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Heat Wave

Yesterday many of us around Australia had to deal with soaring temperatures and bushfire.
The weather reached 47 degrees in some area's and most of us didn't dare  to venture outside, me included.
 This morning I woke to the dreadful news that up to 40 Victorians have lost their lives to bushfires and many more people across the state have lost houses to bushfires, some deliberately lit others fuelled by strong gusty winds.

My heart goes out to all those poor people who have lost loved ones and also lost houses, animals &
ivestock. And my thanks go out to the many brave fire-fighters that are fighting to save so many homes and lives.

I pray that the cool change we are expecting today brings a quick end to all theses dreadful fires.

Writer's Block: Home is...

Where do you call home?

It is true "Home is where the heart is"
We can travel all over the world but when we start to reach familiar soil it is a whole differnet feeling. It feels familiar to us, it's where our fondest memories remain and where the people we love the most are.
It is the place we are drawn back to over and over.
It is the place which will be our final resting place.

"There's a mouse in the house!"

HI everyone Hope your having a good week.

Yesterday I came home and discovered a little marsupial mouse in my back yard. It had been injured so I wrapped it up in a towel and found and old box in the garage and brought it inside out of the cold as it was freezing outside yesterday.
It was such a cute little fellow I had never seen one up close before they look kind of like a big mouse only cuter with huge eyes and they hop instead of scurrying.
It was very frightened so I rang Wires and they said they didn't have anyone here that could pick it up so I would have to take care of it and see how it went over night.
I put it in a quieter room with the light off so it would calm down it was very placid and stayed huddled under the old towel most of the night. This morning it seems much better I think it may have been in shock a little and it seems really better now so I am going to take it further away from my place where there is more bush and let it go.
They say it is better to release an animal close to where you find it but I have too many cats and all they would think is huge mousie tasty snack unfortunately they can't differentiate between
a normal mouse and a marsupial one.

I am going to go and see Uncle Des this afternoon. I visited him last week and he was in good spirits considering. His friend Pat was there and we have arranged to go to the hospital on Tuesday's to visit at the same time until he is able to leave there. Which will be quite a while yet. They were going to assess him to see whether he is able to go home and they were going to check out his house to see if he would need to make any changes in order to live there safely but to be honest I think they will put him in a nursing home. He really wants to go home but I'm not sure if it would be a sensible thing. Anyway I will find out more today when I visit. I hope you all have a great week.

Will try to catch up with you all. Till then


Finally some good news!!!

Yesterday I received a phone call from Uncle Des's god-child Alex Uncled Des is coming back to Newcastle he will be doing his re-habilitation at Rankin Park hospital only a 45min drive for me.
I am so happy and better still he put Uncle Des on to the phone and he
say he misses me and we both had a little cry. It was good to her his voice it was the most positive I have heard him since this whole thing happened.

The other good news is that Vince rang me and apologised for yelling at me he said he has been doing it to everyone since he found Uncle Des that way.He started to cry and I felt really sad for him.
My heart goes out to him and I told him I don't hold a grudge and that I can understand how he felt at the time it would have been so hard for him.
I am a very forgiving person and if someone says they are sorry I accept their apology and move on. It's bad to hold grudges especially
when you are normally friends with a person, we are all human we all make mistakes.

Uncle Des's friend Pat also rang me and said he will keep me up-to-date about Uncle Des and let me know when we can go and see him in Newcastle we are going to go together which will be nice.

So things are starting to improve which is great.
I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

And Saturday's Earth Hour was such a success here in the Hunter which made me very proud that everyone got together and did their little part.
It is such a small part of our daily lives but by switching our lights out for an hour sent such a great positive message that we all care and that we can strive together to try and make a difference.
35 countries participated, maybe the numbers will grow next year.
And for all of you that participated a big *THANK YOU*

Have a great week *HUGS TO YOU ALL*
Hi everyone. Hope you had a great weekend.

I had a very relaxing one that's for sure.
Whilst I didn't get the bubble bath I did manage to go for a long bike ride which was nearly
as good, not quite but nearly.
I've decided that I need to start doing some more exercise to work off some of my stress
& to get fit as well of course.

