Monday, 16 July 2018

The last few days


Good morning world, I have turned the corner and at least I feel a tad better still got a ways to go before I am 100% at the moment I am more like 50% but that is an improvement on the weekend when I would say I felt more like25%. I spent most of Saturday in bed, yesterday I was able to get up and do lunch for the girls and I even went out with Jessica to Officeworks and then she had to go to work to hand in her paperwork from Saturdays run.

Jessica's work van is off the road it wouldn't start on Saturday and she had to ring her boss who came out at first they thought it was the battery but when he turned up he came to the conclusion it wasn't the battery and she had to use a different van. So they have a week to get her van repaired before school goes back and she will need it again.

Also yesterday Jessica sold her car she is trying to raise money for dental work and since she only drives it occasionally and it had an oil leak that would set her back a fair bit to repair she decided to sell it instead of getting it repaired. She was upfront with the buyers and told them about the oil leak and how last year she had hit a roo and had to replace the front bumper.

So until she decides to get another car she will catch a bus, walk or borrow our car, in fact she wants to borrow our car this afternoon to take Leo and his friend Kaja out to play some kind of golf game at a place close to an hour away, I will take the car to her when Tim gets back with it after his morning run, he has a split shift today.



Thursday, 12 July 2018

Damn it's cold and a bit about health


Hello everyone, I am one sick person nothing serious just a head cold and generally feeling unwell. Yesterday Tim came home from work early as he was unwell but of course once he got home he was fine for the rest of the day.

Dad hasn't been good very unsteady on his feet causing both mum & Sue some concerned especially when he goes and has a shower because he will not use the shower chair or the board that goes across the bath to sit on. Thankfully he hasn't had any more falls.

Mum is still improving slowly too slowly for her and dad in fact dad has said a few times that he thought she would be getting around better than she is by now.

Looks like Sue is going to return to her own flat on Saturday for how long we don't know it will depend on how well mum & dad cope without her. If they are fine then she will remain at her own place but has said if they need her to go back she will do so.

Damn it has been cold the last few days, it was only 5°c when Tim got up yesterday to go to work and this morning was suppose to be the same. Thankfully we have a heater here for me to use and our car has a working heater and Tim was able to drive the car to work yesterday and today as I have no need for it.

My knees are bad the last few days maybe the cold is causing the arthritis to be more painful, who knows I just know that I am fed up with the pain day in and day out.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Barnacles



Hello everyone, it is another bloody cold day here, no rain or wind just cold and yes I have the heater going.

This Tuesday I am going to tell you a little about a pretty indestructible creature and the creature is the Barnacle which I am pretty sure everyone has heard of.

Barnacles are the whitish hard, pointy lumps that you find encrusted all over seaside rocks, piers and underside of boats. They are related to crabs and lobsters but live in an almost indestructible shell that's glues to a hard surface.

When underwater they open two door like things in its shell to reach out with its feathery feet to catch passing plankton and food scraps. When the tide is out or they feel threatened the close the doors and hide inside.

They are so rock hard you might think they are part of the rock they are attached to, the glue they use to stick to stuff is so strong that scientists are trying to copy the make up or recipe to make a new water resistant adhesive.

There are many species of barnacles, but only two are commonly eaten the gooseneck barnacle a tube like creature with very little shell, and the rock barnacle which is almost all shell.

Barnacles can cover a turtle to such an extent, that they can disable the flippers and cover the eyes and nostrils to such an extent, that the turtle is unable to swim, see, smell, or even survive.






Monday, 9 July 2018

Did you know No: 21




Hello world, hello Monday, been a busy morning for me I had a sleep in so didn't get out of bed till 8am I than got dressed and went to my aqua class after that I came home changed my clothes and went to the doctors to get a couple of scripts. Now I am home for the day, don't have to worry about Leo as there is no school for two weeks. When I asked him on Friday if he was looking forward to the holidays he said yes but then asked how long are the holidays when I said two weeks he growled and said ok. He does like going to school.

