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The importance of balanced eating

Monday, January 03, 2011

I was reading a blog this morning by Susieph1 – and thought it was a timely reminder of the need to ensure ones own food Tracker is balanced
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I think many people track their food – but they just enter what they have eaten that day – no thought of balance or planning – after all it takes time that people seem to resent to enter the foods!!

I wonder how many people actually plan their days meals in advance – and check that they stay within their calorie range – but also that their macro-nutrients (the carbs, protein and fats) are balanced,
Only by doing this can you be sure you are eating a balanced menu – and getting all the nutrients that you need and none in excess to the detriment of others.
I am sure, from reading other people’s pages round the SP site, the main reason people have problems with weight loss is that many people eat below their calorie range or well above, but also that they eat an unbalanced menu – heavy on carbs, or fats and light on protein maybe, or heavy in fats and protein and fats and light on carbs.

After you have finished tracking the days meals – go to the top of the page under the “add a food” button – there is a bar “I have finished tracking” – click this and it will take you to a very good breakdown of your days diet – and at the bottom – a pie graph that shows the precent of the macro nutrients in the days menu!!
The result might surprise you!!

Try to get a balance – it matters not what type of diet you are eating – there should still be a balance in some form!! I am sure it will help with your weight loss – it will certainly help you to be healthy and full of energy. The time sent is well worthwhile!!

  
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MESEATURTLE 1/6/2011 8:23PM

    Thanks a lot for pointing this out!! This is my first week tracking and now I will pay proper attention to the pie chart!!!! Thanx a million!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/6/2011 6:25PM

    One of my favorite things about the spark food trackers is that you can click on the link to show you what your progress is for the day. It shows you all the nutritional info including a PIE CHART at the bottom that shows where you are compared to where you NEED to be with your carbs/proteins/fats. My personal trainer wants mine to read differently than what Spark People suggests and FOR NOW I am trying to stick with his recommendations... but for the most part I watch what I eat and do my best to stay in the range both with my calories as well as my percentages. You're right... a lot of folks don't seem to care but WORSE is the huge amount of folks that don't even track and then wonder why they are not losing weight. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 1/5/2011 10:18AM

    You are so right! I notice that at times I am not balancing & I try to better that on the next day. I willyearn for Kashi Crackers but I am learning to control that a little better but still haven't learned to Balance my act all of the time. Your Blog is good to remind us.

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GRAMMAP1 1/3/2011 11:45PM

    That is a good reminder Ann. Thanks. I do find it difficult to stay with 3 oz. of meat. The 5 veggies is easier, but then I don't do well with fruits. Some day we will get it together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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26M8J7 1/3/2011 8:02PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/3/2011 7:42PM

    WTG Ann!

It does take balance to be successful in our journeys to better health.

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MRSBENNETT2 1/3/2011 6:34PM

    I'm trying to become more mindful of this. Just within the last couple weeks i'm eating more protein and less starchy carbs and no wheat whatsoever. Next will be attention to micronutrients because I agree those are very important.

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LOOSEIT57 1/3/2011 6:25PM

    I think they are very wise words. I will take onboard the do the whole day so I can balance out. I tend to add each meal and then sometimes come tea time I have run out of calories so will get back on track again.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

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FRACTALMYTH 1/3/2011 5:46PM

    You get points for pushing the finished tracking button too! Because I don't eat bread and try to avoid processed foods, I am usually under the recommended carbs - but I don't mind so long as I am close to 135 (their recommended absolute minimum lol)... know any good low cal high carb snacks? The biggest eye opener for me was fats. I do much better with them now!

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MS.ELENI 1/3/2011 5:12PM

    That is the way we should do it but I am happy if i just keep an accurate number for my calories.

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IRONGRANNIE 1/3/2011 5:01PM

    This is quite correct. I discovered right at the start that my problem was an unbalanced food intake ( too high in carbs and too low in protein).

And the added energy from a properly balanced diet is a real wake up call!

Thanks for the blog, Ann.

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401YVONNE 1/3/2011 3:09PM

    Thanks, Ann! You are so right. Eating a balanced diet is so important to remain healthy and to lose weight. God Bless you!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/3/2011 3:05PM

    Thanks, Ann. GOOD INFO!

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DWILCZKO 1/3/2011 2:49PM

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More Flood Pictures - on the lighter side!!

