Sunday, February 19, 2017

~A Place called Home~

╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Just a few snaps from the wet areas in my home....hope you enjoy them╰⊰✿✿⊱╮
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╰⊰✿✿⊱╮This used to be in my mum and dads house and dad always hung his hats on it, now it is in my bathroom as a lovely reminder.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮


╰⊰✿✿⊱╮A bargain print I found in a sale bin for $5╰⊰✿✿⊱╮




╰⊰✿✿⊱╮A few vintage Pink towels and other pink pretties.  That gorgeous round pink box is from the Body shop and full of Rose Smelling pamper goodies...a gift from my son last Christmas and the other small box contains rose soaps.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Vintage Goodies sit on a shelf which happens to match Dads coat hook.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮This gorgeous mirror was a wedding gift to my mum and dad 65 years ago, unfortunately Dad passed away just before their 60th wedding anniversay.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮

╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Vintage Ceramic bathroom Cannisters ...one that fits a single toilet roll and the other for good old epsom salts for those tired aching bones╰⊰✿✿⊱╮

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╰⊰✿✿⊱╮My latest find from a local charity shop....its not an oldie but very pretty in pale pink with gorgeous roses.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮


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╰⊰✿✿⊱╮This was a facebook find of all things.....and holds some hand made soaps╰⊰✿✿⊱╮


╰⊰✿✿⊱╮This set was sitting on my doorstep when I got home from work one day complete with the matching soap dish.....a gift from my neighbour who knew I loved vintage and pink.  It sits in an Antique iron wash stand in original chippy condition.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮





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╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Laundry Shelf╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Another family memory, my mum used to do all the washing on this old board, although it wasnt pink back then.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮




╰⊰✿✿⊱╮How cute is this pink toilet roll holder made from knitted lace.  Best 35 cents I have ever spent at a charity shop╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Something I made in my craft room╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮This corner shelf used to be in the craft room and you could not longer see it with everything piled up on it so I cleared it off and now it sits in my guest toilet.╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Artificial flowers in a vintage Rayneham Vase╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Angel love╰⊰✿✿⊱╮



╰⊰✿✿⊱╮Another bit of family history, mums shopping basket she would carry down to the local shop...no plastic bags back then....now it keeps my toilet paper tidy (oops better fill it)╰⊰✿✿⊱╮




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Monday, January 30, 2017

~A Pink Few~




Wow 3 posts in one day....a new record for me.  Well not so much a post but a share of a couple of pinks from my home...enjoy ♥


Love my gorgeous new mixer cover from a lady in UK...shabby sweet 





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~Review: 2013 Nissan Dualis +2 Ti L Series 4 J10 2WD ~

My New Used Car Part 1


Review


 I have just purchased this model vehicle Nissan Dualis and while it is in the shop getting a couple of cosmetic things fixed I decided to do  a  full comprehensive list of features on this amazing vehicle.    This vehicle test drove beautifully and is the ultimate in luxury  The list of features is astounding.  I look forward to getting used to them all.  When I have a chance to drive it more I will do an in-depth on its driving capabilities and features.  The specs for this vehicle are readily available on the net.





2013 Nissan Dualis +2 Ti L   Series 4 J107  2WD
Pearl White


Interior


Air Conditioning
MP3 Auxillary Jack input & USB
-in center console
-Ipod Compatible
AM/FM radio cd player
-4 Speakers
-Bluetooth Compatability
Rear Window demister
Electric Windows front & rear
-one touch driver function
Leather Steering Wheel
-tilt & telescopic adjustment
Leather gear shift with Silver finish
Height-adjustable Driver's seat
Leather Seats
60/40 Split rear fold
Three rear Headrests
Driver front and passenger Sun Visors
-with Vanity mirrors
Sunglass holder in Glovebox
two front Cupholders
14-litre Glovebox with Light
-air conditioning cooler
Front & Rear Door Pockets
-integrated bottle storage
Rear parcel Blind
Courtesy and Rear luggage room light
12-volt power sockets
Bluetooth hands-free phone system
-steering wheel controls
Combination meter display
-water temperature
-clock, trip meter
-outside temperature
Drive computer
-average fuel economy range
-elapsed time, distance traveled
-cruise control settings
Tachometer
Warning lights
-voltmeter, brake, fuel
-oil pressure, door ajar
-headlights, airbag, hazard
Satellite Navigation
-with 5" display
Reversing Camera
Around View Monitor
Heated front seats
Leather Front Center Console/armrest
-with sliding function
-two integrated cupholders
Front Map Lights
Rear reading light with delay
Panoramic Glass Roof
-with electric sunshade
Dual Zone Automatic climate Control 
Intelligent Key
-Smart key & Keyless Start
Remote Central Locking
Rear Privacy Glass
rear Window Demister
Cruise Control
7 seats
-2 Rear fold Flat for extra luggage space





