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August 7th 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Three months ago I gave up my early morning walks for 2 reasons. First it was cold, dark and not a good idea to be walking alone in the dark. Secondly my husband is fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and needed me to be here in the mornings when he woke up. It was the right thing to do to help him. Now of course I am so unift and quite stiff.

To help him improve his health I finally convinced him that walking was the best thing to help him get on the road to recovery.

So after 3 months of non activity other than working I went for a walk with my husband yesterday afternoon. It took alot out of me. I was huffing and puffing and struggling for breath.
I thought my heart would jump out of the chest wall. But after 10 mins I was back to enjoying the walking. Looking at the gardens, breathing in the fresh air and sunshine. Yes it nearly killed me but it felt great.

The days are getting longer again and I hope to get back into my early morning routine of walking. It has been hard with working full time and looking after him during this very stressful time. We are a long way from his recovery but hopefully if I can get back into my walking regime I shall have the energy to deal with whatever is thrown in my path.

I have put off for long enough and now the time has come (again and again) to try and get back on track.

I love the support I get here on Sparks. I know I am not alone in this journey.

  
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DOODERQUEEN 8/10/2011 11:26AM

    I so agree with you Georgia! Here is has been the heat and the lack of energy to put one foot in front of the other. But I hope we both get back into a routine that works for us and helps us stifle that huffing and puffing! Good luck dear!

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TURTLE24 8/8/2011 4:29PM

    That's great!

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DEE797 8/8/2011 9:50AM

    That is so great that you both got in a walk. I do hope dh will continue to join you. Getting out and about and seeing everything goes a long way in helping you reach your goals.

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MUMSKI 8/6/2011 9:21PM

    Lovely to hear that you and Barry managed to fit in an afternoon walk. It is never easy trying to convince someone who has PSTD that getting out of the house will make them feel better, but well done you for always being there with your love and support. I'm sure at times it seems a long road Georgia, but you will get there.

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Hugs Lynn

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WISEDIETER 8/6/2011 5:20PM

    Hi Georgia
Life can throw some very difficult situations at us and you are to be admired for the loving support to your husband and involving him in your journey as well. PSTD is often so misunderstood by those who have never been affected personally themselves or by anyone close to them as it can be some time before it manifests and is diagnosed. Working together will in time bring about healing so I wish you both good health and each day be a brighter one than the previous.
Hugs Sue

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Carnarvon Gorge 22nd June 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Good morning everyone and we are back home after a wonderful mini holiday.
Carnarvon Gorge is 720 klm north west of Brisbane. The drive up was slow due to the continuing road works repairing the flood damaged roads. Thw weather was freezing and the gloves, scarves and beanies were in full use.



Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art. To walk the park you cross the main creek many many times. Walking over rounded smooth rocks.

Walking through the forest and then all of a sudden you are at a creek crossing and listening to the fast running waters fighting their way around the rocks and boulders. Looking left and right you are awed by the sheer sides of the gorges and the colours are to be seen to be believed. Across the sands, the mud, through the ferns, trees and up and down rocky stairs I plodded along. Not a very fit person but I persevered until I got to the point where I had to return. I walked into the gorge for 2 1/2 hours and 2 hours on the return leg. The walk goes for 15 klms plus but I only managed 5.5 in. Not bad at all for me. I went to what is called the Amphitheatre and WOW!!!mis all I can say.
I had to climb up stairs that resemble those on boats and in through a narrow cave, over the pebbles in the creek and into a wonderful cave that had no roof. The sky was up above all blue and the trees growing around the edge of this opening. Moss growing on the rocks in the little creek and I just sat on the small benches and admired this glorious sight.

My Dh took one look at me on the return and laughed and laughed. He said my look was priceless. I hobbled back to the car so totally exhuasted. He did't join me as he was feeling unwell so he relaxed in the park and had a snooze in the car.

I have tried to put in pictures but am having trouble. I shall put them on my page for everyone to see.

  
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MAKEEFFORT 8/9/2011 8:40PM

    Hi Georgia,

Thank you so much for your detailed account of C/gorge. It sounds a fabulous place....a definite "must do".


