Tuesday 24th September 2019

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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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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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!

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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.

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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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“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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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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Favourite Family Meal. #ltw2. 366/263.

Favourite Family Meal. #ltw2. 366/263.

Big thanks to everyone who made last week’s FIRST week of “Life This Week” such a great BEGINNING! Here’s this week’s based on prompt two:

My Favourite Family Meal.

I chose this prompt because I have such great memories of family meals. I can tell you that I have made many family meals over 45 years but I wanted to tap into a much deeper source where meals were made with love and helped me learn the value of family coming together to share food at the end of the day.

That of my late mother’s cooking and her meals.

Mind you, there are quite a few I could have chosen..mmmmm cutlets….however, in the end I went with…

Mum’s Baked Dinner.

Mum was a creative and generous cook yet she didn’t really enjoy eating that much! However, I do know that it gave her immense pleasure to see her family (and friends!) eating her cooked meals.

I call this meal a baked dinner but I also know others call it a roast dinner. Yes, it was always the evening meal except for ONE day. Christmas Day when the hot meal was at lunchtime. Then that was more than one meat and the veggies…there were at least 3 meats not even counting the ham.

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Source: taste.com.au

The meal pictured is a little like Mum’s but as I have no photographic evidence (no iPhones back then!) you will need to imagine the following for Mum’s Baked Dinner:

  1. Meat. Generally it would be a leg of lamb. Mum would have slowly cooked it after firstly getting the outside nice and brown (and crispy where the skin was fatty). Sliced thinly for serving and my bro and I would fight for the lamb shank.
  2. Baked Vegetables. Always potatoes and pumpkin. Sometimes sweet potato too. Always brown and crispy too. Mum’s dad taught her that skill and his oven was one heated by wood!
  3. Cooked Vegetables. Here was where Mum was in her element and she loved her veggies. Peas & Beans (often she would have bought these and peeled/sliced them herself…I have a memory of Mum sitting near the open front door in Summer doing that of an afternoon). Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts would all get a gig at different times.
  4. Gravy. Never via the tin or packet. Always made with the meat/pan scrapings and added water and flour. Relish!
  5. Mint Sauce. Often made by Mum too. Do you know how easy it is to make mint sauce? Even I can do it!

A little story and it’s true! In March 1976 our little family was stranded by floodwaters in Weilmoringle NSW at our school and residence where we had arrived early in the year as the two teachers and one student/daughter. In the end it was 10 weeks before we could go anywhere other than walk over to school to teach! Mum and Dad drove from Sydney to Moree – which was a good 10 hours drive – HIRED a small Cessna plane with a pilot and brought fresh food and (you guessed it!) a leg of lamb in….and stayed for a few days and COOKED and cared for our little family. I will never forget seeing my Mum emerge from that tiny plane on the airstrip outside the school with her arms full of goodies..and just aching to cuddle her then 4 year old granddaughter. Oh, and the meals were amazing!!

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2 pics: L: airstrip at Weilmoringle NSW. R: close up of Cessna with Dad, Mum and DD aged 4.

Of course, I miss this kind of meal big time now as we are a household of 2. I have made one or two baked dinners since moving away from Sydney but it is so much trouble these days and very expensive  and my hub’s health means he eats meals like this very rarely. I will leave Mum’s baked dinner as a much cherished memory now and I am so appreciative of her skills and love of cooking meals for us.

"last" Mother's Day in 2006. Mum, my eldest GD, me, and my DD.

“last” Mother’s Day in 2006. Mum, my eldest GD, me, and my DD.

What is your favourite family meal?

Tell us your stories and memories of meals too!

Denyse.

P.S. Writing this post made me hungry!

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“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!
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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Beginnings. Life This Week. #ltw1. 366/256.

Beginnings. Life This Week 1. 366/256.

Welcome to the first week of the new Link-Up called “Life This Week.” I’ve been writing about the  topic I named “life this week” all year each Monday.

Today’s prompt, which I am following is:-

Beginnings. “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start” sang Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. I began my life in Wollongong NSW as the first born to my parents.

At The Dapto Show age around 4.

At The Dapto Show age around 4.

Life was pretty ordinary in a good way from 1949 until 1959 when we made another beginning…. I began living on Sydney’s northern beaches and went to primary school in Year 5 & 6 there, and onto Manly Girls High School until 1967 where I was in the beginning… of the Higher School Certificate cohort. Yep, the first ones to do 6 years at high school instead of 5.

2nd Year of our 6 Years at High School.

2nd Year of our 6 Years at High School.

I knew I wanted to be a teacher but I didn’t get to teachers’ college at the beginning of the intake. No, I was not ‘good enough’ to be given my teachers’ scholarship in February 1968.  Instead, my offer came at the beginning of the first week of the first prac in April so I was thrown in the deep end and swam because I was ready to begin learning to be a teacher! That beginning was awesome and I knew it was the career for me.

In 1970 I began my first year of teaching and left home to teach in country NSW. That was it! Talk about a “get real” beginning. From a spoiled kid with Mum doing pretty much everything for me, to going into a shared house with other teachers. I was soon sorted out by them and I began to learn more about being independent, how to prepare a simple meal, and, reluctantly, how to clean the house. Later that year my life began the path of ‘forever love’ and more as I met my now husband and we began this life of ours that has been 46 years in the making this October.

