Sunday, 24 March 2019

The week that was No: 12


Here I am starting another week that was post, today Sunday Tim & I went over to see dad, when we arrived mum met us in the laundry to tell us that dad wanted Tim to take him to Charlestown Square to get a new mobile phone. However, just after we arrived my brother and sister in-law arrived so in the end they and Tim took dad out, he didn't get a phone but they also took dad for a drive into town, which is something dad has wanted to do for a while. I had to get Natasha to come and pick me up and bring me home.

Monday saw me unwell and I ended up spending most of the day in bed. Mum told me tonight that my sister Jeannie had a fall the other day and broke her knee, her leg is strapped up in a brace and she has been told to stay off it and rest.

Tuesday I flt much better, mum said dad wasn't great he slept a lot of the day and wasn't up to visitors, Samantha had wanted to go and see him so did Natasha but mum said not to.

Wednesday morning around 6.40am I was watching telly and checking emails and the power goes out so annoying. The next door neighbour came and asked me if we had power as he could see me working at the laptop, I said no the computer is running off the battery.

I let Leo sleep till 7.45am five minutes after the power came back on. At 8.30am I got a phone call from Breast Screen Australia cancelling my appointment, I know go next month on the 11th at 12.10pm.

Thursday was a quiet day spent at home doing nothing

Friday was shopping day, Natasha drove me to the square and came back to get me when I was done. It was also a nice coolish day.

Dad wasn't good this morning his BGL was 28.2 it should had been around 5 and there was blood all over the bed, seems that during the night he knocked his arm causing it to bleed, it gave Sue a fright when she went in to wake him this morning. His BGL's came down some during the day but was still high.

Saturday we had to vote, also Tim & Michael worked on putting up the new shed but will have to finish it next weekend. It turned out a pretty hot day, we had Leo most of the day and over night as well, his mum was working a concert.

While I was talking to mum she heard Dawson call her,my dad had fallen over again, mum told me to ring Sandy which I did but she had been drinking and couldn't go and help so she rang Sue who jumped in her car and went to help. Dawson had managed to get him off the floor and onto the bed. It isn't easy to lift dad as he doesn't do anything to help, so it is like lifting a dead weight.


Saturday, 23 March 2019

Hey hey it's Saturday


Hey hey it's Saturday and this Saturday we are talking about voting because I had to vote today. My daughters always complain about the fact that I enrolled them all to vote when they turned 18 but it is the law. Although if you look online you are told it isn't but my son in-law was fined for not being enrolled.

All Australian citizens 18 years of age and over must enrol to vote and voting is compulsory in federal elections and referendums for enrolled electors. Compulsory voting for national elections was introduced in 1924, following a pronounced fall in turnout at the 1922 federal election.

Australia is part of a small minority of just 23 countries with mandatory voting laws. Only 10 of those enforce them. Registering to vote and going to the polls are legal duties for citizens aged 18 and over, and failing to do so can result in a fine and potentially a day in court.

Electors who fail to vote at a State election and do not provide a valid and sufficient reason for such failure will be fined. The penalty for first time offenders is$20 and this increases to $50 if you have previously paid a penalty or been convicted of this offence.

If you are aged 70 or over you are excused from voting in council elections. However, you will still be provided with a ballot pack and are welcome to 0vote. Although in Victoria there is no upper age limit.




Thursday, 21 March 2019

Poem Thursday No 9


Here we are at Thursday again, I was asked where I have been getting the poems I post on Thursdays, well the are in this book.

Here is this weeks poem.

You call me friend.
But do you realise
How much the name implies...
It means that down the years,
Through sunshine and through tears,
There's always someone standing by your
Heart

You call me friend.....
And thus your life and mine
Grow richer in design....
And I would have you know,
Wherever you may go,
There's always someone standing by your
Heart

BY: Hilda Butler Farr

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Creature Wednesday/Koala


Hello everyone well here we are at Wednesday again and so that means it is creature day and this weeks creature is not gross but cuddly, it is the koala.

