Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Photo Wednesday

Hi all this is another photo that was taken on the cruise outside of the dining area must have been day one or two as I have my cane and after the second day I wasn't using the cane at all

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Irish Sisters of Charity

In 1838 the first religious women came to Australia they were the Irish Sisters of Charity they volunteered to go to Sydney to work with convict women teaching them to read and the Sisters of Charity began in Ireland by Mary Aikenhead. In 1838 at the request of Bishop Polding, Mary came to Australia with 5 volunteers they left Ireland in August 1838 and after a four month journey they arrived in Sydney on the last day of 1838.

Starting in January 1839 the sisters lived at Parramatta and visited the Female Factory where
many women convicts lived and worked for the government. The Sisters' main concern was religious instruction and care of the sick and poor, the Sisters' walked everywhere going to government hospitals, orphanages, schools and gaols.

The religious profession of Sister Xavier Williams, on the 9th April 1839 at Parramatta was a “first” and made a great sensation among Catholics and others with other young women asking to join the Sisters.

The Sisters distinctive dress made them conspicuous and they drew on them at times of hostility or bigotry, the good they did brought them a lot of support but of course life in those days was hard.

In 1847 the Sisters were asked to go to Tasmania, three of the Sisters went to Tasmania while the others stayed in Parramatta where they had the new responsibility of assisting women who wanted to live better lives.

Over time good friends helped raise money to buy a convent where the Sisters could establish a hospital and school, as well as a permanent home for themselves. General Catholic problems hampered further growth but the Sisters' hospital and school flourished, while they continued visiting the sick, poor and prisoners.

After some years, there were Sisters of Charity who had been born in Australia. When the government stopped paying teachers in our schools, the bishops encouraged vocations and brought new religious institutes to Australia to teach. Cardinal Moran encouraged our Sisters to begin more schools. New hospitals were opened.
The Sisters’ business dealings in the early days were often conducted by Father Angelo Ambrosoli, who helped choose places for their convents and designs for their chapels.

Two Sisters of Charity who helped them to flourish were M. Francis McGuigan and M. Gertrude Davis, both born in Australia. They went to Ireland to renew links with the Irish Sisters of Charity and joined the Sisters in Tasmania with those in Sydney.
Since World War II Australia has become more multicultural, with new needs arising as different ethnic groups arrive. Sisters of Charity have led the way in many fields, establishing ministries that others can now continue.

Once works are established, the Sisters have looked to respond to new needs. There are always people needing help, consolation, encouragement, and inspiration.
Australia has changed since our first Sisters arrived in 1838. The kind of poverty that our Sisters met when they arrived has changed. Australia is now a developed nation.

The Sisters of Charity response has been flexible enough to deal with new forms of poverty. Physical poverty will always endure but we must also deal with the poverty caused by narrow-mindedness, prejudice, mental illness, drug addiction and drunkenness, as well as the more familiar kinds of sickness and lack of money.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Did you know Monday

Hello everyone, here I am on this lovely, not too cold Monday morning had a somewhat late start, when my alarm went off at 4.30am I just didn't feel like getting up so it was 6am by the time I got up still managed to do 53 minutes of exercise. I packed it in when Leo got here as I had to pack his lunch and running him a shower now I am starting this before I have to leave to take him to school.

Friday saw me using a wheelchair while I went shopping and Jessica pushing me around and it was a big help I was in hardly any pain by the time I was finished and it only took 2hrs to get everything done instead of 4hrs it has taken me the previous weeks. So I will be doing that for the next couple of weeks and hopefully the ankle will really start to heal with no set backs.

Saturday saw me unwell and spending most of the day in bed sleeping, just had an upset tummy no vomiting or anything just felt upset in the tummy and not feeling great, yesterday though I was ok and today I am ok as well.

So since this is Monday that means it is did you know Monday, so today's did you know is this........

King Francis 1 paid Leonardo Da Vinci the equivalent of $50,000 US for his painting of the Mona Lisa and had it displayed in the Louvre. It has been there ever since except for two years that it was stolen (1911-1913). During the time it was missing, six different Americans paid $300,000 each for fakes they thought were the stolen painting.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Where is my Mojo

Jo-Anne has no mojo, she needs her mojo back, she thinks it is sleeping, tomorrow morning at 4.30am she will be waking it up and kicking it out of bed and putting it to work, just saying.........

This afternoon while watching telling and in between writing letters I received a text for Jessica wanting to know if I would go to Coles (supermarket) before I got Leo from school and being me I said yeah I would. After all tomorrow she is coming shopping with me and going to push me around in a wheelchair so I don't have to walk.

Leo was glad to be home with his mum tonight he is going through a stage when he wants to be around his mum all the time, not that he is naughty or anything while here he just wants to be with his mum.

Yesterday Kathy-Lee came over and helped me sort through my clothes and toss out clothes that had holes or that I just didn't wear any more.

