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, May 1, 2015

It's late

I just looked at the clock and realised that it's after 11.30pm, so this is a quickie.

I had a great night at the club tonight because there was a surprise guest .. Woman of Many Talents! It was nice to catch up with her and hopefully we will reconnect on the weekend, if plans fall into place.

More education for those who want/need it ...

20 Prescription Drugs That Cause Memory Loss

Here is a list of medications known to have memory loss as a possible side effect:
  • for Parkinson's — scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate
  • for Epilepsy — phenytoin or Dilantin
  • painkillers — heroin, morphine, codeine
  • sleeping pills — Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  • benzodiazepines — Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane
  • quinidine
  • naproxen
  • steroids
  • antibiotics (quinolones)
  • antihistamines
  • interferons
  • high blood pressure drugs
  • insulin
  • beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
  • methyldopa
  • antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
  • tricyclic antidepressants
  • lithium
  • barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
  • chemotherapy drugs
12 Popular Over-the-Counter Medications That Cause Memory Loss

Not all medications that cause memory loss are “prescription only.”

Many popular over-the-counter (OTC) drugs cause memory loss by the same mechanism — by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

Here are some popular OTC remedies that are anticholinergic:
  • Advil PM (pain and sleep)
  • Benadryl (for allergies)
  • Claritin (for allergies)
  • Dramamine (for motion sickness)
  • Excedrin PM (for pain and insomnia)
  • Nytol (for insomnia)
  • Pepcid AC (acid reflux)
  • Sominex (for insomnia)
  • Tagamet (acid reflux)
  • Tylenol PM (for pain and insomnia)
  • Unisom (for insomnia)
  • Zantac (acid reflux)
A large study found that seniors who take OTC medications like Benadryl, are at significantly increased risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Long term use was not required. Memory loss from these remedies was noticeable in as little as 60 days.

This is bad news for the millions of people who rely on diphenhydramine — the generic name for Benadryl — for allergies, colds, and insomnia.

Many OTC products for treating allergies, colds, cough, sinus problems, skin irritations, insomnia, headache, and pain contain diphenhydramine.

You can find a complete list of OTC medicines that contain diphenhydramine at

Well, it WAS going to be a quickie .. got a bit carried away :)

Nite all.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Passing it on

Yesterday, on our way into The Bay for our lady's luncheon, Mardi told me about an interview on Lateline, with a doctor talking about sugar and carbs and their contribution to obesity and poor health.

I found it today. It only goes for about ten minutes and here it is to view at your leisure ...


It's a very wet and miserable day today, so my big plans for being out all morning with my camera have been thwarted. It's the final day to get a shot for the flickr challenge but I think, for the second month in a row, I will miss submitting a photo. Perhaps I can go through this month's pics and see if any will fit the bill.

Tonight, for dinner, I had 2 chicken wings and 6 (YES 6!!!) passionfruit. The passionfruit were given to me by Mardi yesterday and I only wanted to taste one, but they were so delicious I ate all but one of them ... it may have been more than 6 lol ... I didn't count them.

I'm off to check out my photos for the challenge. If I choose one, I'll come back and share it here before I publish this post.

Ok, I've decided on this one .. it's not even really a 'decisive moment' but I just wanted to put something there because it's the first time this particular member has won a challenge and selected a theme. It's a GREAT theme and I'm really disappointed in myself for not making a better effort. Anyway ...

Nite all.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Heart felt apology

My sincerest apologies for not posting last night.

My head was swimming with 'Grey's Anatomy'.

You see, I love this show and I know what's going to happen (I won't give any spoilers here) and it hasn't aired for a couple of weeks, so when I saw that there was a double episode airing last night, I spent my time counting the minutes!!

Neither of these episodes was the one I was expecting. It seems that will air next week (hopefully I won't have to wait another two weeks for the next episode!).

So that's my excuse for missing last night's blog post.

Today was our end of the month lady's luncheon.

We lunched at Wild Lotus (I've told you about that restaurant before) ...

Twenty five of us almost filled the restaurant and we certainly made plenty of noise! I pitied the other patrons.

