Wednesday, 28 September 2022



Symptoms of Dystonic Tremor

The symptoms of dystonic tremor can differ from patient to patient. Sometimes sensory tricks can temporarily cause tremor to disappear, such as, if the patient has head tremor, then placing the head against a headrest or a light touch to the chin can resolve the dystonic tremor of the head. Dystonic tremor can also affect the patient’s quality of life and cause tiredness in the patient and feels of isolation in social gatherings. Anxiety or stress worsens all types of dystonia also symptoms of dystonic tremor. In some patients, a small quantity of alcohol can temporarily relieve the symptoms of dystonic tremor; however, patient can experience a rebound worsening of the dystonic tremor the next day.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022



Good morning on this coldish, wet morning here in Newie today's extreme creature is the really cute Quokka.

They can be found in the south-western part of Western Australia in particular on Rottnest Island. There they win over the hearts of many visitors with their relaxed and friendly nature.

They are also known as the short-tailed scrub wallaby, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat.

While our quokkas are certainly friendly, touching and petting them is not permitted. Quokkas and birds on Rottnest Island have been known to deliver a nasty bite as well as carry diseases like Salmonella.


Monday, 26 September 2022



Another Monday means more facts, so here you are................

In 1943 American bakers were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of World War 11, only whole loaves were allowed. The reason for this was never explained, how it helped the war effort no one knows.

Karl Benz invented the car in 1885.

In the Stone Age people who didn't feel well someone would cut a hole in the persons body with a sharp stone to allow the pain to escape.....Really how does anyone know that.

The ancient Romans had shows called Pantomimes hundreds of years ago, a man would read out a story while silent actors played the

parts behind him.

A Flemish artist is responsible for the worlds smallest paintings in history, including a picture of a miller and his mill painted on a grain of corn.

Sunday, 25 September 2022

WEEK 38 OF 2022

 Had a good night, I woke Tim to help me this morning, he said he went to bed at 1.30am, I thought ok but I still need help.

Kathy came and showered my at Jess's place.

Tim at last cleaned up out the back where I used to sit during the day as it was a right mess and I haven't been able to sit out there since June due to the damage from the tree coming down.

Had a good night up at 5.40am and had Tim help me dress, as I had to unpack the dishwasher before she came down as she would only go off that her didn't do it.

Tim up at 7.50am which is early for him.

Workmen turn up to work on the bathroom including the painter, at 2.30pm the plumber turned up to install toilet, sink and shower. It will be ready for use tomorrow.

Used the new toilet this morning there was water in front of the bowl so I placed a towel in front of it.

The guy in charge of the bathroom reno came and picked up all the rubbish and said someone should be here tomorrow to do the curtain rods.

Late this arvo the people came to remove the porta loo and shower.

Received part of my Kmart order a big box for two small packets of colouring pencils. Talk about a waste.

Another day to struggle through and it is suppose to rain today.

Sandy rang at 10ish to say she was coming to take me to the cemetery as Mum & Dad's headstone as it now has two extra photos on it. One of Mum and one of Mum & Dad on their wedding day.

Tim sent me a message saying he was 3hrs early for work, he read the shift info wrong. He didn't bother to come home though.

The bathroom guy came and installed the shower curtain.

Woke to the sound of rain at 4.30am, got up and went to the loo then to the kitchen to check the roof it was leaking so placed bowl to catch the water and turned the full dishwasher on.

A public holiday to mourn the Queen, also my 38th wedding anniversary.

We had planned to go out for lunch but it was raining too much so cancelled. Had KFC instead.

Last day of term 3 for schools and still wet.

I am in a lot of pain in my knees and back. I let out a scream when I had a shot of pain in my knee. Tim came running out and was angry only because he was worried.

Jess came and got me changed for bed, I rang Tasha to come help me into bed and she was in a foul mood made me think I should have asked Leo.

Had a good night and I am in less pain this morning.

Tim picked up the shower chair from Sandy's, so Kathy can give me a shower.

Kathy arrived at 1.30 and showered me and it was good.

