O is for……………

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Well, looks like another week has passed by (not sure where it went lol)
and here we are again wondering
what letter today is dedicated to at Mum’s Alphabet Blogging Challenge

Today’s letter is O
and that means I can show you a clip from one of my favourite musicals
OKLAHOMA

Did you know
it was the first musical written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein?
It opened on Broadway in 1943 and tells the story of the growing romance between Curly Mclain and and Laurey Williams.

The film version was first screened in 1955
with Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones in the lead roles

I’m sure a lot of you will know some of the songs from the muscial
‘Oklahoma’
‘The Surrey with the fringe on top’
‘People will say we’re in love’
as well as my favourite

Oh what a beautiful morning
sung by Gordon McRae

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Visitors of the native kind………..

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This is for Dianne
October 2011 – Far eastern suburbs of Melbourne
Foothills of the Dandenong Ranges

Look what was on the front grass when I got home one afternoon
Oh yes, there are times of the year when our grass is an unintentional special mix of dandelions and daisies -  But that’s not what I’m showing you lol

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A pair of Crimson Rosellas looking for something tasty to eat

Yes thats what I saw

Not too concerned to begin with
Nice dandelion clock there full of seeds!

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Almost like staues – Eyes straight ahead
showing off their beautiful red heads and blue speckled wings and back

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Uh Oh Looks like I’ve been sprung

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The one closest to the car carried on moving about and munching
but wasn’t sure if he saw anything or not

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Plenty to eat here but they left soon after

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I’d turned the engine off and coasted down the drive
Then took these through the closed window
hence the different colour on the grass in some.

Crimson Rosella
Scientific Name:
Platycercus elegans
Featured bird groups:
Parrots

The first is full size but the others have been cropped
Hope you enjoy them :)

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P is for……………

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Alphabet Blogging time with Mum again and this week’s letter is P

In our house P will always stand for Pleasure 
Pleasure:- A feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment
The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified

We always used to laugh at my Dad when he’d talk about soaking his feet
Last year I told you how he called it ‘one of his life’s little pleasures’
I’m not sure if he ever realised how much pleasure it gave us to hear him sing

Singing DadWhen she was tiny he’d sing this song to my little sister Patsy
who I’m sure didn’t realise it was about a boy lol

And this one that had us all in fits of laughter

This past few weeks I’ve started to pick my way through those boxes of photos and place them in albums.  And oh how I’m glad I did so as I was finally able to find these ones taken one Christmas not that long ago.
Lots of fun and smiles that day – a day that brought pleasure to us all

~ ~ Merry Christmas Grandma  2003 ~ ~

~ ~ Merry Christmas Grandma 2003 ~ ~

And also a day that proved a simple $5 toy could bring such a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment aka PLEASURE to all the grandkids there that day :)

~ ~ Wait for it ~ ~

~ ~ Wait for it ~ ~

~ ~ Where'd it go?? ~ ~

~ ~ Where’d it go?? ~ ~

What sort of things give you pleasure?
Do you get pleasure from the little things in life?

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Summer Reads……………..

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Thought I’d move on to something else today – I was beginning to sound like someone in a television series (Grumpy Old Women) in the last post lol

Chatting away to an acquaintance at the gym we got round to the subject of reading.  She asked me to name the title of my current read and I said ‘Nothing’

My current read is – Nothing
On those long hot summer days of January and February I devoured 14 books so I’m sort of read out at the moment
and if the truth be told really need to finish the charity knitting and get it away before the weather turns cold.

So reading is on hold at the moment
Or as I read somewhere ‘I am between books’.

But I did tell her about some of my summer reads - All picked off the library shelf and all thoroughly enjoyed :)

When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Such a ‘simple’ story line about a man suddenly finding himself responsible for his mentally disabled (described that way by the author) brother after the death of his mother.  Both men having to adjust to life with each other after a long time apart.

Promotional blurb (found here) described it this way
WHEN YOU WERE OLDER is the poignant, uplifting, and thought-provoking story of two very different brothers who try to build a new life together, against the backdrop of an uncertain and uneasy time in our shared history.

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Old Filth by Jane Gardam

A funny yet almost true to life story about an aging barrister who had left London and moved to Hong Kong where life became very different to the one he had left behind.  His nickname Old FILTH came from Failed in London – Try Hong Kong.

