Saturday 24th June 2017

Public Holidays. #LifeThisWeek 24/52. 2017.79.

Public Holidays. #LifeThisWeek 24/52. 2017.79.

I know that we have quite a few Public Holidays in Australia but I’ve decided to keep my focus on this one….

The June Long weekend  ( Public Holiday is Monday) – for the Queen’s Birthday  in New South Wales & some other states in Australia, it has rained and rained for the past two, including this one!
As I write, it is only Friday night and the rain is pouring down.

Earlier today I ventured out as I had not been anywhere for a few days thanks to the weather. I caught sight of my first whale spouting in 2017 and also captured a bird in flight as it was escaping the rain in our backyard this afternoon.

Reminiscing about the June Long Weekend of years and years ago I recalled that it was Cracker Night.

Until the government decided that people were getting injured by the fireworks..and fires…and so, it became banned. For the 1980s though, we still had a bonfire in our backyard (in suburbia) with the bonfire constructed safely, and fireworks were set up on the fence and on the grass outside. Our kids were still very young, so the mums and kids would stay up on the verandah for the fun. It WAS noisy and we had to make sure animals were inside. A few years later, the only fireworks that were allowed were those at organised functions which became fundraisers for schools and the like. Mind you, we couldn’t even buy fireworks then but as a  kids in the 1950s and 60s we could. I was not a brave person, so throw downs and sparklers were my limit. Oh and you can still buy sparklers at the supermarket.

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Did you have fun with fireworks when you were a kid?

What are your memories of public holidays?

Denyse. Joining with Alicia here for Open Slather and here with Kell for Mummy Mondays.

I hope you link up here for Life This Week too!

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My Fave Junk Food. #LifeThisWeek 20/52. 2017.68.

My Fave Junk Food. #LifeThisWeek 20/52. 2017.68.

C H O C O L A T E.

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Shortest post ever!

OK. Not really.

I thought long and hard about this one. Obviously! I made up the prompt.

I have no idea why I chose it for this week but maybe I was avoiding Mother’s Day…not really, but anyway, if you celebrated I hope it was awesome.

I have a sweet tooth. I blame my maternal grandfather and aunty. I love my lollies and chocolates but that said, if there is to be winner it is:

C H O C O L A T E.

I have some kind of chocolate every evening. OK, in bed, on FB or whatever I am scrolling through on-line.

For ages it was a mix of Lindt Dark with salted caramel pieces and Lindt Milk with caramel pieces.

Melting away on the tongue as chocolate does to soothe and to calm. 

Then since I have had, ahem, teeth out (not because of the sugar thing!) my mouth cannot yet deal with the caramel bits so I HAD to find something easy on the mouth, melting on the tongue and here they are:

Good old Cadbury Milk Chocolate: on special too!

There you are, now you know my bad habit and my favourite junk food!

So, do tell, what is yours?

Can you limit the list to one?

Are you a sweet tooth or not?

Denyse.

Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. I’m linking up with Alicia for Open Slather here and with Kell for Mummy Mondays here. 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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Join In #LifeThisWeek Link Ups! 2017.58.

Join In #LifeThisWeek Link Ups! 2017.58.

New Prompts Below for 9 weeks: 8 May – 3 July. 

Thank you to bloggers who already join in the #lifethisweek Link Up on Mondays!

I hope this post here will encourage more bloggers to join in too. I comment on every post, and visit your blog too. It’s a friendly space to be in the blogosphere!

 

On Mondays from 5.00 a.m. till the Thursday of the same week at 5.00 p.m. you can link up your ONE blog post!

I offer prompts for those who like to play along and get their thinking  caps on to apply their perspective to my prompts.

But, all blog posts are accepted! Off prompt or on! New or previously published posts.

This coming Monday, 24 April the prompt is A.N.Z.A.C. Day, and the following Monday, 1 May is “Taking Stock.’

Every 9 weeks I set a new group of prompts and they are here below from 8 May until 3 July. I add this graphic to the home page too for a reminder!

Thank you to Sammie and blogging friends for the link up here each weekend too. Love finding new people follow and read thanks to link-ups.

Which link ups do you join in when you can?

When I remember…I also link up here with Vanessa for Archive Love. Thanks Vanessa!

Denyse.

