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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!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Night Sky

It's 10pm. Primrose and I have just returned from the beach where we watched the sky for an hour to see some of the Geminids Meteor Shower in the night sky.

We saw four bright meteors shoot across the sky and a few small ones.

It was the most beautiful clear night and the sky was brilliant with stars. There was a soft breeze blowing and as the tide was receding, the water was gently lapping the beach. If I'd had a more comfortable resting place, I could easily fallen asleep in the mild night air.

It was well worth the effort, not just for the serenity of it all, but for the bright meteors that made us gasp in awe and if Primrose hadn't been here, I probably wouldn't have made the effort, so I thank her for her enthusiastic motivating pull (aka harassing lol).

I was booked in for a Zen Shiatsu session with Annemarie at the shop this afternoon. I took her last appointment for the day and it was my first experience with this form of remedial therapy. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew that I would be fully clothed and that it would be similar to acupressure.

It was wonderful and the hour went so fast! Into the first ten minutes and I was feeling very very relaxed. By the time she'd finished, from top of my head to the tips of my toes, I felt amazing. So many tight and tense parts of my body were relaxed and moving better than they have in years.

The base of my spine and my hips were moving easily and pain free and I felt so much lighter than before we began the process.

She gave me a few stretching exercises to do before getting out of bed in the mornings and then explained what to expect in the coming 24 hours with my emotions and moods. Releasing the pressure on so many parts of my body might trigger some unusual or unexpected 'feelings' and 'emotions'.

So far, the only emotion I've felt is pure wonder that the stiffness has gone from my hips and I can move freely!

I think I'll need to make a standing fortnightly appointment with her. The best part is that all I have to remove is my shoes.

Annemarie is both gentle and strong in her movements and actions. I felt safe and comfortable the whole time and I can confidently recommend her Zen Shiatsu sessions.

At the shop, it was a quieter than usual Pension Wednesday.

Adoring Husband and Primrose had dinner all organised, so I didn't have to put too much effort into it. We make a pretty good team!

I'm off to bed to take advantage of a relaxed and clear body. I feel that sleep will arrive quickly tonight.

Nite all.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


I am exhausted.

In the last 2 days, I've opened eleven boxes of stock, checked them off against the invoices, priced each item and then rearranged the displays in the shop so that I could fit everything in.

There was not enough room for storage so I had to reorganise the snap jewellery drawers.

The new display trays arrived and that meant rearranging all the buttons and removing them from the old trays and putting them in some kind of order on the new ones.

It's bin day, so I had to cut up all the boxes to put into the recycle bin.

Of course, in between all of this, there were customers to serve.

Our new business cards, address stickers and other printed paraphernalia arrived today too.

There should be one more delivery this week and that should be all before Christmas.

We were very light on for the usual Tuesday morning tea. The lovely Tweedle Dee was the only one to appear and it was great to have some one on one time with her.

It's that time of the year when everybody has something going on, like babysitting duties, holidays, illness and other commitments.

Adoring Husband, Primrose and I drove to the river to check out the sunset, but it was a fizzer, so we drove around the parts of town that we missed last night, looking for Christmas lights.

Not many of the usual suspects have their lights up this year, so it was a disappointing drive.

Primrose had prepared all the salads for dinner and AH cooked our meat on the barbecue - so thankfully, it required little effort from me and I enjoyed a delicious, healthful meal.

Adoring Husband was kind enough to massage my feet for me while we watched a movie.

Now I'm off to bed because I can barely keep my eyes open.

Nite all.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tourist Season

It has begun.

The first day of Queensland school holidays brought me a busy Monday at the shop.

Not only did the tourists come for a visit and buy lots of jewellery, but I took delivery of ten (10) boxes of stock!

I assembled the new hat stand which now displays many hemp hats and a bag or two.

... and then this happened ...

I've unpacked one and a half of those boxes, so there is much work to do this week!

It may seem like a difficult task, but it's FUN! It's like Christmas because we never remember everything that we order.

I got to spend a lot of time playing with the snap button jewellery today, which is always enjoyable for me. I don't even mind when customers take a long time to choose their buttons and it's so interesting to watch them create their perfect 'piece'.

