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Coming home

Returning to blogging is like coming home. A place where you are welcome, people like you and, are genuinely interested in what you have to say.

The last two months have been a whirlwind of new experiences, change and like being a preschool child doing a puzzle; trying to make all the pieces fit.

I finally realised that sometimes, well, they just don’t. There are many pieces of my life that just do not belong anywhere and like a puzzle with missing pieces, unfinished. Nagging at me with its unrequited completion. I don’t know what to do about that but I will tell you this. Today, I am fine with that.

Since this little human has come into my life, I am experiencing things in a different light. A new perspective.

It’s like therapy for the heart and mind. The question arises in every conversation; how has becoming a grandmother  affected  me? How has it made me feel? Has it challenged the way I look at myself; as a woman?  A mother?  A partner?


Look for yourself!

How do you argue with this?

The becoming is not a choice. I have embraced it. So, it seems, has everyone else.

Can I hear you say...proud?

The story of the Chicken Tooth

One day, FOTH (father of the house) decided he would play a joke on The Princess. I had chopped chicken for dinner and came across this bit of goodness-knows-what. Before I could discard it, FOTH picked it up and called for The Princess,

“Look what Mum found in the chicken. A chicken tooth.”

The Princess: No way Dad, you’re joking.

FOTH: No, seriously, it is. They are very rare you know.

The Princess: I don’t believe you.

FOTH: Go and ask Jim. He’ll tell you.

Jim is one of our neighbours and has a wicked sense of humour. He is forever telling the children jokes, engaging them with his magic tricks and giving them lateral thinking exercises. His magic, disappearing, elbow, coin trick is the best I have seen.

Off trots The Princess at 6pm, pyjama-clad and carefully holding, in the palm of her hand… the Chicken Tooth. Jim, of course, has no warning of what is unfolding but the FOTH has unquestionable confidence in Jim’s ability to keep the story going.

Meanwhile, I turn to my husband and give him the ‘evil chicken’ stare. I know this is not going to end well.

The Princess returns, flustered from running excitedly across the street. I feel terrible but say nothing under strict instructions from FOTH.

FOTH: So, what did Jim say?

The Princess: (breathless) OMG, he said that it’s really rare and might be worth some money.

FOTH:  Really? Hmmm. Wow.

The Princess: Oh, and he wants to know where you got the chicken because he wants to go there. Chicken Teeth are rare you know Dad.

FOTH: I told you.

The Princess: Where DID you get that chicken from?

FOTH  tells The Princess about the organic chicken sold at the butcher near the local supermarket and off she trots again across the road. This time she returns even more animated. It turns out that Jim’s wife has chimed in, asking if Jim can take her to the butcher right this minute. The Princess is sure she’s got something special now. I can’t bear it any more. I know I have to say something. I go to speak then,

“I’m going to sell this on Ebay, Mum can you take a photo for me?” and there she is, sitting at the computer trying to find out if there is anything else like what she has. Oh for the love of….

Me: Princess, Dad is joking. It’s not a chicken tooth. It’s just a gristly bit in the meat honey. Look, here are some more.

The Princess: Awwwwwwwww.  You’re bums. You’re all bums.

At least she said that with a smile.

The Chicken Tooth that was almost listed on Ebay

Hello? Is somebody out there? Universe?

Classical Planets

(Image via Wikipedia) Helloooooooooo?

I don’t know what you call it. The Universe reaching out to me. My subconscious rising to meet me. My state of being forcing me to make connections. Fellow like -minded bloggers in the exact same state of thought. Whatever it is, something seems to be happening this week even if I can’t manage a tangible description for it. I will try and explain.

Firstly, my dear blogging friend MJ Monaghan posted a poem titled A Minute which really ‘spoke’ to me. Check it out. In fact check out everything  on his blog- he is hilarious and so well- written.

My new blogging friend Jacqueline at maturestudenthanginginthere wrote a post about The Important Little Dash, the time that we spend here on earth, the quality of our time and our defining moments – the dash, the little line between the dates that signify our birth and departure from this world. The bits that matter. Jacqueline cites the poem called The Dash by Linda Ellis and there is a great video of it on her post. I urge you all to take a look. You will really enjoy reading through this blog as Jacqueline is very funny and you feel like pulling up a seat, cuppa in hand and relaxing, her writing style is that natural- like a conversation with a good friend.

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...

Make one of these then settle in

Lastly, the post on Gently Hew Stone about Managing time when you don’t have much left absolutely caused me to sit up and take notice. This post contains the last lecture given by Randy Pausch (called Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams), a Carnegie Mellon University professor who died of pancreatic cancer in July, 2008. He was only 47.  I bet his ‘dash’ was and is incredible!  What an amazing man. The video is over an hour long but well worth the ‘time’ for it’s humour, strategies for time management and provoking ideas.
Dr. Randy Pausch

(Image via Wikipedia) Randy Pausch

I have just found Jamie Huston’s blog and his About page is a really good read. Jamie writes on topics from art to politics, education to humour. I really liked the post Why I Never Bothered Finishing Eragon which led me to his blog.