So here are this weeks five did you know facts.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using only the letters on the top row of the keyboard

Pigs don't sweat, so they saying “sweating like a pig” is wrong

Before testing the first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert on the 16th July 1945, some of the scientists working on the bomb calculated that there was a three in a million chance that an atomic bomb might melt down the entire Earth. They went ahead with the test anyway.

Polar Bears camouflage themselves by covering their black noses with their paws, not sure if I believe that or not,

Putting your two fingers up as an insult dates back to the Middle Ages when archers were caught by their enemies they had two fingers cut off so they could no longer fire any more arrows. So when an archer was shooting people he would put his two fingers up to say “Look I still have them” of course we now put up one finger and it has a different meaning.

Friday, 6 July 2018

What I find stupid No: 1


Hello welcome to this weeks stupid things I heard on the news and yes I know that this is the first time I I have done such a post this year. This I hope will be a regular Friday post.

Toy guns should be banned from day cares and pre schools, yes I think this is stupid most little boys and some little girls like to play with toy guns.

Shoppers taking home supermarket baskets and trolleys because they are frustrated by the new ban on single use plastic bags, some people are even becoming abusive with check out operators, suck it up and remember to take your own bag or pay the 15 cents for a bag. There is too much plastic around as it is.

Posing naked in the middle of winter, sorry I just don't get it.



Thursday, 5 July 2018

Have you heard of.........................




Hello everyone didn't do a post yesterday as I spent the time writing letters instead.

Last night mum told me that dad was being good taking his puffers and oxygen on a regular basis all day and as such was doing much better not so out of breath and he had a bit of an appetite for the first time in weeks.

Anyway today I am asking if you have heard of George Washington Carver...........................

He is one of the people credited with coming up with what we know as peanut-butter, he didn't actual invent peanut-butter but his work along with that of Edson, Kellogg and Straub helped establish peanut-butter as the nutritious staple ingredient found in many households around the world.

Peanut-butter actually dates back to Aztec times, the Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste which was somewhat different from what we know as peanut-butter today. In fact what we know as peanut-butter is down to the four people mentioned but if you did an internet search for the creator of peanut-butter it will come up with George Washington Carver.

It was in 1884 that Marcellus Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. Then in 1895 Dr. John Kellogg of Kellogg's cereal patented a process for creating peanut-butter from raw peanuts, in 1903 Dr. Ambrose Straub patented a peanut-butter making machine.

All these early peanut-butters were crunchy it wasn't till 1922 that a chemist Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut-butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil, in 1928 he licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut-butter then in 1932 he began to produce his own peanut-butter under the name Skippy.

So why do they say it was George Carver who created peanut-butter? I do not know.

He was a world-famous chemist who made important agricultural discoveries and inventions, his research on peanuts and other products helped poor southern farmers vary their crops and improve their diets.

He developed something like 300 products from peanuts including flour, paste, insulation,paper, soap and shaving cream to name a few, his experiment with medicines from peanuts which included antiseptics and laxatives.

In America there is a national peanut-butter day it is the 24th January.




Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dangerous Creature/Eastern Brown Snake



Hello everyone here I am on Tuesday afternoon starting a post, this morning I had to go and stay at my parents and stay with dad while mum had a post opp check up at the Royal and as dad is still not good they didn't want him to be left home alone. 

Just after I arrived dad walked down the hall to the toilet and on his way back to the kitchen he sounded so bad I thought he was going to collapse, however, he made it to the kitchen and used his oxygen, he than decided to go back to bed and that was were he stayed.

This weeks dangerous/deadly creature is the Eastern Brown Snake, heard of it, I am pretty sure you have. However, did you know that the brown snake group is most likely responsible for snake bite deaths over any other snake group in Australia, this is probably because it is found all over the country.

It is a slender snake up to 2meters or 7foot long, that can be different shades of brown ranging from pale brown to almost black. It's underside is pale cream-yellow often with orange or grey bits.

If bitten you may not realise straight away as the bite can initially be painless and difficult to detect, this is not good as if you are bitten you need medical attention pretty much straight away.

