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Where in the heck did this come from?????

Monday, February 28, 2011

Talk about the seven plagues, I think I’m in the middle of the medical version of the biblical event.

Don’t ask me where I picked it up but I’ve managed to get the “Gastroenteritis from Hell”.

Tuesday and Wednesday headaches that would cripple a horse. emoticon

Thursday and Friday well let’s just say I could have given Linda Blair from The Exorcist a run for her money. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Saturday and Sunday you’ve heard of “loose lips”? well without going into any gory detail I had the loose and not from the lips. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Monday and by the looks of Tuesday, gripe, gripe, gripe, the pains are marching!!!! emoticon

I have lost all interest in food, a monumental first for me and I have come to know the bathroom as my second home. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I’m trying to soldier on and Spark away but sitting at the computer I’m reminded of a frog on a hotplate, jiggling all over the place. emoticon emoticon

I’m trying hard to keep a sense of humour about the whole thing but it “aint easy, so to all my friends here who have sent me goodies and heartfelt good wishes, I have not forgotten any of you. As soon as my tuckus can sit for more than 10 minutes at a time, I’ll be sending goodies galore. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I say goodbye as I run (with alacrity) to the said bathroom and in MacArthur’s words “I WILL RETURN!!”
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/30/2012 3:11AM

    Oh no...That is the pits. I hope you are back to normal soon. If not, a visit to the Doc would be wise! emoticon

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SASSISPRING 7/25/2012 4:46PM

    LMHO!! I live with ulcerative colitis, so I can so relate and this is the funniest description of stomach issues that I ever read! Thanks for the laughs. Oh dear that doesn’t sound good. I mean, I laughed with you and not at you and I hope you are feeling so much better now. But still………LMAO!!!

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POETICJUSTUS 7/21/2012 5:27AM

    Hi dear, I'm doing my Texas -Two Step for the prevention of G.I. Distress for you. If this doesn't cure what ails ya, we'll @ least get our fitness minutes . Me, from shaking my 250+ lb. groove thang. I'll dress in my cowboy boots, cowboy hat,yoga pants & exercise bra screaming to be set free! You, laughing your butt off @ the thought. Well that's what spark friends are for. Blessings emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 7/9/2012 8:59AM

    Hey Jules... has this “Gastroenteritis from Hell” gotten any better?
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KATHRYNLP 4/12/2012 8:16AM

    Oh Dear... my hubby suffered from this for years... Hope yours is not so serious, Jules! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/22/2012 8:44AM

    I don't know how I missed this blog way back in February, I am really slipping!!!! I do remember you going through all this from our threads and glad you are back to your chipper self!!!!!!

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GGCHET 3/22/2012 8:06AM

    Sense of humor? when I had that I couldn't muster a smile....hard with one end planted on the commode & the other reaching for the tub.....
I know it was a while ago but.......hope you are fully recovered!!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHLOE453 1/28/2012 6:23AM

    Oh I sure hope this passes soon for you, it sounds like you have been through mill and back. Sending lots of healthy vibes your way to chase that darn “Gastroenteritis from Hell” away from you. Sure hope you feel better soon....take care my friend! emoticon emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 12/21/2011 7:02AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon! emoticon

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LIBBYG7 11/26/2011 2:51PM

    Oh please, get well soon!!!

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Gentle hugs, Libby
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POETICJUSTUS 11/15/2011 3:39PM

    So sorry about your illness,butt (Hee-Hee forgive me), you have me sitting on the edge of my seat with the story your journey and laughing my rear off. No worries, there's plenty to spare. Feel better soon. You really are a Jewel. Blessings !
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~ Get Well Soon ~

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PATTIE441 5/28/2011 10:36PM

    Goodness! Sorry about all that you have gone through. Hope things are better now! But your humor is so refreshing and comical. Have you thought about doing stand up comedy? You would be great! Really enjoy when I can get on the computer in the morning and have fun with the musical thread. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EARTHMOTHR 5/5/2011 7:37AM

    I am just reading this. I am SO sorry. What a horrific time. I would bring soup if I could. emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/30/2011 10:28AM

    I am reading this after the fact but I am sorry to hear you were so ill I hope that is your last bout with that dreadful lurgy!

