Tuesday 30 June 2020


Good morning or afternoon everyone, here we are at another Tuesday meaning it is plant day and today's plant is the Methuselah and not the one from the bible who died at the ripe old age of 969.

This Methuselah is even older it is the nickname given to a very rare and special tree that grew from a 2000 year old seed, yes it grew from a single seed after a 2000 year wait. Well that's what the book says.

In the 1960's in Israel some archaeologists excavated a ruined palace dating from 2000 years ago, inside they discovered an old storeroom which held a jar containing ancient dried out date palm seeds. When the seeds were planted one of them managed to sprout.

Date palms were very important to ancient people who used them as both food and medicine their seeds stored to protect them from enemies.

This type of tree, the Judean date palm didn't even exist when the seeds were discovered it was extinct. Now thanks to the seeds it's alive and growing again. The tree is male ( date trees are either female or male) so it can't bear its own fruit, but scientists are hoping to use it to pollinate another species of date palm to see what happens.

Monday 29 June 2020

Facts Day Monday

Good morning world another cold day here in Newie have to have the heater on, I got dressed in the bathroom with the heater on.

Monday now and the start of the last week of school for term two, feels like they only just went back to school.

Anyway here are this weeks facts that you may or may not know.

There are more than 14,000 types of rice

Cornish pasties were the staple diet of Cornish miners about 150 years ago, the pasty was marked with the owner's initials at one end. The hungry man would start eating from the other end ,in case he couldn't eat it all,it still held his mark and he could finish it later.

The most difficult tongue twister is “the sixth sick Sheik's sixth sheep's sick” I can't say it

The oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000years old........what the hell

Norway is called “the land of the midnight sun” because in the north, the Sun does not set from May until the end of July

Sunday 28 June 2020

My week, interesting? No but still my life, for what it is

I woke when Tim got up but laid in bed till 7.15.
Kathy arrived at 8.45to give me a shower, before driving Tasha down to Coles while gone Tasha had a mini breakdown snapping at Kathy.
After Kathy left Tasha came down and broke down crying everything is getting to her. She needs a fridge,washing machine, new bed and now her car is cactus. Of course she has no money
I woke up at 5 something and got up at 5.30am,a bloody cold day at that. Jess dropped Leo off at 7.40am and he left for school at 8.10 as per usual
This afternoon I had no idea what time Leo got out I went up at 2.20 in case he was out at 1.50 but he wasn't so I thought he might get out at 2.20 but no at 3pmi came home for a while went back at .3.35. he use to get him by 3.40 but last week and yesterday it was 3.45 before he arrived.
It was bloody cold waiting for Leo , Jess wanted him to stay tonight instead of tomorrow night but he didn't want to do so.
I have felt stuffed up in the head all day, sitting outside in the cold didn't help.
Jess arrived at 7.40 this morning with Leo she hung out with Tash for a while and was able to wait with Leo this morning. She even went and bought Macca's for her and Tash. I didn't want anything.
I reset my afternoon alarm to 3.40 to go meet Leo , today he arrived at 3.43pm so not much of a wait.
After a couple of days having trouble getting my audiobook to play I think it is now right I had to delete and reinstall a program/app.
I woke around 5.45 am could hear Leo in his room so I called him and he came in and put the heater on so the chill could be taken off the room.
Another bloody cold day here.
Man came and checked the smoke alarms he sprayed the smoke alarms with surface spray, since then it has been beeping. Ihope it stops soon. .
This afternoon I was late getting Leo again he was walking down when I was going up.

I woke at 4.30 but didn't want to get up to visit the loo, instead I stayed in bed till 6am dozing on and off till 6am.
I thought I had a Dr's appointment today but realised it is tomorrow and now Tasha says she can't take me,she wants tome change the appointment but I don't think I will be able to do that.
Tim has arranged to take tomorrow off so he can take me to my appointment.
Had problems with the internet for a few hours today very frustrating.
Tim home at 2pm
Leo here tonight
I woke at 4.30am but didn't get up till the alarm went off,Leo was already awake and Tim got up about 45 minutes after me.

Tasha came down and helped me get dress and get my shoulder brace one and get my breakfast stuff ready.
I went to the appointment about my bladder and had the test down to see how I hold urine uncomfortable but not too bad. I will get the results when I go back to the hospital.

