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    KJ's Kitchen

    Cooking at home

    How easy is it to cook at home? Do you get into the kitchen and make that delicious recipe grandma made or do you rely on a recipe book? I have a collection of my favourite recipe books that I have carried around with me from home to home. My recipe book collection includes ‘From the Galleys of Nantucket’ a book of recipes from the Ladies Union Circle, North Congregational Church, Nantucket. I have the Twelfth Edition (1983). The First Edition came out in 1969. It was a gift from family living in Boston, Massachusetts. Then there is ‘Herbs for the Kitchen’ by Irma Goodrich Mazza that I bought in…

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    Life Day By Day

    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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    Life Matters

    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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    Life Day By Day

    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…

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    Life Day By Day

    Good decisions/bad decisions

    We all make decisions every day, some are good decisions and some are bad decisions. With some decisions we will know right away whether it was a good or a bad decision. For other decisions we have to wait a while to find out! Good decisions This morning I made a good decision, the one not to get up too early. If you read my article from last week then you will know about the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule. That is, we have five seconds to make a decision. If we have not acted on the decision in five seconds than our brain switches off. We have lost…

  • Life Wise Hints

    The best way to start your day

    Where I live in Queensland the days are getting longer and warmer. I will have more time in my day if I get up earlier. I have always liked getting up early. It is such a beautiful time of the day. There is silence, apart from the birds singing. The air is crisp, and the sunrise is an ever-changing landscape of colour and splendour. But is getting up early the best way to start your day? Or is getting up at the time you decide, the best way to start your day?   The five second rule Firstly, we have to get out of bed. This is where the 5…

  • Out and About

    The carnival and coronavirus

    We might be in the middle of a pandemic but in Toowoomba we are celebrating the Carnival of Flowers. The Spring weather is perfect, and Toowoomba has put out the welcome mat to visitors. In Queensland we are in this position because of early lockdown restrictions and the border closure. A visit to Queens Park Botanic Gardens Yesterday my One & Only (O&O) and I visited Queens Park Botanic Gardens. He suggested we take a picnic lunch. But given the crowds I had seen in the park, two days earlier when driving past, I proposed we picnic at home. While wandering around the park I was surprised as I did…

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    Life Matters

    The heartbreaking reality of coronavirus, COVID-19

    The heartbreaking stories caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19 are immense. Every day I watch television and hear them. But are the media concentrating too much on people’s discontent. When the focus should be on how Australia is avoiding a major outbreak of the virus. Entry into Queensland denied As a older Australian I recognise that people are hurting. They are unable to attend a loved ones funeral. Unable to visit a loved one who is dying in hospital or in aged care. But this is the cost we all must pay to save lives. It might sound heartless but funerals are not for the dead, they are for the living.…

  • Out and About

    The mystery of the missing banana

    Getting out and experiencing nature is a great past-time. My One & Only (O&O) and me did this during the week and went for a drive and picnic to Ravensbourne National Park. It is around a 40-minute drive from Toowoomba. We always enjoy a BBQ lunch when going on a picnic. There are wood BBQ’s at Ravensbourne but, on this occasion, we decided to take a picnic lunch. Our lunch was simple, sandwiches (homemade bread) and curried eggs (eggs from our hens). Add a thermos of hot water for a cup of tea, fresh strawberries, and a chocolate treat and we were ready to go. But no, what about a…

  • Socio-Political

    Aged care model of care

    Last Friday I wrote a story titled ‘some kind of wonderful’ that took away from the true message of my article. Today I want to remedy this with a stronger emphasis. The current service delivery model, delivered through residential aged care homes, is institutionalised care. The needs of older people are not adequately meet by this archaic model of care. On 31 October 2019 the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report was released. The following is taken directly from the Commission’s website. ‘The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its…