Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday #59

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

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

We probably don't need this so soon after the Christmas/New Year/Australia Day feasting,
but, Mmmm, donuts!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

disinterested? no. bored? no. what then?

Tough question.
I'm not bored with the blogging.
I'm not disinterested.
I still read all the blogs I used to and leave comments too. 
I am here less than I used to be though.

What's changed?
It's the kindle.

She calls to me....the books, the books.
Come curl up on the couch and read....read....

So many stories waiting for me.

Monday, January 28, 2013

what irritates you Monday

Welcome back to what irritates you Monday.

This meme was began by Delores and I'm having fun being able to air some of my irritations publicly.

Irritation #3 is related to work. 

"if you have a flybuys* card, please scan it now".

When scanning customers items we are required to ask if they have a FlyBuys* card.

When using the self-serve checkouts however, the machine does the asking.

As soon as you select "start" on the touch screen, a voice asks you to "please scan your first item".
Fair enough.
And then it reminds you about the card.
"If you have a FlyBuys* card, please scan it now". 
But it doesn't stop there. 
It continues to "remind" you at short (very short) intervals until you've finished your shopping, paid and taken your receipt.
I bought one item yesterday and in the time it took me to start, scan and pay, the machine requested that I scan a flybuys card four times.
FOUR. 
When I touched on "finish and pay" it stalled and asked me to scan my FlyBuys card.
I don't have one. 

We have six of these machines, so with people using all of them almost continuously, I hear this request far more often than I'd like to.
I've been heard to say, "the day I hear that in my sleep is the day I quit."

So you can see that for me, this is a major irritation.
On the upside, quitting sounds like it could be fun.....

Now, maybe my thinking is wrong, but to my mind, if a person signs up for one of these FlyBuys cards, shouldn't it be the responsibility of that person to remember to use it? 

At a regular checkout, I'll ask a customer at the beginning of scanning and maybe again at the end, but usually just once.
Sometimes I forget altogether.

*This is a rewards card, whereby people "earn" rewards points according to what they buy and how much. From a range of stores, not just supermarkets.
When enough points have accumulated, they can be redeemed in various ways.
Most people I know redeem their points as gift cards which they can use to shop or give as gifts.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Selections # 105



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.


I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos that I took while in the Botanic Gardens recently.

BEGONIAS 
In one of the shade houses there is a large Begonia plant, I'm not sure what variety of Begonia it is, there are so many. 

This one has speckled leaves and delicate pink flowers.

Elephant's Child has one of these in her garden, perhaps she can tell us which variety it is. 

This is a different plant, the flowers are longer and the leaves not speckled, but I believe it is still a Begonia.

In this photo you can see the speckled leaves again, the two plants are very close together and the flowers are almost the exact same colour.

Again, speckled leaves amongst the plain and the delicate stems holding the flowers are the same as the first photo.
Pink and green together is one of my favourite colour combinations.



Saturday, January 26, 2013

d...is for

Joining in once again with Toni and her A-Z,  "a....is for" meme, this week's letter is D and I bring you.....

Davenport.

I used to read about Davenports in fiction novels set in times past, but never really knew what they were. I imagined they were some kind of porch swing.
Once I found out, I wanted one. 

I didn't buy one though, for several reasons, one being I had no place to put a Davenport, another being I couldn't see myself actually using it.


Similar to old style school desks,but fancier,  these small writing desks, have a sloped surface for comfortable writing that lifts up to disclose storage under the lid, for paper, envelopes etc.

There are different styles, as with any furniture. 
I quite like this one above with all the little drawers down the sides.
The long and narrow storage box above the writing surface would be for pens and possibly the bottles of ink as well.

This model has drawers above the writing surface also, perhaps a place to keep stamps (seals) and sealing waxes.

There are also Davenport Sofas.

These are no different to any other sofas, it is simply a brand name, and they come in many styles, sizes and fabrics.
Some even fold down to become beds, just like modern sofa beds available everywhere. 

"Davenport is the name of a series of sofas made by the now-defunct Massachusetts furniture manufacturer A H Davenport company." 

Thank you, Wikipedia and Google images.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

sigh...I've done it too

I've noticed a lot more "anonymous" comments creeping in to my comments section.

Most of them get sent straight to the spam folder, but there's enough of them getting through to annoy me, so like JahTeh, I have switched to Google Accounts only comments.

Then I checked my spam folder and deleted what was in there.


I hope all my readers can still leave comments......

