Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012


Dear friends,
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012. I don't make new years resolutions. do you? What is this years?

lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tears


Dear friends,
when I suffered badly from depression for 30 or more years I cried often. Nowadays I don't cry much at all. I can't remember the last time I cried. Do you cry often? From happiness or grief?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, December 24, 2011

merry Christmas


Dear friends,
MERRY CHRISTMAS. My happiest memory for this Christmas is still having my mum to share Christmas with. we had family Christmas yesterday and today having Christmas together. what is your happiest memory for this Christmas past or present? lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bananas


Dear friends,
I love banana and honey on toast, banana sandwiches and banana smoothies. my mum used to make fantastic banana fritters. do you like bananas? what is your favourite way of eating them?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, December 16, 2011

Achievement

Dear friends,
I think it is a major achievement how well my life is living with bipolar. I do many things to help myself live a better life. what is a major achievement in your life?

lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Numbers on houses


Dear friends,
the house numbers are on my letterbox as I live two on a block. most peoples numbers are on their letterboxes but many also have them on the house. many driveways also have painted numbers showing where the property is. The numbers are wood, plastic, metal, stick on, painted. what sorts of numbers do you have and where are they?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, December 12, 2011

Late or on time

Dear friends,
I used to be a person who always ran late for appointments and meeting friends. now I am usually on time. are you a late person or always on time?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Driving on country roads

Dear friends,
Nowadays I get anxious passing cars on a two way road in the country. I am learning to be patient and staying behind slow cars. i used to be able to pass cars but nowadays I get really anxious. are you good driving on country roads and passing cars?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rock gardens


Dear friends,
Rock gardens are becoming very popular here with the new houses that are being built. the gardens are mostly small and large rocks with a few cacti and plants that require very little water. some of them have creek beds. I quite like them for a contrast to the other leafier gardens but I still love my flowers, shrubs and trees. Do people have rock gardens where you live? Do you like them?
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Car air conditioning

Dear friends,
already using the air conditioning in the car as it is getting hot with it out in the sun. SUmmer is here and hot days ahead but pleasant today. do you have air conditioning in the car?

lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dragonflies


Dear friends,
I love dragonflies and am so happy when I see them. Once when I was down the beach there were hundreds of them but I was the only person walking along noticing them on the beach path. Do you like dragonflies? What colors have you seen?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, December 2, 2011

Teddy bears


Dear friends,
I still have my teddy bear from when I was a baby. he is called Gregory after my first love when I first recognised the boy next door. I love my teddy and all his memories. did you have a teddy? DO you still have it?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Going barefoot


Dear friends,
I love going barefoot and often do it at home when i am not wearing my slippers. I love walking barefoot on grass particularly in summer and I love the beach along the waters edge walking barefoot. Do you go barefoot often?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, November 28, 2011

Drink driving

Dear friends,
the other day there was a man sitting on my fence and he said he was waiting for a lift to take him to his car because he had been drinking the night before and got someone to drive him home rather than drink driving. When i was a teenager and well into my 20s it was seen as fine to drink and drive. I had to pull over one time I was so drunk but still carried on after a short break. Nowadays here in australia we have a huge campaign against drink driving and hefty fines and loss of car and license for serious offences. what do you think about drink driving?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book on mental illness

Dear friends,
today I am finally starting my book on mental illness which i have suffered since I was 16...now 40 years but no longer suffering. Do you have mental illness or know of anyone who does? How do you or they cope?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Roses


Dear friends,
it is roses time where I live and roses abound in the neighbouring houses from climbing roses to bush roses. my favourite is the big deep red rose with the heavy perfume. what is your favourite rose? Do you take time to smell the roses?
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Natures surprises

Dear friends,
Yesterday I saw a new butterfly. a beautiful black and white one with red spots on the wing and yellow body. I also saw my first damsel fly this spring. I am amazed at having lived here for 56 years nature still surprises me with something new. What have you seen in nature that is new lately?
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hugs

Dear friends,
I love hugging and hug almost all my friends when I see them and when I leave. i have one friend who doesn't like to be hugged and my family don't really like hugging. Do you like hugging? when do you do it?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yoga

Dear friends,
I go to a weekly private yoga class and do a few poses each day. I love it. Yoga makes me centered and peaceful and makes my body feel strong. Do you do yoga or other exercise? Do you do it daily?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Milk


Dear friends,
I have milk on my oats in the morning, milk with my coffee and a glass of milk for afternoon tea. do you drink much milk?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, November 14, 2011