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PCOH051610 6/29/2011 12:20PM

    What do you mean you "only" walked 5.5 km! I wish I was nearer as I would kick you in your bum! Here is one emoticon!!!! One of my dearest SparkFriends got mad at me for always minimalizing my efforts and she has taught me to appreciate every positive choice I make. You could have sat in the car with our sick husband but you didn't, you got out and walked!!! Don't make me have to fly down to Australia to give you this lecture in person!!!!! Ha!

Susan

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TURTLE24 6/28/2011 8:37AM

    Wow! That trip sounds like it was very challenging and I can sense that you felt such an accomplishment. You certainly have reason to be proud!

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GOANNA2 6/27/2011 1:29PM

    Hi Cuz. What a wonderful trip you had.
I'll have to go there someday too. Say hi to everyone.
Tell mum her cousin Vaggelia died today. RIP.
Enjoy your winter.ots of love
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MISSMITSY 6/27/2011 6:13AM

    Sounds like it was absolutely beautiful, I'll have to take the family up there one of these days!

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June 5th 2011

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Took a lovely drive into the country on Sunday.
Beautiful sunrise (no I did not get up specifically for it) Just saw the sun finally creeping over the hills.



Slightly enhanced with photoshop.
We visited a train museum - quite small. They have train rides once a month - not this time.
Flowers, very old trains and lots of things to see and touch.








Have tried to upload the pictures but am having trouble


  
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PCOH051610 6/29/2011 12:16PM

    The sunrise picture is beautiful! Did you know that Newfoundland (where I'm from) sees the sun first of all of North American? On Canada Day there usually is a big celebration of welcoming the sunrise off the cliffs of the east coast to mark the beginning of a special day country wide!

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MISSCAROL 6/18/2011 11:39AM

    I love the sunrise photo. Thank you for sharing.

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DOODERQUEEN 6/13/2011 11:18AM

    Just love your pictures Georgia!
You are so very talented.
Thank you for sharing!

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TURTLE24 6/11/2011 11:24AM

    Neat photos!


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DOWNPORT 6/9/2011 5:49AM

    More photo gems from you Georgia! You should turn professional!

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GEORGIAK25 6/6/2011 4:13PM

    Thank you everyone. I love to share my trips with you all.

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JSTBKOZ 6/6/2011 7:05AM

    Wow Georgia you are so talented. Love the pictures. Uploading is a challenge I have not mastered. Photo shop is just a dream.

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DEE797 6/5/2011 9:02PM

    Love your sunrise photo. What beautiful pics you take. I may have to steal it as well....LOL!

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TINA2011 6/5/2011 7:53PM

    Georgia your pictures are lovely. And so glad you had an awesome time. hugs

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GOANNA2 6/5/2011 5:54PM

    Wow, Georgia that photo of the sunrise is so amazing.
You are getting to be as good as Baz now so he will
have to watch out emoticonI hope I can catch up
before I leave.
Just over a week to go and I am running around like
a chook with her head cut off. So much to get
organized. Ah well, the reward will be worth it.
Keep on taking these beautiful photos. emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 6/5/2011 4:55PM

    Thanks everyone.

Yes Karen you can have this one too. Thank you for the compliment.

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MKPRINCESS007 6/5/2011 4:14PM

    Oh my gosh, Georgia........I am seriously going to steal another picture from you! It is gorgeous! I hope you don't mind if I use it on my desktop and/sparkpage! It seriously took my breath away!

Love your work!

Karen

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FANORONHA_14 6/5/2011 4:12PM

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Never Give Up!
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Life is Good!
Good health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
Philippians 4:13
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The magic of flowers

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I came home from work yesterday and decided to take photos of my birthday flowers before they died. They made me feel so good and I hope they brighten your day too.
Gerberas

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So enjoy as I do looking at the photos - th flowers only last so long.

  
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PCOH051610 6/29/2011 12:14PM

    The flowers are beautiful. It appears I missed your birthday so please accept belated greetings. I've been away from Spark for a bit but I am trying to catch up.

Susan

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HAWAIITOES 5/12/2011 8:43PM

    Your photos always cheer me up.
Jan

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KRISANNEDRA 5/4/2011 9:42PM

    Georgia you are quite a photographer! Those pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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MUMSKI 5/3/2011 3:39PM

    I love flowers and these are so pretty.

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MISSMITSY 5/3/2011 9:39AM

    Pretty!!! I love gerberas! I bet you couldn't tell!

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HOCKEY47 5/3/2011 1:27AM

    nice floweres, love the color Georgia!!

