20/5/2012 A mother is a gift on loan to us she brings us onto this earth nurtures feeds and loves us In time she leaves us but she is in us we are her dna and though we cannot see her she stays with us forever
From the frozen north they came. Maybe on the same jet in the same bag in the hold. Certainly in the same bag on the postie’s motorbike because he rode it right up to the front door! 25C already on the outdoor thermometer in the shade by the front door at 10.40am. Up to 40CContinue reading “When Scots Send Me Xmas Cards”
6am. Been awake with fibro/ligament and connective tissue pain so must get up and moving. Might as well give this a go for brekky. Death by cholesterol! Might as well add bacon. https://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/potato-cakes-fried-egg-hollandaise/264ceaa1-ccbf-4164-9cbc-b138714f4afc And here is the low vision, been awake since 4am version. Couldnt’t stand up long enough to stir a proper Hollondase sauce,Continue reading “Potato cakes with fried egg and hollandaise – Recipes – delicious.com.au”
He may be in his eighties, but Narla long-time resident, Frank O’Grady, likes to keep busy. With his wife Jenny, they are responsible for creating and looking after some of the nicest parts of the village gardens. The fountain is located next to the rotunda, and had been unused until recently when the pump wasContinue reading “Volunteer of the Year? – Village Life”
This would beat the hell out of the usual boring quiz at the village Xmas Party!
up in the village Hall library, lying open on a table was this book containing a photograph. Inside was a lot of pencil writing on the fly leaf that I could not read but it must have meant something to someone. We will never know. Next to it was a pile of magazines called ‘Peoples’Continue reading “Digital Wont Do This”
Just waiting to get a call from the estate manager asking why the heck my former flatmate,Angela, and I were spray painting a couple of bedside cabinets out in the communal garden on a Sunday afternoon. All I can tell you is that we won’t be doing it again but I’m rather pleased with theContinue reading “Village Life – Ssh don’t tell the neighbours!”
8.01am Just caught myself sitting on the edge of the bed, finger poised over the phone screen, watching the seconds tick down till 8am, when the Medisafe alert will pop up with its maddening jingle that cant be ignored. 8am Up flashes the blue screen with the aqua button I have to tap to stopContinue reading “Bit of a worry?”
Ive been up for hours writing. The idea came from a post on the blog called The Wee Writing Lassie, who has just become a follower of my site. Her blog featured a quote by Ailish Sinclair (we are all three Scottish writers) that unblocked the obstacle holding up A Door Slams. I had gotContinue reading “Synchronicity – again and again”
There is so much smoke and pollution thickly in the air, that according to BOM – the Bureau of Meteorology, it is showing on the Radar as cloud, but no rain in sight, unfortunately. Even my son, wo is pretty practical, remarked on how eery it was to look outside the store and see theContinue reading “Bushfires Everywhere”
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The mini-Santas and some ,angels have flown in to join Nigel and Effie. Things are livening up! I will take a better pic for sure once they settle down lol. Meanwhile outside the pollution from the bushfires is quite toxic so I am stuck inside, as we have been warned to do. You can seeContinue reading “Elf Update”
It has been hot enough to crack your concrete, crackle your varnish and pimple your paint, so they have moved indoors to party with the Santas.
What to give my sons in their forties if its not a JB Hifi always welcome gift card. Then I saw the very Aussie humorous advertising on the Knobby’s hugely successful website. It had their email address. I had an idea! And before you scoff I got a Distinction at the University of Newcastle forContinue reading “Xmas Shopping All Done Online and in Bed But”
Reminds me that the Parkes Elvis Festival is coming up soon.
The strangest thing about having such a comfy new bed is that I am actually spending less time in it! That is because I am waking so rested, more often, and in less pain, that I am much more active. Then when I have overdone it, as is my wont, at least I can getContinue reading “Bed Wars – Living Happily Ever After”
(Sequal to Bed Wars – Lliving Happily Ever After Reached out in the night and grabbed the remote to level my adjustable bed so I could get out from my comfy ‘zero gravity’ position (like a hammock). Nothing happened on the usual count to four, when it usually whirs quietly and the various hydraulics levelContinue reading “It Had To Happen”
click here for my Youtube video Ive uploaded this to Youtube because it loads more easily. I couldnt get it to pick up the baubles, or the chandelier, and the mozzies were biting me. Please hit the like button if you go there.
