Quagmire

Walking in mud best describes the current path I’m taking. I forcibly remove my left foot, step forward and find my right now buried up to my ankle. We deal with one issue, see the clearing then *poof*, up comes another quagmire to navigate through.

I worked over the Christmas period except the public holidays. Being the newbie, I don’t get to draw straws. I quite enjoyed the quieter time. Head Office was closed for 2 week and most of the staff I deal with were on holiday. I caught up with my filing system on the laptop, completed some online training and went over our marketing material.

Our dog Chi has not been well for a few months so between working and public holidays, we scheduled in visits to the vet. She has had health issues for a long time, recently dropping 4kg in about 6 weeks. Test results show she has developed diabetes. She is now given 2 shots of insulin daily and her health is starting to improve.

 

 

I can see the clearing. I hope to get some play time in soon!

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Christmas Pictures 2018

Below you will not find a gallery of Family Photographs for Christmas celebrations 2018. Fun and food was shared by all but unfortunately the photographer (Moi) is also the chef, the entertainer, waitress, nanny, and general all-rounder so not even a snap was taken on my mobile phone. I’ll have to rely on my memories because we had a great day. Merry Christmas!

 

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The Passing

I held the hand of The Passing.

For four long weeks my light shone brightly as I willingly gave it in an effort to soothe the pain, anguish and confusion of The Passing.

Blessed are those who pass quickly for death can be a cruel transition.

In loving memory of Fay (The Passing)

MM’s (my Man’s) mother has passed away and we have had to put MM’s Dad into a nursing home.  The granny flat has been tidied up and renamed  The Pool House.

We move through another phase in our lives.

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Racing to the finish line

What’s the end goal?

Retirement and being physically and mentally capable of enjoying it is the upcoming phase of my life on the horizon.  As we all do, I want to retire financially independent and comfortable.  Independent of the government and the associated B.S that comes with taking the pension. You hand your life over to them in exchange for money that provides a  basic standard of living. Rules and regulation. Can do’s and can’t do’s. No thank you.

So hence the title of this post. I need to squirrel away more assets to provide an ongoing income when I retire. I start a new job next week and plan to really push on the accelerator.

The position is Sales Coordinator with a large Australian company. I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into something new and exciting.

 

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Going Mad

“Whatcha doin?” I asked.

“Waiting for the train. I don’t know when it’s coming but I’ve been waiting a long time.” He replied.

“Where are you going?” I said.

“I’ve been working. I’m trying to get home.”

He was sitting in his recliner chair at home. The mirrors and glass doors have been covered up to hide the reflection of an old man he does not recognise and who frightens him. He slips through time periods of his life. Today he is much younger and still working.

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When you come to the cattle crossing and wondering if you should enter.

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Moreton Island and The Whales

1770 Captain James Cook named Cape Moreton, also naming the body of water north of Stradbroke Island  Glass House Bay after naming the Glasshouse Mountains on the adjacent mainland.

1799 Flinders discovered that the land south of Cape Moreton was in fact an island and named it Moreton Island and Glass House Bay became Moreton Bay.

1848 Amity Point pilot station moved to Bulwer on Moreton Island. The township of Bulwer was named after Edward Bulwer Lytton, a novelist, playwright, British MP and Colonial Secretary at the time. Pilots at Bulwer guided ships into the channel.

1857 The iconic red and white banded Cape Moreton Lighthouse is lit on the Northern point of Moreton Island . The first and oldest standing lighthouse built in Queensland is constructed of sandstone quarried on the island and stands about 23 metres tall.

1865 Goats and pigs were left on the island by the navy as food for shipwrecked sailors. Goats were also kept at the headland as a source of food for the lighthouse keepers.

1951 Whale Industries Ltd secured a five-year license for the taking of 600 humpback whales per season in a 240km2 area north, south and east of Tangalooma.

1952 Tangalooma Whaling Station began operation as Queensland’s only whaling station The station consisted of a factory surmounted by a flensing deck with a log ramp into the Bay to land whales, a jetty, steam generator and staff accommodation. The season lasted from June 1st to October 31st. The station could process eleven whales per day.

1961 Whales become extremely scarce, virtually overnight.

 

1962 Whaling at Tangalooma was no longer economically viable and the station closed.

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And now  The whales regularly stop by the Island on their migratory route. Probably due to the warmer waters, more and more whales are having their babies here rather than Hervey Bay which is 280km further north.

I took my daughter whale watching for her birthday recently. Brisbane Whale Watching operates from the Redcliffe Jetty over the migratory season June to November.

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