My 500th blog post

number500Today I celebrate my 500th blog posting! WOW! I started blogging on 28 December in 2010! This is what I had to say in my very first post:

“I want to share my thoughts about life and its purpose. I want to pose questions that are eternal! Why are we here? Does it matter, what we do? Is my role in life predestined?

When I was growing up, I was taught by nuns in the Catholic Church. I hung onto those thoughts and beliefs for many years. They were good for me at times in my life. Overall, I think they had a very negative impact on my self-esteem. I started to study philosophy and see the world from a different perspective.”

***I had to really restrain myself from changing the above words as I would say it very differently today!

As I reflect on my blogging journey, I also reflect on my life journey. Blogging has given me a platform to express myself like I have never done before. I write and post photos because I have something to say and share. My blogging has evolved just as my life’s course has evolved – it is all ONE journey!

I greatly appreciate it when someone reads my blog or “likes” it or both. This is my opportunity to thank YOU!

I have not chased the statistics and I obviously will never be a star blogger but that is OK. Thanks for joining me on my journey and for teaching me about other interesting parts of the world, different cultures, age groups, interests, and perspectives.

This blog would not be complete without an enormous THANK YOU to WordPress for enabling all this to happen. You are awesome!

Cheers

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Auntie Yvonne – the things we did

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Auntie Yvonne was born Yvonne McKenna in country Victoria on 28 May 1920. That makes her nearly 92 years old today. Being the eldest in the family she had a big role in looking after her younger siblings.

On 16 December in 1944 she married former Corporal Roy O’Halloran when he returned from his World War II  service with the Air Force. They settled in their home in Cohuna and both remained there for over sixty years until Auntie Yvonne was unable to care for herself after Uncle Roy’s death on 21 August in 2010.

Auntie is currently in the care of a Nursing Home due to the progression of her dementia. I live on the other side of the country so I haven’t seen much of her in recent times.

Roy and Yvonne were a strong presence in our family throughout all of our lives. They didn’t have any children of their own and were very much part of our extended family. Auntie loved to cook and to sew and was always presenting us with something she had just made. She knitted and croteched and was always busy with her hands. We especially remember the cakes she cooked for us. She was a bit outragious with her decorations with bright coloured icing!

Auntie was a great sports person as well – she excelled at whatever she took on. She played golf and bowls at the top level for many years and collected cupboards full of trophies. My Mum didn’t drive and so it was always Auntie who drove us to the nearby towns for outings and to go shopping. They were very exciting times 🙂 Our home town was very small (population of 2,200 people) so going to the larger towns and cities was a big deal.

Auntie played an important role when I was born as I was flown to Melbourne by the Royal Flying Doctors Service for emergency treatment. Mum had four other young children to look after and Auntie assisted in getting Mum to Melbourne and back  while I was in hospital for a month after I was born.

My sister went on Youth Camps on a couple of occasions with Auntie – to assist in giving a group of disadvantaged children a holiday by the sea. I am told they (Auntie and my sister) played up and had a great time once the kids were securely in bed! They still have a laugh about it today.

I am very grateful for having Auntie Yvonne in my life and the life of our family.They had cats and chooks and a big vegetable garden plus lots of fruit trees. I especially remember the mulbery tree and the mess we would make on our hands and faces 🙂

I almost forgot an important memory –  every Easter she would buy us all a wonderful candy Easter Egg. It was so strong that it was really hard to bite into and lasted much longer than all our other chocolate eggs.

That’s it for today – there are many more memories I will save for another time!

Ten functions I used on my PC today

Map of Appalachian Trail

Map of Appalachian Trail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. I checked on FaceBook lots of times to see if there is any news from my son who is on the Appalachian Trail

2. I checked my work emails – I really need to get a life – it is SUNDAY

3. I did some work on my latest assignment – realised I needed to DO the Module before I can DO the assignment!  ouch! 😦

4. I checked and read my emails and did some tidying up and actioned flagged emails where possible

5. I read some of the blogs I subscribe to and made some comments and ‘likes’ on their blogs

6. I did a HP survey about this computer I bought a few months back – SOMEONE has to do surveys!

7. Checked my blog stats a few times – I am nearing 300 posts and have over 8,000 reads 🙂

8. I ordered my groceries online and they will be delivered tomorrow

9. Paid my mobile phone account

10. Wrote this blog

What have you done on your computer today? Was it more interesting than my experience? I hope so 🙂

 

cheers for now

Lorraine

What I found out about women!

