When opposites collide

Hi all,

 

This blog post is late. It is late because we have been studying hard all day and only just realised that I had to post my blog post today! EEK! The images of Sir Stevie-boy and Ms narf taken in homage to Ms Pauline, Mr Orlando and Sir Siddy are the result of very tired students who are three sheets to the wind as they haven’t had their dinner yet but have certainly not missed out on some wine…here’s hoping Ms Pauline is amused rather than mortified ;). On to the actual post…

We all have this “thing” where we look at other people’s lives or what they do and we add a little touch of fairy dust and “POOF!” that other person’s life is suddenly SO much better than our own. That old saying “you can’t truly know a man till you walk a mile in his shoes” is SO true. Try walking a mile, 100 metres…heck 10 metres in Stevie-boys shoes and you will instantly know what I mean ;). Seriously though, what is it about lusting after other people’s lives? I guess part of it is that we are not privy to the bad bits. I mean who posts about terrible, horrible, no good very bad days? I think that blog authors and blog readers are all guilty of omitting the bits of their lives that they think might not be as amuse bouche as others. If you saw what my laundry floor looked light right at this minute you would have to run to your bathrooms and wash your hands repeatedly (OCD?) but I am NOT going to share that image with you so you can’t really “see” how narf twitches whenever she walks out the back door and looks down at the door mats covered in all KINDS of nefarious things that sometimes get wiped off…but most of the time make their way into the laundry to create a delightful tapestry of nature that narf7 gets the joyful task of removing…

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Although this MIGHT look like I am attempting to crochet a dalek from Dr. Who, it’s actually the base of a crocheted gauntlet. Although I did learn a couple of new crochet stitches making this I ended up pulling it apart and starting again

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What happens when you leave your crochet alone for 10 seconds to go to the loo…sigh…

So what brought this topic to Serendipity Farm today? Aside from beavering away on studies all week and being holed up like a field mouse hibernating and doing pretty much BUGGER all except for extracting hair from root follicles when Illustrator refuses to do what I want it to do, I mean is it SO hard to just do what I want? I negotiate with it…I put my cup (bucket) of tea right next to the screen so that it can inhale that life giving aroma. It jump-starts me, so why can’t Illustrator just “get” what I am trying to do eh? Seems the brain of a narf and the programming of an Illustrator may just be a step too far apart and something needs to be inserted in-between in order for that miraculous synapse to become complete and start firing. That miraculous in between quotient is Stevie-boy but he is somewhat gainfully employed at the moment leaving narf to try to overcome her natural luddism when it comes to computers. Once you have given the monitor, and then the desktop box, a bit of a gentle whacky reminder of who is boss and it STILL doesn’t work, what’s a narf to do?

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A lovely image that Steve took recently

Nothing…that’s what…nothing that suddenly turns into spending hours on Pinterest but that’s another thing that you don’t see when you drop in to Serendipity Farm. You see the water tank installations and the veggie garden (well, when I am not ashamed to take photos you see it…) and pretty close-ups of flowers (that the possums/wallabies/chooks/Earl hasn’t eaten yet) and you get the good bits. No-one wants to air their dirty laundry and everyone wants to hold up their triumphs, their successes in order to garner a small degree of praise that is usually lacking from their significant others (“I am just…one…man!” I rest my case! 😉 ) I will segue back to my point now for those of you wondering what the heck this post is about. I read a most delightful and equally as sporadic post from Ms Pauline over at The Contented Crafter . Pauline is a most amazing woman. She lives with King Orlando and Young Sidney pup and not only manages to survive that maelstrom of animal activity but she shares her ideas, her ideals, her amazing ability to turn wool and paint and bits of string into most magnificent, lust-worthy creations. Craft genius aside, the most wonderful thing about Ms Pauline is that she IS Ms Pauline. A kind, caring, clever, intelligent, and most delightful person who gives damned good comment when the need arises.

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Earl having a bit of a rest after a long walk. I don’t get that luxury 😉

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Can you see the hole in the ashes in the firebox? I think we have fire moles!

She hasn’t been posting as often as she used to (not that I would know, I haven’t seen my RSS Feed Reader feet past the belly of posts that have built up over the last unread week or so) thanks to Mr Sidney pup who has turned her quiet life of order and routine upside down. There is NOTHING like getting a new puppy to make you suddenly realise how bloody amazing your life was before. Again, you are lusting after the good bits and completely ignoring how there was a dog shaped hole in your life that was missing in action and that desperately needed filling but that gets shunted aside when you look at the chaos that is your life now…the chewed and still wet socks, the skirting boards that are either chewed or peed on, the crafts that you used to be able to leave in a tasteful basket on the floor now up high because not only are the crafts not safe, the basket has a greatly increased half-life as well. Siddy, I salute you young lad. You have most definitely shaken up and stirred Ms Pauline and Mr Orlando who is only just starting to see the benefits of being able to tease a young over-excitable pup

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Steve teaching Earl how to use Facebook…

After reading Ms Pauline’s most honest appraisal of Life spent in between Mr Orlando and young Sidney pup I started to realise how much Stevie-boy and I resemble Mr Orlando and young  Sir Sidney. I tend to be a whole LOT like Mr Orlando. I lay about, reclining at various impossible angles (MUST get a new sofa…) for most of the day contemplating my navel…allowing my head to fill with thoughts and then empty without having done a single thing in between. I take delight in my simple processes that blend seamlessly into other simple processes that make up my day. I like my routines, they keep me sane, I am a creature of habit and happily so. I like to crochet, to take my time when cooking, cleaning, doing things. It’s just me. Then we have Stevie-boy. I have never met a man who is more puppy like than Stevie-boy. He jumps from one task to another with a sporadic joy that is both delightful and terrifying to watch. You just never know where that man is going to end up next. He races from one task to the next, often leaving the first task to head off and do something else. When he abandons one task it is my signal to start cleaning up the worst of the mess that was generated from the first task. I am Sancho Panza to his Don Quixote…I am sure he thinks that some miraculous mess fairy flies in and tidies up his mess when he vacates the premises as its most certainly not there when he comes back…

