Chat time



This is how I filled in a few hours Saturday morning with Mr. S. We went away for the long weekend, leaving early to arrive at the ‘Shooting Range’. This is a sport I have never tried. In fact I was quite scared about the whole shotgun thing, but as I bought vouchers for Mr. S to try clay shooting, I thought I would join in.

There were three other ladies and numerous men and young men. The teachers both ladies, one who is pictured from America with me below is an ex Commonwealth medalist in skeet shooting. I actually surprised myself by hitting quite a few!

We were taken through the safety procedures, then instructed on how to shoot. I never realised these things were so heavy! I also had heard about the kick backs, on firing them. Donned with ear muffs, as I can’t tolerate very loud noises, the clay saucers were then flung out of the contraption when I yelled pull. We all had 20 shots each, after our initial practice shots. I ended up in the ‘shoot-out’ (sounds like the O.K Β Coral) with one of the 3 other ladies.

It was me and her, she the Annie Oakleigh of Werribee won. I have to say, although it is something I wouldn’t rush back to do again, it was enjoyable. A little bit sore the following day, small price to pay. Apologies for the stance in the top photo, I was trying to look ‘tough’ holding two unloaded shotguns on a very windy day.

Two days away, three day break, strolled around the township of Queenscliff Β down the beach yesterday, this morning before driving back stopped at another beachside cafe in Geelong for breakfast.

Homefront – Pop and Mumma Penguin are about the same. Mums ALZ is still causing her to be extremely angry with me one day and oblivious to what she has said the next. Pop is not walking well, having to use his frame and have guidance at all times when he moves around the house. My brother isΒ still in the process of looking at Aged Care for them.

K has not had a seizure since the 12th of February, she is not allowed to drive for 6 months and still has to have a further MRI and EEG. She is still out of work which is putting a financial strain on me, as I haven’t conducted many Services the last few weeks.

She is now seeing a Psychologist that I found. Finally a lady of 70 with life experience and not a woman the same age as K, who unfortunately has ‘only read the text book’. K felt comfortable with their first meeting, ‘D’ calling me at the end of her first session saying she is an intelligent, extremely beautiful, empathetic young woman who has so much to offer the world, but thinks so very little of herself. This I know…this I will try with everything I have to make her realise, with all that life has thrown at her, that her life is special, has meaning and will one day be happy and fulfilled.







42 thoughts on “Chat time

  1. You do live in one of those southern redneck states Jenny, thought you fitted the bill very well.
    But I am glad you both had fun. Time will tell with K, its a long journey but one she make take a few positive steps on.

  2. Good onya mate! for dong something for yourself. πŸ™‚ I’m glad your brother is helping with the care decisions for your Penguins. And I’m glad K is comfortable with the psychologist she is seeing. That makes a difference. I’m wishing for wellness for everyone Jen.

    • You made me chuckle Coll. It was good to get away for just a weekend. Think we need more of them. Yes as he is only minutes away from them, it’s easier for him to do that side of things. Yes early days with K, but I can only hope and cross fingers …thank you hun appreciated πŸ’™

  3. What a cute post Jenny. And you look adorable in the top photo trying to be tough and with your bring pink sneaks! Glad to hear some positive news with K and glad you got some time with the hubs!

  4. I am so pleased that you have time for you and your man. Also glad to hear Ma and Pop penguin are surviving, sorry Ma is hard work. She is still in there but harder to find.
    Thank goodness K has not had another seizure since the last. The new phycologist sounds good. I wish you all the best and lots of love. xxxx

  5. Jen, you look wonderful and playful in this photo. I like your mentioning our American heroine, Annie Oakley, too! Hugs for this mention and having us know more about your adventures with Mr. S, too. So sorry about the work not being there for you, along with unfortunate that your daughter cannot drive until further testing. This is all so stressful and admire your smiling through the pressure. You have a lot of strength and will power, Jen! the new older (70 year old) counselor sounds lovely and your parents are what they will be, despite what we would wish them to be… I am hoping your Mom will turn sunny and not cranky on you next time! Smiles! xo

    • Thank you sweetheart, yes well Annie is quite well known over here..or at least movies of her are. Yes it’s been very quiet, but I’m meeting with a new branch manager of a funeral home, close by on Thursday. Hopefully I can get some work through them, fingers crossed.

  6. wow, that’s a lot of life to pack into a short time. you look like a natural on the range and i’m glad at least k is in a medical holding pattern at least. the older woman sounds lovely, even if k doesn’t realize how much she admires her. as for the penguins, i know how hard that is too, with the up and downs, things will get better once they are in a full time care situation. here’s to many more services for you )

    • The weekend was lovely Beth. Lol I didn’t feel like a natural, it felt so awkward! 😊 yes her therapist on first encounter seems wonderful and I hope that she and k can talk her issues out and perhaps get some more help. Thank you Beth πŸ’™πŸ’œ

  7. i am glad that she felt comfortable with her so early…and i am glad that she is seizure free almost a month…..great that you got away, you need that…even if sore…ha…we went shooting a few years ago at skeet…it was def fun…

  8. So pleased you had partner time, your time…we all need that when other matters are tough. Great that K is talking to someone but I guess it’s early days and the journey can be long…so far so good… you are such a special Mum.

    • Yes and unfortunately today day after writing K has had a melt… Yes very early days , don’t know about being a special mum, I certainly don’t feel like that after the phone calls K and I have just had, but I thank you Heather.

  9. Grab your guns and come out fighting, springs to mind. Everything seems more positive all round, Jen. I’m glad K is doing better and has a therapist with some life experience. You look amazing in your pic. A break away should be obligatory for mums to restock the ammo. πŸ™‚ x

    • Did that tonight with K 😞…things were going so well too. Amazing? Ok defog your glasses woman.
      My ammo needs restocking, constantly and permanent get a ways would be wonderful. ☺️ x

  10. *giggle* Annie get your gun indeed. I think the pink adds spice.
    So glad you got away for a bit. Anytime you can, I hope you go for a breather.
    I’m just so happy for K to have found an empathetic, compassionate older psychologist.. I will keep my fingers crossed. Baby steps and then giant leaps.
    It must be so hard for mum to be in her mind right now and heartbreaking for you to watch. Poor pop. Well, he’s trying. The worrying does not stop does it?
    Love you

    • Thank you darling. Yes breathing is good and needed. Thank you for crossing your fingers, I need them once again. We had a couple of good days and then not. Worrying seems to part and parcel of my life, I wish it were different. What I’d give for all of us to be happy, peaceful and content.
      Thank you gorgeous,
      Love you

  11. I have always said it, you could run the WORLD! You look so confident in your pictures! Go girl πŸ’›πŸ’› I just figured out how to read this amazing blog on my phone! 😘😘 just know that YOU are amazing!

    • How sweet are you and hello my lovely ☺️ Amazing? Possibly not, but I’m so glad that you wish to read. You are too kind and so good for my ego!! Love you and THANK YOU! πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’œ

    • Oh thankfully I done go tooting around with a gun, in fact that was the first time I held one. Thank you M, yes her treatment will be a very long process sadly Thank you for reading, appreciated.

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