Thursday, 18 October 2018

Friendship Thursday No:3

What a morning, I spent ages ordering some personalised gifts from Mrs Claus for Christmas still have more to do.

It is a hot day here in Newie and my left arm is aching so much and of course both hands are shaking making doing stuff difficult.

Anyway it is what I call Friendship Thursday so here is this weeks offering

My heart is content with just knowing
Fulfilment that true friendship brings
It fills to the brim, overflowing
With pleasure in life's little things

By: June Masters Bacher

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Mudskipper

Here we are at another Wednesday and with that comes another indestructible creature this week it the Mudskipper have you heard it?

The Mudskipper have gills and can breathe underwater but when they go ashore they take a supply of water to breathe from stored in pouches in their necks. They can also take in oxygen through their skin as long as its damp.

The Mudskipper live on muddy shorelines where they can hop in and out of the water whenever they like.

Up close a Mudskipper is one weird looking fish with two bulging eyes on top of their heads, they can rotate each eye separately and look in all directions. While swimming they stick their eyes out of the water like a periscope to look around.

Mudskippers are good swimmers but they move even faster on mum, their two front fins are like little legs that they use to hop and climb up rocks and even trees. They use their strong tails to flick themselves forward.

While on land they hunt for crabs and insects, the males also fight each other over territory and do mating dances to attract a female.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Gross Facts/Burping

Well last night not long before I went to bed when I went to the toilet I lost my balance and has a tumble hitting my arm and head on the bathroom sink but I wasn't hurt just had a sore wrist and a bit of a headache. This cause my daughters to worry about me in hindsight I shouldn't have told them.

Anyway here are this weeks gross facts, today they are about burping

Swallowing air as you eat and drink can make up burp

Burping gets rid of a litre of gas from your stomach each day

Drinking through a straw can make your burp because you swallow more air

In the zero gravity of space astronauts wet burp because some of their stomach contents come out

The loudest burp ever recorded was as loud as a car alarm

Monday, 15 October 2018

Did you know No: 26

Hello Monday, it's another cold wet day here, I went to my aqua class after taking Leo to school, yes it is the first day of the 4th school term the last term of the school year and Leo does like the idea of going back to school.

Yesterday was my baby sister's birthday she is now 41, when she was a baby I used to take her into my room to listen to music with me and I would lay her next to me and read to her.

Anyway here is this weeks five did you know facts.

The world's tallest mountains,the Himalayas are also the fastest growing, they grow about half an inch a year, this is caused by the pressure exerted by two of the Earth's continental plates pushing against one another.

A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands or feet.

Rhythms is the longest English word without any vowel,

In the middle ages young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeve for one week. It is believed that this is how the saying “to wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from

It was the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport Connecticut whose name and lightweight pie tins gave birth to the modern Frisbee.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Mum's Rehabilitation Appointment

I was busy as all shit yesterday, first thing in the morning I went with mum to an appointment over at Rankin Park Centre Day Hospital for a rehabilitation appointment.

This first appointment was with a nurse who checked mum's blood pressure and weight and went through a questionnaire with her before sending her down to have a chat with the physiotherapist.

The physiotherapist had mum walk about 50 metres first with a four wheeled walker like mum uses at home, then he checked her posture and had her stand without holding onto stuff. He then had her walked again with just a cane/walking stick, that took too much out of her and caused her a lot of pain in her lower back.

My sister Sandra & brother David have been trying to get mum to use her cane instead of using the walker. However, yesterday the physiotherapist told mum to use the walker not the cane, he said she shouldn't walk more then 2 metres with the cane. He also said he thinks family members think if their loved one is using a cane they are not as old, frail or disabled as they really are.

The rehabilitation centre arranged for a taxi to pick mum up and take her to the appointment and take her home after the appointment. We took mum's wheelchair so she didn't have to try and walk but on the trip to the hospital he had to put the wheelchair in the back seat. Thankfully they booked a wheelchair taxi for the return trip home.
All this took around 3hrs, after I got home and had lunch I had too drive Jessica home, then Tim turned up he is doing split shifts all week.

Because the weather was horrible with serious heavy downpours during the day I decided to cancel my physio appointment for the afternoon so he could take the car back to work instead of the bike.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Disgusting Facts No: 3

Hello everyone, well last night I started a Facebook bitch fight, this wasn't intentional but it happened. I said that I told my mum that while at her house tomorrow I would change the sheets on- Dawson's bed for her. I also stated that I know he is 19 and should be able too change his own sheets but not many teenage boys do things like that.

Well the comments took on a life of their own, people were saying he should change his own sheets and not guilt an Aunty into doing it, I was in no way guilted into offering and nor was I trying to guilt anyone else into doing it. I just understand how my mum was feeling and offered.

Why did I post it on Facebook?