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Poor Earl. Not only is he missing opposable thumbs but he also can’t read. If he COULD read he would know that this box once contained “winged sitting pigs” his most favourite kind of pigs of all

Stevie-boy is a notorious half-doer. He leaves a wake of “stuff” in his path that just stays there for days, weeks, months till he needs it again when it has obviously been displaced by “someone else” as he knew exactly where he left it/put it…sigh… our life is a life of chaos on one side and a life of order on the other. The place where these duel lives meet is strangely terrifying and yet completely invigorating. We still have to learn how to negotiate with each other. After 15 years of living together (this year is our 14th wedding anniversary) I still have NO idea about how Stevie-boys mind works and by the look of bewilderment on his face whenever I am angrily voicing my complaint, he is just as equally in the dark as to where my mind is at. It is a conundrum to me. I fear that should I ever wake up and find myself in Stevie-boy’s body (and visa-versa) that we might both have to be raced to the nearest mental health facility STAT.

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AHA! NOW we see why Mr E was so very interested in that box (and being on the table in the first place!) I ended up making a pair of knitted long gauntlets for a friends birthday but Mr E decided that he might like to add “knitting” to his long line of accomplishments. I, being the spoil-sport that I am, said “NOOOOOOOOO!” 😉

After finishing reading Ms Pauline’s delightful blog post and her simple desire to have a single photo of her with both Mr Orlando and young Sidney pup the first NOT holding them both by the scruffs of their necks, not a conglomerate image superimposed using Photoshop (yes Ms Pauline, you CAN do that 😉 ) but simply her with Orlando and Siddy (How come “Siddy” isn’t a word but “Soddy” is Spell-check eh?!!!) just sitting together. No Andy Cap and Flo type cloud of feet and whiskers and sibling angst, just Orlando in all his regal serene splendour and Siddy just sitting there, doing his small doggy best to smile. That’s all Ms Pauline wants. Her simple life has been hijacked and the order, the serenity that once was is long gone…BUT the energy, the sheer unmitigated puppy joy, the intense desire to interact with Mr Orlando, the bliss of holding a furry bundle of snuffles in your arms (for 10 seconds till he NEEDS to be put back down…there are mysteries afoot!) is a most intoxicating salve for the wounds of the savaged past that really and truly need to be licked, cleaned, scab formed and gotten over. That’s what shared lives are. A mass conglomeration of negotiations, stand-offs, opportunities to learn, to understand, to grow that we would otherwise never have the chance to understand and appreciate unless we were dragged backwards, kicking and screaming into that melee.

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Here you see Andy Cap and his long suffering wife Flo. Back last century this comic strip ran on a daily basis in the newspapers. I read a few of them while I was hunting for a strip with the ubiquitous fight scenes (this one has two!) in it and noticed that Andy spent a lot of time punching Flo! This comic strip is SO politically incorrect but back when I was a kid it was apparently funny! But back when I was a kid Rolf Harris was an Aussie Icon. I rest my case!

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Stevie-boy and I. I want to know why I am riding a cow!

I decided that Ms Pauline might need to see how much like Mr Orlando and young Sidney pup the first, Stevie-boy and I are like so we took a few photos in homage to the chaos that is Ms Pauline’s life now just to show her that we are standing in solidarity (and similarity) with her on her journey into self-discovery and awareness. I hate to break it to you Ms Pauline but your hope for a quick and painless/seamless easing back to the life that you once knew is probably doomed. Stevie-boy and I have been living together for 15 years now and neither of us has the FOGGIEST idea of how the other ones mind works, what the heck they are on about most of the time or how on earth we are going to solve problems together without bickering. On the plus side, we HAVE learned to live and let live (neither of us likes those Andy Cap and Flo fights) and give each other distance and our own space so maybe that’s the best that you can hope for in this situation. Stevie-boy and I are cemented together now for better or worse and the glue that keeps we complete opposites attracting is pure magic. No idea why I still want to please him, to cook him food that makes him smile, to plump up his pillow when I make the bed…no…bloody…idea! Maybe that’s why opposites stay together? Because they just DON’T get each other and that magic just never gets a chance to be fathomed out and become also-ran? Who would know…maybe there is a book in that, some scientific research, whatever…feel free to poach my hypothesis, my theorem and run with it if you are so inclined.

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Everything is right with the world when there are hot sausage rolls to be eaten 🙂

Me, I am TOO busy to do anything about anything folks, Illustrator and I are learning to negotiate the boundaries…to work together when WE are complete opposites. Perhaps a delightful partnership of mutual satisfaction may arise but more likely we will be butting heads where those lines meet on a regular basis and I will learn to tolerate Illustrator from afar with a degree of admiration and awe at what it can do. I hope you enjoy our pictorial homage to Ms Pauline’s Orlando and Siddy conundrum that she finds herself embroiled in. If you would like to read the post that generated this homage, please head over to Ms Pauline’s blog The Contented Crafter  and read, laugh, learn, feel yourself salved by Ms Pauline’s delightful honest word-smithing and know that somewhere out there opposing creatures are stirring…

