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January 18, 2013 / diannegray

Here today, gone the next

I haven’t done much computer work this week. I loaned my glasses to a friend who had broken theirs. They have a similar prescription to mine and can’t do their ‘day job’ without them. Hopefully their new glasses will be ready by Monday and I’ll be able to read with ease again.

I only have a slight prescription and can get by during the day without them, but when it comes to screen work it makes things a little blurry. If you have a black page on your blog with light letters I’ve got no hope of reading it (sorry!).

“Don’t you have an old pair you can wear?” I hear you ask.

Well – I would have if some drugged-out dude hadn’t stolen my handbag from my kitchen when I lived in the city.

Apart from looking after my ailing parents-in-law; getting back to my country muse; rebuilding the farmhouse, and wanting to write full-time – this is one of the reasons I left the city. My handbag was stolen twice from my house while I was at home. The first time I took the washing off the line and carried the full load through the back door. By the time I’d dumped them on the couch to fold someone had followed me in and taken my bag from the kitchen. The second time I’d just got home from a friends funeral. I took the dogs out the front to feed them, but they both barked and raced around to the back of the house. Someone must have been watching for a while and knew their feeding time because they managed to jump the fence, slip in through the window and grab my bag before the dogs (German Shepherd and Rottweiler) could rip them to pieces stop them. That’s a lot of work for five bucks! But my glasses were in my bag and the hassle of (not only reporting all cards missing and getting a new drivers licence) replacing them was an absolute pain.

This is a pretty long story to explain why I don’t have a spare set of glasses – but hey, you asked!

On the home front the pictures below tell the whole story.

Here one day


Gone the next


The RUC should be delivered in the next few weeks and there’ll be photos aplenty!


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  1. Jenny Ackland / Jan 18 2013 8:44 am

    We are having spectacle issues down here too. My daughter needs them for everything, even reading in bed. So the arm snapped off, we have fixed with tape (very good look), tried & failed w superglue and I have been delaying taking to shop to find out because she doesn’t have second pair if they need to send them away to get fixed. SO, today we go to shop, it’s a real hassle and I’m annoyed. That is all.

    PS great pics.


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 8:46 am

      I tried to superglue my friend’s glasses – it was near impossible! I hope your daughter gets hers quickly (it’s such a pain!) 😉


      • Jenny Ackland / Jan 21 2013 11:05 am

        Spec update because I know you are desperate to know: Lovely, obliging, smiley optometrist has ordered in the new part (a whole new arm, I think). Luckily it was in stock in this country (otherwise would have been weeks), and once it’s in, he can repair in shop on the spot either tomorrow or Wed. Such a relief. We will be ordering a second pair of glasses for her. Until then she is managing with the arm taped on/the arm just comes off and they are a funny pair of lorgnettes. We find this very funny.


      • diannegray / Jan 21 2013 1:00 pm

        Thank goodness for that! And thank you for letting me know (there’s nothing worse – the poor thing) 😦


  2. Nothing silly about it. I’d say you are so very kind to lend them to someone. And i hear you on the white type on black background – impossible to read. Honestly I can’t even follow blogs with type like that which is unfortunate!


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:00 am

      It’s so true! There are some fantastic bloggers out there with that set-up and I struggle to read through their posts even WITH my glasses.

      I’m so glad this post finally went up – I’m not sure what’s going on with WP this week…


      • bodhimoments / Jan 18 2013 10:30 am

        WP is having New Year issues, I think! 🙂 They must have switched servers, or upgraded some software or something, and the new design is still settling in 🙂


      • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:51 am

        I’ve noticed a few odd glitches – for example I couldn’t find the place I normally put new posts. It took me ages…


  3. John / Jan 18 2013 8:57 am

    Swish! Gone! Totally sucks someone was ripping you off like that. doing such here can be very hazardous to one’s health. Look forward to seeing photos of the new place. Nice mountains behind the house there!