The koala has a stout, tailless body with a large head and round fluffy ears and a spoon shape nose. The can be found on the east coast of Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

They have a gestation period of 30-36days a baby is called a joey the same as a kangaroo, their weigh between 4-15kilos and have a lifespan of 13-18years.

They were first seen by white men in 1798, I wonder what they thought.

They only eat eucalyptus leaves and eat around 1 kilo or 2.5 pounds a day in fact they eat so much of them they often smell of eucalyptus.

Like humans they have fingerprints.

Unlike humans the baby will eat its mum's poo.

Lastly they are not bears



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Gross Tuesday No:11


I didn't do a Monday post as I felt like shit all day and spent most of the day in bed, today I am feeling a tad better but have terrible back and chest pain. Of course both yesterday and today I was up at 6am ready for when Leo gets dropped off.

Here are this weeks gross facts we have part two of gross royals.

King Nabonidus of Babylon thought he was a goat and insisted on grazing in a field.

Duke Gian Gastone of Tuscany stayed in a stinking bed for 7 years refusing to get up.

By the time he died at age 55, Henry VIII was covered in boils and so overweight that he couldn't move by himself.

Don Carlos, son of Spanish King Philip II, forced a shoemaker to eat a pair that he considered not up to standard.

Anna of Russia built an ice palace to celebrate the marriage of a prince she did not like. She made the couple stay there on their wedding night.

When they finished building St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible had the designers blinded, so they could never build anything better.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

The week that was No: 11


Well it is Sunday and I have posted the last week that was post, so now I am starting another week that was post.

Another hot day, Kathy arrived around 10ish and wanted 2 soft boiled eggs and an ice cream cone before going over to see dad.

Dad was in bed when we arrived and stayed in bed the whole time we were there. Kathy & Summer went into see him, she said dad didn't know who she was.

Monday saw dad have another fall when he was walking into the kitchen for breakfast. He was ok just took some skin off. Natasha received another parking ticket in the mail for stopping in the mail zone for Leo to jump out and post some letters for me.

Tuesday is another hot day.

Wednesday started out cool and wet but ended up hot and sticky all I did was go to my aqua class.

Thursday was a busier day, Tim and I went out for lunch after which I had a lay down and then it was time to head over to the hospital for my appointment with the neurologist Tom Wellings to get the results to my MRI it was normal and no further action required. I also asked about my headaches he wants me to change one of my medications, this means going down in strength of one medication till I come off it and starting the new one at a low dosage increasing to I reach full strength.

This also means that there will be a time when I become more emotional.

People may remember last December I had a mini breakdown and was super emotional because I had run out of one of my depression medications, well the medication I have to come off is the same medication I had run out of back then.

Friday didn't start out great, it was overcast and wet, Natasha slept in and I dropped and broke a container that held my face powder that used to belong to my great-aunt. I didn't get upset over it because as I said to Tasha getting upset isn't going to change anything or un-break it.

Dad hasn't been great either he had a slight fever and because of the weather dad wasn't able to leave the house.

On Saturday I woke up feeling like shit, Tim had hoped to put up the new shed but it is raining, so not going to happen this weekend.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Hey hey its Saturday No:1


Hey hey its Saturday, yes I am starting a new weekly post and this Saturday I am doing a post about Saturday.

Saturday I either the 6th or 7th day of the week depending oh your way of thinking, I asked a few different people and got a few different answers.

Saturday is the first day of the weekend, it is also the most common day for people to play sport.

Saturday takes its name from Saturn, the Roman God off generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth and well as other stuff.

Some religions consider Saturday the Shabbat or Sabbath it stretches from Friday to sundown Saturday and is the day of rest and Eastern Orthodox churches distinguish between Saturday (Sabbath) and the Lord's Day (Sunday).



Thursday, 14 March 2019

Poem Thursday No:8


Here we are at Thursday again, I was asked where I have been getting the poems I post on Thursdays, well the are in this book.


Here is this weeks poem.

A rendezvous
Which two hearts keep
Beyond
All time, aware
In joy or sorrow
One may come
And find the other
There

By; Mary Wheeler Ederton


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Creature Wednesday/ Komodo Dragon



Hello everyone, it is much cooler here today been a bit wet this morning but fine at the moment, being Wednesday means it is creature day and today's creature is the Komodo Dragon.

