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Adelaide Credit Union Christmas Pageant

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Have you ever seen it or taken your children to see it?
This Pageant is the biggest in the southern Hemisphere and it’s fabulous! and we have it here in little old Adelaide..

I’ve seen many a pageant but nothing like this one..
The colour, the floats, the costumes over 250 clowns… Dancers from dance schools, Pipe bands, Brass bands.. my favourite is the South Australian Police band.. Excellent.

They even had a ‘Bollywood’ float and it was terrific. Then the two horses ‘Nipper’ and ‘Nimble’ the two pageant horses with very lucky little girls riding on them dressed as fairies. Something every little girl would give her eye teeth to do..
The keystone cops run around a tiny yellow car and joke around… ‘Nellie’ the elephant which has been in this pageant since 1950 and it still rattles and rolls along. The giant worm, huge Christmas tree, octopus garden, ‘Nasty Neville’ the Pirate, ‘Peter Pan’ The music the atmosphere, it’s a wonderful beginning to our summer and Christmas.
The mechanics in the floats are very good indeed and never once did I ever witness a float breaking down although a year or so ago, Santa fell off the sleigh due to over heating… (poor bugga, he wears a satin outfit which doesn’t breath and it was stinking hot that day) He soon got back on his float and continued the parade, not wanting to disappoint the kids.. Robot Christmas, Aussie cricket team, A Indigenous float (lovely and well presented).
Mother Goose, Grandpa’s Christmas workshop, Elves, pixies, gnomes, and fairies. Stardust Castle,The Cupcake Christmas designed by a school. Jazz in the Park with a miniature Elder park rotunda, The Candy Carnival… I could go on and on but you have to see it to believe it.. 3 wise Men riding camels and the Nativity scene float.

Last but not least is the biggest float of all and the most important, carrying the one character every child is waiting to see. Father Christmas.. He rides in a gorgeous float with an enormous sleigh pulled by all the reindeer on a huge float covered in ice and snow, with beautifully wrapped presents in a huge bag in the back of the sleigh. He gets off the sleigh and is welcomed by the Pageant queen and in to the ‘Magic Cave’ they go with thousands of kids and adults squeezing in as close as they can to get a glimpse of him.. This year is the 80th anniversary of the Christmas Pageant.

This brought back a lot of memories of taking my son to see it and then my grand daughter..I would get up at 4 o’clock in the morning and get my pack ready.. Blanket, 2 chairs, coffee, food, sunscreen, book, and numerous other bits and pieces and catch a taxi into the city and get a seat. I would be there by 4.30 in the morning and sit with all the other people and wait for everyone else to turn up. Blankets spread out for the kids, coloured chalk to draw on the road while they waited and a lot of other things the kids needed. I would have the best seat and it was great to see their faces. I always made sure any other kids had a spot on the blanket with their parents standing at the back.. Oh what fun..

So if you didn’t take your kids to this amazing event, they’ve missed something they might not ever see again. It used to be the ‘John Martin’s’ Christmas Pageant, then they didn’t want to fork out for it anymore so the Credit Union took it over. How long do you think this company will keep it up? It would be a crying shame to lose this as it’s part of Adelaide’s History and I hope and pray it continues. I don’t have any photos because I’m sitting here in my loungeroom watching it. Dropped Grand daughter off at her dance studio for dance class and had to take the long way round due to the traffic chaos around the city for this pageant.

Her dance studio was so close to the Pageant and there was no room to drive anywhere with road closures everywhere but I took my time and went really slowly.. Now it starts… The decos, the cooking,, the pageantry of Christmas and making it special for all the kids who come here.. oohh I can’t wait..
Hope you one day got to see this wonderful event with your kids..
Marilyn xxx

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I’ve got 3 glasses left, who wants a drink?

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Went to get a drink for a friend’s daughter and saw I only had 3 glasses left. Not another glass to be had in our house.
I usually buy a new set every year about this time but never had this few..

The ones I have don’t even match.. Nothing worse than your things not matching unless you have of course shopped and bought items which don’t match but complement each other..

Like my dining room chairs. I have 3 chairs which do match.. ordinary looking, nothing to write home about and one bentwood chair.. Oh and under the table is a plastic stool, just in case we have more bums than seats…

Arghhh! time to buy decent chairs.. Hubby has wired the legs together so many times to prevent them splaying outwards and letting the poor bugger sitting on it to land on the floor… They wriggle and jiggle when someone sits on them…

Ok, now no one but us can sit on them.. for fear of litigation if there is an accident.. New chairs.. where to get really nice, solid, excellent quality, not too heavy but definitely made to last… Had these for twenty years..
Time to get new ones.. I feel relieved now.. I can go shopping.. Retail therapy is wonderful..

