Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Christmas Movies


Do you watch Christmas movies?

Do you have a favourite?

I have a few favourites such as The Polar Express with Tom Hanks and The Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen.

On Sunday past I watched The Man Who Invented Christmas which is the story of Charles Dickens and how he came to write A Christmas Carol. I found the movie in the On Demand section of my Foxtel when I was looking for something Christmasy to watch and I did enjoy the movie.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Christmas Cards


Hello everyone, Christmas is fast approaching only 7 days till the big day, are you excited?

As I sit here and look up I see Christmas cards hanging on my wall and I think, who sent the first Christmas card and when, so I do what you do when you think such things, I ask Google. This is the answer I got.

The first Christmas card was created and sent in 1843. A man named John Calcott Horsley printed the first Christmas card for Sir Henry Cole, the friend who had given him the idea.

I then thought, I wonder how many Christmas cards are sent each year, so again I ask Google and this is the answer.

Over 2 billion Christmas cards are sent in the US each year.

In the UK, this figure will likely be around 900 million

Couldn't find an answer for how many are sent here in Australia.................

I can tell you that here the cost of a stamp to send a Christmas card is 65cents which is 35cents cheaper then the cost of a normal stamp.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Did you know No:32


Hello Monday, no aqua for me this week as Natasha has court, 6 months ago she received a parking ticket when dropping Blain off at school and decided to fight it instead of just paying it, anyway she has court about it again tomorrow. Last time she went to court it was adjourned.

Anyway since Christmas is just around the corner I am doing did you know Christmas facts that may or may not be true.

The 25th December was originally a pagan celebration, as no one knows when Jesus was born
Santa Claus originated in a newspaper add, to sell toys and gift books in the mid 19th century.
The Christmas Tree is a manufactured tradition.
The nativity story resulted in several wars.
Mistletoe kissing originated with fertility rites









Thursday, 13 December 2018

Friendship poem No:6


Friendships, family ties
the companionship of little children
an autumn forest flung in prodigality
against a deep blue sky, the intricate
design and haunting fragrance of a
flower, the counterpoint of a Bach
fugue or the melodic line of a
Beethoven sonata, the fluted note
of bird song, the glowing glory of
a sunset: the world is aflame with
things of eternal moment


BY: E Margaret Clarkson

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Rankin Park Appointment


Good morning or good afternoon or maybe it is good evening depending on when you are reading this. I hope life is treating you well, I am well.

So yesterday I had an appointment at the Rankin Park Day Hospital about the problems I have with my balance. Tim drove me over and stayed with me for the appointment, we were there for just over 3 hours.

We saw a doctor, a nurse and a occupational therapist and a physiotherapist, in the end I was signed up to attend the falls program which is ran over six weeks and will help me with my balance. Thankfully they will arrange for a taxi to pick me up and bring me home again, the program doesn't start again till the 29th January.

They are also going to arrange for someone to come and check out the house and try and arrange for hand rails at the front door and in the bathroom. This will make Tim happy.

During the last year I have had about 8 falls and near falls which I guess is a lot.

I was getting annoyed with how much the occupational therapist went on about me having a bath, she thought I should be having a shower. I do not like showers and rarely have them. At this stage I do not have a problem getting in or out of the bath, when I start to have a problem I will deal with it.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Gross Facts No:7


Hello everyone, after a string on hot days it is very cool and wet here, suppose to have light rain on and off all day. Anyway here are this weeks gross facts, this week is part two of parasites facts.

Hookworms can live in your intestine, sucking on your blood.

Flukes are parasitic worms found in fish,cattle and sheep. Humans can also become infected by swimming in fluke infested water.

Thorny-headed worms hatch inside pond crustaceans, which are then eaten by ducks. The worm reproduces inside the duck, and its eggs come out in the duck's poo. They are then eaten by a crustacean and the cycle begins again.

The tongue-eating louse eats the tongue of its fish victim and lives in its place

A female flea sucks up to 15 times her own body weight in blood every day.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Did you know No:31


Good morning world here we are at another Monday, I had a good weekend, read some blogs and wrote some letters.
I watched Sydney-May & Summer yesterday for a couple of hours while Kathy-Lee & Michael went and did some Christmas shopping.

Anyway Monday is did you know day, so here are today's did you know facts.

The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night, what the hell...........

