Life’s Lessons worth remembering

  • You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these 3 things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.  “Every choice you make is the right one so don’t worry about the little things”
  • Some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.  “Oh well – a change is as good as a holiday” 
  • You should not go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands, you need to be able to throw some things back.  “In fact try and leave everywhere you go a little better for your having been there.”
  • Even when I have pains, I dont have to be one.  “Other people don’t want to know about your problems – they have enough of their own and you would not want to swap yours for theirs”
  • Regardless of age, every person still has a lot to learn.  “Learn something new try something different and travel as often as possible – it keeps your mind active and your attitude young”
  • Regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will miss them when they are gone from your life.  “It is only from parents and pets that you will receive un-conditional love – parents because they gave you life, fed and clothed you,  pets because you feed and love them”
  • If you can’t be kind, at least be vague.  “Only speak good things to all people – an angry word can not be taken back”
  • Making a living is not the same as making a life.  “Making the life that you want will open your world to so many new and exciting opportunities”  Making a living means going to work to earn money to buy stuff to impress other people, then get into more debt then have to go to work more to earn more money to pay the bills.”
  • People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  “Spread joy and laughter, enery and empathy towards others wherever you go”

  • The greatest lesson of all –  “What other people think is none of your business – so don’t worry about what others think of you!  Do the very best you can – you can’t do more and you wont do less!”

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What would I say to you if this were my last day on earth?

Today 8th January 2013, I am faced with a similar situation to Ash Wednesday a day of extreme fires in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia about 30 years ago.  Vanessa was about 2 years old and we were at home – an evil day of high winds and heat and no idea when or where the fire would come from.  Constantly walking from one window to the next looking to see. Very scary!

Last night I received an SMS alert from the fire authority – There has been a catastrophic alert for the area in which I am staying in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Temperatures of over 40 degrees and winds of 80 kilometres per hour were expected.  Its not so much the heat, but the wind that can blow the embers more than 20 k’s from their source.

 In Adelaide all those years ago, had the wind not changed the fire which was about a kilometre away, would have been upon us in less than a minute, so I know the danger and have therefore prepared as best I can.  The car is packed, the dog and cat are being kept indoors so I can easily get them to the car if required.

 I sit, watch, wait for the SMS alert to my mobile and write. 

The big difference this year is technology and the ability for the authorities to send alerts via mobiles, to warn and advise evacuation automatically to various areas affected by this incidious menace we face, on it seems a regular basis with each state taking its turn.  This recent weather however is quite extra ordinary.  Nature has its way of keeping us modest!

 So what would I say if this were the last time I could speak to you, my friends and family. 

 There is only one thing that comes immediately to mind, and that is “I love you”. 

It did not happen this time and everything will be fine, however so many people live in regret for not having told the people they love the things that are important for them to hear. No one knows what the future brings and we should always try to be prepared.  (Girl Guide training) 

The most important thing is to live your life IN THE NOW!  As if it is your last and enjoy every moment.  Help as many people as you possible can.  Give without thought of receiving. Laugh and smile often  – see the funny side of difficult situations, Don’t take your life so seriously nor take offence at others comments (they probably have worse problems than you) Sometimes just BE  – you are a human being not a human doing, relax and take time for yourself.  Any decision you make is the right one.  Not making a choice is the killer.  Believe in your own abilities, skills and experience.  There will always be someone else better or worse off – which can make you either vain or bitter, so just choose to be the best YOU, You can be and most of all, Choose to accept things don’t always go the way you want – that can often be a blessing in disguise.  

Its never the wrong time to express your feelings of love to all.

I discovered am not afraid of dying – guess we really don’t have much of a choice in that do we?  Right now at peace and happy within myself, have always strived to do the right thing and help others as much as is humanly possible, have been rewarded with having so many wonderful friends and family who have given me so much joy and love over the years.  My greatest achievement thus far is giving birth to three amazing children who have grown into seemingly well adjusted adults – all of whom I am justly proud.  

 So dont waste a minute of time living in the past or future – Live Now!

Love you lots always!

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Good one

“If your going to take offence –  on your way out,  take the gate as well – love it!!!

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Nomadic life 2

I travelled back from Robe to Adelaide where I did the final pack, said farewell to my darling friend Lynn and Charlie!  I’ll be back!

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Lynn spoilt me with the most incredible bubble bath with a glass of red of course!

Headed east towards NSW on the 25th November 2012.  First stop in Naracoorte for a couple of days with Ros & Jock Virgo and family for a fantastic catch up and remembering  just some of the mischief we used to get up to as teenagers.