Anyway the afternoon news is over and the Chase Australia is about to start so that is all from me for now.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Photo Wednesday

A photo of mum and Tim taken on our cruise, mum and Tim have a really close relationship no one can say anything bad about Tim around mum she will tear strips off you if  you do, just like she did with his father and brother when they said something about him she didn't like.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A bit about wheelchairs and me

Good morning all, there was no post from me yesterday because I forgot, I got up at 4.30am and worked out then I went back to the bed for a bit after getting up an hour or so later I had breakfast then went out to do so things for mum.

I had to pay mum's laybys and go to the chemist and then to Woolies and the building society to bank some money then back to the car, by the time I got back to the car I felt like crying from the pain.

The same thing happened on Friday when I went shopping by the time I got home I was in tears and it took so long for me to get the shopping done and I didn't do much but going from one store to another took a bloody long time. So I have booked a wheelchair for this Friday and Jessica is coming with me to push me around, I couldn't get a scooter so the wheelchair will do and me not having to walk everywhere will help my ankle. The more I stay off the ankle the quicker it will heal and I will be able to get around ok again.

Today is the first day of another school term and after I took Leo to school I went out to the day care Kathy-Lee is working at to pick up Summer as I have her today while her mum is at work then we had to go back and drop of Leo's medication at his school and now we are home and Summer is eating a sandwich and watching Paw Patrol.

Did you know that the first record of a wheelchair was around the 5-6th Century BC or BCE if you like in China but generally the first wheelchair came about back in 1595 when one was built for King Phillip 11. Although it was an elaborate chair having both armrests and leg rests, the design still had shortcomings since it did not feature an efficient propulsion mechanism and thus, requires assistance to propel it. This makes the design more of a modern day highchair or portable throne for the wealthy rather than a modern day wheelchair for the disabled.

In 1655 a fellow by the name of Stephan Farffler a 22 year old paraplegic watchmaker, built the world's first self-propelling chair on a three wheel chassis using a system of cranks and cogwheels.. However, the device had an appearance of a hand bike more than a wheelchair since the design included hand cranks mounted at the front wheel.

The invalid carriage or Bath Chair brought the technology into more common use from around 1760.
In 1887, wheelchairs ("rolling chairs") were introduced to Atlantic City so invalid tourists could rent them to enjoy the boardwalk. Soon, many healthy tourists also rented the decorated "rolling chairs" and servants to push them as a show of decadence and treatment they could never experience at home.

In 1933 Harry Jennings and his disabled friend Herbert Everest, both mechanical engineers, invented the first lightweight, steel, collapsible wheelchair. Everest had previously broken his back in a mining accident, they saw the business potential of the invention and went on to become the first mass-market manufacturers of wheelchairs. Their "x-brace" design is still in common use, albeit with updated materials and other improvements.

So now you know.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Me and walking and no weight loss

Good morning, no Friday post this week as I just had no time in the morning and when I got home I was in so much pain from being on my feet all morning I just wanted to cry so I sat and did nothing but rested my leg.

While I was shopping I had a light bulb moment about my weight, more to the point why I am not losing weight as I thought I would. While on the cruise I said I wanted to loss up to 30 kilos by the end of the year but have not lost anything as yet although I have not gained any either. Anyway yesterday while I was struggling to put one foot in front of the other and often sliding my right foot as it was too painful to lift it, I thought this is the reason I can't lose weight, I cannot walk.

So I told Tim last night that was my thinking and he said nothing just looked at me with a look that said “so” and I said more and he said nothing but then this morning he said to me that he thinks the exercises I am doing each morning are doing nothing and that I should start walking up and down the driveway and I said I cannot walk and I wondered what part of not walking does he not understand. I don't want to walk up and down the driveway that would involve walking past the neighbours who would want me to stop and talk and I do not want that.

If I could walk I would go for a walk but I can't, I cannot walk from the lounge room to the toilet without a great deal of pain and sometimes not without my cane. I am doing the best I can but nothing I do is good enough........

Thursday, 13 July 2017

How I am feeling

Yesterday while at the doctors the nurse asked me how my mood was lately, I said so so, as in up and down but truth be told it is more down then up, mum will be able to relate to this. I can't help thinking it was only a couple of years ago I could go for walks and do more strenuous exercises, now I cannot do either.

Also the pain in my left arm is terrible and the same can be so for the pain in my right thigh, the right thigh is all the time and at times makes driving difficult, then there is the tremor which is in both arms and my right leg. The shaking of my arms make doing many things difficult, like sending texts often I hit send in the middle of a word or hit the wrong letter and trying to fix the error is a task and a half.

Also this year I had bursitis in my right hip making moving and walking extremely painful and now I have it in my right ankle making moving, walking and standing extremely painful. I am so over all the pain and not being able to move.

Yes I still get up and exercise each morning but truth be told sometimes I wonder why I try, all in all life is so hard and painful at the moment.

I don't know what I would do without Kathy-Lee who is such a big help, often I just want to go to bed and cry.

What did I do to deserve all this pain and hassle.  

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Off to the doctors I did hobble and this is what I was told

How is everyone this cold and wet Wednesday afternoon, I have had a productive day somewhat this morning I went to the podiatrist and had my toenails cut, while I went I left Blain home alone as he didn't want to go and I was tired of arguing the point with him, I was only gone an hour.

