Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday 19 May 2024

Sunday Selections #775



Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image. 

The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 

I usually run with a theme. I am reverting to type again this week and am mostly in our garden (or looking up and down the street).  It is still autumn here (which I am revelling in) but parts of the garden are confused.

Starting with autumn glory.







 Other parts of the garden say that winter is here.



There are pockets where it is still summer.






 

And in other places Spring is well on the way.





This volunteer plant blooms in numerous spots in the garden all year round - much to Batty and Odie's displeasure.




Whatever your season I hope you find colour and beauty in it.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Words For Wednesday 15/5/224

 

 






This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 
Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts, and mixing and matching is encouraged. 
 
Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.  And huge thanks to those of you who come back, sometimes time after time to cheer other contributors on.
 
The prompts will be here this month, but they are being provided by David M. Gascoigne. An additional prompt from Charlotte (MotherOwl) is to include Bright Red Orange in your take on the prompts.
 
This week's prompts are:
  1. Damn 
  2. Campaign
  3. Missile
  4. Vital
  5. Assure

 
 And/or
 
  1. Practitioner
  2. Movement
  3. Futile
  4. Eternal
  5. Interpret 
 Have fun.

Sunday 12 May 2024

Sunday selections #774.



Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image. 

The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 

I usually run with a theme.This week I am stepping well outside my comfort zone.  This post is all about me.

Most of you know that I have been volunteering with Lifeline Australia (a telephone crisis support line) for a very long time. My parents made clear to us when I was growing up that we had an obligation to contribute to the community as they did, though how we did it was our decision.  Volunteering with LL is one of the ways I choose to give back.

Last month our local centre had an awards night.  I usually avoid them, but it was made clear that they really wanted me to attend.  So I went, despite it being after a shift when I was already very tired.

And received not one but two awards. I was really appreciative, and embarrassed.  I suffer (quite badly) from imposter syndrome (I am convinced that sooner or later they will 'get wise' to me and throw me out) and prefer to fly under the radar.  If you embiggen the photos you should be able to read the wonderful text.

The first award is essentially a longevity one.  I described it (remember that imposter syndrome thing) as a slow learner award.  I have been privileged to be on the phones for over 26 years now.  It is not easy, but so worth while.  And rewarding, despite the fact that I have wept with and for our callers and these days often retire to bed when I get home from a shift.

 



 The certificate was given to me already framed.  I have no intention of hanging it up though.

The second was an award which I shared with other people for supporting other counsellors and the callers.



With this award I was given a beautiful wooden bookmark - with a sulphur crested cockatoo stamped out of it.  They know my tastes don't they?

The card under it came with an olive tree seedling.  Everyone who attended was given one and I hope to make mine grow.


Staying out of my comfort zone I have included a photo of me (lots and lots of photos were taken) with two of the staff members.  I am the one in the middle.


 

 

Grueling as it can be, I hope to continue volunteering here.  I have never come away from a shift without being humbled at our caller's resilience.  Many of them have and are going through things that would have me velcroed to the carpet under the bed refusing to come out.

I hope you are appreciated this week, and that you deal with it better than I do.