Ten Blessings Of The Week

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Busy working the weekend and enjoying life. Here are my ten blessings of the week:
1. Feeling blessed for waking up to frothy espresso coffees thanks to hubby and the new coffee machine.

2. Feeling blessed for creating amazing yummy healthy meals thanks to Aussie Farmers Fresh box and recipes.

3. Feeling blessed for great music to bring me joy each day, listening to the best of Josh Pyke and just loving it.

4. Feeling blessed for my exercise bliss, now that my back is feeling better, back to Yoga Tuesday, and Friday Sh’bam classes.

5. Feeling blessed for rainbows, thanks to rain and the sunshine, just magical.

6. Feeling blessed for a fluffy puppy follower, who follows me around and spends hours sitting close to me.

7. Feeling blessed for Friday family movie night, and family dinner
enjoying a great time hanging out together.

8. Feeling blessed for walks around the lake spotting ducks and seagulls.

9.Feeling blessed for journal time at the local library and replenishing my book supply.

10. Smiles, laughs, lots of things to simply laugh and enjoy every day.

What are your ten blessings for the week?

FRAN DISHON

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Another day bites the dust.

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Saturday evening and I am sipping wine, munching on dip and biscuits, listening to some very strange chill out music. I have been trying to convince my husband to cook dinner tonight. He has gone to the kitchen and is making a lot of noise, so I am very hopeful.

The day has been spent organizing paper work for contests and trying to use easySpeak for my Cranbourne Toastmasters club. It is my personal project for the weekend to work on.  My new role of VPE ( Vice President of Education) requires me to set up the agenda for the meetings.  I am struggling with create a template for the contests.  There is always that one thing I don’t know what to do. Solution after some Couch Carol videos, and playing around, I find myself growling at my computer. It is at this point I grab my phone and make a phone call and ask for help. I find my fellow Toastmasters are always willing to help.

It Saturday evening, the chill out music and wine, give a real Saturday night feel. Still I need to get this blog post done as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so here I am on my couch computer on lap, my fingers tapping out the words.

This is  a personal/lifestyle blog, I tend to blog about life. I love journaling, Toastmasters and personal develpment. My newest hobby is photography.  My biggest learning curve has been navigating the resources, funding and programmes for my 16 year old son with a disability. I am not an expert rather a Happy Suburban Chick trying to improve each day and be the best person I can be.

Got questions? Ask me anything!

Today I invite you to ask me anything and leave your question or comment in the comment box.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

The Problem With Housework!

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The Happy Suburban Chick must come face to face with her reality of housework. It certainly does not fit into the area of domestic bliss. Here is a list of 5 housework problems that every Happy Suburban Chick must come to terms with. They are as follows:

Housework is like Groundhog day, same thing day after day. I empty the wash basket, and the next day it is full and I start all over again. I make the beds and the next day I make them again. I do the dishes and the next day I do them again.

The biggest problem is nobody really appreciates it especially when it is done well, things run smoothly everyone is happy and life just goes well.

When it not done, you soon hear the complaints, the inconvenience is well and truly noticed. Like where are my jocks, did you buy me my deodorant, post my letter, and I am hungry what is for dinner tonight

I don’t get paid to do it, even though I work hard and put a lot of hours into it.

It doesn’t require much skill, but rather takes up a lot of time. I can not develop my skill and knowledge.

Being distracted by housework when I could be doing something more interesting, challenging and fun. Yet somehow that housework is very persuasive because I find myself doing it.

So what’s a Happy Suburban Chick to do! Put on the music and get stuck into for a start. Acknowledge that it will never be complete it simply and ongoing project with no end date. If no one appreciates your work you must be doing a magnificent job. They can sack you, and give your job to someone else. Funny thing is I have never been given the sack from doing housework even when I suck at it. That’s right it’s unpaid work. Finally when you find yourself being sucked in by the persuasiveness of housework, set boundaries and give it definite time frames, and say no when it demands more.

A Happy Suburban Chick must learn to control the times she spends on housework so she can spend more time doing what makes her happy.

How do you cope with housework? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Also check out a previous post on do you struggle with housework?