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:03 am

      The view from the block is absolutely stunning, John. I can’t wait to stand in the new place and take some pics. We’re just waiting on the architect at the moment who needs to draw a picture of a square and send it to the engineer who will decide where to put the posts (seriously – how hard is it to draw a square!) I’m getting very impatient… 😉


      • John / Jan 18 2013 10:03 am

        I suppose the laws are in place for a good reason but many times the public doesn’t want to go through the local government crap…


  4. Carrie Rubin / Jan 18 2013 9:03 am

    That’s so scary that someone actually entered your home while you were there and stole your purse! My husband and I always say that when the kids are gone, we’ll sell the house and live in a different big city every year, because there are so many we’d love to savor. Now I’m not so sure I want that. 😉


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:31 am

      We lived next to a lane and a lot of dodgy characters would walk up and down there. The dogs really had their work cut out for them. It’s a horrible feeling knowing someone’s been watching you and been in your house 😦 Yikes – I’m so glad to be out of there. I’m sure all big cities aren’t like this, but they can attract a ‘different’ kind of people. Drugs were a big problem near our house (even though it was the most expensive suburb in the city!) It gives you some idea of how desperate people become to run the gauntlet past two big dogs to steal five bucks!


  5. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 18 2013 9:12 am

    Living in the woods certainly has its merits….I love my small town. Nice to see you back again!!


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:33 am

      YAY – nice to be back 😉

      The country does have it’s dangers, but at least you know what they are! In the city it can be hard to tell who’s good and who’s bad…


      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 18 2013 9:35 am

        Absolutely….I learned long ago – deer = good – bear = bad
        That’s about all I have to worry about. The squirrels haven’t figured out how to get to my purse yet!!


      • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:38 am

        Hahahaha – Love it! 😀


      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 18 2013 11:39 am

        Hope the building move goes well!!


      • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:58 am

        Me too! I just want it to be there. I’ve never known myself to be so impatient before….


      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 18 2013 12:01 pm

        Just think of how great it will be when it’s done!!


  6. mcwoman / Jan 18 2013 9:20 am

    When I worked at a place downtown, my wallet was stolen twice because the owner didn’t have a door that locked once we were inside. The funny thing was, the person took the money and turned in the wallet with all the cards and driver’s license still in the wallet. I was thankful that I got my wallet back, but at the time I really didn’t have extra cash. (Seems like the story of my life.) But what had me more disturbed was the fact that someone got into my desk without anyone else seeing him/her. I can’t imagine having that happen in my own home! That’s just creepy. Oh, by the way, after I threatened the boss with a resignation, he finally put an appropriate lock on the door!


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:37 am

      I’m glad there’s a lock on the door now, Barbara! I hate it when people invade my privacy (and looking through my ‘stuff’ is definitely an invasion!)

      You’re lucky you got all the cards back. I didn’t and it’s an absolute pain having to replace them all 😦


  7. Photos With Finesse / Jan 18 2013 9:24 am

    No glasses lending in this house as my hubby is blind as a bat in one direction and I’m a ‘slight prescription’ (computers & reading) in completely the opposite direction. That said, my closeup vision seems to have vaporized in the last couple of years – either that or manufacturer’s are making the small print REALLY small. (I finally understand my mother holding her menus at arm’s length) I now always travel with a pair of dollar store magnifying glasses for those label reading emergencies. Those I have loaned out temporarily on numerous occasions to other victims of the ‘small label conspiracy’ (I believe aka aging.)

    Your ‘house’ moved fast! What’s the crop behind it? Is that corn, or sugarcane? It looks very lush & healthy whatever it is!


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:41 am

      The crop is sugarcane, Suzan 😉 There’s acres of it all around us all the way to the mountains. I love it because it waves in the breeze which is very relaxing!

      I might grab myself a pair of those dollar store magnifying glasses today – what a great idea!

      I’m sure they’re making labels smaller and the telephone book is becoming a nightmare! 😯


  8. Janna G. Noelle / Jan 18 2013 9:26 am

    Dianne, it’s good to hear from you again. I was worried that you’d been plagued by the heatwave and fires. We’ve been getting a lot of news about that on my local outlets where we otherwise don’t get much news out of Oz.

    Anyway, that was very kind of you to lend your glasses. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12, and my current pair is in too fragile a condition to consider lending. I’ve had to Krazy Glue them twice while waiting my my insurance benefits to come around again (glasses are only covered once every 2 years). Thankfully, I’m now eligible again, and foresee a sweet new designer pair in the near future. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 9:45 am

      How exciting – you’ll have to get a pic of the ‘designer pair’ and show us, Janna!

