Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone

Just a quick post to wish each and every one of you a
Very Merry Christmas
and a
Safe and Happy New Year.

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Sending hugs and best wishes

from

Connie xxx

Monday, December 22, 2008

Alphabet Blogging - D is For ....

Howdy !!

It's been awhile, I know ... but I'm here now !!!

How have you all been ?? Life has been keeping me pretty busy, as has all this Christmas jazz ... shopping, cards, parties, etc., etc. !!!

Demon Blogger (now there's a "D") finally let me upload pictures (although it took quite some time !!) ... is anyone else having problems ??
On with the Alphabet Blogging ...

D Is For - DANCING ....

As you know, my darling daughter, who I call Chicky on this blog, is into dancing. At the end of November the dance school she attends held their annual Performance. It was wonderful ... the costumes were fabulous, the dancing was exceptional, the kids dancing had a ball, and the audience loved it.

D Is For - DAUGHTER ...

A follow on from the above ...

Chicky has just completed Year 8, her second year of high school/secondary college. She brought home her school report last week ... she passed, thank goodness !! She didn't do too badly, either !! We were pleasantly surprised with her end of year results, as we weren't expecting miracles ... she seems to be more interested in a social life than an academic one !! We may just have to push a little bit more next year, particularly when it comes to homework and revision !!
Chicky is a great girl, we get along very well, so far she continues to tell me everything that goes on in her life !! I don't expect this to continue forever ... she is 14 ... and I'm sure there will come a time when she becomes a horrible teenager (hopefully for just a brief time, though !!). So far, I think I am very lucky that she remains a loving, caring, easy to get along with young lady. Fingers crossed that she remains that way !!

D Is For - DAFFODILS ...

I love flowers ... in particular, I love Daffodils. They smell so beautiful. They are a symbol of Spring ... when I see a daffodil, I know that lovely weather isn't too far away. It is such a shame, though, that the flowering season for daffodils is so short !!

D Is For - DAEWOO ...

I got a new (well, not new, but second-hand) car back in March this year. I think I posted about it back then, not sure. Anyway, it is a cute little Daewoo Lanos. It is red/burgundy in colour. It is a 2 door hatch, but is quite roomy inside. It can seat 5 (it has seatbelts for 5, anyway !!), although the most I have had in it is 4 adults. It is a 5 speed manual ... great fun to drive, makes me feel like a teenager again. It is easy to park, as it is such a small car. It has a bit of get up and go, too ... quite zippy, really !!

D Is For - DOLLARS ...

Hmmm, wish I had a few more !!!

D Is For - DAD ...

I love my dad !! He is an amazing person, who has led a wonderfully amazing life. Dad is turning 70 next May, but has the looks and the health of a man 20 years younger, I think. He is fitter than most men half his age ... this is probably due to the fact that he spent the majority of his working life in Australia outdoors, building houses !! Dad is a bricklayer, and a very good one at that. Although he has now retired, and no longer builds houses, he still keeps himself very fit. I think I am very lucky to have a dad like the one I have ... he is just the best. Dad and Mum have been married for 44 years ... and are still very happy together. They do everything together, and really enjoy life. They go dancing at least every second Saturday, and are out with friends or have visitors at least once or twice a week. In fact, their social life is busier than mine !! Dad loves being a grandfather ... and Chicky loves being his grand-daughter. Dad was born in Germany, and migrated to Australia in 1959. He is very much an Aussie, yet both him and Mum retain their German heritage, which I find great. Quite simply, I am very lucky to have a Dad like my dad ... he is the best.

D Is For - DIET ...

A rude word in my world !! OK, I know I am overweight, and I know I really need to lose quite a bit of weight. I also need to get fit. However, I don't believe "going on a Diet" is the way to go about it !! As far as I am concerned, getting where I want to go (losing weight and getting fit) involves a permanent lifestyle change, and re-educating myself, rather than going on a "diet". From what I have seen, and from what I have tried ... most diets just don't work. OK, the majority of diets help you lose weight, but so many of them just don't educate you on how you should be eating ... they just give you substitutes (like shake-drinks or pills), that make it easier to lose the weight, or they provide you with ready-made meals. Once you've stopped this "diet", so many people go back to their old habits, and the weight returns. So, in the new year, my goal is to re-educate myself to change my eating habits, as well as my exercise habits, and create a permanent new ME !!!

D Is For - DUST ....

Dust ... the bane of my life !!! I can dust my house, and within 24 hours, it seems to be back ... what's with that !?!?! I've gotten to the stage where I've decided that I can live with the dust ... it's not hurting anyone, it's "clean" dust ... it hasn't been there long !!! I'm not stressing about the dust anymore. There's a huge different between dust and dirt. My house is clean (albeit dusty at times) ... I vacuum regularly, keep my bathroom and toilet clean, ensure my kitchen in clean and tidy ... it's only the dust that's the problem. Oh well !!!

D Is For - DOH ...

I'm not a Simpsons fan, particularly, but I do like Homer's saying ... DOH !!!

D Is For - DONE ENOUGH NOW !!! ....

Yep, that's enough for me with the alphabet blogging for now.

Catch you on the flip side !!

Take care,