Just to share trivial information about my life.

Now for this weeks gross facts, about poo........

Your poo smells because of stinky chemicals called skatole & indole

People fart on average 14 times a day

1/3 of your poo is made of bacteria

Cabbage contains stinky sulphur which gives you smelly farts

Corn passes straight through you and comes out looking exactly the same, this is because you cannot digest its tough fibrous kernels

Monday, 8 October 2018

Did you know No:25

Here we are at another Monday, when the alarm went off this morning I didn't feel like getting up so stayed in bed for another hour before getting up and reading some blogs while watching Sunrise before going to my aqua class.

After the aqua class I came home changed and went to the podiatrist, although when I pulled in the driveway I noticed Tim's motorbike was still in the carport and I thought he should have already left for work. When I get inside the house he isn't here, but I had no time to wonder what happened I had to get to the podiatrist.

It wasn't till I got home from the podiatrist that I discovered that the bike wouldn't start so he took Natasha's car to work. Natasha just came and borrowed our car to go to the shops.

Now till this weeks did you know facts.

Most gold has some copper mixed into it, if it didn't it would be so soft you could change the shape of coins and jewellery with your bare hands.

There is no known case of a vegetarian dying of a snake bite in America

People with blue eyes see better in the dark

Water grows 9% as it freezes

The wettest spot in the world is located on the Island of Kauai, Mount Waialeale consistently records rainfall at the rate of nearly 500 inches per year.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Just another Saturday

Well here we are late on Saturday afternoon, I had an afternoon nap and just folded up the laundry and put it away, Tim insisted on throwing the clothes in the dryer instead of me hanging it on the clothes hoists.

It has been another wet day here in Newie although the ground is drying now, it rained all day yesterday and most of today. We need the rain as we have been in drought for a while now.

Daylight savings start tomorrow, I don't have a problem with daylight savings, it just drags on for too long, I don't know why it has to last for so long.

Leo has been here all day and as per usual we hardly know he is here is so well behaved, speaking of Leo he likes that I have a number of his drawings taped up on the walls. Of course I have a lot of photos on the walls. His mother has none on her walls, photos or drawings.

I feel the photos and drawings add to the house more of a home then a house. I had a couple of aunts who houses didn't have the home feeling they didn't have photos hanging around their houses. They had a few photos placed around the house but I have photos all around the house, in most rooms of the house.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Friendship Thursday

Here we are at 3pm on Thursday afternoon so here is this weeks friendship poem or quote.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose
So full of beauty, beneath its covering
That earth but cloaks your heaven

By, Fra Giovanni

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Lungfish

Good afternoon everyone on this cool Wednesday afternoon, my Wednesday morning slipped away from me. I was up early enough at 6am read and commented on many blogs before going to my aqua class, after the class I came home got changed and went to get a fresh loaf of bread. I then came home and ate before going to feed Jessica's bunnies. As I had a headache I went and had a nap at 1.30pm.

I am going to do a few more indestructible creatures posts, why, well because I can or why not I ask.

Today I am talking about a Lungfish, have you heard of it, I had not.

Anyway a Lungfish has lungs and that means it can breathe air, some have gills as well, which they use to breathe underwater. Others only breathe air so they have to pop up to the surface to take a gulp every so often.

Of all fish the lungfish are the most closely related to humans an other land animals, as well as lungs the have strange, leg like fins that they can use to crawl around on.

Breathing air helps these fish to survive a drought, but some of them can drown underwater, now that is weird.

Lungfish mostly live in rivers and swamps that dry up at certain times of the year, to prepare for the dry season, a lungfish digs itself a burrow at the bottom of a river or pond, and covers itself in slimy mucus. This stops it from drying out, by breathing air and slowing its body down so that it doesn't need food, this means it can survive for months until the rains return and the river fills up.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Disgusting Facts No 2

Well it is Tuesday now Jessica and Leo will be in Casino now and I have been trusted with feeding the bunnies while they are gone.

Anyway here is this weeks gross & disgusting facts about saliva which sounds better then spit.

Your mouth produces between 1 & 2 litres of saliva a day

Your saliva turns your food into a soup like mixture which makes it easier to swallow

In some parts of the world it is thought that a mother's saliva can help build a child's immune system, so mums chew their baby's food before feeding it to them.

A single cow makes as much saliva as 200 humans

Llamas spit when they get annoyed, their spit is super smelly because it includes food from their stomach.

Spitting cobras spit painful venom straight into the eyes of predators and then slither away to safety.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Did you know No:24

Good morning everyone, going to be another coolish day here in Newie. I ended up having Leo spend the night here last night, Jessica turned up at 7.15pm to pick up some medication for Leo and the silly girl hadn't medicated Leo at all yesterday and he was really hyper and running amuck which caused her to snap at him. So he wanted to stay with nanna for the night, this afternoon I am taking them to the train station, they are going to visit a friend in Casino and will be back at 4am Friday morning, Natasha will pick them up from the station on Friday morning.

