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I may have retired from work but there's no way I've retired from life! 'So what do you do' someone asked me. 'I live, love and laugh' I replied. 'oh and travel as much as possible' Come along and join in my life and travels - I'll be happy to have you there with me. http://cranethie.com

Water Water Everywhere…


I’ve been known to hang on to things…….just in case.

My other excuse is often – it’ll come in handy……

When – we don’t know, but it’s there just in case

Discussing our winter ‘going up north again’ plans and what to take with us, we (The Golfer and myself) had another look at some ’just in case/might come in handy/ you never know when’ items the other weekend.
That’s when the word water bottles cropped up

Not so much the flimsy plastic ’comes in all shapes & sizes’ single use throw away ones you buy water in – though they’re bad enough……..more the keep and carry (sometimes plastic) ones seen in the hands of those who take hydration seriously.

Someone I know – let’s just say not me – has a likeing for water bottles. He has quite a few lot…..He’s out and about on the golf course in all weathers so definitely needs to be hydrated and (for him) filling a bottle with water from a dedicated tap at the 9th hole is ’not on’ so he carts his own (along with all the other weird and wonderful things that come tumbling out of his bag when he’s looking for something.)

I do have water in the car but can usually quench my thirst somewhere during the day.

So after going through the garage, various cupboards and cars, we came to an understanding – that we (he?) did not need the collection of water bottles we (he?) seemed to have gathered.
When he was ’into volunteering’ each event had a water bottle supplied – suitably emblazoned with good/bad/ugly….usually necessary logos and advertising.
Lots had been used then tossed aside (not away) in favour of others so after our chat he chose some to hang on to….not to use now……but just in case!

Most of them went into the rubbish and recycling bins

And as well as what he calls his ’good ones’ these others 👇 are what he kept

Now I love him dearly and I understand there are memories attached to each one and I can’t complain when I think about what I’ve still got tucked away….BUT

  • These few have never been used, just been gathering dust (and dirt) in the garage
  • Souvenirs of special events that made the most impression on him – Melbourne Commonwealth Games – Fina World Swimming Championships – Australian Youth Olympics – various National Australian Canoeing events plus a couple of other org. I don’t remember
  • Look at the dates – (You might have to enlarge to see) …..2006 2007 2013
  • They’ve already been there a fair while so I’m wondering how much longer they’ll have to wait for their….‘I knew they’d come in handy’ ….time to shine 😊

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And then of course there’s these

but they have my name on so no explanation is necessary 😊

https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/promo-university/history-of-reusable-water-bottles.htm

Some could – some couldn’t

I was one of the latter…..it just didn’t make sense.

I met someone the other day who could – and still does

The amalgamation of Probus clubs I spoke about last year has happened so I popped into their offshoot ’book club’ group the other day…..it means I can get to know some of the ’new to me’ members of the other club in a more casual environment while chatting about something we all enjoy – books we’ve read, books to be read as well as books currently being read.

They are a little bit more formal in their ways in that they actually keep ‘minutes’ of a sort at the book club noting – what I just said…..books read etc and who spoke about what.

And guess what the ’scribe’ was doing…..I watched her hand and thought ’that doesn’t look like longhand’ – it wasn’t. Turns out she was one of the ones who could…..and (aged 85) still does at every opportunity she told me. ’Never lose your skills because you never know when you’ll need them’!

As I said, I was one who couldn’t……were you one who could?

Here’s a really interesting article to read – https://www.britannica.com/topic/shorthand

On my mind….

What’s on my mind this week is that recently I’ve been having a little trouble getting the sleep cycle to stay ‘asleep’. It tends to think 2hr blocks are the norm rather than sleeping through the night all in one go. Not content with that it then goes about teasing me with time awake wondering why I can’t go back to sleep again!

When we were children, Bobby my next sister was one who dropped off as soon as ’lights out’ and was always running late in the mornings, wanting to stay abed rather than get ready for school. I sent her an email the other day…..mid morning our time/ night time hers …..not expecting a reply until late afternoon, and was surprised when one arrived not too long after.

