Saturday, January 31, 2015


All is well. Mum had her 93rd birthday and my sister will be here on the 11th to spend 2 weeks with her so she will have 24hr care. She is much better since we have been giving her supplements as she doesn't eat enough to fulfill her dietary requirements.
I will add pics of her birthday when I get them from my daughter.

Here are some pics of my girls
Jessie started BIG school this week

Silvie as a cat

Silvie stayed home and played with Sasha

I love Jessies' art and phonetics,hope school doesn't spoil her

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Journal Art Challenge: The Color Wheel

January 17
Art Challenge:  The Color Wheel

Journal Prompt:  "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . “    - Georgia O’Keefe

I love muted tones and minimalist art.  I love simplicity but my work always ends up bright and cluttered and so does my house so does garden and so does my stew (so does my  life). I guess we just are who we are........

this snagged  photo celebrates both the joy of color and my love of nature
I have moved to  new  book with stronger pages but some of the pages had been used a couple of years ago when I did a journal page exercises prompt thingo with Vintage and UK yahoo group (wonderful ladies). We were experimenting with copying the styles of well known journallers. I can't remember whose work we were up to when I did this page but I chose to do my new page for Jan17 2015 along side it. I like the two to have some relationship so I will post here singular and together. 

I dont know how to stop these from showing up sideways they are right way up on my PC?

THE richest one per cent of the population will own more than half the world’s wealth by 2016, Oxfam International said in a report released as the World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland. Oxfam said the world’s richest people saw their share of global wealth jump to 48 per cent last year from 44 per cent in 2009. Rising inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty as the world’s biggest companies lobby the US and European Union for beneficial tax changes at a time when average taxpayers are still paying the bill for the financial crisis, Oxfam said.
 One in nine people don’t have enough to eat and more than a billion people live on less than $US1.25 a day, Oxfam said, ticking off statistics that paint a grim picture for all but the world’s richest.

a rally in 2011

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boko Haram/Nigeria

“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told The Associated Press.
He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.
The 5-year insurgency killed more than 10,000 people last year alone, according to the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations. More than a million people are displaced inside Nigeria and hundreds of thousands have fled across its borders into Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Emergency workers said this week they are having a hard time coping with scores of children separated from their parents in the chaos of Boko Haram’s increasingly frequent and deadly attacks.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wonder of wonders

Some of you may remember that when John got Cancer and I had to be with him leaving Mum alone a lot. My brother was coming from 1200kms away to look after her and rolled his car and almost died.
He was in intensive care for more than a month
Well, like Humpty Dumpty they  put him back together but didn't put all the bits in the right places
and he is in a lot of pain much of the time.
Yesterday he rang and said he would come up and look after Mum. I can't believe that regardless of his own condition he would be so generous! He is no nurse and 72yo but she would have someone with her and she craves company. They argue but Mum argues with everyone, especially family when she is well enough.
He can't shower her but she said that even though she hates it she would let the community nurse do that if she could have Peter here.
Peter is a hermit and lives with his dog in the middle of nowhere. He doesn't do being around people well and tires of them very quickly so this is a massive gesture on his part. He is just a big softy when it counts!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have joined

The Original Documented Life Project: The Journal - January 10 

 January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!

stay tuned for my first endeavor i.e facing the blank page.
I have decided to try and join in with this as a form of self therapy as I  can't turn to anyone, they all have their own problems to deal with.
Join me please @


January 1 prompt book paper
January10 prompt Gesso( mine still on the way in the post)

I have been using my "smash" book but the pages wont take ink without it bleeding through to the previous page so I will dig in my stash for a stronger book to use.


Mum unwell

I am physically sick with worry over my dear old Mum. She has become so frail lately and is having"turns". I had her to the doctor yesterday. I had to bring my son up from Bundaberg to help me lift the wheelchair in and out of the car. She is having blood tests today but seems to have some deterioration in her liver. If that is so he wants her to have an ultrasound but I am sure he doesn't understand how hard it is for her to get dressed and go out for tests. She was almost in tears yesterday because she was so exhausted waiting in the waiting room for 15 to 20mins. She wanted to go home.
She will be 93 on the 21st January!
I am trying to hire her a carer to be there when I can't but I have such a horror of dealing with people I find it very difficult.
John said he will talk to the lady for me after-all, negotiation is his field.
If I drop off the edge of the world and don't post it will mean something has happened to her.
I can't bear the thought and am in tears typing this .

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Terrorists shoot down unarmed civilian cartoonists

 Paris,France,terrorist attack publishing house office (for publishing cartoons of Allah) in which 12 people were killed and 11 others injured. Those that died include well-known caricaturists Jean Cabut (Cabu), Stephane Charbonnier (Charb), George Wolinski, Bernard Verlhac (Tignous), Philippe Honore.
 3.7 million people marched across France in memory of the 17 victims. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fires in South Australia and Victoria

being able to email in posts is a great convenience that I really appreciate
Fires in Victoria and South Australia
Pictures which capture the devastation, the heartbreak, the joy and the heroism of Australians during one of the most destructive bushfire seasons ever seen in Australia.

 Many homes and animals lost. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Old Wives Tales

Re-posted from Kidspot



12 old wives’ tales that are actually true

Those old wives tales your grandmother used to tell you aren't actually all that far off the mark, according to some new scientific studies.


