Tuesday 23rd April 2019

2 Months to Christmas Eve. #ltw7. 366/298.

2 Months to Christmas Eve. #ltw7. 366/298.

Adding this post here for #ChristmasLinkUp !

I chose this prompt and yet I am somewhat challenged by writing what’s ahead. Why? Christmas Eve is N O T H I N G like it used to be (for me) and I need to A C C E P T that. Ok, I did a year ago, so I am not going to wallow any more. Christmas and all that it brings to family life is completely different now that we are the retired couple who live away from the family. And the family has changed. For all the different reasons families do over time! We will be by ourselves for Christmas and getting used to the changes too. It is fine. Life is like this! So, for the prompt I am writing what Christmas Eve was back then, when our now grown kids with their own kids were the kids in 1980s. CHRISTMAS EVE:

  • traditions…we would go to Christmas Eve mass, then return home with Maccas for tea and have a sing-along with guitar (hub) and holding candles (kids) and making memories on the camera (me)
  • food prep for the next day, depending on who was hosting for Christmas Day for the extended family, would include peeling oh so many potatoes, along with pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes for the “baked dinner” of mammoth proportions which included chicken, pork, ham and turkey!
  • setting the table and finalising decorations for the area, along with added crockery containing sweets, chocolates, nuts, and the ‘christmas bon bons’
  • exciting time…because Santa is nearly here…before bedtime, a snack and a drink is left out for Santa by the kids, and some carrots and water for those tired and thirsty reindeer
  • longing for bed time (for the kids) on long, light evenings and then waiting…waiting…waiting..for them to go to sleep so present-packing into Santa’ bags (left under the tree for him) could commence
  • packing presents (once they were unearthed from the cupboards, back of wardrobes) and checking to ensure ‘the bags and contents looked even enough in terms of quality and quality’. Sigh. I sometimes failed this because I would forget what I had. So, a present or 3 might be held back for an upcoming birthday
  • lugging Santa bags to place at bottom of the child’s bed and hoping against all hope, no-one woke
  • relaxing by singing along with the Christmas Carols By Candlelight on TV and remember the lovely times of yesteryear
  • going to bed…excited and tired…not with sugar plums dancing around my head but lists of ‘to do’ for the BIG family lunch the next day
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NOT our house but close-ish!! except: Summer! Credit: http://chainimage.com/stocks/free-holiday-wallpaper-light-christmas-eve-wallpaper-1024×768-1

So, what does 2 Months to Christmas Eve mean to you? Denyse. life 150 Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not! Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.

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  • Please add just ONE post each week!
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The next 8 optional prompts taking us to the end of 2016 are now on the Home Page. I hope you will join in. Joining two Monday link-ups here: Thanks for hosting them…Alicia at One Mother Hen for Open Slather and Kell at All Mum Said for Mummy Mondays.

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8 More Prompts “Life This Week”. 366/297.

8 More Prompts “Life This Week”. 366/297.

I’ve been very pleased that my ‘new’ link-up each Monday is going well with bloggers linking up each week.

Thank YOU!

FYI: Tomorrow’s is “2 Months Till Christmas Eve” and next Monday, 31 Oct is “Melbourne Cup Time”.

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I am even more pleased if bloggers give the optional prompts a go.

I know I make them up and I am always interested to see how others interpret them.

Of course, link up whether you do use the prompt or not.

It can be an ‘old’ post.

However….yes, there is a however…if you link up, could you please comment on my post (it’s a bloggy courtesy I believe in) and pop over to one or more others too? Thank you!

Without further ado…here is the list of optional prompts to take us till year end.

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Do you link up here on Mondays?

Thanks again for doing so!

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Denyse.

Joining Leanne (who I am grateful to see each week in the link-up!) for her Lovin Life Linky on Sundays here.

 

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Which Anniversaries Are Special? #ltw6 366/291.

Which Anniversaries Are Special? #ltw6. 366/291.

