Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fw: Mum

From: Berb
Date: 08/04/16 14:36:47
To: Lee
Subject: Mum
I have my meals with Mum but we are often back to back.  During the meal
Mum says "Berb Berb  yes Berb" and sometimes
She yells it out.  This morning I said "What?" and she answered "I'm not
Calling you so don't answer unless you are an
Idiot".  I couldn't help it I cracked up with laughter.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


It's freezing here in CQ this morning, coldest its been since the winter Ron died (approx 2006). We have been having really mild winters. I forgot how the cold makes your body ache and how it made you hunger for hot food. I love to cook when its cold, stews, biscuits, roasts! Not good for someone trying to loose weight. I have lost 16kg so far and am determined to keep going.
Only 12 days till art camp and as usual the closer it gets the less I want to go. I tell myself I can't be away from home that long and that I am just wasting my time as I have no talent anyway! I have learnt however that as you get older you cant pass up an opportunity to see your friends because next year they may no longer be around! Also art is fun and you have to still have fun while you can!
Tammy is in Brisbane and saw Mum yesterday! I got to talk to her on the phone and we are still connected souls. I love her so much! Poor darling suffering the inability to do anything for herself and poor Berb I know how draining it is!
She is well cared for and with people who love her ! You can't really ask for more in your dotage!I hope I am as fortunate.

selfie with Dante
Michael in his HYNES shirt

mick and the girls camping

the uniform I wore to High School 1962- 1967
the drive in theatre at North Ryde where we lived and where I went with my then boyfriend Jim.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Political Change

Brexit: Britain to leave European Union, BBC forecast                  

Britain will leave the European Union, the BBC has forecast, with counting in the Brexit referendum approaching the final stages.
The projected margin is 4 per cent.

The Leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, said he now dared to dream about an independent Britain and an end to the European Union.
"I hope this victory brings down this failed project and leads us to a Europe of sovereign nation states working together, trading together," he said.
"And let's get rid of the flag, the anthem, and Brussels and all that's gone wrong."
The result is sparking turmoil on financial markets, with sterling at its lowest level since 1985.

what will happen next................................

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dream location

on 2.5 acres totally private, waves crashing on the rocks and sands for the grand-kids, no traffic, 2 private beaches. For Sale by tender. First time I have seen it advertised in my 66yrs. If only we had a million plus it could be ours. Tanby Point YEPOON Qld.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Baby Due

I can't contain my excitement . Its only a couple of weeks until the baby is due which means she could go anytime!
this was a couple of months ago you should see him (Jack)now!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yet another Passing

I just learnt of the passing of a dear friend from "art camp". She was a lovely lady with always a kind word for everyone. It won't be the same without her this year. In memory of Dell Nash.The world will be lesser place without you!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sad Passing

When my son Peters' marriage broke up he took in her step-father who was unwell.He lived with them for a couple of years and yesterday passed away.No longer in pain and resting peacefully in Heaven.
My sympathies to his loved ones especially my son and grandson.xxxxxxxxx

Thursday, June 2, 2016



small works collection  by me
From: Berbie Date: 1/06/2016 6:25:32 PM
To: Lee
Subject: Re: trouble
So far so good, but I will be prepared for it. 
I was rousing on her this morning because she lies about whether or not she has done a poo and so I have to look with a torch.  I told her that sitting in poo is what causes her urinary problems and she  poo pooed me.  When I asked her why she didn't believe me she said she did but she doesn't sit in poo because I keep taking it away. That really made me laugh.  She doesn't think it's funny but I did.

Lee wrote:

She will dob on you first chance she gets LOL! 
Date: 31/05/2016 2:25:51 PM
To: Lee
Subject: Re: trouble
I sympathize with you.  It is very hard to get what you want if it isn't exactly the same as everybody else.
They always think they know better but sometimes I think that their interpretation of what you say is clouded by their own
idea of what you meant.  At least now you can keep an eye on him.
It's Tuesday today Mum's least favorite day.  I had some friends for lunch and forgot to give Mum any until 1.50pm.
She hadn't said a word and I was devastated that I forgot her.
Lee wrote:

Having the usual problems with out worker at the house, he doesn't LISTEN and goes ahead and does it his way! GRRRR!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fw: Re: mum