We will go in order of images posted in Ms Pauline’s post…

1. Ms Pauline was walking Sir Siddy pup the first and in this image, Mr Earl is walking Sir Stevie-pup the first…

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2. Sir Siddy had hightailed it with one of Ms Pauline’s shoes…

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3. Sir Siddy has Mr Fox but Stevie-boy has big Mr bear…

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4. Mr Orlando was staring myopically into the camera with his fur askew…not hard to replicate this one 😉

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5. Mr Orlando was curled up on a lovely BIG dresser to remain out of Sir Siddy’s reach. Mr Stevie-boy wouldn’t let poor narf curl up on anything other than this tiny little cupboard…

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6. Mr Orlando, still on the dresser (however he looks a WHOLE lot more comfortable and content than Ms Narf!) and Mr Siddy looking up forlornly at the object of his desire (where Stevie-boy is languishing for his tea…)

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Just to finish off this homage to the chaos that is now Ms Pauline’s life I would like the opportunity to salve a little of the problem. Sir Siddy the first just wants a kitty of his own. Check out this awesome link where you can knit your very own Sir Siddy Kitty that he can do whatever he wants with about halfway down. A free pattern…knock yourself out Ms Pauline, we all need hope…

 

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sara-elizabeth-kellner

 

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70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brymnsons
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 21:22:42

    Cathy and I were contemplating your lateness. Glad it wasn’t your keyboard eaten by Earl or you stuck somewhere 😀 .
    Great photos of your take on Ms Pauline’s life of chaos lol. It must have been bloody uncomfortable ontop of that cupboard!
    I love those sausage rolls, nom, nom, nom.
    Bruce says don’t be slack and get that extended fence done! I told him to duck 😀
    I am looking forward to the holidays. Only 2 days to go… Just going to Perth for a week then back to Norsey. Might go camping for a couple of days to Esperance.
    The weather has “warmed” up a little, only been 5 degrees in the mornings.
    Hope you have had lots of good rain to fill up your tank x

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    • narf77
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 09:52:57

      Yes…Bruce is RIGHT TO DUCK! 😉 If he fancies giving up his holidays to come over and dig holes (when I say “dig” I mean extract earth from around HUGE rocks making a single “hole” take a day to accomplish…) he is welcome! 😉 Seriously though, it’s next on the list 🙂 Steve refused to let me lay on the table as we couldn’t shut the (over excited slobbering) dogs out in the kitchen so it was into the lounge room with poor old me! Lucky that poor little cupboard didn’t collapse ;). Enjoy those holidays we will be slaving away sorting out an assignment to keep on top of things BUT holidays are holidays :). Steve made short work of those sausage rolls ;). I didn’t finish my studies till just on 7pm last night. Spent the whole sodding day on them but they are done now (for a little bit) and that photo shoot was a rushed job as I had forgotten about the blog post in the hard mental slog. Lucky we didn’t drink more wine, those photos might have had Steve dangling me over the deck Michael Jackson style! 😉

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      • brymnsons
        Jul 04, 2014 @ 21:56:24

        I spoke too soon, -3 degrees this morning.. brrrrr. You have been busy with that assignment, hope you have a few days grace now x
        I like the idea of Earl having a FB page lol

      • narf77
        Jul 05, 2014 @ 04:50:14

        The idea of Earl having a FB page is frankly terrifying! I don’t think that the moth eaten sock under the bed is ready for all of that litigation… 😉

  2. cathyandchucky
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 21:25:10

    You love Steve and he loves you 🙂 that is why you get each other. Love your role playing photos. I think Earl has serious concerns about Steve wearing a doggy collar. Love you guys xox

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    • narf77
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 09:54:30

      Not sure we “get” each other Pinky, more we give each other enough space to do our own thing and the bits where our space meet still contain a lot of magic glue 🙂 Earl was after pinching that collar because it’s Bezials NOT his and he ate his own good leather colour, the only thing stopping him from eating Bezials (apart from us putting it out of reach of course…( is that it has metal studs 😉

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      • cathyandchucky
        Jul 03, 2014 @ 09:55:57

        Hahahahaha naughty doggy 🙂 .

      • narf77
        Jul 03, 2014 @ 10:18:28

        Asleep sulking doggy at the moment. He didn’t get a walk this morning as I wanted a day off. I will walk him this arvo when Stevie-boy gets in from painting walls 🙂

      • cathyandchucky
        Jul 03, 2014 @ 10:27:09

        It’s funny how dogs sulk so well. Sabrina and Ryan’s dog Arya, sulks when Ryan goes to work. Cats, on the other hand, don’t give a rats 🙂 Mind you, if Bubbles and Molly don’t like what I put down for them, they walk off with that look ” surely you don’t expect me to eat that?” Then they hound us for whatever human food we happen to be eating. I’ve had it with them being so picky so I refused to feed them till they ate what I gave them for breakfast and that seems to have made them behave a bit more 😉

      • narf77
        Jul 03, 2014 @ 11:37:50

        Sounds like our dogs are actually cats in dog shells then! 😉

      • cathyandchucky
        Jul 03, 2014 @ 11:39:00

        Hahah yessiree they are!

  3. The Snail of Happiness
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 23:34:44

    Did Earl take the final photo?

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  4. christiglover
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 06:30:25

    Wow! What a beautiful line(s): “That’s what shared lives are. A mass conglomeration of negotiations, stand-offs, opportunities to learn, to understand, to grow that we would otherwise never have the chance to understand and appreciate unless we were dragged backwards, kicking and screaming into that melee.” Yes, yes, yes. The B.O. and I are also opposites in so many ways. I love how you and Steve love each other through it all.