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NANHBH 3/27/2011 10:34AM

    I'm reading this a month after the fact, but I sure hope you lost some weight for all your sickness! Appropriate that I should read this today, since I'll be preparing for a colonoscopy later this week! It'll be self-induced and hopefully over in a day for me, though. Hope you are feeling top notch now! Love that toilet icon. Where did you get it?

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PRINCHESSA 3/25/2011 5:38PM

    I've so missed you! I sure hope you're feeling better now ;)

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OLDERDANDRT 3/25/2011 2:54PM

    Had the barfs throughout one night, but thank God nothing like you are (or have) gone through. So, I've been sick in any different ways over the last month and a half and since there has been no further blogs from you than this so far, you must be ranging the gammit, too. Hope you feel better soon. Maybe we can get on with the business of life! Seriouly, I really hope you are better!!

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CATIATM 3/8/2011 4:38AM

    Good heavens! You poor thing! That sounds dreadful!! emoticon Please take care of yourself!

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/5/2011 9:28PM

    Jules, I don't know how I missed this blog, I knew you weren't feeling very well but didn't know it was this bad. I feel so bad for you but on the good side, did you lose any weight????? Sure hope you are better by now.
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/5/2011 6:40PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you've been unwell...ghastly so it appears! Thank goodness, your illness didn't affect your wonderful sense of humour...I just love it!

Is your weather cooling down any? Our days are still quite chilly here (it was -10 all day) but at least the sun is out. Can our Spring be that far ahead?

Just thought of this...you should have been wearing a pedometer for all those trips back and forth to the bathroom....oh course, you might have flushed it....

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LESLIES537 3/5/2011 9:20AM

    You crack me up! Just think of all the exercising you're getting running to and from the BR! emoticon

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LINDATWIN2 3/3/2011 5:52AM

    So sorry to hear about this, my Dear ! I'm hoping you get better soon !
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ONECOOKIETWO 3/2/2011 2:34PM

    May this run through quickly and be done.
No MORE!!!!

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HANNAHV 3/2/2011 2:03AM

    Gosh Juleen you are really suffering, sending a bunch of get better hugs your way. TAke care and REST girl!



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GEMINIAN1 2/28/2011 4:58PM

    I feel for you. Get well soon.
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KAYDE53 2/28/2011 4:49PM

    You poor thing!! Sounds like the long version of the flu!! I've only had the abbreviated version twice, that was bad enough!! Yes, please don't let yourself get dehydrated!!! On the bright side, you may lose quite a few pounds, but what a horrible way to do it!! Hope you get better soon!!! Take care!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNCHER 2/28/2011 1:03PM

    Hope you feel better real soon! Hang in there!
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MAXFOCUS 2/28/2011 12:06PM

    Oh no. I hope you recover quickly.
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PAMBWS 2/28/2011 11:15AM

    Hope your back on your feet - or is that tuckus - soon...& feeling better. I know how you feel - been there, done that & wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy!

Take it easy & look after yourself.

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TIME4COFFEE 2/28/2011 10:05AM

    I hope the worst of it has run it's course and you're on the mend. All things considered? I would say you're doing a remarkable job at keeping your humor.

To better days my friend!
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KATHRYNLP 2/28/2011 9:45AM

    Sounds like the Flu. If you feel like your dying, then that's it. Sorry; hope you don't have it for two weeks, like I did. emoticon emoticon

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EUPHROSYNEA 2/28/2011 8:20AM

    Aw, poor you, Jules! Take good care of yourself and hopefully you'll feel better soon! I know the feeling, I had the exact same problem last week. It's no fun at all!

Lots of hugs!
Annelies

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KATHYSCOLLIES 2/28/2011 3:32AM

    Oh dear, Jules, I feel your pain - I really do!!! It is definitely NOT a fun situation to deal with at all. And in our house it is made worse by the fact that we all share the same bathroom, so Lord help us if more than one is afflicted at the same time.....

Hope you are feeling better sooner rather than later! In the meantime, think positively and remember that this too shall pass ( no pun intended).

Hugs,
Kathy

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TWOTIMESS 2/28/2011 3:28AM

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Hope this bug works it's way out your system! Stay hydrated!

