Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

The other day I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. It was a very small gesture that someone did for me but he didn't have to do this for a total stranger and it really made my day.

So much that I thanked him profusely until almost to the point of embarrassment and I told him that I hoped someone did something for him very soon.

Today, the world reels from the shock of yet another act of violence bestowed upon the innocent.

People who were just running. People who were out supporting family and friends.  Volunteers and emergency service personnel working together to ensure the Boston Marathon was the success it deserved to be.

I don't know anyone who was there. Perhaps that is lucky. But it could have happened anywhere, at anytime, to anyone of us.

And it makes me so sad.

Sad to think of the little boy who was there cheering on his Dad. That little boy didn't make it. His sister has lost a leg. And his Mum is in a critical condition following brain surgery for injuries sustained.  This family were on a family day out.

Just like all the others that were there. On a day out. Supporting a loved one. Being part of a community.

As I watched the tv coverage and read articles on it, I came across something on facebook. It was a quote from Fred Rogers (I have no idea who or what he was/is but I really liked this).

It said "When I was a boy and saw scary things in the news, my mother would say to me "look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

And as I thought about how we can explain such another human tragedy to our kids, this has stayed with me all day. People who ran towards the explosion to lift barriers off people, to pick people up, I even say a lady runner run along and help two people who were pushing an obviously disabled child in a pram to get them out of harms way fast.

No doubt there will be lots of heroic stories to come in the days ahead.  And that is what I will focus my kids, and myself on. Because I can't make sense of it either.

So whether the random act of kindness is doing something very small for a stranger or a friend, or helping out in a tragedy that has been caused by another human being, it all counts towards a better universe.

I just hope that I can do some of these acts of kindness - just to help the universe recover its balance - and to make someone who may be having a real shit of a time, to have a smile on their face - even for the briefest of moments.

And from me to you - an Apache Blessing...

"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.”

Take care

Lisa xxx

Thursday, 4 April 2013

I Like Big Butts......

This post was going to be about the latest medical update but..... who really gives a...????

So, instead I am dedicating it to the fellow in India who has placed an ad seeking a new wife.

Mr Vimadalal (I'm sorry and I'm definitely not racist but this seriously sounds like a type of curry!!!), was born in India but now lives in a hacienda in Mexico, as an Indian multimillionaire would.

The Vimadalal Curry I believe

It appears Mr V (no, I am not typing that name out each time as it is making me slightly hungry) made his fortune in the travel industry, first becoming a pilot in Canada then making his millions from a travel agency he set up with his wife in the good old US of A.

Unfortunately Mr V's wife passed away after an accident three years ago (mmmm, was it really an accident????) and he is now seeking a new wife.

Although, there are a few requirements, as one would expect a 69 year old millionaire to have.  These requirements include being under 40, have a sense of adventure and a desire to live an exciting life (!!!), NOT a vegetarian and slim.   Oh damn, just when I thought I was half a chance I just fall down on that one criteria of not having the desire to live an exciting life.
I always seem to lose my ski's

Just some of the girls and I chilling last weekend after a sky dive  - NOT EXCITING


Otherwise, I would have been a sure thing, no doubt.

And apparently Mr V has been searching for a while for the new MRS V. He has been looking in the US, Mexico and online but unfortunately had only found a 'bunch of idiots'!!!!  He does come with some baggage, no doubt Louis Vuitton, and also owns his own private plane, a sprawling palace and apparently lots of fast cars and bikes

Since he placed his $21000 ad, he has interviewed about 20 potential bridzellas but their has not been that special spark.  Who would have thought that with the readership of the Mumbai times, he has not found his true love.

Can't see no fat bottoms here!!

Apparently, he has met some nice women. And they don't even have to have a nice face. So I guess this means they could have a paperbag over their head but the "...girls who have been very nice had big fat bottoms. I don't like that."

I think he may have actually decided a new form of advertisement now
Check out his new youtube advertisement...


So Mr V, it appears that there won't be true love between you and me. Cos let's face it....


Cheers everyone!!!!
Here's to big butts.................

Lisa xxx

p.s. Here is the article link - see I didn't make this one up!!!


Monday, 1 April 2013

Get Those Eyes open Charlie!!!!!!!!!!!

Well today, April 1, begins a new month. Now I am typing this after midday so this isn't another ridiculously stupid April Fool's Joke.

Yes, unfortunately, we have lost not one but three family members, e, and of the animal kind.


You may have been aware that we recently obtained three little chicks, only a couple of weeks old. Normally I wouldn't take animals away from their mother at such a tender age, and we didn't.

However, we didn't - they had already been removed so we took them in and were very careful with them.

We cuddled them, kept them warm, correct food and fresh water.

Both Horse Girl and the Senior Sergeant were very loving and caring, and we did have a few laughs when they managed to jump out of the little box we kept them in. (although I wasn't laughing when they crapped everywhere but oh well, I have all the time in the world to clean that up apparently).

They even managed the move.  And we were lucky that we had a inbuilt chook pen in our new place so after being extremely careful, we moved them to the outdoors, and they moved into their chook hutch which was located inside the chook pen which was fenced and gated.

And every morning and every night they were checked on.  They enjoyed careful time out of the hutch and all was looking promising.

However, yep, you know where this is going!

The curse of the animals in the Country Gypsy household struck again!

Last week, Horse Girl and her good friend went out to fill up their food container again and alas, all had gone to that chook pen in the sky.



Fresh food - tick

Fresh water - tick

Safe housing - tick

And yet, all three dead!!!!!

But I can say one thing for certain.

I bet Charlie the wonder dog is grateful for every day when he opens his eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIP Little chooks!!!!


Lisa x0x