    Laundry! I’m off to the laundromat this morning and have a solid 3 washers full after a one week. It’s just the two of us, with no animals! And I totally agree about Ms. Pauline – she gives damn good comment when the need arises. Comfort and humor and love. A treasure from New Zealand. I have her original painting with girl in orange dress called “A Gardener Grows Tomorrow’s Joys” – which she gifted me! — prominently displayed by the front door.

    Hugs and Aloha to all residents of Serendipity Farm. 🙂 xxoo

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    • narf77
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 09:58:08

      Its good to know that even if you are opposites, that there is magic glue there :). I keep waving things at the washing machine hoping that it will just wash them and peg them out itself. It isn’t earning it’s keep in that direction. She is a true piece of gold that we have discovered. LOVE you Ms Pauline :). I remember when you won that painting. I bet it is lovely :). It’s a reminder that just over the ocean from Hawaii is New Zealand…just a hop, step and a LONG swim away so when you are having a lovely balmy swim in that gorgeous Hawaiian ocean you can know that Siddy peed in that water 😉 Aloha right back to you Ms Christy and to the Big Kahuna B.O. 🙂

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  5. Angela @ Canned Time
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 07:32:13

    What performances! Was this before or after the wine, I wonder?
    And the dogs are mysteriously missing from the play?

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    • narf77
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 10:00:06

      We had to shut the dogs out as they were highly impressed with us being on their level and after being tongue kissed by Earl for the 60th time Stevie-boy INSISTED that we shut them out while we took the photos (he knows where Earls mouth has been 😉 ). After the wine…of COURSE ;). We were both grouchy and knackered after sitting trying to work our way through learning Adobe Illustrator for the whole day without a break. HUGE relief to finish but tired, crotchetty and had to still do things so those images are not as funny as they could have been had we had the inclination to get more props 😉

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  6. thecontentedcrafter
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 07:33:07

    You had me in stitches – such that poor pup kept having to come and check to see if he was missing out on something fun. Orlando just ignored the whole thing! Apart from saying all those lovely things about us – which we are so touched to hear – your philosophising on partnershipping is deep and true and spot on – I see a new career for the two of you. Serendipity Farm Marriage Guidance Service 🙂

    Who did take that last photo? Chrisit is right – you and Stevieboy are shining examples of how to make a relationship work. We can all envy little bits of each others lives.

    I opened up the post and compared your shots – you do Orlandos’s myopic look quite well! It is hilarious and I am so impressed with all the effort you went to to convince me that my Utopian dream of brotherly love will never amount to more than knowing when to keep out of each others way and when to let sleeping dogs lie! You are probably right – sigh!!

    I have spent far too long on blog posts this morning – it is almost 9.30 and I am still not ready for the day. Siddy has resorted to chewing on a plastic cotton reel in between leaping up whenever I chortle out loud to see what he is missing out on…..

    I shall have to add the knitted cat to my list of things to do – I have a mandala to make and some organisers to finish and a crochet open vest to design ……..but I love the pattern and will definitely give it a crack asap!

    I believe I declared I might be in love with you way back when we first met through Christi’s blog – now I know I am – and with Stevieboy too. And Earl. And poor Beziel, who didn’t get a mention again. [I LOVE YOU BEZIEL!!]

    Thank you for starting my day off so very happily! I put up a new post last night – so will wait a couple of days and then will share this with my beloved readers just in case there are some who have yet to meet you guys!

    Now get back to that Illustrator thingy and conquer that with your ready wit and tenacious ability to deal with everything life throws at you with minimal grumbling and maximum narfiness! xoxo

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    • narf77
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 10:17:37

      I wouldn’t want to be responsible for all of the marriage break-ups that my crazy idealism might cause! I will leave that to the professionals and to you Ms Pauline who deserved ALL of the praise leveled at you in my post. You are wonderful ma’am and we all love the bones off you 🙂

      Again…the first bit of my post said it all. You just don’t see the bad bits. You didn’t get to see Stevie-boy and I sighing and twitching and circling each other last night as we had a whole day of trying to make Adobe Illustrator do what we wanted it to do (and most of the time it didn’t 😦 ), we were hungry, tired, sick to death of being inside and the dogs were giving us enormous eyes to move off the PC and into the lounge room. Earl was actually begging near my side with his paws scraping on my jumper to get me off the PC. Steve and I tend to get a bit twitchy with each other whenever we work together on our studies. Can’t be helped as we are SO very different in our approaches. He rolls his eyes at me and it’s like a red rag to a most twitchy bull…we didn’t quite get to Flo and Andy but there was a lot of twitching, huffing and snitting going on in the process of us negotiating the way to food, more wine and the sofa which neither of us got to till 9pm! Lucky there’s magic in that glue or I might find myself unglued and over the edge of the deck 😉

      I saw that you had another post fulminated and pasteurised when I headed over to get the linkies needed to link your post to ours. Only got up at 5am this morning so didn’t even sniff my RSS Feed Reader…didn’t even bother to open it. Knowing when to let sleeping hornets lie is a good thing ;). Keep that Utopian dream as without Utopian dreams what are we? Sad deflated sacks of skin. We need that Utopian hope to keep us inflated and ready to see all of those opportunities that pessimists miss because their eyes are on the ground looking for the metaphorical equivalent of doggy doo’s. We optimists just walk along with our heads in the air and our shoes smelling of goodness only knows what but if your head is up in the air, you can’t smell that doggy doo 😉

      Poor Siddy! I am going to have to make him some doggy toys and let Earl and Bezial give them a bit of a slobber first so that he can smell his mates from over the ditch 🙂 You might have to give me a bit of time (I am not the fastest of creators) and you might have to accept a bit of narfish poetic license with what they end up looking like but I will combine interesting things to make Siddy some Serendipity Happiness 🙂