The optional prompt for week 6 of Life This Week is: Which Anniversaries Are Special and I have chosen ONE!

The one that is most special to me (and my husband) is not when we married, nor is it a wedding anniversary with significant numbers.

I chose Monday 17 October 2016 for this prompt and the title because today is the 46th anniversary of meeting my (now) husband.

It is the date of 17th October 1970. It was a Saturday. We met around 6.30 p.m. at a Tamworth Club. It was the dinner dance for the NSW Teachers Federation Annual Conference held in the country for the first time. I was a first year teacher at Barraba (around an hour’s drive from Tamworth and my two friends/colleagues spent the day at the Conference and then looked forward to the party afterwards. I have to confess our motivation to attend the conference was social rather than political!! We’d booked to stay in town and after the conference headed back to get ourselves ready.

I recall I wore a blue and white dress. When we got to the club, the dinner part was underway and we had to find a table. One table had a few guys down one end, and enough seats for us at the other. We asked, as you do, ‘is anyone sitting here?’ No they were not, and the smiling young man at the end of the table looked pretty nice! I sat at the other end. These men were ‘one-teacher schoolies’ from another part of the North West who’d attended the conference and whilst they admitted they too were there for the social part, only one, I found out later was single. Can you guess?

After our dinner, I was asked to dance by the smiling, dark-haired tall man in the blue suit and I said yes. I was up to his shoulder! I also managed to tread on his foot as we danced. But that did not matter. We liked each other and we continued to laugh and dance, and then later talk. I was smitten. Very! Towards the end of the night, he came and said he had to leave as he was going back to where they all lived and taught and wasnt staying in town like we were. I was sorry that we couldnt keep talking but my friends were longing to go as well. He knew my name and my school. I hoped I would hear from him.

That night I could not sleep. The next day, Sunday, I could not stop thinking about him. On the Monday morning at school I was on playground duty and my boss came and said there is a man on the phone for you. What? Yes, it was him. Schools had phones. Houses that are rented often did not back then. He asked if he could come over on the next weekend and see me. We lived a good two hours from each other, via the Great Dividing Range. I said “sorry, I am going back to Sydney that weekend”. We made the time for the following weekend. That, dear readers, was that. In LOVE. Both of us. And here are some very young people, so in love, in those early heady days of November and December 1970.

What is your special anniversary or anniversaries?

I hope you enjoyed my short story!

Denyse.

NEXT WEEK’S optional prompt: #ltw7  Two Months Till Christmas Eve! 

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Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

  • Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
  • You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
  • Please add just ONE post each week!
  • Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
  • Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do!
  • Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
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My Morning By A Principal. 366/285.

My Morning By A Principal. 366/285.

I was a school principal in NSW public schools for part of the 1990s and early 2000s. The role of principal has changed as far as added technologies, 24/7 communications, pressures from more entities along with direct and indirect accountability.  Essentially though, the day-to-day has not changed significantly. This account  is based on a typical morning of mine from my role then. I add, it was fun to write it and be a leader in NSW schools was a privilege not given to many, but I admit to being glad to have retirement status now. I hope you enjoy the read. Denyse.

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7.30 a.m. Drive to School.

Do not think about school. Much. I tell myself. I listen to news & to traffic reports. Then comes the phone call from Executive Staff who cannot find a casual teacher for Class 5K. Think ‘oh no’ not 5K teacher away again. Oh. Tell Executive Staff member to keep on calling central casual booking office till they find someone.

8.00 a.m. Arrive at School.

Park car in space for ‘Principal’ after waiting for the service truck to pull out of there after delivering ice creams to the canteen. Get Out Of Car. Come on, you can do it! Mobile rings. “I found a teacher for 5K but it will be 10 a.m till he can get here”. See you in a minute.

8.10 a.m. Walk up Stairs to Main Building Where Office is.

