MONDAY night and Tuesday morning proved quite disruptive for Parade, but for once she was happy to lose a few hours of sleep.
Parade was trying to catch up on some sleep but was woken up several times throughout the night.
In the most startling incident, she found herself sitting bolt upright in bed at around 4am on Tuesday morning.
Parade soon realised that what had woken her suddenly was the sound of a heavy downpour outside, as rain hit the tin awning over the patio.
While she obviously would have preferred eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, Parade was happy to hear Bathurst copping a good dose of rain after some very dry times.
Silent partners from now on
REGULAR readers of Parade may remember the story of the dog who loves squeaky toys, but rarely gets to enjoy them for more than a few hours.
Well, Parade is sad to say that yet another squeaky toy has lost its voice at the hands of her beloved pooch.
The gingerbread man toy, affectionately known as Gingy, was given to her dog as a Christmas present.
At the cost of just $1, it was both very affordable and very much loved.
Parade told readers that she was surprised Gingy still squeaked, as most toys of this nature didn't last long with her dog.
She also suggested that the reason for its survival was because of the unique shape.
However, all good things must inevitably come to an end.
While Gingy is still in-tact, his squeaker went silent on Tuesday morning, just two weeks after Christmas.
The duo had a good run, but they will be silent partners from here on in.
Hoping for a big show of support
PARADE is hoping people will either attend the fundraiser or donate some money to support Ash Corby.
The athlete is recovering after fracturing her C7 vertebrae, so CrossFit 2795 is helping by raising money.
A fitness-based fundraiser will be held at CrossFit2795 on Saturday or people can donate to www.gofundme.com/ash-corby-road-to-recovery.