Category Archives: thank you

Sweet Christmas Surprise

I received a Christmas card today from my dear fiend and fellow blogger, Elaine from foodbod. It was such a lovely surprise ,so unexpected and just so lovely and sweet just like Elaine herself.

I feel so privileged to have made such wonderful friends on WordPress, everyone has been so welcoming, so encouraging, it’s like we are all united in this little world of ours.

With Christmas only 8 sleeps away I want to take this moment to acknowledge all the things that I am so grateful for, my children, my family, my husband, my pets, my friends, my colleagues and every single person that I have had the honour of meeting on WordPress. Thank you all for making my life so wonderful, I truly am a very lucky woman to have you all in my life.

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Another year older

Another year older, I would like to be able to say wiser, but somehow I don’t think so, I may be forty five now but I still feel like I did twenty years ago, of course I wish I still looked the same but alas no. I spent the day celebrating my birthday with the people I love most in the world, my family. The sun was shining, everyone was relaxed and happy, there was champagne and nice food, what more could a girl possibly ask for?

I have really been thoroughly spoilt with many beautiful birthday messages and presents from my amazing friends and extended family. My mum outdid herself again and made me the most decadent chocolate birthday cake, unfortunately we were all too full to enjoy it, but I’m sure tomorrow the girls at work will be happy when I take in left over cake to share.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, is a day to pay tribute to mothers around the world and all that they do. I don’t think that one can truly appreciate the magnitude of a mothers love until one has actually become a mother.

I know my mother has always been one of the most important people in my life, she is my biggest advocate and my voice of reason, she is the reason I worry so much, but also the reason that I care so much.

Through the years I have tested my mother many times. I have pushed her, and caused her much grief, but she has always been there for me.

As the years pass and I face my own challenges as a mother, my mothers influence guides me through this unchartered, for me, course.

In the last year or so I have witnessed my mother become ill on two occasions, both incidents were very scary for me. The realisation that she is getting older is something that I am struggling to come to terms with.

To suddenly see this super woman look so frail and dare I say it old, was like having the rug pulled right out from under me. Fortunately my mum is fine now. She is back to cooking and caring for us all.

Tomorrow in honour of Mother’s Day we are taking my mum out for a lovely lunch by the sea, it’s our way to say thank you for all that she has done and all that she continues to do for us.

So Happy Mother’s Day mummy, and Happy Mother’s Day for all the mums out there in the blogosphere.

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They’re back

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They’re back!!! All my files, all my documents are back, and I could not be more relieved.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Apple tech guys they have gone above and beyond the call of duty

And also a huge huge thank you to everyone in the WordPress community for your kind words, prayers and encouraging messages.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Thank you

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Not sure what happened yesterday but somehow I managed to break my all time record for visitors and views to my blog.

Don’t get me wrong I couldn’t be happier, it’s just that I don’t think I posted anything that was that noteworthy.

What I believe has happened today is what people refer to as search engine optimisation. This is the first time I have mentioned Facebook or social media in a post and certainly that first time I have used it as a category, and so this is what I assume to be the reason for the unmissable rise in my stats.

Regardless, I would like to thank everybody who stopped by, it has without a doubt really made my day, night and possibly week.

I am very honoured indeed to be part of the WordPress community.

Australia Day

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Today is Australia Day. My day began with a delicious breakfast at Knox City Council in honour of the Australia Day Awards in the panoramic Civc Room.

Every year people in the community are nominated by their peers for their outstanding contribution to the community. There are four awards given : Local Hero, Young Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Citizen of the year.

Each year I find the candidates seem to get more and more inspiring.

This years Local Hero was a young lady who embarked on a mission named The Brainwash Project in 2012 to create a small magazine that explored the negative impact the media has on body image for young girls. After its success, She launched a petition that asked women’s magazine Cleo to include a disclaimer in their publication to inform readers that some images within the magazine are digitally altered. The petition received more than 20,000 signatures and attracted national media interest. Upon this response, this young lady independently financed a trip to Sydney to meet with the editors of Cleo. Here, they agreed that the Cleo Photoshop Guidelines would be included in every edition from December 2012. She then set out to create her own magazine for teenage girls. In conjunction with more than 100 volunteers, created a 188-page, colour magazine and managed to raise $5,000 to print 300 copies. Her hope is to have the magazine stocked in local schools so that teenage girls have an alternative publication to read that she and her classmates never had.

The Young Citizen of the Year was equally inspiring. She was a year 12 student with Crohn’s disease who has channelled her desire to better the community in a number of ways, including raising funds for important causes. By organising cupcake and milkshake drives—which required many hours of baking in her own time—she raised almost $2,000 for the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation. She has also raised funds for other worthy causes, including the Epilepsy Foundation and Breast Cancer Foundation. She has generated awareness and funds for a number of causes relating to gender issues, including preventing violence against women and White Ribbon Day. In addition she has recently designed a line of water bottles as part of an important project to foster healthy and equal relationships among young people.