Tim bought two more fan heaters one for the bathroom and a spare.

He also went to the post office and the woman who served him stuffed up, he asked for 10 local stamps and 2 overseas stamps,she gave him 10 overseas stamps and he too three and attached to the local letters before he realised the mistake. I had to open those letters and I am able to reuse them for the overseas letters I have here to answer.

I am feeling very tired and frustrated this afternoon.

I woke at 4ambut managed to go back to sleep after a trip to the loo but woke again at 6am and laid there for a bit till I heard Tasha, in the laundry so I got up at 6ish.

Tasha helped me get dressed and got my breakfast stuff ready
Kathy came over at 9am and gave me a shower and shaved my legs for me.

Been a long ass day, Jess had work but Leo didn't want to come here or at Kelli's so he stayed home on his own.

Wednesday 24 June 2020


We know we are not considered a burden by our families but sadly we often do, it is the sigh in your voice or see the roll of your eyes or just a look may come over your face. These things tell us you really don't want to do something we have asked. So we feel we are asking too much and putting you out. Our feelings are real we can help feeling the way we are at that time

This is directed towards my daughters, my husband and my siblings not because they do or say anything intentional to upset either myself or my mum but unfortunately this is how we often feel.

I like my mum have terrific kids who do a lot for us but still at times we feel like we are asking too much.

In my head mum's problems are understandable as she is 80yrs old now. However, I am only 57 and in worse state then mum,well that's how I feel at times. I am unable to do so much like even shower myself.

Life is hard but we still keep on trying and getting up each morning trying to dress myself and face the day and I do this day after day.

Tuesday 23 June 2020


Well hello Tuesday you are cold and dry for me being Tuesday it's plant day and today's plant is the Kudzu a fast growing weed. Back in 1876 China & Japan introduced it to American gardeners they saw a leafy vine which climbed easily over porches providing lots of lovely shade. It was also useful to farmers because it was good at holding the soil in place and made great food for farm animals.

However, they had no idea how much would love growing in the southern states, in the Asian mountains the Kudzu would die during the winter months but in America it just grows and grows out of control. In just one summer it can grow in size to cover a house it also grows over other trees and buildings blocking out the sun and killing other plants.

Plants can reproduce in a few ways such as making seeds, spreading their roots sideways underground or by spreading out above ground using special stems called runners. Just to make itself extra indestructible the kudzu uses all three.

Monday 22 June 2020

Did you know fact

Here we are at another Monday,dry and sunny Monday that is as bloody cold but no heater on here I don't need one.
This week's facts are as follows

In March 1983, West German police arrested an Austrian tramp for cooking his onion soup over the eternal flame at Berlin's war memorial.

In ancient China towns were often arranged in patterns so that if seen from air they would resemble an animal or a symbolic design. Some were designed to look like snakes,stars or dragons.

All the water on earth has remained the same overtime how the hell do they know that

Table tennis was first played with balls made of champagne corks and bats made of cigar-box lids

The worlds biggest forest is in Siberia, it is over 17 million square kilometres

Sunday 21 June 2020

Just another week inthe life of Jo-Anne

Had a shocking nights sleep was ok till 11.30pm when I got up and went to the loo but found after I went back to bed I was unable to get back to sleep. I dozed on & off till I got up at 7.30am when Tim got up.
Kathy came over and gave me a shower and vacuumed out for me as well, Summer put my socks on for me.
Had a couple of boiled eggs for lunch.
Mum sounded a lot of happy today when we spoke, we had a good long chat.
I'm still in pain.
Ice cream for tea again that's become a bit of a habit

Had a better nights sleep last night thankfully, woke up at 7.30am when Tim got up and h e was able to help me dress but he didn't put my arm brace on.
Had a good chat to mum this afternoon about when her parents split up and when Enid left Tom.
Tasha h as been sick all day she feels very tired

Up and dressed with the alarm, Tim got up and left for work around the same time I got up.
Found a heap of socks in my sock basket this morning, Tasha brought them down for me, they were hers but she doesn't like them so gave them to me.
I was late getting Leo in fact I was still at home when he walked in the door, I was surprised. I sent his driver a text apologising about not being there. He didn't reply which I feel is rude.

