Thursday, October 27, 2011


Is it appropriate to run late and not notify people of your lateness?
Are you being selfish when you put what is best for you ahead of what is best for someone else?
Why do we tend to put others before ourselves if it will harm our self worth?
If we don't love ourselves how can we love others?
Does the sun come out every day for us?
Does the sun go down and the stars shine for me?
Do I deserve the best life has to offer me?
Is my time as important as yours?
Am I a priority or an option?
 Do I love my life?
Am I happy?
Do I get sad?
Do I miss people who are not in my life anymore?
Do I have regrets?
Are you one?
Am I strong?
Are you shocked at what I can do?
Have I grown as a person?
Am I proud?
Is the sun shining now?
Am I smiling?
Are you smiling?
Is everything going to be alright?
Is everything going to be great?
Do you look for the good in things?
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Do you like to drink a glass of milk?
Would it make you think of being a kid again?
Do you remember being a kid?
Do you hug people?
Would you like a hug?
Does laughing make you feel good?
Do you laugh enough?
Do you walk bare feet on the grass?
Do you sing in the shower?
Even if your voice isn't the greatest do you sing out loud?
Are you singing now?
Is it out loud or in your head?
What is your favorite memory at this moment?
Do you like ice cream with nuts and topping?
Do you like coke burps?
Do you like swimming?
Can life get too hard sometimes?
Do you  stop to prioritize yourself?
If birds were people would they sit and what TV at night instead of snuggling under each others wings?
If you could change the colors of the rainbow would you?
Is the smell of cut grass a good memory?
Can you sometimes smell it when it's going to rain?
Do you like that smell?
Do streams run or just enjoy the ride?
If streams had arms, would they raise them high when going fast and say WEEEEEEEEEE?
Am I crazy?
Do I care?
Do I feel good?
Am I smiling?
Do I love to have long showers?
Am I going to have one now?
La la la. La lala la...Hmmmm hmmm lalalala

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vege Patch

Last week we packed up Mum's unit for her to go into Costa House. There was so much to pack up and so many things to decide what was to be kept and by who. I have Mum's bed and whenever I need I can lay on it and feel close to her. I got her old sewing box that I can't remember not having in the old kitchen at Florence street whenever we needed to mend something. Also I have the old jug that Mum always had cordial made up in whenever we wanted a drink. They are some things that I am so proud to have. An old lolly tin with sewing needles. Who needs fancy containers when you can have an old tin, that is full of old needles and memories.
Anyway there was bit and pieces that were too good to get rid of but not something that anyone needed. One thing was Mum's TV until that Blacky (my brother Craig) had made many years ago out of Oregon from a pergola. It was a fantastic unit and the most solid piece of furniture ever but with TV's getting bigger the size was not quite appropriate for today's TV's. David thought it would make a great risen vege patch but I was a little concerned thinking that it was disrespectful of Blacky's work all those years ago.
When I went to Mum's the other night it was there and going to the op shop as no-one was having it. No way I was letting that happen so in the van it went and we took it home.
So now it's our vege box and hopefully in a couple of months I'll show you a photo of all our wonderful crop of vege's.

Monday, October 17, 2011


My Mum, where do I start.
This is a Photo at a family day at the You Yangs last year. Mum loves family time...

Well I'm starting at right now.
Yesterday we moved mum into Costa House in low level, low care. It was her decision to go and I'm so glad she did. It is so lovely over there and the staff are amazing.
She has been getting more and more confused over the past couple of months and with a couple of recent falls thought it was a good idea.
Donna my baby sister has been Mum's carer and it's a huge responsibility and I probably don 't know the half of it.
I am so very proud of her.
Donna at the same You Yangs day..
I have spoken to Don this morning and Mum had 6 hours straight sleep last night and that is very good for her. I feel that is a great start for her. 
Mum is a great mum. She had a tough start to life, giving up school to help care for her family when her Mum passed away, when she was only about 13 years for age. 
She married Dad, who already had Lorraine from his first marriage and went on to have 7 of her own children to raise. Then as the last of us got married, Dad went into Flinders Lodge with Motor Neurone Disease. 
She is always caring for someone and it's amazing to see that she still has an amazing heart and cares for and worries about everyone of her Children, Grand children and Great grand children.
Love you Mum. You are amazing. xxxx
Me, Mum & Donna at my fiftieth. Not the best of me & Don but best of us with Mum on the day.
This ones better of us but not of Mum. Had to publish both. Fairs fair.
Love you so much Don.. You are awesome.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Apple Blossom

