venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Lazy, exhausted post-Christmas days combines with ridiculously sticky internet has resulted in me saving myself the frustration and just reading books. But I must say Happy New Year to you all! May 2016 be happy, healthy, stress-free (or at least low-stress) with good reading and good friends, cute animals and cooperative internet!

venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
Quiet day, good day. No migraine but I was very sleepy for a few hours due to the medication hangover. Woke up enough to make dinner fortunately!

Croissants for breakfast with the usual boysenberry jam plus some violet flower jam that I saw in the deli and was quite fascinated by. Mum put a jar in my stocking. *g* I prefer the boysenberry for croissants but I think the violet would be excellent on scones.

Went to Roz's place for a cup of tea and exchange of gifts, happiness all around.

Came home, started the duck, then we sat down for presents with a cup of tea and some Lafayette Gingerbread (which Mum says is the best gingerbread she's ever tasted so that's rather nice.) Had an alarming moment when Mum tried to reach over the sofa arm for a present and ended up sliding off the sofa, onto some presents and into the tree. Amazingly, she was fine, the presents were fine (one gift bag a bit smushed) and the tree was a bit mussed and dropped some ornaments but otherwise fine. She said there was just nothing to catch herself on - except the tree and that would have gone well.

So we took a minute and had some gingerbread before opening presents. We basically exchanged books, DVDs, CDs, clothes and earrings which amused me. The hounds had their Christmas bandanas but I don't know if those counted as presents for them ... so they have some 'iced' Christmas tree biscuits which seem to be going down very well.

The duck took four hours to cook, flipping every hour, so I spent intervals between cooking duties reading bits of my two new books (Bill Bryson and Nalini Singh.) Dinner was Festive Duck with Apple Cider Drizzle (but cooked the slow way), Mini Herbed Pommes Anna, and Orange Roasted Broccolini. Dessert was Mango and Brandy Christmas Pudding. No, I didn't make it. I don't usually like Christmas pudding but we tried a sample of this and it was delicious.

Mum's in bed, I'm about to go; we'll be seeing Brother and family tomorrow for lunch. Good food, good people, nice presents, lots of doggy cuddles, no migraine. Good Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!!

Last of the carols ...

An Aussie tradition.

And again, for fun ...

venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
After spending the better part of two days feeling weak and feeble, I did manage to get some Christmas baking and wrapping done last night. Did multiple loads of washing today, had Christmas Eve dinner with cousin Dee, have a bit more prep to do and hope I stave off the migraine.

Oh crap, I have to make my bed. The only downside to clean sheets!

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The internet has been sticky since the rain started. I eventually gave up on it yesterday.

I just wrote quite a long rambling post about today and yesterday and baking and Christmas and rain and dogs ... and somehow deleted the whole fucking thing.
venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Before I forget again, thank you for the cards, [personal profile] littlerhymes and [personal profile] turlough!

The cat was napping under the Christmas tree - acceptable and adorable, he does it every year. But for the first time he thought he might use the tree as a scratching post. There were some alarming wobbles before we dissuaded him. You would not have enjoyed the aftermath, cat.

Stayed hot until about 2p.m. to day. Then it was quite pleasant for about an hour - until the rain started. It hasn't stopped yet! Better than bushfires.

Had a CAT scan of my sinuses today. Fastest scan I've ever had; apparently the technology's improved (for mammograms too. Mum says there's less painful squishing which is good to hear since I should start having those soon.) Last CAT scan I had took about 20 minutes or more, not 2 minutes. I'm a little vague about that whole experience since I'd just started on Topamax for my ghastly possibly-migraines and I was zonked for the first week or so. But I remember lying in the machine listening to the various clunks, clicks and whirs and starting to hear rhythms in them and just as I felt I was about to recognise one it would break off and start over or a different one would start. I could have sworn one of them sounded like the live intro to an MCR song but I couldn't get hold of it for long enough.

... yeah, I was pretty out of it, although my brain tends to do that sort of thing anyway.

