• Life Matters,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Welcome to our world

    About 30 years ago my One & Only (O&O) and I travelled to Sydney from Brisbane to catch up with my mother (Valma) and the new man in her life (Kelvin). My father had passed away. Some years ago, I wrote an article about Valma and Kelvin and how they married 44 years after they first met.  Believing they were too young as 20-year old’s for a serious relationship, Kelvin’s mother hid Valma’s letter from him. He was heart-broken, but he had to get on with his life. When Valma spoke to Kelvin on the phone over four decades later she said to him ‘you broke my heart.’ While both…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    Music matters

    How does music feature in your life? Do you have a particular music genre that you like? Whatever type of music you like, now is the time to play or listen to music. We are living in unusual times dealing with a pandemic, bought about by the Coronavirus, COVID-19. We continue to hear reports through radio, television, social media, government websites, or businesses about how they are managing or how we should manage the spread of the virus. It is central in our lives and it is causing anxiety and fear for many. At times like this, we must turn down the volume on the Coronavirus news and turn up…

  • Health Matters,  Socio-Political

    Keep calm and wash your hands

    In the midst of what’s happening in our communities with the Coronavirus, COVID-19, should we panic? We are told there is no need to panic. Even though the virus is now declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic. Should we just keep calm and wash our hands? No, we need to do more! As a senior social observer my eyes and ears are attuned to advice from medical experts and the government. I am sure you are like me and want to protect yourself from the virus. Therefore, I was interested in the decisions of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting held yesterday in Sydney in…

  • Life Day By Day

    What’s Up?

    The Coronavirus Panic If you ask anyone the question ‘What’s Up?’ you will get a range of responses. However, at the moment it seems everyone is talking about the Coronavirus, CO-VID 19, and panicking about what might happen. The stockpiling of household essentials, including toilet paper, is driven by fear. There is a name for it. It is called FOMO – the fear of missing out! Well, what’s up at our place this past week is that we did not go panic shopping. Although in our regular shop, I did put a few extra cans of tomatoes and baked beans in our shopping trolley. Really, what’s up with people stockpiling?…

  • Out and About,  Self-Care

    Walking the Whitsundays

    Walking the Whitsundays is it possible? The Whitsundays consists of a huge body of water and 74 islands. But despite that I did walk the Whitsundays. I can hear you saying ‘that’s not possible, how could you walk the Whitsundays?’ It is true I walked the Whitsundays. Oh, did I leave out that one word ‘distance.’ What I have achieved is that I walked the distance of the Whitsundays. But even more so, I have walked the distance of the Great Barrier Reef. That is I have walked more than 2,300 kilometres. I do not know how long it has taken me, I just keep walking. The Whitsundays are in…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Self-Care

    Aussie rock star Kirk Pengilly

    Have you heard of Kirk Pengilly, the Aussie rock star who performed with the music group INXS (In Excess)? The group was co-founded by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. Pengilly has a long history as a musician, dating back to 1971 when he was lead singer of a high school band called Guinness. The band evolved into INXS with Michael Hutchence as the lead singer, selling more than 30 million records. However, my focus today is not on INXS but on Kirk Pengilly. He is a talented musician, playing guitar and saxophone. He was also a principal song writer for INXS and a backing vocalist. In 1987 Pengilly when travelling…

  • Life Day By Day

    Gathering the straws of life together

    I have not been very successful these past few weeks in gathering the straws of life together! At least, not successful in gathering my thoughts and writing an article for my blog. I have excuses! It is my birthday month and my son Matt returned to Queensland after eight years of living in Western Australia. Once again he can call himself a Queenslander! Although I have not published a blog that does not mean I have not been writing. I have several unfinished articles while I search for focus. In reflecting on my blog I realised it was time to refocus. That is, what do I want my blog to…

  • Life Day By Day

    Seniors on St Valentine’s Day

    When you get older is St Valentine’s Day full of the same pizzazz and tradition you experienced when you were younger? When my One & Only (O&O) were younger (a few years ago) we would give cards to one another, maybe even put a stamp on the envelope and send it via the post. Then there were the times we would go out to dinner to celebrate love, to celebrate life. So, what changed? We got older. However, that is only part of the story. We no longer find enjoyment in busy and noisy restaurants. However, back in the days when we found joy in joining with the throngs of…

  • Living with Chickens

    The death of a pet

    The death of a pet can be difficult to cope with. There is a grieving process that happens when we lose a pet. Over the last couple of years two of my siblings have had pet dogs that have died. The loss of a dog who has been a great companion, showing unconditional love, is felt deeply. I am sure this is the same with a cat and other animals, including horses. However, I never thought that I could feel such loss when my pet chook died last weekend. She was my favourite and had been with us for over three years. I have not had many pets during my…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Flowering gums and flying foxes

    I am fortunate to live in a treed area in Toowoomba with flowering gums. They are tall and stately trees mostly found in the bush, but one is in the corner of our backyard. There are also a few other trees nearby on neighbouring properties. Where we live was developed around 30 years ago and many mature trees were preserved. We bought our home in February 2016 but did not move in until a few months later. One night in February we stayed overnight (air mattress). My sleep was disturbed by what I thought was possums moving around at night. Life went on and it did not occur to me…