Monday, 10 October 2016

one of those days

Just a quick post to let you know that I'm taking a break from blogging for a while. It might be a week (you're thinking "whats new there?"), might be longer.

Chances are it'll be a bit longer.

Not sure.

I'll let you know.

I promise that if I decide to stop blogging I'll post to say goodbye.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Does anyone remember when my wallet was stolen and my credit cards drummed up to over $1,000 in about three hours? That happened on February 25, 2015.

Well, the fun didn't stop there it seems.

The thieves also created an Optus phone account. Somehow. Using my driver's license probably. I got a letter in the mail last night from a collection agence(!!!) saying I owed $1,186!!!!

I called the agency this morning and found out that the account was created in March 2015 and was cancelled March 2016 without a single bill being paid.

But what I don't get is this:

In all this time, where were the bills and reminders going?

In all this time, why did they not disconnect the phone if no one was making payments? 

What address did the thief give for the account cause I sure didn't receive ANY bills, letters or communication from Optus at all.

Which brings up another point: if the collection agency found me at my address, what was Optus doing all this time?

So now here I am, once again trying to sort out a mess not of my making.

I'm so angry. I mean, what do you do when someone steals your drivers license? You can cancel your credit cards. You get a new license issued, but what can you do about the old one still out there in some scumbag's possession? Who knows what else is still lurking out there waiting to bite me in the proverbial?

Seriously. What do you do about this? I'm going to the police station tomorrow. They already caught and charged the scum with credit card fraud. They'll be interested to know they can now charge them with identity theft too.

I got a letter asking if I wanted to go to their court hearing and/or sue them or whatever. I didn't. Now I do.

Yeah. I'm angry. And its my blog so I can vent if I want to.

Meanwhile its pouring again.

Time to get onto FB and onto the Garage Sale site and cancel my garage sale. The sponge that is our land won't dry out.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

water and keeping your head above it

So far there hasn't been much in the way of more rain. It has been raining in the hills around us, but not down around our property. I took the dogs out for a look yesterday and took some photos.

They loved it. Running through all that mud and water. Luckily it was more like sand than mud so they didn't get too dirty.

All this sand is washed down from the sandstone hills behind us. It fills the creek and the creek overflows.

This is the creek, still running madly. It'll be days before the flow slows down even if it stops raining now. You can see where its been overflowing.

When we first moved here we spent time and $$$ fixing up the ford, putting in a huge pipe so that the creek could run through under the road.

That was money well spent!

The chickens are enjoying the muddy ground. They're out scratching for worms happily. We have 3 chickens now and two roosters. The smaller rooster on the left is our original rooster, the huge one in the forground is a home bred boy, born last year. We had 2 x 3 eggs hatch but only have 2 survivors out of the 6 chicks. This big boy and one black hen.

He is pretty impressive!

The poodles keep a watchful eye on everything... note the dirty legs. Eh. They had fun.

Pretty Dancer keeps an eye on the dogs too. She doesn't want them eating her hay.

The weather has been quite nice today, mostly cloudy but enough sun to make it lovely. However there's more rain predicted for the week ahead.

The only thing about this that really worries me is that we're 99% going to have to cancel the garage sale. I've been so looking forward to it, and I've worked so hard to get it organised... but reality is that even if we didn't get a drop of rain between now and October 22, if we got sunny days with light winds every day, the paddocks would still be too wet to drive on.

Our place is not ideal for a 'normal' garage sale. For one thing we don't have a garage we can have a sale in. All our sheds are full of stuff that we're not selling so that won't work. Rule #1 of garage sales is: hide/cover anything you're not selling to avoid confusion.

We need to have our sale outside. You'd think our driveway would work for that, but no. Its not big enough set up a sale and still allow room for cars to drive in, park, turn around and drive out. And if the ground is still wet, we can't even open the gates so people could drive out the back to turn.

We had planned to have the sale in the small paddock outside the casita. We have 2 small horse yards there, a large gum tree for shade, fences to hang things on and plenty of space for tables and larger items. We planned to open the bottom paddock gate so people could drive in, park and turn around.... No chance of that now. First person to drive in would get bogged. 

I haven't cancelled it yet. I'm still hoping. But I think that come next weekend, unless some miracle happens, I will have to face facts and cancel it.

Postpone it really. We will have a garage sale, but probably in summer when the ground is rock hard and dry from lack of water.

Safer that way.



Saturday, 1 October 2016

kids party cake stands and other things

Since I'm on a roll blog-wise (and I don't want to let down my fans - heheh) I thought I'd share another work project which was HUGELY successful.

These kids party cake stands were made in my Thursday group. We spent time collecting, begging, stealing and borrowing old/broken toys from anywhere we could find them. I spent ages asking for things on FB and at work via our newsletter and noticeboards.

We also took a few trips to the tip shop to find some wooden or plastic platters and lamp bases to build them with.

The tall one that looks black in the photos is actually a very dark blue. It began life as a tall metal lamp base which was covered in toy animals using liquid nails, then sprayed what we thought was bright orange. Unfortunately the orange sucked big time, so we tried a couple of other colours, ending up with dark blue for the best coverage.

Warning: if you plan to do this at home, beware. Not all spray paint is created equal. And not all of it matches the lid colour...

For the top we used different flat items as bases - anything from old cds to small wooden dishes. These were glued to the light globe holder on the lamp base and provided a nice big surface to glue the platters to.

The top to this cake stand is a plastic lazy susan which spins.

The light blue one was made using a large ceramic lamp base, covered in random toys and topped with a large wooden platter.

Here it is in progress. In this instance we removed the globe holder bit entirely and glued a flat surface to the ceramic base directly.

This one is my all time favourite. Its made out of a pirate ship, tea pots and all kinds of 'human' and animal figures plus anything 'fishy' we could find.. Oh and the wheels off a toy truck.

Sorry about the bad photo but its the only one I have of the pirate ship in progress.

The red cake stand was made out of a small metal lamp base. The top was a flower shaped bit of wood we found which we sprayed gloss white (all the tops were sprayed gloss white to make them easy to clean). This one also went through a colour change.

You can see below how it started yellow but the yellow didn't cover well enough. We found a brilliant red (I know it looks a bit pinky in the photos) which looked way better.

Here are the four drying in their first coats of paint. The smallest one with the bowl on top is more like a bowl for M&Ms or other lollies than a cake platter. Its made of a basically flat square base that a light globe fits onto without a shade. We used a snoopy body as the 'stand' and surrounded it with Peanuts characters in cars. The top is a wooden bowl I had lying around.

All five were entered as a group entitled Kids Party Collection at the Art From Trash exhibition this year. They sold instantly.

We also had a mirror decorated with toys all around it, that sold too, and we're now working on another, larger, toy project.

Stay tuned.


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