The average person laughs about 15 times a day

A fingernail or toenail takes about s ix months to grow from base to tip

A sneeze can exceed a speed of 100mph

The sandwich is named after the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), for whom sandwiches were made so that he could stay at the gambling table without getting up for meals



Thursday, 6 December 2018

Thursday Friendship Poem


A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
An endless fountain of immortal drink.
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.


BY JOHN KEATS

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Gross Facts No 7


Good morning world, I am feeling pretty ok this morning, I slept pretty well.

Yesterday Tim & I search everywhere for Leo's mobile phone and couldn't find it, well this morning I found it sitting on top of his laptop next to the front door, if it was a snake it would jumped up and bit me, as the saying goes.

Anyway being Tuesday means gross facts day so here we go with some gross facts.

The average human body carries between 1 and 2.5kg of parasitic bacteria

The largest parasitic worm ever found was 8.5metres long, it was found living in a female sperm whale's womb

A tapeworm can live inside a human gut for up to 20 years

Tiny white pinworms live in your gut, but move to your bottom to lay eggs

Parasitic worm eggs get into soil through animal droppings

There can be thousands of parasitic worm eggs in one handful of soil

Monday, 3 December 2018

Did you know No: 30


Hello Monday, been a stinking hot weekend, the type of weekend that one is glad to have air conditioning. I had sweat dripping out of me all day.

Eight per cent of the earth's crust is aluminium

A teaspoon holds 120 drops of water

One horsepower is the energy required to lift 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. A real live horse only delivered about .66HP, a strong cyclist can deliver one horsepower for about 30 seconds.

A pound of gold actually weighs less than a pound of feathers, this is because feathers are measured in “avoirdupois” weight in which there are 16 ounces per pound, gold as a precious metal is measured in “troy” weight which has only 12 ounces in a pound.

Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of people will write their own name

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Friendship Poem No:5


What a desolate place, would be a world without flowers.
It would be a face without a smile; a feast without a welcome.
Are not flowers the stars of the earth?
Are not our stars the flowers of heaven?

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Wet and not cold except for my head, yeah I have a headcold


It is a wet day here is Newie and in other parts of the state but it is not cold, last night when Tim was getting his clothes out ready to wear today and he pulled out a long sleeve shirt, so I said to him do you think it is going to be cold enough for long sleeves, of course he said it is going to be wet. This made me think why do people think if it's wet then it must be cold, I am sitting here with the front & back doors open and I am in no way cold.

At least it isn't as bad as it is in Sydney, they have the worst November storm since the 80's, with flooded roads and strong winds, the airport has only 1 runway open and the ferries are not running and many homes & businesses are without power. I do not for the love of me understand why some people go out in such weather, that said during the April 2015 storm here in Newie Tim rode his bike to work.

I still have a head cold but I slept better last night, still woke up often with a dry mouth but it wasn't so dry that I needed to get up and rinse my mouth, with Biotene (dry mouth mouthwash) I was able to make enough saliva to ease it, I then went straight back to sleep. I told Tasha that I am giving my aqua class a miss as I feel like shit, aching all over and having trouble breathing.

Why oh why is it so difficult too get children to have a shower or at least change all their clothes, I have to ask Leo at least 6 times to do either and then if I get distracted and don't keep at him he will not do what I have asked. Have to say his mother was just as bad, in fact I would physically dress her for school because it was so much faster then asking her over & over to get dressed.

I in no way believe this is a problem I alone suffer, this is a problem pretty much every parent have faced, it is frustrating and often we end up raising our voice or at times we even yell because we are so frustrated. I will tell Leo once you are dressed and ready for school you can watch TV or YouTube all you like.

When my girls were little before school was all about the morning cartoon type shows, now days with Leo and my granddaughters it is YouTube. How about in your family what do the young children like to watch or do before school?




Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Gross facts No:6 Urine


Good morning, oh what a night, I woke up every hour or two with a dry mouth and it was driving me crazy. This morning I can tell you why, my nose is running but also slightly blocked so I reckon I was breathing through my mouth a lot. So I have taken a hayfever relief tablet, so let's see how that works.

Anyway here are this weeks gross facts, this week it is urine.