Friday, December 31, 2010

I thought - as its New Years Day 2011 here - I would post a few of the "funnier" photos I have seen with comments - on the Queensland Floods!!
The Queensland Spirit will always come to the top - and we will get through this!!


I hope you take water with your rum!!


pic-nic anyone??


Those Real Estate Agents will sell ANYTHING!!


There seems to be a problem with the road here!!


There is definately a problem with the road here!!


Well - if we can't get a drink - we might as well make the best of it!!


Nothing will stop Queenslanders celebrating New Years Eve!!

  
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YW84FRIDAY 1/8/2011 11:40AM

  The picnic picture was really cool! I love the mirror effect of the water. Did you take it yourself?

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SAMMYSPARRA 1/3/2011 7:30PM

    This will be very hard to bounce back from ... although humour will have it's place for sure - but when those waters eventually go down the heartache, tears & pain will begin!


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DEBIGENE 1/2/2011 10:37PM

    Reminds me of the quote "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" ....... I say ... what else ya gonna do ? I think humor makes all things bearable.

HAPPY 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPYBASKET 1/1/2011 11:42PM

    I think that they have learned as I have, "What can you do" & you might just as well make light of it. I have even surprised my Dr's making a joke about something just on the way in or out of surgery. Why not? You can't do anything about it! Right.

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MS.ELENI 1/1/2011 9:41PM

    Wow.That is sure some flooding

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KRAFTIJAN 1/1/2011 5:50PM

    We aussies always seem to bounce back don't we.. Thanks for the photos..

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/1/2011 5:26PM

    Great Photo's!

Thanks Emma

HAPPY NEW YEAR DOWN UNDER!

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41SUSAN14 1/1/2011 10:13AM

    Great pictures! Thank you, and hope you're dry again soon!

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JAZZIELORI 1/1/2011 7:11AM

    LOL that is funny thanks !
Lori

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/1/2011 6:34AM

    Glad you are safe. Sorry about the flooding especially right now.

Take care and keep us posted.

Jane on Guam

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401YVONNE 1/1/2011 1:14AM

    It's nice that you have a sense of humor. I guess it is the only way to get through this mess. Happy New Year!

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Rain, rain go away. Come again another day!

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MATEYMATE1 12/31/2010 11:43PM

    Fantastic pics, yes queenslanders have a weird sense of humor. Being a queenslander myself.
Keep dry.
love Syl

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26M8J7 12/31/2010 10:04PM

    My home flooded in 2009 and I know how devastating it can be. Take care of yourself and I pray that you all recover soon. Thank you for sharing.

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LOOSEIT57 12/31/2010 8:48PM

    Yes nice to see some humour in this terrible time. Take care all our flooded friends.

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GOANNA2 12/31/2010 8:34PM

    Thanks for sharing Ann.
People are amazing aren't they?

I hope you had a wonderful New Year's
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/31/2010 8:03PM

    WOW... good that you can find humor in the middle of tragedy. I'm so sorry that you & your countrymen are going through all this. You are in my prayers. Love ya, Dawn

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 8:00PM

    Thats a lot of water!
I so feel for them all ..
Thanks for posting Ann.
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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2010 7:46PM

    Good to see humor in even bad times! Thanks for sharing! Hope the flood waters recede quickly! They usually do when there is a lot of sand! Take care!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/31/2010 7:36PM

    When you can't laugh - you cry.

Thanks for the photos!

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VXWALL1942 12/31/2010 7:25PM

    A sense of humor makes anything tolerable! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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Queensland - Australia - Floods

Thursday, December 30, 2010

As the situation is so very bad and I am only about 60miles from some of the worst of it - I thought I would post an update to the situation.
We are quite safe, though we were cut off from town for a couple of days!!

More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday 31st Dec 2010.

Germany is about 137,000 sq miles.
France is about 212,000 sq miles.
Total – 349,000 sq miles.

Or for the Aussies - the area of NSW and Victoria combined - is now flooded!!

Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia is common during the southern hemisphere summer, but the scope of the damage from the recent downpours is extremely unusual, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said

"This is without a doubt a tragedy on an unprecedented scale," Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We now have 22 towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated because the roads have been cut off to them. That represents some 200,000 people spanning an area that's bigger than the size of France and Germany combined."



