Sunday 31 March 2019

The week that was No:13

Here I am starting another week that was post, Jessica didn't pick Leo up till 1.30pm as I didn't ring or text her to come and get him, allowing her to wake up on her own. She worked a concert last night so I had no idea what time she got home and got to bed.

Monday morning Natasha was in a mood and I didn't help as I asked her to swing by Jessica's to drop off Leo's medication for the week. She said Jessica should have came back here to get it herself.

For a change this morning it was mum who had a slight fever and was feeling unwell. So tonight I wasn't able to talk to mum as she was just to sick.

Tuesday was an easy day spent answering letters.

Wednesday I felt sick and spent most of the day in bed sleeping.

Thursday morning I woke up still feeling sick.

Went to the doctors for scripts.

Last night I had another dream where Tim didn't love me and was cruel to me. These dreams are distressing for me.

Friday was another warmish day, I went shopping as per usual and Jessica met me up there and brought me home. Natasha & Jessica had words because Jessica was in a mood after a bad morning and when Natasha rang Jessica, Jess snapped at her which set Tasha off. Both say they are not apologising.

Saturday is a wet day and so dark outside I didn't want to get up but of course I did. When Kathy-Lee brought the shopping over I got her to hang some photos and other stuff for me.

We have Leo while Jessica is driving a group of people to a wedding.

When Jessica got home she went to see Tasha and they are good now.

Saturday 30 March 2019

Hey Hey It's Saturday

Hey hey it's Saturday and this Saturday I am talking about the weather, yes such an exciting topic but a topic none the less.

Today it is a wet day and it was so overcast that I didn't want to get out of bed, when it is overcast and wet I often find that I have zero motivation to do stuff. The same can happen when it is stinking hot.

As a child I remember watching American TV shows and having them talk about season “fall” I used to think it was strange that in America they had this strange and different season and wondered if they had five seasons instead of four like we had. At some point though I realised that fall was what we call autumn.

I also had trouble getting my head around children having the summer of school, here our summer holidays are 5-6 weeks long roughly, also known as the Christmas school holidays. Also as a child I didn't get that different countries are the opposite of us weather wise, I just thought all countries were the same.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Gross Facts No 11

Here we are at gross Tuesday and today I have some gross facts about cannibals.

One of the Aztecs' favourite recipes was a human stew called “tlacatlaolli”

In the middle ages some people ground up ancient Egyptian mummies to make medicine

Aztec priests ritually sacrificed enemies, ripping their hearts out and eating their bodies

Hot human blood, distilled brains and powered human heart have all been used as possible cures for epilepsy

The Korowai tribe on south-east Papua were cannibals up until the 1970s, when they first met outsiders for the first time

Mellified man” medicine made from soaking a human corpse in honey was used in Arabia in the 1100s.

More to come next week...........

Monday 25 March 2019

Did you know No 11

Well here I am on Monday afternoon at last getting around to writing a did you know post, so here are this weeks facts.

Pinocchio was made of pine

Rain contains vitamin B12

Pepsi was originally named Brad's drink

On of the most efficient ways of cleaning your teeth is to chew on a stick

The act of snapping one's fingers has a name, it is called fillip

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

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

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
All time, aware
In joy or sorrow
One may come
And find the other

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

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.

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