Any animal that is called a dragon isn't a shrinking violet, it is a lizard but it is about as close to a dragon as a real live animal can be, it is a slime-drooling, goat- gobbling, man- eating monster.

It is covered in scales with hard knobbly plates on them, this makes their skin hard to bite through. They grow to about 3 metres or 10ft long, they have big jaws and sharp teeth and a dangerous venom that they inject when they bite. It makes prey animals such as goats and deer bleed and collapse, which makes it easier for the slavering dragon gobble up. They swallow huge chunks whole, regurgitating slimy balls of skin and bone.

It is the biggest, roughest,toughest lizard of them all.



Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Gross Tuesday No: 9 Royalty


Well here we are at another hot Tuesday, and of course is gross facts day, don't we all just love gross facts.......lol

This weeks facts are hopefully not as gross as last weeks facts. We have this week some gross facts about royalty. I will do this in two parts with 6 facts each week

English King Henry VIII had a groom of the stool, a man who wiped his bottom for him

English King Henry II had a jester called Roland the Farter who would fart on demand

To keep guests entertained at a feast, Roman emperor Caligula would behead criminals in between courses.

When his sister died Caligula was so upset he banned people laughing, people caught laughing would be put to death, he also banned them from taking a bath.

Louis XIV of France only took three baths in his lifetime.

In 1762, Korean Prince Sado was locked in a rice chest by his father, he died after eight days.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Did you know No: 10


Another day, another week, this afternoon Leo is suppose to walk home from school on his own, I hope that goes well.

Anyway here are this weeks did you know facts.

In 1968 Liechtenstein held a referendum to ask if women should be allowed to vote, for the first time women were allowed to take part. The vote was “NO”

Evidence is mounting which indicates that the dinosaurs disappeared of the earth 66 million years ago due to a catastrophic impact. A huge asteroid, renegade planetoid or rock of some sort smashed into the earth, creating a huge dust storm and a resulting change in the weather. New evidence suggests it wasn't the first time this happened. Palaeontologists have now found signs in the rocks that another huge impact extinguished thousands of species 200 million years ago.

Outer space officially begins at 50 miles above the ground.

Mozart wrote the music for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when he was only five years old

Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed

Sunday, 10 March 2019

The week that was No: 10


Good morning well this morning wasn't that great, received a message from mum telling me that dad isn't good, he is struggling to breathe. Mum decided to give him predisone again and rang the chemist to see if she could get some antibiotics for him and they said she could so he is also taking antibiotics as well. He usually takes a course of antibiotics and about a week after finishing them he needs them again. He has spent most of the day in bed sleeping, we hope he feels better tomorrow.

This afternoon I decided to make a chicken & bacon pasta bake, ok I decided on Friday that I would make it today and bought the ingredients so I could make it today.

Monday I went to my aqua class, then home to unpack the dishwasher and throw a load of clothes into the washing machine and then I ironed Tim's work shirts. It is another pretty warm day.

Dad has been really sick again, mum spoke to their GP about dad and he said it sounds like it is just about dad's time to go, but he also said that dad wouldn't see Christmas 2018 and he did.

Tuesday was the last day of the falls program I am glad to be done with it, yes it was useful but not that much although I was told I improved over the course of the program.

Wednesday I had to go and see the podiatrist and have my diabetic check done on my feet, all is good with. Summer is over but it is still stinking hot with temps around 40°c.

Thursday was much cooler with temps around 23°c a quiet day at home doing nothing much.

Friday it was stinking hot again, mum & dad didn't go shopping as dad wasn't up to it and he can't be left home alone.

Saturday I went and had my eyes checked, all good no sign of diabetes in my eyes.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Poem Thursday No 7


Yesterday it was stinking hot, today it is really cool anyway it is Thursday so I am doing poem Thursday.

