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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cost of living

How do you handle not having any money?

Are you used to being broke all the time, or do you not have to worry about money at all?

Tim and I have never had a lot of money but we have never worried about having a roof over our heads or food on the table, yes we live week to week but so do most of the population.

What I do hate is having to ask Tim when I want money for anything, this he doesn't get because he will say if you need money just ask, however, he will often say things like “why do you need money” or will five be enough and if I say I want fifteen or twenty he will look all annoyed.

My parents never had a lot of money to spare either, but growing up we never felt like we were hard done by and most years we had a holiday.

Now my parents are on the aged pension and my dad is forever worrying about money, dad is often saying they are living beyond their means and he doesn't know what is going to happen. Mum can't see the point in worrying as she says it is not going to change anything and they are not that hard up.

Up until the last year my parents would take a couple of holidays a year but now they really can't, it is not just that they can't afford it. Dad is no longer able to drive the motorhome and had decided to sell it, at first mum was against selling it but has now come around and agrees that since dad can't drive it anymore they should sell it.

When dad is going on about how much the are overdrawn it upsets mum, she feels like what is she suppose to do.

This morning he rang her just after she started the monthly shopping saying there was not enough money there to do the shopping, she did the shopping anyway but she said she felt like just walking out and going home and telling him she didn't bother with the shopping because he said there was no money for it. However, she didn't do that she did the shopping but only bought half what they needed getting only the bare essentials.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

I never thought I'd..................

I saw this over at Kenzie's blog and liked the idea so much that I decided to do a I never thought I'd post of my own so here it is. 
I never thought I'd.. 

Drink Pepsi Max
Become addicted to blogging
Like overseas holidays
Have non family members live with me (happened a few years back)
Have my niece come live with me 
Have grandchildren who are not christened

You know what public holidays are great and annoying I keep forgetting what day it is. 

Tim is back at work today he left around 11am and will not be home till around 10pm by that time I will be in bed again. I had to cut my walk short this morning as Kathy was dropping Summer off for me to watch while Sydney went to her swimming lesson. 

Kelli is at her mum's place for the week she is house sitting for her while Sue is in Queensland with Kirsty, Jono is staying with her there and they of course have Daemon with them so it is nice that they get to spend some time together. 

The house is really quiet today, which is good because I have such a terrible headache and I am feeling uneasy in the tummy and I am oh so tired I might have to have a nap I am feeling that tired. 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Sunday and now it's Monday

Well Easter Monday has arrived, I have no plans for the day except to vacuum out and iron Tim's work shirts and watch some recorded shows, in fact I have been watching recorded shows a lot over the weekend.

I didn't get much chocolate yesterday, Kathy gave me a small pack of Lindt chocolates and Jessica dug out a couple of chocolates she didn't like from what I gave her and gave to me. I didn't get Tim anything because I knew he wouldn't get me anything and I really couldn't afford it as he didn't want to give me any money to spend on Easter eggs.

Yesterday while I was at my parents I hung a few more photos for mum and dad had to say “your not hanging more stuff” he is forever complaining about the photos when we hang them but not afterwards, when he is sitting watching telly he will say he likes the photos around the house.

Mum was telling me that dad had said only a couple of nights ago how long has the photo been there, he was talking about a photo I hung outside the bathroom a number of months ago.

Yesterday was the first Easter Sunday lunch that I can remember my sister Sandra not being at, she had gone away camping over the Easter weekend but she didn't go far only to Pelican which is between mums place and Jessica's place in Swansea so as David said she could had driven home for lunch but it was ok I wasn't worried about her not being there. My daughters Kathy-Lee & Jessica came for lunch along with Leo and Sydney-May & Summer.

Lunch was great we had a lamb roast with baked veggies followed by a Toblerone cheesecake made by my brother David. I cooked the veggies and mum did the lamb in the slow cooker.

Last night Kelli went to Jessica's place and she was cooking roast pork with veggies for them, there was Jessica, Kelli, Jono and a couple of other mates of theirs along with Blain, Leo and Daemon. Kelli should be home sometime today.

Yesterday Kelli drove her mum to the airport, she has gone to Queensland to be with Kirsty who is due to have her first child any time soon.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

My Saturday

Last night we had Blain here for the night, I like having him here he is “My Blain” but he can be a moody person at times, like last night he was mucking around with Papa and around 7.45pm I said it was time to settle down and he got into a mood and said he wanted to go home this continued till Kelli & Daemon returned home. Having his little brother to play with cheered him up a lot. He was suppose to sleep on the mattress in Papa's office but he didn't he slept with me and Tim, I went to bed before anyone else and when I woke around midnight he was in bed with us taking up most of my side of the bed, I told Tim I wanted to move him onto the mattress but instead Tim just pulled him closer to him so I could have room.

This morning I had to go to the shops to get the veggies for tomorrows lunch mum is having a baked lunch she is doing roast lamb with baked veggies, after getting home and having lunch Tim said he wanted to go to Coles and he wanted me to go with him being the good wife I am I went with him.

Tonight Kelli and Daemon are going to her mums place for the night she is going to drive Sue to the airport in the morning, Sue is flying to Queensland to be with Kirsty who is due to have her first daughter any time soon. This will be Sue's 5th grandchild.

