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, June 11, 2016

Another Super Saturday

The pain that I have experienced in my legs last night and today, has been so intense, that I hardly slept last night because even the slightest movement shot incredible pains through my calves and thighs.

When I attempted to get out of bed this morning, my legs almost collapsed from underneath me and it took a good five minutes to shuffle into the ensuite for my morning pee!!

I was confused and wondered how the hell I could be so sore just from walking! I walked more than 10,000 steps each day, which is much more than I've walked in years, but this kind of pain did not equate to walking.

I actually started to panic just a little and wondered what kind of medical condition could cause my muscles so much pain. Were they wasting? Were they seizing? Even my days of intense sport and gym work never delivered this kind of after pain.

Then as I searched my memory banks for all of the activities over our time away, I remembered the twelve flights of stairs! When the lifts in our apartment block stopped operating on Thursday morning, I decided to walk down from the twelfth floor to the ground floor.

At the time, when I reached the bottom, I thought to myself "That wasn't nearly as bad as I expected!" I even moved down the stairs quite quickly because there was a couple from NZ almost running down the stairs ... they were older than me (probably early 60s), and much bigger both in height and weight.

I didn't even attempt to keep up with them, and I tried to keep my movements smooth while using the rail to support myself so that my legs didn't take all of my weight the whole way down. I certainly hope that couple are suffering as I am!!

It was difficult for me to reach the seat of my trike this morning because I have to stand on tippy toes for my butt to slide onto the seat and it hurt too much to do that.

I've used my doTERRA ICE blue rub to massage my calf and thigh muscles which has helped considerably, but still, the pain is intense!

I sent a text to the three other girls who walked down SIXTEEN flights and they too, are in pain.

A sports therapist told me today, that I will feel worse tomorrow. If that's the case, I will be staying in bed all day and Adoring Husband can go buy a bed pan because I will be incapable of moving. I think she is wrong and if she is, I will take pleasure in visiting her to prove it.

I was able to shuffle my way around the local markets this morning. There was a new stall selling different flavoured balsamic vinegars, oils and spice mixes. I bought two of the vinegars, one of the spices and ordered two others to be picked up next month.

I also bought another crystal and a yellow lead light cross to hang in the frangipani trees in the front garden.

Then it was time to come home and put my feet up. I cooked lunch/dinner mid afternoon and then watched the football all afternoon and evening.

I hope my night in bed is more comfortable than last night because I really need to catch up on a week of broken and disturbed sleep.

So thanks for listening to my whinge.

Nite all.

PS A quick shout out to poor Rebel Mardi and The Lifesaver who have been very ill this week. I'm thinking of you and hoping that you recover quickly. Sending love and sympathy in your direction.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Home Sweet Home

It took Woman of Many Talents and I about six hours to drive home from the Gold Coast today, but we had four stops along the way.

The traffic was quite heavy, so even though we had an uneventful trip, the speed fluctuated as the traffic conditions changed throughout the trip.

When we got to the north side of Brisbane, there was an accident on the southbound freeway and the traffic was at a standstill for many kilometres. We were very grateful to be on the other side of the road and going in the opposite direction.

Woman of Many Talents had been very sick for the entire four days that we were away. She was in bed for most of it and had to visit a doctor and have blood tests, take antibiotics and keep rested. Luckily, she had recovered well enough to drive home and we planned for frequent stops so that she wouldn't tire and regress.

We stopped at Forest Glen and had brunch and a drink at the Organic Food Market cafe, then we did some shopping in the marketplace. It's one of the my favourite places on the planet because it sells all of the things that are important to me.

Fresh organic food, gut healing drinks, wild caught salmon, good quality supplements and probiotics, coconut yoghurt and ice cream, paleo foods, kombucha, kimchi, great books, organic make up and skin care ranges, essential oils, non toxic cleaning products etc etc.

I also bought half a dozen cakes from the cafe to bring home to Adoring Husband. They are all organic, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and are absolutely delicious. I cut them all in half and we are eating them at our leisure. My favourite is the chocolate chia cake. YUM!

I had a bit over an hour when I got home, to catch up with AH, unpack and then get ready for the club tonight.

It was a quiet night with only four ladies at the table and one of us was lucky .. it wasn't me.

I am very much looking forward to sleeping in my bed tonight, so I'm signing off here!

It's good to be home.

Nite all.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Final Night of Fun

It's been a fabulous few days of fun.

Lots of laughter and snorting (Tweedle Dee).

Not as much drinking as I expected.

Lots of shopping.

Good food was enjoyed by all, except the usual suspect ... Reality TV Queen!

Only one night of partying in the party room, which ended at 8.30pm because the party animals believed it was midnight when it was only 7.30pm! The sad realities of ageing!

I left the party early tonight when the party animals (aged 56 and 67), were attempting to 'plank' while taking selfies and they got so boisterous, it was impossible to have a conversation!

The weather has been perfect.

Very loud snoring reported by quite a few ladies.

My best buy of the trip was a pair of shoes by Gino Ventorri, made in Brazil. Like walking on air! I had them on for nine hours and only took them off to climb into bed. We walked for five of those hours.

My close call was a dress that I tried on yesterday and loved immediately, but it was too formal for anything that I would attend. I decided to sleep on the decision and go back today, but when I tried it on, it fell flat. I'm so glad that I didn't buy on impulse yesterday. I was going to share the photo here tonight, but decided against it.

It's difficult to choose my favourite meal of the trip. The food at the Garden Restaurant at Jupiter's last night was divine, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Massaman Beef Curry at the Thai restaurant at lunch time today.