The best part of the day (besides spending time with friends) was the SHOPPING! There is a fabulous shop called 'Shoe Frenzy' next door and a lady's clothing store called 'Fire n Ice' in the other direction.

Three pairs of shoes, a top, a bracelet and a silver ring later! I came home a very happy chappy. I have to show photos because I know that BGWLBH loves shoes as much as I do!

They are all very high, but very comfortable. I wore the first pair to lunch today (I wore them out of the shop), and the last pair are sooooo light and sooooo comfortable. The silver pair in the middle were only $10!! They were all on sale. The first pair were down from $110 (I think) to $60 and the last pair were down from $79 to $40. So they all had an original price, a sale price and then a further sale price. I love those types of sales.

Retail therapy - my favourite kind of therapy :)

It was a good day.

Nite all.

Monday, April 27, 2015

More Sugar Fun

I know you all love it when I push the dangers of sugar. I have friends who tell me "What!? I love sugar! I don't want to know how bad it is for me!"

These are the same friends who are very overweight, taking prescription medication for either heart disease, blood pressure or diabetes and would prefer to eat the sweet stuff than make even a small attempt to fix their disease without drugs.

This is where I give myself a forehead slap ... *SLAP*

Even my boys at the boat ramp, who are ALL on prescription medication for 'something', laugh at me about sugar. They announce that they are going home to eat a 'four star' breakfast (in reference to the heart foundation's star rating for their breakfast cereal).

Oh the frustration of it all.

I know that they do it on purpose and I know not to take the bait that they deliberately toss to me, but knowing that their health could be improved and their quality of life in the twilight years could be so much more enjoyable, is like a knife to my heart with every jibe.

There is a concerted effort, by myself and other interested parties, to have "That Sugar Film" screened in either Hervey Bay or Maryborough in May or July.

Another documentary, "Sugar Coated", has it's screen debut in Canada this week and I'm hoping that it will find it's way down under in the near future.

I have four days left to get a photo for "The Decisive Moment" flickr challenge. Cutting it fine, but I almost got a great shot this morning when a Brahminy Kite attempted to steal a fish from a cormorant in the water. So close and yet so far!

It seems we have some heavy weather heading our way later in the week. Not keen on that idea but I am LOVING the cool nights and cold mornings for snuggling under the blankets and sleeping well.

I'm off to cook dinner now, so ...

Nite all.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday browsing

This is your Sunday education class. If you're interested, click on the links, if not, read on!

The vaccination issue is a volatile one. I've noticed, online, that the pro vaxers are the most aggressive and do a LOT of bullying.

I know a LOT of people who don't believe in vaccinations, myself included, who avoid making comment and avoid posting information on social network sites, because we've been bullied out of it.

Here is a list of once well respected Doctors, who spoke out regarding the dangers of vaccines and not surprisingly, thanks to mainstream media, became 'quacks' overnight ...

Dr Suzanne Humphries

Dr Jayne Donegan

Dr Andrew Wakefield (completely exonerated of the fraud charges recently plastered all over mainstream media - but mainstream media failed to tell us about the exoneration!)

Dr Gerhard Buchwald

Dr Robert S Mendelsohn

Dr Richard Moskowitz

Dr Sherri Tenpenny

Dr Meryl Nass

160+ Drs and Scientists with concerns about vaccines

Catalogue of Science (200 research studies and case reports published in mainstream peer-reviewed medical literature documenting and exploring safety issues relating to vaccines)

Comments by Drs about their fear of repercussions if they speak up about the dangers of vaccinations

I think that will do it for today.

I'm enjoying a lazy Sunday, in readiness for my enrolment into the next semester of my studies this week.

At this point of the weekend, my footy tipping is only at 50% success rate. There are only two games left for the round, so by the end of the day, I'll either be a little further up the tipping ladder (because everybody has tipped poorly this round) or I may be in exactly the same spot that I started!

A couple of bad dad jokes to end this post.

Q: Why can't you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom? A: Because the 'p' is silent.

Q: What time is it when you have to go to the dentist? A: About tooth-hurtie.

Q: Why didn't the lifeguard save the hippie? A: Because he was too far out man!

Nite all.