On the instant of meeting
after a long separation
and with no sense of time
lapse, to rediscover an
easy and comfortable
relationship, this is one of
the joys of friendship


By: Henry Dreyfuss


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Creature Wednesday/Hognose Snake



Here I am on a hot Wednesday afternoon at last doing a creature Wednesday post and today's creature is the Hognose Snake, have you heard of this snake?

In fact the name Hognose snake is a common name for several snake species with upturned snouts. They can be found in the United States and northern Mexico, as well as in Madagascar and South America.

When faced with an attack, these snakes rear up and spread out its neck like a deadly cobra and hiss. However, it doesn't really have a dangerous bite but it hopes this will scare off a predator . If that doesn't work it rolls onto its back, opens its mouth as wide as it can and hangs out its tongue,trying to look dead. Sometimes it will even do a poo to make itself smell bad, many predators find this disgusting and leave.

However, when it is playing dead it can be flipped over and it will quickly roll upside down again even though this reveals that it is still alive, oops........


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Gross Facts No 8


Here we are at Tuesday and it's another hot day here in Newie, this morning was my last day at the falls program it went well. Anyway here is part 2 of gross Tuesday's household facts or should I say animal poo

Brown rat droppings are like mouse poo but three times larger

Mouse droppings are easy to identify because they are 6mm long, black and shaped like grains of rice.

Black rat droppings are more sausage shaped and look like fatter jelly beans

Bat droppings look like mouse droppings but are shiny, speckled and always found in a pile

Cockroach poo looks like small dark specks

Bird poo contains acid which eats into house bricks and damage them.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Did you know No 9


Good afternoon all, it's a pretty warm day here in Newie, nearly time for my afternoon nap around the time Tim will be leaving for work. Anyway here are this weeks did you know facts.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cup, when they needed a refill they used to whistle to get service. “ Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Men can read smaller print than women but women can hear better.

During the second world war nearly a quarter of the population of Poland were killed

The word “swims” looks the same upside down in a mirror

In one attack a mosquito can drink one and half times its own body weight in blood

Sunday, 3 March 2019

The week that was No 9


Good morning it is Sunday morning, I have been up a couple of hours had breakfast posted today’s blog post and now I start the next week that was post.

Monday when I went to aqua this morning we had a different instructor she was good but her style was different.

It is a coolish day with the sliding doors open. I had to change into ¾ pants as my legs were cold.

On Tuesday I went to the falls program and it is still coolish.

Wednesday morning I was up at 6am and found Leo asleep on my arm chair, I let him sleep till 7.45am when he woke up he said he wasn't feeling great but he still wanted to go to school.

I went to my aqua class and when I got home I found Jessica and Leo here. He was sent home from school sick.

I had 2 miss calls from mum dad had another fall when he went to the loo. Mum rang Sue & Sandy to get help getting him up, Sue was at Big W so she told Dave and within 5 minutes they all turned up to help dad.

On Thursday I had a doctor's appointment I wanted a script for aspirin & codeine but he wouldn't give it to me said I shouldn't be taking aspirin. I don't take it daily only if I have a bad headache.

Tim found a blue tongue lizard at work and brought it home much to Leo's joy they will take it to a local wildlife reserve on Saturday and release it. Leo named it Tim after Papa, they have it in the bath.

Friday was shopping day as per usual, Tim drove me and helped me when needed. I have had a headache most of the afternoon I am sick of getting headaches the last few weeks I have had one most days.

Last night(Thursday night)around 8.30pm we had a black out, thankfully it only lasted 20 minutes but around the same time Leo was unwell and threw up but naturally after throwing up he felt better and settled down.

Saturday morning Kathy-Lee brought my shopping over and while here she mentioned she was having a birthday party for Summer at Speers Point Park, Tim asked straight out why didn't we get an invite, all she said was that we could go if we wanted to but didn't answer why she didn't invite us.

She was upset that my mum said on Facebook that Natasha is her favourite granddaughter. She also said it hurts that she isn't a favourite that Jessica is my favourite daughter, Jessica is the one I am most connected too. Growing up Kathy was always a daddy's girl preferring her dad over me all the time. I have never felt good enough for Kathy. Nothing I did was ever right or good enough. I helped her find her first flat and even went and found some carpet offcuts and laid it for her but all she ever says is that I pushed her out of home.

