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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Good Morning/Schools Back

Well today school has gone back today, after I went for my walk this morning I packed Leo's school lunch and found his school clothes and headed over to Natasha's to get Leo and take him to school, he was great didn't cling or anything but instead he just go out of the car after giving me a hug and a kiss.

So tonight we will have Blain again and have to say I have missed him this last week this term I am hoping to get him into the habit of having better meals although in the hot weather I am not a big eater but we will see how it goes.

Now Natasha had asked Blain's dad if he would be taking Blain to school this morning and he said yes but guess what while I was there this morning she gets a text for Jono saying he will be there soon to drop of Blain, so it turned out that Natasha had to take him to school.

We are still in spring here but it is has been so bloody hot the last few days, today we are expected to get up to about 37° yesterday it was around 36° and I had the air conditioner going most of the day, same as it was the day before all these hot days and it isn't even summer yet. I wonder if we are going to have a long hot summer or what.

I don't have much to say today as I am feeling a bit weary, and not interested in much at all, Tim has just left for work he will be home late around 10.30pm and with this weather it shouldn't be too cold when he is coming home on the motor-bike. He did tell me he wants Blain to be asleep when he gets home but we can only hope, I will be in bed much earlier then that, I usually go to bed and leave Blain watching telly for a bit before he goes to sleep but I am going to suggest to Tim that he turns the telly off when he gets home that way Blain should get a better nights sleep.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Labour Day in Australia well my part of Australia

Hello everyone it is Labour Day here in Australia, well in my part of Australia it is now I am going to share with you a little about labour day in Australia, it is also known as Eight Hour Day in Tasmania (Tassie) and May Day in the Northern Territory.

What is Labour Day well it is the day that commemorates the granting of the eight-hour working day for Australians. Now I think a lot of younger people take the eight-hour working day for granted, yes I know there are those who work 12 hour shifts but over all most people work an eight-hour day five or six days a week.

Of course it is a public holiday and its date caries across the states and territories, many people use the holiday as part of a long weekend where they can relax and spend time with friends and/or family, many like to just kick back and watch sport and have barbies.

In Western Australia it is observed on the first Monday in March and on the second Monday in March in Victoria and Tassie, in the Northern Territory it is held on the first Monday in May, thus why it is called May Day in the Northern Territory.

The history of Labour Day in Australia spans over a century, during the 1800's the working day was long and difficult with many working 12 hours or more six or seven days a week. It was in 1856 that the stonemasons at the University of Melbourne marched on Parliament House to push for and eight-hour working day. Eventually they managed to reach and agreement for a 48-hour working week and workers welcomed the new eight-hour day.

A victory march was held on the 12th May that year and each year after that, the new work regulations were recognised in New South Wales next followed by Queensland in 1858 and South Australia in 1873 and Tassie in 1874.

It was in 1879 that the Victorian Government made one further step towards better conditions for employees by proclaiming a paid public holiday that year.

Of course some people have to work on a public holiday such as Labour Day when this happens the person gets paid penalty rates which can be time and half or double time or double time and half this means say you are on $20 an hour if you got time and half you would be paid instead $30 an hour. So some people don't mind if they have to work on a public holiday also if you work on a weekend you are paid at a higher rate also.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Five things Friday

Welcome to Friday this week we have the following five things




Washing Machine


May be a bit harder to guess this weeks theme but give it a try

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

History Tuesday/Marriage

So it's Tuesday and it is Tuesday afternoon and I have been thinking on and off all morning about what to write in way of a post for today, I didn't do a post yesterday as I was in and out of the house all day and just didn't have the time.

Anyway since Tuesday is usually History Tuesday I am going to write a little about the history of marriage, why marriage well because Tim and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary on the 22nd that would be last Tuesday if you are wondering.

So marriage is also known as matrimony or wedlock, it has been around pretty much from the beginning of time some would say it predates recorded history may it does who really knows. There was a time when marriage was seen as a way to form an alliance between families, with the parties getting married having little or no say in the matter. In some cultures parents even married one child to the spirit of a deceased child in order to strengthen familial bonds what the hell is with that talk about weird of what.

Generally marriage is recognised as a union or legal contract between two people that establishes rights and obligations between them, their children and their in-laws. However, the definition of marriage varies according to different cultures but it is mainly seen as an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual are acknowledged.

In the Bible there are mentioned marriages between cousins and Abraham married his half-sister, cousin marriages are still common throughout the world, particularly in the middle east. In fact anthropologist Robin Fox has estimated that the majority of all marriages throughout history were between first and second cousins. I don't know if this is true or not but interesting none the less.

Most of us associate marriage with monogamy but in fact polygamy was common throughout history, in the Bible many of the men had more then one wife. It was rare thou for a woman to have more then one husband.

Still, monogamous marriage was very different from the modern conception of mutual fidelity, it was common place for the man to have many extramarital affair right up till the late 19th century and it was excepted that children from those affairs would have no claim to the man's inheritance. In fact a men's promiscuity was often protected by the dual laws of legal monogamy. However, if a woman was caught having an affair she would be treated much differently and not is a good way.

