I have had a mixture of feelings over this New Year.
Watching the News each day is not encouraging as so many atrocities show their face.
What else will we read. or hear?
For many years I made it a rule not to watch the news.
I saw enough at work as a nurse either in a mental health ward or the emergency department. I wasn't willing to witnessing more.
The rape of this young student in India, has saddened my heart more than anyone can realise.
It was absolute abuse of an innocent fragile victim.
I hope many who read this, will sign the partitiion to support women against rape in india.
Some may think, as we live far away from that country, what has it to do with us?
My rational is, firstly there needs to be justice, and secondly what if men like this migrate to our countries?
How will anyone be safe? And how would we know who they are?
No! it needs to be stopped at the starting point.
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On the happy side, our Mango Tree is full of fruit.
And when I look at it and realise God wonderful provisions I feel uplifted.
I love mango's, the smell and the taste.
Ray has placed plastic bags over some of the fruit, hoping it will deter the parrots.
The fruit won't be as sweet this year due to the heat and drought.
They are huge, some the size of a soft ball. I placed a golf ball near them so you can see.
Just to show you the results of the lack of rain on our lawn.
The green is where it has received some water left over from watering the garden.
Our last drought of 10yrs (with scarce rain) ended in floods..
Thats the way it seems to be in this huge country. Hopefully there will be no bush (eucalyptus) fires this year.
Our way of life is generated towards drawing on our natural resoures.
We have a water tank on the back of our house that collects any rainwater from the roof.
The water is drinkable after a good shower and the dirt has been washed away. Otherwise, we use it on the garden.
Ray and I are considering solapower on our roof.
My son has it and his last 3 monthy power bill, including the use of airconditioning, was a mear $40.
Some people get enough power for their own use and sell back the surplas to the electricity companies.
These consumers, pay nothing and actually get paid for what they give back.
Since I am an Australian citizen and now on the Age Pension, I am intital to a governemnt rebate.
This takes away the major expense towards getting it installed.
Ray has installed a huge sundome skylight in our kitchen for futher electricity savings.
I never need to turn the light on now during the day. The winter months are sunny so it works well then also. Even on a moon-light night, the kitchen is well lit up.
It have always loved a quote by Mother Teresa.
"A wise man mends his clothes, and thats why he is rich. A foolish man doesen't and thats why he is poor."
Knuckle down and buckle up, and you will never run short.
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me,
To give to every one according to his work."
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Of Two Minds
An Author since 2012 and retired Specialist Registered Nurse. I reside in sub-tropical Queensland, Australia, with my American husband Raymond and our two little dogs. Mille` (Toy Foxy), and Marley (Toy Poodle). Late in 2008 I began to explore and enjoy the realm of creative writing. This is something which has always been an interest yet until now,I haven't found time to indulge. God is the cornerstone of my home and heart. He is my life and my breath, for without Him I am nothing. My desire is to edify His existance in my daily walk through life. To inspire and encourage the broken hearted. And to assist in the knowledge that EVERYTHING has a reason and a purpose under the Heavens. We are reminded through our faith in Jesus that He will, "Turn our Mourning into Dancing and our Sorrow into Joy." Psalms 30:11. Having personally experienced tough times I know, there is truely no gain without pain. B.N (Aus) B.S.N (U.S.A) M.H.N, ProfC, Bible College Graduate. 1. South Western Sydney Area Health, 2. Queensland Health, 3. ROGERSVILLE, TENESSEE with Amedysis Home Health.