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday #58

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

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

Don't throw away those empty tins, Mum.
Barbie needs a drum kit!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

what irritates you Monday

Started last week by Delores at The Feathered Nest, today is "what irritates you Monday"
and for me, irritation number two is internet connections.

More accurately, LACK  of internet connections.
I'm living in an internet blackhole!
Or so close to it, there's really not much difference.

Just yesterday, I turned on my laptop, connected to the internet and got about ten minutes before being unceremoniously shut down.
Three times. 
Remotely shut down, with a nice little window saying"connection to remote computer has been reset and this port has been closed" or something similar, I don't remember the exact wording.
This happens often. 

Still, the times I'm able to get on and stay on serve me well enough, (just ignore the stamping of feet and throwing of stuff, okay?)

But things are about to get worse, according to an article in last Saturday's newspaper.

Here it is, word for word.....

"Phone glut to jam networks

  A billion new smart-phones sold world-wide in 2013 will increase pressure on the already crowded mobile broadband spectrum, leading to increased network dropouts and slowdowns, a report says.
  The year ahead will also see the rise of the big-screened "phablet" phone, internet connected and ultra-high definition "4K" televisions, says the Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2013 report.
  Deloitte Australia telecommunications partner Stuart Johnston said annual global smart-phone shipments are expected to exceed one billion for the first time. "

This will mean less and less access for us "little people", because you can bet big business will get first crack at whatever access is available.

Not happy, Jan!!! 


What's your irritation for today?

Sunday Selections #104



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.


I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have photos of the lotus pond in our Botanical Gardens.
I'd heard on TV that the lotus were flowering, so I grabbed my camera and caught the bus into town. 


I have in my head that this is a Lily pond, but as you can see the flowers are Sacred Lotus.
 
There weren't as many open blossoms as I'd hoped for.

So pink it's almost purple.

As the seed pods develop, the petals begin to open fully.

The leaves are thick around the edges of the pond.

The centre has lots of dead stalks and green algae.

A lone duck.

Here's the rest of the family.

After the petals are fully opened, they gradually drop away and the seed pod ripens to green.

Here's another one, with the stamens still surrounding the seed pod.

Here you can see many new buds waiting to open and a few seed pods that have turned green.
As they become fuller and heavier with the seeds inside, they will droop and look like shower heads.
Then they will dry and turn brown and the ripened seeds will drop into the pond to grow again next summer.

Looking across the pond into the sun gave a rainbow effect to this photo.











Saturday, January 19, 2013

c......is for

Joining up again today with Toni  in her A-Z, a.....is for series, today's letter is C.

And C is for.........C-foods.

Years ago someone came up with the Seafood Diet, which is supposed to be mainly anything that comes out of the sea.

Well, I've seen what's in our oceans lately, 
rusting old ships, 
dead people wearing concrete boots,

floating islands of plastic trash.....

and I don't think any of that is appetising at all.

Soon enough Sea Food became See Food - Eat Food, (any food)
then someone somewhere made a list of  C foods that would keep any dietician happy.
Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Capsicum,

mini Capsicums are great, this one is a Chocolate Capsicum, quite sweet,
but not actually chocolate flavoured.

I made my own list of C-Foods, truly a dietician's nightmare.
Chocolate.
Chocolate cake
Caramel
Candy
and so on.
The list was quite long, but I didn't use it as a diet sheet.....really, I didn't

and let's not forget Coffee.
Mmm, Chocolate covered Coffee Beans..........

Then I got sensible and added things like Cheese, (oooh, Cheesecake!),  
Curry,  
Coconut,
Chicken,


Crab, blue swimmer Crabs are very nice.

I don't remember much else that was on the C-Foods list, it was one of those joke things I had on the fridge for a while, then threw away.

What would be on your C-Foods list?



Thursday, January 17, 2013

tongue-in-cheek comment

Dear TV stations,

how dare you interrupt our advertisement viewing with snippets of "real" programs. 

Sincerely yours, disgruntled watcher. 



Week after week, our TV Guide has letters from viewers who are not happy with the number of advertisements disrupting our programs, whether they be weekly series or actual movies.

For years now, the TV stations have ignored these.

So.....maybe the above statement will get their attention. 
I'm even more annoyed with previews of reality programs that run on for so long I feel as if I've watched a complete episode.

Yes, I understand that advertising pays for our viewing, but most of what we see is old stuff. Repeats of repeats of repeats.....
Surely that can't cost too much?

Maybe they could show an entire episode of something and then have a full half hour of advertisements, before showing a whole movie, then another section of ads.
They do it for the Home Shopping program, which is just one gigantic advertisement running for how many hours?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday #57

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

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

just a lick of sauce, not too much now.....