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Photography Bliss : Alfred Nicholas Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges

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Wow! Magical, Picturesque, Amazing colours, these words all describe the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. These gardens are situated of Sherbrooke Road in the Dandenong Ranges. They are run by Parks Victoria now, and entrance is free.
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I went at the end of Autumn and the Autumn foliage colours were just gorgeous. It not just the colours it is also the ornamental lake and boat house with a couple of small bridges that just make this place so picturesque. Whilst the gardens are surrounded by rain forrest. It is a delightful place for a walking adventure with a camera.  I was in my happy place taking lots of delightful photo’s.
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This day was the perfect day, late afternoon and slightly cloudy for taking photo’s. I am a new hobbyist photographer and are still learning how to navigate the settings of my DSLR camera and take good photo’s. All I know is I need to get out there and practice and take a lot of photo’s. This place makes it easy to take pretty photo’s because it is just so delightfully beautiful.
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You can discover the Alfred Nicholas Gardens for yourself by going to Dandenong Ranges,  Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria. Admission is free, and the photography opportunity is great. To find out more go to Parks Victoria’s site. 

This post has been inspired by the Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 11, which I have been encouraged to share some photo’s. This year I am also sharing a picture a day on Instagram, which are mostly iPhone photo’s, because that the camera I always have with me.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Five ways to turn traffic time into happy time.

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Stuck in traffic, crazy that is what it is, crazy out there on the roads. Stop, start, beep, beep, surrounded by angry frowning faces in the cars all around me. I can feel my stress levels rising, and my frustration getting to me. I don’t want to be miserable for this amount of time. Time is too valuable to waste on being miserable.

This is my sucky current reality. The developers have gone crazy and there are housing estates going up everywhere. They are blocking roads and even closing some completely. It completely sucks, road works everywhere, dust everywhere, and potholes everywhere. The roads are a mess and the traffic is horrific and I am afraid I don’t know where all the extra cars are going to go. There are frustrated drivers, pushing in, beeping, and taking risks. I am a little over being beeped at, one even beeped me for stopping at an unmanned school crossing and letting some student cross the road. Seriously!  It should be ok to let children cross the road safely. I think this is the saddest part when people no longer are considerate of other people. The roads around here are crazy, and we are all struggling to get places on time or to get home. Yes, it sucks! It is the Traffic Jam paradise, and don’t bother riding a bike because that is too dangerous because of all the angry frustrated drivers on the road. Oh if you would like to catch public transport, good luck, you will need extra time for that too due to the rail works. Okay, that’s a big rant. At the moment you could describe me as the frustrated grumpy suburban chick.

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I have to live with it and somehow turn traffic time into happy time. This is why I have come up with five things to do when stuck in traffic.

1. Sing, sing, sing really loudly and bop away as much as you want. It feels good.
2. Listen to audio books, they can be entertaining or informative and it makes the time feel productive.
3. Practice speeches or presentations in the car, you can really work on remembering your content and practicing vocal variety.
4. Practice breathing exercises and try to relax.
5. Daydream,  about all the wonderful things you could be doing if you weren’t stuck in traffic.

 

Sometimes it is just really, really hard to be a Happy Suburban Chick. However, time is too valuable to waste being miserable and stressed. That is why it so important for me to turn traffic time into happy time.
Help! What are your tips for turning traffic time into happy time? Please leave a comment.

FRAN DISHON

( Day 3 of the Ultimate blog challenge, I am taking part of this challenge and will be blogging everyday this month of July)

 

Suburban Treasure!

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I love going on an adventure walk and discovering a new suburban treasure! As I walked through an adjacent estate look what I found. A magnificent park with this spacious delightful picnic and bbq area. This would be a treat of a place to get together with friends or neighbours.

IMG_0664A place to sit and have a picnic, a place to sit and journal, a place to sit and chat. A place to get together with friends.

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A place to let the children run wild and play, a space for them in the playground. A great place for parents and kids to hang out.

IMG_0666A grand entrance, a beautiful dramatic stairway down to a grand undercover picnic area. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has had their wedding photo’s here. Would be perfect for family photo’s not to mention imagine how fit you could get running up and down these stairs.

IMG_0679A lovely quiet place to sit and reflect, I like this little spot I could imagine myself sitting here reading a book. In fact I am sure I will revisit this spot with book and journal to spend a few delightful hours.

IMG_0672More places to sit and enjoy the day, there are seats all around this park. It just invites you to sit and spend some time in this lovely place. I could hear it calling me to sit, breath, and simply slow down. Plenty of birds chirping way in the trees and flying around.  IMG_0684Finally a work of art dramatic and bold. I imagine it to say “Stop, take notice of this space, take notice of its beauty, you are invited to rest and play here. Stop! This park is here for you to enjoy!”

