Thursday, 27 January 2011

AAADD | KNOW THE SYMPTOMS.....


I must share this! This is one of the funniest emails that I have read so far this year..  Maybe because I can relate to it so much, or maybe it is because someone has put a name to the absent mindedness that occurs when we become a parent, and start to get on in the years..  :S  

Either way, it is very funny!  I have to admit, I like to make a joke out of thing, especially me and the things that I can relate to personally.. 

Its a bit like this :)  "There are 2 kinds of people: those who complain about problem, & those who laugh at it", personally, I laugh at most things, that is the only way to survive I believe.. Humour and music, they keep the soul alive! 

Enjoy  :)

 

Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!!



Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.



This is how it manifests itself:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I head towards the garage, I notice post on the porch table that I picked up from the postman earlier.

I decide to go through it before I wash the car.

I put my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the recycling box under the table, and notice that the recycling box is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the recycling first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the post-box when I take out the recycling paper anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my cheque book off the table and notice that there is only one cheque left.

My extra cheques are in the desk in my study,
so I go into the house to my desk where
I find the cup of coffee I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my cheques but first I need to push the coffee aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The coffee is getting cold, and I decide to make another cup..

As I head toward the kitchen with the cold coffee, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - the flowers need water.

I put the coffee on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers..

I put the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I put the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn't washed

The bills aren't paid

There is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the kitchen work-surface

The flowers don't have enough water,

There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,

I can't find the remote,

I can't find my glasses,

And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all bloody day and I'm really tired.

I realise this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.....

Do me a favour. Forward this message to everyone you know, Because I can't remember who the hell I've sent it to.

Don't laugh - if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

An Aussie Sense Of Humour

For those who are not aware, Australia is in the middle of one of THE wetest storm seasons that we have had in quite some time.. I dont remember having such a bad storm season since I was a little girl.. About 30 years ago.. 

Us aussies are tough.. We live in a very harsh environment where we are suffering either drought, or floods.. Either those, or bush fires.. We get over it though, for us it is the way of life here in Australia.. 

One thing that has developed from our strength of character seems to be an extrememly wicked sense of humour.. We aussies are quite well known, world wide, for what we call here as "taking the piss" out of everything, and the floods are no different.. 

I will also point out that, even though we make jokes of things that are so very serious, we are also very serious people when need arises.. The call for help from the public has been so overwheleming that many people are turned away daily! 

We laugh together, we suffer together.. That is the australian way.. That is the australian spirit.. 

Enjoy, and please have a laugh! WE DO!!



The Problem With Women | Nothing Is Perfect


Both here and in my book, I ask men to step up and raise the bar on and for themselves... but I'm not suggesting that men need to be *perfect*. A good relationship isn't about making everything totally perfect... it's about looking past some of the things that aren't.  ~ Charles J. Orlando

Quote of the Day | Not Love



"They do not love that do not show their love."  
~ John Heywood

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Quote of The Day | Clouds




Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.


 

My Theme Song for 2011










At first I was afraid
I was petrified
kept thinking I could never live
without you by my side
but then I spent so many nights
thinking how you did me wrong
and I grew strong
and I learned how to get along

and so you're back
from outer space
I just walked in to find you here
with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
if I had known for just one second
you'd be back to bother me

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore
weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
did you think I'd crumble
did you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
oh as long as i know how to love
I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
and I'll survive
I will survive (hey hey)

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart
kept trying hard to mend
the pieces of my broken heart
and I spent oh so many nights
just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry
but now I hold my head up high

and you see me
somebody new
I'm not that chained up little person
still in love with you
and so you felt like dropping in
and just expect me to be free
but now I'm saving all my loving
for someone who's loving me

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore
weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye
did you think I'd crumble
did you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
oh as long as i know how to love
I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
and I'll survive
I will survive (oh)

Go on now go, walk out the door
just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore
weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye
did you think I'd crumble
did you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
oh as long as i know how to love
I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
and I'll survive
I will survive
I will survive...!

~ Gloria Gaynor

!!!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Quote of The Day

 


"Life is like playing chess with God. Your moves are called Choices; His moves are called Challenges." 

-  Anon



Women Martial Artists | Skills On Fire

This woman is LEGENDARY!!

Nikki Stanley, World Champion Martial Artist..

Brilliant!

Nikki Stanley HomePage






Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Don't worry, the sharks will take care of the looters!

