Hello!  Thank you for taking the time to read some of my blog, I appreciate it 🙂

A selfie will have to hold the space here until I can get a good shot, taken by someone else, without a bench full of stuff in the background. (Spinster problems).

I’m Melanie, and I’m a lot of things that add up to one full human.  I’m a mature aged university student in my late 30s, studying a communications degree.  I work in disability care; I’m a long-time spinster; a rat and cat mum (rats are my absolute favourite animal, I love them so much I could cry-scream); I’m a vegan; I’m low waste (but the aspirational term is zero waste); I live as plastic free as possible; and I’m working towards minimalism.  I’m currently frugal by necessity, but I’m frugal even when it isn’t necessary – just differently frugal.  I am working sort-of hard to achieve my goals within the constraints of my personal circumstances (student budget, can lack motivation, slow cleaner…need to get faster), and marry all my ethics and values until I’m exactly the person in action, that I am at heart.

These are all the things you can expect to read about on my blog!  I want to share what I know, share what I learn, and leave the rest up to you.

Roughly once a month I will post a thoroughly researched essay on issues that I want to know more about, so perhaps you do too.  Mostly about the environment, but also about philosophy, psychology and other topics that pop into my mind.  The posts in between will usually be shorter, and on a diverse range of topics.  I love to chat, and be a part of a community of like-minded people and I want nothing more than to hear from you!  Please, if you have something to add, always feel comfortable to do so (respectfully, and without smug use of ellipses…I despise that…).

I will likely not be talking much, if at all about my cats, though you will see them on my social media from time to time!  They’re female gingers, from the litter of a stray my friend took in (not knowing she was pregnant) that were shipped from Darwin to Brisbane to live in luxury with me because I’m a sucker.  Lucille is named after the famous red-head Lucille Ball, she’s the smaller and more sensitive (more crazy) puss.  Maggie just seemed like a Maggie and she’s the larger puss that seems to think she’s my surrogate mother and is very bossy towards me!

I know, I know, I must work on the quality of my photographs, right?!

I have one ancient rat left.  I will be taking a break from rats for a while, because they actually require a lot of medical care/expense, which is extremely stressful and time consuming.  Rats should never be kept alone, alas there always has to be the last rat.  That is my Floki.  The average age of rats is 2.5 years old, and Floki is now 3 years and 8 months old.  I kept him in companions until he was 3.5 years old.  He was the alpha, and now he’s a mummy’s boy, he’s so precious and doesn’t seem to be ready to head over the rainbow bridge any time soon!

Enjoying some Bonsoy soy milk for brekky before the meal

I look forward to chatting with you, answering your questions, and taking suggestions.

Melanie x