Sunday, 31 December 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR



Counting down the hours until midnight here with 9 hours to go.  We are going to our yearly beach side carnival followed by watching fire works from our back deck.  We have D1 and little J staying so planning on a lovely celebration with plenty of snacks and cocktails.




Happy New Year to you all.  Hope 2018 brings good health, happiness, love and plenty of GG spankings followed by MFL. What ever you do enjoy and stay safe if travelling. Thank you all for another  wonderful year of friendship and support.

love Lindy and Bear xxx

Friday, 22 December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS



Merry Christmas everyone.  We hope no matter how you are celebrating, you have a wonderful day, with good food and lots of laughter. 





Also  a GG and some MFL thrown in. 




Did Santa leave anything under your tree like a new implement?

If you are travelling to spend time with family or friends stay safe on the roads. 






Whilst all of you in the northern hemisphere are trying to stay warm and perhaps having a white Christmas, in the southern hemisphere we are trying to stay cool and having fun at the beach.



Merry Christmas 
love Lindy and Bear xxx

Friday, 15 December 2017

Sookie la la

A lot of you asked me what a sookie la la was, its obviously an Aussie saying as Don seems to know.

Well let me give you a scenario.  Today I was supposed to be going to my mermaids Christmas party.  We all had to take a plate, so I decided to try making a gluten free version of a Nutella Christmas tree.  Bear and I both researched gf pastry then to my surprise I found some in the supermarket.  I thought this will make life easier.



Well how wrong could I be!  I thawed the pastry out as instructed and rolled it  like my gf support group suggested.  Stupid pastry split, so I grabbed another sheet.  No matter how much I tried I couldn't roll it out enough to cut a tree shape out of it.  Defeated I decided to make stars instead. I think I've told you before how my mum used to burn stuff, well I take after her.  Lovely burnt stars.

So I cracked the sads!  Became a sookie la la and threw a pity party. Sorry I didn't invite you all, next time though.



To interpret this Aussie lingo   I was sad, cried and felt sorry for myself. I told Bear I'm not even going to the stupid party as there won't be anything I can eat and nobody likes me anyway.  When a girls down, she is really down. 


He reassured me I'm a good cook, everyone likes me and gave me a cuddle with a hard swat. In future Bear can do all the baking in our house whilst I sit in the corner sulking. LOL!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

MEME

 
CAN YOU FILL THIS OUT WITHOUT FIBBING?
1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth. BBQ chicken with Tuscan seasoning cooked by Bear.  Delicious!
2. Where was your profile picture taken? My Fb profile picture was taken in Dartmoor.
3. Worst pain? Hernia operation
4. Favorite place you've traveled? A road trip to Queensland
5. How late did you stay up last night? 10pm
6. If you could, would you move? No I love it here
7. Favorite toy as a child? My walking doll
8. Favorite TV show as a kid? Mickey mouse show
9. How do you feel right now?   Confused
10. When was the last time you cried? The other day. I'm a sookie la la so cry at the drop of a hat.
11. Who took your profile picture? Selfie
12. Who is the last person you took a picture with? Bear
13. What's your favorite season? Spring and Autumn
14. If you could have any career, what would you pick? love retirement, so none.
15. Do you think relationships are worth it? definitely
16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? My mum as I really miss her.
17. Are you a good influence? Hope so, but not sure.
18. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Ewww no way
19. You have the remote, what are you watching right now? Don't watch tv
20. Who do you think will play along? Jan and Rosie
21. Sunny asked do you open presents Christmas eve or Christmas morning?  Always Christmas morning
That was fun thank you firstly to our friend on fb, then Sunny and PK for starting the ball rolling in blogland.
Hugs Lindy xx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

OUR WORLDS UPSIDE DOWN

UPDATE


Everyone's busy at this time of year preparing for Christmas, writing lists and checking them twice.
Both Bear and I were looking forward to Christmas doing all the usual things in the lead up. Then our world has been turned upside down.



I made a list to have my hair cut, visit the dentist, eye appointment, when a spanner was thrown in the works.  At my eye appointment the optometrist took a photo of the back of my eyes.  He was then quite concerned as he found spots down the bottom in the back of them.  Alarm bells rang and he advised me to go to my gp as soon as possible for a colonoscopy.

PFFT! That is nonsense Bear exclaimed but we made an appointment anyway.

