What’s Your Favourite Spider?

What’s your favourite Spider? The sweet kind that is! Creaming soda, lemonade, Coke or Passiona,  or did you have another flavour?

Who could forget the trips to the local Milk Bar and the special treat of the Spider, it was special, well that’s how I remember it….!




  • Vanilla ice-cream

  • Creaming soda or Lemonade or Coke or Passiona


  1. Place a large scoop of vanilla ice-cream in a tall glass and pour over creaming soda, lemonade, Coke or Passiona.

  2. Serve with a straw or spoon.

Lime spider_picMy favourite, Lime Spider!  Check out Bells Milk Bar their lime cordial mix is the best!






Mum_Law_Sibling_Inheritance………OMG Inheritance issues before Death!?

Adulting has been very hard lately – taking on responsibility for Mums care was an easy decision but comes with a full set of tasks needing to be done daily; working full-time I am starting to become a great juggler and in saying that I am finding the responsibility does make me stop and take time in my busy day for personal matters, booking appointments, following up on things and checking in on Mum and my family!  In the past I’ve been known to completely ignore my personal life when at work and wasn’t known to be very organised when it came to personal appointments and follow-up for myself or my family, work came first, Mum raised me with a work ethic to match hers!

While on annual leave (3 weeks away from the business of managing people and clients, yah!), I grew up even more, one reason being I had my 53rd birthday, haha,  but more importantly than that I needed to realise my new role also came with a lot of negative comment and innuendo due to being in control of my Mum’s money! Wow, wow, wee – I wasn’t prepared nor expecting this, not from my one and only sibling who had relinquished Mums care to me and organised that I be her power of attorney!  You what?  Now you think I am ripping Mum off?

Needless to say I’ve grown up quickly and luckily I had from the beginning kept receipts for everything she purchased and payments, I am no bunny!  I have never wanted to be estranged from my family nor had I imagined this would ever happen, but there you go, like a witches brew and with the right ingredients you have a toxic mix of:-

jealousy, greed and lies!  Not a pretty picture but one that is played out in many families throughout the world on a daily basis. Witch V2





I learned this in talking with experts in this area and through internet research, wow – I was definitely naive, I always thought ‘if you are doing something for all the right reasons and with the right intent’ then you can’t go wrong! Wrong, this was obviously a very immature statement when dealing with people and money, or should I say future inheritance funds!!!

I now understand many people do start to count their chickens before they hatch, or should I say in this case their dollars before their loved one’s death!  Blunt I know but true in so many cases and definitely in ours!

Forgotten are the loved ones and their future or current needs, wants and wishes, how totally sad and disappointing we need to discuss issues like these with them when in fact we are saying to them, “just hang on a minute whilst we have an argument around what will be left of your money when you die, as there are some concerns you could spend too much of that making yourself comfortable and happy, hence cutting into the inheritance you will leave behind”, sorry for any inconvenience!…..wrong, wrong, wrong!! 

Mum is happy, loved and respected and with the support of a great family lawyer, some great advice and good record keeping on my part (go me) she will not have to have this discussion again and can just ‘live’.  

I am banking (pardon the pun) on her being around for at least the next 10 years and possibly 15 if she behaves herself, she’s not totally in agreement with me on this as she says at 81 she’s tired and thinks she may have earned a rest! That’s what she says, but I have used some well-meaning bribery and her love of her newest great-granddaughter to entice and guilt  her into being around for as long as possible or at least until the baby is 10 years old (she’s currently 1), I have complete faith in her, she’ll do it and happily!

Well that’s my ‘adulting’ moment for the time being, turned 53 and all hell broke loose, shite balls!  All is good and I can go back to believing the world is a great place, full of wonderful people…..mostly!

Thanks for listening and would love to hear any comments, feedback or stories of similar situations….







Donald Trump for Dummies

Republican Real Candidate

So it is now, President Trump….he won, what can I say!  Not much except it is going to be a YUGE! 2017, how will it go?  Who knows?

The states voted republican, they got Trump – lets hope its successful and not devastating!  It could go either way..!


Donald Trump (who I’ll refer to as the Trumpster) is really the republican candidate?  

Are you for real?

So, I am not one to ‘stick my nose into other people’s business’ or more correctly, other countries, but seriously!  Donald Trump is the republican candidate for President of the United States of America?

Before you all say, “who are you to ask?” My daughter-in-law and granddaughters are American citizens and my son lives and works in America – I myself from a young age have always been interested in America and its movie stars, singers TV shows, President’s, baseball and basketball to name a few things; so I feel like I am remotely related…?  Hows that for drawing a long bow?

