Saturday, 29 January 2011

Another catch up....

I can't believe it's been over a week since I last posted!!

I've been keeping busy with so many things.  Brad's computer finally died and it chose to go out in dramatic style by tripping the safety switch to the house causing all our power to go out...an easy fix.  Thank goodness for safety switches!  Brad now has a brand new twin to my computer tower. We LOVE our new computers....so much faster and heaps of harddrive space!
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Brad had an appointment to see his Endocrinologist on Monday and we discussed whether or not he should start on Tegretol.  You may remember my rant about it here. Our stance has since changed a bit being that Brad's neurological condition started showing signs of deterioration a few weeks back where his right leg would suddenly seize up on him without warning whether he was carrying anything or not.  His Aunt's neurological condition started out mild and gradually became worse until it became extremely debilitating for her so we had some pretty big concerns.  After speaking to Brad's regular doctor and the Endocrinologist we felt much better about the Tegretol so now, Brad has added it to his daily medications.  So far, so good, and we noticed an improvement the very next day when Brad was actually able to carry his own cereal bowl to the dining table for the first time in weeks.
 
After the specialist visit, we walked down to Southbank Parklands which had been effected by the recent floods.  There is a section all along the river bank closed off to the public now while they work to get it back to its former glory.  The manmade beach and lagoons were wrecked by flood waters so no pictures of those.  I did get a pic of the bougainvillea arbour walkway and part of the park that wasn't effected by flood.


I don't know the name of these plants but they are HUGE!  They stand over 5 feet high and they're gorgeous! They make me think of Draceana but I don't know if there are giant varieties or not?
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a couple of self portraits
My hair is always up lately because it's been very hot and humid and we don't have air-con....it is summer after all.
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and yes, I have even managed some time to work in my art journals.  I really want to get more sketching done though....maybe today.

I didn't get a chance to take pics but, on Wednesday, we had a nice family lunch to celebrate Australia Day.  Mum, Dad, Michelle, Alex and Mikayla were here too and we all had a great time.
I will try to get a recent shot of Mikayla to show you soon.  She is such a cuddly bundle and I just can't get enough of her.
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To finish up this post......a cute pic of my boy, Cody, fast asleep.  This basket sits beside the computer table so Cody usually settles himself in for a nap when I'm working at the computer.
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I hope to get back to more regular blogging soon.

~ Love, light and peace ~

20 comments:

  1. glad to hear that brad's new med is helping

    really love how colourful your journal pages are :D very bright

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  2. Glad to hear you both have new computers with lots and lots and LOTS of memory to last perhaps another 8 years or more?

    Love those pictures of that park there, not too familar with these types of plants though, but that one plant looks almost like a banana tree.

    Ahh your dog is cute..that is what my two pets do, the cat curls up in her box beneath the computer table while the dog wraps himself up in his blanket next to the table.

    Your art journals are cool looking even snoopy looks cool as well.

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  3. I really enjoyed your photos! Hunter sleeps like Cody.

    Glad Brads meds are helping! Must be scary dealing with the unknown like that.

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  4. Oh Serena, I just love your family pet member Cody. How sweet and lovable these little creature are. We love them so much, so very much. I'm glad Brad is doing better and hope you are too. I love your journal. Great pages. You have been busy but that's good. Have a wonderful weekend. Just gotta love Cody.:DD

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  5. Such good news about your son. He must of felt so much better just being able to do a little more.
    Loads of love to you and your family!

    Julie

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  6. So glad to hear Brad is doing better on the meds. Your journal poages are grea, really full of vibrant color.

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  7. I am so grateful to medications that are truely needed and are so beneficial for quality of life! I'm so glad Brad is getting some relief in his symptoms with the Tegretol. :))

    Beautiful journal pages, Serena!!

    Love that cuddle muffin, Cody!

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  8. Congrats to Brad on his new computer and glad that the Tegretol is helping. I'm sure the doctors will keep a close watch on him while he is taking it. Amazing that you noticed it helping right away like that. :)

    So nice to see some of the beautiful Aussie spots that were NOT flooded--gorgeous! And speaking of beautiful--nice self-portraits! :)

    Love the colorful sketch journal pages. I got a giggle out of "Joe Cool" and sidekick. And LOVE the picture of Cody sleeping nearby. Always happy to see you blogging!! :):)

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  9. I especially like that back-lit photo of you. I think that should be your new profile picture.
    Cody is so cute! How nice that he's content to nap while you're on the computer and not bugging you.
    Glad Brad's new medicine is working. Hope that continues.

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  10. Hi Serena Sweetie,
    So happy that you had a chance to post. Happy to hear that Brad's new medicine is helping him. Love your two New photos. :)
    Cody is so cute. My little Merlin sleeps by me when I am on the computer too. :)
    Hugs

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  11. I hope Brad continues to improve with the medication. It's always a challenge as to whether a drug is good or not.

    Love your journal pages! They look so bright and happy.

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  12. Your journal is gorgeous and your pup is utterly divine. Hope the Tegretol works out!

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  13. I enjoyed the catch up, seeing your beautiful journal pages...hearing about Brad and his feeling better on the Tegretol, and enjoyed of course, your self portraits - I love the one in color - the profile...has a good feel to it with the colors in the room and the Buddha sitting in the background.

    Can't wait to see more pics of the baby...

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  14. Hi Serena, so lovely to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the government and control. Last year the government here in uk, had to take away a law which was utterly stupid. Grandparents couldn't even look after their grandchildren. Way to far. It was put in to protect children from being abused. How many granparents do this compared to the loving ones.
    The law was this stupid, we didn't even know it existed until they shared it on the news it was being cancelled. We'd been carrying on as normal thank goodness.
    You enjoy your life and just let you family be aware of allowing the government to have to much control and remember we're the ones who really have the power.
    Hopefully if the younger generation are aware of the governments down falls event hrough thier age, we may get a more loving future with the young people knowing they do have a say and are worthy!
    Loads of love to you and your family!
    Julie

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  15. It's amazing you are doing artwork with everything else going on. Great photos and journal pages.

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  16. I wear my hair up in the summer too..but we are in the middle of winter here...so it's down, down, long and down! to keep me warm! lol

    the photos you took of the lush greenery are gorgeous...and in time, it's amazing how the other areas will be set back to their normal brilliant self too...

    your journal pages are terrific! I haven't touched mine in a couple of weeks now..and that is way too long for me! hheeehhee....


    have a great day!
    ciao bella! keep smilin!

    Creative CArmelina

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  17. Glad to know that Brad is on meds and is improving.
    Love your sketches and photos.

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  18. Great to hear Brad is seeing some improvement, hope it keeps getting better.
    Nice to see some parts of the parkland were unaffected. Could these be large Flax plants? We had one like that in our front yard when I was young and they grew really big.
    Love, love, love your journal pages Serena and your self portraits are lovely too.
    Cute photo of Cody.
    Lee:)

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  19. Thanks for all the great comments, guys!

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  20. Beautiful journal pages! Your dog is adorable too.

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