I've quit curves as it didn't give me enough exercise.
I really think it is meant for older ladies as 30 mins just isn't enough exercise for me.
I like to go for at least 1-2 hours 3 times a week.
So I went and checked out a new gym that has opened up in town not far from me but it is $18 to go casually if you sign up it is $20 week but I don't really want to go signing any contracts I just want to go as I please. So I will have to ring around and find a cheaper alternative.
And I really would like to do a yoga class somewhere as well maybe at least once a week.
I really would like to vary my exercise routines because if I am bored I will just quit.
It's funny I tend to excersice way more in winter, probably because I like to stay warm.

Now the latest on Uncle Des.
I rang Vince the other day as I haven't spoken to him since he found Uncle Des so I thought I should ring him to see if he was coping.

His wife said he was too busy to talk but then he got on the phone and I started to ask him if he knew if Uncle Des would be coming back up here and I told him I've been to see him a couple of times in Sydney and then he started to yell at me on the phone I was so shocked I nearly dropped it.
I certainly wasn't expecting that.
I don't think anyone has ever yelled at me like that before.
He said he was angry that I had gone to see Des and that Uncle Des didn't want any visitors so I said look I'm sorry but I love Uncle Des and I wanted him to know how much he is loved and I couldn't stay away.
Besides that Uncle Des was pleased to see me.
Vince calmed down after a while and said he could understand why I felt I had to see him but that he had told me not to go there.
But the funny thing is he didn't tell me that at all so I was really upset.
I think it has all been too much on Vince as he was the one who found Uncle Des and he said he has nightmares about it every night. I do too and I only heard what he did.

I think he just wanted someone to take it out on and I just happened to be that someone.
I guess I can understand it in some way although it was very upsetting at the time.

So I don't know what to think should I go and see him again or just ring?
Incidently I have rung Uncle Des since and he told me not to come there as it's too far for me not because he dosen't want to see me or anything.

It's a really horrible situation to be in one I don't really know what to do about.

Now for the good news ....phew!

Allan's mum has got a ticket for me to go and see the Phantom of the OPera on stage in Sydney.

I am thrilled as i have always wanted to go to something like that.

I think we are going in July I can't wait now if only I could get tickets to see a really great band that would make my day.



Dear Friends

Would you please sign the petition to stop the Japanese slaughtering whales in Australian waters! We managed to avoid the Humpbacks being killed this year thanks to a previous petition - we now want ALL whaling to cease and the "scientific research" excuse does not hold true any longer. They are obviously killing babies and pregnant mothers too - which makes me sick to my stomach.

These are such beautiful, gentle creatures.

Please help us by signing the petition.

BTW if any of you are wondering why I haven't e-mailed you for a while my mum rang me today and said she hasn't received any e-mails from me for ages so I obviously have something wrong with my computer so my apologies to everyone. I will try to resolve the problem as quickly as I can.

Please go to www.dailytelegraph.com.au and you will find the petition and the photos.




This was snagged from blubloo.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Stood up for myself against several bullies and showed them I'm
no push over, gained more confidence, played piano in a public place.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Several but I still have to stop over thinking things and worrying.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes my piano teacher Joanne had a gorgeous baby boy and called him Mitchell.

4. Did anyone close to you die? 2 people I love very much
and it is still very painful.

5. What countries did you visit?
None but I dreamt I went to Paris it was so romantic, now if only it could come true.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
The ability to be more open and not hold things in so much, my next grade in piano and to put my songs I've written on an album.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Too many to mention for too many reasons but maybe The Election date.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Keeping my positiveness despite going through some really trying times.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not realising what was going on right under my nose.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes but I don't like to dwell on the past and besides I feel much better since my operation.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Christmas presents for the people I love.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
ALice she amazes me all the time.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Someone I love very much let me down big time several times.
It is easier to forgive than forget.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, petrol ....renovating my very old house.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting two of my songs on short Films as it's a step closer to fulfilling my dreams.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Hmmm that's a tough one but probably Something by Arcade Fire or The Editors as I have been playing them so much this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:Happier/Sadder
a) Sadder

b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
About the same.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Song writing, Spending more time with family/friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home with some family and a few friends.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Yes with my Kitty Minke.