      News from Oz hasn’t been good lately and I’ve even had a few bloggers email to ask me if I’m okay – I’m so flattered that people have wondered where I’ve been! This is such a great community 😀 The fires have stayed away from us (so far) but we’re supposed to be getting the monsoonal trough come through tonight, so I hope we don’t get flooded! 😦


  9. Adam S / Jan 18 2013 9:27 am

    That looks like ideal living to me. What State?


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:36 am

      Queensland 😀


      • Adam S / Jan 19 2013 5:20 am

        No kidding! I thought you were in the U.S.


      • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:43 am

        Is that because I sound so cool? LOL. I’m an Aussie through and though… 😉


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:56 am

      PS – your post disappeared on me yesterday as well. I thought you’d deleted it because I couldn’t get into it through email. I clicked on your link through another of my posts today and found it…


      • Adam S / Jan 19 2013 5:19 am

        I took it down because I accidentally published it. I should have just trashed it!


      • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:42 am

        Oh, okay. Premature publication can be a problem at times! 😉


  10. avwalters / Jan 18 2013 9:29 am

    glad to see your post is up and visible again. I know the Where’s-my-glasses-feeling! Presbyopia is a reminder that you’re getting old.


  11. The Bumble Files / Jan 18 2013 9:49 am

    Dianne, I’m so sorry your glasses were stolen twice! What terrible luck! What’s with the farmhouse? I thought you were rebuilding it. Is that what’s gone in the picture?


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:40 am

      The farmhouse was too far gone after the last cyclone, Amy so we had to knock it down completely 😦 We’ve been given a beautiful old farmhouse that we’re going to put in it’s place. It’s an old Rugby Union club (so we’ve called it the RUC). It should be up in a few weeks and I’ll post some pics of it 😀


      • The Bumble Files / Jan 18 2013 11:42 am

        Oh!! A cyclone?! Did I miss a post about a cyclone, or was this the plan all along? Your new plan seem fabulous, I can’t wait to see it!


      • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 12:00 pm

        The cyclone was last year and we didn’t notice the damage until we started taking out the walls and looking in the roof. Luckily we told a friend who told a friend and next thing we were given a beautiful old homestead to move onto the block (it was set for demolition) so we snapped it up immediately. Hopefully it will be moved onto our block in the next week or so 😀


  12. ramblingsfromamum / Jan 18 2013 10:03 am

    Oh Di you poor love – glasses hell don’t we need them! What bastards stealing your bag and twice at that…and yes it is the inconvenience of having to change details, cards etc that is the most painful part. 😦 The land is now barren waiting for the Pub to arrive 🙂 How long will the process take of setting it up do you think?


    • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 3:39 pm

      I’ve got my glasses back now (thank god!) so I’m back at the computer doing what I do best (nothing) LOL! 😀

      Having to get all the cards changed and a new license and bag and purse and glasses cost me over a thousand bucks! Sheesh – little buggers don’t realise they get five bucks, but it costs me a motza.

      The pub should arrive in the next few weeks. Just waiting on the Local Council and watching the weather (that damn monsoon trough is looking to delay things) 😯


      • ramblingsfromamum / Jan 20 2013 3:45 pm

        Sounds hilarious the ‘Pub’ will arrive. Glad you have your specs back hun and can see the world again or the very least your monitor! 😉 Hope the weather holds out for ya’. xxx


      • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 3:47 pm

        Me too – and please, no cyclones…. 😦


      • ramblingsfromamum / Jan 20 2013 3:51 pm

        Yup no none of them – that would suck 😦


  13. justinwriter / Jan 18 2013 10:05 am

    That’s awful (and scary) that someone stole your things while you were at home. Fortunately, our home has never been robbed.

    My wife bought two pairs of glasses last year and that nearly broke the bank. I chose a cheaper route via Zenni Optical (online). I also recently bought two pairs of spares for about $12 each from Zenni (they were having a sale). Although you can’t try them on, you can upload a photo to see what the glasses will look like. Not ideal, but as spares they’re eye savers. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:44 am

      Wow – I’m going to take a look at this site. It sounds about a thousand dollars cheaper than what I’m paying now! 😯


  14. kford2007 / Jan 18 2013 10:06 am

    Is this the house they are moving? Sooo cool. Sorry to hear about your glasses. I can’t believe someone would be so bold to walk in right behind you and scoop your stuff. That’s a lot of guts. Live in the country. Not many folks around.


