Ally’s Flowers

Today I tried to draw flowers without a picture or a real flower to use as a guide.Looks more like a spider resting on a plate of red.A new species of blue and silver rose with a hint of pink.Another go at drawing a rose.Just a simple flower.More doodling

Thick Haze

Thick Haze of smoke over Brisbane. There are numerous fires burning here in Queensland Australia. It’s horrific and not giving up. Sadly some of these fires have been deliberately started by arsonists. People have been evacuated, homes have burnt down. The extreme dry environment has also been a potential fire hazard, plus a shortage of water. The photo at the top from taken from the foot bridge at Peregian Springs in Queensland….40 fire trucks trying to fight the fire and bring it under control….That’s just one of the fires.

Queenstown New Zealand.

My father was artistic. He usually did Oil Paintings. He would take photos and use them for his subject to paint.

This painting of Queenstown in New Zealand was done in the 1950s.

Maybe I developed my passion for art from my father.

Saturday morning art…..

I am trying to draw a cat for a friend. Teddy always liked to sit on multi coloured rugs.The bottom one was my first attempt a few weeks ago. The top one I did this morning.PS: My friend has chosen the darker drawing. I will now make a frame for it and the inscription will read ‘In loving memory of Teddy ‘.

My son called in today. The top drawing- has already gone to a new home. Gone to live with Koby my 4 year old grandson ūüĆĚ. Koby adores cats but cannot have one due to allergies.


Several months ago I mentioned in one of my blogs that I have cataracts in both eyes.

They were first diagnosed about four years ago and have got progressively worse.

In March this year I saw a new optometrist and got a second opinion. I was referred to the public hospital eye clinic. I knew the waiting list to be seen was long.

Almost 3 months ago I was seen. I was put on the Category 2 list for surgery.

I am booked to have the right eye fixed up on September 17th.

I am so blessed to be getting my eyes fixed up. Having blurred vision has affected my lifestyle somewhat, things such as no driving, difficulty reading books, problems finding items at the supermarket, had to move my chair closer to the tv, hard to do my art and craft things.

I now have a better understanding about the issues people have with permanent vision impairment.

Bus Stop Conversations…Updated.

Waiting at the Bus Interchange close to the Shopping Centre.

I always try to get there a few minutes earlier. The digital sign indicated that the 326 bus wouldn’t be arriving until 1.30pm, 15 minutes late. Oh well not to worry I will enjoy the sunshine, open up my pack of black jelly beans and check my phone.

Sitting on the seat by me is one elderly lady maybe in her 80’s, she has a walking frame and a hearing aid. I will name this lady Ms A.

Grandmother walking with a walker. Vector illustration

Along comes a young man promoting the Big Issue Magazine. apparently the sales help the unemployed and homeless. I said “not today thank and I wish you all the best”. The attached photo I found on google – thanks google. After researching in google I now know that selling the Big Issue is a paid job for the young man so next time I will purchase a copy of the magazine.


I then spoke to Ms A and said “He looks young and fit enough to look for a job”. Ms A replied “Finding employment for the young people these days is not easy”. She then went on to tell me stories about her grandchildren that were doing well for themselves. I gave my son and two granddaughters a good report.

A lady had sat on the other side of Ms A . I will call this lady Ms B who was probably also in her 80’s with a little extra padding like me.


She joined in the conversation. Her first comment was about her husbands old job working in a tyre production place in the UK there was dust and he developed emphysema. They then decided to move to Australia for clean air and a better life. The lady had what I call would classify as ‘Flight of Ideas’. The next few statements from her were not related to our conversation.

  • After arriving in Australia my husband wouldn’t use contraception. I ended up with three babies. Enough was enough so I divorced him
  • I trained as a RN
  • I had a triple by-pass surgery.
  • A man withdrew my shares and paid off my house, if he didn’t do that I would be homeless.
  • I don’t use town water because I have two tanks. I boil the tank water. They charge me $200 a quarter even though I don’t use their water.

Ms A sitting next to me said “Do you two know each other?”, I replied “No we have never met before”. She then turned to face me and try to ignore the lady doing all the talking who by the way continued to disclose.

I then suddenly had a hearing problem and decided to focus on the digital bus sign.

The 326 bus finally arrived. Ms A stood up to go on the same bus as me. We both said goodbye to Ms B

As we entered the bus I said to Ms A “well that was an interesting conversation”, she replied “it certainly was “.

Waiting at the bus stop is definitely entertaining and a great place to gain material for a writer.

PS: No offence was intended to the elderly in this blog.

Yesterday’s blessings

Yesterday was a special day for me. I turned 69…WOW.

I received cards and gifts in the post. I received a phone call from my 86 year old spiritual soulmate who lives in another state here in Australia- he sang Happy Birthday to me, so sweet.

I now have vouchers for the movies, a voucher to put towards new summer sandals, a travel diffuser for essential oils and a good supply of yummy chocolates. I feel blessed and thoroughly spoilt.

My beautiful granddaughter Katrice took me to the local shops. We sat at a cafe and enjoyed quality time together.

Katrice and I are have a beautiful bond. We are planning something special for my 70th.

I will always to grateful to family and friends for their love and support.

Versatile Bloggers Award Nomination


Versatile Blogger Award Rules are to write a post about your nomination and display the logo of the award. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Nominate 15 Bloggers for the award (that won’t be happening) and write seven facts about yourself.

To begin with I would like to thank The Mysterious Blogger for this nomination  РI am flattered.  You may visit The Mysterious Bloggers site at:

I would consider The Mysterious Blogger to be a Modern Geek whose blogs are full of inspiration, humor, art , delusional funny collage, serious messages.  In summary the blogs make me smile and I love reading them.

Seven facts about me:

  1. Retired Registered Nurse who specialised in Addictions and Mental Health.
  2. Pensioner – live alone in a seniors studio and loving life.
  3. Occasionally play my guitar and sing to myself at home, my own jam sessions. I  used to be a Karaoke Queen.
  4. I love using essential oils. My favourites are lavender, rose and bergamot
  5. Passionate about writing, art and craft. I would not consider myself to be tech savvy.
  6. I have published a book ‘Love & Romance 21st Century Dating’ which is available at for $2.99US which is a real bargain.
  7. I do my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, love to travel when the budget allows.

Because I¬†am not computer savvy and struggle to find people’s website addresses I would consider everyone worthy to receive a Versatile Bloggers Award.

Hugs to everyone .




Thank You Everyone.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post ‘What Would You Do’ ¬†( it’s now removed).

I am so happy and blessed to be part of this wonderful WordPress Family.

Your kindness and helpful comments were much appreciated. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about times when you have had to deal with a similar issue.


Have a wonderful day everyone.

Hugs from Ally xo