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What a busy weekend for little ole me!!!! The rugby league Charity Shield match between St.George and Rabbitohs provided some spectacular tries. The score at full time was 26 all. It was try for try from both sides and the only reason St. George didn't win was because of their lack of ability to convert 2 of their tries.
Like a good little person, I prepurchased tickets via the internet 2 weeks ago for the game. I was certain I had obtained pretty good seats because I purchased them some weeks before. How could I be so wrong. I was with 3 decked out Rabbitoh supporters and of course I was clad in my St.George little number. There was the usual friendly stoush on the train between the supporters of both side providing some very entertaining light humor. But then the most horrible thing happened...........................................................
We took our seats and when I realised that when St. George ran onto the field, I was the only one clapping and cheering. Everyone around me was very quite and almost to the point of booing. I turned my head around to realise I was in the Bunnies warren with the one and only Russell Crowe in my sites. I was surrounded in a sea of Rabbitoh supporters. Everyone was laughing at me. I got an invite to go over to the other side of the field where 150 St. George supporters were seated. Everytime the Rabbitohs scored a try and did anything that mildly represented rubgy league, the people around me became a raucous bunch. I think the 27,221 crowd consisted mostly of Rabbitohs supporters.
I received a few handshakes at the end of the game from my opposition.
All in all a great night in beautiful weather conditions with an electrifying atmosphere with spectacular company.
Tomorrow is March!!!!!!!!!!!
Working today, footy tonight, working tomorrow. What more could a girl want. Go the Dragons!!!!!!
More tomorrow xxxxxxx
Well done Miss Nickers for your soccer grand final win. Thank goodness I am a qualified 1st aider. Great game...you girls should really be playing rugby though. I have never seen so much contact in a non contact sport.
The afternoon of my birthday was full of many things. I had a facial and makeover. Thanks Nickers...you're a gem. It didn't take away any of the wrinkles but certainly attracted a lot of attention.
We all went to Sizzler for dinner and gorged ourselves senseless.
Today I slept in til 9am. Not picking my car up today because of feeling so tired. Tomorrow I will head out and pick it up. I will post some pics of it when I get it home.
I want to pass onto to Don and Audrey, my love support and best wishes at this difficult time. Get better soon Don!!!!!
A very big thank you for your gifts thoughts and best wishes for my birthday today. But most of all, thank you for your friendship and love.
The sound of Kookaburras around home this morning and the cooler temps brought an unexpected enthusiasm to my age.
Agenda for today: slept in, coffee with a friend, hairdressers at lunchtime, afternoon nannie nap, dinner tonight.
I just received a phone call from my son Justin. My little 2 year old grandson William got on the phone and said "Happy birthday Nannie". Believe me, it was music to my hears. Too cute.
Today was a very busy one and I am tired. This is a very condensed version of what happened. Bought a car, bumped into a long lost friend and had coffee for 3 hours, had dinner at Cronulla beach, visited the cemetary, dropped off a 1st birthday pressie to the little neighbour. And now................off to bed to get into shape for the birthday tomorrow.
Happy 70th Birthday Judy
We love you
Judy and her guests shared coffee and cake (made by neighbour Nadene) at the coffee shop to mark her very special birthday. The stripper was pretty cute too.
We're very lucky living here as we are central to a great park, lake and coffee/take away shop after years of having absolutely nothing around us. We just walk a few metres and it's all at our fingertips.
I walked the few metres across the road today to a 1st birthday party celebration. The newest edition to our street, one year old Matilda, was oblivous to all the hoo haa going on and was just happy to play with the lolly wrapper in her hand. It's amazing that most, if not all kids, like the paper/boxes their gifts come in. I bet we've all seen kids play in cardboard boxes for hours on end while their expensive contents just sits idle somewhere.
It's the birthday month around here. Three neighbours in this street share birthdays one day after the other. We did have a 4th but they moved out down the road. I am not sure about getting another year older. I guess I should be grateful as some don't. I will remain optimistic about growing old.
I have had a tough week with one thing or another. I can't really talk about it at this stage but I know I have been a miserable git.
