evil winds blow

Condolences and prayers to the people of America suffering as a result of the recent destructive tornadoes.

This year, it seems the not a continent has escaped some type of natural disaster. Whether you believe in climate change or not, it does cause one to pause and wonder.

Certainly natural disasters happen all the time, but it does appear that they are happening more frequently and with greater intensity than in recent times. Whether that is reality, or a perception created from intense media coverage, will no doubt be borne out by scientific research as time goes by.

In the meantime, even if you are a non believer in climate change, does it hurt to be kind to our earth, by taking a little extra effort in your daily life?  Recycling helps society, not just the planet; turning off lights and other energy devices can save you money; walking instead of driving may help you live a healthier old age and  growing your own vegetables, or herbs not only reduces your footprint, but is so rewarding that I swear it is more beneficial than a day at an expensive spa!

It is a little like saying a few prayers just in case there really is a God – what have you got to lose? Keep your own patch clean and we all benefit – what have you got to lose?

Quite a bit if climate change is accelerated by humankind”s activities…

Having experienced a close encounter with the flooding in Queensland earlier this year, I can honestly say, that had I ever had any doubt about the power of nature, I would have none now!When a disaster is on your doorstep, when your family and friends are killed, or suffer as a result, then it is too late to regret all the steps that you could have taken, that maybe, just maybe, might have made a difference, however small.

Take that action now, for all our sakes – think about our homes, think about our earth and do something positive. Just as every journey starts with the first step, so does our support of our earth.  Start today.

Small changes make big differences.

decisions, decisions

I know Kate said that she can’t go on unless I am by her side, but I really can’t decide…

what to wear?

maybe... no I dont think so.

I do like this one.

This one is a particular favourite.

perhaps something a little more simple?

I must admit that I really do like this one

Though, this has Flamingo Dancer written all over it...

Oh dear, the problem is ...

One just can’t overshadow the poor girl on her wedding day, but it is so hard to dress down. I mean when one is as glamorous as I, what can one do? I have to decide though, the girl will be distraught without me.

in need of a cupful of saving graces

Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things that exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the structure of the web.

—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, iv. 40.

You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you.

—T.H. White

Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them

—H. Jackson Brown

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you…yet, someone survived…You can do anything you choose to do.

— Maya Angelou

You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.

—  Elizabeth Edwards

Mr FD’s mother was told by her doctor yesterday, some very unexpected news. She has acute renal failure and has “weeks, if not months” to live.

MIL is 88 and though suffering with a variety of chronic age related ailments we all considered that her general condition meant that she would be with us for another couple of years, so this news has come as rather a shock.

She has now accepted that she needs to stay in care!

And after Mr FD dealing with his parents issues all day yesterday, he came home, clicked open his email and found an email informing him that someone he had worked closely with for years had died. We knew he had bowel cancer, but his death was not expected so suddenly. He was only 63.

In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with an early stage cancer, and my Dad suffered though the last stages of dementia which resulted in his death in the November of that year. Mr FD was also made redundant from a long held position. That year we just reeled from stress to sorrow. 2011 is certainly shaping to revival that for trauma, stress and anxiety. Such is life.

 Hey, Big Whatever – ENOUGH ALREADY! Consider our parade flooded!