The Elegant Rebel

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Elina Gleizer Although she’s only 29 years old, Israeli jewelry designer and goldsmith Elina Gleizer has a very mature eye for design. She got her degree in jewelry design from Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design,…

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Update

Caesar is doing somewhat better. The pathology lab has, however, manage to lose his blood tests. I’ve been waiting for the results since Monday, and now the vet has gone on holiday until after the new year. 😦

There is another vet at the practice, but this is the same one that saw Caesar a week before all the trouble, and said he was fine… These problems have been a long time coming, and he sure as !@#$ wasn’t fine.

Caesar did get a check-up on Thursday before the vet went on holiday, and she was satisfied with his progress, which has to count for something. However, I will be happier once they sort out the blood tests.

In other news, Sparky the Jack Russell has had the world’s worst upset stomach (just finished ten days of antibiotics), and the other cat, Titch, may have tick-bite fever. I have just come back from the vet with her. (A different veterinary practice – things are getting complicated.) Here are a couple of photos – from a while ago. I haven’t been doing much of the happy snaps lately.

Titch making herself comfortable in the car

Titch making herself comfortable in the car

Now we cross all our fingers and toes, and hold thumbs that nothing drastic happens over Christmas and New Year. Because during the festive season no-one wants to know your troubles, even if you are human, never mind an elderly cat or dog. Ho, ho, ho…

Caesar hogging the heater, Sparky out in the cold.

Caesar hogging the heater, Sparky out in the cold.

Tatting has been happening, but at a very slow pace, what with one thing and another. As if I don’t have enough on my plate, I am trying my hand at needle lace. Pictures to follow, if I manage to produce anything worthwhile.

I don’t know about anyone else, but for me 2016 has been hell on wheels. We’ve all been sick, humans and animals, often in batches. They say that all good things come to an end, hopefully all bad things do as well.

Thanks again to everyone who came past with positive messages and good wishes. 😀

All the best over the festive season, and may the best of 2016 be the worst of 2017.

 

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Just a Quick Note

Caesar is not well. He was in hospital for two days, and we are waiting for the results of the blood tests.

Caesar

Caesar

He has feline asthma and some other issues. He is 14 years old, so that is against him as well.

Any positive thoughts or prayers would be appreciated.

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Birds From the Bay of Plenty

This is for the birds…

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bird Rex Homan

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Anything But Straight Lines

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Straight Line Designs These are the whimsical, magical furniture designs of Vancouver artist Judson Beaumont. His company, Straight Line Designs, produces furniture with more personality-per-square-inch than Kristin Chenoweth*, if you can imagine. *I am powerless to…

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Life, and Other Happenings

I submitted a manuscript in May for a competition. The blog post is here, for anyone who wants. The results came out a while ago, and I didn’t make the short list. I’m not sorry I tried, and I think it’s a good book, but finding a home for it is not going well. It’s a very local book, but it’s not what they’re looking for.

The Hairy Houdini is still doing well. We bought some mesh from the hardware store and put it up on some of the windows. It does look like a cut price version of Alcatraz (make that Al-cat-raz…), but at least we can open the windows and so are not melting in the summer heat.

Al-Cat-raz

Al-Cat-raz

Melting from a persistent piece of lap fungus is another thing entirely…

Lap Fungus

Lap Fungus

I’m still busy on the butterfly from Corticelli Lessons in Tatting (book 3) by Nellie Ellison. In fits and starts. I first did this pattern when I had only been tatting for a few months. Now I can’t remember exactly what I did and I have about three versions of the pattern along with my handwritten notes. The original can be found – along with loads of other fabulous stuff – at http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/. The specific book is here. This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in handwork. They have everything from knitting to lacemaking and cross stitch. All the books and pamphlets are out of copyright and are free to download. They have been carefully scanned, and can be shared freely – just not sold.

I was happily going along with the butterfly when I started running out of thread. No problem, I thought. Let me get some more from my stash.

Um.

For some reason that seems to have been the only ball of 40 ecru I have, and I never buy only one ball. To add to my problems, the thread is not easy to get hold of, even online. So now I am reusing thread like you wouldn’t believe. I will do a post on my tatting blog on some tricks with going back, which is always an issue with tatting. Knitting or crochet can just be pulled out, but tatting is made up of individual knots which are nor nearly so cooperative.  I used to unpick each knot, but there are a couple of shortcuts.

I have already lost half of it and had to redo – the saga is here, on my other blog. I think I’m going to rename this ‘The Butterfly of Doom’.

In other news, up until recently we were in the grip of a serious drought. Then the rains came! We still have water restrictions, but things are coming to life.

Going Green

Going Green

Note the rocks to keep people from driving on what grass there is.  Rocks have a variety of uses.

Kiewiet Nest

Kiewiet Nest

This a Kiewiet nest – more properly called Crowned Plovers (or Crowned Lapwings, according to Wikipedia). Someone has added the rocks to protect it from being driven over. They are very common birds around here – cheeky enough to dive bomb anyone who comes too close to their nest.

And that’s it from this side of the world, cats, butterflies, birds and all.

 

 

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Chess (Set) Grandmasters

Some amazing chess sets – particularly the Malachite one.

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