Watch “Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi) Cover by Cory and Allison” on YouTube

I am blown away by the sound these

two create together online even though it seems

they are not in the same place, or even the same town.

Amazepots!

Check them out from the link (click on the pic) and tell me what you think on the comments below.

I will see pwhat I can learn about this talent phenomenon and Corey and Allison. Hope Cory’s lovely wife wont mind! Something to do on Australia Day when the heat and humidity are way above normal and the nearest bushfire threat is under control 9km away.

My part of NSW Australia

Merry Xmas to Mee!

Isnt this the most beautiful thing?! Designed and made in Sydney, Australia, by Sheryl and Brooke of WHICH BAGS, to fit in the front bag of my rollator. I am absolutely wrapt with it!

Each item is carefully hand-made, so I requested a large makeup bag for my Dance Mom daughter-in-law in this dance fabric.

for my dancer grandaughter they had this embroidered denim number with internal pockets which will hold lots of stuff for rehearsal nights.

The ‘Harley’ rollator next to a huge scoter

And finally, with specially done machine embroidery is the wedding makeup bag for my lovely home physiotherapist, Nicola. Each visit I get an update on the arrangements for what is going to be a fabulous and romantic special occasional. There will be no last minute panic trying to find Which Bag belongs to the bride!

Finally, my 18-year old Beautiful and elegant older Grandaughter is receiving her Xmas money folded into this cute change purse made by Sheryl. (both she and my grandson’s girlfriend were very pleased with them

What a very stress-free way to do my Christmas shopping, especially since I included something beautiful but very usefull for myself! That is called therapy.

Baby Archie is Wearing our Ugg Boots!

Here in Australia we were so proud to see baby Archie wearing the tiny sheepskin boots given to him by retired Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on our behalf. Called Ugg boots here for as long as I remember (although there has been a legal challenge to the brand name from outside the country) they are made here in the Hunter Valley and they are the softest cosiest things you can put on your feet, so no wonder Archie looks comfy. His tiny toes would be toastie warm!The photo was taken by his Mother, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Ugg boots are an Aussie icon. Worn by both men and women, indoors or out, they are the nearest thing i can think of to an adult ssecurity blanket! At the end of a long day I would pull on my soft grey original-style ones, feel my toes sink into the soft fleece and sigh as the world slipped away. Sadly, I lost that pair to my teenage son but how could I as a mother deprive him of such a source of comfort? As Aussies we do have an emotional attachment to them, in the country or city.

See the Ugg boots factory website The Mortels website describes itself thus:

Mortels manufacturing base is located at Thornton, and they retail their locally manufactured product from showrooms in both Thornton and Warners Bay. Mortels only distribute in Australia through their own retail outlets to preserve their brand and the quality of Australian manufacturing. They also offer a large range of their products through their website, direct sales to local, national and international customers. Mortels sheepskins are specially selected from Australian grown sheep….

Oops I didnt intend to copy all the above, but this is such an Australian local no-hype company and I have really enjoyed wearing their products. It includes the style of boots Archie is swearing, so now you know where to get them!

Photo courtesy of Mortels web site


Name Dropping: Sir Peter Cosgrove – retired Australian Governor General.

I met Sir Peter early on in his military career in the 1970’s when he was an officer at the Singleton Army base and I was involved in local tourism.

‘A real man’s man’, as they say, totally involved in the running of a busy training camp and the welfare of his troops. A no-nonsence kind of person, got to the point. Got it done.

My connection was through the Army museum on the camp. I remember having a short but interesting conversation about what they were training to defend us from, since Australia seemed a very safe continent. That was a real eye-opener!

He managed to keep the local town of Singleton onside, despite our houses being constantly rattled by the Army’s bombing and shelling practice. He had the total respect of his troops. He and his wife, Lynne Cosgrove were very popular at social eevents.

He has gone from strength to strength but I haven’t followed his career until he appeared on the news doing a good job as our Governor General and the only person I know who could keep this current bunch of politicians in line.

Even back in the 1970’s Sir Peter had a presence, and he is one of the few people of whom I have ever stood in awe.Biography

Get in line girls He’s mine!

From the Topics column Newcastle Herald

Tucked away at the bottom of the Topics column today was a snippet that made my day. Mr D’Arcy and his wife have finally separated. Whoopee!At last he can be mine! Cutting back on chocs and Christmas pud immediately. Never mind a New Year Resolution. What better incentive go hit the gym and finally start the diet. And no I am not sorry for the former Mrs Colin Firth, (the actor who played Mr D’Arcy so succesfully in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. No female forgets his wet shirt scenewatch it here.You’re welcome.). She allegedly had an affair with a hot-bloded Italian journalist for Heaven’s sake, just when poor Colin has reached the pipe and slippers stage. Well he suits me fine ‘just the way be is’ (Bridget Jones).