Butterflies

Dear friends,
i often see butterflies were I live. Mostly orange and brown, white ones and black and white. do you have butterflies? what colors?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pavements

dear friends,
On my walks I walk on concrete pavements that run along the fenceline of the houses. On the other side between the path and the road is a nature strip of grass and usually a tree planted for each of the houses. What do you walk on and along when you walk?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Alarm clocks

Dear friends,
I use an alarm clock a lot of the time as I oversleep. I have friends who can just wake themselves up when they need to. do you use and alarm clock or wake up naturally?
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Book collections


Dear friends,
I have 7 book cases full of books and love all of them. I relook at and reread many of them and constantly buying new books and adding to the collection and giving away ones I have finished with. do you have a lot of your own books? do you read many of them? Do you keep every book you have read like some people do? Tell me about your books.
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Libraries

Dear friends, I have always been lucky to live near a public library and worked in a college library for 20 years. It is fantastic to have access to so much free information including nowadays to computers and the internet. Do you go to a library much?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, November 4, 2011

Photo albums

Dear friends,
Mum has her photos in albums where I have mine loose in a large box.I look at some of them often. How do you store your photos? Do you look at them often?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Decision making


Dear friends,
I am a great decision maker with most things. I get all the facts and weigh them up carefully and then make my decision pretty quickly. I rarely deliberate long and am usually pleased with the decisions I make as the best I could do. Are you a good decision maker? Do you make decisions quickly or do you deliberate?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, October 31, 2011

Daily walk

Dear friends,
For 30 odd years I have walked most days. Lately I have gotten out of the habit so starting in November i am going to challenge myself to walk daily again. It is so good for my mind to walk and I often do a walking meditation. do you walk often or do other exercise regularly? Why or why not?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Airplanes and helicopters

Dear friends,
I live near a small local airport and lots of planes and helicopters fly over my place. I love it. I can hear one in the distance now. A friend of mine who lives nearby loathes them. Do you have planes flying over head? Do you like them or loathe them?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Anxiety


Dear friends,
A day ago I was feeling really anxious for no particular reason just life in general. anxiety is an awful feeling. later that evening I suddenly noticed the anxiety had lifted and I felt so calm and peaceful inside. do you suffer anxiety? Do you do anything to help alleviate it? I find walking helps.
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lying in bed in the morning

Dear friends,
I love it when I am able to lie in bed in the mornings and just ponder and reflect. Other times I like to get up straight away after waking and begin my day in earnest. do you like lying in or do you get up straight away or a bit of both like me?
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Passion

Dear friends,
I had a dream this morning about my college days and I remembered how passionate about life I was back then. Life has changed much in 56 years but I still have a passion for life despite my mental illness. I try to live and inspiring life full of care and wonder. Do you have a passionate life? Are you a passionate person?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oats for breakfast


Dear friends,
Most mornings for breakfast I have oats with milk and sugar. Just love it. SOme mornings I have other things but usually my oats. What do you usually have for breakfast?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fatigue

Dear friends,
I suffer fatigue most days where I need to rest. SOme days it is really bad and I have to cancel my appointments and engagements. Doctors say it is part of my mental illness. I am going through a rough spot at the moment. at least I can do some emailing and get dressed. In the past I used to be bed bound for days. DO you suffer from fatigue? Have you in the past?
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Curiosity


Dear friends,
I have always been a curious person. My friends and family are used to me asking probing questions because of my curiosity. when I am on the internet I take particular interest in new things and always look them up and ask questions where I can. Are you a curious person?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, October 17, 2011

Comfort in God

Dear friends,
I gain a great deal of comfort in believing in God a divine energy that has my best interests at heart. I check in with God often during my day to see I am on track with my life. Where do you get your comfort when you are alone?
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Being affectionate

Dear friends,
I am a very affectionate person and love hugging people. I have met people who aren't affectionate and don't like hugs and I respect their wishes. Are you affectionate and do you love hugs?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Perfection


Dear friends,
I got some new stained glass windows and their is a hair line crack in it in a prominent place. i am indeed not happy. I got a new lounge suite where the piping isn't right. I tend to like a lot of things perfect and get really upset when they aren't. The piping can't be fixed so I have to live with the imperfection. Hopefully the stained glass window can be fixed. Do you cope with imperfection? Do you like things perfect?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, October 14, 2011

Adversity

Dear friends,
Like most people I have had my fair share of adversity in my life. There is a saying that GOd never gives us more than we can handle and having attempted suicide twice and thought of it often in earlier years I think God does for some of us. I am now glad for what I have gone through as it has made me the strong and courageous person I am. I guess still being here means I handled my life maybe not so well sometimes. Has God given you more than you could handle? Do you feel stronger or weaker for it?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Aggression


