Friday, 17 May 2019

All about Shelley

Shelley is our other tortoiseshell cat, sister to Twiggy and Fluffy.
She's always been the more reserved one, tends to be a loner too.

In 2017 the three of them went on a diet, and even though they all lost weight, Shelley seems to have piled it on again, as she's become an expert at opening the automated plates and sometimes will have 2 extra meals after eating her breakfast or dinner 😡

But I'm sure she thinks she's very tiny and dainty as she loves to squeeze herself into tiny spots 😉.

Sadly Fluffy is not much of a brother or friend to her and tends to bully her. 
If Shelley happens to be sitting near me, Fluffy just has to give her a look, she averts her eyes and jumps off.  But on the rare occasion they might even cuddle together...

Luckily Twiggy is her friend and will give her cuddles.

And now you've met my 3 cats! 
And here are the three of them sleeping in my bed.

 Linking to Feline Friday and Saturday Critters.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


In mid March I attended one of the free workshops given at my local library called "Decluttering the sustainable way", by Lindsay Miles, author of the book "Less stuff - simple zero-waste steps to a joyful and clutter free life".
A very relevant topic, it was well presented and very informative and I learned a few things too.


One of the things I learned is that unfortunately Charity shops are overloaded with stuff which is sometimes useless, broken, dirty, and they actually have to spend lots of money to send it to landfill. 
For the first time I heard about the Facebook "Buy nothing project" where you can give things away to your neighbours.
Not sure if it's a world wide project, but in Perth many suburbs have their own page.
When I got home I joined the group.

Originally comprising 4 suburbs, this group had reached over 1000 members making transactions difficult. A few days after I joined, the group was split into 4 different groups.

Now if I have something I no longer use I offer it to the group, which now reaches close to 200 people. If no one wants the first time, I advertise again a week or two later and if there are no takers then I take it to one of the Charity shops.

To date I've given away flannel fabric, a bag of quilting fabric, wool, pictures that I've had in the garage for years (no more walls to fill in my house), unused books, vases, pots.

Fabric and wool
Wall Pictures
File holders, vases, pots, books...

From the group I've also received some succulents, a blue necklace (I love blue), a couple of mirrors which I've used in the garden, and a small foldable picnic table...

Blue necklace, mirrors, picnic table
Mirrors I used in the garden (on the corner and behind the lemon tree), and the succulents.
A few weeks ago there was a Garage No-Sale and I picked up this beauty which I intend to paint.

Last week I put my name down for this sideboard, also to be painted.  
Only two people showed interest, and the other couldn't arrange pickup. The owner, an elderly lady who is also selling up and moving to a retirement village wanted it collected soon.

Two days later I arrived at her place (just 500mt away) with a measuring tape and realized it wouldn't fit in my husband's 4 wheel drive. I returned home to get our old trailer, that gets more use by friends than from us.

Now, I'd never driven with a trailer, but tried my best to attach the trailer over the ball in the car. As soon as I drove out of the driveway and turned right, the trailer just carried on straight to the kerb on the other side of the street. Luckily I live in a very quiet street with just local traffic.
I jumped out of the car and pulled the trailer up to the car and realized I hadn't locked the trailer ball previously.
When I reached the lady's house on a cul-de-sac I tried to unsuccessfully reverse the trailer into the driveway, quite a few times.

A guy across the road who had just arrived from work saw my predicament and offered to do it for me. It still took him about 3 or 4 tries before he got it right.
I thanked him and decided to be bold and ask if he would help me lift the sideboard onto the trailer. I had taken 2 moving trolleys to be able to do it myself, but it would be easier to get help of course. The unit was heavy, but I removed the drawers and shelves to make it easier.
When it was on top of the trailer I thanked him and promised to be back with a carton of beer.

Now, how would I drive backwards into my long driveway again? And how to get the sideboard so I could store the trailer?  (Remember my husband is away and my son would only be able to come and help 4 or 5 days later).
I drove forward, put the two trolleys below the trailer, and slowly pulled the unit down and wheeled it into the garage. I unhooked the trailer and pushed it into its place and drove the car into the garage.
Phew!! What a job, all for a pretty piece of furniture.
And my helper? After all done, I drove to the Bottle Store, bought a carton of beer and dropped the beers by the door with a little thank you note. He deserved them!

Now, what do you think of my acquisitions?
Of course with anything that is free, we have to be careful and not just take everything that is available, because otherwise instead of clearing the clutter we are collecting more clutter.

I've also met a couple of lovely ladies, and the other day I even recognized one in the supermarket and chatted to her.
So I'm thankful for being part of this small community that not only gifts things, but there's also an emphasis on offering your knowledge or time to teach others or help others in the community.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Monday Mural - A Heart and a Diamond Anniversary

Another mural from Lisbon's "Hall of Famenear the Amoreiras Shopping Centre.
Painted by Art and Me.

If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you. 
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your fellow mural bloggers.  
Looking forward to your mural finds this week. Thanks, Sami. 

And I chose the above mural with the 💗 because today, May 13th is a very special day! 