The volunteer of the year was a young mother of three, who has been an active member of The Basin fire brigade for more than 15 years. She has also served as an Operational Fire Fighter which requires her to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Her desire to educate children on fire safety saw her create the ‘Captain Koala and Friends’ show, which she wrote, directed and performed. In addition to serving both The Basin Playgroup Committee and the Colchester Park Preschool Committee, this amazing lady has also raised funds for a number of charities, including Red Cross Red Shield Appeal, Riding for the Disabled, Animal Welfare Refuge and The Good Friday Appeal.

Finally the Citizen of the Year was an 81 year old gentlemen who has dedicated more than 50 years to sport and athletics clubs in Knox as well as being heavily involved in U3A Knox (University of the Third Age in Ferntree Gully). This man now leads four classes every week, a commitment which requires many hours of daily preparation.

It is very humbling to be around such incredible people who give so much of themselves and their time to our community. I left feeling as I always do after this event, inspired and in awe at such selflessness and generosity.

Goodbye Indie R.I.P

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It is with much sorrow that I write this post. Yesterday I learnt that my beloved friend Indie who I have written about before, sadly had to be put to sleep.

I am still processing and therefore do not have a very clear understanding of exactly what happened to Indie, but from what I am told she developed a swollen uterus (kind of like a prolapsed uterus) that was about to erupt at any moment. Surgery was the only option but the chances of her surviving the surgery and the sheer cost of it left my friend with no other option.

I guess I’m still in shock because I only just saw Indie a week ago when we went on our weekly walk and she seemed happy as ever, excited to see me, no sign of anything being wrong. I’m told that she seemed to go downhill a couple of days before Christmas, and that by Christmas Day she was off her food.

I have since googled prolapsed uterus in dogs, but I’m not convinced this is what killed Indie. I guess I will know more when I catch up with my friend in a couple of days. From what I hear the vet that tended to Indie was not very nice at all, I’m sure ill do a post on this in time but today I just wanted to pay tribute to a special soul who experienced so much pain and suffering in her short life, and yet despite this remained kind and gentle, she had even begun to trust people again. It just doesn’t seem fair really does it?

Goodbye Indie, thank you for your friendship, for your affection. I’ll miss our walks and our time together. I’ll miss the funny grunting noises you use to make and the cute way you would hobble over to me in excitement eager to set off on our walks. Rest In Peace my friend.

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Happy Birthday Nana

Today is a sad day for my family and I, it is my late grandmothers birthday. She would have been 99 years old today.

My grandmother passed away 23 years ago but not a day goes by that we do not think about her. She was a remarkable woman who raised not only my mother and many of her 65 first cousins, but also my sister, my brother and myself.

Every memory of my life as a child includes my grandmother. When I was sad or scared or troubled she was the one I would turn to. She taught me so much, I think that most of my best qualities come from her. It was her influence that shaped us all.

She was a strong woman with the biggest heart, who was always putting everyone else’s needs before her own.

She selflessly gave up her life overseas to come to Australia to be with my mother and help her and my father raise their children. In a country where she did not speak the language where she had no support network, no friends. She stayed home and cooked and cleaned and took on the role of caregiver to her three grandchildren, and she did this willingly and with so much love and devotion.

I would love to say that we were always gracious and appreciative of all she did for us but the truth is we were not. It is with much shame that I recall many a time complaining about a meal she had prepared, a meal that would have taken her hours to make, and instead of saying thank you I would complain how it was not my favourite.

As we grew up we were able to comprehend just how much my grandmother did for all of us. How lucky we were to have known her, to have had her in our lives. To this day she is still the voice in my subconscious guiding me through life. Whenever I am at a crossroad I will stop and ask myself ‘what would nana do in this instance?’ She had this incredible way of helping you to make the right choices without even realising it. We are all better people because of her. No matter how many years may pass I will never stop loving her, nor will I ever stop missing her.

Happy Birthday Nana XxXx

Blog Of The Year Award 2013

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Blog Of The Year Award 2013!!!!

I have been honoured with The Blog Of The Year Award 2013, by my fellow blogger Dear Kitty. Some Blog. This is truly an honour, I have not been blogging long and therefore feel very fortunate to have been nominated at all.

This is my first nomination for this blog award. In order to claim the award and post the star on my blog I need to follow the instructions below. First off I need to nominate other blogs for this award, there are so many amazing blogs out here in the blogosphere it’s hard to pick my favourites but I will give it a go.

The blogs which I am nominating are:

1. HarshReality

2. Travelling Macs

3. TalesAlongTheWay

4. Youth Of A Nation : Bent not Broken

5. Valeriu dg barbu blog

6. Rachelmankowitz

The instructions for this award are simple:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees! Best of luck to every one! Thank you once again Dear Kitty. Some Blog.