Wednesday, 26 April 2017

School Down Under

Hello everyone, today is the first day of the second school term of the year, I had to go and get Leo this morning as Jessica has no fuel and no money for fuel till this afternoon, since I was up anyway it wasn't a bother to go get him.

Natasha rang while I was having breakfast and wanted to know if her dad was home, he was and as he was sitting next to me I passed the phone over, she had a flat tyre and needed him to go and change it, which he did because that is what fathers do.

Anyway since it is day one of term two I thought I will talk a little about school down under. Our school year runs from January to December and is broken up into 4 school terms, each term is roughly 10 weeks long. The school day is generally from 9am to 3pm but some schools have earlier starts at different times usually that happens with high schools.

Of course education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 & 17, our schools are broken up into generally speaking primary school and high school, students attend primary from kindergarten to year six and high school from year seven to year twelve.

A number of years back it was introduced that all students she attend school till the end of year 12, when I was at school and when my girls were at school you could leave after year 10 or when you turned 15. I left after year 10 as there was no way I was smart enough to go on to years 11 & 12, Tim left school halfway through year 8 when he got a job and both Kathy and Jessica left school as soon as they were old enough to leave. Natasha stayed till she was asked to leave which was half way through year 11.

Then there is tertiary education at universities or colleges or you can go to tafe if you wish and there is also vocational and training programmes.

We have public (government) schools and private schools with regulation and funding of education being the primary responsibility of the States and Territories but the Federal Government also plays a funding role as well.

Around 60% of all students attend public schools with the other 40% attending private or independent schools. All but one of Australia's 43 universities are public and the student fees are subsidised through a student loan program where the payment becomes due when graduates reach a certain level of income.

There are also many online tertiary options including doing tafe online, this is popular with people who work and study at night or on weekends, although there are many Tafe courses held at night as well. My youngest daughter attends Tafe three nights a week, which is why we have Leo three nights a week.

Even though school fees are voluntary if you attend a public school there is still a lot of out lay for parents with equipment or book packs stationary items and of course excursions and now there is the added cost of a laptop once your child hits year 5 they are expected to have a laptop to use this can be bought through the school or you can bought elsewhere but can't be just any laptop has to be a certain type with certain programmes and is generally kept at school.

When I was at school the government supplied everything as in books and pencils and rulers but not any more, also the back to school bonus which was around for many years is gone so really no bloody help from the government with the cost of school now days.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lest We Forget

Hello everyone, some of you may have noticed I wasn't around yesterday, I had to go and help my mum with her shopping as Sandra was feeling sick and not up to helping so me and Dawson helped her. After I got home I just had no energy I sat watched some telly, had lunch then I had a nap after that I still had no energy so did nothing for the rest of the afternoon.

Today is of course Anzac Day here in Aus, the first Anzac Day was way back in 1916 over a hundred years ago and it is still a special day pretty much for all Aussies, many Aussies travel to Gallipoli for the dawn service.

In 1916 the first Anzac Day ceremonies were held on this date the 25th April across the country and there was a march through London and there was a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.

Now days Aussies consider the 25th April as a day of national remembrance, there are commemorative services held at dawn all over the country and there are marches across the country as well. Many young children attend as well with their parents and grandparents, many schools also take pare in Anzac Day services.

Some people thought the threat of terror attacks would keep people away from services but nope not the case.

Now I am pretty sure every man and his dog know that the Gallipoli campaign was a failure but it was the actions of the Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign that left a powerful legacy. What became know as the “Anzac legend” and became an important part of the identity of both countries.

In many pubs and RSL clubs the game of two-up is played, this game is only ever played on Anzac Day and in some parts of the country it is only legal to play it on Anzac Day.

Two-up is a traditional Aussie gambling game, it has a designated “spinner” throwing up two coins traditionally pennies into the air, players bet on whether the coins will fall with heads or tails up or with one of each which is knows as odds. Pennies are considered the right weight and size for the game, decimal coins are generally considered to be too small and light and they don't fly as well.

Most shops and businesses are closed on Anzac Day at least for the first half of the day some businesses and shops will open from 1pm.

Anzac Day is also as day many people will buy and eat damper, which for those who do not know is a traditional Australian soda bread, it consists of a wheat flour based bread, traditionally baked in the coals of a campfire or in a camp oven.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Just another Sunday

Good morning all here we are on Sunday morning, well it's Sunday morning here, I have been up since 4.30am as usual and done an hour and a half of exercises, Tim will be up soon he has to go to work today he had yesterday off.

Yesterday saw both of us go out after I hung the towels on the line to dry, oh yeah just remembered yesterday after I did my morning exercises I went out to Kmart to get a yoga mat which I did get only a cheap on it was all I could afford at the moment but it is a bit softer then laying just on the floor. I also bought my self another pedometer again only a cheap one I have had dearer ones in the past but they never last any longer then the $3 ones so why bother paying more.