5.52am Got up to open the front door wide (we also have security screen doors) and let some fresh morning air in. Wrong move! Within minutes my throat was itching, I was coughing with the irritation and my nose is running. The whole state of NSW is blanketed by bushfire smoke haze and it burnsContinue reading “Bushfires Everywhere”
Will come back and edit later, when I have caught up on my sleep! This took place between 2am and 5am today After taking hours using the Woolies site it asked for my card no which meant getting up so I left my virtual trolley in the aisle and reordered most of my usuals fromContinue reading “Did I say Online grocery Shopping Was Easy?”
It may be viewed as very uncouth, but after a hot sticky day, sitting on the chair in the shower alcove with one’s aching ankle and hot feet soaking in abowl of cool water with potassium salts added is a very healing experience. Aaaaah! What is really stupid, however, is taking the tablet in withContinue reading “Uncouth But Cool”
These are the kind of art projects you can do using a tablet up close when your vision is going. I no longer paint portraits, but I take photos all the time so I can look at them up close later or anytime and see the small details. Currently that are 2300 pics from theContinue reading “Eyes and Art”
https://portstephenskoalas.com.au/donate/ Here is the link to help save our endangered national emblem. So much of their habitat has burned down in the past few days.
In fact, I have been waking so pain-free and energised I havent had time to stop and tell you! I’ve been getting lots done, spring-cleaned for Xmas (massive giveaway of stuff), entertained visitors, been out to lunch, and actually having a god time! And all because my new adjustable bed has arrived. It is (auseContinue reading “My New Adjustable bed is a Life-Changer!”
Just as I was writing the follow-up to my friend Naomi Allen’s headshave event, the news announced that raging bushfires had reached the little town where she and her family lives! I nearly died with shock. I knew she hadn’t been well that morning. ‘The boys were very scared’ was a bit of an understatementContinue reading “She Really Did It!”
Haven’t done any upcycling for a while, but my lamp switch was getting a bit flickery, while the birdfeeder was getting rusty. so I consulted my good neighbour, Frank, through his ‘manager’, wife Jenny, about the feasibility of combining both into a garden ornament, and this was the result. Whole thing would not have takenContinue reading “Something from Nothing – Upcycled Garden Feature”
While the bushfires are raging and getting closer, and the news is full of terrifying footage, my new bed arrived. Three days ahead of schedule, because the bushfires all over the state are closing roads and making all normal deliveries impossible. Fortunately Captain Snooze lives only minutes away at Bennetts Green. If only I hadContinue reading “Bed Wars – The Sequel”
NNot a good time to live among trees! The lady in the neurologist’s surgery said her father in Yappoon had heard the fire roaring down the gully and it had just got to his house when the Rural Fire Service arrived in their engine and saved him. Today is supposed to our turn with 37CContinue reading “Bushfires Everywhere”
Well that is not going to help our Tuesday relaxation Therapy session with flames burning all around us. My hose is ready and working. I will sweep up the highly inflammable eucalyptus leaves that keep blowing over from the huge gum tree. It is due for removal since it has reached the end of itsContinue reading “Rural Fire Service says”
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Here in Australia we are very fond of the UK Royals, especially Prince Harry and his new wife, Meghan. There has been a bit of a hiccup since they got married and had baby Archie. We did expect they would ‘share the love’ and wave the new baby in front of us for a quickContinue reading “Invitation to Harry and Meghan”
I have been sending copies of my Bed Wars emails to my local MP, Pat Conroy to voice my frustration at the system. I have also forwarded on to him two emails I received from two women made homeless, each by putting a loved one into Aged Care and now coincidentally he has organised aContinue reading “Oldies Get a Voice”
The empty plate says it all! My new. special easy-grip cutlery looks awful and cost $75 for a 4-piece one,-person setting but I just tried it and iiit works! Also good for those with arthitis.