On Thursday I was happily wandering around the garden and thought about the apple blossom. The tree is covered in blossom at the moment and it looks great. Proves that in my earlier blog about pruning we did okay.
I thought about the fact that things you can buy at fragrant apple blossom but I have never actually smelt it. It is so beautiful and naturally so sweet. It looks great and it also smells great.
This morning while walking around the garden again the breeze came across and as the blossom was falling I thought it may be what snow is like when falling.
Take some time while out and about if you see fruit tress with blossom to have a smell.
Don't we take some thing for granted. Really blossom comes and goes so quickly that we can't wait for the fruit, however without the blossom there wouldn't be any fruit.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Safety Warning

House work is a health hazard if not done in correct safety gear.
I love my Tefal Express Iron. It is one of the best house hold appliances I have bought in my adult life.
It cuts ironing time done and gives great results. I could sell these for a living, I love it that much.
Isn't it great.
Okay that being said, There is dangers to be had for not wearing safety gear such as pants and t shirts.
Underwear is a risk when it comes to high pressure steam irons. 
Unfortunately I speak through experience.
My Tummy
Yes, I was ironing in my underwear and I did burn my tummy. May not look that bad to you but if it was on your tummy you'd think it was bad.
Lesson to self "wear protective clothing when ironing".

Thursday, October 6, 2011


R & R, Relax and Redo.
I know it's not what everyone thinks when they hear R&R but yesterday I was going to go to Werribee Zoo with friend, however poor, poor Sand was feeling poorly and so we have postponed our visit to see the animals.
Okay, so since we've been at Lethbridge there are a few things that I still haven't been able to lay hands on and I decided to spend some time looking for my rotary cutter so I can start the quilt for Baby Anderson.
I went through some drawers, then one thing led to another and before you know it I was in the front bedroom rearranging.
We have had our clothes in the wardrobes in the front room since we moved in and hopefully it won't be long before we have our friend April visiting from the Philippines.
That said, we had 4 old wardrobes in the front room and the back room was supposed to be where we have our clothes. We already had 1 wardrobe in the back room so it seamed quite easy a solution. Wrong.
First thing first, get our clothes out of the front room. then get the wardrobes out of the front room, all except one to stay there for use.
Well, 1 old chook (me) and furniture to be moved, makes for fun. I nearly gave up at one stage thinking I'd wait for David to come home, then I became determined to have it finished to show him.
It would have been so good to have it recorded to look back at and laugh at my moving skills but it's not so use your imagination. I must say, I puffed and panted and pushed and pulled and got it all done. Went out to the garage and got the bed and put it together and now instead of a storage room we have a spare room just waiting for April to arrive. 

Now that is the story of the redo and now that relax.
Last night after a busy day of redoing, I felt so wonderfully relaxed.
It was an amazing day. I was by my self, at home all day, doing what I want and even though there were a few though nearly give up moments I felt so relaxed at the end of the day.
I love my home very much and am so blessed to have this place of comfort and peace to call our own.

Oh, by the way I didn't find my roatry cutter. Maybe today, I don't start work til 1pm.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Barista Competition

Last night I competed in the Madcap Barista Competition.
I was so nervous and it's ridiculous because it's what we do every day.
In the morning, well around lunch time, I went with Estelle to Kakaloka in Melbourne to see the company and meet with Nadine Norman who is the 2011 Danes Gourmet Barista Champion. It was amazing to meet her and get training and tips from her. A truly beautiful young lady.

Then in the evening I went to Madcap Geelong to compete against my work team. It was so good to just have a go.
Anthony Cheeseman
and Nadine were the judges and we won't find out for 3 weeks, who the 3 are from Geelong cafe who will go on to compete against the other Madcap cafe winners from Fountain Gate and Dandenong.
I feel so privileged to work somewhere so inspiring and encouraging in all aspects. It doesn't matter if you win or not it's just the chance you get to try to improve on your every day skills in making excellent coffee.
I am so greatful to work for Madcap. The opportunity to go to a great place to work make great food and coffee and support people who need the opportunity to be trained to get back into the work force after being out due to mental health is just a blessing.

4 x Single Espresso shots
4 x Latte
4 x Cappuccino 
All in ten minutes.
Made it with 10 seconds to spare.