When it comes out pee is cleaner than spit

Urine is 95% water, the other 5% is old body cells, unwanted material from your food and salt

Ancient Egyptian doctors used to taste a persons urine to check if they were diabetic

You pee between one & two litres of urine a day, which means throughout your life you could pee enough urine to fill a small swimming pool, 45,000 litres that would be

Your pee is yellow because of a chemical called urochrome

If you eat asparagus your pee will smell of it

Most people can control the speed of their pee by using the muscles underneath their bladder, but not me I can not do that.

Male lobsters have bladders in their heads and shoot pee at each other



Monday, 26 November 2018

Did you know No: 29


Good morning blogland, how is everyone on this fine, not yet warm Monday morning?

Guess who has woken up in a good mood and I am not talking about Leo.

I had an average run of the mill weekend, yesterday morning Natasha came to borrow/take and keep & not return an item and ended up cleaning out my linen press and the space behind the front door and part of my room. She ended up being here for an hour.

Then Kathy-Lee and her girls turned up and stayed for about 4 hours, while she was here she ran the vacuum over the lounge room floor but that was all she did, I was going to get her help with the Christmas decorations but I wasn't able to find my double sided tape, I will have another look for it today.

Speaking of decorations I need to get Natasha to clean the front class doors ready for me to add some decorations to them.

Now for some did you know random facts.

Our hearts pump about 40 million gallons of blood in a lifetime (no idea what that is in litres) but it is a bloody lot, I think you need to multiply by 3.7 to get litres.

Your heart could fill a swimming pool in about 25 days if you had enough blood to spare (which you don't)

At any one time your body contains just a little more than one gallon of blood or 3.78541 litres.

If you stand under an oak tree, you are much more likely to be struck by lighting, this has something to do with how deep their roots go into the ground making a better electrical ground.

The US post office once issued a postage stamp which showed Christopher Columbus using a telescope, however the telescope wasn't invented in 1492

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Friendship Poem No:4 (I think)


O, for the love of a friend whose voice and touch will rainbow sorrows, diamonds tears, making of them gems of rarest joy.

One who forgives all my shortages ere asked to do so; one who dare to the uttermost of human imagery

One whose ship will cast anchor, and throw out the lifeline of hope when storm are near

One who forgives in me all that I can forgive in myself

O, for the love of a friend who can be made the sacred trustee of my heart

One who is more to me than the closest relative, one whose name is so sacred that I want to whisper it softly

One who lingers near my door in time of distress, and stretches forth their hand, which is not empty or cold and who says little but feels largely.

MAE LAWSON

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Just some thoughts


Damn it is hot today, just had to turn the air con on because of the heat. Want to hear so good news, not exciting news just for me some good news, last night I managed to sleep for 3.5hrs before waking up to go to the toilet, I then slept for another 3hrs and I managed to go straight back to sleep after visiting the loo. This hasn't happened in ages, so I was somewhat happy this morning and didn't wake up tired.

I went to my aqua class as I do on Wednesdays, and after getting home and having a couple of soft boiled eggs I vacuumed out and tossed a load of laundry into the machine and put away the dried clothes.

I have read my usual blogs around 25-30 different blogs and then I had an ice cream cone before sitting here too write this piece of dribble. I told Tim & Tasha that this weekend I want to make a start on my Christmas decorations, I will need help doing that.

Also heard from Jessica that she is working Saturday day and Saturday night so we will have Leo from around 9am Saturday till I am guessing between 10-11 Sunday morning.

I also managed to find Leo's phone while I was tidying up, it was in a plastic bag between the lounges.

Not much news today but at least you know I am doing ok

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

This & That & Another Year Older



Hello everyone damn I have had a stressful morning did something to the keyboard when I started to write this, that I had to hold a key before it worked and of course I had no idea what I did and it took close to an hour to fix it and really still have no idea what I did.

Anyway I haven't posted since Thursday due to be either busy or depressed as some may have seen on Facebook that Thursday night Leo had a melt down which caused me to also have a melt down that resulted in my in tears not just some tears but I sat on the bed and sobbed.

Friday saw me go from 55 to 56 year I am another year older I had a pretty good day, received some nice presents and on Saturday Tim took me out for lunch. However, I still felt pretty down and had zero motivation thus the reason I didn't write a post on Friday or Saturday.

The reason I didn't post yesterday was because I went to my aqua class then I came home to do the 2019 calendars this usually takes between 2-3 hours but yesterday I forgot to log in to my Harvey Norman account this meant when I accidentally hit the wrong button and shut the page down causing me to lose everything because not being logged in meant nothing was saved and I had to start all over again, this meant the whole process to around 5 hours. By the time I was done I was exhausted and after a late lunch I just had no motivation to do anything else.

