Raindrops are falling on my head..or in my closet

It was a little odd.  Finding the wallet on the floor of my walk in robe covered in nasty mold.

Not so much the fact that it was on the floor, that happens, but the mold?

It was an old wallet, so I tossed it in the bin and later mentioned it to hubby.

He had recently mended a small hole in the ceiling, something we had noticed but thought the damage might have been done with a knock one time perhaps when putting a case on an upper shelf.

Looking at his patch work though, the fresh plaster looked bubbled and so our thoughts went to water and perhaps a leak in the roof.

We have a tin roof, and thought perhaps one of the roofing screws had come loose.

So like a good hubby, he got the ladder out and went up into the roof space.

What he saw though surprised us both.

A large crack and dent in the roof, obviously from an impact of what was probably a large piece of airborne rock created when there was blasting a few months ago while the new road was being constructed.

We had found rocks in the pool, on the pavement and had noticed a small piece on the roof but this particular bit of damage had been missed until the winter rains had flowed into our roof space.

So tomorrow, hubby will be ringing the road people and organising them to get the damage fixed.  Frustrating.

It had been a fairly uneventful weekend up to that point.

Art class had seen me finish finally the cityscape.

I knew I was nearly done, I just was stuck as to what it needed to get the balance right.

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Happily my lovely teacher and classmates gave me some suggestions – darken the clouds, brighten the centre buildings and it was ready to be signed.

Then I pulled out the man on the bench painting.  I was properly stuck on that one and again with my teacher’s guidance I got it sorted.

I softened the horizon line which created distance.  Lightened the water in places and adjusted the wave line.  The boats got a slight change of colour but without changing the size or tone.

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And then I signed it.

Next week I hope to start something new in class.  I haven’t done any further painting this weekend.  Not sure if it is the fact that Spring is on its way, but I have been sorting and throwing out and re-organising my studio.

I am a bit of a magpie so I need to every so often have a good chuck out to clear the decks ready for my next project.

Now I have a challenge for you my lovely reader’s.  Especially those of you non Aussies.

Without Googling or even thinking terribly hard about it (first thing that comes into your mind even) I would love to know what you think the meanings of the following Aussie slang words are.

1 Aggro

2. Bludger

3. Bogan

4. Carked it

5. Dag

6. Derro

7. Firies

8. K’noath

9. Pash

10. Woop woop

I know I have used some of them in posts so lets just see if you guys know what they mean.

Remember, no cheating by looking it up.

Let’s have some fun and I will post the definitions/meanings next time.

Time to bung the roast on. Lovely leg o’ lamb for dinner with roast veg.

Until next time

Ooroo  :)

“F is for fondue, friends, and fun”

More than a week has disappeared since I was last here and my only excuse I guess is that I haven’t been well.

Once my mind was constantly buzzing with ideas of what to write here but lately my mind has been tired.

Recently my work hours have made it more challenging to find the time to sit quietly and let the words flow.

Further to work, longer at work and I am one tired little chick when I get home in the evenings.

Probably the reason my system crashed once again with a sinus infection which put me in bed for three days.

But I am better, mostly now, back at work and with a change in roster, I have a little more time in the morning to get a few things done.

Like this.

So what else has been happening?

Art class on Saturday followed by time with a girlfriend having lunch and a look through cafes and shops at art displayed as part of the SALA festival.

She had four paintings included and managed to sell two.  I had none by choice after deciding to break ties with my previous art school.

It was exciting and fun and was so much fun to have a proper catchup.

Before I forget, this is what happened at class.

Interesting project in colour mixing and tones.

Two complimentary colours, plus white was the task.

So Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange.

Who would have thought that just those three tubes of paint could create such a variation of colours?

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So if Saturday was art filled,Sunday was all about friends, food and fun.

I think I might have mentioned back a bit about a competition I won, the prize being a Fondue party for four.

Well Sunday was the day, and with good friends we traveled to Hahndorf, arriving just before 1pm.

Our table was in the “cheese cellar”, down a set of narrow winding stairs and delightfully decorated in all things cheesy and cow themed.

