Cousins

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Guess what today I had to wear long pants when I went to see nanna be it light weight long pants but still long pants after all the bloody hot days we have had who would had thought.Jess and Kel

Jessica has had a house guest the last few days with Kelli staying, I don’t know why other then Kelli wanting to spend time with her cousin. It has been nice for Jessica she likes spending time with her cousin, in a lot of ways they are more like sisters then cousins.

I have thought back to when I was younger and my relationship with my cousins and you know I don’t think I had much of a relationship with any of them I don’t know if it was because my main cousins I had contact with were boys not girls.

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Out of my girls Natasha and Samantha were close when they were teenagers and now Jessica and Kelli are super close and have to say Kelli also get on well with Natasha but Kathy and Kelli do not get along in fact they can barely stand to be in the same room as each other. This could cause me some upset if I allowed it but I don’t so it doesn’t they are both adults and their battle is just that their battle and not mine I just keep out of it and thankfully neither of them have asked me to take sides because I wouldn’t do that.Grandchildren

Now also I want to say that Sydney-May and Blain are super close and adore each other and Blain and Leo can act like brothers at times which is nice. I think it is good to be good friends with your cousins because lets be honest here when it comes to sleepovers mum and dad would feel better if it is at a family members house when it first happens

I don’t know how my parents dealt with me wanting to sleepover at my friend Stacey’s place all the day she lived two houses down from us and we slept at each others house a lot this was before we went into high school, our friendship died once we both went to high school I think because we went to different high schools.

Kelli Jes & Tasha

Giving my old laptop to mum and more news

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Good morning, yes it is morning here in Newie on this lovely Wednesday and guess what I am not going to see my nan today because mum has to wait at home for Chrisco.

Had Blain here last night he went to sleep on my armchair but during the night he came and got into bed with me and papa and this morning I can take him to school since I am not going to see nanna.

I also want to get over to mum’s today I am giving her my old laptop so she can learn about using a computer. Of course I am giving her a computer bag with it and an exercise book for her to write down how things are done so she has a record that I think when you are starting to learn is a must you can write down which program to use along with step by step instructions to refer to till you get the hang of things.

On another topic as I look around my house this morning all I can think is that I need to get more Christmas decorations out and I think I need to buy more of the wall stickers to go on the walls. Tim thinks I over do it but really let’s be honest here the man has no idea what over doing it is my house is mildly decorated compared to many others.

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He also thinks I over do it with Christmas presents as in I give to much and to too many family members, I feel that after 30 years he should know this is me and it is who I am and I am not going to change any time soon if at all.

An update about Tim he got a written warning at work about the cutting the guy off thing so he is feeling better but has learnt his lesson I hope and will not do it again. I have never thought about ringing up and complaining about a bus driver in my life and I have had some right bastard bus drivers and I have been cut off by them time and again. I just curse them and move on.

Do your children wear pyjamas

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Good morning world, well it is morning here in my part of the world and I have to say at 9.45am I have been up for hours had to get up early and go and buy bread so Tim could make sandwiches to take to work for his lunch.

It is a nice day here not hot at all quiet pleasant I have to say, no need for the air conditioner as yet and I have just got the towels on to wash and the sheets off the bed.

I have Blain here tonight which brings me to the topic of today’s post.

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Pyjamas, do you make children wear them Blain doesn’t like them and will not wear them. He prefers to sleep in his clothes and this really gets up Tim’s nose. I asked Natasha if he wore them at home and he doesn’t so if it is good enough for his mum it is fine with me.

I would prefer him to wear pj’s but I am not going to get in tiss over it. Tim, however, does and goes on and on about it.

When my girls were little I went through the whole I don’t want to sleep in pyjamas stage with each of the girls and they all outgrew it so I feel Blain will be the same.

Life is too short to stress over something so trivial.

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I, however, would like to get Blain and Leo to start sleeping in the spare room and not with me and papa but it is hard they both like to sleep with us. However, on New Year’s Eve I will have both boys here first Leo then around 10ish Tasha will drop Blain off by that time Leo will be in bed asleep I hope and I would prefer that both of them sleep in the spare room. I have a queen size mattress in the spare room so big enough for both boys.