Spot of mildly successful Christmas shopping (so many shinies I wanted ...), present wrapping tonight, need to bake something, last Christmas market tomorrow. Hope it's not pouring!

venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
Went to the markets first thing this morning since it was going to be stinking hot. We had Christmas cards to hand out to our market friends - or rather we had Christmas cards from the greyhounds since everyone knows their names! I had some cards made up last year with this image and several people told me they still have it on display! This year I couldn't find a nice (affordable) greyhound card but the Santa photos turned out really well so I did a flat card on Vistaprint that turned out nicely. Naturally the hounds were gussied up in their antlers plus their new Christmas bandanas, and they had many cuddles and photos and smiles, plus one woman when we stopped at the shops afterwards, said 'You have just made my Christmas! They are beautiful!'

Bought some nectarines, ginger honey, fudge and a Balinese batik scarf for Flora. Just a couple more presents to get ...

We were home by 10:30 a.m. and the dogs and I passed out for the rest of the day. They had zero interest in an afternoon walk. A damp towel and a fan helped me sleep through the worst of the 40C heat. Yechh. It's 11:30p.m. and still 30C.

Still in 30s tomorrow but it should be fairly cool on Christmas Day, hallelujah!

venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
... but I did get to cuddle with Miss Shadow on the sofa.

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Are greyhounds a fandom? (They're a cult; we have t-shirts.) I feel like I've witnessed a fandom collision. J.K. Rowling has a rescue grey too ...

venetia_sassy: (Adam // glitter and stars)
I cannot tell you how much I've been annoying myself weighing the various factors of standing, January hot weather, night time cool, solo or with friends and how much any one combination would be likely to cause a relapse. Plus finances. (I've missed out on a number of purchases this way. Sometimes I think I really need to go with impulse more, then I tell myself to be more adult and responsible. It's so boring.)

But while no friends were available to go along, I checked the tickets one more time today - and there were seats! Limited number and I snagged a really good one so I am feeling very pleased.

My bank account isn't but oh well.

Christmas shopping in town tomorrow and I plan to take plenty of time and sit down breaks. Not too much to get but there are a few places I want to browse as well. The weekend is going to be a stinker so I will be laying low and recovering if possible.

I haven't even thought about Christmas baking.

venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
I was supposed to volunteer at GR this afternoon but due to a mix-up and bad weather, it didn't happen - but I came home to very enthusiastic doggy cuddles. And half an hour later, 'How did I miss this much blood last night?! Wait, it's too fresh to be from last night ... bugger.'

I spent a good half hour wandering around the house with damp cloths, thinking surely I'd found it al-nope, here's another spot. And here's some that's dried to brown! Must be from last night.

Blood splatter all over the kitchen, various walls, floor, back door, Mum's desk, piles of books in the dining room, the cook books, books in the hall shelves and office shelves ... most of the blood came off, fortunately. Covers and spines were easily wiped, and even some of the glossy high quality page edges. Unfortunately, some of the paperbacks now have permanent blood streaks. Mum's copy of The Once and Future King got the worst with a big smear on the base. And my copies of The Hunger Games trilogy have a connected streak across the bases. But I was able to clean the blood drops off Mum's birthday cards!

And when Mum came home again, I grabbed Miss Shadow before her enthusiasm could decorate the house again. It is very difficult to bandage the very tip of a dog's tail. I've washed it and smeared some antiseptic cream on but all we can really do now is try to prevent her licking off the scab or knocking if off in her enthusiasm.

Mr Nosey has not had happy tail here and it seems an unlikely event (although he's always scratching up his feet and he's ripped his stopper pads off more than once.) He wags his tail in a discreet and subtle fashion. Miss Shadow, for all her reserve in public, has no subtlety at home. It's all YAAYYY!!! *thwack**thwack**thwack**thwackthwackthwackthwackthwack* Really, now I think about it I'm surprised this hasn't happened more often.