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Went to the caves and spent almost a whole day there.  The paleantology work they are doing in association with Flinders University is amazing and needs to be experienced to be believed. The Naracoorte caves are The South Australian World Heritage Fossil Mammal site. The prehistoric mega fauna bones from 500,000 years ago they are digging up are amazing, they have even found the Tassie Tiger and this other animal which I have now forgotten the name.  You can even go adventure caving there if you want to crawl through caves.

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What an amazing experience.

From there it was off through Mount Gambier, on to Point Londsdale via the Great Ocean Road – thought I would do it in a day, but it is a bloody long way.  Ended up exhausted and staying with ocean views at Apollo Bay.  Just as well I had a big sleep as the road ahead clung to the coast line and was a very windy one, thankfully a number of vintage cars were going towards SA so not caught behind them.   So good to see Sue Hill at Point Lonsdale.  Her home is really lovely with memories of Crawf everywhere.  Sue has found hidden artistic talents, producing some really great paintings. One of magpies outside my bedroom window captured my imagination – very clever girl.   We had lots of fun with a bottle of wine or two, walks and barbecue beachside and doing pilates.


DSC02689Whilst staying with Sue I managed to spend a lovely day with Andy & Andy in Geelong (who I met at the cinema in Robe).  A beautiful lunch in their home followed by a walk along the foreshore with the dogs.  A great day!

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Then early on the 30th November set off for NSW via the car ferry to Sorento and a long drive through Gippsland.  Thought I would stay over night at Lakes Entrance and Batemans Bay on the way.  However when I arrived at the Lakes it was about 4.30pm and feeling okay kept driving until I reached Eden about 7.00pm.



After 12 hours driving, was far too tired to look for a meal anywhere so pulled from the boot a crystal glass (never travel without one – you never know when the need arises), some red wine, bikkies and cheese – dinner!!  Quite spectacular looking out to a storm brewing over the water, with bolt lightening and thunder!! Then the heavens opened and cleaned my car – excellent!!   So tired I fell asleep in the car.   Woke feeling very stiff – wont be doing that to my body again.

Another long drive along the Princes Highway – mostly dense forests all the way to Bowral – another 9 hours!   There was so much I didn’t see, however they are just places and scenery unless you know someone there!  Observed this is really a very big country – and you don’t realize it until you drive it and I have only done a tiny bit!.

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EXIST OR LIVE – Top 5 Regrets

I.  I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the lives expected of me

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends

5. I wish I had let myself be happier

Read all about it in “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”  (lost name of author)

It’s amazing weather today – inclement or perfect, hot or cold – remember some people can’t see it.

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Don’t be lonely – “No man or woman is an island”

We need each other
Being alone or lonely or on your own can have many different meanings.
This past week has enabled me to identify a few of those differences.
I have been alone on my own and sometimes lonely here at Robe where I don’t know anyone who lives here. It has given me some space and time to reflect, to consider my life and to conclude WE NEED EACH OTHER to survive – mostly we need our family and friends to be witnesses to our lives – to be loved and supported, to enjoy the good times and make the bad times better.  Perhaps one day I will find a special someone again, however in the meantime……..
If you have a fear of loneliness, you can be tough and ride it out OR you can reach out to a stranger and make a new acquaintance who may become a friend, whatever, it doesn’t matter,  you will get a glimpse of how other people live.
Yesterday I chatted with a bloke fishing with his grandson – retired here from Coober Pedy (no fishing there) he asked where I was staying and it  turned out we know people in common.  Then spoke with a crusty fellow from Kingston waiting for the cray boats to come in to buy the catch of the day.  He ended up leaving with great disappointment – the boat had sold their crayfish to someone else and was told to go home. This meant no income that day and waiting around for nothing.
Last night I walked down to the main street to the local cinema – great movie by the way  – ARGON with Ben Affleck – well worth seeing.  There were a total of five in the audience met Andy and Andy – Gorgeous couple who are really Andrew and Andrea travelling home to Geelong chatting afterwards and asked if they could give me a ride home – it was dark so much appreciated not having to do the long walk home.  Invited them in for coffee – really enjoyed their company and more conversation – exchanged contact details and look forward to perhaps see them again one day.
Everyone has a story to tell.
Get out of your comfort zone. Go out, reach out and you will be rewarded.
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Remembrance Day today

Every year I regret this sad day!!  At 11.00am we have one minutes silence to remember those brave men and women who died so that we can live in freedom. We remember the atrocities of war!  Seeing the movie ARGON last night confirmed once again for me how people of one faith forcing their doctrines and or beliefs on others in the name of religion has such devastating results every time. Whether it’s Hitler, Genghis Khan or our current threat of a world-wide Ji.had – (among Muslims – a war or struggle against unbelievers.)
Creating strife never makes it better for anyone.  How futile it all is.
SHAME on those who promote bedlam and angst in any form.


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