Playing the waiting game……Sunday Selections

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Dry days bring out the shoppers who walk their dogs.  And of course they have to wait outside the shops. I watched these two for a while the other day – while I was waiting for a friend – their owner had just tied them up as I arrived and left them with kisses and reassuring pats.  ‘I’ll only be a couple of minutes she said, You’ll be ok.’

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Somehow I don’t think the ‘big’ one believed her

Where the h*** is she?  A couple of minutes she said!  I’m sure we’ve been here that time already, She’s nowhere in sight!  She knows I like my lunch dead on time.

All this from the ‘big’ one – the older one just sat there, looking on patiently, knowing she’d be along sometime or another and he’d get fed when they got home 🙂

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Unfortunately I had to leave – feeling a bit disappointed I wouldn’t get to see the reception on her return!

And here’s another dog playing the waiting game.  The resident Lab at a coffee shop we go to in Proserpine waited so patiently for The Golfer to give him a piece of his cake.  No luck though – we had been warned.  ‘No feeding please, no matter how long and hard he looks at you with those pleading eyes!’

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River at Drifting through Life is the keeper of the Sunday Selections meme.  No real rules- post some photos on a Sunday – link back to River.  Try to visit some of the other participants

I’ll leave the best ’til last…..

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Life this week has been good.

Legs and hips have behaved themselves.  The warm water pool was warm.  I managed a short walk.

We watched ‘Sully’ at one of the local cinemas – my birthday treat.  It is one that has been fitted out with lovely big reclining seats plus footrests and big arms rests you can share.  They’ll be comfortable enough to nod off in if the movie isn’t that crash hot.  No fear of that with ‘Sully’  Thoroughly enjoyed it – a real ‘ feel good ‘ one.

The temperature tomorrow is going to be bright and sunny 21c/70f.  Sounds good – only drawback is it’s going down to 4c/ about 39f tonight.  Last night it was 2c/35f. Come on Spring, get your act together.  This messing around is not funny!!

And as promised, here’s the best. I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our family.  Meet Gt Grandson number 1.(name unknown)  He’ll be arriving early next year in a maternity ward in Brisbane.  Something to look forward to now  🙂

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Thank you……

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Thank you Thank you Thank you – that’s all I seemed to say last week

Thank you Deb my lovely chiropractor. Without you I would still be ‘jumping up and down’. Your handy dandy little machine works wonders putting everything back where it should be. Will try your suggestion of Turmeric tablets as a natural anti inflammatory.

Thank you Bill my lovely podiatrist. Without you I would be wearing slippers to go down the street. A bit like the sciatica that struck without warning a couple of weeks ago a corn ‘grew’ again in a spot it had been excised from many months ago.

I’ve been seeing both of them for a few years now – we are like old friends and memories came flooding back when I found this very old post in the archives.

(I’ve imported it from a previous blog – my old blogspot ‘Still Waters’)

 Feet – 2010

Thank you to the crew at the car dealers who service Lance 2 and keep him full of vigour and vim.
Who is Lance 2 I hear you say – read here for the answer.

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They waved their magic wands doing whatever it is that car mechanics do at various times in a car’s life which means I can feel safe while I tootle round the streets, aided and abetted by smooth running Lance. It’s amazing what a grease and oil change can do -a bit like having a cut and blo*w wave I bet.

There was a definite Thank You voiced when I saw the very clean Lance that was waiting to be picked up.  For many years (during that long 10 year drought)  the courtesy car wash was not available but now it seems to have been reinstated.  All the recent heavy rain has not been kind to the white coloured Lance – he was a bit grubby (and muddy) when I dropped him off – not so any more.  Positively gleaming he is – until the rain comes back again lol

So here we are at the beginning of a new week – one where I can walk properly with pain   🙂

Also one where I have to nip down to an automobile ‘shop’ to get some ‘cut and polish’ stuff for The Golfer to have a go at the scratches left on Lance’s passenger side.  I choose parking spots ‘miles away’ from others, almost in open country side (or so The Golfer says) with countless bays on either side of me.  Yet someone still managed to park right next to me and open their driver’s door without looking   😦

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Bye for now

Cathy x

Returning to the fold….

