Need to stop thinking about…

I’m wishing tonight, after having a pleasant dinner out, that I could stop thinking about things that touch me too deeply. Tears are welling in my eyes and threatening to fall down my cheeks as I can’t do anything to help. I’ll try to concentrate on something I COULD do last weekend.

I managed to help my young friend Olu “Climate” Idowu from Nigeria raise the last couple of hundred dollars that enabled him to attend an important meeting in Ethiopia. He has been running a program to teach youth to sustainably work the land so they can become employed and feed themselves and their families. By flocking to urban areas, rural people in developing countries have lost the skills they thought would be useless in the city. As Olu and I were chatting on Facebook I also got a message from Thalini who is training to be a surgeon in NSW, Australia, wondering how to do something that I know all about, and I thought !! Bingo!!

Maybe Thalini would have some of the cash Olu needed for his conference and I could in turn help Thalini with her problem! It worked and didn’t cost me a cent of the money I haven’t got!

So this week I became an international online entrepreneur! That must be an achievement I can be happy with.

What techniques can I use in the future to stop myself becoming too sad and emotional about problems that other people are in a much better position to fix? Genuine help needed!

Positive post script:

The rescue cat pictured below was adopted and neutered. She was previously on death row at Manhattan Animal Rescue in New York City because she was found roaming the streets. She was approximately 5 years old, and as you can see, not the most attractive-looking animal you might expect to take home.

Kitty's got the blues

Kitty’s got the blues

I contacted a heap of people who lived in or near NYC to try to get her a kind, warm home. Someone responded and I am so very relieved.


They would do the same with kids if they could


Sourpuss owner dumps kitten


Dumped for playing with Xmas decorations

David Jean reports, from: The Advertiser January 01, 2011 12:00am [Adelaide, South Australia]

The kitten from hell, now residing at the RSPCA after it’s owner decided she couldn’t have it destroying her Christmas decorations. Picture: Dean Martin
Source: AdelaideNow

A KITTEN abandoned for playing with decorations is among 70 pets dumped at shelters since Christmas.

And the excuses are flowing in almost as quickly as the animals themselves, as frustrated shelter workers predict more than 500 animals will be dumped on their doorsteps by the end of January.

A 10-week-old kitten was dropped off at the RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter on Boxing Day because its owner was upset that it had played with the decorations on her Christmas tree.

Another was surrendered to the Animal Welfare League because it had a urinary tract infection, while two dogs were abandoned because they were thought to be hyperactive.

RSPCA SA spokeswoman Tracey Taylor said the organisation had also received a call from someone wanting to abandon their pet cat because it had given birth to six kittens on Christmas Day.

As of yesterday afternoon, 29 kittens, one cat, nine dogs and three puppies had been surrendered to RSPCA SA.

Twenty-five animals had been been handed in to the Animal Welfare League.

Animal Welfare league spokeswoman Brenda Champion said the number of surrenders was actually much higher, because there was no way to keep track of the number of people who let their animal stray.

She said 280 animals were surrendered by owners at the Wingfield shelter between Christmas and the end of January of 2010, with indications a similar amount would end up on its doorstep next year.

“People are not really considering the lifetime commitment of owning a pet,” Ms Champion said.

“Buying a pet needs to be an informed decision, not an impulse. We hope these handover numbers will decrease but, sadly, the reality is people are still buying pets without due consideration.

“It is essential that pet owners consider all of the lifestyle and financial aspects of pet ownership.”

“Many issues can easily be pre-empted by going through the pre-adoption counselling with one of our animal experts when you adopt from an RSPCA Shelter,” Ms Taylor said.

“We ensure the needs of the owner and the animal are complimentary so both can live safely and happily.”