Wednesday, 21 September 2022



What is a Dystonic Tremor?

Tremor is an uncontrollable/involuntary oscillation or shaking or rapid movement of a part of a person’s body. For example, if a person has head tremor, then there will be involuntary shaking movement of the head. Similarly, if a person has hand tremor, then there is uncontrollable shaking of the hands. Tremor can affect any part of the body including eyes, vocal cords, arms, face, trunk and legs.

Dystonic tremor is a type of tremor which the patient develops along with or in association with dystonia.Dystonia is a neurological disorder where there is transmission of incorrect messages from the brain to the body resulting in unwanted movement or over-active or abnormal postures. Patient experiences Dystonic Tremor commonly in young adulthood or mid-life.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022



Good morning and since we now have a functioning bathroom photo coming tomorrow. Well it's tough enough day and today's creature is the Lace Monitor, heard of it, nope well it's a reptile, as in lizard.

They are built tough with a strong body up to two metres long, a muscular tail and long sharp claws.

In spring the males can get extremely aggressive often getting into violent fights, they stand on their back legs and wrestle each other with their forelegs.

Monday, 19 September 2022



.Well it is Monday again so it is facts day.

The British royal family changed there surname from the German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917. WW1 broke out in 1914 and by 1917 was in full fury, so King George V decided to change the family name to Windsor after Windsor castle.

King George V also renounced all German title belonging to him and his family.

Kissing under the mistletoe is a peculiarity British tradition, a girl isn't supposed to refuse anyone even if it is some weird creepy guy.

A guy who receives a kiss must pick a berry from the branch when all the berries are gone the kissing must end.

Charles VI called “Charles the Mad” ruled France from 1380-1415. He believed he was made of glass and put iron rods into his clothes to stop himself breaking

Sunday, 18 September 2022


 Another good night but this computer is pissing me off this morning.

Last night I had Tim cut down two pairs of long pants only to find out that the pair I chose to wear are too big for me, so into the old clothes bag.

Had another good night awake and up at 5.45.

Tasha was having a bitch which woke her dad so he got up in a foul mood. I don't need this stress.

No workmen here today but someone will be back tomorrow.

Tim found a lift chair on Facebook for only $450 and it was only a short drive to the blokes house after looking at it he bought it and will pick it up on Thursday.

While I was waiting in the car I had a bad panic attack. I became so scared I started screaming for Tim. I don't know what caused it. Afterwards I rang Sandy to talk about it as I can't ring Mum.

An early start to the day up and dressed by 6am, had a wash but I still stink in my opinion.

Had a workman turn up and do some stuff to the bathroom. While he was here Tim was on the phone to a mate who said it is costing him $16,000 to renovate his bathroom.

Tim has gone to see his counsellor. It is a cold afternoon.

Looks like the tiler will be here tomorrow now.

What a night had to get up to pee 4 times how annoying but at least I settle down again quickly.

The tilers arrived at 7.45am.

Went to the doctors he said that the panic attacks are connected to my condition. Also he bulked billed me. Rang Sandy to tell her what the Dr said.

Tim goes back to work tomorrow for 5hrs a day for 5 days per week.

At 2.30pm Dave arrived to help Tim pick up my new lift chair.

Had a good night up to pee only twice. The workmen turned up at .7.20am.

The internet is dropping out a lot this morning.

I did managed to do food shopping which was something but other sites wouldn't load.

Tim back at work this afternoon, I hope all goes well.

I slept for a solid 12 hours last night so woke really needing to pee.

Tilers here doing more work in the bathroom, which didn't take long.

Did an online shop at Kmart getting it delivered.

Getting myself ready for bed as I didn't want to get changed at 2pm when Jess would do it.

At 4pm I was attempting to go to the loo when I found myself frozen with piss running down my leg. I managed to clean up the mess and only cried a little

Made the mistake of ringing Tasha for help getting dressed, she went on about her dad not helping.

Kathy not coming today she will be here tomorrow.

Tim is happy to be back at work which makes me happy. He went out to cash in some bottles but that is all he has done all day .

