Tuesday 25 October 2016

My little Celeste Barber moment

For those who don't know who Celeste Barber is, check out her Instagram for hilarious versions of celeb selfies and such.. =D

Anyway.. I was browsing Instagram on my phone, earlier today, and saw a pretty picture by Mango Tree Knobs (which I can't actually find in their feed at all, but it was a part of their sponsored post) - above, on the left.

As I happened to have those two books nearby, I decided to make my "Celeste Barber version" of that picture - above, on the right =P I couldn't find any yarn, so I used an Angry Bird Stella, which is actually pink, but I photoshopped it to yellowy green as the pink was a bit much, really.. LOL

Sunday 23 October 2016

TNR for Drumree cats - Little Mami (#1)

Little Mami recently appeared on the patio, with THREE kittens (already old enough to eat solids, and explore the world on their own, but still on some milk from their mammy as well)

It became urgent, to have Little Mami spayed.

Donations were received (and are still needed as there are two tom cats who need neutering, and the three kittens will need spaying/neutering when they get a little bit older - please donate / share the donation link, thank you), and a plan was made to catch her, last Monday..

I caught her, no problemo, but being a feral cat, she immediately went mental, and managed to free herself before we reached the cat carrier..

However, she was now trapped in the house..

Cara and Cuddles (my indoor cats) already knew Little Mami, from having interacted with her through the windows, so there was no hissing or fighting, thank God..

I checked with the clinic, and an experienced TNR friend, that the kittens were old enough to cope without their mammy for a day or two, and kept Little Mami in the house overnight.

The following morning, I managed to corner her with the cat carrier and a towel, and she actually walked into the carrier herself, so I just closed the door! =D

I took her to the vets, they spayed her, and I went to collect her around 5pm.

Surgery had gone well, and she was also microchipped.

I had planned to keep her in the house for a few more hours, to make sure that she'd feel good enough to go out and see her babies..

But she was in no hurry to go anywhere, sleeping the first hours under the stairs, and then moving to the living room, where she had a good sleep between the sofa and the radiator..

It was around 5-6pm on Wednesday (!!!), when she finally wanted to go out!

Only minutes later, two of her three kittens joined her on the patio, for a family meal ♥

I managed to give her the pain killers, on the two days following her surgery. I mixed them with some food, and watched her eat it all.

Her wound is healing well, it looks very neat and clean ♥

She spends some nights in the cat hut, with her kittens, so before I let her out, I cleared the cat hut, and put new straw in, and an old woolly jumper I was no longer wearing.. So, clean and warm bedding for the family..

Vet bill receipt =)

IKEA trip, last Monday

Mmmm, IKEA meatballs.. That cake was also gorgeous!

I'd quite fancy lots of these star lights.. ♥

Lovely colours and patterns..

This was like a big Japanese city (not that I've ever been to Japan)..

When I win the EuroMillions, I want a garden with a big tree, and lots of these lights on the branches..

Evenings & mornings

Morning moon, and rainbow (above, phone snap, below, camera snap)

Misty & frosty morning in October

Thursday 13 October 2016

Caught by a Cat Lady (short story)

Bernie is a harmless cat lady, who happens to witness a potentially scandalous secret. Armed with a camera, she gathers evidence, but what will she do with the information? (Short story, 1679 words)

I had almost forgotten how much I enjoy writing =D So, I've just published this short story on Kindle. Reviews are very welcome as well!

Psst, if you don't own a Kindle, that's not a problem! Kindle books can be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your browser / mobile device.

Thursday 29 September 2016

All zipped up - trying Etsy.. =)

I got my first zippers from Cork Button Company (FB) - I didn't order that many as I didn't have much material, at the time, and I sort of wanted some testers first.

The colours were exactly what I wanted, and I'm happy with the quality, as well as their prompt shipping, so I can totally recommend them, and will be ordering more zippers soon! =)

Although I've been a member of Etsy since 2011, I've never actually sold anything, but I've put these small handbags up as my first items. They are really small - the bottom width is about six inches, and bag height is about five inches, so they're good for when you only want to grab the basics with you, like when you're going out to walk the dog, do a bit of shopping, etc.. These bags are just enough for keys, small purse, pocket mirror, and a lipstick, for example. Not big enough for a large smartphone, but a smaller phone should be fine.

The fabric is thin 100% cotton.

Saturday 24 September 2016

My favourite garage ♥

Above, a screenshot of my Facebook post, so here's a list of the links;

I can't praise this garage enough ♥ They fixed my Esmeralda, after the crash, last year (when the insurance company wanted to write her off), and today I got new front tyres, and a few other fixes (after having a puncture on the mountains, the other day).. Really good service, they know what they're doing, and very decent prices as well. No wonder they're always busy! 
The link goes to Google Street View, showing the place, it's just across the road from SuperValu Dunshaughlin (and if you leave your car with them for a while, I can also recommend The Snug Kitchen, which is a nice little coffee shop on the same road, on your left if you walk towards Main Street..)

Wednesday 21 September 2016

On leaving North Korea

(No, not the country..)

When you find that your work place is like a North Korean creche, and it's not getting better, it's time to go.

Yesterday was that point for me.

I decided, I will no longer be treated unfairly and humiliated.

I got up, I collected my things, I posted a brief goodbye to my team, I shut off my computer, I left my desk key on the drawer lock, and handed out my badge at the reception.

Then I walked out.

I will never go back to North Korea.

And now I can be myself again =)

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Tinahely Show 2016 - some of my pics..

I'd missed a few years, so it was nice to go to Tinahely Show again =)

The weather could have been better.. It was constant drizzle / rain.. =/

Tiny people on tiny bikes - really cute =)

I've always loved these farm toys..

I'm still a cow bum fetishist, LOL.. (See this as well)

Sheepos!! (a sheepo, pl. sheepos) =P


Pony kids..

They looked like big deer.. It's the colour, and the eyes..


Vintage cars..

I'd love a t-shirt like this!

Mmmm.. Food..

The Best Hotdog, ever!!!

Craft stuff..

I want that loom..


Sultan =D

Mini horse, and a goat.. 

Piggie nap ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Didn't stay for the sheaf tossing as the weather was so shyte..

Had to wait for ages, to get out of the parking lot..

I took pics of my shopping, back in Bray.. New rain coat, €18.

Man of Aran fudge..

Really good, but also really, really sweet..

Emoticon cushions.. I had to!

I never thought, I'd take pics of my poop, and share them online, even..

Hugging my poop, and being winked at.. (Family portrait)