At our Wedding Reception

At our Wedding Reception

Beginning life as a new bride, teaching in a new (to me) position at a two teachers school (with a male chauvinist boss – not the hub!), setting up a house together, and being pregnant were HUGE beginnings. Mothering a daughter in 1971 and staying home were contributing factors to my beginnings of over-eating to compensate for unhappiness and lack of social contact. There “were” always diets to begin..and we know they didn’t work out of course.

I love(d) being a teacher, especially those kids aged from around 5 to 8. These kids are at the beginning of their learning and I so enjoy being part of that. My teaching career took me, following my husband’s career path because that WAS how the NSW Dept of Education did that then, to places where I had to begin again in new, rural, and isolated communities. This was a challenging time to a couple in the 20s but we did it. And those 8 years hold great memories.

Many years of hairstyles, ages and weight up & down! LIFE!!

Many years of hairstyles, ages and weight up & down! LIFE!!

Then to the beginning of living in a house we mortgaged and lived in for over 14 years in Sydney’s northwest. We had a second child, after thinking that would never happen and we settled into suburban life with 2 kids, 2 cars, mortgage and 2 of us in full-time teaching jobs. In 1980 my career took off as my unwell husband had to medically retire. It didn’t feel like a ‘choice’ but I did it anyway.

Thus began for the next two decades more beginnings…as I studied two degrees (bachelors and masters of education over 7.5 years via distance education) as I taught and lead in K-6 schools in Western Sydney. I began many different programs to help kids improve learning and was committed to staff development and did all I could for teachers to improve and learn new skills. I was promoted three times to executive positions, finally as principal, in 5 primary schools.

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Worked Hard For These….from 1970 to 2006.

Twenty years ago this year, I began a new role. That of grandmother. This was and remains one of my best ever gigs! Our 2 children have 4 children in each of their families and grandparenting 8 has been a wonderful time. We also began as regular carers to some of these lovely little people when I took some leave from teaching, and later, once I had partially retired. By the time I got to 60 it was time to retire. Again.

The first time was not one of choice but of ill-health. I had started my role of Principal in 1999 with great hopes and endeavoured to make the necessary changes within a school community but after almost 4 years it took its toll on me. I did have time out and whilst I was grateful, I really needed to be ‘back in schools’ so I made a beginning as a classroom teacher and ESL teacher in 2004. This was the school from which I was given a ‘retirement’ that I missed before. I began an education consulting role in pre-schools and also began a part-time, casual role as a University tutor and was an external observer for BOSTES. I chose to leave each of these paid roles with the last ones completed in  August 2015.

End 2009 last days as a teacher.

End 2009 last days as a teacher.

What about now? Before I finish, of course I made beginnings as a blogger in late 2010 and have been blogging in different platforms since then. Whilst I had hoped to make a niche for myself based on my education and schooling experiences, readers did not grow.  But I began to meet loads of lovely bloggers in both real life and virtually! Always fun. Mrs Whelan & Mrs Woog Early 2015, we made the beginning of the next part of our lives when we moved away from Sydney to start a life for two on the Central Coast and I “knew” then that blogging would be my daily go-to and it has proven so. I am so very pleased with how I have been accepted by the blogging community as I am way older than almost everyone! denyse whelan facebook profile picture Now, I am beginning my first link-up here, on the blog where I blog about many different topics. Today’s is Life This Week, and that is the name of the link-up! I hope that many bloggers decide to come on board and post here too!

What beginnings are you thinking about right now after reading some of mine? Thank you for reading….I realised that at my age there are loads of beginnings to note! Warm wishes to you all. Denyse. life 150

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.
  • Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt) if you like.

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I am linking up with Alicia from One Mother Hen for Open Slather and with Kell at All Mum Said for Mummy Mondays. Thank you both for your bloggy friendships!

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“Life This Week” Link-Up Starts Monday! 366/252.

“Life This Week” Link-Up Starts Monday! 366/252.

Life This Week is the new link-up from here, on Denyse Whelan Blogs.

Starts: Monday 12 September 2016.

Each Monday I’ve been using the topic “Life This Week” which for me has meant anything I came up with that seemed relevant for that week. It might have been something topical from the news, or something in my life and from time to time I joined in the link-up on Kirsty’s blog.

Now, it’s time to ramp up Mondays around here with a new LINK UP.

On Sunday I introduced the link-up and listed the prompts. I made these topical based on the date/time of the year. They are completely O P T I O N A L. However, if you want to use the prompt then take it however you want to run with it!!

Here’s the list again for those who missed it”

LIFE THIS WEEK

Mondays

Mon 12 Sept 2016 #ltw 1. Beginnings

Mon 19 Sept 2016 #ltw 2. Favourite Family Meal

Mon 26 Sept 2016 #ltw 3. What’s Your Footy Team?

Mon 3 October 2016 #ltw 4. Daylight Saving. Like/Loathe.

Mon 10 October 2016 #ltw 5. 10 Things You Like About YOU!

Mon 17 October 2016 #ltw 6. Which Anniversaries Are Special?

Mon 24 October 2016 #ltw 7. Two Months Till Christmas Eve!

Mon 31 October 2016 #ltw 8. Melbourne Cup Time!

 

Here are the rules for the link-up

  • “Life This Week”  is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until the weekend 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.

Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt)  if you like.

 

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So, are you planning to link-up on Monday 12 September 2016?

I hope so, and I look forward to seeing you there!!

Denyse.

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