      Bezial was happily and most enjoyably upside down and was UBER happy that he didn’t get disturbed for stupid picture taking time. He thinks that we are after his black soul whenever we aim in his direction and he slinks away like a black panther. Earl on the other side is the reincarnation of some crazy hillbilly that got blown up making moonshine I SWEAR and he adores the camera… works it in fact (ADHD anyone? 😉 ). I am drop dead lovely from afar. From up close I am a bolshie, OCD, uptight, twitchy road rage prone crazy woman…I live in terror that any of my wonderful dear constant readers will ever meet me (even by accident) in the street as the illusion bubble will most definitely be burst forthwith 😉

      I drug (is that the plural of dragged? Or is dragged the plural of drag?! Now I am confused…need drugs! 😉 ) myself kicking and twitching through Illustrator yesterday. Stevie-boy and I went places that novices shouldn’t delve in order to do what we wanted to do and poor Steve, who is much more easily satisfied than I am with what he produces had to put up with me insisting that I needed “MORE COWBELLS BABY!” In the end we just put one project on ice overnight till the light of day so that I could get a bit of rational thought between me, the project, my lack of sleep, a bottle of moscato and how I was beginning to act…always good to know when to quit 😉

      HUGE hugs Ms Pauline. I wish we had more time to assemble some decent props and do that photo shoot justice. Alas, it was after 7pm when we finished the Adobe marathon and neither of us had been fed so we did a bit of a rush job. At once stage Steve had to help me up onto that small cupboard…now THAT would have been a good shot! 😉 We used a tripod and a timer on my camera to take the last shot. Earl would have taken too much in the way of a toll for us expecting him to take the shot ;). Have a lovely day and give Sir Siddy and Mr Orlando a cuddle for me please. Earl has been rolling in something and I am not going to cuddle him for the foreseeable future 😉

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      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 03, 2014 @ 14:52:22

        I am most happy to have the bones loved off me 🙂 I have shown this post to YD who chortled merrily in much the same places I did and who was quite thoughtful over your little gems of how a relationship actually works……. You actually have it together when you write about leaving space and not trying to make the other into something you can understand. I think we rarely understand the opposite sex – we are designed differently to start with [in our brains and souls] and trying to make the other our be all and end all is ridiculous……. someone ends up losing themselves in that process. Honouring our differences and clearing up the mess afterwards, plumping the pillow and enjoying making the other happy is THE recipe for a successful relationship!! [Provided both partners are doing that of course.]

        I am beyond impressed that you two went without your dinner in order to put this post together. I am very happy that you did not forgo the wine as that would have been a sacrifice too far! The mind boggles what you would have done with more props and more time….. the photo of narfie hanging off the ‘dresser’ is hilarious – Stevieboy cuddling Mr Bear is a crack up and of course you as a myopic Orlando is spot on ……. We are all honoured and love you all right back and really hope to bump into you anywhere any time some time soon xoxo

  7. teddyandtottie
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 21:37:14

    Sensational post Mrs Narf! Yes, I am most guilty of showing only the good bits – I would be kicked off WordPress if I showed my laundry for a start! And, you know, I figure it’s a bit like picking up a glossy magazine at a laundromat or watching a reality TV show – you only see the entertaining bits – but as long as you are writing in your true voice I think it’s OK. Your homage to the gorgeous Pauline is beautiful – I laughed like Mutley from Wacky Races through the last photos re-creating Pauline’s lately – but I honestly thought I was going to pee when I saw the photo of Stevie-boy teaching Earl all about Facebook. He!he!he! I love the photo of you imitating Orlando, too. And your description of your relationship sounds exactly like you are describing me and The Committee! We go on holidays as a family and spend half the time looking at each other as if the other is speaking in a different language! Who are you again? So glad it’s not just me! Love this post, Narfie! Have a great week!! xoxoxoxox

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    • narf77
      Jul 04, 2014 @ 03:12:12

      Hi-didley-ho-a-rooni Ms Teddy/Tottie. Glad to see you coming up for air and hope you had a cuppa and a tim tam from Stevie-boys stash on your lightning visit to Serendipity Farm. I was in bed and didn’t even notice your visit…what a terrible host! 😉 Hope life is treating you well and The Committee is functioning on all 4 cylinders. Almost did my back in on some of those poses…note to self “LOSE WEIGHT!” ;). Have a fantabidabulous and most scrumptious weekend. Hope you are all keeping warm on the Continent. We are stoically wearing our fur and hunting for elk and seal…not much luck on the elk and seal fronts so that weight loss should be just around the corner 😉

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  8. Chica Andaluza
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 07:45:44

    I was laughing so hard and beginning to wonder just how close to completely bonkers you are (in a good way you understand) then I stopped and thought “but yes, they are bonkers (still in that good way) so why are you wondering about it?!” Love that Earl is learning new hobbies, bet he’d have loads of facebook friends!

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    • narf77
      Jul 04, 2014 @ 09:15:30

      We are a bit afraid of Earl getting his own FB page… not so much because of what HE would learn per-se, more what he would teach others…(and that we would be culpable 😉 ). Yes, we aspire to Bonkers on a serious level. We are majoring in it at the moment in the University of Life. Seems “Bonkers” is one of those interesting electives that make that solid slog ALL the more worthwhile 😉

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  9. quarteracrelifestyle
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 03:52:49

    LOL. It’s very apparent one thing you do share is a quirky sense of humour! Neat post and love the photo comparisons between you too, Orlando and Siddy. That was a wonderful post of Pauline’s that had me chuckling away for ages.

