Dec 31, 2011

New Year - Hogmanay




Growing up  we celebrated many Scottish Traditions. My father is from Scotland and we had a lot to do with Dad's parents as well.

Dec 30, 2011

Last Cat Thursday of 2011 - Cuddles


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Dec 24, 2011

Season's Greetings for 2011

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all;”
PLUS

Dec 23, 2011

Friday Freebie

Here is a free scrapbooking kit which can be used with the MyMemories Software or on it's own with a graphics editor of your choice.


Dec 22, 2011

Cat Thursday



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Dec 15, 2011

I love getting mail...and other cool stuff!

Okay  - if you're not into make -up and stuff you might want to skip straight to the Wedgits link, they are very cool!

Otherwise read on...

I have changed all the bills over  to paperless which means we just get an email reminder when they are due. 
So very rarely would we get a bill in the mail. This means  that most of our mail is fun,fun, fun.

Cat Thursday


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Picture this:

It's Tuesday evening and the Butcher is almost ready for bed. Starchaser is banging around in the kitchen, making a cup of tea. Jigglypuff is trying to sneak out the back door, and when I won't let her, she sits by the bowl demanding second supper. So I call a meeting and say "Listen it's not an emergency yet, but it's only two days until Cat Thursday and JP hasn't done anything cute or funny all week!!!"

Dec 9, 2011

Bookish Things

I'm reading along with Michelle (Castle Macabre) & others in the Bag of Bones Read-a-long. You can find my updates here. But there are SPOILERS!

Image from Sea and Be Scene


Dec 7, 2011

Are you saving totally useless threads?


The Totally Useless Stitch-a-long 2012
 brought to us by

Cat Thursday

I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Dec 6, 2011

Dec 1, 2011

Cat Thursday


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Today I am using Cat Thursday for some blatant self-promotion. These slides are made from the amazing scrapbooking software from MyMemories and you can win a copy at my giveaway -here:



Nov 25, 2011

Giveaway - Scrapbooking Software - My Memories Suite



Hello Good People, 

Well while I was away from blogging a lot happened in the books & crafts area - even though I spent much of my time sleeping or playing games  - life goes on without you doesn't it? The delightful people at My Memories offered me a free download of their scrapbook software to try so I could tell you all about it. But wait, there's more - one of my lucky readers will receive their own copy to have and keep. How cool is that? 

Cat Thursday

Yes, after much puff & blow I have finally returned to the corner of cyberspace kept for bloggers :)


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Oct 20, 2011

Cat Thursday



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Oct 13, 2011

Cat Thursday


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.



Oct 12, 2011

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion - Spoilers Warning!

Spoilers Warning!

Hey there Little Red Riding Hood!

If I said that I saw a movie directed by Catherine Hardwick, where Billy Burke played the father and there was a love triangle where two young men vied for the attentions of the same girl, and there was something about werewolves in it - you'd probably guess I was talking about Twilight. But what I actually watched two nights ago was Red Riding Hood  which is now on DVD. But thankfully there's not a sparkly vampire to be seen anywhere.

Oct 6, 2011

Cat Thursday



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Oct 4, 2011

Pretty Doilies


I wanted to share these photos I scanned for my Mother-in-Law, of the lovely crochet work she has done. Even thought the photos aren't great  you can see how beautiful her work is, can't you?


Oct 2, 2011

The Butcher who Bakes - Cookbook Review



I have been wanting to write about this for a week or more, but you know how life gets in the way.
On the 19th September my husband (known on this blog as The Butcher) and I, were so honoured to be invited to the book launch of Grace Maiolo (forever after known as The Butcher who Bakes). It was such a lovely night at Friends Restaurant and all of the delicious food we were served was from Grace's delightful cookbook.

Oct 1, 2011

Winners of my Giveaway & Belated Cat Thursday

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately my health has taken a little turn for the worse so I really do apologise for not doing this sooner. But everyone who commented, followed etc. between 19th September and 30th September were put on a list and these are the results.




The winners are:

Sep 22, 2011

Cat Thursday & My Giveaway


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


This week it's all about T.S. Elliot and his love of cats!

