Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Soul Coaching Medicine Wheel

As I still have my right arm in a sling and still not allowed to move it at all for another week, I have been a little limited in what I can do. But I have still have had a few highlights and accomplishments. Sunday was a great day spent with like minded girls at Michelle's of Joy Express doing our Soul Coaching Medicine Wheels for the next 12 months. This is my 6th year of following my Medicine Wheel journey and each May I look forward to seeing what the universe has install for me. My theme for the next year is Courage, with a side message of Seek an Expert. What does all that mean? I interpret it as the universe telling me to "Step up, take a risk and if needed don't be afraid to ask for advice or help".

My Year of Courage
Another little success I have had is doing my first (and maybe last!) left hand Zentangle. It did take a while, and my left hand ache a bit, but it was a goal and I accomplished it.

My left handed Zentangle
Today Rachel even trusted this one armed Gaga to look after the babies
(with the help of Shane of course).

Our little princess Clare gave us a concert.

Mikayla looooooves spaghetti
We did go out for lunch one day and I really felt like steak with mushroom sauce and chippies. Thank goodness I had help with cutting up my steak!!
Yummy Steak

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bored, Bored, Bored!

For a right handed crazy crafter who is always doing some sort of craft or at least something with her hands, being restricted to one hand and it happens to be my left hand is extremely frustrating and basically boring. It also doesn't help that the pain killers I'm on make me very tired and in need of a Nana Nap every afternoon. How do I spend my awake hours? Well we are still living in Myrtle (for about another 11 days), so I don't have to worry about to much house work. So I read, but there's only so much time you can spend reading! I surf the Internet, play on Pinterest but I start to get cramp in my left hand!! I also check out jewellery designs I'd like to tackle when I'm fully mobile. OK now that sounds all a big negative, so to finish on a positive note. My shoulder is slowly getting better and thank goodness for Siri on my iPhone so I can verbally list the stuff I want to do soon.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Goodbye Zoe :( :(

Today has turned out to be a very sad day. Today we said good bye to our beautiful little dog Zoe. Zoe was mixture between a Toy Poodle and an Australian Silkie Terrier and for such a little dog she could be very noisy. She was pretty highly strung and didn't travel well in the car at all. That is why we didn't take her with us on our 12 month Aussie Adventure,but I knew she was going to be well looked after by my daughter Rachel. All her adult life she has had seizures, they were only occasional and not bad enough for the vet to need to medicate her. But in the early hours of this morning she had the biggest and her final seizure. After getting Rachel's phone call saying this seizure wasn't stopping we took her to the Emergency Vet Surgery. The vet advised that her brain function had ceased and due to her extremely high temperature her organs would start to shut down. Before she could finish talking about having her put to sleep, little Zoe made the decision herself and her sweet little heart stopped beating. Goodbye our beautiful little Zoe, thanks for bringing so much joy to our lives for over 14 years.
I think I may be the reason Zoe had a shoe fetish!

When we first got her she was covered in fleas!

She was definitely the boss of our house!

Goodbye beautiful Zoe xxxxx

Friday, May 16, 2014

My Left Handed World

Well I have had my shoulder operation, the good thing was I only had one night in hospital. The shoulder procedure I have had done was the removal of two pieces of bone and a torn tendon repaired. Apparantely it turned out to be a bigger operation than expected and I'm not aloud to move my right shoulder at all for 3 weeks and then just limited movement for another 3 weeks. I must say the pain I am feeling is the worst I have ever felt. Needless to say the heavy duty drugs I'm on are kept close by.

I'm not sure how many photo's I'll be taking in the next month or so I may have to really look outside the box!!! Today I will share my "Photo a Day" shots.
Day 15 - From where I walk - I won't be walking far from my slippies for the next few weeks!
Mmmmm Comfy!
 Day 16 - Create.... This cross stitch is the creation I am working on at the moment,
 guess it will have to wait a while.
I will get back to it when I can use my right arm again!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hospital - ready

My word for photo a day today is "ready". At first I wasn't sure what I could take a photo of, until I realized what I was preparing for. I have had a torn tendon in my shoulder for quite a while and have been on the waiting list for about six months. I was expecting to be waiting for at least another six months until I got a phone call last week from the hospital. They have had a cancellation and wondered if I would be available Tuesday (tomorrow). So I am ready to head into hospital at 7.00am tomorrow and have my shoulder repaired. I am only in for the night but my right arm will be out of action for a while. Guess I will have to type left handed!!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mothers Day - 2014