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:48 am

      The house will be moving to this spot and I can’t wait! 😉

      Those robbers are pretty bold, although I think their courage probably comes from substance abuse…

      I love the country so much more than living in the city 😉


  15. Ruth Rainwater / Jan 18 2013 10:20 am

    I am so excited for you to get your ‘new’ house! And the drugstore magnifiers can be lifesavers as standby.


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:50 am

      I ducked out half an hour ago and bought some. YAY! I can see again 😀

      I’m glad you’re excited about the house – I’m jumping out of my skin!


  16. 1girl4adamwest / Jan 18 2013 10:30 am

    So exciting!!!!!


  17. billyraychitwood1 / Jan 18 2013 10:39 am

    Handbags and glasses stolen! So glad you’re out of the city.You have not the greatest of luck, dear Diane! Yet, you remind me my prescription is now quite old – and with one cemented nose pad… It’s safe I’m sure to say the pictures coming with the RUC will bring great joy! Eagerly awaiting the pics.


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:53 am

      I’m eagerly awaiting as well, Billy Ray. I seriously can’t wait for the house to arrive (just waiting on the architect to draw the posts in for the engineer – it’s taking AGES!)


  18. robincoyle / Jan 18 2013 11:16 am

    You can borrow a pair of mine. I have dozens of reading glasses. The problem is, I need to use my glasses to find my reading glasses. Cruel irony.


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 11:54 am

      I left mine on my head one day and searched for them for about half an hour! I can be such a dope sometimes 😉


      • robincoyle / Jan 18 2013 11:56 am

        I searched high and low for my car keys. Panicked because they were no where to be found. Voila! In my hand! Dingbat.


      • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 12:02 pm

        LOL! I love it (and may or may not have done exactly the same thing yesterday) 😉


      • Maddie Cochere / Jan 18 2013 4:48 pm

        Heehee … Rich and I took off on the motorcycle one day, and before we were out of town, I made him go back to the house because I forgot my sunglasses, and protective eyewear is a law for a passenger. When we got back to the house, he got off the bike, and he saw my glasses on my head.


      • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:52 am

        Hahahaha! I’m so glad I’m not alone here 😉


  19. EJ / Jan 18 2013 11:45 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the RUC arrive – through the wonder of the internet I can cross the globe in a moment 🙂
    Now the old frame is down you can see the beautiful mountain view in the background. What a gorgeous place to write!


    • diannegray / Jan 18 2013 12:02 pm

      It’s such a lovely vista, EJ. We’re surrounded by sugarcane fields and mountains. The perfect spot to start writing again! 😀


  20. Anna Scott Graham / Jan 18 2013 1:20 pm

    I give my old glasses to my dad; he’s the type to never actually get his eyes checked, and we’ve been playing this game for over ten years. Fortunately he doesn’t care about the frames, and I’ve never needed a spare pair. I might be due for new glasses this year, which is good, because he keeps asking for my current ones. 🙂

    Love those photos. Can’t wait for more!


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:33 am

      That’s lovely of you – I’m glad your glasses go to good use when you’re finished with them! Your dad sounds great (and I bet he looks fine in some of those glasses!) 😀


  21. nrhatch / Jan 18 2013 2:30 pm

    I had no problem finding your post . . . you need to get some glasses. 😯


  22. Jess / Jan 18 2013 2:36 pm

    What a gorgeous location! Stay safe and I hope you get ignored by the floods.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:37 am

      I was hoping that too, Jess – but it started raining last night! I hope it doesn’t delay the house move 😦


  23. donnajeanmcdunn / Jan 18 2013 2:47 pm

    Can’t wait to see how things go with moving your new home. Hope there aren’t any problems.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:38 am

      The only thing I can think of is the monsoon (which started last night) 😦


  24. donnajeanmcdunn / Jan 18 2013 2:54 pm

    Yep, your post is still here, just had to check since I got the message that wordpress had gremlins.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:39 am

      Thanks Donna – someone said I may need glasses to see it! LOL 😀


  25. Hazy Shades of Me / Jan 18 2013 3:09 pm

    My God…you’re lucky that’s all those hooligans did to you! Thank goodness for the dogs. I shudder to think…

    I must keep my eye open for these gremlins. They have yet to show their faces to me!


