Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Wrapping Presents with a Cat

1.. Clear large space on table for wrapping present.

2.. Go to closet and collect bag in which present is contained, and shut

3.. Open door and remove cat from closet.

4.. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.

5.. Go back and remove cat from cupboard.

6.. Go to drawer, and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors,
labels, etc. . .

7.. Lay out presents and wrapping materials on table, to enable wrapping
strategy to be formed.

8.. Go back to drawer to get string, remove cat that has been in the drawer
since last visit and collect string.

9.. Remove present from bag.

10.. Remove cat from bag.

11.. Open box to check present, remove cat from box, replace present.

12.. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.

13.. Try and smooth out paper, realize cat is underneath and  remove cat.

14.. Cut the paper to size, keeping the cutting line straight.

15.. Throw away first sheet as cat chased the scissors, and tore the paper.

16.. Cut second sheet of paper to size - by putting cat in the bag the
present came in.

7.. Place present on paper.

18.. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present. Wonder why edges don't
reach. Realize cat is between present and paper. Remove cat.

19.. Place object on paper, to hold in place while tearing transparent
sticky tape.

20.. Spend 20 minutes carefully trying to remove transparent  sticky tape
from cat with pair of nail scissors.

21.. Seal paper with sticky tape, making corners as neat as possible.

22.. Look for roll of ribbon. Chase cat down hall in order to retrieve

23.. Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional turn.

24.. Re-roll ribbon and remove paper, which is now torn due to cat's
enthusiastic ribbon chase.

25.. Repeat steps 13-20 until you reach last sheet of paper.

26.. Decide to skip steps 13-17 in order to save time and reduce risk of
losing last sheet of paper. Retrieve old cardboard box that is the right
size for sheet of paper.

27.. Put present in box, and tie down with string.

28.. Remove string, open box and remove cat.

29.. Put all packing materials in bag with present and head for locked room.

30.. Once inside lockable room, lock door and start to relay out paper and

31.. Remove cat from box, unlock door, put cat outside door, close and

32.. Repeat previous step as often as is necessary (until you can hear cat
from outside door)

33.. Lay out last sheet of paper. (This will be difficult in the small area
of the toilet, but do your best)

34.. Discover cat has already torn paper. Unlock door go out and hunt
through various cupboards, looking for sheet of last year's paper.Remember
that you haven't got any left because cat helped with this last year as

35.. Return to lockable room, lock door, and sit on toilet and try to make
torn sheet of paper look presentable.

36.. Seal box, wrap with paper and repair by very carefully sealing with
sticky tape. Tie up with ribbon and decorate with bows to hide worst areas.

37.. Label. Sit back and admire your handiwork, congratulate yourself on
completing a difficult job.

38.. Unlock door, and go to kitchen to make drink and feed cat.

39.. Spend 15 minutes looking for cat until coming to obvious conclusion.

40.. Unwrap present, untie box and remove cat.

41.. Go to store and buy a gift.

Merry Christmas to one and all, and best wishes for 2010.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

"Pink Fridays" campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness

Capo_di_Monte PINK rose, originally uploaded by anniemcc.

eBid UK are running Pink Friday auctions in connection with the Breast Cancer Care 'Pink Fridays' campaign for October 2009.

Breast Cancer Care (BCC) Pink Fridays campaign

Tuesday, 5 May 2009


SE-9961, originally uploaded by dotdotPC.

i love this one!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Butterflies are crossing the World

From the Postcrossing.com website blog:

Butterflies are crossing the World - On the 10th of May it's International World Lupus Day, which has the goal of bringing more awareness over this chronic disease that affects over 5 million people worldwide.


Send a butterfly postcard to support Lupus sufferers - http://www.postcrossing.com/blog

Saturday, 28 March 2009


DE-218773, originally uploaded by mlbatt.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Please help support the fund raising effort on eBid.uk for the people in Australia (Australian Bushfire Fund)

Have this evening received this message from my cousin who lives just outside Melbourne:

"The fires are about half an hour drive away from where we live. There is thick smoke everywhere across Melbourne today. The moon has turned to dark Red tonight.

Some friends of ours are evacuating their home a second time after the fire has come close to there home,,,only 3 blocks down the road.

Nearly 200 people are dead including little children

My wife and I have shed tears a few times after seeing the devastation.

We are not safe either,,,,we are surrounded by dry grass fields everywhere, a few minutes outside of melbourne City.

Yes it is bad here. More hot weather next week,,,making the situation even worse. Our coal fired Power stations are threatened too.

Please remember us all in your prayers as we face the worst disaster in the history of our State of Victoria.

Meanwhile to the North,,,the State of Queensland is flooded in parts and many people have drowned, lost their homes and disease is spreading.

Thankyou for thinking of us. I will let you know of any news if we happen to be evacuated.

Diggers Rest Community Church, Diggers Rest"
Please help support the fund raising effort on eBid.uk  for the people in Australia (Australian Bushfire Fund) - http://pheebay.com/1/?AGTRC

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Thursday, 12 February 2009

eBid AID - for the people in Australia (Australian Bushfire Fund)

There are over 91 auctions already for helping the folks in Australia:


Listings can be found here: http://pheebay.com/1/?AGTRC
I have family near Melbourne that have been badly affected by these fires - they almost lost their home.

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Baby Weasel Will Steal Your Soul

Fantastic picture :)

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Do you twitter ?

I have just found twitter.com - http://twitter.com/anniemcc1

I'm following Stephen Fry amongst others - very entertaining :)

You use it as much or as little as you want. I've managed to link up my Postcrossing.com & Facebook pages with twitter + each time I update my lenses on Squidoo.com , it also feeds to twitter and Facebook.

Will have to see if there is a feed off here I can use to twitter.

If you sell online, as I do, it's a great way of advertising :)

Monday, 26 January 2009

More bids on my eBid.co.uk YDC62 charity auctions! - http://pheebay.com/1/?FMUTR

Sunday, 25 January 2009

YDC62 Charity Auctions- the bids are flooding in !

The bids are coming in on eBid's YDC62 charity auctions - Do help us raise funds for our chosen charities - see link below.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

It's YDC time on eBid UK again

The listing period for YDC62 is from 6.00pm Friday 23 January through to midnight, Sunday 25 January.

This months featured charity is "Butterwick House Childrens Hospice"

Full details: here

This time, my listings will be in support of EACH -
East Anglia's Childrens Hospice in memory of my mother who passed away just before Christmas. She was a keen supporter of EACH.

Do come and support all the fundraising :)

Sunday, 4 January 2009


FI_436801, originally uploaded by anniemcc.

It's so cold here today, we could be in Finland!