Tuesday, 13 September 2022



Here we are at tough enough day and today's creature is the good ole Tassie Devil.

The Tasmanian Devil may be small but it has a big bite, the same strength as a dog four times its size. This is mainly due to its diet they eat lots of meat so they have to be able to crunch bones and tear off large chunks of flesh.

Tasmanian ‘devils’ are named for the sound they make. In fact, the first European settlers to enter Tasmania (the southern state where they are found) began hearing unearthly, blood-curdling shrieks and growls from deep within the bush, making them imagine that demons surrounded them in the wilderness. Hence: Tasmanian ‘devils’. They make lots of strange sounds (coughs, growls, snorts, sniffs, screeches and even sneezes) usually to scare off other animals to avoid fights.

Like all marsupials, devils store fat in their tails, which thicken up like humans' waistlines. A particularly plump tail is a sign of a healthy Tassie devil and, considering they can eat up to 40% of their bodyweight in one day, their tails can get mighty plump!

Tasmanian devils have a bit of a disturbing feeding habit. These mischievous little critters like to fall asleep inside a rotting carcass (called ‘carrion’) so they can wake up and continue eating. Though it sounds a little gruesome, by eating animal carcasses, Tassie devils actually help to keep areas hygienic and free from blowfly maggots.

A mother Tassie gives birth to around 20-40 joeys at once. However, these joeys have to race to her pouch, which only has four teats. Talk about a hard start to life! Because of their tiny birth size, the ones that make it will live in their mother’s pouch for roughly three months

Monday, 12 September 2022


Hello every one as you many  have noticed the last few posts have been shit to read so I am trying writing straight to the blog over writing it on  Sunday ready to  post, whether it makes a difference we will see.

In times of hunger, stone age  tribes would eat the old women before they ate their dogs, like  how the hell would they know that.

The Bible has been translated into Klingon, the fictional language from Star Trek.
There was or maybe still is for all I know a sport in Wales  called "purring"  where two opponents face each  other firmly  holding each other by the shoulders they would then kick each  other in the shins while wearing metal toeplates what we call steal cap boots, till someone their grip making them the loser.

The term "honeymoon" is a translation of a word coined by the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey flavoured wine, the official wedding drink, stating that the brides  parents be required to keep the groom supplied with t he drink for the first month  of marriage.

On the 7 January 2002, Bob Bowling of Willard Kentucky shot  himself in the thigh while practising his quick draw on a snowman,

Sunday, 11 September 2022

WEEK 36 OF 2022

Another wet morning, woke to a right mess in the kitchen which pissed me off. Managed to do a few things at the computer even though after a short time my knee would start to sting. Tim put the automatic door closer on the back screen door. He also found a blue tongue lizard in the back yard. Slept in till 6am just after I got up Kathy rang, Sydney-May is going to Luna Park in Sydney with the school. I thought it had closed down years ago. Around 7.30ish the bloke turned up to demolish the bathroom, took him 4hrs. The portable toilet and shower has not turned up. I used Jess's loo once then Tim made a hole in an old chair so I can sit on that with a bucket underneath for me to pee in. They porta loo people turned up late this afternoon but Tim talked to them about where they wanted to put it explaining that I would not be able to walk that far. So the skip bin needs to be moved so it can go on the lawn. We will see what happens tomorrow

Slept in till 6am just after I got up Kathy rang, Sydney-May is going to Luna Park in Sydney with the school. I thought it had closed down years ago. Around 7.30ish the bloke turned up to demolish the bathroom, took him 4hrs. The portable toilet and shower has not turned up. I used Jess's loo once then Tim made a hole in an old chair so I can sit on that with a bucket underneath for me to pee in. They porta loo people turned up late this afternoon but Tim talked to them about where they wanted to put it explaining that I would not be able to walk that far. So the skip bin needs to be moved so it can go on the lawn. We will see what happens tomorrow

 Woke twice during the night to pee both times it went ok. I woke to a messy kitchen. The bathroom guy arrived around 10ish and was annoyed that the skip bin hadn't been moved, he made some phone calls and a fat guy turned up looked at things and before we knew it they came and removed it. At around 1pm the house was like a station with men coming and going. After the bathroom is finished they will move the ceiling/roof and we will go into temporary accommodation. At around 4pm the portable loo and shower was delivered. 

