This has had me in stitches so badly (and *still* has!) like nothing has had me in stitches for a long time. I will be giggling madly over this for about a decade, no doubt.
I was so fortunate to witness this amazing phenomenon this morning – photo taken from my balcony.
For those interested, this is called a 22° Halo and it is produced by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere…
My photos of last night’s supermoon lunar eclipse. I stayed up for it from 1am to 5am, and even though my fibro/RA pain is killing me right now (which was expected) and I’m feeling nauseous and my coordination is out the window, it was oh so worth it! After all, the next total lunar eclipse visible in this part of the world isn’t until January 2019, and the next supermoon eclipse is in 2033 (who knows if we’re even still alive by then, hahah!).
Lanzarote is a popular holiday destination with a tropical climate, lots of gorgeous beaches and sunshine all year round, but the following is one of the small prices we have to pay for living in paradise (and don’t get me wrong, it is worth paying!).
We have to put up with holidaymakers walking around in nothing more than their swimming trunks or bikinis in the street, into the shops and even eating at restaurants & cafés.
Personally, I don’t mind as long as they wear next to nothing on the beach or even walking along the beach front Avenida like that, but I draw the line when I’m sitting in a restaurant or café when a fat old man (or even a skinny young man or woman!) sits down at the table next to me in nothing more than his speedos while I’m trying to eat. Not only is this extremely inconsiderate and disrespectful to other people, but it’s also horribly unhygienic, sitting with their bare, sweaty flesh, covered in sun cream, on those chairs!
Having complained at quite a few restaurants where this has happened, I simply get told by staff that “the boss won’t allow us to do that” or, speaking to the boss him/herself, “sorry, but we can’t do that”. Unfortunately, most restaurants and smaller shops here really can’t afford to lose business by kicking out people who are not dressed in a decent way, so other diners like myself just have to put up with it, move table (if there is another one free), or leave.
Yesterday I found that our Lidl in Puerto del Carmen had put up this sign though.
Thanks Lidl! Absolutely love it! Even though it’s very unlikely, I can only hope that at least the bigger supermarketst and restaurants here are all going to do something similar soon….
A video posted by Barbarella Buchner (@the_madcatlady) on
And these are the photos I took.
Warning: Some strong language below, not that I really give a fuck though.
I have had it up to the fuckin TEETH with people misunderstanding, misinterpreting and misquoting me on Facebook. ONLY on Facebook this ever happens. I have never had a problem with anybody on Twitter or Instagram or YouTube, or the other social media that I use.
I think it just goes to show what type of people are on Facebook, with their zero attention spans and not reading things properly and making pointless drama out of NOTHING — makes me wonder whether most Facebook users’ IQs are actually lower than people who use more “intelligent” social media options. I think a good comparison to use here would be people who read The Sun (unedcuated, lower or middle working class, narrow-minded) and people who read the Huffington Post (educated, middle or upper working class, open-minded). No, I´m not calling anyone “stupid”. Stupid to me is not an IQ thing. Stupid is when you are a crappy, non-compassionate, non-decent human being, but that is another topic completely. Right now I’m talking about the pointless drama and wasting energy and time on people causing said drama on Facebook.
Getting back to other social media, the amount of times I have heard “I don’t understand Twitter”… WTF! There’s nothing TO understand! You are just a lazy sod too set in your ways to try and learn new things. For the record, Twitter is extremely easy to learn, it certainly is much simpler than Facebook. Just saying. I am not asking anyone to join me on Twitter – please spare me, and stay on Facebook and continue your drama there without me!
The only reason why I still have a Facebook account is because I am the administrator of various business pages, which is part of my job as a web designer. If not for that, I would long ago have deleted my account — which is what I did with my previous account. I also run a few cat related groups that I’m very fond of, and you’ll still see me in those, but I won’t comment or post much in those anymore either now.
I will not get into ANY MORE pointless arguments or discussions on Facebook, and will not leave any comments or give helpful advice where it´s not asked for (or even if it’s asked for — go, piss off and learn how to Google or pay me for the advice).
I know I have said all this 2 or 3 times before over the last few years, but enough is enough and I’m SICK of it, and unlike most people, I do learn from my past mistakes, so bye-bye Facebook and good riddance.
Thomas Baden-Riess, who drew this wonderful pawtrait of Ruby, Lugosi & Spider for me, is a pencil artist and author. He is available for commission of pencil portraits of pets and loved ones. He also produces more elaborate works of art, and his books are available on Amazon.
Click here to check out his works of art on his website, or to make a commission. You can also follow Thomas on Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube Channel.
Thanks you so much, Thomas. This is really beautiful and I adore the drawing! I have already framed it, but still need to find the purrfect place to hang it.
Lugosi: “Hmmm. He didn´t quite catch me in the best light!” Barbarella: “Well, at least *I* love it!”.
The original photo (3 cats in IKEA boxes)
I am absolutely hopeless when it comes to cat-themed stuff. If it´s not over the top expensive, I´ll buy it. Here are my latest acquisitions…
Tabby Kitten Drawer Unit
Not just for storing my things in, but according to Ruby, it´s also good for storing cats!
Gorgeous mounted multiple cats canvas
Fits purrfectly into that particular space in my washroom!
Lending our voices to the worldwide protests today against imprisoning dolphins and other cetaceans in water-filled concrete bunkers, like the one that Rancho Texas Park (which is a small local zoo) are building right now in Lanzarote.
I was disappointed though at the lack of actual *voices* making themselves heard. Having looked at some of the other protests around the world today, there was a lot more noise being made to tell people what we are about and what we are protesting against.
Here in Lanzarote, people were just standing there, too busy chatting to each other, and appearing to expect passers-by to automatically know what our protest was about by seeing our posters. There were no chants or handing out flyers to educate tourists entering the zoo to let them know what we were actually doing there, and I feel the organiser was worrying more about us getting chucked out of the car park (which is a risk you take at any protest!) , than actually wanting to make an impact and get seen and heard. Talking to the press is, of course, all good and well, but a group of people just standing there looking cute is, in my opinion, rather pointless and I feel that we made little, if any, impact at all.
Yes, I know, there´s always a lot more “politics” to it all, but still, I can´t help express my disappointment – and that´s just a small part of what my blog is for: expressing my opinion!
Anyway, here are my photos and video.
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