Friday, November 30

Learning about Google and E-commerce

The Internet is an amazing resource! And I am learning so much about people who create an income from the comfort of their own home and sell product without much difficulty. I’m interested in selling some e-books I have written, and walking tentataively through the maze of information that is out in the internet and the blogosphere.

I’ve come across one company that is apparently the leading provider of shopping cart
From what I have read it seems to be a good solution for folk who want to create a business this way.

I can remember when I first looked at information on this kind of software or shopping cart services that I was overwhelmed by all the information and in the early days the high cost of it. E-commerce software
has become more comfortable for those of us who are not highly technically educated.

Why have I got interested in all this? Well, I have written a couple of e-books, but I also attended a Workshop on Google Adwords on Monday night, which I found very interesting, and will look to see how I can use my new found knowledge.

And something awful happened on Monday night. I was asked to take some photos at the Workshop. As it turns out, though I had my digital camera in my hand at the workshop, I did eventually get engrossed in the content and forgot to take any photos. And it was there that I lost my camera. I’ve been back to the venue, and the venue for my next meeting, all with no luck. Somewhere I lost my camera.

Gone. I’ve been traumatised all week. I only had a few photos that I had not downloaded, but it’s having to live without my camera that is distressing.

We can claim on insurance, but it is not likely to be processed quickly. I think I’ll have to buy another one.

Meanwhile – I’ll keep exploring the information about adwords and e-commerce. Interested in e-commerce.

Thursday, November 29

The recovery was slow..................

but I am now pretty much recovered. I don't think I'll do that again - in any case I must do something to increase my fitness. Next week.

I do a lot of sitting because of my writing, and I am slack when it comes to walking. I am keen to do more and probably will when I do my next house sit. I seem to be more inspired when I am on my own.

I've been married for almost 40 years. It is a bit scary to admit that in a way. Extra ordinary so many people say. Which is true.

We are going away to "celebrate" next week. As much as anything it is just to get away from all the pressures we have been under in recent times.

We are planning something exciting next year, and I am continuing my TESOL studies which I hope to finish in the next couple of weeks.

A rest will be good. I'll post information about our proposed destination in a day or so. Meanwhile I am looking for my camera. I had it on Monday night at a meeting - but somehow it did not arrive home with me. I have no idea what happened. I've hunted everywhere - the meeting places I attended on Monday, my car and all parts in between. \

I've put up notices - I've spoken to anyone and everyone that may have crossed my path last Monday. All to no avail. I'm very upset about it.

Tuesday, November 27

The body continues to suffer

With the Australian Federal Election on November 24th, I had to submit my body to further punishment. As a member of one of the conservative parties I worked in a futile attempt to "save" our local member of parliament.

I spent several hours walking the neighbourhood putting things in letter boxes. Letters and advertising material. As well I acted as scrutineer for the same gentleman - which required me to attend, with the team from the Electoral Commission to ensure that the voters in nursing homes were able to freely vote. There was little to do but observe, but it meant long days - and in many cases standing!

On election day I was up early and at my "booth" at 7 am, and essentially I was on duty all day, and after the polling booth closed, I acted of scrutineer for the count. All up a 14+ hour day! Boy the old body really felt it at the end of the day. I went to the "after party" but it was depressing. A change of Government was the result of the voting, and many of our party workers were both exhausted and depressed. I went home to rest.

The next morning the body was in severe pain! My legs and feet were terribly painful. I had to get up and pick flowers at the farm. When I eventually returned home, I put my feet up, and about midday poured a glass of wine.

And rested to let the body recover!

Tuesday, November 20

Tired - oh how hard it was.

I was up early the next morning, as usual, but the body was struggling. I really had had such a busy couple of weeks that I knew it would take a few days to recover. (Here it is a week later and I'm still fatigued.)

I am no longer working - so I am pleased to have time to catch up with things that I had not done for a while. I've neglected the study - the writing and the TESOL, and I feel like spending time cleaning out the house. Late Spring Cleaning I guess.

In the lead up to an election I always have extra things to do and this is no exception so much of the "spare" time I would normally have will not come about.