A month or so back Jessica made a new friend a young woman who has a son around Leo's age who Leo gets along with like a house on fire which is great. This boy has similar problems to Leo so it is nice for Jessica to have a friend who understands what it is like to have a child who needs to be medicated.

Anyway here is this weeks five did you know facts.

On average people can hold their breath for one minute, the world record is seven-and-a-half minutes.

The human head contains 22 bones.

In the U S A, murder is committed most frequently in August.

Half the world's population is under 25 years of age.

Teenagers catch colds twice as often as people over the age of 50

Friday, 28 September 2018

Five things Friday No:7

Here I am at the end of another working/school week, it has been a pretty hot day here in Newie tomorrow it is going to be much cooler. Anyway here are five things for Friday.

Last day of school for two weeks (school holidays)

A nice hot bath to start my day

Mum & Dad going to Charlestown Square (shopping centre) first time since July

Tomorrow I get to sleep in

Aching back & sore knee make it difficult to walk

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Friendship Thursday

Thank God for friends, more prized as years increase
Let all else, if must be cease
But, Lord of life, I pray on me bestow
The gift of friends
Too share the way I go

By Thomas Curtis Clark

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Hot Water Problems

Well Wednesday has arrived, along with the sneezers, I have been sneezing over and over all morning so much so it is giving me a headache.

On Saturday evening when Tim went to have a shower we had only lukewarm water so I jump online a request a repair, on Sunday I had a quick lukewarm shower myself and on Monday Tim rang the Dept of Housing (our landlord) and asked when someone would be out, they said within 24hrs.

So yesterday morning the plumber comes out and spends a few hours working on the hot water unit and when he left he said it would heat up overnight, so we would have hot water this morning. Well when Tim went to have a shower this morning we still had no hot water.

I had to ring the Dept of Housing again this morning and was told someone would be out again within 24hrs. I can tell you I am not happy and I hope the guy comes out today sometime. I want to have a nice hot bath.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Disgusting Facts No:1

Hello Tuesday still cold and wet here in Newie, I still have a headache and I feel like something is sitting on my chest but such is life.

Today I have the first disgusting facts post, yes there will be more to come in the future and yes I am using another one of Leo's books to get the facts out of.

Let's start off with snot, we all have it is a normal bodily function but did you know:

A sneeze causes snot to exit the nose at over 60 kilometre per hour which is 37 miles per hour

A person swallows about a litre of snot a day without even realising it

Snot is made of water, salt and a gluey sugary substance called mucin

Snot is more that just a sticky goo, it contains antibodies that help the body recognise invading bacteria and viruses and creates enzymes to help kill them.

Snot protects you from dirt and germs in the air by catching them

Your snot looks more yellow when you have a cold because of all the white blood cells in it

If you've been hanging out in a dusty room, your snot will be a grey dust colour.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Did you know No:23

Good morning everyone, it is a cold and wet day here in Newie, I didn't get to my aqua class this morning as Leo left his school bag at home and didn't realised till he was getting out of the car at the school. So I drove him home to get his bag, so by the time I got to the pool there was no where to park, so I just came home.

I have a headache and a runny nose and a tight chest so who knows maybe I am coming down with something or maybe not we will see.

Now here are this weeks did you know facts.

In 1949 a man named Jack Wurm who was unemployed at the time walking aimlessly around a beach in California when he found a bottle that had washed up on the beach, he noticed something in it and when he opened it he found a note that said. “To avoid confusion, I leave my entire estate to the lucky person who finds this bottle and to my attorney, Barry Cohen share and share alike. Daisy Alexander June 20, 1937” It was not a hoax Mr Wurm received over six million dollars from the Alexander estate.

Peanuts are on of the ingredients of dynamite

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair

A house fly lives for only 14 days unless killed earlier by a human or eaten as food by another creature.

The Sahara Desert expands at about one kilometre per month

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Doing things we shouldn't do

The other day I wrote about Leo's Naplan results, well last night Kathy-Lee rang me to tell us that Sydney-May did really well with her Naplan getting above average across the board except for numeracy both Papa & Nana are proud of her.

Yesterday morning when I took Leo to school I had a staff member come and speak to me, now of a morning I have a habit of driving up the exit, so I am going the wrong way should I do this no properly not but I do and I make sure there is no other cars around when I do it. Anyway this woman comes to me and tells me I shouldn't be parked where I was as I was blocking the driveway, I said if I see a car come up behind me I move. Well she says she cannot get in the driveway and then tells me I shouldn't drive up the exit.

