• 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…

  • Life Matters

    Injustice

    Martin Luther King Jr said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Injustice comes to most of us in many varying forms as part of our life journey. But we have to rise above it. We must never give up. We are all born with the ability to rise above adversity. Nothing more to say today, I said it all in my book of 90,000 words published last year.

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Never give up

    There are many mottos we can live by and ‘never give up’ is an important one. Many Australians are going through tough times at the moment. States across Australia are facing unparalleled fire emergencies. Up to 100,000 people have been asked to leave their homes in Victoria. Yesterday around 1,000 people were evacuated to two naval vessels (MV Sycamore and HMAS Choules) from the beach at Mallacoota in Victoria. In Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia fires are posing a risk to life. This is an unprecedented situation, never seen before in the history of Australia. New fires are forming at a disturbing rate. This follows scorching temperatures, extended…

  • Life Matters

    2020 Vision in 2020

    We are about to step into a New Year but will we have 2020 vision in 2020? At the very least we all have an opportunity to make 2020 the best year possible for ourselves and others. We can visualise the life we want but our experiences might be different. For many Australians there will be struggles in 2020. For those who have sufferered and are still suffering from the devastating bushfires there will be many dark days ahead. It will be difficult for many to bounce back to where life was before the bushfires. There has been so much loss: of life; of homes; of businesses and livelihoods. There…

  • Life Day By Day

    Christmas Tree Topper

    A Christmas tree topper is a decoration placed on the very top of the Christmas tree. The most popular tree toppers are an angel or a star. Choosing a Christmas tree topper is important as it is the ‘pièce de résistance.’ That is, it is the most important feature of the tree. Do most of us choose a tree topper without much thought of its significance? My choice of Christmas tree topper in an angel. A few years ago, I updated our Christmas tree topper replacing it with the smaller, but much-loved decoration, with an angel that looked more radiant, with shining golden wings and a harp! When I placed…

  • Life Matters

    Thoughts and prayers

    When you hear the expression thoughts and prayers do you see this as an attempt to give comfort? When people are experiencing tragic circumstances what should we say? The words seem harmless enough and well-intended but has the statement become too glib? Do the words give comfort and is it the right thing to say? The Urban Dictionary says that thoughts and prayers are ‘an expression of indifference to tragedy intending to seem empathetic.’ It is true that well-intended words do not always give the comfort intended. It was very evident when a woman, whose home was burnt to the ground, lashed out on camera after the Prime Minister of…