Monday, February 12, 2024



My apologies to you all…to my blogging mates for me being missing in non-action of late. I’ve not been spending much time on my computer.  To be honest, I’ve not been feeling 100%, but I’ll start picking up soon.  It’s just been shitty couple of months, one way and another.


First, I need to get something off my chest. I thought, or at least hoped, as I got older I would cease being surprised by the attitude and behaviour of some humans, but apparently it’s not to be.

A couple weeks ago I was talking with a fellow who doesn’t live up here on our mountain. He lives in a nearby area, and had come to do a job for me.  His blasé comments annoyed and angered the “you-know-what” out of me! He discounted the seriousness of the destruction, the devastation this area suffered on Christmas night, and the resultant distressing aftermath.  With a smirk, he pooh-hoohed the whole thing!  Why are some people cynical, seemingly heartless and smug?  His indifference to the hardships suffered by many, towards the ferocity of what we were hit with on Christmas night was inconsiderate, unfeeling, and wrong.  Biting my tongue, and as difficult as it was to do, I contained my anger caused by his ignorance; fuming alone and in silence. As if it wasn’t already more than hot enough without me boiling and adding more steam.

There’s always at least one idiot in a crowd.  It seems they are multiplying more rapidly than rabbits these days…no offense intended to rabbits. Some folk are adept at walking around with their head stuck up their jumper. No thongs necessary!  I’m not embarrassed to admit in some areas I’m old-fashioned.  I believe thongs should be worn on the feet, if worn at all. Having someone’s bum on full display in the public arena thrills me not.   (To non Aussie readers “thongs” are what some other countries call “flip-flops”.  Also the G-string bikini briefs…and I mean “briefs’ with just a string up their “you-know-what” is also called a “thong”).  Have some decency and dignity for God’s sake!

When I was much younger I wore bikinis…having purchased my first hot pink bikini when I was 16 year old.  As I said…”when I was much younger”.  Every weekend was spent at the beach, but my friends and I kept our dignity intact…and our bums!

On the flipside of human behavior, there are those who do care; those who do understand, even if they live many kilometres away.  For instance, a cousin, who is the same age as me, and I are in regular contact. We chat on the phone often, and we exchange emails.  Now retired, my cousin spent his working life as a highly-respected cop in north Queensland. He is a decent, caring, empathetic person, and one I’m proud to know. Even when going through the threat and aftermath of Cyclone Kirrily, he took the time to check on my welfare. 

And there I was, for more than a month after Christmas night, blushing, not flushing.  I built up muscles even Arnie would have been jealous of; there was no need for me to visit a gym.  Regularly throughout the days and nights I was lifting bucketfuls of water to flush my toilet as my cistern had gone on strike. Thanks to the Angels, who once again lived up to their name, I’m now flushing, not blushing.  My muscles have rapidly diminished in size. Arnie can relax.

Just right when I needed him, Just Rite Video Service’s Bruce came to my aid.  My old television was a victim of Christmas night’s chaos. My new Smart TV insisted on showing me it was far smarter than me.  How rude! Gradually, much to my delight and surprise, I was becoming familiar with its tricks, proving I’m not as dumb as I look. It thought I was getting too big for my boots, and therefore got its nose out of joint. The smartie pants Samsung decided to make things difficult for me. Luckily, Bruce came to my rescue, saving the day, and my sanity.

Previously, at times I’ve written that I’d “given myself kick up the butt (without falling over)”. Well, that’s not entirely true.  A couple of weeks ago, I didn’t give myself a kick up the butt, but my walking stick did slide out of control on the damp kitchen floor. Before I could steady the situation, down I went, face first, flat out, on my belly and chest, bum in the air. I admit my fall from grace was not gracefully executed.  I’m not sure who received the biggest shock, me or a friend who was visiting at the time.  Fortunately, the only thing that was bruised was my pride.  The fun things one does to amuse one’s self.  I don’t want it to become a habit, though.  Surprises like that one I really do not need. From now on, instead of trying to emulate Torvill and Dean, I choose to be a spectator from afar as I watch the Winter Olympic skating events. To be fair, my style and ability are unmatchable, which would make me impossible to beat.  However, I’ve retired now, and other skaters have nothing to worry about.  My skating, slip-sliding days are over…I hope….


Watermelon-Kiwifruit Ice Blocks: Peel and chop 400g watermelon; blitz in processor. Add 2tbls icing sugar; blitz again until combined. Divide watermelon mixture amongst 6 popsicle moulds; fill each to 2/3rd of the way up, leaving room for next layer; freeze for 2hrs. Once firm, peel and chop 3 kiwifruit; blitz in processor, along with 2tbs icing sugar. Pour kiwifruit mixture on top of partially frozen watermelon; put the popsicle sticks in. Freeze 6hrs or overnight. 

