Happy Birthday Mum……

It’s my gorgeous Mum’s birthday today (30th Aug) …..  happy birthday Mum!!  How old doesn’t seem to matter … (I think she is 69).  She is never sure herself and it certainly doesn’t faze her!! How do I tell her exactly how much I love her? I mean, I have told her I love her on many occassions, but it just never seems a big enough word for how I feel about her. I think of Mum and I think of how very, very fortunate I am to have a Mum like her. We share the same month birthday wise…but not the same star sign.  I think we are very different……and yet……very alike.  I can’t imagine my life without my Mum in it.  She is my rock …………… and she rocks!! 🙂

I don’t think she realises how clever she is at so many things and how proud she makes me feel with the accolades she receives for her writing and other things.  She is so classy with how she dresses and always looks so up to date and dresses beautifully…… except the odd “bag lady” moments around the house!! lol  lol  Myself and Karen are always helpfully honest in pointing this out 🙂  She is not so “up herself” that she wouldn’t receive visitors in her housework clothes though….. I love that.  “If they don’t like it then they wont come back then, will they?!! ” She is a housework maniac!  Loves a shiny floor does my Mum 🙂 

My Mum is…………………………….a computer nerd:  she did a course to find out how a computer works inside. Over the years she has become our computer tech head.  Any problems….and I mean any problem from virus erradication to printer problems, we ring our family computer tech….. She “sets up” her pensioner friends on their computers and then spends countless hours teaching them how to use it.  She is then like their free, on call, computer whizz…and they do call !

Writer:  she has been published in the Readers Digest and many short story anthologies.  She is sought after in Tasmania to give talks etc to different groups on writing and is a member of this and that all over the place to do with her writing. She gives her time to many organisations, running little poetry and writing workshops for them.  For instance, the local aged care home.She has won countless competitions for short stories and poetry.  She takes workshops.  She chases us around the house and forces us to sit and listen to her latest story . We stir her and let out load moans and screams of protest if we have to “endure” sitting and listening to another story……. but we really are very, very proud of her 🙂 She puts comments on my blog longer than my bloody post was!!

Cheersquad:  She has always told me I can do anything I want! Has always been supportive of all my crackpot dreams and ideas.  She has always told me I am beautiful.  Has come along for the lapband ride with me and supported me all the way because it is what I wanted to do.  She has given me confidence.  In the most dire of situations and fashion disasters she always finds something good for me to focus on.  I could look like I had just been dragged through a blackberry bush backwards and she would cast her eye over me and say, “That colour in you hair looks lovely when the sun hits it”.

Photographer:  She loves her camera!!  She always has it shoved in someones face!  Drives us nuts with it.  “No wait!!   Don’t move….go back there. Do that again….oh, please!”

Fisherwoman: She is really good!!  Annoyingly good…..well, to Dad anyway.  I think perhaps she may have caught more trout than Dad….but who’s counting, right Mum??  Well, he needs to remember that your fishing trips would not be as enjoyable if it wasn’t for the expert way you pack that thermos and cake!!

Dog Lover:  She loves her dog quite possibly more than she loves us!!   * enough said  *  🙂  No really, she carries a brag book in her handbag with Alice the dog shots in it………and not one of us!!!!   lol   lol  She has my sister’s dog, Gloria, every work day in doggy day care while Karen works and enquires about my two and their health long before she will think to enquire about mine!  lol

Style Queen: I always think Mum looks amazing.  She never does the “mutton dressed as lamb” thing, although her penchant for glittery and shiney things has been a tad worrying in recent times!  She has always taken care of herself and looked beautiful.  Every night she puts moisturiser cream on her feet while she sits in her chair and her toenails are always nicely polished. She always smells delicious and has never smoked.  She has legs to die for!!  Her make-up is just right and not too much. I love her hair.  Naturally wavey and a quick blow dry and a squirt of hairspray sees her right.  She spent time with us in some wonderful childhood and teenage-hood moments, teaching us how to apply eyeshadow and paint our nails so we didn’t get “globs” and things like that. Perfect mother, daughter memories. 

Memory Maker:  There is not one moment growing up that I don’t want to remember.  Mum made my dancing costumes, she sat up into the early morning hours sewing whole outfits for my beloved dolls for “Santa to leave” . Frilly little pants, petticoats, dresses, coats, hats…..I adored those dolls clothes!!  The best Christmas present ever.  Mary and Princess got dressed and undressed in those outfits many, many times. She scratched my head while we watched TV.  To this day I still love someone scratching my head or touching my hair……  I have always felt safe and happy in her presence. Who could ask for more of their mother? 