Dear friends,
i have a real problem with aggression. I try to avoid aggressive people in my life. Being retired makes it easier but every so often I come across an aggressive person. They are so out of control. I have never been an aggressive person and have retreated or gotten angry rather than aggressive. Are you an aggressive person? Do you have aggressive people in your life? How do you handle them and their aggression?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Acceptance

Dear friends,
I had a huge problem accepting being a single person and not married and huge problems accepting I am so overweight due to my metabolism and medications. I have worked hard and now can accept my life how it is today and look forward to improvements where I am able and if not that is OK. DO you accept yourself and your life?
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Joy


Dear friends,
I have suffered so much depression in my life with my bipolar and PMS that nowadays I love to spend as much time with joy as I can. I look for ways each day to enjoy my life more and work out ways to add enjoyment to everything I do whether it is house cleaning or being with friends. Do you have joy in your life?
Do you try to add more each day?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lying

Dear friends, I don't like it when I find someone has lied to me. It makes me suspicious of so many other things they say. we all seem to have to have white lies to save people's feelings but sometimes boundaries get blurred between big and small lies. what do you think about lying
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Timeliness of books


Dear friends,
I bought a book a year ago and it has been on my book shelves and i have kept getting it down and trying to read it and not getting very far. At last I am reading it and it is so timely for now. If I had have read it earlier it would not have meant as much to me as it does now. Do you find books come to you at the right time to read in your life?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Laughter

Dear friends,
I have a couple of friends who laugh a lot and I end up laughing a lot too. I don't laugh a lot in my life and love it when i do. Do you laugh a lot? Do you make others laugh or do you have friends who share laughter with you? Wish I could write something to make you laugh. when was the last time you laughed out loud?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, October 7, 2011

Life is in the details


Dear friends,
A lot of living life is in the details. I try and focus nowadays on the details of life...each dish I wash, the new leaves growing on my oak tree, the sound of my mothers voice on the phone. So often we can get too busy to notice and it is so important to notice the detail. God, the Divine loves detail. Do you notice the detail in your life?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Transformation

Dear friends,
I am gaining greater insight into how to live a better life. I am transforming to a higher level of operating. I am really conscious of the moment and how important each moment is. I guess I am transforming each day, each moment. Never thought of that before. sometimes the transformations are larger and more significant like now around my birthday. Are you in a major transformation?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Intuitive journey


Dear friends,
Been seeing ducks all over the place recently. The ducks were on the neighbours roof, flying across sky twice when looking out from library and in Reserve Rd when mum driving to the Lobster Cave. HUGE TRANSFORMATION and BIG THINGS HAPPENING. Major shifts in my intuitive powers at this time. Had reading with Jane from Flying souls and once again topic of my book came up. Read Shaki readings for last year and importance of this blog. Thoughts of Dan and his 1000 days of haiku and yoga. Here goes 365 days of questions for 2012...October 5th.
WHere are my intuitive powers today?
lots of love from susan in australia
PS NOw this is traveling!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More changes

Dear friends,
was going to add my daily emailing to friends here on my blog but decided it isn't a good idea. haven't deleted the more personal blog entries and hope they are OK online. I am in my next zippy phase. thought I was a bit zippy yesterday and really alert as I made changes and ideas for the day. day one of zippy yesterday. I am so pleased I have a day off next week and can go on helicopter ride. I am so pleased. I hope it goes well. I will ring up today and get something sorted. I will make it a short trip first to see how I like it and will take other people if I do. I know Vas is interested.
Oh yes HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. It is 5th October here.
I don't hear from John so much anymore due to no phones and infrequent emailing. a huge change for me as I loved having frequent contact with him. I will go with the flow with it.
I am having another healing today at Flying souls. I am having a second one with Jane.
Major spiritual changes going on at this time. it is my birthday after all.
i must do a rune reading
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Friends


Went to see Sheila yesterday for our usual catch up. Earl my handyman turned up at Sheilas as she needed work done and I recommended him. Sheila was really pleased and we talked about the good tradesmen we have. We have the same plumber.Went for a walk around the streets and sun still out for part of it. Had salmon and vegies for dinner. In the evening went to Jill’s and the kids were at their dad’s so we had time to talk as her fiance was also out. We talked a lot about the wedding coming up and a few things that still need to be sorted. Came home and watched end of Home and away and X factor.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yoga