1. Chicken soup as medicine

We’ve all heard the ye olde wisdom that when you have a cold you should eat chicken soup, no? Well, turns out it has some truth to it. While chicken soup won’t go so far as curing you of the common cold, it will go some way towards relieving the symptoms.
Scientists have discovered that chicken soup can actually reduce inflammation by slowing down the white blood cell activity responsible for causing said inflammation. So go forth – and eat soup, snotty ones!

2. A long, arduous labour = baby boy

It’s true – science has proven that boys give their mothers more grief during labour than girls. A 2003 Irish study found that women who give birth to baby boys are more likely to run into complications during labour, resulting in a higher number of emergency caesareans.
Why? The study suggests that this is because boys are generally larger and heavier at birth than girls – and they have bigger heads.

3. An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Yeah, yeah – we all know eating fruit and veggies every day is important for our overall health. But an ‘apple’? A ‘day’?  Turns out those old wives weren’t just nagging … they were actually spot on.
A 2013 study found that if all people aged over 50 in the UK ate just one apple per day, they would actually prevent – or delay – 8500 heart attacks and strokes every year. So let them eat apples!
Children eating apples

4. Chocolate helps to relieve premenstrual cramps

Turns out those chocolate cravings you get just before you get your period don’t just rock up to undermine your healthy eating regime. They actually happen for physiological reasons.
Studies suggest that chocolate contains nutrients and antioxidants such as anandamide, which can have a calming effect, and keep anxiety and moods in balance. So you don’t need to feel guilty about inhaling that extra piece of chocolate – but don’t overdo it!

5. A hot bath decreases chance of conception for blokes

If you and your partner are trying to conceive, make sure the man in the equation avoids a hot bath prior to the ‘act’. While old wives have known it for eons, science has proven it to be so.
A 2007 scientific study found that ‘wet heat exposure’ in a hot tub, bath or jacuzzi, is in fact a real risk factor for male fertility. So skip the hot bath before bed, fellas.

6. Heartburn in pregnancy means you’re going to have a hairy baby

Yep, that’s right. Ancient wisdom predicts that if you’re pregnant and suffering from hardcore heartburn, chances are you’re going to give birth to a hairy one …
And science now backs this theory up! A 2007 study at John Hopkins University discovered, much to their surprise, that a sample of women who endured horrible heartburn did in fact give birth to babies that had more than the average amount of hair for a newborn bubba.


7. Full moon

No, you’re not imagining it when your kids go a bit bonkers when there’s a full moon on display. Those old wives have been hinting for centuries that a full moon can make for some weird-ass behaviour – from both animals and humans alike.
Generally, researchers have yet to prove categorically that our behaviour, fertility and birth rate, etc. are affected by lunar patterns (are you are LUNAtic?). But one study in particular has found that we find it more difficult to sleep around the time of a full moon, despite black-out blinds, etc.
Full moon

8. Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight

Is the old adage “Red sky at night, sailor’s/shepherd’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s/shepherd’s warning” true, or is it just one of those silly old wives’ tale?
According to the Library of Congress there’s certainly a scientific explanation for it:
“When there’s a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles, indicating high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Meaning good weather will follow … A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.”


9.  Hair of the dog

Did you overdo it last night and drink more champagne than you should have? Feeling a bit crook as a result? Ye ol’ wives would tell you to get straight back on that horse and have another drink to alleviate the symptoms of a hangover.
Do they speak the truth? Science says yes.  Research has shown that consuming small doses of alcohol can actually relieve alcohol withdrawal symptoms. But a word of caution – easing the effects can increase dependency on alcohol creating a vicious cycle. So best way to avoid a pounding hangover? Drink a big glass of water before going to bed. Or even better … just don’t drink alcohol to excess!

10. Count sheep to fall asleep

Those old wives have been telling wakeful kids for centuries to close their eyes and count sheep to fall asleep. And it turns out they’re right about that as well … Well, sort of.
You see, while there hasn’t been a specific scientific study proving that counting actual ‘sheep’ will work to put you to slumber, the use of visualisation or mental imagery can certainly assist in getting you to the land of nod. How? It can help to distract you from thinking stressful or anxious thoughts – commonly associated with insomnia – which will make you fall asleep sooner. So baa.


11. Not-so-sweet dreams are made of cheese

Have you experienced the phenomenon of eating a cheesy pizza for dinner and then having a sometimes scary, lucid dream that night? Well, this is so common that the old wives have been at it again, giving it a place in folklore.
But it also has a place in science too, apparently. There are some scientific theories that suggest it’s the bacterial and fungal elements of cheese that are the culprits. These contain psychoactive ingredients, which have the potential to affect dreams. BUT … not all cheese-induced dreams will be scary.

12. Fish is brain food

“Eat your fish, it’s good for you,” says every mother to every child, like, ever. It’s old wisdom that fish is good for the brain. But does this hold true in science? Why, yes. Yes it does.
A recent Harvard study found that the more fish mothers ate during their second trimester of pregnancy, the better their babies did on tests when they were six months old. But mums need to be mindful of the kind of fish they’re eating when pregnant to avoid the mercury-laden ones, such as swordfish.

Sad new year for families

Ist of January 2015
 A tragic end to the search. No wonder I am afraid to fly! 166 happy healthy people will never be in the arms of their families again. Heartbreaking!

Another year begins............................