Anyway this morning I was using the pedometer and what did this silly woman do she reset it accidentally it was at a 1,000 steps and then the next time I looked at it, it said 201 steps so I must have reset it so I am going to have to be more careful tomorrow I want a good idea how many steps my morning workout equals. I also want to wear it when on the cruise because you seem to do a lot of walking while on the cruise.

Today Kathy and Jessica are coming over for lunch and Jessica is going to be doing the cooking, she is doing savoury mince, I just invited Natasha as Tim will be at work they are at loggerheads again over money, longish story not going into it but since he is going to work I sent her a text inviting her to lunch I doubt she will show up though.

Tim just got up so I am going to change out of my shorts as my legs are cold, back again.

I am hoping that when they are here I can get Kathy to get my clothes off the line since doing so really hurts my back, I cannot stand for very long before the pain starts to set in. I am so over all the pain and not being able to move due to pain. Yesterday was a bad day pain wise but not as bad as Friday today so far I am ok only a small amount of pain. I even managed to do some of the bending exercises with very little pain.

Here medical people ask you to rate your pain out of 10 with 10 being the worst pain you can imagine, Friday I would have given the pain about a 8, yesterday was about a 6 and this morning so far only around 4-5. My mum usually rates her pain between 7-12 most days sitting around 8-9 she is in that much pain all the time.

On Friday mum had a visit from a nurse to see if she qualified for home care assistant, some one to come in and clean her house which is what she wants as she is unable to do it any-more and she doesn't like to ask Sandra who does all the shopping and often mows the lawns and such, dad vacuums most days but cleansing the bath and changing the sheets she has get either Sandra or Sue to do for her. Anyway she does qualify so when we get back from our cruse she is hoping to have heard from someone to get that up and running.

Many years ago after mum had her stroke she had someone come in each week to clean for a few months, that woman was Mrs Simpson, who as it turns out is the grandmother of my grandsons father small world or what.

Also when mum was working back in the 90's she also did cleaning for home-care clients and now again she is in need of home-care assistant, one day the way I am going I may need it too but for now most days I cope. Although I just had to ask Tim to but my socks on for me I can do it but it is difficult and takes a while if he does it, its done much quicker.

Ok that is all from me for this post I will be back tomorrow sometime with more ramblings.   

Friday, 21 April 2017

Five things Friday

Good morning, on this lovely somewhat cool Friday morning of course being Friday means it is Five things Friday, been thinking about what this weeks five things would be so after some thought I have decided, ok no thought really just listening to the tv and that is how I decided on this weeks five things.

Citizenship tests

Duel citizenship



Try to learn the language of your new country

Everyone has an opinion on who should be allowed to immigrate to their country some and all for letting all the refuges in others not so much, most people don't have a problem with those who apply and go through all the right steps to move to a foreign country but most people also have a big problem with those who turn up in boats and who try to sneak into a country illegally. Also many have a problem with those who do not seem to at least try to learn to speak the language in my case that language is english, I know it's hard but at least try.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

History Wednesday/American Civil War Uniforms

Let us talk a little about the American civil war, we all know that during the war the North wore blue uniforms and the South wore grey but did you know at the start of the war that wasn't necessary the case.

In fact many soldiers on both sides wore both blue or grey as they wore the uniform of the militia they were part of, as the men of the 5th Virginia Militia who wore a blue uniform and they had to wear a white strip of cloth around their hats and were told if challenged to place their hand over their left breast and say “our homes”. Like that was going to happen in the middle of a battle or pretty much at any time.

Regular U S Army troops wore their traditional dark blue trousers, jackets and kepi caps, to distinguish the volunteers who comprised the vast bulk of the federal armies from the professionals of the regular army.

However, many Union soldiers also wore grey uniforms again because that was the uniform of the militia they were part of. Then there were the men who turned up to fight decked out in baggy trouser usually bright red or striped because their uniform was influenced by French Zouaves of North Africa. I will talk about the Zouaves in another post.

Confederate uniform volunteers were grey kepi jacket and trousers but as the war went on they would fad and took on a light brownish appearance, which gave rise to the nickname “Butternuts” for Southern soldiers.

On both sides artillerymen had red kepis, shell jackets with red trim and depending on rank a red stripe on their pants legs. Cavalry riders had a yellow stripe on their pants and yellow trim on jackets. Other special units had different uniforms the Hiram Berdan's Union sharpshooters wore green uniforms.

Of course many in command and in Washington thought the whole thing would be over after the first battle, never thinking it would last as long as it did or that so many would die during the war.

