Saturday, March 31, 2007
Many many moons ago, April 1st was New Years Day.
Some stupid pope decided to change it at some stage......as they did with many other things, like stealing our pagan festivals and making them catholic feast days.
I have overcome the SHOCK of having a butt ugly orthopeadic diabetic shoe named after me.
Yes I know...it's telling me somethng.
Not sure what that is, but something about ugly shoes, I'm sure.
Spent the day in Sydney yesterday at Animania with my daughter and three of her school friends.
They were all great I had a brilliant day - we also had to catch buses to Sydney cause of trackwork and it was lovely, other than being bowled over by a 65 year old man who felt that he deserved to board the bus before I did.
I told him that pushing in was very childish - I think he suffers from selective deafness as he didn't seem to hear me.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
I did my reiki masters today - something that I have had on my 'to do' list for a long time.
In the mean time, my beautiful Bee saw life unravel before her eyes.
My heart goes out to you Bee.
It must be truely a horrible time for you.
Mary Raihn has gone out on a limb and is re connecting.
How great is that!
Mary Anchell is painting up a storm and forgetting to go to art school.
Ha Ha..I would have loved to have gone to the gallery with you on Saturday.
Mary Jacquie is cleaning.... ( I know, it's by default, you had nothing better to do)
Mary Tesah is getting over Japanese weekend..Ah..so..
Mary Kathleen, I miss you.
Mary Jewell has had a passing in her family...prayers and blessings to a grand old lady.
Mary Cyndy has a naked headed child in the house.
Mary Jen is recovering from the birthday party weekend from hell.
Mary Kristy is being a mum, a wife, a nurse, a carer, a cook, and anything else she can be in her sleepless spare time.
And life goes on.
Have I missed someone? Fill me in.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Got this Brett Whiteley print from the Art Gallery for the man today.
I love his work.
The best thing about this one is that in the lower right hand corner there is a phrase that says...
"a pointless painting needs looking at for a long time in order to think about it"
Hey..Anchell....Brett truely did not conform.
He did go to art school but I am sure that his teachers would have critisized his work too -he started out being pretty straight but his best work was later on when he allowed himself to be free albiet full of alchohol and drugs.
I went to his studio in Sydney many years ago, with the man and Aleks when she was only about 3 or 4.
That was a grand experience.
I had a ball today.
The Art gallery is a place I need to experience more often.
They had a section with buddahs from India and Asia. One piece, was a buddah carved from wood -very old. If you looked at it for long enough, it looked like it was breathing.
I was blown away.
Then we went to bookshops and cakeshops and sushi train, where we saw Guy Sebastian.
It was a very good day.
Friday, March 16, 2007
You know the feeling!!
I have had sadness - due to the loss of a fine friend and colleague of my husbands who passed from cancer.
I have had health "issues" making me tired and foggy in the head.
I have had a "possessed woman" calling me up at 11.45 at night. (Yes - REALLY possessed! Like spirit possessed!!!!!!!!!)
I have been overlooked, yet again, for something that should have come my way - but did'nt.
I am a bit over it, actually.
It's days like these that show me just how fragile I still am after all that has happened in our family over the past few months. Emotions are still near the surface.
Life steam rolls on, regardless of what we want.
Am going to Sydney tomorrow with Aleks and Shann and we will be "Turning Japanese".
We are going to the Tezuka exhibition at the Art Gallery ( I might sneek off to see the Archibald's) then we are doing sushi, or something just as Japanesey, and then hitting the shops before heading home.
Should be fun.
If I fall asleep ......just prod me.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
But he did it and was actually doing quite well, having a positive outlook on life and enjoying himself as much as he could.
I guess we did not know just how tough it could get for him. He always had a smile and did not complain.
My husband spoke to a member of the family today and was told that his friend had had enough - he deteriorated very quickly over the last week and then it was over.
Very sad. He was a good guy. A hard working guy. A family man.
Also, I mention the old fellow that was killed by some scumbag in Union street yesterday.
This old fellow ran a little shop just opposite the Newcastle Worker's club for over 50 years.
He was a Newcastle icon. He was 87 years old for god sake.
I actually walked into his shop a few weeks ago to buy a bottle of milk and he struck me as an amazingly lovely fellow. He had, what must have been the oldest cash register in Newcastle, still in operation on his front counter and very proud of it indeed.