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TURTLE24 5/2/2011 3:08PM

    You certanly captured their beauty! I love Gerbera daisies I put three potted plants in a basket and have them inside. They are such a breath spring.

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DEE797 5/2/2011 6:50AM

    What beautiful flowers, love the colors. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

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ALLISONMOM 5/1/2011 11:44PM

    Beautiful like you!
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GOANNA2 5/1/2011 6:44PM

    These are beautiful pictures and the
gerbera is one of my favourite flowers too.

Kalo Mina and keep enjoying them. emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 5/1/2011 6:02PM

    This is absolutely, without a doubt, my favorite flower! Love them! :) I might have to find a pic online and make it my background for my page now!

Thanks, Georgia! :)

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DUMBELLE 5/1/2011 5:44PM

    Those are beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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FLUTTERFLI 5/1/2011 5:42PM

    BEAUTIFUL !!!
THANKS FOR SHARING !!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

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MURFSMURF 5/1/2011 5:09PM

    I love flowers too. I have started buying fresh flowers at the grocery store to keep in my apartment. They make everything so much happier! And your flowers are beautiful.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/1/2011 5:08PM

  thanks for sharing

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I knew this was coming but.........

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ok I knew this day was coming but never in my wildest imaginations did I think it would affect me so badly.
I have known for months that my youngest son was going to move in May but he decided today would be soon enough. In he came with his mates and they packed the things he was taking. In and out they went to the car and loaded up. I tried to laugh but could only manage a weak smile. I tired to be happy but it was a mask.

My job as a mother has been made redundant. The aprons strings are now well and truly cut and I feel all alone. I know in a couple of days I shall relish the freedom of not having to worry if he will be home for dinner and what time he shall roll up after a night out. But right now dear friends I am sad, very sad.

Oh I know he will be back regularly and welcome my children always will be but still......

Thanks for listening. The rain is coming down and maybe God is crying tears for me too. So tomorrow the sun shall shine and I will begin a new chapter of just being husband and wife after 28 years of mothering.

Thank you God for so many wonderful experiences as a mother.

  
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HOCKEY47 5/3/2011 1:30AM

    Georgia, sweetie, i understand the empty nest feeling , i sometimes think about it too, it is hard but it is a new chapter for you and Barry and new things to discover and learn.

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TURTLE24 5/1/2011 9:51AM

    Georgia, This change is a particularly hard line to cross. Your son will be back. I remember telling my husband when I met him that all my kids were not even in town. Well, they came back one by one and then some lived with us for awhile. So life does change constantly. Again, we are going to be facing the separation soon as my oldest son and family are moving away. Three years ago my children and grandchildren were all living in the same city, and now none of them will be here. Change! It is hard to accept but I know we raise our kids to be independent. Yes, as some have commented here, you will always be his mother. That is one thing that will never change.

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DOODERQUEEN 4/28/2011 12:41PM

    Oh Georgia.

I am sorry you are going through this. Motherhood seems to be a thankless job sometimes when you feel like your heart is going to burst with the sadness that comes with change.

You have done a wonderful job to allow your son to be out on his own. But as someone else said, your job is still not over. And just think of all the fun time you will share with him as time goes on. He will definately be stopping by more than you would have thought.

May the sun shine again and may you get through this new phase of life with fond memories and much love.

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MKPRINCESS007 4/28/2011 1:20AM

    Hey Georgia.......sorry you are going through a hard time during this transition. Change is hard, and I know I will feel the same when my boy walks out to start the next chapter in his life. I agree with Dee, the best we can ever hope for is to give them wings to fly. It is normal and healthy for him, and so, while that may not console you now, I hope it will later.

Be kind to yourself right now as you adjust. We are here for you.

Big hugs, Karen

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MUMSKI 4/27/2011 9:39PM

    Georgia, I hear what you say and remember that feeling so well myself. I can remember taking Claire to university and on the way home crying because I knew she would never come home again. She was away for 3 years and came home from time to time, which of course I loved. You are his mum and you will always be his mum. At first this will all be a novelty to him, but in a few weeks, he will be turning up more than you know. In time you will learn to love your time on your own, just you and Barry, but look forward to seeing your boy when he comes through the door. Don't feel too sad this is just another stage in your life.

