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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

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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. 

https://www.amazon.com.au/Bridgeport-Wives-1-Laurie-Eaton/dp/1544683618/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538620055&sr=1-1&keywords=Laurie+Eaton

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

Booking our own Trip

Gang Way Down Under

451 days and 21 hours

That is how long before we board Carnival Cruise for our next trip.

Yes, It seems like a long time but those days will tick off. This will be a different trip in a few ways, We are driving to Sydney. Packing will be different and even boarding.

We have decided to book this trip on our own and it will be a bit of a challenge but also a learning curve that I am up for.

It has been awhile since we have driven to Sydney, you miss stuff when you fly instead of driving. We will go the same way we always do but I am looking forward to see the changes.

I will be looking to book as much as I can through Qantas. We have memberships there and any miles I can add, will do. We are saving them up for…

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Being at Peace

**April 9th Katherine lost her battle with Cancer on Tuesday morning 3:30 am. Our hearts are sad but we know she is finally at peace and not suffering any more.

 

 

I think at some point I had shared about my close mate Katherine, that her cancer had returned. The doctor’s had told her that there was not much they could do this time. Best they could do was to make her comfortable when the time came.

“When the time comes” That’s like asking how long is a piece of string? Katherine had a party for those could visit and we sent notes and videos. I was having to make the most of our little visits because I know one day they would stop. I would tag Katherine in Instagram photos, to make sure she saw them. We played Words with Friends on Facebook, knowing that one day those special games would stop.

That day has come.

Brad told me that our Katherine has been moved to palliative care. All they can do is to make her as comfortable as possible. Bard and I got to spend some time together yesterday on Facebook messenger, “Katherine was the sister that I never had,” Brad told me. His wedding is in a couple of weeks. Kat wanted to know but we all knew that she might not be strong enough to travel.

I told Brad he should get a picture of Katherine and have it at the wedding, she would love that, it’s taking her with us on our journey. Helping Kat with her bucket list. I downloaded a picture of Katherine so we can take her with us also.

I think what has helped me grieve in a way is that a story line on a television show has had a character who recently passed away. At first I thought I was just grieving for the loss of the character on they show but many I was really grieving for Katherine.

She was very open about being at peace with things, she made the most of the time.

I know she wouldn’t want us to get down and wallow in it all. That is human nature I think, the part of saying see you later that we all do when someone passes.

Thank you Katherine for making our lives better.

Harry and Meghan — Royal Wedding Stuff

With the news of the royal wedding it was finally something positive. I know people are tired of it or don’t like the royal family or whatever but its positive and I think a needed change. Of late the news has been depressing, Phil and I have not watched most night because of all the negative.

It’s taken a bit for Prince Harry to find the right woman for him. She is 3 years older and is stunning. He sees some wonderful stuff in her, wonder if he sees a bit of Diana in her. Meghan is already adapting to certain royal things as they are making appearances. It’s good to see her getting on the kids level as she chats to them. Think we might see more of a wardrobe change, but I think you will still see her come through. She has a great eye for what works well for her.

I am not sure if I could give up my life as Catherine has done and Meghan is starting to do. It was the Queen who wished for Will and Harry to date as long as possible so, the girls could see what life would be like if they did marry into the family. I read with Cate they took great care not to make mistakes that was made with Diana. From what I read the press almost cost Will and Catherine their relationship. I am happy that she decided it was worth it.

Been watching video from Will and Cate’s wedding. Remembering those little things that they shared with us, the kiss on the balcony. Will driving the decorated Aston Martin back to Clarence House, for a clothes change for the evenings events.

Can’t wait for Saturday to see Meghan’s dress. I heard that it was a pair of Australian designers that got the nod but we will know soon.

I’m a little sad that things with her Dad going go London didn’t work out. My first marriage it was very important to have my Dad there and all. I heard that her Mom could give her away and even Prince Charles could. Meghan could walk the aisle alone but I can’t see that happening.

Phil and I will be having what we call a nibbles dinner and have a bottle of bubbly ready to crack on Saturday night as we settle in to attend the wedding.

With everything going on in the world its time for some happy.

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