Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wow - close call.

My neighbours have all told me that someone was stealing their mail - and someone stole $20,000 out of their account. Its happened to everyone in the unit complex but I was lucky and only had letters go missing, or be opened and put back in the letterbox (i.e. like the letter saying my rent had increased - gee thanks) . One of them spoke to the police again yesterday and they said they arrested a woman in Blacktown, and it made the news!

Monday, January 19, 2009

One week to go....

Until The Boi and I are official property owners/mortgagees.

**BTW - If anyone is free on 7-8 February and feeling energetic, we could use muscles to lift our furniture and help us move. Lunch will be provided!!!**

Some things I have learned during this period:

- Things take their own time. If you can't control something try not to stress over it. I stressed so much, and it all worked out in the end.

- A good conveyancer/solicitor is a must. Our's has been great all the way through - from recommending an awesome pest/building inspector to being on the ball with the vendors and our paperwork. (We used Assured Conveyancing in Berowra).

- Real estate agents pretend to be your friend. If someone is being nice to me I find it really hard to blow them off - they know this and will prey upon you!

- If neighbours see a For Sale sign up and nobody is home, they will come over and take anything that isnt nailed down. Plants and wheelie bins included.

- When in doubt, follow it up. If you have sent paperwork off a few days ago and no-ones called you - call them. A couple of times we've needed to prompt people who had the paperwork sitting in front of them gathering dust.

- If you can, have a Plan B for just about every situation you can think of - hey, use that time you were going to be stressing to make contingency plans for future mishaps instead! I'm only half joking.

- A lot of renovation stuff you can do yourself. Our friends paid a fortune to have professionals come in, but if you're handy just visit the library and learn how to replace sash cords or tile splash backs yourself. IKEA kitchens are pretty easy to assemble too.

- Take photos, so you can compare the house before and after you've done work.

- Dont cut holes in fibro! You need to replace the whole sheet if its asbestos, and you have to get a pro in if its over 10 sqm. There's a law.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Next time we go to India, we are getting this done!

Dave and Jenny got an old-school Bollywood poster painter in Delhi to make this awesome poster of them.
Next India trip?

FO: Crochet Pram Blanket

I can haz crochet now?

Crochet has finally clicked - I cant believe I found it so hard before.

The pattern is Afghan Crib Blanket from Instant Expert Crochet - a really good book to learn from. I used Bendigo Cotton 8ply in parchment, cappacino and new teal - less than one ball of each for a pram sized blanket.

The Good: the blanket has a really nice weight and drape, plus the cotton was cheap. The crochet pattern was really easy too.

The Bad: those little ends wont stay woven in! I also worry about the new mum washing it....

The Mods: american and british terms for DC and SC confuse me. The hexagon instructions said to make a TC, but I did DC instead and it looks like the picture. I just kind of winged it and hoped for the best.



Sunday, January 11, 2009

Famous in Newtown

Reecie is so famous in Newtown, people spray her image in graffiti as homage....

Monday, January 05, 2009

Further to the RSPCA wish list

I'm thinking of a competition to put on Ravelry - make an item to donate to the RSPCA, and you get an entry to win some yummy yarn.

I have some Collinette, Blue Moon Socks that Rock and Knittery sock that I would be willing to part with for the cause.

Good idea or no one would be interested?

RSPCA Wish List

This year, I'm really going to knit for charity a lot more.

To that end, here is the RSPCA's wishlist for anyone with spare time or stuff:

Shelter Wishlist

Dogs
Dog treats, dog chews, treat pouches, dog kennels, clam pools and sand pits, large dog coats, beds, shade sails, puppy pens, trampoline beds, blankets, large sized jackets and pooper scoopers.

Toys - soccer, football, and tennis balls, squeaky, rope, chew and throw toys, and durable boredom busters soft toys (no beanie toys please).

Cats
Toys, scratching posts, kids play gym, cat treats, cat tunnels, cat treats, cat nip, cat grass, kitty litter, and ornamental water fountains.

Birds and Poultry
Toys, aviaries, bird seed, feeders, and perches.

Pocket Pets
Chews, salt and mineral licks, toys, rat and mouse houses,and ferret accessories.

Livestock
Fencing materials and livestock shelters

Veterinary /Grooming Equipment
Heating pads – microwaveable, instrument trolleys, stainless steel exam benches, microchip scanners, grooming clippers, brushes, combs, nail clippers,
dog and cat electronic weigh scales, hydrobaths, and stretchers /spinal board.

Other
Potted plants, watering cans and wheelbarrows
Lawn mowers and whipper snippers
Outdoor bench seats
High pressure hose and pumps
Industrial washing machine and dryers
Digital cameras, scanners, digital projectors and screens, LCD screens
Photocopiers, laminators, brochure display stands and paper shredders
Air conditioning units,
Automatic water dispenser for animals, and a
Metal storage cabinet.
Stable brooms, rakes, feed bins
Sawdust, straw and hay
Horse rugs, bridles, lead ropes,and saddles

Pleae note: donations need to be dropped of at your closest shelter, as we do not have the resources to pick them up.