So this morning I decided I would write and post before doing anything else and of course that took longer then expected.

Yesterday Tim arranged for a bloke in Warners Bay to come around and detail the inside of the car when he arrived he told me when he saw out address he had a giggle because we live in unit 12 and he lives in unit 1. So he took the car back to his place to work on it, Tim was pleased with the end result.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Restlessness


Here we are at Thursday, it has felt like a long week but really not any longer then any other week. I guess the restless I am feeling at night isn't helping either.

Once a pond a time, I went to bed fell asleep, woke up it was morning. Now I go to bed lay down feel like I can't breathe,get up walk around, go back to bed, tell myself too concentrate on my breathing, fall asleep, wake up look at the clock it's only been 2hrs. I get up go to the toilet, go back to bed, feel like I can't breathe and that I am restless, walk around the house try going back to bed, fall asleep wake up it's been another 2 bloody hours, repeat every 2hrs till morning. Such is my life

This morning I had a doctor's appointment and I asked him if it would be possible for me to take an extra tablet for my restlessness at night. He said I could try it from time to time but not every night, as that wouldn't be good for my long time health.

I hope next week I have no appointments it is the appointments that make the day/week seem so long.







Tuesday, 13 November 2018

What a week


What a week this is shaping up to be, yesterday I went to my aqua class I then find Jessica here when I got home and she wanted me to go to the RTA with her, on Saturday she bought a 2000 Toyota Camry for $1,300. It is a 5 speed manual or a 5 on the floor, Jessica has never driven a manual but wants to learn, so on Saturday & Sunday Tim spent hours helping her learn how to drive it. Tim has printed up a sign which he has taped to the back window saying “learning to drive a manual”. So anyway yesterday she went and changed the rego into her name.

She then used my computer to fill out the online application for her to have her dental surgery next month that took about 45 minutes and involved a lot of frustration which made me end up with a headache.

While she was doing that I rang to change my appointment for an MRI, the appointment was made for 7.30pm on the 21st and there is no way I could get there at that time. Well the woman I spoke to was pretty rude and snapped at me if I need a daytime appointment it won't be till February, I calmly said that will be fine I don't go back to see the neurologist till March.

Today I went with mum to her physio appointment that went well she doesn't need to go back again and mum asked what they thought of her driving, she was told there is physical reason why she cannot drive, this made mum happy.

Tomorrow I have my aqua class again and Thursday I have a doctor's appointment and Friday I have to go to the shopping centre as I do every Friday.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Lest we forget

The following are just bits I pinched from the internet.

The phrase "Lest we forget" is commonly used in remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries, in particular Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day.

"Lestmeans something like "in case". For example, "We should close the door,lest the dog escapes" means, "We should close the door in case the dog escapes [through the open door]". The phrase "lest we forget" is most often used in ceremonies to commemorate wars, such as Remembrance Day in Canada.

Lest We Forget may refer to: "Lest We Forget (phrase)", a phrase in the poem "Recessional" by Rudyard Kipling. "Ode of Remembrance", United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Friday, 9 November 2018

No More Driving For Me


Well as you all noticed I didn't do a post yesterday, I was just in a slump yesterday I felt really down the reason was because yesterday morning after dropping Leo off at school I had to see my GP to get my yearly medical form filled in so I can continue to drive.

Well he wouldn't fill it in saying I really shouldn't be driving so that left me feeling depressed, Tim and some other family members say it will be ok that either Tim or Tasha will drive me around. I wonder how long it will take till they start complaining about driving me places.

I go to my aqua class twice a week and to Charlestown Square once a week, Natasha had already said she will take Leo to and from school but next year Natasha wants to do a course at Glendale Tafe she wants to get qualified in home care to enable her to be better able to care for me.

This morning Leo said when I drove him to school, why can't I drive him and just not tell anyone. I had to explain to him that isn't possible.

I don't know why but last night when I went to bed I felt like I couldn't breath when I laid down this frightened Leo and he got Tasha who came and checked my BGL it was good but I was sweating even though it was cold so she turned the air con on in the bedroom and helped me get my Cpap mask on and told me to concentrate on my breathing.