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SUGARBABY60 2/28/2011 3:08AM

    awww poor baby Wish there was something I could do for you this has lasted quite a while .I am so sorry you are feeling bad. Hope you get to feeling better very quickly!take care.

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YMUNDERWOOD 2/28/2011 3:01AM

    I completely understand where your coming from I had the samething at the beginning of January. the lack of sleep because of constantly getting up to go to the bathroom and the lack of appetite. I actually lost 7 lbs by the time it cleared up.

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Black Saturday - Remember, Reflect, but life goes on.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I've been thinking of doing this blog for months and today, on the anniversary of the Black Saturday fires I've tried for hours to make a start.

Just where do you start to describe an absolutely horrifying disaster. There have been many this decade, I can only describe the one I was involved in.

I can't describe blow by blow what happened suffice to say that at 5.00pm we were outside doing nothing in particular and by 6.30pm the sky had turned black, the fire was on its way and we had finally evacuated to Yea showgrounds.

The first night was spent on the nature strip across from the Fire station. Still in shock with my family and animals in tow, I remember people looking lost, some screaming for sights seen or from not knowing what had happened.

We spent 4 nights sleeping either in the front or back seat of the cars or on the trailer, dirty, tired, fearful and desperate for news of what had happened to Flowerdale. I had heard conflicting reports, one moment all of Forest Road had burnt the next only one house survived. Depending on donated food and clothes we started to think that the evac centre was where we'd spend the next few weeks at the very least.

Seven days had passed until we had learned that our house had survived and as soon as we could get things together we set off home. It was heartbreaking to come home to what was always paradise and see so many houses and so much bush decimated. We spent the next 2 weeks on generator power before the power could be connected. The work started then to get our place back to paradise and is still going on, I hope the photos give some idea of how much things changed over the last 12 months.

just after the fire looking up to a neighbours house


during our very wet winter


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but to show that things do grow and can be improved upon here are some shots of some of my gardens that have been put in over the past couple of months.





So as I finish this difficult blog I say goodbye to the friends that I lost on that day.

Raye Carter who died trying to save her beloved dairy goats, she was a wonderful friend for many years who gave us unlimited help when we were breeding our dairy goats.

Donnie, Helen, Donnie Jnr and Cherie Lee Walker, our Saturday nights at the Flowerdale Pub were some of the friendliest and fun nights we had.

Bob Harrup, my next door neighbour who succumbed to smoke inhalation and died later at the Flowerdale Pub. A gracious gentleman who I will miss seeing pottering around in his garden.

And to Nigel (a neighbour up the road) and Troy another neighbour who kept an eye on the evacuated houses in case looters came around I give big hugs.

And finally my Sparkfriends who have kept me laughing and given me great support during this time. I love you all

  
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PATTIE441 5/28/2011 10:41PM

    I'm just now reading this, and want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm very sorry about your friends. What a horrible and devastating loss, but you have made a wonderful tribute to them in this blog and rebuilding beauty. emoticon emoticon

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NANHBH 3/27/2011 11:00AM

    Gosh, Jules,

I had no idea what you had been through. Thank you for sharing this. You are a strong lady!
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LESLIES537 3/5/2011 9:28AM

    Thank you for sharing your story with us....and your heart. It was a beautiful tribute to those whose lives were lost. Lots of love and hugs to you! emoticon

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TWO_SPARROWS 9/26/2010 7:31PM

    Hiya, Jewel:

Thanks for the Sparkgoodie; that was cute. Yes, we're on dialup but the cost of moving to even broadband or satellite is really prohibitive right now. Will have to continue with taking naps during downloads until our local provider sees fit to include us with the rest of the world. Should be sometime during the next millennium, if my estimations are any gauge. I may be too old to type by then!

I am just looking at this blog. Wow. That's all I can say. It has to be a heart-wrenching experience to say the least. I'm so very sorry you've lost so much, but very grateful you've retained so much. We drove through Cape Breton Island here on the East Coast of Canada some 40 years ago when a devastating forest fire completely levelled the forest on Old Smokey Mountain there (yes, we were on "top of old Smokey", but there was no cheese). We were gape-mouthed at the miles and miles of ruin, but we didn't live there. I can't begin to imagine having everything I own and love so close to that kind of destruction.

