Still Here…..

You may be forgiven for thinking I’d left the blogosphere for good, and I wouldn’t blame you at all, but it’s been all on for young and old. So much has happened in the past month that the only way to tackle it is via the trusty bullet point. So here we go….

  • We moved. It is a really nice house. Very quiet, lots of space and a bathroom each. Doesn’t that seem incredibly self-indulgent and almost like we are movie stars or something? Three bathrooms. I’m not used to such extravagance.
  • I was very sad to leave my other house. I lived there for nearly six years and there were a lot of memories contained within the walls…both good and bad. You get used to things, don’t you? The way the floor in the living room creaks as you go to get a drink of water at night. The moon shining through the jacaranda tree. The noisy miner (Aussie bird) that used to look at me through my study window. I cried a bit when we left. It has been such a difficult year I just wanted it to end with a bit of peace and quiet and no more upheaval but it was not meant to be. Change is good for the soul…I keep telling myself that.
  • We have opened a new shop in Glebe. It is a record shop, bar and grill and looks quite groovy. It is called The Record Crate. It will have it’s own blog and Facebook page and so on which I will let you know all about once I have it all up and running. We have high hopes for it. HIGH. It is our last chance to make some decent money in Sydney. I am crossing everything it is possible to cross and hoping like I always do.
  • My Mum seems in better health although she may have to have a hysterectomy in March as a precautionary measure. It hasn’t been completely confirmed yet.
  • I got my son an iPhone 5 and I have never seen anyone express such joy and gratitude over a gadget. I had no idea he would be so thrilled with it. I remain the only one in the family (the dinosaur) without a mobile phone and I am determined to keep it that way. I like the look on people’s faces when I say I don’t have a mobile. It’s as if I have just admitted to having leprosy or something.
  • I am doing a lot of writing. A lot. My depression has been shocking with all these changes and the writing is really getting me through it. Hey, maybe something that is actually publishable might come out of it.
  • Three of my most beloved goldfish died during our move. Sometimes they don’t survive the transition. It’s a bit of a shock for them. Farewell my dearest Lois, Marvin and Clancy. I will always love you.
  • My sister is still with her husband and they have just bought a new house together. I don’t know what to think anymore. My attitude towards her is one of suspending judgement or even the slightest of opinions. It is probably the best way to keep my already precarious mental health intact.
  • The guy who installed my Foxtel (cableTV) was the nicest guy. He was Muslim and we chatted for over an hour about Islam. He taught me a lot. He was so gracious and kind and family-oriented. So interesting to talk to. He didn’t charge me the full fee for the installation and I cried after he left. Unexpected kindnesses always make me boo-hoo.
  • I’ve been thinking about those little kids killed in Connecticut and I just don’t know how their parents and families are coping with the grief. I just don’t know. How does one bear such sadness? It must almost be impossible.

Here are some photos from the new neighbourhood.

P1150791 There is a nice seedy pub round the corner with topless barmaids. I thought that kind of thing went out in the ’80s. Shows how much I know. They have jelly wrestling on Tuesday nights. If it’s raspberry flavour I might sign up.

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My neighbour has a garden full of hydrangeas. I know they are somewhat old-fashioned but I love a good hydrangea. I am enjoying watching her pottering about in the garden.

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CHIMNEY POT!!! You know all is not lost if there is still a good chimney pot or two to check out. Chim chim cheree!

P1150840View from my balcony where the lorikeets roost at twilight. They are such dear little things with their twittering. Already I am looking forward to seeing them each day.

P1150803Captive Kangaroo. My neighbour has this kangaroo tied to a tree in his front garden. I don’t know if it’s because he really loves kangaroos or if it is some kind of special kangaroo deterrent like a guard dog. Either way, I laugh whenever I see it!

P1150815My new local park at night. It is very peaceful. People sit at the picnic tables at dusk eating the Portuguese chicken that is famous in the area. There is a nice sense of community.

P1150834And finally…this is the view from our new shop. You open the front doors and WHAM – there it is…… Centrepoint Tower. Makes you feel like you are a part of something.

Hope you are all well.

