Goodbye, Granddad

Sarah Harrison© Sarah Harrison More By Sarah Harrison

Published: September 2009

Heaven has received another angel,
The night sky another star.
Your life has become a loving memory.
I know you will never be far.

I know you are watching over me
As my life goes on.
I will treasure the memories I have of you.
I can’t believe you’re gone.

You were a loving, caring granddad.
You were there for me a lot.
You will always hold a place in my heart,
A loving, treasured spot.

You were really one in a million,
A cut above the rest.
All who knew you would agree.
You simply were the best.

So, Granddad, I will say goodbye.
I love and miss you with all my heart,
But as long as I have my loving memories,
We will never be too far apart.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/goodbye-granddad

Hi, my name is Sarah. I am 24 years old, and I lost my granddad on July 26, 2007, to cancer. Growing up, I wasn’t really as close to my granddad as I was to my Nan, but over the last few years I did get really close to him. He only found out he had cancer about 10 weeks before he went, and my Nan spent the last 4 weeks of his life looking after him because she wouldn’t allow him to go in hospice because he wouldn’t have wanted to. The cancer robbed him of his pride and dignity then eventually his life. He just seemed to give up when he was fitted with a colostomy bag. He told me the day before he went that he was ready. I believe I am truly blessed to have had him in my family.


Good morning world, going to be a long ass day for me as I have my appointment with the specialist in Sydney today. Well it is facts day so here we go.

In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotive trains in Egypt where wood and coal was, scarce, but mummies were plentiful………….WTH

The expression “long in the tooth” meaning “old” was originally used to describe horses. As horses age their gums recede, giving the impression that their teeth are growing. The longer the teeth looked the older the horse.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze solid.

The American volcano Mount St Helens was, 1,313 feet shorter after erupting in 1980

Mountains are formed by a process called ontogeny

90,000,000 tons of paper are used each year in America.


Awake and up at 5.10am, Kathy arrived at 5.50am and showered me.

Jess came over at 7am with Freya in order to feed her breakfast. After a bit Freya became less timid.

It was nice seeing all three girls playing together.

This afternoon Tasha was in a mood saying that her dad should be putting me to bed on a Saturday night, however, her tone was disrespectful and Tim’s reaction was just as bad he got very angry. Is it any wonder I feel like a burden at times.


Sunday here and going to be another hot one, Tasha was ok this morning, Tim was till I tried to talk to him about h ow angry he got last night and it set him off again.

A bloody hot day, had to turn the A/C on.

I also managed to do the medications on my own, as Tasha was super busy.


Another early sour tart awake and up at 4.20am, Tasha here at 5.10am. I was washed dressed and in the kitchen starting breakfast.

A cold and wet day due to the weather our free to air TV is out

but I can watch recorded shows.

Butt poo poo butt pee pee


I was up a bit later this morning getting up at 4.50am, Tim up at 6am. He won’t be home to 7.45 tonight. Still cold and wet.

Jess rang at 10.00 to ask me to tell Leo that the school had rang to say their internet was down and for him to do paper work he had. I told him and what he did I do not know.

Scanned and cropped some old photos so I can use them when I do the new calendar.


Had a restless night, waking often till 4.30 when I at last got up.

Still wet but not cold.

Jess got her second jab.

She also picked up a handmade doll her friend Cassie did for Kathy it was made to order.

Tim saw the GP he has a fatty liver which he has had for years but he acted like this is new news I guess he forgot about it.

Now he wants me to find out what can be done for it.


Awake and up at 4.30am, when I rang Tasha she didn’t answer, turned out she was already here.

Sandra’s 44th birthday, sent her a text at 5.30 wishing her a happy birthday.

Leo didn’t want to take his meds so I said ok I’m not going to argue with you, your Mum can d o that. He goes to his room only to come back a few minutes later and take it.

Around midday Leo comes out and said he is going home, I asked about school and he mumbled something and left. I rang Jess an hour later to ask if he was ok she said he was and that school was frustrating him so he was done for the day.

When he came it was for the night as it is Thursday.Awake and up at 4.30am, when I rang Tasha she didn’t answer, turned out she was already here.

Had a shocking start to the day, I wasn’t able to make it to the toilet and pull stuff down and sit before I wet myself so needed a good wash including my legs.