My gp also thought it was nonsense but sent me for blood tests and stool tests.  Hope this isn't TMI but Bear was grossed out by the samples having to be refridgerated for three days until sent to the lab for testing.  He breathed a sigh of relief to get them out of the house. Mind you they were in little tubes which were all well sealed then in a thick plastic bag.  My gp was more concerned that I had a history of a malignant melanoma so wanted to do a skin check.

I returned to my gp today (Tuesday) for the skin check and results of tests. When he looked up the results he was shocked to see they were positive, so further tests have been ordered.  Being this close to Christmas though everyone slows down, so will have to be after the  BIG day.  Also my skin check was a bit iffy, I have to go for an ultrasound tomorrow as there is a lump behind my knee roughly in the same place as my melanoma and a suspicious looking mole on my foot. Next Monday the mole will be biopsied to check for malignancy.

Feels like deja vu with Christmas 2010 when my first malignancy was found  and the doctor having to ring around for a surgeon to operate.  Why do these things happen when everyone is going on holidays.

I have been sick on and off most of the year, which we put down to my coeliacs disease, although I am extra careful what I eat all the time.  Maybe it was a sign that something else was wrong, as I am always hesitant to go visit the gp.

Anyway that's enough of my grumbling.  Hope everyone else is doing well and prepared for Christmas if you celebrate it.

We are off to meet our family this weekend at the half way point for a lovely celebration.  I didn't want to tell them what was happening but someone  very wise told me if she were a kid she would want to know.  My eldest daughter knew as she is so intune with me that we both know what's happening all the time to each other. So the kids are taking it alright at the moment, thank goodness. Can't wait to see our 7 grandkiddies and give them all a huge hug.

Have a good week everyone.  Thank you all so much for your prayers and positive healing thoughts.

Hugs Lindy xx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

GREAT ONLINE COOKIE EXTRAVANGA 2017

THE GREAT ONLINE COOKIE EXTRAVAGANZA IS HERE.




Thank you Jz for hosting this years cookie exchange again, it's  so much fun.  Hope you all have your taste buds ready for some delicious treats. 




So what are you waiting for READY STEADY COOK!

This is my contribution, not made by me though, but Bear.  He is the best cook in our family and loves to tinker with recipes to suit my dietary requirements.  I once had a delicious honey cake whilst out, so he experimented until he could match it. Gosh my man is good, I'm one very lucky girl.    Hope you all like it as much as me.  
                                                  


Honey Cake  



Ingredients:

2 ½  cups of White Wings G.F Self Raising Flour

1 teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate

180grams of Gluten-free Lactose-free Spread

1 cup of Raw Sugar

½ cup of Gluten-free Skim Milk

2 - 70gram Eggs

1 cup of Honey



Method:

Place Lactose-Free Spread, Raw Sugar,Honey and Sodium Bicarbinate in a saucepan.

Bring to the boil, then cool slightly.

Gradually add S.R Flour and milk/egg mix to the saucepan, mixing thoroughly, then pour into lined loaf tin.

Bake in the centre of oven @ approx. 180degrees for 1 ½ hours.

Allow to cool before removing from loaf-pan.
Now off you go blog hopping for some delicious recipes at all the following chefs/bakers pages.  
Bon appetit!

Sorry I'm having heaps of trouble with the font size on the blog roll. So if it looks weird please excuse me.



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Prayers required



Sorry I haven't been visiting everyone's posts much lately.  I have a few health issues happening, which I was keeping  to myself, until a friend said I need to share. 


Going to the doctor Monday so will know more details after that.  As I've mentioned in the past I had a malignant melanoma removed 6 years ago.  Looks like the little bugger (pardon my French)  sent out some tentacles causing other problems.

Bear and I are both trying to stay positive which is really hard, as I had a friend go through exactly the same diagnosis recently. She was my mentor when I had my melanoma. We will be grateful of any prayers and positive vibes sent out way.

Thank you Lindy xx

Thinking of you Roz

To my sweet friend Roz,  I want to pass on my sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear Mum.  My thoughts are with you today (Thursday) as I know how hard it is to say good bye to your loved one. 


Just remember your Mum will always be in your heart and watching over you.

