Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
If you have kids, it would be great to show them this transformation as a school project or a holiday activity!
- Nail strips of wood into a rectangular prism, and attach fly-wire to all sides but the bottom.
- Plant wild cotton into a couple of pots, making sure there's extra for when the caterpillars eat it all.
- Go find some caterpillars or eggs, put them on the cotton plants and place fly-wire cube over the top.
- Done! Just make sure the ants don't get to them, and that there's plenty of food to eat.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ok Auds, here goes -
My Bearded Little Santa Claws
CAGE OF DEATH
Furry Little Miracles
For the Love of Cats
Ahh yes, I know For the Love of Cats was my last post, but I really love the picture, and I really love my cats! lol
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
But wait... don't I own three cats and foster 2 others?
Yes, I do.
I've always owned one or two cats, even when I was little. There is NO way I'm going to ever live without a cat. They keep you from getting too proud, yet give you enough love, so you know you're special.
I just can't bare not to be around them!
So what about the allergies?
Last year I went and saw a specialist. He confirmed what I knew all along. I'm allergic to cat saliva and dust mites.
So then came the needles.
I hate needles.
They don't hurt, they don't leave any marks, but after one or two minutes of the serum being injected, I swell. My arm around the injection site goes reddish and hot, and the itchiness takes over for five minutes. Just like a mozzie bite (which I'm also allergic to).
I used to have them once a week...then once in 2 weeks, now once a month. Every time I get one, I swell and go hot, then you can see all the other inject points come up, white surrounded by red.
The serum seems to be working, but there are still days when something triggers my allergies off. Something I'm not being de-sensitized for, like a certain element in womens perfume, or grass cuttings.
I will continue to have these needles for the rest of my life.
All for the love of cats!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Here are some more beautiful pictures of rescued little ones:
A big THANK YOU to all the carers, vets and volunteers who are setting aside their time, efforts and money to care for the sick, injured, starving, orphaned and homeless wildlife of the devastated Victorian bushland. Of course, thank you to those who are taking care of domestic animals as well!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I'm sending my love to those who have been affected in any way by this tragedy.
- Grab a couple of sheets of sticky-backed foam -
- Trace or draw a heart onto selected colour -
- Cut out heart -
- Decorate in your own style and stick heart onto desired surface -
Your 5 year old boy love dinosaurs? Grab some green, trace the shape, cut out and add details with extra foam. Faeries for that special little girl? Add some butterfly and flower coasters!
Let your imagination go wild and have fun with it!
Monday, February 9, 2009
"I'm sure there is not one Aussie who is not aware of the devastating circumstances in Victoria at the moment. We've heard and watched on TV the tragic loss of lives, homes and livelihoods. We've seen the heartbreaking images of homes, properties and towns burnt to the ground. We've seen burnt out cars on the side of the road in which lives were lost. We've seen people who were lucky enough to escape these infernos return to find their homes reduced to ashes & rubble. We've cried with and for them, as we've seen the heartbreak on their faces. We've been watching the terrible death toll rise by the hour. We also know there are many more people missing. There are no words to describe how monumental this disaster really is.
No, I'm not really ashamed to be an Aussie. I know how we rally around and stick together in times of crisis. I know how we all reach out and lend a hand. I know how we offer comfort to total strangers. I also know how those who can barely afford to, somehow find a way to dig deep and make donations. This is the Aussie Spirit that I love so much!! This is who we are.
The Red Cross has set up an appeal for the victims of the bushfires. Many of us have made donations. I hope many more do!
I'd just like to ask everyone to spare a thought for all the animals who have suffered, and those who are still suffering. While our first thought is to help our fellow man, sometimes the animals can be overlooked. There are stock, wildlife and family pets who are in desperate need of our help. These poor creatures don't have a voice like we do. They are unable to ask for, or even seek help. Many are displaced, orphaned and suffering terrible injuries and burns. Just the thought of this absolutely breaks my heart. I have and will continue to cry many tears for these innocent, helpless creatures."Please spare a thought and a prayer to the W.I.R.E.S foundation, who have also been devastated by this tragedy with two of their shelters burnt to the ground.
You can go here to make a donation, or call 1300 94535. All donations over $2 are tax deductable.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Northen Queensland is flooding. More than half the state is now declared a disaster zone, with people cut off by flood waters and others losing their livestock, their livelihood. People have died from being trapped in cars, and a 5 year old has been killed by a crocodile after following his dog into flood waters. Homes are unlivable and mozzie diseases are prevalent. More rain and cyclones are on their way with no end in sight.
Victoria is under siege by fire. Not only are they putting up with 40-48 degree Celsius heat (that has killed), but arsonists have lit fires which have now killed a confirmed 173 people, and the number is still rising. Whole towns have been destroyed by fire storms which are sweeping through hectares of bushland, killing native animals and livestock. People have gotten out with just the clothes on their back.
Friday, February 6, 2009
The theme parks 'cage of death' that drops tourists into a crocodile's lair
Without the cage you wouldn't stand a chance swimming with a massive saltwater crocodile. But for brave punters who still want to get cosy with a feisty croc, a new Australian tourist attraction is offering the chance for a close encounter in the safety of a clear acrylic box dubbed the 'cage of death'. Just 4cm of acrylic, a pair of goggles and a swimsuit, will separate thrill-seekers from the jaws of Choppa, a saltwater crocodile.Close encounter: A tourist dives into a cage partially immersed in a crocodile pen at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia. The cage has no bars, unlike cages used in shark dives, which prevents the reptiles from gripping on but deep teeth scratches are visible on the sides, deterring some hesitant participants. Top End tourists climb into the clear box before being lowered into Choppa's lair. They then spend 5 minutes inside the 9ft high cage and watch Choppa, who lost both front feet while fighting other crocodiles, trying to take a bite out of them.
*We have the warning signs everywhere up here, and crocs are seen in our river all the time, not 500 meters from the CBD. It's just a part of life here. With all the flooding up north (62% of QLD is now declared a disaster zone!!) crocs are simply cruising down the main streets. We're so lucky to have avoided any damage so far, but with another cyclone brewing, you never know!*
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I went house-work mad on Sunday and cleaned the entire main bedroom. I've retained from a young age the habit of keeping stuff/junk under the bed, and it gets very dusty and furry under there (being the perfect place for a cat-nap). During the middle of the clean out, I went over town to a cheap shop called "Sam's Warehouse" and bought some under-the-bed plastic containers, the ones that roll in and out. Finally! All my crafting supplies (excluding material) are right there in place and are easily gotten to, and no more cat fur!!
Instead of 14 jars full of my "keep" buttons, I poured them out into a container, and am very lucky that they fit - just!It's a little hard now to find the ones I want in a hurry.It's still so much better than a dozen or so jars sitting around, so I think I'll keep it this way.Do you have a button stash? I wanna see it! Send me a link via the comments and I'll come check it out!