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Donald Trump for Dummies 

  1. So firstly, let’s just get the hair out-of-the-way!  Yes it’s been described in many ways, The Washington Post’s article ‘The 100 greatest descriptions of Donald Trump’s hair ever written’ has some awesome ideas, my favourite being no. 71…..It may look like a dead gerbil, but it actually advertises both his vanity (hence, his humanness) and his imperviousness to ridicule. It would qualify as the most original Washington haircut since Ronald Reagan went prematurely orange. 
  2. Now, who is he? The Trumpster is a billionaire real estate mogul and reality television personality, WOW! – see, it’s so obvious why he applied for The President’s Job!
  3. So how does the Trumpster match up to The President’s Job description, according to the Constitution? Commander-in-Chief, power to ask for opinions from heads of departments, grant pardons, make treaties with other countries, appoint judges and ambassadors, report to Congress on the state of the union, play host to ambassadors and other public officials and enforce the nation’s rules, just to name a few! Surely his actions throughout the campaign so far reflect the description?
  4. Well he successfully won the Republicans presidential nomination, he must be a perfect match, right? He bulldozed his way through the primary, saying whatever he wanted, accusing and throwing mud at anyone and everyone, particularly those who dared to disagree with him; insulted Mexicans, Muslims, Federal Judges and President Obama himself! Made outrageous statements like blaming President Obama for the Orlando mass killings and stated he “wants to build walls”, right, great idea! Smart move, NOT! He encourages Russia to hack Clinton’s emails and most recently, his attack on the family of a dead American soldier was labelled ‘hurtful and humiliating’ by France’s President! Okay so Trump still has a way to go yet to hit all markers for the role!
  5. In fact I would have to say the Trumpster is a turkey! If he had a theme song I am sure it would be  Insane in the Brain, Cypress Hill  and here in Australia we would definitely describe him as being…………………………………………………………“Mad as a cut snake” = A crazy or a very angry person!!Donald Trump_Cut Snake

Okay, so you can probably tell I am definitely not a fan and never will be!

But, I can say I am very confident come November, Americans will pick the best candidate for the role; they have proven that consistently throughout history……..!

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AFL Retro Round

The AFL’s Retro Round Peace Zodiawas the perfect background for two greats from Geelong to hit individual milestones.

Corey Enright (326 games) taking over the most games mantle from Ian Nankervis who was at the game and ready with hand shake when boys ran on the filed; Jimmy becoming the 4th cat to reach the 300 game milestone as well.

Geelong CATS – 2 of the best, Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright, congrats on the achievements and well done on another win in 2016…..looking like another good year for the CATS 🙂

Fox Footy Retro Round promo from AFL




Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil, Who’s winning…?

Who will win?  Good vs. Evil! With hundreds killed over the last few weeks around the world, Paris, Brussels and Germany with the most recent attack on a Catholic Priest in Normandy..!  Each day we either wake up or come home to news of another attack, evil being unleashed on innocent people going about their day-to-day lives or large gatherings of people celebrating special events or ceremonies.

Good vs. Evil News Cycle

The news is so all consuming and sad! How do we, with  24 hour news cycles cope?

People may say, “turn off the news”!  if it was that easy I am sure we would have all done that a long time ago.  Burying your head in the sand doesn’t change anything, it may mean you aren’t aware of such atrocities but I believe that too is a win for those perpetrating the crimes!  They want us to be scared and unable to face what is happening; take away our freedoms, stop us from celebrating in our communities and drive us to acceptance of their acts of radicalism under the guise of their beliefs..!  After all they don’t like us and don’t believe we deserve to be alive!

I believe we need to know what is going on and build resilience and strength from the acts of heroism and love you see when each of these attacks take place; the world stops, cries, supports and sends love and prayers to those affected, globally we mourn and send thoughts and wishes of strength and encouragement to those countries and people who are grieving and healing; we are stronger globally than those who commit these heinous acts!

We too are driven by beliefs – a belief in humanity and its value; when we are under attack we  fight back!  How you say? with acts of kindness with people looking out for each other and communities, helping each other up and being there when we are needed.  People powered by acts of kindness, this is World Strength! a powerhouse, with this, we will always WIN!

World uniting symbols on social media – shows solidarity in grieving, allows anyone to send words of comfort, love and support, powering World Strength!

