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Thursday, January 26, 2012

My word for 2012

I know for many others these things seem to be decided early in the New Year
so it would appear I'm late to the party here.

I've decided my Word for the Year 2012 will be ‘communicate'

Not because of any fears or worries I may have had recently
Thank you for all your kind words and emails on that prickly subject
I have resolved not to let it bother again.
If it rears its head again I'll just knock it down with my party shoes lol

Last week I was in a large shopping centre and sat down to rearrange my bag – another lady sat down and started talking.  Well, I don’t think she speaks to many others as by the time she ‘stopped for breath’ I’m sure I had been filled in on all her worries and woes as well as what she was having for dinner that night!  She did say she lived alone and really enjoyed ‘our chat’ which would explain a lot. 

Then just the other day as I finished talking to a very old friend and was saying said goodbye, I happen to say 'I'll talk to you another day' which is what I often do when saying goodbye.  Her reply to me was ' please do Cathy as I talk to so few people these days'

Her family is busy - she has many friends (widowed like her) but they all seem to be busy - some don't like to talk on the phone others can't get out - she does drive and visits them but says its always her that makes the effort - is happy with her own company yet she doesn't want to end up closeted in her house lonely

So the one objective I have this year is to communicate in as many ways as I can.
Not only with friends and family and not only with words
I'll be going back to Wednesday Warblers - the community singing group I attend where we get together and 'just sing'  There are some mentally challenged men who come along with their carers and it gives them the opportunity to recall some of the songs they knew years ago.  With a song sheet projected on the wall they can follow along and even if they can't actually sing the words its often obvious at times from the humming or hand movements they are having some memory recall. 

I have some charity knitting planned as well as Aged Care visits
to the nursing home where Aunty Pam lived.  
Touching is communicating:)
As for what else, well my thinking cap is going on!!

So what are they dogs doing here?
(Seen in our caravan park - Bowen Far North Qld - August last year)

These beautiful black labradors waited patiently by the 'van door while the owners did last minute packing chores
But it all got too much for them - not a word was spoken (woofed)
One just stood up and as if by magic silently 'communicated' they wanted to be on their way lol

Not two minutes later the doormat, the chair and the dog's bowl had vanished
the 'van was hitched, dogs and owners secured in the car
and they were all on their way     
I'm sure Lois will know exactly what was going on there lol
Lois has two labs living in her home -
She also write a blog about life on land as well as at sea


  1. yes, we never know how much a small conversation means to many people! what sweet little dogs waiting so patiently!

    1. Tanya, its amazing how many people will chat at the drop of a hat in shopping centres - maybe its my face that attracts them - hopefully it doesn't have a lonely look on it lol

  2. Hi Cathy, nice to hear from you! Communicate sounds like a good word for the year! That poor lady at the mall sounds so lonely.

    1. Christine, maybe it's my face as it's not the first time that had happened lol or maybe there are more lonely people other than we realise.

  3. Brilliant idea Cathy. I was looking at volunteering vacancies today and they included reading to people. With working full time I am having some trouble fitting it in at the moment but I will somehow.

    1. Lizzie, some organisations (eg nursing homes) will be grateful for weekend vols. Most vols only want to come on weekdays but life goes on for the elderly every day of the week

  4. G'day Cathy.Great post. Just spending a few minutes talking or listening to someone can make a big difference.I think we forget that sometimes. Doing volunteer work is a very worthwile experience. Most places are very grateful for the extra help.I think you would be wonderful in that capacity. Love the two dogs. Great photo.Take care. Liz...

  5. Hello Liz
    Thanks for the compliment - I've been volunteering in many ways over the years and still get a kick out of it.

  6. I will keep communicate in mind this year. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

  7. Hi Cathy,

    What a wonderful post. :))) The picture of those labs is darling. They are so wonderful, aren't they. Your post is a wonderful reminder about how important it is to take the time to communicate.

    Thanks again for the link! Yes, I finally have time to comment on it. :)

    We have been traveling (road trip!) for the past few days to get to the port. We are on board now and I am still waiting for luggage to be delivered. Of course, I have my computer set up while I wait!!! ;))) I have just a little while left of time in port on my Verizon connection before we sail. I'll have email at sea, but the satellite connection is too slow to load blog pages.

    Here we go again!

    Big hugs,


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