After 5 years…

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Sitting here at home today, it occurred to me I’ve been thin and healthy for 5 years now. Almost to the day! It’s really so exciting and every day I get a kick out of knowing I succeeded and never have to worry about becoming overweight again.

My niece tried to talk me into joining a gym and I’m considering it but I do have to be careful I don’t over do it because I just get a bit too skinny. Hubby doesn’t like that…The only reason I would go to the gym would be for the music and the company.. It is fun to dance in a room of others and really let your hair down.. Ahhh… doing it with small weights too would be fun.

Our summer is on it’s way here again and it’s the time of the year which excites me, mainly because I can dress up in pretty things knowing they fit and look good on me.. Going out to lunch is great too especially when I can eat like a field hand and not add the extra kilos! People do look surprised but, no I don’t really eat like that but I can if I want to. I eat less now than I ever did. I love this Plan of mine so much. I wished I could have discovered the way to do it 30 years ago when I could still wear a bikini…

We all have the most amazing health too. No colds or flu or other sickness because it’s just simple and yummy food.. No artificial rubbish.. Very little processed foods pass our lips. We all understand why we eat now and it makes a big difference to our food choices. Every time I think about the diets I wasted my time and money on and failed I could kick myself… I suffered through all of it and never achieved any goals because they were too strict. Too regimental and the food was awful… All precooked and packaged or frozen or just not good enough…

When I read the Advertiser last week and read about young kids dieting I was horrified.. approximately 50% of young kids are dieting… I’d like to know what the parents are doing in all this? Kids need guidance and help if they have a weight problem. They don’t have the knowledge or the skills to go it alone.. They are also suffering from malnutrition and it will have long term effects on their growth and development..

So here I go, to seek something gorgeous in my wardrobe to wear tomorrow.. Hope it’s a nice day….
Hope your day is wonderful too…
Marilyn xxx
http://www.marilynsplanforweightloss.com.au

Even overweight pets can be on this Plan as well... No starving!

The $5 diet…

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That’s all it costs to get Marilyn’s Plan for Weight Loss.
It’s the e book and there is also a hard copy of it the thing is, you can do it with the food you already have in your kitchen. There is no need to run out and buy foods you don’t like or things you are allergic to etc…

You will have your own recipes and you should be able to stick to eating the foods you want to eat.. I did include a few weeks worth of recipes to get you going and they are simple and easy to make…

What did you pay for your diet last year?? If my guess is right you would have forked out quite a lot of money.. but did it work? This one will and at a measly $5, you can’t go wrong so give it a go and get with the Plan..
http://www.marilynsplanforweightloss.com.au.

The crap is back!

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Portion sizes… weighing food.. measuring food… I’m so sick of seeing these stupid things on TV which are too hard to follow.They also want you to exercise to the extreme. Why???

Overweight people are at risk of a cardiac event if they over do the exercise so I promote about 6 minutes of it per day! Yep.. that’s all.
Now as for the food.. I hate to be told I have to eat specific things. Most of which I despise… I always wanted to eat the things I like which I will encourage you to do, because when you follow the Plan you will learn how to do it and take it from there and do it yourself! Anyone who tells you, you have to follow their silly diet and you’re only going to lose about one kg a week is setting you up for failure… If you need to lose 30 kg then it will take you almost a year to lose it.. Ha! How boring and regimental can you get??? It’s making you think about food too much when you obviously have more important things to think about like kids, home family, shopping, cleaning etc…

I conquered it and came up with the most brilliant weight loss Plan.. Go on.. give it a go.. Once you have this in your head.. you’re off on your way to success and it’s so easy.. I just got home from a day from hell to get a noodle take away and a cheesecake slice for my dinner and it doesn’t worry me at all.. It’s fabulous.. Go on… do it!

Even overweight pets can do it…
http://www.marilynsplanforweightloss.com.au

Reviewing food for you

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I do love food and I love getting dressed up to go out to eat especially lunch!
I remember years ago there was a lot of Dept of Health officers running around Adelaide doing regular checks of restaurants and cafes etc.. you know the hygiene in the kitchen, food storage, temperatures of food stuffs etc. If food wasn’t eaten at the table you would ask for a doggie bag to take it home for the dog! The waitress would inform you “It is against the law to allow anyone to take food home.” Ok, so why has this changed? Beats the hell out of me.. Now you can take most leftovers home from anywhere and no one cares..

