Thursday, February 27, 2014
I miss you. I miss you with all my taste buds! I miss you in every form you present yourself! Hot toast, hot chips, mash potatoes, wine, .....you know who you are...well, I miss you!
It has been a few weeks now and I can't say that the results thus far warrant the sacrifices made! The promises the books make are just not true! "Give up your carbs and lose 15 lbs in two weeks...." this is just not possible.These false promises are just no good and I am suffering!!
It is hot cross bun time and I am not sure I am going to be able to avoid having a little nibble here and there.
Most of all I miss my evening glass of delicious pink wine! How can one be expected to give up the elixir of life!!
"You are what you eat" is the common belief....I am going to be bouncing around like a bunny soon with all the greens I am eating. Can man live on lettuce alone? Am I imagining it or have I a green tint to my complexion?
Dear Carbs, I repeat, I miss you. I just hope that with all this suffering and sacrifice, the readings on the scale will soon be favorable and I will be able to wear my size L clothes again. I hope some of my aches and pains will disappear and all will be good.
Wish me luck,
Thursday, February 20, 2014
My Neighbors and Friends
|by Ellen Bailey|
What has happened to friendly, welcoming neighbours? I am sure that
Chris and Diana had two years in the states and one of the best things of living in San Francisco were the lovely neighbours. They were 'not in your face' kind of people but fun and supportive. If they heard the kids in the garden they would arrive with their drinks and snacks and ask if they could join in! When moving back to Australia they took this fine example of good neighbours back with them and have had two Open houses where they invited their neighbours to a BBQ? As a result they have made some lovely, fun and supportive friends!
I realise that city life is a busy life. Usually both Mom and Dad work and children are in aftercare. This leaves little time for themselves, their families etc. let alone neighbours. What a difference it would have made if just one person from the complex had popped by and stretched out a welcoming hand! Let's remember that a stranger is a friend who we just don't know .....yet!!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
We are so proud of our lovely daughter who really is a such a ray of sunshine plus a great wife, Mother, daughter, sister, friend and business woman! We love you to bits! Sarah is an entrepreneur of note and we just love hearing about all her business dealings! Oh to be young and brave!
Monday, February 10, 2014
While waiting to get our flights I love to "people watch" Airports are such melting pots of society. I enjoy seeing the way people dress, the way they chat to each other, the things they do to kill time. The entry of electric devices has changed the way people spend their time waiting. Yesterday, I was particularly annoyed and my husband had to almost tie me down to my chair. Young parents each had their I phones and were busy doing whatever you do on them. Their little girl of between two and three years old was crying and crying and thiin crying changed and increased in decibels. What did the parents do ....absolutely nothing! There were many of us who felt the same discomfort as we caught each other's eye. All that little girl wanted was some attention. It was way beyond her bed time and she needed to be cuddled and calmed down but these selfish parents chose to do nothing. By the time the passengers with children were called to board I was beside myself. The Mother put her phone in her bag, picked up the child and headed to the departure gate. There wasn't another cry or scream just gentle little sobs as the little girl calmed down. Now if this is what is happening in public place what goes on at home. Except maybe, just maybe the couple employ a nanny to take care of their responsibility.
I was reading a suggested list of things to do to to make long journeys easier. One of the suggestions is to remember that the person sitting next to you could be "the stranger who is a friend,you just don't know." The article encourages passengers to chat to the person sitting next to you. I confess that I usually do say a few polite words but I really don't want to be chatting for six hours...remember, I want to watch movies! Last night I was sitting to a young Man from Chennai in India. He had just had his holiday in Malaysia and was returning to work in Doha. He was a most pleasant young man. I became all nervous when he asked me if I was a Christian....I am rather cautious about my answers to these questions. This fellow is a Muslim and is VERY well read on comparitive religions. He asked me whether I am a Jesus Christian or a Mary Christian! I think he has done a little reading on Catholicism. He then started talking about parallels and suggested I should learn more about Moses. By now I was really beginning to sink....oh dear, where are we going with all of this. FORTUNATELY the young Chinese fellow on the other side of my new zealous friend, the stranger, started asking for help in getting his movie device going and I took the gap and got mine going. A lovely young man but we do have to choose our moments a little better. My hubby sitting on the other side of me just gave me an awry smile.