I have a to do list for today that I will be glad to tick off. I bought a new printer so that I can print off photos direct from my camera's memory card, but I only had about five sheets of photo paper, so I must replenish my supplies. I was originally looking at purchasing a HP printer that just does photos, but in the end I bought a
HP that is also a scanner, copier, and I can still put my memory card it. It worked out cheaper, and if I send in the docket I get a digital photo frame so that I can run my photos independently of the computer.

Sounds like a bargain to me.

As well today I have to purchase my 2008 Diary - which I purchase from
Franklin Covey. I have used their diaries for many years and can't imagine doing all I do without the organisation of the diary. I've never attended their training - but use much of their system. I'm already getting dates for 2008 - so it is a must have as soon as possible.

I've got a few other things to do and hope to be back to do some writing and studying early in the afternoon. I'll feel good about it all then.

Wednesday, November 14

Arriving in Brisbane - asleep

Well, not me, of course! But the little chap beside me was gone! Sound, sound asleep. He didn't feel the bump as the plane landed.

I tried to wake him up - but he didn't budge. I waited until most of the other passengers had left the plane before struggling to my feet with him in my arms, and our four bags! It just didn't work. I tried making him walk, but his legs just wobbled and he didn't wake up. All the passengers and crew had left the plane and I struggled from row 22 to the front of the plane.

Fortunately one of the flight attendants saw what was happening and came back to help me. She picked up J, and carried him from the plane. He wrapped his little arms around her (much to her delight) as she carried him up the ramp to his mother.

His mother was hoping that this little fellow would run to her in excitement - but he couldn't even open his eyes. She carried him to the car, and after installing the car seat, he was put in and still didn't move. He remained asleep until 9.30 am the following morning.

Apparently his mother was stricken as she watched all the other passengers disembark - with no sign of the beloved son! She really freaked as she contemplated that we had missed the plane and were stuck in Adelaide. (Why, we surely would have phoned some nearly 3 hours before hand if that was the case!)

To her it seemed like a very long time that it took for us to disembark - and where I was, all alone with a little boy and too much luggage to leave behind it felt like a long time too!

Fortunately all was well. We all arrived home safely without a scratch! But both the little fellow and his grandmother (me) were exhausted. I know it will take a few more days for me to recover.

Tuesday, November 13

A visit to the Zoo

Well, it was part of the deal, and I had no choice but to honour my deal. Not that I was about to chicken out of it. I love the zoo myself and to take and excited young man was a bonus. Especially this time my sister was to join us!

We caught the train into the city, then walked down to the Torrens River and caught the river cruise boat, Popeye for a slow relaxing ride downstream for a short distance, and then back up through the amazing gardens that surround the river up past the University and around to the Zoo terminal.

We were soon off - and with an excited little boy we made it to the zoo. He could barely contain his excitement! He ran from one exhibit to the next! Zebras. Bears. Meerkats. Monkeys. Wide eyed with excitement he had to see it all!

In the Zoo Gift shop he spent his $20 - on a red t-shirt emblazened with a stylised zebra, and the words "Adelaide Zoo" which cost him $18.50 and a $9.50 dinosaur!

I discovered that whenever he was exhausted and wanted me to carry him, if I suggested food, he regained his energy for another hour or so. I was worred about getting him back home - but as it turns out C's son phoned, and offered to drive into the city and collect us! Saved again!

It gaves us some extra time, and we saw the zebras and penguins. The latter was his favourite exhibit. What a day! What excitement for a little fellow.

Back at the house it was time to bath a grubby little boy, pack our bags and try to fit in all the extra things we had bought, have a snack (eat! he has amazing appetite!) and leave for the airport!

C drove us to the airport, and we found our way in, checked in and waited for the time to board our plane. J was still wide eyed seeing all the planes, and knowing that he was getting on board to go home to see his mother, father and sister.

As it turns out we had to walk onto the tarmac and board the VirginBlue from the rear door and there he was walking UNDER the plane, with all the other plans standing around the tarmac. Again he was wide eyed!

Now he's almost a seasoned traveller! He climbs into his seat and puts on his seat belt and prepares for takeoff watching out the window as the night sky darkened. I had hoped he's sleep early on in the flight, but he munched his way through his own snacks and mine, and in the end fell asleep just an hour out of Brisbane!