Notice that bins have not been emptied. Again. Make note in admin book for cleaning supervisor to see. I place lunch in fridge and hope to see it again at lunchtime (that would be a record!!). Greet the early birds in the staffroom with warm smile as they chat about day ahead and ask “have you put your footy tips in for this week?” I will!

8.15 a.m. Unlock Office Door. The room looks exactly as it did at end of day yesterday at 6.00 p.m.

Start computer, after putting my bag down (finally!), and wait for the emails (that did not get checked at home this morning) to flood in. They do. Office Admin Staff pop in with snail mail and warm greetings. It is nice to start the day that way! Oh no. There’s more to the greeting. “A parent” from the “class we all know well” needs to see you stat.

8.20 a.m. Parent Meeting. Matters Discussed: attitude of teacher to ‘his child’ and ‘homework’.

Listen and make notes as well as reassure the parent that I will be following up with issues discussed with the teacher and will be back to him by the end of the day. Parent leaves reluctantly as he does like a good whinge chat but the bell for playground duty has sounded.

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8.30 a.m. Playground Duty. Morning. Once A Week.

Ideally the principal would LOVE to be out and about meeting and greeting families as the children arrive at school but school-business of all kinds can take precedence inside. One morning on playground duty is one way of sharing the teachers’ duties more fairly and getting to experience ‘first-hand’ what is happening on that day, with the kids and the school. So this is why I did playground duty!

9.00 a.m. Morning Outside Assembly. Led by The Principal.

In this school of over 400 students it is the one time each child and teacher is together in the one space to start the day. Families do hang around a little to hear announcements which are kept brief but are encouraged to leave so the school day starts with less distraction and more concentration on the day ahead. As the children leave in lines, with the class teacher, I observe them and note that one of the support staff has taken 5K until the relief teacher gets here. Then….just as I am about to leave the area I am found. By my office manager. That’s her job!!

9.05 a.m – 11.00 a.m. First Of My Day’s Business Via The Messages, Phone Calls, People Waiting to See Me and MORE!

  • respond to requests from my office manager for signature on documents and checking first that all is there as needed
  • speak to waiting people who are there for reasons such as monitoring the back to base security alarms, wanting to tell me about a new product for student reporting, a sales rep from a school photography company and many more who often ‘turn up’. I choose to meet outside my office with some of these people as it can be more time efficient and I also may refuse to see someone unless there is a valid reason. Schools can be seen as ‘cash cows’ by some less reputable firms and I have full responsibility for financial management
  • new families waiting to meet me and to enrol their children. With or without an appointment, these people take priority and once my office manager has verified their eligibility via residence, age of child and more, then I invite them in and off we go on the process. This can take from 15 minutes to an hour.
  • phone calls and emails from families, my superiors, other schools, the staff and so on are managed as they come in (or can be left until later) and are done in between face to face meetings.
  • moving around the school to visit classrooms is a priority but cannot always occur when more urgent business comes up. However, there is a plan to see at least one class per day and to interact with the children as much as possible.
  • when out and about around the school I observe the physical resources of the school making note of any potential repairs required or areas which may need closer maintenance and discuss this with the two days a week grounds person. Of course, if he is not in, I note it in the communication book and we chat once he is back. Anything urgent, I place safety barriers/tape around the area and ensure the staff and children know about it and report it to the company responsible for maintenance of our school.
  • I may have time to visit the ‘loo when I am out of the office and this is important!!
  • I may receive a visit from class reps who want to show me their ‘lovely work’ and this is always a reason to stop, and invite the children in.
  • As I am the only non-teaching executive in the school, I try hard not to interrupt the teaching day of my fellow executive staff and wait for them to be on face to face release for our meetings. Each Monday we get together over lunch for an executive meeting cover all the issues relevant to the school and wider education community.
  • I may be called, via the internal phone system to a classroom where a child is having some behavioural issues and it may escalate. The policies I introduced via our school management will help here, but in the end it may be ‘just me’ and perhaps a member of the support staff to help calm a situation. Each situation must be dealt with fairly and with no or minimal risk to the students and ourselves. I have had to, in the past, ensure a rescue of students from areas out of bounds including up on a roof and escaping outside the grounds. Fortunately each of these was resolved safely but they did require a LOT of follow up and in some cases, a new program, class or even school for the student. That is an extreme outcome.