I spoke to him about the register, telling him that I remember similar ones from my baby years.
I am saddened by his death - his shop was his life. His service to the people of Cook's Hill was well known.
Some moron needing quick cash for a fix ended his time on earth prematurely and it makes me angry that the perpretrator obviously had no concern for anything or anyone that got in his/her way.
To these two men I send my prayers - to their families and friends, who will miss them and cherish their memories I send my sympathy.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
At the moment I have to lean to one side when I sit, as it is the most comfortable position I can achieve.
Am back home.
Back to reality.
Had trouble connecting to internet at the "Hole in the Wall" Motel, so could not post.
We had breakfast yesterday at one of the famous Italian eateries on Lygon street which was great. Much good quality cappucino followed by gelatos.
We also went to St. Kilda and took in the International Motor Show where I spied the newest Volvo ( which was soooo nice! ).
We went to see Professor Givemeallyourmoney (otherwise known as Professor Costello - the man's surgeon) and took him some very nice red wine and his nurses and staff got chocolates and cards as gifts of appreciation for all of their care and concern during the man's stay in hospital and treatment.
The Professor was genuinely thrilled with his gift, saying that it was really a touching thing to do.
His staff were also extremely thankful and it was, to us, a highlight of the whole trip - to be able to show our gratefulness.
We all exchanged big emotional hugs and kisses.
I thought, how many times do you get to kiss and hug a man who is known the world over for his expertise in a specific surgical practice and who has just saved your partner's life?
As much as I like the man, I told the Professor that I hoped that I would never have to see him again, but I was very, very glad that our paths had crossed in this life time.
An angelic intervention for sure!
The man is well, clean bill of health given!!!!
Yippee....that deserves another piece of cake!
Or two.....We DID stock up before we left.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Getting up pre dawn was a monster and I have not recovered.
We hit Melbourne way too early to get into our room so we left our bags at reception ( I have never, ever seen such a small reception area in a hotel in all my life! ) and we went down the street to enjoy a full hot breakfast with bacon, eggs, toast, hash brown and grilled tomato with a wicked cappucinno for under $10.
We decided to go to the Zoo and caught the tram. There ,we sweltered in the humidity and heat and walked around seeing all the animals for hours till we were spent! Some really great exhibits including the elephants and oraguntans.
This was massive for the man, who hasn't had such a 'full on' day since his operation last year!
On the way back we stopped at the Queen Victoria Markets for our promised kransky and sauerkraut roll followed by almond croissant and purchased Polish donuts to take back to the hotel.
We briefly stopped at 'Minotaur" for the Anime freak to get her fix and spend some of our money. She was a happy girl.
Our accommodation is, let's say..understated...maybe that's the wrong word. Probably "basic as" would suit it better.
The rooms are ok with the bathroom being circa 1950. The hand basin is duck egg blue with a white bath tub being off set by stylish pink and white tiling..mmmm.
Our "complimentary breakfast" consists of six pieces of white bread wrapped in plastic wrap with one strawberry jam and one orange marmalade tiny spread with a vegemite one thrown in for good measure.
We have a little tea and coffee and that's it.
Gosh..I feel full already - thank God we bought those Polish Donuts.
Tonight we take it easy for tomorrow is another eating day!
Thursday, March 01, 2007
The man needs to see his specialist and we have an appoinment scheduled for Monday.
Other than that, the plan is :
Arrive in Melbourne at 7.30 am.
Head directly to nearest cake shop for breakfast.
Check into hotel.
Scan the horizon for a Greek cake shop (simply the best - I promise to post a photo!)
Queen Victoria Markets for kransky and sauerkraut rolls followed by an almond croissant for lunch.
Maybe some walking.
Shopping and eating more cake.
Oh - this should be good.
We do plan to go to the Zoo and maybe fit in an Art Gallery ( hope there is a cake shop nearby)
and my daughter is meeting a friend she has been speaking to over the internet and they will go to an Anima / Manga Art store for hours of oohhing and ahhhing!
Might even head to "The Spellbox" which is a cool witchy store right in the centre of the CBD and get a reading done.
Am taking the old lap top so will keep you informed on our progress. (BURP)