Included was a cheese fondue for four, with little pickles, warm bread and spicy sausage, and a bottle of sparkling Merlot.

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Sadly the boys are not really drinkers,leaving us girls to knock off the bottle between as we dipped and twirled the bits of yummy into molten cheese.

The treat wasn’t over when the fondue pot was empty, coffee and cake was next and being too lazy to choose our own cake, the lovely waiter just picked four treats from the cake cabinet and cut them into four pieces each so we all go to taste the selection.

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After this wonderful indulgence, it was almost a struggle to head back up those stairs, and back out into the cool but sunny Winter day.

Hahndorf is a historic tourist town in the Adelaide hills.  It has a strong German heritage and is probably the place to go if you are looking for a sauerkraut fix as several of the pubs and cafes include traditional German meals on their menu.

However after all our cheese and cake, the only think we wanted to do was enjoy a walk and a poke through the shops.

Oh and maybe spend a little money too….

Well, my girlfriend is a bit of a bad influence..and I did my best to be good but there was this candle… oh and a bag which I reluctantly walked away from only to have Hubby buy it for me.

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So spoiled, I am.

I took this pic on our walk simply because the camellias were so beautiful.

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 Thinking my new phone takes some very nice photos.

Not a whole lot more left to say today.  It is almost time to get ready for work.  Only a few more weeks before I get some vacation time with a few days away in Perth with a good friend.

This year is disappearing, it is almost time to renew my domain name here as I was reminded a few days ago too.

Enough ramble.

Keep smiling, and look after your mates.

 

 

pears, sailboats and planning

We had a lovely sunny day today and with almond blossom colouring local trees the most delightful soft pink, you could almost convince yourself that Winter was gone and Spring had arrived.

Until you walked outside that is and felt the hit of chilled air.

Yep, still ugg boot and warm blankie weather.

Oh well, at least I got some painting done this weekend.

Saturday morning art class had me finishing my quartet of pears.

The grey one was glazed with colour and I think of it as my “midnight pear”

Actually, they all make me think of different times of the day.

The morning pear
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Mid Afternoon pear
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Evening pear
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and my Midnight pear.
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The next project will be painting onions.  The challenge to only use two complimentary colours such as blue and orange or purple and yellow.

Prelim sketch with the different tones.
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So that was yesterday’s effort.

Today hubby and I spent some time at a travel expo as I work hard to convince him to get excited about my plans for us to holiday in the USA next year.  Put in my holiday date requests this week for next year and if it is approved we will be one step closer to booking for October or November 2015.

With probably no more than three weeks max, and no desire to spend more time than we have to in airports, we certainly wont be seeing as much as would be possible if we won lotto, but as I think I said previously, Texas, Vegas and New York are high on the list of wants.

I am much of the mind to spend more days at less places so as to really enjoy what we do get to see.

But we have time to plan it properly, and who knows, perhaps we might even sneak in a touch of Canada or Hawaii.

After getting home from the expo, I thought I might try to get back into the painting zone and work on my little seascape.

There are now little boats on the water…

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The jury is out though on how I feel about them…

What do you guys think?  The painting isn’t finished yet, so feel free to give me your opinion.

Last on my list to show you, and just because it made me smile, I had a little splurge this week and ordered this t-shirt.

Perfect for painting in I think.

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  Back to work tomorrow, working plenty of hours which is great for the bank account but lousy for staying in touch with friends and blogs. Still trying though.

Just after 5pm, and it is time to bring the washing in and locate my uggs.

You can really feel the temperature crash in the evening..good thing I have wine.

Until next time.  Keep smiling

Shiny and new

When one door shuts,  another must open, or else you might just be stuck out in the cold..

It has been a lovely weekend of new.

Especially Saturday.

Up bright and early for new art classes.  And I confess it was brilliant.

A hug and a hot cuppa to start, just two students in the most beautiful garden studio and the familiarity of my lovely teacher’s smile.

We painted pears, three ways, and next week we will finish the grey toned one and do a fourth.

A project in learning different ways to apply paint.

