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Busy 2016

Already heading towards the end of the first half of the year. Goodness, I’m not sure where the weeks have gone!

DD is now 10 and she has discovered activities that she loves to do that work with her need for space and her need for downtime. She acknowledges she loves to spend time with her friends and to do fun things, even if it’s only watching a DVD together. The only drawback is that I end up having to help organise these get-togethers. She feels it dreadfully when friends have to pull out of an activity or their parents decide they’re going to do something else after they’d already committed. I have to do a lot of soothing of hurt feelings then.

Cat show coming up. That means the Washing of the Cat will happen tonight.


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I had a very busy and stressful 2015 and was very slack in updating this blog. Sorry.

Part of my stress was due to seeking, then receiving DD’s diagnosis of ASD, ADHD and anxiety. I mean, I had a pretty good idea that those things were going on but to have it in black and white in a psychologist’s report was another thing.

After that, there was the “fun” of trying to see a paeditrician (only took 4 months to get in), psychologist sessions which were unsuccessful and very expensive, talk about NDIS application, and more.

All this was while dealing with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis with a complex chronic pain disorder on my part.

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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


Hi there

A busy year. I am not having the best time at work. I am having problems with anxiety and depression and the help I’ve received so far is only sort of working.

I can’t get my crap together – being dragged down by pain from fibromyalgia as well as spine and nerve problems. I figure I’m doing well actually getting Miss 9 into her uniform and off to school with a packed lunch.

Part of trying to look after myself (hard as it is) is me deciding I will cut back on committee service. I’ve left one, and another one I will finish with this week.

I guess I need a holiday and a job that makes me happy.

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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


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A little whinge

My pain notices from different parts of my body are getting all scrambled.

I can no longer tell the difference between sinusitis, TMJ pain, and toothache. It’s taken me a week to work out that the gum around a back molar is extremely tender, especially around the tooth itself, and I have got a dental appointment for next Monday morning. (Friday morning at the moment.) Of course, if I could work out where the dratted pain is coming from, I’d have a better chance of getting an appointment for the right part of me and earlier, too.

Meh. Fibromyalgia and chronic pain disorder. Vile. Utterly horrible. Lest you think I’m really a whinger, I should add that I’m working full-time while dealing with this crap. Even if I weren’t, I am starting to think that really I deserve to be cared for and given some kindness rather than being expected to suck it up.


Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Apres un reve

Would you believe, this was my choice of lunchtime music today. Gerard Souzay is a premier interpreter of chansons and I am utterly charmed by this version of Apres un reve.

I’m busy preparing various piano accompaniments for a number of pieces for a concert in 2 weeks. Not that I’m worried, much. But guess where I will be spending most of my evenings? Yes, right at the piano stool yet again so that I do not embarrass myself. 😉

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed!

Busy church morning, much singing, hymns that were much loved.

Something lovely to share – one of my favourite hymns.

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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Australian coffee

No secret that I love my morning coffee. And the afternoon coffee.

For the uninitiated, this is a guide to the Australian way of drinking and preparing coffee:

For my US friends, this is probably why lots of Aussies have a bit of a problem drinking standard coffee in the US. I guess we’re not used to filter coffee that sits on a heater. I’m still teased about how much milk I needed to put in Starbucks coffee, for example.

At home, I sometimes use a coffee plunger  but I’m more likely to use a cafetiere like one of these, bubbling away on the hob.

And then there’s my in-a-hurry-baby-get-me-dat-coffee-now coffee maker.
Yup, it’s not the most utterly fabuloso thing ever, but hey, it’s fast, it’s utterly drinkable, even for coffee snobs, and it makes me happy and bearable first thing in the morning.

I rarely drink instant coffee. It has a funny aftertaste.

So what do I order in a cafe? A flat white. Boring name, but I’ll leave the description to Dom Knight from the article above:

A cup of steaming baristartery often topped with a little leaf or love heart which is completely pointless when immediately covered by a plastic takeaway lid. The flat white has begun conquering the UK and US, and I’m fully confident it’ll become the world’s favourite morning coffee – the balance between the flavour of the coffee and comfort factor of the milk is perfect to begin the day. I reckon ordering a flat white says nothing much about you except that you like coffee.

I’ve had my flat white for the morning. I’m good to go. 🙂



Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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