The first major battle of the war took place at Bull Run River, now try and picture it a battle fought my mostly untrained soldiers with both sides wearing both blue and grey uniforms and some wearing no uniform at all, it must have been crazy chaos and it was fought only 25-30 miles from Washington. The battle lasted around 12 hours, with between 3,600-4,600 dead or wounded and around 1,200 missing in action.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Question Tuesday

Ok all have a question for everyone comes from some questions I saw on Lauren's blog,which can be found here for all those who have not discovered her already:

The question is: How often do you doodle?

My answer, pretty often,usually when I am on the phone, if I have a a magazine or note near me I like to colour in the circles in letters like O or the O in a P that type of thing, I also like to draw around the edges on envelopes and such, that is my type of doodling.

I think pretty much everyone likes to doodle when they are on the phone especially if you are on hold, so tell me your style of doodling.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Did you know Monday/Old Ships

Here we are on Easter Monday and since it's Monday that means it is do you know Monday. So did you know this.

All old wooden-hulled ships had to be kept watertight at the seams, since dry docks were not around a long time ago this had to be done while the boat was afloat. The lowest seam on the hull was called the “devil” and was particularly difficult to reach and was dangerous to work on,hence the expression “between the devil and the deep blue sea” was born.

As said it is Easter Monday here so another public holiday but that is ok I have no plans to go out and sometime today Leo will be here we have him tonight because he wants to have a sleep over not as far as I know not because his mum has any plans.

I am not in much pain which is good although I do feel pretty tired and have a slight headache and yes I did 80 minutes of exercise first thing this morning.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Sunday

Good morning and Happy Easter Sunday to all my friends in blog land, I as usual have been up since 4.30am and have just finished this mornings exercises very little pain this morning. However,since I am doing homemade chicken nuggets for lunch was suppose to be chicken tenders but some silly woman picked up the wrong item got diced chicken instead of chicken tenderloins so it will be nuggets instead of tenders. I have no idea what I am going to have with them but I will think of something.

Yesterday was spent shopping as I couldn't go on Friday and for the most part my back was fine the pain I had was in the back of my right ankle/calf aka the Achilles tendon that was painful and walking was painful but of course I coped what else can one do.

After Tim gets up I will go and find the Easter gifts and chocolates for my grandchildren, Jessica asked me when did it become the thing to give gifts at Easter time instead of just chocolates. I told her I have no idea, I started to give gifts to the grandchildren when their mothers asked me not to give a lot of chocolate.

I can remember a time when you would find the stores having a lot of Easter Eggs left over and reduced on Easter Monday, not so much any more when I was shopping yesterday I notice a lot of stores had just about sold out of Easter Eggs.

We haven't had Leo sleep over since the school holidays started and I said to him yesterday something about him sleeping over on Monday night he tilted his head and said “we will see”. I think because we have him so much during the school term both him and his mum think it is right to give us a break over the holidays and I get that, I also think he likes spending so much time with his mum.

Ok that is it for today, I will be back tomorrow.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Five Thing Friday/Good Friday

Good morning all here we are at Friday again and it has started out being a really good Friday and of course it is Good Friday, so here is this weeks five things.

No Meat


Pontius Pilate

Public Holiday


Ok so it is Good Friday and for me that means no meat today, why we don't eat meat on Good Friday I have no idea, but it is one day a year so not a problem. It is how I was raised as was my mother and her mother and so forth.

I get annoyed with my own daughters because they do have meat because they are not religious which is ok I get that but as I said it is one day a year how hard is it to not eat meat on this one day.

Here in Australia Good Friday is a public holiday, and a true public holiday as in 90 odd percent of things are in fact closed, all supermarkets are closed are is pretty much all other stores, service stations are opened, buses and trains run and taxis operate, most take away shops are opened fish and chip shops do a roaring trade on this day. All shopping centres aka malls in some countries are closed.

The same goes for Easter Sunday.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Pain and Exercise & 21 Days till a break

Hello all, guess who is in pain, yeah me, guess who was only able to do 70 minutes of exercise this morning due to the pain, yeah me again. Yesterday morning at 6.30am my Wii remote started working again so after a couple of days of no exercising I am back doing it again.

Last night I was woken up a couple of times with spasms of pain in my back and this morning has been much the same.

I want to go to the supermarket today I need a few things but Tim took the car to work because it is pretty wet here, so I have sent Jessica a text to see if she will go for me, I know she will drive me there but with how I am pain wise I don't know how I would manage to get into her car as she has a 4b.

Tomorrow is Good Friday, so to me that means no eating meat, my daughters, however, do eat meat if they feel like it which slightly annoys me how hard is it to have no meat on one day of the year.

In 21 days Tim and I along with my parents leave on another cruise, it is a 15 day cruise around the South Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea, 21 days damn it is getting close and I am so excited about the holiday, I really need a holiday.