Blain & Leo

If you don’t want a baby…………..please do not throw it away like rubbish

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Good morning world suppose to be another hot day here in Newie, I have been up and busy this morning as I am most days. I have to go out during the day, I want to take my old laptop over and give it to my mum I think it is time mum had her own computer to play around with yes dad has a computer but mum doesn’t like using it so I am giving her my old one so she can decided if she wants to buy herself a computer.

Big news here is that a woman has been charged with attempted murder after she dumped her newborn baby boy in a drain in Sydney’s west.

It is believed that the baby was in the drain for 6 or 7 days, before he was found on Sunday morning (yesterday) by a couple of cyclists.

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So now the call has gone out for safe havens to be set up so that people can drop off unwanted babies but really I wonder how successful these are. I know they operate in some American states but I do not know how successful they are or how they work.

What do others think, are they are good idea?

I do not think it would had made a difference in this case as the baby was hidden in a drain and the drain covered with a large slap of cement, which makes me feel she wanted the baby to die and not just wanted to get rid of the baby.

As everyone knows I love babies and children and don’t understand how anyone can harm a child but I know it happens there are some terrible people out there and many people who should not have children.

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It’s bloody hot here again

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Good afternoon world, another bloody hot day here in Newie I turned the air con on as soon as I got up and as such didn’t realise how bloody hot it was till I want down the road to do some shopping. Jessica and Leo have been here since around 10ish I am expecting them to be here for another couple of hours since it is cooler here then at their place. I also had Sydney-May & Summer for a couple of hours while Kathy-Lee & Michael went to do some Christmas shopping they were going to stay for lunch but didn’t as Natasha & Jerry was going over to their house for a soak in their inflatable pool.
 
I am now using my new computer and it is great, I have started to resubscribe to blogs using a different email address it will take me a while to resubscribe to all of them but it will.
 
It isn’t even summer yet and we are having temperatures in the high 30’s and low 40’s today it is currently 35°c and it is suppose to get as high as 44°c today. I wonder how hot summer will be if it is this hot in spring.
 
As everyone knows I prefer the in between seasons I don’t like it too hot or too cold but but as long as I have air conditioning I can cope with the heat and if we have heaters we can cope with the cold. I do wonder how people coped before air conditioning, I do remember the days before we had air conditioning it involved many sleepless nights as it would often be cooler outside then in. I am glad those days are passed.
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Five Things Friday……………No Internet

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Good afternoon all it is another bloody hot day in my part of the world, well it has been a while since I have been around blogland. This is because I had no internet for 3 days, it was late yesterday afternoon when we got it back and I was just so worn out then that I didn’t feel like doing a post.

Also I am unable to get into my emails so unable to read all the blogs I follow via email, so over the next week I am going to try and get to your blogs and resubscribe using a different email address.

Anyway here are this weeks 5 things for this bloody hot Friday.

Christmas decorations going up but more I want to do

Leo excited to see all the decorations

Starting to write my Christmas cards

Feeling like there is so much I want to do and so little time to do it all

Feeling to tired to make a start on things I want to do

52 Years ago today I came into the world


Today is my birthday it was 52 years ago at 4.05pm on a Friday afternoon that I was born. I came into the world 6 weeks early and as such I was in a humidicrib for 4 weeks weighing only 4lb 2oz’s, I was only 12 inches long..


I was 5 weeks old when I was able to go home with mum and dad. However, that was not the end of my time in hospital at 3 months of age my parents were in a car accident I suffered a fractured skull and was in hospital for about 5 days along with my dad, then at 6 months of age I was hospitalised with pneumonia I was in hospital for 6 days that time.


I was so tiny and frail when I was born that the doctors thought I wouldn’t survive the night and because of that my nanna wanted me to be baptised so I was baptised when I was only hours old.