A very English book (not in the Miss Read style) one that because of previous personal experiences I completely understood.  His thoughts move backwards and forwards as he relives his childhood in Malaya and his life overseas with Betty his recently deceased wife

The Age review (found here) can tell you more about the book than I can.

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The fictional story about the life of an educated 50yr old woman who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers Disease. The story is written with Alice doing the narration, talking about her life and the way things are changing and how she has no idea why.  The book also touches on the effect this is having on the rest of the family.

Even tho’ it’s not a text book, having had personal experience with my aunt and her battle with Alzeimers I wish I had read this many years ago when she was first diagnosed.

There are so many reviews on Goodreads – click through, scroll down and see how ‘ordinary’ readers felt about it

I have discovered that it has recently (March/April 2014) been made into a film starring Julianne Moore in the role of Alice.

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Hopefully I’ll be back to reading again soon
I know I’m no.3 in line for the second book in the Old Filth series.
The Man in the Wooden Hat.
Looking forward to quiet times book in hand as the weather cools down.

Now I’ve put lots of links in to the books, the authors and reviews
do have a look at some of them – you might find more to read there.

Changes……………..

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Changes – big ones and little ones – they seem to happen all the time.
Luckily there haven’t been any major ones in my life recently but I have noticed some little ones - some I don’t mind – others I dislike.

You’ll notice I’ve changed back to my original theme.
Least said about the ‘new one’ I tried the better!

Our local bank premises (one of the big four with the colour blue featuring prominently in its branding) has been given a makeover.  There is a ‘take a ticket’ system with couches to wait on, however all the tellers are side by side along a counter with no dividing panels separating them.  Very different and a bit confronting withdrawing large amounts of cash (as I do on occasion) in full view of everyone else :(

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There are changes in radio / tv programmes – minor in the whole scheme of things except for those who do not like them lol

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Most of Australia ‘fell back’ when our clocks changed this past weekend (so we are back to Australian Eastern Standard Time -  AEST) the east coast is now 10 hours in front of Greenwich Mean Time or Zulu Time or UTC. - but of course because of time changes in other countries we are less than that in actual time – if you follow my meaning lol

I know they’ve always been there but when did we change and start using all those other names in everyday speech??

The ‘extra hour’ we ‘gained’ on Sunday changed meant I was rested and wide awake to see daylight about 6am today, - but according to this study our body clocks don’t change that quickly.

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A sharp reminder of the season change was when I stopped the car outside the Montrose library and glanced at the hills and saw the yellow colour of this tree staring me in the face.

~ ~ Hills from Montrose - March 2014 ~ ~

~ ~ Hills from Montrose – March 2014 ~ ~

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Which means there will be seasonal changes in the garden – some are evident now.
I can see the Cuban Lilly – Scilla peruviana - has new shoots pushing their heads up out of the ground.
They will be blooming about September/October time.

~ ~ Cuban Lilly - new shoots - April 2014 ~ ~

~ ~ Cuban Lilly – new shoots – April 2014 ~ ~

 

 

 

~ ~ Cuban Lillies tucked into a corner of a rose bed.  October 2013 ~ ~

~ ~ Cuban Lillies tucked into a corner of a rose bed. October 2013 ~ ~

Those are last years dead oak leaves by the way. Next door’s tree will supply me with plenty – very soon!!

~  Next doors Oak Tree Oct. 2013~ Cuban Lillies to right ~

~ Next doors Oak Tree Oct. 2013~ Cuban Lillies to right ~

How do you go with changes?
Seasonal or otherwise?

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Q is for……………

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Hopefully I’ll have it fixed soon
 

Well, here it is Friday again – time for Alphabet Blogging with Mum
and the Letter of the Week is Q
To begin with I thought Q would stump me
(After all it is the most rarely used letter in the modern English language)
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But have no fear – this is what I came up with
The word of the day is:
Questions

Q is for question

 About the Alphabet !
(and I acknowledge this is not my work but from a very old email)

Q: In what way are the letter “A” and “noon” alike?
A: Both of them are in the middle of the “day”.

Q: What letter of the alphabet is an insect?
A: B. (bee)

Q: What letter is a body of water?
A: C. (sea)

Q: What letter is a part of the head?
A: I. (eye)

Q: What letter is a drink?
A: T. (tea)

Q: What letter is a vegetable?
A: P. (pea)

Q: What letter is an exclamation?
A: O. (oh!)

