Wednesday, 27 July 2016

This Is The Story Of The Hurricane ...

No, not the wrongly accused boxer from the 1960's, rather a very adorable 8 week old Chocolate Labrador named Hurricane! 

It's no secret that I'm kind of a dog person. And the Awesome One is kind of a dog person too. And we've been thinking about a puppy for a while now but the timing wasn't really right. Miss Penelope was too little and we were focused on thinking we would just wait till Old Man Rex moved on to the giant doggy playground in the sky. 

Then the Eldest One moved out and one of her housemates got a puppy. A Husky named Archie who is totally freaking adorable. And I just love puppies so much. And I've been really kind of down lately too. Not being able to leave the house and being sore and waiting for an appointment with a surgeon to fix the problem and it's really been tough. 
So the Awesome One and I were having a drink the other night and decided we should just do it. Let's get a puppy now instead of waiting. So we started looking around and there were no Huskies available right now, but there was an adorable little thing just sitting in the pet store by herself.
I had really wanted to get a rescue dog, because it breaks my heart to think of all the puppies that are abandoned or given up because they are too much work or just plain unwanted. But we also had to think about not just how another dog would fit in with the two older ones, but how another dog would fit into our family. Most rescue dogs are older and generally not recommended for families with young children. We obviously didn't want to put Penelope in any danger, or risk the happiness of all of the animals. 
So we thought about a rescue puppy but they get adopted so quickly! We found a beautiful looking rescue Beagle who was 6 months old and would have been perfect. But he had already been adopted. So we started looking at other options.  
The pet store we ended up getting Hurricane from does not source from puppy farms, and according to all research is very ethical in their selection of puppies and animals for their store. So after we (I) saw her and pleaded with my own version of puppy dog eyes, we went home to think about it.  I really just felt that there was totally a puppy shaped hole in our hearts and happily the Awesome One agreed with me. Or just couldn't resist my tear filled eyes that were saying "I need a puppy to smother with love because I am so sad being house bound".  We agreed that a beautiful eyed chocolate labrador puppy was the perfect thing to fill such a sad and lonely gap.  
So we bought her and brought her home. 
And she is wonderful.  And obviously, I am all smiles. Hahaha. 

The older dogs are getting used to her. Our hope is that they will get a bit of a new lease on life with an energetic puppy around. Veronica still loves to play, but old man Rex doesn't really like to play much any more. So fingers crossed that Hurricane and Veronica can play well together (so far so good), and Rex might be a bit rejuvenated too. 

So there you have it. The latest addition to the crazy, chaotic mess that is our home and life. And we wouldn't have it any other way. 
I know I promised you pics of my organising awesomeness, and I have them but they can wait. Because really, Hurricane pictures are all the awesome you really need. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Cabin Fever Is A Real Thing, Who Knew?!

So, umm, I'm back?! 
Well, actually I didn't really go anywhere, but it's been ages since I posted anything so I had to open with something, right?!

Anyway, so as the title suggests, I have discovered that cabin fever is a real thing! Who knew?! Well, okay, probably lots of people knew, but I'm not sure if I really did or not. As I'm sure you all know, I have issues. And while there may be some, ahem, mental issues that should be addressed every now and then I am actually referring to the leg issues I have. You know..... hernia pressing on my Femoral nerve causing my right leg to be pretty much useless? *sigh
It has its' moments, but basically we're still at the point where I can't drive because my foot doesn't work. As in, I can walk, usually with a crutch, sometimes without, but there isn't any resistance strength in my leg or foot. So things like pressing down on an accelerator pedal don't happen. You all know this, so why am I rehashing it? 


Yes, I yelled. Yes, I'm sorry. But oh my gosh, it's so frustrating! 

Anyway, so what happens when you can't leave your own house? Well, you go a little stir crazy, that's what! What do I mean? Well, I am very glad you asked! I'll tell you!

I have organised everything. Like, EVERYTHING. 

So perhaps I should back up a little here..... 