Feeling uninspiritional lately has been and the result of "Inher Sole" not being updated. Sorry.
Check out the "Chuckle" page.
Now, what do you think of this new set up. It's a little easier than going to a different page to look at the pics.I like it.
In the next few days I will be adding some other pages with bits and pieces of interesting items from my past.
I played with the awning yesterday on the new Miss Oz. I definitely needed some assistance from my neighbours to set it up. I can see me doing some damage to my fingers until I get the hang of it. Ebay and garage sale in March has kept me pretty busy. We've had 2 consecutive days this week without rain. The lawn grows in the blink of an eye.
Red font for Valentine's Day. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. Thank you for all the flowers and cards. It's nice to know I am so loved.
The rain today would've limited Valentine's Day celebrations to indoor activities. We are experiencing a tropical weather pattern.
The whole family is home tonight and is wading through the mess I have left everywhere around the house. I can't wait for this garage sale to be over!! It's all the sorting that's the biggest time consumer. Will I keep this, will I keep that, oh I remember that, oh I can't get rid of that because.............................................................. I am such a painful horder and promise I will never be sentimental again.
It's been a busy few days with one thing or another. Medical appointments, car appointments, babysitting, garage cleaning, swimming and reading.
Yesterday, whilst I was waiting for the car to be fixed, I ventured into the cinema to watch Valentine's Day. Just good for a tele movie with a cast of hundreds. Predictable in some parts, funny in others and not very exciting in bits. The choc top macadamia icecream was very exciting though and it was worthwhile sitting through the 2 hour movie just for that. Oh and the airconditioning.
The many so called mechanics I wasted my money on around Australia just created more problems for me. I had to get a transmission pipe replaced yesterday because of a leak which was created along the way. I traced the problem back to Mount Isa when they pulled my radiator out and cross threaded the connection when refitting it. Can't wait to get to Melbourne and finally see a decent mechanic.
Had a great day visiting William today who provided humorous entertainment by providing tricks with certain body parts while he was sitting on the toilet. And that's all I am going to say about that. He is a strong willed Will and likes to be independent. If he makes a decision to do something he will not falter with the effort until he has exhausted every avenue to get the job done. Only then will he asked for help. Which, by the way, is ok by me.
Off to work tomorrow for a few hours then home to do some more garage sorting. It is the garage from hell I tell you.
I had a surprise email from some people I met somewhere when I was travelling many months ago. They are still on the road and will come my way in the next couple of months. I look forward to it.
Booked some tickets to see The Dragons flog the Rabbitohs on the 27th of Feb in the Charity Shield.
My nephew Louis has settled into school like a real trouper. He goes to bed early and wakes up enthusiastically to go again that day. I wonder how long that will last. For now he is an angel!!!
I nearly forgot to tell you about my night at the Photography gathering. It was a competition night, judged by some lady who has won some photography prizes and is a member of some juding panel and owner of a local studio. The competition consisted of 3 categories: small prints, colour prints and chrome prints. Some of the entrants were magnificent and others mediocre. Please be assured I am know expert but to get the feedback from the judge gave me some insight into photography not just being about the subject but the paper quality and printing of the photograph. There was a huge turnout. Unfortunately they don't do camera classes as such. They have guest speakers throughout the year who's specialities are photography etc and then competition nights. I think I may need more "camera hands-on" tuition.
Gee, time gets away. I just realised that it has been 4 days since I have updated. Lucky you. You don't have to read my everyday dribble.
Remember, all you have to do to catch up with my trip around Oz by just hitting icons named "The BlurbOn from March 09" and "The Pics of the Bunch Victoria" onwards to catch up on the antics of my 8 1/2 month trip around Australia last year.
Still working on the garage as time is nearing and the garage mess is just taking forever to organise. The biggest and most expensive of items are being sold successfully on ebay.
This week has been Doctor week also catching up on tests and all the things that go with it. I will live hehehe.
The time is coming up fast for me to fulfil another lifetime dream to tweek my camera prowess (or lack thereof). Our locals have a camera club which I commence tomorrow night. With the first night being competition night, I will be just a spectator in the wonderful world of photography. Can't wait to see the other shutterbugs' art and methodologies.
