Tuesday, May 31

Apparently I am Awesome.

I hope I don't breach copyright with this - but it came in an email.  Thought I'd put it here.

No matter what our kids
And the new generation think about us,


To Those of Us Born 
1925 - 1970 :

At the end
Of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else,
Read what he

Very well stated,
Mr. Leno.
 ~~~~~~~~~ TO ALL THE
 1930s, '40s, '50s,
'60s and '70s!! 

First, we survived
Being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
 While they were

They took aspirin,
Ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that
Trauma, we were
 Put to sleep
On our tummies
 In baby cribs
 With bright colored
Lead-based paints.

We had no
Childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,
 And, when we
Rode our bikes,
 We had baseball
 Not helmets, on
Our heads.

As infants and
Children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts,
No air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..

Riding in the
Back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water
From the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one
Soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes,
White bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And we weren't overweight. 


Because we were
Always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave
Home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights
Came on.
 No one was
Able to reach us all day.
 --And, we were

We would spend
Hours building
 Our go-carts out
Of scraps
 And then ride
Them down the hill,
 Only to find
Out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned
To solve the problem..

We did not
Have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were
 No video games,
No 150 channels on cable,
 No video movies
Or DVDs,
 No surround-sound or
 No cell phones, No personal computers, No Internet and
No chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS And we went
Outside and found them!

We fell out
Of trees, got cut,
 Broke bones and
 And there were
No lawsuits
 From those accidents.
We would get
Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand,
And no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms,
And mud pies
 Made from dirt,
 The worms did
Not live in us forever.

We were given
BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and 

-although we were
Told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes
Or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just
Walked in and talked to them.

Little League had
 And not everyone
Made the team.
 Those who didn't
Had to learn
 To deal with

Imagine that!! 

The idea of a parent bailing
Us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 

These generations have
Produced some of the best
 risk-takers, Problem solvers, and
Inventors ever.

The past 50
To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

We had freedom,
Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are
One of those born
 Between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS! 

You might want
To share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers
and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are
at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents

Kind of makes
you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?
 ~~~~~~~ The quote of
the month 

by Jay Leno: 
"With hurricanes, tornados,
fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the
country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?" 

For those that
prefer to think that God is not in control...go ahead and delete this.
For the rest
of us..... 

please pass this

Monday, May 30

All About Front Fences

There's been a bit of media discussion about front fences in housing.   I live in a street where fences are not permitted, though two properties do have them.  When I was a child we had a front fence - my father made a low brick and stone fence around 1950, and was still in place 60 years later.  My parents had a wonderful garden and small front lawn - and it is pretty much the same now as it was all those years ago.

In the township where I now live, other streets have houses where fences appear to be approved - and some the house is behind a 7 foot high fence, so one can not even see the house.

In the last couple of weeks there has been media about Canberra where front fences are not permitted.

There are other places around the world where front fences are not permitted.  I know much of what we see of housing in the UK there are few front fences.  

Personally, I like to have a fence to border my property - a low hedge is fine.  I don't wish to live behind a 6 foot high barrier.  I understand that others have other opinions and would prefer to live behind a high privacy screen/fence - though I do feel that in a suburban area that if you have a dog a high fence might be a good idea.

When I moved here I was told that they were forbidden so that people could see and make friends with their neighbours. The latter does not happen in our neighbourhood.  In part it is because our living space is at the rear of the house (and I have a 5 foot high fence there), and we seldom set eyes on our neighbours.

The lady across the road is a school teacher - I have not seen her for months.  I never see her leave for work or return home, because unless I am sitting in my bedroom with blinds wide open I don't see her coming and going.

I seldom see the neighbours on either side - unless I go out of my way to visit them!  If I am at the front of my house and look in both directions I seldom see any of the folk that live in the street.  Many are renters and do not stay long - and getting friendly with neighbours is not done the way it was done many  years ago.

My front yard is interesting - because of local flooding the house is 2 meters above "flood level" - the driveway slopes high to the garage.  There is a lawn, a small rock wall, and a rather ghastly "garden" below, with a log boundary.

In some ways it is ok - I only rent so would not get over enthusiastic about gardening - it is not an easy garden to work on.

The biggest issue I have is that young people do not understand property boundaries and often use our driveway as a ramp!!!

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The video below has nothing to do with fences - but it is an awesome display in Chile.  I'm exhausted watching it. 

Saturday, May 28

Driving North

Today I drove to Maroochydore to have breakfast with a friend at a Cafe there.  She is a Writer with Weekend Notes too, and we chatted for a few hours about our writing and our lives.  She wrote about Grandma's Outback Farm Kitchen, so we went there.

Afterwards I drove her to the Information Centre and then went on to Yandina.  I went to visit a couple of places to write articles.  I found that there were three other tourist places in the same road as the famed popular Ginger Factory, that moved to Yandina a few yeas ago from Buderim where it started life.  It was called the Buderim Ginger Factory but now is just "The Ginger Factory".

Opposite The Ginger Factory are two places that I visited.  One is Nutworks which features the Queensland Nut/Macadamia Nut.  Next door is the Pioneer Coffee Roastery so I went there too.

Also in the street is the Yandina Historic House, and I went there too.  Some great artworks can be found there.

Then the hour drive home which was uneventful.  I do like getting out and about and enjoy going to get more articles for Weekend Notes.

Thursday, May 26

Fly or Drive - Why I Choose to Drive.