My parents are celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary (60th).

Sadly I couldn't be present to celebrate this special occasion with them in Portugal, but they are in my thoughts and heart.
I'm very proud of them for being such great role models in my life, teaching us family values, work ethic, kindness and respect for all.
I'm amazed that they are still very active people, who look much younger than they are and still participate in their community. 
My Mom started a blog years in her late 60's, years before I started mine, she writes novels and poetry and has published a few books. She lectures at the 3rd Age University in Cascais, and my Dad is a keen photographer, has always been very artistic and also attends classes at the 3rd Age University. (The colour picture of my parents below has a black framed picture which was painted by my Dad).

They had 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren and are thrilled to be are around to see their 
4 great-grandchildren.
They will be celebrating with family and friends with a lunch on the 18th.


Sixty years of happiness, love and loyalty to each other must not go unmarked. 
We wish you many more years of love and good health together. Happy 60th anniversary!

April 2018, Portugal - with all 3 daughters and the 3 eldest grandchildren (and 2 sons-in-law)
Left to right: grandchild Robbie, daughter Luisa, sons in law both Jose's, daughter Isabel, daughter Sami, Dad & Mom and in the front granddaughters Nadine and Karina
July 2017, Portugal - the last time the whole family got together. Since then 2 more great-grandchildren have been born.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Signs - Drink related

I'm not a drinker, only having an occasional glass of wine on special occasions, and I'll drink a sweet liqueur also once in a while, but I thought these signs were funny.

The top two are from Mister Walker Restaurant, by the Swan River in South Perth
and the last one was taken last year in Porto, Portugal.

More signs at Signs, signs.

I don't drink beer at all!! But I love dancing.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Monday Mural - Star Wars

I must confess to not being a fan of Star Wars or any science fiction or fantasy movies, but looking through pictures taken on our last visit to Portugal in April 2018, I came across this one of Darth Vader, and I thought it would be the ideal one for this week to honour the recent death of the actor Peter Mayhew who portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars.

Painted by the Portuguese team of SkTr in 2017 in Lisbon's biggest and oldest wall of street art "Hall of Fame". 
Situated in a big avenue (Conselheiro Fernando de Sousa) near the Amoreiras Shopping Centre, it encompasses about 750 sq mt (8072sq ft) of walls and has been utilized for street art since the 1990's, with about 90 paintings in exhibition. 
There are new works coming up all the time and the initiative is supported by the City's Municipality Urban Art Gallery

You know there will be lots of murals to follow from the Hall of Fame 😉😉...

If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you. 
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This meme is posted on Monday 00.01 Australian Western Standard Time, Time zone in Perth WA (GMT+8).

Friday, 3 May 2019

All about Twiggy

Today it's all about Twiggy, one of our two Tortoiseshells, sister to Shelley and Fluffy 

NNamed after the 70's British model Twiggy,  when she was born she was the tiniest of the 8, but was the first to get out of the "nest", and we thought she would be fearless. 

In March 2014 she lost her Mom (Mommy) to whom she was very close to, and just a couple of weeks later she was attacked by a cat or dog and her belly was ripped open. Since then  think she became frightened, hiding every time someone knocks on the door, if friends visit or even odd noises in the house.

Mommy and Twiggy sleeping together

                                                            Twiggy recovering from the operation to stitch up her belly

She hates being picked up, meowing in panic if we do that.
During the day she's very wary, and won't even sit with us, so we can either find her either sleeping on our bed, or hiding somewhere, but at night she seems to mellow and relax and becomes more lovable, sitting near us if we're watching tv in the lounge, or jumping into bed when we go to sleep, usually sleeping curled up next to me.

With Fluffy on the couch, both of them sitting next to my legs

                                                                 Catching some sun in the garden

In the garden, years ago when she could still jump

And she used to love her confined spaces or unusual places to sleep as you can see by the photos 😆

Apparently tortoiseshell cats are said to bring good luck, and are sometimes called "money cats" in the United States.
Not sure if our two tortoishells brought us luck, but I think they are lucky to have found us to care for them for sure. But we love them too of course.

Linking to Feline Friday and Saturday Critters.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Signs - Popcorn and dress code

As I'd mentioned before, our daughter Karina came from the Philippines over Easter, to spend 10 days with us.
On Monday 29th April, we both went to the movies to watch - "Swimming with Men", a British feel good movie inspired by a true story. We really enjoyed it!

These signs were printed on the popcorn boxes, I thought they were hilarious 😁.



On Tuesday 30th, Karina and I had dinner at Riverton Bar and Grill, next to my local shopping, and we had a laugh at the sign outside the entrance.

I wonder if Ugg boots are as popular in your countries as they are in Australia? It always amazes me to see young ladies wearing Ugg boots with shorts! Aren't they meant to keep your feet warm?

Karina flew out at 2am this Wednesday, so I had to drop her at the Airport at 11pm, but luckily I only worked the pm shift from 1 o'clock, so I had a sleep in this morning.

More signs at Signs, signs.


You Tube trailer from "Swimming with Men":