My weekend was a mixed bag with staying at home cooking up a feast with the spoils of the vegie garden and catching up with many of my cousins, aunty's and uncles. I don't get to see my extended family a lot but I always drive away from the event with a big smile on my face and a warm heart. My heart skipped a beat when I met Paul and Jacqui's little darling Sophie for the 1st time. She is delightful and extremely cute although she sleeps in the most strangest positions. I will post a funny pic. Just look at the Pics of the Bunch Jan and Feb 2010.
My Melbourne cousin Paul had a car the same as mine for 450,000 kms. He is a mechanic and has expert experience with this model Ford. His Ford is still going strong and has been passed down to another family member. Paul stated that my car needs some minor repairs which he doesn't see as an issue and is happy to do them for me. So I will be going down to Melbourne for a few weeks after Easter for his expertise mechanical knowledge and labour. Not to mention I get to see all my Melbourne family as well.
I have updated (just a little) Inher Sole if you want to have a read.
Just letting you know that Bombsite is up and going now for those who would like to buy a unqiue pressie for a "difficult to buy for" loved one & don't know what to get. A website just like mine is a fantastic idea. Just click on the Bombsite name and make a start with your purchase!
Happy Birthday to my gorgeous God Daughter. Hope you're having fun fun fun!!
I am hoping you are liking the colours I am selecting for the BlurbOn. It's such a difficult choice to make. Woe is me.
I will recap my week so far:
Enjoyed Leesa's birthday celebration at her Dad's and Anna's home on Saturday (read more about it in The BlurbOn-Happy New Year 2010).
On Sunday I booked a flight and rail ticket to go to Craig and Karen's up in Bargara (near Bundie) for the 22 March 2010. I will be attending some medical appointments in Bundaberg which is just down the road from the family's home. Oh lucky me!!! I will be back in Sydney for a wedding on the 10/4.
I have made a decision I am unable to do the trip (via car) around the inner part of Oz this year very reluctantly and sadly. It's just not my time to continue my dream just yet. I may do some short trips which will whet my whistle.
I had the little love of mine visit me on Monday. William and I had a great time building tunnels, houses and playing with cars. We sat at the table and chatted over toast and vegemite and a cup of tea. What a gem. Yep, I am biased.
Leesa and Matt are away up north at the moment so I am home alone with the pets and vegie garden.
This week has been busy so far with my nephew starting school yesterday. Tears seeped from the eyes of his mother and aunty (that's me). He sat on the floor in his classroom with his teacher and all of a sudden he matured about 1 year. He was compliant, well mannered and behaved....yes I am talking about Louis. He looked so cute in his school uniform and I have the 300 photos to prove it. Louis said to me "That's it, I have had enough of photos". I replied "I remember Isabella saying that to me when she attended her 1st school day too". I then said to him "Thanks for letting me know". And of course he has trained me well, I just ignored him and kept taking more when he wasn't looking. Naughty aunty.
My sister and I then got to do sisterly things yesterday (for the 1st time). We went to the movies and saw the most hilarious movie "It's Complicated". I could totally relate to it. Then we had some conversations without an interruptions. I forgot how to talk fluently.
Today my sister is coming over and we are tackling the garage cleanup today. It is a hard job trying to sort out the boxes. There is so much junk, memorabillia and valuable items to sort through and being a horder and sentimentalist, I am finding it very difficult.
Not much else to update at this stage but keep tuned.
It's my youngest Leesa's birthday today. Happy birthday my love.
Enjoy your celebration without your mother!!!!
I am putting some things on Ebay tonight so I will update tomorrow. Check you then.
A PINCH AND A PUNCH FOR THE 1ST OF THE MONTH
I have some news I will share with you later but for now I must get ready for William who is arriving in about 10 minutes. Lucky me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a way to start February.
We celebrated my baby's 22nd Birthday at her Dad and Anna's home yesterday. Because Leesa and Matt will be up north for her actual birthday on the 2nd of Feb, an earlier celebration was organised. It all panned out fantastically for something that was put together at such very short notice. Mark, Anna and their two younger girls were very welcoming hosts. We enjoyed ourselves with the little ones enjoying a swim in their pool.
