Laugh, just laugh out loud


I’ve always found in life you must retain a sense of humour, have fun and laugh often! You have to be ready to laugh at a moments notice and sometimes, at the most inappropriate times! Church, at the doctors, parent teacher meetings, business meetings and the worst one, at a funeral, just to name a few!

Often it’s my ability to find humorous moments throughout the day that gets me through life!

I love a good laugh and particularly at myself ! Laughing at myself and often is a given and is heaps and heaps of fun!

Life is and can be quite hard at times, even though I am sure it’s not supposed to be and maybe we make it harder by over thinking every aspect of our lives and life choices and we don’t laugh enough!

Emotions are tweaked each day, smiling, laughing and crying are all regular responses to how you’re feeling!

There are no rules on how you cope with certain situations or feelings and everyone’s reactions will be different and thank goodness for that!  The world is unique based on those differences and again, thank goodness for that!

I want to share some of the fun times and hilarious days I have had being a wife, mother, grandmother, people manager and now carer – my days are varied and sprinkled with emotional moments, and how I cope with those enable me to regret less, love more and laugh and smile often (very) 🙂

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Love to hear what gets you through your day?



Child of the 60’s

Child of the 60's

Child of the 60’s – My Life, My Family & My Fun – the beginning, lover of all things American, TV shows and movie stars. Mickey Mouse Club, loved Annette Funicello Annette Retro63_Life_Family_Funand couldn’t get enough of Spin & Marty!  Spin&Marty_Retro63_Life_Family_Fun Growing up watching, laughing and loving Lucille Ball   Lucy Picture_Retro63_Life_Family_Fun, OMG how funny was she and how lucky were Americans, she was their’s and I was jealous!

By the time I was 9 I was watching Tom Jones in his weekly TV show and life was good, loved his voice and still do; I couldn’t get enough TV was fun! I watched I Love Lucy, My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun and many more.

Family time, watching TV and drinking milk coffee drinks with my grandpop, hanging out in his shed through the day was another fun thing to do!! Wow, now that was a serious shed! Not sure how everything fitted in there without the shed falling over? Funnily it was much later in life that I realised there was a label for my Pop and his shed addiction…..he was a hoarder, not a small time hoarder but a big kick ass type of one!!!  Tom Jones Show Medley 1973

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And Life goes on:

Growing up in a family of females – the matriarch, my grandmother, my mum and older sister; being the aquarian observer I worked out very early to do whatever My Nan asked us to do, she was in charge, whether we liked it or not!

Swimming, basketball and music got me through my teens; with no father figure we were taught to ‘just get things done’using our own strength and nous!!  I had a very determined and independent attitude!

A mum at an early age, family meant and means everything.  4 children and 6 grandchildren later I have lived a very busy and fun life!  Being the first one for 3 generations to have been married for 35 years and counting, more to come on that later, maybe?!

I have evolved and grown through many stages; the stay at home mum, with 1 car to share with my husband; the part time mum, working around child care and school hours and finally the full time worker mum!

Luckily for me by the 4th child my husband was self employed and he worked around her school hours, becoming in an sense the stay at home Dad!  Now there are some stories out of that one and yes I will talk about them soon enough.

Child of the 60’s, life continued – let the fun begin:

And finally, the chapter of my life I never thought would happen!

Full time worker, Mum, grand mum and my mothers Carer!!  Wow a big title with a lot of responsibility, can I do it, am I doing it?  All I know is my motto in life is getting a full on work out!!! Have fun and be happy 🙂

Its in this new phase I thank god for my sense of humour and more importantly my ability to laugh at myself, because each and every day I come across something I was not ready or prepared for!

Yikes, so Retro63, child of the 60’s, lover of American TV shows; music, sport, family, life and fun if I haven’t grown up by now, I am certainly growing up very quickly right NOW, happy days! (Richie Cunningham and The Fonz) loved that show too 🙂

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Retro63 – The woman behind the blog


For those not familiar with the woman behind Retro63?

You know that little voice in your head that’s meant to keep you from saying things you aren’t supposed to? Mine says “say it, go on say it, I dare you”

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I’m Retro63! A mother, grandmother and people manager – my loves, family, having fun and living life.

I want to connect with people through my regular update so things that mean something to me make me laugh, make me ask questions and teach me something,: i hope to take you along on the journey and look forward to hearing from you 🙂

I am business and people focused, with 15 years’ management experience and a passion for supporting those in our community into employment. Why?   This has both challenged and rewarded me on a daily basis!


I have an eclectic nature and love a wide range of things, I hope to bring a lot of that to this site.

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As you already know I grew up watching American TV shows, I loved those sitcoms and especially the ones based on family life, I watched them in my earlier years and continued watching them throughout my 20’s and 30’s!

For me as a young mother, staring in her own family now, I would have to say there were many reasons I watched the shows, not only because they were funny but I found myself replicating many of the ideas, home themes, humour and advice in my own life!

I was very observant and even though I was tuned into the episode, like a very good detective I was scoping out the kitchen, lounge room and bedrooms; how were they set up, what were the colour schemes, what utensils and appliances were in the kitchen?  Were they clean and tidy or messy and busy?

I loved this aspect of my time watching shows such as Family Ties, Eight is Enough, Growing Pains, Different Strokes, Good Times, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, The Walton’s, Married with Children and Happy Days to name a few!

Each of the families had a certain set of dynamics and in the majority of cases were based on humour; life threw many issues and events at them but with some strong and often sarcastic humour they made their way through and always came out OK on the other side.

I often found myself shopping for similar items as those on the sets of my favourite shows, the beautiful stained glass lamp in Family Ties, I loved that lamp and yes, I had to have one the same for my lounge room; picking paint schemes for our home based on my research of my shows, various items of furniture and ornaments again were sourced after watching episodes of my TV families.  .

I would rise and fall with the dramas visited upon my TV families and would often select different characters’ strengths to use in my own life.

Alex P Keaton! Wow that young boy, he was a force to be reckoned with, what a fantastic character.Alex P Keaton Retro63 Life_Family_Fun

Having a son of my own and one that seemed to ‘have been here before’!

I am sure this show helped to mold the way I and my son’s relationship grew.  I had an absolute respect for his confidence and ‘get it done attitude’ and would often encourage those exact traits throughout his life and amazingly he remains a confident and driven 35-year-old.

Not surprising to me our son was running his own business from the age of 19!  He currently works and lives overseas, the father of 1 daughter, step dad to another and extremely happy with his beautiful wife of 1 year.

Our 3 daughters are strong willed and strong minded individuals – the 3 of them have grown up as independent and driven young ladies with strengths in a wide range of areas.

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– started life as an apprentice jockey and at the age of 32 is a mother of 3 and continues to work around animals.

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– beauty care, design and co-coordinating; a 28-year-old mother of 1 and just finished building their home with her partner of 7 years.

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So as much as some people were not impressed with the amount of American TV on our screens, I couldn’t get enough, these shows gave me some great ideas, advice and a love of humour that got me through some long hard days at home with my children and in my ongoing relationship with my husband of 35 hears!  I say thank god for my daily, weekly fix of American sitcoms!

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