Date: 27/05/2016 9:08:33 AM
To: Lee
Subject: Re: mum
OK.  I'm sure she misses you too.  Sometimes all you need is a break to keep on going.  Do you remember Judith & Greg who were my friends?  She has Parkinson's Disease and needs feeding and toileting and everything else but her mind is still OK.  She has booked herself into a Nursing Home for two weeks in August to give her husband a break.  I think he probably needs a bit longer because the first two weeks he will be feeling guilty.  Hopefully he will go somewhere or do something rather than just being at home.  Did you hear that Tina ,our cousin, who also has Parkinson's Disease has been
told that she has a limited time to live (like 3 months).  Everyone is upset about that and she relies heavily on her daughter because her husband isn't much use. We should be on our knees everyday because we don't have some horrible debilitating ailment.  I am getting a bit tired lately but I can't blame Mum. She's not really any trouble but I wish she would
try to do things.  I am trying to devise a way to wash her hair as she won't cooperate even though she wants it done.  I will start taking some vitamins again to pep me up a bit. My energy levels have always been a bit cyclic.  Must go as my cleaning lady is due this morning.  Mum says she hasn't cleaned behind her door!!!  I don't care.  She is a wonderful help to me.  She is supposed to do the floors and the glass doors and windows and she does quite a bit more than that.  The carer is also very helpful and is happy to do anything, even Spring Cleaning.  At one place she goes to they ask her to iron towels???
We had a family night last night, but Jussie has the flu and so they didn't come.  Nathan is getting his deviated septum fixed today and he is very nervous about it.  I tried out a couple of TV recipes and I won't be cooking either of those again.
Karen and Morten were here with their new baby (puppy).  They are calling themselves Mummy and Daddy. . . .
Love, Berb

Lee wrote:

Please tell Mum I love her and am missing her dreadfully!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fw: Mum daily


Date: 23/05/2016 5:05:24 PM
To: Lee
Subject: Mum daily
Today Mum was saying "Yes yes Berb Berbie yes yes"  so I went in to see
what she wanted and she said
"I wasn't calling you".
"Well why are you saying my name?"
"It's just easy. What have you been doing?"
"Cooking.  I have to have food to feed to you."
"I couldn't possibly eat all the food you've been cooking."
She makes me laugh.  I can't help it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fw: nothing much


Date: 19/05/2016 7:36:18 PM
To: Lee
Subject: nothing much
Hi Babe,
As you know I do a 7.30am to 7.30pm shift 7 days a week and Mum hates
it.  Tonight at about 20 past seven I
said I have to go to the toilet.  Mum's response was "Why can't you do
that in your own time?"  Then when the
clock chimed for half past Mum very indignantly said you sit down for a
few more minutes to make up the time
you spent on the toilet. Then she refused to let me kiss her goodnight
because she was so cross.
Now there's her time and my time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 another installment...............

Mum is fine apart from the usual poo & wee issues.  She's not telling about the poo because she doesn't want her nappy changed and I have cold hands now.
 I told her this morning that I will be getting my hair cut on Friday, which means that my cleaning lady will stay an extra 2 hours so that Mum is not on her own.
She is cross with me because I "get away at every opportunity" and I even plan ahead to do it.
 On Tuesday I will be taking Baci (dog) to the vet to get his annual injections and the carer will stay with Mum and the following Tuesday I will be getting my toenails done again ( I can't see them and I can't maneuver to get an angle so that I can cut them myself).
 So you can see that I have been planning ahead.AGAIN...............................
The doctor said that he doesn't know anybody over 90 who isn't feisty so no worries about Mum then.