Bendix, Executive Kitteh

My blogfriend Shai thought I should put my little snapshot video of Bendix into my blog, so here it is. So Bendix is not only a great little cleaner, he’s also entertaining- he might have made someone a good wife if he was human and female- rofl!
Just in case the video isn’t working, here he is standing still:

Bendy in profile

Bendy in profile- what a fiine golden eye

New Year’s Day 12 noon

Last night no alcohol- this morning, no hangover- yayy!! However, we had to get up early as Bridie and AJ were off to drive to Melbourne and subsequently Zeehan, Tasmania. Bridie has gone for a short but indefinite stay, summoned by her old friend Alan who needs company as he goes through the last stages of bone cancer- very sad. AJ has gone to drive the Jeep with caravan and dog in tow so Bridie has some accommodation at various times. AJ will fly back to the mainland in a few days to resume her uranium-mining job at Roxby Downs.
It has been a busy time having them stay 3 months, with one on the family room sofa and the other on a new chair sofa in the front room! We all thought they would only stay a few weeks originally but the job market was not very bright for either of them for a while. Now AJ has the mining job (after training to be both a heavy-rigid vehicle driver and a security guard) and Bridie has as much part-time work as she can handle with a “helping hand” agency looking after the disabled.
During this time I managed to complete a semester of my Masters in Public Health, although I had nowhere to study quietly and do my assignments- didn’t do quite as well as expected, but ended up with a Credit anyway.
My mood is a lot better than it was 3 months ago, although it took a few dives under the stress of coping with extra people in the house 24 hours a day! I know it was a big ask of myself to cope with house guests when I’m not wildly OK myself- but I could hardly leave them homeless- I would expect other people to look after me in a similar situation!
I think the cats will be relieved to have their humans back unaccompanied! Poor Moggsy has been extra shy about coming into the house for food- if she hears Bridie’s voice approaching while she’s feeding she runs and won’t return to finish her meal. Consequently she’s lost some weight- which isn’t all bad! Bendix adapted reasonably quickly but has been a little ratty at times- he was disappointed that Kevin was a dog and not a cat as he wanted to play with him on an equal basis! Moustiers thought Bridie and AJ ALWAYS lived here, and only haunted us in bed at night as she always did- why she couldn’t haunt AJ more often I don’t know!
Our back garden is somehow surviving the 40degC days, although the magnolia tree is burnt again and another cypress pine lost its top in a whippy breeze. The petunias are mostly OK in their pots and starting to flower, we have a pot tomato thriving, some chives and a few pigface ground covers. The cumquats are greener than last year, but not very healthy yet. I wish they’d come good- perhaps they need root pruning and larger pots?
The atrium plants are OK- tuberous begonias are starting to flower and the liliums have finished. the camellias seem to be withstanding the heat as long as we put the sprayers on often to keep the air moist. I bought some colourful resin pots from Ikea but haven’t managed to plant anything in them. They are supposed to be standing in 2 neat rows on the plant stand in the atrium so we have something colourful at eye level! Fingers crossed- I still have to drill holes in the bases for drainage.
So life goes on at Number 13 and we hope 2010 will be happier and healthier. I’ll put in a big wish for WEALTHIER! Greedy me- but I would like to go back to my old way of living with a minimum of money worry! I don’t want to live in luxury- especially the sort of thing that is publicised as “luxurious celebrity-style”- no gold taps for me- just let me pay the bills on time and go to the movies occasionally!

Mainly flea but a bit of sea…

It was a funny day in Adelaide. Somerton, spring, 3.30pmThings were shitty at home (literally…) so I decided to have a trip to the beach. Off I went, but was so hot in the car, despite the cloudy sky, that I had the aircon on all the way! South of Glenelg the surf was very gentle and the breeze pleasant. The sky had lovely cloud patterns, so this is the result. I’m rather worried about Pascale (the tuxedo cat) who has always suffered from Irritable Bowel Disease as he has taken to trailing horrible watery deposits behind him when he comes inside for meals. Unpleasant also… Should I take him to the vet (and pay by credit card, although I can’t pay it off) or should I hope he just gets better on his own and keep him outside meanwhile?

We’ve had a real flea plague as well- never had flea problems for decades, despite always having at least 2 cats. We have no carpets (a few loose floor rugs), wash the sofa covers and cat bedding regularly, spray skirting boards and under furniture, rugs and crevices regularly with anti-flea surface spray; we have put Spot-on treatments on all the cats, given several of them tablets to kill fleas, sprayed outside under pot-plants and windowsills…but the cats are absolutely infested- always scratching and biting and leaving little black/bloody flea droppings everywhere. I’ve never been bitten but Spotrick claims to have had a few bites. I’m at my wits end about what to do, and I HATE cleaning up all the little dots every day! Heeellllppppp!!!