    You guys sound so much like Roger and I. Roger seems so busy but so disordered to me. He gets things done eventually but runs off on so many tangents and has so many “projects” sitting around half done it drives me nuts. I could not imagine what the inside of his head is like and couldn’t imagine having it dictate my body, which prefers to sit and read, sit and think, sit and talk….He also has no clue at all who cleans up the mess he leaves everywhere!!! I just had him home for two weeks while he recovered from knee surgery and honestly, the messes I came home to from work some days had me so frustrated – he would be grinning from ear to ear over something he had made while the dishes still sat on the bench and the lounge was still full of the previous days efforts and then some! Roger… home alone….?#*!

    I don’t know a single soul who doesn’t have issues and challenges, life is life. I don’t think that it’s that bloggers deliberately aim to project an ideal life, I always assume they are like me. They blog about the 20% of their life that is relevant to the blog and the remainder is lived privately and doesn’t need to be known about by the rest of the world, the good and the bad 🙂 🙂

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    • narf77
      Jul 05, 2014 @ 05:02:12

      I can’t walk into Steve’s shed without twitching and wanting to clean it up. I have actually cleaned it up on the odd occasion which resulted in no more twitching for me but a LOT of twitching for Steve who lamented that he knew where everything was prior to me cleaning up…sigh…I think that should you ever manage to step inside Rogers head you would go instantly mad. Remember that old adage, “be careful what you wish for…” If I ever rub a lamp and a genie comes out and asks me if I would like to inhabit Stevie-boy for a day I will run VERY FAST in the opposite direction!

      Steve cooks and I bustle around him doing dishes, mopping up flour, preparing cake tins, sifting flour (if he does it, it ends up on the roof somehow…) and all of those peripheral things that I am sure he doesn’t even notice me doing but that result in a dearth of dishes when he finishes so he thinks that he has done a really good job ;). Steve knows better than to wallow in his own squalour (his natural “happy state”) when I have been AWOL at my daughters for the weekend. I phone him prior to setting off home and that’s his signal to quickly do the dishes, sweep the floor and get all of the sweet wrappers that festoon the entire house and shove them into his pockets where I will either find them or be stupid enough to not bother to check his pockets when I hurl his clothes into the wash…Earl has taken to shaming him by dragging his trousers around from where he drops them in the bedroom into the kitchen and hunting through his pockets for chocolate wrappers 😉

      I don’t think I mean the private bits, I think I am talking about the also-ran bits that we just gloss over. It’s part of what makes social media a bit dangerous. We look at other people’s lives through blogs, on Facebook etc. and come up with our own life smelling of something other than roses in comparison. I “know” that no-ones life is perfect but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise if you read a good proportion of blogs (like I tend to do) in a week. I have a healthy sense of identity and could give a damn about what other people are doing in their kitchens, how perfect their kids are and how they don’t have tumbleweeds angling across their verandah’s but there are vulnerable people out there who really do suck all of this down and believe that they are somehow sub-zero when it comes to the social ladder. When social media teams up with the mainstream media it begs me to wonder just how much power it has to direct society when most of it is fueled by advertising? An interesting premise indeed and one that I was alluding to in my post although I didn’t expand on it because I tapped that post out quick smart at 3am on Wednesday morning 😉

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Jul 05, 2014 @ 10:00:56

        Well, you are very fortunate that Steve cleans up before you get home if you go away, Roger does not lol. After Mum’s funeral (I had been gone for 8 days and Roger came up for two) we got home to Earthquake insurance assessors knocking on the door. I was absolutely mortified when I saw the mess he had left in the house and having to show strangers around!!

        I never really notice that with blogs, I guess because so many that I read are about mental health etc – sometimes the polar opposite of those who appear to have it all together. But I do notice it with advertising and television etc and agree that many must feel the effects of that, that they somehow don’t measure up by society’s standards – “society” being what mainstream media tells us it is.

        How are Australians feeling about the Rolf Harris cases? This would come as a shock to many wouldn’t it?

      • narf77
        Jul 05, 2014 @ 11:30:24

        We Aussies tend not to elevate our celebrities as highly as the rest of the world. Remember that “Tall Poppy” syndrome that we all suffer from? We reserve the right to carry our celebrities on our shoulders in the same breath as we reserve the right to dump them into the creek if they should fall…Consider yourself WET Rolf! 😉 He got what he deserved and will never work in show business again. People like him, who use their celebrity in order to carry out their nefarious desires against kids need to be stopped. The problem is, it appears that he had been on the radar of the police etc. for quite some time before all of this broke. Why didn’t anyone DO anything back when it first happened? I read about one high profile television host who said that he groped her and how come he got away with it all of those years? My guess is that we all grew up in a culture that just ignored that sort of thing. Very lucky that it’s all coming out in the wash now and not before time! It’s the last time that Rolf is going to wobble his board anywhere for a LONG time…

      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Jul 05, 2014 @ 13:07:37

        Yes, Kiwis tend to be that way too 🙂 I wondered how he had got away with it so long, it sounds like there have been so many instances over his career! It’s a shame he only got five years though but hopefully it will be an example to all the other pervs who think their status will keep them protected from prosecution.

      • narf77
        Jul 05, 2014 @ 14:21:05

        He was hanging in a well established ring of pedophiles with Mr Jimmie Saville at the top and obviously they had some buddies looking out for them in high places. Sounds like there are rumblings that Rolf didn’t get enough of a sentence and he might be going to get it upped! There is justice in the world

  10. brymnsons
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 20:48:47

    Can I wade in on the Rolf chat?? I don’t think he got enough time but his reputation is torn to tatters and I think that will hurt him the most. I am gutted by this but then think of all those “Uncle” jokes about them being “handy” and “don’t leave me alone with uncle you know who.” We just laughed it off and kept out of the way. But really he probably was manhandling our children and should have had a very good talking to. Imagine if Aunty someone did the same thing!! She probably would have been locked up in a mental institution and never spoken of again. I’m glad that people are finally speaking up more, but it takes a brave move and some loving support for it to happen. I hope that society starts to really clamp down on this type of “humourous” behaviour and see it for the nasty low life behaviour it is.