I am still considering the journey from Brisbane to Melbourne, then across to Devonport by boat and a few days drive around the island of Tasmania, then from Melbourne to Adelaide and then back to Brisbane.  Probably around 5000 kms, and I plan to go on my own.

Because I wish to attend an event in Launceston, Tasmania, on August 7th, I have to go at that time - when it is bitterly cold.  My friends all want to warn me about the cold, but despite the fact that I suffer from Raynaud's Disease, I am keen to go there, by myself, and during winter.

Why not fly?  Wouldn't public transport be better?  Yes and No.  I don't mind driving on my own, so I am not worried by such a long drive, and as I write for Weekend Notes  I will be able to do some research possible articles on my way.  I choose to drive only 300 - 400 kms per day, so that I can stop frequently  and take notes and photos for articles.

If I went by public transport it means flying to Melbourne, or Hobart or Launceston, and not being able to visit all the towns along the way, and it means I will have little control over my travels, but worst of all, I will need two suitcases for my winter clothes, computer, cameras etc.   Also, I suspect I will have to stand around waiting for taxis, buses etc, and more likely to feel the cold of Tasmania, Melbourne and Adelaide.

If I drive I will not have restrictions on my luggage, and I can turn the heater up in my car and keep warmer.  I will also be able to put my fold up ebike in the car too!!

When I explain all this, my friends agree, but most don't think they would set out on such an adventure.  

I was in China in December and February - and the temperature there was below zero on a couple of occasions, and I managed.  My wonderful coat, made in China especially for me, is rather large. It would take up most of my suitcase, and I know it keeps me warm.

It will go in the car and will be easily accessible to me as I travel.  Easy as!!!

Cost???  Well, it will be around $4000 - but I will be able to earn some dollars as I write my way around.  Not enough to recoup my costs, but I am still keen to do it.

However, still in the planning stage.  

Anyone interested in writing for Weekend Notes?  Leave a message in the comments section.  Writers from all around the world are welcome.  Let me know.......

Wednesday, May 25

Where is my Kindle?

Where is my Kindle? I hate it when I set out to "downsize" and in the mess of what results I lose something.

Today I went to download an ebook from Amazon.com.au and I could not find the Kindle.  I still have not found it.  It can't be far away, but just can't set me eyes on it.

However, I was able to download the book - to my Samsung
Tablet.  I have the Kindle App on it - so I can use that!!  So glad.  Will still look for the Kindle though. 

I so like being able to read books on the Kindle - though I still love "real books".

Better go and read the new book........

I have completed my 20 articles for Weekend Notes this month, and will start on next month's list.  I will set out to write 30 articles in July.  A big ask, but doable.

I am interested in working with writers who would be interested in writing stories for Weekend Notes.  Leave a comment if you are interested.  

Monday, May 23

The Golden Rule

Do you remember "The Golden Rule"?

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?"

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Thus, the Golden Rule has always been a basic part of the Bible's message.

I do not recall where I first heard this.  Perhaps it was at Sunday School way back in the 1950's, or maybe in Religious Education classes around that time.  

While I declare that I am no longer religious as I explained in this post - however, I do believe that there are some good advice from the Bible.  

What would our world be like if we all upheld the Golden Rule?  Would we have all the violence?  What difference would it make?

Would a man or woman be unfaithful to their spouse if they abided by the Golden Rule?

Would people commit crimes if they understood and followed the Golden Rule?

Would there be violence against others if we all stood by the Golden Rule?

I often wonder if our young people have any comprehension of the laws of our country?  Do they learn the rules at school?  I don't think so.  How do our lawmakers ensure that our people know the rules?  And yet people are punished if they don't abide by the rules they don't often know.

Still, if we all knew, understood and followed the "Golden Rule" we would have a happier safer world.

Dawn over Moreton Island

Friday, May 20

How Many Books is Too Many?

How many Books is Too Many?  I wonder.  I recall a cousin telling me that she had more than 10,000 books in her library - and we worked out if she read 2 per week it would take almost 100 years to read them all - and she was more likely to buy new books along the way.  Mmmm.

Just recently a local community group, of which I am a member held a Book Sale to raise funds as we had little or no funds in the bank.  It was necessary to pay for Public Liability Insurance and other items.

I weaned out a number of books that I no longer wanted and donated them.  My daughter also gave me a box of books as a donation too, but I found a couple of MY books there, one of which was very special to me.  How glad am I that I was able to go through the box first!

Counting mine has never been anything I wanted to do - but I do know that I have too many, so this week I set out to reduce the number and prepare a box of books for the next Book Sale.

Going through the books, one by one, has been interesting.  I found one book that I knew I had, but had forgotten where I had put it - it was at the back of the bookshelf, and I happily grabbed it.  It was a book written by a lady, who self published.  It's quite a long story, but the brief story is this.  The first print run was discarded as there were errors in it - and she was promoting the second run.  When I found it full of errors I contacted her assuming that I had somehow been given a book from the first print run.  She quite rudely assured me that I had the latest copy - which she had spent over $1000 to have an qualified editor edit the work.  I was unimpressed!!!

As it turns out, I often used it in workshops I ran about the importance of getting one's work PROPERLY  edited and proof read!!  I haven't needed it recently, but glad I have it.

I will continue with my cleaning out of my things - and hopefully really reduce the number of books I will keep.  

I've got a lot of paperwork to destroy too!  My house is not looking clean and tidy at the moment.  The work goes on.