Your garden looks FANTASTIC! What an affirmation of your determination for life to go on in the face of all that has happened.

I'm assuming from the kinds of plants pictured in your garden and the general lack of snow during your "winter" that you're on the other hemisphere from us, meaning you're in either Australia or New Zealand, probably Australia. I've heard about those fires...not good things, either.

You've a great attitude, and have done something constructive. Keep up the good work, the good thoughts, and keep us posted with pictures of that lovely little green patch you've started!

Yay YOU!!!
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BARBARA_BOO 9/21/2010 3:00PM

    It was a trying time. For days, we watched the news reports, not knowing if you had survived. We were so relieved when the happy news came. It had to have been horrendous to live through it, but better than the alternative.

Your new gardens are beautiful. I'm sad that you lost friends and neighbors. Life does go on, and you're creating another paradise.

Love,
BOO-BOO

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GOLDCHOCOBO 9/5/2010 6:40PM

    Oh my goodness! Look at the difference a year makes! I am so glad your house was spared, and my prayers are with those whose houses and lives were not. You must have been terrified! You are a very strong person.

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WILLKEEPTRYING 9/2/2010 10:53AM

    Did not know you then my new friend. I am so humble over my little troubles and wish the best for you.
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KATHRYNLP 8/26/2010 9:47AM

    I have no idea how devastating, traumatic and terrifying this must of been for you and your neighbours. To be so helpless, is an understatement. I'm so glad that you and your family plus the furry ones, and your house, survived. The mental scars are evident in your Blog, so I say, bask in the glory of your gardens, and the love which surrounds you! emoticon

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HANNAHV 4/29/2010 7:59AM

    It is wonderful how nature comes back with gusto after a disaster.
So sorry about the human lives lost, I was not aware so many people died-terrible.

Hugs
Hanna
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ASHENPOND 4/17/2010 1:01AM

    Thanks for sharing, I was evacuated in the Ash Wednesday fires so I know what terror you must have gone through. I am so sorry to hear that you lost friends on that horrible day. Stay positive my friend. Your new garden and outbuildings look terrific. It is amazing what can be done after a fire.

Take care, Jenye.

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JSTINMT 3/31/2010 3:16PM

    I know I'm really late reading this blog, but I have to say I love your bold, positive spirit. You lost so much, yet choose to focus on what you still have and what has come back. I love the new garage and your garden in it's current state is beautiful again! You're right, life goes on and we can make it beautiful again! Thanks for the reminder!
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METALLICAT1 3/1/2010 8:54AM

  So sorry to hear about the terrible fires & loss of beloved friends. But it is so nice to see how beautiful your new gardens are. It's great that you were able to rebound so quickly from all that tradgey. Hope you & your neighbors never have to go through that again. Take care.

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_MAOMAO_ 2/17/2010 1:21AM

  Juleen, I'm glad you're here at Spark! I'm SO sorry for the folks you lost that day, and for all the homes. Did a web search, didn't recognize your town's name but I knew you in Australia's horrid fires. Your gardens are beautiful, it's neat to see greens and colors there.

I've walked through burned forest. It's surreal, it's too quiet. There was so much red on the trees, residue from the chemicals dropped by planes.

God bless all of you!

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FINEARSESOON 2/17/2010 12:15AM

    Flowerdale...I had no idea, and to be honest..never heard of 'Flowerdale' until now. What a tragic story, and glad you're hear to tell the tale. emoticon

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MUSIC66 2/11/2010 3:44AM

    thanks for sharing i live in toowoomba queensland i saw a lot about the black saturday fires on the news last year then i saw how things where going after the fires on sunrise last week my 2 younger son school had a free dress days last year to raise money for those areas affect by those bush fires i give them a bit extra money to donate to those bush fires.

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STENEJULIA 2/9/2010 6:36PM

    Thanks for sharing it with us.
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OLDERDANDRT 2/7/2010 6:32PM

    Bless your heart, what you've been through! Your gardens, now, look great and you have obviously done alot of work getting over your tragedy. Carry on, Spark friend ! My continued thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jayne

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REIGN1 2/7/2010 5:20PM

    I remember you being worried and watching the fire come over towards your place. Then not hearing from you. I did so much digging to find you on the internet. Finally I do not even remember who or how I got a confirmation that you were alright. What you went through is amazing and yet you still always make us laugh. its nice to see the new pics and blessings going out to your lost loved ones and thankful we still have YOU!!!
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MAXFOCUS 2/7/2010 11:30AM

    I don't think it is possible to give you enough hugs after reading your blog. So sorry for your loss but happy to see your new gardens and the green return around your home.