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Special Times To Remember. #LifeThisWeek 16/52. 2017.55.

Special Times To Remember. #LifeThisWeek 16/52. 2017.55.

When I planned this prompt I was thinking about the special time (on this date!) I remembered when I heard that I was pregnant for the second time..after a long gap between children (over 7 years) after being told I would not able to have a second child. Then I re-thought my response and decided to add more. Here they are photos and the special times I remember behind each of them! From left to right and clockwise.

Set One.

  1. Here I am in my principal’s role snapped on school photo day circa 2000. I was very proud to be chosen to be a school principal in my own right after years of being both relieving and acting principal in a number of schools.
  2. On Queenscliff Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. May school holidays spent at my parents’ house with my husband and baby daughter. This is in 1972. I don’t think my daughter was keen on the water! Great times spent each time we came back to Sydney from our rural/outback teaching roles from 1971-1977.
  3. The face of a relieved and retired person who is learning to make her way through life without roles and responsibilities that she has lived with for over 40 years. Special memories made via selfies on my beach walks in 2016.
  4. Young parents! We were 21 when our daughter was born and both teaching in small schools out the back of Boggabri NSW. I was back at work by now (phew, I disliked being at home and isolated on a country property) and this young one is in a swing made by her Dad! We were back at school/work and she was well-cared for next door to my school by my boss’ wife, her godmother.

Set Two.

  1. I am around 17 here. This is me, first of the NSW HSC cohort in my senior uniform. It was brown (yuck) and consisted of a skirt, shirt and jacket making it almost ‘suit-like.’ I was not a nerd but a social being at school but finally did remember to study in Year 12 and get into teacher’s college. I loved being part of the first group in NSW to do the HSC and it is 50 years ago this year!!
  2. The lovely man I married all those years ago – 46 to be exact – with me last Christmas in this house we are renting. We are making special memories right now as for the first time in our lives it is ‘just us’ and no responsibilities for family and work, except for some voluntary work by my husband.
  3. Eleven years ago I fulfilled a dream held since teenage years and stood on the North Shore of Oahu looking for the waves that I had sung about in the school bus in the 1960s…”Ride the Wild Surf”…and the surf was flat. Disappointed but a wonderful experience to visit Hawaii..on my first and only (to date) trip out of Australia.
  4. Turning 65 meant this…a big grin and relief that my working life was done and I would be eligible for a part-pension. That meant fewer expenses for us as I had no superannuation so it was a good thing. It was also a sad occasion as it was the last birthday I got to celebrate with my whole family in Sydney. I remember it with mixed emotions as in under 2 months we would be gone from Sydney to live on the Central Coast.

I found this article on memories very interesting and share it from here.

Do you find you remember certain experiences and times very well indeed?

I do, often remembering the weather, smells, sounds as well as sights.

Our brains are amazing!

Denyse. I link up each Monday here too: Open Slather with Alicia and Mummy Mondays with Kell.

Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. 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!

* Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!

* THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week. Next week’s prompt is “A.N.Z.A.C. Day”.

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What Art Has Taught Me. 2017.53.

What Art Has Taught Me. 2017.53.

In 2013 I was searching for more in my life to help me through the bumps and trials.

A friend suggested an art-based group in U.S. where there was an annual challenge.

I’ve written about this a few times on the blog.

Today I am listing what Art has taught me from that mid-point in 2013 until the present.

And it’s not always about Art!!

  • I can be patient
  • I can see the world from different perspectives
  • I can select what I want to do with my art materials with confidence
  • I now know the process is more important to me than the product
  • I find that I prefer to share my art, imperfect as it is, with many and am happy to give it away when people express an interest in it
  • I find it interesting that others see different things in my artistic pursuits than I do at times
  • I enjoy the way in which I became at one with the now when I’m engaged in a creative process be it writing, photography, art or gardening

In general, Art has taught me to allow my mindfulness to be part of who I am. I am no longer striving as much nor wanting to do the next thing. It is teaching me to slow down. 

This is a good lesson to be learned!

Have you learned lessons from life?

Denyse.

Glad to be posting again today for I Blog On Tuesdays over with Kylie Purtell here.

This link up is an original in Australian blogging land!

Only newly published posts are eligible for link-up.

A few years back this was very popular and I suspect many of those bloggers have new priorities.

