failure of the system

January 10, 2015

It makes me really sad when I see the system failing people that need help.

There is a nice guy who lives down the road who has a few challenges. From what I can tell, he is not living in an “assisted environment” and manages as best he can.

His girlfriend walked out last night and they were busy having a screaming match with each other as they walked past my house.  This went on (and off and on) between 10 pm and 2 am. Apparently he had lost the house key – or his girlfriend thought he was hiding it.

I saw him at 5am this morning out with his torch and talking to himself while he looked for the key in the grass up and down our street. It’s not the first thing he has lost something as he’s stopped me numerous times – sometimes it’s his wallet or medication or phone. And sometimes he just wants to say hello.

It’s just so sad that in Australia, a first world country, that these people are expected to take care of themselves with no support. Just so wrong 😦

I am grateful for …

December 24, 2014

In a world that seems to be full of unnecessary death and violence, it’s time to stop and count my blessings.

I’m grateful I have a roof over my head to keep the rain away.

I’m grateful I have a well paid job and that I enjoy what I do.

I’m grateful I have many good friends who always watch out for each other.

I’m grateful I have a pantry full of food and the means to buy fresh fruit and vegetables whenever I want.

I’m grateful I have the means to give Christmas presents and see that a little thoughtfulness can make someone smile.

I’m grateful I am healthy in mind, body and spirit.

I’m grateful I have quiet, friendly neighbours.

I’m grateful I do not want for anything.

I’m grateful I have family nearby who always make me feel welcome.

And I’m grateful the magic of Christmas can put a smile on any face.


the wannabe cyclist

November 9, 2014

I have two new loves. The first is Murtle – my new Merida road bike, and the second is my pair of padded cycle pants.

In some respects, starting my cycling journey has been like joining a new club when you were at college – where you are judged by your possessions and what you wear.  When I used to cycle on my hybrid,  95% of my fellow cyclists would pass me by without a peep. But now on my new bike and wearing the right gear, I get a ‘morning’ or a nod or a hand wave from most of the people I see.

It’s been quite entertaining seeing the change in attitude. But I haven’t changed my riding habits, I still say hi to people and try to stay out of the way of the speedy serious cyclists. I am improving too and did 63km today so feeling quite chuffed.

I even had some guy tell me I had good rear lights yesterday. Not sure if he was serious but it did make me smile.