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I'm made it past 50! married for over half my life, have 3 kids all grown and I'm loving this part of my life.I was a nurse in my younger days but an unhealthy dose of rheumatoid arthritis put a damper on my career,so I'm at home with the internet.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Here I am and there you Be

We are in way!! But there it is.

I seem to have hit the ground running in the New Year and kept going.

I am behind on all your blogs and will spend a day just reading and catching up on you all.

Thankyou for chasing me up, tis nice to be missed :)

I am ok.

Busy, freakin' tired, but ok.

Danny was home for a month over Christmas/New Year. I say home loosely, as he did a couple of trips to Sydney and spent the month catching up with old friends.
Whoever said Army people are strictly disciplined and become obsessive compulsive... was WRONG. His room was as messy as ever by the end of a week! It did take him 2 days to stop looking at his watch, but the rest of the relaxing was instant. I imagine it was nice to not have to worry about how your uniform sits,where you are supposed to be or impending room inspections.
He has moved to another barracks for his language school for the next 6 months, starts training today actually.He expressed some concern over passing, but he will be fine, he puts full effort into everything he wants and makes it happen, I can't see this being any different.

While he was home he borrowed some money and bought a car. Army had already organised his trip home, so I got to drive down to Melbourne. Gemma had her fingers crossed that she could come as her last hurruh before babies, but she got big and uncomfortable quickly so the train trip home was out for her.Chloe volunteered to come along for the ride which was great as we could redo our earlier trip and this time have FUN.

Chloe and I orgainised ourselves into a small bag each and headed off in this :

It was a lot of fun to drive and surprisingly comfy, though Chloe found the seat too firm. She had a drive on the freeway, which seemed soo sloooow at 80km/ph after whizzing around on her motorbike , also taking up the whole lane was a little freaky for her, but she did well. Taking up the whole lane was freaky for me after my little car, surprised I parked it ok, but I did.
The trip was uneventful , thanks to Danny having a GPS in the car. Having said that, I still went past the motel TWICE. But in my defense the gps didn't recognise the actual address of the motel!

me after 7 hr drive lol

Hadn't got the key in the door when Danny rang to see where we were, rode his bike over, threw said bike in the back and took off. He came back at 7 to take us out for dinner at the club which was really nice. Next morning we all caught a train into the city to see HUGO. Great movie, I want to see it again.Danny probably does too, I have a sneaking suspicion he may have slept through it as he had a BIG night with mates for Australia Day.
After we left Danny to catch the train back Chloe and I investigated the inner city. Lots of good shopping if you have dollars, but it was nice to look.I did ONE touristy thing. I love how the old and new are blended.

St Francis Church, not fancy on the outside ...but look :

It really is stunning.

Since the trip I just haven't seemed to have a whole day home..till today !

I started babysitting early in the new year , so have had a few nights a week and sometimes days but the kids have moved out of town now :( which sucks as I really enjoy them and their mum is great company.
I've advertised locally for some more work, hopefully I will get some regular days not just weddings etc. though when the twins get here, I may not have the time.

The bride is growing like a pumkin! this is an old photo at 15weeks, she is 20 now.

my grandbabies are in there :)

Gemma has finally been referred to an Obstetrician but he will share care with the Fetal Medicine Unit in Canberra. This last couple of weeks has been a bit of a whirlwind of appointments for her and me as I'm the driver. We traveled to Canberra for an expecting twins mums meeting, which she got a lot out of, and this week we've been to Ob/gyn, midwife and a twin mum morning tea.

It appears she will be having the babies in Canberra, our local hospitals don't deliver twins unless they have no choice, so she is booked in locally,just so they know who she is, just in case. It's going to mean a lot of logistical organising, especially if she has to go in early for bedrest etc.
I was surprised the midwife told her she would be having a ceasarian!!! Aparantly Dr's avoid being sued at all costs so don't take any chances??? But is she really missing out on anything? Apart from the fact that I can say ..I did it .. is she?

When I was working in maternity there were so many girls disappointed because they didn't have everything happen according their "Birth Plan" , to me this is the shortcut to PND. I've told Gemma to lower babies. It doesn't matter how they get here and honestly in even 5 years time it has faded , who remembers the music that played when their first born was delivered??? writing it down doesn't count!!!

Next week is the ultrasound in Canberra where they are hoping to find out the sex of the babies. I don't know if they want them to tell me, but then if they decide to tell everyone then I'll have to find out ,it would be weird otherwise....

Valentines day on Tuesday. We forgot our anniversary! He rememberd the week before and I rememberd the week after...obviously neither of us had any plans! next year is the bit 30 I think we'll remember ! So I thought I better do something for Valentines, I've run out of dollars, so its a card and some choccies .

On the arthritis front, the Rhumey thinks we have to use prednisone too often to get the ESR down for new Humira scripts,so obviously is not working as well as it should, so he's changing me to Enbrel which is a weekly injection, so fingers crossed it works more efficiently.
the thing plaguing me most though is a damn plantar that is going to kill me to get it out, sooo painful I believe. If anyones got rid of a big one without the freezing or surgery please let me know. I'm a big chicken.

Well that's me for now


  1. I have so much to say but can't formulate any of it right now. :)

    Yeah on the babies!!! As for the C-section, what ever is safest is best. Although I have no experience with twins.

    But as for your plantar's wart... sadly I have much experience. Currently I am resolving myself to the Dr. Scholls wart remover disks and they seem to be doing the job, but will take weeks to work and quite frankly I am not that disciplined.

    Two things that do work though....

    Duct tape the wart constantly. The duct tape deprives it of oxygen and kills the virus.


    Soak a small piece of gauze or tissue in white vinegar. put it on the wart, then band aid or medical tape it into place. Do this for three days, each time with a new piece of vinegar soaked tissue. Clean it down with a razor to remove the dead skin (if you can stomach it) each time you change the dressing. In about a week, the wart will turn black and fall off. Really. It's that easy.

    I'm not a fan of shoes so I get them quite often. And youngest, well he's also plagued because he's not a fan of changing his socks.


  2. Julianna, thankyou, thankyou!! I had read about the duct tape online but had never met anyone who had actually used it. I will give it a try.... going to find the scissors and tape..NOW :)

  3. Your advice about expectations is good. As long as the babies are well, that is all that matters. I have three sets of twin cousins! I don't know how they were born, ceasarian or not. love her little tummy!

    Love the photos of the church. It is beautiful inside and interesting to see the difference in architecture. Wonderful to have your son home. It is funny that he is still messy!

  4. Hi Belle,so true, theres no mark on their foreheads hahah

    some things never change I think..*whispers*....I'm messy too though ..

  5. Glad to hear everyone is reasonably well-even if you are busier than a one armed paper hanger in a high wind.
    Well done on the drama free trip to Melbourne.

    St Francis' is the one church in Melbourne that feels like a church, and that Ladye Chapel is a gem.
    If I ever show anyone around Melbourne that's always included, whether they are heathens or not.

  6. Cool clock face. St Francis is a really nice local church for local people right in the middle of the city and people come from far and wide to attend services. But it still has the feel of a local church for local people. I dare not enter though.

  7. It is sooo good to hear from you. Was wondering how the newlyweds/babies were doing. It is flying by isn't it. Sorry you're meds aren't doing you too well. I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after all these years and started on Lyrica. So far so GOOD! Looking forward to hearing more from you in the near future! Great pics btw. Hugs.

  8. Nice to see you again. Sounds like busy and adventurous times for you. Plus those growing twins. So cute already :)

  9. Nice to see a post from you catching up the rest of the world on what you're up to. :)

    You need to know what the babies are so you can start buying them presents!!!



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