It's venom can cause eventual paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding, which I reckon would be a give-away that you have been bitten.






Monday, 2 July 2018

Did you know No:19



Good morning everyone, damn it is cold this morning, yes I have the heater on as well as my dressing gown. I will be going to my aqua class after I take Leo to school and you can bet the water will be cold, I think in the cold months they should heat the water but they don't.

Jessica just dropped Leo off and said he had a slight temperature and to check he doesn't have one before I take him to school.

Here is this weeks five did you know facts.

The record for milk production from one cow is 11,756 gallons in one year, bloody hell that's a lot

Each king in a deck of cars represents a great king from history, Spades is King David, Hearts is Emperor Charlemagne, Clubs is Alexander the Great and Diamonds is Julius Caesar.

Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years and so does winter, bloody hell.............

The deepest point in the sea is the Mariana Trench off Guam in the Pacific Ocean, it is nearly seven miles deep.

If you could shoot a gun at the sun it would take 20 years for the bullet to get there.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Have you heard of................



Have you heard of Dr Cyril P Callister?

Ok maybe you have not heard of the man but if you're an Aussie you most likely have eaten his creation which was Vegemite all Aussies pretty much like Vegemite. Way back in 1922 the Fred Walker company hired a young chemist to develop a spread from brewer's yeast,it was labelled “Pure Vegetable Extract” which doesn't sound as good as Vegemite, in my opinion.

The Fred Walker company decided to have a national competition to come up with a name for the product, unfortunately they didn't keep a record of the winners name we do know that it was Fred Walker's daughter who chose the winning name and that name was Vegemite.

Cyril Percy Callister was a food technologist, who was born on 16 February 1893 at Chute near Beaufort, Victoria, son of William Hugh Callister, schoolmaster and his wife Rosetta Anne, née Dixon.

He was educated at state schools, Grenville College, Ballarat, and the Ballarat School of Mines, he attended the University of Melbourne on a major residential scholarship to Queen's College.

In January 1915 he joined Lewis & Whitty, manufacturers of food and household products. In June he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. Within three months the Department of Defence withdrew him to join the Munitions Branch. Shortly afterwards he was sent to Britain and spent the war working on explosives manufacture in Wales, and in Scotland where he met and married Katherine Hope they had two sons and a daughter.
After her return to Australia in 1919 he rejoined Lewis & Whitty where he remained until that company was taken over. In February 1923 he was appointed to Fred Walker's small food company to develop yeast-extract for retail sale.

Although this product was known overseas, no information was available about the process, and Callister developed it from brewers' yeast. Under the trademark Vegemite it was placed on the market early in 1924 and slowly became an established item, solely through Callister's technological skill and perseverance.

Walker was also interested in methods for preserving cheese, and involved Callister in this as well. Thus the chemist rapidly became well informed in microbiology and began to experiment with cheese-processing.

With the help of patents held by the American James L. Kraft, he made a satisfactory product and Walker used this in 1925 to persuade Kraft to grant a licence for the manufacture of Kraft cheese in Australia. So the Kraft Walker Cheese Co. was established in 1926 with Callister as chief chemist and production superintendent.




Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A bit about rehab


Well here we are on a wet Wednesday afternoon, I just returned from getting Leo from school and remembered I hadn't done a post today so here we go.....................

Well I am cold and will soon have a hot bath to hopefully warm up, earlier today Natasha contacted some charities to get food vouchers for my parents and managed to get them $30 worth of food my mum was so appreciative. Speaking of mum she is doing ok still very sore and in a fair amount of pain but Sandra said this afternoon she doesn't think mum is doing enough in the way of rehab and if she had gone to the rehabilitation ward she would be doing a lot more.

Moving on to dad he doesn't thing he is doing anything in the way of rehab and is just sitting around doing nothing all day and said if that doesn't change he wants to go home, however, he cannot walk from his bed to the toilet without becoming out of breath and even though he has a long cord attached to his oxygen he takes off the oxygen when he needs to visit the bathroom, which is really a silly thing to do.