 

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11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Morning Break For Students and Staff.

We chose to add 10 minutes to this break and take 10 minutes from the longer lunch break once schools were able to make internal timetable changes themselves. This one gives us 10 minutes eating, then 20 minutes at play and gives all teachers at least a 10 minute break for self-care. I have learned to grab my cuppa a few minutes before the bell, sit with my office staff to recover  chat about the morning and prepare for the rest of the day/week. I like this time to talk with teachers or just listen! Sometimes its their only time to connect with more of the staff and with me. A lot gets covered and there are noticeboards with info as well as pigeonholes for them to check the latest…and of course, emails. 

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11.30 a.m. – Midday. Children Assemble Outside Their Rooms and Return to Class.

I spend some time outside while this is happening as it is another way of connecting with the students and I am scanning the areas to ensure that it is safe, all the children are back where they should be and that teachers have arrived to take their classes. On time. It is always my hope anyway!! 

Rather than go straight back to the office, this is time for another walk around these large grounds where I can ascertain that the repairs which were supposed to have been completed to the fence after the last storm have been done. I see that there are classes which stayed outside to complete their fitness after recess and it’s good to know the all-weather sport court is used! It cost a fortune!

Next time I will post about My Afternoon By A Principal.

So, how did you find reading this?

Are you surprised by anything in this?

Does it seem like a role you might enjoy?

Let me know in the comments!

Denyse.

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Ten Things I Like About Me. #ltw5. 366/284.

Ten Things I Like About Me. #ltw5. 366/284.

The optional prompt for this week here for Life This Week is Ten Things You Like About You.

I’ve made it ‘me-centred’ for this post as I expect anyone else will who joins!

In chatting with a blogging friend I know we both thought it somewhat challenging to think about this prompt which led me to consider that it seems we are all geared to the default of negative in our views of self. I’m going through my usual meanderings of anxiety (that is, it comes and goes) so it appeared to be even harder for me to come up with this list.

But here’s how I did. I went back through my own set of memories…my photos…and they helped. It turns out I like qualities in me such as:

kindness, commitment, valuing education, being sociable, creating, practical skills, loving, intelligence, details oriented,  connected.

Here’s my list of 10 with accompanying photo:

ONE: Kindness. I am good at caring for others but I am also getting better at being kinder to me taking myself out of my head space and into nature when I need it so I like that in myself.

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TWOCommitment. I am a loving, committed person and whilst relationships have ups and downs, I like that I have remained married to the same person for over 45 years and that he does too.

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THREE: Valuing Education. Clearly education is a key to my many professional roles and that even here, at High School, I probably knew that then too but I was extra busy on the socialising side too. Me: Top standing, second in.

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FOUR: Sociable. I like driving this car as it helps me to meet up with people. I am slowly taking my time in my new area to make social connections but I will over time.

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FIVE: Creating. I  like that in discovering how much I enjoy art and creativity now, I also find sharing my art via postcards is a great way to stay connected with people I may never meet personally.

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SIX: Practical Skills. I like the fact that I can cook meals that are both nutritious and enjoyable even though I do not get to cook much except for me these days, I value that I am as entitled to a good meal as anyone…even though I have to cook it!

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SEVEN: Loving. I like being a wife, daughter, a parent but especially a grandmother to our grandchildren. I add that as they are growing up and we live a long way from them all now I have had to change how I view my role now as it was more involved when the children were younger and we lived close by.

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EIGHT: Intelligence. I like the fact that I cannot stop learning about things but this time it is to have more understanding of myself and challenges I am facing, and these are some of the means I use to guide me.

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NINE: Details Oriented. I like that I am primarily a visual person and I can see the smallest details in some of nature and I really, really notice! I also remember a LOT.