I agree I shouldn't do it but only do it when there are no other cars around, I then say we all do things we shouldn't, like she shouldn't have driven down the footpath in order to drive in the exit because it there were other cars in the entry. Yes she drove down the footpath.

After I said that her attitude changed and she said yes I know we all do things we shouldn't, I was glad that I had seen her do what she did, also she could be booked for driving on the footpath what I did was wrong but not illegal as I was on private property.

So this morning I didn't go the short way I want the long way round, as in the normal way and when Leo asked why I did that and I told him about yesterday he said don't worry about that nanna you continue to go the other way because you don't do it when other cars are around.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Friendship Wednesday


A friend is a precious possession
Whose value increases with years
Someone who doesn't forsake us
When a difficult moment appears
And our road will be smooth and untroubled
No matter what care life may send
If we travel the path together
And walk side by side with a friend.

By Henry Van Dyke

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Naplan Results

Hello Tuesday, it is a warmish day, I have been awake and up & dressed since 5.30am Leo got his Naplan results yesterday, for those who don't know Naplan stands for National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy.

In May the Naplan test was done by students in years 3,5,7 & 9 across the country the assessments are supposed to be a snapshot of a child's achievements. Some parents get all bent out of shape over the results and because of this I feel some children stress over taking the test. I say to the child all you can do is the best you are able to do and to the parent if the results are not that great don't go off just talk to your child about what they and you can do to make improvements.

Leo's results were not that great he is below the national minimum standard in writing and spelling but is much better at reading and grammar & punctuation his score in numeracy was so so but ghe has improved in that area in the last few months.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Did you know No: 22

Here I am at another Monday and this Monday sees the return of Did You Know Monday, it is a somewhat cold Monday, I just had to go and change into track pants as my legs were cold. I did my aqua class this morning it went ok I was in a lot of pain though with my arm and knees. Anyway here is today's facts.

On New Year's Day in 1907 American president Theodore Roosevelt shook hands with 8,513 people.

There are 1,040 islands around Britain one of which is Bishop's Rock, the smallest island in the world.

If you are involved in a car accident your chances of getting hurt are only one in ten but if you are on a motorbike it's nine out of ten.

Mickey Mouse's birthday is considered to be 18th November 1928, which is when Steamboat Willy debut.

Spiders make their silk by excreting a polymer and then stretching it very quickly, this stretching creates single , aligned, crystallised solid molecules.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

This & That

Hello everyone, haven't blogged in a few days just been busy writing letters to pen pals and other stuff but here I am on this lovely Saturday morning, going to be a hot day with temps around 38°c today, at last writing something.

Yesterday Sandy was telling me that mum & dad had a visit from a dietitian and she was there so long mum ended up telling her to leave they wanted to have lunch, she said to mum you go have lunch I will stay here and talk to Denis. Mum said NO we both need lunch, you have to leave. So the woman left and said to my sister Sue on her way out that she doesn't think she will be back, trust me if she doesn't return it will not bother my parents.

The pain relief in my left arm didn't last long had a lot of pain and trouble moving it yesterday again, that didn't last long.

Had Leo here last night and he is here all day today while his mum is working, she worked last night as well which is why he spent last night here.

I usually sleep in on Saturday and Sunday but Kathy rang at 7am so no sleep in this morning but that's ok I am up and dressed and ready to face the day. It is quiet at the moment as I feel no need to have the TV on for back ground noise.

Last night just after I went to bed the house phone rang and Leo answered it when I asked who it was he said Aunty Sandy but I told her you had gone to bed to ring back in the morning. So later I will give her a ring to see what she wanted.

Tim will be off to work in a few hours and Kathy will be here with my shopping and her girls also today is my niece Denni's birthday she is 6 today.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

No pain

Here I am at the end of another day and what a warm day it has been and it is only going to get warmer/hotter although at the moment they are saying tomorrow will be in the teens again today it has been 35°c and Saturday it is suppose to be 39°c so we will see.

The day started out great I woke up with no pain in my arm or my knees, after taking Leo to school I went to my aqua class and as soon as I got out of my car I realised I had left my basket with my towel and phone in it at home, so I had to come home and get it that took 10minutes.

Last night before going to bed I did something I rarely do, I had a shower, I am a bath person but I was sweating a lot during the day and felt like I stunk so I jumped in for a quick shower before going to bed.

Also yesterday afternoon my blood glucose levels were high around 18 this was because of the cortisone injection that always puts my blood glucose levels up this morning it was still 12 but after I took my medication it came down to 7.

As I write this I still have no pain, it feels good, if only it would last.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

My day

What a day this morning before taking Leo to school he had a moment, he had been at Tasha's when he storms into the house goes to his room slams the door and when I knocked and asked what was wrong all he would say is “Blain”. I asked if he wanted to talk he snapped “NO” so I said could he please come and take his medication as it was nearly time to leave for school, after a short while he came out and took his medication. On the way to school he was ok, he said that Blain had hit him in the gut but didn't say much else.

