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Grace Oz

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  1. Grace Oz

    Sunday February 5, 2017

    G'day Davey and Tweety and all who pop in after....:wavey: Enjoy your holiday at home, Davey! Tweety, you're walking on the beach....we here are ducking for cover from the rain...and, it's summer!!! Weird weather we're having!! Saw the Movie: Hidden Figures this evening (sunday here) ... really enjoyed it. And, about time this story was told!! Well, your new president has already made it impossible for at least one Aussie to visit the space camp in the US!! ... Poor lad (17YO) is devastated! He was born here in Oz, but his parents in Syria...so, no entry into the US per favour the new chief!! Guess he wont allow us older Aussie's in either....so there goes my hopes of another visit!! He got into a stoush with our Prime Minister the other day on the phone.... methinks he needs to remember what loyal and supportive allies we've been for a very long time!!! Well, it's almost midnight here and Monday is on the horizon ... I'll say G'day and goodnight! Be safe and well! Cheers, Grace
  2. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    But just think, stars... if you'd become a mechanic ... you'd never have met us mob!!! LOL Sweet dreams!!!
  3. Grace Oz

    Baby Boomers and Ageism

    Read the article and for some obscure and unknown reason; Mother Theresa ... Nelson Mandela ..... Fred Hollows .... and other inspiring older (past "retirement" age) individuals , when they were still alive and working so hard (mostly voluntary)...no-one complained about those wonderful older citizens!! Seems that so long as us Baby Boomers aren't "stealing" the jobs of the younger generation, we're acceptable. It's OK for us to give our time and selves as volunteers...but don't dare any of us hold a paid position!! I come from a town here in Oz, whereby once a woman married, she had to resign her position!!!! No married women were permitted to work!! Yes, it was a Union run city in the outback!!! Sure, no young women were without employment ... but you had a town full of unfulfilled, depressed, bored witless married women!! Thankfully, with progress, that has now changed!!! I think the world has and is changing at such a rate, what once worked, no longer does. Government pension schemes were once an "entitlement" many many people relied on in retirement. However, that was in a different time and with different expectations of retirement living. In Australia; private superannuation schemes were once only the domain of the Military, the governments (both federal and state) bankers, legal professions, wealthy business folks, other companies etc.... the everyday person either never knew about superannuation, couldn't afford to fund it, only their employer contributed to a fund on their behalf ... etc etc. It wasn't until the 1980's as I recall, that "ordinary" /everyday citizens were strongly encouraged to join a superannuation fund / scheme. That's when it began to become very evident that there was not going to be enough money in the governments kitty to fund age pensions. There was a scramble for folks to join funds / schemes and begin their own contributions. However, for many it is a case of: too late. There would never be enough accumulated to finance a comfortable retirement. I don't know too many Aussies who are not having their retirement funds topped up by a government pension as well.
  4. Grace Oz

    First word that comes to mind.....

    That's hilarious!!! .... A collection of bedpans???!!!! .... funniest thing I've heard coming from a nurse!!!.... one of my former colleagues use to collect stethoscopes... as in, take 'em home after work and forget to bring them back!!! (here in Oz, most facilities provide equipment.)
  5. Grace Oz

    First word that comes to mind.....

    All out!
  6. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    Donald Trump terror, immigration laws could affect Australian tourists Well my dear mates up/over....it would appear your new president wont let me visit....not easily anyway!!!! I wonder what questions they'll ask? All I want to do is revisit Disneyland, catch-up with the mates up/over, eat some more of those delicious doughnuts in Seattle ..... Oh well... guess we'll have to wait and see what transpires.
  7. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    Just love love love Helen!! Her sister, Toni Lamond, was also a great AUSSIE singer. Helen's voice is pure....you can actually hear the words!! She's living a simpler life now - in Sydney. Saw an interview with one of our national TV shows the other day.... Helen looks so relaxed, embracing her next phase of life, at peace with life and herself....couldn't be in a better place. I'd love to meet her in person!!... I'd tell her how her famous song: I AM WOMAN has not only helped me through the recent life changing events of the past few years, but how my neighbours also now know the lyrics off by heart too!! :roflmao:
  8. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    And here's another AUSSIE belting it out there!!!..... Between John and Helen.... this past few years, my neighbours have almost wanted to lock me up!!! LOL But.... how empowering these two songs are !!!!
  9. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    Thought y'all might like to hear our very own Aussie.... John Farnham..... Lurve our lad...Johnny!!! :)
  10. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    G'day Ted! Just listened to your new composition.... beautiful!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and it actually "took me away".... I visualised myself either driving up through the hills here and/ or sailing on a yacht with a cool breeze and a nice swell on the ocean. :) How can I hear more of your work, Ted? Is there a way I can listen as I did this instrumental? I'm not exactly a computer / tech geek or overly savvy with computers, so it'll need to be pretty much an "Idiot proof" method!! LOL Dianah sent me the actual CD's a few years ago of her band, and I listen to those often. Congratulations on your talent, Ted. Cheers, Grace
  11. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    Just read this and it really concerns me..... any thoughts????? http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/donald-trumps-tpp-move-shows-its-time-for-australia-to-wake-up/news-story/36092916f4fc7ede09290fe4794c7f5d
  12. Grace Oz

    First word that comes to mind.....

    Collection
  13. Grace Oz

    Wednesday January 25, 2016

    G'day Tweety and all who follow! :wavey: Well it's time to hit the hay here DownUnder ... my Wednesday's drawing to it's close. Looked after No1 grandson today, the 5YO. Such fun and a sheer delight! I'll miss seeing him as often once he commences school next week! The next chapter in his young life. :) Received a phone call from a friend in Sydney and she's coming to visit next week. Will stay here with me for a few days. I'm excited about that! Any ideas for making the guest bedroom welcoming and comfortable most welcome, thanks in anticipation! :) Tomorrow - Thursday here in Oz- is AUSTRALIA DAY. I was going to join a dear friend and her family in the city for the late afternoon parade and party / fireworks in the evening. Sadly, her father died and his funeral was today in our hometown. I'll spend the day here at home and begin preparing the house for my guest next week instead. Well....that's my new plan anyway! LOL This retired life has no discipline. No set rules. Is totally flexible. Always changing! LOL .... The trouble is: I'm always setting myself goals for here in the house and garden...then sure enough, someone phones and next minute I'm off out socialising - again! LOL Poor house and garden ... I'm a baaad keeper! :blink::yes: Sending warm wishes up/over to all! Keep safe and well! Cheers, Grace :wavey:
  14. Grace Oz

    First word that comes to mind.....

    Posh Pooches
  15. Grace Oz

    Tuesday Jan 24teeaitch

    G'day on tuesday night here in Oz! :wavey: Spent a very pleasant day with a dear life long friend..... we went to the movies and saw "LION". I recommend it, it is an incredible story. After the movie we had lunch at one of the nearby pubs.... delicious fish and salad. Yep, retirement is grand! :) As Dianah says: "have read you all" :) ...... always nice to read the happenings. I'm on "Nana duty" tomorrow ...:yes::woot: ... always a joy for this grandmother! :up: ... It'll be the last day before Z commences school! Hard to believe he's 5 years old already! Seems like only yesterday I shared the news and joy of his arrival!!....He's been the sunshine in my life since!! And so too is his little brother C ... he arrived 22 months ago! Both Nana's favourite people besides their own mother and Uncle; who BTW....is now out of the military!! YAY!!! ... WooHoo!!... No more stress and worry with him being deployed! 6 deployments over the last several years was 6 too many for this mother!! OK... just keeping in touch! :) Keep safe and well everyone! Cheers, Grace :wavey:
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