I am somewhat annoyed with Tim because he bought an all inclusive drinks package but even though I asked him to buy it in my name so mum and I can share cocktails he bought it in his name, he got me a soft drink package. He knows I am annoyed but he doesn't get why he keeps going on about dad buying a drinks package and yeah I agree dad should but he hasn't and I doubt he will.

Last night Tim asked me how I really feel about weight loss surgery and do I really think it will work, I said yes I think it will work to some degree but I am not sure how much it will work, I am somewhat picky when it comes to food.

Well that is all for this post.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Hi all on Lauren's blog I came across this post:

I liked the questions and copied some of them which I will use as blog post, starting with this post on nicknames, if you don't already follow Lauren you should she is amazing but that is just my humble opinion. Go visit and decide for yourself.

So today's question is about nicknames, do you have one or had one in the past but no more, please tell me. I don't have a nickname and have never had a nickname.

According to a nickname is:
1: A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person or place or thing.
2: A familiar or shortened form of a proper name

So using those definitions I guess you could say being called Jo instead of Jo-Anne is a nickname, I however, have always thought of a nickname as described in number 1 like when I was a child the man acrossed the road was called “Vic” because he was from Victoria. My daughter Natasha has the nickname “Tinkerbell” I don't know why she just does.

I can't think of any nickname had by Tim, although I just asked him and he said when he drove trucks he had the nickname “knuckles” because when he was driving down some roads doing 110klmp's he would grip the steering wheel so tight his knuckles would turn white, I never knew that.

My dad when he was working was called “the little general” because he was bossy and short tempered, my sister had the nickname “Franky” I don't know why but I do know it was our brother in-law Mick who gave her the nickname.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Did you know.........................7 Dwarfs

Good morning all and welcome to the first “did you know” post this will be a new Monday feature here at Jo-Anne's Ramblings, why well I will tell you Leo has this book called “1000 Facts” and I thought why not use it for blog posts so each Monday I will share something from the book with you all.

This week we have this little fact:

As you all properly know The Seven Dwarfs are Happy, Dopey, Grumpy,Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Doc, but Walt Disney had a list of over 50 names and characters to choose from for the movie. Among the dwarfs that didn't make the cut and end up in the movie were Hotsy, Nifty, Shifty, Blabby, Gaspy, Dirty and Awful.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

In Pain Again or Just Life

Ok world guess who spent most of yesterday in so much bloody pain she felt like an old frail woman and she is only 54, if you guessed me you guessed right, Tim said it is because I am big he didn't use the word “fat” but that is what he meant. I said it was because I spent a lot of the day on my feet, have to say I was thankful for my walking stick. Tim said I didn't do much during the day yeah really Tim wake up and notice how much I do.

I did spend a lot of time standing and cooking and I pegged two loads of washing on the line and got it off again and of course I started the day doing 1hr 45 mins of exercises all of which is not good when one has a bad back.

Speaking of lunch I did honey soy chicken with fried rice and pasta, Tim complained that I put seeds and nuts in the rice and said the chicken was a little dry, Jessica complained she didn't like the pasta that much and Kathy said the chicken was a little dry but she really liked the fried rice but they all ate it which I guess is something.

Blain had two cheese pies as he said he didn't like honey soy chicken, Natasha wasn't here so she ate nothing which is about how much she would have eaten if she had been here.

Today I have been moving better managed to get dressed and put my own socks on my feet which is more then I did yesterday, I had to have Tim's help getting dressed yesterday morning I was in that much pain. Although I am expecting things to go down hill as Natasha dropped of washing for me to do another three loads of washing, so more time spent on my feet again today.

At the moment I have Blain while Natasha goes to get Jessica from Wallsend, she had to take the work van she used yesterday back and needed someone to pick her up, Blain is unwell so he is here in the lounge room watching cartoons while I am in Tim's office using the computer. I still do not have my laptop, although Tim has ordered a new hard drive for it.

Natasha is going to loan her car to Steve, so will need Jessica to drive her home and she wants her dad to take her washing over when it is done I bet he ends up wanting me to do it though.

Tim has taken Leo for a ride on the motorbike they are meeting Jessica out at Wallsend and Leo will come back with his mum and Natasha, Leo loves to go for a ride on the motorbike.

Well that is all from me for this post.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Five things Friday

Good morning here it is Friday again, I as usual will have a busy day been up since 4.30am done 1hr 50 mins of exercise now for a quick post before I get dressed to go shopping, Friday being the only day I generally go shopping of a week.

So without further ado here are this weeks five things.