After I took him to school I had to go and pick up a new webster pack for the school while at the shopping centre I went to Woolies for another packet of scones, please not I walked around no scooter. I then had to take the medication back to the school before coming home.

Now this morning when I got up it was cool so I wore track pants and while at the shops I had sweat running down my legs so that meant as soon as I got home I went and changed my pants from tracky dacks to light weight pants.

I then had to go and have a cortisone injection into my left shoulder for my bursitis, I was also told by the doctor who did the injection that the tear in my tendon is a bad one and will take a bloody long time to heal.

After that Tim wanted to go and look at new lounges I told him while we were out that I do not think we need a new lounge, if he wants more room why doesn't he get rid of the chair we don't use.

The next thing I knew it was time to go and get Leo from school, the first thing he did when we got home was go and hang out with Blain. Tasha will send him home at 6.45pm if he doesn't come home ealier.

So that was my day.

Monday, 10 September 2018


Winter here is Aus is over for another year although it is still pretty cold, I just had to go and find a cardigan as I was looking and thinking about what too write about today I read the prompt snow like it or loath it.

Here in my part of the world it doesn't snow, although it does snow only a few hours away and even though I will complain about how cold it is during winter it isn't really that cold here compared to other places.

Many years ago, I do not remember how long ago but years ago anyway Tim and I had a holiday at Perisher it was a wonderful holiday and a couple of years back we went to Tassie and it snowed while we were there which is great. We walked around with light snow falling and both of us loved it and that was cold weather.

Jessica said she would love to take Leo on a holiday to the snow next winter and wants me to look into that for us.

So even though it doesn't snow here, I do like to take holidays to the snow, so what about you do you like snow, does it snow in your part of the world?

Thursday, 6 September 2018

A train ride

We ended our time in Beijing with a train ride to Shanghai we took the Bullet Train and the trip was smooth and enjoyable. However, when we first read about the train ride I said to Tim that I didn't think it was the type of train that he thought it was.

He thought the train ran on on magnets and was faster then it was, he kept saying it was the fastest train in the world but I knew it wasn't.

I tried to explain to him that the train he was thinking of was the Maglev train but he thought I knew nothing, the Maglev train is powered by electromagnetism and is suspended in air when running and is faster then then the bullet train.

The bullet train we caught sounded like it was running on tracks but I might be wrong about that. We spent 6hrs on the bullet train at an average speed of 303kph.

We could have gone for a ride on the Maglev train it cost $29 per person for a 15 minute return trip, I couldn't see the point. The top speed of the Maglev train is 431kph.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

A Bloody Good Read

Today I am doing something I don't generally do, I am doing a book review. I recently read the book Prayer Wasn't Enough by Dee Ready and what a bloody good book it was, I would recommend it you have any interest in what life for a young woman entering a convent was like in the late 50's early 60's.

Sister Innocence made me laugh and cry, I could feel her struggle with obedience and liked the way she handled some situations like the little boy masturbating in class that was awesome. Her dislike of soft boiled eggs made me think of my dislike of scrambled eggs.

It was an amazing insight to life as a nun, I for some reason always thought of nuns being like robots with no emotions or sense of humour, I do not know why I thought that I just did.

This is one book I can see myself reading again I liked it that much. I would very much like to read her other books

You can find Dee at the below blog.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

New Tattoo and Typical Chinese Household

Hello everyone, well yesterday I thought about writing a post a few times but that is as far as I got but I am going to get this written and posted before taking Leo to school and I am going to update my diary.

After taking Leo to school yesterday Jessica and I went and got another tattoo on my body, I had wanted it on my left hand but it was shaking a lot and Jessica and the tattoo artist both thought it would be better to put it on my back. So it is now on the left shoulder area of my back and Jessica said I should add the other grandkids later on. It didn't hurt at all in fact I barely felt him doing it, the guy who did the tattoo kept calling me dear. When I told my mum about getting it last night I could tell she wasn't interested but both her and dad do not get people getting tattoos.

I was going to tell you about having a typical meal in a typical Chinese household, well the rickshaws dropped us of at the home which was in a laneway we entered into a courtyard where two tables were set up seating 8 at each table. Then a lady brought out bowls of food there was boiled rice aka sticky rice and cabbage as well as beef, chicken & pork dishes the food wasn't to my liking but most of the tour group seemed to like the food.

After the meal the woman who lived there played for us on this but I cannot remember what it is called.

We then had a chance to look around and take photos, the kitchen was the size of my parents laundry and the bathroom was up some step stairs and there was a dinning room and a living/lounge room but NO bathroom, they had to use a toilet outside in the laneway and we couldn't see anywhere to have a shower.