 Steering Wheel Controls

Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control

EXTERIOR FEATURES

18inch Alloys with Black Highlights
225/55R18 Tyres
Chrome Exterior Accents
Front Fog Lights/warning light
Front Rain-Sensing Wipers
Part Time all Wheel drive
Halogen Headlights
-with manual leveling
Body Coloured electric Door Mirrors
Variable Intermittent Front Wipers
Rear Intermittent Wiper
LED Tail lights

Leather 60/40 Split Fold Rear Seats


SECURITY/SAFETY


Engine immobiliser
Driver and front Passenger Front Airbags
Driver and front Passenger side Airbags
Front to rear Curtain Airbags
6 Airbags in total


All Leather Front seats (All 


DIMENSIONS

Length:  4330 mm
Height:  1623 mm
Wheelbase:  2630 mm
Ground Clearance:  188 mm
Track, Front:  1540
Track, Rear:  1545 

Glass Roof with Automatic shade blind


Panoramic Glass Roof

Seat Warmer Controls and central locking.


 Boot with last row folded Down


 Rear Cup Holder with sliding top


Cruise Control


Birds eye view Camera

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~Caring for the Aged~


Loving my job.......it's a delight to get up and go to work....I feel privileged and humbled by it every day.

I spend my days caring for the aged.  A job that is so very rewarding and a delight.  Recently while visiting with a sweet gentleman he was telling me stories of his youth and how he met the love of his life.  His story was so animated and full of emotion, with memories that seemed liked yesterday to him.  The details were clear and his eyes shone with joy at its telling.  If that's not rewarding, then I don't know what is.

They each have their own stories to tell and it just takes someone to listen to remind them their life is interesting and important.  Sometimes I find as children of aged parents, we ourselves forget to listen to them,  I mean really listen.  I myself have been guilty of this because life gets busy, with families of our own, and jobs and friends.  Too soon they are gone and we are left asking ourselves....why didn't I make more time.

 In a world so full of technology, we have forgotten the simple art of conversation.  To look someone in the eyes and listen to what they have to say, no matter if it is trivial or unimportant, if it's important enough for them to want to tell us, then it should be important enough for us to listen.
I hope one day when its time for me to be cared for, that someone takes the time to listen to me and my tales of my life.

Look out for those who are aged in your life, talk to them, listen to them, offer them your undivided attention, but most of all, don't forget about them.  Take time out of your life, it doesn't have to be a
lot, just a few minutes, can make their day.

Remember age catches up with all of us and we will soon enough be in their shoes.  Would you like to be forgotten........



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Sunday, January 1, 2017

~Reflections of Life~



           I have had a very slack year where this blog is concerned but a very busy one with RL.   I have stopped posting to my fb page Shabby Prim Delights, as I no longer have the time to spend searching Pinterest for pictures and while I am no longer active on it I have left it up for others to use the images for inspiration.

          Well, firstly the reason for no time anymore....is...drum roll..... I now finally have a job.  After 4 years of looking and applying and the hundreds of rejections and the hundreds of more 'no replies' I am now working as an aged carer for a wonderful company who care as much for their staff as they do their clients.  I get up looking forward to my work day where my jobs are varied as are my wonderful clients.  I can be doing anything from Walking/washing a beloved pet, to a few hours shopping, a quiet chat, and coffee, some light housework or a drive to the park.  The stories of the past are varied and delightful.  Growing old is not easy, nor is it one any of us looks forward to...me included, but I hope that myself and others like me help make it a little easier, and a little happier.

        My relationship with my birth family continues to grow and move forward.  With each visit, I learn a little more of them, and them me.  It's very comfortable each visit, with no awkwardness and its like I have known them a lifetime and not the few short years.  I visited the beginning of  December and will be returning in January for my sister Michelle's (M3) 50th Birthday.  On a sadder note, one of my other sisters has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has begun her battle with the dreaded disease.  She is way braver than I could ever hope to be and has always a positive thought.  I have no doubt she will win this battle purely on determination and sarcasm.  My only wish is that I could be by her side every step of the way, but as that is not possible I instead keep her in my thoughts and my heart.

            This will hve to do for now other than to wish you all a Happy and Wonderful  New Year from my family to yours.






