What others think of me is none of my business!

I subscribe to a number of different and amazing blogs. Each is quite unique and satisfies my curiosity and interest about a range of different things. Some are really funny or witty – clever and I get a good chuckle :-). I also subscribe to some that are very inspirational with beautiful pictures, amazing quotes and uplifting stories. There are some blogs that I like because I have become fond of the people who write them because there is a sense of a meeting of minds or similar life experiences.

So, when I sit down to write I sometimes feel that I have run out of words. I get afraid of being boring or self-centred. I want to say things that bring about a smile, or shed some light or new insight into life experiences. I want to be positive and uplifting but some times I am not feeling positive – sometimes I feel really crappy!

One of my biggest, ongoing challenges in life is to just keep going and not to give up. There is always that tension within me, maybe not consciously but I do struggle with it. Maybe we all do to some degree.

That is one of the reasons I keep blogging, even when I am not feeling inspired. I figure I just have to keep doing it! If I worry too much about whether people like my posts or photos, I would come to a standstill. So I will keep writing….

until next time…



Weekly photo challenge – through

OK – I have a few examples of “through” for this week’s photo challenge.

1. THROUGH my office window I could see the Honeyeater enjoying itself

2. I could see from the items on the lawn that the kangaroos have been THROUGH here recently

3. We are THROUGH with smoking at our workplace

Cheers for now


Some snippets from my past week…

This is my idea of comfort 🙂

snippet one: I order my groceries online and they are delivered to my kitchen! It is a great service. There is a little bit of skill (or patience) in doing an online order. It still takes time even though I don’t have to leave the house. When something is unavailable I  get an email apology. This week the loo paper I ordered were sold out so they said “We hope we have not affected any essential plans you have made.” That made me smile 🙂 

snippet two: My nephew had heart surgery (he’s in his 30’s and I was worried about him). His whole family were concerned about him! I needn’t have been. He was on Facebook one hour after waking from the surgery and thanked everyone for their support.

snippet three: My youngest son has commenced his walk on the Appalachian Trail. I am so pleased for him that he has taken such a big step (so to speak). His last update on Facebook was “I am off for a walk…). It is difficult being a parent – I really felt for my sister yesterday as her son underwent major heart surgery. I feel a sense of loss (all perfectly normal and natural) that my son has embarked on a such a journey and I know his life will never be the same again – it a good way, but I am feeling more redundant.

snippet four: I spent a lot of time on my studies this week. It is a bit scary knowing that I have just started and have 2 assignments due in a few weeks. I am sure I can do it but some self-doubt creeps in at times.

snippet five: I worked for two days, plus did some work in the house and garden as well. It is gratifying to see things getting done. I even went for a walk today (exercise is good :-))

snippet six: Tomorrow my second son and my daughter-in-law are coming over for lunch (roast lamb) and I am looking forward to it. I even made a cake (the second one this year (decade would be more like it). We are celebrating my daughter-in-law’s birthday.

In summary: I had a pretty good week, achieved a lot, so why do I feel a bit down in the dumps? Who knows? We women can be funny creatures at times! It is hard to be upbeat all the time. However I think it is good to be honest about how we feel – how can we have true relationships with others if we are pretending all the time?

Maybe I just need a cup of coffee and a nice piece of chocolate 🙂

Cheers for now


Kimberley region of Western Australia

In the 1980’s I lived in the Kimberley in North Western Australia. I lived in Fitzroy Crossing and later in Derby, before moving to the city (Perth). It is an amazing part of our country. So harsh and yet so beautiful. In the wet season (anytime between November and April) the roads can flood and even be washed away. It can be very dangerous on the roads.

The sky was so dramatic – the lightening and thunderstorms were so loud and frightening (at first). With the heat and the rain come the snakes and all manner of wild life! I can’t believe I let my three lads play in the same place where the snakes maneuvered from place to place. I was younger then and trusted that they would be ok. Thankfully they were ok!

 I will go back for a visit one day!

 Cheers for now


Post cards aka snail mail :-)

Here is a sample of the postcards I have in my collection. It is interesting to read the short notes on the back of them. They go back several decades. I found one written by my Uncle Chris in World War II. His words to his mum were “Still alive and well” – they were the most important words!

I hope you enjoy having a browse at my collection. I love the ones that come in books – to nice to ever use though.

Cheers for now


Secret womens’ business

little gems of wisdom

If you are female and born between 1946 and 1963 I need your help!

