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!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lessons in Love

I wonder if we need a refresher course in flirting. Are we all still flirting with our husbands? I think that I probably look as silly as this polar bear when I flirt .. hopefully in a cute and attractive kind of way! Maybe my flirting days are over?

I hope this video has helped all you single gals out there as well. Imagine how weird it would be to see girls doing rolling somersaults at night clubs? And sliding face first across the dance floor. Maybe not.

The highlight of my day was making an Indian curry with basmati rice, cucumber yoghurt and pappadums for dinner. It was quite delicious and I made HEAPS so there is enough for another three meals!

Facebook reminded me this morning, of the three course meal that Adoring Husband cooked for me six years ago for Valentines Day. I had been away, so our valentines day was delayed and he spent all day in the kitchen creating a gastronomical delight. It was a flirtatious success!

Prawn and pork rice paper rolls for entree (it had a spicy dipping sauce)

Home made pasta - Tagliatelle with smoked salmon and asparagus

Green salad with bacon, parmesan and a balsamic dressing ..

Baked lemon cheesecake with fresh strawberries and strawberry coulis ..

I will always remember that valentine dinner. It was amazing and memorable!

AH is a great cook.

Have a happy Sunday!

Nite all.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Windy City

It may become gusty on Saturday!

I hope that they are wrong. Another update posted on facebook today predicts that Winston will reform to a category 1 cyclone and move north along the Queensland coastline.


I had a fairly full day today. I actually got some housework done. My new bedding arrived, so I changed the sheets on the bed and I'm showcasing the new stuff ...

I made a big baked leg of lamb with veg for lunch so that I wouldn't have to put too much effort into dinner after the club tonight.

It's been a good day and a pleasant evening. Now it's time for bed.

Nite all.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Geographically Shared

Foreign Correspondent, Stan Grant, is a Griffith boy. He lived in the same street (Housing Commission area, Parkinson Crescent) as I did, though not at the same time. My son went to the same school as Stan.

The 'Three Ways', where the majority of the indigenous community lived, was just across the paddock from us and watching this episode of Home Delivery sure brought back some unpleasant memories for me.

It feels strange to me, that when Stan's family was given a housing commission home to live in, they felt like all of their dreams had come true, yet when I, as a single mother with three very young children, was offered a home on the very same street, I felt like my life had become a nightmare.

We lived in that street for three long years from the end of 1988 til early 1992. Our next door neighbour once had a molotov cocktail thrown on his front porch during the night, and there was a siege directly across the road from us, where armed police were hiding behind the trees on our front yard with guns drawn, and the street was blocked by police cars.

We survived on a pension for two of those years. I had some cleaning work to supplement the pension until one day I decided to complete an administration course at TAFE. I immediately snagged work at the CES and within a year, we were able to move into our own home, shabby as it was, in a better area.

Stan has certainly come a long way since his days in Parkinson Cres!! While he feels the happy emotions welling up within as he drives through his old stomping ground, I feel old repressed fears bubbling within, and shame that I ever forced my children to endure that.

It was possibly the lowest point in my life, BUT, at the same time,  my circle of friends, which included BGWLBH, provided strong support for me, so I never felt alone in the world.

My parents even gave me the opportunity to move to Blackwater to be closer to them, but my stubborn desire for independence kept me living in the worst street in Griffith for a long time. I believe that it was the right decision for us at the time.

So that is a little snippet of mine and Stan Grant's lives. Though the two of us have never even met, I do know his mate Richard (Ditchy)!

A short trip down memory lane.

Nite all.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

For the Ladies

Ok girls, first practise will be Friday night Make-up tricks haha!

It was a nice lunch today at the Chinese restaurant. I would like to go back when I'm able to chew food properly, and order a hearty, meaty meal with lots of crunchy vegetables! Today I had curried king prawns, which was a delicious meal with a nice spicy curry sauce, but I couldn't eat the vegetables.

After lunch, instead of going straight home, we ducked in to the RSL club for a quick flutter and then drove to The Speckled Hen's house for another drink .. or two .. or for some, many many more!

Luckily, Adoring Husband had eaten a big late lunch, so I didn't have to cook tonight. I think I was right on the verge of having had too much to drink today, so I was grateful for the opportunity to plonk myself on the couch and stay there.

I'm now sitting in the same position listening to Sweet singing 'Action' on Foxtel Tunes.

It's definitely time to sleep now, so I'll share this video, which I know that some of you have seen on facebook in the past, but I figured that since we are now in the final week of Summer (yay!!!), the weather might start getting cool enough to open up the scarf drawer!

I do believe I can be in bed before 11pm!

Nite all.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Remember how yesterday I said that I would catch up on housework today, so that my lady's luncheon would be the reward?

Well, yeah nah...

I consciously decided to turn on the TV to a music channel - the all Aussie music channel to be exact, and I turned the volume up, fully intending to do housework to the music. Unfortunately, the music had accompanying videos .. it was all over for me!

Videos from back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. John Farnham, ACDC, The Angels, INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Natalie Imbruglia, Split Enz, Noiseworks, Kylie Minogue, Midnight Oil, The Divinyls, Bardot, Delta Goodrem, Australian Crawl, Peter Andre, Human Nature, Paul Kelly, Eurogliders, Little River Band, Deni Hines and the list goes on.

