Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Friday, October 9, 2015


I've had a pleasant day which included the Seat of Knowledge, morning coffee, retail therapy, winning on the pokies and keno, helping a slightly inebriated Adoring Husband into bed, a lava chocolate cake and strawberry dessert and any second now .. an early night.

No photos.

I am very tired and looking forward to tomorrow night's Murder Mystery Party at the Bowl's Club. "Homicide at the Harrison House".

My character is of little importance .. thank goodness .. I will get to observe all the other more important characters and from what I've heard about other characters and their costumes, it's going to be a great night!

I think it's now time to climb into bed.

Nite all.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


A couple of days ago I booked a date with Apple and Reality TV Queen to go trekking through the bush in search of the elusive lake.

Adoring Husband and I went searching for the lake about 4 years ago, but the weather had been so wet, that the lake was flooded and we couldn't get anywhere near it due to the vast expanse of water surrounding it.

Today was a different matter altogether!

I donned my jeans and hiking boots - for safety - after all it is Spring and the snakes are out ready to party!

The other girls donned their shorts and sandals questioning my attire.

I carried my camera bag and a bottle of water.

They carried a big stick each and had their dogs.

We drove from Apple's house to the track (which really wasn't very far at all).

They let their dogs off the leash and let them run ahead while we figured out what direction to walk.

When we reached the point where we had to decide between three directions, we knew that 'straight ahead' was not the right way. I said, "I think we should go left, but I have a terrible sense of direction, so let's go right".

We followed the path for about 20 minutes and suddenly there in front of us, was the infamous lake! Or what is left of it ...

Obviously, we are in desperate need of some rain! Very cracked and dry in places.

We walked right across the middle of the lake and around the edge of it back to where we first came across it.

It was nice to see some bird life. The whole idea of this trek, for me, was to find birdlife, but the dogs soon put a stop to that! At least now, I'm familiar with the path and in the future, will be able to find my way there on my own.

I'll take my little folding chair, perch myself upon it, and wait for the birdlife to come to me!

Luckily, it was easy to find our way back to the beginning of the path where we climbed back into the twin cab with two very muddy dogs and drove back to Apple's house, where we sat on her deck drinking tea and coffee for about an hour.

After I left her house, I bought my morning coffee and returned home to find that Adoring Husband had been doing some cleaning in the garage.

We watched a couple of recorded shows on TV, I cooked lunch and then he drove into The Bay to run some errands. Unfortunately, when he arrived in The Bay, he realised that he'd left his wallet at home!! He was not a happy man.

He picked up our FROG box on the way home and then headed straight out to the garden for some outdoor therapy.

At 4pm, I demanded that he come with me to the beach for a bare foot walk along the sand. The tide was almost full, so there wasn't much beach to walk along and the wind was almost gale force but we splashed through the water and walked for about 25 minutes before driving to the park where we sat for a while enjoying the water views and I asked AH to walk with me to see the Tawny Frogmouth nest near the Seat of Knowledge.

All in all, it was a very pleasant way to spend an hour.

So my day has included about two hours of walking and twenty minutes of triking. That's more exercise than I've done for quite some time!

It's almost 10pm and I'm off for an early night.

Nite all.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gone But Not Forgotten

Today, we delivered our camper van to the neighbours and swapped it for a generous payment.

I felt a bit sad that it was gone and I know that Adoring Husband struggled to let it go, but it was time.

We had taken it into town for the roadworthy and some other checks this morning and while we were there, I got in some retail therapy.

I bought a few small Christmas presents to put away and some clothes for Chicklet. I bought myself a couple of t-shirts and some fresh flowers. We did some grocery shopping and got the ingredients for yet another batch of dog food.

As soon as we arrived back in town, AH delivered the camper van and all the extras to our neighbours. While he showed them how to set it up and pull it down, I spent 2 hours cooking the pumpkin, preparing the dog food and then cleaning up the vast mess that I tend to create in this process.

My back did not like standing in the kitchen for that long in my good shoes (even though they were flat), so I desperately needed to sit for a while afterwards. Just in time for AH to arrive home with a couple of coffees!

Because he read it in my blog that I was quitting coffee, but I did not tell him to his face, he decided it was ok to get me an afternoon brew. I must admit I was secretly pleased that he did this :)

I am going to cut back to just one coffee each day - my morning coffee - for a while, so that I don't have such terrible withdrawals when I eventually cut it completely.

I may continue to have my morning coffee while babysitting Chicklet for two weeks in November.

After that, I plan on drinking coffee on Tuesday mornings with the ladies and 'once in a while' if I meet with BGWLBH or The Nikonian - which is only a couple of times each year.

Something exciting that happened for my youngest daughter, Bubbles, is that one of her photos was featured on the weather page of the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Since it's only the second time she's ever climbed out of bed at 'stupid o'clock' to be on the beach for sunrise, it was a nice reward for her to see one of those pics published.

Also, my little Chicklet has been going to swimming lessons!

She loves it!

Well, it's an early night for me so ...

Nite all.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


It was a nice morning tea with eight of us in attendance and afterwards four of us drove into The Bay for a movie date!

We all enjoyed 'The Intern'.

Robert De Niro was, as always, amazing. He is so versatile and can play characters ranging from an evil, murderous criminal to a tough guy cop to a loving disabled patient to a strong caring champion to the underdog.

He is one of my favourite actors. I loved him in all of his earlier movies like The Godfather II and Taxi Driver, The Untouchables and Stanley and Iris, but Awakenings, which is one of my all time favourite movies, put him firmly in my top 3 actors list. He is 72 years of age, has appeared in more than 90 movies and currently has 6 movies in various stages of production. That's one hell of a career!!

