Saturday, November 27, 2010

Taj Mahal in my backyard

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours. Swedish proverb

Yes, the grandest shed in the world is in my back yard. Hubby has finished the front of the shed and the side door has gone in. All that remains is the roller door to be put in and the floor to be concreted. It has been a massive work in progress and I for one will be extremely happy when it is complete.

Well we're nearing as it is. The boss flies to Sydney on Monday afternoon for the preliminary meeting with the sub committee for the Board with all the proposal information for the project. Hopefully if they approve then it should only be a formality for full Board approval in December.

I've said it several times already, but I wish they would just get on with it and make a decision so that we can get started. I'm not the most patient person in the world and I hate sitting around waiting for decisions to be made.

Well it's only 29 days till Christmas, I'm looking forward to the break and warmer weather. I'm starting to wonder whether summer is ever going to arrive. We're only four days off the first day of summer and we're still wearing pants and jumpers. We had a couple of warmish days (mid thirties) last week but that's it. It has been a very cool lead up to summer.

Bought youngest MM a suit today, well dress pants, shirt and vest. My baby is graduating from primary school on the 9th December. He looks so cute (I can't help it, mothers perogative) but I will have to exchange it for a smaller size. It was international sizing and I had no idea what size I needed. He was going to come with me but the 'Taj Mahal' was calling and he had to stay and help.

Helped my oldest MM do his gardens yesterday for landlords inspection. Mother-to-be of my future grandchild is having a very hard time with morning sickness (all day sicknesss) and my heart goes out to her. Wish there was something I could do to make her feel better.

Well that's all my news for now.

Cheers, Fi

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mining accidents

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. ~ Winston Churchill

I was just flicking through my emails and checking on a couple of blogs and wasn't going to write in my blog, I was going to work on my book instead. But...the urge was too great. Had to tell you about a story I read in the newspaper this morning which I viewed in a total different way to the storyteller.

The story was about a young man who was involved in the recent blasts at the coal mines in New Zealand. He got blown out of his truck under ground and then managed to pick himself up off the ground and walk several miles out. Not only walking out dazed and bruised but phoning management from a mine phone on the way to explain the situation. He then also stopped to drag a fellow workmate to his feet and help him to safety as well.

This guy was reported to have posted on Facebook that he was sick of being so accident prone, in reference to a serious car accident several weeks earlier which had resulted in 30 stitches in his head and then the mine explosion. He views these accidents as being accident prone.

Me, I view it as this guy is meant to be on this earth for a reason. Two life threatening incidents in as many months, wake up mate and start living because you have some serious protection around you. Twenty nine other miners are still trapped and while we have cheered over the successful rescues of miners in Beaconsfield, Tasmania and then in Chile, this is rapidly becoming an unlikely possibility due to the toxic gases which are supposed to have caused the mine explosion in the first place.

Whatdya think, does this guy have a reason for being on this earth?

Cheers, Fi

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Law of Attraction

Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting - The Secret

Never was a truer quote made and this is precisely what I wrote about on my goal setting page. Our thoughts are so powerful and in turn our thoughts determine our reality - I really believe this. What remains though is the task for rewiring our thoughts to be the good that we want in our lives, not the bad that may have been, or that we fear may become.

It's ironic, because I think of the project that I am working on at work and as part of an ERP implementation, there is a great focus placed on the 'as is' and the 'to be'. What the business currently does and what the strategic plan is for the future, what they want to be able to do. This can be transferred into life - we need to think more about the 'to be' - the what we want to be rather than the 'as is', which is what we have currently.

I finished reading 'Eat, Pray, Love" this afternoon and was glad that I bought it. Elizabeth Gilbert discovered herself, something I believe we all should have an opportunity to do. I especially enjoyed the section when she was in Bali, having recently spent time there myself and being readily able to identify with the 'sights and sounds'.

I think it is about time that I considered some affirmations for myself. I know in the past that the things that I have seriously believed in for myself have become reality, so I have full faith in the Law of Attraction and the 'Dream it, Believe it, Do it' scenario. I think that I sometimes slow myself down with negativity, I just need to believe and then throw it out there so than it can be.

I also need to be more disciplined so that I write more and stop trawling other blogs - do you know how many truly awful blogs there are out there. No that's probably not fair, there are some truly amazing blogs out there, I just find two things infuriating - one, the links are either broken or the blog no longer exists and two, you find a truly well written and inspiring blog and then find that it hasn't been updated for a year or two.