As part of my writing course I need to conduct a survey and I want to do it online. I want to show the wisdom, knowledge, the regrets and inspiration of baby boomer women. I need about ten more volunteers who are willing to answer 11 questions online. It will only take about 5-10 minutes and it will be completely confidential. I will use some online software like Survey Monkey. I will also share the results with you by email.

Interested ladies, please email me on reoh@iinet.net.au I promise I will respect your pearls of wisdom to the best of my ability.

kind regards


Appalachian Trail meets Aussie – a walk in the woods!

As of today, my son has 6 month visa in America and he will take on the challenge of walking the Appalachian Trail. I am so pleased for him that it has worked out so well. No doubt he will have some challenges ahead but I am sure he is up for it.

A few years ago he decided to walk the Bibbulmun Track (for more information on this walk trail see http://www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/  It goes from Perth to Albany  in Western Australia. He did it in the hottest time of the year (even walked on Christmas Day!). He managed to complete the Track in about six weeks. His next challenge will take up to six months!

He bought some new walking shoes – they looked all clean and new. I remembered another photo I had from his earlier walk and thought the two photos could tell a good story. So here they are…

Bibbulmin Track Shoes

Appalachian Trail shoes

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

Appallachian Trail beware!

This photo for today’s Weekly Photo Challenge is of my youngest son trying out his new wet-weather gear in readiness to fly to the US and walk the Appalachian Trail, starting at Atlanta.

I often dream that I am flying to America. It is a recurrent dream (nightmare) and is always packed with disaster. I dream that I:

  • forget my passport
  • lose my passport
  • miss the plane
  • go on the wrong plane
  • I can’t get a taxi
  • my phone won’t work and I can’t call the taxi
  • and just about everything goes wrong.

So, in seeing my son off to America, I felt well prepared for everything that could possibly go wrong. I was there to make sure it all went well. I checked over his ticket details and pointed out some fine print that he missed (minor things) to make sure every box was ticked.

So, yesterday we got to the plane in plenty of time, we found a good parking space – it was all going well. There was a long queue to check-in so my partner and I watched and waited. When he got to the check-in, it seemed to be taking longer that it should. Alarm bells started ringing!

What possibly could be wrong. Then I saw him walk away from check-in and he still had his luggage. This was not a good sign 😦 He was directed to another counter and I decided to find out what was happening. He pointed to his ticket and specifically to the date!

We were there one day too soon! I couldn’t believe my eyes and then I couldn’t help laughing. I had read that piece of paper from top to bottom but I hadn’t noticed the date at the top of the page. I wasn’t angry or annoyed – it was just one of those things that happen!

He was to fly via New Zealand and so we checked and found he could do the first leg of the journey and have nearly two days in New Zealand as a bonus :-). He WILL get to L.A. in the next few days after all.

The outfit he is wearing is made of a new fabric that is ultra-light. I had it made locally. Information about the fabric can be found at:

Hopefully my son will read this blog in the next day or so and remember to let this mum know that he is doing fine 🙂 as she is thinking of him!

cheers for now


beauty and/or brains :-)

Some time ago I saw a wonderful poster of a woman with the caption, “I know I am intelligent, I want you to say I am beautiful!” So at last my wish has come true – I received a Beautiful Blogger Award from http://imexcited.wordpress.com! How wonderful to be considered worthy of this award. Thanks so much imexcited!

I would now like to nominate the following for the Beautiful Blogger Award:









Thank you to all bloggers and readers who make this experience so enjoyable. You may like to pass this award onto some of your favourites.

cheers for now


PS Some technical hitches today – I can’t get my link button to work – I will have to take it in for a service 🙂


Welcome to my coin collection!

coins from overseasobsolete Australian coins

I have been passively collecting coins since I was quite young. I say passively because the coins have come my way (in my change or from other people) and not me seeking them out.

I sorted them today for the first time. I know I should have studied but this seemed more urgent!

I have coins and some notes from the following countries:

  • Australia (of course), old currency plus the decimal coins
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • England
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Holland
  • Canada
  • USA
  • Malaysia
  • New Guinea (my Dad was there in WWII)
  • France
  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Polynesia
  • Philipines
  • United Arab Emerites
  • South Africa
  • some Euros from a trip to Ireland

With old Australia currency that existed until 1966, I have some pennies, half-pennies, sixpences, threepences. Some are still in last year’s Christmas pudding too! They are dated between 1912 and 1962.

current Australian coins

coins from overseasassorted medallions

It is great to have them all sorted out now.

cheers for now


English coins