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Melissa in Australia

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  1. I absolutely hate smoke form cigarettes. it makes me feel that I have trouble breathing and my skin starts itching everywhere. I am starting to think that there should be step-in-fume-cupboards on street corners with big exhaust fans etc ( just like in a science lab but big enough for a person to fit into) that smokers have to go into to smoke. That way the rest of us would not have to be contaminated by their choice of a slow death. I also really really think that a birth parent who smokes through an access visit should have the access visit terminated when they light up. I mean every single person knows just because the 5 year old is not at your head height that they are still getting covered in your smoke. I don't get at all the parent saying that they are turning their head away to exhale so they are not smoking over the child. :cursing: :cursing: :cursing: pointing out to case manager that it is actually illegal to smoke at a public children playground and it is a fineable offence doesn't do anything.
  2. I haven't read any of the replies. we live very frugal. We live debt free on a very low income. We have never bought an new car. DH does all car repairs and a new car is harder to self fix as they need special computer machines to reset things after fixing them. because DH does all car repairs then it is way way better to keep and fix instead of buy new.
  3. the laundry thing would be a ig deal here. We have tank water collected of our roof when it rains. It is stored and has to last ALL YEAR. wasting water on a single item in the washing machine is a CRIME here. Having long showers is a CRIME. Most people in Australia are aware of tank water and water restrictions though so it is easy to explain to people. we always tell guests we have limited water. I never buy soda (soft drinks ) at all. if a guest was to ask for a drink they would have the choice of tea, coffee or water. Just the same as what we drink. They of course are free to get their own.
  4. :svengo: :svengo: :svengo: :svengo: that is very expensive. nuts here start at $21 per kg. We don't eat nuts as a snack. we sometimes buy nuts as a special present ( for DH). otherwise nuts are only for cooking and then only for cooking special things.
  5. :grouphug: sorry for your loss. I had something similar when I miscarried at 13 weeks. Turned out I had retained some of the pregnancy. It stopped when I managed to pass it about a month later.
  6. :party: :party: :party: :party: :party: Hoe exciting. I am green GREEN with envy :D :D :D :D
  7. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: Hugs I would not know what I would do We don't do birthdays at all, and my kids do not smoke - or vape or whatever. So I have never had to deal with anything like this. Smoking here might mean being tossed out of the house. All my kids are watching the neighbour die a slow painful smoking death. and think that smoking is absolutely a ridiculous thing to do.
  8. No, neither does DH. instead we have investment properties.
  9. other- my ds has boiled alive a rock lobster ( what we call crayfish, different to what you would call a crayfish) and some poor crabs. I do not eat or cook crustacean ( allergic) but we live right by the sea and my older boys go diving and get them.
  10. Just got back form trip to Melbourne. Good news is that the one specialist said I didn't need to see the other and the AFO technician wasn't aware of the appointment reschedule and understood about distance I had come and saw us. so I do not need to do 2 extra trips to Melbourne :hurray: :hurray:
  11. So I have medical appointments for twin 1 at the Children's hospital on Friday. I arranged access visits to happen tomorrow (Thursday) to reduce travel to Melbourne. I have the train tickets and the motel booked and paid for. It is only about 7 hours until we will get the 4 am bus to meet the train and do the 7 hour trip down. I just collected the mail and found that the main medical appointment has been rescheduled till the 17th. ARGH!!!!!!!!! :cursing: :cursing: It is too late to change the access visit and other medical appointments. which means I will be traveling to Melbourne ( 7 hour trip each way by public transport) 3 weeks in a row. :eek: ( attending a Dan Hughes seminar on attachment disorders next week). If twin 1 needs new AFO's then I will have to go down 4 weeks in a row. I just feel like crying
  12. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: I think that sometimes old people become so stubborn and think they are coping better than they really are. Sometimes you need to force their hand. we have something along these lines with MIL at the moment. She wants DH to shift to Canada to look after her- not happening. She keeps canceling her in home help. She had a major stroke earlier this year is 94, totally blind and FIL died last month. FIL was more able then her. ATM she is just getting by with relatives dropping in twice a day, but when winter comes she will not be able to stay at home any longer. She just refuses to accept it.
  13. I like zoos. I don't like parents who let their little precious climb into animal enclosures
  14. My oldest got measles form visiting relatives when he was 6 months old. It wasn't fun, especially as he came out in the rash while we were flying back form Canada.
  15. We save a huge amount of money with our garden - but- it is very large ( tennis court size). we eat form it year round. Dh saves his own seeds for most crops. We grow our own seedlings form seed ( huge saving) . we are given a water tank full of water from the neighbour ever year ( Seeing as they illegally built a shed on our fence line they give us all the water off the shed roof). We live in a climate where there is something that can be grown at each time of the year. We eat according to the season. It took DH and I about 10 years to get the hang of gardening so we didn't end up with a glut and then a famine of food. It is a big job, typically DH spends 2 hours a day gardening. We make our own compost and have animals that produce manure (cows). Also Vegetables are very very expensive where we are.
  16. hmm. Here until 2 weeks ago when I got guardianship of twins and was only fostering them I could not sign a single piece of paper, even in an emergency. DHS or birth parents would have to sign it, and if it was an emergency then a GP could sign it, but not me. so was in the situation where the preschool might want to go for a nature walk - I would need 2 months notice so DHS could try and track down birth parent to get a signature. Silly but really happened.
  17. try buying shoes to fit over AFO's just about impossible. Poor twin 1 has to wear shoos 4 sizes too big just to get them over the plastic. and gumboots are just about impossible they are so large that I am surprised he can walk at all. He has practically no ankle movement so cannot tip foot down to slide them in .
  18. :hurray: great news that your DH is doing so well
  19. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: still thinking of you and your family
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