The simplicity of my day to day.
This is where I write my thoughts, feelings and my daily trials, tribulations and happy things
|PROMPT July 2nd
We've all read about them, we all probably have a favorite. Do you? Tell us about your favorite conspiracy theory. If you don't have one, tell us about one you recall.
The biggest conspiracy theory during my life has to be the moon landing in 1969.
I have a friend who still believes it was filmed in a television studio somewhere!
The latest of course is the Covid conspiracy about the 5G network spreading the virus by weakening the immune system.
I think one of the most outlandish conspiracy theory is the Holocaust denial. How anyone could possibly imagine that millions of people didn’t die at the hands of the Nazi’s is beyond me. How could the disappearance of all those men women and children be explained away?
There will always be the non- believers, the people who can’t be convinced what is staring them in the face is true. They’re the suspicious ones, the ones that cannot accept what they’re being told. I know we need people who question everything and not take things at face value… but really?
|PROMPT July 1st
Have you ever been the recipient of, or observed the kindness of a stranger? Tell us what happened .
This week has been stressful, to say the least. We have received so much kindness from strangers, so it is fortuitous this prompt should be the first for the month of July.
Our daughter has had a mental breakdown four thousand kilometres away from her family. She suffers from high anxiety and depression since her divorce. After trying to get on top of things in Perth she decided to move far away to Cairns Queensland. She said she was going there to make a fresh start on her own.
After only two weeks of being there things have spiralled out control. We have been in touch with her on a daily basis trying to give encouragement and support. However she decided that life wasn’t worth the pain and rang to say goodbye.
Since that terrible call we reached out to strangers and amazingly she was rescued and arms were wrapped around her. She is safe and lovely people are helping her.
We can’t thank these faceless people enough. My faith in human nature has been restored.
Well that said there are still people who are out to rip others off for their own gain. Our daughter’s uncle received a message pertaining to be from her saying she was in trouble and could he send $500 to get a flight home. Luckily he decided to ask me first before he sent money. It was a scam. Her phone has been hacked, she can’t use Facebook or Messenger anymore. I’ve spent a long time getting in touch with her contacts and telling them to ignore any any pleas for help from her.
The Yin and the Yang, the good and the bad. We’ve experienced it all this week.
Australia is freaking out. We have an outbreak of Covid in NSW There is a two week shutdown and now people have escaped from Sydney and have brought it to Perth! We are once more instructed to wear masks, no crowds etc. Last week all restrictions had been lifted. Yes not even a one. We were back to normal. No limits on numbers in restaurants, cafes, bars or sporting fixtures. No face masks. Nada.
We, hubby and I were thinking of travelling to Queensland soon to see our family, but anyone travelling back to Perth from Queensland has to quarantine for two weeks! I wonder if this will ever actually end. Maybe when we’re all vaccinated, the borders can open, the virus will be allowed to do its worst and we’ll just get a mild illness.
Watching the news tonight and the Tour ‘d France cycle race I wondered about the stupidity of people. If you saw the incident I’m referring to, you’ll see a spectator holding out a metre long sign towards the cameras as the peloton went by. The sign was in French so I can’t tell you what it said, other than to guess. It probably said, “look Mum, I’m here.”
Anyway the sign hit a rider and caused a pileup, multiple injuries and even worse. I did hear that there was a death. So unnecessary. Humans can be really stupid.
I need to vent! My husband and I are 77 years old and we are still worrying every single day about a fifty year old daughter. I wish someone had told me when I was first considering being a parent that this choice will have ramifications for the rest of your life. Does parenting ever finish? The answer is NO!
Anyway I shall not burden anyone who may come across today’s blog with the ins and outs of our troubles, but perhaps I could suggest some ways we deal with the stress.
Today we went down to the river, a beautiful peaceful place called Lilac Hill Park. The best thing about this place is the coffee van lady, who waits patiently for customers. Whenever we go there are only us and we have an extra hot coffee with a blueberry muffin. We sit on a bench and share the muffin between us and our dog. It really is a huge muffin! Then we stroll down to the water’s edge and watch the water birds doing their thing. How could anyone feel stress in such an environment?
This week has been an extra trial though I must admit, and it took me a little longer of watching the pelicans today, to de-stress.
The hot water system has gone bust today. It’s either a cold shower or nothing. I chose nothing as it was nearly freezing outside today. Then my husband got a call from his result of an MRI he had on his prostate last week. The specialist has booked him in for a biopsy on the 19 th July which happens to be my birthday. He said there is a concern about prostatic cancer. However my husband has taken the news in his stride but has instructed me on the pain of death not to tell our family. He says they will only fuss. So I’ll just tell you. You won’t tell anyone. Will you?
I've been stretching my imagination today. Totally out of my comfort zone, I'm trying to write a story for the Anthology; Blimprider's Fireside Tales.