I live in New SouthWales, Australia, about 1.1/2 hours. drive north from Sydney along the expressway.(Interestingly it usually takes a storm 3 hours later to reach us). It’s not the same with tsunamis f course. NSW is a huge area. Just below the bulge on the right-hand side of the map – the east coast.Continue reading “Tsunami Map – Scary Stuff”
Dear Diary, I have deleted my Bed Wars posts because I dont want to look back on how emotional and overwhelmed – and alone the whole scenario made me feel. It has brought home the obvious, that Parkies is beginning to win in its relentless progression and insidious takeover, of my mind especially. The physicalContinue reading “My New Bed Comes Next Week”
I’m hating this old person thing, buying all these aids, such as a deep sided dinner plate, but I do love my new bathroom chair in the shower. Quite expensive through my Occupational Therapist, but there now case of those split- second blackouts I have now and then. My bathroom is tiny but easy-clean lowContinue reading “Musical Bathroom Chairs”
All hands on deck at Coles Westfield Kotara on Thursday 31/10/2019 when a water leak found its way found its way along the decorative gold flashing at the shop entrance. “It look like those icicle Xmas decorations melting!” quipped one bystander, but the fast-flowing wster (best seen against the fluorescent lighting) looked to be fallingContinue reading “Bit of Excitement”
along the way as a blog writer you become interactive with some followers. They become riends, and when you write, you write with them in mind. Mandy is one of these. Her tantalising insights on her own blog into her troubled (to put it mildly)youth always left me hanging, wanting to know more. She isContinue reading “Mandy, how are you?”
Writing this waiting for yet another eye injection at Kotara. Tomorrow is another fitting for my $1400 denture (2 teeth) at Warners Bay. Still Wed the podiatrist Thursday is the Hearing Clinic at Kotara to replace my lost hearing aid (they wont stay in). Friday my helper comes for an hour and a half ttoContinue reading “All Fun This Week”
AS IT HAPPENS: Lightening flashes thunder crashes A mailed fist beats upon my green steel roof Frankie growls my brave protector its ok not to worry pretending hard to be aloof this time the storm is all above us all around us the phone screen tingles as I type this out not to fear forContinue reading “Storm 4 years ago”
Well done Adrian Matthiasson!While I loved and embraced many modern advantages I objected to some and like everyone was kept in the dark about the bad effects. Once those were made known I did my bit – but not enough – to offset or change. Now I am saving water, recycling batteries, using much lessContinue reading “WOOHOO – We Oldies fight back!”
Further to my original post . So pleased to see Damon Cronshaw of The Newcastle Herald has followed up on my lead and published Braxton’s heartwrenching story today (link above.) Hope people from all over he world can donate to her fundraiser. https://aaafhairdonation.gofundraise.com.au/page/NaomiAllen#
There are a A few little known facts from this story on the internet, which appears to be a compilation of other information. What interests me is, as I have always known, some photos of Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie showing she was blonde and also his grandson who has a distinct resemblance to Elvis. IContinue reading “Elvis Was Blonde!”
