• KJ's Kitchen,  Life Matters

    Cabin Fever and COVID-19

    Spending too much time alone or confined indoors can bring on cabin fever. The term cabin fever is not a medically diagnosed illness, however it is a recognised condition. The lockdown we are experiencing in our homes due to COVID-19, apart from going out for essential services, can bring on cabin fever. I believe most of us are aware of the importance of following the COVID-19 regulations, including social distancing, to keep us all safe from the virus. That is, apart from the young woman at the supermarket, when I asked my One & Only (O&O) to step back at the checkout, told me it was all a load of…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Life Day By Day

    The Power of Flour

    More people during the coronavirus lockdown have discovered the power of flour. There is so much you can do with flour. Now that people are spending more time at home they are experimenting in the kitchen and making their own bread, cakes, pasta, or pizza. If you have young children you can also use flour to make play dough. I made it for my son when he was young (he is now in his 40s)! The tactile experience of play dough is good for children. It enhances their fine motor skills, is very calming and develops their creative skills. It is an activity that grandparents could do with grandchildren, but…

  • Life Matters

    The coronavirus classroom: Cardinal George Pell

    We are all part of a social experiment due to the coronavirus (Covid-19). Our lives have significantly changed. Living in a free-market, capitalist society, we could always choose how to live our daily lives. But this choice has been taken away by the coronavirus. We do not know what will be our ‘new normal’ that is weeks, months or a year away. Given our new way of living is this an opportunity for learning? For me, I feel like I have been placed in the coronavirus classroom – a new place of learning. All of us, in our digital age, have an opportunity to acquire new skills. There are self-help…

  • Life Matters,  Self-Sufficiency

    And the birds still sing

    There have been many changes in our lives over the past couple of months and we are all making adjustments to life – at home. Despite this, some things remain the same. The other morning when I awoke I heard the sweet melody of birds outside the bedroom window. The birds continue on with their lives as usual. They are unaffected by COVID-19. They have no restrictions on their activities. And yes, the birds still sing. What’s up these Easter holidays As the birds still sing, others across the world are joining in, singing. Well known entertainers are live streaming their songs and encouraging others to ‘hang in’ during the…

  • Life Matters,  Out and About

    Courage mingled with vulnerabilities (CV)

    What a difference a few months can make. No longer do we have control over where we go and what we do. The coronavirus, COVID-19, CV for short, is controlling us. I am now controlled by the government and the rules of movement and social behaviour. But I do not mind, these are in place for my protection and to protect those I love. Therefore, I have to face the world with another form of CV – courage mingled with my vulnerabilities. The level of control and the change CV has bought into my life was evident to me yesterday when we visited the pharmacy and the supermarket. We arrived…

  • 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…

  • 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…