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56 thoughts on “Still Here…..

    1. It’s true, Melissa, change is uncomfortable but we can’t escape it. I am looking forward to getting into a routine…that always helps me feel more settled. We are excited about the shop…nervous, but excited πŸ˜€

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  1. Hi Selma hello from Tampa my hubby has work here in Florida so I’m here with him. I visiting my fam….congrats onthe lovely new house!
    What gorgeous-ness you have surrounding you.
    And “….raspberry….” ?? Just hilarious!
    Much Peace to you.

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    1. Record Box is a great name. I love it. I actually am so intrigued by the jelly-wrestling that I want to go and have a look. The logistics of it appeal to me… how much jelly do you need? Where do they make it? Do they have a huge fridge to chill it in? What do they do with it afterwards? The things I think about. Great to see you, Rachel xx

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  2. The idea of a bar an grill AND record shop is bizarre to this staid Canadian lol We either have record shops OR bar and grills lol interesting though I’m sure! I wish you all the best! All the good mojo you can carry and a Merry merry Christmas in your new home.

    Sigh I used to have my own bathroom and it was BLISS i tells ya!
    Back to sharing one with hubby…guess its a small price to pay to have the kiddos so close to me!
    ps ooooo hows the jacuzzi??? have any fun in it with the hubs yet??? “wink wink nudge nudge, say no more” πŸ˜‰

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    1. We Aussies always have to do things in a strange way. Haha.

      I hope you have as merry a Christmas as you can, Cathy. I know it is a very sad time for you but it is great to have the kids close by.

      Haven’t been in the jacuzzi yet…it’s not really my thing…I’d prefer a swimming pool. Maybe in my next house…haha.

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  3. A record shop with a bar and grill? Oh, bliss. Tam and I are purchasing a hat shop in February, but we both dream of having a small diner. Best of luck to you and I can’t wait to check out the facebook page and blog for your shop.

    The new house sounds lovely and THREE BATHROOMS?? Bliss.

    Holding you close in my heart, dear friend. This time of year is hard here in the states due to the winter weather and holidays, so the dark horse has been kicking at the stable door. I’m glad you’ve been writing and that it’s been helping.

    I’m especially glad you’ve been writing, but that’s because I’m selfish and want to buy your book. Books. All of them. πŸ™‚

    Many hugs and much love.

    K.

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  4. I can just picture you and Tam running your hat shop. It really suits you. I am so glad you are able to buy it. That makes me very happy. 3 bathrooms is a bit excessive. A lot of the houses in this area used to be boarding houses and then were converted back to one home…hence the piles of bathrooms.

    Sorry to hear about the dark horse. He’s been whinnying around me for a while too. Writing really does help. Thank God something does. I would be so honoured for you to read one of my books. Let’s hope 2013 is the year it happens. Onwards and upwards!!!!
    Love to you too xxx

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    1. Thanks, slpmartin. I have been slack with my blogging of late. There has been so much going on. I am determined to be more organised in 2013!!

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  5. Oh, Selma, Selma, I am sooo happy for you! It sounds like so many good things are happening for you now, so many new beginnings. Three bathrooms! Very cool. The new shop sounds delightful. I can’t wait to see pictures and read the blog.

    Congratulations, my friend. It’s been a long time coming.

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    1. Your comment has really touched me, Patti. Thank you so much your support and encouragement. It really means a great deal to me. I genuinely wish you much happiness for the coming year xxxx

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    1. It’s true. It’s hard to deal with at times, but in the long run is definitely a good thing. Thank you for your wisdom, From The Pews. All the best for 2013 xx

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  6. First, good luck with the shop, and where is it so we Aussies can pop in when we are in the area? There is no substitute for frantic work hours and cash in the till for driving out the blues. And the Glebe! I have great memories of hours with friends at the Toxteth a lifetime ago too. XX.