My knees are still sore and swollen and standing, walking or pretty much doing anything is painful but I guess that is what I have to deal with now.

So being Wednesday I am sharing this photo.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Deadly Creatures/Bull Shark



Hello Tuesday and have to say you have started out pretty good, as in I wasn't too tired when I woke up this morning although I was slightly annoyed that I was up and dressed at 5.50am and Jessica didn't drop Leo off till 6.40am I could have spent an extra half hour in bed asleep. 

Also being told that Leo needed a shower to wash his hair annoyed me.

Speaking about being annoyed I find Natasha sitting pretty much on top of the heater annoying but I don't feel the cold as much as her.

Dad has been transferred to the rehabilitation ward they moved him yesterday afternoon, my sister Sue is staying with mum for a bit to help her get around.

Let us move on to this weeks deadly creature, today I have picked the Bull Shark, they live throughout the world in shallow warm ocean waters but have also been known to swim up into freshwater rivers. Officially, bull sharks have made it up the Mississippi as far as Illinois.

They eat almost anything but their diet consists mainly of fish, humans are not part of a bull shark's normal prey but that doesn't mean they will not bite you if you get in their way and they are hungry.

You may wonder if you can eat a bull shark, well if you want to you can but it really isn't that healthy and can even be poisonous and you might want to give it a good wash first as sharks urinate through their skin.

If you are wondering how long they live well on average about 16 years, when born they are about 71 centimetres long or 28 inches, they grow to about 3 metres long, females have between 4 & 10 babies each mating season.



Monday, 25 June 2018

Did you know No:20




Hello everyone, I have some good news mum is home, she was discharged this morning and is happy to be at home it is still difficult for her to move and she is still in a fair amount of pain but is looking forward to her own bed tonight. Dad is still in the John Hunter Hospital but may be moved tomorrow to the rehabilitation ward tomorrow, we will see.

My niece Kelli and her partner Jonathon welcomed the birth of their daughter yesterday afternoon, the have decided to name her Freya she is their second child, they have a son Daemon and Jonathon is also Blain's father.

Anyway here are this weeks five did you know facts.

Between the 1850's to the 1880's the most common cause of death among cowbos was being dragged by a horse while caught in the stirrups.

The first envelopes with gummed flaps were produced in 1844, in Britain but they were not immediately popular as it was considered to be a serious insult to send you saliva to someone else in the post.

Buckingham Palace has over 600 rooms

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred & Wilma Flintstone

African elephants only have four teeth

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Just an update


Hello everyone what a few days I have had, I have been tired and have a headache since Friday afternoon. I am sleeping better most nights but the last couple of nights I have woken a few times with a headache and have had to go and take pain relief during the night.

My parents are still in hospital but both are recovering slowly dad still may get transferred to the rehab ward and mum is hoping to be able to go home on Monday but first she will need to be able to walk 20 meters without needing to rest, each days she is a tad better then the day before.

Tim has his motorbike back from the mechanics yesterday morning he and Leo caught the bus to Toronto to pick it up after getting the bike the went for a ride into town and Leo loved it. We had Leo all day as well as last night as Jessica was working yesterday.

I have not been over to see my parents as I would not be able to walk from the carpark to the ward due to the amount of pain I have in my knees and achilles tendon, I have sent my dad a number of text messages and I still speak to mum every night. I do feel like shit because I am unable to get there and see them my sisters Sandra and Sue are amazing going over so much to see them and Sue will go and stay with mum & dad when they go home.



Wednesday, 20 June 2018

This and That Today


First up, it is still cold and wet here, just so you know.

Next up, dad is still improving and likes that he is now in a room on his own, when Sandy spoke to the nurses yesterday they said that it looks like he will go to the rehabilitation ward at Belmont hospital in the next few days. This is not something Sandy is keen on unless they also send mum to the same ward because she doesn't like the idea of having to visit two different hospital.