Last day of the school term

Jessica working tomorrow

So we will have Leo all day and night as well as maybe tonight, depending on what time she starts

Struggle to get ones socks or knee high stockings on ones legs, needing Leo's help

Feeling happy as well as stiff and sore, life is good

Thursday, 6 April 2017


Milk we all know what milk is the definition of milk is a pale liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals, such as cows, goats and humans to name just a few. When I was a girl there was only two types of milk regular milk and skim milk and then that changed and there was the in between milk known as light milk. There was also a choice between pasteurised and non-pasterrised milk.

It was usually delivered first thing of a morning by the milk man, in glass bottles you would put the milk bottles out the night before if you wanted three bottles you left three empty bottles out. If you wanted extra as in more bottles then you had you left a note in a bottle as you left a note if you wanted cream. Each week the milkman would leave you your bill and you paid in an envelope left with the empty bottles.

My nan would put the milk bottles out as a sign it was time for guests to leave as the family were going to bed.

When I was at school we would get a small bottle of milk each day this of course was free and often warm due to being left in the sun.

Now you go to the supermarket to get your milk generally speaking, yes you can still get milk delivered here but it is a lot more expensive. Also there is so many different types of milk to choose from now days, full cream, light, skim, calcium enriched, lactose free, buttermilk, A2 milk, all of these are milk you.

You can also chose between fresh milk or long life milk or powered milk, when my daughters where little I used to buy powered milk as it saved us a lot of money but when long life milk came out I switched to that and yes both powered and long life taste a bit different but I would use the milk to make milkshakes for the girls and they drank it without complaint.

Then one day Soy milk came out even though it is called soy milk it is not milk it is a plant based drink produced by soaking dried soy beans and grinding them in water. Soy Milk is a traditional staple in East Asian cuisine, it is a stable emulsion of oil, water and protein and is often used as a substitute for dairy milk, it can be produced at home using a soy milk machine.

Now you can also get Almond Milk which is also a plant drink made with almonds with a creamy texture and a nutty taste but not really milk.

Other non milk type “milks” are oat, rice and coconut now I know these drinks may be good for those who cannot drink real milk due to allergy but they are not milk, and there are some pretty stupid people in the world who may in fact think they are milk.

When I was a child you couldn't get flavoured milk either if you wanted chocolate or strawberry or banana milk you had to make it yourself with white milk and some flavouring such as NesQuik now of course you have Oak flavoured milk or Moove flavoured milk as well the supermarkets own brands.

Moove has been a New South Wales icon since 1978. With a delicious range of flavoured milk including Chocolate and Strawberry flavours. The brand is known for embodying summer fun and Australia’s beach culture.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Easter parades,a flat tyre and a new cane

Just a quick post today been busy as with going to two different Easter Parades today, first was Leo's then Blain's, Sydney's was cancelled and will now be on Friday.

On the way to Leo's school after I picked Jessica up the car felt strange and had a weird sound so I pulled over and got Jessica to get out in the rain and check the car and yeah I had a flat tyre. So I rang Tim and he said he couldn't come to change it and would ring the NRMA, then Jessica rang Natasha to see if she would be able to come get her and drop her at Leo's school while I waited for the NRMA. Natasha said she would come as she was nearby and she had Steve with her and he would change the tyre and to tell dad to cancel the NRMA which we did.

Oh yeah after I dropped Leo at school this morning Tim rings me to tell me that Leo didn't take his morning medication I said I would ring the school when I got home. However, when I got home Tim was already on the phone with the school, Leo was confused as I gave him a half of Ritalin at 6.30am because he was doing my head in but the office staff gave him a dose of medication so all was good.

Also this morning Steve and Natasha gave me a new cane it is a nice red one, I was only thinking yesterday that I could do with another cane to have here in the house I have one in the car but also could do with one in the house.

That is all I have to go and feed Leo 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Turning 18

Hello everyone, I had planed to write this post yesterday afternoon but I was somewhat tipsy when I got home and went to have a nap and then when I got up mum rang as she does every night and we talked for about 40 minutes, anyone would think we didn't spend 4 hours together chatting yesterday afternoon.

Anyway yesterday was my nephew Dawson's 18th birthday, here in Australia turning 18 is a big deal, so there was a BBQ lunch held at his father's place only family and while there I drank some of my brother's Wild Turkey with Pepsi Max and ended up a little tipsy.

Dawson was born at the John Hunter Hospital here in Newie at 7.21pm he was 49cms long or 19 inches, he weighed 7lb 3oz or 3208grams, for some strange reason here we talk about a babies weight in pounds and ounces and length in centimetres, I don't know why we just do.

Now he is about 5'10” I think, he is tall compared to most of the family, although his father (my brother) is also tall.

At the BBQ there was his dad and step-mother, her parents, his mum and her dad, my parents, my sister Sandra and myself and about 4 children. The weather was lovely and everyone had a good day.

