Saturday, April 14, 2012


I have talked before about how awesome Picnik is (online photo editing software), and I was devastated to discover they had been bought by google and it was changing some and moving over there and the site was shutting down.  Boohiss.  I had a paid membership.

Some of the team members from picnik have however got together and made picmonkey.  And it's GREAT.  It's free to use now, but there are some advanced options that I probably will pay for when it goes official.  I had a play around with it.

This is a photo I took this morning to send to my bestie who lives in the US who doesn't believe I wear colour these days, let alone yellow.  Yellow is one of my fave colours.  We have had a broken tank pump and had no water to the house for 2 days so I felt FERAL (no showering and face washing mostly with baby wipes), was up ALL NIGHT with a teething nine month old and a nightmaring 3.5 year old, so you know, NOT FEELING SO CHEERY.  In a pretty shitty mood to be honest.  GOSH!  You wouldn't know it.




etc, etc since I am SICK OF LOOKING AT MYSELF.

I did these in about 2 minutes, but there about a zillion ways to edit and I am GLAD for it.  I know some people who were fans of picnik who might like to know about picmonkey.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Miss Kitty BangBang

I think I have mentioned before that we adopted Kitty.  She was a rescue cat, pregnant and dumped in the Armidale river, but looking at her now, you wouldn't know it.  She is an extremely happy and chatty cat, loves to play and have cuddles and is super gentle with the kids (baby Lola is her favourite and she sits next to her all day, and purrs when Lola pulls her ears and pats roughly, she tries to sleep at Lola's feet in her cot, but we keep removing her both to Kitty and Lola's dismay).  ALSO I am allergic to cats and have been my whole life, they give me asthma, make me itch, sneeze, eyes water... friends with cars know I come to their houses HEAVILY DOSED, but I still often start sneezing.  HOWEVER I have had not ONE reaction to Kitty and I pat her all the time, push her off my pillow at night, now she has decided that since it is so very cold, she would like to sleep under the covers with us.    Even Georgie and Kitty adore each other, you can often see them taking walks together around the property, playing outside and sitting next to each other inside.  We often remark how well Kitty fits in with our family.  Like she was meant to be with us.  We love her.

She is also SUPER cheeky.
HOWEVER.  Kitty is a killer.

She has brought in as gifts for all of us 4 rabbits (which we remark at as they are often 2 times her size and she has to drag them in through a high dog flap that it is no mean feat), a very large handful of birds, a POSSUM and countless frogs, moths and spiders.  When DrMr was in Portugal for a conference a week or so ago I came home in the middle of the day and it literally looked like a pillow had exploded in one lounge, with a little mangled bird body in the other.  I was SO tired with solo 4:30am starts and 2 sick babies that I cried at the mess.

Ruby has been very curious about death lately and it has involved lots of conversations about who would help her make her bed if I died.  She thinks she can make her own dinner, but making her bed is the tricky job.  It has certainly been a reality check on what happens when you die.  It's quite simple in her mind, when you die YOU GET EATEN BY A CAT.

Things you should note: Kitty has a bell.  Kitty is kept inside at night.  I let the animals out at about 6:30am this morning to go to the toilet and about 20 minutes later I hear Ruby asking "what is Kitty eating?".  DrMr and I looked at each other with sinking hearts ready to justify why it is the other person's turn to clean it up.