First play of the album this season!

venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
Mum came home from a birdwatchers' Christmas party tonight (she think she'll go back), was greeted with great joy by the dogs and I noted as I patted Miss Shadow that she'd somehow managed to get a bit wet over her rear half - but it was raining outside. A little while later, I happened to look at my hands and thought, 'Holy crap, was my nose bleeding?!' There were faint smears of dried blood on my hands. No, no, it wasn't me ...

Miss Shadow had happy tail!

Only a tiny bit of skin off the very tip of her tail but it resulted in very fine blood splatter all over the front hall, my dress, Mum's dress, Miss Shadow's rear half, the kitchen ... once we started looking, it seemed never-ending! And unlike The Boyo's nosebleeds which were spectacular but lowdown and fairly localised, Miss Shadow's happy helicopter tail saw blood hit the level of the light switches ... and higher ... above my head!

As we were cleaning it up, Mum suddenly laughed and wondered what a forensics crew would make of the splatter pattern.

The front door needed cleaning anyway, it turns out.
venetia_sassy: (Adam // glitter and stars)
Just learned that Adam Lambert will be performing here at the end of January. Currently debating if:

a) I can afford it financially right now (not really, but ...)

b) I could afford it physically in the middle of summer given current health and the fact that all the seats are sold out and I'd have to stand.

I wasn't that keen on his second album but this is his third. Seeing him on his first tour and with Queen were amazing experiences ...
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
Miss Shadow got up on the sofa again! She is curled up beside me as I type. Mr Nosey was ensconced on one sofa while I was wrapping presents on the floor earlier (Mum looked at the pile and said, 'You are very efficient at this.' Which may explain why I get asked to do it for almost every birthday and most Christmas presents, just like the Christmas lights.) Miss Shadow came in when I was finished and when I was settled on the other sofa, I noticed her glaring at me. She has a very expressive face. It seems she was waiting for an invitation to get up again (have you met a dog who does that?) I put a cotton throw down this time and it seems to make her feel more secure.

Roz came by earlier with her new dog (their elderly Staffy died earlier this year), reportedly a kelpie/greyhound cross. Well, he's clearly kelpie/something bigger but I couldn't see greyhound. *shrugs* He's gorgeous though and seems very sweet. Roz has asked if I'll come over soon and do some training with him - he's a bit too interested in the chickens right now but their cat has terrified him into submission although she hasn't realised it yet. Today she came into the room and the poor dog slunk away and tried to climb in Roz's husband's lap for protection.

Yesterday was a bit exhausting for me and the dogs but they had a great many cuddles and their photos taken at least a dozen times. We went to one of our regular markets with the hounds in their antlers - and we brought the cool coats with us this time. They were needed although the weather was weirdly changeable and we had to take them off at one because of a sharp wind.

The little Fuji apples are sadly finished (we were buying five kilos a fortnight at one point) but we got the last box of the really good navel oranges, and the first kilos of plums and cherries. Plus corn, cavolo nero, capsicum, chickens, eggs and sausages, plus dried kangaroo tails and lamb bones for the hounds. Mum did some shopping I didn't need to know about, hem, and it took us two hours. If we were just shopping it would be half an hour. But with visiting all the favorite stall holders and stopping for everyone who wants to pat the dogs it takes a while.

Then we went to visit Mum's friend Ivy at her shoe shop so I could thank her in person for the lovely scarf she gave me for my birthday but hadn't opened by the time she left our party. She took photos of the dogs as well as did a customer and we all chatted. Mum may have made a new friend and joined a book club. The other customer was wearing a glorious blue skirt with peacock feather patterns from a shop two doors down and we stopped in there as well. I tried on the skirt and it was gorgeous and comfortable but even the Xsmall was a bit too big (yes, I've lost weight but I swear sizes have gone up. I am not skinny!) While in there a customer from the hairdresser upstairs and across the plaza came down and asked if I'd bring the dogs up because all the girls wanted to meet them! Good thing I keep up their stair practice. Again they had their photos taken but we only stayed a few minutes. They clearly weren't keen on the chemical smells. Then it was home and bed for three of us while Mum was still bright-eyed and energetic.

I try not to assume people are interested in my dogs (even though they are splendid dogs!) but then days like yesterday happen.