Memorial for women of WWII

Recently I did a survey of women born between 1946 and 1963. This generation is often called the “baby boomers” who were born not long after the end of World War II. A lot has been written about them and how they differ from earlier generations. I was curious to test a sample of these women and find out how life is for them now and what wisdom can they pass on to the next generation of women.

It seems to be true that they are a group who love their independence and are mostly financially secure. The majority of the women I surveyed said their work was very important to them – for interest, social networks and the income.

I will post more information on a new page shortly on my blog under SURVEY if you would like to read more of the detail. The information was provided in confidence and so no names or identifiers are attached.

The thing that stood out to me the most was the overwhelming number of women who had advice about finance. Not only about what they did, but also about what they WISHED they had done. It got me to thinking that even today the world of finance is still mostly a male domain. This has a lot to do with many women not staying in the workplace long-term because of the decision to have children. It is often the case that they cannot catch up to the male colleagues once they have time out for having children. I know it is changing to some degree with parental leave becoming more common in some industries.

I do wonder how we to encourage young women today to be more proactive about their finances. My next task (in this assignment) is to have a look at what is available to assist women’s financial literacy.

I know there are many young women who are incredibly capable of using good financial management practices, savings, investment properties and the stock market.

In my personal experience, poverty is a very strong motivating factor – especially if you have others who are dependent on you!

Some of the women in my questionnaire cannot start afresh. They have kindly assisted me with my questionnaire and provided lots of good advice for younger women on a range of life matters.

Many thanks if you were one of my participants 🙂

cheers for now

Lorraine

Weekly photo challenge – two subjects

English is an amazing language (well, actually it is the only one I know)!

I love words that have multiple meanings. Take today’s Weekly Photo Challenge of Two Subjects.

The first thing that came to my mind is the two subjects that I am studying online at the moment. Maybe a bit droll? Anyway I will interested to see what you think and I look forward to other people’s interpretation of “Subjects”.

Have a happy weekend 🙂 I will be subjecting myself to working on my assignments!

Cheers

Lorraine

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

 Lorraine

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

Lorraine

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

Lorraine

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:

http://rutheh.wordpress.com

http://clairewade.wordpress.com

http://kanatyler.wordpress.com

http://cocomino.wordpress.com

http://thismansjourney.net

http://emotionalfitnesstraining.com

http://amsdaily.com

http://nrhatch.wordpress.com

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

Lorraine

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

 

International Women’s Day – what is important?

Women's International League, 5/1/22

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Yesterday, 8 March 2012, I attended a video-conference to listen to a key-note speaker for International Women’s Day.

In recent years I twice project managed the State Government’s activities for this event in Perth. It was a big job and it was a team effort. I wrote several speeches for the Minister and coordinated a whole range of events. It was my biggest day in the work year. It seemed really important at the time.

Yesterday’s key-note speaker was excellent. She spoke about the history of International Women’s Day and also told her personal story. She works as CEO for a city council. I remembered that I was an elected member of a local government council once. That seemed important at the time too.

As I listened to her speech I thought of my sister’s  comment recently, that I should really write a book about my life. She read some of my blogs and suggested I had a lot more stories to tell about living in remote communities, being a sole-parent etc. It is true that I have some wonderful memories and some tragic ones too. They all seemed terribly important at the time.  Being a parent of three wonderful sons was/is definitely important. So is my relationship with my partner.

My thoughts then led to some of the buddhist philosophies I have read in recent years – about ego, self and letting go. So I ask the question again, “What is important”? or “What makes someone important”?  In an article in our local paper recently our council said they were going to stop people putting memorial plaques on our Jetty unless they were deemed to be “important” people. As you can imagine, there were a lot of letters to the Editor in the next edition! 

We are all important to someone. Just listen to the eulogies at people’s’ funerals. Unfortunately the recently departed “loved one” doesn’t get to hear about it (to the best of my knowledge!)

And so…as part of my writing course, I need to do a survey. I am going to do it online and my questions will be aimed at female “baby boomers” and I will be asking questions about what is important to them at this stage of their lives. If you would like to take part, I really welcome your involvement. It will take place in the next couple of weeks. My email address is reoh@iinet.net.au so feel free to contact me and I will include you in the survey. Only requirements are that you are in the baby boomer age group (born between 1946 and 1964), have access to the internet and that you are female. Sorry guys, it just enables the survey to be more focused if I only consider one gender 🙂

Cheers for now

Lorraine