A number of years after my birth my mum had a there but for the grace of God thought about me, you see when mum was pregnant with me she suffered terrible morning sickness and was prescribed thalidomide but mum felt funny taking anything while pregnant she just didn’t feel right about it and decided against taking it. Of course thalidomide has since been linked with birth defects, so I am lucky that mum didn’t take the drug.

I was an only child till I was around 6 years old when mum & dad had my sister Jeannie followed by my sister Sue and then of course when I was 15 they had Sandra and then David.

 


 

5 Things Friday…………Heat


Here are this week’s Five things

Bloody stinking hot…….it is currently 34°c aka 93°f
down from a top of 40°c aka 104°f

Tim stuck in a bus all day without air conditioning

Three air conditioners going in the house

Sore and swollen feet due to the heat

A cool bath at the end of the day



 

Laptop problems


Afternoon all, another lovely day here in my part of the world. Well I am having computer problems, yesterday I was using the laptop and it started making a strange noise it sounded like the fan. Well after about 15 minutes it shut down and wouldn’t reboot, I left it for a little while and tried to reboot it and it has been going alright since.

So I go and tell Tim that it is stuffed and I will need a new laptop, I was expecting him to complain but he didn’t instead he tells me he was planning on getting me a new laptop for my birthday anyway.

Yes it is my birthday on Sunday I will be 52yrs old damn how did that happen………….

History of Armistice Day


Good morning world it is the 11th November in my part of the world also known as Armistice or Remembrance Day when on the 11th hour we have a minute of silence to remember all those who have died in wars. It was 2 minutes but many places only require a minute silence nowadays.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender.


The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919 two minutes’ silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony at the new Cenotaph in London. The silence was proposed by Australian journalist Edward Honey, who was working in Fleet Street. At about the same time, a South African statesman made a similar proposal to the British Cabinet, which endorsed it.


King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire to suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice “which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom”. The two minutes’ silence was popularly adopted and it became a central feature of commemorations on Armistice Day.

On the second anniversary of the armistice in 1920 the commemoration was given added significance when it became a funeral, with the return of the remains of an unknown soldier from the battlefields of the Western Front.

Most other allied nations adopted the tradition of entombing unknown soldiers over the following decade.


After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead. However, many Australians still call the day Armistice Day I know I do.

In Australia on the 75th anniversary of the armistice in 1993 Remembrance Day ceremonies again became the focus of national attention. The remains of an unknown Australian soldier, exhumed from a First World War military cemetery in France, were ceremonially entombed in the Memorial’s Hall of Memory.

Remembrance Day ceremonies were conducted simultaneously in towns and cities all over the country, culminating at the moment of burial at 11 am and coinciding with the traditional two minutes’ silence. This ceremony, which touched a chord across the Australian nation, re-established Remembrance Day as a significant day of commemoration.


Four years later, in 1997, Governor-General Sir William Deane issued a proclamation formally declaring 11 November to be Remembrance Day, urging all Australians to observe one minute’s silence at 11 am on 11 November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

The Flanders poppy has long been part of the day, the poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields in France and Belgium.

For many soldiers the red colour of the poppy came from the blood of their fallen comrades which was soaked into the ground.

It didn’t take long for the poppy to be accepted as the flower of remembrance and is usually worn on Armistice Day. They were first sold for Armistice Day in 1921 by The Australian Returned Soldiers and Sailors Imperial League (later became known as the RSL). Those first silk poppies where made in French orphanages and imported to Australia they sold for a shilling with five pence was donated to a charity for French children and a six pence went to the League’s own welfare work.


Today the RSL continues to sell poppies for Remembrance Day to raise funds for its welfare work.

Poppies adorn the panels of the Memorial’s Roll of Honour, placed beside names as a small personal tribute to the memory of a particular person, or to any of the thousands of individuals commemorated there.

This practice began at the interment of the Unknown Australian Soldier on 11 November 1993. As people waited to lay a single flower by his tomb in the Hall of Memory, they had to queue along the cloisters, beside the Roll of Honour. By the end of the day, hundreds of RSL poppies had been pushed into the cracks between the panels bearing the names of the fallen.