The each have fancy names, which of course I didn’t write down, but I think my pears are looking pretty good.

(Thank you WordPress for auto saving as I accidentally exit this page…gah)

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After class, I headed to my hairdresser for an overdue makeover.  I had considered growing my hair into a longer bob style but the longer it grew, the more I hated it..

So she cut it all off, coloured it some funky red and purple and by the time I left, I as feeling revitalised.

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Next stop was the local phone shop to get myself a shiny new phone.

Why?

‘Cause I wanted it.

Simple as that.

So I did.

And despite my reassuring the young girl that I was quite capable of moving my contacts and stuff over, she was “helpful” and I have now spent considerable time deleting multiple contacts, merging, changing forgotten passwords and trying to work out how to stop stuff from automatically doing updates, backups and syncing.

My smart phone thinks it is smarter than me.

Or perhaps it is just possessed by the Google demon.

I do love it though.  It is shiny, bigger, faster and with a better camera than the old one.

And I think I have it sorted.  Hopefully.

Now I just need to find the perfect case..

New class, new hair, new phone…

And did you notice?

Lizard Happy has had a facelift.

And I wanted to apologise if you visited here last time and wanted to leave some comment love but couldn’t.   WordPress has changed some stuff, and a box was unticked but I now know to check it.

Ok, work tomorrow, doing plenty of extra hours so even if I have been a little quiet on your blogs, I am reading really.

Time to feed to males…

Hugs and smiles xxx

Motivation and creativity finally get their shit togther

Friday night I came home early.  As I promised myself.

It had been a good day, the nonsense of the day before put behind me and it was really nice to drive home while there was still daylight.

I had given the excuse of a dinner invitation as the reason to not work extra hours and with that seed planted in my brain, I decided I wanted to eat out.

So after locating a missing teenager at his friend’s house, Hubby, MJ and I went to a Pub for dinner.

A place we hadn’t tried before, right on the beach although it was far too cold for a wander down the Jetty.

I took a photo through the window and “Lord Google” decided to tweak it when it uploaded to my Google storage.  Not sure whether to be a little scared of the automation but I rather like the effect.

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After a lovely meal, MJ wanted to try the icecream dessert bar across the road so we wandered over and my lovely son bought me the most decadent waffle..smothered in caramel and nuts with a generous serving of icecream.

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It certainly was a pretty awesome way to finish the week.

Saturday afternoon was spent visiting an art exhibition with some girls from my art class.

So much better to wander looking at art with girlfriends than husbands (as much as I love them, they really don’t “get it”)

The best bit though was that all that art and creative talk seems to have kick started my mojo a little.

I was itching to get into my girl cave today and paint.

For the first time in ages, it really wasn’t a struggle to get motivated.

Started first on the seascape.

And when I stopped to allow some drying time, I was just about dancing.

Well I was dancing.

What I had in my head was actually happening on the canvas.

And that is exciting.
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My first landscape with a person.

And then I put the cityscape on the easel.
I am so close to calling it finished, so after I worked a bit on it today, I will now just stop and look at it for a few more days before signing it.

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Yes, I use technical tools like chop sticks to paint with
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Such a good feeling to enjoy my painting again and seeing as I am heading back to classes next weekend, I hope this is the start of more success and less frustration.  At least for a while.

Now my brushes are washed and paints actually packed up for the day, it is time to relax and enjoy the last bit of Sunday with a coffee with friends.

Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend.

 

Smiles and hugs xx

Confrontation

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As I get older, I guess it makes sense that I am more self-aware and one truth is now very obvious to me.
I am a very passive person with only a touch of “aggressive”. (I would rather call it assertive though)
In other words, I am very good at letting people walk all over me.

I despise confrontation.

Probably comes from growing up in a fairly volatile household. Not physically violent, but my loving mother could certainly raise the roof when she wanted to.

I rarely yelled at my kids, and in doing that, the few times that I do declare “enough” it tends to have an impact.

Standing up for myself isn’t easy. I am not good at it. I usually just try to shrug my shoulders, and get along.

Especially at work.