Because it was his birthday and he can legally drink grog now his father gave him a can of Wild Turkey and Cola of which he drank less then half he said he didn't like the taste after he had cake but I said to mum he just may not have liked it and didn't want to say so. When I was his age I never drank and I just don't think Dawson is interested in grog at this stage of his life.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Five things Friday

Hello Friday the end of the working and school week and the start of the weekend, this weekend I have told the girls I want a quiet one so no visitors over the weekend please. Anyway here is this weeks five things for Friday.

Stinking hot one day

Cool and wet the next

Debbie causing a lot of destruction in Queensland

Followed by torrential rain in not just Qld but in NSW as well

Tim so exhausted he isn't well, so called in sick today, he needs to rest

For all those who are interested I have increased my daily workout to 1hr 15mins each morning, getting up at 4.30am now and I also added 15 mins at around lunch time to take my daily workout up to 1hr 30 mins each day. The morning workout is all yoga, I have increased the sets of each exercise from2 to 3 sets each, the lunch time workout is different I am doing what is called a bike ride but is just walking on the spot over an course that takes around 6 mins at the moment as I went back to the beginners course and I can tell you that 6 mins takes a lot out of me. In time though I hope that changes and increases.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bony Necks, give me the creeps

What is it with news readers and other female television presenters with long skinny bony necks, I find looking at them makes me feel uncomfortable and they all wear tops and dresses that do nothing to hide their necks.

I guess such necks creep me out like some people (my daughters) get freaked out by feet, I also do not like looking into someone’s eyes, when my girls were little if they got something in their eye it was ask your dad to look at it I couldn't and still cannot.

How about other people what creeps you out?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A post two days in the making but really about nothing much

Ok as most people know I watch Sunrise of a morning but you know what annoys me is when on days like today they have a special broadcast and repeat the same news over and over again I get it Cyclone Debbie is big news she will be destructive and will affect the lives of many people but it is still somewhat annoying.

It is now 315pm and I am at last getting back to the computer, this morning I had to go to the chemist to get Leo's Webster pack for school and of course take it to the school for him, I also bought more ice cream for him and this afternoon Tim went mad because I let him have ice cream this morning after his cereal, whatever Tim I don't care what you think about this I said it was ok and I am the one here with him.

When I got home a few minutes ago I got distracted and nearly reversed the car into the house,and of course Tim went off but I said didn't hit anything, didn't do and damage so get over it, I was listening to Blain and his friends and not taking any notice of what I was doing.

Blain just walked in his mum rang him and told him he has to be here when she gets here,she annoyed or angry about something and wants to talk to him face to face.

Leo had his school photos done today and said he isn't in the class photo as he wouldn't behave or something. I hope that isn't the case as his mum paid $40 for the school photos.

Ok started this yesterday morning, came back to it yesterday afternoon and now it is Wednesday morning and I am back at it, just got distracted yesterday afternoon and didn't get it finished, this morning there is more news about Debbie but at least there is other stuff on Sunrise and not just Debbie, people are being told to stay home and not go out if they don't need to. Debbie lasted all day yesterday and into last night, it is being reported as one of the worst cyclones to hit Queensland in a bloody long time because it lasted for so long, thankfully none of my family live in the affected areas. At the same time they say it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be it was only because it lasted so long that it is considered so bad.

Of course they are saying that the price of tomatoes and bananas and sugar will rise because of the cyclone.

I have increased my exercise workout of a morning from 60 minutes to this morning 80minutes and of course I am doing them 7 days a week.

Mum saw the specialist about her hip replacement yesterday she is now on the waiting list for the surgery the doctor said the wait should be around 9 months which is what both her and I thought it would be. She also said when he was examining her that he hurt her a lot she was nearly in tears as was my sister Sue who took her to the hospital, Sandra was unable to go with her due to the time of the appointment it was in the afternoon and Sandra had her daughter she had to get from school.

There is a plan to pay people to adopt children the reports are that people could be paid up to $35,000 per year now this is new for Australia but it is something that has been around in other counties for a while well that is what they said on the news.

Well now I am going to post this rambling post this morning at long last.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Good morning all, it is still morning here, just

Good morning all here we are at another Monday another start to the working or school week I am up dressed and exercised and now waiting for the boys to arrive yes boys both Blain and Leo will be here and I hope I do not have a repeat of last Monday.

Didn't do much in the way of blogging over the weekend as Tim wanted to use his computer and who am I to tell him he can't did manage to read some blogs each day around maybe 20-25 blogs but didn't get back here to read comments nor write anything but I guess that is life.

This morning after I take the boys to school I have to go and do a few things for mum as I do each pension day for her,banking money into Dawson's account for her to pay for his Chrisco which for those who don't know is a Christmas Hamper company. He orders gifts for his parents and grandparents and since he doesn't get pocket money mum is ok giving him the money for this.

