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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Hey Hey it's Saturday. Just saying

Hello everyone, hope your day is or has been a good one, we are having another cool wet day here, I was lucky to get my walk done with before it started to rain.

Tim and Jessica drove to Williamtown/Newcastle airport to pick up a rental car, Jessica would like to learn to drive a manual so earlier in the week Tim rang around and found some place that hired manual cars. Anyway the get there and are told it would cost $400 for the day what the hell, no bloody way they were paying that type of money, they were told because it was being paid for with debt card not a credit card that it cost so much. Tim told them to forget it he wasn't paying that much money. What a waste of time.

This morning I have 3 out of 4 grandchildren here, Kathy is also here but she is having a nap, the girls have been keeping her awake a lot at night and really doing her head in with not listening to her and demanding her attention all the damn time. She rang me while I was out walking this morning and she sounded terrible, I told her she could come over and have a nap here if she wanted to and she did.

Tim said he had a terrible night not being able to sleep and waking up a lot during the night and at 3am when he woke up he realised that Natasha wasn't home so he rang her to see where she was, he was worried about her as she is usually home long before 3am. Nothing was wrong it is just the woman she works with, she is a gossip and will stand around talking why Natasha does the work which as you can imagine pisses Natasha off no end. So she is somewhat tired today.

Tim decided that he wanted to turn his hand to making a meal using the slow cooker, he has prepared everything it is just chicken legs and veggies with leek all mixed together in the slow cooker. I have never tired leek so have no idea if I like it or not but I am all for giving it a try. I told Tim if he is using the slow cooker he has to get it in and started before lunch so it will be ready for tea time/dinner time.

I have to take back a bottle of Pepsi Max I bought yesterday as when I opened it last night it was flat as, so I rang the store straight away and complained and let them know I would take it back today couldn't do it yesterday afternoon didn't feel like going out again. I like to ring straight away so I have no dramas when I take it back the following day.

Ok started this in the am but finishing it in the pm so all I am going to add is that I am now posting and then I will either read some more blogs or answer some letters.



Thursday, 4 February 2016

Wet stuff and swimming


After some really hot days we have today quiet cool and very wet, but of course it has to be like that since this morning we had the lounge suite cleaned which of course means I cannot sit in my armchair and put my feet up. I am expecting it to take hours for the lounge to dry also why he was here Tim had him clean the carpet in the lounge and hallway so wet carpet, wet lounge and raining so all in all not feeling a happy chappy.

This morning we went to see nan, yes I know it is Thursday but we have been going on Thursday instead of Wednesday as dad has appointments of Wednesday and mum would feel to rushed if we went to see nan.

Leo starts his swimming lessons tomorrow I hope all goes well for him, I sent Jessica a message reminding her that they start and he will need to take swimmers or boardies for him, I have a beach towel he can take with him.


As everyone might have realised that the photo I posted yesterday was the bed Tim made in his office for Leo to use when he sleeps over, Leo really likes the bed he likes how he can sit up in bed and play his Xbox or watch cartoons. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Photo Wednesday

So does this help explain what it is, if not go to bed and think about it


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Appointments & a Bomb Scare, just another day for me


Today we had a not here moment/event, by here I mean in Newcastle in Australia and the thing we didn't expect to happen was a bomb scare. Yes you read that right, a bomb scare, someone rang in a bomb threat to Blain's school and the school did post an evacuation notice via the school app but neither Natasha or Jono have the app so only heard about it via Facebook. Ok I think someone mentioned it to Jono and he rang Natasha and she rang the school but it was 2 hours after the event. I told Natasha that she and Jono should get the app and someone should help me get it too.

Of course there was no bomb and the police did a though job of checking the school out, when I picked Blain up and asked him about it, he said it was just a drill so they would know what to do if there was an emergency. I think the school would have told the students that so they would not panic.

In other news Leo went to see his paediatrician, he has grown in height and gained a bit of weight so all good, she also said maybe we will need to increase his midday medication by half a tablet or give him a half tablet when he gets home from school she is going to talk to Jessica about this. Jessica wasn't able to attend as she had other plans that could not be changed, don't ask me what I have no idea but she is a grown woman and mother and I don't need to know everything she does.

So anyway because of his appointment Leo had the day off school, I thought she could had sent him for a couple of hours but she chose not to so he was with me all day.

After school this afternoon Blain wanted me to take him to the shops so he could buy his mum a birthday present, he had saved up his pocket money to get her something, he bought her a watch he couldn't get a dark blue on so instead he bought a pick one, he also bought her a cushion with a smiley face on it. He even had enough money to buy himself some action figures, Superman, Spiderman & Batman he likes his super heroes.

It has been a hot day, not stinking hot, just normal hot but still felt it while sitting in the car waiting for Blain to get out.