As we go towards 2011 - please spare a thought for the thousands who are celebrating New Year with nothing left - who have been evacuated and have nothing left to return to!!
And also spare a thought for all the wildlife that is fighting for survival in this, Queenslands toughest hour!!.
Thank you

  
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HAPPYBASKET 1/2/2011 12:01AM

    I don't mean to be really unfeeling. It really is devistating I know & as you said, All of the poor critters. Do you have Animal Rescue teams in that area? Our zoo's & other groups would be out there in a boat after Joey, for sure. They probably are not easy for a person to save but for the groups who usually have vets with them, they would either dart him first or else drop a big net from a helicopter so the the teams in the boat could then do what is necessary. I'm sure that there are many other little critters involved also. How about snakes? Are they coming up into the houses? Now that is when I would head for the rafters.LOL

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/1/2011 7:21AM

    I am so sorry to hear Queensland has been devastated! I am glad that you are safe and OK. I hope the flooding goes down quickly.

My prayers are with you and the area.

Jane on Guam

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MUSIC66 12/31/2010 9:50PM

    the bridge at kingsthorpe flooded two streets in toowoomba flooded flagstone creek flooded a member of our choir got caught in that flood she manged to get out of her rav4 and call for help she hung on to a branch her neibhour help her out she was so lucky she was saved but herc rav4 is a right off.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/31/2010 7:42PM

    Glad to know you are ok - and THRILLED that caloric cycling is working for you!!!

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SKYGIRL21 12/31/2010 11:57AM

    Glad to hear that you haven't washed away. It is pretty scary to watch, wait, and wonder what is going to happen next. Too bad they couldn't have a massive pipeline to reroute all that water from Queensland to Victoria. Solve two problems at once. I will be watching from the other side of the globe and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers this New Year.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2010 4:39AM

    This is awful! What is going on with this crazy weather everywhere!? Al Gore would say Global Warming! So glad you are ok-thanks for the update. We are always concerned for our friends in other countries as well! I hate it happening to the people, but those poor defenseless animals-so sad! Hope help comes to them quicker than we have seen it here in the US sometimes! Take care....Connie emoticon

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 4:04AM

    You are so right about the insurance companies and their own rules. It also depends if the water comes under the door or in through the window. What a load of .... you know what

Sandra

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 3:47AM

    Hi Ann just been watching the ABC I didn't catch the town they were saying will be under water by or on Tue when the water will reach 9 meters = about 30 feet I hear some of the insurance companies are not letting some claim... I hope they aren't saying that this is an act of God...
Please keep us informend .......... thank you

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 2:08AM

    Hi Ann great blog!
Such wonderful information..
Poor wallaby! I hope someone rescues him
Thank you for posting such a interesting and imformative blog.
I am so glad all the teams will see this, and all the world will know how absolutely devastating this will be for our Nation ..
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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 1:37AM

    Hi Ann, I'm very happy you are safe and dry.
Thank you for this blog and photo's along with all that information for the rest of our teams around the world to see. We get to see the snow in the UK, US I wonder who gets to see this devastation that is happening in our country.
My heart goes out to all those flood victims, this is one New Year they will never forget

Stay dry and safe my friend
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DIASTER 12/31/2010 12:17AM

  Your flooding has been on the news here. You have to feel the pain of those poor people that have lost everything. Am thinking of the photographs and mementos that can never be replaced. Our prayers are with you all.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2010 9:36PM

    We have had many areas of severe flooding here in the states too - my prayers are going up for all those who have lost their homes, including the animals.

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FOXXYROXXYD 12/30/2010 9:20PM

    Glad that you are OK. You are all in my thoughts.


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TEDYBEAR2838 12/30/2010 9:10PM

    WOW, thank you for sharing with us. I will pray for the people, the towns the animals. God Be WIth You All!~

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MS.ELENI 12/30/2010 9:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.So glad you are safe

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GOANNA2 12/30/2010 8:44PM

    Hi Ann,
Glad to hear you are ok. It is terrible seeing all this devastion and we should be thinking of all life at this moment.

Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with and hope to call you tonight. With that, I wish you a Happy New Year.
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LJCANNON 12/30/2010 8:43PM

    I am thankful that YOU are safe. Your country will be in my Prayers as we go into this new year.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/30/2010 8:36PM

    You & your countrymen are in my prayers.... Love to you all, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/30/2010 8:31PM

    Oh, my! I didn't realize how bad it was. Thanks for sharing and I will keep all those people in my prayers. Stay safe and keep up updated.