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TEN: Connecting. I like the fact that some years ago I recognised I needed to have a way to continue to connect with people when I stopped teaching and that I started a blog and that I have readers who chat and connect here each week.

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I hope this was of interest to you and that you might tell us some things you like about you if you have not believed about it. Use the comments to share!

I hope today and the rest of the week is a great one for you!

Denyse.

P.S. Next week’s optional prompt on Mon 17/10 “which anniversaries are special?” I have one and it is on that date!  I hope you find one to blog about  too!

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Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

  • Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
  • You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
  • Please add just ONE post each week!
  • Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
  • Please do stay to comment and check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
  • Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
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Alicia at One Mother Hen for Open Slather.

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Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?.#ltw4 366/277.

Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?.#ltw4 366/277.

As of yesterday, Sunday 2 October 2016, these parts of Australia are taking part in Daylight Saving until the weekend of 2 April 2017:

  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria

Other states and territories which do not take part are:

  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

img_6850 There were referenda about Daylight Saving when it first started in (from my memory 1973?) in N.S.W. and it commenced (then) in the last weekend in October and concluded in last weekend in February. I liked it better then. I am not sure when the other states came on board nor when it went to 6 months of the year. I also recall that during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 it commenced to co-incide with the Games start in mid- September. I am sure, dear readers, that if I am incorrect, you will let me know! The prompt today is about Like/Loathe Daylight Saving and I had some initial thoughts on this which are here:

  • I liked it better when it was for 4 months
  • I always find it much harder to deal with the final month of DLS – maybe it’s an end of Summer thing and I am waiting for the heat to have gone too
  • I do not mind some time at the end of the day with daylight for pottering in the garden or visiting the beach for a walk when it is cooler
  • I do find my body takes time to adjust both at the beginning and the end
  • I try to remember the time differences/changes in Australia when dealing with, say, a company in Queensland and know that their hours are different to ours. My hub’s Uni is in Qld and he needs to take into account their hours when trying to make contact.

clock-147257_960_720 I did not want this post to be ‘all about me’ so I put the question to Facebook and got many more responses for the ‘like’ than the ‘loathe’ and here’s some! Likes:

  • I love daylight saving..I wish they had it all year. I hate leaving work in the dark!
  • I love Daylight Saving but I agree with you Denyse 4 months is better. I spend the first and last months complaining about it as it doesn’t really work.
  • I love it. I love having more daylight at the end of the day. Wish we could have it for longer, like we did when Australia hosted the Olympics.
  • Because without it the sun would rise in Melbourne about 4.30-5am in summer!
  • I love daylight saving. It’s when I spend the most time with my neighbours…late afternoon drinks in the front yard while all the kids play cricket together. Love getting home from work while it’s still light too
  • I love it! So much more you can fit in the day! I have a friend though who is a dairy farmer and hates it. Reckons it was invented by public servants so they could mow their lawns after work.
  •  I love daylight saving. Was never a problem when the kids were smaller as I always tended to run off the daylight hours rather than a clock anyway. It was especially good when my hub was working in the city and not getting home until 6pm. It meant he could still have a play with the kids outside or go for a swim. I think a lot of people make a bigger deal out of it than it actually is.
  • I’m in Sydney and I would love for the time to be moved to Daylight Saving time permanently, ie all year round. I think having daylight hours at the end of the day is far preferable to the beginning.
  • I LOVE daylight saving but unfortunately in this state (WA) we don’t have it! So it’s 4am sunrise and 7pm -ish sunset. It never played havoc with my kids because they had blackout curtains and slept 11 hours no matter what.  So enjoy it NSW, I’ll be jealous when our summer BBQ’s and swims outside are ending because its getting dark!
  •   Love it! It means I am guaranteed to get out for run in the evening after hubby gets home from work, even if he is running late.
  •  I wish we had it in Qld- my early risers do not need any more encouragement to be up with the sun (at 4  thirty am!)
  •  We don’t have it in WA. I’m trying to express my feelings about this without swearwords, but it’s proving difficult. I probably used them all up when the State voted no, because they said it would fade the curtains and upset the cows.
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Love the outdoors time!