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    • narf77
      Jul 06, 2014 @ 04:17:40

      I agree completely Kymmy, back when we were kids no-one complained much about ‘uncles’ they were just part and parcel of navigating your childhood but it WASN’T Ok to be touched and it profoundly affected many of the kids that were exposed to it. Good to see that these people who have been getting away with it for years are at least being held accountable for their actions, even though Jimmie Saville died before any action took place on his ring of “uncles”. You can bet your life there are still some “uncles” out there, that hung around with that crowd panicking about now…

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  11. thecontentedcrafter
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 06:30:09

    Reblogged this on The Contented Crafter and commented:
    I’m putting this post up for you all my dearly beloved readers for two reasons: Reason one, the post is partly about us here at the Contented Crafter and amused me greatly 🙂 Reason the second: If you haven’t ever come across the mighty narf77 and her side-kicks the highly talented whittler and quietly long-suffering husband Stevie-boy, Earl the ADHD dog of unknown parentage and Beziel, the older, longer-suffering first dog of Serendipity Farm, then you are missing out! Fran’s weekly posts of life at Serendipity Farm in Tasmania are filled with their random exploits, her philosophical musings and a good dash of wicked humour and general hilarity – this post is no exception. Enjoy 🙂

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    • narf77
      Jul 06, 2014 @ 10:51:54

      Why thank you Ms Pauline, I do believe I am blushing 🙂

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      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 04:30:45

        Blush away xoxo

      • narf77
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:03:49

        😉 Ms Sue Dreamwalker, one of my dear constant readers has just popped over for a visit to your esteemed blog. Please give her a cuppa and a chockie bickie (or whatever healthy alternative that you have kicking around in chez “Contented”) as she has come all the way from the U.K. and must be parched or as my gran, who was from Oldham, Southport in the U.K. used to say when in need of the lifegiving elixier known to us as “tea” “eee I am right powfagged!” meaning tired and in need of a bucket or two of tea.

  12. Born To Organize
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 07:22:38

    What a brilliant and hilarious post about our beloved Pauline, Siddy and Orlando. Well done, well done, and thanks so much for the laughs. You two are a riot.

    I”m with Dani, the photo of Stevie-boy teaching Earl how to use Facebook was side-splitting. (Actually the photo and the caption).

    I really appreciate the comments on marital harmony, from you and the others. We all have messy lives, but since I don’t like talking about my own dirty laundry, literally and figuratively, I just assume my readers don’t care to hear it either. Perhaps its time to rethink that.

    What I have learned through blogging and life in general, is that open and honest writing attract the same. We writers (and anyone writing a blog is a writer in my book) attract others who are doing the same.

    Time to go apologize to my spouse for…something. It’s easy to forget that men and women have different outlooks on life. Thanks for the refresher.

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    • narf77
      Jul 06, 2014 @ 10:58:05

      Sometimes its good to see that other people have similar problems, that we aren’t the only ones that would cheerfully rip our husband/partners arm off and and hit them with the wet end sometimes (isn’t that a delightful Aussie colloquialism? 😉 ). Life is full of compromises but it is a WHOLE lot easier to compromise when you have distance between you. When you are living 24/7 with someone you get to smell their armpits first thing in the morning, see their dirty undies on the bathroom floor, wipe the lipstick smears off cups and those little things, day in, day out tend to detract from the reality of how very lucky we are to have found someone to share that bathroom, those cups and that early morning with who will take our garbage and deal with it. That old saying “familiarity breeds contempt” can be SO true but at the end of the day I would rather smell Steve’s socks than have an empty place where his head goes. I think we need to remind ourselves of that sometimes. Righto…reminders reminded, loins girded and OFF to the next adventure! 🙂 Have a scrumptious sunny weekend and if you are going to appologise to your spouse, I applaud you Ms Alys 🙂 Hugs and heres to open and accountable honesty of the best and most noble kind 🙂

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  13. Margaret Griffin
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 08:52:00

    Hi, Yes, all is right with the world when there are hot sausage rolls to eat. Until we lift our faces away from those delightful, fragrant morsels and have to deal with the challenges (crap) which life throws our way.

    l love the photo of Earl and Steve at the computer. Does Earl have his own facebook page yet?

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    • narf77
      Jul 06, 2014 @ 11:01:44

      Everyone keeps asking me about Earls FB page but frankly, I am a bit scared of the litigation should he ever learn how to tap with his nose…that poor moth eaten sock under the bed can’t take much more before it crawls off to die ;). I have a solution to the sausage roll face lifting conundrum…just don’t lift your face! Happy days! Sausage rolls forever and no more problems!

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  14. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 10:27:39

    I suddenly get the impression that you and Steve could host one of the best games of charades EVER. You guys really get into your roles! Such commitment to character, such engaging story-telling… Or perhaps, this is just the very first rehearsal for “Narf, The Broadway Musical”! I can almost see it now… Almost. 😉

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    • narf77
      Jul 06, 2014 @ 11:43:15

      ROTFL! I am not disciplined enough to practice for “Narf, The Broadway Musical”. I would just wander off mid rehearsal looking for butterflies, you know how it is ;). Found an amazing vegan Japanese website this morning and plundered recipes mercilessly. I feel like I won the lottery! I dare say you have been there before but if not take a gander here. It made me SQUEE with delight at 3am…I blamed “rats” when Steve sleepily called out to see if I was alright 😉 I am off to make me some mochi pronto! 🙂 http://blog.wagashi-net.de/

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  15. Gallivanta
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 18:22:17

    Hilarious photo shoot for Siddy, Orlando and Pauline.