Good vs. Evil Paris Symbol This symbol went viral….http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/11/13/artist-jean-jullien-eiffel-tower-peace-sign-goes-viral-after-paris-terror/

Good vs. Evil Heart SymbolAgain another symbol went viral….http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/nice-attack-terror-lorry-powerful-tribute-cartoons-bastille-day-plantu-twitter-carlos-latuff-a7138091.html


Good vs. Evil Change the World

Some heart warming random acts of kindness that make us powerful! Remember,all acts, no matter how significant add up to World Strength!


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Good vs. Evil Flowers 5 Good vs. Evil Flowers 4 Good vs. Evil Flowers 3 Good vs. Evil Flowers 2 Good vs. Evil Flowers 1

World Lights…….

Good vs. Evil Lights 5 Good vs. Evil Lights 4 Good vs. Evil Lights 3 Good vs. Evil Lights 2 Good vs. Evil Lights 1

We are winning, World Strength!

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My Dribble….Evening News Edition 1

Breaking News_My Dribble InsertSo here’s My News Dribble for the day………

Sonia Kruger’s @SoniaKruger comments continue to be news worthy and causing comment and controversy..!

Sonia Kruger My Dribble_Evening Edition 1

Why?  She stated an opinion as many have who are not in the media spotlight but who, like Sonia are scared and worried about the future and the ‘safeness’ of our wonderful country!

We should be able to discuss these issues,  learn from events in other countries and work collaboratively to ensure we have done all we can to keep this country, our children and our communities safe.

It is a tough society who label someone a racist based on an answer to a question without hearing or more importantly listening to the context and reason that goes with that!  Typical 24 hour news cycles!

Our culture has changed and continues to change, our larrikin, she’ll be right attitude is fading and quickly being replaced with an ultra sensitive approach to words and actions; whether those words and actions are being spoken or enacted for the wrong reasons or not!

When we ask for an opinion from someone it is just that, their opinion!  Why then do the news media and public berate the responder with their own opinions of the answer – all of a sudden everyone wants to state what they believe to be the motive for the answer and then what that means in relation to political correctness, bias, racism, hatred and an abundance of other motivators; a simple answer to a question becomes the label the responder wears, whether it fits or not!

Sonia Kruger has, by answering the question honestly and openly kept the 24 hour news cycle, twitter, Facebook and all other social media platforms churning.

What has it proven and/or achieved, mainly venomous conversation and opinion pieces but I for one believe she, like I, am entitled to an opinion and I too am worried and scared for my children and my country’s future; when will the mass murders stop, will our world ever find peace, can we as humans increase our tolerance and love?

Maybe we could start by spending less time being opinionated and more time understanding our individualism which is represented by a range of opinions on events in the world and these opinions may be upsetting but being venomous in return does not fix or change it; tolerance and love is the way forward and this may include tolerating changes to immigration to enable a safer country, that can’t be too bad, our children and communities are too important to not do this!

If we don’t have the discussion and don’t listen to all opinions, we too could be angry with our Government in the future were there to be an act of terrorism in our country which kills or injures people; we would of course want answers and as always in today’s society, someone would have to pay, someone didn’t do their job well enough…!

Lets get over ourselves, tolerate others opinions and look to find solutions and make changes that support a safer and kinder society!



Where’s Retro63?

Where’s Retro63? Wow seems like an eternity since I posted last!  Mother’s Day, poignant that was my last post – it has been a very frantic time since then…..as mother’s time often is!!

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We are on the move – our beautiful ‘story book’ house has found some new owners who love it as much as we did, yah 🙂

Off to the ‘blue house’- I am positive this name will stick even if we re-paint the exterior render!!

Mum is starting to get excited, she can almost feel her sewing room – its that close 🙂

Husband is hanging out to watch what he wants and when he wants too in his lounge room and youngest daughter will be able to hibernate in her room without the ‘noises’ of daily life interfering, great I suspect for when she has come off a night shift!

So apart form packing, working and more packing I haven’t had time for much else!  Which is a real bummer, we have the biffo of Hilary and Trump, the passing of Mohammed Ali, the Australian federal election – Turnbull vs. Shorten (they are both short – en something, not sure what though!), maybe it is Tony Abbott? So much happening and so little time to make comment & post!!

Okay, I’ll get this done and then get back into my posts….writing from the blue house’ 🙂

Where's the time gone. Professional movers pic

Do you remember this wonderful episode!! Love it 🙂 Ma and Pa Kettle, Professional Removalists


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Anzacs, thank you……..They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old; age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.