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401YVONNE 12/30/2010 8:27PM

    I pray that you and your loved ones remain safe. Please continue to keep us informed. God Bless you!

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22TULIP 12/30/2010 8:19PM

    WOW! I didn't realize it was so bad in Australia... so much flooding and winter storms in other areas of the world as well.



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MRSBENNETT2 12/30/2010 8:12PM

    Glad to hear you're ok! Mother Nature has been harsh this year hasn't she?

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Bad Weather on both sides of the world

Monday, December 27, 2010

I find it interesting that the weather is so very bad on both sides of this planet we liver on – called earth!!

In USA and Europe you have had bad snow storms that have caused problems and disrupted Christmas for many.

Here in Queensland we have a huge flood problem – but in other parts of Australia they are fighting high temperatures and bush fires!!

Where I am we have been relatively lucky – we are very wet and yesterday I lost power and internet for a time and then it was on and off and on and off!!
We are cut off from town completely now – we had 3” rain two nights ago and last night 4” and it hasn’t stopped this morning with another 4” forecast. And that was on top of a week of showers that had already left the ground sodden!! We are beyond sodden now.!!

We are lucky – we have so far, stayed dry in the house, even though it is a low set house and I had supplies for 2 weeks in the cupboards – so we don’t have to get to town!!

Looking across our front the view was like this most of yesterday


A couple of times it was particularly bad and the water came closer to the house

This was taken from inside the living room window!! It soon drains away though!!

The worst of it is that everything is damp – and growing – this is our chest of drawers in the bedroom



But having said that we are lucky!! At the time of writing this 30 towns in Queensland were being evacuated – because of floods and there is more to come!! Thr rivers have to run down – so the flow will continue. For the people further north there is a lot more rain to come but for us – the rain band is pulling off by tonight and leaving us showers for maybe the next 2 weeks!!
It should be tated that this amount of rain is very unusual.

In our cases it has been caused by a cyclone that crossed the coast on Christmas Day further north – and then decided to soak the rest of the state for good luck!!

But that is the way of life – whether it is Climate Change, Global Warming or just a seasonal adjustment – we can’t control the weather – even though we might chose!!

A happy, Healthy New Year to you all and I hope that you achieve your goals in 2011.

  
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MUSIC66 12/29/2010 6:05PM

    we have had a lot of rain here we have had 500mm this month so far.The bridge at kingsthorpe flooded and or driveway was like a waterfall. even ruthven street in toowoomba flooded.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/29/2010 5:59PM

    Ah well, at least we don't have to worry about bushfires :P

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/29/2010 10:31AM

    hope you dry up quick!! as for the snow..send it ALL my way i love it!! the more the better!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/28/2010 9:42PM

    Stay warm & dry!

Wishing you a very Healthy New Year!

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/28/2010 5:58PM

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So glad you are ok. Why is the furniture damp .. the chest of drawers?

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/28/2010 5:34PM

    Keeping you & yours in my prayers. Stay dry my friend. Thanks for sharing the pix. Glad that you're safe. Love, Dawn emoticon

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PAULAPOOH4 12/28/2010 5:11PM

    Sure glad to hear you are OK!!!!

You are right, the weather is crazy all over the globe. I live in Central California and we have been having winds, rain and snow followed by floods. we are expecting more tomorrow and the snow level is predicted to be down to 3000 feet. Here in Central California we sure need the water, we just couldn't handle it all at once.

Hope you can continue to stay dry!!!!

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HAPPYBASKET 12/28/2010 10:21AM

    Ann, You sure don't want it any closer! I am trying to remember what we did when we lived in France & in the winter the outside walls were not insulated at all so if we heated the inside, we had running water - down the walls. Had to roll the rugs & every towell up against the walls to keep the floors from flooding.& the furniture molded like you are experiencing now. This with a 3 yr. old & a brnad new baby. The oil furnace would only run a few minutes & then blow out, blowing soot all over so we looked like we came from Afica & when it happened at night, we woke up to kerosene flooding the floor. When the heater went off, our only heat was a little kerosene heater. When those people go on strike, all of the utlities joined the strike so all of the cooking was done on the little heater also. What a nightmare that was. No wonder I used up all of my depression in those 3 yrs that we were living there. Would I ever go back? NO.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/28/2010 5:45AM

    Global warming! My foot! What you call cyclone down under we call typhoons in the western Pacific and they call hurricanes in the states. Bad storms, high winds and lots of rain.