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Friday, January 22, 2016

~Family by Another Name is Still Family~

~Melbourne.....the home of my birth family.....a family until 4 years ago I never knew existed.  This was only the third time I had spent time with all of them since the very first  visit 3 years ago.......only this trip was so different from the first because my birth mother and I were to meet.  I arrived on a Tuesday and Wednesday was to be the meeting day.  Stress over the meet weighed heavy on my heart and my nerves were shot.  I stayed with my oldest brother and his beautiful family only my brother thought it funny to countdown until the meeting.......this added to my already strung out nerves.  I was to arrive with my sister in law and my brothers followed.  We had to stop at some traffic lights and for a fleeting second I Contemplated jumping out the car to avoid the impending meeting.....fortunately I thought of the fright to my SIL and decided against.  A few minutes later we arrived at my sisters where I was to meet my birth mum.  I got out the car only to freeze....tears streaming down my face, I was unable to move.  By this point my brothers had arrived and somehow through either gentle coaxing or just pulling me along ( of which I cannot remember) I entered my sisters and through the darkness (as the blinds had been pulled against the heat of the day)....I vaguely made out the shape of my birth mum through my tears, and gravitated ( or was pushed) towards her.....tears streaming down my face.  After that everything is a blurr......the floodgates had been opened and every emotion, feelings of rejection and everything I had thought I knew to be true then discovered it wasn't came pouring out.  In what felt like an hour but was in reality only a few moments I pulled away trying desperately to get control of my emotions.....to reel them back in.  I escaped to the bathroom to splash my face with cool water and recollect my thoughts.    I knew I couldn't hide in here forever so I headed outside where I sat quietly sipping on the wine my sister had poured.  My thoughts were all over the place matching my emotions in their erratic patterns of logic and illogic.  I numbly remember my birth mother coming outside and chatting quite normally with the others and I remember thinking .....how can she be so calm.....my insides where churning, my nerves frazzled....it was all I could do to sit there and not run out the door.  Instead I got up and calmly walked and then sat on the pool edge distracting myself, watching the kids splash happily, whom were oblivious to the trauma I was going through.  How I got through the rest of the day was beyond me....but I had done it......I had survived the emotional turmoil that was meeting my birth mum and had come out the other side.
   Sleep evaded me....so many questions ran through my head...all of which would remain unanswered as there was little chance of there ever being a one on one with her.....that was made pretty clear to me.  
The day's rolled by and there would be two more visits by my birth mum...each one ending with her regulation offering of her cheek farewell.  Her demeaner was one of calm acceptance....like everything was normal.....but not for me.  My stomach flipped and churned.....how calmly she had forgotten all the cruel words she had messaged previously to this visit....I couldn't forget,  I couldn't forgive not without compromising my own self worth.  Instead I offered respect.....not that it had been earned but more from the manners I prided myself on.  
My visit of 8 days was coming to an end and as much as I loathed to leave my siblings it was time to go home and collect my thoughts.  
I have been blessed with 5 amazing siblings who have not only accepted me but shown me more love in 3 short visits than I have ever had in a lifetime......and for that I am eternally grateful.  I don't know what the future holds with my birth mum or if there even is a future...only time will tell.  I won't close my heart but I will guard it carefully.    


Monday, November 30, 2015

~Weekend Away In Renmark~


~Hubby and I have just returned from a weekend away in Renmark and it was here at one of the vintage shops I found this sweet photograph.  I picked it up and put it down several times before concluding I had to buy it....I am not sure why as it is def not something I would normally buy but I am so glad I did...she is a little darling.~





~Look at that gorgeous smile, twinkling blue eyes and golden curls~



~We went to Renmark to visit our dear friends and while we were there they gifted me with these amazing vintage scales.  I have had my eye on these beauties ever since I saw them in her home 30 years ago (see all good things come to those who wait) so to say I was over the moon was an understatment.    The scales read:  "The Computing Scale Co.  Dayten Ohio U.S.A. Pat Apr.24-1900, May19-1903, Mar.27-1906, style no 166. They are in perfect condition, although I don't think the colour is original but when I searched google it was impossible to find any similar in original colours but I must admit I like the gold so no matter~   I am feeling a little bit spoiled~


~I would think they are sweet scales as they only go up to 1 lb~








~Now on first glance I though this was a trashed houseboat but on closer inspection it was one full of character.  From the old Hills Hoist sporting old bras, to the toilet ontop of the chimney, to a couple of chooks and pots and post of geraniums...it was a delight to hold.  For a gold coin donation one could go aboard and check it out.......as I am scared of everything on the water I was happy to stay land side and admire from afar.  The lovely gentleman who's houseboat it was presented me with a "Rose" which infact was a humble geranium, but pretty none-the-less~


The lush grass and beautiful shady trees next to the river were quite delightful considering we decided to walk from the motel all along the riverfront and down the main street for over 2 hours in 30C heat.


~This sweet little duck had the right idea to cool off~

~Houseboats were moored all along the banks~



~On our way back we stopped ina Garden Center known for its exotic and rare plants and it was here I discovered this beauty.  They had one growing up some old wire and it was lush with beautiful white trumpet shaped flowers, fragrance with a heavenly perfume~   I couldnt help myself and had to buy one....can't wait for mine to flower now~


~Well that was our trip....great company in a great town~