ANZAC Day Commemoration 25 April 1916




Losing Weight Episode #4……Nope changing allegiance to Weight Watchers and staying Motivated!

 Losing Weight Episode #4……Nope changing allegiance to Weight Watchers! I am still motivated and will do this!

So, as you may have gathered not a lot has changed from Episode #3, don’t worry I remain motivated though! I have continued to eat healthily and remain off sugar and kept reducing carbohydrates as much as possible but any change to my weight and measurements is not happening.  In Episode # 2 I reported on a drop in kilos and Episode # 3 included changes to measurements in the positive as well but since then I believe if anything I have put it back on!  This is a very stubborn body with a slow and sluggish metabolism to suit!

So, in consultation with youngest daughter I have agreed to join Weight Watchers which will give me a broader range of foods to pick from, great recipes and the support (online) to help me, before I stomp my foot, softly that is (we do live on an Island surrounded by water, no Tsunami happening here)!  I can’t throw the towel in now, even though there is not a lot of changes to the numbers, they are only that and my motivation, commitment and drive to reduce my size has not wilted nor changed – it is a happening thing even if my old body is too stubborn to realise – my willpower will outlast my body fat mass and my very lack-lustre and un motivated metabolism!! Losing Weight Episode #4 Keep Calm

After all I am a grown woman and can’t rely on youngest daughter to have all my foods & food ideas pre-prepared!  Youngest daughter has been the catalyst and she, like me knows I am motivated, and I have the commitment; any challenge and especially those types that possibly not everyone close to me believes I can maintain, is all I need as my focus and my driving force!  “What, you think it is too hard for me to lose weight?  Well just watch this space, it will happen! and well before I am carted off in my pine box to my final resting place, this is no idle threat, believe me”!



Now before I sign off on my initial weight loss plan and start my new one, which I will continue to document, both the ups and the downs! I will leave you with some interesting information……..a cheat meal or snack is said to be a good thing when dieting, this has been proven by research; it is healthy in keeping you motivated in the fight to lose weight and can result in faster weight loss! Wow! who would have thought?

            Writing for theconversation.com Sydney University research fellow Nick Fuller said ‘break days’ from calorie counting could be the    best way to shed the kilos – and keep them off.

Great to read this research and even better to know you haven’t blown your ‘diet’ by taking ‘breaks or having cheats’, far better to realise it can be beneficial, as we don’t always feel good about ourselves when we ‘fall off the wagon’, so to speak!

See the full article @ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/healthy-living/2016/04/10/Dieting-Here-s-why-a-cheat-day-can-help-weight-loss.html

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So my continued commitment documented and noted, with me publishing regularly and keeping you posted on how I, my body mass and metabolism are ‘working out’, pardon the pun J Just like in the 60’s, man landed on the moon, so will Retro63 shed the weight, lower the body mass indicator and re-energise and motivate my metabolism!

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A Girl Needs Her Pearls

Lucille and PearlsI was 52 when I got my first set of pearls, a necklace and earrings!

I felt so grown up all of a sudden – Pearls! Touching and feeling them, wanting everyone around me to notice and make comment!

Why do pearls have this effect?

There is a charm, a feeling of nostalgia and glamour not surpassed by anything else!  I always believed Pearls were for later in life – a jewellery piece reflecting you had grown up!




Often pearls were associated with Queens and Princesses throughout time, remembering a young Princess Diana wearing the most beautiful sets; Hollywood sirens, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe to modern stars like, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie – Pearls remain as popular as ever.

Truly beatutifulDiana Pearls, Neck, SmileDiana_fashion_pearls_choker

Pearlers of quotes!! thanks BAZAAR  

“Pearls are always appropriate.” —Jackie Kennedy Onassis

“If you wear things you adore, you just look better.” —Margherita Missoni

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” —Tom Ford

“Real elegance is everywhere, especially in the things that don’t show.” —Christian Dior

“Buy less, choose well.” —Vivienne Westwood

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” —Michael Kors

“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” —Coco Chanel

Born of a living creature they are individual art works found only after opening hundreds of oysters!

Interestingly they’re able to absorb oils from the wearer’s skin and can be damaged by the chemicals in make-up and perfumes! Wow, wasn’t aware of this!

My love of pearls will continue with my son and daughter-in-law buying my first set to wear to their wedding, with memories I will cherish forever.

My beautiful pink coloured Pearl set is a treasured possession I wear at every special occasion as not only does it make me feel ‘dressed up’ it also feels like an embrace from my son and daughter in law from afar!  That is an awesome feeling!