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Catch Up.

The ducks let me get closer the other day. Armed with my Fujifilm FinePix A607, on it’s best setting, I took about six photos, none were decent. Three ducks and four galahs on offer!  Also a magpie, further down the road. It’s a gallery, so if you click on it, the larger images will show up.

I’m not around much at the moment. Getting some housework done. I’m sort of working on my book, too. I’ve decided to rewrite it, after all, so my grandchildren will be able to read it. I’m sure now that is why I’ve been reluctant to get stuck into it. I’ve printed out 137 pages. I’ll chop it into scene sections, scribble ideas all over the bits, and shuffle them around into some sort of structure. Yes, I suppose it is outlining … again.  Gotta be done!

I’m walking the dog every morning but the photos are getting BORING! I’ll have to take some photos elsewhere.

Three times a week, I’m on the treadmill. I actually jogged a little this morning – it was so damned cold and windy I wanted to get the dog walk over quick.  Then my chest was a bit tight, so I just walked a bit slower on the treadmill, taking a little over 30 minutes to get the 5 laps (2 kms) done. But at least I did it. Not losing any weight, but not trying at the moment. Not gaining either.

I’ve turned my learning blog back on, just  a couple of spots privatized so I don’t breach copyright (information I want to keep at my fingertips). I’m enjoying the Learn How to Learn course – it has 177,000 participants now.  I’ve started another Climate Change course, this one based in Melbourne, Australia. I’m liking it much better than the Save the World thing I tried for a few weeks before. I decided not to do the Comics and Graphic Novels course after I borrowed a few books from the library. Not interested in graphic novels, now. I had to prune some classes out anyhow, else I’ll never get anything done.  Especially now I know that the number one rule for learning is plenty of sleep.

With Spring just around the corner, I’m going to have to get out into the garden and beat it into submission. We have to rebuild the side fence, abandoned once the cold set in. We have to fix the shed or pull it down … maybe replace with a nice new garage one day – a carport is more likely.

Renovations are urgent in the house,  must have some stumps rotting, as there’s a definite shift in the floor, worsening this year. (My son told me the wall was falling in and I tried to tell him it was only a warped wall panel from the rain dripping in.) We will be doing up the ‘wet’ areas before Christmas, including the kitchen sink.

Something will have to give, won’t it! It won’t be the blogging world, because I just love it. I feel like I have a whole new lease on life, throwing off stagnation. Besides, I’ll have LOTS of ‘before and after’ photos to show you before the year is out. And a book to brag about.

Anything else? [rack brains] Nope, believe not.  I’m behind in the usual photo challenges, so some photos coming up over the next few days. Also doing a writing challenge.

Okay, off to watch the end of X-Factor and then The Amazing Race. Might chop and stick the book scenes during the ads. I have to spend some time over that side of the room with Mr R. to prove I love him.

😀 Catch you later. Thanks for dropping by.


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

16 thoughts on “Catch Up.

  1. I should bloody think so. The poor bastard … 😉
    I love those photos, Christine: the only time you see pin-sharp ones are either when someone has a bird-feeding setup and the local birds are used to it, or when the someone has lenses, filters,only the gods know what AND a tripod, and goes to where s/he knows the birds are. You’re just wandering about and dem boids are wild ones: you ain’t got nuthin to complain about, and nor do we !

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement M-R. The day after I took these pics, the damned ducks let me AND the dog get within ten feet of them. They must have known I didn’t have the camera or the phone. 🙂


  2. Somebody’s been busy… Good on you, Christine, working the treadmill and all. Do you listen to music when you workout? I like mine loud!
    And two thumbs up on the blog layout! Nicely done!

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    1. Ha ha. I’d hesitate to call my treadmilling a workout. Though it was a lot harder to do 2 kms on it when I first started – even after I worked out it was set on the incline feet. Last week, I let go of the handlebars. LOL. Mr R. always puts a cd on first thing, so I have what he has. He puts streaming music (from MOG) on when he starts his computer. We like it loud and if I comment I don’t like something he never plays it again. Thanks for your kind words about my blog layout – I’m sticking to this theme now. I still have to go through and tidy up my menu and categories to make the navigation make sense. 🙂


  3. You make me feel really slack. Must start on the treadmill. Not game to look at the scales. Alec has restarted renovating our place (25 years its taken) there is dust everywhere, even with the doors closed it seeps in. Thought you might have been back on the book again, good on you. Do you use lots of coloured pens to highlight? Keep up the good work.

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    1. Oh thanks Sue, I need all the encouragement I can get. Today, I spent hours (it seemed) piecing together the 84 scenes. I don’t know why I didn’t have a page break at the end of each one – I had plenty of paper and the ink usage would have been the same. The coloured pens will be coming out when I begin working out where I’m merging, adding and changing things. Well, one pen really. I’ve got that snazzy one with the four colours. I’m a big kid at heart. 😀

      I’ve been doing housework too. Mr R got a shock this morning. He came out of the bedroom and asked if I was okay. I haven’t made the bed for twenty years – apart from the weekly (or so) linen change and the odd pull up.

      Turning over a new leaf. I read, in the book I borrowed on habits for my leaning class, a woman who makes the bed starts the day off right and is more likely to do her other goals for the day. 😀 We’ll see about that! I’m only setting two a day at the moment and if I get those done, I’m happy.


  4. Christine, your life is very full and exciting. Great that you are working on your book with so much else happening. My garden has been taking up a fair bit of time since the better weather has arrived.
    Love your ducks! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Barbara. It’s lucky that Mr R and I wake much earlier these days, so I can get more into the day. I even pulled a few weeds yesterday, by accident, when I wa sin the backyard with the dog, making sure our makeshift fence was still standing.

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