I did manage to go to sleep but I had a restless night waking a lot, I hope I sleep better tonight.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Hagfish



Hi there everyone, here we are at Wednesday, it's a wet Wednesday after a few really hot days it is now much cooler.

Anyway since it is Wednesday is is indestructible creature day and today’s creature is the Hagfish, heard of it? Nope, me either.

The Hagfish is an eel like creature, a pink, plump boneless fish that lives on the seabed, it has a mouth lined with evil looking teeth that it uses to munch through unfortunate prey. A hagfsh swims through the water by waving its paddle like tail.

When it is danger it releases a mixture of chemicals and very fine threads from its body, these react with seawater to make a gloopy slime that puts predators off. If you out one hagfish in a bucket of water, it can easily turn the whole lot into an incredibly think, stringy, stretchy slime in seconds.

If despite the slime a predator manages to grab a hagfish, it has another trick up its sleeve. It can tie itself in a knot then slide the knot along its body to push itself free of its enemy’s grip.

They live for about 40 years in the ocean but only 17 years in a protected environment such as an aquarium.



Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Gross Facts No:5 Bacteria


Hello everyone it is a lovely day here in Newie was suppose to be 36°c but it is only 24°c so a nice temp not too hot or too cold..

I had a rocky start to the day but it was my own fault I took my insulin and my morning medication and forgot to eat so my blood glucose level dropped too low and I was feeling in a bad way by the time I got back from driving Leo to school. It didn't help that I went to the shops before I came home.

Let's move onto some gross facts.

Lots of bacteria live in your armpits and feet, they live off the sweat.

A single gram of fluid in your large intestine contains 10 trillion bacteria.

There are about 3000 microbes (tiny bacteria) on every square centimetre of a desk.

If you could get bacteria to line up in a row, 10,000 would fit across your fingernail.

A piece of chicken that is starting to smell is covered with at least 10 million bacteria per square centimetre.

A kitchen stink is home to 10,000 times more germs than a toilet.

One bacterium can turn into millions of bacteria in less than a day.

Hot water is much better than cold water at getting rid of bacteria from your hands. Most bacteria are frazzled by the heat.



Monday, 5 November 2018

Did you know No: 28


Here we are at another Monday been a pretty hot Monday as well, we had a stinking hot weekend, although I have now turned the air con off and open both the front and back doors so there is a nice breeze blowing through.

Anyway since it is Monday it is did you know day, so here are this weeks facts.

In most cases, if you have two objects equal in all respects, except one is white and the other is black, the black one will appear to be smaller.

Snoopy wasn't in the first Peanuts cartoon, he appeared in the third one

If we were to attempt manned exploration of t he nearest star system to Earth with the same kind of rocket that we used to get to the Moon, at its top speed of 25,000 miles per hour, it would take oane billion years to arrive.

85% of all life on Earth is Plankton, whatever that is

Flushable toilets were in use in ancient Rome

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Disgusting Food Museum


This morning while watching Sunrise the breakfast show I saw a couple of things that made me go what the hell............

Seems that Sweden has a disgusting food museum which is all very good and I am sure it contains many disgusting foods such as maggot infested cheese, sheep eyeball juice or bull testicles all gross but would American's think their root beer was disgusting, me things not.

Just like us Aussies do not think Vegemite is disgusting yes I get many people do not know how to eat it, spreading it thick like peanut butter. Also to make the list was our loved lolly the musk stick which I really don't get, the other food from down under to make the grade are witchetty grubs which are gross.

So what do you think is one of your countries loved food on the list and if so is it truly gross or not.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Limited Driving and Feeling Down


Hello everyone, here I am writing a post when I would normally be at the school getting Leo but after a trip to the neurologist this morning Tim & Tasha have decided that I should no longer be driving of an afternoon when I am tired.

In fact it was the neurologist who said he didn't think I should be driving, period. This is because he feels my reaction time is poor as well as my concentration and since I have had a number of minor accidents this year I really shouldn't be driving.

I know I don't have the confidence driving that I use to have and I know things are worse in the afternoon due to being so tired. So maybe I shouldn't be driving, Natasha said she things I should drive Leo to school but not get him in the afternoon. It just feels strange and I feel like I am letting Jessica down.