It has been another very warm day, had the air con on when I had a nap but ok in the lounge room with front & back sliding doors open.

I have eight letters to answer have managed to do one today just no motivation to write but I will get through them slowly.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Creature Wednesday/Giant Tortoise



Good afternoon I just got up from my afternoon nap where I dreamt about my late Nan who I miss so much and my grandsons Blain & Leo as well as Kathy-Lee and my dad looking young and healthy.

Anyway it is still Wednesday so it is creature day and today's creature is the Giant Tortoise.

The Galapagos Giant Tortoise has the biggest, thickest shells of all, it's shell can be 1.5 metres (5ft) long and 5cm (2in)thick in places.

The tortoise can never leave its shell which is part of its skeleton and is fussed to its backbone and ribs. We all know it can shrink to fit inside its shell to stay safe from pretty much any predator.

Scientists have found that they aren't just slow movers but slow thinkers too, they have tiny brains and can even live without a brain for a while.

I think most people know they can live for a 100 years,they are herbivores which means they do not eat meat, only vegetables. Their diet consists mostly of cactus, fruits, vines, grasses and other vegetation.


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Gross Facts No 8


Good afternoon all, this morning I had the falls program today they talked about how to pick yourself up if you happen to fall. I said you couldn't have told me this last week before I fell on Friday morning.

Anyway it is Tuesday, so it is gross facts day, again I am spliting it into two posts......

Every time you flush the loo, you can send an invisiblie plume of bacteria into the air that lands on exposed surfaces, so close the lid before you flush.

The toilet is not the dirtiest place in the bathroom, the sink is. The sink has like 20,000 germs per square centimetre but the toilet has only 20 germs per square centimetre.

Locals in Florida, USA found that Cuban tree frogs had swum up the pipes into toilets.

A kitchen chopping board has 200 per cent more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 6mm to get into your house and nest under the floor on in the ceiling.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Did you know No 8


Good morning world, yes it is still in the AM here in Newie but not for long. Well it's Monday so it is did you know day.

There are nearly half a million sauna baths in Finland

It take 60 seconds for blood to make a complete circuit of the human body.

To play Mickey Mouse at on of the Disney theme parks you must be under 5feet 6 inches tall

Acient Native American tribes used an ingenious method to measure the height of a tree or other tall objects. They would walk away from the tree, stopping every few steps to look back at th e tree by putting your head between your legs. When you are at a distance that you can just barely see the top of the tree make a mark on the ground. Measure the distance from the mark to the bottom of the tree and you will have suprisingly accurate measurement of the tree's height.

Houswarming parties have their origin in Scotland, where embers from the f ireplace of an old home were carried to start the f irst fire in a new home.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

The week that was No 8


Let's us start another week that was post.

Sunday Kathy-Lee and her girls came over so they could play with Leo they stayed a couple of hours, Jessica arrived half an hour after Kathy-Lee and left at the same time. It was a busy day for me, so busy I didn't have time for my nap which meant at 6.30pm I was feeling sick in the tummy and had a headache. So I was in bed by 645pm.

Monday morning saw me up at 5.50am ready for Leo to arrive who got here at 6.30am when it was time to go to school he realised he had forgotten his phone, so I sent his mum a text to find it and take it to the school.

Because Natasha agreed to drive my mum to her doctor's appointment I had to skip my aqua class.

Leo was sent home early he wasn't well.

Tuesday saw me go to the falls program and I had a headache the whole time I was there but I pushed on regardless. After returning home and eating I ended up going for a lay down then I took a couple of asprin because I still had a headache.

Leo didn't want to go to school this morning because of how he felt yesterday but he did in fact go and had a good day.

On Wednesday I went to my aqua class, then Jessica & I went to the school to discuss Leo going to high school next year. We want him to attend the high school down the road from me, the school need to do paper work about his funding for support in class and see if they can get him into the autism class, although he hasn't been officially diagnosed with autism. Before we went to the school we had to go to the chemist to pick up Leo's Webster pack of medication for the school.