Thank you Mark and Anna for such a warm welcome. And all the food was speccy I might add, especially the "Morty" breadrolls and the company a laugh a minute.
Did you see the bluemoon last night. It was our 2nd full moon for January 2010. We watched it rise and of course I had my trusty camera poised for "the shot" which never came.
I'll download some more pics for you to bore yourself silly with.
Today is rest day after a long day yesterday and not enough sleep last night.
The past couple of days in South Durras has been an enjoyable blur. The 3 1/2 hour drive there and back in such a short time was a bit irrational for me. It's left me tired and not enough time to fish when I was there. I stayed at the very commercial and expensive Big 4 Caravan Park which housed a heated swimming pool, an outdoor (small) cinema, fantastic camp kitchen and several bbq areas around the park. I had a powered site and felt it was oppulance at the max. I didn't know what to do with the power. I used it to charge my phone and ran a fan when I had a four hour sleep on my 2nd day there.
I thought I was a bit of a smarty pants heading off for a sabbatical when the kids went back to school. That smarty pants feeling was very short lived when I arrived and set up camp surrounded by kids. Kids everywhere!! I have since found out that the ACT schools go back a week after NSW. I knew all the kids by name by the time I left. I kept hearing the parents yelling their names out when they were disobient. I am pleased to say that all the kids were whining whinging little darlings with their parents displaying patients at its best.
I got involved as a 1st aider when a young girl hurt herself in the surf. To cut a very long story short the girl is OK now. The next day I headed to the very smelly lake, which is now closed to the ocean, and bumped into her Dad at the boat ramp. The Dad and his mate invited me on the boat to view the lake. I accepted the invitation and had a great time having a look at the devastation the National Parks and local Council have caused by closing the tracks and the mouth of the lake and ocean. In fairness to the Council, they have stated if they dredge the sand at the opening, the lake will loose all its water because of the lack of rain fall.
I viewed stingrays, an abundance of birds and various fish jumping out of the water. The strong sulphur smell was overpowering at times but didn't deter me from enjoying the boating trip.
Got back to camp and slept 4 hours. I took some photos which I have now posted on Pics of the Bunch. Enjoy!!
Attended the best Australia Day party yesterday or should I say last night. To bed late after lots of giggles. Up early this morning and 98% packed for the trip down south.
I will bring you all back a fish. Enjoy work, school and all the wonderful traffic. I won't be thinking of you as I head further away.
Today is a day of many celebrations. Firstly, we have birthdays to announce:
Happy 53rd Birthday Russell. Now the world knows how old you are hehehehe!!!!
Bernie, Happy Birthday. Hope you both enjoy your day whatever you decide to do.
Now today is AUSTRALIA DAY. I am feeling very patriotic today being an Aussie. I have been blessed now with first hand travelling experience of what a wonderful country we live in. I entered the "no go zone" yesterday afternoon to do some shopping. "No go zone" because I hate shopping!!!!!! Anyway, I witnessed the Australian Spirit at its best with people displaying Ozzie flags on their vehicles. I thought it was a pretty good thing to do. My suggestion is that we decorate our houses on Australia Day with Australiana stuff instead of doing it at Christmas time. What do you think?
Today I am packing and heading off tomorrow to the Big 4 Caravan Park at South Durras for a couple of days camping, fishing and reading. Thanks to John and Retta for the gift voucher. I am living it up because I have booked a powered site. I am taking my 3 person tent because I still can't hitch the van on the car. Doesn't matter where I sleep coz I know I will make the most of my stay.
Not sure if I have phone or internet service down there but if I do, I will update on my travels. If not, you will just have to wait till I get back in a few days time.
Happy Birthday John!!!!!!!!! 24th Jan
Passed my 1st Aid prac course today. It was a great way to spend 6 hours in a 43 degree heat day. Rydges airconditioning worked well.
I have been home from my trip around Oz for 2 months now. Gosh that 2 months has gone quickly. Most people I have met on my trip are still keeping in touch. I am a lucky ducky.