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:41 am

      I didn’t understand why other blogs started disappearing on me, but now I know why. Someone has mentioned WP is changing to a new server so that may be the case.

      I’m glad to be rid of the hooligans (and so are the dogs)! All safe now 😀


  26. bulldogsturf / Jan 18 2013 3:14 pm

    Progress on the new home… theft of hand bags… lack of glasses… I hope things get better… I have so many spare sets lying around where ever I go and need them.. I only use them for reading and working on the computer but I do agree with the black back ground and white writing if they would only use a bigger font it would make it easier… hope my white on blue does not give you problems…
    I love the view you will have.. should make writing so much nicer.. and out of the city, is your hand bag now safe??


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:44 am

      Strangely enough I always hide my handbag in the house now (even though I’ve moved and am living in a low crime neighborhood) – and when I go to lunch or dinner I have it sitting on my lap. I’m obsessed with it and I have to get out of that habit…

      Your white on blue gives me no problems at all, Bulldog. I love your posts! 😀


  27. ocdreader / Jan 18 2013 3:50 pm

    Your land is gorgeous! I am so excited to hear about the RUC and see some fun pictures 🙂
    Ah, your poor eyes, but you are super sweet to loan them out. Hope the drugstore frames work well for you and that the gremlins find fun elsewhere 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:49 am

      The drugstore frames are working beautifully! I only need the number 1 magnifier which is the lowest and I CAN SEE!!!

      I’m looking forward to posting more pictures as well, Elisa. I just hope the monsoon rain that moved in last night decides to head elsewhere! 😉


  28. Maddie Cochere / Jan 18 2013 4:48 pm

    Yay! The RUC is coming!! 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 6:54 am

      Can’t wait! I’ll be standing on the back of the truck taking pictures as it’s rolling down the highway!!! 😀

      Actually – my clumsy history tells me this may not be such a good idea 😯


  29. Bonnie / Jan 18 2013 4:57 pm

    Ok, I feel like I was sitting in the kitchen of that house that was here today and gone tomorrow with you while you told the story of those glasses, which is of course a story of something here today and gone tomorrow within another story of something here today and gone tomorrow. Not to mention the blog posts. Whew! Am I really here? I can’t wait to see the next phase of the story of GONE TODAY and HERE tomorrow 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:17 am

      LOL! I’ll have what you’re having, Bonnie 😀

      Once the new house is in position it will be GONE YESTERDAY and HERE TODAY and who knows what it will BE tomorrow 😀


  30. jannatwrites / Jan 18 2013 5:04 pm

    Well, you have a bigger heart than I do – even if someone could see out of my glasses, I’m not sure I’d give them up 🙂 And crazy purse story. That would make me so mad to have someone go into my house and steal it. It would make me want to set them up with a fake purse and an exploding dye pack that banks use…so when the guy opened the bag..poof! Face painted bright red.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:22 am

      Funny you say that, Janna. My hubby came home one day and asked why I had a new purse and why it was hanging on the outside of the back door. I told him it was an old one that I got from an op shop and I’d put dog poo in it. HAHA! Unfortunately, he suggested I dispose of it immediately (party pooper). Then there were the nails I attached to the back fence – hmm…I think they worked a few times… 😉


  31. Britt Skrabanek / Jan 19 2013 12:41 am

    Wow, your farmhouse looks totally gorgeous…and totally perfect for writing masterpieces. P.S. I loved your “why I don’t have my glasses” tangent.

    Sorry you got your bag jacked twice though. What a pain in the ass!


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:31 am

      Pain in the ass is a very good way to put it, Britt. I don’t think these freaks realise what a hassle it is to replace everything! I’m glad I never leave a lot of money in my purse (probably because I don’t have it!) A new bag, a new purse, license, cards, photos of the kids, new glasses, and the list goes on. They stole only a few bucks each time, but it cost me hundreds to replace everything. If they’d just knocked at the door and asked me for the money I probably would have given it to them (and then punched them in the head!) LOL 😀


      • Britt Skrabanek / Jan 19 2013 4:05 pm

        LOL! I gave up handbags many moons ago, and have not had any problems. I feel the utility of a backpack for everyday use discourages thievery. Maybe they would feel like they were robbing a naive college student. Little do they know…I’m an “adult” with valuables.


      • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 5:58 am

        You’re right, Britt. Handbags are just screaming out “I’ve got cash – come and get it!” 😀


  32. Vikki (The View Outside) / Jan 19 2013 3:29 am

    That’s terrible about your bags honey 😦




  33. Char / Jan 19 2013 3:42 am

    Glad you moved out of the city. One can only lose so many handbags (and glasses) before you have to say enough is enough. Excited to see the RUC.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:33 am

      Enough is enough – it’s time for the RUC (that would make a great song) 😀

      I can’t wait until the RUC is in place – it’ll be pictures galore! 😉


  34. ivfmale / Jan 19 2013 4:43 am

    A buddy of mine once had 3 lawn mowers stolen while living in the city. Each time was when he walked away for only a moment. Amazing how bold some people can be.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:39 am

      They’re VERY bold. How can you walk (or climb) into someone’s house while they are there and just nick stuff? It’s ridiculous. Drugs have a lot to do with their state of mind and I’m thinking that the second time it happened the person must have been really wired because they ran the gauntlet through the dogs (and my German Shepherd isn’t what you’d call a friendly character).

      Three lawn mowers? That’s terrible (and expensive!)


  35. gabrielablandy / Jan 19 2013 6:02 am

    Gosh – I’m not surprised you left the city. Especially with those photos and all that space and hope and potential!!


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:44 am

      SO much space! I love it. I can walk down my road and no see another house (and I can play music really loud and not worry that the neighbours will complain!)


      • gabrielablandy / Jan 19 2013 8:18 pm

        Stop!! You’re making me green. I grew up on a farm and now I live in a row of very cramped terraced houses. Everything comes through the walls, and at least a dozen people look over my garden.


  36. jmmcdowell / Jan 19 2013 6:51 am

    Hmm, I got to this just fine through my email. But there have been a heck of a lot of glitches with the “new look” of WordPress, which isn’t an improvement to my eye. It also seems every change requires more clicks to get where I want to be—that’s true of other websites, too.

    I’d freak out if someone came into my house like that while I was home. But bad things can happen anywhere, not just in towns and cities. A sad commentary on human behavior in general, I guess.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 7:49 am

      I’m sure it can happen anywhere, but it seemed to be more prevalent where I used to live. It’s all drug related and that’s pretty sad for our society. People’s behavior changes and they become desperate (and that’s never a good thing). There were always a lot of addicts hanging around the city and it’s an awful thing for people to live like that – but I don’t have the answer.

      The changed in WP are confusing me. I don’t like the new FP page and haven’t really gone back to take a look at FP posts since they changed it (whereas I used to check it every day).


  37. Tracy / Jan 19 2013 12:16 pm

    I’ve been having WP gremlins too! And thieving little gremlins screwed me over after watching my comings and goings, breaking in while I was out for 10 minutes and driving off in my car with pretty much everything they could fit it it from my house! That’s how we came to live in the countryside and I’ve never looked back. Can’t wait to see your new photos.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 1:46 pm

      Good grief, Tracy – that’s terrible! Little ratbags – I hope they got caught and punished!


  38. Jacqui Murray / Jan 19 2013 1:47 pm

    that might persuade me to move, too. I got robbed twice in the (old) Soviet Union–I figured I understood that.


    • diannegray / Jan 19 2013 1:56 pm

      It’s a good reason to get out while you’ve still got the shirt on your back 😉


  39. maggiemyklebust / Jan 19 2013 8:47 pm

    I’ve never been robbed, that must be a scary feeling! But I do know what its like to go without glasses, not fun. I’m always losing them…
    Your post looks great (in case you can’t see it) and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when the RUC arrives…


    • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 6:05 am

      I’m so excited, Maggie! There is so much work to do and council approvals and red tape – but I’m getting there. Now if only this monsoon holds back….eeekkkkk! 😉


  40. cocoaupnorth / Jan 19 2013 10:38 pm

    Lovely land you have there, the RUC will complete the pretty picture when it arrives. Looks like a place that’s going to produce a whole lot of written stories. Enjoy the peaceful countryside.

    Sorry to hear that you had to go through the not-so-great part of the city life. It is also one of the reasons we left the city, being constantly scared that someone is going to mug or hijack you, wasn’t fun.


    • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 6:09 am

      Mugging was a worry for me as well. I came close a few times because I would work back late – it’s not a nice feeling. I would change my attitude and walk home ‘angry’ because it was the only way I could face that area in the dark. I thought ‘if I appear angry’ no one will think I’m an easy target. It’s not a good way to live!

      The RUC will be beautiful when it’s on the block. Loads of approvals are needed and the monsoon weather is threatening to delay us somewhat – but it WILL happen (I need to stay positive!) 😀


  41. letizia / Jan 20 2013 1:02 am

    You are so sweet to lend out your reading glasses!


    • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 6:25 am

      Thank you, Letizia. I’ve now got them back and can see again. YAY! 😀


      • letizia / Jan 20 2013 8:09 am

        It must feel like a superpower! I remember the first day I got my glasses (to see far away), I felt like a superhero with supersonic vision 🙂


  42. 4amWriter / Jan 20 2013 2:01 pm

    You aren’t the only one who’s getting tricked by WP gremlins. Not me per se, but I have clicked on a handful of links to find that the pages don’t exist. Hopefully they will be clearing up that bug soon.

    How scary to have an intruder in your house while you’re there. Talk about balls. I think what scares me even more about that is how that one guy knew your routine. That gives me chills. Be safe!


    • diannegray / Jan 20 2013 3:20 pm

      It gives me the chills as well! The dogs were really weird for about two weeks before that – so they must have known someone was hanging around watching – eeeekkkkk!

      I’ve clicked on a handful of posts to find they’re gone as well. There’s something going on… not sure what 😯


  43. Shakti Ghosal / Jan 20 2013 11:07 pm

    I guess it is times such as these when we are forced out of our set behaviour pattern ( like watching the computer screen for instance) are when we could think first principles and become creative.



    • diannegray / Jan 21 2013 6:21 am

      You’re so right about that, Shakti. I planted a few trees instead of looking at the computer screen – it was very cathartic 😉


  44. Kozo / Jan 21 2013 2:37 am

    Dianne, I am so glad that you are safe. Sounds like you were living in a house with a big target on it. Or were you living next to a meth lab?
    Love the before and after photos. Love the water tank. Can’t wait to come and visit. haha
    p.s. Thanks for understanding premature publication problems. It has never happened to me before, I swear. haha
    {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / Jan 21 2013 6:37 am

      I think it must have been a meth lab! It was a very wealthy suburb, but close to government services for addicts. All of the houses in the street had been robbed several times and there were often alarms going off around the place. It was a little scary… The dogs have both settled into the country life beautifully and no longer have to be constantly ‘on guard’! They have become Blogger4Peace dogs! 😀

      Good luck with future publications LOL! 😀 Big {{{Hugs}}}


  45. adinparadise / Jan 21 2013 5:57 am

    I also have a problem with those black pages, especially when I’m trying to read in sunlight. Impossible! Looking forward to seeing your new abode take shape. How awful to have a thief in your house, especially whilst you were there. So glad you were unharmed, Dianne.


    • diannegray / Jan 21 2013 6:42 am

      I’m so glad I wasn’t harmed as well. These people are usually just after money but I wouldn’t really like to catch one in the act because they are so desperate.

      I read outside on my laptop most of the time and this is probably why those black pages are hard to read (even with my glasses)!

      I’m impatiently waiting for the architect and engineer to sort things out with the house and once it’s up I’ll be taking a lot of pictures! 😀


  46. Daphne Shadows / Jan 21 2013 10:52 am

    Wow – that’s mondo ridiculous!!! I would have moved too!
    Hope you’re doing awesome! Sorry I haven’t been around much, I miss reading your blog posts!!!


    • Daphne Shadows / Jan 21 2013 10:52 am

      How is everything going with you?


    • diannegray / Jan 21 2013 12:58 pm

      I totally understand, Daphne – after everything that’s been happening!

      I’m doing really well (just a little impatient and I want this house done) 😉


  47. agjorgenson / Jan 21 2013 1:53 pm

    We all rhave our favorite, or not so favorite, glasses story. Mine comes from a day when I was working on the dock by our sailboat. My wife was getting off the boat and swung her foot over the life line, only to bang her foot against my head with the result that my glasses flew into the lake. She drove us home that night. Luckily I was due for a new prescription!