The appointment this morning was about the CT scan I had at the start of the year that showed a possible cyst on the brain. However, the neurologist said he thought the scan was normal but has referred me for a more detailed MRI, I will get an appointment in the mail for that.

While I was there I got the stabbing pains in the head and he said he would like my GP to change some of my medication to try and prevent them happening and he sent me for a blood test, the results will be sent to my GP.

Since getting home I have felt down and like crying, maybe tomorrow I will feel better.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Gross Facts No:4 Deadly Diseases


Hello everyone and welcome to gross Tuesday this weeks facts are about deadly diseases but first this morning I had to get Tasha to drive Leo to school this annoyed Leo as he doesn't like anyone else to drive him to school. I went to my parents place to go with mum to her physio appointment but mum had the appointment time wrong she told me it was 9am but it turned out to be 10.30am. Mum had to cancel as there was no one able to stay with dad at that time and he can't be left alone as he has a high risk of falling.

Now for the facts..........

The Black Death killed more than 25 million people across Europe, which was 1/3rd of the population at the time
More than 220 million people around the world suffer from malaria each year

There can be as many as 5 billion viruses in one drop of blood

The plague germ was spread by rat fleas, it was called Yersinia pestis

On average one person catches tuberculosis every 3.6 seconds

Smallpox killed 30% of the people who caught it

Monday, 29 October 2018

Did you know No:27


Here we are at another Monday the last Monday of the month, this morning Tim & I went to see the GP he referred me to see a specialist about my knee and has referred me to the sleep clinic about my sleep apnoea because I am so tired all the time now days and it has been years since I have had it checked. By years I mean around 10yrs.

Anyway here are this weeks did you know facts

There was a time when most lipstick contained fish scales

The first personal computer went on sale in 1977 , it was an Apple 11

A calorie is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Centigrade............Really I thought it had something to do with food

The opposite sides of a dice always add up to seven

47 elephants and dancing bears survived the sinking of the Titanic and got jobs in New York afterwards.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Friendship Thursday Poem

Hello everyone, yesterday I had bugga all motivation to blog, yes I read a dozen or so blogs but really didn't feel like doing much . Anyway here is this Thursdays friendship poem.

Oh the comfort-the
Inexpressible comfort of
Feeling safe with a person.
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words, but
Pouring them
All  right out, just as
They are-
Chaff and grain together-
Certain that a faithful
Hand will
Take and sift them,
Keep what is worth
Keeping,
And with the breath of
Kindness
Blow the rest away.


By: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Rehab appointment


Hello everyone, didn't get around to reading blogs today as this morning I went with mum to an appointment over at the Rankin Park Centre for rehabilitation to help her walk better I had to be at her place around 8am as the taxi was picking us up at 8.30am.

I told Leo that Tasha was taking him to school as I was leaving and he asked how long before they would live I said half an hour and he replied by throwing his arms in the air and say 30 minutes I have to be here for 30 minutes.

Anyway the taxi was half an hour late so we were late getting to the hospital this meant that as soon as we arrived we were rushed in to the physio appointment. The taxi driver was a bit rude when he picked us up as well, complaining that the brakes on mum's wheelchair didn't work, as it turned out the wheels needed pumping up. So I hope my brother does that before next Tuesday's appointment.

It is a pretty hot day here today, hot enough for shorts but going to be cool again tomorrow.


Monday, 22 October 2018

Dad's 76th



Hello everyone here we are at the start of another week the day is much cooler then say Saturday was that was a hot day, hot enough for me to wear shorts at the part we had for my dad's 76th birthday.

It was a great day and there was a good turn out at the party all of my girls turned up and two of my grandchildren Leo & Summer, Sydney-May was with her father and Blain was at his dad's. I had hoped my niece Kelli would turn up with her children and she could have brought Blain but sadly that didn't happened. I really didn't expect her to turn up as Sue's children never turn up to family events.

What was really good for dad was his brother Richard who dad hadn't seen since maybe 1989 turned up with his daughter and 2 of his grandchildren this made dad really happy and Richard's daughter told Sandy on Saturday night that her dad talked all the way home about the day.

Saturday morning dad wasn't well and my brother thought about cancelling the party but his sisters convinced him that it would be a bad idea as this may be dads last birthday and the last chance for the extended family to see him.

We naturally hope we are wrong and he will be around for Christmas but we have been told by the doctor that they may not be the case. Generally we are taking it one day at a time.


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.

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