Musical Bathroom Chairs

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.

Simple but effective
Adjustable hand- held or fixed hose works well with he shower seat
Add a clear acrylic long-handled back brush (hanging from tap). Plus a strong double-length grab rail on the wall for safety

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 low maintenance. No room to swing a cat (pets not allowed). This is the second bathroom chair. The first nearly shot me on to the floor like a slippery dip when wet! Extremely dangerous. The company dont usually accept the return of used goods (I had only tried it once), but they decided the risk of accident and repercussions was not worth it and rang to offer an alternative.

Actually the tall and burly youngish man and I ended up having a good laugh as we tried squeezing nto spaces while we passed each other several times trying to adjust the seat height. I hope the neighbours weren’t listening, now I recall our dialogue relating to the chair, ending with “Yes that feels great. Thank you.”

So I can really recommend a shower chair. It is just lovely to take the weight off and let lovely warm water cascade gently over to ease the muscles while washing with lovely scented shower gel. How I miss no longer being able to use a bath, but this comes close.

A Fridge That Does Your Shopping

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 you can!

My son was telling me about the latest fridge that you can look up on your smartphone app which connects with a camera inside your fridge and you can actually stand in the supermarket and see what you’ll need. I kid-you-not!

Not only that it’s has a screen on the door that you can use to bring up a recipe to cook, or call up children’s school program and see whether you should be planning something. The the options appear endless because it links online as a cmputer.

You you can be playing music, or watching a movie, catching the quiz on tv or possiblySkyping family overseas so they can watch you cook.

It even keps food cold and fresh, or frozen! Who would have thought it!

I thought my son must be kidding so I looked it up on Google and here it is. In JB Hifi at Kotara, right on my doorstep. This I have got to try.

He then started to tell me about a fridge that you could change around so that one side could be a freezer when you had a lot of frozen items or you could make that the chilling ing side instead and the other side could be the freezer, just by fkickng a switch, but my head just wouldn’t go there.

I used to think having a fridge that made ice cubes in the door was the Bees knees but this refrigerator they call a Family Hub takes the biscuit – and the ice cream, pardon the pantry pun. Oh crumbs.

PS. The style is called a French Door Fridge, and I was going to say ‘but I bet it doesnt speak French, ha ha’, but then I thought that with Google translate it probably does. Bloomin’ eck.

Forgotten whats in your fridge? Look on your smartphone! Click pic for more details on website

Balloons and Tristan the Twister

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How lovely must it be to have a Daddy who is a magician! Daisy and Willow could tell you.

I came across these photos taken years ago when I first met my magic young friend, Tristan the Twiister, or Tristan Stothard. He was entertaining at The Lockeeper during lunch, blowing and twisting bright balloons into all sorts of recognisable shapes, shown in the slideshow.

When my craft shed was erected in the corner of the garden, one of the neighbours said it was like Downton Abbey and needed a Grand Opening. So Eunton Abbey began! But that is another story.

click to visit his website
Tristan and his balloon Union Jack

I sent an invite for help to Tristan who arrived with his lovely daughter, Daisy. He went to work and made me a balloon Union Jack to hang across my stable door.

Then he made grande chapeaus (my French is tres terrible) for my garden party guests. All wonderfully pretentious!

Despite all the merriment, the magician seemed lonely.

Soon after my event Tristan met his new wife and soulmate, Emma,, who totally encourages him in all this wonderful madness, and, as if by magic, along came Willow.

Tristan also made some wedding flowers from balloons to accompany a framed poem I was giving the couple. They were a great hit and lasted longer than real flowers!

Soon after I came back to my family in Australia. In meeting my very kind magician friend at a low point of my life, following the passing within months of my Mum and Dad, those balloons lifted my spirits and left brightness iin my mind that stays in one corner forever.

Tristann is on FacebookLink to facebook page

An Easy and Fun (Free) App for Photos and Videos

I have reached the stage where I am up to my ears (new headphones) in technology but I have found a (previously recommended somewhere) little free app at Google Play Store by Movavi.com that starts by showing you how to edit bits of videos or add photos, then it is fairly easy to follow the icons to add sound you choose from your files to compile.

My first effort took literally minutes. I needed to send some music I had recorded during our lake cruise to the musician. I did that next, including video. Very basic but job done. I have since deleted that version. Good practice though.

You could happily spend hours putting together family photos with some transitions, titles, music.

The free Movavi Video Editor trial let me put together video with photos and animation and I was able to add a pice of music. Once saved it seems I cant go back but for a free basic user-friendly programme I am very pleased. With the programme if not my trial instant video that I have included below.

Upgrade in Australia by Paypal is approx $39.95 US dollars plus optional insurance (approx $9.95) Videos can be edited and uploaded straight to YouTube though the uploading can take a while but looks after itself.

As a way of keeping distant family and friends in touch visually it is very handy. Just dont try to get too clever at first. I tried to move too much around and got confused but it was easy to start over.

As soon as my new computer is delivered and set up (oh dear it has Windows 10), I am going to invest in the upgraded Movavi Video Editor to combine my old photos and video clips. Even with limited vision, by running my new HP computer through the big tv screen I can link together my many older photos into more interesting viewing.

click on pic to go to Movavi for more info
My very basic first attempt. Photos only. Click on pic to go to Youtube

Does Retail Therapy Kill Pain?

Well that got your attention! I did find the most wonderful bag today which has been made locally in Belmont and was so nice and well done with lots of inside pockets and the smell of leather that it simply had to come home with me.

At the time I felt no pain apart from a little twinge of guilt that it was too expensive, but then it was 30% off so that made it a bargain, right? Retail logic beats financial restraint every time.

silk and leather bag by Which Bag?

Ive been looking for a bag that will fit upright into the basket of my Harley – rollator with a flap that comes down over the front to prevent pilfering. Tick. It slides into the front basket easily. Tick. Wont keep tumbling off like my silver leather backpack did. Tick. The strap reaches round the handlebar to hold on to. Double tick. Bright enough to find easily, and it makes me feel good. Lots of ticks.

Funny how a new handbag can make a girl feel special.

And it is perfect to take on my Xmas in July lake cruise on Tuesday.

Well Merry Christmas to me!

Sheryl Keating and Brooke Galea are the designers and makers of each individual bag. Here is some detail from their Facebook sales site.


Float Your Boat

On Saturday evening Angela and I set off for the yacht club nearby to bag a good spot for watching the Float Your Boat Parade, a Lake Macquarie Council initiative. To give them credit they do try, and the event was a big success, with people travelling from as far as Singleton,87 kilometres up the Hunter Valley to view the spectacle

The flotilla of led light decorated boats was due to set sail this night at 6pm, so we found two surprisingly comfy outdoor chairs on the outside deck

and waited, and waited. It was so nice to be out in the evening for a change.

On checking the itinerary we learned the float-by was not due at our part of this big lake of many bays until after 8pm so we enjoyed a really tasty roast lamb dinner out on the deck in quite balmy air that was only just taking on a chill.

The water was very calm, reflecting all the lights around the lake’s edge.

The effect of the architect’s design is to feel as though one is sitting on the deck of an ocean-going luxury liner.

My better photos have to be uploaded from my ipad but these give an inkling of the bright colours of the shark, dinosaur, pineapple, red stilletto shoe, and sinking Titanic as they passed, then returned closer to give us a good look.

That was enough excitement for one day so we came home and tried casting our photos to my tv to see what we had taken on our phone cameras.