Q: What letter is looking for causes ?
A: Y. (why)

Q: What four letters frighten a thief?
A: O.I.C.U. (Oh I see you!)

Q: In what way can the letter “A” help a deaf lady?
A: It can make “her” “hear”.

Q: Which is the loudest vowel?
A: The letter “I”. It is always in the midst of noise

Q: Why is “U” the happiest letter?
A: Because it is in the middle of “fun”.

Q: What is the end of everything?
A: The letter “g”.

Fun video from Australian comedy show
(about letters of the alphabet)

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Wordless Wednesday – Seen in Singapore

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Random view from Singapore Flyer
Singapore – 12 December 2013

 Wonder what that patch of green is?

Wonder what the bit of green is

 Marina Bay with numerous city buildings
Tinted windows obscure the view

The Float and nearby city SingaporeSo that’s what it is!

 The Float at Marina Bay
Quite eye opening when seen for the first time

~ ~ The Worlds Largest Floating Sports Stadium ~ ~ ~

~ ~ The Worlds Largest Floating Sports Stadium ~ ~ ~

The floating platform on Marina Bay
measures 120 metres long and 83 metres wide
can seat 30,000
Used for sporting as well as other events

View from Singapore Flyer

Links and progress photos and usage

The largest floating stage in the world

Marina Bay Floating Stadium

 

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It’s an Age Problem for some…………….

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I’ve noticed lots of talk on blogs recently about how Spring is arriving in the Northern Hemisphere and how everyone is  looking forward to being outside enjoying the sunshine and once Summer arrives swimming will be back on the agenda.  For me, well, we wont be going up north this Winter so until our weather warms up again towards the end of the year here in Victoria I’m going to have to be content with my classes at the indoor pool.

When lots of us retire we grab any chances we have at being able to try out many of the things on our wish list – I really want to learn to crochet, maybe this will be the winter to try.  Some of us get more daring as we age – skydiving anyone?  Thats often on a birthday wish list – not for me though.

And as much as I enjoy my sunbathing here is a gentle but true reminder for me not to get daring on the beach any time soon!

Sunbathers unite

Anyone going topless this year???

R is for ………………..

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It’s Friday again and time for Alphabet Blogging with Mum

Right then – this week the letter is R
And what I discovered is that:-
The letter R is the only letter in the modern Latin alphabet  (which is the one we use) in which the uppercase has a closed section and the lowercase does not.
Also that:-
The letter R is sometimes referred to as the littera canina (canine letter). This phrase has Latin origins: the Latin R was trilled to sound like a growling dog
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Anyway for me the letter R stands for …….. Round

~ ~ Round benches Canada Place Vancouver ~ ~

~ ~ Round benches Canada Place Vancouver ~ ~

~ ~ Round the table Chinese style ~ ~

~ ~ Round the table Chinese style ~ ~

~ ~ Round weights for barbells ~ BodyPump anyone? ~ ~

~ Round weights for barbells ~ BodyPump anyone? ~

And R stands for ………………..Reflections

Right on my doorstep

~ ~ Runner duck and friends anticipating ~ ~

~ ~ Runner duck and friends anticipating ~ ~

~ ~ Runner ducks and friends leaving disappointed ~ ~

~ ~ Runner ducks and friends leaving disappointed ~ ~

 And far far away

~ ~ Reflection of glacier at waters edge ~ ~

~ ~ Reflection of glacier at waters edge ~ ~

So then I thought of………. Real and Reflecting

 There is a place for Real Life right on my doorstep – messy or otherwise

~ ~ An unguarded moment in Real Life ~ ~
~ ~ An unguarded moment in Real Life ~ ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

and there are refreshing and relaxing places for Reflecting on life

~ ~ Reflecting on life in Glacier Bay Alaska ~ ~

~ ~ Reflecting on life in Glacier Bay Alaska ~ ~

And are you ready for this Release:-
The Carpenters

 

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It’s time for a laugh!

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Its nearly the end of March – St Pat’s Day has been and gone
There’s a bit of light drizzle here this morning that reminds me of long a go trips to Belfast to visit my Granny and other family.  It always seemed to be misty and cool on the boat across the Irish Sea.
Spring seems to be a long time coming for many of you
so to round off the month here’s some jokes to brighten up your day

You may have heard some of them before
and if so I know you’ll be polite and laugh at them again :)

The Irishmen and the Tour de France

 Two Irishmen were sitting in a pub in Dublin watching the Tour de France on TV.

