Sunday, September 4, 2016

Exhaustion Rules...

Hello Dhaaarlings...

Excuse me for not being around much of late but since Oklahoma! finished I've been a little exhausted.

This years show really took it's toll on me and I still haven't recovered.

An extended bout of tonsillitis in August didn't help despite 2 courses of antibiotics and now I'm left feeling tired and drained of all energy.

The weather hasn't helped. We seem to have had the longest, coldest and wettest winter in the 13 years that I have lived here. It feel like it has been winter since May and the cold and wet weather continues. (I haven't turned the heating off since early may)

With the show being all consuming this year the garden has been very neglected and since we have had lots of rain... weeds that have been dormant for years have taken over, creating a lot of work that i don't seem to be able to find the energy to address.

On top of this, the Vacant block of land that we have lived next to since moving here has become a building site with the erection of new 2 storied apartments that now look directly into our back yard. 
Needless to say the days are filled with lots of noise from the loud and boisterous tradies and the constant sound of cement mixers, trucks, cranes diggers, nail guns, hammers and angle grinders.
From early in the morning to late in the afternoon...
Which doesn't help with my exhaustion and needing to sleep during the day some times.

Apart from the constant lethargy I'm feeling good mentally so it is not all bad.

The Empress remains well and is even better since having another cortisone shot to her troublesome hip last week. 
Back in July she got a very good report from the neurosurgeon who doesn't want another review for two years as the very small deep tumour in her brain has not changed and she remains asymptomatic...

She seems to have more energy than I do at the moment and has been beavering away in the garden (weather permitting) and has made quite the impact on troublesome weeds and overgrown vines.
She has always been a deft hand with a pair of secateurs... and the roses are all pruned and fed ready for spring which i believe has recently arrived... or so I'm told as it still feels like winter...

Our local council has implemented a "green waste" service without consulting the rate payers before spending 7 million dollars on contracts for the service and just expecting the community to fork out more money on their annual rate charge... An extra $90 a year on top of a 7% increase in rates!
There was an immediate backlash in the community refusing to accept the service or the new charges... over 2000 rate payers including myself revolted by expressing the fact that we already have systems in place to reduce our green waste... resulting in the implementation of an inspection/exemption program.

We had the inspector come to the house last week and ticked all the boxes for exemption by having the following...

a Worm Farm...Tick
a Compost Bin...Tick
a Compost heap...Tick
a Leaf blower/mulcher...Tick
a pet Dog for meat scraps...Tick (good boy Spot)
a Private Gardener to manage lawns...Tick
the Access to a trailer for removal of tree prunings and cuttings...Tick

The inspector was very impressed...
So yes... we are now exempt from extra rate charges for a service that we don't need nor would we use.
I made the suggestion that oin future perhaps they could do some community consultation on need assessment before introducing mandatory legislation that impacts on every member of the community and particularly low income households.
He just looked at me vacantly then added "I don't make the decisions"

"Well obviously the council is happy doing deals with big companies on the quiet then presenting initiatives as fait accomplie"

With that he gathered his things and made a hasty departure...

I guess the issue wasn't up for further discussion!

Anyway drlings thats me at the moment...
Still struggling on daily... doing what I can manage around the place and being kind to myself in the process...

I know that this too shall pass...

Bottoms Up Darlings