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  16. Robbie
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 21:08:44

    “A kind, caring, clever, intelligent, and most delightful person who gives damned good comment when the need arises.”
    ain’t that the truth!!!! I LOVE THE PICTURE OF YOU BEING ORLANDO!!!! I am still laughing, you caught the look:-) lol…your skit was wonderful!!!! I am waiting for her new cards ” The adventures of Orando + Sid” cards! or simply, adventures of “cat +dog”…lol…great post!

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    • narf77
      Jul 07, 2014 @ 03:18:14

      Once Orlando comes down from his lofty tower (and his high horse) and accepts that Sir Siddy is there to stay (and thus his precious feet are going to HAVE to touch the same floor that Sir Siddy’s do…) Ms Pauline is going to have a whole LOT of photo opportunities and prospectively hilarious cards. I will be buying a series of them as Christmas cards this year so I am hoping for some action soon 😉 Note, my hair was sufficiently disheveled in the photo shoot but that was completely by accident and I didn’t spend a lot of time styling it for the event. “Narfs hair by Moscato” 😉

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  17. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 04:40:50

    Wow…. 😉 you always have me in fits of giggles when I come here… First before I forget Congrats for later on on the 14 yrs 🙂 and maybe on your Anniversary you can become the Fairy Queen, instead of just the mere Maid serving Mess Fairy!..
    Loved reading and viewing your photo’s and life is never ever dull is it when opposites collide :-)..
    Enjoy your week, and I hope the crocheting got redone… And I have to pay a visit to The Contented Crafter… thank you for the link…. I love to knit.. when I have time.. usually on a cold winter dark night… 🙂
    Be Good now! 😀 … 🙂 ❤

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    • narf77
      Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:01:46

      Be good? And I was going to have FUN this week! 😉

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      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:13:22

        LOL well you know what my old gran used to say…. If you can’t be good….. Be Careful……….. 😉

      • narf77
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:17:27

        So did my gran, after having a good old knees-up on the kitchen table. Sounds like our grans might have gone to school together. Mine was from Oldham, Southport 😉

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:20:18

        Mine from Mansfield Nottingham.. 🙂 Robin Hood country… 🙂 And she liked nothing better than a good Knees Up 🙂

      • narf77
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:57:17

        Nana Maid Marion and my nan who would have made Robin hood blush would have been good friends no doubt. Mum used to tell me that I reminded her so much of her mum (my gran). I have her bent hazelnut walking cane and her bolshie attitude. Don’t need the cane (yet) but am firmly versed in the “bolshie” bit 😉

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 06:05:40

        LOL…. I am sure they would have got on like a house on fire as the saying goes….. Bolshie.. YOU! narrrrr….. 🙂 Hope you never need the cane either… Mind you, if you keep squeezing into tanks and squatting ontop of cabinet’s Lol…. 😉 ..

      • narf77
        Jul 07, 2014 @ 15:21:32

        😉

  18. cityhippyfarmgirl
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 14:40:07

    That’s a funny thing about blogging isn’t it. So many people choose to only show the ‘sunny’ side of things. While it often helps the person blogging as it lets them focus on the good bits that might be still going on, it also gives a false sense of ‘golden light and rainbows’ to readers, well it can do anyway.
    Love your posts Ms Narf.

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  19. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 09:09:52

    My gosh your dog is so cute!

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  20. Boomdeeadda
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 12:35:48

    Omgosh, I’ve missed your complete sillyness and anarchy. First the photo of Earl learning FB is totally awesome. Then the skallywag looks perfectly innocent whilst standing on the table, LOL.
    But I almost fell out of my chair when I saw your re-enactments of Pauline’s (current) life. You on top of that small cupboard is just outstanding. Did Stevie-boy just hoist you on up there. Crack me up. Did you laugh yourself silly? I wondered what earl thought of all this action, LOL.
    I can relate to the title of your post too and all that comes with two people living together. Jim’s a pretty tidy guy, if anything, I’m the messy one and honestly, I’m not too messy. Well, let me rephrase that. I do often make big messes but then I also clean them up. If we were the odd couple, he’d be Felix and I’d be Oscar. Plus I’m way more of a Chatty Cathy and will carry on complete conversations with strangers while he is more reserved.
    Sooooo much catching up to do, but thought I’d say hello 😀 Chow for now.

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    • narf77
      Jul 08, 2014 @ 13:32:34

      Stevie-boy did haul me up onto that tiny cupboard…only thing was he wasn’t going to get me down till gravity assisted the narf (I have a LONG memory Stevie-boy! 😉 ) we were too knackered (and a bit tipsy) to laugh too much and we were running late for our dinner so laughing had to take a back seat to getting that post posted and feeding our bellies :). I am the Chatty Cathy in our relationship but Steve is getting better, used to be he wouldn’t even talk to people he was that shy. He couldn’t help but come out of his shell with a narf garbling on the side of him constantly ;). Glad you could drop by Ms Boom…Ms Pauline is making rumbles about “me” doing a blog hop post. Not sure what crafts I would talk about though…seems the narf is more into experimental “needs must” crafts like making a leather cover for the library book that Earl ate ($90 to replace…couldn’t eat the cheap paperback right next to it!) and other such strange things. We shall see what I have to do if she does, in fact, ask me 😉

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