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Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday


Hello everyone, it's Good Friday today here in Australia and that might mean a sleep in for some people but not for me I have been up since 6.30am Leo had me awake at 3.30am but only long enough for me to come out and put the telly on for him, he was awake around 3ish and at 3.30 he asked if he could watch telly so I got up and came out and put it on for him and told him to wake me in a couple of hours. He came in at 6.30 and asked me if I would get up and of course I did.

I went for my walk around 8am after giving Leo his medication his mum sent me a text half an hour ago saying she would shower and leave they will stay for lunch which is only fish and chips from the chippy.

However on the topic of food and fish, I don't eat seafood, never have, never will I reckon but you would be amazed how often I have been asked what I eat on Good Friday since I don't eat seafood. What is it with people just because I can't eat meat doesn't mean I have nothing to eat, hot chips are yummy, as is chips and eggs or a toasted cheese sandwich. There are lots of things a person can eat that is neither meat or fish.


Now I am not overly religious but I do not eat meat on Good Friday, just because I don't go to church each week or at all doesn't mean I am not a good Christian I believe in God and Jesus and I prayer a lot I don't feel I have to go to church in order to have my prayers listened too and answered. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Do you run late of a morning..................not me.....................

Are you forever running late of a morning, no matter what time you get up you are always running late, maybe you should true preparing for the morning the evening before. I know there are those who say you should get up 15 minutes earlier but for some that doesn't work because no matter what time the get up they still end up running late.

I know if I have a busy day ahead of me............aka.............Friday...........I sort out in my head a couple of different outfits to wear and then I write my shopping list and put it in my bag. I will also take out my shopping bags to the car the night before so I don't have to worry about that in the morning.

I like to get up and go for a walk first thing of a morning but today I didn't go as when I got up it was raining and I will not walk in the rain, I don't mind if it is a little drizzle but not steady rain.

I am more likely to oversleep if the weather is cold, overcast and or wet so in that type of weather I do need and alarm, but most of the time I just think about what time I have to get up in the morning and I will wake up at the right time.


I am one of those people who can get up dressed and be out of the house in 15 minutes if I want to as long as I don't muck around with what to wear, this includes applying make up. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Black Sheep of the Family............me.............no bloody way..............


Who’s the black sheep in your family?
Do you have a black sheep in the family?
I would say we don't have a black sheep in my family, however, I have heard my sister Sue call herself the black sheep of the family. I don't know why she does that because no one else thinks of her as a black sheep.
Yes there are times when Sue is the brunt of the family jokes but there are other times when it might me Sandra or my who is the brunt of the family jokes so it is not just Sue it can be anyone in a family depending on the circumstances.

I feel that Sue has a problem with self esteem and self image in that hers is in the toilet and that is a worry to all those who love her.
Our family is largish and close knit and we have a habit of bagging on each other at times, that doesn't make someone the black sheep it is all done with love and we all can give as good as we get.
When Sue was young she moved to Lemon Tree Passage with Rex the father of her children and the man she married and because she lived close to and hour away we didn't see her very often and she would often not be able to attend family functions due to the distance or not having money for petrol. 
 Sometimes I feel she felt like she was being excluded from family events but that wasn't the case sometimes something would happen on the spur of the moment and it was not like she could just drop everything and turn up at mum & dad's place in 10 minutes, as I said she lived a long way off and she had 3 then 4 children.
When she left Rex for a while she still lived in that area but then she returned to live in Newie being only 10 minutes or so drive away from mum and dad and there was a time when her and Kelli lived with mum and dad for a bit. Since returning to the area she has been included a lot more but still there have been times when she has felt everyone was against her.
Sue's thing was to get upset and storm off in a huff and if no one went after her she would think, “ I knew they didn't want me there” well I felt that was what she was thinking and not that she had over reacted to something or that no one was able to go off after her because on a couple of times we didn't even know she had left as she didn't tell anyone she was leaving.
I know I have never thought of myself as the black sheep of the family, I don't think my sisters Sandra & Jeannie have either but I could be wrong, Jeannie might have when she was younger and with Peter and Peter didn't like the family much so she didn't see us as often as she would had liked. Sandra had a rough few years as a teenager and she might have thought she was the black sheep during those years.
I am pretty sure Dave has never thought of himself as the black sheep, since he is Dave and he is mums favourite and is more likely to think the family revolves around him...................lol
I have three daughters and I hope none of them think of themselves as a black sheep because they are all wonder and special in their own way.
I also have a heap of wonderful nieces and nephews none of which are consider a black sheep, granted I am not real close to all of them but then they are no longer children they are adults with their own lives and I often don't get to see them very often but that doesn't make them any less important in my life and none could be called a black sheep.

