Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

No more work for this Little Black Duck!

OK, I do have osteo arthritis, but so do 50% of Australians at my age, according to my doctor, who was prepared to sign a form saying I was fit to work for them. But I chucked a wobbly this morning, and told AHCS to shove the job up their arse.
After I told them to tear up my job application, I called my financial advisor and asked him if I could access my super. yet (I can't get a pension till I'm 65, but I can retire on my super when I turn 60 next April). He said yes, if I take it as an allocated pension, meaning they pay me the same amount every month like a wage.
He worked out that I can take up to $10,000 a year, which is all I was earning anyway, as I was part time, so that will suit me down to the ground. I'm already looking forward to lots of stitching time every day! Anyone for coffee?


Blogger Val said...

Well! I take a couple of weeks off blog reading and look what I find when I return. Your world has really taken some unexpected turns. However, from what you say, and knowing a bit about you, I would say that you will make the most of this situation and turn it into a positive.

And now you'll have more time to get together. Care for a walk along the Yarra up to Petty's Orchard? Found that by chance recently, what a magical place.

Love the photos of those little budgies. How cute!

Saturday, 06 October, 2007  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Yes please Val! Walking is something I plan to take up again, having stopped my regular walks a few months ago because I didn't have time due to early starts with my clients. I'll be in touch.
If you like to visit me again, you can see the budgies 'in person'..cuter than the photos!

Saturday, 06 October, 2007  

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