22. How many one-night stands?
I can honestly say I have never had one ever.
I find the thought of it disgusting.
I prefer to make love to someone I care about.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
How to look good naked.... well you have to look good when you get around to it lol!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I can't say I hate this person but I feel very disappointed and hurt over what he has done to me and to a few other people I love.

25. What was the best book you read?
Memoirs of a Geisha again.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Several Indie bands and a few great oldies I had never heard of before.

27. What did you want and get?
More confidence, a bit closer to my dream, several great new friends.

28. What did you want and not get?
My album recorded.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday
Went out for dinner.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to see the future so I could have handle things better than I did.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Classy, sexy and a little bit retro.

33. What kept you sane?
I think at times I wasn't as I had too much going on. So I got some help by going to counselling. Sometimes life throws too much at us at once and we just can't sort it out by ourselves and I must say it is definitely helping. I feel like I am slowly coming back to my old self.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I used to really fancy Johnny Depp but I am leaning more toward Clive Owen he is so manly and ruggedly handsome, not a bad actor either.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Australia not signing the Kyoto treaty but thankfully we have now.
There are so many others but this one stood out for me.

What did you miss?
My parents and some of my friends that have moved away.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Kobi she's really honest and down to earth and really funny.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Not to believe everything you hear.

39. Quote a songs lyrics that sums up your year

An end has a start/ The Editors.

don’t think that it’s
Gonna rain again today,
There's a devil at your side,
But an angel on the way

Someone hit the light,
Cause there's more here to be seen,
When you caught my eye,
I saw everywhere I'd been

And what I go to...

You came on your own,
And that's how you'll leave,
With hope in your hands,
And air to breathe,

I won’t disappoint you,
As you fall apart,
Some things should be simple,
Even an end has a start,

Someone hit the light,
Cause there's more here to be seen,
When you caught my eye,
I saw everywhere I'd been

And what I go to...

You came on your own,
And that's how you'll leave,
With hope in your hands,
And air to breathe,
You'll lose everything,
But in the end,
Still my broken limbs,
Will find time to mend

More and more people I
Know are getting ill
(Put something good on the,
Ashes now be still)

You came on your own,
That's how you'll leave,
With hope in your hands,
And air to breathe,
You'll lose everything,
But in the end,
Still my broken limbs,
Will find time to mend

Writer's Block: It's A Tradition

What is one of your favorite holiday traditions?
 My Favorite Holiday Tradition started when I was very young. Which would always be on Christmas eve.
I remember my mother would dress us kids up in our finest clothes and drive to Newcastle all the while we would be singing Christmas carol's in the back of the car.
We would first go to David Jones and look at the beautiful Christmas displays they used to have in their windows. 
Sadly they don't do them any more. It really was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. 
Then we would drive around all the houses still singing Christmas Carols which by  now mum and dad had joined in on as it was
contagious and we would drive past all the lovely houses that were displaying their Christmas lights, we would ooh and ah and point out the ones we liked best. 
We would always end up at Uncle Des and Aunty Carlene's house where they would shower us with toys and affection ,as they had no children of their own. 
On our way home we were always so excited about what we had just seen and done and we would all talk at once.
It is such a great memory. Sadly Aunty Carlene passed away this year but I will always remember how special She and Uncle Des made our Christmas eve as children.


Oct. 1st, 2007

Hope my Aussie friends are enjoying the long weekend it has been really windy but it is nice and sunny and has been quite relaxing for me. It is about 28 deg here at present so it is nice and warm. hope my other friends are enjoying their weekend as well. It was also the Aussie League grandfinal and my team won "Go Melbourne Storm!" Now here is a little bird story mum sent me that I thought I'd share with you all. Hope you enjoy it. Not a bad lurk eh? A seagull in Scotland has developed the habit of stealing chips from a neighborhood shop. e The seagull waits until the shopkeeper isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos. Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds. The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in Aberdeen, Scotland, and helped himself to a bag of chips. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips. Customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of chips because they think it's so funny. 


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