Cornelius and Mrs D’Arcy
Coincidentally, I only lately connected the surname, after years of reading Jane Austen, with a real, older, charming Mr D’Arcy in my life: My Irish Grandad, Cornelious D’Arcy, pictured here with Grandma in the 1950’s.

She Really Did It!

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 understatement when I was able to contact her later.

I have known Naomi since she was six, and her Mother is one of my best friends.

I had already been worried about her Mum’s safety the day before when yet another fierce bushfire was being fought in her area along the coast.

Now her daughter had to flee and drive for safety from the encroaching bushfire with three children aged five years and under!

25 fire trucks arrived in the little country town on the New England Highway while the inferno was being watched live on television.

Meanwhile Naomi was driving her precious boys to safety in the opposite direction.

Naomi and four-year old Braxton recently featured in the Newcastle Herald story here after she had promised Braxton she would cut off her hair to make him feel better about his baldness condition, alopecia areata universealis details of alopecia which occurred following a severe virus. Currently the diagnosis is life-long hair loss.

A situation at pre-school had broken Braxton’s heart, and told him he was different. Now Mum was going to shave off her hair so he would not feel alone. “Goodonyer Mum”!

The haircut on 30th October not only made the little boy so happy, “He keeps touching it”

Naomi says, but it also helped raise awareness about Alopecia Areata.

Big brother, Lincoln, helped hairdresser, Stacy, with the head shave – with relish!

Lincoln turns Barber!

Nay had decided to make the head shave into a fundraiser to help a charity that makes wigs for children with Braxton’s condition. They were thrilled by one of the largest single financial donations (nearly $,800) they had ever received.

They will also put Naomi’s former long hair to good use.

So much love

(You can still donate here)



https://myparkinsonsdiary.blog/2019/09/28/hair-raising-tale/

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6445452/a-mothers-selfless-love-for-four-year-old-son/?src=rss&utm_email=9980537b30

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 Helpful Medical Fund NIB


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 was after hours by the time Ihought about the information I needed from them.

The chat robot gave in immediately on the typed chat site, it could not ollow my simple query, and offered to ‘put me through to a human’ (sic). ‘ok hurry up’ I typed teresly, not holding out much hope. I am used to dealing with Telstra.

And voila, there was Nicholas. Now Nicholas was cool. He was right on it. He put me at ease, had obviously read the file in that few seconds, and even worked outside the script.

Nicholas is World Leader in online problem sorting. Fortunarely he didnt have to understand my Scottish accent, since I type in Australian English (apparently there is a difference).

I even asked him a trick question, “since my quote for my 2 teeth on a denture is $1400, I have $760 left with you, you pay $60%, so what will you actually give me?”

This is where Telstra on the phone would have hung abrutly, pretending a line break from Indonesia. Not NIB, not Nicholas.

Without even starting with ‘Duh!’ back he came in a flash. No not a real flash, my tablet is working fine.

This was great news. I felt so relieved. Only $640 to pay. So while I had my new best friend there I asked him why they had rejected my refund for my blood pressure machine, in the faint hope Nicholas could work miracles.

Other customer relations personnel would have sneeringly pointed out that if I had bothered to read their email (I read as far as ‘rejected’), there was light at the end of the tunnel. I had it in writing. Instead he swiftly inserted the relevant print, in clear-to-see print. Impressive.

So he checked the name of my provider. They were approved. Told me how to go about resolving the issue.

I was getting euphoric! I had paid $90 at the chemist for a blood pressure machine. I could claim 60% after all. You do the maths. I was ready to go and lie down, mentally and physically, but Nicholas was firing on all cylinders.

While I was slow-typing he was checking my file and mentioned that I didnt have a third party to deal with things in an emergency on file. So we promptly dealt with that as my long-suffering and highly trustworthy elder son has reluctantly accepted power of attorney.

It was time to wrap things up, and not only had I been treated with dignity, which believe me at our age is rare, I was about to get a refund I wasnt expecting, once I ring the chemist to ask for an official receipt. We will see how that goes. Time to say goodbye. But the elation was going to my head:

Nicholas replied that he liked my sense of humour. What a lovely person. He asked if there was anything else he could help me with. ‘No thank you, I love you, Bye for now’, and I disconnected before he could type ‘DAFT OLD BAT! I had such a good evening after that.

I confess to getting anxious these days when dealing with things that before would not have phased me. I used to organise festivals and functions for Heaven’s sake!

It is partly a Parkinsons thing, but young servers in shops can give that shoulder lift as if gearing for trouble that instantly sends my mind blank and I do end up meeting their expectations, to my inner annoyance.

So hats off to Nicholas and NIB for great customer relations.


Update: Heard from NIB today. The receipt my chemist emailed me for the blood pressure machine was promptly uploaded and today I heard back that $60 is on its way into my bank account. I also copied this item into the NIB facebook page and had a message back to say they would follow up with Nick to let him know his work was appreciated.