Sunday, September 23, 2007

Since moving into our house I have been feeding a couple of magpies I've named Bruce and Raymond. Through a bit of detective work I have figured out that Bruce is a dad and Raymond is coming out of babyhood (he is still slightly brown on the neck)Every day Bruce comes down in the morning and evening for a feed I have even managed to hand feed him. raymond just looks at you and waits for you to throw the food. last night cheeky Bruce decided he did not want to wait outside last night so he came looking for his dinner. I am also adding a couple of photos of cheeky birdles. So till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"



Well I finally got my camera back and we are now $700 poorer. Next time I think that i will just replace the silly thing. I am trying to learn how to use my camera a bit more effectively so I am doing a part online part class course that the delightful Katie from SBC is running. Finally at long last I think I am getting the hang of the finer points on manual adjusting. I will leave you with a few of my "experiments" lol So till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Does anyone know about or heard about "The World Transplant Games". No well sit back and let me tell you. For over 20 years the World Transplant Games Federation has been staging international sporting events for transplant athletes in order to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation.

The Summer World Transplant Games take place every two years where over 1500 athletes representing some 69 countries compete at an extraordinarily high level. Many however just come to enjoy taking part at their own pace and welcome the opportunity to meet with other transplant recipients in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.

The Winter World Transplant Games take place in the intervening years – the next event will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland from 25th to 30th March 2008.

Why am I telling you this you asked. My mum has just come back from Thailand where the 16th World Transplant Games were held. Mum has also been to France and Canada for the Transplant Games. My mum is a remarkable woman she has worked with Transplant patients for over 25 years. For a majority of those years she was in charge of the ward. As retirement age approached she stepped down from running the ward to running the Transplant Outpatient department. Mum is highly respected and has the admiration of a lot of doctors at Princess Alexandra hospital. When new doctors started in the unit they were often told "If Sister Allen says do it you do it don't come asking me" many a time mum has saved a patient life by being pushy and telling doctors "something is wrong come and see this patient NOW" many times they shake their heads and say"Joan how do you do it". They soon learnt that if mum said jump they asked how high. Some poor newbies learnt the hard way from a tongue lashing from the consultant others already knew when they arrived on the ward via reputation. I remember at various times coming home from school and finding a patient or 2 in our lounge room eating dinner. Mum would bring them home as often they would not have any family around them as they often come from far away. Mum would take the kids (PA did Kidney Transplants on children before the childrens hospital took over) into town at christmas time to show them the lights drips, drains and urine bags all came to. She would bribe the children with a drive in the green beetle (VW) up the freeway if they took their anti-rejection medication. Today she runs an extremely busy clinic without the help of any other staff. She goes out to dinner with the patients on a regular basis. All I can say is god help these patients when she retires. Anyway just thought I would share this story with you as my mum is one of the most remarkable people you will every meet when it comes to nursing. i will leave you with a couple of photos from the latest games. please remember don't take your organs to heaven because heaven knows we need them down here.

Here are a couple of links you might be interested in having a look at

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

time is just sooooo getting away. We found out last week that my camera is going to cost over $600 to fix but Ed said we have to get it done so I was not going to argue. I sooooo miss my camera. What else has been happening. Nothing of great excitement I wish I could sleep a lot better at nights but I am all over the place wake up at 1145pm and not go back to sleep till 4am then wake up at 3am and not go back to sleep at all. Something is going on which is obviously disturbing me. Have not seen Freyer in about a month we ummmm had a bit of an altercation and she basically hates me and refuses to come back anyway I got into trouble last time I wrote about Freyer so I am not allowed to talk about her anymore on my blog. Anyway what else oh yes my baby turned 16 last Thursday he is growing up so fast. We went out to dinner with Ex husband parents bit of a shame Andrews father could not be bothered to come to dinner came up with some lame excuse anyway won't go on about that either I was silly to think that he would of made the effort to come out to dinner for his own son's 16th birthday but I had a great time with his parents about the only thing I miss from the marriage.

In a couple of weeks he will have been at his job for 12 months I am soooo proud of him. He is growing up to be quite a delightfuly young man (thank god I got something right). I popped over to Sara's blog and read about her fairy name is I went and got one myself. If I was a fairy this is what I would be named
Your fairy is called Tangle Elfglimmer
She is a cheerful sprite.
She lives at the bottom of tangled gardens and in hedgerows.
She is only seen when the sun sets on the day of a completed harvest.
She wears tangled dresses of multicoloured petals. She has delicate green wings like a cicada.

We had a fathers day dinner down here with Ed's family as nancy and Stephen had come down from gladstone and stayed with us. Someone stuck a pair of sunglasses on Ed's mum and we made her pose for the camera it was hilarious she had no idea what we where trying to do but she went along with it anyway

Anyway I must away and go and buy some weed and feed while we have this beautiful rain I will leave you with some photos of a couple of layouts I have done recently.So till next time thank you for reading "Ravings of a lunatic", please secure your tray table and return your seats to their upright position and have a nice day"