Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Done Before It's Begun

I am exhausted!

I've used up all my spoons.

But I've got this!

Everything will be ok.

I feel a bit overwhelmed with everything thats happening and everything that needs to happen before the big night, but I've got a pretty good team beside me - especially BGWLBH and The Motivator, who are supporting me in so many ways. I would really struggle without them.

Friday is going to be a killer, trying to tie up all the loose ends and picking up people from the airport and the train station and meeting new people.

For anybody who cares, I won't be at the Bowls Club on Friday night, so I'll see you at the 'DO' on Saturday night.

It's now midnight and I desperately need to sleep!

Nite all.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

So It Begins

Well, I met Adoring Husband's 'past' today and it was a very pleasant experience. Trotz and The Boot Scooter were lovely and down to earth and funny and warm and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and evening with them.

In the middle of that visit, we parted ways for a while so that AH and I could drive into The Bay to pick up Vegan Chickie and Chicklet from the airport. They had a very long and very bumpy flight, but arrived safe n sound.

That beautiful bright smile when Chicklet saw me, was priceless, and I'm feeling the love! There's also nothing nicer than a long warm bear hug from Vegan Chickie.

There was quite a bit of water over the road in parts, but luckily it was all safely passable.

BGWLBH had prepared most of the dinner salads by the time we returned home so there was very little preparation required for dinner. AH cooked on the barby and our visitors returned to enjoy an easy casual dinner and we all sat around the dinner table for a few hours sharing stories from our past and present, as well as a few beverages.

After they left, VC, BGWLBH and I sat around chatting some more until we were too exhausted to stay up any longer.

The Motivator and I had a busy morning in the shop and I sold 2 more photos! Amazing!

Anyway, it's almost 1am. I need sleep!

Nite all.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crazy Rain

More than enough rain for one event!

Will it never end?

Roads are cut. The ground is wet. The river is brown. The winds are blowing. The dogs are even more psychotic. Everyone is stir crazy. It's time to stop now.

If it doesn't stop soon, the flood waters will stop people from reaching us for the big birthday bash!

We discovered one leak in the shop. A slow drip from the ceiling in the kitchen. The other problem is the back door which isn't sealed and water accumulates and flows not only under the door but pours in through the gaps in the side of the door. That needs to be rectified.

There were a few people who braved the weather and came for a visit to the shop. Some paying customers, others just for a sticky beak, but it was a quiet afternoon when the rain really pelted down for well over an hour.

While I was expecting our first visitors to arrive today, nobody actually turned up, which was lucky because the Butcher closed early and I didn't get to buy any food to feed the hoards. I'll need to get in early tomorrow.

While I was at work, BGWLBH spent time in my kitchen to create this ...

It didn't quite look like the cake in the picture, but it sure tasted mighty fine!

We played trivia tonight (again) and I won! Woot! Unfortunately, BGWLBH continues to stay one game ahead of me! There is plenty of time to catch her.

I need to go to bed now. It's after 11pm and my body is aching a bit ... my back is struggling at the moment, but I don't know why. Probably the dining chairs where we play trivia for hours at a time.

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Nite all.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Build an Ark

I haven't checked our rain gauge, but I think we've had about 150mm in 24 hours. Having said that, it is absolutely pelting down as I write this, and it has been for some time, so that number may be rising significantly.

The wind has gusted to 57kph and while I was at work,  the rain was almost horizontally hitting our front windows and blowing our door open into the shop.

On the plus side, the only water damage was under our back door, so none of the leaks from the last rain event happened this time. This indicates that the gutters that were blocked with leaf litter were probably the main culprits for the last problem because they have since been cleared and the leaks have ceased.

Considering the horrendous weather, the shop was busy today! I guess people were sick of being stuck inside because of the rain and decided to get out and have a look at 'the new shop'.

I sold yet another photo today and a 2nd photo was ordered! I am flabbergasted! And kind of chuffed.

That takes my total to sixteen photos in seven weeks! Who'da thunk?

The Motivator and I took some photos of some new stock and decided to post on Facebook that we can gift wrap (for an extra charge) and send gifts around Australia. We've already had 4 sales via the Facebook page, so we figured it would be worth advertising that we can do a little extra.


We are hoping that by tomorrow, we will get to use our shop PayPal account. They've made us jump through a few hoops - nothing is a simple process when you have a business. It's enough to drive you bonkers!

It's, once again, rapidly approaching midnight and I need to sleep. The Psychotic dogs kept me awake for half the night last night and I'm hoping they will allow me to get a good night's sleep tonight.

Nite all.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sleepy Sunday

The weather has been very wet!

So it's been a lazy, sleepy Sunday.

BGWLBH has been binge watching ER while Adoring Husband and I have been watching rubbish TV like 'Love it or List it' and an Aussie movie called 'Not Suitable for Children'.

Lunch was a big bowl of pumpkin soup for BGWLBH and AH, while I made myself a big crab salad with fresh crab, avocado, lettuce, watermelon and onion with fresh coriander and lime juice. It was delicious but too large and unfortunately my body is beginning to react to crab. I think my crab days are almost over. I will push it to the absolute limit, but my limit is frighteningly close.

I suspect that I will be in bed bright and early tonight because doing nothing all day has left me feeling exhausted!

I introduced BGWLBH to spaghetti bolognese with zoodles tonight and it seems that she enjoyed it very much. Tomorrow night will be chicken curry with cauliflower rice.

Monday marks the beginning of a very big week for us.

Vegan Chickie and Chicklet arrive on Wednesday. Bubbles and Knight in Shining Armour arrive on Friday and many others will arrive from Friday onwards for the big birthday bash.

This means that I need to get plenty of sleep each night to be at my peak.

It's approaching 9pm and I think I can easily fall asleep if I climb into bed right now. The fact that the Higgins Storm Chasing mob have predicted that a significant rain even will be occurring tonight and tomorrow, means that I'd best sleep while I can because the Psychotic Dogs will get very stressed during the night. Up to 500mm inside 24 hours is very significant and a bit scary to think about.

Nite all.