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I don’t know about you but as I’ve got older I just want things to flow along smoothly.  No unexpected changes or surprises.  That doesn’t mean I don’t instigate changes myself, just don’t like having them ‘forced’ on me

For more years than I can remember we have been associated with two phone providers. There is the national carrier T who provides the landline to the house and who we use for local calls and there’s the other carrier O who we use for long distance which on the bill are just termed as National and International. The old terms of STD (subscriber trunk dialling) and ISD (international subscriber dialling) that first appeared when subscribers could place their own calls without going through the operator seemed to have gone by the wayside now.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_switchboard

We split from T many years ago when the new carrier came on the scene and ‘special rates’ for long distance calls first appeared – at one time we used to makes lots of interstate and international calls and ‘these rates’ were much better than what we were paying.  These days because of other ways of keeping in touch those calls vary month to month – there are still some we know without internet and others who don’t like emails and would run a mile rather than talk on skpe lol

So we receive two sets of accounts, line rental and local calls from one and another from the other company for everything else. Yes, we do have mobiles but we don’t feel about them the way so many do these days. We use the internet at home, mine is prepaid and The Golfer is on a very old low cost plan. It was a very good arrangement that as far as I was concerned suited us – until recently.

Fast forward to last month and we get a very nice note from the national carrier advising of a(nother) rise in the line rental.  A necessary evil because we need it for our internet provider (another company unrelated to the other two)

So I start investigating other options and you’d never believe what I found.

Right under my nose as well  🙂

For less than the cost of the new monthly line rental I can now get (from T) a plan  covering said rental plus unlimited local calls and lots of other low cost call charges and because we are pensioners (shush, we don’t always admit to that) there is a monthly allowance that will definitely cover those national and international calls we make using O plus various other extras.  So we’ll basically be paying line rental and everything else will be free

How good is that  🙂

How daft (and pleased) did I feel when I realised that by returning to a full service with the national carrier I would be getting a bargain and saving myself some money as well.

Now I realise all businesses welcome new clients with open arms these days but I left the ‘shop’ feeling very content after the ‘very young girl – ‘almost a child’ – I spoke with to arrange this change looked me in the eye and came out with a variation of a very old expression

‘Welcome back to the fold’

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/return+to+the+fold

Today is Sunday the 2nd of October 2016……

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It has been a glorious day, sunny dry and warm, much drier and very much warmer than all the days since we arrived home four weeks ago.  Pity about the gale force winds we had all day wreaking havoc in our suburb – mind you they did dry the overnight load of washing I did within half an hour of it being pegged on the line 🙂

I was really looking forward to an extra hours lie in this morning until I realised it is Spring here in Australia – and what happens at clock changing time in Spring?  Yes, we spring forward so we lost an hour!   Changing the time in my car is such a hassle I didn’t do it six months ago – guess I’ll be able to relax now and won’t have to remember it’s a hour fast lol

Of course those of you who know me will know this is one time change I actually look forward to (when I get the forward/backward movement right) because it means there will be more daylight hours at the end of the day – which is when they are of more use to me.  And from that statement you will be right in assuming I’m not at my best first thing in the morning and extra daylight at that time would be a waste 🙂

And going by our overnight temperatures at the moment they (the extra hours of daylight) most certainly would be a waste.  They (the overnight temps) have only risen a degree or two since we went away.  Oh, what a shock to the system that was – arriving home to weather that wasn’t much different to that we left seven weeks earlier!  Of course I’m stretching it a bit, we have some warmish days coming up this week but the overnights are only just going into double digits.  10c is 50f and that or below is not my idea of fun to wake up to lol

The change of season is noticeable in the garden, the roses obviously appreciated their annual haircut along with the record winter rainfall.  Lots of new growth but bit early for flowers yet.  I’ve pottered around out there and taken a couple of short walks on days when we had some respite from the almost constant rain but that’s about it as for some reason after months and months of not giving me any trouble my back has been playing up.

My friend called ‘Sciatica’ (courtesy of the Spinal Stenosis I have) has been visiting recently – numb tingling legs along with that awful sharp electric shock feeling making me jump out of my skin doesn’t make me the easiest person to live with so I’ve been taking it easy tidying up all the loose ends associated with the knitting I did up north and staying out of harms way until things have subsided and I can move about without fear of being ‘shocked’.