I was planning on going with Tim to pick Dave and grew from the ship but as I had to watch Blain while his mum had other things on I couldn't go.

Then this afternoon I had to go to the doctors for what is called a care plan review, this is where they check your blood pressure, talk about what medication you are taking as how my diabetes is going and my sleep apnoea and your get a referral for blood tests.

While I was there I asked about the results of the ultrasound it showed that I have tendonitis, which for those who do not know is an inflammation of a tendon, the tendon in question is my achillies tendon, tendons are bands of strong connective tissue that attach muscle to bone

It is usually a type of overuse injury; the tendon is repeatedly strained until tiny tears form. The symptoms of tendonitis can include, pain,swelling, stiffness and restricted mobility of the affected joint, muscle weakness and the skin over the area can feel warm to touch

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bone and soft tissue (muscles, tendons and skin). A bursa (plural bursae) reduces friction and assists joint movement.
When you overuse or injure a joint, a nearby bursa can become irritated or inflamed. The bursa fills with excess fluid, causing significant pain and restricting movement.
The symptoms of bursitis may include, localised pain, swelling, increased pain at night, pain that becomes worse on movement, stiffness.

It is caused by injury, repeated pressure and overuse are common causes of bursitis. Some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes, can also contribute to its development.

An infection can also cause bursitis. This may occur if a joint is injured and bacteria get into the bursa.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms as much as possible while the healing process takes place.

Treatment options may include pain-relieving medications, cold packs, gentle mobilising exercises and rest. Anti-inflammatory medications or injections of corticosteroids may be used in cases of severe pain, although my doctor isn't keen on giving me an injection.

If the bursitis was triggered by a particular form of overuse, it‘s important to avoid that activity, or modify how you perform that activity.

So I have been told to rest the ankle as much as possible and that it will most likely take between 8-12 weeks to heal.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Did you know Monday

Hello Monday, this morning at around 2am my mobile phone rang, it was Jessica she wanted to speak to her dad, turns out she hit a roo and had some damage to her front bumper bar, he told her to go home and not worry about it and said he would go over this morning to check it out. Now when he got up and I mentioned that he said he would go over he said no he didn't say he would go over he said she could come over here and he would look a the car.

Anyway he has now gone to work and hasn't checked out her car because I expect they are sill asleep as it would have been around 3am before she got home and into bed. I think she was just rattled a bit by the accident and needed reassurance.

The new dishwasher has arrived but it isn't installed yet Tim will install it tomorrow morning, well that is what he said.

Anyway being that it is Monday, it is did you know Monday, so did you know.

That the dishwasher dates back to the 19th century with the first patent being in the USA in 1850 by Joel Houghton, then in 1865 another patent was granted to L A Alexander which was similar but neither device was practical or widely accepted.

In 1887 the first reliable hand-powered dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane with the help of George Butters in Josephine's tool shed and was unveiled at the 1893 World's Fair.

Boiling potatoes will not coo any faster by turning up the heat, the water can only boil at 100°c, turning up the heat will only make the water evaporate as the water turns to steam at this temperature.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Out with the old and in with the new, well on Monday it will be in with the new

Hello all, it is a nice somewhat cold Sunday morning here in Newie, I had a sleep in this morning I didn't get up till 8ish but still did my morning exercises, Tim is at work, he took the car so too bad if I wanted to go out at all today not that I have any plans to go out.

On Thursday evening Tim removed the old dishwasher and took it up the top of the driveway we have out second annually kerbside collection of bulk waste. Well when he was struggling to get it out he said in a tone that pissed me off, “ I wish you could help and not just sit on you ass” I told him if I was able to help him I would.

The new dishwasher will be delivered on Monday sometime, he was pleased that the new dishwasher cost $200 less then the old one, we bought the new one from the same place we got the old one from as well.

Although on Friday while I was out shopping Kathy-Lee came over and vacuumed out and did the washing up for me, however, when she pulled the plug out of the sink water flooded under the sink because when he disconnected the old dishwasher he forgot to plug the hole from the pipe that lead to the dishwasher that now had no hose connected to it. So Kathy had to mop up the water and plugged the hold with a rag, Tim has now plugged the hole with blu tack. I told Kathy-Lee not to worry about it if it wasn't her who flooded under the sink it would have been me when I washed up and she was more able to clean up the water then I would have been able to do.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

My Week

Hello everyone out in blog land, yes it is me little ole Jo-Anne, I am not dead nor have I been sick, however, I have been somewhat busy this last week and yes one day saw me in a great deal of pain.

So let us have a look at my last few days, Saturday saw Tim off work and both of us going to the shops and over to my parents place for a bit and Saturday afternoon me go over to Jessica's to take her cough syrup and a few things from Coles as she was sick. When I arrived Kelli was there she came down to get Leo and take him back to hers so Jessica could have a night to try and recover, well when it came time for them to head back to hers he didn't want to go so he ended up being here Saturday night.

Sunday saw Tim off again and going for a motorbike ride with Michael who on Friday night bought himself a motorbike and Kathy drove Leo back to his mums place.

