Easter Sunday

Days have passed since I have blogged, it has been a big week and I have had a house full of lovely family guests since thursday night. Brothers and Nephews, Cousins and their Kids and today we are going to mix it up with friends from the district. It is a nice time but I miss my daughter. Working fulltime in the country now has me on call on weekends and unable to travel to see her. It will probably be 2 more weeks before I can get to spend time with her.

One of my brothers is a Doctor and he has come and gone and spent 1 night with us and his boys. He takes one look at Pete the dog and then says he’s either got Renal failure or Diabetes. Great, looks like I’m taking him off to the vet this week he has taken on drinking about 5 litres of water a day and puffs a lot. he is coming up 16 after all. Being 15 is equal to being 105 in human years so no doubt he is getting medical issues. Oh it’s going to be heart breaking loosing this pet. he has been next to me when nobody else could. I can not talk about it nor can I continue to blog of his impending demise. I will not let him suffer though, rest assured when it is his time, I will give the nod (for I won’t be able to speak through the grief).

It is lovely having family & kids here, we all get along, eat too much, drink too much and laugh loud and often and luckily our partners do as well. We plan meals and quiet time. If someone wants to head off for a nanny nap there is no yells of outrage or intrusion. All of their children get along and can play outside, these are seasoned campers. It’s lovely seeing our children enjoying each others company like we do as cousins. We have shared times of grief, with births, deaths & marriages, share times of joy with birth, deaths & marriages and most of all we share the common link of being family.Whilst we celebrate the resurrection of jesus Christ, for those believers our Christianity is what unties us, a common bond of being kind, caring and sharing. I hope all have time to sit and reflect today or enjoy sharing each others company or being on your own, whatever it is you choose to do today enjoy it for tomorrow is still another holiday… Hooray


the humdrum of life

It’s the thursday before Easter and the roads are frantic. I have been out and watched how busy the Dukes Highway is. People SLOW down, really is it that important for you to be early? The statistics are that 8 million vehicles drive on the Dukes Highway every year, so you have a high chance of having an accident if you speed. The roads in SA were fatality free last year so the police are hoping to keep them that way this year, so are we in Keith Hospital.

I have moved offices again and yet still paper seems to find me and multiply, it’s quite frightening how soon it accumulates. I know I have done them but I have lost my paper that has my footy tips on them. I got 5 last week and when I told DH he said to me God you are competitive. I still laugh when people who know me make statements like that as I feel I don’t hide this streak in my nature. I feel compelled to achieve and be part of a team and aim for the win. I think when one plays sports in teams at school, wining becomes part of the game.

Life rolls along and you get caught up in it, I read today a friends husband ate 6 grapes this week and he living on the edge must be a major achievement as they live in the river land and pick grapes. I wonder what the story is behind that? When I say humdrum I mean interesting, we do things in our jobs that appear repetitive and un interesting but they are interesting to others not doing the same role. We watch people with interest to see if something they do can help us in our own roles by making a task appear shorter, but achieving more when you job share and generally making things brighter for having worked with others. So whilst you are driving and travelling peeps, take time for breaks, listen to the traffic, drive to the road conditions though it may seem to take you longer you will arrive safely. I am lucky this week-end I have family coming – more family than I have seen for a long time, cats will be freaking out, dogs will be overfed (Pete will love it) and we shall share laughs and good times over a bonfire.

Tiresome Tuesday …. April 3rd

It doesn’t start well these Tuesdays, I wonder if they will ever get better. Another broken nights sleep with DH tossing and turning I think he needs to do some serious exercise or something else, that tires him enough he sleeps. He tells me he hates reading now as he has had to concede to the age-old complaint of wearing out his eyesight and having to wear glasses to read. This is unfortunate but part of the cycle of life and no excuse for not sleeping, I suspect it is more the pain in his hip from the constant wear and tear of farm life.