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URBANLOTUS 2/7/2010 6:43AM

    I was so encouraged to read your post and see your 'after' pics. I've spent this weekend thinking about the fires and all the damage they did. I'm so glad you persisted with your post.

May time heal the wounds. May your lovely lost friends never be forgotten.

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CATIATM 2/7/2010 6:02AM

    Oh Juleen, I can onlyt imagine that trauma, and I'm so glad your home escaped destruction. My grandparents survived a big fire in the 60s, and it stayed with them throught the rest of their lives. I know you won't ever forget, but I hope you are able to move on emotionally. emoticon

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The Old Bag's Back And You're Gonna Be Sorry!

Monday, December 01, 2008

OK Hands up all who started to sing "Hey now, hey now"?

Well now that I've got your attention, I've been long gone from the blog front, but I'm back (at least for a moment) with news of my couple of days off.

Big deal you say? probably but as a carer I don't get too many days just for myself and this time I got to catch up with a few old friends.

I've known Elaine for about 25 years, we don't get to see each other very often now but when we do, look out!!!. We were to have a dignified lunch with a few other ladies, but you know what they say about well laid plans!! I was walking up to the Art gallery where we were to have lunch and I noticed a couple of old girls standing around out the front waiting as I got closer (and to my horror) I found that the old girls were the ones I was going to meet and that I, by arriving, was adding to the number of old girls!!

The trouble with getting older is that on the inside I feel only 20 but the outside is creeping up there getting to the wrong side of 50. I don't notice it much at home as I see my mug in the mirror everyday, but when you see your friends that you remember when you were young and reckless, getting on in years, well it's a bit of a shock to the system.

The good thing about memories is that with a couple of drinks and a few hours of laughing, joking and just being ridiculous I was transported back to when the night never ended and we got up to things that they stick on Youtube these days.

I live by the saying "Grow old disgracefully" when they come to take me when my time is up, they better be ready for a fight, 'cos I'm not going quietly. I still check out the good looking young fellas and think about the times when I would have given them a run for their money and I thank goodness that nobody can read my mind, as I'm sure I'd shock the crap out of most people. Now people have to take me as I am, if they don't like the way I muck about well tough, I've spent enough time on this planet now to do as I please and stuff anyone who doesn't like it.

Now I don't like to have my picture taken, for some reason when they say smile, they take forever to actually snap the picture and when they do my smile has slid down my face and I look like I've got constipation. For anyone who's interested I'm the porker in black on the left of both pictures, I still wonder who that old girl is sometimes and I have to look twice when I see her in the mirror when I pass.

The only good thing (if that can be said) about these pictures is that everyone else has got old as well. Well as I close this long winded blog I raise my glass to the "Old Bags Club" and thank them all for a great day and I can't wait for the next meeting.

  
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GARDENCHRIS 10/20/2012 8:47AM

    isn't it fun to be a part of these type of groups!

AND you changed your page! CUTE!

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CASEYTALK 4/24/2012 8:16AM

    Agreed on growing old disgracefully, but calling you a porker? Nope. No one calls my friends evil names and gets away with it, missy!

As one who is also on the north side of 50, I agree that it's odd to see how old I am in the mirror when I feel the same inside. Now that we're past all that silly teen angst and self doubt and desperate need to please years, it is fun to relax and laugh with our friends who get it, too. Glad you had a great time.