Up early but had a mid morning snooze until I had to get ready for yoga. My knee is still a problem so asked Louise to do a session not using my knee much which we did with a long meditation on the chakras. She wanted to know if I wanted to join the meditation class but I said I prefer just to work with her. Went grocery shopping after yoga and then on to the podiatrist after dropping groceries off. Home for a few phone calls to friends and then went to mums but only stayed until 9pm. We had takeaway chinese which is always nice. There is usually some leftover for mums tea the next day which she likes. Came home and watched DVD recording of X factor. I love seeing all the great singers and trying to figure out who will win.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bumping into friends


Thought I’d moved into quiet mode but up at 9 am and feeling like art and gardening so another zippy day which was nice as I got all my gardening done in amidst washing and other housekeeping. Went to local shops to have lunch and bumped into Roxy and Aleesha and we ate together. Roxy wants to do another collage session with us all and I suggested she mention it to Florence as she has the space to do it. I hope we do it again. Went to the library and borrowed a book on simple living which is most interesting for where the future of mankind will need to go to save the planet from overpopulation, over consumption and destruction.I read in the library on my new chairs. So much fun having my new set up in there. I am so blessed. Went to mums and had a pleasant evening chatting and I did my memoirs of my teenage years.
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Good friend

June came to visit me and we looked at all her wedding photos for her son who married in LA. June also went to New York. It was great to see all the photos in hard copy and on the computer. June and I went for a walk to the beach. It was great to see her as she is a busy person and I don’t see a lot of her. I email once a month and we talk on the phone. Had pie from mentone cake shop and it is much better than packed frozen ones. I had heaps of vegies as well. Watched some episodes of Little house which I am still enjoying. Read SARK on healing before sleep time
lots of love from susan in Australia

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gardenworld


Up early yesterday so after emailing and doing some art I went to garden place and bought a purple daisy for the garden table. I had some tulips on the table and it was nice to look at so have replaced them with daisies. I tried buying some takeaway lunch but it was super expensive so I came home and had creamed corn. My new chairs have arrived and are in lovely soft mauve velvety material and a squared off design. They are perfect and I am so pleased. The guys didn’t unpack them but I was OK to do it but didn’t put the packing material in the bin in case it gets stuck so will put out with hard rubbish later in year. Went and saw baby Ethan who gave me lots of cuddles and we played together. I am not a child person but I love Ethan so much he is wonderful. Jill and I chatted as well. Skipped doing a walk as feeling rather tired so rested in front of TV. Went to mums and had pork chops in orange juice and vegies. Very nice. Only stayed until 9 pm as tired so came home and went straight to bed.
lots of love from susan in Australia

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Knitting squares

Went for walk yesterday and went for about 40 minutes which is really great for me. Had nutella on a slice of toast. I went to see anna and it was still cool enough to need the heater. I knitted some more squares for a rug for the fistula hospital. I am coming down the home stretch and only need to do about 10 more squares and then sew it up. I am doing another rug which needs a few more squares added to it. I have done the squares but need to sew them on to the rug. I use the rug when I am watching TV. After dinner of meatballs and loads of different vegies including turnip, mushroom, pepper, asparagus, beetroot. beetroot was really successful. Had pine nuts and almonds and a bit of yoghurt. went to a healing which went really well. I had a new lady Jane and we get on great and made huge progress. Came home and watched Home and away and X factor, two favourite shows. Read a book from the library before sleep. Needing to be regimented about my food as have put on a little weight. Treats once a week now and one candy at CAre group and 30-40 minute walk and 4 minutes biking with teeth brushing
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

new friends


Managed a nice half hour walk before I Saw mum for lunch at Mexican restaurant locally. I had a lovely lot of nachos and sour cream and mexican date cake with icecream. Went to Liz’s for first time for our getting together and had a great time. We talked a lot about God and she is wanting to do collage next time we meet at my place. I am thrilled. Rang up about blinds for my bathroom and ensuite and found a place to go to to look at them for ideas. Went to Care group and had a great discussion about God’s leadership. Watched X factor which I enjoy.
lots of love from susan in Australia

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Protea

Up really early and did emailing and online courses and art. Had another morning snooze after phoning Thalia to see what we will do this afternoon. After waking rang mum to check on her day so far and then headed to shops for a salad roll for lunch. Went to cake shop near Thalias for a lemon swiss roll and some neenish tarts for mum. Had a nice visit with Thalia on her deck in the sun and we discussed two retarded pigeons who kept dumping sticks on Thalias deck and not making a nest with them but trying to unsuccessfully. Had my roll and two cups of drip coffee and discussed how far we have both come with our life journeys and recovery from illness. Came home and sorted out mastercard and now getting an american express card that earns triple points. all supposedly free. A bit of fun. getting $150 David Jones card and will get some sheets for that. Went for walk and found some white orchids in garden and a protea that has beautiful patterns. brought it home to continue to appreciate. Went to bible studies and studied proverbs and home for more TV. Jenny and Grant are away in France.
lots of love from susan in Australia