For all of you who complain that smartphones are a waste of time, here is the answer, $99 plus postage (take tthat $1400 iphone.) The young staff think it is a new idea and it is being rolled out as that for the Nokia diehards. It even has a camera, loud speaker (not loudspeaker soContinue reading “Hooray, An Unsmart Phone”
Two and a bit years into making my courtyard garden, and I have been moving out on to the outside of the fence. I was just looking out here in Australia and comparing our bushland setting with the very pleasant gardens I used to visit at Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, England. The photos I tookContinue reading “Expanding My Empire”
I left before the fight started. Photo from the wine education talk and tasting by Superior Vineyards Pty Limited in our Village Hall on a rainy Saturday afternoon that drew about 24 residents who sampled a good range of Australian wines from around the continent. I would ike to say a wild party with raucousContinue reading “VILLAGE LIFE-Wine Tasting”
Good story from The HeraldThis was my pharmacy when I lived on The Hill and also for the special cocaine eye drops I had to get made up with the prescription from my eye specialist (great stuff!) for my macular degeneration eye injections back then. He always was nice and I loved his umbrellas hangingContinue reading “My Favourite Pharmacist is retiring”
I am so sick of pain Pain of the heart Pain of the mind Pain of the body That pain which makes forgetfulness so hard to achieve With movement comes oblivion To pain of the mind Distractions are everywhere if one can get to them Pain of the heart can 0only be eased with timeContinue reading “PAIN – my poem”
https://tomenglisheswar.wordpress.com This is the start, but it isnt up and running yet. Just tweaking the layout takes time, before I add my accumulated data but this should lead you to my current introduction Main Page and Menu as supplied y WordPress. Nope it doesnt go to my About paged right now, I have to rememberContinue reading “Tom English’s War”
I dont know about you, but dealing with these robot pretend chat customer relations people online “does me ‘ead in” but once you get past it can be marginally better than hanging on the phone forever. Having said that, my medical fund staff and service at NIB Medical Fund are always great, but it wasContinue reading “A Helpful Medical Fund NIB”
Ive got a bit weird with my gardening, because I find the things I am doing are using the kind of stretching movements that are recommended for us with Parkies. So I have been moving things about. Hope this slideshow works for you. I keep taking photos, not only as a record of changes, butContinue reading “Garden Update”
Planting these is not for the vision impaired or less dexterous. Trust me! These little kits came free with my Woolworths online shopping order yesterday. 1 per $30 (it was a small order this time). Since we dont keep (or even ncourage lol – no I’m joking) small children in our village, my inner childContinue reading “Gardening is Kids Play”
Just heard from Harris Farms, the fresh food barns people: IMPERFECT PICKS is our seasonal range of fruit and vegetables that might not look perfect from the outside, but are as perfect as ever on the inside. IMPERFECT PICKS helps reduce the astonishing statistic that 25% of farmers crops currently never leave the farm gateContinue reading “Good Sense With Veg and Fruit”
I have this special teddy Its not a furry teddy, its specially made in the Shetland Isles as a collectable and is made of special machine-nitted knitted lace. Cost about $130. I got my grandaughters little matching ones made out of recycled knitted Fair Isle jumpers to go with mine, but they are too oldContinue reading “An Unfurry Bear”
Just when I am weaning off chocolate with sugar -free lollies Harris Farms puts this recipe on facebook! But fruit is healthy, right? Also, I am pretty sure mango is one of those foods that is good for Parkinsons. Speaking of which, it doesn’t contain jelly so wont end up all over the table haContinue reading “A Mere Trifle”
A week since my meds were changed and what an awful week it was but this is day 2 off Xadine and I slept from 2.30am to 7.30am, got up, stripped the bed and had the washing on the line and was taking a break on the settee with the heat massage blanket soothing myContinue reading “Pizza Night”
Woke up from nightmare with the highest blood pressure ever 156/97 and it kept saying that so I thought the machine was broken. I made my appointment yesterday for the doctor just to discuss this medication and when I ask the nurse to check and it was still 152/92. I have been across to McDonald’sContinue reading “Xadago -Day 6 Wed Morning”
Including overspending in the Reject Shop! You know, that bargain shop you pop into because it is the only place to find those microfiber cleaning cloths with the mesh on the other side for scrubbing and only $2. then $41 later you come out with a pile of stuff that you didn’t know you reallyContinue reading “Day 7 – without Data to-Back to Abnormal”
Dictated outside suuurgery while waiting for taxi. It doesnt cope with my Scottish accent. Apologies but cant face correcting it right now. See if you can make some sene of it!. Woke up with the highest blood pressure ever 156/97 and it kept saying that so I thought the machine was broken. I made myContinue reading “Xadago Day 6 wed afternoon – going off med”