The house was 400 years old and has been in the same family all that time, the woman's husbands family. Now there is only the husband and wife with their daughter living there, in the past there has been two generations of the family living there.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Stupid things

Advertising on someone’s arm pit, yeah it is a thing in Japan, I think it is stupid.............

Australian advertisements have just got a whole lot more politically correct. Ad agencies have been warned they will be reprimanded for “discrimination” under changes to a code that is supposed to prevent what it has labelled the spread of negative gender stereotypes. So this means you can't have ads showing women doing housework or men doing things like car maintenance. This is stupid
A tiny house is stupid, I like room to swing a cat without killing the cat..............

Yet another Prime Minister our Prime Ministers get over thrown and booted out that often it is now just so stupid and annoying.

Tennis player Alize Cornet being reprimanded for fixing her shirt at the US Open, she had a sports bra on so get over it

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

China Day 3/Great Wall & Rickshaw Ride

After another night sleeping on a rock hard bed, we were up dressed and down for a so so breakfast at 6.30am.

Yet again I chose to wear my grey shoes, yes I am slow to get it at times, anyway our first stop of the day was The Great Wall. I did not even think about attempting to climb it, Tim however, thought about it and walked up around only a couple of hundred metres before deciding it wasn't something he wanted to do.

After our group photo was taken I decided to check out the souvenir shops,there were two different shops with some awesome souvenirs and yes I bought a few things. After I checked out the first shop and was looking around the second shop that I saw Tim he was suddenly standing beside me. After buying some souvenirs we decided to get an ice cream each, it was around 34°c and I had a yoghurt cone which was big and nice, haven't had one of them in years

After the Great Wall we headed for our Rickshaw ride but first there was a walk around by the lake but our tour guide Lisa said she thought it would be too much walking so I waited in a coffee shop. She then arranged for the rickshaw to pick me & Tim up at the corner of the road saving me a long ass walk, after the ride we had a meal in a typical Chinese household, how typical it was I do not know but more about that tomorrow. After the meal she arranged for another rickshaw to pick me up and take me back to the bus.

It was then back to the hotel for the night

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

China Day 2/Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

So our first full day in China saw us awake at 6.30am after a so so nights sleep on a rock hard bed, after getting to the room we had to ring reception as there was no power point next to the bed for me to plug in my Cpap machine.

Before getting to the room we had to walk around 200 metres from where the bus dropped us off to the hotel, not far you are thinking, however, when you feet are swollen and extremely sore it feels a bloody lot further.

I was that exhausted that I fell into bed and slept in my clothes, the next morning saw us go to a pearl factory to learn about pearls, we then went to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, which involved a lot of walking up and down stairs but thankfully for me they have a wheelchair service that cost us 300yaun or $60 Australian.

I was met at the bus by a lovely woman who didn't speak English who gave me a silly hat and insisted I wear it, she pushed me all over the place at the start I had to get up and walk down some stairs and then up again. However, at the third set of stairs I had trouble standing so she told me to remain sitting and she turned me around and dragged me up the stairs, from then on she wouldn't let me stand and managed to push/pull me up and down stairs and all over the place. Afterwards she dropped me back at the bus but we spent over 2hrs maybe closer to 3hrs there, with me being pushed the whole time.

We then went to a theatre where some of the group did an optional tour which was to see a stage show called The Golden Dynasty Musical, Tim and I didn't bother with it as it was $70 each, we did however, walk up a heap of stairs to go to Pizza Hut where we got a cold drink and I had a slice of cake before walking back to the bus and waited for the rest of the group.

I might add that the temperature was around 36°c so bloody hot, it was 8pm by the time we got back to the hotel.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Home from China

Hello everyone we are home from China and settled back into the normal run of the mill that is life here. Thursday saw us have a sleep in as we chose not to do another market tour so after breakfast we returned to our room and packed, check out was midday so at 11.50 we headed down to the lobby. Tim handed in our keys and we sat and waited till 2.45pm when the tour bus returned to pick us up and take us to the airport.

Our flight left at around 8pm and after I had tea/dinner on the plane I went to sleep and slept till they brought breakfast which was not the nicest but after we landed we headed to Macca's for breakfast.

After breakfast we headed to the train station for the return trip to Newie, Natasha picked us up from the train station.

It was great to get home and have a nice hot bath and sleep in my own bed, I missed my bath and my own bed.

All in all we had a great holiday with some downs and some really downs, no there were no ups just downs and on par but no ups.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

China Trip Day 1 = Travel

Well hello here I am writing the first of my holiday posts, today after driving Leo to school we had Natasha drive us to the train station as we arrive we hear an announcement that the train we wanted to catch had been cancelled, this meant we had to catch a later train that was an all stations train and not the semi express we wanted.