I woke at 5.45am and got up before the alarm, I got dressed in the bathroom with the heater on. Tim got up at 6am for work. Jess & Leo arrived around 6ish.
Blain's throat looks really inflamed so Tasha took him to see Dr Wabbas who sent him to have a Covid 19 test. Which he did, he said it wasn't all that bad, they only swabbed up his nose.
He will get the results in a couple of days
Tasha is going to ring the after hours GP and see what they day.

Awake and up at 6am, Tasha came down to put the arm brace on me and she told me that the after hours GP came and said Blain has tonsillitis gave him a script.
A warmish morning but a wet and coolish afternoon, because of the rain I asked Tasha to meet Leo but of course she was late .
I am feeling like shit this afternoon

Had a good night sleep woke at 4 something when Tim was getting ready for work but managed to doze off again till the alarm went off. I got dressed in the bathroom with the heater on. Leo arrived at 7.35 an hour later then expected.
Mum told me that Michelle is going to call her daughter Skylar Alexandra
Tasha going to help me shower when she comes down to get me ready for bed.
Tim home at 2pm a short day kinda he did start at 5am.

Had a good nights sleep woke at 5 when Tim left for work to visit the loo, I then went back to bed till the alarm went off.
Found Leo laying on the floor outside the kitchen when I walked into the bathroom but when I came out he was gone,i thought he had gone back to bed but when I went to the laundry he jumped out and gave me a fright. He likes to scare his nana.
I rode the scooter down to post letters and I also took Tasha's washing to her using the scooter.
Tim found his motorbike was leaking oil when he got to work, he took it to be repaired it could take 2 or 3 weeks to be repaired.
Tasha came down and told me that it looks like her car is cactus and she doesn't know what to do.
I am in so much pain this afternoon.

Had a nice sleep in this morning got up at 7.20am, a nice day warmish.
Jess & Tasha have gone to check out cars, Leo stayed home mowing the lawn. He rang Papa to go over because he was lonely.
Around 2pm Papa and Leo returned here. Just as I was ringing mum, we talked about going shopping on Friday, like me she is nervous about going out after being stuck at home for 3 months.
Sent Kathy a text asking if she will come and help me shower tomorrow.

Thursday 18 June 2020

Thursday's Words

May you always find three welcomes in life,
In a garden during summer,
at a fireside during winter,
And whatever the day or season
In the kind eyes of a friend

Wednesday 17 June 2020

I don't understand

I do not understand why people are destroying and defacing statues, destroying statues does not change the history of the country.

If you have a problem with our history you are not alone, we need to educate the future generations telling them the facts good bad and other wise it is all part of this country we don't need to be proud of it we just have to acknowledge it. We also need to learn from our mistakes and go forward and do better.

How about riots?
What do you think of them?

I don't understand them either or why people act in such a way, I wonder if they do how do they explain their behaviour to their children and other younger members of their families. I would be embarrassed by such behaviour.

We should be setting an example and leading by example but so many are not.

I do believe people are good and generally do good things but there are some who are not and just immature and have a lot to learn.

Live your life the best you are able, treat people as you would like to be treated and remember to be kind and have compassion.

Tuesday 16 June 2020


Hello world here I am on a nice Tuesday writing a plant post this weeks plant is the Lithops, heard of it? Me neither, well a lithops is one of the worlds best imitators when in1811 while exploring southern Africa naturalist William John Burchell found a curious looking pebble which turned out to be a plant. This is why it is also called a pebble plant or living stone.

It's a kind of succulent close to the ground, its two flat , rounded leaves that look very like stones, it has colours and markings that match the rocks and pebbles around them.

This means many animals and people often don't notice them, so they avoid being eaten, even if something was to try and eat it the leaves are so firm that they are hard for the creature to take a bite.

When not disguise as a stone it is a showy flower plant when the flower makes seeds and dies off, it then returns to looking like a stone.

Monday 15 June 2020

What do you know or maybe you don't know, me I don't know what about anything just saying

Good morning world how is everyone today, tomorrow or yesterday wherever you are in the world. Monday here around 10.30ish as I start this, as its Monday it is fact day how true or right they are I do not know but here they are.