The Eldest One moved out. She made the giant leap and moved into a share house with some friends. We really do get along much better since this happened. I don't know if teenagers/pretend adults and actual adults should ever live together. It's bad for everyone's health. But now she's out, we are all much happier! 
So she moved out and we suddenly had a spare room! So now we have an office!! 

So I started organising that. And it looked so nice and pretty that I started to get frustrated at the rest of the house. And you know, sick of being in the house and looking at the same stuff all the time....

So I thought I'd organise the pantry and kitchen cupboards. So I did. I bought buckets and containers, and I lined the shelves with black paper and I sorted and labelled everything. Yes. Labelled. Everything. Now the chips and the sauces and the assorted baking crap, it all has a place and a home and it looks OH. SO. PRETTY!!!

I had some volunteer help in the form of The Social One and The Boyfriend to sort out the cupboards, and now the small appliances, and the plastic crap that breeds on its' own, and the cleaning products and the saucepans and glassware.... well it's all organised into buckets and places and so tidy.
So then I looked around and all was beautiful. So I had a thought and it struck me that I don't live  by myself and how on earth was I going to make sure that it stayed looking so pretty?
So I threatened the children with death if they didn't keep things neat and tidy and in its' place. And so far it seems to be working. 
So then I thought, well, why stop there?! So I started on the fridge and freezer. And did you know we were wasting so much food cause it would go bad and just be chucked in there.... so I bought more bins and buckets and containers and got to labelling some more!
 (Oh, as a side note, I think there is a small, ever so slight possibility that I may be addicted to online shopping. Never mind.)

So yes. The fridge and freezer both got a makeover and are now labelled and neat and tidy in all their awesome and beautiful organised awesomeness. And yes, by now, my family were thinking I was freaking nuts. But they think that a lot so it really wasn't anything new...

So then I decided that I'd keep going with this insanely awesome organising, and I headed to the laundry. And man, I hate this room. It's so dirty. And no one ever empties the rubbish bin, and no one ever wipes the washing machine down or puts things back properly. So I bought even more organising accoutrements, and I set to work. And it is magnificent. 

I was going to post photos but then when I went to take said photos, it struck me that it is shopping week. So we have no food. So it's not as pretty. Well, actually it's kind of boring. So after shopping this weekend, I will take photos with the camera (as in, the actual camera, not the phone, oh my!!), and I will post a beautiful blog post full of glorious photos of my organising awesomeness. 

I can however show you a photo of the records and record player. Yes, I organised that too (and Miss P's toys, and a bunch of other stuff. Told you I went crazy).

We are going to make a cool, retro Mid Century style platform for them to sit on, so they aren't on the floor, but that hasn't been done yet. The dining table has been sanded back and polished though, photos to come of that too!

I also extended my insanity to the photos. I organised all of our photos on the computer into years ready to print. I finished off one photo album, and spent three days uploading 1500 something photos to a printing service. Only to then discover they wouldn't honour their 6c photo deal, and I'll be buggered if I am paying 15c per photo PLUS $40 shipping. So the photos are waiting to be printed but they are all organised and sorted so that's something!

So I guess you want to see photos of other things... like the children... So I suppose I can accommodate that.  

Since I last posted, we have had Miss Eden, aka The Social One, perform at a school play for her drama class. It was ... interesting. The acting was fine, but the play they chose was kind of hard to follow. Anyway, here's a couple of photos of her. 

I also got to watch a presentation by the Little Dude and his classmates from his extension class, showing off all the things they've learned this semester. That was interesting, and a little like "woah! They learn some hard stuff!!!"

We've also had the Little Miss turn 3, yes THREE and lots of moments with her being her crazy, crazy self. So lots of Penelope photos for you. We also went to the movies to see Finding Dory, her very first movie! She did well, watched the whole thing and was very quiet and interested. 

I have also spent a lot of time starting up a secondary online store. This one sells all digital art. So like, stuff I've drawn, or created digitally, and sell as a download. It's doing really well so far, and seems to be a great add on to my existing art on Etsy. In case you're interested, you can see it all here:

 Yes. I created every single piece myself. They are awesome. Thank you. :)

So there you go. Stay tuned for the pics of my organised awesomeness.