Everybody needs a tiger in the garden, right?

Everybody needs a tiger in the garden, right?

Last week, when I was out with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin, we spent some time in a little pet-supply-cum-garden-decoration place.  My Aunt and Uncle love it there and enjoy looking at all the amazing animal sculptures (fibreglass I think) you can buy for your home and garden.  Some of them are so life-like and would look great hiding amongst some foliage or peeking out from some ferns or tropical plants.  They also had dinosaurs (my nephews would have loved them!) that were almost life-size and some enormous garden gnomes which I kinda liked, despite not being a garden gnome kinda person.  My Aunt was in love with a rather dilapidated donkey statue which had seen better days – we eventually convinced her we didn’t have room for it in the car boot – and I found myself wondering if I didn’t actually desperately NEED a tiger in my front garden, y’know, just to add a bit of interest to it…

I’ll leave the pictures to speak for themselves…

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I’m off to the dentist shortly to have my temporary crown fitted and also my new night splint to stop me gnashing my gnashers at night. Not looking forward to it or the pain involved (in my mouth and in my wallet).  Oh well, could be worse I guess!  Hope you have a great day and do not have to go anywhere near a dentist!  Send me happy thoughts and courage (I’m not too bad at the dentist but my anxiety can get the best of me at any time so there’s always room for a little bit of extra bravery!).

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Rose-tinted days (and the dentist)

Rose-tinted days (and the dentist)

I spent a lovely afternoon at a garden centre with my cousin, Aunt and Uncle last week.  I love my Aunt – she is so amazing and despite battling many illnesses (not least of which is chronic renal failure) she is always upbeat and cheerful.  She never lets anything get her down and she is so strong and tough.  She does her own dialysis at home (I could never be that brave!) and is just an inspiration. So it was lovely to get to spend some time with her and my Uncle.

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Despite the cold weather, it was a beautiful sunny day and we had a delightful morning tea, and enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll around the centre, looking at all the beautiful flowers that were in bloom.  Such gorgeous roses!  In every colour imaginable.  I wish I had a greener thumb and could keep beautiful plants like roses alive and well but, alas, I am a killer of all things green (except for a few herbs) and can only swoon and sigh at other people’s horticultural success.  Just look at these fabulous specimens, beginning with the “Abracadabra” rose:

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Unfortunately, that day I also had an appointment with my dentist.  I am not what you would call a “regular” at the dentist.  So much has happened in the last year or so that I have allowed my dental health to get overshadowed (i.e. ignored).  I enjoy a visit to dentist about as much as I enjoy doing my taxes.  Both things are painful, take too long and usually end up costing me money.  This trip was no different… I have been experiencing pain and locking in my jaw for a while now and it has been getting worse, to the point my left side of the jaw is a bit out of whack.  I grind my teeth a lot and I thought maybe that had something to do with it.  My dentist confirmed that the night-time clenching and grinding (that sounded far ruder than I meant it to!) has indeed made my jaw a bit off-kilter.  It’s also cracked one of my back teeth almost in half.  Dr W said “it’s like the Grand Canyon in there!”  which is not something you really want to hear in regard to your teeth.  He said it was amazing that it hadn’t actually fallen apart completely or caused me any pain.  Anyway, I am now getting a “splint” for my bite so that I can’t grind my teeth at night, and a lovely, blingy gold crown for the cracked tooth.  So gangsta, yo!  I had the choice of gold or ceramic, my Dr W said he recommended gold as it lasts forever and as it is at the back of my mouth it won’t really show.  All this for the princely sum of about three grand.  There goes my new couch I was going to buy this month.  Oh well…couches can wait.  I don’t want the tooth to crack entirely and fall out or get really infected or anything so I need the crown and, in order to prevent any more cracked teeth or jaw issues, I have to get the splint as well.  Apart from those two things, I am really lucky to have good teeth – no signs of decay or need for fillings.  I’d hate to have ongoing dental problems – it’s so horrible and expensive!

It’s a long weekend this week so tomorrow (Monday) is a day off!  Hooray!  I am going to try not to sleep in (did that yesterday – slept for 17 hours, which is awesome but also DISGUSTING!) as I want to get some things done around the house and find some time for crafting as well.  Hope your weekend is going well, and, if you do have to go to work tomorrow, I hope Friday comes around again super quickly!  I’ll leave you with a funny little note I saw at the garden centre this week :

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