Legend has it that an itchy nose indicates that its owner is about to be cursed or kissed, will run into a gatepost or shake hands with a fool.

A Prague housewife jumped out of a third floor window when she found out her husband had been cheating on her, she recovered because she landed on her husband who was killed

A law during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 declared that any woman who used fake hair, make up, high heels or other devices to led a man into marriage, could be punished as a witch.

In 1062 the River Thames froze over for 14 weeks

King Kokodo of the Congo ruled for three years after his death, his body was moved around the square in a coffin on wheels while he made up his mind whether to stay dead or not........He stayed dead.

Sunday 14 June 2020

Another week of my life

I woke at 7ish but again I laid in bed till 7.30 when I got up and dressed except for my socks, which Tasha did an hour later.
Was able to make myself boiled eggs for breakfast. I have a reasonable amount of movement in the arm. Just have to remember not to over do it.
Been an nice day not too cold for me and my pain has been manageable all day.
I managed to iron Tim's work shirts, girls didn't change the sheets no surprise there.
Spoke to mum she was telling me about her sister and when she left home and about she patched things up when she first got sick. However, her tea arrived and we cut it short.

Awake with the alarm, got up and dressed in the bathroom with the heater on. Public holiday today, so no school today.
Kathy and Summer came over so Kathy could change the sheets on my bed.
Tasha made me pasta for tea, it was so so.
Been a good weather wise a bit of rain but not much.

I had a shocking night last night, mostly caused by pain in my right arm. I suspect iti s because yesterday I didn't wear the arm brace.
I have it on today and will not go without it again for a while.
Tim home early at 1.45 so he was able to meet Leo instead of me.
The doctor rang at 3pm he said the tests showed I have bursitis in the shoulder that is what I expected.
Leo came home from school in a mood, we just let him go to his room he will explain when and if he feels like it. Although Tim sent Jess a message about his mood so she could ring him, as he is here tonight.

Had a better night last night been awake since 5.30 but stayed in bed till the alarm went off.
Tasha had to take Leo to meet his driver because of the rain.
Another cold and wet day, hasn't stopped raining all day.
Tim home early again, asked him to go get Leo and had to explain he cannot take the scooter because it's raining and not suppose to use scooter in rain. He didn't agree and I ended up saying your money if it gets fucked up because of the rain. He walked up to get Leo.
Still in pain by the end of the day my arm is really sore and I am glad to remove the brace and lay down and listen to my book.

I woke when Tim left for work and wasn't able to settle again so got up at 5.30. Tasha came down and put my shoulder brace on for me.
A foggy morning but at least it's not raining.
Tim doing a split shift so home at 9.45 to around 1pm.
A not cold and dry day.

Both Tim and I got up with my alarm, Tim was able to assist me get dressed and put my arm brace on for me. Just after he left for work Tasha came down to do the arm brace.
Tasha took me down to have the injection into my shoulder I had to wait for ages in the room in a disposable gown.
Tasha picked up shopping from Woolies but it wasn't my order, she rang and complained and someone came and brought my shopping and picked up the wrong order.
Blain sent home sick from school he has an inflamed throat, so not going to his dad's this weekend .

Thursday 11 June 2020

Thursdasy's Words

Take what God gives, O heart of mine
and build your house of happiness.
Perchance some have been given more;
But many have been given less.
The treasure lying at your feet,
Whose value you but faintly guess,
another builder looking on,
Would barter heaven to possess

BY: B Y Williams

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Aussie Day

                                                       OLD MAP OF AUSTRAIA

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Plant Day

Hello Tuesday you are wet/raining and I guess cold although I am not cold but I properly should be as it is only around 16 degrees.

Well it is plant day and today's plant is the Welwitschia heard of it? Nope me neither.

It could be the ugliest plant in the world, they are unique now but around 2 million years ago they were pretty common. Dinosaurs used to wander around in a world filled with such plants.

As it grows its leathery leaves get longer and longer as it can live for up to 2000 years so they can have bloody long leaves. It actually only has two leaves which get split into shreds by the wind over time.
You can find them in the bone-dry Namib Desert in Africa, where the only water comes from fog coming from the sea, its long leaves are able to catch droplets of fog from of the air and sock it up. If some droplets land on the ground they feed the plants roots.

