About me

Here are 7 things about me

1. I am Australian. Therefore I am not a bad speller as you may have thought, just staunchly patriotic towards correct ‘English’ (British) for all my favourite (favorite) spelling rules.
2. Elizabeth is my middle name.
3. The photo of the river on my home page is the view out my front window.
4. I am 157cm (5’1/2″) short with natural blond hair.
5. I am so NOT into face-book. I enjoy blogging so am not against social media per se. I consider writing blogs and reading others intellectually stimulating (as compared to the other chit-chat small-talk sites).
6. I am a quiet introvert. However, I am also patiently optimistic and determined. I am prepared to stand up for my beliefs and my values and on social issues that I feel need addressing in the community.
7. I am an avid collector of quotes, speeches, prose and poetry. One of my favourite pieces is:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,  or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.  So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

41 thoughts on “About me

  1. Pingback: Awards | Almost Spring

    • Thanks.
      Yes it is a spectacular view. When the split happened a lot of people told me to pull up stumps. Others said to wait a year for the pain to ease, otherwise you may have lost everything unnecessarily. I think the latter advice was the correct one. As its coming into spring now, the valley is magnificent. It is something that I have not lost.

  2. I thought that I was the only person who is NOT into face-book, but enjoy blogging. It’s wonderful to discover someone else who feels the same way.

    • Thanks. Maybe we are kindred spirits.
      You have a fascinating blog. 100 years ago is significant for me as it was 100 years ago last year my great-grandparents and my grand-mother immigrated from the UK to Australia. How long did your grand-mother keep her diaries? It would be interesting for you to see her mature through her writing.

  3. I feel I cannot do both: Facebook as well as blogging. I really prefer blogging. I love to write emails. However a lot of people seem not to like emails as much as they used to. I like to talk on skype but skype sometimes isn’t enough. I like to back it up with emails. The reason is probably that I can’t always remember the details what people say on skype. When I forget what was in an email, I can look it up again, right?
    We came to Australia from Germany in 1959. In 2059 our descendants may recall that great-grandparents came to Australia a century ago. We have already three great-grandchildren, born in 2007, 2008 and 2012.

    • I am glad that there are others out there who are not into face-book. I find it very impersonal.
      I agree with the emails. and know that the younger generation is not using them now so much as they used to.
      Whatever happened to writing letters?
      I still have letters I wrote my mother when I was travelling in the 1970’s. she saved them for me and they now are a great record of my trip. However, unless you print them out, emails and facebook messages get lost. It is not the same.

      • I save a lot of emails in folders. But you’re right unless you print them out they may get lost eventually. What about blogs? Are they only safe if you print them out?
        I actually prefer writing emails these days to writing letters. I write letters only to people who still do not have a computer.

    • Yes, down here in the wet and cool October of Tasmania – far away from the heat of the current bush-fires (yet NSW is my childhood state). I look forward to reading more of your blog….

  4. Thank you so much for deciding to follow my blog. I look forward to exploring yours, and to cheering you on as you journey towards spring. (Which, where I live, is almost here! 🙂 )

  5. Thank you checking out and commenting on my blog! Yours definitely caught my interest as it seems we’re experiencing quite the same feelings and issues. I’m still learning the ropes when it comes to blogging, so it may take some time before I really understand all the ins and outs of it, but with my love of writing, I’m finding it very therapeutic to write my feelings and thoughts. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment. I really appreciate it. Good luck with your own writing and blogging. It is a different world, life-saving in some ways.

    • The 40 represents the number of years my husband and I had together, 37 years marriage and 3 years prior to marriage. After he left me, to survive, I began taking one step at a time and thought that I would take 40 steps, one for each year we were together. I could cope with that, just one step at a time. Now (nearly three years later) I am making a new life and tracing my steps back to when he left me has begun to lose its significance. That is a good thing. I have checked out your blog and it’s great. You have four children, just like me, and some of your stories brings back happy memories for me of a time gone by.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Very nice! Came across your blog from another one I follow closely (lisa arends)…I feel we may have some similar circumstances, so am happy to follow your journey here. 🙂

  7. Elizabeth,
    Thank you for your interest in my essay, “Red Flags,” on the Contagious Optimism website.
    I wasn’t able to respond to your comment there for some technical reason(?) of which I am unaware. Anyway, regarding your interpretation of my essay-I believe we are in the same ball park. I think I used the term, “knee-jerk” reaction. Always best to be deeply observant before acting. Then act prudently.
    Thanks again and stay well,

  8. I realize I have never read your “About Me” page and I’m glad now that I have!
    I started my blog at the beginning of this year and this is where you and I met. You were healing and still somewhat raw, and I was releasing and hoping to help others through my experience. I took a personal risk as I knew there would be people who would be on the other end of an affair. You were one of those people. But somehow, in the end I feel, we helped each other heal if just bit. I want to thank you for your open heart and mind, and your kindness. I am truly grateful for our connection. I wish you the best of the best in this new year. It is there for the taking…
    (I understand if you don’t have to make this comment public.)

    • Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I remember our first comments to each other. I had actually just discovered some things which made the third party an actuality. Before I had tried to ignore that aspect and just grieve the losses of the marriage and partnership as one would grieve a death. Staring at the reality of betrayal put a different painful perspective on the whole situation. That is how you found me at the beginning of 2014, feeling very raw indeed. Yes, I too am glad that we connected. I understand that you are still at a cross-road, as I am, and 2014 has been a roller-coaster in many ways for you. In that way, we share an understanding of each other. I wish you clarity of mind for the decisions you still face and peace for you in the year(s) ahead.
      Kind regards

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