Saturday, February 28, 2009


35 days to go ....
Art: "Above the Clouds" by black-soul-vampire


Walk Tall

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.

Cora Harris

Art: "Lady of Endurance" by Vian Sora

The Lovely Amber

Going, going, gone .....Amber treated me yesterday "just for being me" (her words). Sigh .... she is an amazing woman ...

Amber is the one who held my hand when I first started the job, by default not choice because I was allocated to the seat next to her. This is the woman who put up with so many "Excuse me, can I just ask you ...." with patience, style and wisdom ... and without snapping at me once. lol.

And now, as the months have gone by, with small conversations started and ended between phone calls I still think of her as a treasure and appreciate having such a blessing in my life.

And she treated me ....

Spider Web

Where it all started .....

Friday, February 27, 2009

Dance Dance Dance

Okay so I have posted this one before, but it just so captures what I feel at the moment, I had to do it again :-)

Photo: "Dance" by shuka4

Yep, I Did It

I have enrolled in my BA (Literature). I don't actually start studying officially until June but there are some novels I can read in the interim. I am going to try and do two units each session (four sessions in a year) which apparently translates through to a full course load. See how it goes, as I am just doing this for fun, there would be no problems in dropping it down to one if it all gets a bit too much :-)

I must have progressed in my personal growth this year becuase even the vague thought of studying used to send my blood pressure soaring and the possibility of a genuine panic attack being imminent. Now all I feel is excitement.

Photo: "Real Student Life" by lesleyx

Bushfire Alert

Okay so they are saying that today won't be as bad as Black Saturday but it is going to be getting pretty close. There are thousands of firefighters (some from interstate or overseas) that have been busting a butt all week to try and minimize the risk for today. Here's hoping the dry lightning doesn't arrive.

If anyone is looking for me, I will be at work, and yes if we need to do another midnight run (which I strongly suspect we will - regardless of the actual fire - there are thousands of people that are evacuating that will need help) my name will be on the list.
Here's hoping that all in the potential path of the fires are safe and sound and that the tragedy of a few weeks ago is not repeated ....

Photo: "bushfire aftermath 6" by arthurking83

And So Say All of Us

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Irish proverb

Photo: "Hey Grandpa" by trusk

Photo Challenge - Animal

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yah Kim!

BLACK Saturday victims vowed last night to build a "mini-Marysville" on the flattened town's surviving golf course, and actor Russell Crowe offered to fund a new community centre for the devastated residents.

As the death toll rose to 208 yesterday, Marysville Golf Club president Doug Walter told locals temporary housing would be built on the course's fairways and government agencies would operate out of the club rooms.

"This club is no longer a club dedicated to golf and bowls," Mr Walter said. "It is a club dedicated to the community."

He said later that Crowe had offered to finance building a permanent community centre in Marysville.

Former federal Labor MP Kim Wilkie has been appointed to manage the town's rebuilding project.

"Australians are very resilient," Mr Wilkie said last night. "You can destroy their property but you can't destroy their spirit."

Power has been restored to the town, and water is expected to be pumped from a local river into the town's reservoir from today.

Victoria Police lifted the Black Saturday death toll last night from 201 to 208 as Marysville claimed the unfortunate title of the town with the most fatalities.

The official number of people killed in Marysville has increased from 39 to 45.

Story from The Australian

With many thanks to Miss Kylie :-)

Sigh ....

The time to relax is -- when you don't have time for it.

Sidney J Harris

Photo: "Relax by KirlianCamera

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Photo Challenge - Updates

Whoops ... when I posted the themes last week, I forgot to include this weeks. Thanks to Pita for keeping me on the ball :-)

So, getting it right this time:

This Friday: Animal
Friday 6 March: Aging
Friday 13 March: Mineral

Happy clicking :-)

Q and A

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

James Thurber

Art: "New Start" by Carole Felmy

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

On my list of things to do in life is get a BA in Literature - I actually got accepted into UWA when I finished high school but deferred for a year and ... well it more of a luxury choice than something "practical" so that was the end of that.

Up until now - while I was having a quick break from the workload last night I stumbled across a BA that I can do externally - and not only can I major in Literature, but I can pick up other units in sociology, politics, history or art. Most of the course is through Griffith University (I have heard of them but I don't know much about them but how bad can they be lol). And I can take up to 10 years to complete it.

Now that I have been addressing my "fear of failure" is this a golden opportunity that has landed in my lap at the right time? Is this the chance to live a dream for no other practical reason than "I want to"?

Good Plan

Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.

Swedish Proverb

Photo: "the Blue Bucket" by raphos

Monday, February 23, 2009

Helping ...

I have been doing some extra hours at work helping those affected by the floods and the fires.

I worked until 9 on Friday. I worked Saturday. I worked Sunday. I was due to work until 8 tonight ... no make that 9 .... no let's try for 10... ok who can stay until 11.... okay we need 10 people until 12 ... sigh.

Canberra should be calling again in the next 15 minutes, if they are going to call but I am calling it myself - I got here at 8 and that makes it a 16 hour day. That's enough helping for anyone .... especially as I am back again tomorrow to do it all again lol

Welcome to Today

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.