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NANHBH 3/27/2011 11:05AM

    LOL! I could have written this - how DID I get this old? I don't realize how old I am until I hear that a friend's child, that I remember being born, is graduating from college. But, I don't FEEL 22 years older - how can they be graduating from college? Funny how we can deceive ourselves, isn't it?
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ILIVEW4DOGS 4/21/2010 7:48PM

    Nothing "old baggish" about your attitude toward life! My 50+ year old friend and I were talking just yesterday about the only difference between how we feel now and how we did at 25 is we feel more comfortable with ourselves!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 11/29/2009 4:40AM

    I agree .... you are so fun! Isn't it great being an old bag? I love it. I'm lucky like you to be surrounded by other 50+ ladies and we just laugh and laugh at the turmoils of the "puppies"(not in a mean way). It's great being an old dog. emoticon

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RASTUS55 10/9/2009 10:33AM

    I had to come visit your page after your bit on SAD on a post. I love this, my gosh you sound like me in so many ways!!! I love it! I think I better make you one of my buddies on here because you and I have a lot to share! This is great!
Ruth
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JILLYB2 4/4/2009 2:30PM

  how the hell did I miss this blog!!
must of been during my computer out age lol
im so sorry!!
and I think you look marvelous!!!!
you dont look like an old bag to me silly!

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GRAMMACATHY 3/13/2009 12:49AM

    I keep wondering when the baby turned 30. It can't be possible the older kids are pushing 40. It really hits me when I see one of the kids friends from school. They can't possibly be that old.... The upside is all those adorable grandkids. Of course the oldest grandkids are teens now. If we have to be "Old Bags" then I want to be a well loved Armani.
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MARGOMCP 3/2/2009 12:44PM

    I remember when I went to my stepsister's second wedding after she was widowed; I was flower girl in her first one. I knew the groom from when I was a 5-8 year old child and they were in college (my sister's 13 years older than I am). Her sorority sisters from college whom she's kept in touch with all these years were there too and I saw them and was shocked (they and my stepsister were in their early- to mid-60's) that my sister was hanging around with such old ladies!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2009 12:59PM

    Loved your blog. You don't look constipated, just tired of waiting for the photographer to snap! I have the same look, y'know? Reading your blogs & such, I found we're the same age and I'm sure alot of the same feelings and problems. You sound absolutely marvelous to me. I, too, like to have friends around the world. Australia!!! I've always wanted to visit it. Love your pics and your little corner of the world looks like heaven on earth! Your critters are neat, too!!! I haven't got any pictures yet, but feel free to visit my page. I plan to do some changing and adding there. Your welcome to come often! Hope we can become friends. emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/18/2009 6:22PM

    I loved your blog. I have friends I have knon for over 40 years and we are lucky enough to get together once a month even though we live in different parts of the state and we have a ball. Laughter is the best medicine and you seem to have loads of fun. Good on you and keep it up. We have earned our lessons in life, haven't we?
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JSTINMT 1/7/2009 7:58PM

    You always make me laugh!! I am so happy for you: first you had a day off, and second you have great friends to spend fun time with. emoticon

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ALZADAGRACE 12/31/2008 10:37AM

    You are a hoot! I have always told people (I mean even when I was a teenager, way, way, way back) I was going to be an old lady chasing the male nurses around in my wheelchair! Now I think, let's skip the wheelchair!

I think you are gorgeous! Then again I'm a sick woman who is happy to have made it to 50!

It was like I got a huge present, "Hey Stupid, you made it to 50! You can do anything you want!" Kind of thing.

I love life and learning, I think you do as well.

Have a GRRrrreAtE day!

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REIGN1 12/15/2008 9:40PM

    You are a pretty old bag! (I know, I'm a Dick) LMAO!
Its nice that you have an old bag club for support. Its funny how we age on the outside but on the inside we still have fun!
Glad you had a great time with your friends. Its friendship that gets us thru all of our days as we grow out and down. LOL!


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MAXFOCUS 12/1/2008 10:41PM

    I'm so happy to read you had a few days off. What a wonderful time getting together with the girls. Thanks for posting the pics. Fun-fun!!

Max

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JHARTMAN213 12/1/2008 9:01PM

    Girls Day Out! What memories! A good friend of mine moved to New Jersey so I will be missing some of those good times with her. Thank goodness for cell phones and free time after 9 pm. It's hard to just let go of a good friend when they move. Sounds like you had a blast! Laughter is good for the soul. If you are like me and my friends, I'm sure you giggled and laughed for hours. Jeannine emoticon

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~*LINDA*~ 12/1/2008 4:50PM

    What a great time you must have had, i just love the girls days out,,, they are very few and far between now so like you i make the most of it,,,, we`ll have to have one of our own,,LOL.
Hope the break did you good!Oh and i agree you don`t look like you`re constipated just maybe a little windy!!!! emoticon

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HOFMAE 12/1/2008 8:09AM

    Nice blog!