Life with Mum

I thought I would share my sisters letters about life with Mum, it was the same for me LOL!....................
I can hear Mum in with the physio saying "No, I'm not going to sit up
because I don't want to". "What if we put pillows
behind you?"  "No, I don't want to".  "I get a headache if I sit up and
I'm not going to do it."  "Sometimes it's not the
best to lie down all day."  Screaming "I don't want to.  Go away!!",
"OK just take 5 slow breaths then, breathing in
and breathing out."  "No!  No!  You're forcing me."  Now the cat has
left the room and come into the study.  Poor
Kirsty, she is such a lovely polite girl and Mum is such a rude
unmotivated "old dear" sometimes.
It is very hard to understand her absolute refusal to do anything, when
she eats lying down and chokes on her
drinks and makes a complete mess, yet refuses to sit up.
This morning the helper was here and Mum had shat herself when we were
doing the wash so I was cleaning her
bum and the girl was helping me.  Mum said "Stop looking at my bum" and
the girl said we are just cleaning it
and Mum said "It doesn't need two people to look!"  She doesn't like
that girl much because she says that she
says "yes" all time???  She doesn't like the cleaning lady because she
hasn't cleaned behind the door she said.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Mum has settled in nicely at Berbs and is getting excellent care!
Tammy( my neice and co-carer)  has already been down for a visit and said she was just great!
I am going on the 16th and 17th with my grandson to visit her by train because I find long drives too much. It's 6 hrs each way.
I have taken the bull by the horns and have been painting again. I am taking apple cider vinegar for my veins and it is working and I am trying to do something about shedding some weight!
I have been sorting through my garage to get my space back in order.
I have booked for art camp in July and just have to hope Joanne's baby is late because it's due the same week as camp. Fingers crossed!
I am aware that we only have NOW and that time speeds past so I am enjoying my hubby and my house and trying to appreciate each day!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Mum Departs

I am having a hard time letting go................
Mum will be picked up by ambulance at 1pm to fly on a stretcher to Brisbane to live with Berbie. I know she will get the best of care and be happy but I am heartbroken.......................Can't talk

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Mum is home but she is incontinent . I won't be able to keep on caring for her for any length of time. My sister is a trained retired nurse and is happy to have her so she is going there. We will get her air ambulanced there at great cost but what's her money for if not for her care? 
Sad but I have to do whats in her best interests.
 I will miss her terribly!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mum in hospital

Going to find out if Mum can come home today or if other arrangements will have to be made.Fingers crossed she is
able to stand and to be able tell me when she wants to go to the toilet.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No Action

I haven't been posting since Mum moved in. I love having her but she is using up the energy I used to use for blogging. I haven't been painting either and work on Mum's house has come to a standstill with John going back to work and him being our only worker with Joanne (precious daughter) pregnant

my grand-baby number 4

and me housebound with Mum.

She turned 94 this month.

There is a page dedicated to the job see labels across the top of the blog home-page.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 will be remembered as a year of unrelenting news — a year of terror attacks, refugees, triumph and success.



Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris

Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12 people in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. In the aftermath, another gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, stormed a kosher supermarket in Paris, killing four people. The trio were shot dead by police in separate raids on January 9.

Nigerian town 'wiped off the map' by Boko Haram

Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, with satellite images showing devastation of catastrophic proportions. While it was not clear how many people died in the attack, some reports suggested thousands may have been killed.



Peter Greste released after 400 days behind bars

Australian journalist Peter Greste was released and deported from Egypt more than a year after he was locked up on charges of aiding banned Islamists. Greste's story was told in a two-part Foreign Correspondent aired in July and August.

Putin critic gunned down in Moscow

Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister of Russia, was gunned down while walking across the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge, not far from the Kremlin. The incident was captured by CCTV cameras. He was due to lead an opposition rally the next day.



Germanwings plane brought down by pilot

German pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. In June it was revealed that Lubitz, who suffered severe depression, saw five doctors in the month before the crash.

Singapore's founding PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

Singapore's first prime minister and the man widely credited with the city state's economic success, Lee Kuan Yew, died after spending several weeks in a critical condition. He was 91.

Gunmen kill tourists at Tunisian museum

Gunmen attacked the Bardo Museum in Tunis, killing 22 people, including Australian-Colombian national Javier Camelo. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Tunisian government said it was organised by the Al Qaeda-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade.

Tropical Cyclone Pam devastates Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam slammed into Vanuatu, killing at least 16 people and leaving behind a trail of devastation. It was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to have hit the South Pacific.

New volcanic island forms off Tonga

A volcanic eruption created a new island about 65 kilometres south-west of Tonga's main island, Tongatapu. In June, British adventurer Ian Argus Stuart spent 11 days on the island, surviving only on squid, bird eggs and coconuts that washed ashore.



Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran executed

Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in Indonesia, prompting Australia to recall its ambassador from Jakarta in protest. In October, after two consecutive periods of weak economic growth, Indonesia announced a moratorium on executions.

Al Shabaab terrorists attack Kenyan university, killing 147

Al Shabaab masked gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in Kenya killing at least 147 people during morning prayers.

