Monday, January 11, 2010

okay, so I ... and then ... but ...

Well m'dears, the computer is back in action [ et moi aussi ] albeit temporarily until Doctor Chris, aka The Boy, all round computer genius and future son-in-law, has the time to build me a you-beaut-whiz-bang new one.

'd'ya miss me ?

because I have spent the last couple of weeks feeling as though my right arm was missing

anyway the upshot of being unable to blog since Christmas is that there's been far too much H2O under the bridge to even contemplate catching you up properly

the precis version:

Christmas was good
New Years pretty much didn't exist
I never DID get most of my cards written [ and the strike caused the PO to run out of stamps anyway ]
there has been a lot of crocheting - mostly snowflakes for next Christmas - and I've designed a new one which will be a freebie once I write it out properly
I finished a quilt at 1/4 to midnight on NYE
there have been visitors
there has been the ritual post-Christmas cleanup and concomitant annual rethink of the decorating [ ongoing ]
I've read 9 books since NYE
the aircon/heating is in and mostly working, but they need to come back because of a faulty fan and a half-arsed installation job
yesterday was 43 point something degreesC [ 109 and a bit ]
today much the same
the garden is just hanging on by its roots
the goats seem unaffected so long as they're adequately fed and watered and seem to be spending most of their time sunbathing . Silly bloody animals.
I had an echidna visit the garden last night but 't'was too dark for photography so here's one I prepared earlier
... and here's your bit of Aussie Zoology 101 for today: Echidnas are monotremes, related to platypus, in that they are both egg-laying mammals, and have no relationship whatsoever to porcupines. They eat white ants [ termites ] and although one doesn't often see them - being mainly nocturnal and also very shy - it's quite evident that they've been visiting judging by the funnel shaped holes left where they've been poking aroung looking for supper.

so that's about it

'catastrophic fire danger' warnings have been issued for most of Victoria, meanwhile a fair bit of the northern half of the east coast [ Queensland and northern NSW ] is trying to recover from equally catastrophic flooding and the northern hemisphere continues to shudder through one of the coldest winters in living memory

20 comments:

Rose Red said...

Hmm, and people still try to argue global warming isn't a concern...

Glad you've got the computer back - I'd go spare without one for so long (although it would do wonders for my productivity I'm sure!)

Lindi said...

Nice to see you back. We've missed you. Hope it's a great year for you all!

Jack said...

Lovely to have you back on the air! Bushfires! Floods! Freezing! Did anyone tell Mr Abbott?

Lynne said...

Oh hurrah! Welcome back! I'd been wondering where you were since my return from three not-so-happy weeks up north!

DD has six and a half weeks to go!

lisette said...

so glad you're back - i really missed you. happy new year!!!

Sam said...

Welcome back, I missed your blog while you were out of action!

catsmum said...

nice to know I was missed - now all I have to do is catch up on all my blog reading and three weeks of forum mail and Facebook and ... and ... and

Mia said...

of course we missed you :) So glad everything is going better :)

Marcie said...

Thank goodness you're back, I've missed the updates on life chez Catsmum.

ozjane said...

Welcome back to the cyber world.
So glad you have at least some air con for these super days.
I actually get cold in here at this time of night under the fan and with both air cons still on.....but hey.....who cares if I get a cold.....lol.

catsmum said...

Actually Ms Jane I would hazard a guess that all of your friends [ both IRL and those of the cyber persuasion ] would probably prefer it if you managed to get through 2010 without any major lung related hospital stays ... okay ?

Robbyn said...

I did miss you and am really glad you're back :) Good, you got through the holidays but I'm sorry the heat is so extreme down there - too bad we couldn't get together and split the difference temperature-wise!

I'm boggling at the idea of seeing an echidna in one's back yard - how awesome is that!!

Blessings each day said...

Glad to see you are back but now I am curious about those porcupine looking animals...can they shoot those quills too or are they just to fend off predators
You certainly seem to have accomplished alot Susan, so congrats on all of that.

blessings and happy New Year hugs,

marcy,

Changes in the wind said...

Yahoo...glad you are back. Thanks for all the comments you left and for your encouragement. Will have to go through your archives and see if you posted one of the wee quilts...love the idea.

Kylie said...

I'm so glad you had a nice Christmas. Good luck with the heat.

Kate/Massachusetts said...

I'm glad you're back! I've missed visiting with you and your critters!

Rell said...

Welcome Home... LOL....
Please stay safe through out the fire seasons.
I have missed your lovely uplifting blog, but Miss Nadia let us all know that your right arm exploded... (sic)
I too would be lost without my lover (as Hubby calls the computer).
Prayers for a fantastic, safe 2010 to you and your family.

Nadie said...

Blessings - no, echidna's don't shoot their spines, they roll themselves into a prickly ball if they're feeling threatened.

Donna Lee said...

I'm glad you got the a/c in and hopefully they'll fix it so it works properly. It sounds like you're having your usual heat wave.

I'm glad you're back. It's nice to have someone who can build you a new computer, isn't it?

Sheepish Annie said...

Yay! You're back! I missed you. The interwebs just aren't the same when you're gone...