We arrived at Central station 20 minutes late and walked the long ass walk from platform 6 to platform 23 to catch the airport train from Central to Sydney International Airport. We then had to walk Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel which is a crossed the road from the airport, after checking in we walked back a crossed the road to have Macca's for tea.

Off to China

Just a quick post today, yesterday was spent packing and such and today will be spent travelling same for tomorrow.

Tim & I are going to China for a holiday, it is a 10 day guided tour cost us $1998 for the two of us that includes air fare, accommodation, tours and some meals, so a pretty good price.

I will not be posting much while away but when I get back there will be heaps of post trip posts.

Leo dragged out a large suit case and asked if we could pack him in it and take him with us..............

When asked what he wanted me to bring him back from China he said Papa safe...................

Thursday, 9 August 2018

A Thursday post

Yesterday with one thing or another I didn't get around to doing a post, after taking Leo to school I went to my aqua aerobics then after coming home and getting changed I had to go and get the cheese & bacon rolls for Blain's lunch.

After that Tim and I went out for lunch at the Eastern Tiger which was great, about 45 minutes after we get home I tell Tim it is time to take Blain his lunch, that was at 1.20pm and in a blink it was 2pm and time for me to get ready and head off to the school to get Leo. I also had to get Denni yesterday afternoon for Sandy.

After the afternoon school run I came home and laid down for an hour, I did read and comment on blogs but didn't get around to writing a post.

Should convicted killers be allowed out on a weekend to play footy, some say they should as it is a way to reward good behaviour others say it is just wrong as prison is suppose to be a punishment. One of the killers in question killed someone in a car accident the other was a one punch killer, I am against it, it just doesn't sound right.

They say first born children are closer to their mothers and have more confidence, well I am the first born and I am really close to my mum, but not sure about the more confidence bit.

It is official 100% of the state of New South Wales is in drought, I for those who don't know live in this state, no sure how this will affect me and my family. We don't use a lot of water as both Tim and I only shower every second day and we only run the dishwasher when it is full same for the washing machine, I do full loads and if I do a small load I adjust the water intake, I know some people don't do that, having the water set to high regardless of how full the machine is.

Pink had to cancel some shows here because she was sick and ended up in hospital, some people act like this was a choice but if you are sick enough to be in hospital, you may not be up to singing and dancing to the level she does when she preforms. Yes it would have pissed off people who turned up only to be told the show was cancelled but when someone is sick they are sick.

Well it is about time for me to get Leo into gear to get ready for school as it is nearly time to leave.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Glass Sponge

Hello everyone today in Newie it is fine and cold unless you are in the sun, Tim is off work for the rest of the week until I think Sunday when he is working because Sunday work is at double time which is why he likes Sunday work.

Anyway here is this weeks indestructible creature, a Glass Sponge and yes the delicate skeletons of creature is pretty breakable but the sponges themselves are thought to live up to 15,000 years. If that is true it would be one of the oldest known creatures on Earth.

The shell of this deep sea sponge and is made of silica a natural form of glass, inside lives a sponge a strange creature made up of a collection of cells that clump together and live as one. It has no brain or mouth, it just lets water flow through its holes and soaks up the feed and oxygen it needs.

Glass sponges are found in Antarctica may grow faster than scientists once thought. Conventional wisdom holds that life in Antarctica moves at a glacial pace. Marine creatures called sponges, which live on the sea floor, have been known to go a decade without any measurable growth in the Antarctic.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Did you know No:21

Hello everyone, here I am on a cold and wet Monday morning I am feeling stuffed up in the head and I am blowing my nose so much it feels like I am going to blow it off my face. This morning Leo noticed it was raining and got all excited raining around yelling “it's raining” before going up to see Tasha, granted we have not had rain in a month.

Anyway here is this weeks five did you know facts.

Nights in the tropics are warm because moist air retains heat well, in the desert the nights cold rapidly because dry air does not hold heat to the same degree.

A computer with the job of issuing traffic citations made a mistake in September 1989 and sent notices to 41,000 residents of Paris, France informing them that they were charged with murder.

Steel is flammable which is why if you took a match to steel wool it would burst into flames and become very hot. When steel rusts it is the same process as burning, both burning and rust occur when the iron in steel reacts with oxygen from the air.

You drink about 75,000 litres or 20,000 gallons of water in your lifetime.

In 1657 a Japanese priest set his kimono on fire in Tokyo because he thought it was bad luck.
He was right..............the flames spread until over 10,000 buildings were destroyed and 100,000 people died.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Dad sitting and being oh so tired

Hi all what happened to Tuesday I can't remember what I did yesterday I know after I took Leo to school I went to my parents place and stayed with dad while mum went to an appointment over at the hospital.

