I am thankful for so many options in my life

I wrote this post in 2011 and it was good to re-read it and remember how much I have to be grateful for!

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In reality, I am a bit grumpy about having so many options. I believe I should be thankful and I will blog my way into convincing myself.

Today I tried to find a poem to express how I am feeling at the moment. I couldn’t find one. I am puzzling over living “in community”. For example, my sister and her husband live in a small farming community. They have lived there for many years. They are well-known and have many friends. When our father, and later, our mother passed away, they received lots of support from friends and neighbours.

I left my home town a long time ago and have moved around a fair bit. I tend to have a few close friends and don’t know many people in the wider community/city or town. Hardly anyone knows when there is a crisis in my family. A few years ago I lost my sister-in-law…

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1000 posts: So much to say, so little time!

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This is my 1000th post!

It has taken me a seven years to get here. It has become part of my day-to-day life. I don’t write all that often now but love to read other bloggers’ adventures and do the Photo Challenge most weeks.

On 8 May I will be leading (as a volunteer) a University of the Third Age class of eight people (seniors) in Blogging for Beginners. I hope to be able to share in eight hours (two hours a week for four weeks) what I have found out over the past seven years.

I have done my homework on the technical side but the actual writing side of things is not so straightforward. I have meandered over a wide range of topics over that time. I guess my blog is really about my  life, thoughts, ideas etc. I have got more into including photos in the past year or so. I love doing that but wonder if I am a bit lazy with the writing!

I would really value any ideas or tips you have for new bloggers that I can pass on to those in my group. Thanks in anticipation 🙂

Easy Assembly (Part Two)

Well I completed one of the two bedside tables today! I wouldn’t say it was easy though. Lots of little challenges that caused me to sit and stare at the instructions for minutes at a time!

It was good to do something with my  hands and to do something that needed attention to detail. I am usually  a “big picture” person and like others to look after the detail so this project was good for me for that reason. Only one more to go! It is not perfect but I would give myself about 7 out of 10 :)!

‘Easy Assembly’ (Part One)

Being keen for a bargain, I did some online shopping and ordered two bedside tables – to be assembled by me! I have never done anything more than Lego in the past (and I wasn’t too flash at that) so this is a real learning experience. I am tackling one cupboard at a time – naturally! It took a good part of this afternoon to get two drawers assembled.

Stay tuned for the finished product!  🙂

Having fun with microscopes :)

My son Joel bought me a microscope a few years ago. I indicated I would like one as I had one as a child and found it fascinating. It gave me an interest in science and what things are made of.

Called SuperEyes, it can be purchased on Amazon or Ebay and ranges between around $10A to around $200A. It plugs into my computer via a USB.

It is easy to use although the (free) software is a bit temperamental – just need to be patient and persevere with it :). The results are worth it.The item on the base of the microscope (a succulent from my garden)  is photographed and saved to my computer.

I set up another blog called It’s a Small World . You may like to check it out!

Weekly Photo Challenge: It is easy being green!

There is SO MUCH green in our world! I have included some photos taken with my SuperEyes microscope. These include kiwi fruit, silverbeet, parsley, broccoli and thyme (in flower).The final one is a frog in my vegetable garden.  🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

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The photos below include an open-cut mine in Gwalia, West Australia, the Bristol Suspension Bridge in Bristol UK, Mt Whaleback in Newman, Western Australia and my son during his trek along the Appalachian Trail in the US. I didn’t take the US photo or the Mt Whaleback one!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

I wish for a good outcome (one that benefits most people)  for this Saturday’s State Election in Western Australia.

The photo below is one I took of a group of State and Federal politicians when I worked for the North West Telegraph in the Pilbara in the 1990’s. Can any West Aussies remember these faces? I think they are all retired now :).

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