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  1. swilkinson

    So beautiful, when I go out west to Trev at Broken Hill the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. I will try to take one next time I am out there.
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    Colouring my world

    I wonder if I gave you a blank sheet of paper and told you to draw me a picture of your world using colour not lines what it would look like? Perhaps you could do that today? Some of you would ask for a coloured sheet because to some people that flat white sheet looks threatening, not like their life feels like at all. A friend of mine is going through a bad time and I think her background colour would be grey. None of us want black because that can be threatening too, because even at the worst times life is not black it is spotted with blue and yellow and red and green and every shade of ev
  3. swilkinson

    Kelli when you are budgeting leave a little aside for treats. Our financial advisor at Lifeline said people break their budget if it is too tough. I made bargain hunting into a game when we were young and poor and congratulated ! myself on every saving. Do what works best for you.
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    Wow an hour speaking French would be a challenge for sure. You might need to design an indoor workout for small movements, thinking shoulders, knees, ankles. I know Ray used to stiffen up in winter. And there are a lot of ways to improve writing and vocabulary on the internet so plenty to keep your mind improving.
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    Wow Tracy you are so creative, your photos are amazing.
  6. I am a very fortunate person, I love life, I have been lucky with my choice of husband, and with my three children. I have six beautiful grandchildren. That is the way I like to look at life. But of course there is much more to my life than that. And if you have read my blogs from the early part of my journey with stroke you will know of my struggles with the journey that Ray's series of strokes took us on. My experience with the caregiver life along with the experiences I got on this site have really stood me in good stead during the past year. The isolation of the lockdown was no
  7. swilkinson

    You are good at acting on what you see as a challenge. Stay safe and continue to be strong.
  8. ASHA so glad your family got you to hospital to be checked out. As you know Ray had many strokes each different in onset and the deficits that accompanied them. Never ignore strange signs, as we know here fast action is the surest way of stopping brain damage. Glad all is well now. (((hug))).
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    George you amaze me with your self confidence and perception. I agree with most of what you say but know for my late husband Ray in his early stroke years challenging himself was not an option so much as keeping what he had as stroke after stroke slowly took all he had gained away. But I agree wholeheartedly with our need for accessing whatever we have in our control and what we don't. I have had a very mixed year but some highlights outshone the bad times, and I will write about that in my next blog.
  10. swilkinson

    I think people maybe are too optimistic about the change to 2021 and we have a way to go to change things but we are stronger for what we have been through and that will help. Condolences to everyone who lost a loved one in 2020, not everyone came through unscathed. Wishing you all courage as we all face an uncertain future. As long as we support one another we will be okay. Happy New Year.
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    It's good to celebrate special days like Christmas in the traditional way if we can, this year was slightly different for a lot of us. You did well, love the decorations and the table setting. Of course our summer Christmas is very different but there were eight of us here and we had fun. Tomorrow is New Year's Day and it looks like the pandemic will continue. But we have been here before and know how to live as safely as possible..
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    Sarah, as usual I am so pleased to see your update and an upbeat one at that. I love your positive attitude to life. That sounds like some tree, mine is much less ambitious. The only thing that changes is the colour theme each year. Good to know you and Vince are getting along fine. company is what you need for winter. Hope your plans next year are possible, doesn't look like s change of date is going to make much difference here. Unfortunately. Still we live in hope
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    Merry Christmas Mark, much happiness to you and yours. Boxing day here today, really means clean up the mess left by the grandkids this morning and relax for the afternoon.
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    Sounds like a good effort rewarded. Hope the toys give great joy to the recipients. People can be very generous this time of the year.
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    How can it be Christmas??

    How can it be Christmas??? There are no carols because singing in church is banned. There are no greetings, no cheeks kissed, no hugs, not the usual shoulders presses that our shyer members use by way of greeting. That applies to the churches, the shopping centre or wherever friends meet. No contact and social distancing has an impact on all of us do more people are depressed and seeking medical help for it now. There are fewer decorative Christmas lights, only two houses in my street have done their usual display. There have been a spate of missing parcels so it looks like there are opportun