    • diannegray / Jan 22 2013 3:48 pm

      So you’re telling me your wife kicked you in the head 😉 This is a cool story, I bet she felt so bad about it – poor thing!


  48. Pat / Jan 21 2013 10:15 pm

    Sounds a very scary thing – people in your house while you’re there…. And you’re now you see it, now you don’t is a bit scary too!!
    Hope you get the house built soon.
    Re the blog, I clicked on you from my blogs list and not only didn’t get the blog post, but I didn’t get you either. Some strange message about you not being there at all so I’m delighted to have found you again.
    Gremlins in the works I suppose.


    • diannegray / Jan 22 2013 3:52 pm

      Oh dear! That doesn’t sound good. If I ever leave this space I’ll give you fair warning (so you can tell me not to go) 🙂


  49. Zen A. / Jan 21 2013 11:12 pm

    I used to wear glasses when I was younger, but thankfully my eyes have healed completely. I do understand the pain of being without them though!
    As for the bad stealing… yikes. All I can say is that I’m glad it was only the bag and they didn’t hurt you in the process. D=


    • diannegray / Jan 22 2013 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Zen! I think I was so angry, I’m glad I didn’t see them because I may have done something bad (I’m a weakling, but think I’m strong – LOL!)

      I’m so glad your eyes healed – that’s fantastic, I wish mine would…


  50. EllaDee / Jan 22 2013 2:38 pm

    Oh, you have had lots happening while I was out of range… since being back, in odd moments I have flipped through older posts for a bit of a catch up… I’m sad about your old house but the RUC looks exciting. You are so kind to lend your glasses… anyone who could wear mind is quite unfortunate as it would mean they are blind as a bat like me!


    • diannegray / Jan 22 2013 4:04 pm

      Great to see you back! Woo hoo 😀

      I’m really looking forward to the movement of the RUC – we just have to wait now until this damned monsoon is over 😦


  51. pennycoho / Jan 23 2013 10:14 am

    Hey Dianne, wow, sorry for the problems you’ve been encountering and then with this many commenters to answer also, Geez (although now that I think about it, neat to have this many comments), but how are you doing it? And I didn’t compute in helping the in-laws, work on the farm work on your book (way important) and probably stuff I don’t even know about too! So like I said Wow, oh and then the WordPress or something stealing or moving your posts about! … Well I just dropped by to say hi, was thinking about my favorite author (you) and wanted to check in. I’m not sure what, being here in (Washington State USA) but if there’s something I can do (word wise) to lighted your load let me know, in the mean time take care of you, sending good wishes your way today, Penny xx


    • diannegray / Jan 23 2013 12:37 pm

      Thanks for dropping by to say Hi, Penny. Great to see you 😉 I do have a lot on my plate at the moment and (luckily) I only had one gremlin steal one of my posts!

      I’m waiting for my ‘new/old’ house to be moved – but it’s been raining for about a week and they can’t move it until everything clears up. So in the meantime I’m twiddling my thumbs and writing (not at the same time!) 😉


      • pennycoho / Jan 23 2013 12:51 pm

        Now that would be quite the trick Dianne! But good to hear you’re writing! Hope the rain let’s up soon for the move, take care of you in the meantime! 🙂


  52. eof737 / Feb 1 2013 6:26 pm

    I’m looking forwrad to those photos… Stolen twice? We need some novenas for the gods of bags for you. 😉


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2013 6:57 am

      I’m hoping the RUC will be up by the end of next week. I can’t wait! I don’t think anyone will be able to get close enough to the farm to take any more of my bags (there isn’t a regular wave of junkies walking past the farm, like there was in the house in the city!) 😀


  53. tchistorygal / Feb 3 2013 3:30 pm

    Wow, I’m so sorry about your purse getting stolen!!! That is a pain!! I don’t think I’ve had that happen, and not from my home! Long ago we were robbed of other things when we weren’t there including old jewelry that had belonged to my great-grandmother, and old tv, a vacuum, and a few other items. Worse would be my purse because my cell phone has everything in it! WP is always doing something weird with our posts, but I still love them. I think they have quit putting our gravitar up every time we answer a comment. That WAS annoying!! 🙂 Hope you are having a great week-end. 🙂



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