Next, we have mum her surgery went well, I spoke to her last night she sounded tired but alright in a moderate amount of pain, today they will get her out of bed standing up not walking just standing. Before Sandy took mum to the part of the hospital she needed to be at for her surgery she took her to see dad, she took mum in woke dad up as it was only 5.20am and when he saw mum dads eyes light up and he was so pleased to see mum and her him. Sandy said they were like teenagers holding hands and being so happy to be together.

My parents not only are still in love but they enjoy each others company.

Yesterday saw my youngest daughter sick with a fever and headache as well as some vomiting, because she was feeling sick she decided to order food via Uber Eats well that failed after nearly an hour after the delivery time they cancelled the order as they couldn't find a driver, so then she ordered pizza but was told it would be an hour before it arrived, she should have just made toast.

After two days off work Tim is now back at work thankfully he has Jessica's car because his bike is at the mechanics but since it is still cold and wet I am pleased he has a car instead of the bike.

My eldest daughter and her family have gone to Queensland for a funeral, her partner Michael's uncle passed away last week.

Here in Australia our big supermarkets are getting rid of single use plastic bags, replacing them with multi use plastic bags which cost 15cents per bag, this has annoyed some people but I like the new multi use bags they are larger and fold up pretty small so easy to carry in your handbag or pocket. I have been using my own bags when shopping for many, many years.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Dangerous creatures/ Irukandji Jellyfish



Another cold wet day here in Newie, Tim is off work again as he came home on Sunday afternoon feeling unwell and he went to the doctor yesterday and was given a doctors certificate for two days off work, yesterday & today.

My mum went into hospital this morning for her hip replacement tomorrow I should be able to give you more information.

Today's dangerous creature is a small type of box jellyfish called an Irukandji jellyfish it can be the size of a finger nail in the bell with tentacles that can be up to a metre long. Unlike the standard box jellyfish which is usually found in shallow water this one is generally found in deep water.

If you are stung by one you need to seek medical attention pretty damn quick as being stunk can bring on Irukandji syndrome which is a condition induced by venomization by the sting of some box jellyfish.

The symptoms consist of severe lower back pain cramps, sweating, anxiety, nausea as well as other more fatal symptoms such as cardiac arrest.

So not good to get stung by it.


Monday, 18 June 2018

Did you know No:19


Damn it has been a cold weekend and start to my Monday, I changed the heater in the lounge room from a bar heater to a small fan heater which works better and have moved the bar heater into the bathroom.

Tim is off work sick today, with a sore throat and will go to the doctors at midday to see what they have to say.

Dad was sounding less sick when mum spoke to him yesterday afternoon this was nice to hear from as I have been worried about him.

Now to this weeks five did you know facts

When Beethoven was ready to write music he would start by pouring ice cold water over his head to stimulate his brain, weird

It takes light from the Sun 8 minutes and 17 seconds to reach the Earth, I will have to trust the scientist know what they are talking about.

If a car could drive in space it would take it 30 million years to reach our nearest neighbouring star, ok if you say so.

There are 30 Lego pieces for every living person on Earth

Months that start on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

I spoke to soon


Good morning well I spoke to soon about dad, so much for him improving he was taken back to hospital yesterday morning by the ambos. He was so unwell he vomited about 5 times, each time Sandra tried to get him to use the oxygen as his oxygen level was around 76, it did finally go up when he was at the hospital but when he was being moved from the ambos stretcher/bed to a hospital bed it dropped right down again.

We do know the Xray he had last Friday showed a cracked rib and fluid in the lung, mum rang the Dr's yesterday morning to get the results only to be told that his doctor wouldn't be in till today and they didn't know if anyone else could look at the results.

Well while the ambos were there Sandra rang the doctors surgery and told them the ambos wanted to know what the Xray showed, this triggered a changed in attitude and they couldn't be more helpful. Someone from the surgery rang mum yesterday afternoon to see how dad was doing, she told them he had been taken too hospital and wasn't in a good way at all.

Sandra of course went with dad to the hospital and she went back yesterday afternoon, she had to leave and go get her girls from school.

