• 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…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Greetings are important

    Every time I phoned my mother she would greet me and any other callers (via her landline) with ‘Hello, Good Evening.’ If it was another time of day the appropriate greeting would be heard – ‘Hello, Good Morning’ or ‘Hello, Good Afternoon.’ It was her signature greeting. How do you greet others when you answer your phone? What is your signature greeting? Greetings are very different when we are on our mobile phones. Usually, we know who is calling and therefore our response might be ‘Hello, Bill.’ If my mobile rings and it is an unknown caller I might say a vague ‘Hello’ and nothing more until I find out…

  • Life Day By Day

    The Cat Agrees

    If you are a cat person I am sure you will agree that cats are great to live with. If you treat your cat well then the cat agrees that living life with you is rather good! Or are you living with them? The cat is a very agreeable animal. I know this because when I used a speech recognition software I continually saw on the page ‘the cat agrees.’ I was researching and writing a thesis. To save time it was an attractive option to use a speech recognition program. I bought the Dragon software and it was excellent at recognising my voice and converting the voice to text…

  • Life Matters

    A culture of respect

    This past week the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, called for a culture of respect for older Australians. This was in the context of the Prime Minister addressing the damning disclosures of abuse and neglect revealed in the Royal Commission Aged Care Interim Report. The Prime Minister announced that the federal government would provide $537m to increase aged home care packages, reduce the use of chemical restraint and get young people out of residential aged care. It is a start, but as Ian Henschke from National Seniors said it fell short financially of what is needed to support older Australians. While the support is welcome by some, for me…

  • Life Matters

    Under the pump

    This week I heard someone say they were ‘under the pump.’ Usually it means that a person is experiencing pressure. On this occasion the person was referring to being under the pump at work. It was a very demanding and busy day. The term under the pump can also mean restraining a person under a pump and let the water pump all over them. In the construction industry ‘under the pump’ refers to a concrete pour. Once the concrete is delivered it must be pumped. Then the workers must work quickly before it sets. For me this week ‘under the pump’ took on a new meaning. The fire at Pechey,…

  • Living with Chickens

    Chicken Tales

    I have a few chicken tales to tell. I am never short of a story about chickens since they came to live with us around five years ago. My knowledge of chicken behaviour and how to manage backyard chickens has grown over the years. Did you know that there are more chickens in the world then there are humans? Some of them get treated humanly and others do not get treated very well – the battery hens! If you are thinking of having backyard chickens it is not as simple as buying a chook pen and bringing them home. Make sure you do your research about what you need to…

  • Health Matters

    Plant vs Animal Protein Diet

    What is better for us when considering a plant vs animal protein diet? I am hearing and reading more about a plant-based diet and how good this is compared to eating animal protein. If I changed wholly to a plant-based diet would it give me all the protein I need? Protein helps build and repair the body therefore it is essential to good health. Proteins are made up of amino acids and our body need the 22 amino acids to function well. Nine of these; histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine are essential to good health. If I have a plant-based diet, without animal protein, it…

  • Life Matters

    Choices and Aged Care

    What type of choices do older Australians have when it comes to aged care? If you are like me you like choices. Every day we are continually faced with choices. Choices about what to buy at the supermarket; choices regarding medical care; choices for holidays, choices in cars; in homes; choices about gender selection when having a baby and choices not to have one; and choices when diagnosed with gender dysphoria. If you live in Victoria, Australia, you have a choice when to end your life. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 gives people, who have a terminal illness and less than six months to live, the choice to end…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live

    Farm Girl

    I see myself as a farm girl living in the city. I like farm life. For many years I lived on a couple of acres with all the possibilities farm life offers, at least on a small scale. My mind travels to another place where there are wide open spaces, paddocks they never end, fresh air (shared with the occassional fly) and quietness. Even with the noise of nature and farm animals I find comfort in farm life. I love the opportunity to see the radiance of the sky at night, uninterrupted by the lights of city living. Even though I live in the city I am not enticed by…

  • Out and About

    Holidaying at the beach

    Holidaying at the beach is good for you. There are so many benefits the ocean and sand offer and it all comes for free. A day trip is one option. But if you like to linger longer at the beach you might have to pay for accommodation. That is, unless you have a generous friend who allows you to stay at their holiday home. It has been a while since I had a beach holiday and enjoyed the soothing waves of the ocean. But to keep safe all swimming must happen between the flags, with lifeguards on duty. The ocean water’s with gently rolling waves lapping at your feet, might…