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    Life Day By Day

    New Year’s Eve

    The 2020 New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reminisce about all our past New Year Eve’s. Due to our COVID-19 normal world our New Year’s Eve celebrations will be different tonight. Some of us will celebrate more of the same tonight, while others will be disappointed to wind back their plans as they have to stay at home. Yet, could my situation and yours be better this year in our COVID-19 world? Even in a world without fire works in many capital cities in Australia? This year we have lowered our expectations. The dinner-dance you booked has changed. You can still have the dinner, but you cannot dance.…

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    Merry Christmas with Chicken Talk

    It is time to say thank to everyone who took time to read my articles during 2020 and wish you all a Merry Christmas, with the addition of a little chicken talk. My chicken news is that I have retreated from poultry farming. No more backyard chickens for me unless I move to a larger property. If you want to know what happened to the chickens and the chicken coop with all its modifications fit for Princess Chickens, then read on. Our more recent girls Molly, Polly and Dolly went to a farm near Esk. The town of Esk is a small hamlet in the Somerset Region, South East Queensland.…

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    Life Matters

    All Cashed up this Christmas or Not

    The shops are crowded, the plastic cards are working overtime, it looks like everyone is cashed up this Christmas. But are they? Is everyone going further into debt, just like the Federal and State governments in Australia? Christmas is a great time to have a good time. But when the good time is over, and the credit card bill arrives so do the headaches. Unless you are a savvy shopper and do not go for the big expenditure items. Or are you like me and shop early? I spread my Christmas shopping over a few months and by the time December has arrived the credit card is cleared. No surprises…

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    Christmas is a time for …

    Traditionally Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. All over the world people are making plans to be with the people they love, their family and friends. Once December arrives there is a shopping frenzy. That is why I like to shop for gifts early or online. The giving of gifts goes back thousands of years when gifts were bought to the baby Jesus to celebrate his birth. However, today people give gifts for the simple reason of showing someone else they care. I heard a funny story this week about 8-year-old children who were performing a nativity play. Roles were cast, including the three wise men who bought…

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    Christmas with …

    Where will you be this Christmas? And who will you be with? Will your mind wander back to your childhood days of Christmas and other special occasions? If so, like me, will you draw on the happy memories? When I reflect on past Christmas and New Year holidays, I am grateful to my parents and extended family. They left me with so many happy memories. I am the first-born of seven children. My childhood memories take me back to 92 Barrack Road, Cannon Hill. It is a suburb of Brisbane and it was my paternal grandparents home. This is the house where my father grew up, the boys sleeping on…

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    Wellbeing and lifestyle

    Does wellbeing and lifestyle partner together for health and happiness? Can we have one without the other? I believe that what we put first can make a difference to how we feel about ourselves and those around us. Wellbeing Let us start with wellbeing. If you read my earlier article, I wrote about the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. But wellbeing is not just about diet. Our wellbeing has at least four parts. It is made up of physical, emotional, mental, and social factors. Work is another important factor. We give of our best at work when we trust those we work with, when there is good communication, and our ideas…

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    COVID CUDDLY

    I have seen a few COVID CUDDLY people. These people were not always COVID CUDDLY, but this year 2020, things changed. We have all been managing the Coronavirus, COVID-19 and some of us have joined the COVID CUDDLY army. Once I realised I had joined the COVID CUDDLY army I thought I have to do something about it. All my ‘good intentions’ of exercising at home, when it was not safe to go outdoors, disappeared – just like a puff of smoke! One of the best ways to lose the COVID CUDDLY kilos is to cut out carbohydrates. Things like bread, pasta and potatoes. I am a big fan of…

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    Keep me as the apple of your eye

    Last week we were in the car on our way to Toowoomba’s Grand Central shopping centre. It was early in the morning, peak hour. It is a time of the day we like to avoid, due to the traffic. But if we want our favourite parking space on our favourite level, we have to join the mayhem on the road. As little as it is in comparison to the city of Brisbane, just ‘down the hill’ – a country term for not too far away! I was driving and at the traffic lights waiting for them to change. I noticed a sign on the back window of the car in…

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    A COVID calamity

    We all have our share of calamities in life. But right now, individuals, families and communities are sharing a major calamity. A COVID calamity. The effects of movement restrictions, lockdowns in Australia and across the world is having an impact. We have a worldwide problem to solve. How do we live with COVID? Living within a COVID normal environment leaves no one untouched. For those struggling with mental illness the pandemic has been an unwelcome factor in their lives. For those who were living a carefree life without mental illness, many are now suffering from anxiety and depression. Mostly caused by financial problems, unemployment, loss of housing and isolation. Unconsciously,…

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    Noises in the night

    When you live close to the bush like I do there are all sorts of sounds you will hear in the night. The noises in the night are made by small animals, marsupials, reptiles and birds finding their way around. Last night I was awoken by what sounded like a loud bang. It sounded like something landing on something!! You never know what is happening outside, while you are sleeping inside. How did the early explorers sleep in a swag under the stars? Have you slept in a swag under the stars, like my son Matt? He did a trip in remote parts of Western Australia, sleeping in a tent…