Hot hot hot today. 42 is too warm. I will have to visit the pool down the road. Housesitting has its benefits.
Leesa and Matt found a shop in Tassie called Choo Choo Bars and they specialise in the obvious. So I got a gift of several choo choo bars from the guys. I am going to take one down to the pool and suck on it while I soak.
I am doing my 1st Aid theory refresher online as we speak. Thought I'd take a break and get this up to date. Tomorrow is spent doing the practical. 8 hours of prac in an airconditioned room at Rydges. Shouldn't be too bad I guess. At least I get to see around the new Rydges.
Not much happening here with the exceptional of cleaning up my garage. As previously stated, it will take weeks to sort out the mess. There is a lot of mess in that garage.
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Well it's now official, the new Miss Oz has been used by its new owner. Isabella (d'niece) and I slept in the van last night out the front on the nature strip. My bed was as comfy as and I had to wake Isabella at 9am, so she must have been happy with her bed as well.
Today was warm so we collected the rest of the family and headed off to Oatley Park for a picnic and swim. It's such a lovely place with the park surrounding the water. It's the same place we celebrated Christmas lunch.
Because I hadn't taken a picture this month with my new camera, shock horror and all that stuff, I thought I'd better live up to my reputation for being a shutterbug and an annoying one at that, by giving you some new pictures on Pics of the Bunch.
Tomorrow is work in the arvo for just a few hours and then home to recuperate. I will need another holiday. Funny I should mention that fantastic word "holiday", I am off camping next week for a couple of days. Well, it will be nearly 8 weeks since I last went away which is far too long to be without a holiday in my opinion.
I signed my own pledge to stay at home this weekend and with regret I might add. But after not being home for any weekend for nearly a year I decided to take the plunge to see how it felt. I'll tell you now, it was tough at times.
Cleaning the garage was full of oh joy oh joy. But this job will be happening for a long time but weekends at home will not.
I shed a tear when the mighty 4WD was loaded onto to the trailer for its new home. They got a bargain I will tell you. Unfortunately the motor didn't have enough grunt to tow the van otherwise I would've kept it.
My only day off last week was a very busy one with visitors all day until 9pm. One special guest was William. Jess came over with him and we played at the park and did nannie grandson things. What a delight. I introduced William to some of my visitors and because he didn't like the look of them he closed his eyes everytime they came near him. I guess closing your eyes is one way of blotting out what you cannot control and do not want to see. Cute and clever. Just like his nannie.
Watched a DVD called Charlie and Boots where father and son take a trip up to Cape York. Funny, sad and some of the scenery familiar.
On Saturday night I stayed in again (boo hoo) and was heading to bed when a movie came on at 10pm on SBS. It was a true story about UK's first semi punk rock back in the late 70's. The tragic and memorising story was about the singer Ian Curtis and the band Joy Division. The story had me rivetted to the seat until its midnight end. Ian Curtis took his own life at 23. There is a lot of info on him and some of his music on the net....just google it. I was entranced by Ian Curtis onstage movements and music.
I am housesitting and pet feeding at the moment for some locals who have the biggest spa bath I have ever seen. I can do about 6 body lengths of swimming to get to the end and yesterday I did just that. I have a little pink face this morning.
Leesa and Matt fly into Sydney today but won't be home until tomorrow. It feels like they have been gone forever.
Oh well that's enough from me today (at this stage) there are floors to vacuum and wash, banking to be done, and garages to be cleaned.
Oh and Inher Sole has been updated. F I N A L L Y!
To my wonderful and most gorgeous friend Loretta, happy birthday my love. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!
Good morning. It is for me because I finally havea day off. Was going to Gloucester for a few days but have decided to stay home and get ready for the garage sale. The work and weather has really knocked me around so I will stay put. Leesa and Matt are due to come home on Monday so all will be quieter on the home front for the next few days. I may even sleep in the new Miss Oz.
I am excited about watching a new dvd I received as a gift. Thanks Russell.