Monday saw Tim and I drive my brother and his family along with some of their friends to Sydney they have gone on a cruise around the South Pacific Islands, at the moment I am not dog sitting my sister Sandra is there but if she decides to go home I am willing to go over and stay with the dogs.

Tuesday saw me going to Charlestown Square to help mum with her Christmas toy layby, now I had pain in my right ankle/ achilles tendon and had trouble walking but while helping her I felt/ heard a pop from my ankle followed by extreme pain so much pain I cried out in pain and my sister Sandy heard my cry out and came running to see what was wrong. Now some people might thing I would pack in the shopping and come home and rest or go straight to see a doctor but no not me I continued to help mum, sliding my right foot across the ground as I could not put and weight on the ankle/foot. When I did get home I spent the rest of the afternoon sitting with me feet up and doing nothing.

So Wednesday saw me off to the doctors to see what he had to say, I was able to walk a bit better yesterday and the pain level was back to the normal everyday level of pain I have in the right ankle and the doctor didn't even look at the ankle he just said I need an ultrasound to see what is happening and to go back and see him when I have had it. So I came home and rang around and the earliest I could get in to have it done was Tuesday morning. I didn't exercise yesterday, I slept in and rested the ankle.

That brings us to today, yes I got up at 4.30am and did an hour of exercise although I had to pack it in after an hour as my ankle was hurting.

The weather here has been bloody cold of a morning and afternoon but not too bad during the day, although on Monday when Tim and I were coming back from Sydney, Tim had the drivers side window down and I was bloody cold I had the heater on and Tim was complaining he was hot which he said was why he had the window down, I told him to shut off his vents so the hot air wasn't blowing on him but no he still kept the bloody window down.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Five things Friday (still cold here)

Good afternoon, another cold day here, just had a nice hot bath and feel warmer now.
It is the last day of the school term for two weeks.
Well here are this weeks five things for Friday

No Leo here (he didn't want to stay)

Me sad (because Leo not here)

Achilles tendon (still giving me a lot of pain)

Amazing daughters

Not a size small but still beautiful and loved  

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Who's Van Was Used, Not Jessica's

Hello everyone, how is everyone today?

It has been another cold and wet day here in Newie, had the heater on for a while and Tim didn't complain.

This afternoon Jessica and I went to Leo's school for an open day where parents could go and see their child's classroom and meet their teacher and check out their work. So Jessica took the afternoon off work and someone else covered her run, the woman had to pick up Jessica's work van for the run but by the time I picked Jessica the woman hadn't arrived so Jessica left the key in the van.

So when I drop her home her work van is still parked where she left it so she rang the “TSO” (travel support officer) to see if the women picked her up and did the run, she said yes they were one the way home, so Jessica ask what van they were using. The relief driver said she went to the door of number 10 and the woman gave her keys to the van parked there. So who's van she was driving is anyone’s guess she related the address to Jessica and she had the address right but not Jessica's van.

As Jessica said to me who just gives their car/van keys to someone who knocks on their door saying they are there for the van. The TSO said she will tell Jessica tomorrow were they got the van from, the van they used didn't have Newcastle Limousines on it but not all of them do. However, the van did have the Samaritans written on it which is a local charity. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A bit about Princess Cruises

Ok all as everyone know I recently went on a cruise with Princess Cruises so I am going to tell you just a little about Princess Cruises. It all began way back in 1965 with a single ship cruising in Mexico, today Princess Cruises are one of the worlds largest and best known cruise lines, sailing to all of the seven continents.

In 1977 the Princess line shot to fame when it became the star of the television show “The Love Boat”. The long running show introduced millions of viewers to the still pretty new concept of holidaying at sea. Princess Cruises and their famous “Seawitch” logo have remained a well known sign of cruising.

The Princess Fleet is among the most innovative at sea, providing a wonderful cruise experience, all the ships are designed to provide passengers with all the onboard activities and such found on large ships while providing the ambiance of a smaller ship. Princess ships are said to have more balcony staterooms than any other cruise line.

In the 1990's Princess began to emphasise personal choice and a more flexible atmosphere onboard for its passengers and today that ground-breaking concept is evident on every cruise. Most notably, it is only Princess that offers an array of dining choices where passengers can enjoy world-class cuisine when, where and with whom they want in a variety of dining venues.

Princess sails to more than 300 destinations around the world and has a well deserved reputation as a leader in worldwide cruising.  

Monday, 26 June 2017

Did you know Monday

Here we are at another Monday, this morning when I dropped Leo off at school he said he had a sore throat, I told him if he gets worse to tell his teacher who will ring mum to go get him and he was ok with that.

Anyway since it is Monday it is did you know day, so today I am asking did you know..................

Even very clever people use only about 1% of the possible words in the English language when they talk to each other.

                                                                             Or that

Ants are social insects and live in colonies which may have as many as half a million other ants in it

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Sunday Post

Well hello everyone been pretty busy since Friday, so busy I didn't do a post on Friday I just didn't find the time in fact Friday morning when I went to Charlie for my weekly shopping I left the house without my hearing aids and shopping list and the invitation to dad and Sandy's birthday party that Jeannie is going to send to her son Tyler.