And of course you know who has been most willing to help – when she’s stayed awake long enough that is.

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It’s good to be back – I’ll pop in and say hello to you as I work my way round blogs.

Bye for now

Cathy

 

It’s all go….

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Well we are setled in to our ‘little house’ (the one I showed you in the last post) here at the van park in Bowen

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Having the same cabin each time we are here means it’s almost like coming home lol. It isn’t a big room and now I know where things fit I have to work hard at putting them back into allocated spaces or it seems to get untidy very easily.  I do so wish ‘tidy’ was my middle name 🙂

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After a quick Hello to our neighbours I took a very little walk to reassure myself that Queen’s Beach – 5kms of flat sand running alongside the Coral Sea – was still there.  One of my daily must do’s while we are here is to walk along those sands in one direction or the other.

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We’ve been taking things quietly this past week.  The Golfer has golfed and I’ve rested – reading and knitting and just enjoying the winter sun.

Mind you there was lots of excitement in town this past weekend when the Superboats (offshore powerboats) had their meet in Bowen.  I’m sure getting to see them up close and personal on land at the street display Friday evening was more of a highlight for little kids than seeing them in the water.  It was for me – they are enormous (and very noisy) 🙂

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As the internet connection using my ipad is not that good out there I have to come into ‘town’ to the library (or have a 50c ice cream to get a connection at Maccas lol) so will only pop in now and again.  When I can drag myself away from this lovely little secluded spot called Rose Bay 🙂

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Confidence comes from within…..

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A while ago I mentioned the granddaughter who blossomed as she got older

https://cranethie.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/age-brings-a-change/

Well 18 months on this is another ‘look at me now’ post.

She doesn’t have a slim build like a lot of her ‘trendy’ friends but what she does have is enthusiasm for a new pastime and that happy look that comes from a new found confidence.  Her beautiful red hair is dark at the moment but that is because she likes the look rather than hiding behind the colour.

My mother and father were very keen dancers of all styles and watching at this inter dance school competition I wished they could have been there to see her.  Sadly not possible as they have been gone for many a year now but how great is it that the same passion has emerged in another generation.

Not very often I do a bragging Grandma’ post so I do hope you enjoy these short videos I took from the sidelines.  It seems she has found a style she enjoys and is comfortable with –  ‘New Vogue’ – similar in ways to Old Time.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Vogue_(dance)

Knitting the blues away on Musical Monday

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I’m not really sure where last week went to but it certainly passed by at a very fast rate of knots.  Cold winter days mean I need to find lots of indoors pursuits to stop me from feeling miserable – and this past week of cold winter days was the perfect time to do the ‘finishing off’ on some children’s jumpers I wanted to donate.

You know, I always feel it’s those final things like sewing in sleeves, picking up stitches round the neckline for the neckband as well as choosing the ‘right sort of ‘ buttons that take time and need to be done when you are in the right frame of mind or the garments never have a ‘knit with love’ look.

I’m hoping the recipients of these boys knits enjoy the love packed in the parcel.

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And look what I found on YouTube this week.  Who would have guessed there would be songs about knitting lol. I actually found several but this one is fun all the way along each row 🙂

Do listen carefully as Bill Odie (yes, from The Goodies) sings about knitting the blues away in a very ‘Blues’ way

Pop over to River’s blog to see more Musical Monday participants.

http://river-driftingthroughlife.blogspot.com.au

Musical Monday…..

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Yesterday was Father’s Day in some countries (‘celebrated’ in September here in Australia) a day that I don’t ever remember being mentioned when I was growing up in England.  Dads were Dads – they were just there lol

Music is one thing I associate with my Dad – he loved to sing.

Singing Dad

We grew up with him singing – all sorts of tunes would come out of his mouth.  Naturally with him being Irish there’d  be the silly/fun ‘diddley eye di di’ make a noise numbers, then he’d croon like Bing Crosby and then he’d come out with something like these gems.

 

But his most favourite of all were Josef Locke songs

So my Musical Monday (memory) is this one – hope you enjoy it.