Hugs Lynn

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CHLOE453 4/27/2011 5:13PM

    I remember that day 7 years ago like it was yesterday, a part of you feels like it is being ripped away. My daughter decided that it was time for her to leave on Christmas Day, of all days. She evidently had it planned for quite sometime but couldn't tell me because she knew how sad I would be. Well I survived it and she moved back home a couple of months later and has never left home since....sometimes I wonder if she will ever move out again...LOL.

It is very hard and I truly feel for you. It does get easier if that is any consolation. My heart goes out to you.....hey if you would like I would be willing to lend you my daughter for awhile. Hugs~~~Kelly emoticon emoticon

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PCOH051610 4/27/2011 4:43PM

    I think this must be the only benefit of not having been able to have children..I never have to watch them leave. It must be an awful feeling all the same. My poor Mom still talks about the time my brother just up and moved to Australia where he has lived now for 20+ years. I never knew what she went through but I think the feeling must be the same whether it is across the street, across the country or across the world. May it help that your friends are thinking about you. emoticon

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BRE4ME 4/26/2011 9:15PM

    Georgia,
I feel your pain! As you know in 2005 my son left for college several states away. He never really came home after that first year. He is a man now, graduated, has a good job, and now getting married in June! It is an awful feeling when those apron strings are yanked from our hands as they run from us flapping their wings so ready to fly! As you also know 3 months later we got Lady our wonderful dog! She was 13 weeks old then, now 5 yrs old! She was my salvation. I often call her my empty nester dog. I myself was hundreds of miles away from home, from my support group, family and friends. I think with sons it is harder because they seem to not need us as much, they don't seem to go through the same things that we did. They tend to go with the "woman's family". As I am finding out, feeling like a 5th wheel.
However, we must take solace in that we raised them to be good, caring men. Ones that will be good husbands, fathers, and bread winners. I have a very good strong relationship with my son. We were always able to "talk" and I love the phone calls I get. Even the quick ones on his way home from work, or how do you fix that ...He is happy, strong and ready to concur the world as he was meant to be. As I am sure you son is...
Take your time, enjoy your memories with him, and soon he will be calling or stopping by and will chat your ear off. lol
HUGS,
Bre

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HAWAIITOES 4/26/2011 3:13PM

    Sending my love and support to you..........been there and know some of how you are feeling. But REMEMBER, you are always their mom.......and my kids are 39 and 35 and still need a mom ocassionally.........just not the same way.
Jan

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JSTBKOZ 4/26/2011 8:35AM

    Dear sweet wonderful special mum. This moment of sadnes will pass when you see your job is never done. It's just changed. The care and the worry never truly go. a special bit of pride for the little bird who is using his own wings to fly will fill you with joy. My your heart be warmed by your childs success.
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NANALOVE55 4/26/2011 8:19AM

    Georgia, I understand your pain..it is so hard to let go..and yet the new begining is also wonderful.you are a wonderful Mum and Your Boys are blessed.enjoy this time and cry if you want to. thats what we Mums do..hugs

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DEE797 4/26/2011 6:57AM

    You are a great mom and giving our children wings is the best thing we can do for them. You will see him again. Enjoy your quiet time... emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/26/2011 4:51AM

    I know it will be hard at first, but me ton kairo, things
will fall into place and I am sure he will pop in quite
regularly. A mother's job is never done, you know taht.
Sit back and enjoy the stillness.
Lots of hugs
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IONA72 4/26/2011 4:20AM

    Sending virtual hugs! Time for some "me" time now. emoticon

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DOWNPORT 4/26/2011 3:46AM

    Oh Georgia! How I feel for you! Empty Nest Syndrome is the pits! But, as you say, things do get better. You will feel sad for a while, but soon the feeling of being able to do whatever you feel like, when you feel like it, will kick in. Then, there is the excitement of when they decide to visit and the enjoyment of that. New phases of life are hard to deal with - but all these things get easier with time.
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PS: BTW - Mothers are never redundant - you wait and see! Soon the phone will ring 'Muuum, do you think you could........' LOL

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 4/26/2011 2:57AM

    I feel for you. It will get easier. I only have on child, a daughter. It was heart breaking when she move out. Now it's not so bad. We live close enough to see each other every day. And being able to spoil the grandsons and send them home is a GREAT feeling. Do your best, after all you are only human.

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