But enough of that. I have been enjoying going out to lunch lately and I’ve begun writing my ratings on the venue for you to see for yourself. I’m finding most eating places have reasonable prices so if you have $30 on you, you can go out for a lovely meal with your friend or partner. That’s not a costly lunch either but you will be able to afford a good choice from the menu.
I give my rating and justification for it on my Facebook page so please join me on there. I will give you the honest truth about the venue and rate it on…. Food freshness,quality, quantity, selection.
Decor ambiance, cleanliness,
Prices good value
Kids kids meals
Service staff
Opening hours
and most of all whether it is suitable to go to eat if you’re on Marilyn’s Plan for Weight Loss.
It might sound strange of me to include the weight loss rating but if you’re on My Plan and you’re going out to eat, you will be glad I said it suits the Plan but most venues have enough of a selection for you to choose a good meal without worrying whether you should eat it or not.

I’ve been eating out a lot of late and enjoying myself immensely, taking a retired chef with me for their expert opinion and I can always count on having a child or two tagging along for their view on a meal. It’s not necessary for me to divulge to anyone who I am or what I’m doing until the end of the meal and I go to pay for it. I am quite happy to compliment the chef/cook and inform them how happy I and my guests were and I will be adding a review on my FB page. Many a face glows at the thought of this. It’s free advertising for them after all and I’m all for helping anyone or business if they are deserving. If I or my guests are disappointed in the meal, the service or the value, I will say nothing. I probably won’t tell you either because someone might just be having a bad day. If there is a health issue and I’m an expert in the filed of food hygiene, storage, cooking etc… I will inform the authorities and then post my experience.
So take heart. I’m not in the business of running places down, just letting the public know of my wonderful experience on the day.
Bon Appetite!
My FB page is http://www.facebook.com.foodreviewer

Hiatus in August

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I believe this has been the worst few months for so many people. I heard so much sadness and heartache from so many. Hearts have been broken, lives lost, loves lost, families lost…. It just didn’t end..
The dramatics have been slowing down. If only it will come to a halt and turn for the better for everyone.

Just of late I feel it in my bones and in the air, something is beginning. Perhaps it is the mending of those hearts and spirits and the terrible sadness and loss. I have been subjected to a lot of it myself and have begun to take on life with a new meaning. Engage and enjoy! Let loose but be cautious at the same time and don’t be too frivolous it could end up with you or me being taken advantage of again!

I believe it is a cleansing month and by the end of it, we will all be experiencing the turnaround to better times ahead.
I have taken stock of how my life is going and have made a few minor changes to make life a bit easier. Would you believe I was considering putting on weight due to the acceptance of the ‘Big is Beautiful’ theme now. Then I decided.. why should I do that? I am thin and I’m not going to put on weight for anyone or for anything. I don’t want the health problems I had when I was overweight. I am what I am and that’s it. I like myself the way I am. I am beginning to be happy again and to accept what I have. I have wonderful friends and some great family members… I support others in their goals in life and give encouragement and will continue to do so.

Have you copped anything like this? It is odd. I had a shift booked today and for the last few days I have had a bad feeling about the shift. This morning I got a phone call from my agency telling me the shift is cancelled. Ok, so no work this weekend.. AGAIN! I will take it on the chin because I believe and have for years, known there is some sort of order in our lives. If we are heading for something and we didn’t get it or it didn’t happen, we weren’t supposed to get it because it could have ended up differently. There could have been a tragedy but losing it helped us to avoid the tragedy. I might be needed at home because a friend or family member will win the big one tonight and come crashing through my door and need to be calmed!

So I get to stay home in the warm and safety of home and enjoy writing this to you. Things happen in the order they are supposed to. I believe in fate and I accept it because to try to change it would turn things around and not always for the better. We can want for things all our lives and never get them. We just might be better off without them!
Be happy with your lot in life especially if it’s not too bad and remember there is always some poor bugger out there worse off than we are.
Enjoy your day!
Oh, and with the Olympics almost at an end, has it made you want to get off your butt and lose some weight and get a little fitter? if this is so.. get onto my website http://www.marilynsplanforweightloss.com.au and do something about it. I love it because it works and it suits anyone and everyone. No age restrictions either. Even our beloved pets can be on it too! Woo Hoo!
Enjoy the weekend.
Marilyn xxx