 Loathe:
  •  I’m glad we don’t have it in Qld. I think it’s completely pointless. We already have the sun out until 7 pm anyway.
  • I love not having daylight saving –  yes I’m a WA person Just annoying to call friends in other states Sun rises early enough and sets late enough without adding an extra hour to the day
  • Hate it for the fact I want the whole east coast on the same time zone, no matter what it is. We now have 6 months of people ringing right on the kid’s bedtime. Completely an insignificant issue but… argh!
  • To tell you the truth I am pleased we don’t have it in Queensland… it is light so early no matter what, and I would never see my hub as he wouldn’t be home until 7.30 – 8 pm every night… while other people may enjoy playing golf until all hours… it kills family life for those in the industry… we have to stay open from daylight to dusk and so many people play early in the morning due to it being cooler… whereas afternoons aren’t usually as busy as it is so hot… maybe I am just getting old… but I love our evening swims and walks… I would miss them.
  •  It’s useless trying to work after 2pm anyway because I can’t get hold of anyone over on the east coast
  • Yes! That! And the east coasters who don’t realise how far into the future they actually are, and call at 5am WST.
  •  In my opinion Daylight saving lasts for too long. It begins too early, plunging the mornings back into darkness, and once school is back, it just drags on and on. Towards the end we are rising in the dark again. In Central West NSW we have days of 40+C, and no relieving sea breezes or for that matter, no sea! The sun is still blazing as we try to eat dinner and it is never much of a pleasure to cook. Maybe if we just ran it in December and January when most people have holidays and time off from work it would be enough.
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Can be a challenge getting kids to bed!

Thank you for your helpful comments for this discussion post about Daylight Saving. Now, what about you, dear Readers….Like or Loathe? Or, perhaps somewhere in the middle. This is probably where I sit these days too! Denyse. life 150 Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

  • Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
  • You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
  • Please add just ONE post each week!
  • Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
  • Please do stay to comment and check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
  • Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
  • Respect and tolerance however, are the hallmarks of acceptable on-line social behaviour and as my blog is family-friendly I will reserve the right to delete comments that may be offensive to me or others.
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What’s Your Footy Team? #ltw3. 366/270.

What’s Your Footy Team? #ltw3. 366/270.

My favourite footy team is one from Rugby League and it no longer exists as a First Grade Football Club nor team.

It is Wests. It was called the Western Suburbs Magpies and I was a fan. It was a Sydney based team.

Yet, at 12 I wondered why I selected this team at all. I had lived in Wollongong until I was 10. My family were fans of Rugby League, especially my aunt. She followed this team and I was devoted to her! A player from her home town, namely Peter Dimond played for Wests and I think this might have had something to do with her love of the game and the team. Peter went on to play at international level for Australia. He was a rep from the Dapto Canaries (still going strong!) who became known to the country selectors (this is waaaaay before State of Origin) and then was asked to join the Western Suburbs Magpies.

I also liked the colours. Can you guess? Black and White!!

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Once we had moved to Sydney and lived in Manly-Warringah territory I stuck to my team of Wests. The rest of the family did not and they were/are avid Manly fans and supporters. I admit I went to high school in the same suburb as the famous Brookvale Oval but no-one could convince me to change my allegiance.

So, a HUGE memory of Wests, for me as a young high school student was to attend the Grand Final in 1963 with my parents, young brother and another family. It was a famous day it turned out as it was when the muddied captains of each of the teams that day were caught on camera (short, Arthur Summons from Wests and tall, Norm Proven from St George) embracing after a wet and torrid game. This photo became the inspiration for the trophy that teams in the National Rugby League (NRL) play for at the Grand Final each year.

