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Letters To Juliet

I love those movies that are simple and no one really knows about but you find it and it turns to speak to you in such a way that you dont realize its changed you. This is one of those movies.

In 2010 this lovely movie appeared starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. They are wonderful together, I wish there had been more scenes of just the two of them. In the end I think Claire became the Mother that sophie never had. (I dont want to give too much away so you will go find the movie and watch it)

What got me the most was he letter that Sophie wrote to Claire after finding her letter after 50 years. It was those to little words “what” and “if”

Apart they are simple words but its when you put them together that everything changes “What If”. It really does get you to think What If . . . . .

Again, I dont want to give too much away but, I hope it will get you thinking, about “What If”. . . Follow your heart, Have the courage to follow through, Seize the moment. You never know, the thing you are looking for could right right outside your comfort zone.That is when we grow the most I think, taking the courage to make that step. Claire took that step, at Juliet’s House in Varona.

Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering . . . . What If?


Golden Globes 2019

Welcome back.

It’s been awhile since I have covered an awards show but I am interested in some of the nominations and looking forward to some of the movies that are out.

Michael Douglas at 74 just won best actor in a drama on television. No clue he was still acting.

Best animated feature film — Spiderman — into the spiderverse

Actor in a Drama T.V series — Richard Madden in Bodyguard.

Best T.V series Drama — The Americans

Supporting Actor series — limited series or Drama — Ben Whishaw

Actress — limited Series or Drama — Patricia Arquette

Cecil B Demille — Jeff Bridges. Presented by Chris Pratt. (Filmology narrated by Sam Elliot)

Carol Burnett Award for Television — 1st time to be awarded. Carol is 85 years young.

Best original Score — First Man

Original Song — Shallow — A Star is Born.

Supporting Actress in a Movie — Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk

Actress in a T.V series — Sandra Oh for Killing Eve.

Supporting Actor in a Movie — Mahershala Ali for Green Book

Best Screenplay for Motion Picture — Green Book

Best supporting Actress in a Supporting Role — Series or T.V Movie — Patricia Clarkson for Sharp Objects.

Actor in a Movie Musical or Comedy — Christian Bale for Vice

Actor in a Limited Series or T.V Movie — Darren Criss The assassination of Gianni Versace. American Crime Story

Best Director — Alfonso Cuaron for Roma

Best Actress T.V series or Musical — Rachel Brosnahan for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best T.V Series Musical or Comedy — The Komisky Method

Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke presenting Mary Poppins

Best Limited Series or made for T.V Movie —
The Assassination of Gianni Versace. American Crime Story

Best Actress Musical or Comedy — Olivia Colman for The Favorite

Best Movie Musical or Comedy — Green Book

Best Actress in a Movie Drama — Glenn Close in the Wife

Best Actor in Movie Drama — Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody (Rami told the producers he would need a year to get ready for this role and they gave him the time he needed)

Best Movie Drama — Bohemian Rhapsody

Finally Moved

It’s been a whirlwind 6 weeks or so but at least we are settled and trying to find a routine. Still got plenty of boxes to sort through but we are able to at least cook a meal.

The move happened in a blink of an eye but we are loving it here. Almost like living in the country, sleeping great at night. Things are a little more relaxed but there is still heaps to do. Trying to enjoy the holidays of sorts before its really back to work in January.

Plenty of writing to catch up on but have been watching lots of NFL and College football. Took a little to get the Foxtel sorted out but finally got it. It’s what I get for being a tech geek and being able to sort out our own stuff. Had to be independent when Phil had his accident and still am independent to this day. I would rather take care of things on my own, hate asking for help. I had to do that though, we needed petrol money and some food. It was hard to swallow my pride and ask but we made it though.

Have a safe and Happy New Year, 2018 was hell, 2019 I am giving it my best to reach some goal I have set for myself. See you soon

Packing to Move

Have found some interesting things as we are packing for a move. We finally got a house. 

Besides finding dirt and dust, I found about $4.00 in American change from our last trip home in 2005. Also, found a heap of pictures and other stuff to go through at the new place. 

It’s a little overwhelming to see your life in boxes. 

I will be back with you as soon as we are settled and I have my office area set up. 

stay safe til then

Lost my way, sort of

Yesterday was one of those days that I don’t like, self pity day. I am sure we have all had them and yesterday was my turn. 

There is plenty to get done but ever felt like your not getting the support or help you need? That has been me, of late but more often at times. I think part of it is in some ways I live alone and I dont know how to do that. You know I am married but due to an accident a few years ago, the marriage died, in a lot of ways. 

I have had to figure out stuff on my own. I am still figuring things out. It’s not been easy, we have become more like housemates with benefits, but some benefits are missing. 

Trying to stay focused on the positives usually help but when I am trying to take care of me, and no one is paying attention is a little hard. I ask for the help and no one listens, that is the most frustrating part. I know what I need but solving the problem is the difficult part. I make due with next to nothing but people don’t get it. 

I get tired, I just wish I had someone who would take care of me just once is awhile. I need to recharge my batteries also. 

Is that asking too much? 

The lonely life of being a carer

Time to Write a book.