Dawson is for the most part a good kid well he isn't actually a kid any more he will be 18 in a few days on the 1st April. There will be family party for him next weekend at his dad's house which I will be attending.

Many may have heard of Cyclone Debbie just for those who do not know it will be no where near me it is in the top end of the country in a different state but it is suppose to be a very destructive cyclone and I hope it doesn't do as much damage as they are predicting.

Ok have taken the boys to school and now I am hoping to get this finished and posted it is now 11.30 and I started this at 7.30. The boys were well behaved this morning although when the school rang at 10am I was oh no what's happened but all good just rang to tell me Leo needs more medication by Wednesday so I rang the chemist and arranged that will have to pick it up tomorrow and take it to the school.

I went to the GP and asked about weight loss surgery she has referred me to a guy in Gosford about 45 minutes away I think anyway the GP told me the surgery will be between $6,000 and $8,000 my sister said her sister in-law and a couple of other people she knows have had it and thought it was about $7,000.

So on Saturday night Tim went online and enquired about health cover and joined a health fund which was going to cost him $57 a week and I would have to wait a year to have the surgery. So I worked out he would be paying around $3,000 in premiums and our out of pocket would still be around $3,500 according to the doctors website so we would only be saving between $500 and $1,500. I told Tim I thought it made more sense to just save the money and have the surgery in a years time, so he will ring up and cancel the health cover in the next week or so you have a month to cancel if you change your mind.

Well that is it for this morning

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

On Sunrise this morning

This morning on Sunrise I saw and heard the following stories.

More women are dying of heart attack then men because women don't generally get the “Hollywood” style of heart attack where there is a lot of chest pain, women are more likely to feel nausea and back pain or stomach pains. It seems that women are 50% more likely to die of a heart attack then a man,not only do we have different symptoms but we ignore the symptoms for longer and just carry on because we don't get that terrible chest pain you see in the movies and tv shows. There have been many times when I have had chest pain but always assume it is just ingestion and do nothing other then take a Mylanta tablet and hope it goes away. Does this come as a surpise to me..........Nope

There is a lot of salt in bread and some breads have more salt then a packet of potato chips,and it isn't just white bread but wholemeal and some flat breads as well, also doesn't come as a surprise to me.

Yesterday afternoon there was what reported as a seize in Tights Hill which is in town about 15-20minutes from where I live, a guy who the day before stabbed three people unknown to him and robbed a store was on the roof of an apartment complex he was on the damn roof for 17 hours he came down around 5am this morning, this hard ass bitch doesn't get why they had to spend so long negotiating with fella but I get you can't shoot the dickhead because that would be wrong. The residents living around the area had a terrible night as they had to leave their home and wasn't allowed back till around 6am that would have pissed me off.

Seems that people prefer a good old book with pages over Ebooks this also doesn’t come as a surprise I prefer a normal book over and Ebook you don't have to charge book and you can carry it everywhere.

Days after a mid-air emergency that saw a propeller fly off a Rex plane bound for Sydney, the airline has taken action and grounded five similar model aircraft. The propeller was found close to homes yesterday not were they thought it would be, it had to be winched out as it was 150kgs in weight and some were surprised it was found so quickly.

That is about all I have for today’s post, more to come tomorrow.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Lazy Day and My Weight

Good afternoon, well here we are at the end of another day here in Newie been a pretty warm/hot day again. This afternoon while watching telly with Tim I commented that I was really tired and Tim said why didn't I go have a nap, so I did, I slept for over an hour then it was time to get ready and go and get Leo from school this afternoon.

Been a pretty lazy day for me not doing much at all no appointments, no laundry to do,only the usual housework that needs to be done day in and day out.

Leo said he had a better day at school not great but better, also when he got home he asked for a toasted ham & cheese sandwich, also had a not from the school to order ham & cheese toasted sandwiches next Tuesday and he said he wanted me to order 2 for him, I will order 1 I think as he doesn't eat much at school.

I am still feeling stiff and sore but I am still working out each morning.

On Sunday when Tim and I returning from going to my parents place he had something he wanted to do with the caravan and the we went to the shops, well on the way from mum & dad's place to Warners Bay Plaza he started again about my weight and how much I eat and that he wants me to have weight loss surgery and wants me to as the doctor about it when I see her on Wednesday. I ended up snapping and telling him I get it and to give it a rest, he said he just wanted to make his point, I said point made, now you are just making me mad.

I know he loves me and worries about my health but nagging me about my weight only gets me pissed off. He said the exercisers are not working this is all because I am stiff and sore and can barely move at times, I said it takes time for the exercisers to pay off but I think he expects to see a change in a weeks time but I know it takes longer.