The two journeys went well but it was a great relief and pleasure to arrive back 'ome where the grass is always greener!
Monday, February 3, 2014
I hope Joshua treasures this experience and the memory of his Mom and Dad holding and guiding and helping him to balance and gain confidence as he learns yet another skill.
Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.~ Charles M. Schulz
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I confess that I love watching firework displays and this week in K.L. From our apartment on the 22nd floor we have watched the most amazing displays taking place. I also think of the MONEY that is being burnt, but then it's not mine!
Do we know why Chinese people let off fireworks? If we did, perhaps we would be a little more tolerant. According to ancient Chinese belief a beast called "year" arrived after the family dinner on the last night of the old year. Fire and noise were needed to chase it off. Nowadays families must stay awake until midnight when crackers are let off as this beast is afraid of loud noise and the colour red represents fire. Houses are adorned with red lanterns and red decorations.
Mandarins or naartjies as we call them, are presented as gifts because the word for mandarin is every similar to that of good luck or fortune. These beliefs have continued through the ages and are celebrated where there is a settlement of Chinese folk.It is all about Good luck. Fortunately for us K.L. Is mostly emptied out as people go to their family homes. The traffic is easy and there are no queues in the Malls.
The year of the Snake has had to give way to the Year of the Horse which is the seventh sign of the Lunar Cycle.
I am the Kaleidoscope of the mind.
I impart light, colour and perpetual motion.
I think, I see, I am moved by electric fluidity.
Constant only in my inconstancy,
I am unshackled by mundane holds,
Unchecked by sturdy, binding goals.
I run unimpeded through virgin paths.
My spirit unconquered-
My soul forever free.
I AM THE HORSE.
Theodora Lau. The handbook of Chinese Horoscopes.
To my Chinese friends I wish them Gang Xi Fa Cai!!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I like posting pictures with my writing and now I am not sure if this will happen with my daily musings. It is a bit like a New Years Resolution but instead of it happening on the first of January it is happening on the first of February.
NaBloPoMo Or National Blog Posting Month.
I guess a little pressure is a good thing. I have taken on a challenge, NaBloPoMo, to blog every day for the month of February and I am not sure I can do it. TWENTY EIGHT DAYS ON THE RUN!
The older I get the less I like being under any pressure but sometimes it can be a very good thing! I am going to give this a bash. The only time I may battle to get something published on my blog will be when I am traveling and have no access to the Internet but that does not mean I am not writing. I am always creating and writing in my head and only sometimes on paper/ I pad! I also have this thing about preferring to write in the morning when I am all fresh and inspired. I am going to keep a notebook handy and will endeavour to jot down ideas and stories. I am also concerned as to whether anyone is interested in reading my ramblings. To those of you who are my regular readers, thank you, I hope you don't find this tedious but bare with me, things can only get better.
On Facebook, my daughter posed the question "How do you rate the month of January on a scale of 1 to 10. On reflection I will have to give it a resounding 10 for the following reasons:
We/ I started the year off in Australia with the Australian family with whom we had loads of fun. This includes our son and daughter in law and their three children plus a visit to my brother, SIL and their families.
Next on the Agenda was Malaysia where we spent much time with our Malaysian family, having loads of fun.
I have got back to my exercise routine with swimming lengths and I am beginning to feel fit.
Getting my mind around losing weight and eating healthily.
Connecting with lots of good friends.
Having the confidence to take on this challenge and to spend the month of love writing regularly and publishing it on my Blog.
So here goes folks, this is my recap of January and I am wondering what February has in store for us.
If I enjoy writing every day then the pressure is a good thing, if not, then it proves I am no good working under PRESSURE.