Thursday I had an appointment at the doctors surgery for my yearly care plan, well when we arrived the surgery was closed so Natasha rang them and they had moved to their new building, granted it was only 200 metres from the old building but when you can't walk a dozen steps without having to stop and rest it is a bloody long way. I walked about 25metres to the car and Natasha drove and parked in front of the surgery.

By the time I got home I felt like shit and ended up going to bed after I ate, I slept for an hour but was only out of bed for an hour before I had to go back to bed for another hour and a half. I still don't feel good.

Leo came home from school in a mood, he stormed into the house, ignored me when I said hi, I heard him shut his bedroom door, so I said ok go to your room and calm down. He came back after a minute or so and said sorry and that he had a bad day and he didn't want to discuss it. I didn't press the matter.

Went to Charlie shopping all went well till it was time to leave, I was at the car and was getting off the scooter and my right knee gave out on me and I went down as I did I for some unknown reason I squeezed the throttled and the scooter went forward at the same time. I usually the scooter off but for some reason today I didn't. I am ok just stiiff and sore on my right side. Jessica came to my aid as well as some strangers and one man helped Jessica pick me up off the ground.

Moving on to Saturday, Natasha picked up groceries from Woolworths for me and I was missing my butter but had someone elses eggs and she didn't want to go back so will have to get butter during the week if I run out.

Speaking of groceries last night when he got home from work Tim was in a right mood complaining that when I do the weekly shopping I never buy food for him, I told him that all he has to do is tell me what he wants or write what he wants on the shopping list on the fridge, I order what's on the list.

We have Leo tonight while his mum is working driving people to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concernt

Tim got a bloke came and spray to get rid of the German cockroaches he chaged $130 to treat the house, I hope it helps get rid of them.

For some unknown reason I am super tired today I will be in bed early tonight, earier then normal.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Creature Wednesday/Thorny Devil



Here I am late on Wednesday afternoon finely getting around to writing a post, been a fullish day, I attended my aqua class then an hour after I get home I leave again to go with Jessica to the school to talk about Leo going to high school next year.

Anyway Wednesday is creature day and today's creature is the Thorny Devil, heard of it, nope, me neither.

It is a small type of lizard found in hot Australian desert, it is covered in very sharp spines between the devils thorns are tiny grooves leading towards its head. This means that when dew collects on the lizard it can suck the water from all over its body into its mouth. So if it can't find a lake to drink from no problem.

It's sharp spines make it hard for animals hunting it to hold it in their mouths and it's colouring means it camouflaged against the sand and rocks of the desert.

If that's not enough behind its head is a fake head, a knobbly lump with two horns on it, when in danger the lizard turns its real head down, leaving the fake head sticking up. So if a predator tries t o attack its real eyes and brain stay safe.

Because of its multiple survival methods it can live up to 20 years




Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Gross Facts No7 Sewage pt2


Here we are at another Tuesday, and looks like it is going to be another hot day, Leo didn't want to go to school, all he would say was he had a bad day yesterday and he felt emotional. I didn't pry much he will tell me when he is ready.

Anyway here is part 2 of gross sewers, because we all like gross facts, don't we.............

Before toilet paper was widely available, rich people used wool, lace or hemp to wipe their bottoms, while the poor used rags, leaves, sand or just their hands. Gross indeed

If you use a composting toilet, micro-organisms break down the sewage into compost......

The average person will go to the toilet about 2,500 times a year and spend
3yrs on the loo in their lifetime.
The toilet nearest the entrance in a public toilet is likely to be the cleanest because it is used least often.

Rats are good underwater swimmers and can swim up pipes and into toilets

In New South Wales, Australia so many frogs invade the public toilets that the toilets once stopped working

Monday, 18 February 2019

Did you know No 7


Well here we are at the start of another week, no aqua today as Natasha I driving my mum to her doctor's appointment, going to be another hot day. Anyway here is this weeks did you know facts.

The longest trip in a pedal boat was made in 1988 by Kenichi Horie, he went from Hawaii to Japan, a trip of 4,660 miles and stopped only for more candy floss and ice cream.

