Category Archives: Funny

Exercising Whilst Doing Vacuuming

2019 commenced with minimizing those items around the house that you just don’t need, especially when I purchased a new fridge freezer during the January sales. This obviously left me with thinking what to do with the current fridge and separate freezer?

‘Facebook Marketplace’ sprung into my head as the best way to move both items.

To my surprise, within a day the bidding commenced and they were both sold to two young men who were delighted with their purchase price and condition of items.

Wow! This is good what else can I sell? The office sofa bed is too big and I am tired of pulling out the double bed for the occasional visitor and it is difficult now with my daughter Roanne is permanently living with me.

The challenge was setting up the sofa bed to take photos; both Roanne and I decided the best way was to take it out of the office and into the lounge room. This proved to be a challenge, we tried to pull it out, but the space wasn’t big enough to manoeuvre it via the hallway. We then decided to put it standing up on its side and push it through the doorway, this nearly squashed Roanne’s head. We almost gave up on, but persistence prevailed and it was out and into the lounge area for photos and its new home until sold.

After clearing out the office I decided to do a vacuum using Dyson’s extendable hose rather than the large vacuum machine. Knowing it was going to be a backbreaking job, I decided to sit on the fit ball and move around the room using the fit ball as an easy way to do the vacuuming.

Great idea, well not really, especially when I had finished and still sitting on the fit ball I reached over to turn off the power and yes, the obvious happened! The fit ball move and I went arse overhead and ended up upside down on the floor whilst yelling out!

Poor Roanne thinking that she would have to call the Ambulance came rushing into the office to find me deeply embarrassed certainly shaken, but surprisingly not hurt.

“What happened?” she yelled, I explained my method of vacuuming and she replied “that is not how the exercise fit ball is meant to be used and what a stupid thing to do”

She was right of course. I managed to get a bit of exercise and the job done, thankfully it ended OK for me.

Degree of Content

For the past two years, I have been through an emotional and stressful time with realising my marriage was over, including having to deal with a partner in denial of his personal issues.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t actually the most stressful part of my life, the loss of my dearly passed father was what nearly tipped me over the edge.

Thank goodness for my immediate family and the most wonderful caring friends and my inner strength has brought me to a completely new life.

Yes, I am now contended with my lot in life and living on my own.

However living on your own comes with a degree of difficulties, like the handy person type tasks, which I have never had to endure before.

Being someone who is committed to learning new skills, what is picking up a spanner and wrecking the toilet seat, destroying the ceiling fan or screwing the wrong end of the hose fittings to the outside tap? Sooner or later you learn and become skilled in areas you never needed to venture beforehand.

Falling off the stepladder recently and ending up in the emergency room at the local Medical Centre hasn’t deterred me either, despite my sister in Sydney saying, “I know how to scare the bejesus out of her “Nursing Home”.

These comments from my sister created some very interesting conversations amongst my family and friends on Facebook. Unfortunately, it had no effect as I used that same stepladder to trim the garden hedge and this time did more damage to my poor right knee by twisting an already painful knee. Now it is waiting to see a physio to do their magic by easing the swelling and of course pain.

Despite my painful knee I have managed to master fitting out a new toilet seat and yes now have the correct connections on the hose. Will wait until my friends from Western Australia arrive on Saturday to fix the rather lopsided ceiling fan.

The degree of difficulty living alone can be remedied, especially if you have self-determination and prepared to use all your skills and of course Y-tube to learn about fixing things around the house.


A Blast From The Past

A wonderful reflection on the past happened to me recently, when I reconnected with a lady who taught me how to belly dance over an outrageous weekend approximately 20 years ago in a quaint little railway town near Lithgow NSW.

At the time, a work colleague and best friend had convinced me that taking time out from the stresses of our work and to learn something new was going to be beneficial, rewarding and fun for the both of us.

Thinking that I could actually learn how to belly dance over a weekend was going to be a challenge, but hey I am always up for a challenge, especially when fun was going to be had.

On arriving at the weekend venue we could see a large sign ‘Bellydancers Extraordinary Here Tomorrow Night’ across the front of the next-door building, a hotel. Wow! We both thought and booked ourselves into the accommodation whilst greeting other ladies who were also up for the challenge.

A gentleman who had attended a business course during the week decided to stay over the weekend to see these belly dancers too, especially the ones learning the skill. He was completely in his element, having an array of women wanting to learn to dance.

He took it upon himself to escort us the following night to the hotel to see these Extraordinary Dancers!

Overnight this little town had grown substantially with railway men deciding to also see these belly dancers! To our shock horror, the belly dancers extraordinary were actually we learner ladies!

With some polite fast-talking and a lot of laughter enabled everyone, especially myself have a terrific weekend.