By the time I got home on Friday afternoon I was in so much pain with my right ankle I could barely stand let alone walk. Also when I got home as I pull up to reverse the car onto the lawn which is where I park it, I noticed the front door was open and thought someone is here, than I noticed Kathy's car and thought it's Kathy. I than continued reversing and then there was a loud bang as I hit the trailer breaking the tail light on the car and my first thought was Tim is going to go off about it.

Kathy said it was only the tail light and dad would be ok as it was just an accident, well I sent him a text and told him what happened and sent him a photo of the tail light and was he ok with it, no he made me feel terrible. He went on about how I am costing him money and he has so much financial stress and I don't care. So all in all I ended up wanting to cry. When he got home he was still going on about it which didn't help how I felt. Saturday he was ok with it and stopped going on about it.

Last night we had Leo in fact we had him most of the day and all night as his mum was working again, last night he lost another tooth and when I asked him if the tooth fairy came he at first said no and I said I saw money on his desk so he said oh yeah I think nanny tooth fairy came as in me.

Yesterday we also had Sydney-May and Summer here with their mum for about four hours the girls and Leo were playing together and having a great time, in fact Leo wanted to go home with them as they were having such a great time together but of course that wasn't going to happen.

Kathy has been a big help to me recently she with her dad cleaned out the laundry cupboard last Sunday and on Friday she cleaned out one of the kitchen cupboards and also cleaned up my bedroom and vacuumed out for me.

Of course I have been up since 4.30am this morning and did 1hr and 21mins of exercises although yesterday I didn't exercise at all I took the morning off and rested my ankle. Leo has been up since 5am this morning.

Tim is working today so I hope Jessica isn't too late picking Leo up this morning.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Shoes and Socks and Pain to boot

Hello everyone here we are at Thursday, another nice day, dry and warm in the sun but generally cold.

On Tuesday when I went to take Leo his school shoes one she the left one had the sole coming off so I though I cannot send him in this and went and tossed it in the bin the other shoe was anyway I came inside and thought what am I going to do, I rang and checked with his mum that she didn't have another pair of shoes,she didn't. So I didn't know what I was going to do but I then remembered that I had one shoe from the last pair I had kept as he always wears out one shoe faster than the other. I find the other shoe and thankfully it was a left shoe so I sent him to school in odd shoes. Did Leo care that he was wearing odd shoes, nope, he thought it was cool.

So I put on my joggers and took him to school and went to Lake Fair to buy him a new pair of shoes and of course Big W had none in his size so I then had to go to Kmart at Glendale and thankfully they had a pair of shoes suitable for school in his size. I got him the only pair of black shoes in a size 4 they had.

I have been trying to get him new shoes for over a month but they have not had any in his size, the school shoes have to be black, although on Tuesday I was at a point that I would have got any colour shoes in his size.

I also bought him another 6 pairs of socks he has a habit of losing socks he wears them home and they don't come back here. At the start of the year I had bought him 12 pairs of socks and since then I bought him another 10 pairs and now another 6 pairs.

Now after I got home and took my joggers off the achilles tendon of my right leg again was really sore and I am having a lot of pain when walking and I told Tim that I am going to need a better pair of joggers all he said was that I should get inner soles for the shoes, I will but I am not expecting a lot. If he was in this amount of pain he would go and buy good shoes without thinking twice about it.

Last night he said I am only 54 and I am getting around with a cane and like an old woman but it is because of the pain in the ankle that is causing me to have so much trouble. Does he think I like having so much pain and not being able to move without pain.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Photo Wednesday

Hi all here is a photo Tim took of some native dances at the markets in Noumea, they are talented and so friendly. These markets are in town on the cruise we took last  year the ship docked right where the markets are held but on this last cruise it was a bigger ship so docked somewhere else and we had to get a bus into town mum stayed on the ship as there was no way she would have managed to get on and off the bus into town

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

About Rabaul

Today I am going to tell you a bit about Rabaul in Papua New Guinea this is a pretty large place the harbour is Simpson Harbour with a lot of history. During the Second World War up to a 100 Japanese ships including battleships, heavy cruisers, destroyers and merchant vessels were anchored in these waters.

It was from this harbour that the famous “Tokyo Express” raced south to re-supply Guadalcanal and other embattled Japanese bases in the Solomon Islands during WW11.

These waters have seen the worst violence man and nature can produce, man during WW11 and nature due to the active volcanoes in the area.

The Rabaul area was originally a German possession, however, in September of 1914 a small Australian force defeated the Germans near Kokopo ending German control of the area. In 1921 the League of Nations granted Australia a mandate to administer New Guinea as a trust territory and Rabaul became the capitol.

On the 23rs January 1942 the Japanese overwhelmed a small Australian garrison and realising the strategic value of the area established their most powerful base in the South-West Pacific at Rabaul. At its peak the fortress of Rabaul included 5 airfields, a seaplane and submarine base plus a huge naval anchorage with support facilities.

The Japanese garrison numbered around 200,000 personal at its peak, as the allied offensive surged towards Rabaul the installations came under relentless attacks and the Japanese decided to move underground, honeycombing the hills around Rabaul with hundreds of kilometres of tunnels these included hospitals, repair facilities and barracks.

