Tag Archives: Amazing Nature

Nepal and A Window

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Do you every truly appreciate how lucky you are?
I mean REALLY appreciate?!?

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I look at the photos of Nepal and feel sick to my stomach.
The carnage caused my Mother Nature on a completely peaceful and generous peoples, makes me feel nauseous. I know that ‘Western’ lives were lost, but in truth I feel more for the villagers and farmers who have been decimated.

They can’t get on a plane and fly somewhere else.
Fly away.

If you, like me, would like to make the smallest of difference to the life of these people then I am begging you to please donate to Charity:Water NOW.  Charity:Water has been providing clean water to villages in Nepal since 2010. They are making a clear and positive difference to lives that deserve better.

They deserve our compassion and empathy.

Don’t just sit there feeling like shit and turning your eyes when the news feed pops up and shows you the devastation . . . . help fix it!

The donation screen automatically shows US$100, but I can’t afford that – I only have $5 to donate. But $5 from ten people is $50, and $5 from one hundred people is $500. Your money will make a difference no matter how small the contribution.

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Go change the world peeps!

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In other news, I have just ordered a new kitchen window from China.
Yep from Alibaba.com.

I have my lean and poor little fingers firmly crossed, that I am not just throwing away $515 (AUS).
Money that took me eight nights of hard yakka to earn.

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But here’s why I’m taking the risk . . . .

The window
* is constructed by a Chinese subsidiary of a German company
* complies with not only Australian Safety Standards but also EU standards
* is double glazed (holy sheeeet!)
* that has solid aluminium construction
* will be shipped to my capital city in just five weeks

I got a quote from a local supplier for a the same size window that was
* only single glazed
* was half the thickness in aluminium framing
* cost $1200 (yep – more than four times the cost)
* available in four weeks

Now you can see why I am taking the risk with my meagre funds.

And although I am a massive supporter of ‘Buy Local’, the truth is that my ‘local’ could be doing exactly what I’m doing – send the details to China and get it manufactured and shipped here.

They could open a dialogue with a company in China, build a strong relationship and then put 25%-50% on all orders. For none of the work, other than a few emails. They could still make a profit and remain open.

We have to start thinking globally when we want our businesses to survive.
We have to make the World Wide Web work for us.

Well, that’s my two bobs worth anyway 😉

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Baby Elephant

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This set of images, is a perfect representation of how I felt at the end of last week and then over the weekend.

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Are you feeling as shitty as I am about Rosie Batty‘s award as Australian of the Year (2015)?

Why am I shitty?

Here’s one reason.

Here’s another reason . . . .

. . . .  the Abbott/Liberal/Conservative Government has seen fit to withdraw – yes, take away what is already there – $271 MILLION of funding to community support agencies, such as groups that offer support to women, children and men who suffer from Domestic Violence.

Fuck !!!!!!!

If you are one of the many millions of people who voted for the Abbott Government in the last election – then I suggest you contact your elected member – the one YOU voted in – get them to reverse this decision.

Why?

Because it’s effect will be felt for the next TWENTY FIVE Years.

Don’t believe me?
Well stay tuned as I am collating some data to prove my point.
Don’t sit on your laurels now, mouthing “I can’t do anything”.
Fuck that – contact your Liberal Rep and tell them you don’t accept this travesty of Social Justice.

Think it won’t affect you?

Wrong again!
Want proof?
It’s coming – I am going to give you examples in the coming day/weeks.

This is a BIG deal peeps.
A VERY big, BAD deal.

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‘Cause I’m good with animals

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Tonight I watched an episode of “Parks and Recreation” with Amy Poehler, etc. . . . It’s a bloody witty program, and just quietly – I love that a chick is the main/lead character.

So cool!

Lesley: “. . . but most importantly, you’re passionate about animals”
April: “That’s true, because I’m half wolf”

Har!

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When people compliment me on how good I am with animals,
particularly dogs,
I like to say that I’m a dog on the inside.
April’s version sounds a little less ‘bitchy’.

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I just wanted to give you an update on Jack. He’s definitely been aged by the intestinal injury he suffered three weeks ago, but somehow, he is stilling waddling (and I do mean waddling) through each day.

He’s not in pain, drinking plenty of water and is eating normal food.

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I am so grateful

I Always Meant To

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One of the outcomes that I wanted from this blog,
was to verbalize and record all the positive little elements that pop into my daily life.

Clouds.
Dogs.
Music.
Children.

But I seem to have missed the memo!

In truth I get put off because uploading photos is the biggest bitch of publishing my posts.
It takes FOREVER.

I am using this as the reasoning as to why I have failed to write about my chirpy snippets.

So today – I change that.

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On my afternoon travels on the Autistic Bus, I usually bring some extra food for my charges.

MrL would eat 24/7 if he could,
and I’m not sure MissB wouldn’t do the same.

Most often I pack a 1/2 kilo of small carrots.
It means I can nibble on something non-fattening too.
(boring)

In the last couple of weeks, my little bag of carrots has also been feeding the non-autistic kids.
Even some of the Yr 8’s have asked for one.

I started carrying two bags.

Then last week, one of the Yr 8 girls brought on board a bag of carrots.
On the sly, she handed them out to all the other Yr 8’s on the bus,
then in chorused sang out “Pia”.

This is what I saw when I turned around . . .

Absolutely Classic!!!

I laughed for 20 minutes!

Shooting Stars

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I had to drive 46 kilometres to and from Dunsborough tonight.
Not a long way I know,
but it was for a bride who needed something at the last minute for her wedding this weekend.

I had to drive at 6:10pm after only just getting home from a frantic day.

But that’s not the point of my post.

As I was driving to Dunsborough,
I noticed a really bright star in the evening sky.
For some reason I started wishing for it to be some space junk and to becomes a ‘falling star‘.

Then I realised that I have in fact seen at least four ‘falling stars’ in my time.
Not a large number at all, but still something I am still grateful for.

Because let’s face it – ‘falling stars’ are damn cool.