I am expecting mum to ring me this morning with an update.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Creatures=Honey Bee



Hello everyone, I am feeling good again today, woke up in little pain and that I like, it is another cold day but thankfully it isn't wet today just cold.

Today is Tuesday and that means it is Australian creatures day and today I am telling you about the humble honey bee, as you may or may not know the honey bee is not native to Australia. Now the honey bee is both common and can be deadly to some people.

When a honey bee stings a person its barbed stinger remains in the person but it isn't just the stinger left behind but also part of the bee's abdomen and digestive tract as well as muscles and nerves. What this means to the bee is that it dies after it stings, that sucks for the bee.

Generally if you are stung you will suffer a sharp burning pain and some minor swelling but if you are allergic you may have more swelling and if you really allergic it can cause severe breathing problems as well and that can be life threatening.

You may have heard that bees are dying out, this is not a good thing because the bee performs a task that is vital to the survival of agriculture, pollination in fact one third of the worlds food supply is pollinated by bees, so without bees us humans wouldn't have much to eat.

So yes the honey bee can be deadly to some but they are so important.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Did you know No: 18


Good morning Australia and the world, what a great morning it is, yes it is cold and wet but for the first morning in weeks I have woken up with little pain in my knees, I don't just feel awake I feel alive and oh so good.

My dad is improving slowly but is still in a lot of pain but not taking pain relief on a regular basis even though mum is telling him he should.

Anyway here is this weeks five did you know facts..............

Used car dealers can buy a bottle of “new car smell” to make their second hand cars smell new.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows as it was fashionable in her time to have them removed.

When a dolphin give birth a midwife dolphin often attends, the midwife helps push the baby to the surface for its first breath, how do they know that

For some time chimpanzees have been taught sign language, that fact most people know but did you know that the original learners are teaching it to younger chimps and that it is believed they have conversations among themselves.

In research where horses were taught to work light switches, they consistently proved that they preferred a night-light by turning the switches on after dark



Thursday, 7 June 2018

Dad's arm

This is a photo of my dad's arm it was taken  yesterday by my sister Sandra when dad was at the doctors to have the bandage on it changed, parts of it was still bleeding properly from falling again on Monday night.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Overslept and more about dad


What a day I over slept this morning the alarm went off and for some reason I was thinking, it was am early to get up and just turned it off and stayed in bed till Natasha woke me at 7.30am, good thing I didn't have anything to do other then get dressed and take Leo to school.

I haven't gone to my aqua class this week due to the amount of pain I have in my knees, I saw the Dr yesterday and he has sent me for another Xray done of my right knee which I had done this morning. I have asked to be referred to a specialist about my knees but my GP is reluctant to do that but since there is a 2yr wait to see someone I would like to be referred and get on the waiting list sooner rather then later.

Mum was telling me last night that on Monday night after her and dad had gone to bed she asked him if he had taken his medication before going to bed and he said he hadn't, mum offered to get up and go and find it for him but he said no he would just skip taking it that night.

Then the next thing she knew he was getting out of bed when she asked what he was doing he said he was going to get his tablets so she told him to turn the lights on he said he had a torch and would be fine. Then the next think she heard was a loud noise and dad had fallen over, Dawson was in the kitchen and went to see what had happened, dad snapped at Dawson to leave him be when Dawson went to try and help him up. So Dawson went and rang Sandy who went straight around to help by the time she arrived dad had calmed down and Dawson was able to help him up and back to bed.

Yesterday morning dad didn't want to get out of bed he was worried he would fall over again but after a while mum was able to convince him to get up but he was very unsteady on his feet and decided to try using the small motorised scooter he has to get around the house.



Monday, 4 June 2018

My knees and dad's health


Hello everyone, here I am on Monday afternoon getting around to writing a post I have not felt well today, didn't want to get up this morning but of course when my alarm went off at 5.50am up I got but around 6.30am Leo took me back to bed because I was falling asleep sitting at the computer.