With love from Lindy and Bear xx


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Cookie exchange coming your way



Dust off your cookie trays and cake tins the Great Online Cookie Exchange Extravaganza   is just around the corner.  Its coming real soon to a blog near you, actually on the 7th December.  So get in the holiday spirit, it doesn't have to be a cookie or cake recipe.  A favourite drink or something savoury is just as good.  We all love learning new ideas.  So get cracking.



Its another way to put your implements to work.

Sign up by 5th December  with  your screen name and the URL of your blog and email address. Send this info to Jz at 1reluctantONE@gmail.com

Enjoy this mouth watering fun day.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

JANS BIRTHDAY



Its one of our sweet friends birthdays today, so I'm spilling the beans.  Unfortunately she is feeling poorly, so maybe a bit of birthday cheer from  all  of us will make her feel better.




Happy birthday Jan,  we all hope you have a wonderful birthday.


Hopefully you can have a nice celebration once you feel better with some bubbly and delicious food.  Maybe John could match the colour of this champagne with a birthday spank.

Best wishes
Hugs Lindy and Bear xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Thank you so much everyone for stopping by over the two love our lurkers days.  I had so much fun visiting all your posts, hope you all enjoyed these days also.


I'm doing my happy dance can you see? 

One anonymous lurker came out of hiding to tell me she is a fellow Aussie and wants to communicate with me via email.  Woohoo!  Also Fondles has referred me to a blog friend of hers who happens to be an Aussie. Thank you so much Fondles.  A few other people delurked also, so I'm a very happy  person right now.



How did you all go?  Did you make new friends either coming out to chat on your posts or emailing you? 

Thank you so much Hermione for hosting the lol days for all of us to meet new people.


Hugs Lindy xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

LOVE OUR LURKERS day 2

LOL 12  day part two.

Yesterday was heaps of fun, I think I've made a few new friends, I'd still like to see a few Aussies pop in to say G'day to me though. Living in  a continent as big as Australia with over 24 million residents, there really,  really has to be more than two homes practicing TTWD.  Where are all you spankos???????? I'm sure amongst my lurkers there are some from around here.  




To use Lara Bingles famous saying ........
                   Where the bloody hell are you?????



Come out of hiding all you Aussies.  I'd really like to meet more of you, so we can become friends. All you have to do is say hello to start, or if you are game leave me some more information about yourself. I don't bite really or at least not hard.   C'mon Aussie c'mon c'mon.

If you don't really want to leave a comment here email me at lindylouthomas@gmail.com.  I'm not going to judge you on the way your practice TTWD.  We all do our own thing, that's the beauty of it, there is no one size fits all.



So come out, come out where ever you are and ask  Bear or me  a question.  We'll get back to as soon as we can.

If this is your first day visiting here pop on over the Hermiones to see the list of people participating so you can blog hop. Best way to make new friends.

Thank you for visiting Hugs Lindy and Bear xx




Friday, 17 November 2017

LOVE OUR LURKERS


LOL 12 day has arrived, YAY!






Welcome to DOWNUNDER DREAMING


Bear and I have been married for a long, long time, we're retired, living our dream in a regional area of Victoria, Australia. We have so much fun practicing  ttwd with plenty of giggles from both of us.



So pull up  a chair so we can have a cup of tea and a chat. Bear has just made a fresh batch of scones for us to enjoy.                                                                                             


I know by the graph on my blog there are plenty of readers out there who stop by each post.  So this is your day to come out of the shadows to say G'day.  We love our lurkers and would really like to get to know you more. Don't be shy!  I would especially love to meet some fellow Aussies.  Where are you all?




I started out as a lurker about four years ago by commenting on peoples LOL day posts.  Funnily a few encouraged me to join in blogging, my reply was 'No way, I could never do that. I'm too shy'  Now here I am fast forward those years.... I've written a handful of stories for PK  over at  New Beginnings, then started my own blog.  Our blogging community are all so friendly, we are like one big happy family.

Please feel free to either stop by to say hello, ask me any questions you like or tell me a bit about yourselves. You can use your real name, a pseudonym or remain anonymous, its what ever you feel comfortable with at the time.   If you don't feel comfortable leaving a comment on this post email me at lindylouthomas1979@gmail.com

I'll start off asking you a question...... Have you read any good books lately?  I'm presently reading Jane Henry's   Mafia Daddy, its so good, as are all the books Jane writes.



I'm really looking forward to  Cassie's  Life  written by PK Corey being released next week.  Have you read the Cassie series?  If not do yourself a favour and go check them out.  Awesome books about the life of Cassie, Tom and all their friends.