One important thing I should mention. Lack of anger restraint. Ive just got myself into bother on fb! First I actually trolled (first time I think), one of these females who seem to spend their lives having their lips plumped, then sitting in front of a camera being inane. It was one of those unsolicitedContinue reading “Still Day 5 Tues – feeling very ill”
Although I avoid too much knowledge about what may come – because it may not – it seems I am reasonably well up on things and doing well when you look at how I was three ears ago. Even the doc in UK had noticed my ‘frozen face and mentioned Parkies 6 years ago. WhenContinue reading “Xadago – Day 5”
Started off very sluggish and opted out of shopping. It poured which is great. Got outside and Potted up two new geraniums under shelter then a tomato plant plus my pink spiky cutting. The olive trees have flowers. Used my walker for support and afety. Gardening is always very painful but cant top entirely! HadContinue reading “Xadago – Day 4”
Friday:First day had my carer worried. Very weak. Got blood pressure monitor through chemist. Friend came to visit and had livened up enough to make pastry for meat and potato pie by 6.30pm. Watched new dvd with visitor. Usual arthritis discomfort while seated. Still usual sleep pattern: wake abt 2am-4am.. Go back to sleep withContinue reading “Xadago Day 3”
Please donate here I have known this little boy’s amazing mother since she was wheeling her dolls around aged six! She and her partner Nikki, have three gorgeous and lively little boys. Despite a broken hand, Nay still took them camping two weks ago and they had the best time. There is nothing this coupleContinue reading “My Little Superhero and His Mum”
Must get new tweezers lol I’ve stolen and cropped this so-cute photo taken by my good friend Karen Ractcliffe of the Ractcliffe Review web page because it is so much fun! See Karen’s pictorial of their day out at the Tanglin Lodge Alpaca Centre.See more alpacas in Karen’s story here
Note: haven’t edited the typos at this stage: Safinamide – Common side effects of Xadago include: abnormal movements (dyskinesia), falls, nausea, insomnia, dizziness upon standing, anxiety, cough, indigestion, hallucinations Common Side Effects of Xadago (Safinamide Tablets Well this could be interesting, and I will definitely be wearing my medicalarm pendant today and not goiñg anywhere.Continue reading “well Here Goes ‐ Xadago”
Well this should be interesting. I am waiting for the delivery of my new medication Webster pack – that little square piece of cardboard with lots of bubbles in it containing tablets for all times of the day. I was about to write about being on the next stage of Parkinson’s which is a bitContinue reading “Waiting”
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This is a copy of a text I have just sent my long-suffering son: This could be interesting the neurologist has changed my tablets and the side effects can be hallucinations and palpitations so I wonder if you will notice the difference haha. Just an early warning as I will start them on my birthday.Continue reading “New medications”
My eldest son and I have our birthdays a week apart and this year it was his 50th though he didn’t want a fuss. We like to have a lunch together between the two birthdays if he is working on the day. We couldn’t decide where we should go locally that wouldn’t be too crowdedContinue reading “Birthday Outing”
Check out Medisafe – pill reminder and medication management. Get it now http://bit.ly/getmdsf I have been trying the free version of this for a week now and it has got me back on track. A bell tone rings on time, then every few minutes till I click that I have taken that dose, plus itContinue reading “Medisafe helps me take my meds on time. Try it out now!”
I will start before the beginning. Yesterday I went to the doctor because of all that has been happening and she said it all related to Parkinson’s which was not good as I seem to be regressing . She ďiď a few checks and found my blood pressure was very low 90/something insteadof 120-140/70-80 asContinue reading “Now that was Wierd”
My lovely friend has gone. This photo was the last time we met up. 2013 at Beĺmònt 16’s on the water. Sue moved to the South Coast ìn search òf a better life. I moved back to UK to help my elderly parents, and was gone 8 years. We kept in touch through mutual friendsContinue reading “For Gareth from Sue”
Will have to send a notice to head office of our village saying “If It aint broke dont fix it.” I mentioned my sadness at our little loyal weekly garden team bbeing ‘given the boot’ (fired) or Wellington in this case for what reason I don’t know because they did get things done quietly. oContinue reading “When modernisation fails”
When even dictation goes awry and has the Parkinsoons jitters! Will start something new elsewhere: Great excitement not but it is the monthly birthday bash up at the hall and I am one of the participants this mmonthso will have to go and suffer through the quiz to get to my to get to myContinue reading “Village Life continued”
Feeling worse. Maybe backache isnt just arthritis ince helper had backache and was coming down with something and mine has been sore since then above the usual arthritis and I havent been myself all week. My shoulders ache ab y neck but my hip pain wont let me rest. I will drink plenty of waterContinue reading “Saturday Afternoon”
Delightful and inspirational This short ideo of David Owen age 91 getting a surprise chance to sing to a theatre audience had me in happy tears and inspired to have a karioke fternoon at least!