However, new and established bloggers who have an original post any Tuesday are so welcomed over at I.B.O.T.! Lots of commenters and lots of blogs to read.

Come on over and add it to your blogging calendar. The link-up stays open for all of Tuesday of that week.

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Three Month Review. #LifeThisWeek 13/52. 2017.47.

Three Month Review. #LifeThisWeek 13/52. 2017.47.

Recently I was asked what this prompt might mean and I responded that any kind of review would be fine. It is always up to bloggers to take the prompt and interpret as they wish. However, I am not even sure that I knew what I would write about when I chose it. It became clear last week when I wrote this here:

I have chosen to reduce my blogging output as of this week so as to be more mindful of my self-care and self-kindness. I am not making any further intentions at this point. My life has been on a learning curve as part of ageing and transition to living with both a chronic condition (IBS and its accompanying limitations) and the stress which is part of my inner being. I am wanting to feel less inward pressure on myself and needing to care for myself more. Blogging has been a part of my life for more than 6 years and will continue to be but I am blogging now for when and if I choose to. I know that regular readers will completely understand my new(er) direction as of today! Thank you!

So. That’s out there now.

Yes, Monday link ups will continue. Yes, so will the prompts. I will write fewer posts on a timetabled weekly basis as I did. Tuesdays at I Blog On Tuesdays here with Kylie Purtell required me to have new content each week. For over 100 posts this has been possible but I have made the choice now to blog less on Tuesdays. There will be a post tomorrow! If you know anyone who is wanting to teach or get some work teaching casually this post is must!

It’s been a really interesting three months. I have taken two posts from each of the months and highlighted them for the mix of content and how the year has gone for me and what has changed, if at all.

January.

I made the decision on 1 January that each Sunday I would consider an INTENTION to match my needs at the time and then to write about how that progressed the following week. I linked these posts to Leanne’s Link Up each week. After last week, there will be no more. I actually felt too much pressure on me to keep up!

The year always seems to start somewhere in blogging land and beyond with a word of the year. So, I was original (not!) and did this for the 2nd link up for #lifethisweek for KINDNESS. Here it is. What I have learned from this is to be KIND to me first is a challenge but in looking after myself better (see above about cutting back on blogging) it seems I am remembering my word!

February.

I do love writing about education and schooling and in particular to help families with young children going to school for the first time and in the primary school years. I combined my now-regular practice of MEDITATION along with what’s happening in schools for this post. 

Regular readers and commenters know how much creative pursuits such as ART & MANDALAS are now part of my retired-life. Each weekend I link up with Sammie – The Annoyed Thyroid – for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole and this was a creative life catch up.

March.

On Fridays I join up with a number of photography link ups and I admit I do not comment on anyone’s posts in general others than the hosts. I am not naming the link ups because lately there have been fewer appearing. However, I did love this one I made as a tribute to the planet and knowing we live in a WONDERFUL WORLD.  What is interesting for me is that THIS time, I used other people’s photos!

Recently I wrote a post about LEARNING for the Tuesday education blog post. This time however, it was about my learning and I asked readers about their learning. We are lifelong learners in my opinion.

My three month review is done. Well, not quite. I am humbled and delighted to have so many supportive blogging friends (met or not yet met) and this is why this space and its community will always be important to me. I do hope that you too find the world of blogging to connect as I do. I blog to connect. I said that day one 2015 and that remains. I do not blog for fame, money, sponsors nor stats. 

I blog for me and for you to connect with me whenever you can.

Thank you! Let’s hope our Monday link up community continues and that you are here too!

Denyse.

Joining with Alicia here for Open Slather and Kell here for Mummy Mondays.

Thanks for linking up this week.

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!

* Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!

* THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week. Next week’s prompt is “Daylight Saving is Over”.


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My Favourite Colour. #LifeThisWeek 11/52. 2017.41.

My Favourite Colour. #LifeThisWeek 11/52. 2017.41.

It’s not a secret that I love colour. I tend to dress colourfully so browns and beiges and greys do not get much of  a look-in although black and navy were my ‘base’ colours when I was working.

I like colours that are bright in most cases and I also like colours that bring out the best in other colours.

Since getting into art a few years back I discovered yellow is a great friend for many colours.