Today with have some messages:
Bye to Ness and Chris. May your journey be filled with wonderous kilometers
Happy Birthdays to Uncle Peter and my little Cassie. Enjoy!!!
Matt has done an exceptional job on the permaculture garden out the back. When I water I get to taste the spoils of mother nature. This week I have sampled herbs and spices, tomatoes and nectarines. They taste real.............not like the s&#t in the supermarket.
I am going to find the time and passion over the next 3 days to update "Inher Sole".
Worked today in the 40 odd degree heat. Not very pleasant at all. I dropped a hoist on the edge of one of my toes and had a bit skin taken from my arm. I won't tell you how that happened.
Well the good news is that I have sold my 4WD. It goes to a good home on Friday. Tomorrow is work again with another 9 hour day.
There is nothing to report with the exception of "I MISS TRAVELLING AROUND OZ".
Oh and the new van is fantastic. I just can't wait to use it. I think I will sleep in it at the front of my place.
More later as this body is tired and needs to sleep.
I have just had the best weekend. Catching up with friends and doing whatever it may take to have a good time. I am a lucky gal with so many special people in my life.
Thanks Derek and Shirley for your company today and a great lunch especially the WINE TRIFLE. yUM YuM!!!!!!
A goodbye to Ness and Chris this week when they head to Perth. What a lovely couple and I wish them love and happiness as they enter into the next phase. Well done guys, you will miss home but keep at it over there. You will be home before you know it. Love you heaps and thanks for the party on Saturday night.
Oh the caravan. Let me tell you about the new Miss Oz. She is beautiful and unique in her design. She is clean, neat and tidy and has been well loved by Neina and Reg. I am more than happy with my purchase. Neina and Reg towed it from Orange yesterday to Mount Annan and and they too were very nice people. It's a shame they didn't come with the van. It's been so hot and busy here that I haven't had time to play with the new toy. Sitting in a van in 40 degree temps just doesn't agree with me. All I have to do is pack the van and it's ready to go. The car is now in the forefront of my mind. What am I going to do???
The run way (the front nature strip) is now mowed and ready for the delivery of the new Miss Oz. She is being delivered by the current owners around 2pm. A big day today with a farewell BBQ for my beautiful Vnessa who is going to Perth to live and the arrival of the new van. It's like a used car lot here. I am selling my little 4X4 but need to find time to get it ready so that it's in pristine appearance.
Work is full on next week with only one free day. It's tough and I know you all feel sorry for me.
Ok, I will be off now for a spruce up for the party. I will post some more pics of the van when I can.
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To my Mallacoota fish mongers....of course I remember you. You can send me an email plz.
Thanks for your feedback everyone. Some of you are just too kind and the others well you are just bloody hilarious. Whoopsie...no swearing.
Survived, survived and survived at work yesterday. The report is in and yes, I did have a good day, long but good. Lots of activities with my very special client kept me awake for the 9 hour shift.
The day commenced very early with the excitement of returning to work (not). More like I was worried I wouldn't wake in time to drive the mule to Glenfield. Guess what happened three times yesterday, no, that's not right, yes, now you have it...........the car wouldn't start. I got my trusty jump starter out and kappow, it started. Did you know that that jump starter has been used more times in the last 12 months than some of my body parts. Sorry........too much information. Well it's true. I think! After finishing work I popped into the sister's abode for a cuppa. Just like old times when I used to do it after work. I disrupted a perfectly quiet house by knocking at the door. Of course the kids got all excited when their fav Aunty revved them up a little and the house was no longer a morgue but a lively kindergarten arena. Well they did sound like 30 children with me being the loudest and the biggest. I finished the coffee and left the building to mount the Mule and drive home and the car wouldn't start yet again. Just as all this was happening the Brother-in-law pulls up and assists his fav sister-in-law with the supply and fit of a new battery. What service. Who needs the NRMA when you have Bas. Bas said there would be no charge because I was his favourite sister-in-law. I felt proud at hearing his comment and then I went through the sister-in-law list mentally and realised there was no contest whatsoever. On ya Bas.
Thanks Bas for your help...you're a gem of considerable proportions.