Sue drove her over and wasn't suppose to stay at all just drop mum off and Sandy was going over after she dropped her girls off at school to be with mum. Well Sue hung around so long she got a parking ticket for being stopped in the 15 minute parking for 30 minutes. Mum said she told Sue to move her car, Sue said different, I do not know, I was not there. Sue had me go online a contest the ticket she will hear sometime in the next month is she has to pay it or not.

The specialist was pleased with mums recovery but not happy that the ICU doctors told my sister that they thought mum's problem last month was caused from her surgery. When mum saw her GP last week he was also upset that when she was in hospital no one from the hospital contacted him.

Dad didn't do anything while I was there with him, he just sat and dosed in front of the telly. At first he was annoyed that mum wanted someone to stay with him but when she explained she didn't like the idea that he might have a fall and end up on the ground for ages waiting for someone to come home and help him, he was ok.

Natasha has been busy yesterday and today moving, Leo is excited about her moving near me as .he and Blain have been getting on really well this year.

This morning I was falling asleep driving Leo to school but things improved after I got home and had something to eat. I didn't go to my aqua class because of how tired I was feeling.

Monday, 30 July 2018

A New Fridge and a right mess

Good afternoon, here I am on this Monday afternoon finally getting around to doing a post,it has been one of those days that has gone by without me really knowing what has happen, it feels like I only just got up and now the day is coming to a close.

On Saturday Tim & I with Leo in tow went and bought a new fridge/freezer it is a side by side one with a non plumber needed ice maker and water dispenser. It is the same as the one my parents bought 18mths ago, we got it on interest free terms and it was suppose to be delivered between 1-4pm today, it is now 4.30pm and of course we are still waiting. Tim rang at 4pm to find what was happening and was told they should be here by 5pm.

At the moment this is what my dinning area looks like, it is full of Tasha's stuff the reason she is moving, she is going to swap houses with the woman in unit 7 of the complex I live in, this has made her really happy. There is more of her stuff in other areas of the house.

Ok the delivery guys arrived dead on 5pm and it was a struggle to get it in the house but is done now at 5.30pm we will turn it on.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Stupid things No:2

Hello all here is this weeks stupid things

Kids to wear sunglasses at school while in the play ground

Kids should be made to do sport at school, why do I think that is stupid well none of my girls had an interest in sport and Leo has zero interest and the school know this and know trying to make him take part will not end well. Some people love sport some do not stop trying to force it on people.

Underwater graves, how would one visit their departed if their grave is underwater, sorry not for me

A mother wanting to change her 4yr olds name as there is 2 other little girls in her class with the same name, what the hell, talk about stupid. When I was in year 6 at school there was 6 girls with the name Jo-Anne but only one who spelt it my way.

President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been destroyed,according to witnesses, a man removed a pick axe from a guitar case about 3am local time and smashed the red marble marker bearing the president’s name on Hollywood Boulevard. This is stupid because it doesn't effect the man he isn't going to be the one paying to have it repaired.

As we move towards a cashless society, buskers’ incomes have been sent plummeting... until now!
Online payment company Alipay has now come up with a solution, issuing 20 Melbourne street performers with portable payment devices!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Have you heard of: Margarethae Zelle

Do you know the name Margarethae Zelle?

Maybe you know her better as Mata Hari............

She was born on the 7th August 1876 the daughter of a shop owner, she died on the 15th October 1917, she was an exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War 1 and executed by firing squad in France.
She was always a extraordinary woman from early in her life till the end of her life, in 1889 her father is believed to have ran off with another woman and her mother died. She was a spoiled and very sexual girl who at around the age of 15 was sent away to learn to be a teacher but was expelled for having an affair with a married headmaster.

So she moved to The Hague, a city full of colonial officials who had returned from service in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). It was there as a bored 18yr old she meet and married one such official Capt. Rudolf MacLeod with who she had 2 children.

The marriage was not what she hoped and didn't last and afterwards she headed to Paris were she reinvented herself as a startling new exotic dancer called Mata Hari. In 1905 Mata Hari was a Malay term for “sunrise” or the “eye of the day” she broke onto the social scene with a performance at an art museum in Paris. 

Hundreds of the capital's wealthy elite were invited and Mata Hari presented utterly novel dances in transparent, revealing outfits with a jewelled bra and an extraordinary headpiece.

Under any other circumstances, she could have been arrested for indecency, but she had very carefully thought through her position. At each performance, she took the time to explain carefully that these were sacred temple dances from the Indies. Mata Hari was sensuous, beautiful, erotic, and emotional; she told tales of lust, jealousy, passion, and vengeance through her dancing, and the public lapped it up.

Friendship Thursday No:3

What a morning, I spent ages ordering some personalised gifts from Mrs Claus for Christmas still have more to do. It is a hot day h...