Compassionate Friends

I am about to head off for a weekend at Mary McKillop House,
named after Australia’s first saint.
It is a Professional Development weekend for volunteers and support group leaders of Compassionate Friends. It is being run by Mal and Di McKissop, the best known grief counsellor s in Australia. I was lucky enough to help in organising the weekend, so hope all goes to plan.
It will be a reflective weekend, hopefully improve our counselling skills, and it is always good to be with people who have experienced the hardest loss, the loss of a child.
It is 15 years since my 22 year old child died suddenly, I still feel the loss, but it is good to be able to reach out to the newly bereaved and show them that although the pain never goes away, it becomes more gentle.

Today’s quotes are for those who grieve.

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Mice

Grandma, grandpa, a mouse is in the house..” Remember teaching that song. No, no mouse in this house except the one attached to my ‘puter. But found some cute mouse pics.

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a Scottish quote…the best laid plans of mice and men
Gang oft aglay ….Bobbie Burns of course!

and a wee laugh…

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Piles

Anzac Day…someone mentioned that during the two world wars , the reason conscientious objectors were not a problem was because it was only a small minority.
Many of them felt strongly, but if everyone did as they did, history would have proved different.
It made me think. If I or a small group think something is OK, a good question might be, would it be the right thing if everybody did it?

photo a day…piles( not haemorrhoids )

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a pile of laughs..

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Daylight saving ends…what did you do with your extra hour?

if I could turn back time…..well we did just that this morning here in Sydney.
They will steal it back in 6 months, but I love the luxury of an extra hour.
I dozed for 30 minutes, then got a 30 minute head start on my morning routine.
Now to spend a week settling into a new time frame.
That is how long it took our cockatoo to adjust his wake up call…”dad wake up” was not so welcome an hour early!.

Photos….then and now…

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a laugh

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and a quote..

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Saturday. 23 March…………..earth hour

today is earth hour. It originated right here in Sydney and has spread around the world. As well as going without power for an hour, it is a good time to make a resolution to do one thing to reduce our power consumption starting today.
I am going to get solar lights for outside, and bring them in at night.
Hopefully I will rarely need to switch on inside lights.

photos….candlelight

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Quote…

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and a laugh..

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Friday, 15 March…..lazy

real cooking. Made devilled sausages. Good to eat something that is not a premade frozen meal. They have been great to eat and cook with one hand, but after a while they all taste the same! Lost my iPhone, but while looking for it, I found the remote that was missing for two weeks. Scott found the phone this morning.

Photo….green….in a field

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a quote to match…….

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laugh…in a field..strong>

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