However, I have to say if one is considered the black sheep of one's family is that a bad thing. I think not, it means you are different, you are your own person and it could mean you are part of family that doesn't like it when someone has their own mind and own thoughts and opinions on stuff. There are families in my opinion that don't like it when someone goes off and does things differently, or there may be some families who don't like someone's sexual preference but that is there problem not the individual who is a little different, different is not a bad thing and being different shouldn't make someone the black sheep of a family.



Monday, 14 April 2014

Blood, Strange People and well clean undies





Here I am doing Sunday's post on Monday why is that you ask well try as I might yesterday I could not concentrate on anything and ended up going back to bed only 3 hours after I got up. I had a terrible headache, was shaking and felt nauseas in other words I was having a hyper attack due to my BGL's being high for so long, I was told by the doctor that they would happen from time to time, as he put it after having the high readings for a while the body rebels and makes me rest to try and bring the levels down.

Ok I just went and changed my undies, yeah like you needed to know that but the ones I had on kept riding up bum and it was getting annoying so I went and changed them and because I was up I unpacked the dishwasher and then repacked it because dirty dishes are like dirty clothes never ending.

I remember my nanna saying once that men work Monday to Saturday and rest on Sunday but women never get to rest as there is always some form of household chore to be done, even when she is on holidays she will still be cleaning and washing and making meals and looking after the family.

Back to my BGL's this morning when I tested my blood it was only 8.7 that is the lowest it has been in months so maybe these injections are working.

Also this morning when I went for my walk I went and had my bloody test done the one the diabetic doctor wanted me to have done so that is out of the way wonder when I will get the results I am guessing next month when I go back to see him.

While I was walking this morning my thoughts turned to the Adam's Family, I don't know why but it did I was thinking about how even though they were a strange and weird family they thought they were normal and how that is the case with most people no matter how strange or weird they are they don't see it.

Dawson's mother is a strange woman most of the time and even stranger when she is smoking pot, some people can smoke pot and still appear normal but she is not one of them she will go strange and act like she is strung out. We have never known here to do anything except pot.


I wonder if people think I am strange at times, I know I don't think I am strange but who is to know what other people think.  

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Easter Hat Parade and seeing the diabetic doctor


Hello everyone, here I am back again, have to say yesterday was a busy day for me after taking Leo to OOSH I went to breakfast with the family then did a little bit of shopping before going to Leo's school for his Easter Hat Parade. This year he wasn't as excited as he was last year, in fact as times he looked bored/sad, after the parade we got him out early and Kelli took him back to Jess's place for a while before they came here.

Yesterday was the last day of term for school children and both Dawson and Zac were at breakfast following in the Jenkins tradition of not going to school on the last day of term, myself and my siblings often didn't go on the last day of term and my own girls often didn't go on the last day of term. Often on the last day of term not a lot of school work is done, what is done is usually done in the morning and the afternoon is spent backing up stuff ready for the holiday I know teachers usually say they do school work right up to the last bell of the day but I have been on the last day and that is not often the case.

I came home had a quick bit to eat then headed over to the Royal (hospital) for an appointment with a diabetic doctor about what to do about my high BGL's, he has started me on something called Victoza http://www.victoza.com/ I have to take this injection each night at 8pm for a month and then go back to see him if my BGL's are lower then he will start me on Byetta which is similar but cheaper and I will have to take that twice a day. If my BGL's are not lower I will have to go onto insulin instead.