And I was there and saw it all. In the rain, no stands for us, and it was amazing. I cannot believe I was there when I look back on it and I am sure I was wearing my Wests Scarf. At least I can imagine I would have!

What an occasion.

Go Wests! Go the Mighty Magpies!

 

On the 24th August 1963, in the days of poor ground drainage, theSt George Dragons and the Western Suburbs Magpies met on a muddy Sydney Cricket Ground pitch to battle it out. It was the grand final and the Rugby League premiership was up for grabs.

The 1963 grand final still rates as one of the most talked about matches in the history of the game. For many, it epitomised the spirit of Rugby League when photographer John O’Gready captured rival captains Norm Provan and the much smaller Arthur Summons in a brief muddy embrace at fulltime. Entitled ‘The Gladiators’, the photograph won many international awards and set the standard as an enduring symbol of Rugby League mateship.

Source: http://leagueunlimited.com/news/the-1963-grand-final-controversy-time-to-put-it-to-rest/

 

Credit: NRL.

Credit: NRL

So, I really do not have a team I follow any more but there are some I always maintain an interest in as far as Rugby League goes to be able to have conversations with my hub and dad and to know what I am reading about. I have not been to a First Grade Rugby League game since the 1970s as TV viewing makes it a lot easier now.

Next Sunday is the NRL Grand Final and these two teams, Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks  will be playing. I will be going for the Sydney-based team, The Sharks. But my heart really isn’t in this GF. I would have preferred to have been going for The Canberra Raiders!!

So, what’s your footy team?

Maybe you do not have one at all and wonder what IS that footy thing all about?

May be grand finals in the various codes go well!

Denyse.

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On Being Grateful. 366/265.

On Being Grateful. 366/265.

For the past year or so I have kept a gratitude journal on and off! On is when I remember and off is when I haven’t! So, in the past few months I’ve made the effort just about every day and I post the contents to a private Facebook group I am in. It helps keep me focussed on the haves rather than the have-nots, the positives instead of the much more forthcoming negatives and it makes me review and think!

I use an app on my iPhone so I can review the gratitude journal easily. It is a paid app called: Gratitude Journal – The Life-changing App. by PPL development company and it has reminders as well as daily quotes. You can add photos to each day should you choose. There are other apps around too but this is the one I find cool. Not sponsored!

In keeping with letting my readers know more about my topics, here are two articles about being grateful and expressing gratitude in ways which work for you.

Here’s one article about writing a gratitude journal. This is akin to what I do but not nearly as much time is expended nor numbers of things to note. That works for me.

And then there is this from a longer source: noted below.

The social benefits are especially significant here because, after all, gratitude is a social emotion. I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.

Indeed, this cuts to very heart of my definition of gratitude, which has two components. First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good thing in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. This doesn’t mean that life is perfect; it doesn’t ignore complaints, burdens, and hassles. But when we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life.

The second part of gratitude is figuring out where that goodness comes from. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves. It didn’t stem from anything we necessarily did ourselves in which we might take pride. We can appreciate positive traits in ourselves, but I think true gratitude involves a humble dependence on others: We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.

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Here’s some of my entries over the past months. I write 3 things each day. They are many and varied! Some days I just do not want to write but I make myself consider that I am grateful for and I come up with them every time!

I am grateful for:

  • a day spent by myself
  • confidence growing and strengthening my outlook
  • changing some of my thoughts to be able to make a successful trip to see my dad
  • a sunshiney day which beckoned me outside for a walk with my husband
  • supportive blogging friends encouraging me in my new blogging link up
  • using some distractions and thinking skills to keep my mood from changing to a negative one after IBS
  • peanut butter on crunchy toast
  • sense of humour returning
  • my husband’s building skills as he creates furniture for us

So, do you practise feeling grateful?

Do you write anything in a journal that relates to gratitude?

Tell me what you think of gratitude!

Denyse.

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Linking on with Raychael at Agent Mystery Case for Worth Casing Wednesday.

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