Seamus shook his head and asked, “Whoi t’e hell do they do that?”

“Do what?” asked Mick.

“Go on them boikes for moiles and moiles, up and down t’e hills, round t’e bends.

Day after day, week after week.

No matter if it’s oicy, rainin’, snowin’, hailin’ . .. . why would they torture themselves like that?”

“Tis all for the prestige and the money,” replied Mick.

“You know the winner gets about a half a million Euros”.

“Yeah, I understand that.” said Seamus.

“But why do all the others do it?”

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Here’s one for the drinkers (Irish or otherwise)

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar….

After awhile, one looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland ‘

The other responds proudly, ‘Yes, that I am!’

The first one says, ‘so am I!’

And where about from Ireland might you be?’

The other answers, ‘I’m from Dublin, I am.’

The first one responds, ‘So am I!’

‘Sure and begorrah. And what street did you live on in Dublin?

The other says, ‘A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.’

The first one says, ‘Faith and it’s a small world. So did I! So did I!’

‘And to what school would you have been going?’

The other answers, ‘Well now, I went to St. Mary’s, of course.’

The first one gets really excited and says, ‘and so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate?’

The other answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’

The first one exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight.’

‘Can you believe it? I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1964 my own self!’

About this time, Mick walks into the bar, sits down and orders a beer.

Brian, the bartender, walks over to Mick shaking his head and mutters; ‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’

Mick asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian’? . .

‘The Murphy twins are p………..again.’

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Up date – edited to remove third joke
Complaint about risque nature

Wordless Wednesday ……..They grow ‘em big in this suburb

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Do they really have much bigger children in this suburb?
(Playground behind the library, Mooroolbark)

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As compared to this one?
(Playground at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve, Kilsyth)

1Seems Bird Nest Swings come in all shapes and sizes!!

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Meet the local hooligans……

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This is for Tessa who likes posts with big photos :)

Several times during the year Kiera has a spring clean – well I should say every couple of months after her beauty treatment (shush don’t tell her it’s flea prevention) all her bedding has a good wash and brush up.  Being the last of a long line of cats in our home (pets and breeders) she has seems to have plenty of beds and bedding – during the time of the Black Saturday bush fires I donated loads to the Animal Aid – yet look indoors, on the deck, in the outside run and in the garage and you’ll find somewhere she sleeps with bedding that needs laundered.

So find a good sunny blowy day, grab it and away we go

Clean beds for Kiera

Pegging it all on the line a couple of weeks ago  I could hear chattering   noises along with the odd squawk in next door’s oak tree and looking way way up (to the red dots) saw these two looking down at me.

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Yes, a couple of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos from the noisy flock that hangs around the neighbourhood had decided to spend the day up there and not to move on when ever the rest of them had flown off earlier that morning..

There are times when no one’s around you’ll find some of them checking out the grass on the nature strip looking for things to nibble on.

cockies on the nature strip

They love pottering around on next door’s roof and seem to find all sorts on there to amuse themselves with

cockies on the roof

They have a penchant for hanging on the power lines much to this neighbours annoyance

cockies surveying the neighbourhood

Because this is what they usually end up doing
Shades of ‘Tarzan’ or maybe they fancy themselves doing a high wire act in a circus lol

cockies on the power lines

Then there are the ones who will take a fancy to whatever might be in the other next door neighbour’s bins

cocky on the lookout

Cockies in the bin

Look at most of these photos and you’ll see the one on look out duty
just sitting to one side looking around.
Did you find them – the ones on the tv aerial looked like they wanted to get in on the action as well lol

Even if they are noisy they are fun to see around.  Yes, they are fun to see but in some areas can be a pest.  Just ask farmers out in the bush.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulphur-crested_Cockatoo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacatua

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatoo

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Click go the ……….knitting needles!

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A little intro here – as you can see I’ve changed to a different theme.  This post has photos to help check loading time,

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I made use of these last few weeks when it seemed like I was in ‘retreat’ and ignoring the world by fishing out the knitting needles again.  KOGO will be looking for winter supplies to distribute and I’m determined to rid some of my boxes of ‘odd small balls’ of assorted colours.  Some of it is new and some recycled, I was needing just enough to use – one colour as a main and others as contrast.  Result no.1 – 4 jumpers/sweaters for babes about 12 months old.  Not too bright - not too pale – winter knits to take the coldness of winter away :)

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Stripey striped sleeves and matching buttons courtesy of the big box that sits behind the couch lol

3 KOGO March 2014

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Boys are on the go – Charity knitting fills a need and is never a chore.