Monday, September 12, 2011

day off


12th september 2011.. Was up early which I really enjoy and see the dawn arriving. Had egg and bacon on toast. I've been freezing the bacon and it defrosts fast like the cheese does. Yoga was cancelled as louise has the flu. I shopped on Sunday so I had the day free which was a nice change. After emailing watched DVD recordings. Had to have a little snooze as up so early. Had cheese on toast and biscuits. I went to collect Sunday paper and then walked into Mentone, a nearby town to drop off a memory card to get some photos done. I still can’t walk far and my hips were a problem as well as my knees and shoulders. Can’t believe I am only 55 and such troubles. Things could be way worse though so I am grateful. Sorted out a huge pile of papers and made some phone calls. Went to mums for dinner and the evening and came home to watched Australia story at my place as mum wanted to watch Q & A I wasn’t interested in. Watched X factor and really enjoying. Too tired to read
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, September 11, 2011

garage view



Got up at 9 am today as I was tired from my 3 am start the day before. Spent a few hours on the computer doing emailing and my courses. Cleared my library all ready for my new chairs on Friday. Put the deck chair in the garage facing outwards so when the door is open I can sit looking out over the garden. It is a treat. Had mum's tuna casserole for lunch. went to a market but it wasn't on so I went grocery shopping today and got triple points on my rewards card which earns me money. Couldn't walk far because my knees aren't good. always something wrong body wise it seems. went to the library and came home and read in the sun. Did my finances and found out my pension has been reduced so will need to inquire as to why as I had no letter advising me and they always do when it increases which it has for 14 years. all quite strange. went to mums and we had baked beans and toast and i had kiwi fruit. came home at 9 pm as I wanted to read which is hard at mums as she loves talking. The water feature is lovely at night. it has a light that shines on the ceiling and it is beautiful and moving.
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Red jumper

10th September 2011... Woke at 3am to begin my day. Did my usual 100 or more emails which I enjoy each day. I love spending an hour or so on the computer before beginning my day away from the computer. Yesterday I had the computer on for 11 hours and did art and got dressed, etc in between but mostly played on the computer. Made a messy cheese omelet. I am not good at doing neat omelets. Mum does great ones. Mum and I went to Anna’s for a couple of hours and I knitted my red jumper and got the odd word in edge ways with mum doing most of the chat. Mum came back to my place for another hour and then I had a rest on the bed. Had meatballs and loads of vegies for dinner and yoghurt and kiwi fruit. Watched two episodes of Little house. Too tired to read.

lots of love from susan in Australia

Friday, September 9, 2011

new water feature


9th september 2011... We had a massive hail storm yesterday. I love them as long as hail not too big. Did some art on index cards which is a new form of art for me I haven’t done before. Did some feng shui in the library and getting it ready for my new chairs there. I gave most of my doll magazines to the op shop as not so interested in dolls anymore. Went to shopping mall for nice boccocini and spinach and tomato pizza. I bought a water feature of a buddha meditating and it has a lovely sound like a brook. Got a new Sark book on healing and started reading it listening to the sound of water. Very nice. Went to mums for tea and watched the Collectors show and a new talk back program. Forgotten the name of. Caught up on letter writing including a letter to John who is out of phone contact at the moment. Did some cross stitch which I haven’t done in ages as I have been working on my memoirs at mums lately.
lots of love from susan in Australia

Thursday, September 8, 2011

National Gallery and more


The chauffeur Morat came and drove me to the National gallery of Victoria. We had a great time chatting all the way. The last time I went with him I sat in the back as I thought I would get over tired talking but I don’t usually now as I am getting used to it. Went to a Viennese cafĂ© set up to celebrate the Vienna exhibition. I had little sandwiches and rolls filled with wonderful fillingsand also had brioche for the first time. It was a bit of fun. I looked around exhibits of landscape photography and men’s clothing design through the ages, furniture and glass, modern art and indigenous art. I then went for rich hot chocolate and scones, jam and cream before looking around Colonial art on paper exhibition with mostly prints but lots of information about the founding of australian civilization and the collecting of animals and plants to send back to england. Most interesting. Browsed the book shop. Went to members lounge and had a couple of cups of coffee and chatted to the volunteers about knitting as they commented on my home made twin set. Morat came to collect me and drove me home along beach road which is very scenic in spots. Rang mum a couple of times at the gallery to chat about my experiences and when I got home. Went down the local shops to do banking and to get some oddments. Had a snack dinner and went to Florence’s where we did Bahai study on suffering and evil. We also decided to do a Caroline Myss book next which I am really excited about as I have read it before and would like to read it through with another person. Came home to watch X factor which I am really enjoying. Sorry so long. An exciting day.

