Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting up with some old friends.
One was Amber, who works a job that she’s not allowed to talk about. It pays well, though. The other was Taylor, is a digital security consultant. He says it’s just a fancy way of saying that he tries everything he can to break into a company’s systems, and then gets paid to tell them how he did it.
I just realised I have two odd friends.
Anyway, that’s not the point right now. The point is that I recently met up at Amber’s place and we had some great fun outdoors.
As long as I’ve known her, Amber’s always loved entertaining guests under the sun. She likes the indoors well enough, but there’s something about outdoor entertainment that clicks with her. Any other way of entertaining visitors just seems alien to her.
With that being established, I was unsurprised that the outdoor area of her home was so beautiful.
She talked on about how she got Sew Covered to upholster everything except the all-wood dining table and chairs. She mentioned how pleased she was that the spot got so much sun, though Taylor wasn’t so happy. He was never one to enjoy the outdoors, as far as I remember.
We sat down. Amber had drinks and snacks prepared. Taylor was still as big of an eater as I remember, but he also spent half the time doodling.
He mentioned that he was trying to pick sketching and illustration back up, and he had a tablet that was built for that sort of thing. I forgot what the brand was. I remembered him saying he quit that about a decade ago. I wonder what made him pick art back up?
Before I left, I took a snapshot. The place looks lovely, doesn’t it? It fits right into all the other great shots I took for my blog’s home.
I remember, when I was younger, that one of the kids in the neighbourhood had a pet scorpion. She was a little older than the rest of us, and she seemed a great deal wiser. Holly was her name.
Her last name was a pun she didn’t like.
I didn’t think too much about them after Holly moved away. At least, not until I learned my neighbour Abby had one as a pet. Apparently, she got Graham – because “he looks like a Graham” was the reason given to me – recently.
Abby’s a cute kid. She learns in a way that my Aunt Stella would describe as “unusual.” In class, she can be a bit slow. What you need to get her to grasp a complex concept is a comparison. Compare the lesson to something she understands, and she’ll learn it quick.
Simpler stuff like scorpion facts she can process like everyone else, though.
Seeing Graham reminded me of all those days when my friends and I would just sit and stare at Holly’s favourite poisonous bug. It also reminded me of all the fun scorpion facts I ended up learning thanks to her.
Facts that I found out that Abby didn’t know. I decided to sit down and spend a little time to help her get to know her new pet better. Hopefully, she won’t kill it as quickly as she did her goldfish, Dawn.
I start with the fact that all scorpions have poisonous stings. Good thing she already knew that and had the number for the local hospital memorised. An Australian scorpion has a painful sting, but it isn’t lethal to humans.
Here is a fun and scary fact: in Victoria alone, there are nine species of scorpion. Not all of them are of the arid desert variety we so often see in the media, either.
Abby was very excited when I told her some scorpions might glow when exposed to UV light. This made her day since her mum has a UV light handy. She thought it was so cool.
She wasn’t sure what they ate. I told her they usually ate insects and other small bugs. I decided to leave out the part about them eating other scorpions. I didn’t think she’d appreciate knowing that.
In the end, Abby seemed overjoyed to know more about Graham. I was just happy to remember a few things I picked up as a kid.
Now that I think about it, I really should see if I can find Holly again. She was sweet and smart, and it’d be awesome to reconnect. I believe she’s the only figure from my childhood I haven’t reconnected with that I’m reasonably sure isn’t dead yet.
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You know, up until a week ago, I didn’t think too much about gutters.
I mean, I knew they were there. I had an idea of what they were supposed to be doing. I just didn’t give much thought to them beyond that. Yeah, that was…well, that wasn’t one of my brightest moments. The whole thing is a bit of a story, and if you’re up for it, I’d be happy to tell you.
See, the story begins when I saw a water stain on my ceiling.
It was in the master bedroom. Couldn’t miss it. It was a great big combination of a swirl and a blot on an otherwise pristine white ceiling. For reasons I don’t remember now, I was convinced that I could leave it alone.
After all, it wasn’t as if the ceiling was about to fall as I was sleeping.
Yeah, that was not my best moment. I quickly saw that the black stain wasn’t alone. There was a growing ring of pale brown around it. It was darker around the edges, and that made me think there was a lot of water getting in there. I just had no idea how.
By chance, I decided to check out the rain gutters. The damn thing was clogged. Something got stuck in the downpipe and water started filling it up. When that got full, it just spilt over. The bits of debris from the construction next door and the leaves didn’t help, either.
While I was cleaning it up and looking into gutter cleaning Perth, I realised that my gutter problem and my water stain problem were interrelated.
Water travels. I mean, I knew this was a thing, but I didn’t think about it until I did a quick web search. Water from a clogged gutter can do more than just spill over – sometimes it leaks inside. Then it finds its way into the structure and ends up making water stains that are nowhere near the gutters.
In other words, by neglecting the gutters, I was making my stain problems happen.
Oh, but it gets worse for me!
Do you remember the Titanic? No, I’m not talking about the James Cameron movie or the older one. Or the one that was produced by Nazi Germany as a propaganda piece. I’m talking about the boat.
Yes, that huge boat that got sent to the bottom of the sea because it got carved up by an iceberg. Well, one of the reasons they didn’t avoid the chunk of ice in the water was because they only saw the tip of it. Most of the iceberg – and most of what did the damage – was underwater.
What does that have to do with my situation? As it turns out, water stains are just the tip of the iceberg! They only show up once the water’s already started to form little pools, eating their way through my ceiling little by little.
Naturally, this was unacceptable! I called in the experts. They cleaned out the gutter, which was great. They took out the rock that somehow got into the downpipe. They even fixed a part that was starting to fall apart.
Then I had to hire someone to find the water and the leak. After all that, I had to hire contractors to fix the ceiling. In the end, it cost a lot of money, though part of that is because I decided to shell out for extra insulation to keep the moisture out during the spring thaw.
At least I have my ceiling and peace of mind back.
What did I learn throughout all of this? Keep an eye on my gutters, because I do not want them to do this a second time.
This picture (not mine) was shared to me by a friend. Can any of you make a good guess on where this is from?
Clue: It’s in Australia!
Here is a high resolution photo from the 2015 World Trials Championships held in Rhode Island, United States, approximately 10 weeks ago.
This photo is of world champions trials bike Toni Bou. He rides this motorcycle like a pushbike, hoping on, off and over rocks, logs and more.
A man of massive talent, class, showmanship and love.
Here is an example. This shot I took last winter in one of the first days of rain for the season, out in the CBD.
Beauty is always everywhere you just have to look for it. Let me know what you think, and enjoy this weather, for it will pass soon and be gone.
Who is out in this awesome weather getting some killer rain shots? I know I am.
Look at every event, every change of conditions,and everything else as an opportunity. For example, like today when its raining.
Most people will hide out and stay in their homes and complain, when for myself I look at it as opportunity to get outside and get some different photographs.
Others may see exercise opportunities, or to visit different site seeing spots because the dynamics will be different and beautiful.
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