Today I stumbled onto a suburban treasure, one that I will be revisiting to rest and play myself.

So go for a walk and discover what suburban treasures are in your neighbourhood.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Taking Back My Agenda!

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Tuesday morning? No;  I am not available, I have an arranged appointment that I have committed too.
Do you ever feel like other people try too dictate how you spend your day? By the time all those appointments, meetings and errands go in, it is like wow what happen to my day. Well I have gone back to putting the things I love to spend my time doing back into my calendar, they are now very important appointments. This way I am not tempted to change my agenda unless it super important and absolutely must be attended to at that time. I still feel a little guilty putting yoga or sh’bam down as an appointment, however I really enjoy doing these things. Plus if they are on the calendar I am not tempted to change them or cancel them. I am taking back control of my agenda, and spending time doing more of the things I love. 
Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Carefree Sundays

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Quote of the week by S.A.R.K.

I love a carefree Sunday without any plans, and this day is so gorgeous, it is bright blue, sunny and warm. It just feels like the perfect day to venture out into nature and enjoy its glories and surprises. The perfect day for a stroll around the lake. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!

Spring Time, Secret Garden, and Farmers Market.

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I just love Spring, and today was  a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, that was just so enticing I had to get up and take the boys on a little adventure. Mr. Serious and Mighty Mouse would just love to spend there days playing video games and watching You Tube.  Today we ventured out the door, and walked to the local Farmers Market.

I just love how Farmers Markets have become so popular in the suburbs these days, they are just bursting with positive energy, and good produce. I love that we can buy locally grown and made foods.  We walked around, soaked in the lovely atmosphere, enjoyed a hot chocolate for the boys, and a coffee for myself in the playground area, at a picnic table. We bought a number of items, an angus pie, hazelnut and chocolate tart and fresh strawberries for dinner tonight. I also brought some lovely tomato plants for the veggie patch, as I am looking forward to home grown tomatoes this summer.

A lovely surprise we fell upon was the Secret Garden, myself and the boys went on a relaxing walk through the garden, and even enjoyed playing some naughts and crosses.

Is there a wonderful new place that you could discover in your Suburb? Little gems are hiding everywhere, you just have to get out and start looking around. You never know what you might discover.

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Weekend Plans:

I am feeling very, very  tired at the moment, so this weekend will be full of relaxing activities like the Farmers market and secret garden, and enjoying the simple things in life like reading a book and enjoying a family dinner. I also plan to do some gardening.

 

What are your weekend plans?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

The Waiting Room


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Today I started the morning in panic mode. My young Mighty Mouse had a cardiology appointment at the hospital. Now my son has lots of appointments for lots of different things. I am a grateful for his good health at the moment, and grateful for his amazing quality of life. Still he has some health issues that need to be managed and monitored.
 So that means lots of different doctors appointments and clinics. Some our outpatients clinics that don’t need referrals.Some are specialist that we have ongoing referrals for. Then there is this one clinic that sort of outpatients/specialist that needs a new referral every twelve months.
This morning I realised it was that clinic and no I didn’t have a referral. So panic stations, to my relief my one of the doctors at my son’s family medical clinic has organised a  referral for him. It is not easy co-ordinating  my son’s medical management.  The system doesn’t make it easy, after all I am just a Mum not a case manager or events co-ordinator which would probably suit this role better than just mummy skills.
So here are my Mummy tips for the long wait in the waiting room: Take something interesting to do!
  • iPads, DS NIntendo, Game boy ( Kids will happily spend two hours playing computer games)
  • Books and Magazines ( The long wait is the perfect time to catch up on some reading)
  • Podcasts ( You could probably listen to one or two podcasts during your wait time)
  • Music put the head phones in and listen to your favourite music.

I love technology it has made the long wait in the waiting room so much more enjoyable. I remember a time when you had to take books, and toys along and kids would get so bored they were driven to naughtiness. Whilst those hours of naughty screaming kids resulted in  me having a throbbing headache that required Panadol. I often think they should just have referral, X-rays, medicare card, and most importantly bring some form of entertainment to occupy yourself and child during the long wait clearly documented on the appointment letter. That way we would all be prepared, and the long wait could simply be a time to relax and be entertained.

Resources on the web:
This was the only site I could find with any practical and fun ideas.
Wishing you all a wonderful day