Anne Hathaway was pretty good too. She is not one of my favourite actors, but she is growing on me.

We weren't home long from our movie date, when it was time to head down to the park for our monthly barbecue.

There were sixteen of us and it was a perfect evening. Clear skies and a gentle breeze, good company, delicious food and a nice wine or two. Always enjoyable.

Adoring Husband didn't join us tonight because he had SES duties out of town.

I pedalled home with head and tail lights flashing, emptied my cold bag, stacked the dishwasher and was sitting down on my couch to watch X-Factor by 7.30pm.

I love my life.

Nite all.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Slippin' and a Slidin'

How easy is it to slide back into eating habits that cause discomfort, brain fog and pain?

September marked a year since becoming sugar free and I have been gluten free for more than 3 years.

Going Paleo in January this year meant removing dairy and grains, which included rice, breads, pastas etc. Caffeine and potatoes were also removed, as well as legumes.

After my body became accustomed to my new way of eating, I felt re-energised. My joint pain was gone, I slept better, bloating was non-existent, my digestion improved, my eyes were brighter, skin was clear and I felt more alert. I no longer needed an afternoon nap and I was able to keep up with Chicklet without praying for the night to bring me sleep.

I felt fresher and like a whole new person!

Firstly, I re-introduced caffeine .. just one cup each day and I can't have it without milk, so that was also a re-introduction and my only source of dairy. Now I have increased that to two or three cups each day. I drink lattes, so that's a lot of dairy in a day!

I am strongly considering removing caffeine permanently from my diet. All of that dairy fills me up and I am not eating enough nourishing food because of it.

Adoring Husband was losing too much weight, so to help him level out, I re-introduced rice and potatoes to his diet. Of course, I began eating those foods as well .. even though they made me feel uncomfortable and bloated afterwards, it was there, so I ate it.

I have persisted for about 8 weeks, believing that my body's reaction to these foods would ease, but they haven't. The continued discomfort is too much to manage, so I've chosen to remove these foods again from my diet.

The other slip I've made is having sugary desserts when I'm out for a meal or for morning tea .. telling myself that it wouldn't hurt once or twice a week.

But it has hurt.

Slipping back into old eating habits has had negative affects on my brain and body.

I've been feeling bloated and full after meals. My joints ache in the mornings and I am hobbling when I first arise, just as I did before I started my new way of eating. I have needed a nap for the last three afternoons (in fact, I slept for over two hours on Sunday afternoon).

My digestion has been all over the place and I've had blemishes around my mouth and chin. My mental clarity and my moods have become erratic and unreliable.

I don't like how I feel at all, so I'm taking a step back and starting again. It's time to take care of me and I need to bring nourishment to my physical body again.

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen today, getting back to the sugar free, dairy free, gluten free munchies.

I made 40 energy balls,  6 chocolate lava brownies + a slab of the same, a dozen macaroons, a batch of coriander pesto sauce, lamb meatloaf + a dozen lamb rissoles, broccoli au gratin, sweet potato chips and guacamole.

My kitchen was a hell of a mess for most of the day and Adoring Husband spent a lot of time emptying and re-stacking the dishwasher!

I forgot to mention yesterday that the Tawny Frogmouth was back on the nest, however, today the nest was empty again. I am monitoring daily.

So that's where I am at. I'm about to slip and slide back into good health!

Nite all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Another Footy Year Over

What an exciting NRL Grand Final!!

My team lost by one point, but I have to admit that when the Cowboys scored in the dying seconds of the game, to level the scores, I was 'willing' the Thurston kick to go between the posts.

Unfortunately, the ball hit the posts which meant that the game went into extra time, but a mistake by a player on the Broncos team put the advantage firmly into the Cowboy's hands, which led to the captain, Jonathan Thurston, kicking a field goal to help them win by one point.

If my team had to be beaten in a grand final, I'm glad it was by the Cowboys led by Jonathan Thurston.

Firstly, they are a Queensland team!

Secondly, Jonathan Thurston is a true gentleman of the game and sets a positive example for all the kids who look up to him. He is generous with his time off the football field and appreciative of the support he receives from a very large section of the state of QLD. He adores his family and the loving twinkle in his eye when he is with them gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Thirdly, their coach, Paul Green, was taught everything he knows by Wayne Bennett, my team's coach!

Lastly, the Cowboys are a strong team who always play a fair game and have worked hard for their success.

So congratulations to Jonathan Thurston, the entire Cowboys team and all of their loyal fans, who I'm sure will be celebrating long into the night .. and probably all week!!

Quite off topic, I found this last night and thought it was worth posting here...    

by Erin Hanson

You are not your age,
nor the size of clothes you wear.
You are not a weight 
or the colour of your hair.
You are not your name, 
or the dimples in your cheeks.
You are all the books you read,
and all the words you speak.
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide.
You're the sweetness in your laughter
and every tear you've cried.
You're the songs you sing so loudly,
when you know you're all alone.
You're the places that you've been to,
and the one that you call home.
You're the things that you believe in
and the people that you love.
You're the photos in your bedroom
and the future you dream of.
You're made of so much beauty,
but it seems that you forgot
when you decided that you were defined
by all the things you're not.

So, after a phone call from my very drunk sister who is celebrating a Cowboys win at her 'local', even though she is a lowly Manly supporter, it's now time for me to head off to bed!

Nite all.