Archive | November, 2014

x-ray vision

20 Nov

X-Rays… what does one do with the family collection ??? x-ray

When searching for a particular ‘recent’ happy snap, I plundered my way through a pile of films wondering why on earth I have them.  After all, Dad died 14 years ago and Mum 6 years … and it seems that their X-ray booty was part of my inheritance, so it feels wrong to put them ‘in the bin’.

Then there are the regular pics of my spine from every angle…. and Mr 50Something’s chronic old (now new) knees…

We have a pile of pics capturing the most intimate shots of the most intimate body bits… and it made me think there must be a better way. In this day of ‘e’ everything I can’t imagine why all images are not stored in cyberspace without the need to print anything….

So what do we do with them ?

Well, I recently discovered that one radiology practice now offers a collection point for disposal… but, now that I’ve found it, I wonder if I can actually  bring myself to ditch these personal and intimate family memoirs ???


when sharing’s not caring …

19 Nov

I’ve made no secret of my interest in people watching. Not in any creepy way… just observing some of the more mundane human interactions and seeing some of the oddness and curiosity.

This afternoon I stopped in the supermarket briefly, grabbed a few things and headed to the fast lane for a quick escape. But alas, I was trapped behind a 40 Something woman who was regaling the poor pimply faced ‘check-out lad’  with every detail of her day.

We heard about the pest controller that was late, the electricity bill that was too expensive, the kids special day at  school, what she was cooking for the family …. bla bla bla.bla bla

At first I thought she knew the poor guy, but no …. they were total strangers….and he did a great job of feigning interest …despite looking squirmy and uncomfortable. But but what WAS she thinking as she created a backlog of irritable shoppers…., and bored the poor guy to death? .

All I wanted was to  pay for my fish and get out  intact.



nailing it …

18 Nov

I thought it was going to be a really bad day … I love being wrong (sometimes).

Now this may sound trite and somewhat ridiculous, but as I was leaving the house to head to work …I broke a nail  !!!!

Alright …I can  hear you a sigh as you ask what the hell I am on about… but here’s the thing, I have never been able to grow decent fingernails. From the time I started working as a Nurse @ 17years of age, my hands have looked like they belong to a labourer, with nothing nice about them at all.fingernail 2

However… since starting my super healthy detox routine 12 or so weeks ago, not only has the back fat melted…. BUT my hair is growing (way too fast) and my nails are in better shape than I can remember.

So having carefully cultivated and preened my pinkies, I was devastated to catch one on the car door ripping a decent crack in all my hard work.There was nothing else to do, other than contact work to say I would be in late ….and I headed straight to the nail bar (almost worthy of ‘000’ and flashing lights ). Then, with a quick glance and a flick of the magic glue the young nail technician restored my momentary catastrophe back to order so efficiently, that you would never know it ever happened.

Good old super glue can fix anything ….and I wasn’t late for work after all !!



facing it ……

17 Nov

Sadly there is no pretending that we are still young ….. but most of us have an image of ourselves at a ‘certain age’aging and cling to that as our default….I recall a conversation with Mum @ age 75, she said that she still actually felt 30, until she looked in the mirror.  It’s just a slow and gradual process…. and let’s face it everyone around us is aging at the same rate so it kind of sneaks up on you.

That is, until…you bump into a friend you haven’t seen for years and suddenly wonder what on earth is wrong with them because they look so …umm…well….OLD!! 

Or… like me today, you pass a woman walking her child to school, and when you look a little closer, you realise that she was the little girl you used to see in kindergarten reading groups and serve lunch in the school canteen…ouch !!

It’s a sneaky and sinister process, and time to reflect today as yet another of my friends clicks over into their 7th decade … While I’m still desperately clinging to my mid 50’s, one by one, my friends are hitting that next  BIG Birthday….and I sit here still wondering …how DID that happen ?? (but I guess it’s better that the alternative)

Happy Birthday to all my sexagenarian friends ….mmm, maybe there’s a hint in there that life is spicy in your 60’s.


feeling smug ….