Natasha rang me around midday to tell me that Blain was at home, while at school he had gone to the toilet and some other kids threw a garbage bin over the door hitting him on the head, his mother was livid she is so over all the problems he is having with bullies at school.

Yesterday and today my right knee has been really swollen due to the arthritis making every step agony along with just standing after being seated for any length of time. Saturday saw me so tired and generally unwell that I spent most of the day in bed asleep.

Saturday also saw my mum having to ring the Ambos for dad as he was in a terrible state and had fallen twice in 20 minutes, he was admitted with pneumonia and placed on strong antibiotics, Sandra went with him to the hospital and stayed with him for a number of hours and went back yesterday for a few hours.

Today she went over and while there the doctor turned up and said that because dad was doing much better he was discharging him so he is now home still on strong antibiotics. The doctor said dad would feel better in his own home and would sleep better in his own bed.




Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Have you heard of: Percy Spencer





Well here I am on Wednesday afternoon, it is a cool and overcast afternoon, feels like it is going to rain again. It rained this morning when I dropped Leo off at school and went to my aqua class but it fined up b around 10am.

This week I am asking if you have heard of Percy Spencer, if not you are not alone as I haven't heard of him till I Googled who invented the microwave oven.

His invention was an accident, that I had heard before, worked for a company named Raytheon, developing microwave radar transmitters during World War II. When one day in 1945, he noticed that a candy bar he had in his pocket was starting to melt. He was not the first to notice this phenomenon, but he was the first to investigate it.

He decided to experiment using food, including popping corn kernels, which became the world’s first microwaved popcorn. In another experiment, an egg was placed in a tea kettle, and the magnetron was placed directly above it. The result was the egg exploding in the face of one of his co-workers, who was looking in the kettle to observe.

Spencer then created the first true microwave oven by attaching a high density electromagnetic field generator to an enclosed metal box. The magnetron emitted microwaves into the metal box blocking any escape, allowing for controlled and safe experimentation. He then placed various food items in the box, while observing effects and monitoring temperatures.

The first commercially produced microwave oven was about 6 feet tall, weighed about 750 lbs, and cost about $5,000 US.
After the war he used radar technology developed during the war to invent the microwave oven, it was named the “Radarange” and was first sold in 1946, the company Raytheon later licensed its patents for a home-use microwave oven that was first introduced in 1955, but these units were still too large and expensive for general home use. The bench top microwave oven was first introduced in 1967, and their use has spread into commercial and residential kitchens around the world. In addition to their use in cooking food, types of microwave ovens are used for heating in many industrial processes.

He was born in Maine 18 months later, Spencer's father died, and his mother soon left him in the care of his aunt and uncle. His uncle then died when Spencer was just seven years old. Spencer subsequently left school to earn money to support himself and his aunt. From the ages of twelve to sixteen, he worked from sunrise to sunset at a spool mill. At 16 he discovered that a local paper mill was soon to begin using electricity, a concept little known in his rural home region, and he accordingly began learning as much as possible about the phenomenon.

So when he applied to work at the mill, he was one of three people hired to install electricity in the plant, despite never having received any formal training or even finishing
school.

At the age of 18, Spencer decided to join the U S Navy, he had become interested in wireless communications, while in the navy, he made himself an expert on radio technology: "I just got hold of a lot of textbooks and taught myself while I was standing watch at night." he is reported to have said, he then taught himself trigonometry, calculus. Chemistry. Physics and metallurgy among other subjects.

By 1939 Spencer became one of the world’s leading experts in radar tube design.
For his invention, Spencer received no royalties, but he was paid a one-time $2.00 gratuity from Raytheon, the same token payment the company made to all inventors on its payroll at that time for company patents.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Deadly Creatures Box Jellyfish



I decided to change Tuesday's post from indestructible creatures to deadly creatures kicking off with the Box Jellyfish. It's scientific name is,Chironex fleckeri

They are called box jellyfish because their bell at the top of the jellyfish it has four corners, as well as clusters of trailing, stinging tentacles that can stretch more than two metres (6.4 feet). Wow that is long.