.Woke twice during the night to pee both times it went ok. I woke to a messy kitchen. The bathroom guy arrived around 10ish and was annoyed that the skip bin hadn't been moved, he made some phone calls and a fat guy turned up looked at things and before we knew it they came and removed it. At around 1pm the house was like a station with men coming and going. After the bathroom is finished they will move the ceiling/roof and we will go into temporary accommodation. At around 4pm the portable loo and shower was delivered.

 Up early like 5.30 and Tasha was annoyed that I rang before 6am. At just after 7am the guy doing the bathroom arrived. He made a lot of noise he had to remove the cement floor, which was thicker then expected. Tomorrow a plumber will be here to do that part of the work in the bathroom. I find it a little difficult using the porta loo as there are no handrails for me to use to stand up. I woke at 5.30 felt awake so got up, rang Tasha at 6am, she was in a good mood. The plumber arrived around 10ish to work on the bathroom, at around 12.30ish the bloke who was here yesterday arrived to do what I don't know. Sandy rang at 2.15pm to let me know that Sue had an accident at work and was taken by ambos to the John Hunter Hospital, she fell down some stairs. 

 NIECE HAYLEY'S BIRTHDAY Been shaking uncontrollably since 4am and I heard at 4am that the Queen died. More workmen arrived at midday to do more work on the bathroom. Blain has finished school for this term, as he is in what they call a “life skills class” not main stream nor special ed something in the middle. 

KATHY-LEE'S BIRTHDAY SHE IS 37 Hard a good nights sleep no problems, up at 6.20am feel good. The workman arrived just after 11 and was here 4hrs and next I expect will be the tiles but we will see. Tim did some yard work

Wednesday, 7 September 2022


Ok it is tough enough day and today's creature is the Bombardier Beetle. This beetle carries the ingredients for a bomb in its bottom, what the hell. When its threatened , it mixes chemicals together to create an explosion making a large bang. Bombardier beetles are ground beetles in the tribes Brachinini, Paussini, Ozaenini, or Metriini—more than 500 species altogether—which are most notable for the defence mechanism that gives them their name: when disturbed, they eject a hot noxious chemical spray from the tip of the abdomen with a popping sound. These beetles tend to be very small in size, usually growing to be less than an inch (2.5 centimeters) long. Bombardier beetles can be found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. More than 40 species of bombardier beetles are found in the United States. Each has blue elytra (wing coverings) and a reddish head and limbs. They are considered remarkable because of their ability to shoot a boiling, corrosive substance at predators.

Tuesday, 6 September 2022


Another Monday is here so here are more facts. It is impossible to drown and not die, technically the term “drowning” refers to the process of taking water into the lungs, not to death caused by that process. A square mile in the Amazon jungle can contain up to 3,000 different species of trees In his final year Emperor Napoleon was exiled to the tiny island of St Helena in Atlantic. The wallpaper in his room was dyed with Scheele's Green a colouring pigment that contained copper arsenite. When the wallpaper became damp the mould converted the copper arsenite to a poisonous vapour form of arsenic. So his death was down to his wallpaper. The number “007” originated in the 16th century, Bond author Ian Fleming base his character on Dr John Dee, the first British secrete agent, who lived from 1527 to 1608 and was an adviser to Queen Elizabeth 1. Dee used the 007 code for his letters to the Queen. The two zeros meant “ for your eyes only”. Mosquitoes prefer to bite chilrden over adults and blondes over brunettes

Sunday, 4 September 2022

WEEK 36 OF 2022


Slept well till 3am the next 2.5hrs I was restless and got up at 5.30ish. Tim up at 6.15 to go to work I hope it is a good day for him.

Had to get Tasha to come and put drops in my eye.

A lazy day spent home alone, will have to get myself ready for bed.

Tim has decided to see a counsellor and our GP about his mental health.

