Tuesday 15 January 2008


I was going to do lots of seperate posts about the holidays, but that never happened - see "family" below for the explanation. So, for now I think I'll just do an update NEWSFLASH. With credit to Jeff for inventing NewsFlash..

NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Work (thoughts on the job or employer)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (those who have no interest in sports can be creative such as contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.


Biggest news is my friend Prema had her baby (daughter, Avni) on the 8th January. CONGRATULATIONS to the new Mommy and Daddy! :-)

I bought my husband the set of Pirates of the Caribean movies for Christmas. We laughed so hard in some places my stomach hurt. Johnny Depp is just brilliant as the ditzy Pirate Captain.

Hubby went back to work on our wedding anniversary (4th Jan), but we had a nice time anyway. I made a fancy dinner and it all came out perfect, thank goodness! Caesar's salad with cold roast beef and smoked cheese cubes, Chicken Breasts stuffed with ham and blue cheese in a white wine sauce and I cheated for pudding and bought a tiramisu from the supermarket. I never heard of tiramisu before coming here. It's an Italian dessert and my new best most favourite pudding. We had dinner with my parents and then they did the dishes while hubby and I sat in the lounge and listened to the music we'd had played at our wedding. I can't believe it's been five years!

Christmas always makes me feel close to God. Not the human silly Christmas stuff like shopping and cooking and going insane - I mean the quiet between times. When I was a kid/teen I believed God sent me a Christmas present every year. Every year there was something "special". One year a bird flew into my bedroom on Christmas morning and chirped above my head. Another year a very rare moth I'd always wanted to see landed on our back door.

Then in my 30s I forgot to look for my gifts and thought they'd stopped. Lately I've started watching again and realised I still get my gift every year. This year a big white feather flew in. It was really weird, but nice. I was washing the dishes, looking out the window, and there came this white feather. No wind and yet it floated slowly past my window like a butterfly. I went to the door just in time to see it "land" in the back. I put it on the front of a box I have and tried taking a photo, but it is so white it just looks like a blob.

Everyone has been sick, everyone is slowly getting better. It was some kind of flu/virus. My in-laws were sick over Christmas, then my dad got sick just after new year, my mom and I last week and hubby last friday! I haven't felt that sick in a long time. I actually stayed in bed sleeping the whole day once last week. I haven't done that in years and years.

Hubby also had a gastroscopy on the 3rd of Jan for stomach pain. Turns out he has a hiatus hernia, but the medication they are giving him seems to keep him feeling fine so he is pretty happy with his health... until he got the virus too!

The good news is that my whole family are almost better and I feel almost normal. The bad news is that I am now way behind with reading blogs, writing my blog etc etc. Lots to catch up on!

Our 5th Anniversary kind of overlaps into here. Hubby bought me a card with five red roses on it and he upgraded my computer. My gift to him was the dinner. We also got money from my parents to eat out. Hubby decided we'd share some of the money and so we used half to take my parents up a mountain! On New year's eve we went up the Cairngorm mountains on the funicular railway. It was great fun. I have photos, but I need to get them sorted and saved onto my computer. I will post some later, I promise!

We still haven't found a new house to rent. It seems to be very quiet out there, plus we have special needs. I am badly allergic to cats (one house the people bred Persian cats so that was the end of that!) , my mom needs a walk in shower rather than a shower over the bath as she can't really get into a bath easily (hip replacement, arthritis and osteoporosis) and then we have the problem of hubby's "company car" - it's a lorry! The building firm he works for lets him bring the lorry home at night. We live in the country and have enough room to park six cars, but many houses in town only have on street parking for one car. My dad has two cars, we have a car and now a lorry! I keep saying I will only allow myself panic after the end of January (we have to be out by early April). So far I am holding the anxiety at bay... most of the time.

My dad's been watching the darts championship and Snooker on TV. I have actually enjoyed watching the snooker, probably because I enjoy playing snooker (although pool is more relaxing). The same cannot be said for the darts. It bores me mindless.

See Anxiety.


  1. Hi, M!

    First of all, CONGRATS on your 5th wedding anniversary!!!! Wish you many more WONDERFUL and LOVING years to come. ;-D

    Secondly, about Pirates of the Caribbean, we almost missed the ending of the last sequel since there was a scene left after the credits rolled HA HA HA HA HA HA...

    I ENJOYED reading your post about Christmas and your feather pic looked pretty OK even though it wasn't too clear he he he...at least I could see that it was a feather. ;-D

    When it comes to tiramisu...I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! We had plenty in Indonesia he he he he...

    I'm glad to hear everyone's slowly getting better.

    GOOD LUCK on finding a new house. I'm crossing my fingers for you. May you find a house that fits all the special needs. :-))))

    Looking forward to seeing more pics of the mountains later on. But first of all, just TAKE CARE!!!!

  2. Wow, Michelle! Great to read your update (News Flash) and about everything that's been happening. I figured you might be busy moving house and taking a breather from blogging for a wee while (I thought the Paul McCartney vid was a nice touch - was waiting for you to appear again ;-))

    Ironic that you're allergic to cats, considering you like them so much - I have the same problem, but my allergy comes and goes - I've befriended a beautiful, loveable and characterful cat, belonging to one of my neighbours - we get on so well that Calypso waits for me to come home from work and generally thinks he belongs to me! :-)

    The trip you guys had for your anniversary on the funicular railway sounds awesome - love those types of trains - looking forward to see some of the pics!

    Glad to hear you're all feeling better! Will send you a small email update soon.


  3. I was glad to see your NEWS FLASH. Many started to do them, but most petered out. It was nice to see one; it was like spotting a rare bird (or moth).

    Sorry about your housing situation. You know, my mother has health problems and she showers by using a shower bench chair. If you haven't seen them, it is a chair that you sit on outside the tub, and slide along the bench into the tub and shower sitting down. Sometimes, we have to adjust.

  4. Yah, congrats on your 5th Anniversary. Your dinner sounds wonderful and I love tiramisu too.

    I also love reading your newsflash. Somehow, reading about what's going on in another person's life is always interesting. Maybe cos I'm nosy!

  5. Thanks for the wishes everyone! :-)

    Blur and Jeff - I love the idea of the Newsflashes myself. This year I promise I'll do more.

  6. I've missed visiting your blog and reading your insights and perspectives on life. My online life seemed to come to a virtual halt in October for some reason. Oh well, pretty normal for me to disappear for months at a time.

    I like the newsflash idea and it made me wish that Blogger offered "crawl" capabilities like you see on some websites or on the news. A constant craw that scrolls across the bottom of the page with news updates--only they'd be OUR news. Wouldn't that be awesome?

    Sorry to hear about your house woes. I feel for you and wish you the perfect location very very soon!

  7. Hi Genie!

    Nice seeing you and I understand completely. I've been cheating and posting songs and "quicky" stuff for months because I've been to scatter brained to read or write much online.

    I love the idea of a new update blog feature. THat would be brilliant. I often miss blog posts since there are so many blogs I enjoy reading and not always enough time to go through my list of blogs properly.



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