Here’s part of her reply plus part of my follow up

  • B – So it’s 1:30 am I have odd sleeping habits these days – 9pm can’t keep my eyes open. 
    10:30 turn in – midnight wide awake and mentally solving word problems  – 2am thinking have a quick look at phone check emails look at weather and newspapers hope to go to sleep soon I got to be up and at it at 7am.   Then 7am dead to the world  – 8 am oh no is that the time already I’m late again 😂😂😂 – 9 am sod it. Can wait I’ll do it when I’m ready .
  • Me – I’ve been there done that with sleeping patterns- isn’t it a lovely surprise on the odd occasion to wake and realise you’ve slept through the night.  
    Often sleep in 2hr blocks so tried telling myself ’try for 4x2hrs’ before I settled down…..didn’t work. 
    Turned the clock/radio the other way – took it out of the bedroom- didn’t make much difference- I’d see the time on my way to the loo and realise how long I’d slept/ not slept.  
    Won’t get back the time I’ve lay there thinking do I need to pee again or can I will myself to go back to sleep….get up go drop off almost instantly…not going to happen
    Yes I hear your pain xxx

For the time being Mr Insomnia – the evil one who stops you dropping off to sleep in the beginning – has left the building but his little friend – the one who who wont let you go back to sleep – the one I have discovered goes by the name of Middle of the Night Insomnia – has been having fun in the bedroom recently. I certainly didn’t invite him and there’s no apparent reason why he’s come visiting

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-of-the-night_insomnia

https://www.medicinenet.com/why_do_i_wake_up_every_two_hours_at_night/article.htm

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So if you are familiar with those times when your mind wants to carry on at full pelt instead of closing down –  look carefully at the fun going on below – it is possible the answer to my and maybe your problem lies there 😊

I have absolutely no idea whereabouts on the internet I found this – Entitled ‘A Womens Brain’ or ‘Why Women find it hard to go to Sleep’ –  (which is a bit sexist) but I can totally relate to all the stuff going on. 
It’s a hoot – Keep your eye on those little blue balls and follow them down the line

Linking to Denyse’s ~ Life’s Stories. Pop over and see what she’s up to this week

Corinne is back with Monday Musings – this week wondering why we do specific things

And the answer is….

When I first saw these I was like….oh these are fun

They were cropping up everywhere

And yes my answers were 1 4 & 3 because, as you know, gravity and all that

But ’others’ were coming up with different answers and then the penny clicked

Yam was almost there……you must look more closely at the diagrams

Not 1 what about 2

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Same here – not 4 possibly 9

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Count 3 out on this one – could be 6

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However…did you notice?

  • 1 4 & 3 are blocked at the entrance – BUT so are 2 9 & 6 (see the tips of their ‘pipes’) all of those cups will stay empty. Which means the tanks on the left fill and the liquid rises to flow right.
  • 4 7 & 7 look to be the first answers but….they’re all blocked as well.
  • And so is 8 in the water puzzle
  • Which leaves 3 5 & 9 as the winners

Baby Talk revisted….

(I wrote this follow up to a recent post and forgot to publish it)

Thank you for all your comments concerning the little babe and her mother in the (March) Baby Talk post. It certainly generated a lot of interest.

It was a difficult time for my friend (the Grandma) – I remember her telling me she certainly hadn’t done as was suggested in ‘the note’, had given the baby lots of cuddles and tickles and sung songs and did all the sorts of things you do when there is a babe in your arms – and was rewarded with lots of smiles and that funny coo tiny babies make.

When I next saw her, she (the grandma) mentioned she’d spoken (nicely) to the DIL on a different day about her concerns and it seemed she had a thing in her head about something she’d read about in a book – controlled crying. 
Seemingly the little one cried a lot in the evening (as well as during the day)…..-not what Grandma observed the day she looked after her…. and she, the mother was really tired and had heard that if you leave them be – didn’t keep picking them up every time they cried….. they would go to sleep.

Yes, said Grandma, sometimes it works with older babes and children but yours is still really little and needs to be held.
A short while later when the mother saw the ‘nurse’ at the baby clinic she said similar things to her and as well as the baby the ’nurse’ took her (the mother)under her wing as well.

