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.)
- Name: Gina E.
- Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia
I am married to Ken. We have no children of the human kind, but we have two cats, and five aviaries holding canaries, Gouldian finches and bantam hens. Before I retired, I worked in the aged care field. Ken is a courier with a pathology service.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
New hope for Ken's heart.
Dr D. handed Ken a pacemaker unit, and explained how it worked and why Ken needs one (to keep him alive!). I was astonished at how big it is - glad it's not going under MY skin. Although if my heart was as bad as Ken's, no doubt I wouldn't be complaining...It will be implanted on 11th June, unless our health fund refuses to cover the cost, and that depends on what category we are in. Our Health fund cost has gone up to $600 a quarter ($2400 a year), and I was thinking the other day 'do we really need this?' Dr.D told us the pacemakers cost $70,000 each, but it would cost us nothing because if Aust. Unity doesn't pay, Medicare will, although Ken would have to wait another 9 months to have it done at a public hospital. $2400 suddenly doesn't sound like a lot of money, considering it would take 29 years to pay for a pacemaker at that rate.
So Ken is feeling marginally happier, although there is no guarantee it will improve his health by much. Yes, the pacemaker will keep his heart beating, but that doesn't mean it will help him to breathe properly. Both doctors admit it is a last resort, and will of course have no impact on his lungs. We'll just have to wait and see.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
A new look to eggs.
I'm not alone in cyberspace!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Is anyone out there?
If you are reading this now, and feel up to leaving a comment, I'll comment right back to you. If I can. I know there are a few people who read blogs but don't have one themselves, and are therefore blocked from commenting on others. Sorry 'bout that.
For those who just visit blogs to see pretty pictures, here is a photo. I made a teacup card last month, and my elderly Japanese friend asked if I would make her a teapot card. I took it over there yesterday, and she loves it.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Talking about cats.
I found this cute little vase at an opshop yesterday for 50 cents.
I stitched this needlepoint/tapestry about 30 years ago.
This sugar bowl was a Christmas gift from a fellow cat lover.
Another opshop find a few years ago. There were two - this blue one and a pink one, which I gave to another cat loving friend (hi Connie!)
Patchwork wall hanging that I made last year.
I love this pair of kitties! They are made of wood. Another gift.
I'm sure this must be the biggest selling design of all the Kleenex lines!
Little fridge magnets from an American friend, many years ago. I think she would be amazed to know that I still have them on our fridge!
I bought this magnet a few years ago, and it still gets a laugh from people catching sight of it.
Yet another opshop find - a set of four cups and saucers. There is also a mug hanging below them, with black cats on it.
Two more of my embroidered pictures with cats.
Black Cat calendar in the kitchen. This comes out every year, and I have kept them all for the last four or five years. Anybody got a suggestion on what I can do with them? (apart from throwing them in the recycle bin)
Biscuit cutter in the shape of a cat, and no, I haven't used it yet. When I do, you'll see a kitty biscuits photo here!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Another day around Melbourne.
I was spitting chips that I forgot my camera; it was a perfect day for photos - bright and sunny, with very little wind. Julie assured me we will go again soon and revisit the places we went to today, as well as see more that we didn't have time to see. We stopped in a few shops - at Haigh's Chocolates I bought a dark chocolate hen on eggs for Ken for Easter, and further on, I bought two books at one of the bookshops we dropped in at.
After all the buildings we'd been looking at, this was the perfect book to take home and browse, and learn more about our historic landmarks.
I can rarely resist a new cross stitch book, and this one has some really cute designs. The title is a bit misleading; they aren't naughty to the point of being rude! Just funny.
Ken hates crowds, so between being pushed and shoved, and the heat, he was having breathing problems, so we had to sit and rest frequently. Most of the animals were asleep in shady spots, so we didn't see much anyway. Ken said he'll try to get a day off work and we'll go again to see if we can see Mali, but I don't think there's much point now, as people say she is growing so fast, she'll just be another elephant soon! I only got a few photos worth putting on my blog.
Snow leopard feasting on a piece of meat. He/she must have been hungry to have come so close to the wire, because all the other big cats were asleep in the shade at the rear of their enclosures.
Many years ago, there were all kinds of bears at our zoo, but we only found this one (and its mate) today.
The Zoo has several varieties of Macaws, but this one was the closest that I could photograph.
This critter had a large audience! He scampered back and forth across the glass dividing his enclosure, apparently hanging on to a railing that we couldn't see. He was happily posing for photos, and I don't know how his eyes would have felt after all the flashes going off in his face!