There was also this…Lift others up  and ‘I get knocked down,but I get up again…’ at Light and Spirit thank you Lindsay, you inspired me 🙂

What have I gathered from all this? Work on my dash, mind the minutes and live  each day like it’s your last because you don’t know when it will be. Time is something we can never get back once it’s gone and those defining moments are what make us. It has been a week of stress, bewilderment, feeling lost, lacking direction and drive. Some really low moments. There was also inspiration and humbling moments. Things to remind me of what I do have and give me an alternative perspective.

I also watched the video tagged Are You Going To Finish Strong? – best motivational video…EVER (Nick Vujicic) also check out No Arms, No Legs, No Worries! boy, that gave me perspective.

English: Nick Vujicic at Catalyst West, April 2009

(Image via Wikipedia) Nick Vujicic ‘Something More’ by Nick Vujicic.














This is possibly the most rambling, all-over-the-place post I have produced to date but then, that kinda reflects my state of mind at the moment. I’m ok with that.

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It’s still me: A new year, a new look.

Settlement Cove aka Redcliffe Lagoon

I hope you didn’t arrive here today and say…where the hell am I? It’s OK, you’re in the right place. I decided that a new year and a wonderful bunch of readers deserved a new look. I also decided that my blog needed a more personal feel and I had a lot of fun learning the ‘how to’ of WordPress. I am a digital immigrant so this stuff is not easy for me.

The photo in my header was taken at a place called Settlement Cove, also known as Redcliffe Lagoon. We often take the children there in summer, in fact The Princess spent yesterday there, swimming with her friends. One of the rocks beside the walkway leading to the lagoon has been hand painted in the Aboriginal dot style.

Hurry up Mum, stop taking photos

Welcome to all my new visitors and thank you to all my regular readers. I am approaching 80 followers and this will be my 40th post which is absolutely mind-blowing for me. When I began my blogging adventure I never dreamed that anyone would find what I wrote even remotely interesting. In fact I got stage fright and didn’t blog for about 7 months. A lot has changed in just 3 months. I have met and followed some amazing people and their blogs. These people inspire me, support me, delight me, entertain me and amaze me. My new blog look is a tribute to you all to display the respect and admiration I feel for you and the support you have given me. I hope you like it.

7 x 7 Link Award

I have finally had the time to get to this. My  sincere appreciation goes to Eric at Written Words Never Die for nominating me and apologies for not doing this sooner.

These are the rules for the 7 x 7 Link Award.

1.  Share something about me that no one knows

2.  Link 7 of my posts that I think are worthy

3.  Nominate 7 bloggers for this award and notify them

Here we go…

1.  One thing you do not know about me…

Just kidding…ermmm….I have a birth mark in the most unusual place…

…and no, I am not telling!

2.  Link 7 of my posts that I think are zany worthy…

The last post was so much fun to compile 🙂

3. Nominate 7 bloggers for this award and get around to notify them immediately…

Thank you once again Eric for the nomination – I am tickled pink! I am off to notify all my recipients right now (I promise).

Who? Moi? The Versatile Blogger Award

I have some fun news today. I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Not once – but twice this week!

I am not sure if this is VBA acceptable but I am killing two birds with one stone here and thanking Cheesecake Summer and happilyeverafterorsomething for nominating me! I am absolutely tickled pink! (OK, is that just an Aussie term or does that traverse the cultures?)

For those of you that don’t know the rules – here they are:

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
  4. Contact the bloggers you have nominated and let them know about the award

Here goes…

7 things you don’t know about me ( and might not want to!)

  1. I colour match my pegs when I hang the washing on the line. I mean I have to. My sister once pegged all my pegs in matching colours on the line and said to me “There, how’s that for your OCD?” Err, thanks.
  2. I accidentally wore my PJ pants to school in Grade 5 under my uniform. I just forgot to take them off. I spent the day in total mortification of someone finding out. You know the little frill bloomer numbers of the late 70’s? Yeah- those.
  3. I have trouble sleeping
  4. I have never had my driver’s licence
  5. I don’t have any tattoos
  6. I do have my nose pierced (a small gold heart). My husband payed for it on my 40th Birthday so I couldn’t chicken out.
  7. I once fell asleep at work, sitting on the toilet. In my defence it was after a 12 hour night shift.

The 15 13 bloggers I have stumbled upon recently and you should take a look at (OK,  I know I fell short of the required 15 but if you read my blog regularly – are you at all suprised?)

  1. Suz’s Petals
  2. Shambolic Living
  3. fishinginthefields
  4. Tamara Out Loud
  5. EduDad
  6. Mightier Than the Pen
  7. Michael Cargill
  8. Catas Trophy Wife
  9. The Rookie Dad
  10. The Laughing Housewife
  11. my family is not broken
  12. Johnlmalone’s blog

That wraps up this post for today. I still have my blogging ‘L plates’ and am trying to work out links in my posts but I think I may have mastered it. I am off to contact all the recipients of my nomination now. I promise.

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