Zorro means “fox” in Spanish

A fully grown bear can run as fast as a horse

In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Incas of Peru, the couple was considered officially married when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other, how do they know this.......

In the memoirs of Catherine II of Russia it is recorded that any Russian aristoccrat who displeased the queen was forced to squat in the great hall of the palace and remain in that position for several days, mewing like a cat, clucking like a hen and pecking food from the floor.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The week that was No 6


Here we are at another Sunday, this morning I found Leo asleep on the lounge room floor, last night he went to sleep on the floor in Papa's office but moved to his own bed and then at some point moved to the lounge room. Jessica didn't get home from work till 3am and so she didn't wake up till I rang her at 11.55am to see when she would be here to get Leo. She arrived here around 12.15pm and they left around 1pm. Leo was quiet until Blain got home from his fathers.

Monday saw me up at 5.50am and Leo arrived at 6.10am I thought that my aqua class was starting earlier due to a school carnival being held at the pool but while looking for something I found the note about the early start and it isn't today it is Wednesday. So I attended as per usual.

Got a message from mum, dad is really sick again the nurse wanted to ring the ambos but instead she rang her doctor who rang Andrew (GP) who said he would visit him and write a script for more antibiotics. My girls are really worried about him.

On Tuesday I went to my falls program it went well and was oh so painful after the class was over the occupational therapist drove me home, so she could do a home visit. She is going to arrange for hand rails to be installed in the bathroom and a step and hand rail at the front door to make it easier for me to get in and out of the house.

Wednesday I skipped my aqua class as the class started early and by the time I would get there the class would be half over so couldn't see the point.

Dad had a fall in the lounge room Wednesday evening took the skin off his arm again.

Thursday was a nice cool day, had front and back sliding doors open. Although I was super tired and had to go back to bed for a 2hr sleep.

Blain & Leo got into it after school, I let them go at one point Leo had Blains phone so Blain put his hands around Leo's neck so Leo dropped the phone on the floor. Blain then went and told his mum that Leo dropped his phone, leaving out that he had Leo by the throat. She was not happy when she heard the whole story, which I told her when she came to go off at Leo.

Also on Thursday afternoon Leo found a small lizard he likes finding lizards but this one doesn't look well and we expect it to die soonish.

Because he was upset and because he will be here Saturday night his mum took him home with her for the night.

Moving onto Friday I went to Charlestown Square shopping, Natasha drove me there and Jessica came up and hung out with me and drove me home.

The lizard was dead this morning.

Mum had an appointment to have her eyes checked but had to cancel as she had no one to take her. When I spoke to her she was in tears. Natasha said she would take her Saturday morning.

Here we are at Saturday I woke up with a headache and have had it on and off all day. Jessica & Leo arrived around 11.30am she had to leave by 12.30 for work.

While Kathy was here she changed the sheets on my bed and unpacked the dishwasher and got the clothes off the clothes hoists for me.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Poem Thursday No 6


Another year has passed
A birthday for you is in store
May you find this coming year
Be one with lots of open doors.

Follow your dreams
Remember you can achieve
All that you dream
Whatever your mind can conceive

So this poems brings
wishes for you
in hopes that the coming year
is filled with things you love to do.


BY: Catherine Pulsifer

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

No post yesterday and today an update about dad


Hello everyone, no post yesterday after the falls program the occupational theapist drove me home so she could check over the house in order to put in a request for some hand rails in the bathroom and at the front door for me.

After she left I had lunch followed by a lay down then Leo arrived home from school. It was a stinking hot day with a temp of 36°c. The falls program is good but my knees really sting afterwards.

Monday afternoon I received a text from mum telling me that dad was really sick again, the nurse wanted to ring the ambos but both mum & dad said no. So she rang and spoke to their doctor who rang and spoke to dad's GP who said he would prescribe more antibiotics for him and go out to the house and check on him.

Mum said she became upset when the nurses started saying to her that dad would likely die over night, he didn't........

When I spoke to mum last night she said that dad had improved a tad over the day and that Monday night he had a great nights sleep.