Patterns on the coats of Giraffes and Zebras in the one enclosure make an interesting contrast when they are standing next to each other.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This and that....
Today was a beautiful Melbourne Autumn day - such a contrast to last week's hail storm. I took the opportunity to try for some better photos of our Gouldian Finches. The female was sitting on her eggs in the nest box, but I got some nice shots of the male. I also photographed a flock of galahs and passing corellas, who all came down for a feed at our verandah. Here is the Gouldian Finch, and you can see the rest on my Aussie birds blog.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the weather is predicted to be the same as today, so all going well, Ken and I will be going to the Zoo to see Mali, the baby elephant. If all goes to plan, there will be HEAPS of photos - another blog coming up!!
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
If you want to see My Melbourne, read on.
The city of Melbourne is vastly under-rated by many of its citizens - including me occasionally. But when I go there as a tourist in my own town (not to shop, that is), I see a beautiful city, both modern and historic. Oh I know - we have such a short history compared to the rest of the world but hey, it's OUR history and we are proud of it! Well, I'm proud of it anyway.
Last week my friend Val and I went on a little tour of Melbourne, visiting specific spots planned in advance. I've now produced a blog with my photos and commentary of the day. It is called Marvellous Old Melbourne and if you want a guided tour, just click on the link. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my blogger friends' hometowns this way, and I do hope you will take a few minutes to walk around our city with us....and please leave a comment to tell me what you think!
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Melbourne's wild weather.
I held out no hope for my washing which had been half dry when we left home; in fact I doubted that it would still be on the line - had vision of my undies strewn over half a dozen back yards! But Somebody Up There must love me. Would you believe, as we came through Eltham, the roads were dry!! It was just starting to rain as we got home, so I rushed out to the back yard and rescued all the washing just in time. We must have been on the fringes of the storm that hit Melbourne because our rain gauge has measured only 10 mls of rain, while elsewhere they had up to 26 mls. You can read more about our weather, and see some interesting photos here.
Friday, March 05, 2010
I'm tired - it's been a busy week!
Some people reading this may remember me writing about my friend Helen, who had a stroke a few years ago. She hasn't been really well in the past month or so, and last week she was taken to hospital and operated on. She had a blood clot and bleeding from the brain, which meant an emergency op, and she is now in rehab. learning to talk and walk again. Life can be so cruel, can't it? A three year old boy has been abducted and killed in Melbourne this week. The state of Queensland has suffered massive floods, and an area greater than that of the state of Victoria is now under water in Queensland's south, according to the MSN news site this morning. And that's only in Australia; I don't need to list all the chaos overseas with earthquakes,mudslides, tsunamis, etc. Ken's computer isn't working properly, his Honda needs more work done on it, he busted his new helicopter toy last night, and he thinks life is tough...Well, I got news for you, buddy. You are not so badly off in comparison!
Monday, March 01, 2010
It might be quiet here for a few days.
How boring for anyone reading all that. Well, it gets worse. I'm going to do a rant. Ken bought a 'Dryrider' brand waterproof motorcycle jacket about six months ago. Dryrider are one of the top brands of waterproof gear, and very expensive. This jacket was around $500 - and A1 Motorcycles where he bought it, had given him a discount price! Within a month of getting it, one of the pockets came away from a seam, so Ken took it back to A1 M/cycles. They said they would send it back to be repaired. That took about six weeks. When Ken brought it home, he discovered that the repair hadn't been finished. When they had undone the seam to get to the pocket, they'd fixed the pocket, but left the seam unstitched. He took the jacket back to the shop and they told him they would send it back to the manufacturers again.
We waited for a phone call. And waited. We called the shop and got a different story every time. The Dryrider rep. hadn't been in. The rep had been in, but forgotten to take the jacket. The rep had picked up the jacket, but it wasn't back yet. The rep was pregnant and wouldn't be back for a few months. Last Saturday, Ken was in the shopping centre where A1 is located, and he decided to drop in and see if his jacket was there. Oh, it was there all right. It hadn't gone anywhere since he left it there two months ago. Ken rang me from his mobile phone, and I said "Just bring it home and I'll fix it". The shop manager was not happy when Ken insisted on taking it with him. He (the manager) was even less happy when Ken said he would be contacting Dryrider and telling them what he thought of their product and their aftersales service (NOT).
I'm very good at writing letters to people about bad customer service. I tell them a copy of my letter is going to Choice magazine, Consumer affairs, 60 Minutes, and so on. I usually get a very positive reaction within 24 hours. Watch this space!