Thousands killed as earthquake rocks Nepal

A massive earthquake strikes Nepal killing thousands of people and levelling historic temples. ABC journalist Siobhan Heanue was visiting a temple complex on the outskirts of Kathmandu reporting on the widespread destruction caused by the quake.

State of emergency declared in Baltimore

A state of emergency was declared in the US city of Baltimore after protesters clashed with police following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from a spinal injury suffered in police custody.



Ireland votes 'Yes' in gay marriage referendum

Ireland voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum, making the largely Catholic country the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.

David Cameron promises UK unity

David Cameron's Conservatives win UK election

British Prime Minister David Cameron was returned to power in a surprising UK election, promising to lead a government for "one nation".

Sorcery violence continues in PNG

Violence against people accused of witchcraft and sorcery continued across PNG. In May, missionaries said a woman was axed to death. Others were saved from a similar fate after police intervention.



US Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage

In a historic triumph for the American gay rights movement, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, a decision US President Barack Obama hailed as "a victory for America".

Donald Trump announces White House run

Donald Trump, one of America's most flamboyant and outspoken billionaires, threw his hat into the Republican ring in the race for the White House. In December, Mr Trump controversially called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Gunman shoots dead nine at church in Charleston, South Carolina

Dylann Roof, 21, is suspected of shooting dead nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in an apparent hate crime. He is yet to face trial.

Gunman kills dozens at Tunisian beach resort

A gunman dressed as a beach-goer killed 38 people, most of them British and European tourists, at a resort hotel in the Tunisian town of Sousse. Witnesses reported that Seifeddine Rezgui, an apparent supporter of the Islamic State group, smiled as he shot tourists with a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Earthquake hits Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu

Australian climber Vee Jin Dumlao was among 137 people stranded when a magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. Ms Dumlao described waiting at the mountain's peak for more than nine hours for rescue.



Haze from Indonesian peat fires blankets South-East Asia

Fires burning in Indonesia sparked a haze which covered parts of Indonesia before spreading across the region. In November, Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey documented the deadly consequences of the haze for both people and animals.

World powers, Iran agree to historic nuclear deal

Iranians celebrated in the streets as the nation and six world powers reached a nuclear deal, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East.

China's share market crashes

Panic set in on China's share markets in early July as traders called in investors' loans after massive drops on the Shanghai Composite index. At home, Chinese money continued to flow into property at an extraordinary rate, prompting money laundering fears.

United States and Cuba restore diplomatic ties

The United States and Cuba agreed to a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations severed 54 years ago in the angry heat of the Cold War.

Greece accepts third bailout, avoiding Euro exit

After bank closures and a referendum, Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted a third bailout from the country's creditors, avoiding an exit from the Euro. By September, Mr Tsipras had resigned and called a snap election, which he easily won.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' makes daring escape from prison

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug lords, escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico, embarrassing officials who had promised that his 2001 escape would be his last.

Debris from MH370 washes up on Reunion Island

A two-metre-long piece of plane wreckage washed up on Reunion Island in Indian Ocean. In September, French prosecutors formally identified a piece of wing as part of MH370, which disappeared in March 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Volcanic ash cloud envelops Indonesia

Thousands of holidaymakers were stranded in Bali when an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption at Mount Raung enveloped the Indonesian island, preventing flights departing or arriving. In November, another eruption at Mount Rinjani saw more ash pushed into the air.



Huge explosions rock China's Tianjin

Two huge blasts at a warehouse in the Chinese port city of Tianjin storing hundreds of tonnes of toxic sodium cyanide killed 173 people. The explosions were so large they were seen by satellites in space and registered on earthquake sensors.

Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence

Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence. The country with a population of just over 5 million defied the odds by becoming one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

Bomb rocks Bangkok's Erawan Shrine

A bomb at a Hindu shrine in central Bangkok killed 20 people and sparked a manhunt across Thailand. In September, the ruling junta said arrested suspect Adem Karadag was responsible for the attack.



Photos of drowned Syrian toddler shock the world

Pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror around the world. The images raised the emotional temperature of the debate about Europe's refugee crisis, including in Australia.

Russia begins air strikes in Syria

Russia began air strikes against targets in Syria in September. The US raised concerns that the intervention, Russia's largest in the Middle East in decades, was targeting areas not held by Islamic State, adding to tensions between the two former Cold War foes.