Monday 8 June 2020

Facts You May Or Maynot Know

Hello world,, thank you all for your concern and kind words about how much pain I have been in with my right arm.

Anyway here are this weeks five facts.

You are born with 300 bones, but by the time you reach adulthood you only have 206

It requires the use of 72 muscles to speak a single word

Sharks are immune to every known disease and they never get sick.

Adolf Hitler was fascinated by hands in his library there was a well thumbed book containing pictures and drawings of hands belonging to famous people throughout history. He liked particularly to show his guests how closely his hands resembled those of Frederick the Great one of his heroes.

Mentioning pigs is considered bad luck at sea.

Sunday 7 June 2020

A painful week

Had a pretty good nights sleep pain wise when I woke up I didn't want to get up as that meant the pain would return and it did. I woke at around 7am but laid there till 7.20 when I got up.
At 10ish Tim left for work, he will be home around 8pm.
Didn't speak to mum just not feeling up to it, as she hadn't rang by 3.30 and I was feeling done in by then.
I woke with the alarm as usual just after I opened the front door Jess & Leo arrived. She was annoyed that just as they where leaving home she gets a call telling her the child she had to leave early for was being taken by their parents, if they had rung earlier she could have stayed in bed an extra hour.
I had to have a pelvic ultrasound one you need a full bladder for.
Well as it turned out I had to have an internal scan as my bladder leaked. After the scan while trying to get dressed I ended up in tears sobbing because the pain in my right arm was so bad I was unable to use it, so dressing was difficult and painful.
Didn't talk to mum as I was in pain and unable to concentrate.

Up with the alarm as per usual, I decided to have a shower while I was deciding to do that I realised I didn't have a hope in hell of doing so on my own.
So I sent Tash a text and as I sent I she was there standing outside the bathroom door. So she stayed and helped me shower.
After Leo left for school Tasha took me over to the doctors about my arm. Tomorrow I have to have an Xray and ultrasound on the arm.
A bit of rain today so Tim took the car.
The arm braze Tim ordered for me on Monday arrived and he put it on me, yes it seems to be helping.
Leo here tonight.
Awake before the alarm at 5.30am, I got up and dressed in the bathroom with the heater on.
Leo got up at 7am and put my socks on for me.
I went with Tasha to have an Xray & ultrasound done of my right arm, still in a lot of pain.
I can only use my left arm.
A very cold day top of 15 degrees

Up when my alarm went off, got dressed in the bathroom again.
My pain has reduced some I am not getting as many stabbing pains in the arm. I think the arm braze is helping
A cold day but not as cold as yesterday. Leo is concerned about my health and doesn't want me out in the cold and wind.
I wore my pink dressing gown with the hoodie when I took Leo to meet his drive.
Tasha bought Macca's for tea and got both myself and Leo a burger each.

Up with the alarm again, another cold day and Tim is off today.
It is much warmer today and my arm is much better thankfully. Tasha & Jess went shopping and bought a new heater for Jess. I chipped in $21.
I did the shopping yesterday and it was picked up by Tim & Tasha.
Tim helping me get ready for bed tonight so Jess can go home and eat instead of hanging around here.
I was hoping to have a late night but not going to happen.

I had a lay in this morning, I got up at 8.30 but I had been awake for a while like an hour or so.
Tasha was here and helped me get dressed but she was in a mood and made me cry but gave me a hug and said sorry.
It is Jessica's birthday and I feel like I have failed her, as because I wasn't able to go out and get her a present and because of my bung arm I am not able to do a lunch for her. I know that she will understand but it is how I feel.
Kathy gave me a shower while she was here it felt good and she did as good a job as Tasha does.
Had Macca's for lunch, Tim had Chinese.
The pain in my arm isn't as bad but I still have limited use of it.
Tasha, Jess & Leo have gone to the Black Lives Matter protest in town, they said if it is too crowded they will be staying in the car because of social distancing and the fact they all hate crowds.

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Not Postin

I am not posting this week as I am a bloody lot of pain and have limited movement in my. right arm

Battle of the Coral Sea part 1

  Good morning, it is bloody cold here in my lounge room and yes, I have the heater on, but we don’t have big room heaters only small fan he...