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!)
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!





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!)
... but I did get to cuddle with Miss Shadow on the sofa.

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.

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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.





Ugh

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.


venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
It's been far too may months since I've posted here - I'm living up to my journal title! I've been on tumblr but it's not the same. So many times I've meant to post ... it's been an erratic year. But there have been good things such as starting to volunteer at my local greyhound rescue, periods of decent brain function when I could work on my writing, catching up on movies I've meant to watch, losing weight, seeing my friends, SinpOz, a joint birthday party for me and Mum (100 years of living!)

And while I'm still getting over a sinus infection, the antibiotics are starting to kick in, the two-day migraine has gone, the temperature dropped from high thirties to low twenties, we had pizza and cake for dinner and I have fabulous purple suede boots, honeybush tea, Fast and Furious 7 (I will weep hysterically all over again and Mum will laugh at me), and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell on DVD plus various gift cards from family. And amongst several lovely presents from our party, my best friend gave us vouchers for a whale watching tour on Sydney Harbour. Mum squealed/shrieked. Not sure how to describe the noise.

Like I said, it's been an erratic and, at times, stressful year but there are lots of good things. I think I will try to post a happy thing every day of December (likely most of these will be multifandom vids that have made me smile this year even when I have no idea what half the fandoms are.)

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