A good Sunday

My sister was called in to work on the Sunday. So master J and I were left to our own devices. We walked up to the little shop and bought the daily paper.

I must say here that I had introduced "The Golden Rule" and each time we left the house, I'd remind him of "The Golden Rule" which was supposed to be "Hold DeeDee's hand, and don't get lost," which he often shortened to "Don't get lost." But anyway it worked. So much so, that if I forgot to remind him, he would remind me!

After I read the paper - well, almost read it. With interruptions it was a hard ask. In any case, it was all boring! So we went up to the little park right next to the church where I worshipped when I was a little girl.

St Elizabeth's of Hungary, in Oaklands Park was opened in 1959, and though it has expanded since my days, and is now surrounded by a wonderful rose garden, it still brings back memories of those early days.

The little park next door to the church has a swing, and a slide, and we had a lot of fun there. J has increased his interest in aeroplanes - and several crossed the sky when we were there. He was fascinated by the jetstreams as two planes flew high overhead, probably from Melbourne to Perth, leaving a fascinating trail across the sky.

We returned to C's home, and got ready for our lunch at the Warradale Hotel with my parents. Master J confidently marched into the bistro, and took his place at the table. He ordered fish and chips, and I took him to the salad bar. I was quite impressed that he found a chair at a nearby table - pulled it over so that he had a good view of the contents of the salad bar! When he was finished, I asked him to return the chair. "You fix it he said" as he returned to the table! Of course I obeyed.

He made short work of the huge meal! And lined up for the promised icecream with chocolate sauce.

Afterwards we went to a park on the Sturt River - to feed the ducks. There were two ducks on the lawn and they enjoyed their feed, but we moved on to the large lake area where there are so many more birds.

On our way J through pieces of bread to some more ducks. And then to our great surprise we were "set upon" by some 20 geese. They were very intimidating! Master J clung to me from behind my legs leaving me to sort out the birds!

As it turned out they were just intimidating - and even I was glad to leave them behind, but they followed us, and once again made an onslaught to get some more food later on. It was an amazing experience! I have never been so close to so many geese, and about 8 were wonderful young birds.

We did wish that we had more bread to feed the water birds - but alas we just had a small supply that was soon taken. My mother had brought 3 over ripe bananas, but the birds were unimpressed.

Afterwards we went back to my sister's place for a cup of coffee, and soon my folks left and there was just J and I!

Another swim

I was told that J would sleep in - but he didn't. He was wide awake and rready to go far earlier than I was! Thank goodness I had my sister to share my child care duties - she loves children and is waiting for her own grand children!

I went over to the Westfield shopping centre to get a few food items, and some swimming togs and new pyjamas for the little fellow. The latter simply because I saw some I liked. He certainly had plenty of clothes!

In the afternoon we went to the beach again, with Nan and Chewey Pop, and J's second cousin and her boyfriend. He had a great time in the water.

What a time he had diving in the water, being carried high on M's shoulders and generally enjoying the warm waters of St Vincent's Gulf. It was one of Adelaide's balmy summer days, and the beach was full of beach goers.

We all enjoyed an icecream (a Dixie) before departing the beach and back home for the little fellow to have a bath, dinner and head to bed. Exhausted again, but fighting it as he does.

Monday, November 12

The Adventure starts...............

After the horrific day at work, my husband and drove to the Gold Coast to collect my little travelling companion. He's nearly 4 - and was as high as a kite with excitement.

We drove back home - and put him to bed. He took a while to get to sleep. During the night he came into our room and climbed into bed with me - around 2 am - and that was the last of my sleep for the night. He tossed and turned, and kicked me.

I was up at 4.30 am - giving me a couple of extra minutes to get ready. J was sound asleep but when I woke him he was "alive" and rearing to go. So we had a quick breakfast and set off for the airport with one VERY EXCITED little boy.

His eyes widened as he saw all the big planes at the airport and the chatted non stop. We had a short wait before we boarded and his excitement was almost explosive.