All of the wine has been delicious, except for the house Sav Blanc at Jupiters, which was the most expensive and the most disgusting.

Thumbs down to the taxi driver who complained because my fair was a measly $7.40 from Jupiters to our apartment block.

Thumbs up to our waiter (Mike), at Jupiter's last night, who went above and beyond to make our night enjoyable and memorable ... we gave him a $25 tip for his efforts.

Thumbs down to the germs that put four of our ladies out of action during the three days here. Two with the flu, one with gastric and one with a lung infection.

Thumbs up to the Manager of the shoe shop that took back the shoes I couldn't wear and gave me a refund (after she showed me the 'Office of Fair Trading' information and we shared a war of words and after I told her that she couldn't legally refuse me). She did the right thing in the end and I appreciated her eventual positive attitude.

Thumbs down to the broken lifts in our apartment block, which meant me, having to walk down twelve flights of stairs to exit the building (14 flights for one other lady and 16 flights for two others!) Luckily they were repaired within a couple of hours.

Thumbs up to the coffee shop attendant who gave me two free muffins with my coffee this afternoon, because they were about to close and she had leftovers. Even though they are not gluten free, I can give them to the ladies to enjoy on the train tomorrow.

Thumbs up to the health food store across the road who stocked CoYo coconut yoghurt and Zebra Dream Salted Caramel Coconut Ice cream.

Thumbs up to the ladies who acted as my pack horses when they were coming home early and brought my shopping home so that I wouldn't have to carry so much home myself.

Thumbs up to the manager of our apartment block who immediately came to the rescue with a new fuse when our hot water went on the blink this afternoon ... and for providing the key to an empty apartment on our floor so that we could use that hot water if ours didn't heat up in time.

Thumbs up to the new day beds at Pacific Fair, where you can put your feet up or have a nap at half time during the shopping expedition!

Finally, thumbs up to Mrs Bucket for organising another successful lady's trip away!

It will be great to get home and sleep in my own bed. I haven't been able to fall asleep before 1am on any night since last Saturday and I've had to be up early every morning, so I think my body might crash land tomorrow night!

I've had a great time and I'm so glad that I decided to come on this trip .. it was touch and go for a while.

There are four ladies who usually come on these trips, but didn't attend this one, for various reasons. All of the other 'regulars' mentioned how those ladies were sorely missed. So Lady Lynn, Rebel Mardi, Beauty and Tweedle Dum .. know that you were thought of often, mentioned frequently in our conversations and very much missed by us all.

I will be driving home tomorrow with Woman of Many Talents (who has been ill for the entire three days). The remaining ladies will be travelling by train.

Farewell to the Gold Coast and I'll see you next year!

Nite all.

Wish You Were Here

Having a wonderful time.

Wish you were here.

Please send money!

Nite all.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

We are here!

After a long trip on two trains yesterday, one of which I sat with an elderly lady who also has a daughter living in Noosaville and who co-incidentally was travelling from Cooroy to the Gold Coast as well. That made the trip go much faster because we chatted all the way from Brisbane to Nerang where I disembarked.

I checked into Jupiter's Casino where I had a king room with water views for a very reasonable price and then spent many hours playing poker machines. I won more than enough money to cover my accommodating and meals, with some to spare for shopping. I had an early dinner in one of the restaurants .. roast pork with apple sauce, which was delicious.

Even though the bed in my room was absolutely glorious with massive comfortable pillows, I struggled to get to sleep after spending so much time surrounded by poker machine music and bright lights, so it was after 3am when I finally fell asleep.

I was woken briefly at 7am by the noise of construction work going on outside my room and then I luckily woke up at 9am, which gave me enough time to shower, repack and check out before 10am. At 9am the room was pitch black with the big heavy curtains pulled closed over the windows, so I don't know how I woke up on time.

There was supposed to be a free buffet breakfast included in the price of my room, but I don't normally eat breakfast, so I got myself a delicious coffee on the way out and caught a taxi to South Pacific Plaza where we are staying for three night.

A very nice apartment with gorgeous views ...

I've already spent my winnings from last night and have cleaned out Oasis Shopping Centre of everything that I liked there. Tomorrow, all twelve of us are off to Pacific Fair for the day and then we are dining at Jupiter's Casino tomorrow night.

We ate at Kurrawa Surf Club tonight. All but two of us ate seafood platters ...

I had a garden salad with grilled salmon and Tweedle Dum had roast chicken breast with veg. Mine was absolutely delicious.

So far, we are having a good time and I am enjoying myself very much.

It's now almost 11pm, and we need to meet for breakfast at 8am tomorrow, so I'd best catch some shut eye. A big day of shopping ahead!

Nite all.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Let the Fun Begin!

Our last day together and Chicklet wanted me to make and draw dragons .. especially 'Toothless' from 'How to Train Your Dragon'.

I had never seen that movie before, so after spending an hour or two, making strange creatures with pipe cleaners, paddle pop sticks, pompoms, sticky tape and scissors, we sat down with lunch, in the play room, to watch the movie.

Now I know how to make all sorts of different dragons! This is the first dragon in the making...

Then we made a video to send to Mama, but this is just one frame of it, showing Chicklet putting another cuddle on the cuddle door (each heart represents a cuddle that she wants from Mama).

We also played some more Zombies v Plants and of course Batman came into the equation again. We made finger puppets and Vikings and Viqueens.

She once again, curled up like a dragon and fell asleep, but a little later tonight than last night.

Now it's time for me to do the same. I have an early start tomorrow and I'm off to meet the girls for our Gold Coast getaway! Let's hope the rain hasn't caused too much damage down that way and my travel plans go smoothly!

Nite all.