I was also given a lecture about my diet, how I should be eating better not less just better but he was a nice doctor and sounded like he understood that is is not always easy to eat the right foods and he said even though I am walking every day and eating mostly good, he thinks it would be a uphill battle for me to lose weight and suggested I look into having surgery. He suggested gastric sleeve surgery but I don't know I will look into it what he was talking about didn't sound like what I thought gastric sleeve was but I will go to where he suggested and ask them about it

Anyway I have started the injections from last night it is nothing doesn't hurt or anything and in fact both the doctor and the nurse said my approach to having to give myself infections was good, I said if it needs to be done then so be it no point stressing over it, just get on with it.

What was strange was the doctor asked me if I had an Aboriginal blood in me because of how dark my skin is, ok I don't think my skin is that dark but whatever, he looked at the back of my neck and under my arms, asked about bruising and then talked to his trainee/student doctor about whether I could have Cushings http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cushing%27s_syndrome. What I do know is that he wants me to have a heap of tests done before I go back, he doesn't think I have Cushings but also said I have a number of the symptoms.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Just a bit of stuff or just about my life nothing important just stuff


Good afternoon all, this morning I went to visit my nanna at the nursing home after mum dropped Liarna at daycare and Kayla at school, nanna looked good this morning she was in bed but she usually is now days but she said mums name this morning and when asked how she was she replied that she was good that was when she said Mavis

When I arrived home both Natasha and Jessica were here, Jessica was cleaning her work car and Natasha was vacuuming the house for me, she did manage to cut her finger while she was doing it and complained about how dirty her father's room was.

Jessica then went for a lay down while I blogged, when Kelli arrived home from shopping she had lunch as in Macca's so a big thank you to Kelli for buying me lunch and to Natasha for vacuuming out for me and Jessica for being Jessica.

Kathy told me that Sydney-May wants to have a sleep over at her nanna's house and I said that is great I would love to have her sleep over one night although Kathy was annoyed when I said that Sydney-May could sleep with me and papa. Sydney-May also asked Natasha if she could have a sleep over at her house one night so she could see Blain. I expect she will be asking Jessica if she can sleep over at her place also so she can see Leo.

Leo has finished his speech therapy appointments for now, although he has to go back on the waiting list for another round of appointments and Kelli is going to ring and get Daemon on the waiting list for some appointments as his speech isn't good either in fact Daemon has started to go backwards with his speech. He has stopped saying Mum and instead says “um” and he isn't saying dad either he is saying “ad” although he does say Aunty Jo and Papa even though we are always telling him that Tim isn't Papa he is Uncle Tim and he will say Uncle Tim but with all the children calling Tim Papa it must be confusing for him.

I just popped down to get Jessica a couple of pies for lunch and while I was out I gave way to a couple of cars, as in letting them go instead of me even though I had right of way because I am just nice like that, so here is the question when you are driving would you do something like that or are you like Tim and if you have right of way other have to make room for you and you swear and curse because they are taking up to much of the road.

Sometimes it just makes more sense to let the other driver go first because the road is narrow and they are taking up a little too much of the road because when they have pulled out of a parking spot they end up taking up more room to be completely on their side of the road is not so easy to do.



Monday, 7 April 2014

Friends

Do you remember your first friends?

I do and I don't I know one of my first friends was mu uncle Tony he was only a couple of months older then me I use to hang out with him a fair bit during school holidays and such when I was pretty young.

I think for many of us our first friends are cousins or siblings, when we have our first sleep over it is often at a relatives house, because it takes a lot for our parents to allow us out of their sight overnight.


When I was young like in primary school and we lived in Flame street I had a lot of sleepovers at my friend Stacey's house she lived 2 houses down from us and we were thick as thieves when we were little that changed when we got to high school, I think because we went to different high schools.

When my girls were little they would often sleep over at my sisters house and their cousins Samantha and Tina were good friends of my girls Kathy-Lee & Natasha this lasted for many years, in fact as teenagers for many years Sam & Natasha spent a lot of time together and in fact they use to look a lot alike.

Now I am an adult I have no friends that are not family, I am ok with that though it is just the way it is, my parents don't have a lot of friends in fact dad has one friend and mum has none but it doesn't bother them. Tim doesn't have any friends he has work mates but he doesn't hang out with them out of work hours.


I think some people have a lot of friends other people have a lot of family who are not just family but friends as well.