For me Mothers Day lost a lot of it's sparkle when my Mum passed away. My Mum, Joan Clare left this world at the ripe old age of 91.  Being an only child I know my Mum loved me more than anything else in this world. When I was a teenager we didn't always see eye to eye and yes there where a few clashes. Now that I am an adult I know the clashes happened only because we were so much alike.
Joan at 20

Joan being a bridesmaid
 I know Mum is gone from my physical life, but I also know she is with me all the time in my spiritual life. I constantly feel her around me, helping to guide me in the directions I need to go. I would love to have her back with me, even if it was for just one day. If I did I would thank her for teaching me to be a strong woman just like her, to have my own mind, to do unto others as I would have them do unto me and most of all "thank you for loving me Mum".
Me and my Mummy

Thursday, May 8, 2014

What is Zentangle?

What is Zentangle? Well, it's my latest craft and as it has turned out it is also almost my latest way to meditate. The process of creating a Zentangle is described as being a form of "artistic meditation". As I have found while drawing I become completely engrossed in making each pattern. There are quite a lot of websites featuring hundreds of patterns you can use in your Zentangle but I have found I start copying one and it ends up totally different. The Zentangle Method is also described as an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing patterns. In my opinion the method is basically a sort of structured doodling. If you are a doodler give it a go it's lots of fun.
Zentangle 1

Zentangle 2

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Mikayla

Today was my adorable little granddaughter Mikayla's 1st birthday party. She was born 2 days after we left on our Aussie Adventure, but I flew home to meet her. Then when she was 6 months old I had some time with her. Not being able to bond with her in her first year was one of the downfalls of being away for so long. When we got home last Thursday she didn't know who I was and wouldn't have a bar of me, but after a couple of days around her beautiful little smile we have started on our new relationship. She is such a happy smiley little lady and I am so happy she chose to join our family.
Our beautiful Mikayla
Her big sister Clare shared in the party today as it is her 3rd birthday next Sunday. The girls had the most amazing birthday cake, it was so colourful and exciting. All the kids loved it and were all bouncing off the walls after eating it and lots of other surgery treats. I feel a bit sorry for all the Mums tonight. It was a wonderful day, I just love seeing how little people see the world.
The little people are getting excited about the cake

Dora the Explorer Cake

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

I love markets, every city I visit no matter where in the world I am, if there is a market there I try my hardest to go and explore. In Melbourne we have a fantastic market called Queen Victoria Market, affectionately known as "Vic Market".

Queen Victoria Market - "Vic Market"
This historic landmark at 7 hectares (17 acres) is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a vibrant and bustling inner-city market with fresh Aussie fruits, vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, clothes, souvenirs and so much more. Starting out as a small market in the 1850's, the "Vic Market" gradually expanded into space made available by the closure of the Melbourne Cemetery. The re interment of the human remains  from the closure of the cemetery caused a great deal of controversy at the time as there were about 10,000 burials on the site. There still remains approximately 9,000 people buried under the sheds and car park of the market. Every time work is carried out at the market, bones are disturbed. There is a legend about an old Australian soldier who appears around the sheds and car park during the night. A memorial to these people stands on the corner of Queen and Therry streets. I might be a bit bias but out of all the markets I have visited so far the Vic Market is still my all time favourite. Prior to going on our Aussie Adventure we would head into the market about every second Saturday. So this morning we were really looking forward to get back to the Vic Market. And once again this Melbourne icon didn't disappoint me. Not only do I love checking out all the food and other various items, I love just people watching.

Jam Donuts - Yummm

Amazing Fruit and Vegies - I love Rhubarb

Incredible seafood.....


Oh I'm in Heaven

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Joy of Family

Here we are back in Melbourne at the Crystal Brook Holiday Park. This area of Melbourne is a very pretty green area and the holiday park is no different. I don't think I will mind staying here until I actually get back into my house. It was so nice to see my gorgeous daughter Rachel and today I had the pleasure of babysitting my two beautiful grand daughters, Clare and Mikayla.


 Hopefully in a week or so I will take a trip to visit my son, Shane and my two beautiful grandsons, O'Shea and Finn.
Shane, O'Shea and Finn
Now that my Aussie Adventure Part 1 has come to an end I have to start thinking of what I will write about on my blog. Hopefully I can keep it interesting enough for you to keep following me and enjoying what I am writing about. Part 2 will happen but not until I have my shoulder operation.