I have never been interested in having weight loss surgery but I have agreed to speak to the doctor about it which I will do tomorrow when I go to the doctors for my yearly care plan.

Monday, 20 March 2017

My morning

Well here we are at another day, can't say the day started off that great well the getting up and exercising was find and I even managed to put my knee high stocking on without much trouble but around 8am things went south.

The boys (Blain & Leo) got into a punch up which was annoying and frustrating and made me yell but what really made me see red and lose it with Blain was when Leo had fallen to the floor and Blain started kicking him in the ribs. As far as I am concerned kicking a person when they are down is a cowardly thing to do, as Jessica said when I told her if they were drunk it would be understandable or if one was frightened and fighting for their life kicking someone would be understandable but this was two little boys fighting over nothing really so such an action was uncalled for.

When I dropped Leo off at school he said he was sorry that he upset me and told me he loved me, and could never hate me, the hate me bit was because as we were leaving this morning I stopped at the top of the driveway and asked if one of the boys would get out and get the catalogues off the letter boxes and neither would so in a huff I got out and said sometimes it is as if you hate me. I was just in a mood.

After taking the boys to school I went and had my mammogram done and on the way home I rang and spoke to Natasha and explained to her while I lost it with Blain even though she was on the phone to Blain while all this fighting went down. I wanted to explain things in a calm manner she said she will be speaking to Blain about kicking when she gets him from school this afternoon as she also agreed you do not kick someone when they are on the ground.
She also said that Blain will not be going to is mates place after school today because of his behaviour this morning.

Natasha said she is having a lot of attitude from Blain on Friday mornings and Mondays after he gets back from his dad's place the problem on Fridays is because he doesn't want to go to his dads and he often returns in a right mood as well.

I think the fact that Blain knows his dad doesn't like Steve and thinks Natasha is being stupid for supporting him has something to do with why Blain doesn't want to be with his dad, Blain like most children want to see his mum happy. Also Jono is very strict and Blain has to do chores and homework and and can't get away with stuff like he does when he is with his mum.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Sunshine award

I was nominated for the Sunshine award by Diane at if you don't already follow her go and check her out, here are the questions she gave me to answer along of course with my answers. I don't nominate people though 

What’s your life philosophy or motto?
Life's to short to be miserable you’d like.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
No but have felt a spirit with me, while laying in bed there have been times when I have felt someone sit next to me and touch me but there is no one there.
How do you relax after a long day?
Have a hot bubble bath
Do you have a favorite book or movie?
No not really at different times in my life there have been movies I really enjoyed and watched a number of times but no over all favourtie
What’s your worst habit?
Eating too much
Are you a morning person?
Hell yes, I get up at 5am and exercise and blog and if I have to have an appointment I prefer a morning one, straight after I take Leo to school works best for me
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
What comes to mind is the things I did with dad, like running power to the garage or wallpapering the kitchen
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I don't do crazy
What do you get really, really excited about?
Christmas and holidays
What is something you’ve done recently that is worth remembering?
Damn I can't think of a single thing
If you had the power to change anything about the country you live in, what 3 things would you change? Be as serious as you’d like.
The cost of domestic airfares, they are ridiculously high cheaper to fly overseas sometimes then to fly anywhere in the country.
Our internet speed it is too damn slow in some parts of the country and too damn expensive
How much we pay those who serve in the military and police force and such they deserve more money for willing putting themselves in hams way to protect the rest of us.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Good Morning

Good morning all I am up dressed and stiff and sore, my back the last couple of days has been giving me a lot of trouble, why you wonder, well each morning when I exercise I do 30-35 minutes of yoga type exercises to help strengthen my back and give me more movement aka flexibility in my back and legs at the moment I have very little so at the moment I am stiff and sore and movement hurts but in the long run these exercises should improve my movement in the short term there is pain and stiffness.

The above was written yesterday Friday morning this morning Saturday morning I am not as stiff and sore and have increased my yoga workout to 45 minutes by adding two extra exercises so this morning I did 70 minutes of exercise up 10minutes on the usual.

It is still wet here but I don't need to go out at all so that's good, Leo will be here hopefully around lunch time and not before as his mum is working this afternoon/night. There is some event on at the Hope Estate Winery called the Hot Dub Machine no idea what that is though but for Jessica it means work and work means money so she is happy and Leo has no problem staying with Nanna & Papa, although Papa will be at work all day today.

Since I started this I have read around 30 blogs and had breakfast and watched a bit of telly and now I generally feel like my head is going to fall off it is heavy and kinda stuffed up and I keep sneezing and coughing and part of me just wants to go back to bed as I am feeling pretty tied but Leo will be here soon so that isn't going to happen.

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