Remember, you are only as old as you feel.

My grandmother is 85, her sister is 86. I spent a week with them this last summer in California. They finally decided that they might be starting to get old.

I'm glad you had fun with your friends, and I don't think you look constipated in your photo
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NEVERAGAIN45 12/1/2008 7:49AM

    Juleen! It is so good to "see" you!

Your blog was great and I think alot of us ladies are in the same boat.
"Who IS that woman looking back at me in the mirror?!?"

Oh well, we have earned each and every wrinkle. I COULD say we've earned each and every pound, but I'm not quite sure about that one!! emoticon

I'm glad you had a wonderful time with your lady friends. You deserve it!!

Take care, my friend!!

Karen
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Auditions

Thursday, July 31, 2008


Well I have finally posted a blog entry after a month long drought. I still amazes me that I'm doing it now, when I feel so lousy.

I have picked up some nasty virus, which I thought was just a cold at the start, but it has migrated into my chest (ample as that is) and is hanging on. I could audition for the lead roll in "Night of the LIving Dead" at the moment, check my screen test photo above. I feel every bit as horrible as the picture looks, I have coughed so much I feel like I've hacked up, what feels like, 2lbs of body parts.

The last time I felt worse than this was about 15 years ago when I came down with the "HongKong Flu" even my hair hurt back then!!

It's really irritating me as I'm not a sick person and it is not usually in my nature to whinge, but at the moment I'm just one big whinge. I can't even check out the funny posts on my teams, if I start laughing I end up in a coughing fit and finish off just about peeing my pants. Not a good looking sight I can tell you.

I have to send big hugs (minus the germs) to all the beautiful people out there who have sent me get well wishes. I can't tell all of you how much it means to have someone send such good thoughts.

I'm off to the doctors again tomorrow, so I'm hoping this time he can help me to shake of this rotten bug.

Here's hoping I'll be on the mend and back to giving cheek to all and sundry by next week.

Cheers

Juleen

  
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BAMATHIN 8/12/2008 11:26AM

    Oh noes, I hope you're feeling better baby! *hugs you to pieces even with your nasty germs* Keep us up-to-date.

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CATIATM 8/7/2008 8:08AM

    Wow. This is sort of what I have now. Allergies became a sinus infection which is moving into my chest .... Ick. How long did it take you to recover? When did your ears finally unblock?

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REIGN1 7/31/2008 11:13PM

    AWW! here's to pissing your pants!

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OLIVEJUICE2 7/31/2008 5:46PM

    Awww, glad to see you're (sorto of) back from your deathbed & givin' us an update. I really didn't want to have to crack my whip, so WHEW!!!

Get some Gingerale while you're out at the doctor's tomorrow. That'll help keep ya hydrated (& might aid in the pants-wetting too). emoticon

Cheers & continued wellness my friend,
OJ/KB

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WILMAMAY1956 7/31/2008 1:52PM

  sorry to hear you are feeling so yucky hope the doctor helps you feel better soon hugs wilma emoticon

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MAXFOCUS 7/31/2008 9:32AM

    Juleen, sorry to hear you are feeling so lousy. I had a yucky cold for three weeks but you have me beat. I hope the doctor is able to help you kick this bug and you feel better soon. Big hugs to you! emoticon

Max

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NEVERAGAIN45 7/31/2008 8:47AM

    Get better, my dear friend!

By the way, with that screen test photo, the role is yours for sure!!!

Cheers back to you!

Karen
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JILLYB2 7/31/2008 7:23AM

  your a true sparker!! you blog even when your down!
hope your feeling better soon !

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STENEJULIA 7/31/2008 4:05AM

    Oh no! I hope you get to feeling better soon! I had the flu this year too and it's the pits! Get lots of rest(between the coughing) and drink lots of liquids. You have plenty of reason to feel grumpy, so don't worry about it!
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Friends

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Hi All,

After hearing this week that a friend of mine was not well and waiting for test results, I got to thinking about friends. We all have them, close ones, just say hi ones, ones you smile and wave at and these days "Internet" friends.