Now one more sleep to go before the caravan santa arrives. Can't wait. I may sleep in it tomorrow night or I may not.
I have a very exciting weekend coming up with parties and catching up with friends.
Now Leesa and Matt's trip to Tassie with Matt's family has been more than eventful. Just to recap, firstly, there was the prebooked missing Winnebago, the fill-in accommodation and hire car to replace the missing Winnebago, then the next day delivery of the then found Winnebago. Well after that little fiasco Matt's mum had a fall and broke her hand. She needed some surgery to insert some pins and a plaster application. Poor Helen. Get well soon Helen. Leesa said she has seen places in Tassie that she would never have seen, probably like the inside of a Doctors surgery and the hospital. She has seen more than me now. I am jealous. Anyway, last accounts were that she climbed the top of Cradle Mountain without a hitch and as proud as punch with her achievement.
I will touch base with her in the next day or so to see how the travels are going.
What are you up to this weekend?
Sound asleep in the bedroom next to mine is a little angel of a feminine persuasion. Creeping in and looking at this little 7 year old in the throws of some innocent dream, brought back some memories when d'niece was a wee babe. I had the pleasure of Isabella's company last night.
I am now on par with the very very very younger generation having donned thine eyes with a Hannah Montanna movie last night. Isabella was so excited about the movie that she kept telling me what was going to happen. I then informed her of movie etiquette and she ceased to speak. I am pleased to say the movie wasn't too bad at all. There was a positive flavour to the story line and displayed positive resolution skills in everyday issues. In my opinion, it's not as good as Mary Poppins, which is also up there with Sound of Mucus.
One more sleep (and hopefully not a sleep IN) til work. Three more sleeps til the new Miss Oz arrives. It's all organised for the big delivery at about 2.30pm on Saturday arvo. I am trying to juggle a bbq and van delivery around the same time. Lucky the bbq is just around the corner and a bit more. Being a female, I should be able to manage them both. You all know us women can multi-task at greater proportions.
Good morning and how are you doing? In the past few weeks I have purchased a new mobile phone, another camera and a caravan. That's it. No more Diane. Put the fantastic plastic away.
Two more sleeps to go before the big four letter word enters my day...WORK.
The sunflower is growing in my background. I find them absolutely intriguing standing there in all their glory looking up at the sun. It will be dropping its seeds soon so that we can use them in a delicacy only made in my kitchen at home.
I will explain the new header on my website starting from the left:
The captions are written by my friend Nikki from Bombsite,
The scrabble letters are my name and a hint that I like to play it,
The background is sunset on Cable Beach at Broome,
The signs were taken from a lookout I visited at Mount Isa,
The sunflower is from the garden at home,
The faces below (from left) are me, Jane (sister), Craig (brother), William (grandson), Leesa (daughter), William (again) with his parents Jess and Justin (my son).
If you have any questions about the faces please let me know. I am sorry for those who missed out on being on the header. Lucky you really.....I am not comfortable with my ugly moosh being up their for all the world to see. Please feel free to download my pic and use it as a dartboard target.
Yes you do have the right website. So what do you think of the new look? It's bright cheery and alive. Just like me. The faces are of family members. Unfortunately, those who are not pictured there are by accidental omission. You are loved and cherished in my heart. Thank you Nickers from Bombsite for making my fresh new and beautiful webpage.
Leesa and the cohorts arrived in Tassie to collect their prebooked and paid for Winnebago and it was nowhere to be found by the hire company. There was some mix up and they were supplemented with a hire car and accomodation paid for by the hire company. The Winnebago has be found and all is well I am pleased to say.
I love summer don't you. Humid hot and revolting one day and the next day cold and raining, I say what next. I would like snow, what about you?
The weekend saw fun and frivolity down at The Beaches Hotel in Wollongong with some friends. The band was pretty good and the company hilarious.
The sleeping and the partying is coming to an end with me trying to get some normalcy into my waking and sleeping hours. Work this week...yuk!!
Gotta get a diary coz the apointments are piling up on this little bit of flimsy paper I am using. I will miss something and will then in deep doo dah.
Don't forget my new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year once again.