It was after 5pm when I arrived home.

Adoring Husband had already left for an important SES meeting, so Primrose and I sat down to an early dinner and then jumped in the car to try and catch the sunset on the river.

It was worth the effort.

I've got to be at work bright and early tomorrow so I'd best get some sleep!

Nite all.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Date Day

Adoring Husband and I had a bit of a date day today.

I had a few errands to run in The Bay, including picking up a couple of Christmas gifts, so we left home at 9am only to realise that the places that we needed to go didn't open until 10am!

We decided to have some breakfast and tried the new Enzos on the Esplanade. It's certainly a lot different to what it was originally, but I love the style of the place and the food was prompt to our table and very tasty.

The view was pretty special and the restaurant was open and airy with lots of tall tables, high benches with stools and low benches facing the water with low stools. There was even a sand pit with bean bags to relax in.

There is a bar for alcoholic beverages, of which we didn't partake at such an early hour!

We shopped well and before returning home, we perused Harvey Normans for kitchen 'stuff' including ridiculously priced stoves, fridges and washing machines and selecting our next lounge suite which has all the bells and whistles.

We were home by about 12.30 and after lunch, Primrose and I spent the afternoon outside being creative and artistic.

Primrose painted, sanded it to a rustic appearance and then painted the words of a quote on a square timber board for me.  She also painted a "Come in, we're AWESOME!" sign for the front door of our shop. She's a marvel.

Adoring Husband drilled approximately 20 small holes into a piece of silverware that I got from an Op shop while on our road trip and I began threading beads and charms onto it. It was a pleasant surprise opening each container full of beads and rediscovering some of the special bits and pieces that I had stored away.

I needed a short nap this afternoon and afterwards, Primrose and I walked to the supermarket to grab a couple of things for dinner, which we threw together without too much effort.

Adoring Husband has not been feeling the best this afternoon so he napped on and off in his lounge chair and had a fairly early night.

It's now after 11pm and I'll be opening the shop in the morning, so I'd best get some sleep.

Nite all.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Market Day

My plan was to go to the local markets to check out a stall that sells snap button jewellery.

This was her second time at our markets and prior to that, she was selling at Howard markets.

I did not plan on spending any money!


I didn't spend any money at her stall, but I DID support other stall holders, including a new person who was selling her hand made timber paling wall shelves that I totally fell in love with and bought two for myself and then went halves in another set of two with Primrose.

I purchased a piece of art from the same girl whose cards and artwork is displayed in our shop and I bought a bracelet and ring from her mother who has a permanent stall and who I visit every month. I love her jewellery and she has asked to provide her pieces on consignment for our shop, but we already have enough jewellery.

I found a set of four very large shells - they are bigger than my hand ...

... which I thought might be nice for presentation or displays in the shop.

I also found some more silverware that I'll drill holes in for the bohemian hanging beads that we hope to make tomorrow.

Lastly, we stopped at the fruit and vegetable stall and bought a few items there before we packed all our purchases into Adoring Husband's car and walked to The Happy Abode to see The Motivator for a quick visit.

It was a really warm morning and we were both feeling the heat by the time we arrived home, but I cooked up some bacon and eggs for Primrose, made a turkey salad for AH (who arrived home early feeling drained from the heat), mixed up a big berry smoothie and made myself a toasted turkey, avocado, cranberry and rocket sandwich.

AH and I sat and watched a movie together while Primrose got her Arty Farty on and painted a sign for The Happy Abode and prepared another for completion tomorrow.

I made up some fritters with the leftover lamb and veg from Friday night and we ate them with salad for dinner, followed by a fruit salad with stewed rhubarb and apple!

There is currently a very nasty storm skirting around us. It's windy and noisy but I think we've dodged a bullet this time round, unlike the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast who copped a lot of hail and nasty winds that caused damage.

Adoring Husband and I will be spending Sunday morning together and all three of us will be visiting Toogoom for their Christmas Fair in the afternoon.

So it's sleep time for me!

Nite all.