First 24 Hours in D’Bay

First Day of 2019

My furniture and big boxes all arrived in Deception Bay, just after Christmas.  The unit looks chaotic – still, and I have a lot of work to do to sort it all out.  I am missing some items – no doubt never to be seen again.  It is nearly two years since the first removalist took my things into storage!

I packed up as best I could from the house sit – and drove to D’Bay yesterday and worked all day to bring some order into the chaos.  It was not my plan to move in before January 1st.  I want to make 2019 the best and was happy to move in on the first day of the year.

Over the years I have spent a lot of time moving house.  I am originally from South Australia, and with my husband and family moved to Warrnambool, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sydney, Brisbane and a few additional moves in Brisbane. I’d love to think I would never find myself moving house again!

Boxes and Boxes

There are so many boxes to sort.  I have had too many hobbies – that’s why I call myself a Jill of All Trades and Mistress of None.

Below is a list of things I have learned/worked on.




Jewelry Making

Cheese Making

Paper Making





Family History



Collecting Shells

Collecting Chinese pottery


And I have been a teacher (plenty of resources), student (still lots of notes and material0 from study days, and so it goes.

The shredder is working overtime at the moment!

Morning Walk

It’s not far to walk down to the waterfront, and that I did – with camera of course.  What a glorious day!  Here are some of my photos.

Across Deception Bay

Looking towards Beachmere

Bushes at the Beach

Among the Mangroves


A Good Fishing Spot – Early morning at high tide


On the Waterfront

Walking Track

No doubt I will visit the foreshore often.  I am looking forward to life at D’Bay.  Just must finish unpacking the boxes!!!

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My Best Year Yet

New Year’s Resolutions

I haven’t heard many folk talk about these so far.  I actually prefer to call them “Goals” for the new year.  Yes, I have written them down, though this year I am going to have them visible to me easily.  I think on the inside of a kitchen cupboard. Because, I don’t like to “publicise” them, but like to be reminded of them at times.  I like the idea of “My Best Year Yet” – which is the title of a book.  As yet, I haven’t read it.

I have most of my worldly goods moved into my new apartment, which is still a bit of a mess, as I have not unpacked all boxes. It will take me a few more days to get them unpacked.  I have been there for a couple of hours for the last four days.  It is very hot, and I have a sore shoulder so I am trying not to “overdo” it.

My Key Goal is about my Writing

The last three years have been busy for me – the latter two house sitting.  While in many ways I am grateful for the experiences I had, I am looking forward to settling down and focussing on my writing.  I’m not getting any younger so the thought of not getting at least a couple of my books published before I depart this world is rather horrifying.

The new abode is much smaller than I have ever lived in, and I will have no garden to maintain and no lawns to mow.  Being on the second floor I have fewer distractions too.  My lease is for one year, so I am keen to put head down and work on my targets.

This article here has interesting information about New Year’s Resolutions.

It is also my plan to review my progress with these goals on the first day of every month – so I may find I have to “kick-start” myself along the way.

I’m looking forward to a Happy and Prosperous 2019!  I hope it will be my best year yet!


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Moving to Deception Bay

In the Truck

I was most fortunate as my son-in-law offered to get a truck and move my worldly goods from the shipping container, which has lived on his property for nearly 2 years.  In fact one of this brother’s and a friend help load the truck.  Another brother and my son were at Deception Bay to move things into the apartment.

All went quite well, though I think there are a few of us with sore backs!!

So Many Boxes

Of course, I knew I had too many things.  Quite a few of my boxes are filled with books, and collections of magazines, my writings, interesting articles and more.  I do find it hard to let go of things but will have no choice but to do so.  Some of my furniture will have to go – a chest of drawers is damaged – it can be fixed but I have nowhere for it.

I have emptied quite a few – and washed most of the kitchen items.  There are still some things I cannot find.  I also found a bag of clothes that certainly were never mine.  Where are my three chairs?  I don’t know that I can track them down.  The removalist I used to move out of my property did not do the right thing and I had to move it again. Somehow things went missing.

Kitchen Cupboards

Clearly, I have less kitchen space for my things – but I will manage.  The kitchen is quite user-friendly and I like the dishwasher.  A couple of things don’t suit me – but nothing I can’t live with.  There are always somethings that you don’t like – but I am renting so I don’t have a lot of choice with the way things are.