Monday, 11 February 2019

Did you know No 6


Good morning all it is a lovely day here in Newie not hot just warm. Well since it is Monday it is did you know day.

If you ask someone to think of a card the most common answer is the four of spades.

In 1963 a baseball picher Gaylord Perry said publicly “They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run”. On the 20th July 1969 four hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon Gaylord Perry hit his first and only home run.

The crowd at the Wimbledon Tennis championships eat 27,000 kilograms of English strawberrie in a fortnight.

Stone Age life wasn't all fun and games, our ancient ancestors wore the skulls of their dead as mementos and ate elephants raw. In the coldest winters they would smear their bodies with grease to keep warm. Really how does anyone know this.........

Dick Whittington was a real person. He made a fortune selling cloth, becoming rich enough to lend money to the King of England. He was a Member of Parliament and became Lord Mayor of London three times. He also left the city of London a school and a hospital in his will.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

The week that was No 6


Well here I am starting another week that was post, Tim lost his expensive pair of prescription sunglasses, he isn't happy and said he isn't going to replace them, well not at the moment.

Monday saw me wake up feeling not the best so I skipped my aqua class around 10.30 I started to feel a bit better. Parts of the country are flooded not good at all other parts are still drought affected.

Tuesday I went to the falls program at Rankin Park that went well the best bit was that I was able to pick up a taxi subsidy application form at the after exercise talk. My dad was doing better today the doctor even said if he continues like he is he may be able to go home.

Wednesday on the Sunrise program they talked about how Aussie kids are speaking like Americans due to the influence of American TV shows and movies.
A couple of weeks back we bought Natasha a work desk online from Officeworks and when she got it today and put it together it was way too small. She knew it was a student desk but it is more like a small child's desk. She is going to return it.

Friday saw me not going to Charlie shopping because I had no way to get home so I stayed home.

Also Friday morning I was called into the kitchen by Leo to go and see a crime scene where the lollypop killed the bbq sauce bottle, by stabbing it with a straw, Leo has a good imagination.

For the first time on Friday Leo walked home from school with a friend who is in high school, it went well and his mum has agreed to let him walk home from school on the days he doesn't come here. This came about because Natasha attended the funeral of her neighbour who passed away last month.

Let's finish this week off with Saturday's news, Tasha at last returned the desk and got our money back now for her dad to get it from her.......lol

Tim did manage to a free desk for her from Facebook buy, sell & swap which she is really happy with.

Saturday afternoon saw Tim busy working out the back yard, he bought a new shed so he spent some time working on the ground to get it ready to put the new shed up. He is laying pine logs at the moment. Leo has spent some time helping him.

Yes Leo was here all day and also tonight while his mum is working.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Poem Thursday No 5


Never lose an opportunity
of seeing anything that is beautiful
for beauty is God's handwriting

Welcome it in every fair face
in every fair sky, in every
fair flower and t hank God for it


By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Creature Day/ Saltwater Croc



Well here we are at another Wednesday, and it's another stinking hot day at that. Being Wednesday means it is creature day and today's creature is the saltwater crocodile.

The saltwater crocodile is the world's largest reptiles with some growing up to 7 metres or 23ft long, we usually call them “salties”.

Like other crocs, salties are covered in hard bony plates called scutes. On their tails and backs the scutes form big spikes or knobs similar to the bony armour found on some dinosaurs.

Salties are merciless predators that can take on pretty much any prey they like. Powered by their huge tails they zoom through the water and leap out t o grab prey on the bank.

The eyes and nostrils are on top of their head, allowing it to remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water, yet and still able to see, hear, smell, and of course, breath.

They'll catch things like pigs, wallabies, cattle,crabs and turtles.

Humans are not a regular part of a large crocodile’s diet but a person at the water’s edge washing dishes or having a drink looks very similar in a crocodile’s eyes to any other mammal and is thus treated as a potential food item. Crocodile attacks only take place because people disregard the dangers associated with our northern waterways, a little common sense will ensure such incidents do not occur.



The week that was No: 12

Here I am starting another week that was post, today Sunday Tim & I went over to see dad, when we arrived mum met us in the laundry t...