30 Dec 2018

Life, the Universe and Everything

Thanks to the author Douglas Adams for the title to this post.

It seems as if 2018 overwhelmed me as I haven't had so few posts in a year since 2016, when my life was in a spin due to odd working hours, finance problems, bad landlords and an offer I couldn't refuse. Previously 2015/16 was my longest break from blog posting (199 days) but I've exceeded it this time by not blogging for 323 days in a row.

Life during 2018 was busy but, to me, confusing and sometimes depressing.
The universe seemed to conspire to interrupt my progress to advance with the pursuits I was most interested in.

There were more doctor's appointments and looking for employment.  I attended 3 courses during that period, for employment searching purposes, that kept me occupied and I had to attend 120 hours of unpaid on-the-job training, part of which was attended while I had to assist PC with his recovery from a major operation in the second half of the year.

Two of my pets died (RIP Krakatoa and Maddy Cat). I also gained another - Welcome Fibonacci, aka Wild Man, Furball or Trip Hazard!

Mad Cat or Maddy

Fibonacci being a Wild Man.

The yard and vegetable garden cleanup continued. Craftroom activities ceased due to lack of time and weather irregularities, where it was too hot/too cold to use the room. Bills rolled in and money rolled out. Any plans I made seemed to be unstarted, interrupted or came to a stop. It was a time of circling and repetitions that seemed to go nowhere.

November/December brought about a serious decline in the mental health of my Mum, who needed to be admitted to an aged care home. Five days after I arrived home from this my Step-Dad had a heart attack and is still in hospital.

With the coming of 2019 I have a new job waiting for me, the craftroom has just been upgraded with the addition of reverse cycle air-conditioning, solar electricity panels are being installed in early January and PC is well. I can only hope my Step-Dad recovers and continues to live whilever Mum is alive as she will be lost without him.

Wishing you all a new beginning for 2019, if you need it, and hoping your "everything" happens how you would like it to.

Robyn Louise XO

10 Feb 2018

Clothing Recycling

I am spending too much time with Facebook lately, though it does have some benefits. One of which is a local group, that I am involved with, that posted this link on their page. It is a 15 minute video that was made in November 2016 that describes what happens to the excess of clothing that goes to op-shops (charity/thrift stores) in the UK/USA/Japan. I wonder if a similar occurrence happens to the Australian excess. I think some of the comments of those interviewed could be more true than we would like them to be.

There is still much fabric to be sewn in my craftroom and I will be giving more thought to what I make from it and how much use it will have. I really dislike waste and I'm trying to reduce as much as I can in my life.

Robyn XO

3 Feb 2018

My EU problem

After a 6 month hiatus from blogging I decided to start posting again on the first day of February, only to discover Google had decided I had to add something to my blog to comply with EU cookie compliances but as I couldn't understand what they meant, and I couldn't access my blog to fix it, I was very concerned.
In my searches for how to remedy this I stumbled on a way to contact Google about it so I sent them a message explaining the above and adding that I was not techy (my exact phrase), I was still trying to figure out Windows 10, my blog had been around for nearly 9 years and it was beyond my ability to keep up with all the new upgrades, all the time.

I didn't receive any acknowledgement of my message but, in true masochistic style, I just had to check my blog today to see if I could sign in.

Someone, possibly a technician, had corrected my access and cookie message problem and by using a checking method provided by geopeeker I was able to see what an EU country reads on my blog header.
The grey band with the white print is the latest addition.

I didn't think to write down the process when I was trying to figure this out as I was quite distressed about it.  I'm hoping that others who suddenly discover they need to add this to their blogs aren't locked out and can figure out how to make the alterations or how to ask Google for help.

Robyn xo