The day starts with this sense of exhaustion and you know it is not going to be a quick end to the day and leading up to Easter the roads are getting busier earlier and people appear to be more impatient to get where they want to go. On my way in this morning at 0730am I had to dodge 2 kangaroos, they were happily hopping along the roadside, it was foggy and I slowed so that they didn’t jump in front of the car. I have been stuck between Cowell & Whyalla many years ago 1 week after getting a new car when a roo jumped dead centre in the bonnet, it killed the roo and my car. I had to wait for a kind truckie to pick me up as I had no phone service or uhf radio and it was dark, my lights didn’t work so I had to flag someone down. Accepting a ride from a stranger was more terrifying than hitting the roo but I was driven into Whyalla, dropped at a hotel, the police came to me and then I was able to phone home. I have never seen a big red roo like that in the Upper South East, they are small grey ones but do damage all the same.

Please travel safely this Easter statistically it is one of the worst for crashes and deaths on the roads. It keeps our over worked nurses and Doctors walking more KM’s than they normally would.It makes me appreciate the hard work all shift work, emergency service people, police, ambo’s, ancillary staff that clean & feed people do, to keep those in hospitals and in crisis situations manage and cope better. Do not meet them by accident for you will not remember the great work they do and the efforts they go to to assist you and your families in times of need. It’s Tuesday and another great day to be alive, “don’t be dead for qiuds”.

a good nights sleep and ready to take on everything

It has been a busy time, where I am settling into my new role. I spent part of yesterday at the Keith Hospital as nurse for the GP clinic, then was on call till 10 pm last night. Luckily nothing happened after I left and I was able to get to bed relatively early feeling slightly gastric. The gastro bug is sweeping through our school at the moment, I seem to be able to have held it off only with a small episode. Other than DH waking as soon as I turn everything off, where he tosses and turns, watches TV or turns the radio on I managed to sleep through it to wake at my usual time – which if you live in SA, that is an hour early.

Yes daylight saving has finished so that we are now half an hour behind QLD, I mark us against QLD as that is the crappy satellite TV service we get. We get ALL QLD rugby (both types) on the TV instead of the AFL so missed the Crows beating Gold Coast Suns and my team Melbourne being beaten by Brisbane. Brisbane have a special place in my heart due to their assistance with the Keith Hospital campaign where I was lucky enough to have a photo taken with them. So despite the defeat against my beloved Demons I forgive them. The size of the loss indicates that there are lots of new talent in these young men and most have to get use to change of state and leaving family behind, topped off by the death of Jim Stynes. It would have been a very difficult week for them.

I get the struggle to keep on top, I think we can all identify with wanting to come out tops but remaining average. We push ourselves to complete tasks, remain focused and sometimes neglect areas of our lives to keep on top of daily things. I have been so consumed with the responsibility of being the Acting DON of the Keith hospital I have not completed my walks this week and my back is feeling it. I have 5 baskets of washing (mine) to fold and put away, DH did his own as well as cleaning drawers out of mouse pooh (AGAIN) now nothing will live in the kitchen drawers not one thing, DH has been warned all the contents are going into a box to be rifled through if it is needed. 

I have stripped the bed and must clean up the mecurachrome mess from the bottle I dropped on the bathroom tile 2 nights ago. I soaked the bulk of the liquid up but dear there will be a red stain left from my tiredness. I am one of those people who when I tire I knock things over, trip over, drop and break glasses and have been known to fall and break bones. Lucky nothing major, I am not a calamity in motion I am just me.  I have washing to attend and a house to prepare for our Easter guests which I think arrive from Wednesday night onwards. We are very much looking forward to Easter as we are creating a tradition with my family, where they come with campers, children and a healthy attitude to do things. We have taught 11 yr olds to drive manual utes, we have walked on our property, they have helped with fencing, cooking in camp ovens, having a ladies lunch with Easter Bonnets and have a great time around the bonfire.

I must go I feel invigorated by my good nights sleep and the washing machine is beeping so it must be finished, I have a sink full of water and have completed washing all of the utensils from the drawers. I know I need an updated kitchen but I have decided I want to go to New York next January to hear my Mother & her choir sing in Carnegie hall. So the kitchen can wait !