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm a fan of fans and cool breezes

I have a fan in the lounge room to create a breeze on hot days....

and on hot nights I've been dragging it through to the bedroom and adding an extension cord, so that I can run it while I'm sleeping.

But I've decided to bring in the spare fan from the back porch and set that up in the bedroom instead.

Ta Da!

I laid the extension cord along the open doorway ....

and fed it up behind the door to plug in by the bathroom mirror.

then I taped the cord to the floor so it wouldn't kink up and trip me in the night.

Because I didn't want to land face first here>>>

Can you imagine explaining a forehead bruise shaped like a toilet rim?

Anyway, it worked, I haven't tripped over that cord at all.

I have, however, stubbed my bare toes on this.
Twice.
ah phooey!





Monday, January 14, 2013

What Irritates You Monday

Over at The Feathered Nest, my friend Delores has thought up a What Irritates You meme for Monday.
I'm not sure if it will be a one-off or a weekly meme, but I said I'd join in if my internet connection agrees to play nice.(so far, so good)
Delores, in turn, said she'd be happy to hear "what chips my paint".

Well, there's irritation  numbero uno right there.
Chipped Paint.
Actually chipped nail polish.
Over the years I have tried many different brands of nail polish, all of them claiming to last and last no matter what.

Hah!
They lie.

Or maybe they don't.....I'm sure the problem is my nails, not their formula, since I see women at work (and everywhere else) with beautifully manicured nails with nary a single chip on any of them.

I do my nails, they look lovely and by the end of the working day they are chipped to hell and back after scrabbling around in the till for change (coins) to give customers.

At other times they chip for no reason at all, or maybe they don't like the way I tucked in the sheets on my bed.
 Or whatever.
Anyway, there it is.
Major irritation number one.
Chipped nail polish. 

(Nails that break if I dare to even look at them, that's another irritation)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Selections #103



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.


I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have a selection of photos from 1990.

1990 started out badly for us.
Three family members died in a road accident, I had major surgery and "died" on the table, being revived with two full blood transfusions, then we had to sell our home and move to a rental.

But after the dust had settled, things began to look brighter.

My two youngest children settled in to their new schools and made some friends...
The primary school that J was going to announced a "Weekend Away" excursion for his class and parents were invited along. 
Cost was manageable, so I signed the form, bought film for the camera and we met with the other kids and parents at the school gates very early on  a Saturday morning. 
We were going by bus to Hochsten's Caravan and Wildlife Park and Museum in the Adelaide Hills. 

Hochsten's Caravan Park also housed cabins for hire, the main building had venues for hire and while we were there a wedding was booked into one of the main dining rooms. 
There was a museum "town" as well, with buildings showing how people lived way back when and a huge shed with old style buggys, wagons and other things from long ago.

Here are some of the photos I took on the day.

"Our" cabin, where J and I slept along with two of his friends and one little brother.

J feeding a kangaroo. Bags of stale bread were provided for kids who wanted to feed the kangaroos or the ducks.

Dinner on that Saturday evening was about a dozen party sized pizzas to be shared by everyone there.

A range of "free choice" activities were available for the kids on that first day, including canoeing on the lake.
That's my boy in the front seat, in his last remaining dry clothes after fooling around and falling in the lake twice.
I remember telling him if he didn't sit down this time, he was going to have to be naked for the rest of the weekend.
He sat. 
If I'd known there was a lake, I would have packed more clothes. I know from experience that if a body of water is available, J is going to fall in.


Further out on the lake. 


Other activities were half-court tennis, general playing, and tug-of-war.
One of the teachers had brought along a sturdy rope and contests were held; boys against girls, kids against teachers, teachers against parents.
Everyone had a lot of fun. 

I managed to get a photo of the coach that brought the Bride and Groom to their reception dinner.

In between activities we all gathered for a wagon ride to the "old town" museum.
This is J posing against one of the old buggys in the big shed.

Some of these beautifully kept old coaches and wagons have been used in Australian movies such as The Shiralee, Breaker Morant and the one about Ned Kelly. 

This dusty old piano was between 90 and 100 years old according to a notice pinned to the wall above it.
If it is still there (and why wouldn't it be?) it would now be between 115 and 125 years old. 
I imagine it might also be used as a movie prop.
It was set far enough behind a wooden fence that no one could touch it.

It was a lovely weekend away for everyone, kids, teachers and the parents who chose to go along.
I'm really glad I went with J.