It boggles the brain to think of all of the blogs which are floating unloved and untouched out there in the blogosphere. Will the internet ever get too full?

Well with that final piece of deep thinking, I'll be off

Cheers, Fi

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birthdays Suck

Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. Billie Burke

I don't know why I put so much importance on my birthday, after all it is just another day. My birthday was on Monday and I should have stayed in bed - I woke up in a foul mood (hubby helped with that) He woke me up at 5am to tell me to roll over and stop snoring because he couldn't hear the morning news on the TV before he got up to get ready for work.

Ergh, then I stayed awake for an hour and dozed off again. Slept through my alarm and the day went downhill from there. Was running late for work, dropped the cup cakes that I'd made for work and then got caught in a traffic jam because of an accident.

I just felt totally out of sorts all day. Luckily hubby had realised the error of his ways and when I got home from work, the house was spotless and he'd bought all of the ingredients for a special birthday dinner. Next year though, I think I'll stay in bed for the day.

Well it seems that every person I know is moving to Renmark. My brother and his family moved up there last Christmas, mum and dad bought a house up there last week and move in December and then I found out one of best friends is moving up there in April. With the mass exodus out of Adelaide, hubby has unequivocally stated we're not moving to Renmark - party pooper!

I'm going to be in this house for the next 50 years, especially now that we have the 'Taj Mahal' in the form of a shed. Not that I would move up there with a 'grandbaby' on the way. I guess I'm just going to be having lots of holidays in Renmark. I'm taking the boys up for a week after Christmas, hubby is staying home because he is working. He gets 5 weeks off in February though.

Well now that I am only 51 weeks off the big 40, I had better pull my finger out in terms of my writing. I've always promised myself that I should have my book written before I turn 40, so I'm running out of time.

That's all for now, cheers

Sunday, November 7, 2010

True Friends

"Many people will walk in and out of you life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

I went to a hens party last night, yes it's been a while since I last attended one. The bride-to-be had a huge number of friends from every stage of her life at her party and it got me to thinking about the value of a true friend.

We go through many stages of our lives, and I know there are many people that I number amongst my friends, who vary in levels of importance dependent on the stage of my life that they come into it. Some I see regularly, some not so often and some not at all. Yet as the quote says above, they have all left footprints in my heart and have been important to me at some stage.

Yet, I look at the bride-to-be and I believe she has kept every friend through the different stages of her life. From school friends, to work friends, to social friends - we were all there. I guess moving a lot through my childhood contributed to friends coming and going within my life, yet never lessens their value to me.

So what is a true friend? A true friend is someone:

  • who knows everything about you, but loves you anyway
  • who is there for you to celebrate the good times and support you through the bad times
  • who doesn't judge
  • who would never deliberately hurt you
  • who is supportive of your goals and dreams
  • who you can trust
  • who doesn't take advantage of you

That about sums up the list of vital qualities and I find myself questioning a friend who is being so badly treated by a 'supposed' friend - it makes my blood boil and I have to fight the urge to attack the guilty party. I restrain myself with the knowledge that her closer friends share my dismay and are supporting her. In other words - they're being true friends.

Are you a true friend?

Cheers for now

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm gonna be a grandma!

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. Jawaharal Nehru

How do you know when you're getting old? When your son tells you you're going to be a grandma. Oh my god, I feel too young to be a grandma. Once I get over the shock I will be ecstatic, at the moment though I'm still trying to process the idea.

Now I understand what I put my parents through, admittedly at least he's 22 and not 17. It's karma isn't it - what goes around, comes around. If that's true then my son will thoroughly enjoy the trials of parenthood. Seriously though, I am rapt for them and they're happy if not shocked.

They've been together 2 years and his girlfriend is an absolute dream - I couldn't have picked a better potential daughter-in-law if I tried. We get on well and I absolutely adore her, she's so good for him. It's something I've always feared though, because I have all boys, I've often worried about my grandchildren and what would happen if their mothers were awful and I didn't get on with them. I think it's different when you have girls. Silly thoughts I know and something that I didn't think I would have to worry about for a few years yet.

I am excited though and want to tell everyone. WOW

Cheers for now