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Saturday, May 28, 2011

I Shall Not Hate


Hello all,

I have been reading one of the most amazing books. I noticed it on the new book list at the library. It is called "I SHALL NOT HATE" by Izzeldin Abuelaish. I have been deeply moved, and neccessarily educated by reading this book. Oh how narrow our world view can be. I try so hard to avoid taking on board generalisations with regards to other countries and nationalities but it is still there. All the misinformation, all the false beliefs. Reading this book just made me completely dumb founded as to how bloody lucky I am. How truly lucky to have my family, my home, food to eat, clothing to wear, safety to walk the streets. I am at a loss for words to explain how I feel about our general lack of being in awe of the education we can receive. How wonderful this man is in his honesty and moral standing and beliefs. I would so love to meet him. I wish I could say a personal thankyou for him sharing his story and for all of the things he has achieved so far in his life.

Below is a review from the Random House Website about the book.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND THEN GET THE BOOK. READ IT.

"What can you do? You can do a lot. You can support justice for all by speaking out loudly to your family, friends, community, politicians and religious leaders. You can support foundations that do good work. You can volunteer for humanitarian organizations. You can vote regressive politicians out of office. You can do many things to move the world toward greater harmony…

"I know that what I have lost, what was taken from me, will never come back. But as a physician and a Muslim of deep faith, I need to move forward to the light, motivated by the spirits of those I lost. I need to bring them justice… I will keep moving but I need you to join me in this long journey."
-from I Shall Not Hate

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish - now known simply as "the Gaza doctor" captured hearts and headlines around the world in the aftermath of horrific tragedy: on January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters and a niece.

By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, this is Abuelaish's account of a Gazan life in all its struggle and pain. A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish is an infertility specialist who lived in Gaza but plied his specialty in Israeli hospitals. From the strip of land he calls home (a place where 1.5 million refugees are crammed into 360 square kilometres of land), the Gaza doctor has been crossing the lines that divide the region for most of his life, as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the border and as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved public health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.

But it was Abuelaish's response to the loss of his children that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Daughters For Life - This is the website for the foundation he has set up after he lost his daughters and niece. Please take a look.

AND on a less serious note....

I have been busy helping my daughter pack up and clean her rental house. Time to move on. I have also been busy making some ear ring display frames to sell at the markets tomorrow. I have a friend who has been making ear rings and braclets and she is going to take them to the markets tomorrow. I really wish her luck. I will post some photos of our day afterwards.

I also have been continuing to sew up my grand daughters bedspread. I have made a birthday present for a friend. I will post a photo of that when I give it to her and she puts it up. I picked up a beautiful book with glossy photos of geisha girls and Japenese traditional performers. 50 cents at the local library. My friend has an oriental theme throughout her house so I cut out four of the photos with the girls in full traditional costume and performing on stage. It is in a black frame. Then when I went to her house the other day I noticed that the toilet was not in the theme. So I picked up a metre of gorgeous red satin fabric with an oriental theme. I made a curtain for her toilet and will cover a canvas with the same fabric. With the frame of photos and the canvas and the curtain her toilet will look fabulous. All I need to pick up now is a lovely simple red mat for in front of the toilet. I cannot wait to give it to her. I really hope she likes it. I will make a card with a toilet on the front and her gift is called the toilet pack.

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The block beside us is just full of these trees in flower. Black Wattle. They look amazing. I think the rain this year has been really good for them.

Close up of the flowers.
Tree in full bloom.
You can see them all the way down our border.



This was taken this week. The shot below was taken of the same spot only a few short weeks ago.



More home baked bread - red onion, olive and sun dried tomatoe - YUMMY

Peace to you all and thanks so much for dropping by. Wendy.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Constant and 1000 Homes Of Happiness

I received my little origami house by 1000homesofhappiness

I have mentioned this blog before so please take the time to have a look. How good to put something out there instead of just taking. This blog is constantly uplifting and a joy to read.

