Category: Friendship

  • The Cairn at the Dog Park

    I noticed this cairn at the dog park today… I don’t know who left it. Or how many people added to it, or why it’s there, or in fact, anything about it at all.

  • Agatha Christie

    I’ve been watching Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen, in which Dr Lucy Worsley OBE tells us that Mrs Christie is not the person we all thought she was. Among other intersting titbits, Lucy believes Mrs Christie did lose her memory, and drawing against other sources, that she sought treatment for it. But…

  • I’m Not Ready!

    Somehow, we’ve arrived at January 9th, theoretically, my first day back at work, and I’m not ready. It’s not really my first day back, I’ve worked more or less through the break, taking care of business in the back office. As well as tidying it, I’ve done some analysing and assessing of my websites, newsletters…

  • Happy Holidays 2022!

    Here we are again, approaching Christmas and the excesses of the season, in my ninth seasonal greeting. I feel like I’ve done it all before. And I if this particularly manic holiday season has anything in common with those in the late 1920s. A kind of eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die…

  • Lack of Focus

    Recently, I’ve been feeling a lack of focus, so I read Stolen Focus, by Johann Hari. And judging by the wait list at the library, I’m not the only one either.

  • The Smell of Woodsmoke

    The other day, a rare for this year sunny day, we took Clever girl for one of our longer weekend walks around the neighbourhood. There was a beautiful blue sky, and the temperature was warm, but not too warm, with just a lazy wind. And the smell of woodsmoke. These days, on a summer’s day,…

  • Boundaries

    I live on the edge of a creek that has no boundaries. We decided to fence it off partly because Clever Girl has shown more of an interest in getting into the creek than our previous dogs. Now it’s done, I’m a little surprised to find the garden seems bigger with boundaries than it did…

  • Christmas is coming

    I saw my first Christmas decorations recently, and I suddenly realised Christmas is coming. It came as quite a surprise – even though I’ve just done my quarterly plan, (or maybe because), I was still thinking I had all the time in the world before Christmas got here. There’s food and drink to buy –…

  • There’s been a Data Breach!

    “There’s been a Data Breach!” (please imagine the grizzled voice of Taggart’s Detective Chief Inspector Burke). Here in Australia, we’ve recently endured a data breach or two (that we know of) involving some of the largest companies doing business here. Data stolen includes identification (passport and driver’s license numbers), credit card numbers, address details and…

  • The Wisdom of the Crone

    One of the major fictional archetypes is the crone. She may be the grumpy old woman you want to steer clear of in case she curses you. Or, on the other side of the coin, she may be wise beyond your years. The Crone may form part of the triple goddess (maiden, mother and crone),…

  • Christmas Gift Idea

    Today, for something a little different, I’d like to share a Christmas gift idea for you to consider – an advent calendar of 39 different holiday stories edited by Hugo Award-winning editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You (or your gift recipient) will receive a new story by email every day from American Thanksgiving (31 November) through…

  • Little Seal Pup

    We managed to get away and took Clever Girl for a long walk along the beach. While we were there, we saw a little seal pup. As we walked, we saw a big black lump on the sand, and I wondered if it was a dead seal. Mainly because we’ve met dead seals on the…

  • Too Late Now!

    I admit it – now and again; I get annoyed with Clever Girl and want to send her back. But I recently realised it’s too late now. We can’t let her go. Where I live, pet regulation leans heavily toward desexing. Not that everyone does it, but that it’s more common than not. Clever Girl’s…

  • Leaving a Legacy

    Just recently, the notion of leaving a legacy keeps coming up again and again as I research and write blog posts and stories. For example, during research for a recent story, I discovered a large oak tree near here (which I’m particularly fond of) was planted sometime around 1870. Planted specifically to shade the house…

  • In Case of Doubt

    I recently came across an emergency alarm – “in case of emergency, break glass”. A clear and simple instruction, along with a clear and simple action – break the glass. I’m assuming the action triggers an alarm to sound, providing the opportunity to do something to help the situation. Which in turn, would make you…

  • The Greatest Ever Haiku

    I wrote the Greatest Ever Haiku this morning, and I was so excited to share it with you. But there is a thing that sometimes happens to writers. It’s distraction. I’m sure it happens to other kinds of people too. When they’re doing whatever it is they do. But for a writer, it can be…

  • When Enough is Enough

    Recently, I’ve been a bit short tempered and snappy. Prone to watering eyes at the oddest of occaisions. Thinking enough is enough! But not long ago I read an article by Peggy Kern, that made sense of it all. According to Kern, tears are an outer reflection of out internal state, triggering when we feel…

  • World Day for Bees!