Lots of love from susan

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ceilings, flowers, hugs and the universe

7th September 2011...this morning a new helper came, Sean who cleaned my windows. He will also do some of my gardening for me. went out with mum for lunch to the local RSL. I had a delicious spaghetti with salami, spinach and tomato sauce. I had apple crumble, custard and cream for dessert. Drove mum back home and stayed for coffee and did some journaling in my memoirs. Came home and Earl the handyman was finishing off the ceiling of my garage. I gave him some flowers for Earl to take home to his wife. Did some journaling in a new book about living with the spirit.Didn’t go on a walk today as my knee playing up since doing my yoga on Monday. Had a snack tea and went to care group where we had a DVD on the universe which was awesome. Lynne who’s husband died of cancer was there and she gave us all hugs. She can’t stand hugs but she was needing to get some. She looked well and is coping well.

Dawn and the universe

Although I am surrounded by houses I watched the dawn come and the sky brighten. Saw a DVD last night about our awesome universe and how vast it is an all the amazing formations that are in it that we know of so far. Do you ever watch the dawn?
lots of love from susan in Australia

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Williamstown

As many of you will know traveling to new places is very challenging for me as I get overwhelmed with all the new things and the logistics. i have longed to go to the bayside suburb of williamstown near Melbourne. it is an old town by Australian standards with buildings from the 1800s. My friend drove me and drove me around the streets and we had lunch, looked at the shops and went to the Botanic gardens there. i had a super time and it so sparks my creativity with photography and writing and art work. i am so thrilled I have finally been . it has been an aim for years. i always thought I could do the drive but not yet. i managed so well.
lots of love from susan in Australia

Energy healings

Now to many of you this is going to seem as strange as I find it. As part of my spirituality and weight course I am doing I have 4 healings which involve working with my energy fields. I thought it was all a bit beyond me but since my healing I have had huge changes in my moods and sleeping. It is all new to me at the moment so don't know if it will continue. has anyone else here had an energy healing?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

CCS Challenge

4th September 2011.. I watched a video on walking meditation which suggested posing a question to take on the walk and to note down what conclusions come from it at the end of the walk. I sometimes do this on my walks. I did this today and the question was what to do with the CCS 30 day challenge. Rather than listing most of my creating for the day I will pick one thing and share that here and journal about it. Today was the walking meditation. Do you do walking meditations and do you let go of thoughts or pose questions?
lots of love from susan in Australia

Saturday, September 3, 2011

CCS Challenge

3rd September 2011..
*watched videos on dream/vision boards
*started my own vision board for this month
*went to supermarket with nothing to buy to have a quiet browse around to see new products and to take my time which I don't have when i usually grocery shop. found some new products.
*watched creativity videos on mandelas and photography for inspiration
*finished knitting and sewing up my sister in law's jacket. This is a great achievement. i rang her to say it was finished
*read some of book on awareness to help with creativity
*knitted red jumper
*read oracles which help give me direction in my life and work and creativity
*journaled about my weight issue to gain insight in how I am going
That's it for today. watched VIdeos and TV to relax and take some time out
lots of love from susan in Australia

Friday, September 2, 2011

CCS Challenge..2nd sept 2011

Sept. 2nd 2011...zippy...yesterday I went to a large garden centre and just browsed around getting ideas for my garden. I have always bought things so this was a nice freeing change. The highlights were a wonderful orchid exhibit and cacti exhibit and water features.
I had lunch and learnt how to make sweet potato crisps using a vegetable peeler and baking them in oil. delicious.
I borrowed a book of 365 days of inspiration by wayne dyer and got some great ideas for creative inspiration including being inspired by the divine, doing meditation, being out in nature.
Watched part of a course on dream / vision boards and will do some work on them tomorrow
lots of love from susan in Australia

CCS Challenge

1st sept...got up at 5am to begin my day but ended up back in bed most of the day unwell. while I was resting i took the opportunity to think about my next artist journal pages and pages in my altered book that I will do when I am able. I tidied up for the cleaner and sorted out future creative projects in knitting and art work. Planning and sorting are all part of the creating so i feel pleased
lots of love from susan in Australia