S is for…………..

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Ask most Aussies what S stands for and they will possibly say

Slip Slop Slap

The 1980 skin cancer prevention campaign suggested we
Slip on a shirt – Slop on some sunscreen – Slap on a hat

(Sorry about this but it looks like you’ll have to click on the youtube links
– they were embedded and visible -
but seem to have decided not to play ball the way I want them to)

Original version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7nocIenCYg

Still relevant today with recent additions
Seek some shade – Slide on some sunnies

Updated version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzA47J7QsVk

http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/campaigns-and-events/slip-slop-slap-seek-slide.html

http://www.cancervic.org.au/about/publications/sunsmart-videos/sunsmart_1980_sid1.html

Slip Slop Slap Seek Slide
Good advice no matter which country you live in

Do you have any campaigns like this in your country?

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Attitude and how it makes a difference………..

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First of all I want to say Thank You for all your comments and thoughts (on the blog and in emails) about my last post.  There are times when I think out loud and forget others can hear and am surprised when I receive so much support from you.  I really appreciated them – Thank you.

Walking is back on the agenda again – well it never really left just didn’t get done all that frequently over the hot months - and knowing I always feel so much better after some time in the outdoors I ‘diarised’ (does anyone actually use that word??) / wrote ‘walk” with a big question mark on todays date on the calendar, thinking if I plant the seed maybe the deed will get done lol.

Also knowing I could change my mind at the drop of hat I had to move on out of the house as soon as the thought of ‘maybe having a coffee before the walk’ came into my mind.   It’s not that I don’t wan’t to walk it’s just that ……..well sometimes I get sidetracked and it never happens.

I remember years ago I picked up a book at the local library called ‘Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking’ and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I know it was very easy to read and talked about all sorts of things to do with walking, health and exercise.

Each ‘chapter’ was in several parts, not too long and easy to digest ranging from healthy reasons for walking, walking for weight loss, walking in different weather conditions.  I recall it mentioing strength training for walkers and an 8 week plan for achieving that first 5km walk/fun run. There was also a fun chapter on ‘Pole Walking’ – sometimes called Nordic Walking.

What reminded me of this book was finding this little piece in amongst some ‘saved word docs’.  I had copied it at the time I read the book (noting the name of the book for future reference) and when I saw it again this afternoon I laughed as it certainly describes me and my attitudes (good and bad) to a tee.  Maybe I’ll check it out of the library again for a refresher course lol

A WALKERS ATTITUDE

I woke up early today, excited about the day ahead. My health and well being are important and it is my job to decide to take care of myself. Its up to me to find the time, the place and the reasons to go for a walk.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy, or ……
I can be thankful that my skin will be blessed with moisture.

Today I can feel sad that I have so many other things to do, or……….
I can be happy that I’ll have so much more energy to do them when I’m done walking

Today I can grumble over the temperature, or…
I can be thrilled that I’ve got the right clothes to deal with it.

Today I can whine because I have to find the time to walk, or….
I can shout for joy that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit

Today I can mourn my lack of walking partners, or…
I can revel in my quiet time alone.

What my health and fitness will be like is, in great measure, up to me. I get to choose my level of well being. I get to lay the plans for a daily walk.

Have a great walk today…unless you have other plans.

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The Blahs plus The Blues = No Blogging

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Cooler weather – later sunrise and earlier sunset – extra blanket on bed - knowing the clocks and the seasons will be changing very soon and my fingers and toes will get cold!Smiley gloves

Torrential rain that caused kitchen skylight to drip copious amounts on the floor – grrr, why didn’t a certain person get up and check it last time it happened!wet smiley

Not being able to find my camera that is in the house somewhere – I used it the other day so where on earth is it.  Think of the cost of replacing it!camera smiley

Hearing from Terry’s brother again and reliving his death – it will fade with time I’m surecrying smiley

Receiving some very nasty comments on the blog from several different people - no idea why and thank goodness wordpress has ‘first comment authorisation’ so nobody but me sees them.annoyed smiley

All of that has meant I’ve been in a slump all week

In the big scheme of life these are such minor minor irritablilties - but they are ones that affect me.  I know I should toughen up and take it all in my stride but sometimes I fold and buckle and retreat.