There is no way that I could walk away from that!

I spent a good hour in the lounge room dancing like a teenager. Head banging. Bouncing around the room and singing loudly (and badly). It was probably more than an hour. You know how time flies when you're having fun!

Then Adoring Husband arrived home from his SES meeting and the fun was over.

I got all of my washing done.

I've had the mini upright freezer defrosting all day - and I mean 'all day'. It only has four drawers, but the top two drawers have been frozen shut for months. All of the meat in the top two drawers has now been tossed and after eight hours, the freezer is finally turned back on and the door closed.

I cooked a dozen apple and walnut muffins and a dozen gooey chocolate mini cakes.

For dinner, I was done with the kitchen so I took a beef stroganoff out of the freezer and heated that up for Adoring Husband's dinner. I took a spoon of the sauce and some mushrooms out of the mixture and had that with a piece of zucchini.

For dessert, I gave AH two gooey chocolate cakes with crumbled freeze dried strawberries sprinkled over the top and then covered in whipped cream and shredded organic dark chocolate. Can you believe that he then asked for an apple and walnut muffin as well???? I swear he has no 'full' button!

That's about the long and short of my day.

Very much looking forward to lady's luncheon tomorrow!

Nite all.  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Time Will Tell

I have come to the realisation that my mouth is going to take a bit more time to heal properly.

The dental work was quite invasive and extensive and it will take time and diligence to bring it all to optimum health.

My gums feel a little damaged, so I've decided to return to foods that don't require chewing, to give them a rest and a chance to strengthen and heal.

I need to be patient.

I can't wait to tell you about my bingo experience today!

Once upon a time, more than ten years ago, bingo was a regular activity for BGWLBH and I. We would play a couple of times each week in the evenings and during school holidays, if I took my annual leave at the same time, we would play during the day as well.

The prizes, where we played, were meat trays, fruit and veg trays, vouchers for the local butcher or supermarket, vouchers for the club restaurant or free bingo tickets. Legally, they weren't allowed to offer money as prizes.

We used paper booklets of bingo tickets, with dobbers, which were plastic bottles of ink with a spongy end that we dabbed the numbers with as they were called. I had a hand made timber box with a lid that I used to store my dobbers. The box was shaped like a wedge and I used a butterfly clip to hold the tickets to the box as I played.

That was back in the old days.

Today was certainly an eye opener as far as advances in the world of bingo are concerned!

These days, they used electronic devices that look similar to a tablet or iPad and either your finger or rubber tipped stylus pens to touch the numbers as they were called.

The sheet on the left shows all of the games. Each card has two games eg a short game to win the first prize of the card and then the full card to win another prize. The prizes were pretty good too .. $20 for the short game and $40 for the full card.

The first game of the day is worth $500 if you get the full card within 50 calls.

This machine shows two bingo game cards at a time (I think there are 5 cards for each game) and keeps the others in the background. As you mark off the numbers, it automatically brings the two cards with the most numbers marked off, to the front screen.

The other crazy thing, is that it gives you a signal when you have one number left to win. The screen changes to a happy man that looks like an M&M and flashes the number that you are waiting for.

Unfortunately, I didn't win today, and I only got down to one number once .. so at least I got to see my little M&M man on the screen .. I did win a $2 scratchy in the break when they drew the raffle prizes, so I guess that's a bonus. I haven't scratched it yet, so I could be rich and not even know it!

It was a pleasant and different way to spend a Monday morning and when bingo was finished, we met up with Reality TV Queen, Speckled Hen and Party Pat for lunch. I selected slow cooked roast beef and vegetables from the menu. It was ok.

Tomorrow will be spent catching up on some housework, so that I can reward myself with the lady's luncheon on Wednesday.

February is quickly coming to an end, and as scary as that seems (because it feels like new year was just yesterday!), it means that Summer is also coming to an end! We can all breathe a sigh of relief as the weather cools down and we can live in comfort again.

Nite all.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Diligence is Required

My fraction of an 'ugh' has now grown to a full 'ugh'.

I have not been as diligent with my mouth rinsing today because the pain had gone this morning. I only rinsed with the peroxide once this morning (it really tastes gross!) and by about 5pm, my gums felt inflamed and tender again.

Obviously, I need to continue my full rinsing regime for a while yet ie oil pulling, peroxide and colloidal silver.

I've had a reasonably busy day, starting with a ride to the Seat of Knowledge, followed by coffee with The Blond Bombshell and Reality TV Queen, then rode home to put some lamb shanks in the slow cooker and prepare the vegetables to be cooked later. This afternoon I rode over to Woman of Many Talents' house for a couple of wines before she went out for dinner.

When I'd been there for about an hour, Reality TV Queen also joined us for a drink.

I arrived home in time to finish preparing dinner.

I really loved this today ...

Now, I can't believe that it's already midnight! I'm off to bingo tomorrow and I'm being picked up early in the morning, so I'd best get my healing beauty sleep!

Nite all.