    I recently discovered there is a day for bees. World Bee Day was created by Slovenia and endorsed by 115 UN members. It aims to create awareness of the “significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival.” You can what Australia’s Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has to…

  • Signature Wardrobe Warm Outfit

    In the midst of energy price increases, we’ve had a cold snap, and my thoughts are turning to the kind of warm outfit you can wear when working from home on your own. While not turning the heating on.

  • Life With Dog

    Check any dog owner’s instagram, tiktok, or whatever feed, you’ll see any number of cute life with dog pictures of dogs doing adorable things. But life with dog is not all that. Or perhaps, life with puppy is not all that. I’m not sure why it continues to surprise me that dogs have their own…

  • Who are you?

    I had my hair cut today. And not for the first time, as I looked in the mirror and nodded approval at the hairdresser, I wasn’t really feeling it. That neatly generic old lady in the mirror didn’t feel like me. “Who are you?” I asked myself. I’m pretty sure it was nothing to do…

  • Filing Cabinet

    Decluttering my filing cabinet has been on my to do list for at least the last five years. It was so badly stuffed beyond its capacity, I could barely wedge any new papers into it. We won’t talk about the paper cuts. Or the steel cuts. I was thinking it might be easier to buy…

  • Adulting, Accountability & Responsibility

    Not long ago, Katy asked for adulting tips, and I made a smart comment about social media. She scornfully suggested no one plans to waste an hour on social media, and that was kind of the point I was messily trying to make. Adulting But really, I was talking out of my arse because I…

  • Isn’t That Odd?

    I’ve discovered it’s possible to be frustrated and amused at the same time. Isn’t that odd? And a bit weird? We’ve been talking about replacing our second hand office carpet since we moved into this house a couple of decades ago. It sounds like a fairly simple thing, doesn’t it? And yet… Is the floor,…

  • Revisiting Just-in-Time Delivery

    The concept of just-in-time delivery is essentially having ZERO stock on hand, ordering it when when you need it. In 2015, when I was long-term unemployed, I wrote a post about developing the virtue of Wealth. Essentially, it involved: But, times are changing… In the good old pre-Covid days, it was possible to buy as…

  • New Life Emerging!

    And here we are, emerging into 2022. And despite the ongoing Covid Cataclysm, I feel more positive about “things” than I have at any other time during the last two years. Finally. Perhaps I’m channeling the “Golden Years” of the 1920s; emerging from the fear and austerity of the First World War, into an era…

  • Happy Holidays 2021!

    I feel more positive about the 2021 Holidays than I did about the 2020 Holidays. Perhpas because last year was looking like more of the same, but this year, I feel like 2022 might actually be better than 2021. Even if the Covid affected supply chains can’t catch up. Like Canada dipping into its maple…

  • Ma’aming Me Elderly

    Only weeks after my Woman of a Certain Age post, I’ve reached a new miletstone in the race towards elderly, and I thought I’d share it with you. When is Elderly In the meantime, I thought I’d look at the actual definition of elderly, just to see if I could find out around about when…

  • Small Business Saturday

    I recently heard about Small Business Saturday. It’s an event in November taking place between the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales to encourage people to shop locally. This year (2021), it’s November 27, which is why I’m posting this early – so you can think about it for tomorrow. Your local shops have been…

  • What are They Fighting For?

    Here in Melbourne, recent protests have carried punching bag cariacatures, gallows and guillotines, suggesting the Victorian Premier should resign his position by reason of being dead. I don’t mind admitting that I find the threats of violence against politicians and their families worrying, despite having joked in the past about assassination being the only way…

  • Where did all your friends go?

    One of my friends asked me what happened to DB, Katy and Toseland. And as it turns out, it’s a good lead in to a post I’ve been trying to write for a while. Because the answer is a little more complex than it would otherwise seem. I live in Melbourne – once famous for…

  • A Woman of a Certain Age

    Some where along the line, I became a “Woman of a Certain Age.” That is, the age at which it becomes unnecessary, and possibly impolite to query further. It’s the age where looking in the mirror always comes as a shock because the face I see there is NOT the one I see in my…

  • Monk’s Evening Routine

    Having been intrigued by the Venerable Nick Keomahavong’s morning routine, it’s only a small step to wondering about a Monk’s evening routine. Similar to morning routine, most evening routines are focused on increasing productivity the next day. But the Monk’s purpose in their evening routine is to bring the mind back home to stillness and…