That's all for today's post. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

It's Monday and I have nothing


Well hello February, and what a nice hot day it is to start off the new month, this morning I handed in the note and money for Leo to have swimming lessons this term at school he will be going on Fridays. I hope he likes it as it cost $88 for the swimming an even if he decides he doesn't want to do it his mum can't get her money back, yes Jessica paid for the swimming I was just the one to go to the school and hand over the money. Also when I was at the office I asked if they had EFTPOS but no had to have cash, lucky I had the cash on me and was able to get the money out of the account later.

I found a couple flag posts in my unposted blog posts folder, so today I will use one of them, why because my gut hurts and I am feeling so bloody tired and really my brain feels like it is too much work to think about stuff today.

So we have the United Nations Flag, the 24th of October is Untied Nations Day and on that day the flag is flown here in Australia. If there is only one flagpole it replaces the Australian flag for the day.

The United Nations was founded on the 24th October 1945 and Australia was one of the original 50 nation signatories. There are currently 193 members of the United Nations.

Australia has been an active member of the United Nations and its various agencies and has contributed military and police forces to a number of peace-keeping missions.

Australia was one of the 16 United Nations member countries that participated in the 1950-53 Korean Conflict in support of South Korea.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

76 and going strong


It was on this day way back in the year of 1940 that an amazing woman was born, in the town of Parkes in the state of New South Wales. She was the first child of Florence Muriel Torrens and Mervyn James Townsend, she has a brother Ronnie and had a sister Dianne.

Her parents separated when she was about 4 and later divorced, after they separated she went to live with her grandmother in the town of Byabarra which is a small country town near Wauchope in New South Wales. She lived with her grandmother till around the age of 14, when her grandmother died.

When she was about 10 her mum remarried, her step father was Ronald Francis James, who for most of her life she thought of as just her dad, she lost contact with her father Mervyn when she as about 14. However, on the 24th May 1997 she met her father Mervyn again after around 50 years, he was living in Blayney in New South Wales she was lucky she didn't wait any longer to track him down as he died in October 1997.

For most of her life she has been called Mae, spelt with an e not a y she would say I am not a month, Mae is also the middle name of her youngest daughter and it is also the middle name of that daughters eldest daughter along with my granddaughter who is Sydney-May with a Y but that is ok.

To celebrate her birthday all her children popped over for lunch, we bought fish and chips and I bought a cake from Coles just a $5 sponge cake and mum opened a bottle of wine the wine I like so I had two glasses of wine but I didn't have to drive so all good there.

Now even though mum is now 76 that doesn't mean she will not be driving children to day care, or school and such, nope no rest for mum, she even has Landon this afternoon/evening while my brother and sister in-law went I think fishing but not really sure about that.

Ok that is it for this post I want to sit back and watch some telly.




Thursday, 28 January 2016

Boring Thursday Just Saying

Well hello everyone on this somewhat sticky Thursday afternoon, this morning mum and I went to see nanna, we took Denni with us this was the first time we have taken Denni. She is only 3 and such a quiet little one not like her big sister Temika who is a right little chatter box. Nan was about the same sleeping mostly, saying most stuff we can't make out with the odd word here and there like “Ron” “Jo” and sometimes “Mavis” although I think when she says Mavis she is thinking of her sister not her daughter.

Well the boys and Sydney-May have gone back to school today when I picked up the boys I asked them if they had a good day who is their new teacher you know the usual stuff Blain said he doesn't go into a new class till Monday and Leo said he had a so so day, he has a male teacher but couldn't remember his name.

Last night when I was talking to mum about how I do not understand a child wanting to miss the first day of the school year, this is the day you find out your class and who your teacher is and when in high school you get your time table for either the term or the year. I think if you miss the first day you are kind of lost.

Speaking of mum made me remember she got a phone call on Tuesday telling her that Dawson would not be going back today he goes back tomorrow, Dawson was a bit worried he asked her is it just me or everyone in my class that goes back tomorrow. Mum reassured him that it would be all the class not just him, she is worried about how he is going to do at this new school as he doesn't handle change very well at all.

On Tuesday when we all went to mum & dad's for breakfast mum heard him telling Leo and Blain not to swear, you do not swear at that house and you do not swear around his little sister and cousin. Now when Dawson was little he went through a stage when he tried swearing but his nanna (my mum) told him it is rude and that her and pop do not use that type of language and neither should he. He would hear his mum and poppy Robert yelling and swearing at each other and thought it was normal, his nan & pop soon taught him that it is not normal and it's not polite to swear and he stopped didn't happen over night but after a few months of being told not to swear he got it. Yes he may still swear when he is talking to his mum or maybe school mates and that is fine as long as he knows not to do it around young children and older people.


This morning Natasha said she thought Dawson was a bit old for Lego, Dawson loves his Lego and it doesn't take him long to put them together, any way I tried to explain to Natasha that doing Lego is Dawson's hobby, some people read, some collect stuff Dawson does Lego. I am not sure if she got it.