Many allied POW's and local inhabitants experienced extreme deprivations while digging these tunnels, you can visit the Japanese barge tunnel at Karavia Bay and the Kokopo War Museum and Bitapaka War Cemetery which I would have loved to have done but Tim didn't like the cost.

The locals are Melanesian people with dark skin and fuzzy hair and are suppose to be very friendly they were so isolated from western influence for so long that the very first wheel ever seen was the propeller of an aircraft.

Everywhere you can hear the locals calling “ha-lo” to you which is “hello” there are no taxis in Rabaul there are a number of street vendors selling souvenirs but they are limited.  

Monday, 19 June 2017

Did you know Monday

Hello Monday, how has everyone been, well and happy I hope, it is a lovely day here in Newie not too cold nor too hot well not hot at all a bit warm in the sun but that's all.

I am home alone this afternoon and tonight as Jessica is finished with Tafe till after the school holidays which means no Leo here at night during the week, we will still have him on Friday night though.

Anyway my weekend was ok it rained pretty much the whole weekend, yesterday at 3.30am I woke with a headache what I call a mini migraine meaning a really bad headache, so bad that I spent most of the morning in bed. I did get up for a couple of hours and had breakfast but felt that bad I went back to bed and slept for three hours, then when I got up I felt fine no headache.

While I was laying down Kathy-Lee and Tim cleaned out the laundry cupboard and it does look a lot better and a lot tidier. Kathy has also moved a lot of stuff out of a kitchen cupboard into the laundry cupboard, not sure how I feel about that yet.

Anyway it is Monday so it is did you know day.............................

So did you know that the longest running animated TV series is The Simpsons you must know that every man and his dog knows that.

How about the fact that the door to 10 Downing Street only opens from the inside, you know the home of the British Prime Minister.

Or that adult humans breathe about 23,000 times a day, do human children breathe more or less I wonder or about the same, if you know tell me because I am clueless.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Five things Friday

Hello Friday, how is everyone this Friday?

I have been up since 4.30am and did an hour 26 minutes of exercise before getting dressed to go shopping also had to go and get Leo from his mum so I could take him to school as per usual.

So here I am doing this weeks five things for Friday

Cold Feet


Back ache

Warm socks


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

About Luganville

Ok today I am telling you about Luganville, this is a small town situated around 50 kilometres south of Champagne Bay on Espiritu Santo's south-eastern coast.

Espiritu Santo is Vanautu’s largest island and is part of the New Hebrides' archipelago, Luganville is the provincial capital of Vanautu as well as its second largest town, it is part of over 300 islands scattered throughout Melanesia.

It has a population of around 14,000, the climate is suppose to be characterised by comfortably mild temperatures all year round with relatively little to no extremes so no snow or stinking hot days.

The inhabitants of Vanautu’s northern islands commonly refer to Luganville as “Santo”, Espiritu Santo's rural inhabitants call Luganville “Kanal” which is derived from the French Segond Canal.

Most of the roads around Luganville have not been tar sealed and in fact most of the island's roads are dirt roads or old cement paths that date back to the Second World War when the Americans laid the cement.

Many people walk around the town due to its small size and most of the town is suppose to be pretty flat thus easy for walking around, I do not know since I didn't get off the ship but Tim did and he found the walk into town easy to do.

During the Second World War the U.S.S. San Juan cruiser sunk two Japanese patrol boats in October 1942 and the surviving Japanese crew became prisoner of war under the command of Luganville juggernauts and were forced to remain in a small jail facility which tourists can still visit.

In 1942 when the Americans arrived in Luganville the found no real structures existed to support the troops, so the Americans erected the BP Wharf as the most monumental wharf of its time. This wharf is still there.

After the war large amounts of American weaponry and gear was dumped into the sea and is still there resting at a depth of 40 meters beneath the surface, there are bulldozers, trucks, forklifts and containers.

Near the sunken S S President Coolidge there is an memorial to an American Army Captain Elwood J Euart who died while rescuing men from the sinking ship, the memorial was constructed at the end of the war a a tribute to his selfless heroism.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Did you know.............Monday

Ok just realised it is Monday and I haven't done a post so here is this weeks did you know.............

William Shakespeare was 46 years old at the time that the King James version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46 the 46th word from the beginning is “shake” and the 46th word from the end is “spear”

Interesting.............or not..................

Friday, 9 June 2017

Five things Friday

Ok it is still Friday here so here are today's five things



Hot bath

34 years

Still in love

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Convict Women and Orphan Girls

I have written before about convicts and such but yesterday I was watching a show called Convict Women and Orphan Girls which has made me want to write a little about them again. Between 1787-1868 over 166,000 people were transported as convicts to this great country, 25,000 of them were female and over half of those were Irish.

Some convict women brought their children with them but I wonder if they knew what type of life these children would have here would they still have wanted them to come with them. Children under the age of 3yrs could stay with their mothers but once they reached the age of 3 they were sent to the Orphan Schools where they stayed till the age of 12-14 when they were apprenticed out.

These so called schools gave little education and treated the children so bad that they had a high mortality rate twice what was normal for the times.