The Washing Machine

I was concerned that my Fisher and Paykel washing machine, a top loader would not fit in the small laundry space, because of the dryer.  I cannot open the lid fully as I have always done before, but it opens enough to work.  I love it that it is right in the midst of the lounge/kitchen, but behind doors.  It quietly does the washing and I have the choice of putting things on the balcony or taking them to the line.  I love my washing machine, and so glad I don’t have to replace it.

Fisher & Paykel 5.5kg Quick Smart Washing Machine

It will probably be a week or two before I have emptied all the boxes, but that’s fine.  I look forward to spending 2019 at Deception Bay.

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Planning the Move

Moving to Deception Bay

Moving is progressing. Yesterday I completed some more documents and collected the keys to the unit at Deception Bay, just north of Brisbane.  It is not far as the crow flies from Beachmere, where I am now.  It is close to the waterfront – with Moreton Bay right on the doorstep. Almost literally.  I don’t like moving, but am looking forward to this move.

D'Bay - from the waterfront.

Deception Bay with the Glasshouse Mountains in the background.

I walked around the unit, trying to work out where my furniture would fit.  It is much smaller than where I lived in Beachmere, and I may have to “surrender” some of my things.  One thing that I hadn’t calculated before is how my washing machine will fit into the laundry alcove.  I have a concern that the washing machine will be too tall – as there is a clothes dryer attached to the wall.

No View

My unit is actually on the third floor – and the view is pretty ordinary.  It looks inland over some housing.  It won’t be something that I will enjoy looking at, but there are other benefits.  The building is behind another building, which blocks out any view of the sea, but it also protects us from the wild winds that come in from the sea.

Metres to the Sea

I’ll just have to walk a few metres (or ride my bike) to the waterfront.  There’s seating, shade and a BBQ – and I am sure I will spend some time there.  (I have to work out how to use the BBQ) but it all looks good to me.

By the Bay

Picnic Area at D’Bay

Pro’s and Con’s

Unless one builds one’s own home, the chances of getting a perfect home are limited.  I like so many things about the unit.  There are some things that will annoy me.  One is the main door is just a wooden door – I am unlikely to leave it open to get cooler air in, and would love a security door.  Maybe I can negotiate to get one.

The main bedroom is quite small – I’m sure I will fit my bed in, but there’s not much more space.  Will there be room for my small tv in the bedroom?   Not sure.

There is a

dishwasher – Tick

clothes dryer – Tick

Balcony – Tick

Ensuite – Tick

Second bedroom – Tick

Second bathroom – Tick

Rubbish bins – Tick    (I don’t have to put the bin/s out each week!)

Swimming Pool – Tick

Handy to shopping centre – Tick

Lovely waterfront cafe – Tick

Library nearby – Tick

Waterfront nearby – Tick

Riding and walking tracks along the waterfront – Tick


I am committed for a year.  I am looking forward to it.  With some trepidation.

New Year, New Abode, New Life.

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Great Tools for Solo Women

Great Tools

As a senior solo woman, with some arthritis in my fingers, I often have trouble opening bottles, jars and similar items.  A friendly man living close by would be a help, but I have found some tools that have made a dramatic difference.

I am a great fan of Howards Storage World and recently I found a Jarkey Jar Opener.  This cute tool is easy to use, and with little pressure lifts the lid removing the “bubble” making it easier to just turn the lid – either with a tool or by hand.


The other day I went to Howards to buy something for a Christmas gift, but they’d sold out of the product I was after, but I found another tool which I have already found useful.

Bottle Opener

As it turned out, I had a small bottle of bubbly, which has been sitting in the kitchen for several weeks, because I could not remove the lid.   When I saw this tool in Howards I bought it and within seconds of arriving home, I opened the bottle.  Easy!

Both products are less than ten dollars and would make a lovely gift for someone who has challenges with jars and lids.

These tools could make great gifts for people who have challenges opening jars or bottles.

Tools from Howards

The Blue Jar Opener (top) and the Bottle opener below.

Great Tools from Howards

Beverage Opener – Bottle Opener.








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Who is Eating Seaweed?


Seaweed is a popular food in Korea, though I do not recall seeing much or eating it in South Korea, other than on the outside of Sushi or similar foods when I was there.  I think it was in some soups that I ate.

It has become a popular food in Australia – and I see it in many food shops.  My favourite seaweed is a little pack of around 10 small snack size sheets, that I could get from Woolworths. I confess to eating far too many!!