We found our seats and he immediately opened his presents. His mother and I had packed little gifts for him. He had most of them open before we took off. He had two books, two toys and a jigsaw puzzle. The toys had small pieces to them and before long a small silver magnetised ball had disappeared.

We purchased cheese and crackers and water on the plane, and he ate most of my cheese and crackers as well as his supply of snacks. He's some eating machine!

He watched as we flew above the clouds, and took in all the new experiences with a shrieking delight attimes.

When we landed in Adelaide we had a long walk - we were offloaded at the terminal most distance from luggage collection, and we had a long walk. A little girl "discovered" J as we were walking through the terminal and tried to hold his hand. He got quite upset - obviously he's not ready to "pick up" women yet!

We found our luggage, and made our way to the taxi for the short trip to meet my parents at the good ship Buffalo (a restaurant) at Glenelg.

Mum and Dad were there and a very excited little boy chatted with them. Volume on very high!

We went straight to their home and he enjoyed their company, and the gifts that Dad had for him.

Later that day we went down to the beach - we had come without swimming togs (swimmers) for him, but he was unperterbed and quickly took off his shirt and trousers and jumped into the shallows in his undies. He had a wonderful time!

Our next trip was to my sister's place - to wait for her to come home from work, so we thought, but she was already there when we arrived!

We had a very tired boy, and after a warm bath and a fish dinner, he was soon in bed, although he kept appearing downstairs with monotonous regularity. He was still too excited to get to sleep.

Saturday, November 3

More photos of Bribie

I have a few more photos from the weekend at Bribie. I'll put the photos of the others AT the retreat somewhere else, but I did take some other interesting photos of Bribie.

Friday, November 2

Flying away again.

This time next week I will be at the Brisbane Airport, hopefully with a calm but excited little grandson (my only grandson) preparing for his first trip to Adelaide to see my parents. Mum had her 92nd birthday last week, so this is the"birthday gift". She doesn't want anything any more - so a visit from her only great grandson is the gift I bring.

J has not been with me on such a trip, and I haven't seen him for a couple of weeks, so I hope he is a little excited about it. His Mum and Dad are now fretting about the trip - probably wondering if I can manage an excitable young fellow.

Today I will be buying one of those "tethers" so that he will be connected to me - from his wrist to mine! Apparently he is a runner.

I have today "off" - not that I will have nothing to do - but at least I don't have to go to work, and I can do a few things at home that need doing. Housework - it never ends, there is always more to do.

I have quite a lot of writing to do too - so hopefully will get that done, and one more lesson on my TESOL course.

I have applied for a position with a language school here in Brisbane - but have already decided that I do not want it. In part because it is quite a drive away, and it is after hours (6 pm to midnight), so I can do without that. I'm fascinated that such a school operates from Brisbane (and Melbourne and Sydney too, I'm told), and that school children in Hong Kong, sit at their computer complete with webcam, and the lesson is conducted in this way.

I'd be interested (a) if it was closer to home and (b) the hours were more friendly. Oh, well.

Thursday, November 1

Back to the real world.

I'm still somewhat tired - I guess it is really time I slowed down. On Monday morning we had to pick flowers - but the Gerberas were a mess. The Rutherglen bugs had got in over the weekend and devastated the flowers. So many of them hung lifless on their stems, and so many others had damage within the flower so that in the end we had a great pile of useless flowers. Very little for the florists this week.

And wouldn';t you know, at the same time there are plagues of butterflies around - they are a moth that has in the past gotten into the hothouse and eaten the flowers. We are ready for them.

After picking I had quite a lot of things to do at home - washing in particular, and a bit of housework, and some reading.

On Monday night I attended a "consultation" meeting at Shangri-La Gardens for the Schools of Tomorrow. The State Government has put aside $100 million to cover the costs of redeveloping our local schools (there are 13) and bringing them in line with 21st century thinking. I won't rant on about it here - but I was unimpressed. I'm back again for another meeting on Monday night next, so more nonsense to endure.

On Tuesday I worked again at Bayside Recruitment - pretty much on my own as one staff member was working from home, another one doing training, and then there was me! Quite chaotic at times.

Glad to get home - but had to attend two more meetings. Why do I do this?