For all you poor people who returned to work today...........ha ha ha!!!
I am feeling a little Dyslexic because I am having trouble typing this date down as well. I have just completed typing my New Years day rant if you want to have a read. Sometimes things get in the way and I just don't complete the day's Blurb-on because of this and that.
Last night after I waved the daughter and son-in-law off for their Tassie trip (lucky b#######s) I played trivial pursuit with the neighbours. It's true, I am DUMB! I went home thoroughly thrashed and realising that the 90's was a difficult for me to recall because of other horrible events of that decade. If the trivial pursuit was about family, relationship breakdowns, various government departments, death, homelessness, anxiety, unemployment, no money issues, it would have been game on buddy. No, I am not going to elaborate the events to you because the past is the past and I am always moving forward but I think you may just get the gist of it.
Tonight a group of us are heading to Wollongong to see a band and a chin wag. I will inform you of the outcome tomorrow.
My house is so quiet after a fabulous week or so of visitors popping in, staying over or phoning.
It's the countdown now to my return to work. Next Thursday brings a 9 work hour shift for me. I will let you know how I fare after having nearly 10 months off if I am still breath.
I am looking forward to getting back into Social Work scene (I think).
To all the Pearce family members who are celebrating birthdays this week, enjoy and happy birthday xxxxx
The 2nd of Jan brings humidity at its highest coupled with rain. Good for the garden.
I will post some photos of some interesting things I have attended recently. Interesting to me but maybe not you? Look and make your own opinion.
Gee, I challenge anyway to type the date in exactly the same format I have. A little challenge for the morning.
Happy New Year to you all. I am hoping that 2010 will create a happening for your dreams to come true.You will have to help it along a little though.
I have just typed a whole page here and lost all of it. Don't you hate that. Coffee for me and back to the grindstone shortly.
After forgiving the computer for losing my last epic tale, I have now decided to retype my story. It's not going to be the exact same story but the content will be along a similar path.
I want to take this page to write a compressed version of my 2009 journey. In all 209 provided a year of getting back to the core values of life in friendships, work and living environment. I managed to sustain my friendships from afar and strengthen their existence. This was evident as I travelled around Australia and upon returning home.
I believe we all get locked into consumerism and all its tag-along issues and we forget what it's like just to sit and listen, stop and look up and to hear what we haven't heard in such a long time.
My 27,000 driven kilometers around Oz provided me with time to sustain my precious relationships back home with miniscule contact. The long haul provided an inner awareness of why I am lucky to have all you special people in my life. The long road journeys provided a space for contemplation and resolution of those things that caused me to bump through each day with that knot in my belly. I felt humbly at peace knowing that while I was away I could see relationships mend, bend and sway without my influence. I was excited to hear family and friends celebrated special occasions and didn't need me to intiate them. I left Sydney with my little grandson not talking to arriving home to him saying "luv you" and calling me Nannie. A relationship that continued to grow without me being there. I thank my wonderful family for keeping me in the loop with William.
Incidental conversations where such key elements of my journey. Some of these incidental conversations have formed strong friendships bonded by isolation and the simpleness of life style while travelling our beautiful vast countryside.
To be able to stop and look at the most amazing rocks, the bluest of oceans, the savour the tranquility of our marine life, to feel the voices of the trees and bought back the meaning of my life here on earth.
Follow your dreams I say with passion and from the bottom of my heart. Do it alone, do it together, but just do it. We all see the same if we just stop, look and listen.
New Years was spent with the neighbours at a music and fireworks event in a nearby park. Lots of fun, great music and some pretty speccy fireworks. Some fireworks I have never seen before provided oo's and aa's from me.
After arriving back home and the neighbours putting their little precious gems to bed, we then partied to the wee small hours of the morning. AGAIN!!! Did you see the full blue moon. It's the first time in 40 years we have had a full moon on New Years Eve. I enjoyed just sitting and watching the clouds floating past the nighttime wonder.
Happy 70th Birthday Judy
We love you
The only Dragon in a see of Bunnies. I'd like to see THAT!
Comment By : Russell on 2nd Mar 2010