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That’s what happened all those years ago and even now after all that time my friend (the grandma) is still ‘annoyed, angry even’ at all the stress the DIL caused by being so pedantic in her ways. The baby continued to be ‘cranky/troublesome/tiresome’ (the mothers’s words) strangely only in their own home and it took many weeks to calm them both down.
The baby (an only child, now a young girl) has always been quiet almost withdrawn which my friend puts down to her not receiving love and attention, never knowing how her mother will react.
And then recently her son let slip they had had some really nasty fights over leaving the baby to cry but he didn’t know where to get help for the mother.  Which led my friend to be upset and sad that he didn’t confide in her at the time.

I’m sure there are many reasons new mums (and babies) behave the way they do, even ‘non new mums’ have troubled days…..I learnt it’s not for us to judge, just be there if they need – or want – help. To be understanding….and kind.


What’s that stuff….

‘What was that stuff Mum used to put in the water when we had a cold….. then she’d put a towel over our heads.’

‘Friars Balsam’, my sister said. It was hot water in a bowl, drop of that in, head over bowl, towel over head – sit there, breath deep and don’t move until I tell you! Mother’s love😊

‘Thanks, wonder if they still sell it. It might help ease my sniffy snorty coughy post nasal drip symptoms. Vapor rub’s no help at all’

Success ~ $5 a small bottle at a discount chemist

  • Used as an inhalation, with hot water, for relief from nasal congestion or as an expectorant in colds, coughs, laryngitis, bronchitis and asthma. Also used as an antiseptic and protectant for minor cuts and abrasions, chapped skin and lips, cracked nipples, small skin fissures and bedsores. Can relieve itching from chilblains, eczema and urticaria (hives).


I’m not getting undressed and kneeling on the floor to try it though😃


Last days or early ones

Are these the last days of Autumn or are they early Winter ones?

Monday 16 May

Whichever – it’s definitely getting cooler
Soup for lunch is becoming the norm – grainy bread, cheesy crackers, tea and a book

Yesterday was a bit of sunshine – then dodge the showers as I pottered around outside

And sadly a new neighbour has cut down Berts’s beautiful Liquid Amber whose orange red leaves always made a glorious display at this time of the year – sadly they kept the scraggy one whose leaves I noticed yesterday never colour up in the same way

Seasons come & Seasons go – ours is definitely changing. How’s yours?

Things to do….or not to do

(A forgotten draft post from quite a little while ago)

Had a little chat with my UK based baby brother last week.

Are you going out and about now?
No!

Are the case numbers still high where you are?
No, just can’t be bothered,

So no pub?
No, not even the pub. Tried it to begin with
Now can’t be bothered. Too much of a hassle, too many people.
I’m content staying close to home

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We laughed and went on to chat about how things had changed

For years many had the attitude of Y O L O (you only live once) – spend up, take risks, enjoy life, blow the consequences – followed by F O M O (fear of missing out) – constantly wanting/needing to know and worrying about missing out on something.

Then along came ’The Pandemic’ – sometimes called Corona Virus – Covid19 – Rona – ‘Strange Times’ even ’You Know What’ – and even though we have constantly been assured all is well out there, some still have F O G O (fear of going out)

Now a new variant has arrived – H O G O (hassle of going out). Something baby brother and I have been feeling. That ‘do I have to go’ – ‘there’s always another time’ – ‘do I have to wear a mask’ – ‘how many will be there’ feeling.

Even though we want to, it’s all too much.

It appears we’ve both settled on J O M O (joy of missing out) as our sweet spot

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A few weeks on now …..We’re both feeling much better 😊

I’m enjoying resumed activities and he’s starting to visit his favourite pub. Both of us are still cautious, not fearful, just wary of people and places plus keep a mask in our pocket and wear it when or if necessary.
Don’t know about the UK – but since our government has basically ’left us to do our own thing’ known daily positive case numbers in Victoria are averaging 10,000 a day

So it’s still out there!

How about you – are you feeling more safe, secure and comfortable or is it still a hassle

Oh look, here’s another one….

