ODYSSEY : Turbulence

Morning all Smile

In all the turbulence I am experiencing at this time, I am trying to regain some semblance of control by sorting out files, papers, making copious To-Do lists and just generally getting on everyone’s case!

I came across this quotation (you know how I love them) that resonates with me:

“Patience – it is the ability to idle your motor when you actually feel like stripping your gears…”
– Anonymous – 

I will talk to you all again soon but in the meantime – What do you know about HAES? Have I got your attention? I hope so. I will fill you in on this lifestyle/health approach soon!

Have great day Smile



Snippets to smile at … and to think on


How did the cow jump over the moon?

No-one told her she couldn’t!

Taken from Riva Greenberg’s Diabetes Stories website.

I am one of those bolshie types. I don’t like being told what to do.  I’m pretty sure there aren’t many people who do – like being told what to do that is! 

Maybe there is more of my Dad in me than I think.  Dad was a chain smoker. I mean a CHAIN SMOKER. He would light one cigarette with the still glowing stub of his last ciggie. Not filter tips either. As a child I used to see the red glow of his cigarette in the dark whenever I ventured out into the passage on my way to the loo in the dark hours of the night.

The real (and phantom) pain he suffered all his life from an amputated right arm during World War 2 was often given as the reason for his chain smoking.

One day, on one of the regular family Sundays my parents used to host on the farm, an aunt told my father that he was addicted to cigarettes and that he was incapable of giving up the habit. For that reason, he should accompany her to a Smokenders meeting during the coming week.

Typically, my bolshie Pater snorted derisively that he could give up at any moment he wished. My equally bolshie aunt retorted that he could not possibly give up decades of chain smoking ‘just like that’.

With that, Dad – by now really riled up – took his smoke out of his mouth & stubbed it out furiously in the ashtray that lived by his chair.  “ That’s the last cigarette I will ever smoke!”, he declared angrily. The whole family laughed which did not amuse my old man at all!

And – do you know what – it was! The last cigarette he ever smoked. He suffered; gee how he suffered but would never really admit it. He made my Mom give up too. (Although she started up again behind his back and for many years she thought he didn’t know it!) Til the day he died years later he never put another cigarette in his mouth. Sadly though, the damage had been done.

I’ve never been a follower. I tend to lead from the front; rise to the top; stick my neck out. Dish out orders my kids would say no doubt!

But, you know, sometimes – just sometimes – I could be leading in the right direction! Sure hope so anyway!  No-one has told me I will not reach my goals. On the contrary, I have received support all the way.

I surely do need the motivation and encouragement as I battle some unexpected obstacles……. Maybe you have some too …….. take heart, we are in this together!



Quotations : Dolly Parton

“ Find out who you are and do it on purpose. “

Dolly Parton

Ah, the incomparable Dolly! A feisty, loveable actress and queen of the country music genre. She seems to be full of down to earth humour and  homespun advice. Very privately married and has never had children. Maybe she’d had enough – she was borne ‘dirt poor’ into a family of twelve children!

How many of us know exactly who we are?

Quotations : Nikki Giovanni

“ I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens.

Life is only about the I-tried-to-do.

I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. “

Nikki Giovanni – Grammy nominated American poet, author and activist

Born 2 days before me on 7th June 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Her words resonate with me as I progress along the odyssey!

If my post-dated posts upload correctly, this post will be published on the morning of my birthday; 9th June.  Many Happy Returns of the Day to me!!  🙂

Quotations : Bette Davis

“ Old age is no place for sissies “

Bette Davis

Wikipedia tells us that Bette Davis was known for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters. I have never thought she was a particularly attractive woman but she was obviously a very good actress. Placed second only to Katharine Hepburn as the greatest actress of all time according to the American Film Institute.

Married 4 times, she died decades after she had shed the 4th spouse.  Another feisty lady!

Quotations : Jennifer Unlimited

I try to take one day at a time,

but sometimes several days attack me at once “

Jennifer Yane – artist & cat lover

Hhhhmmmmm ……  this is how I feel at this time. Busy, busy, busy. Never ending and not getting anywhere fast. I need to post about a number of topics and will try to get to it very soon.

In the meantime, keep well and see you soon.

Quotations : Roseanne Barr

“ I’m not going to vacuum ‘til Sears makes one you can ride on. “

Roseanne Barr

Never a favourite actress/comedienne with me but I can relate to the sentiment!

It has just struck me that most of the women I quote have been married 3 or 4 times! What’s with that? Are they nuts or what? Wasn’t once enough?!!

Quotations : Katharine Hepburn

Sometimes I wonder of men and women really suit each other.

Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. “

Katharine Hepburn

This quotation attributed to the late great Katharine I can identify with! I am sure that most women will agree with me. At least some of the time anyway. 🙂

But methinks the males I know are too fond of their home comforts to willingly live alone for too long!