Usually $1 a pack - on special often for 90c

Available at Woolworths Supermarkets in the Asian Food Section

Recently I discovered another brand which is very similar in taste, and comes in packs of 8, and works out much cheaper.  Some of Woolworth’s stores have them, but I have also found them in selected Asian Supermarkets.  (Woolworth’s are cheaper.)

Roasting my own Seaweed.

Recently it occurred to me that I might be able to save more money if I roasted my own, and I found a couple of videos on YouTube which showed how to do it.  I must say, I prefer my homemade variety.  I usually have some of the larger packs of seaweed for I do make sushi occasionally, so I had some to try.

The method above uses a frypan on the stove top to roast the seaweed, and I have tried that version, but the square seaweed does not sit well in my round frypan, so I put it in a pile, pushing down on the pile, and then pop it in the oven.  Apart from making it quicker and easier, I actually prefer the roasted in oven version.

I prefer to use just Sesame Oil too.

It is regarded as a superfood because of its nutritional benefits.

I know from buying it at the supermarkets that it is an extremely popular product – but not sure if this is because of the increase in Asian population in Australia, or we Aussies have just found it.

Try it!

#seaweed #seaweed snack

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Where have all the manners gone?

What Manners?

I remember when there was respect for others.  My teachers were called Mr, Mrs or Miss.  I remember when I was a nurse, we never referred to those we worked with without their title.  Even if I worked with my best friend I’d call her Nurse ……  We were taught manners by our parents.  It was an important part of our learning.

These days there seems to be no courtesy at all.  For children to call folk senior to them by their first names has become the norm and I am not all that comfortable with that.  But it is more than that.  There seems to be a general disregard for courtesy.

Yesterday I was walking in the city (Brisbane) and there were so many incidents where I felt others were disrespectful.  Often the young ones are on their phones and they walk straight into you, and almost never say “Sorry” or similar.  If they are in a hurry, they push you aside.  (I note that many who do this are Asians, and I know that the Chinese don’t have consideration for others – just themselves.  And it was some of these that pushed me aside yesterday!)

Where are the Gentlemen?

I remember when men (gentlemen) would open a door for you – perhaps as you entered or exited a building.  Few do it now, though I have been pleasantly surprised by three occasions when this has happened recently.  I always stop and thank them.

Ladies and Gentlemen – we often heard those words when I was younger.  But the usage of these terms has diminished in recent times.

Manners appear to be lost now.  It’s every man and woman, or child, for themselves, with little consideration by many of anyone but themselves.

Selfish, Rude and 


I do find it surprising how many people (and I refer to my country Australia) seem to ignore the old rules of courtesy and manners, and how many seem to flout all laws (road laws, violence, theft, and more.)  Do young people get educated about the laws of the country at school?  Home?  Where?

A concerted effort is needed to ensure that everybody knows the rules of courtesy and the laws of the country.  Instead of focusing on all the bad things, let’s focus on teaching everyone about being and doing good.



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Goals for the New Year

New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of the year when some folk set their goals or New Year Resolutions for the following year.  It’s less than three weeks before the end of 2018, and so many of us set out to do great things in the year to come.  Or the years to come.

I’m still trying to catch up on things I need to do in 2018 (like send Christmas Cards) etc but for most of us it is a busy time anyway.  (I must, I must, complete sending the cards!)

New Beginnings

As it turns out my 2019 is going to be fun and busy.  I move into my new abode at the beginning of the new year.  A new suburb, new apartment, new neighbours etc.  I am quite excited about it, especially as I have been moving so much recently.  I do hope my house sitting days are over.  I’m keen to settle.

My writing goals will weigh heavily in 2019 – and I think the new abode will be a good place to write.  And there’s a library nearby where I hope I can find peace and quiet to flutter my fingers over the keyboard and update my work.

Swimming is high on my agenda.  There is a pool just a short walk from my apartment – on the premises, so I expect to cool down, relax, do water aerobics and generally have fun in the pool.

Ride my Bike

My electric bike has been neglected, but I have just had it serviced, in preparation for riding around the new area.  There are so many bike paths to explore – much more than where I have been living recently.  I’ll strap my camera on and travel around.  There are so many water views, mangrove trees, strange sand shapes, and much more.

Seaside near the Spit

On the Gold Coast

So my list of goals is BIG – but do-able I think.  A trip to China?  Maybe.  Publish a couple of books?  Yes, that’s the plan.

Season’s Greetings to my readers and Happy New Year.  May 2019 be a happy one for all.