It’s been awhile since I have worked on a book. Last year I wrote my first novel , but it really needs a sequel.

That is the link to the 1st book, I need to get the second book written but for some reason, I’m holding myself back. I love writing, I write for me first but I also have gotten a bit of a following. 

I stuck to the process of write what you know, so I did. My love of sports, crochet, knitting, but you guys know all this. Well, some of you do. 

Writing the first novel I had no clue what I was doing. It was a bit of a struggle but I got it done. It was received well. It was written with the consent of my sorority sisters also. 

I have 2 other books just sitting there that maybe I just need to get the fire lit and decide what I want to do and just do it. 

To sell my books, I have to see myself. I hold myself back because I think it’s I am afraid of what people will think. I am learning to love my curves. My work is good, I know its not me, its finding my audience, in book form. 

Maybe its time to clean house a little and find that character I wrote about, I based that character on the things I always wanted to be. 

I think I need to see myself how people see me. A fighter and a damn good writer. 

Now, if I could just make some money at it would even be better. 

Being Consistent is starting to pay off.

Starting out struggling to find my way in the writing world I knew would be challenging but, I kept to the phrase of “Write what you know” , so I did that. 

Now I have more sports blogs going then I ever imagined but, keeping them separate helps. Its a little hard to mix college football with knitting, if you get my drift. 

I have my days set out, each day one to 2 blogs gets written in, like today is Thursday here in Australia and I am stopping by to visit with you. Dear Evan Hansen playing in the background. 

To be honest with you , I am kinda frustrated as I write this. It’s a combination of good news/bad news. With a dash of frustrations. 

Financially we are in a good spot, keeping a roof over our head and lights on. Foxtel going for movies and football (college, NFL and Australian). We keep things pretty simple, but to be honest, once in a while I would love a surprise out to dinner or the movies. Just not having to count pennies. (a little bit of romance would go along way) 

I work so hard on the writing and putting myself out there but the lonely part of being a writing is getting a review, or hearing that something I wrote, some really liked. I am what is called an independent author/publisher. I refuse to have someone do editing for me and try to edit my life when they weren’t even there. 

I’m sorry if this doesn’t make much sense or is all over the place, it’s just how I feel right now. 

It just hit me what Gary shared with me before he passed away. God has given us what he knows we can handle for today. I cant change anything it was out of my hands from the start of the it all. It will get dark here soon and that is the time to let things go. Recharge my batteries, have a good sleep and try again tomorrow. 

Thanks Gary for reminding me of that. 

Get a good nights sleep and start fresh with s fresh perspective. 

Post Run Notes

1 hour 14 minutes 31 

That was my time and for not being as prepared as I could of and should of been, I will take it. 

It was good weather, not to hot, I still wore a baseball hat and sunglasses. 

I ran the best I could but mainly speed walked, I guess is what you could call it. 

A couple of issues of my own doing, the T shirt I wore was too short and I had to keep pulling it down, wrong ear phones, I borrowed Phil’s but should of wore proper head phone. Over my baseball cap. I also have a pocket full of Barley sugar. partly for energy and helped keep my mouth moist til i could get water. 

What I found missing along the way was a kilometer marker, I had it in my ear but a visible marker would of helped. Also missed was the sunscreen before starting out, the Cancer Council was not there. 

The water stations and mist tunnel are always much appreciated and the frozen ice block helped also. 

To those runners along the way, who gave me a pat on the back, a thumps up or verbal encouragement, THANK YOU. It always seems to come at the time I needed it. Still new to running, I have a lot to learn but the running community is a great bunch of support folks. 

West Pac was the main sponsor this year, a little tweaking of things and next year should be a ripper. 

Time to Run Again

It’s that time of year. . City to Bay

Yes kids, that’s right I entered the 6 kilometers of torture as I call it. Not as prepared for this but that is my own fault in a lot of ways.  Weather didn’t help much but also my lack of focus is to blame. 

I got it into my head that I needed my running coach in my ear, calling my stats and all but I had forgotten that I was doing this for the most important person . . ME

I didn’t enter the run as year, as we were leaving on Friday for our weekend trip in Sydney. Knowing full well that when it rolled around this year, ready or not I was going for it. 

Going again as a runner, which is OK, its not pretty but it gets the job done. 

I set my music list last night, I had to redo it thanks to a Samsung hiccup, but I needed to refresh it. I know at some point I am going to need a song or two, my encouragement to keep going. 

Phil will be at his usual spot waiting for me to arrive. Phil is a big help, he cooks me a high protein dinner the night before.  The left over I have for breakfast. 

I get up extra early on Sunday morning, just to have some me time, to get focused, taking time to eat and mentally get ready. I always lay out what I am wearing the night before, even my baseball cap. 

Phil and I don’t normally chat alot in the car on the way, once he is close as he can get to the shopping center where I start, the knots in the my tummy usually start, no turning back. 

After a nerves bathroom stop, its on to sunscreen, always use it no matter how the sky is looking. I usually don’t stretch alot but I do just enough for me to warm the body up. 

My best time is 1 hour 7 minutes. Who knows what Sunday will bring. 

Will let you know next week

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