Also, Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a copy of

 "Old Possum's Guide to Practical Cats" 

Sep 19, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway



It's my 1 year blogoversary on 29th September 2011.
A friend of mine was talking about the musical "Cats"and that gave me an idea about a giveaway.
So up for grabs is two copies of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot. 

Sep 16, 2011

Cat Thursday


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Sep 14, 2011

Op Shop finds

I have been bargain hunting and I have found some cute things, but I really haven't had the time or inclination to share. Sorry :(
Anyway, yesterday was a very good day and I thought I would share a couple of finds.

The Diving Bell & the Butterfly - Movie

Warning: May contain spoilers!


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is based upon the book Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Now remember that - "based upon" because for cinematic effect there are some personal relationships that were different from the book, and also (sadly) some people, including his girlfriend, were incorrectly portrayed and not nicely. 

Sep 10, 2011

Chickens

My husband (the butcher) brought some little friends home this morning. They are real spring chickens :)


Sep 9, 2011

You can tell I'm stressing a little...

I'm stuffing my face with sugar!

Cat Thursday



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Sep 1, 2011

Cat Thursday - Back Again!


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.


Berlin Syndrome - Melanie Joosten


Today I'm reviewing Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten a young Australian author. This is her first novel and what a fantastic effort. I received this book from Good Reads as a Giveaway, which was great because I was going to buy it anyway. I love supporting Aussie authors and this book intrigued me.

Aug 28, 2011

Some catching up to do...

How is everyone? I have been reading bits and pieces of your blogs, but I have been very slack at writing my own. Uni started back and there is a lot of reading to do, so I read technical articles, eat, sleep and occasionally game and that's about it. I have been quite busy with our Mature Age Student Networks so that involves a lot of talking to people and visiting the various Uni's so as you can imagine it keeps me quite busy, too.

Aug 4, 2011

Cat Thursday



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jul 28, 2011

Cat Thursday


 I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jul 27, 2011

Jul 21, 2011

Dead reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead reckoning is the 11th book by Charlaine Harris in the Southern Vampire Series.
This popular fiction series has been made into the True Blood Series by HBO.
Here is a sample chapter from Charlaine Harris.

Cat Thursday



 I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jul 14, 2011

Cat Thursday



 I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jul 9, 2011

So how's the books and crafts going?

Wow. Now exams are over -  I've had such a busy two weeks with first the Small & Regional Conference and then Ed. Con. both run by the National Union of Students, here in Australia. I think these young people are fantastic! I would encourage all Australian Higher ed students to keep an eye on these guys and girls because they really have their finger on the pulse when it comes to student politics. But I'm a bit worn out from two conferences full of great information. I'm also, so over cold mornings and public transport for a bit. Need a break before the new semester starts.

Jul 7, 2011

Cat Thursday

I missed this last week because I was at the NUS conference in Cairns. But even though we have NUS Ed Con this week, we were lucky enough to have it in WA. UWA have been lovely hosts.
So anyway, I thought I would do Cat Thursday this week. It's not my kitteh this time, but I thought this was sweet.


 I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Jul 4, 2011

Cause for Celebration - I have a messy house!

I looked around this morning and realised with joy in my heart that I have a messy house! Why is this cause for celebration? Well, because it means I finally have a life.

Jun 23, 2011

Cat Thursday


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Miss Jigglypuff is very nosy!


Jun 16, 2011

Cat Thursday



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Well, Miss Jigglypuff is feeling like the queen of her own domain now that the little dog has gone home.
 So here's a little picture of her feeling happy again.

Jun 14, 2011

Books, Crafts and not so pretty things...

Books:
This week I finished The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell, originally published anonymously. I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said about this book. My parents read it first and said that they felt she was just going for shock value. I wasn't really shocked, but I guess my generation has seen the best and worst of humanity thanks to television and the internet. So although sex, violence and so on are nothing new - nothing is hidden anymore. I personally think it says more about her own personal self esteem problems than it does about anything else. Some of the thoughts (which she said are an amalgam of her own thoughts as well as her friends) border on the violence of sex and self destructive behaviour of a woman who is not in touch with who she is as a person. Sometimes her husband is seen as the problem especially with some of his cutting remarks, but I always say, that you get what you are willing to accept. If you don't accept bad behaviour you won't get it, whether it's from your partner, friends or kids. If people see you as a doormat, they'll wipe their feet. Having said that, I think that anything that makes people think about women and their place in society can only be a good thing. And I always like to take the woman's side - even if she makes choices I wouldn't make myself.

