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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More on Pretty. Lizzie Velasquez.

Hello to all,

I wrote a post the other day about that word "Pretty" and Nevyn from Nevyns World  left a comment with a link to such a wonderful and inspiring young woman. Her name is Lizzie Velasquez and the link below is to her website. I am looking forward to getting a copy of her book. Please click on the link below and meet Lizzie.

About Lizzie

Cheers,
Wendy

Monday, August 16, 2010

ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT

Hi there one and all

I was just reading a blog post  and thought I would put my comment here. Topic - trying to understand politics in our country Australia. If you are not aware we have an upcoming Federal Election this Saturday.

Political Discussion

"Chuckle. I am putting in an informal vote. But not a blank piece of paper that someone else can fudge with. I have never done this before. I have always been of the assumption that if I do not vote I don't have a right to comment on the government and their politics. Unfortuneately I can see no other way. I flatly refuse to vote for a minority party and that vote go to one of the two main parties that I simply cannot vote for in the first place. I have come to believe that even if I vote I have no say. Yes I can write letters and jump on my soap box from home but in all reality it makes no difference at all. I have absolutely no faith in either sides of the fence. I was taught to be clear on what I believe, be open to learning and open to change, to be honest and law abiding, and the big one - do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. I see none of these values in any way shape or form from the two names to choose from. Good Luck with trying to understand how our government works. I think it is easier to understand who they work for and that is not the people of this country. Cheers, Wendy"

There is a bit of a stir in the media today with comments made by a previous politician about informal voting. I had made my mind up about this before all this hoo haa. What a mess this all is and watching these childish games has got to the point where it is seriously ridiculous. If someone can point me in the direction of one REAL campaign topic then please be my guest. We all watch this circus year after year and culminating in a real trapeze act when the election is called. We watch our money go down the drain in false campaign promises that never get kept or at least only watered down versions down the line. We try to teach our children good basic manners and honesty and care for each other and of course we teach them not to bully. And all the while we allow and condon this outright lying and false hope peddled to us. We watch and give rating to the media and listen attentively to all the drivle being fed to us. Does anyone stop to think that what you see and hear is what you are allowed to see and hear?  Just that and nothing more. Enough to make a circus out of our democratic right to choose a government who will govern and fend for it's people. A government who will look after us and our country and resources and encourage us to look after our country and oursleves. A government who encourages working hard and enjoying the benefits of our hard work.

You see I don't mind being taxed. I understand that the only way a country runs is on our money. But to watch a government of any party squander our resources and waste it away while producing no rewards for our hard work is heart breaking. I am a small business owner who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that things are not what they are being portrayed as in our media by our politicians. Times are tough. I know so many small business owners who are closing up shop/businesses or struggling daily to make payments on accounts and win some work to make some more money. It's disappearing so fast. Like sand between our fingers. Small Local Business. Going. Going. Gone.

Oh I could just go on and on. I am truly SAD. I see nothing new happening and only more of the same. More lies, more circus acts, more broken promises. I cannot see our country in any near future with a well organised medical system, a well organised and functioning education system, getting out of debt, better road systems, less red tape, fair and equitable access to legal aide, a fair and just judicial system, any sort of decent public transport that is affordable and accessable, jobs for all. I just can't see it.

We have an awesome country. We have so many resources and I don't mean just minerals etc. But what we don't have is a united people with a united wish to keep it prosperous and make our politicians ACCOUNTABLE.

I have to be accountable in my life - with how I raise my family, budget my money and pay my taxes. I have to be accountable to breaking laws if I do and I have to be accountable for even my death in the fact I have insurance and think about and plan what would happen to my family.

Our government should be made ACCOUNTABLE- whichever party is in power. But of course this is never going to happen because transparency and accountability are just impossible for a governement to do when the people of the country are not there main concern. It seems to me that their only concern is make sure we are so muddled up and arguing with each other about which idiot is the best choice that we do not see what is really going on.  I believe if you think either Gillard or Abbott are interested in you as a person you are very much mistaken. You are not a person with real issues and troubles but simply a VOTE.

You are more than welcome to comment.

Cheers,

Wendy

Sunday, August 15, 2010

PRETTY ??????????

Today I would like to ask you to take the time to listen and watch the below poem by Katie Makkai called "Pretty". Please, Please watch it and let me know what your thoughts are. You have to watch it all the way to the end to get the full impact of what she is saying. If you want to know what I think about the world view on this word then just watch this and you will know. She is spot on.

How much of our lives are wasted on this word.?

How much hurt and confusion does it bring to us?

If anyone finds the equivalent for the male then please let me know.




Cheers,
Wendy

Saturday, August 14, 2010

BEING ALONE WHILE IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS ?????


Well it has been a while since I have written - I haven't stopped reading all your posts though. Sometimes I just prefer to read and listen rather than speak.