Thousands killed in Hajj stampede

A stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed more than 2,200 people, according to the AFP news agency, far more than initial reports suggested.

Germany, Austria open borders to refugees

Austria and Germany threw open their borders to asylum seekers travelling from Hungary. By early December, Germany had registered nearly 1 million asylum seekers, including over 200,000 in November alone.

Volkswagen cars found with 'defeat device' for emissions test

US regulators found Volkswagen manufactured vehicles designed to evade government pollution controls, forcing the German auto giant to recall millions of cars and the resignation of chief executive Martin Winterkorn.



Inside North Korea

North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney was given rare access to North Korea as the country marked the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party. His reports highlighted the divide between the country's rich elites and the millions of peasants who continue to endure grinding poverty and hunger.

Suicide bombers kill scores at Turkish train station

Twin suicide bombs at a peace rally in Turkey's capital, Ankara, organised by pro-Kurdish opposition groups killed more than 100 people. Anti-government protesters took to the streets in the wake of the attack.

Russian airliner downed over Egypt's Sinai desert

An Airbus A321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed into Egypt's Sinai desert, killing all 224 people on board. Russia said the plane was likely brought down by a bomb, but Egypt said it found no such evidence.

China ends one-child policy

China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy. A bill was signed into law in December allowing all couples to have two children.

Political crisis hits Vanuatu after MPs convicted of bribery

Vanuatu's president revoked the controversial pardons granted to 14 MPs convicted of bribery, sparking a political crisis in the country. The ABC's Liam Fox was in Port Vila as the crisis unfolded.

Violence breaks out in Israel and the West Bank

A new wave of violence swept through Israel and the occupied territories, sparking fears of a third intifada, or uprising.



Terror in Paris

Coordinated attacks by extremists with ties to Islamic State left 130 people dead in Paris, including 90 at the Bataclan concert theatre. In the following days, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be the main organiser of the attacks, was killed during a dramatic raid on an apartment building in northern Paris.

Russian warplane shot down by Turkey

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, further complicating the tense situation in Syria.

Islamic State suicide bombers kill dozens in Beirut

Two suicide bombers targeted a stronghold of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement in southern Beirut in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Middle East correspondent Matt Brown described scenes of carnage and chaos after the attack


Aung San Suu Kyi wins historic Myanmar election

Aung San Suu Kyi claims a historic victory in Myanmar, with her National League Democracy party securing a majority to govern. Correspondent Liam Cochrane described the joy of the thousands of NLD supporters as irrepressible.

Asylum seeker's joyful end to 'journey of death'

The ABC Middle East team had a hand in a happy ending after committing to helping Nazieh Hussein, an elderly Syrian asylum seeker, reunite with his loved ones.

RAAF plane recorded during South China Sea flyover

A recording of a radio message sent by a RAAF surveillance plane provided the first evidence that Australia was carrying out "freedom of navigation" exercises over the South China Sea.

Fiji's military accused of interfering with police

Fiji's police commissioner Ben Groenewald resigned over "military interference" with policing, including with his attempts to prosecute officials who were filmed beating prison escapees with wooden and metal poles.



Historic agreement at Paris climate change conference

The global climate change conference in Paris adopted an international accord aimed at transforming the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades.

Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder after appeal

A South African court convicted South African athlete Oscar Pistorius of murder over the death of his girlfriend. The Blade Runner now faces the prospect of serving at least 15 years in prison.

14 killed in mass shooting in San Bernardino, California

Syed Farooq and Tashfeen Malik shot dead 14 people at a disability centre in California. In the aftermath, the New York Times published a front-page editorial calling for an end to gun violence. The FBI later said the married couple were homegrown extremists, apparently inspired by the Islamic State group.

FIFA bans Blatter, Platini for eight years

Embattled football powerbrokers Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were banned from the sport for eight years over a suspicious $US2 million payment made to Platini in 2011. Earlier in the year, Blatter was showered in fake dollars by a British comedian. Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, said Blatter deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.

#BlackLivesMatter: The hashtag that spawned a mass movement

Eight months after the death in custody of 25-year-old Baltimore man Freddie Gray, #BlackLivesMatter made the leap from hashtag to mass political movement. Sally Sara travelled to the United States to report the story