Jun 9, 2011

Cat Thursday already!



I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

This week we had a doggy visitor. As I said, I have been doggysitting. Here's a picture of the cute little mite:


Well, you might wonder what this has to do with Cat Thursday?

Jun 4, 2011

Coffee talk - What a week!







My favourite coffee is definitely from Muzz Buzz. They make the most awesome coffee, I really like their Frappe's as well. Unfortunately, lately the budget doesn't stretch to bought coffee's very often. We have taken to making our own in a plunger which I picked up from the opportunity shop for a couple of dollars. It certainly tastes better than instant.

Jun 2, 2011

CatThursday


I found this cute meme via fellow book lover and fellow cat lover Socrates's Books - 
Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

May 29, 2011

Dracula by Bram Stoker


The story:

For those who don't know the story, Jonathan Harker is asked by his employer to go to Transylvania to assist Count Dracula with some legal papers and purchasing of property in England. While he is there he notices many unusual things about the country, the Count and his strange lady friends. Johnathan becomes a prisoner in the Count's castle and manages to escape, but disappears.
Meanwhile, Johnathon's intended Mina is noticing some very odd things happening with her best friend Lucy. Their friends are so worried they call the famous Dr Van Helsing to help investigate.
Basically this group of friends, along with Johnathan (once he is rescued) unravel the mystery surrounding the Count.

May 18, 2011

Backpack, Yoda & the chicken pen.

I have finished making a backpack. I was really happy with how it turned out. I've been suffering from a lot of headaches lately so I haven't been reading as much as I would like. But here are some pictures of the backpack, as well as a little Yoda I made (which I posted elsewhere but forgot to post here). I also finished a top and a headband last month.




May 9, 2011

Sookie Stackhouse Series (True Blood) - Charlaine Harris

*Warning - May contain spoilers!!!!






Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series has been made into the popular HBO series True Blood.
I have now read the first ten books and watched the first two seasons of the series. With the new book Dead Reckoning just being rolled out around the world, I thought I would do a quick review.

May 1, 2011

Mary Randolph Cater

I have been really inspired by her books lately. I call it, the art of not housekeeping and it is my new philosophy...


For the Love of Old: Living with Chipped, Frayed, Tarnished, Faded, Tattered, Worn and Weathered Things that Bring Comfort, Character and Joy to the Places We Call Home


and 


A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc... and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place.  



Back on Track...

I know I haven't posted for a while and I also have lost a few followers on Facebook, here on this blog and elsewhere - and that's fine, we are all busy people and can only keep up with so much before we lose track of everything.

With starting University full time this year, I find less time for the other things and I also find I can't be on the computer as much because I am using it for my study. So I need to be disciplined myself. I will be cutting back on any blog hops and memes unless they relate to reading or crafting. But I am grateful to the hosts of past things I have participated in, because you have spread some cheer and goodwill in blogging.

Apr 20, 2011

De-stressing...

We have had a lot going on at the moment, injuries and illnesses, assignments and exams, and poor old Max leaving us. It makes for a little bit of a stressful life. But instead of becoming a blubbering mess in the corner, which I refuse to be, I craft. So lately I've been making every scrap of yarn I can find into something so I can learn some new stitches. I don't even care if it's very good, as long as I enjoy it and it makes me feel better. So here's the last two weeks worth...

Apr 18, 2011

We lost our old mate...

Over the weekend our lovely dog and good mate, Max passed away. He was a good and loyal friend and a part of our family and was almost 15 years old when he passed.

Apr 5, 2011

Meet Me on Monday - Tuesday raincheck

I have been doing this meme (run by Java at Never Growing Old) for a while now. But this week, I had major assignment due on Monday night. So I took a raincheck. But it's still Monday somewhere in the world, I think.

Here's the link:




Questions:

1.  If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
2.  Do you write your blog posts in advance or the day you post them?
3.  Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
4.  What is your favorite candle scent?
5.  Coffee or tea?
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