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/16/arts/josef-locke-82-irish-tenor-who-inspired-tears-is-dead.html

http://www.theguardian.com/news/1999/oct/16/guardianobituaries

Six years and thirty five days……

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This is purely a ‘selfish’ post – one for me to remember a loved one who has been gone for a while.

Looking through some old photo folders the other day i came across these taken early in 2010.  Kiera (our brown girl) is the last cat to come into our household and for most of her long life (16 last December) she has always had other cats for company.  Her absolute favourite companion has been Leroy – a chocolate Burmese.  As you see in these two photos wherever he went, she went 🙂

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Leroy was one of those special cats that loved people.  As he got older he loved to sit on the deck watching the world go by or just close his eyes the way old fellas do.  ‘Not sleeping just resting his eyes’ lol  Yet the minute he heard voices he was there wanting to know what was going on.

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And THAT was the look that told you that was just the right place to scratch 🙂

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During the long hot summer 2009/2010 he would spend lots of time snoozing peacefully under the table on the deck and during early winter that year at just over 18yrs we said goodbye.

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Vale – Farewell

Double Grand Premier Neuter Brookwood Bonnie Laddie

known to us as

Leroy

Sire Adina Kavaier – Dam Brookwood Ranee

24 April 1992 – 13 May 2010

Loved – missed – will never be forgotten

 

 

Morning has broken….

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Here in Australia the 1st of June and not the 21st marks the change of season and strangely for a non lover of cold weather I am enjoying this second week of Winter.  I could live (for a little while :)) with crisp cold nights coupled with chilly mornings that turn into cloudless dry sunny warmish days.

We had those sort of Winter days for several years during the long Millennium Drought (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000s_Australian_drought) and there’s no way anyone of us wants to revisit them  So I will live with our often very wet unpredictable Victorian Winters and be happy when we get these ‘special days’

One of the pleasures of these special days are the sunrises.  See the glow on the deck roof – this was about 7.20 am.  Yes that’s sunrise time at the moment.

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A look to the left over a sleepy suburb and I realised how much that Pittosporum had grown.  It covered most of the sky making it hard to capture that beautiful sunrise.

7.25am June 14, 2016

7.25am June 14, 2016

And moving to the right you could see the sun beginning to move up into the sky from behind the back neighbour’s rooftop.

7.25am June 14, 2016

7.25am June 14, 2016

It probably sounds a bit corny but standing there I had this hymn running through my mind reminding me of school assemblies and services I attended in a small village church many years ago

http://southwellchurches.nottingham.ac.uk/bawtry/hpics.php

More Winter Happiness……

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Winter weather often determines my mood.  Unlike a few of the blog readers I’m not a fan of Winter and often get ‘the miseries’ when the days are dull and the hours of daylight get progressively less and less.

However after a very cold night in my area (3c /37f) yesterday turned out to be a corker.  Dry and sunny with a brisk wind!  Comfortable enough to hang washing on the line and potter about in part of the garden that has been neglected for a while.

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Then it was time for a coffee (and craft) break on the back deck and who better to share it with than my shadow called Kiera.  You’d be amazed at how warm and comfortable that little spot at the table can get when the winter sun beams through the PVC blinds.  They are a great windbreak too.

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By early afternoon the sun had moved to the front of the house which is where the lounge room is.

So you could say – that very much like the song John Denver used to sing – Sunshine makes me happy 🙂

 

 

The happy side of Winter

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Even though I’m not a fan of Winter some things do make me feel happy.

One of them is seeing the little Japanese Maple coloured up like this on a wet miserable day.

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It lives quietly at the bottom of the garden and for most of the year it’s ‘just there’ but right now in June is when it shines and gets to be noticed 🙂

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It’s a shame my camera doesn’t catch the actual colouring of the leaves but I love them and always feel happy this happens now and not later.

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What things do you enjoy about Winter?

Oh and Thank You for all the comments on my previous post – I haven’t had time to visit all your blogs yet, hopefully I’ll get there in the next few days.

Cathy

Baby it’s cold outside

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It’s been a while hasn’t it 🙂

Just a little note to say I’m back

The mind is refreshed as well as the body.

