which will be soon.

Not a very productive day but a pretty good way to spend the first day of 2019.  How did you spend the 1/1/2019? 




Monday, December 31, 2018

Next Year Tomorrow.

It's nearly 9:30pm, last day of December, 2018.  I'll be going to bed soon and when I wake up it will be next year.  How exciting is that!

2018 wasn't a bad year for us, in fact it was pretty darn good.  We didn't do much, didn't go anywhere, didn't achieve much at all but we are all reasonably healthy and reasonably happy and that is enough.

Next year though, 2019, I'd like to do more, go places, achieve stuff...still be happy and healthy but just add that little bit extra to life.   I wonder if we/I will.

I miss blogging and wonder why I don't.  My memory isn't much chop any more and blogging was a way of being able to see what I did do, where I went...haha,  maybe I did go exploring, had wonderful days out and achieved great things.  Maybe I did it all but just don't remember because I didn't blog about it all.  You think?  haha.  No, it didn't happen like that. 

The gardens aren't doing much, chooks keep getting out and scratching them up.  Grass keeps growing up and through them all.  We still have too many slaters.  I am still too lazy to get out there and fix it all.   I'm still volunteering down at Vinnies.  Still too scared to go on any adventures.  And next year it may all stay the same but I think there will be a few changes, we'll see.

Now though, it's bedtime.  How many reading will stay up to see the New Year in?  How will you spend the 1st day of 2019?   I hope you all have a great night and next year is good for you.



Friday, August 3, 2018

Raining. Snakes.

Well it's still raining here, the cat is still staying inside where it is warm and the dog went home for a bit but then came back for a few days.   He was here today, the yard is still ankle deep in water and he was still outside in the wet and cold. 

I had a friend visit today and as she was leaving she says to me "is that a snake?"  I doubted it, middle of Winter, cold, wet, not snake season...But yeah, it was, it was a small, 12inch maybe, tiger snake, laying on the wet grass on the driveway.  And alive.  With the dog sniffing around.  I grabbed the dog, friend grabbed a shovel and snake was relocated.

Friend said there may be more around as they may be coming out of hiding places because of all the water and that does make sense.  And there is so many hiding places as the grass is long and weedy as it hasn't been cut for a month or so because of the rain.   But I never thought that we'd have to look out for snakes in this weather.

Dog was picked up this afternoon and has gone home for a bit.  He will be back here sometime next week.  I hope no more snakes come out.

As soon as we get some sun and the grass dries out enough I am going to be out there mowing it all down!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Raining. Cats and Dogs

It's been raining, lots and lots of raining.  Our yard is ankle deep in water.  But hopefully all the dams in the area are filling up so there will be plenty of water come Summer. 

And I am dog-sitting again and feel bad when it is cold and wet and he is outside.  But he is an outside dog and I have been told by the owners not to let him in.  He used to be able to come into the sunroom but then Billie came.  Billie is a cat and Booker doesn't like cats.  Well, Billie doesn't like dogs either and as the sunroom is now a part of Billies area...poor Booker.  But last night there was thunder and lots and lots of rain so I locked the cat inside and put the dog in the sunroom.  Today, the cat needs access to sunroom so dog will need to be outside.  Where there is a back patio roof he can be under, on the mat where it is dry, or there are sheds he can go in.   If he wants to, though I think I want him under cover more for me than him as he sleeps out in the weather a lot when he is here and his owners say he does the same up there. 

Today, I'd rather be the cat, home and inside under cover where it is dry and warmish.   Not the dog who is outside where it is wet and not warmish at all.   But I won't be here, I am at Vinnies again.  And I have no gas for a hot shower when I get home and the fire went out so I too will be cold when I get home.  More like the dog than the cat. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I Got Lazy.


Two more days and it will be July.  That is half a year gone already and so far I have achieved precisely nothing in the backyard.   I was picking capsicum and had heaps ready to pick but someone left a gate open.  Again.

So since the sheep got into the backyard I don't have anything growing, nothing to pick anyway though the capsicum stalks that they ate all the leaves and fruit off may grow leaves back.  Though it's been a few weeks now and they haven't yet.
And I say nothing but mean vegies.  I have no vegies to eat.  We do have oranges falling off the trees and there are a few chokos left on the vine but apart from that, nothing.

Husband has cabbages and caulies though so I will eat those when they are ready.  Luckily I found the sheep before they had time to find those too or he might have been a bit cranky.  He has set up his own garden beds towards the front of the yard as he was sick of *my* gardens being over run with grass and weeds.  And his do look good and they were the only ones that fed us with cucumbers and tomatoes during Summer.  Mind you, he does get out there and spend time working on them too, so maybe that is what I have to do.   But, if I did have a fantastic vegie crop and the sheep ate it all I would have been a lot more upset with them and the person (me!) that left the gate open. 

I am getting lazy, should say got, I have gotten lazy and it is much easier to go down the shop and buy stuff.  I don't like not being able to go outside and pick what I want but evidently not enough to get out there and do something about it!

But I will, when it starts to get warmer and not so wet.  Until then, I will be lazy.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Honey. Garlic. Unite!

We have just made a batch of honey infused garlic.  Or garlic infused honey...Not sure which but it smells great and after 20 minutes the honey already has a slight garlic taste.  I need to leave it out for a few days then will keep it in the fridge and use it to ward off colds and other Winter ailments.

Picture to come.