Anne Frank

Art: "Morning Joy" by Felicia Hunt

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Flowers After the Storm

Just Breathe

You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.

Oprah Winfrey

Art: "Feel of Spring" by Carole Felmy

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Photo Challenge - Updates

Well my big news of the week is living in an official "Natural Disaster Area" and getting my version of a snow-day from work (yes I had a flood-day). Now none of that really suits this week's theme but worse things happen at sea lol

And speaking of themes.

This Friday: Solitude
Friday 6 March: Aging
Friday 13 March: Mineral

Now there is something for everyone in that little combination.

Happy clicking folks :-)

It Rained ... A Lot

Bellingen Flooded ... A Lot

The is a view across the road - the river is usually very securely behind the tree line and not particularly visible :-)

The Garden Flooded ... A Little Bit

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Skin Starvation

One of the biggest problems of being an independent, single woman is skin starvation.

Now I am guessing that most of you will need that explaining - you rarely get to touch other people. Now I am not talking about personal or sexual touching, just literally a human touch - touching hands while passing someone a coffee, a quick kiss goodbye in the morning, a touching of the bodies in the hallway.

As a single person with no kids, I doubt I would have touched another human being for more than 2 minutes (total) in the last fortnight - and the month before that would have been the same. Sometimes I just want to touch someone - a hug, a holding of hands, just something ...

Art: "toUch" by supergrass


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

A A Milne

Art: "Surprise" by urstardust

We Are Flooded In

It has been gloriously raining since Friday - apparently we have had 400 ml since then with something like another 200 ml overnight. So the town is flooded in. Now I should clarify immediately that (to my knowledge) no houses are at risk, it is just the roads in and out that are under water. And I live on a mountain, I will need a Noah's Ark-type flood before I am personally at risk of going under.

So there is no work today. Okay we are going to try again at lunchtime but I am not personally hopeful that things would have changed that much.

Part of me is going woo-hoo - this is kinda like the snow day that I have never had. The rest of me wants to be there - I have things to do and people to talk to and stats to work on - I have a work ethic! :-)

Sigh ...

Art: "Flood" by nukieu

Friday, February 13, 2009


Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.

Christine Bovee

Art: "Confident" by BitterGrapes

What A Day

I volunteered to do some overtime last night to call some of the people affected by the bushfires to update them on their interaction with my workplace. In doing so I had to decide not to do a big cook (or "go overboard" as others might say) for the fundraiser today. Not that that means there won't be enough for everyone - so many are pitching in.

Anyhow, the calls started off well with the resiliance and sense of humor of the Australia spirit shining through - those affected by the fire admitted they had lost their homes but they were still together and were overwhelmed by all of the support they were receiving.

Then the calls started to get harder - people sharing their stories of loss, trying hard to focus on the future but struggling to cope with the present, people worried about the effect the fires had on their children, people worried about where they will live or what they will wear.

I cried along with them. The pain, the fear was so palpable, so tangible.

I decided to take a break and go home early - I will make more calls today but I wasn't much use to anyone at that point.

The irony of going 'home' for a break didn't escape me so I stopped and had a quick time-out before hitting the road with a precious friend who listened, who loved, who who got me laughing.

And on the way home it started to rain. And by rain I mean I had to slow down from my usual 100 kph to 40 kph with serious thoughts of just pulling over and waiting for it to stop. I thought the clouds were crying with me until, again, the ongoing irony of the situation became obvious. Some 1000 km away people are fighting over 30 bushfires, 15 of which are still out of control and in my neighborhood, the rain was falling so heavily I could barely see the road in front of me.

And after a night of little sleep and many bad dreams, I am up, ready to do it all again. The muffins are in the oven, their smell is wafting around the house. And I am wondering where all of these people, and the thousands of volunteers who are helping out, are getting their reserves. I sit here and still weep.

Art: "Angel Cry" by digitalsoldier

Photo Challenge - Saint

For all of the saints who are out there doing so much more than just "lending a hand" in this week of devastation.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


It has been a tough week in Australia - while the floods continue to cause considerable damage up north, there has been the ongoing fire tragedy down south. With over 180 people dead and complete downs that have been wiped off the map, it is impossible to imagine what those most affected have been going through.

Every time I think about blogging it I have wept. I know that sounds pathetic - I mean I have no friends involved, nor have I ever even visited the affected areas. But it is how I am responding.

We have a fundraiser at work tomorrow so that gives me something practical to focus on. On top of that, over $40 million has already been raised by Australians, with funds also coming in from foreign governments to help those who have lost everything.
There are no words, there is no way to say "I understand".

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Photo Challenge Updates

The world seems to have gone somewhat crazy this week and the Photo Challenge seems so trivial but I have to admit it is taking my mind off things that are so far out of my control.

I know that sounds dramatic but I can't make apologies for that at the moment.

This week: Saint
February 20: Solitude
February 27: Animal

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lesson for Today

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that is a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life.

Chris Evert

Art: "This Moment Now" by Katrina Power