We have tried everything: training, easing her into a more calm and relaxed dog knowing we will come back, giving her the opportunity to stay with friends and interact with other dogs, we even tried prozac for dogs and pills to calm her anxiety…nothing works…she almost broke her leg trying to jump over the 7foot fence at our friends place just to find us..and we were only gone for an hour…we hate to think what she would get up to when going away for one night. We couldn’t do that to her nor our friends (envisaging a Tasmanian like rage destroying all furbiture before breaking through a concrete wall as Super Anxious Dog on the other side, speeding like a whirlwind down the road in a frantic attempt to find us.. so, what did we do? We stayed home.
It is embarrassing to admit this and it is very petty seeing we do not really want for anything, but I was really really looking forward to this mini holiday: the first in 10 years…petty , I know, but I was distraught, a nervous wreck , angry and well, all in all not in a very good mood.
So what do you know, we get up on Saturday morning, and a dead phone line and no internet…nothing..dead..if there was a word for more dead than dead, that woud be the way to describe our phone line. So, what do you doin the middle of nowhere? You drive 20kms to get mobile phone reception , go into the local library to answer messages and check order statuses before the library closes at 1pm ..being left out in the 37C heat was not making me any happier…so I called our phone and internet supplier EFTEL..talked to several people three times and every tme I got lied to: “oh you better go home, because its fixed”(no it wasn’t), “theres nothing wrong with your phone, go home” , can you plug your phone straight into the wall socket? “(NO, my arms aren’t that long, Im 20kms from home trying to get you guys to fix the problem!”..So what do you get when dealing with these highly trained robotised “support”people in another country? I got even more frustrated than I already was. Paul had already threatened me to stay away from home and not come back before I had calmed down. It wasn’t going to happen…Paul called them as well only to hear “there is a problem but it will be fixed at 5” yeah right , I saidm he just said that because by then his shift would be over and it woud be somebody elses problem…lol in short, at night still nothing so I called , I was calm, collected, the silence before the tornado and earthquake would hit at the same time kind of calm….talked to another person who admitted that there had been no logs of ANY of our phonecalls, at all…! Well, whoopdidooda! Great! Back to square one….finally the problem got logged after threatening them with breach of contract and the ombudsman, which ofcourse is still going to happen, and finally Tuesday morning our phone line and internet was fixed….apparently it was a fault at the exchange of Telstra, which is 500meters down the road from us! Irony!
Also very ironic is the fact that IF Jazz had behaved, we would have been on the town, not even knowing or caring there was a problem at all, we would have had a great time, would have come back Sunday afternoon, okay no phone not a problem, will call Monday…ironic! Isn’t it? I could have handled it better personally I mean. The supplier still needs to lift it game exponentially , but that’s not the point Im tryng to make here. I made my lofe miserable that weekend, because I stressed, and tried to get things fixed immediately which was not going to happen. Some people apparently have weekends…nothing was going to happen.. so why not stay cool, read a book, spn, watch tv, a movie relax, breathe and stay calm? I have to train myself to get there…lots and lots of training…and chamomile tea……I have to try and not go “I have to hurry, there’s a deadline, I HAVE TO do this, I HAVE TO do that, I NEED to do this. What I really need to train myself in, is thinking “Take your time, breathe, have a tea, eat something on time, relax every now and again, change”. It is December after all, the last month of the year..you know that time of the year that you start thinking about what has gone on in the 11 months that have flown by, what roads you have walked or stumbled upon, and what direction you want to go in the new year. So, I think I will just have to sit down, relax, not go a hundred miles an hour and doing ten thousand things at the same time but imagine myself on a beach, with a nice drink in one hand and doing nothings else but relaxing and change my behaviour. The parallel with Jazz misbehaving and being so frantic is actually very much the same as mine. Even before this year is out, to keep my sanity and perspective, I have already made a decision on what I need to do: calm down and enjoy life to the fullest. Things go wrong all the time everywhere, it’s just the way how we deal with them that will make them either a stressful disaster or just a minor glitch in the total scheme of things. …
So, what have I done this week? I have made the most gorgeous new blend again ! I know, I can’t help myself..Apart from getting all the IxCHeL clubs – fibre, yarn, batt and mini skein clubs- ready and shipped this week, I upgraded the Magic bunny tops to Super Magic bunny tops and gave them a nice coat of colour ! I am very happy with how they came out and they feel so soft and magical. Super Magic Bunny Tops are a blend of 60% 17 micron superfine merino, 5% angora bunny, 10% cashmere and 25% glitz. The glitz is not overbearing it is a magical component in this blend that just reflects the light magically and lifts it beautifully. I have added 10% cashmere to the blend because, well, it is just so amazingly soft and adds to the gorgeous drape and awesomeness to this blend.