The Golfer has ’suddenly’ become interested in his family tree

That means I’m the one doing the research while he looks on and ‘admires’ the results

It’s probably been there for quite a while but I’ve discovered a new (free) research site

If anyone’s interesting in going down online rabbit holes this one is pretty good

https://www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk

https://www.freereg.org.uk

There are links to the original free BDM site plus some free census. But it was the VERY old parish BDM records (think 1700s) that held my interest. Both his paternal lines were/are entrenched in small Essex villages so one surname or the other plus a place name brought up so many facts – and a maiden name to boot😊

(And that’s where I’ve been this past week or more – it definitely cut into my blogging time!)

Just recently….

I was pleased we were able to have our flu’ jab so now are up to date with our vaccinations. Flurona has become a real thing here in Australia

I discovered that Dragonflies are sometimes called the Devils Darning Needle (thank you quiz show) – so it seems are other things

I felt like Debby when I realised the four truss tomatoes I put in my shopping trolley cost over AU$4. Truss toms have a smell of their own, like homegrown fresh from your garden and these called to me from the fruit and veg section of the supermarket.

Someone got to the grapes before I snapped the tomatoes

https://lifesfunnylikethat.blogspot.com/2022/05/tomatoes.html

https://australiantrusstomatoes.com.au

I noticed the ’paper aisles’ (toilet paper/kitchen rolls/ tissues) in the supermarket were almost empty. Two weeks ago there was plenty of stock – now none. Perhaps the other chain is being supplied….the one whose shelves were empty in April

https://au.news.yahoo.com/aldi-shoppers-angered-by-constant-toilet-paper-shortage-034115019.html

I was thankful we have the wherewithal to pay for the increased power bills when they arrive yet still felt it was necessary to talk to the provider and negotiate a better plan than the new one they suggested. Sticker shock is being noticed everywhere these days. We might be able to afford it but it’s certainly not necessary to accept it.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-29/power-pain-as-bills-tipped-to-rise-40-per-cent-on-surging-prices/101023488

I declared Autumn has definitely arrived (Winter nearly as well) and even though the sun might shine and we do have extra clothes we could put on, contrary to my complaining about increased power costs, if it’s cold in the evening (or even during the day) the heater goes on. Anything under 15°c is not my cup of tea!

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/202205/html/IDCJDW3050.202205.shtml

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And finally I seem to have become forgetful – I write it on the calendar – leave notes on the fridge – set reminders on the phone – just for the pleasure of hearing me say…..

Linking to Denyse’s ~ Life’s Stories. She is telling a revealing one today

It’s amazing what you find…

When you’re not really looking

Fountains next to benches – lighthouses next to benches

Cannons next to cafes – statues next to cafes

But my favourite find was this row of redundant cinema seats placed on a dune overlooking a beach in Bowen
An opportunity too hard to resist – using retrieved items discarded when local cinema had ’a clear out’
Sadly the council didn’t see the fun of watching the sunset in comfort

Benches plus – seen on our travels

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XingfuMama hosts  Pull up a Seat and EC hosts Sunday Selections
Why don’t you pop over and see what others have been up to – or better still post and take part

New ways – Different ways

You get another reminder that the years are passing when a granddaughter asks if you would knit something for a friend who is having her first baby. Due the first week of June.
How could that be – oh yes they are in their 20s now☹️
‘I’ve seen something I know she would love’…..

Photograph received of unknown baby sucking on a grossly enormous dummy wearing the cardigan that ’I know she would love’….so after going through her enormous pile of patterns it turned out grandma had to pop into the delicious craft rabbit hole called Ravelry to find something similar. Almost the same and a free pattern to boot!


There are so many ways to knit and construct cardigans and I’ve tried many of them ……flat in seperate pieces, all in one to armholes, add sleeves then finish on a yoke – various methods of neck down – haven’t tried knit in the round and steeked yet (scaredy cat me isn’t sure she could deal with the stress of that) but this one was definitely different. Lets just say that if the instructions had been clearer the making would have been easier – and more enjoyable.

The instructions did say it was all in one and knit in garter stitch

how hard could that be??

Two weeks later….many cross words (some not nice) and it was finished.
Not my best effort – to knit to gauge I had to use 4mm needles, the button fastenings were difficult to manipulate so I changed to buttonholes plus I found it difficult to get even looking rows of garter stitch.
This one will go in the charity box and another will be made…..slowly, carefully, neatly.

Decisions…..