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    1. 34 Glebe Point Road, Stafford (opposite Gleebooks.) When the bar is ready (approx Jan 12) I’d love to see you. I used to live in Toxteth Rd. back in the day. My fave part of Sydney. I’ll get back there one day. Happy New Year, my dear friend xxxx

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  7. Gosh!!
    Hello Selma:)
    Funny how life gives and takes.
    Geez,I wish you the best in your new venture!
    Looking forward to blog site!
    Well,gotta run.’til next time:)
    ((( hugs )))

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    1. Awww, Iain, I appreciate the kindness of your comments throughout the year. I really do. Thank you so much. Hope you and your family have a really fantastic 2013 xxx

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    2. I read a lot of more political blogs Selma and I find your page a rather lovely break from all of the piss and vinegar that is the norm when people write about politics . Anyway i hope the new year is prosperous and happy for you and yours and you continue to write such worth prose.

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      1. Your comment means a lot to me, Iain. I don’t know how you cope with the political stuff… it’s too much for me. Thanks so much for reading πŸ˜€

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        1. Arguing about politics is a lot like playing chess and I dig the challenge of it and the cut and thrust of debate. But if the truth be known I take no politics that seriously seeing all of it a a game, a game often played for the highest stakes but still just a game.

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  8. sounds like a good neighborhood to live in, I really like the kangaroo, I think it’s little things like that makes things more bearable.

    good luck with the new store and have a great new year!

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    1. You are so right, Lissa. It IS the little things that add flavour to a neighbourhood, make us feel at home and so on. Thank you for your kind wishes and have a fantastic New Year xxxx

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  9. Hi,
    A new beginning, sounds fantastic, and I love the photos. The view from your new business looks fantastic, I wish you all the best of luck, I have a feeling you are going to have a great New Year. πŸ™‚

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    1. You are so kind to say that, Mags. I am so glad to have met you online. Wishing you much happiness for 2013 and my thoughts are with your Dad for his continued recovery xxx

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  10. Crossing fingers and toes and everything for your new business xoxo

    Glad you had a nice chat with the Foxtel guy; it sounds like you have a few interesting chats ahead of you with some of your new neighbours too.

    Have you ever tried St. John’s Wort? It takes the edge off for me.

    I hope your mum’s health continues to improve and that she doesn’t need a hysterectomy; that is one scary operation and maybe worth getting a second opinion to be totally sure it is necessary:

    Love you, hun ❀

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    1. I am scared about the hysterectomy, Elle. Very scared, particularly as my Mum is on Warfarin. It is worrying me a lot. My friend had one at 45 and it took her almost a year to recover. My Mum is 74. I am urging her to seek a second opinion. She’ll find out in March if it’s going to go ahead.

      I have tried St. John’s Wort but it upsets my stomach. The Valium really helped me but for now I am completely drug free. We’ll see how it goes. Thank you for your support. Wishing you and your hubby and the bubbies many happy days in 2013 xxx

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  11. Did I post a comment here already….or lose it in shuffling from webpage to webpage. The latter, I think. So here ’tis….again, maybe. Firstly, I wanted to focus on your lovely and much-welcome post, but I must say I was distracted for a while by Elle Carter Neal’s lecture re hysterectomy – I was going to say ‘hysterical’ lecture, but that seems unkind. (And how did she manage to ‘insert’ that into a comment anyway? I’m impressed.) Actually, I was very interested in the contents of her YouTube lecture and so went away briefly to forward it to various female friends and relatives (don’t know if it’s scientifically proven or ‘polemicly’ biased, but it certainly brought to mind questions worth asking one’s doctor before accepting advice about any such procedure). And that’s probably how I ‘lost’ my first comment here.

    Anyway, back to your post. Please do try to find time for more posting, if things have settled a bit in your life. I have missed you. And I didn’t even know (or perhaps hadn’t remembered) that you had a son! I like the look of your neighbourhood, too, especially the hog-tied kanga and that chimneypot. Re records, are they coming back, as I’ve heard? Thought you’d appreciate this from a list of beaut sayings someone of my wrinkled generation circulated recently: “Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.”

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    1. It certainly did highlight questions to ask your doctor. A hysterectomy is a HUGE operation and I do think it is good to be as well-informed as possible. I’m going to keep reading as much as I can about it in an attempt to allay me fears.

