What do you think of history?

Do you like history?

I do, I love to watch history programmes on telly and I love to visit museums, Tim is not so interested in history that said when we go away on holidays he will go with me to different museums but where I could spend all my time going through museums Tim gets fed up after the first couple of them.

I spend a lot of time watching the history channel and the bio channel which has a lot of programs about the English Royal family which is another thing I am interested in, that Tim can’t be bothered with.

It is strange at times to think that what is happening in the world today will one day be history, when I watch programs about the Royal Family, I think about what people will think in a hundred years’ time about the current Royal Family.

I am watching a show about the women in King Charles 2nd‘s life which made me think what people will think about our Prince Charles a few hundred years after his life.

One wonders if our modern day royals are somewhat tame by comparison to the antics of royals of the past.

Watching Television

Do you watch much television?

What type of television programmes do you like to watch?

You know I get annoyed when I hear people talking about how bad it is to watch too much television, yeah really it isn’t that bad well I don’t think it is and I watch a lot of television and yes I like to have time of a morning when I first get up without the television on and the house is nice and quiet but I also like to have the television on for most of the day.

When I was a child I remember my grandparents having the radio on all day and around 6pm they would turn the television on and watch tv for the rest of the night but if I wanted to have the telly on during the day I was allowed to do so although as a child I preferred to read a lot.

I just don’t see how watching tv is a bad thing, that said I don’t think it is fine for a child to spend all day every day in front of the telly but who does that none of my girls spent that much time watching telly and none of my grandchildren spend that much time watching telly during the day they are more likely to watch it during the night and when it is wet and they are unable to go outside to play and many times they will have the telly on but they are playing with toys as well and watching and playing at the same time.

There are many good programmes that teach children as well as entertain them.

Now to me I love my telly I love history programmes and I love crime shows and I watch a lot of British crime shows and I love Australian shows as well at the moment I think

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries http://www.abc.net.au/tv/phrynefisher/ she is bloody great and I also liked

Mr & Mrs Murder http://www.fremantlemedia.com.au/shows/mr-mrs-murder oh and I have to add

Dr Blake Mysteries http://www.abc.net.au/tv/doctorblake/ just to name a few good Aussie shows.

Dad’s Home and what I think about microwave ovens

Here we are on a nice warm in the sun but cold everywhere else Saturday and first up I would like to let everyone know that my dad is home from hospital and doing much better, be it being a bit of cranky sod due to the prednisone he was on but that will pass and we are happy he is home. He even came to Friday breakfast yesterday and my daughter said it was nice to see him looking ok, although she was annoyed when she found out that he called her nanna fat the day before, if mum is fat what am I…………fatter that’s what but what the hell I am happy and I know that I have no motivation to lose weight at the moment it is too cold.

However, that is not what this post is about, I will tell you what it is about…………………nothing much…………………Moving on though while I was out shopping this morning I heard these women talking about how one of them thought microwave ovens are a waste of money and don’t save time at all and I thought how stupid are you. Yes I know not everyone may agree with me but still this is what I thought, I love my microwave and can remember when my parents first bought one it was not long after they came on the market and you know I have had one ever since pretty much we may not have had one when we were first married but more or less we have always had a microwave.

I think they are great for reheating stuff and defrosting stuff such as ice cream that is rock hard 20 seconds in the microwave and it is soft enough to get it out of the container without breaking a spoon. I also like to do potatoes that I intend to roast in the oven in the microwave first, you peel the spuds and pop them into a freezer bag and cook for about 10 minutes till they are nice and soft then you cut them and drizzle oil over them add salt and pop them in the over for an hour, 10 minutes in the microwave halves your oven time.

Ok I would never cook a cake in the microwave, or my meat although I do cook bacon in the microwave a lot and I do poached eggs for Tim in it as well, to me the microwave has its place alongside other kitchen appliances.

What do others think is the microwave oven a time saver and a great invention or do you agree with the women I overheard and think they are a waste of money.

My dad is hospital again

Ok here I am at last writing another post been a bit slack lately sorry for that no excuse I have just not been in the mood and when I have been I have been busy with other stuff but I am here now.