I chose the word CONSTANT as it is what I am learning in my life currently. I am leanring all about being constant. Learning how to be steady. Just leanring how to be in a constant state of calmness. Not easy to be done but it is achievable. I have met people throughout my life who just exude constantancy. They are dependable, calm, real but in no way perfect. They inspire me to better places.

Constant in my outlook on life.
Constant in being level.
Constant in my beliefs.
Constant in my efforts.
Constant in my home making.
Constant  in my enjoyment of life.
Constant in my love of people.
Constant inmy caring and nuturing of others and myself.



I put my little CONSTANT house at the return box for the local Library. I hope someone finds it and explores the 1000 homes of happiness blog. I hope they get something out of finding the word CONSTANT.

I am currently reading the Tomorrow series of books by John Marsden. I am not normally one who reads to much fiction but I watched the movie Tomorrow When The War Began and really enjoyed it. Then I found out that the movie was actually taken from a book series. I have just finished the second novel and am waiting for the third to turn up from the library. I am totally enjoying them so far.

Weekend visit with my gorgeous Grand Son MASON.

Busy baking homemade bread. This is such an easy recipe that tastes great.

Finished of some more tea towels as gift for a friend with a red and black kitchen.

I am crocheting and making more shopping bags and stitching up the bedspread I have started for my Grand Daughter. So I have plenty to keep me busy this week. Hope everyone has a lovely week.

Cheers, Wendy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Letting Go and Getting Creative

Firstly I would like to share some words I wrote a week or to ago and didn't post.

*****I followed my one special list that I wrote about the other day. Here is the link to that post LISTS. I included in my day the things that make me feel good. And I did feel very good. But....

Yesterday the SHTF. Tenuously holding on and loosing my grip.

The Universe has some changes in store for me. I wrote recently about that when things in my life run smoothly and I find little things happen around me that I feel like I am on the right track. You know, the little saying someone gives you, the book loaned that someone thought you might find useful. Stuff like that. Feeling like I am on the right pathway to where ever it is I am headed.

In stopping and trying to slow down I am having to deal with the reality of things happening around me. Actually think about things and acknowledge them. So many lessons being learnt and it is hard.

I don't even know whether to write about it or not. It's personal and I am and have never been one much for sharing the negative. 'Just toughen up and deal with it", that's the way I think. But I am unravelling and softening at the same time.

Be careful what you wish for because you will get it.

Seems that when I wrote the other day about  fear be gone... and when I mentioned that one of the things I think we can do is learn how to be strong mentally and that this type of preparation in our lives is as valuable and sometimes more valuable that all the material preparations we can make I wasn't really listening to myself with undivided attention.

I feel like the canary in the coal mine. When I read the news that we are meant to read I see things saying that times are okay and that we here in Australia are doing okay. I know it is not the truth. If you are self employed in the building trade then it is not good. If you are the person that has been looking for a job for over 8 months and you cannot find one even though your qualifications and skills are outstanding it is not good. If you are a young family just starting out and you have no choice but to go back to work so that you have two incomes that also is not good. *****

Then I stopped writing and let it go. Just let it go and stopped thinking so hard about it all.

Instead I went back to my LIST. I reminded myself again that all I can do is what can be done right now. I tidied my house, I wrote little love notes to my friends on homemade cards and posted them, I cut out squares and started to stitch up a bedspread I am making for my Grand Daughter for when she goes into her first big bed, I started making some simple gifts towards Christmas, I re learnt how to knit, I re learnt how to crochet, I cooked hot soup on a wet rainy cold day, I watched funny movies, I spent time with family, I helped out others where I could, and I have been trying oh so hard to be appreciative of what I do have and be nice to myself.