      Such a kind thing to say about my blogging, Chartreuse. The depression got me this year… i was unable to write when I was in the thick of it. The good thing is, I feel like it has passed now so i’m going to get back into blogging and writing with a vengeance.

      Records are back. It’s amazing. People can’t get enough of them. Who would’ve thought in this age of everything digital? Love that saying. It is so true. And beaut. πŸ˜†

      Thank you for your lovely comment and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  12. I wish you super success in your new business venture – I know you’ll make it fabulous. πŸ™‚

    I have a cell phone – but it’s VERY basic – I don’t want one of those Apple thingies that tracks me all over the place. Would drive me nuts.

    Glad to hear about your mom – as for your sister, the best thing to do is let it go. That’s a bed she’s willing to lie in – you don’t have to go down that path with her.

    The new picture path looks like it’s full of quirks, lovelies and surprises! I’m looking forward to seeing more! And I’m so glad the new house is fabulous. It’s hard to make those changes, but although it’s cliche’ – sometimes it IS for the best. β™₯

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes and constant support, Aine. You are SOOOO wise. It is hard to make the changes but I am beginning to see it was the only way forward. Hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful 2013 xxxxx

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    1. ‘As long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive…….’ I am dancing right now. It IS a great track. We’re going to have a great 2013, Gabe. Love ya heaps xxx

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  13. Oh Selma I am crossing all toes and fingers that your new business is a roaring success!! But, honestly, I doubt you’ll need it. All the very very best in the new year my dear friend. …and I LOVE the Captive Kangaroo!!

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  14. Right! We have a tentative plan to revisit Australia in 2014. Don’t have anything definite in mind yet, but IF we come to Sydney, I shall *definitely* drop by your shop.

    And, I’m so glad your TV man explained what Islam is really about. My friend Amin says it’s about peace, tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others … although you wouldn’t think so, to read some of the ranting online.

    In fact, it’s so much in line with my own beliefs that I often joke I’d be Muslim myself if I didn’t like beer and bacon so much! (Amin thought that was very funny …!!)

    One of my favourite places is a bar cum bookshop in Madrid … seems to be a bar and record shop might just hit the spot, too!

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    1. I would love to see you the next time you’re in Sydney, Travelrat. That would be awesome πŸ˜€

      It’s funny you should say that about Islam, because I felt the same way. It is eye opening to speak to someone who actually practises it rather than to listen to the way the media portrays it. Certainly got me thinking. Made me realise that if we were all a bit more open to each other’s beliefs (and actually listened) the world would have less problems. That’s me, still a naive idealist in 2013. Haha.

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  15. What an awesome update, Selma! I wish everyone would do this about once a month so we could know how life was really going for them! Along with some really hard stuff, you’ve got some exciting things going on… Mom back in your life in a good way, and a wonderful new business to get up and running! I’m thinking it will be the perfect place to find all kinds of characters for new stories! I’m delighted to hear you are writing again, we know it is the best therapy to be found. WIshing you and your family all good blessings in the new year, and thanking you so much for all the good things you’ve shared with us thru your friendship and blog. You are a treasure and I’m so glad to see you hanging in there… you CAN do it!!

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    1. YOU are the one who is the treasure, Josie. Your support is invaluable to me. You have helped me so much in 2012. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. xxxxx

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    1. I don’t think I could fit any more changes in if I tried, Tipota. It’s certainly been a whirlwind and slightly hair-raising experience. So glad you were there to help me through it. Wishing you much joy in 2013 xxxxx

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  16. Hey Selma, so happy to read of your changes. The new home & business sound very positive and your own bathroom must be dreamy, indeed! Nice to have a safe park that you can visit even at night and the topless place adds lots of fun & interest, right?
    I’m wishing you & your family much good luck and happy holidays, also.
    xoxo

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    1. I’m still laughing about the jelly-wrestling, Susan. One night I’ll sneak in there and have a look πŸ˜†

      Wishing you much happiness in 2013 xxxxx

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    1. Sometimes it takes ages to get caught up with the blogging, Bandsmoke. Know exactly what you mean. Wishing you fantastic times in 2013 xxx

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