Stay safe!

Jane on Guam

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/28/2010 5:06AM

    We in downtown Hobart is still waiting on summer arriving. We had a sprinkle of snow on our mountain Tue, cold winds and rain here and there. The whole world weather has gone crazy grrrr
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SUPREMESASS 12/28/2010 3:01AM

  The complete opposite to what we've got over here in Western Australia. 40 degrees yesterday! A day spent going from the pool to the aircon to the pool to the aircon... Thankfully it's cooling down to lower 30's for the rest of the week - 40 is a bit high for my liking! Stay safe!

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GOANNA2 12/27/2010 10:57PM

    Oh Ann, this rain is unusual but we are being told that
we may get this weather on and off till June.
Susie, it is sad the water is not going into the Murray.

I am just leaving to go for a walk now even though it
is spitting and the wind is actually howling, but I need
to get some fresh air.

Let's hope this eases up soon and the people in the flooded
areas can get back to 'normal'.I watched something on SBS
and it is 20 Celsius and sunny in Siberia and chamomile and
otherflowers are blooming.

The planet is changingand weather patterns are not what
they used to be... Let's hope taht people are able to survive
natural disasters. Nature is a force to be reckoned with.
Peace and blessings.

I am coming up to Caloundra tomorrowand will give you a
call.
Anna
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MS.ELENI 12/27/2010 10:34PM

    Stay safe and dry.

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SUSIEPH1 12/27/2010 10:29PM

    Ohh dear ! What a lot of rain!
I expect it will eventually come down this way!
we have all the weirs out in the Murray ..it is running so fast all the way out to the sea in South Australia,
Such a waste ! Hope the rain eases off soon Ann, and you get a chance to dty off.
Take Care
Hugs Susie

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LIZZIECA55 12/27/2010 10:18PM

    Wow!! I live in Southern California and we actually had a really beautiful day today. We have also had an unusually rainy December. We are way over our numbers for the year. Our next storm is expected tomorrow night. I guess I will go out and get food, just in case. We didn't really have a summer this year; it's been a really unusual year (weatherwise). Hang in there; hopefully it will end soon.

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A few Images of Christmas in Australia

Thursday, December 23, 2010

So – its Christmas Eve in Oz – and this year, because of Christmas Day falling on a Saturday it means a 4 day holiday, then 3 days work then another 3 day holiday for New Year!! Many people had planned to take the extra 3 days in between the 2 holidays and go away – to relatives or to the beach, since it is summer here..

Beach photo
And beach BBQs and picnics with seafood are popular!!

Unfortunately –here in Queensland, a lot of people are planning to stay home instead since we are having a severe weather event with floods and the roads are treacherous

Flood photoi.

However there are certain traditions here
A lot of houses are decorated with Xmas themed lights


And the Cities have Xmas lights displays and Xmas Trees


Some of the bigger shopping centres in the bigger cities have had 24hr trading with the busiest time being between 2.00am and 3.00am – and the centres crammed with shoppers!!


The biggest seafood markets – the Sydney Fish Market has been trading for 36hrs solid as Aussies love their seafood, and they have been very busy –
They sold 1000 oysters a minute, or 120.000 dozen oysters
200 tonnes of snapper
170 tonnes of prawns
And that doesn’t count the other fish and seafood sold!!

Picture of Sydney fish market at midnight


All buying seafood for Christmas Day

And then on Christmas Eve – the main Carols by Candlelight servive that is televised all over Australia is held – in Melbourne,


So – with the sound of thousands singing carols and waving their candles high – I wish you all a Happy and Joyous Christmas and a successful 2011.

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401YVONNE 12/30/2010 8:29PM

    Thanks for sharing. God willing, one day I will visit my cousin in Australia.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/27/2010 11:52AM

    Thank you for sharing this is just lovely!! I hope the flooding abates soon!!

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MS.ELENI 12/26/2010 3:18PM

    looks good to me.Much like our Florida Christmas's emoticon

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EMMAANDBRODY 12/26/2010 1:47PM

    Thanks for sharing. Australia is one of the places I want to visit.
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STEPHIEKNITS 12/26/2010 11:35AM

    Thanks for showing how you celebrate! Hope your Merry Christmas was great and have a safe and healthy New Year!