A new day and I managed to piss Tasha off as she was going on about getting Webster packs for our medications. I feel it is an expense we can do without.

A good day managed to do a few little things and I feel good and my eye is looking more like it should.

Had a phone call from the guy who is doing the bathroom renovations he said workmen will be here on either Monday or Tuesday next week. The hold up is the demolition guys.

What a morning had a struggle to get my pants on took me half a bloody hour to get them on. I then came out to the lounge room to find Jess's quilt hang over my armchair which pissed me off because I was already in a mood.

My mood improved as the morning progressed.

The pain in my left knee has flared up again.

Had a good night awake and up at 5.45am, Kathy rang at 6.15am she was having a bitch about another mouse in her house.

Sandy came and took me out to see Mum & Dad and then we drove to Redhead beach to just look at the ocean. On the way home she stopped and bought me a caramel slice, which was yummy. Also called in and saw Dave.

Tim saw our GP and is now off work for 2 weeks on stress leave.

He also has appointment with a counsellor, I will find out more about that tomorrow.

I was up at 5.25 this morning needed to pee and couldn't see the point in going back to bed.

Tim didn't go to bed till 4am I suspect he fell asleep on the lounge.

Tim has decided to start another veggie patch and it seems to perk him up a bit.

It's Friday and for me it is just another day of struggle. I woke at 4am shaking and after 1.5hrs of that I got up and now I am washed, dressed and fed ready for another day doing bugga all.

I am fed up with my body,if it isn't one thing it's something else.

Tim went to Coles to get a few things he wanted as he said what I order online is stuff I want although he knows to put anything he wants on the shopping list and I will order it.

Woke to the sound of rain at 5.30 but managed to dose on and off till 6.30 when I got up. I had to call Tim to help me get my pants on as my feet got stuck and I wasn't going to spend ages struggling with them.

Kathy came and showered me and vacuumed out for me. Tim told me that late yesterday arvo 2 people turned up to check where to place the portable shower and loo. They decided that it will need to go across from the house behind Jess's car. How the hell am I going to be able to use it. Delivery will be Monday

Tuesday, 30 August 2022



Hello everyone here we are at another Tuesday and for the next few weeks Tuesday's will be about extremely tough or tough enough creatures.

We kick off with the Green Sea Turtle, like all turtles they like to eat jellyfish, even box jellyfish one of the worlds deadliest animals. The venom of the box jellyfish doesn't hurt the Green Sea Turtle so they can happily eat one for lunch. Sadly they can mistake a plastic bag for a jellyfish, when they swallow it can get sick and die.

The green turtle is the only sea turtle that is a strict herbivore, and its diet of seagrass and algae may contribute to the green fatty tissue. Similarly to other sea turtles, green turtles are known to travel incredibly long distances during their lifetimes.

Monday, 29 August 2022


 Another Monday but at last I can see ok now, well it's Monday so it is facts day and here they are.

The length of the finger dictates how fast ones fingernails grow, so the nail on the middle finger grows fastest....Not on my hands it is my thumbnail that grows fastest.

In September 1752 the “Julian” calendar was replaced with the “Gregorian” calendar in Great Britain and its American colonies.

The Julian calendar was 11 days behind so the 14th September followed 2nd September on the day of the change. The days between 3rd and 13th September 1752 never happened.

A mining hole in the mountains of Bohemia produced so much silver it became the official source of coinage for the entire Holly Roman Empire. The mine was in a valley called Joachimsthal and the coins became known as “Joachimstalers” which was shortened to “Talers” and over more time the American pronunciation of the word became “Dollars”

A fresh egg sinks in water and stale ones float.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

WEEK34 OF 2022

 A good night but woke to see a bunch of messages written on the family chat by Tim and the girls mostly from Tim having s rant about how hard his life is and no one understands. I am worried about his mental health.

Had a talk to Tim about his mental health Tasha was here while it was all going on. He got angry and defensive. I don't know if anything sunk in, only time will tell.

His mood improved during the day, he also managed to do the back yard.

