Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

 

I immediately thought of these photos (taken by my SuperEyes Microscope) of four reels of thread 🙂

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My Favourite Quote

There is an endless supply of great quotes and they are so easy to access these days on the internet. I discovered this one about thirty years ago and still find it to be inspiring today.

Quote for new year

Wise Words

Give

I saw this quote on Facebook and I think it  suggests a well balanced approach to life.

However, I haven’t always followed this guidance and sometimes I reaped the negative consequences the quote suggests.

I have tended to do almost anything for peace and harmony in my life but now I realise I mustn’t lose myself in the process.

Some lessons take a life time to learn.

I hope I am not being naive in posting it on my blog!

Masthead of Newspapers in Australia

A fellow blogger at Zero Creativity Learnings has put together these mastheads of some Australian Newspapers for me to share :-).

Zero Creativity Learnings

A nameplate of publication is a designed title as it appears on the front page or cover. The term name plate is mainly used in America. It is also called as Masthead in the United Kingdom and many other Commonwealth nations. For the visual treat of the users just adding mastheads of some top ranked Australian Newspapers.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun MastheadThe Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph MastheadThe Courier-Mail

The courier mail MastheadThe Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald MastheadThe West Australian

The West Australian MastheadThe Age

The Age Masthead.jpgThe Advertiser

The Advertiser Masthead.jpegThe Australian

The Australian Masthead.jpgThe Australian Financial Review

The Australian Financial Review Masthead.png

The Herald

The Herald Masthead

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Transitioning to Retirement

My old workplace

My old workplace

I will be facilitating  a course through the local branch of the University of the Third Age starting in February. The topic of my six-week course (2 hours a week) is Transitioning to Retirement.

I am fascinated with this topic following my own experience in adapting to life post full-time employment (at age 55). When I was working I used to see people in cafes as I rushed past them on my way to the office. I really envied others’ freedom to enjoy a coffee and to read the paper during the morning rush hour. I knew I wanted to do that one day!

That was about the extent of my retirement planning!

Since then I have tried out seven different voluntary roles, five different paid jobs (including casual positions), explored self-employment,  studied professional, creative, and feature writing. I also studied philosophy and dabbled in a few other things as well.

My research recently led me to a book by Nancy K. Schlossberg called Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose, published by the American Psychological Association. It is an interesting read!

Nancy talks about having a Psychological Portfolio for retirement made up of IDENTITY, RELATIONSHIPS AND PURPOSE. She suggests that we need to address each of these areas to make the most of the retirement years.

Having moved location at the same time as leaving my long-term career means I have work to do on all three of these areas. I am hoping that my experience and research may help others who are in a similar situation.

Now I think I will have a coffee and read the paper and watch all those workers scurrying to and fro!

The awkward raw prawn

Christmas 2011 026 (Copy)

I have been known to have some culinary disasters in my time. It seems to happen when I am trying my hardest to put on a good show for my guests. And it usually involves something we didn’t really need on the menu – a last-minute addition.

A week before Christmas we went to the seafood shop down the road to buy some fresh fish for dinner. I noticed they had some frozen, peeled prawns and I thought they could be added to our Christmas lunch.

We had guests at our place on Boxing Day (we went to my son and daughter-in-law’s place on Christmas Day). I pre-cooked the turkey and had a nice piece of ham to go with it.

That morning I got the prawns out of the freezer but hadn’t given much thought as to how I was going to serve them. I decided that a lime and chili dressing would be nice. I made sure the prawns were at the right temperature (not still frozen but safely defrosted).

I mixed the dressing and added it to the prawns and put them in a bowl on the table. I put some on my plate. When I ate one I knew something wasn’t right but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I had a panicky feeling that maybe they were raw!

I decided to confess my fears but my guests assured me they were fine. After dinner I checked online about eating raw prawns – it seemed that I would live to tell the tale!

PS the photo is from a Christmas Dinner a few years ago – those prawns WERE cooked!