Well here are some photos of what I have been busy doing. Keeping myself occupied and enjoying myself while changes happen that are out of my control. I can't run this country and I can't change so many things but I can enjoy my home and family and fill my days with creativity which seems to be a key that unlocks the door to peace and calm. I can do what has to be done each day and not let things built up. I can face reality and just do what has to be done. THEN I can let it go and just get on with what makes me feel good. If each day I deal with things as best as I can and know that nothing else can be done until tomorrow or next week then I can let it go without worrying and just get on with something else.


Knitted Lace Coat Hanger Covers - these are for me. I am gradually covering all of my coat hangers like this to stop things falling of and to protect them when they are hanging up. But one important reason is just simply that they look pretty and make me feel good when I iron and put away my cloths.

Sitting out in the sun with my Grand Daughter Charlotte eating mandarins.

Made my first home made bag from a scrap of rubber backed curtain material. I am so proud of this bag even with it's faults.I have never made one before and this was made so I could use it as a knitting and crochet bag to store all of my current projects in that I am working on.

I picked up these enormous tea towels for $1 each and cut them in half. I stitched Christmas ribbon on the red ones for lining gift baskets at Christmas or just for cloths to decorate. I will cover the put red ribbon on some of the black ones for a gift for a friend who has a red and black theme in her kitchen.

This is just 2 of the rows of squares I have started to stitch together for my Charlotte's first bedspread.

This little box cost me $1 at a second hand shop and I painted it up in a gorgeous yellow colour. I think I might store my napkins in it. I am going to change the whole colour scheme of my house over the coming months to bright and cheery colours. This is one of my favorite colours. Yellow.

Since then the Universe has put into my hands a little book which I think many of you have read called "The One-Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka. Such a wonderful little book which at first glance seems to be about farming BUT to me it isn't. It just seems to be a simple guide to living well and living content and happy. I will write more about this book in my next post but I would like to put one little quote here for you to share with me and ponder on.

" It seems to me that the greater one's desires,
the more one has to work to satisfy them."
Love to you all,
Wendy

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I am so thankful to be a Mama Bear and Mama Duck


Today was Mothers Day here in Australia. I went for a simple BBQ at a park with my three children. I had a lovely day and just wanted to say how lucky and blessed I am that I could have the priviledge of being a Mum. My daughter calls me Mama Bear and has for many years. My eldest son calls me Mama Duck and it sounds so ridiculous coming from him in front of his friends. All three never hesitate to yell out loudly across a crowded room - I Love You Mum.


Number One Son Jade

Number Two Son Brenden

Son In Law Chris

Me and Mick (my gorgeous and wonderful Husband)

My favorite shot of the day. My Daughter Alexia and her daughter Charlotte.

Fun in the water and sand. What a lucky little Miss. 6 adults all standing around and watching her every move as she explored the water and sand.. She is one very loved little girl.

My Grand Daughter Charlotte



Last one - Charlotte again of course.

I hope all you Mums out there had a lovely day.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Waiting..... waiting..... waiting......

Oh my goodness - I have found a new blog. I LOVE her art. Please take a look.

Kala Pohl Studios


The post I have linked here is all about waiting. Waiting to do something until everything is right in our minds to do it. Very simple words but very true. Please have a read because I really couldn't say it any clearer.

Waiting Game

Cheers,
Wendy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Keep On Keeping On

***** Reminder to myself *****


KEEP ON KEEPING ON

The present seems all dreary,
The future very grim.
Your problems so perplexing,
Your chances rather slim.
Your sick and tired of trying,
And hope is nearly gone,
There's only one solution,
It's: keep on keeping on!

The way ahead is puzzling,
And clouds obstruct your view.
If this is how you're feeling,
There's just one thing to do;
Don't prove yourself a quitter,
Though hope is nearly gone,
But grit your teeth and bear it,
And keep on keeping on!

Good luck is round the corner,
So show a smiling face;
For soon your fears will vanish,
And joy will take their place.
Look forward to tomorrow,
When troubles will be gone,
Because you had the courage,
To keep on keeping on.

by Hope Spencer