Some are difficult – this one’s easy

I have decided I am sick and tired of this federal election campaign.

All the…….He said/she said – they did/haven’t done – we will/ they wont – we promise to……is driving me nuts. The rhetoric is far more obvious this year

I’m wondering where the forest of money trees is because there’s so much of it suddenly appearing out of nowhere and being waved around in front of peoples faces – you do this for us (give us your vote) and we’ll do that for you

I’d really like to hear from the candidates in my local electorate but seemingly letterbox drops are not the way to go these days.
There are 11 names contesting this large seat ( 2,481 square kilometres on the very eastern edge of the Melbourne metropolitan area, running east from Kilsyth and Mooroolbark into the upper Yarra Valley and south beyond Mount Dandenong to Belgrave. The electorate includes Wandin, Healesville, Yarra Junction and Warburton.) all of whom think (rightly or wrongly – foolishly/hopefully) they will take over representing us from the retiring former Speaker of the House.

Wake me up on Sunday May 22 and tell me the result because – maybe shortsightedly – until then, my eyes and ears are closed to certain subjects.

On my mind……

Oh dear, its a very personal thing on my mind this week – my bathing costume is starting to sag – and I’m beginning to wonder ’does my bum look big in that’

This one is a few years old (minus 2 for non covid use) and cost me what I thought was a small fortune at the time. Chlorine played havoc with previous ones – body shape means many dept store ones don’t fit well – this one came from what I call ’a specialist shop’ – so as I paid well over $100 then; goodness knows what I’d be up for now.

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I can remember years ago deciding to add water to my exercise plan ( I did have one in those days) putting my cossy on at home, being a bit concerned with what I saw in the mirror. Then rocking up to the local indoor pool and seeing it full of like minded oldies all doing their laps with exercise classes in the shallow end – needless to say nobody was too fussed about exposing their body and all its rolly polly bits to other people who all looked the same 😊

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By the time I got down yesterday all the early birds had been and gone – just a couple of energetic young men doing laps and lots of babes and toddlers having lessons in the ’tiny pool’ – so I had all the exercise area to myself. No worries about showing off my saggy baggy rear end!

Schools will be back next week…..and that’s something else. The noise 35 active children make is unbelievable but its great to see them in their groups learning water safety while laughing and having fun. One bus load arrives as the other is drying off – planning and dedicated swimming teachers plus parents and staff willing to allow/encourage youngsters the chance to become competent swimmers. A necessity here in Australia – as well as elsewhere in the world.

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/classrooms/Pages/stories_Swimming-in-Schools-in-2022.aspx

Take time for all things….

I’ve always been of the opinion we must open our eyes and ears to everything
‘Read mark listen and learn’ was drummed into me from a young age

And where sport and the arts were concerned it was – “Open your eyes”
“Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean there’s no merit to it”

So back in the 1970s my oldest children were the ones who introduced me to Queen. I/me a lover of ‘50s rock and roll plus many other forms of music, was well into my 30s when Bohemian Rhapsody was released. I loved it….and many others that followed!

Whether you liked the band, the man, his music and his lifestyle – or not

Take 5 minutes to listen – and maybe sing along


‘Different voices’ were optional – but I know you all gave it a try😊

Linking to Denyse’s ~ Life’s Stories. She is telling an revealing one today

I’m doing it….

With the strange unseasonably cool/cold/snowy weather they’re having

I think this might be happening all over the Northern Hemisphere

When I saw that meme last week I immediately thought of this photo

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On one of our Alaskan cruises we were upgraded

– and had a balcony –

the weather had turned unseasonably cold but I was determined to use it!

(Just once)

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Fun Friday – the day you forget the worries of the week.

Will be back on Monday – see you then!

#livelovelaugh

Just a little something

I wish I’d seen this video a couple of years ago

(Source – this post at Jenny’s Procrastinating Donkey)

Things might have been a little more reassuring – fewer saggy baggy ill fitting masks

As from 11.59 pm last Friday evening here in Victoria

Face masks – when to wear a face mask

  • You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings, but wearing a mask remains recommended.

You can read all the latest information about when you are required to wear one

HERE

Me?……they go just about everywhere with me and get worn whether ’required’ or not