• 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…

  • Life Day By Day

    What sparks joy?

    What sparks joy in your life? What sparks joy are three magic words that according to Marie Kondo, an organisational expert, will change your life. Years ago, I wrote about surrounding our lives with things we love. Beautiful ornaments, crockery, comfortable cushions, a vase of roses, crystal glasses or even chooks! I recognised that I feel happier when I have a home full of things I love. It sparks joy! But what about the gifts we receive? Do you find there are some gifts you have that have never seen the light of day! What do we do with gifts we have no place for or the gift that does…

  • Life Matters

    A walk amongst the roses

    A walk amongst the roses in our garden tells me something about life. You can brush up against some roses and all you experience is their beauty and their fragrance. With other roses you have to be careful as you may get hurt by their thorns! A quote by Pablo Picasso is a good way to look at the world. It says, ‘You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses’. Even some people who are a little abrasive have other attributes that can endear us. We just have to look past the thorns, handle them with care in order to see the beauty…

  • Life Day By Day,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    The Rose

    The rose is a beautiful flower and many roses have a delightful fragrance. Years ago, I read a great quote about the rose. It said, ‘A rose does not preach, it merely spreads its fragrance’. I am reminded of the beauty of the rose as Mother’s Day is celebrated this Sunday. In many countries, including Australia, Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of May. This tradition began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis an American woman first held a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anna Jarvis wanted a day set aside for mothers to be honoured given her belief that a mother is the person who…

  • Life Day By Day

    Still tidying up

    It does not seem to matter how I approach organising my home as at the end of the day I am still tidying up! If you are still tidying up at the end of the day or the end of the week, don’t despair. It is a normal part of life. It is better to be tidying up then letting all the clutter gather around you. When I was growing up my paternal grandmother, aunts and later an uncle all lived in the same rambling Queenslander at Cannon Hill, Brisbane. Verandah on three sides. My sisters and I loved exploring when we stayed there on school holidays. There was always…

  • Life Matters

    Hands

    Hands tell a story about the person. This is why so many artists like to include the hands of the person in their work. Hands are unique, just like the person. Take a look at your hands and then look at others. How are they alike and how are they different? Every healthy hand has four fingers and a thumb. It is our hands that enabled us to make our way in the world. We took our first step by hanging on to a piece of furniture while we learnt to walk. Our hands helped us do things as simple as buttoning a shirt to putting on a sock or…