Shrink:  And let’s not even begin to try and estimate how many “dramas” she has mediated and “fixed” throughout my life!!  Career, relationships, finance etc etc.  Let’s just say I have kept her very busy in that department 🙂

I could just go on and on and on!!!  So many stories ….. so much laughter and love.  Heaps of tears too don’t worry….. but Mum could usually put things back into perspective and quell my worries. 

So, have a happy birthday Mum.  Don’t forget you got your present early!! Don’t try playing the dementia card and saying I didn’t get you anything 🙂  So medicate and take it easy today……no wait!!!!…….  that’s me 🙂     xxxxx

Goddess Gallery…………

Beautiful lake, boat, thermos mugs, cake, silly hats....let's go fishing!

She is a multi tasker!! Cornered us to hear a story and has her camera in the other hand!!

On the beach with our step-sister, Alice 🙂

Style Queen! Dad, you are a lucky guy 🙂

Oh, and Mum……..  I still have the vase……for now 🙂    (This is a whole other story. I might tell you next post!)

****  Happy Birthday also to my blogging friend, Anne who is going through a rough time at the moment…..thinking of you today and every day.

I’m back & rested….

Hi everyone  🙂

I have had my little rest and I think I am all the better for it.  Blogging was becoming a chore and I didn’t want it to feel like that.  I wanted to want to blog….. ya know?  So, I am pretty bored with Crackbook and the fact it won’t let me prattle on for more than so many characters etc….that sucks!  I have done a bit of housekeeping on here and condensed my pages a little.  I have kept the Fluid and Mushie pages for new lapbanders that might like to refer to them.  My blogging is not focusing on the band so much these days……but I will definitely do the odd band report!

I hope you have noticed that I have done a new winter themed header?????  I took that yesterday 27th Aug when we stopped for a pee on the way back to Strahan from Devonport.  A beautiful winter wonderland with fresh, fluffy snow……but these two were more interested in the bloody possum poo under the bush!!  Oh well, I got a good bum shot…..and you know how I love my puppies bums 🙂

This happened while I was gone also………………………………..

Bugger……………………………………………………………………  🙂

After spending nearly an hour removing all the candles from the cake…..Nola deveoped a nasty stitch in her side!!  🙂

I had a lovely suprise dinner.  I knew a couple of friends were coming….but I didn’t know they would have 50 plastered over every available surface at the venue and I would be required to wear a badge and a 50 crown just in case strangers missed the serviettes, balloon, glass etc!!  lol  lol  I had a great night and got very spoilt. That was on the 15th Aug … so I have had some time to recover…..

We are certainly in the depths of our winter here!  Today is a miserable day with hail and wind and very cold….about 10 degrees celcius today I think!  I start work in a couple of hours and, as you can see, I am filling in my time constructively by getting back into my blog!  I spent a few days with my sister who lives in Devonport….about 3hrs drive North of here.  I did a little retail therapy and a lot of laughing. I just made it back here before we got snowed in.  Strahan doesn’t exactly get snow on the ground because we are so coastal, but all the hills that surround us and the two roads out to the major towns/city to the North and South East of us get closed due to heavy snow falls.  I heard on the radio they have been closed today.  Here are some photos that I took travelling up and again coming back yesterday for your viewing enjoyment 🙂

This is the Stitt River at Rosebery…..about one third of my way to Devonport.  I fell over here!!  I had taken this photo and the dogs were happy peeing on everything.  I went to walk back up towards the car and down I went in the moss 😦  It bloody hurt too!  I was saturated and covered in moss, so I used the dogs towels to wipe myself down.  I was just grateful I didn’t hurt my back, break me or my camera!

Our stop on the way back….the toilet block and rest area near Waratah.  We couldn’t stay long here…..it started snowing really heavilly.  A truck driver pulled in going the other way and he told me the road was clear….so I loaded up the dogs and pushed on.  I was considering turning around and going back to Burnie at this point to stay with Ricky’s parents. 

The rest area again…….just beautiful.

So, this will do for now and I promise to blog regularly from now on.  I have been skulking about reading your blogs lately and leaving the odd comment……..how is Coco and her peeing, Chris?  🙂  I enjoy the blog community and I have missed it after only one month away!!