Here are my peeps with me - Mum and Dad! This is as good a picture as you are gonna get!
My Peeps' Working Lives:
My dad used to work for a BIG international manufacturing company....he was officially called a "Business Systems Analyst" but he became knowledgeable in a lot of areas - kinda a jack of all trades. That's him in the white short sleeve shirt. This picture shows him at the grand opening of a brand new "smart room" (an air-conditioned room especially for the big computers that ran the place). This was his last big project before he retired from work.
My mum worked in the "workers compensation" area after graduating from University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology and Psychology. She worked in the rehabilitation area as well as the scheme administration. She eventually set up her own little company in 1995, and at the height had nine staff working for her. She reckons that the 20 years she spent in this industry is equivalent to a lifetime in any other occupation.....so she retired prior to being 40, 3 months after dad retired. Lots of people are shocked (and envious) that she is "retired" and still be so young. ;-)
Oh, and by the way, dad and mum met at dad's work.....where mum was contracting herself to do some of their in-house rehabilitation. They were both not looking for love.....but it just happened!
My Peeps' Special Hobbies/Talents:
My dad used to play in bands (in pubs, hotels and events) and specialised in the Bass Guitar. He can play all sorts of instruments though. He sounds a little like Elvis when she sings. He still plays around with music and is having fun doing music with the aid of modern technology now.
Dad also likes to stay fit as he can.... so he works-out every two days. Here he is working out while on holiday in the gym of a big hotel.
Mum is a crafty person.....she does lots of stuff. You have seen her cooking but she can paint, sew, does mosaics, makes ceramic stuff, grows vegies and restores old furniture. This is a birdbath bowl she mosaic'd.
This is an antique bathroom stand that she has just finished. She even mosaic'd the top. I got in trouble when I was helping her in the shed when she started the painting and I got some paint on my woozle. This stand is going to be given to my dad's niece.
This is a ceramic turtle mum made for the garden - he is "Brad". Named by the peeps in the ceramic class.
Mum's early crop of finger eggplants, cherry tomatoes and passionfruit from before Christmas 2010.
Mum making passionfruit pulp for freezing to use throughout the year.
Favourite Things I do with My Peeps:
Running with my dad. Mum can't run - she is built for comfort and not speed.
Going on walks with dad and mum. Mum brings up the rear with the flashy box.
Snuggling on the couch with ma.....the purple thing is her "snuggie" that we share at night while watching TV.
Helping dad with the gardening. Here I am helping with the pruning of the nectarine tree - literally the day after I arrived in the household - 8 weeks old.
Here dad and I are on the floor after I accidentally pushed one of my little balls under the cabinet. I watch it go under then do my little growls until he gets it out for me. If he is not quick enough the growls turn into excited barks!!
SUCCESS - dad never tires of this game.....so I do it A LOT for him.
Just Chillin'. I like doing this with my mum too! (Another baby pic)
I love going to doggie skool and puppy agility with my mum..... here I am sniffing one of my friends.
Lounging around on or around dads' feet. Shoes on or off - doesn't matter - I rest there, play there, tug on his shoelaces, it's a comfortable place to me.
One of my first things dad made me was this rope toy. I love playing tug-a-rope with dad and sometimes mum.
Probably in my all time top three things to do.... is trying to catch tennis balls in my mouth. I like one bounce....and I'm getting really good at it. I can do this ALL DAY LONG if only I can keep mum focussed.
I love playing tennis balls. Full stop.
Things I don't like to do with My Peeps:
Self explanatory photo. Urrcchhhh!!!!
Something Funny or Special about My Peeps:
Here comes the dirt!!!!
My dad is almost 20 years older than my mum. She said she doesn't mind because at least he won't leave her for a younger model. ;-)
My dad and mum eloped when they wanted to get married. They ran away to England, Leatherhead, Surrey to be exact and got married in this ol' mansion. They have been married for nine years now.
My dad hates new clothes and won't let go of these beauties. He wouldn't let mum chuck them out. He still wears clothes from years ago - but mum controls this as best she can. For example, if he tries to wear any of the above - there WILL be DIVORCE. People have been known to tease him about the age of his clothing, but mum says there are certain standards she cannot let him operate below - hence his appearance is strictly controlled when he leaves the house.
Mum cuts his hair.....with another buzzy thing - not mine. I have much more hair per square centimetre than he does!
Mum thinks when you cut a cake or break a cookie, all the calories fall out. Hence she and I fight the battle of the bulge full time (and we are not winning!)
When dad and mum retired they bought a RV (which HAD to have air-cond/bathroom/wc/ etc for you know who) and drove all around Australia. They LOVED it. They sold the RV because they couldn't store it undercover. Now that I have come along - they want to buy another (bigger) one - and it will have it's own garage at our new house! This time I will get to go along with them! Personally I thought the RV looked like an ice-cream tub on wheels.
Mum is a very nervous and BAD passenger in cars. Especially once per month she is IMPOSSIBLE to sit in the car with while dad is driving. She freaks me out. She is much better behind the wheel where SHE is in CONTROL!
Dad still plays indoor volleyball with peeps MUCH younger than him. His reactions are not as fast as they used to be so he sometimes stops the ball with his head, and hopes it still goes over the net!
Mum and dad are gonna build a house soon.....in the next couple of years. It seems that mums' list of "demands" for their next house is too steep.....and she cannot find a dressing room come "walk in wardrobe" in an existing house which can "cut the mustard!" I think she thinks she is Oprah!!
So, that was my "Peeps on Parade".... that was fun wasn't it!?! I especially liked the last part.....let's just hope mum and dad are still talking to me!
But you know the BEST thing about my PEEPS????
It's that THEY LOVE ME, and I LOVE EM" BACK!!!