Before I get to my favourite colour disclosure I admit I really have tried hard to embrace and love many colours and these include red, magenta, purple, green and at times, orange and yellow…but the final reveal is this:

BLUE is my HUE.

Here’s why. It is cooling. It is refreshing. It is relaxing. It is the colour of my favourite water course – the sea. It is the colour of the sky. It calms me. It has many shades. The favourites for me tend to be the greeny/blues. I love turquoise and aqua. I looked for examples around me and I did not have to look far! Here they are:

The Ocean.

Part of my mandala bed topper.

Just love this vase.

When you realise how much you love ONE colour.

Mandala – ode to BLUE

My birthday – from Colorstrology Book.

The Book itself. It’s fun & accurate for many I have found.

I guess now that I own up to BLUE being my favourite colour it probably always has been. I remember loving the colour turquoise when I saw it in a paint tin when I was a kid at school. I have worn blue for preference more than I realise. I was wearing a blue and white dress the night I met my now husband.

Whilst blue is my standout, I do wear others and enjoy having many colours around me! Here is a favourite mandala I made recently.

 

So, what is your favourite colour?

Is there more than one for you?

Denyse.

Joining with Alicia for Open Slather here and Kell for Mummy Mondays here.

Thanks for linking up this week.

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!

* Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!

* THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week. Next week’s prompt is “Autumn”.


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Taking Stock. #LifeThisWeek 9/52. 2017.33.

Taking Stock. #LifeThisWeek 9/52. 2017.33.

Thanks to the blogger extraordinaire Pip Lincoln I am taking most of her words from Taking Stock to form this post. I’ve used the adapted list from here too. Thanks Sandra! The new prompts for Life This Week from next Monday 6 March until Monday 1 May, are ready to go here and on the Home Page of the blog. Each 9th week I will ‘take stock.’

Making: art every single day in one form or another

Realising: this is it, life is not a dress rehearsal

Cooking: much less these days and loving that more

Drinking: water and some soft drink

Reading: a long list of books..none of which have been completed (yet) almost all non-fiction. 

Wanting: to have a greater level of concentration to continue to read “Victoria” by Julia Baird

Looking: always looking around me

Pondering: so much and most of it is about ‘life’

Wishing: I had some of the insight into me earlier than now!

Enjoying: the company of my husband each day as we have never been ‘alone’ till past 2 years

Waiting: to have enough money to buy a house 

Liking: that we do not have enough money to buy a house (yet) because it gives us more time to consider 

Wondering: how this word is different to pondering

Loving: that I surprise myself with my art every day 

Listening: to some great self-help and spiritual people on CD

Considering: that I am more capable than I feel 

Buying: books and CDs from on-line stores because it is EASY and CHEAP(er)

Watching: some reality TV, the local regional news and iView catch ups of ABC TV faves

Hoping: that I can continue to accept that I have a chronic condition called IBS and learn to live with it

Marvelling: at the way anyone who has a brain is….

Cringing: about the behaviour of Donald Trump

Needing: to be as kind a friend to myself as I am to others and I am getting better at it

Questioning: why…about quite a few things that I now realise is futile

Smelling: frangipanis on the large tree right outside our back door

Wearing: retirement coastie clothing of coloured shorts and sleeveless top and birkenstocks

Following: lots of interesting friends who blog

Noticing: the days are shortening and the mornings are getting cooler

Thinking: that I would prefer not to think so much

Admiring: my husband who is celebrating his birthday today and is my best friend and love of my life

Getting: to really like our ‘new to us’ lifestyle away from Sydney

Disliking: media coverage which sensationalises and does not provide balance 

Opening: my blog each day and seeing who has commented so I get ready to chat

Giggling: at some of the fun memories I have with my husband about our life as parents and grandparents

Feeling: more positive than the last time I did a ‘taking stock’ post here

Celebrating: February is nearly over because its weather is always extreme

Pretending: I am not concerned about being closer to 70 than 65

Embracing: my husband every day because hugging is good for attachment hormones and I LOVE him.

Do you take stock ..like this or elsewhere? It’s helpful.

Denyse.

On Mondays I also link up here: with Alicia for Open Slather and with Kell for Mummy Mondays.

Thanks for linking up this week.

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!
* Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
* THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week. Next week’s prompt is “Must Watch TV”.


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