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Next zippy


Dear friends,
My latest news is I took my first intuitive (dream / vision board) collage workshop and it went really, really well. I forgot how witty I can be without even trying to be. it was fantastic. I am doing a course at the moment with Goddess Leonie to see if I can do more intuitive collage work and play. I will be interested to see where this journey will take me.
Catching up on last entry. i am not getting a stained glass window in the kitchen. Not for now. I like seeing the garden. I will get one in the ensuite if it is legal to do.
Zippy is quieter and slower paced than usual which is nice. I think this is an effect of my yoga with my Louise. I am so thrilled to be doing it.
My new pension is going well with the added benefits. I wasn't ready until now.
I am feeling better about my lounge suite now and pleased with the lovely velvet.
looking into getting new light for the lounge.
I could chat on for ages but will leave now and get another cup of coffee
lots of love from susan

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

home alone


Hello dear friends,
Yes you guessed it I am in my next zippy. My quiet self can't stand blogging. i am amazed I even get on the computer at all but I do love emailing my friends. i love seeing and contacting my friends in all my moods. My latest news is I am getting three new stained glass windows for my home two more either side of the front door in the lounge and bedroom and one in the kitchen. i am so spoiled and so thrilled.
I am enjoying my second course with Brave Girls now that i am in zippy and have started a dream box of all my goals and dreams which i love when I am in zippy. will be interested to see what I do in quiet mode.
I gave my friend a new scarf and she is wearing it to New york. i am thrilled to be part of it all
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Great day


Dear friends, what a great day I am having. one of those days full of joy. My greatest joy is meeting people and giving love and care to them and seeing them light up. I am full of energy today and wearing my purple crystal necklace and empowering clothes. I feel so centered and grounded. Just bought my new yoga outfits and some jewelery from my dear jeweler to go with the outfits. I have been to the local shops and love the way I know most of them by their name. I owe my name recall to my dear departed friend and coworker Renton. Bless you Renton. what great days I had at Moorabbin TAFE. Time for me to write some loving thoughts about my dad who has been on my mind today
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Silence vs overload

Dear friends,
read another blog entry about silence and overload which is me with my quiet time and then my zippy time with my rapid cycling bipolar.
I was doing really well posting discussions but went from daily to every second day to weekly to.........
It is OK my blog has rarely been consistent. I am consistent in some things but not others. I am consistent with my daily emailing but not daily blogging.
what are you consistent with?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Parades


Dear friends,
we have street parades here for celebrations like Mardi gras and also war memorial parades. I used to go to them but not now. do you go to parades. what parades do you have near where you live? Do you watch them on TV?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

mobile phones


Dear friends,
I only use my mobile phone to text a couple of friends each day and I keep it in the car for emergencies. I don't want to be available 24/7. How do you use your mobile? Are you available 24/7 as are some of my friends? lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, April 22, 2011

Living in fear


Dear friends,
It occurred to me with my last post that i am living a huge part of my life in fear...fear of my mum dying, fear of illness, fear of my home situation changing, fear of loss of friends, fear of being morbidly obese....fear....fear....fear.....It never occurred to me that it is this bad until today. WHAT IS THERE TO BE AFRAID OF RIGHT NOW? NOTHING. I have to start really living in the now and out of fear.
Lots of love from susan in australia

Scared of future


Dear friends,
I have a lovely sunny library that is central to my life here at home. it suddenly occurred to me yesterday when neighbours were renovating a garage on the property that they could build a two storey unit and block my sunshine. I keep promising myself to stay in the now and it isn't happening but my mind keeps thinking what will I do if it happens. Mostly I get scared of life presenting me with something I can't cope with. My mental illness has given me so many difficult challenges so far. Only I can help myself out of this.
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hello


Dear friends,
My daily blogging got farther and farther apart and am not doing it now and don't feel inclined to start again at present. it has run its course again.
I have left my personal trainer and still only able to do 15 minute walk with my back being out. my masseuse is still sick and I am going back to old masseuse next month.
Life on the computer has changed and rarely comment on CCS now. I am still processing these changes.
Time for my last email and shower and off for my walk.
had a misunderstanding with a friend i normally see on a sunday. it is strange the directions life takes.
some days i am scared........
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nurturing

dear friends,
i have bubble baths, cook nice meals, phone my mum or friends to nurture myself. what do you do to nurture yourself?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, April 2, 2011

e-books and pdfs

Dear friends,
I download lots of free e-books and pdfs on all sorts of subjects I enjoy. I love that they are free and learn so much from them. DO you get free e-books or pdfs? What subjects do you enjoy?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Knitting