A lot of people like to dismiss those as nothing special or like to make people feel like losers for having them. I have even heard some say that people who spend time on the internet should get out of the house and meet some "real" people.

I love to meet all sorts of people, I talk to complete strangers in shopping centres, in hospitals all over the place and have never thought that it was strange, so why should I classify talking to people over the internet as strange. I only difference I can see between the two is that the latter are usually in another country and that, I think, is the best part.

I love the idea of "talking" to people from all over the world, I have friends in England, Canada, USA, Spain as well as here in Australia. They have a unique and different way of looking at things and problems, if I feel lousy or have had a crappy day they are always there to make me laugh and feel better. They help me if I need to find something, if I need information, or if I just want to say hi, what's going on.

I have met so many wonderful people here on Sparkpeople, ladies and gents, young people and some old farts like me and we all have the same thing in common, a need to be in contact with each other in some way. Sure we are here initially to lose weight, but the need to connect with others to share the journey is what keeps us here.

So to all the friends I have here, I send big hugs and kisses for making me laugh and feel like I'm not alone through the good and the lousy times and I hope that I can make at least one of you feel just as good at one time or another.

Cheers

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ANNCHER 3/3/2011 5:07PM

    How sweet of you! Hugs back to you! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA_BOO 9/21/2010 3:15PM

    Hi, from another internet loser who loves you, your humor, your wisdom and support. Friends like us can be of more help to one another at times because we don't have an ax to grind, like many people closer in proximity to our situation do.
Love,
BOO-BOO

OJ and I COULD drop in for tea or vegamite when you least expect it.
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INDIGO66 7/1/2008 5:47PM

    OMG... This is FABULOUS! You are RIGHT! Friends ROCK! And the Internet has allowed us to meet so many people we had never have met had we not had it. (Was that a run-on sentence? LOL.) XOXOX to you too, friend! ~ ISS emoticon

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MELLY423 6/30/2008 12:55PM

    Hi Juleen,
I saw you on someone's friend's list and wanted to check in...I agree! It's wonderful to have friends EVERYWHERE! It's fun to learn about other places and the way people live! It's pretty convenient, too...if you're ever in Georgia, USA, stop in and say hi! Have a great day!
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OLIVEJUICE2 6/29/2008 3:37PM

    You said, "the latter are usually in another country and that, I think, is the best part." Does that mean you're GLAD some of us aren't close enough to stop over for some tea or Vegemite?! emoticon Tee hee

Thank you for the smiles & laughter you bring to us too!

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JILLYB2 6/29/2008 1:51PM

  what you said is what Ive been trying to tell people all along , you worded it perfectly.
Like so many have said sometimes when you only have a few minutes this is a way to get some encouragement fast ,
and I think some people on the internet are more open and really let there true feelings out and somehow to me that means more than a friendship with people you see in person everyday!
so glad I have met you and I consider you a great internet friend!! jilly

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MAXFOCUS 6/29/2008 1:45PM

    Juleen - you are a great friend and always have a funny thing to say to make me smile or a word of support to lift me up. For that I thank you. Without the help of you and my other Spark internet friends there is no way I'd be as far along on my weight loss journey as I am.
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VEEJ39 6/29/2008 1:01PM

    Very well put...I won't even bother trying to expand on that. Thanks for posting... emoticon

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NEVERAGAIN45 6/29/2008 12:45PM

    Hi Juleen-
Yeah, it's unfortunate that "internet friends" are discounted by some. I truly enjoy my friends I've made here on Spark. The initial connection was the weight loss goal but through it all I have gotten to know some of you well and do consider you friends. Unfortunately, our lives nowadays are so busy that sometimes the only time to connect with others is through the internet when we have10 minutes to sit down. I truly treasure all of my SPARK people friends. And that includes YOU!

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PRINCHESSA 6/29/2008 9:51AM

    emoticon right back at'cha, emoticon emoticon

emoticon 3 Cheers for friends of all types, in all places!

So glad I've met you here too, you really know how to brighten a day!!!

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SQUIRTZIE 6/29/2008 8:09AM

    How true this is! Some people do not realize you can't always get out of the house like you should. They don't understand other people's problems--they think the illnesses are all made up.

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