Had a voicemail from the specialist in Sydney saying I need a negative Covid test in order to have appointment.

Told Tim that after he has the Covid test we have to stay home till we get the results. This he didn’t like.

Blain has gone to his dad’s for another week.



Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond

E.E. CummingsBy E.E. Cummings More E.E. Cummings

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/somewhere-i-have-never-travelled-by-ee-cummings


Good morning world a cool and wet morning here in Newie and it is of course Monday so it is facts day…….

On average people speak about 5,000 words every day

In 1810 a German named Samuel Soemmering invented the bubble telegraph to send long distance messages. His invention used electricity passed through wires to make pockets of gas bubble in a tank of acid. He had 26 different wires sitting in acid, one for each letter of the alphabet. If he sent a small current of electricity down any of the wires, a stream of bubbles would appear in the acid at the other end, enabling him to send messages one letter at a time.

Sound travels through water three times faster than through air.

The Honey Badger can withstand hundreds of African Bee stings an would kill any other animal.

During most of the Earth’s history, the North and South Poles have been completely free of ice.


I managed to sleep in to 5.25am just after I got up Kathy sent me a text saying she was on her way. It was good having help with getting my breaky. I am now showered and ready for the day.

Sandy came and took me to see Mum & Dad, haven’t been to the cemetery in months.


Woke up looked at my phone it said 4.14am had to pee so got up and noticed the lounge room clock said 3.14. I thought what the hell, checked my phone again then realised daylight savings had started.

Tim removed the filing cabinet and replaced it with the new drawers.


Had a good night awake and up at 4.30am again, I ring Tasha around 5am after I have had my wash and applied my body & face cream.

Going to be a hot day.

So hot I had trouble each time I went to the toilet.

Also turning the air con on in bedroom when I retire to my room.


Had to get out of bed last night 3hrs after retiring as I had forgotten to take my meds.

This morning I was up at 4.40am.

Tim saw the Dr this morning who sent him for a ultrasound of his abdominal area. Also a couple of Xrays.

I had a phone appointment with the Dr for a script and he is sending me for my 6mth blood tests.


First day of term 4 Leo is happy as he was over having nothing much to do.

I had my first Covid jab, Jess came with me, all went well. As I was struggling to walk and stand I was given a wheelchair and taken to a separate area, jumping the queue.

No side effects as yet.


Had a good nights sleep awake and up at 4.30am again. Still no side effects from the vac.

The arm I got the injection in is hurting a bit more then normal, I rang Tasha to rub deep heat into it but she wasn’t able to, so I rang Jess who didn’t answer her phone. So I got an ice pack and sat with that on my arm. It helped a bit.

I am really tired.


Friday again, cool day ahead. I slept well and was up at 4.40am.

Still no side effects from the vac as yet. Although I started to have pain again in my arm Tasha came and rubbed ice gel into it.

Saw Kelli and the kids this afternoon she said they have another 6 weeks to find a place.



Memory Album

John P. Read© John P. Read More By John P. Read

Published: November 9, 2019

​Memories are life’s special moments
Borrowed from the passing of time.
Ghosts and shadows from bygone days,
Etched and stored inside our mind.

Our minds are a memory album
Where the past and present meet,
Memories we lovingly cling to
That make the heart skip a beat.

Some we would like to forget.
Some we love to treasure.
Some memories become precious gifts
That live on forever and ever.

Yes, memories are precious moments,
And I have quite a few,
The memories I treasure the most
Are those I made with you

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/memories-album


Good morning all here we are at another extreme creatures post and today it is the Coconut Crab.

This crab is bloody big at 40cm’s in length and up to 4 kilos in weight. They can live up to 60 years.

It gets its name from the coconuts it likes to eat, using claws to strip away the outside of the coconut and then break it open.

It is also strong enough to break your arm.

It is the largest land crab in Australia.


Good morning, hello Monday, it is a public holiday as it is Labour Day here. So here are five facts about Labour Day……………

This annual public holiday celebrates the eight hour working day a victory for workers in the 1850’s.

Labour Day is celebrated on different days in different states and territories.

In Tasmania it is called Eight Hour Day

People of course still work on Labour Day but many places such as banks, schools and post offices are closed

Many people are paid time and a half or double time when they work on a public holiday.