25/15: sandi claws and paws

Hope your Christmas was just purr-fect, says Sandi Claws and her trusty furry elf Zorro.

 My darling Zorro is almost seventeen years old, and has a little trouble trimming his nails.

He was very relaxed when I gave him a little mani/pedicure!

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18/15: happy fourth blogging anniversary to me!

A little note appeared from WordPress, wishing me happy blogging anniversary. Four years of blogging. This probably explains my slightly depleted enthusiasm, but things go in cycles.

I have updated my “about me” page, which I thought I would share as a post, to welcome the fifth year of blogging.

Welcome to the new look princess prattles! I believe that a blog is in an evolutionary state, allowing it to change with the times and the needs of the author. Hopefully the readers will like these alterations.

Early on, this blog, princessprattles.com, focussed on two things I love – my garden and my cats.

peach roses offset by an azure sky

Nowadays it covers all things creative, a less limiting catchphrase.

I can still include cats, since they can fall into the category of photography.

zorro reclines gracefully

I love being resourceful and recycling in all my creative pursuits. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section.

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In 2012 I was a successful participant in Project 365, managing to post every day of the 366 available. My garden thanks me for the effort!

2013 saw me minimise the commitment to once a week, and since 2014 I have been blogging when the urge takes me, instead of utilising a specific schedule. Posts are numbered numerically rather than by week, because sometimes there may be a few in quick succession. Stay tuned!

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Comments and feedback are welcome.  Thank you for stopping by to share my journey.

Sandi, the crafty princess.

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25/14: the bathroom renovation blues

In October 2013, after having the same bathroom for over twenty-eight years, my husband and I undertook this large renovating project.

First, some BEFORE photos:

Bathroom reno BEFORE (1) Bathroom reno BEFORE (2) Bathroom reno BEFORE (3) Bathroom reno BEFORE (4) Bathroom reno BEFORE (5)

A little dated, you may say. We are in full agreement with you. Hence, time for a change. Before we started attacking the bathroom, I had one final bubble bath to say “adieu” to blue.

Bathroom reno BEFORE (6)

The DISMANTLING was quite enjoyable:

Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (1) Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (2) Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (3) Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (4) Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (5)  Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (7)

Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (9)

Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (8) Bathroom reno DISMANTLING (6)

It was lovely of Shadow and Zorro to be so helpful, clearing some cobwebs!

  Stay tuned for the next exciting instalment when we start with a blank canvas to bring our bathroom into the 21st century…

22/14: be true to yourself when you blog

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Ben Huberman’s post arrived in my Outlook inbox this morning.

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/stats-to-check/

I don’t always comment on posts I read, but I did today:

“Your post came at an opportune time, when I was starting to question my validity, based on likes and comments. Tsk! tsk! I should know better than that.  I must remind myself that I am blogging because I enjoy it; you can’t please all the people all of the time, and if you are chasing “likes” sometimes you might compromise your content just to “fit in” and then nobody wins…
Be true to yourself and over time the stats should reflect that most readers appreciate honesty and enthusiasm, but do not necessarily “like” or leave comments.”

To add further to this, let’s be gentle on ourselves. I know we all go through self-doubt at times, but if we enjoy blogging why not focus on that enjoyment? Anything else will then be the icing on the cake.

Recently I changed the direction of my blog, which could well lose some readers, but on the other hand may gain more. I needed to inject some extra enthusiasm. Today I will showcase a few photos from my media library from when I was focussing purely on my garden and my cats, as opposed to my new tag “all things creative“.

Feel free to “like” or comment, or both, or neither! Regardless, I shall continue to blog because I have fun doing it.

peach roses offset by an azure sky

 Zorro sprawled across the entrance hall

yellow as can be

Shadow has gone potty

filtered sunlight

excuse me but I have a use for that barrel Oct 1991

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14/14: (55/366): beautiful bartholomew in the tub

Before our current cats, Shadow and Zorro, we had Bubble and Barth. Our ginger boy was very special, and it was so sad when it was his time to go due to kidney failure. So here is my first in a little series of re-blogging some of my favourite posts.

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An old friend gave me a half barrel to use in my garden in 1991, but while I was still deciding what to do with it, my beautiful ginger cat, Bartholomew, or Barthy for short, decided it was a very nice spot in which to relax.

My cats give me so much pleasure, and Barthy was extra special because we got him after I had a miscarriage in 1986, that he certainly helped me through. He has been in Cat Heaven since 1999, but at least I still have some lovely photos and memories of him.

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8/14: my three men

I don’t know why we still call Shadow and Zorro boys, or even refer to them as the “babies”, when they are even older than Dutchy. In human years they are fifteen, but if you multiply that by seven, they are supposedly 105. That can’t be right.

However, according to calculatorcat.com, this is wrong, so I was actually correct. Apparently cats mature early, so it becomes a sliding scale. That makes our boys 77.

My three men

By the way, Dutchy is nowhere near 77!

5/14: zorro misses mummy

We are currently cruising around New Zealand, while Shadow and Zorro are (hopefully) being looked after by our house and cat-sitters, (my sister and brother-in-law).

Although I took this photo before I left, Zorro seems to be looking at me with those “I miss you and love you, Mummy” eyes.

Zorro sprawled across the entrance hall

If you would like to read about our cruisin’, feel free to click on Travels with Princess and Quiquinou on the princessprattles header. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.