Up at 6.05 this morning after a good nights sleep,Tasha in a good mood till she over heard something Kathy said about their dad. I had to explain that it wasn't how Tim said it was, just how he is seeing things lately. Everything is negative in his eyes lately and no one cares about him.

Workmen arrived to look over the area the ramp will go in and also what needs to be done to the bathroom. They said the work should be started soonish.

Tash & Jess bought me some small packets of gummy type lollies which I like.

A new day and my eye is starting to feel more like it should, thus I am feeling more like I should.

At am the workmen arrived to start work on the tree damaged. They removed the sliding door and replaced it as well as doing shit load of other work.

They also removed part of the awning much to Tim's annoyance. Whether or not it will be replaced I don't know,only time will tell.

Another good night but much colder this morning.

Coughing a lot but my eye is much better.

Leo back at school after having a few days off due to his driver having Covid.

Sandy came over for a visit she was here for 1.5hrs and it was great seeing her. She left with a box of snacks for her girls.

Got a text about an appointment at Westmead Hospital with the movement disorder people, it is at 8.30am on the 14th November.

Slept well till 2am till I needed to pee after that I was somewhat restless. Got up at 5.50am.

At 1.30pm bloke turned up to look at the bathroom, he will be back next Thursday to commence work on the renovations. They are supplying a porta loo and shower, that will be fun.

Up early today woke at 5.40am and felt awake so I got up. I also stunk so I had a shower, h ad to get Tasha to help me get my pants on but other than that I did ok on my own.

I have pathology coming to take blood from me. She turned up at 7.40am.

A coldish day with rain.

Tim rang around 3pm to tell me that 2 blokes got on his bus with a case of bourbon and when they started to drink it he had to tell them they couldn't drink on the bus. That didn't go well and the police were called, one of them showed Tim that he was carrying a long knife in his pants and said he would stick him. This is distressing for me, once being a bus driver was a safe job but not anymore. I think it is time for him to find a new job.

A decent night, up at 5.55am I have a bloody headache.

Kathy not coming today she is too busy.

Tim off today thankfully he needs the day off.

Had no help this morning but managed.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022



Clancy Of The Overflow

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just `on spec', addressed as follows, `Clancy, of The Overflow'.

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
'Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
`Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are.'

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
Gone a-droving `down the Cooper' where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
Of the tramways and the 'buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal --
But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of `The Overflow'.

More Banjo Paterson poems recorded by Wallis and Matilda

In 1897, long after he had given up droving, the real Clancy of the Overflow- Thomas Gerald Clancy- penned a verse of his own. Read Clancy's Reply...

Tuesday, 23 August 2022



This weeks clever creature is the Raven a beautiful black bird they are one of the most intelligent creatures in the world. They belong to a family of birds called Corvids, who have been recorded doing very intelligent things.

They have been known to reel in fisherman's lines to eat the fish, also they will use sticks as tools to get food. They even have been known to drop nuts on roads for cars to run over and crack the nuts open.

There are three species of raven in Australia, and three crows. Ravens are generally bigger than crows, but other differences - e.g. range, calls - are more reliable for identifying which species is which.

A group of Ravnens is called a unkindness.

Monday, 22 August 2022



Hello Monday, hello people, more facts today, hope you like them.

The biggest island in the world is Greenland with 2.17 million square kilometres. The biggest island in Europe is Great Britain which is just ten times smaller with 216,777 square kilometers.

Once in the Mojave Desert in California sits a telephone box 50 miles from Interstate 15, in the middle of nowhere. It was put there years ago for the miners who worked nearby.

A mechanical engineer named Elijah McCoy invented a device in the 1870s to oil train wheels while the train kept running. It was called a lubricator. He made several others for various machines. Though other imitation lubricators followed none worked as well. The phrase was coined “the real McCoy” to specify Elijah's original versions.

The last execution in the Tower of London was in 1941 on the 14 August it was Josef Jakobs a German spy he was shot by an eight man firing squad, however because he had broken his ankle when he parachuted into England, he had to be seated in an old Windsor chair.