By around the ninth century it was considered the norm for a man to only have one wife. Marriages in the west were originally contracts between the families of the two partners with the Catholic Church and the state staying our of it. In 1215 the Catholic Church decreed that partners had to publicly post notices of an impending marriage in a local parish to cut down on the frequency of invalid marriages. This was in place until the 1980s, still in the 1500s the church accepted a couples word that they had in fact married with no need for witnesses or corroborating evidence.

In the last several hundred years the state started to play a greater role in marriage and in fact as early as 1639 the state of Massachusetts began requiring marriage licences and my the 19th century marriage licences became the norm in America

Marrying for love only started to become common around 250 years ago and then it was slow until only about 100 years ago more or less, now days most of us can't imagine not marrying for love. As for equality in marriage that is a new thing and by new I am talking only about 50 years ago in fact did you know that marital rape was legal in many states of the U S until the 1970s. However, some countries criminalised martial rape much earlier countries like some in the Soviet Union as early as 1922 and as late as 1960. In Australia my state of New South Wales made it a crime in 1981 and the other states from 1985.

The notion that both men and women had identical obligations within a marriage began being accepted as the norm around 50 years ago as well, it was around the time that many women started going out to work outside the home when they were married.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Hello blogland it's Sunday and a wet Sunday at that

Hello how is everyone? I am up before anyone else and by anyone else I mean Tim and Leo why is this you wonder, or maybe you don't wonder but I will tell you anyway, I had to get the casserole on for lunch. I was going to go for a walk but alas it is raining again. I could go back to bed but let's be honest here I rarely go back to bed once I am up it's just not me, usually I would be fully dressed too but this morning I still have my nightie on with the pants I will wear for the day so only half dressed.

Last night while talking to mum we were discussing how dad often thinks mum is picking on him and we were wondering if this is one of the first signs of dementia, dad's memory is really bad it was only a few weeks back that much had to drive him into town for an appointment at the diabetic clinic and yesterday mum mentioned something about it and dad had no memory of it at all. In fact he usually has trouble remembering stuff and has on occasion seriously got the name of one of his children wrong, and has often forgotten who people are like he has asked who is that girl referring to Tina, we have said it's Tina and he has replied but who is Tina, she is your granddaughter and he will say oh yeah that's right.

Mum and Sandra have suggested that he speak to the doctor about his memory but he will not he is worried that he will lose his licence, not that he drives much anyone in fact 99% of the time mum is the one who drives. We have told him it may not happen as his friend Wilf has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's is still driving but is on medication to help slow the progress of the disease, still will not mention it to the doctor. Mum will often hear her dad saying you will have to have a lot of patience Mavis.

On another topic what is with a couple of my siblings they are so much younger then mum like 30 years younger and have said to mum could she do such and such as they don't want to do so much raining around as they are exhausted, what the hell, Sandra will complain about Dave taking advantage of mum and Dave complains about Sandra doing the same thing. On Friday Dave had mum pick Landon up from day care because he didn't want to bugga rise around getting him, really bro do you thing mum wanted to go out in the rain to get him. Please note mum did go and get him and she did it without complaint because that is mum.

Mum is 75 years old she still gets up anywhere between 5.45-6.30 of a morning, she makes breakfast for young children and she will often watch Denni who is 3 while my sister takes her older daughter to school, unless of course mum has to drive Dave's two girls to school also note that Dave's girls naturally go to school near their home so that means mum has to drive them back to Wallsend which is a 20-25 minute drive. She also often takes Landon to day care and picks him up. Once or twice a week she has to drive Dawson to work experience often dropping him off then dropping the girls off at school but first dropping Landon off. Mum does all this without complaint.

Dad will often wonder why mum is to tired and worn out by 7pm and wanting to go to bed by 8pm some nights. She also takes care of dad which often involves getting up and down to fetch him stuff like his puffer, his fruit a glass of wine and so on, why because dad will say can you get me such and such and mum will do it she may thing what are your legs broken but she rarely says anything she just does it because to say anything will only piss dad off and it is not worth it.

Then there is all the money that mum “loans” Dave and Sandra I say “loans” because she rarely gets any of it back it is like when I “loan” Natasha money I do not expect to get it back and mum is the same she doesn't expect to get it back. Why you may wonder well because we are realists and know that they don't have to money to pay us back most of the time. If you were to add up all the money we give our children in a year we would be able to go on a nice holiday with the money.

Dad will say to mum can you speak to Dave about paying back some money dad has leant him and mum just things why, if he had to pay back he would have done so already, and he is likely to say to mum do you have the money to pay dad back and I will pay you later, later as in never and of course if she can find the money she will do just that, dad things the money is coming from Dave but in fact it is coming from mum.

Ok I am sure Dave may not know that I know all this but honestly me and mum tell each other pretty much everything, so there is little I don't know and the same can be said for mum and what she knows about my family.

Moving on yesterday I did bugga all during the day, and even had to have a nap around 1.30pm as I was having trouble staying awake I did of course read some blog posts not many only about 24 or so then I moved from the computer to my arm chair to watch some telly.

Yeah I just went and finished getting dressed as I could hear Leo in the bedroom and Tim had gotten up to go to the toilet so felt it is fine for me to go and find a bra and top to wear, now I will post this as I have rambled on about my family and life long enough for this post.