Even though we came in contact with the tail end of a cyclone which meant missed ports and a rearranged itinerary we had a great time on our recent cruise.

Also a very generous cruiser shared their germs with me.  I don’t remember much of the past few weeks – there have been several visits to the GP and Chemist for pills and potions as well as lots of bed rest.

In the meantime Winter has arrived!

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With a low of 4c / 39f forecast for tonight I think it might be cuddle up and keep me warm time with The Golfer 🙂

One extreme to the other….

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One thing you can be sure of when you live here in Victoria and that is that seasons may have names and dates associated with them but Mother Nature has a mind of her own and uses her female prerogative to change her mind now and again.

Yesterday we were sweltering clothed in our coolest clothing.

This was the scene out the front of my house 8am this morning.  Much needed rain that tumbled down most of the day.

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Guess who had appointments that meant they had to go out and about today??

Guess who thought there was an umbrella in the car??

Orange and Green….

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There were beds to be made, dishes to be washed, floors to be swept along with  all those other mundane household tasks that accumulate and with the promise of another hot day they seemed like mountains that had to be crossed.  Couple that with the frustation – annoyance even – of ‘losing’ a spreadsheet on my excel app on the iPad – and you can tell it could possibly have turned into one of those days spent in an armchair with a book and still clothed in my nightie come 4pm lol

But no – today was the day to celebrate all things Irish and as my Irish ancestors from both sides of the border never seemed to run away from a fight I had to do them proud and get on with it .:)

Would you like to see my chosen ‘dress’ for this special day?

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This is one that I refer to as being a Joseph (as in being in many colours) and it definitely was the one for today.  Loose fitting and sleeveless and featuring the colours of Ireland!  There’s green and orange and white in the fabric which are in the Flag of Ireland (Irish triclour) – red is there as well but sadly no blue to compliment the red and white found in the Union Jack which my north of the border families would have favoured.  Plenty of the afor mentioned orange tho!

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And as you can see, oodles of a bright sunny yellow that certainly helped to brighten my day in another way 🙂

 

 

Alright I suppose….

That’s been life here recently – alright but nothing to write home about!

Computer failure – The Golfer’s little man was unavailable so he went to someone else.  Not exactly happy with his service but the PC goes now.  Alright in a fashion.

I saw two shows recently – Dawn French (live on stage, one woman show) and The Lady in the Van and even tho’ both had good reviews they left me feeling as tho’ there could have been more.  Alright I suppose but nothing to write home about!

This same feeling is what i got from the last book I spoke about (Breath, Tim Winton) in fact it’s the only one I’ve read this year.  Great reviews, highly recommended, but for me it was a stop start affair.  I got there in the end but only because I was determind to see how it ended.

Our weather (always a big factor in my life with regards to mental health) is changing.  The phrase Indian Summer comes to mind.  Lately the days have been very hot and humid and very taxing – Summer on the calender was filled with strange changeable weather and I kept wondering which season we were actually in.  Looking back at those months I suppose you could say it was alright but nothing to write home about.

Now to get out of this deep dark hole I just have to remind myself that life doesn’t always have to be go go go, rah rah rah –  ordinary and unremarkable can be good.

Now you are back and talking, think ‘Positive Attitude’ Catherine (and swim 🙂 )

 

 

Oh the things you do……

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So it’s been a couple of weeks since I came by to say hello – two sort of blah nothing weeks.  Really they were just 14 of the usual run of the mill days I have sometimes but somehow I didn’t want to share them so I thought if I changed the blog to private I could go on my merry (unrecorded) way until things bucked up a bit.

Well, you wouldn’t believe what happened.  I received some emails via wordpress from readers asking for access to the blog.  What the?? Was my reaction lol. I realise now, because I was still logged on I didn’t actually see what appeared on the screen, that was, an invitation to do just that 🙂

Anyway all should be back to normal now – it’s Friday and we know what that means. Fun – Fun – Fun.  Irish Fun at that !  All my ancestors were Irish so I’m well aware (and have no hesitation at laughing at) how daft things can get at times 🙂

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Here’s hoping your Friday has some funny moments you can laugh about.