So what am I going got tell you today, well my dad has been in hospital since Thursday he was having trouble breathing and was coughing a lot and would cough till he throw up so mum took him to the GP who sent him to the hospital and they hospital admitted him as he was that bad, but after a few days of strong antibiotics via the drip in his arm he has improved a lot and may be home today or tomorrow I just hope they don’t send him home too soon.

Saturday night he got up and went to the toilet and what happened on his way back to bed, he fell over, and of course couldn’t reach his buzzer and had to sit on the floor calling for help; thankfully the woman in the next bed heard him and called for the nurse. He was told he fell because he was wearing socks, but dad has to wear sock all the time due to the nerves in his feet being shot and his feet being as cold as ice blocks all the time.

While he has been in hospital he has had some visitors but not me I have been too sick to go and see him mum has gone every day morning and again in the afternoon and my brother has gone a few times as well.

While dad has been in hospital mum has had a couple of nights home alone and she has loved it mum likes being home alone this is something my sister can’t get she seems to think mum needs someone to stay with her, I of course get it because I love being home alone.

Mum was telling me that my niece Temika who is only 4yrs old was upset about poppy being in hospital and said to her mum that she was worried that poppy wouldn’t come home and would have to stay in the hospital like great nan does, she said that poppy is very old and is sick a lot and that might be while he will not be allow to come home, mum said she was very upset about this and Sandy had to assure her that poppy would be home as soon as he was better and that he was getting better by being in the hospital.

The funny thing is that Temika will not go near pop very often, she doesn’t like giving him hugs and kisses, but Temika has always had a problem with men from the time she was only a baby, we feel she might have had a problem with men in a passed life but that is another post.

Christmas Toy Sale

Well the time has arrived, today the Christmas toy sale catalogue arrived from Big W this is the big toy sale of the year with no deposit layby and pick up as late as Christmas Eve so it is a good layby to have. I am a big fan of layby always have been although my daughter Jessica says she can’t see the point she would just rather save the money then go and buy all the toys at once I would rather layby and pay it off if by some chance I layby something that by the end of the year I no longer thing the child I bought it for would still like the toy I can take that toy back and get a refund and get them something different.

Kelli is like me she loves layby and like me she feels that if she picks something that is no longer appropriate by the end of the year she just returns it and gets something different.

When I was younger and had three young daughters to buy for and little money I relied of layby to get stuff and to be able to spoil my girls at Christmas time, I have always been a giver just like my mum, I have found memories of my parents spoiling us as children at Christmas time. I now love to spoil not only my daughters but also my grandchildren and other members of my family.

So how do you get your Christmas presents do you go and buy outright or do you use layby, do your prefer to pay cash or do you get presents on credit cards. I have never used a credit card to get presents I do not like the idea of spending a year or more paying off a credit card which is why I prefer to use layby.


Hello everyone, it is Wednesday here in my part of the world and for the second week I have Summer for the day while Kathy is at work, at the moment I have both Summer and Daemon, Kelli & Jess left Daemon here so Summer would have someone to play with and guess what Summer fell asleep within minutes of them leaving, she is now asleep on the floor near me and Daemon is busy watching telly.

So today I have another question for you, have you ever smoked or do you smoke now?

I am a non-smoker and will usually say I have never smoked but that isn’t the whole truth when I was a teenager I gave it a try but never really took to it, when I meet Tim I was still smoking at times when we went out but that only lasted a couple of weeks and I stopped completely and have never had any interest in doing it again.

I have three daughters and only one of them is a smoker, of course that would be Natasha my wild child although she did stop when she was pregnant with Blain but took it up again not long after he was born. You would think if one hadn’t smoked for 8 months they would not want to take it up again but not the case. My sister in-law also stopped smoking when she was pregnant but took it up again after she had my niece and my sister Sandra smoked during her pregnancy with Denni but not when she had Temika if I remember rightly.

Tim is a smoker but he has not smoked in this house ever, although I think when we lived at Gateshead he might have smoked in the flat, I don’t really remember it was so long ago. We have lived her for 26 yrs and I know he hasn’t smoked in this house, ok hang on that is not completely true he has and still does smoke in the bathroom with the exhaust fan on when it is raining outside.

Now I have to say I am not one of those people who have a problem with smokers, it doesn’t bother me and I have been known to go outside and talk to those who are out there smoking.