Human encounters occur most often when the box jellyfish comes close to shore to breed in estuaries. "That type of water is muddy, so you can't always see them and they can't see you," he added. If you're in the murky water and brush against one, you can easily be stung.

While box jellyfish are found in warm coastal waters around the world, the lethal varieties are found primarily in the Indo-Pacific region and northern Australia. This includes the Australian box jellyfish, which is considered the most venomous marine animal.

A box jellyfish sting can be unbelievably painful,the venom is designed to paralyse fish, so it immobilises your nerves and affects breathing and movement. A large dose can cause cardiac arrest and death within minutes.

In North Queensland the big bellox jyfish are the most common jellyfish seen during 'stinger season'. It is so venomous it will kill you within two minutes if you receive two metres or more tentacle contact. If a tentacle touches the skin it results in a very painful sting.

So how do you treat a sting, rinse the area with vinegar, carefully pluck visible tentacles with fine tweezers and soak the skin in hot water, use water that's 43-45c or 110-113f

An 'immortal' jellyfish is swarming through the world's oceans, according to scientists. This jellyfish is able to revert back to a juvenile form once it mates after becoming sexually mature. Marine biologists say the jellyfish numbers are rocketing because they need not die.



Monday, 28 May 2018

Did you know No:17



Hello Monday and world it is another nice day here in Newie, not too hot nor too cold, went to my aqua class now I am home for a while till the time comes to go get Leo from school. Anyway Monday means it is did you know day, so here are this weeks facts.

When inventor James Hetherington first wore his new invention, the top hat in London in 1797, it caused quite a stir, so much that he was immediately arrested and thrown in jail because he appeared on the public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure of shining lustre and calculated to disturb timid people.

In the 15th century a man was given the title “official uncorker of bottles” by Queen Elizabeth1. A law was passed that stated all bottles found washed up on beaches had to be opened by this man and no one else, in case they contained sensitive military messages. The penalty for anone else opening a bottle was death.

Crocodiles are completely colour blind, how do people know that

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear

Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Photo Thursday


Hello everyone, here we at this lovely Thursday, didn't do a post yesterday, why you wonder, well I went to my aqua class as usual but I was that tired that at one stage I nearly fell over that said I stuck it out.

After the class I came home and got changed before going and getting fuel for the car and then down to the shops to get a loaf of bread and more crumpets.

Around 1.50pm Jessica rang me to tell me that she didn't have an afternoon run as all the children she drives got sent home sick, so she was able to get Leo from school, if I could have I would have done a happy dance.

All that said, it is not the reason for no post yesterday, the reason is, I forgot, simple as that..............

So anyway today is Thursday and that means it is photo day so here is this weeks photo



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A bad start to the day




Hello everyone, what a start to the day, driving Leo to school this morning I misjudge distance and hit something and did this damage to the car. Leo was worried that papa (Tim) would go mad at me and kept telling me it was just an accident and the car can be fixed and not to get upset about it. I took photos and sent them to Tim, who said he is worried about my driving as in 18 months I have had three incidents of misjudgement and yes at times I am also concerned but overall there is not much wrong with my driving.


Tim is now home and checking out the car and the dashcam to see what happened but at least he isn't angry and has taken the rest of the day off work, I am still upset.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Did you know No:16



Well I hope everyone is having or had a good weekend as I can say I did. This morning I went to my aqua aerobics and then to the shops to get another packet of Golden Crumpets has to be Golden Crumpets no other brand are as nice, just saying.


Anyway here is this weeks did you know facts.

During WW11 it cost the Allies about £150,000 to kill each enemy soldier

Around 75% of people who play the radio or other music in the car sing along to the music.

A stack of £1 notes stacked one mile high would be worth about £14 million

All the people on earth weigh about 420 million tons

There are around 25,000 people in the world age at least 100 years old

The last few days

Good morning world, I have turned the corner and at least I feel a tad better still got a ways to go before I am 100% at the moment I am ...