I remember as a child we would often go on journeys' out to Ipswich.. Which is about 1hr Drive along the west highway.. One of the main things that I remembered was, that my dad would tell us about the sharks they caught up river.. The Bull Sharks go up stream to find the brackish water(a mix of fresh and salt), and from memory, my dad told me that they did this in order to remove some kind of parasite that lived in them.. It was the fresh water that helped to kill, or remove, the parasite.. Now don't quote me on that, I shall find out more info and if that is not correct, then I shall provide the correct information..

There have been many many reports of looting taking place in the western suburbs.. They are very poor suburbs, and they are very badly flooded.. Most who could make it to high ground, did.. A lot remained behind too though, which has given leeway for some residents to take it upon themselves, to help themselves..

Dirty bastards!

That's ok, the sharks should take care of 'em..

Maybe..

Hopefully..




Reports of looters in flooded Ipswich - Yahoo!7
Reports of looters in flooded Ipswich

There are reports of looters and a bull shark in the flooded Ipswich suburb of Goodna, west of Brisbane.

Local Councillor Paul Tully says the main street of the Ipswich suburb is four to six metres under water.

He says residents have reported seeing two boats of people breaking into homes along Brisbane Terrace.

"The people who do that in the time of a disaster are despicable - they're the scum of the Earth," he said.

"They deserve nothing less than a jail sentence for preying on people who are caught in one of the worst crises of their life.

"I just find it absolutely appalling what these people are doing."

He has also warned Ipswich residents to stay out of floodwaters after a bull shark was spotted in the main street of Goodna.

He says sharks are common in the Goodna stretch of the Brisbane river and residents should take care.

"Stay out of the water - you've got the problem of the sanitation of the water, but also the possibility of bull sharks and being eaten," he said.

"I never would have thought I would ever have seen a bull shark in the main street of Goodna." [Source:]

A Good Clean Laugh..

Sometime you cannot beat a good clean joke..

& There ain't nothing like a smile.. Enjoy :)



A preacher was making his rounds to his parishoners on a bicycle, when he came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawnmower.

“How much do you want for the mower?”" asked the preacher.

“I'm just trying to make enough money to buy a bicycle,” said the little boy.

After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked, “Will you take my bike in trade for it?”

The boy said, “You got a deal.”

The preacher took the mower and tried to crank it. He pulled on the string a few times with no response from the mower.

The preacher called the little boy over and said, “I can't get this mower to start.”

The little boy said, “That's 'cause you have to cuss at it to get it started.”

The preacher said, “I'm a minister, and I can't cuss. It's been so long since I've been saved that I don't know if I even remember how to cuss.”

The little boy looked at him happily and said, “Just keep pulling on that string. It'll come back to ya!”



A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we'll talk about it.”

After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father's study where his father said, “Son, I've been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your Bible diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair....”

To which his father replied, “Yes, and they walked every where they went!”

Brisbane Floods - live streaming video powered by Livestream

This is a live video feed from Coronation Dr, Milton.. Which is situated very close to the Brisbane CBD..


Brisbane Floods - live streaming video powered by Livestream


What you cannot see, is the bike way that runs along side of the river.. It is completely under!

Brace yourself, beautiful brisbane..


They are saying that the floods that have recently hit Brisbane, in south east Queensland, are comparable to the floods that Brisbane saw in 1974.. Although there is a break in the weather today, which is expected to last for a few more days, that in no way means that the flooding will stop.. With the Dams at bursting point, we are in trouble!

Brisbane is situated in a cove, of sorts.. There are mountains surrounding us on most sides.. Just to the west of us is The Great Dividing Range, a mountain range which keeps the east coast of Australia separated from the inland.. From the mountains to the coast, which is only a couple of hundred kilometers away, it is all farm grazing land..
To the west of Brisbane we have the Lockyer Valley, a place that I have passed through so many times on my childhood summer adventures out west.. It is made up of many many small townships and farmland..

But what is most important about the Lockyer Valley is the water system.. The Brisbane River itself sources from this valley! So this is probably the most important thing to look at.. As of yesterday, the 11th Jan 2011, the banks of the Brisbane River broke.. Which means disaster is on its way.. More or less..






Flood Risk

The Brisbane River catchment covers an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometres of which about half is below Wivenhoe Dam. The Lockyer-Laidley Valley drains into the Brisbane River just downstream of Wivenhoe Dam near Lowood. The second major tributary, the Bremer River, flows into the Brisbane River at Moggill. Heavy rains in these areas can cause severe flooding of rural districts in the Lockyer and Bremer Valleys and along the Brisbane River. Severe flooding of the Cities of Ipswich (refer to brochure for the Bremer River) and Brisbane has occurred on several occasions. Although Wivenhoe Dam significantly reduces the frequency of flooding in Brisbane City, major flooding can still occur.