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Super Magic Bunny Tops
100grams+ for AU$24
a semi solid hand dyed magical dusky rose pink colour (dyed wit natural mushroom pigments)
a semi solid hand dyed magical duck egg blue colour
(exhaust dye from natural indigo dye bath)
Club Sign up time again !!!!
The new clubs start again in January 2013 and sign ups are open now til the 4th of January 2013 !
IxCHeL FIBRE CLUB January, February and March 2013The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of AU$20 , and as all of you past members know you get tops that are usually around $24 or more ! so it is a great deal! All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel Fibre Club !
Price to join the Ixchel Fibre Club and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months is AU$60 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND double and triple serves are available !!!
So in short:
For Australia : single serve $60+$21 postage (parcel post), double serve $120+$21
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$60+AU$45 (Airmail) double serve AU$120+AU$45
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$60+AU$54 (airmail) Double serve AU$120+AU$54
For Asia: Single serve AU$60+AU$36 (airmail) Double serve AU$120+AU$36
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for fibre club is January 4th ! And the first installment is going to be shipped out end of January:) Payment via direct deposit or credit card or Paypal. Just PM or email me your details :)
IxCHeL Yarn Club January, February and March 2013Every month for three months you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks; (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply); Every month a new sock pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??! :) I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks extra long :)
Here is the nitty gritty:
For Australia : single serve $78+$21 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$21
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$45 (Airmail) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$45
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$54 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$54
For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$36 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$36 Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the Ixchelbunny Yarn CLUB! is January 4th. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details :)) By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes :)
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club January, February and March 2013Here are all the details and just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$32 or more .
The batts will range in weight from 100grams to 150grams with luxury fibres like camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even Yak this time ! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt ! Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for January, February and March 2013 !
Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny for three months is :
For Australia : $96+$21 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$96+AU$45 (Airmail)
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$96+AU$54 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$96+AU$36 (airmail)
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY Batt CLUB now. Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the funky bunny batt club January 4th and the first installment is going to be shipped out end of January 2013 :) Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me
IxCHeL Mini skein Club January, february and March 2013Every month I will be offering a monthly exclusive IxCHeL mini skein selection for Club members. In that monthly selection there are 12 hand dyed miniskeins that are hand dyed and or even hand spun and awesome to add to your mini skein projects.
Here are all the details for the sign ups for the IxCHeL Mini Skein Club:
For Australia : single serve $69+$21 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (=even a better deal!) +$24
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$69+AU$45 (Airmail) double serve $130 (even a better deal!) +AU$45
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$69+AU$54 (airmail) Double serve $130 (even a better deal!)+AU$54
For Asia: Single serve AU$69+AU$36 (airmail) Double serve $130 (even a better deal!)+AU$36 Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the IxCHeL Mini Skein Club is January 4th. The first Club mini skeins will be sent out end of January. Payment via direct deposit or credit card or paypal. Just PM or email me your details :))
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!
Saturday December 15th, 11am-4pm and
Bunny food like cabbage, bok choi or broccoli is always welcome as well ! : the bunnies will cuddle you more for it !
and say a little prayer for our beloved chooks may they rest in peace ...