The things you do when you cant sleep! My app for my photos came up with this combinatiion of 4 fun poses taken by the lake after the ooptometrist and shopping with my helper. Nte to self: wear eye makeup.
Got my sense of humour back!
https://www.michaeljfox.org/news/depression-anxiety Trying the new frames. Very similar to old frames Now my Parkinsons meds are losing their potency both depresion and anxiety are creeping in but I went to my eye test on my own today. My vision is deteriorating again so I ordered new spectacles. $550 though only one lense can be seen through.Continue reading “Depression and Anxiety”
For the record: Sorry but things are not feeling too good at the moment and I feel like I am the energizer bunny advertisement whose battery keeps running down. The latest developments, that others with Parkinsons have mentioned too, is that the tendons in my feet are being pulled shorter and my toes are turningContinue reading “Health Update”
watch video Obviously left her hearing aid at home ànd was waiting for Englebert to come on. When I went to Motley Crew in Sydney at least I wore black jeans and a black satin bomber jacket. This lady is wearing beige for Heaven’s sake! Talk about letting the side down.
Link to Michael .McIntyre – comedian So true. My appointment is at 12. I turned up in time for my appointment at noon yesterday o to find the optometrist knew nothing about it. But I had received a text saying I was due to make an appointment, so I rang the number on the textContinue reading “Eyetest With Michael McIntire”
As water restrictions begin and the hotter weather comes, my African daisy seeds have sprouted – success at last! The chandelier has survived the wild weekend winds, and I am trying the camera on the new tablet. Contrasting leaves make the plants easier to see.
Just been watching Kevin Bridges (Scottish comedian) on Youtube. Love getting back to Scottish humour, since I grew up in Ayr, on the west coast of Scotland. Kev was talking about people translating him from Scottish into English, something I still encounter here in Australia. He was hilarious, especially telling about learning to speak SpanishContinue reading “Thspeaking Thpanish”
Letter to The .Editor: Hi Damon, if and when the construction of the proposed new Ikea store on the new Boolaroo site comes to fruition, will the new building arrive in one giant flat pack with a sheet of instructions and an allen key? Regards, Eunice. Child’s play: the latest self-assembly hall table from KMartContinue reading “Tiny House Living – Nearly”
You know that moment when you are in the supermarket aisle and you know there is something missing in the fridge that you were going to replace, but can’t remember? Or you wonder which vegetables you wanted and you wish you could just ring your fridge and ask it to tell you? Well now youContinue reading “A Fridge That Does Your Shopping”
Posted on Facebook, this photo reminded ne of a dear friend: Had a friend who always stuck her diamond earrings into her mattress under her pillow before she went to sleep every night. Then she stayed at a friend’s place. The friend had one of those water beds. Need I say more?
Australia has many unique animals. Our family used to love visiting the Reptile Park, especially Eric the huge crocodile. You dont need to worry about the snakes there. They help provide anti-venom that goes out to save lives. heck them, and everything from cute koalas and huge hairy spider to baby Tasmanian Devils out atContinue reading “Take the Grandchildren!”
Developers proposal Hello Damon, I’ve said it before but does this council have massive shares in a concrete company to be so insistent on spreading it across Newcastle? The new plans for the former bus depot by the Foreshore are nothing less than awful. What used to be a lovely, happy, green area for childrenContinue reading “Tilting at Windmills – letter to newspaper”