Mad dog lady

Little upstart. Day 175/365.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011, Day 175/365.

This puppy above hung out with me for two days this week. It works like this. His dad, The Surfer, stayed at my place on Tuesday night so dropped his puppy off at mine Tuesday morning and picked him up on the way home Wednesday afternoon. He lives too far away to make it viable to pick him up after work for a sleepover.

The photo above was taken during a quiet moment when he wasn’t hassling my dog.

On Wednesday my sister’s dog came for a day stay and the puppy just barked at him a lot. My sister’s dog wouldn’t play but the puppy wanted to so was letting him know this by continually barking at him. That is when he wasn’t jumping all over him. It would have been funny if it weren’t so annoying. I separated them for a while and by early afternoon they finally settled down with one another and I had some peace.

Meanwhile the heat was taken off Monty so she was able to sit back and just watch it all. Luckily she’s pretty deaf so didn’t have to put up with the barking like I did.

And because I’d moved Monty’s cane basket out the way of the puppy who likes to chew, Monty took it upon herself to sleep on the puppy’s mat. Poetic justice, because he quite likes sleeping in her basket.

As much as I love the dogs it was good just to have Monty back to myself without any of the others around.

Chimney sweep

Chimney. Day 174/365.

Monday, 16 May 2011, Day 174/365.

Tis the season to have fires to keep warm and this is the chimney that carries the smoke away. I’ve had it cleaned once or twice since I’ve lived here but after seeing what the chimney sweep did last time I haven’t bothered to get himback.

It’s not like he stood at the top of the chimney and swept the whole thing. The guy that did it last time worked fromĀ  inside the hosue at the bottom of the chimney and because the chimney shute isn’t straight his brooms and so on couldn’t reach very high to clean very much.

So, I scraped away at a bit of soot myself this year. It’s working for me.

Underneath

Under the jetty. Day 173/365.

Sunday, 15 May 2011, Day 173/365.

I often walk on this jetty but rarely look underneath it. This time it was different.

It’s easy to become stuck in your daily habits of doing the same thing and looking at things the same way. I’m finding that with my Project 365 that I look at things differently because it’s what you do when you need to take a photo every day for a self-imposed challenge.

I’m also trying, when I wake up in the mornings, to think positively about the day ahead instead of negative thoughts about not having enough work. It’s not easy to change habits but I’m trying.

Oh, and PS, I’ve started a new website. It’s early early days yet, but go check it out.

Look closely

Hidden amongst the trees. Day 172/365.

Saturday, 14 May 2011, Day 172/365.

Things aren’t always what they seem.

The photo above appears to be trees and some grass but if you look more closely you might see some people there. It’s the effect of the photo that’s made the people pretty much disappear.

Exhibition

Gus Clutterbuck's ceramics. Day 171/365.

Friday, 13 May 2011, Day 171/365.

I have some clever artisty friends so occasionally I get to to to art exhibition openings, one of which I attended on Friday evening. I was there mainly for this guy. He’s doing some great work, some of which I’ve got in my house given to me as a gift for my 40th.

Junk mail

Junk mail. Day 170/365.

Thursday, 12 May 2011, Day 170/365.

This isn’t my letterbox but I get junk mail in mine just the same. I need a new letterbox then I will put a No Junk Mail sign on it. As I’m in non-consumer mode at the moment I don’t even read it and if I want to research something I will use the internet to do so.

Although because of the lack of online shopping available in Australia that’s not always easy anyway.

I wonder how much longer businesses will bother producing this junk mail.

I wonder if its demise will happen as the online shopping websites in Australia improve?

Remote

Remote. Day 169/365.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011, Day 169/365.

Sometimes when sitting and watching television or a DVD I get confused as to which remote is which. The above four remotes are for the television, Tivo, DVD player and stereo.

There never seems to be a universal remote system and I know I’ve left instructions for house sitters on how to operate the things.

And as my eyesight deteriorates with age I need better light to see which buttons are which on the various remotes. I’ve learned where the common buttons are but if I need to use a button that I don’t use v ery often I have to go closer to the light or put my glasses on to see what’s what.