I know some people worry about second hand smoke or what was that phrase that was bantered about years ago………….passive smoking that’s it. Yes I know breathing in other peoples smoke may not be good for me but there are many things that are not good for us and if we worry or stress over all of them we will have a sucky life.

It is illegal to smoke in a car with a child under the age of 16 here in New South Wales in Victoria it is under 18, I am not sure how I feel about that I guess it is good but hell 18 some 18yr olds are smokers anyway.


Dear Dave

I guess it is time for another letter, so who to write to this time well since I have done my parents, sisters and daughters so I guess it is time for my brother David so here is goes

Dear Dave

You are my baby brother, but you tower over me not as much as you do Jeannie but still you do, you are mum’s favourite and everyone knows it and no none of us have a problem with that it is just the way it is and it has been like that since you were born.

You have always been a mummy’s boy and not ashamed to say it, as a child you were the most annoying child and would talk to me like I was trash at times and I often would think if you spoke to any other adult the way you spoke to me you would get into trouble but because I was your sister you got away with it.

Even now you seem to think because you are Dave you can get away with bloody murder but we love you and you are our baby brother so we just accept that it is like that.

I know you are there for me whenever I need you, not that I have needed you to have my back, I have Tim and he is always there for me more or less.

You have this cheeky grin that makes you adorable and forgivable, I knew when you were little you would be a heart breaker and I reckon you have managed to break a few hearts in your time.

I never thought you would be the awesome dad your are, I remember when Dawson was born I wondered how you would take to being a dad but you took to it like a duck to water and was an amazing dad, you still are which is why I think Liarna is a daddy’s girl. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised since you had a bloody marvellous teacher when it comes to how to be a dad……………

When you married Leigh you looked so bloody handsome and I was proud to be your sister, I still am proud to be your sister because you are a wonderful, loving and caring man. Like dad you are the type of man all men should strive to be, maybe that is one of the reasons we are not jealous of you being mums favourite.

You have this aura that radiates from deep inside that draws people to you, I love you bro or as Sandy would call you “bud” that is her name for you and it suits you.

Dear Sue

Ok how slack am I when it comes to posting for some reason I am pretty slack but let’s all move on past that and onto another letter this one will be going out to my second sister Sue.

Dear Sue

Well you and I have not always been close, for many years I envied you and you despised me thankfully those days are gone and we are now pretty close. Why did I envy you, well you had something I always wanted, twins, of course I had no idea how much work it was to raise twins but that wasn’t the point I wanted to have twins and I didn’t you did.

I didn’t really like that you lived so far away either and I know you will say it isn’t that far but let’s be honest here sis it was, when you consider we all pretty much live within 20 minutes of each other you being what 40-50 minutes away was far away. It was because of the distance that we didn’t see you much and you rarely came to family functions, I don’t know why that was maybe you didn’t have the fuel or the time or maybe there was some other reason but it’s all water under the bridge now.

When you moved back to Newie and started living within the 20 minute range we started to see you more and you and I developed some kind of relationship. I think you realised how much I understood how difficult it could be raising somewhat hard to handle children, we may love our children but there is no escaping the fact that they could be difficult to handle at times. I also know what it is like to have a child you just clash with no matter how hard you try not to, you just rub each other the wrong way and sparks fly.

Now sis what does annoy me a lot is that you often think you are the black sheep of the family and that being so is in some way a bad thing, this makes me want to “Gibbs slap” you because even if you were the black sheep of the family that would not be a bad thing, it would only mean you are an individual but sis I don’t think you are.

Sometimes I think you are your own worst enemy by that I mean you get your life running smoothly and you do things to derail yourself, like now you have a car but for some bloody reason you have times when you talk about giving the car back and not having it because you think it keeps you tied to Garry. The only thing that keeps you tied to Garry is you; you are the one who chooses to have an on/off relationship with him.

I have worried about you more than you know, you have had to battle addictions in your life and that caused me a lot of worry but I never let one I couldn’t see the point and I had no advice to give so I said nothing and pretended I didn’t know that was wrong on my part. I have seen you pick one loser after another when it came to men and that upset me but it is your life so I said nothing.