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My New Abode

No more No Fixed Abode

After house-sitting for nearly one and a half years, I’m ready to give it up.  No more packing up, cleaning up, moving out, moving in, getting to “know” the new abode.  I’ll be moving in after Christmas and staying put.

I will be moving into my new abode – a new apartment – on the fourth floor of a new building, near the waterfront of Deception Bay.  It’s only a short distance “as the crow flies” from my old address, but a longer distance by road.

The rental contract is signed and the bond paid – I just have to wait until just after Christmas to move in!

Christmas Party – Meet and Greet

On the day I signed the lease, the property manager told me about the Christmas Party and invited me to attend.  And so I did.  It had already been a busy day but I made my way to Deception Bay after my other appointments.  I had time to explore a little too.  Driving around the waterfront, I was getting my bearings and investigating the area.  I found the library – I had been there a few years ago.

The party started at 6 pm, and I was one of the early attendees at the Party – but got to meet quite a few folk, including some lovely ladies who live there alone.  I didn’t eat dinner with them – in fact, left after nearly 2 hours.  Earlier I had been to lunch so didn’t need to “top up”.

The Property

The units were only completed in the last 12 months.  They are a short walk from the beachfront.  Not a good swimming beach, but a great place to walk and ride, take photos and enjoy the scenery.  There are mangrove trees along much of the waterfront, and when the tide is out there’s a long walk to the water – which is very shallow.

There are three buildings in the complex.  All four stories high.  The ones on the ground floor have a small yard and garden.  There is a community area with BBQ, toilets, grass area and swimming pool.

Each building has a life (elevator) so it is suitable for seniors and disabled.  There are couples and singles living on the property – and it appears to be a very friendly community.  There’s even talk of a community vegetable garden too.

It is pretty much the sort of property that I have been promoting in SoSeW – co-housing for solo senior women.  I think it is a strange coincidence that I have found this property and am moving in.  So much to learn from the experience I think.

What I learned.

The property is managed by a young man, who is clearly liked and respected.  I would love to know more about him, and I guess I will one day, but he’s a guy that is open to new ideas.  Many folk own their units and others, like me, are renters, where the owner has invested in the property.   With a friendly manager on site, there are not a lot of problems that can’t be solved quickly.

As I returned home to my house sit last night, I was more excited about moving in.  It has so many similarities to cohousing.  I can’t wait to show my friends who are interested in the co-housing model.  Perhaps I can get something going through my connections at the property.

I am looking forward to riding my bike around the many bike paths that are in the area of my new abode.

Cycle at D'Bay


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Gender Discrimination – Names

What’s your title?

There are just so many ways women are discriminated against.  I’m going to sit down one day and write a list.  This topic will be included.  First of all, a question?   Does anyone refer to women by their “title” – when was the last time you heard someone called Mrs….., Miss……….., or Ms………….?  For some reason, those titles have gone out of fashion.  I don’t recall the last time someone wanted to use one of these to me. (Note: I’ve heard that few people ever use Ms because they don’t know how to say it or use it.)

Today, when getting a quote for insurance, I had a choice of these three titles, and a few others, Brother, Sister, Doctor and Mr.  Maybe one or two more.  I tried to copy and paste but the site wouldn’t let me do that.  What irritates me is that women have to indicate their marital status.  Miss, Mrs or Ms.  Blokes, unless they have some formal title (e.g. Dr, Professor, etc) just put Mr.  Why does this still continue when the titles are seldom, if ever, used?

Gender discrimination

One title for men, and three for women, giving their marital status. What the……..?

Memories, Sister.

I was a nurse once upon a time, quite a few years ago.  We ALWAYS addressed each other by our titles.  Nurse, Sister, Doctor.  Even if you were working on the same ward as your very best friend, if you were caught using her first name (there were no guys when I trained s I can use “her”), you’d be admonished.   Now in hospitals, it tends to be first names used all the time.

How are Letters Addressed?

Australia Post does not deliver as many letters to the household letterbox these days, as most communication is now done by email. I’ve just checked the mail of the lady who lives here (and I am house sitting for) and though there is only a small collection of mail, guess how it is addressed?  Most with no title, and also two different titles – one with Miss and the other with Ms.

So what is the point?  Why can we have a universal title like men do?  Or why don’t we drop them altogether, except where Sir, Lady, Dr, Professor etc is appropriate?  Why is our marital status of importance?

What do you think?




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