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.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Winter has arrived in Melbourne.

Well of course, it is winter all over Australia, but as Ken is so fond of reminding me, if we were in Darwin it would be nice and warm instead of cold and damp. In return, I tell him that being cold and damp is a lot better than being on fire. The problem for Ken is, that cold and damp means increased coughing for him...almost constant coughing. That's what he gets for smoking all those years. But I don't remind him of that - he doesn't need to be told. Lung specialists tell him that if he moved away from Melbourne in winter, he wouldn't have this problem. Ha. Chance is a fine thing. It would be nice to be wealthy enough to have a home up north as well as a home down south. I don't want to move north. I don't like the heat in summer!

So we stay in Melbourne, stay inside the house, and add to greenhouse gases with our gas fire on all weekend. MIL is still living in aged care accomodation, and being very well looked after by the staff. They think she's lovely, she doesn't cause any problems, so they fuss over her and she loves it. God bless her, she deserves it. But she caught a head cold last week. I went to visit her on the previous Friday and stupidly gave her a hug and kiss. I should have known better with my training. Four days later, I've caught the cold, which I've had all this week. After two days of sniffling, I thought I'd recovered, until I started coughing in tandem with Ken. It's just as well MIL isn't here any more, because she would almost certainly have caught the virus from us if she had been, and now that she's not, one of us can sleep in the spare bedroom to try and avoid re-infecting each other.

I don't think we have swine flu. In fact I know we don't have swine flu. But if we did, I wouldn't be overly concerned - not for myself anyway. I have never had a flu injection and I can't understand all this fuss. Influenza has been circulating around the world in one form or another for 100 years, probably longer. People have died every year, and will continue to die from flu. Most people that have caught swine flu here have the usual flu symptoms, and if they stay at home in bed for two weeks, they fully recover and get on with living. With any virus, certain people in the community are more vulnerable - Ken is an example, with heart and lung issues. Older people and children are more vulnerable because their immune systems are not as strong. I think the media causes unnecessary panic. What do you think?

At the risk of catching something else, or passing on my own germs to some poor unsuspecting soul, I dropped into the local opshop on Friday and found these:

Christmas patchwork oven mitt for 50c. Possible gift for a certain XmasTree lovin' friend.
Polka dot silk tie for 75c (not for Ken. For craft purposes)
A tiny vintage car which looks like it was off a charm bracelet. Freebie. Another crafty bit.


Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Gina, Winter has certainly arrived here. I agree I wish I was in Darwin Temp there 16c to 32c between May and early Sept. We towed our Caravan up there every winter for 6 years staying 4months then returning home to spring. I miss that Since I got sick and lost My Alan 4and a half years ago.I flew up there with my daughter 2 years ago,but only stayed 2 didnt feel the same moteling it..

Well My friend I feel like you if you get the flu stay indoors and don't spread it around.I get the Flu injection on my drs insistence. for the last 4 years and havent had the flu since i was sick.
Take care Gina keep warm wish u both a speedy recovery. Jen

Saturday, 06 June, 2009  
Blogger cell said...

it IS freezing in melb now! today it was so cold on my way to church in bundoora. at the zoo yesterday I noticed the brown bears appeared to be hibernating already...
drink lotsa water and take vit C, that's supposed to help!

Sunday, 07 June, 2009  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

Hi Gina,
I know it's been a long time. I lost the password to my email and couldn't sign on. I'm so far behind and will be trying to catch up in the next few days.
Winter. YUCK. You and Ken are always welcome here. Although I'm beggining to wonder about our weather. Today is low 60, grey and damp with threats of thunder storms. I'll be updating so I'll have some new pictures posted soon.
-Patty who has missed being able to post and chat on her friends blogs. :)

Sunday, 07 June, 2009  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Jen, Cell and Patty! How nice to hear from you girls! Jen, we went to see our doctor today, as Ken was getting really bad, and I had other issues. Just as well we went - Ken's lungs are badly infected so he is now on an extra-powerful antibiotic. I've had pain in my neck and shoulders for two weeks, and just thought it was the old arthritus flaring up. Only difference was, it hurt when I coughed. Turns out I've got pleurisy! So I'm also on a specific antibiotic. Gaaaad...I think we are wearing out...

Monday, 08 June, 2009  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

I hope you both get well real soon. HUGS,

Monday, 08 June, 2009  
Blogger Pear tree cottage! said...

My gosh since your note here Gina, I do hope you are both a little bit better then when this post was written, Please give Ken a hug for me. and you too Gina stay safe!


Wednesday, 10 June, 2009  

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