Big talk with myself last night over this pity party so I’ll see you soon - with a smile on my face :)smileys galore

U is for………………..

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U is for Unload

A couple of definitions of unload are:
To dispose of, to dump
To relieve of something burdensome, unburden

Thats what happens here at this time of the year.

Once or twice a year -depending on where you actually live
most shires and councils
have what we call hard rubbish collections

It is a service for every household
whereby you can leave all those things
enormous or small – broken or otherwise
that you want to get rid of
On the nature strip out the front of your house and a big truck comes along and does the deed for you

It lets you get rid of – to unload – to unburden
For Free

It frees you from the thought of having to organise all that moving
lifting and paying!!

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Thats it in theory
In practice its slightly different!

It’s when that old saying
‘One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure’
comes into play
and the Hunters and Gathers come out.

Little cars and big utes will glide by, suddenly stop and drivers pick through the piles.  Even when times are not hard like now it seems as though everyone is out for a bargain - turning into scavengers – in many cases utilising their skills by upcycling their gains
Unloading others of their useable cast offs before the council truck arrives!

The going rate on scrap metal must have gone up lol
Anything that looks ‘metal’ goes in a flash – washing machines, dryers, bicycles, as well as various other metal bits and pieces are swooped on and removed almost as soon as it hits the nature strip.

Anyway, judging by my ‘nosiness’ while out walking
(yes, I’ve had a little squizzy at some piles here and there)
I think sales in TVs must have rocketed.  From what I’ve seen
just about every house I’ve passed has at least one sitting on the grass.
Mind you it could be the result of the switch over to digital only era we have moved into - which so many older people are Upset over.
I wonder if they will have a truck just for them (tvs) on their own.

The trouble with all this ‘trawling aka car window shopping’ and then unburdening is that it starts to get messy.  Instead of the nice neat (as per council guidlines) separated piles of junk we end up with something like this.
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Hard Rubbish 2

A new version of urban sprawl :)

Mum is hosting Alphabet Blogging ZYX style
pop over and see what others
have found for the letter U

Perhaps you’d like to join in – next Friday’s letter is T

Just wondering………….

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It has been a beautiful day today – fine and sunny and not too hot.  Took a ride down the road to the big ‘fatal to walk into ‘cose I’ll come out a lot poorer’ craft shop where they were having a complete rearrangment of departments.  Took us ages to actually find what we were after as the place was totally disorganised - even if the staff did say they knew where everything was lol

Gd1 has finally taken an interest in xstitch so she wanted to find some little kits to practice on.  Didn’t want to look through the enormous pile of easy patterns I have and the offer of aida cloth and threads – this is going to be my learning experience Grandma so I’ll do the choosing.   Found what she fancied and then was astonished at the price.  ‘Told you so’ I ribbed but she took it in her stride and left with a smile on her face looking ready to take on the world (of craft that is!)

Just wondering if she’ll look back in years to come and remember this day??

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I’m sitting here this afternoon thinking about the fracas in Ukraine and wondering how far it will escalate.

I’m also sitting here thinking about our next cruise which will be in October and is around the Black Sea.

1 Cruise Black Sea Oct 2014

As you can see two of the ports on the itinerary to visit are Odessa and Sevastapol.

Is it selfish of me to say I’m just wondering if we will actually get to see them or not!

Wordless Wednesday – Seen in British Columbia

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British Columbia Canada
Cnr Davie and Burrard Street Vancouver
A Community Garden
not something you would normally see in a major thoroughfare of a modern city
21 August 2010

Community Garden ~ Cnr Burrard & Davies ~ Vancouver 2010

Community Garden ~ Cnr Burrard & Davies ~ Vancouver 2010

I really love what can happen from smalll beginnings
2008
http://www.cityfarmer.info/2008/10/31/davie-village-community-garden-vancouver/

2010
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/city/sustainability/2010/09/29/growing-communities-community-gardens

2013
http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Explosive+growth+Vancouver+urban+gardens+prompts+confrontations/8755855/story.html

http://akabailey.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/davie-village-community-garden.html

Wordless Wednesday occurs all over the internet each Wednesday, when bloggers let photos speak for themselves.

See what others have ‘to say’ wordlessly

at My little drummer boys HERE

at Wordless Wednesday HERE 

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