Today I wish to speak. Below is a link to a blog I follow and today Rhonda posted a poem/video clip. Could I recommned that you take the time right now to click on the link below and take a look.

Down To Earth

When I was younger I always seemed to have friends around. I still do enjoy good company but more and more I just enjoy being alone. I listened to this wonderful poem and realised though that I tend to like being alone while alone. I do shop alone. I actually really enjoy doing my groceries and going to the markets on my own. I take my time and just enjoy it being me. But I am very rarely alone while in the company of others.

After listening to this poem what do you think?

Cheers,
Wendy

Sunday, August 1, 2010

ME - PART THREE - IT BEGINS...AND THE OUTDOOR DUNNY

So we have got to the point that my husband and I wanted to be debt free and try and live our lives supplying as much of our needs as we could. Today these things have names like - down shifting, down sizing, frugal living, sustainable living and on and on and on. We actually in true form to my usual ways just jumped in feet first with no plan at all really. I am sitting here and racking my brain trying to work out when and how this decision was made. The mute husband just din't talk of plans and I suppose we must of been so in tune with each other that we just did it. So we sold up house and even made a few extra thousand dollars on the sale after only a year and a bit in our house. Yep all the other things we did happened in such a short span of time.

I think the move was seated in some of the ideas we had been shown through our involvment with the end of the world people. We let them go but ideas formed in our heads and we just ran with it. I had of dream of not getting bills in the letterbox. I was also married to one of the cleverest men I have ever met. Not the worlds communication expert but a sheer genius when it came to technology and inventing and engineering. All without a degree and all self taught. He didn't even finish school and only went to grade 9 at the age of 14.  He could just look at how something was made and get his head around how it works and then he would go of and make his own version. I can tell you that visual appeal was not high on his list of priorities but boy could he make stuff and fix stuff.

So we sold the house and after looking at many blocks of land in the area we bought 13 acres not far from where we actually lived. It had never been cleared, Was high at the back of the block and gently slopped down towards the road. It had no driveway, no town water, no electricity connected and no fences. It had a lot of rock up the top of the block and generally crappy soil on most of it and WE LOVED IT. We paid cash for it. We owed no one anything.

We bought a very small caravan with an annex and moved into a local caravan park for a short period of time. I don't know why now as the memory is all a blur. I do know that we moved to the block in that caravan. We simply moved to the back of the block and set up camp. We had no neighbours. It was winter. We had a solar shower and we showered outdoors. I have no idea now what we did with our furniture and stuff. We must of stored it somewhere but I can't remember where. Funny the things that you forget over time. Now the story of the outdoor dunny.

We needed a toilet. It was the thing on the top of our list. Outdoor showers and outdoor living were fine but I wanted a toilet and I wanted it now. So my hubby built me a toilet. I can't find any pictures of it and that is such a shame. He just said where will we build it. I said over there. He cemented a floor and used second hand timber to build a building around it and a roof made out of second hand tin. He made a toilet seat and cubicle that the toilet bucket went into. He would empty it as often as needed. I was the only female so I was the only one allowed to pee in it. We would cover it in ash and sawdust. He never once complained about emptying this bucket and digging holes to bury it in. Remember too - we had no power so no power tools. He built this all with hand tools and hand saw. I never really understood this till writing now. He was a clever man.

But the toilet building was HUGE. Sandy never really measured things. I actually assume he owned a tape measure but I never saw him use it. He had such an eye for levels. He painted it in and out with a lovely white/cream paint. The way it was built it had a ledge all around the middle of the walls inside so I could add little ornaments etc. It was the cleanest and neatest toilet ever. But when you opened the huge door to enter you had to walk to the toilet. I think it was at least 2metres long  to the toilet and 1.5m wide. The other thing we didn't do was check the boundary. When we ended up selling this place we found that the toilet was on the boundary line. One foot further back and we would have had our toilet in the neighbours block.

So the lesson finally learnt when we moved to this place a few years ago - get your block surveyed. We did this within 6 months of moving in and I am so glad we did. We gained about another 2 metres down the back of the block and more on one side than we realised. It cost money I didn't want to spend but it was worth it.

I don't have an outdoor dunny at this house but it is on the agenda. I will now get a composting eco loo. I am researching. The reason being is that it takes electricity to run the pump to use the toilet and in the event of power failure I have no toilet. Annoying and I hate being reliant on things like electricity. Better to have a toilet I can use with no electricity and also get to use the waste after time as fertilizer.

So at this point I have two small children - a toilet - no running water - no electricity or solar - a 14 foot caravan and annex. And you guessed it - we were happy - we didn't argue as a couple or a family. We actually didn't feel deprived at all. Obviously we didn't want to stay living this way and we had some plans in the pipeline - so we just got on with it. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I can survive like this. It is something I tuck away in the back of my mind and I just know.

More tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

Cheers,

Wendy