On the first day of the month, Blimprider, selects a new prompt. There are two parts to the prompt. First the character and then the situation. This month is: Character, someone new to the district. Situation: An asteroid is hurtling towards the Earth.
I've managed to write about 1500 words. As usual the setting is in Australia. The deserts here are ideal for a visitation or an invasion or a crash landing of an alien rock.
The coldest day of the year today. Our little town was the coldest in the State! Well at least it was the shortest day. Winter Solstice 2021 June 21st. Tomorrow the sun starts to shine a minute longer than today!
The coldest day for a year. That was Perth this morning as I stepped out at 6.30 am for my morning walk. Not quite light, no wind and Brrr. However as I watched the news tonight and saw temperatures of 129 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the US, I wasn’’t half thankful for the weather here.
What’s happening that parts of the earth are experiencing such terrible heat? It’s at times like this, hearing about such extremes, I’m happy to be the age I am. Is this how the World is going to end up? People being roasted alive?
Who is going to be the world’s saviour? Do we need a real life Superman? Once again Waltz in the Lonesome October blog has given me food for thought. If we are going to have to rely on some super powered individual, I think Superman might be the guy. Robert mentioned Batman and Spider-Man, they are just not going to cut it are they? We need someone or something that can shift our planet a few degrees into the shade!
I had my Covid 19 shot today. Australia is so far behind so many other countries with their immunisation programme. It’s probably a good thing that there are so few of us compared to elsewhere. Australians have on the whole been quite reluctant to get the vaccination because of a couple of reasons. 1. Because we haven’t really had the disease to speak of. 2. We had a few cases of the vaccine if responsible for a few deaths owing to blood clots with one of the vaccines we are using here. Anyway we decided tomorrow do our bit for our fellow countrymen and so far so good. John has a headache and has gone to bed but it’s probably all in his imagination.
I’ve just been reading Waltz in the Lonesome October blog and am now craving French Onion soup. It’s really chilly here today and the thought of that steaming bowl of soup topped with grilled bread and cheese has me drooling. I can’t be bothered going out again and purchasing the amount of onions needed though. Thanks for the Robert.
What a lovely day I had today with my family. I went to my granddaughter’s baby shower.
When did such things start? It must be a relatively new thing. I know for certain whenI was having babies it would have seen as presumptuous. I think we must have been more cautious, you know, not counting your chickens before they’ve hatched, sort of thing. Perhaps medically we are more advanced now and we can be pretty sure of a good outcome. But I still felt today as if we are pushing our luck. I’d much rather have a celebration after the birth.
Twenty five years ago my daughter had a stillbirth at thirty six weeks of pregnancy so I know things like that can and do happen.
Anyway it was fun. We had games, one of which was having to guess the ages of the mother and father-to-be, from photos of them at various ages when they were under ten years of age. I actually won a bottle of Prosecco. Then we had to guess the weight sex and when this baby’s born. It’s actually due on my birthday, July 19th. That would be a lovely gift.
It’s cold! 🥶 Well, for Perth it is. Maximum of 13 degrees today!
That’s the talking point of the day. Everywhere I went, people were huddled into thick coats and jumpers, looking shocked.
The big news of course is The Sting. You must have heard about the police sting?
Three years in the making, the secret was kept. The dark web site the criminals thought was safe from the authorities’ prying eyes and ears, was actually a site set up by the FBI and dozens of other organisations working undercover.
Even here in little old Perth, lots of arrests were made today, money and drugs seized. How surprised the criminals were. Driving around in their expensive cars, showing off, thumbing their noses at the police who up until now were unable to arrest them.
It was quite serendipitous for us as my husband and I have just finished watching ‘Startup’ a three season programme on Netflix. It was all about the dark web, something I was pretty ignorant about until recently.
Sometimes something good happens on a cold day.
I listened to a programme on the radio today about teenagers. I didn’t think anything could shock me anymore, but I was distressed to hear an interview with a doctor who’d written a book called Today’s Teenagers.
The main point of difference to today’s kids and those of latter years, is the amount of porn these kids have access to at such a young age. Boys earlier than girls. We’re talking ages of 11 years and up.
The most shocking thing to me was when she said she’d had a young boy aged fifteen asked her to prescribe Viagra because he couldn’t get aroused anymore unless he watched full on porn. His girlfriend didn’t do it for him!
The amount of violent sex, girls are being subjected to because they (boys and girls) think this is what sex is all about is distressing to hear about.
There is a campaign now aimed at high school students here, about respect and making sure that that both parties are agreeable and wanting the same thing.
I can’t help but reflect on my teenage years, how naive I was, but I’m pleased I had that naivety and innocence. Too much, too soon with everything seems to be the lot of the youngsters today. Forced to grow up too soon. The one thing I so agreed with the author of this book was the importance of sleep. Most aren’t getting anywhere near the amount of sleep they need.
Perhaps they are scared they are missing out by not having sex by the age of 14.