Thank you so much Hermione  at http://hermionesheart.blogspot.com.au/ for hosting LOL 12.  Head on over to her page to find a list of participants. I hope everyone can go blog hopping to meet new friends, its well worth it.  Some of us have even made friends in real life either meeting up or ringing each other.  So what's to lose, make this day the first of many happy days in blogland.

Hugs Lindy and Bear xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

LOL 12 day is coming

Love our lurkers day is just around the corner. Actually at the end of this week, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th. So polish your party shoes to be prepared for a fun time visiting everyone in the land.  If you are an old friend  or a new friend pop in to say hello to everyone.  This is the day you come out of hiding so we can see you and become friends. 

I'm really, really hoping to make some friends down under.  Its getting pretty lonely down here with just Don and myself.  In a land as big as Australia there must be other practicing 'This thing we do.' Come on you know you want to stop by and say Hello!  I don't bite, promise.

Until Friday Hugs Lindy and Bear

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN



Happy Halloween to all who celebrate it.  It's starting to catch on a bit more in Australia, probably not as much as my American friends.  Hope for those of you who trick or treat you receive some nice things. We don't usually have anyone call around, although we are prepared with some lollipops.



I've been made an admin of one of the photo groups I belong to.  This week was my turn to pick the prompts, so I thought I would have a bit of fun with Halloween theme photos.  The head of the group was not at all pleased with my choices telling me that no one in the group does Halloween.  Well to my delight, everyone is getting into the spirit and posting some awesome photos.  I feel like I've achieved something.  LOL!


I have a question for all my author friends in blog land.  As there are several different Amazon sites and I buy mine through amazon.com.au do you receive notification when someone does a book review?  Once I read a book, I straight away review it before I forget.  I've been finding that I'm the only one in the land down under who has either read or reviewed these books.  Wonder how many are sold down here or am I the only one who reads dirty books as my daughter calls them.

Nothing much been happening around here, plenty of GGs and MFLs, time is sure flying though.  I've joined a group called mermaids (aqua aerobics).  Its fun and keeping me fit along with bike riding.  On most days there are around 20 mermaids and one very brave merman, he laps up all the attention. Had D1 and little J visit recently for Bear's birthday.  D1 definitely knows about our life style now, as whilst she was here I was on the receiving end of constant swats.  One in particular happened when I was washing the lunch dishes.  Bear had filled the sink with straight hot water which I didn't know until I immersed my hands.  I let out an exclamation FAR OUT!  Both Bear and D1 thought I dropped the F bomb, so Bear gave me one almighty hard swat, which hurt so much,  I said FAR OUT again. D1 said there you go again dropping the F bomb you deserve a spanking.  LOL!  This is coming from Ms Potty mouth herself. 

Its still rather chilly here surprisingly.  We can be in the mid teens yet where our children live they are having temperatures 30c+.   We had packed away our winter woollies only to rescue them again as the winds are so icy.

Hope everyone is keeping well and enjoying life to the max with plenty of spanky business.

Hugs Lindy xx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

STEALING A MEME

I hear that this meme has been stolen many, many times and I wanted to continue this thievery.  I got it from Sunny, who got it from PK who got it from Amy

Marriages – 1
Proposals – 2
Divorces – 0               
Surgeries – 6
Tattoos – 0
Piercings – yes in my ears after we married on Bears insistence.  My mum would  have disapproved.  


Ever:
Shot a gun –yes went hunting with a friend when young.
Quit a job – Yes

Been on TV – Yes on a game show with my eldest daughter.  It was so much fun.






Fallen in love – definitely

Driven cross country – yes a few times

Hit a deer – Non around here. It would be more like a kangaroo and no I haven't but Bear has.

Watched a birth – yes 5 out of seven grandchildren.


Ridden in an ambulance – yes but not as the patient

Sung karaoke – no way

Ice skated – regularly  when younger




Been surfing – No

Seen the ocean – Of course as Australia is surrounded by the ocean

Ridden a horse – once and hated it

Almost died – yes giving birth to my youngest

Been punched – no

Punched back – no



Are you:

In love now – yes very much so.

Love doing memes, as they're always so much fun.  Thanks everyone who stole this prior to me, now keep it going everyone.

Have a good weekend.
Hugs Lindy xx


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