Convict women were regarded as breeding stock and generally thought of as prostitutes many were not prostitutes before they arrived here and only turned to it as a way of surviving. These women were transported for such minor crimes such as stealing a potato or a pot lid, some women during the Irish Famine would set fires in order to be arrested and transported as a way of getting food and surviving.

There was also over 4,000 Irish orphan girls sent to Australia because the ratio was 9 or 10 men to every female and more females were needed, these orphan girls were free migrants and most married within 2 years of arriving and raised families.

Interesting 90% of the females transported here stayed and married and raised families in Australia compared to only 25% of males transported, I don't know what the other 75% of the males did maybe they returned to England or Ireland I just don't know the show didn't say.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Kiriwina Island

Our third port of call was the Kiriwina Island, it is one of the world's most intact island cultures on one of the world's most untouched islands according to the info sheet handed out with by Princess Cruises.

The island has a population of around 12,000 they speak Kilivila and other dialects as well as some English.

They often use the Kula Ring bartering system to boost social status and to gain trust with neighbouring island communities. Several priceless shell trinkets have been circulated between islands for hundreds of years.

There is no payphones on the island nor do they accept credit or cash cards they prefer to be paid in Kina the local currency although some will accept Australian dollars. The only means of transport for tourists on the island is by foot but it is only a small island and everything you would want to see you can reach by walking.

Access to the island was via tender so mum was unable to go ashore, but both Tim and dad did although it took a lot our of dad.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Did you know...........Monday

Hello Monday, had a busy start to the day, up at 4.30am as usual when I dropped Leo off at school I had to go into the office to drop off more medication than I had to go and do something for mum before coming home.

I also bought more pies, Leo loves pies and he asked if I would get him some pies today he likes chunky beef or cheese pies.

Anyway since it is Monday, it's did you know Monday, so did you know...............................

Blood is thicker than fresh water, but about the same thickness as sea water...........................

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sundays Post

Hello everyone, how is everyone on this cold and wet Sunday morning?

I am well been up since 4.30am did 70 minutes of exercises before getting Tim up and having breakfast. Tim is at work today so for the most part I will be home alone and can tell you I will love it as I like being home alone.

Yesterday I spent most of the day in bed as I could not stay awake, I got up as usual at 4.30am but wasn't able to stay awake so went back to bed for a couple of hours then I got up and got dressed and did my exercises than I went back to bed as I was so tired.

I got up again at midday but was only able to stay up for a couple of hours before going back to bed again for another couple of hours. Today I am ok I don't know what the go was with yesterday, with me needing to sleep so much but that was then and this is now.

Friday afternoon when I went to get Leo from school I found him the carpark with his school bag crying, he gets in the car and said he had a headache and felt sick and just wanted to go home. So I took him to the office and told them where I found him and how he was crying and I was able to sign him out and take him home.

One of the teachers explained to him why wondering off without telling anyone was wrong and caused the teachers to worry about him.

After we got home I gave him pain relief medication, telling him that it would taste terrible but it would work and thankfully half an hour later the headache was gone and he started to feel better. So even though the medication tasted terrible he learnt that it worked and helped him feel better.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

About Alotau

Hello all today I am just going to tell you a little about our second port of call Alotau in Papua New Guinea, we docked at Alotau which was a somewhat short distanced from the town if you were fit you could walk into town in about 30 minutes but we didn't we got a cab into the town cost us $5 so that was ok.

Moving on, Alotau is the capital of the Milne Bay Province it has a population of around 78,000 it around 7,970 square kilometres in size, this is the are that the battle of Milne Bay took place during the second World War in 1942. An Aussie digger won the Victoria Cross during the battle can't tell you which Aussie digger as don't have free internet to go searching.

The locals in the area speak English as well as another 48 languages although there is around 350 different languages spoken in Papua New Guinea.

The currency used is the Kina but many stalls accepted the Australian dollars as well but of course it was cheaper to pay in their own currency.

Each year in November the national Kenu and Kundu (drum) Festival sees clans from all around the Milne Bay Province come together in Alotau to race for spoils and glory some travel up to a week to get there to share their culture with others.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Sunday's Post and Did You Know Monday

Hello everyone, here we are on a cold Sunday morning, I did something this morning I rarely do, I went back to bed after I did my morning exercises and after I threw a load of washing on and slept for another two hours.

Yesterday I had Leo while his mum worked but only during the day not over night and Kathy and the girls came over, well Kathy had to bring my weekly grocery shop over I do click and collect where I do the shopping online and Kathy collects it and brings it to me.

So I get up not long ago and go to get the washing out of the machine and bloody hell the damn machine was out of balance and not finished,grrrrrrrrr......................

So I unpacked the dishwasher and now I am sitting here and writing this..........................

You know something I hate itchy underarms mine get very itchy, spoke to the doctor about it and he said it might be my deodorant, no happens even when I don't use deodorant, so than he said it was my laundry detergent but I don't think so as it happens even straight after my bath, so of course he then said it was the soap, I don't use soap, ok the body wash but I use different types of body wash and not the same one every time, so than he said he had no idea........................that makes two of us.