Strawberry-Banana Blocks:  Place 2c strawberry yoghurt, 1 mashed ripe banana and 1tbs honey in bowl; stir to combine. Pour into ice block mould and freeze. 

Fruity Ice Blocks: Place 410g can sliced peaches in light syrup and 425g can Golden Circle Crushed Pineapple, with juice, into processor, or blender; add zest of 1 orange; process until smooth.  Pour into ice block moulds. Freeze 6-8hrs.

Lemonade Ice Blocks: Add 3c hot water, 1c sugar and zest of 1 lemon to small pot. Bring to boil, stirring; simmer 5mins. Remove from heat; add 1/2c lemon juice; strain to remove zest and pips. Pour into moulds; freeze until solid.     



  1. Oh No!! No more falls for you, young lady! Stop that! lol
    A lot of society had decided it's more fun to be slutty...Larry and I have had enough of it...!
    One day, they'll rue the day.
    Glad you held your mouth with the plumber...some people are ridiculous the way they brag about their lack of education.
    Hang in there sweet to you!!

    1. I agree, Donna. I'm normally very careful. Living alone, I certainly don't need to fall. The floor was wet, and I wasn't aware that it was. Silly me! :)

      Yes...decency and dignity seem to have flown out the window.

      It took all my worth not to whack that fellow over the head! But I refrained from doing so! :)

      Thanks for coming by...take care.

  2. What did your smarty-pants Samsung do to you?
    You need a non-skid tip on your walking stick!

    1. A few things, River. The young lad who installed it, showed me very little. I had another fellow come and show me what needed to be done. It is not as easy as it seems...not for someone as dumb as me. The manual is impossible to follow. Even the guy I trust who came today to sort it all out agrees. He also gave me a decent, larger remote than the very tiny one that came with the new set. He fixed up a few things that should have been sorted out when it was set up...and now all is well, thank a further expense!

      The floor was wet...I wasn't aware that it was. The friend who visited had washed the section without pre-warning me. Accidents happen.

      Thanks for coming by...take care. "_


  3. Lovely images of fruit and popsicles!
    Some people never cease to amaze us with their rudeness. We should ignore them and keep to ourselves and our wellness.

    1. G'day, DUTA...Yes...people never cease to amaze...not in a good way. The ignorance on display makes one wonder, that is for sure.

      Good to see you...take care...thanks for coming by. :)

  4. It was wonderful to stop in and find this new post, Lee, although not so nice to read about the fall and glad it didn't result in any physical injury, you certainly would not have needed that after everything else in recent months 😟 as for the inconsiderateness of some folks, it happens and they only display their own ignorance and small-minded when opening their mouths.

    1. It's wonderful to see you, too, Beatrice. Soon I'll catch up on everyone's blogs. So much has been getting in my way of late.

      I'm glad all I hurt was my pride, too. I could have done it more gracefully...and without an audience! :)

      The lack of understanding and respect for others seem to be rife these days, unfortunately.

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

  5. I so agree with you on, well, everything you wrote. There seems to be a decline in civility and empathy at a time when our world sorely needs both. And I cringe at any smart technology though I would like a new TV eventually. I want to ask a question on another subject. Recently, our senior center sponsored a get-together with a writers' group from the local high school. One of the students' names was Kiri, who said she was named after an Australian celebrity though she didn't know the circumstances. Do you know whom she might be referring to? By the way, I told the students about your blog and they were very impressed by your collection of recipes.

  6. Hi Dave...the only answer I can come up with regarding the name of the lass you mention named "Kiri" is as follows:

    Quote? "Kiri Te Kanawa, (born March 6, 1944, Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand), New Zealand lyric soprano best known for her repertoire of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss."

    Aussies and New Zealanders (Kiwis) are almost as one. :)

    Thanks for coming by...take good care.

  7. Lee, it's so good to see you back. I've missed you and wondered often how you were recovering from your Christmas disaster. Every now and then I think I've seen it all then another idiot comes along to prove me wrong. I recently argued with my daughter that my TV was not a Smart one, she insisted that it is and demonstrated just how smart it is, all of which I promptly forgot. Good on you for coping so well with new technology. By the way did you know Kiri Te Kanawa recently turned 80? Wish I looked half as good as she does.

    1. It's good to see you, too. Pauline. I've been very remiss of late in posting on my blog and responding to others. I've not been feeling the brightest, but hopefully things are getting better.

      I know what you mean about Kiri. I've just about given up looking in the mirror. There always appears to be a stranger in there looking back at me!! lol

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. I hope all is well. :)