Dear friends,
I have knitted ever since I learnt as a young child and made a tea cosy. i have knitted scarves, jumpers, jackets, cardigans, socks, bedsocks, baby and children wear. Do you knit or did you knit? what have you knitted?
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, March 27, 2011

lunchtimes


Dear friends,
Most lunchtimes my mother has sandwiches, cake and fruit. FOr my lunch I have lots of different things...salads, sandwiches, dry biscuits, eggs. I eat at different times. what do you have for lunch? do you have it at the same time each day?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, March 25, 2011

Immigration museum


Dear friends,
I remember when I started this blog my aim was to go to New York and travel far. This is unlikely to happen now but I love the adventures I do go on. I went on another chauffeur driven adventure to the Immigration museum in Melbourne. The chauffeur drove me all the way down Beach Road with beautiful views of the sea and expensive houses. I saw a west african exhibition at the museum. I went to a Japanese restaurant and went around the city streets taking photos of the architecture and fruit stall. what a great time I had. it was as good as New York.
lots of love from susan in australia
PS Found out my dream of going to the Avalon air show can come true. i am going there in 2013 by helicopter! there and back via airport close to my home. i am over the moon about this.
The chauffeur is also taking me to Cirque de soleil. I am so thrilled about all of this. Life can be so good even if some of your dreams don't come true.
What dreams of yours have come true?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Art swaps

Dear friends,
throughout my life I have swapped my art and craft work for other art and craft from friends and strangers. I love the online art swaps and loved it when I discovered ATCs, tip ins and post card swaps. do you swap art in life or online?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, March 21, 2011

Soap


Dear friends,
Until recently I always bought cheap supermarket soap. Now I buy beautiful fragrant soap and it is so nice in the shower or bath. I love the smell of it in my hands and after i get out of the bath or shower. Do you use fragrant soap?
lots of love from susan in australia

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Soapies


Dear friends,
I love watching the soapies The bold and the beautiful and Home and away. I love the characters who become like family to me. I love the trashiness of The bold and the beautiful. do you watch any soapies?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, March 18, 2011

Blogging


Dear friends,
anyone who is following my blog from the start will have seen it go from being mostly about my mental illness and hoping to get to NY and traveling to being about thoughts for the day about lots of life things. I was doing it everyday there for a while and posting to other groups. I am getting so much feedback from people it has become confusing having so many topics on the go so now I am doing one topic at a time and letting it run its course before starting another one. another of my friends has decided to do the same thing which is interesting. I may do entries like this one for my own interest.
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Journaling

Dear friends,
I have journaled for much of my adult life particularly the past 8 years. do you journal regularly or have you journaled in the past? DO you have special journals and pens?
lots of love from susan in australia

Japan's nuclear crisis

Dear friends,
i have to say that the crisis in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami and now the nuclear plant crisis is on my mind a lot as I send prayers to all concerned.
lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blankets or doonas


Dear friends,
I used to have blankets on my bed as a child and when I got older I swapped to a doona. Now I have gone back to blankets. do you have a doona or blankets?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hearing


Dear friends,
My mum is having difficulties hearing the TV and has new headphones to help her. I am so grateful for my hearing. I love listening to friends and the birds. What do you like about your hearing?
lots of love from susan in australia

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lack of inspiration

Dear friends,
i am lacking inspiration today as to what to write about. what do you do when you lack inspiration?
lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, March 7, 2011

Inspiration

Dear friends,
I inspire my friends and family with the way I manage my life with my mental illness. Who do you inspire?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, March 4, 2011

inspiration

Dear friends,
I am inspired by books, the internet, TV, my family and friends. who inspires you?
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nicknames

Dear friends,
I used to be called Hosko at college as a nickname. My brother was called Goose. Do you have or have you ever had a nickname?
lots of love from susan in australia

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Television


Dear friends,
I love television and watch it most days. Do you like television? what are your favourite shows?

lots of love from susan in australia

Monday, February 28, 2011

Favourite clothes


Dear friends,
My favourite clothes are my knitwear that I made. what are your favourite clothes?

lots of love from susan in australia

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Favourite tree


Dear friends,
My favourite tree is the oak tree. I love silver birches as well. what is or are your favourite trees?
lots of love from susan in australia

Friday, February 25, 2011

Smells you don't like

Dear friends,
Yesterday we did smells you like. What smells don't you like. I don't like car exhausts, paint, petrol.
lots of love from susan in australia

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Smell


Dear friends,
I love the gift of smell....of roses and other perfumed flowers, of fresh washing from the line, baked bread, perfumed soap in the shower, seaspray, mown lawn. what are your favourite smells?
lots of love from susan in australia