Sometimes sis I think you are afraid to be alone, now I will not pretend to know what that is like since I have been with Tim for 30yrs and have no idea what it is like to be alone. That said I think you do not have a high opinion of yourself which is why you have a bad track record with men. You need to love who you are in order to choose the right partner for yourself and I don’t thank you do that, you choose men who make you feel good some of the time and rotten at other times. One thing I can say about Tim is that he has never made me feel like deserve to be treated badly or rotten in any way. Ok I can say a lot more about him but this letter isn’t about Tim it is about you.

Growing up we had a love/not love relationship notice I didn’t say hate well that is because I have never hated you I have not always loved how you acted but I have never hated you ever. Sometimes sis I have felt that you thought I had some kind of perfect life but I guess that is normal because I thought you had some kind of great life better than mine at times.

I love you sis and I want to see you happy, you are so blessed you have 4 wonderful children (I wanted more than 3 children) so another thing I am jealous of you have 5 beautiful grandchildren another thing I am jealous of (I want more than 4 grandchildren) siblings who not only love you but like you, the best parents ever, trust me I know this…………. they rock.

I have told you before and I will tell you again, you are one of the strongest most amazing women I know, you are a survivor, but you need to stop just surviving and start living your life and doing things that make you truly happy, if you are already doing so than that is great because you are an amazing woman who deserves the best in life.

Dear Jeannie

I will now write a letter to my first sister the one closest to me in age, my sister Jeannie

Dear Jeannie

Well you are only 6 yrs younger than me and when our daughters where little we were very close, hanging out together once or twice a week. I would watch your girls if you needed me and you watched my girls in return and our daughters would often have sleep overs at each other houses.

As children we were not overly close as you had Sue who is only a year younger than you so it was natural for you to hang out with her but when we were in our 20′s Sue was living in Lemon Tree Passage which for all who do not know is 45minutes away and we didn’t see Sue very often for many years but this is not about Sue it is about you.

You always seemed to know what you wanted from life unlike me who has just drifted through life.

You know I always thought you were mum and dads favourite child when we were little but that may have been because you had so many serious asthma attacks and had to be rushed to hospital many times and so in my young eyes you got your own way so often and seemed to get away with things that I would get into trouble for.

I do at times miss how close we use to be but such is life, we both have so much going on in our lives that we don’t have the time for each other well it seems that way.

I do remember thinking when I was little that it sucked that you didn’t have magical powers like Jeannie from I dream of Jeannie.

Dear Sandy

I have been thinking about whom I would write a letter to next and decided it would be my “baby girl” my youngest sister Sandra so here it goes.

Dear Sandy

I remember the night you were born, I was at nan & pops place while mum was in hospital and dad called in on his way home from the hospital and told us that mum had a little girl and she was going to be named Sandra Mae, I had been asleep but when I heard dads voice I got up and walked out to the lounge room.

I wasn’t sure how I felt when dad told us about you I was excited and a bit I don’t what the right term would be I felt strange, I was 15 when you were born and I didn’t know how I was going to feel about having a baby in the house. However, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my baby sister, who I have thought of as my “baby girl” from pretty much day one.

I use to love to take you with me when I would walk around to the shops and when you were a toddler you would come and get into bed with me in the morning or sometimes during the night. I loved it when you climbed into bed with me and you would play with my hair if felt amazing and I thought I was so lucky to have this baby girl who I could pretend was my baby……………..lol

Now you were a bit of wild girl as a teenager and gave mum and dad some sleepless nights and caused them a fair bit of worry, but you turned out pretty great coming through those rough years strong and amazing. You are now the mother of two absolute adorable little girls of your own, I am sure you are hoping that they do not give you as much worry as you did when they are teenagers………….lol

I have always felt close to you because you are in many ways like my first girl, in fact even though I only have 3 daughters I have 5 girls starting with you and ending with Kelli.

I love you sis, I love the woman you grew into and the mother you became but then we both had a pretty amazing teacher when it comes to motherhood.

You were always dad’s favourite and you were pop’s favourite as well, hell I think you are still dad’s favourite. I am not mum but like mum I will always be here for you because you will always be special to me, you’re my “baby girl” and I love you so much.

Above photos of your girls Denni & Temika aren’t they beautiful like their mummy.