I was lying on the floor earlier and Mr Nosey had his head on my chest while Miss Shadow had her head against my knee and one paw in my hand.

venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
Happy day but very tired. *yawns*

Now carols are always beautiful but if you are sad they can make you feel sadder. (There are some people who always find that beauty makes them feel sadder, which is a very mysterious thing.)

101 Dalmatians
~ Dodie Smith

But after a good day ...

venetia_sassy: (MLP // shake it off)
I can be feeling like utter crap but I listen to this song, watch one of the many fan vids set to it, and I may not be able to get up and dance but I do smile.

The Marvel cast are such delightful dorks.

So much tea

Dec. 9th, 2015 11:53 pm
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Money woes  )

It was stinking hot today, my sinuses are giving me hell and I'm blowing my nose much I look like I've been weeping.

Not a great day. And my GR just took over a dozen new greyhounds, they are crammed full and there are so many more they can't take. Trainers are shedding dogs after the live-baiting scandals - but they love their dogs, right? I desperately want another one but we can't even afford to foster a third right now. *sigh*

Here's a happy thing. I know the person who adopted this adorable boy after he'd been waiting for months, shipped around to different RSPCAs trying to find him a home. He has a lovely home now with a greyhound sister.


Dec. 8th, 2015 11:57 pm
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // woeful puppies)
Sinus infections suucckk. But I made a good dent in the Christmas shopping today!

Ugh, my head.

venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // woeful puppies)
She seems better now but poor Miss Shadow was acting listless and lethargic today* and we think she was still dehydrated from yesterday. It was hot and humid today and Mr Nosey didn't seem too lively either. Although when Miss Shadow decided against her lunchtime chicken frame, Mum had to chase him around the central flower bed several times before getting him to drop it. Poor boy, he thought his luck was in.

*Mum and I had a discussion on nuances - I consider those words to have different meaning, listless more mental, lethargic more physical and it seems the dictionary and Mum agree but I wonder how many people use them interchangeably?

Santa Paws!

Dec. 6th, 2015 11:47 pm
venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
Here's a happy thing. We took the dogs out in their reindeer antlers today. Now we always get people wanting to pat them and talk to them and ask about greyhounds which is one of the reasons we take them to markets, etc. But add the antlers and it seemed like every second person at least was grinning at them as they walked past. We heard "Oh look at the cute dogs!" "Look at the reindeer dogs!" so many times and they had their photo taken about ten times.

It was nice seeing people smile.

We took the hounds to a nearby market we've only visited once or twice but it got too hot too quickly to linger and we hadn't brought their cool coats. They had some excellent cuddles with various people in shaded areas, took alarm at the extraordinary noises made by some sheep (they know alpacas but I don't think they've met sheep before) and we toured the various stalls but didn't find any potential gifts. Then it was really too hot so we went back to the car and gave the dogs some water - they rarely drink from public water sources, those are contaminated by other dogs, thank you very much. They like fresh water, poured into their own bowl and held for them. It's possible they're a bit fastidious. Or spoiled.

The we went off to a nearby shopping district - which turned out to be having a market as well but it was still too hot to take the dogs around much. But we had an appointment to have their photo taken with Santa at the RSPCA for the third year in a row. And when the Santa saw them, she was delighted. "You've brought them back again! I love these guys!" And we have some lovely photos, individual and double, Miss Shadow grinning away and Mr Nosey looking a bit worried at first, then succumbing to cuddles. (We tried to persuade him to get up on the 'seat' and he didn't like that at all. Won't do that next year!) We also met a bouncy, stocky Dalmatian, a French bulldog and a French bulldog/pug who were all lovely and wanted to play.

Home again to pass out (except for Mum) and tonight Kitt and Rena dropped by for an hour to pick up some DVDs they were going to borrow. We wound up talking about various aggravations of modern life/life in general and I said, You realise we're turning into cranky old ladies in our thirties?

Anyway. Despite the heat and the people (mostly relatives) who think we're bonkers for having Santa Paws photos taken, it was a good day. A lot of people smiled.


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