Flooding in the Brisbane City area can also be caused by local creeks including Oxley and Bulimba Creeks on the southside, and Kedron Brook, Moggill and Enoggera Creeks in the northern and western suburbs. During intense rainfalls, the suburban creeks rise very quickly and can cause significant flooding of streets and houses.[Source:]



Brisbane to Toowoomba, with the Dam system in view..


If the weather doesn't ease up over this current wet season, well, we are in for a hell of a summer.. Our normal wet season, or storm season, usually comes into effect sometime in January, but this season it started months early, so what happens now? Only god knows..

In the mountains just above the Lockyer Valley, there is a city known by the name of Toowoomba.. The city where my mother was born.. Although I would not call it a city personally, more a big country town..



Toowoomba, from Google Earth..



Toomoomba is situated on the Great Dividing Range, on our treks out west we pass through Toowoomba..


More to come.. The next post will detail the strange weather patterns that we have been encountering this summer..

In the mean time, here is an idea of what is going on in Brisbane at the current time..


BRISBANE'S Suncorp stadium is on fire after rising flood waters short circuited, fire-fighters believe, a generator box.

Smoke is streaming out of a second story vent where it is believed a generator lurks behind.

With Brisbane River having broken its banks flood waters have begun flooding through Brisbane city and right now the water level is about 1-1.2m high on the ground floor of
Suncorp stadium.

As yet the playing surface inside is yet to be covered in water.

However, streets surrounding the stadium have flooded well over 1m and close to 2m high.

Meanwhile, the Queen Street Mall has been locked-down as shops and restaurants prepare for the flood

Shops, including Myer and other major chains, have put sandbags out and boarded up their entrances.

The Regatta Hotel has already been flooded as they prepare for a scenario similar to the 1974 floods when the entire first floor was under water.[Source:]

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The Queensland Floods | Emerald went first..



Emerald, Queensland.
As far as I know, one of the first towns to go under(get flooded out) was a town in central Queensland called Emerald.. I personally have relatives who live in or around this township.. It is only a small town of about 10, 000 people.. Which includes the surrounding farms also..



Here is a little info on the town, compliments of Wiki :)

Emerald is a town located in the Central Highlands district of Central Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Emerald had a population of 10,999. The town is the business centre for the Central Highlands Regional Council.

The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Emerald and it lies on the Nogoa River, a tributary of the Fitzroy River. The town lies almost 300 kilometres from the coast and approximately 270 kilometres west of the city of Rockhampton on the junction of the Capricorn and Gregory highways. [Source:]



Police Media Report @ 3 Jan..


The north of Qld has been hit with the heavy rains since early Dec, but the weather system is now bringing the almost monsoon rain down south.. Last night they expected the town of Gympie to go under.. Gympie is approx. 2hr drive north of Brisbane, and being close to the coast means it gets hit pretty hard.. Also Rockhampton and Marybrough have been hit quite badly from what I have heard..

A lot of towns are having to evacuate at least some some residents(even parts of Brisbane are being evacuated this today).. When they evacuated Emerald back 3 weeks ago, they had to evacuate about 80% of the town..

I will share what photos I have of Emerald being flooded.. It is such a sad sight to see, knowing that I have relatives who are doing it tough, that is heart breaking.. The country spirit is quite amasing though, if you have ever experienced the country, or the outback of Australia, then you would know how true Dorothea Mackellar poem "My Country" is.. My favourite verse of the poem, and what I believe, tells the true story of Australian country life, is;


I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror -

The wide brown land for me!

[this was the first poem that I ever memorised.. one subject that I loved in primary school was poetry.. I loved writing it, memorising it, dissecting it, as well as reading it]

So true too it is.. If it in not a drought that they face out west, then it is flooding rains.. But that is the beautiful fury of this land down under.. The land known as Oz..













Lastly,,

THE CULPRUT!!



Cyclone Tasha..
Tropical Cyclone Tasha was a short-lived, but devastating tropical cyclone that caused widespread flooding in Queensland, Australia during the 2010 Christmas holiday.





Tomorrow I will get to the rest of Queensland..

For further reading, please click this link.. Three-quarters of Queensland a disaster zone.. As of this afternoon..

For the Nasa View of the Floods, please click this link.. Earth Observatory

Or alternatively, The Australian Bureau of Meteorology..