16 Nov

There is no doubt that today provided plenty of blog-fodder …catching up with old friends after knee-replace2 years was a feast of fun, food, life observation and  crazy conversation that traversed everything from family to… knee surgery…  work…  building… knee surgery…  politics… travel… knee surgery…  study…  school….  plans …. aging parents….oh and did I mention knee surgery ???

We had a blast, laughed a lot, talked at cross purposes and covered SO much ground in a relatively short space of time …BUT …while I could write a book on knee surgery (or maybe even perform it) after today’s conversations… it’s been gazumped as tonight’s ramble.

Instead I’m going to make yet another confession about my lack of nature knowledge.

As Mr 50Something flicked the TV onto one of his preferred action fishing documentaries (is that an oxymoron? …somehow ‘action’ and ‘fishing’ don’t quite seem to fit) …  I heard mention of death by  ‘electric eels’ somewhere in a remote Amazon jungle.

electric eelPlease forgive my ignorance.. BUT I seriously thought electric eels were a plumbing tool for blocked drains. I had NO IDEA that they not only exist in the real world… but they electrocute people. I was so stunned by hearing this, that (of course) I googled it and learned all there is to know about them. If you want to surprise your workmates with your brilliance have a read of this.

So all in all it’s been a huge day … I can now say I’m expert on both knee surgery and death by electric eel attack …Reckon I might just go and update my CV.



never too old…

15 Nov

After hearing a report last week about a centagenarian  woman who took up sky diving @ 90 and has been jumping happily for the last 10 years … it got me thinking …How old IS too old ???  I guess that at that age you have nothing to lose (and everything to break …but that’s another story).granny

Then as we drove through the outskirts of the city this morning, I was amazed at the 3 gnarly legged  octogenarians that we past jogging…out there  just doing their routine fitness all decked out in short shorts, Nike singlets and caps…looking like real pro’s (and probably fitter than my quinquagenarian body despite their extra years).

men jogging

But then today we visited our very own nonagenarian. Now, while I’m not so sure that she would quite cut the mustard with either of these physical  endeavours; up until fairly recently she could give you a damn good run around the table in the mind stakes. Her brain, sharpened by endless crosswords and card games,  was a force to be reckoned with…. but as for the skydiving?… well perhaps there’s a novel Christmas gift (but I wonder if she would be covered by insurance)?)



google to the rescue….again…

14 Nov

Having done battle with changing the doona cover just once too often….. I was  feeling frustrated and exhausted, so I was inspired to “google it”…. and BINGO ..I was overwhelmed with suggestions for an easier life.

In fact I was amazed at how many you-tube clips there were making promises of reduced effort and increased domestic harmony ….all wrapped up in the humble doona cover (sometimes its a strange world 😉

Anyway ….of the selection … THIS is the one that  grabbed my attention the most;… In fact I’m (almost) busting to strip mine off and start again, just to try it (but I’m not quite THAT silly). I wonder what we did before google ???




midnight shopping …

13 Nov


…late night window shopping …

Christmas gift for Mr 50Something ?? mmm maybe not.


hump day …

12 Nov


mixed business…

11 Nov

mixed business


We’re all familiar with the old fashioned concept of the corner store …you know that one that has a little bit of a lot of things. Once found on neighbourhood street corners, they are a little less obvious these days…BUT today I saw a mixed business with a difference.

While stopped in the peak hour traffic heading home, I had time to gaze intently at the couple of shop-fronts located in a small free-standing group of local businesses….and I was struck by something I had not noticed the other gazillion times I have passed by (OR been stuck in that same traffic).

The Acupuncture & Natural Theraphies (their spelling not mine) clinic has added a string to it’s bow, and is now also trading in Real Estate …(mmm now that’s an interesting mixed business…but at least it’s easier to spell). I’m all for diversification …. but that’s a little bit of a stretch even for this creative and somewhat chaotic mind.