• Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Taking decluttering too far

    Decluttering is so popular but are we taking decluttering too far? What about that old pair of track suit pants that went in the bin and would have been ideal for working in the garden? Then there is that favourite book that no longer sits on the bookshelf. And the question I ask is ‘can creative people declutter?’ To find out about someone who was not into decluttering we need look no further than Margaret Olley. Make a visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales. There you will find a re-creation of Olley’s home studio. There are over 21,000 items gifted from the Margaret Olley…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Take your phone with you!

    Our mobile phone has become our new companion and I often say or hear the phrase at our place ‘take your phone with you.’ No more did the phrase ‘take your phone with you’ stand out for me when I heard the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, from herein referred to as Ken (with due respect), Minister for Indigenous Australians. He gave an address during NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week at the National Press Club. The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Not long into his talk Ken mentions that the Sunday following the recent Federal election was National Sorry Day. Later that day, when…

  • Life Wise Hints

    Self-directed leadership

    When I started my professional life as a social worker back in the 1980s, I did not know much about self-directed leadership. Learning was through books or articles in libraries or bought in a book shop. Back then there were no computers, no emails and generally a lack of information. Any mail was filtered and controlled by the manager of my workgroup. She decided what information would be of interest to the rest of us. It was then placed on a clipboard and circulated from one person to the other. At the time team members were reliant on our manager and it shaped our behaviour in the workplace. Today, in…

  • Life Matters

    A self-directed life

    Is a self-directed life the best way to live? What I mean by a self-directed life is that we take responsibility for the decisions we make. We do not always have control over what happens in our life, but we do have control over how we respond. Therefore, we can direct ourselves out of situations we do not like and direct our lives into areas we will find more satisfying. Let me explain. My mother grew up in the 30’s and 40’s which was a time when societal values directed women’s lives. Even in the decades that followed there was very little self-direction for women. Young girls, including myself, were…

  • Life Day By Day

    Feedback fatigue

    I think I am suffering from feedback fatigue. The condition is caused by incessant requests to give feedback about products and services. If I give feedback it takes up so much of my time. If I don’t give feedback it still makes me tired due to the continual bombardment for requests. I then have to decide should I give feedback? If I do, will it change my life? Will it change someone elses life? Just in this past few days I have had requests from a hotel we stayed in, my dentist, and an insurance company seeking membership feedback. I found the request from the hotel intriguing. They said, if…

  • Out and About

    Holiday happiness or not?

    When I go on a holiday, I want to experience holiday happiness. After all, holidays are to refresh, revive and energise us and this will happen more readily if we have a happy holiday. Afterwards, we can return to work, our routine and sometimes mundane tasks with more vigour. We all need time out, time to relax, laugh and be happy. I have had my share of holiday unhappiness and I was thinking on this after spending a night in Brisbane this week. As my One & Only (O&O) had a medical appointment I arranged an overnight stay – a treat! But it came with the usual noisy air-conditioner. We…

  • Life Matters

    A Final Farewell

    Yesterday it was time to say a final farewell to my mother. My siblings and I gathered for the occasion at the Helidon Cemetery. It was a small gathering including partners and the two youngest children of my brother Michael, Jaylen and Maia. My sister Christine and her husband John travelled from Malanda on the Atherton Tableland, the longest distance, so that we could all be together to fulfill our mother’s wishes. Our dear mother, Valma Jean, asked for her ashes to be scattered at the cemetery in Helidon. There are two cemetery’s at Helidon, the Roman Catholic one and the general one at 6 Cemetery Road, on top of…

  • Life Matters

    Life is just a dash

    If life is just a dash, how important is it as to how we live the dash? Let me explain. But before I do, I will tell you how I came to know about the dash. Within three days two people I know passed away. One was a friend I have known since school days, Lexie; the other my second cousin, Leona. Both their names starting with ‘L’ and both with five letters! These are just the little coincidences I notice as I walk through life. Walking through my dash. It was Leona’s decision not to have a funeral and it was Lexie’s decision to have one, the one she…

  • Living with Chickens

    Cluckingham Palace

    My chickens don’t have a regular chicken coop they live in Cluckingham Palace! While I say they are my chickens, they are also ours! While I get help from time to time, they are my responsibility. Being a responsible chicken owner the first step is to provide a safe and warm home. Also, there should be enough space so they have room to move. Over crowding in a chicken coop can lead to all sorts of problems. Earlier this year we installed an auto-door. My O&O did mostly of the practical tasks while I supervised and painted as well. The auto-door is the best thing and all chicken owners should…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live,  Self-Sufficiency

    What about planting a lemon tree?

    Do you have a lemon tree growing in your backyard or front yard? I often wonder why people don’t plant a lemon tree in the garden. We bought our home just over three years ago and there was not a citrus tree in sight! The couple who built the house lived in it for around 20 years, but they never planted a lemon tree. At our previous house we planted citrus trees including a lemon tree. The family who bought the house are now enjoying picking lemons, just because we planted a lemon tree.   I like walking into the backyard and taking a couple of lemons off our tree…