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JAZZIELORI 12/26/2010 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing what your country does for christmas..what a difference huh? We are expecting a blizzard today..we'll see what happens
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JOANNS4 12/26/2010 8:25AM

    What beautiful pictures. I'm sorry about the flooding. Thank you for sharing.

Jo Ann

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1BEACHWALKER 12/24/2010 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing-would love to visit Australia one day! Wish we had more open markets like that and stay open longer! Have a good one! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/24/2010 7:14PM

    Wow that looks and sounds so BEAUTIFUL!

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DEBIGENE 12/24/2010 6:50PM

    WoW your pics are beautiful thanks for sharing Christmas in Australia, I loved it.

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HAPPYBASKET 12/24/2010 9:55AM

    Good morning over here. How wonderful of you to share pictures of the Australian Christmas. It really helps me feel closer to you as we get prepared for a great day. Laundry & cleaning here today. My punishment for shopping yesterday. LOL & worse yet - to no avail. I liked the expression of Kathrine Hepburn ,in Golden Pond when she referred to her DH as an old Poop. No Spirit or fun. But I refuse to not be Happy during the Christmas Season. The Birth of Jesus is something to be celebrated.
I too liked the Santa Hat on the Beach. Like our Cacti around town all wearing Santa hats. Great sense of humor & I love it. Thank You again.

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GIVINGINOW 12/24/2010 9:54AM

    Beautiful pictures! I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy and successful new year :)

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BRIAEL 12/24/2010 4:59AM

    Merry Christmas to you, Ann. Hope you have a wonderful day. :)

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JOANOFSPARK 12/24/2010 1:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wishing you a safe and merry Christmas.....and a very happy New Year....loved the pics ..funny how some things are so similar and yet others so different, but that is true here as well.....loved the picture of the guy on the beach with the Santa hat......that is too funny...great pics as always...:)

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2MUCHRUTHIE 12/23/2010 11:04PM

    I loved the pictures. Thank you so much. Sorry about your flooding---it has been flooding in parts of WA state also but not where we live; but it has rained for days--lightly. emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/23/2010 10:12PM

    I think I could stand it!!

With the weather we've been having here, I'm kinda wishing we weren't having a white Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas and may the New Year bring you many blessings.

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SUSIEPH1 12/23/2010 9:37PM

    Love your blog my friend !!
great idea!
love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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SKYLERSNANNA 12/23/2010 9:02PM

    Oooh seeing that makes me homesick so bad emoticon but Im having a white christmas in Canada this year emoticon

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ADORNED2 12/23/2010 8:23PM

    Awesome photos - Thanks for sharing - I had to chuckle at the one of the guy on the beach - no shirt and a Santa hat - too cute! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/23/2010 8:21PM

    AWESOME! Thank you so very much for sharing these pictures with us. Merry Christmas to you my precious friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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26M8J7 12/23/2010 7:58PM

    These are beautiful photos, thank you for sharing them. Sorry to hear about the flood and I hope everyone is ok. Thanks again for sharing.
Barbara

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MADKAPKID 12/23/2010 7:49PM

    Oh,Thank you so much for sharing your photos. It is so nice to see how others celebrate the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Holiday Hugz.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/23/2010 7:42PM

    lovely! thank you for sharing.

funny how the traditional Christmas dinner is different from country to country. even family to family.

enjoy your Christmas fare!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/23/2010 7:30PM

    Thank you for sharing this! I enjoyed it! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/23/2010 7:23PM

    Thanks for sharing these photos...it's really nice to see how others celebrate the holidays! ~hugs~ Merry Christmas!

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BETHV10 12/23/2010 7:22PM

    Thanks for the pictures. It looks beautiful there.

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MZLADY77 12/23/2010 7:18PM

    Nice pictures...I wish I was there. emoticon

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CJWORDPLAY 12/23/2010 7:18PM

    Oh, Thank you. It's wonderful getting so see pictures of your celebration. Sorry the weather has been so extreme for you.
Wishing you Happy Christmas as well! emoticon

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MRSBENNETT2 12/23/2010 7:18PM

    Merry Christmas Emma! One thing I found charming/amusing about Christmas in AU is the folks who've decorated their houses with lights....hanging out with the neighbors drinking beer while all the people drive through the neighborhood to look at the lights. That's something you just didn't see where I'm from because it was always cold and damp! And Santa wears a red Hawaiian print leisure shirt...that's good too. emoticon
Hope you don't get hit with any bad weather.

Shelli

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