My Mantra – “I just want to do my work the best I can and be happy”

Those of you that have been around here for a while know though, that my avoidance of confrontation never ends well.
In the end, I get so angry at myself, for being a scaredy cat, I melt down.

But not this week.

There is this person. I think we have all met and worked with someone similar.
Been in the same job for years.
The self-proclaimed “expert”.

I got warned that she could be “difficult”. Even told that that person was “just a grump” but eventually continued pedantic nitpicking and being called on to explain ridiculous little issues tends to wear a person down and in my case give my confidence a huge shake. (How to make Mynx feel incompetent in 3 easy steps..)

It didn’t matter that everybody else was telling me that I was doing an awesome job and was really contributing to the team in a positive way.

This person was messing with my head, big time.

And so much of what she was telling me, just didn’t make sense.

So yesterday I stood up for myself.
And I questioned what I was being told.

Created a little bit of a shit storm. My disputing the dragon lady.
And I am pretty sure she really doesn’t like me much (not that I think she likes anyone much).

The Manager got involved, and although perhaps nothing much will change, the important thing is I stood my ground and asked the all important “why”.

This all happened at my other location. The area that I have been working extra hours to help them out.

Today I am going home early. Giving the place a miss.

Had enough of that crazy for a week.

One of the other staff asked me to not to let the situation/person put me off, told me that I really have been a huge help to them.
I will go back next week. I like the work, the variety and the extra cash.

As for Dragon Lady, I will let her play her little power games if that is what she wants.
I will shrug my shoulders and say “whatever”.
Accept when I do stuff up and stand my ground when I believe I am in the right.

But I wont let her upset me again.
That is one power she does not have the right to.
She doesn’t scare me.

(much…)

Procrastination is not a dirty word…

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Red wine, raffle tickets and Jatz crackers – Saturday night at the archery dinner…

 

Just when you thought I was getting back into some sort of regular posting after chucking two posts in a week onto your reading list, I went and slacked off again and am only now popping back to say Hi.

Procrastination seems to be my middle name lately.

Its cold here.  Not blizzard, snow and ice cold but cold for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere

You can stop laughing now.  OK?

Whats been happening since last I avoided housework and came to play here?

Work mainly.  Extra hours have been keeping me away from the computer and other forms of electronic entertainment.

And work has been quite honestly good….yeah, been a while since I have been able to say that without grimacing.

It has been varied, with nice happy people (mostly) to work with and the extra hours come with a 15% loading so my bank account will be happier on payday (as will the tax man)

As for my other roles in life.

Well, there are chores I probably should be doing before work.

Hubby started sorting some papers ready for us to do our tax returns and they are currently neatly filed all over the lounge room floor.

Because he didn’t know what to do next.

And I haven’t so far got around to picking them up.

*note to self, tackle that job tonight….(unless something way more interesting comes along..)

The fridge and pantry are however looking pretty awesome after the kids where given those cleaning jobs along with a couple of other things to do while they are on holidays.

Only fair, they live here too and I really hate having to unplug the WiFi router/modem and take it to work with me…

As for art, there has been some procrastination there as well.

The cityscape has kinda maybe ground to a halt as I glare at it a little.

Its working, but it is frustrating me and so I am avoiding it.

But I did paint this lovely little landscape for a friend.

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And on a whimsy I painted this little fairy door just for fun.

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Then yesterday I started another painting.  From a suggestion by another friend that has stuck in my head.

Not sure if it will be a winner but it is a distraction.

Only the bare bones so far and there is considerable work still to happen.

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My new classes start in two weeks.  I am hoping they will drag me out of the painting funk I am currently battling.

What else to tell you..

Coffee mug is empty, my fingers are cold and I should probably go make breakfast.
Work starts at 11am, finishes around 7pm and I still have to pack some lunch, shower and tart myself up a tad.

And I need to make a phone call.

(gee my life is so exciting, I bet you guys can barely handle the stress hehe)

OK, as my mother always said “This isn’t getting anything done”
Well it has really.
I blogged.
That has to count for something.

Even if the lounge room floor is still covered in paid bills and bank statements