On Friday Jessica bought me a new pair of slippers for Mother's Day, yeah a little late but that's ok anyway one of the first things she asks yesterday was do I wear them, yes I wore them Friday night and Saturday morning. Now I don't like to wear slippers much with just my bare feet as my feet sweat but with my problems so days getting my socks on I wanted something I could slip my bare feet into after my bath and first thing of a morning before I get dressed for the day. I wear shorts and a tee shirt to exercise in then I go and get dressed for the day afterwards.

Natasha and Blain both gave me photo frames which I like and Kathy gave me a new breadboard as the one I had was broken and I do like to use a breadboard each day, has to be a wooden one so the toasted sandwich doesn't sweat and become soggy.

Oh yeah Jessica emptied Leo's money boxes he has here and banked the money, he had $215 in his money boxes and yes took a few years to save that much but now it is in his bank account which has over 3 grand in it. I have money boxes here for all my grandchildren and Daemon and I add whatever coins I have spare to them on a regular basis.

On Friday mum had to go with Dawson while he opened up a cashcard account because he is now 18 and will be going to Centrelink on Monday to register and will at some point get a payment once he leaves school if not before. It is Centrelink who pays unemployment benefits and family payments and disability and such. If he doesn’t already have his own Medicare card he will have to register for that as well, here you get your own card usually between the ages of 16-18.

Tim and I are going over to my parents again today for lunch because last weekend my brother Dave was unable to make it and so we are doing it again so he can be there, last weekend I wanted to put it off till this weekend but Sandra didn't want that and all I could think was if you had to find the money for the KFC it would be different sis..................that said we love her and had it anyway.

Ok started this yesterday morning, yes it is now Monday morning I had planned to finish this yesterday and post it but didn't get around to doing it so here I am doing it now.

Being Monday that means it is did you know Monday, so I am asking this, did you know:

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in a single night

Friday, 26 May 2017

Five things Friday

Good morning all it is Friday again, didn't do a post yesterday I planed to answer some letters, I managed to answer none yeah a big ole 0 how that sucked for some reason I just didn't get around to it, oh well no biggie...................

So what do I have for this weeks five things, stuffed if I know, let me think...............................

No ink

8 unanswered letters

Pissing off my daughters

Thinking they will get over it

Being told I am a gossip and not trustworthy, I only share things with my mum or eldest daughter, the person who said this shouldn't have said what they did and upset so that I needed to vent and rant to someone, it's done deal and move on.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ODD a Rant

Hello everyone, please excuse me while I have a little rant this morning.................................

As some will know my 9yr old grandson has Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ODD he also has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, these are really medical conditions and not some lame ass excuse to excuse bad behaviour in children like some people and members of the family think, I will not mention names but those who think this know who they are.

For those who do not know ODD is a suppose to be a childhood behavioural problem but my eldest daughter who is 31 and my nephew who is 18 both still have ODD so I don't think it is just a childhood condition. Also more boys than girls have the condition, with the ratio of two to one.

ODD is one of a group of behavioural disorders know collectively as disruptive behaviour disorders, which include conduct disorder (CD) and ADHD.

Those who have this disorder do not react well to bossy people who they consider as bullies, you need to speak to them in a calm tone, demanding they do something or yelling and going crazy will not work. They will become argumentative and will not back down easy, they do not get the whole I am the adult you are the child you have to do what I said thing.

Children with ODD can become easily angered, annoyed or irritated, they have frequent temper tantrums and argue frequently with adults particularly those they are most likely to interact with. It is not uncommon for them to refuse to obey rules if they don't understand why the rule applies. They seem to deliberately try to annoy or aggravate others but often that isn't what they are intending to do.

They have a low self-esteem as well as a low frustration threshold and often will seek to blame others for accidents because they fear getting into trouble.

The condition is treated best with the aid of medication, medication allows the child to remain calm and concentrate and it reduces the amount of flare ups the child has. Also some people would do with parental training to help the parents better manage and interact with the child usually this is the first step in treatment but from personal experience medication is a big part of treatment.

These children do not just need more discipline to behave right, they need to be spoken to and interacted with a little different from a child who doesn't have ODD. This is something some I know do not get. Also many who have the condition may be on medication for their whole childhood and into their adult years, some may need medication their whole life. So family members and those who are in the suffers life need to understand that and not make the child feel something is wrong with them because they need medication.

At my grandson's school there are many children who need some form of medication each day so children like my grandson do feel different because they need medication.

Saying the child is “just like their parent” in a negative way is wrong or saying that you hope any other sibling doesn't turn out the same way is also in my opinion wrong, it is like you are saying the parent of effected child is in some way inferior and that is so wrong.

These children are often quiet bright and are deep thinkers and can have a lot of patience with younger children I don't know why that it is but it is what I have seen in those I know with ODD.

With my grandson it is wrong to compare him to his older cousin they are very different boys and I love them both equally and differently just as I love both my granddaughters the same and differently because even though they are sisters they are also individuals. 

Photo Wednesday

Hi all this is another photo that was taken on the cruise outside of the dining area must have been day one or two as I have my cane and ...