Although identified with Scotland the bagpipes are actually a very ancient instrument,introduced to the British Isles by the Romans.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

WEEK 33OF 2022


Slept well, up at 5.30am, fending for myself. The other day I started listening to a book while working on the computer.

Kathy and her family called in for a visit, they stayed 45 mins, haven't seen Micheal in ages.

Slept till 6am, at 2am I was feeling light headed so I got up and checked my BGL which was 5.1 so normal. I also took pain relief before returning to bed.

Managed over the day to write one letter, well start it anyway. Also managed to write tomorrows blog post.

Kathy came over and gave me a shower.

Had a decent nights sleep, up at 5.30 when I woke.

I managed to finish the letter and do two more.

Sue called in and gave me an early birthday gift, a bloody good lighter for people like me. I am so thrilled with it.

Slept in till 6am this morning went to ring Tasha from the bathroom but it came up not possible. I discovered that the loungeroom phone was on speaker and not on its base, on hanging it up and hitting the hangup button all was good.

Saw the podiatrist my feet are all nice and nails trimmed.

A very warm day.

Had another good night woke at 6am.

Went to the doctors about my eye, he wants me to see my optometrist to check it out. He also prescribed another lo of anti-viral medication.

Also got a referral to see someone about my knees as Tim is fed up waiting to see someone through the hospital.

Another good night waking at 11.40pm to pee and straight back to bed. I got up at 5.55am.

Received a text from some guy who will be here on Monday to do something about the ramp at the front door.

Started the new medication for the tremor, also started second lot of anti-viral medication. See the optometrist on Saturday morning.

Another good night woke at 5.50am again, I could get used to this.

At 8.15 Tim got up this was a surprised, turned out he thought it was Saturday, discovering it is Friday he went back to bed.

Had a phone call from knee specialist he doesn't see patients without private insurance but will look at referral and they will get back to me.

Tim spoke to Paige from the DoH about a letter we need for insurance claim, also we asked about work on the roof. She said it was decided that we can stay here while the work is being done. But no idea when the work will be done.

Slept in till 6am, woke coughing on and off during the night, will do a RAT test when someone can help me.

My eyes are good but I need dry eye drops for 6 weeks. Me and eye drops are not a good mix, but we will do the best we can.

Kathy came over and showered me, she was on her own.

Thursday, 18 August 2022


As some of you will know on the 27 July I was diagnosed with shingles on my scalp and in my left eye. So I am doing a post about shingles. I am improving but still have a lot of bloody pain

and find my eye waters like a dripping tap when trying to watch TV or use the computer. So I am doing things for a short period of time giving my eye a break. I have to see my optometrist asap to check the eye according to my GP.

Most cases of shingles last three to five weeks. The first sign is often burning or tingling pain; sometimes it includes numbness or itching on one side of the body. Somewhere between one and five days after the tingling or burning feeling on the skin, a red rash will appear.

A reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body, causing a painful rash.

Anyone who's had chickenpox may develop shingles. It isn't known what reactivates the virus.

Shingles causes a painful rash that may appear as a stripe of blisters on the torso. Pain can persist even after the rash is gone (this is called post-herpetic neuralgia).

Treatments include pain relief and antiviral medication such as aciclovir or valaciclovir. A chickenpox vaccine in childhood or a shingles vaccine as an adult can minimise the risk of developing shingles.

Generally shingles is not contagious, but a person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister phase. It's important to keep the rash covered. Most cases of shingles last 3-5 weeks. Most people get shingles only one time, but, it is possible to have it more than once.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022



Tuesday now so let's look at this weeks cleaver creature and it is the Mistletoe bird, this bird is the only one known to wipe its bottom on a branch after it has pooped.

It only eats the berries of the mistletoe plant they grow on the branches of other trees, so by wiping its poop which contains seeds on branches it is planting if you like more mistletoe.

The mistletoe bird, also known as the mistletoe flower pecker, is a species of flower pecker native to most of Australia and also to the eastern Maluku Islands of Indonesia in the Arafura Sea between Australia and New Guinea.