So it is just me and Tim here for the night and again tomorrow night as Kelli said she was going to Jessica's tomorrow night.

On another topic the Victoza is helping with my blood glucose levels they are not normal as yet but much better hopefully over time they will come down even more, I guess only time will tell.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday

Hello everyone, it's Good Friday today here in Australia and that might mean a sleep in for some people but not for me I have been up since 6.30am Leo had me awake at 3.30am but only long enough for me to come out and put the telly on for him, he was awake around 3ish and at 3.30 he asked if he could watch telly so I got up and came out and put it on for him and told him to wake me in a couple of hours. He came in at 6.30 and asked me if I would get up and of course I did.

I went for my walk around 8am after giving Leo his medication his mum sent me a text half an hour ago saying she would shower and leave they will stay for lunch which is only fish and chips from the chippy.

However on the topic of food and fish, I don't eat seafood, never have, never will I reckon but you would be amazed how often I have been asked what I eat on Good Friday since I don't eat seafood. What is it with people just because I can't eat meat doesn't mean I have nothing to eat, hot chips are yummy, as is chips and eggs or a toasted cheese sandwich. There are lots of things a person can eat that is neither meat or fish.

Now I am not overly religious but I do not eat meat on Good Friday, just because I don't go to church each week or at all doesn't mean I am not a good Christian I believe in God and Jesus and I prayer a lot I don't feel I have to go to church in order to have my prayers listened too and answered. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Do you run late of a morning..................not me.....................

Are you forever running late of a morning, no matter what time you get up you are always running late, maybe you should true preparing for the morning the evening before. I know there are those who say you should get up 15 minutes earlier but for some that doesn't work because no matter what time the get up they still end up running late.

I know if I have a busy day ahead of me............aka.............Friday...........I sort out in my head a couple of different outfits to wear and then I write my shopping list and put it in my bag. I will also take out my shopping bags to the car the night before so I don't have to worry about that in the morning.

I like to get up and go for a walk first thing of a morning but today I didn't go as when I got up it was raining and I will not walk in the rain, I don't mind if it is a little drizzle but not steady rain.

I am more likely to oversleep if the weather is cold, overcast and or wet so in that type of weather I do need and alarm, but most of the time I just think about what time I have to get up in the morning and I will wake up at the right time.

I am one of those people who can get up dressed and be out of the house in 15 minutes if I want to as long as I don't muck around with what to wear, this includes applying make up. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Black Sheep of the bloody way..............

Who’s the black sheep in your family?
Do you have a black sheep in the family?
I would say we don't have a black sheep in my family, however, I have heard my sister Sue call herself the black sheep of the family. I don't know why she does that because no one else thinks of her as a black sheep.
Yes there are times when Sue is the brunt of the family jokes but there are other times when it might me Sandra or my who is the brunt of the family jokes so it is not just Sue it can be anyone in a family depending on the circumstances.

I feel that Sue has a problem with self esteem and self image in that hers is in the toilet and that is a worry to all those who love her.
Our family is largish and close knit and we have a habit of bagging on each other at times, that doesn't make someone the black sheep it is all done with love and we all can give as good as we get.
When Sue was young she moved to Lemon Tree Passage with Rex the father of her children and the man she married and because she lived close to and hour away we didn't see her very often and she would often not be able to attend family functions due to the distance or not having money for petrol. 
 Sometimes I feel she felt like she was being excluded from family events but that wasn't the case sometimes something would happen on the spur of the moment and it was not like she could just drop everything and turn up at mum & dad's place in 10 minutes, as I said she lived a long way off and she had 3 then 4 children.
When she left Rex for a while she still lived in that area but then she returned to live in Newie being only 10 minutes or so drive away from mum and dad and there was a time when her and Kelli lived with mum and dad for a bit. Since returning to the area she has been included a lot more but still there have been times when she has felt everyone was against her.
Sue's thing was to get upset and storm off in a huff and if no one went after her she would think, “ I knew they didn't want me there” well I felt that was what she was thinking and not that she had over reacted to something or that no one was able to go off after her because on a couple of times we didn't even know she had left as she didn't tell anyone she was leaving.
I know I have never thought of myself as the black sheep of the family, I don't think my sisters Sandra & Jeannie have either but I could be wrong, Jeannie might have when she was younger and with Peter and Peter didn't like the family much so she didn't see us as often as she would had liked. Sandra had a rough few years as a teenager and she might have thought she was the black sheep during those years.
I am pretty sure Dave has never thought of himself as the black sheep, since he is Dave and he is mums favourite and is more likely to think the family revolves around
I have three daughters and I hope none of them think of themselves as a black sheep because they are all wonder and special in their own way.
I also have a heap of wonderful nieces and nephews none of which are consider a black sheep, granted I am not real close to all of them but then they are no longer children they are adults with their own lives and I often don't get to see them very often but that doesn't make them any less important in my life and none could be called a black sheep.

However, I have to say if one is considered the black sheep of one's family is that a bad thing. I think not, it means you are different, you are your own person and it could mean you are part of family that doesn't like it when someone has their own mind and own thoughts and opinions on stuff. There are families in my opinion that don't like it when someone goes off and does things differently, or there may be some families who don't like someone's sexual preference but that is there problem not the individual who is a little different, different is not a bad thing and being different shouldn't make someone the black sheep of a family.