Pre internet times 🛜

Do you remember life before the internet?

I feel very fortunate to be able to say that, yes, I do very much remember life before the internet. I remember the first time I was exposed to the internet. I was 15 or 16 years old and in school we had weekly computer lessons. We were taught about the internet and how to type in a web address to search for a specific topic. Typing in www. for the first time was very surreal and I couldn’t believe we could look up anything at all on the World Wide Web and find information on that subject . It wasn’t until a year or 2 later that we had dial up internet installed in our family home. We would hear the internet dialling up every time someone wanted to go online and you would have to ensure no one else at home was using the phone. The amount of times I heard my parents say “get off the phone” when they were trying to connect to the internet!

What do I remember before the internet?

– Having to use a map and asking people for directions if I needed to go somewhere. There was no google maps in my growing up.

– Playing outdoors until the sun went down.

– Using pay phones to contact your friends or family when you were out and to make arrangements about where and when to meet up.

– Reading all the time. I was obsessed with books growing up, not so much anymore sadly.

– Visiting the local library, a lot!

– Having to visit a travel agent to book a holiday. Hard to believe as it is so convenient now to just book a quick flight online.

– Looking at cook books for cooking inspiration.

– Attending the bank in person to lodge money with my lodgement book.

– Making photo albums with real photos and in real albums.

– Writing to pen pals from countries near and far.

– Using a typewriter, this was such a novelty for me to type and then I progressed to the next level…

– My Commodore 64. My first computer where you could paint, play games and type in different fonts, even before the internet had entered my life.

Ok that’s my lot for tonight. That’s plenty but I’m sure there are many more things to remember. How about you? Do you remember life before the internet? It’s quite sad that the new generations will not know life before the internet.

Wayne ✌🏽

Brr it’s cold in here!

How do you feel about cold weather?

I STRONGLY dislike cold weather and here are my reasons why –

1 – I don’t like the sensation of feeling cold, I find it extremely uncomfortable. Have you ever washed your hands in freezing cold weather and it’s been painful?!

2 – I feel like I can’t think straight, which is actually a biological trait for when you are really cold, your cognitive function slows down or becomes sluggish.

3 – It affects my mood. I don’t necessarily feel down about the cold weather, I just know that when I’m warm I feel much better in myself and everyone seems to be in a better mood around me too. It’s been proven that people are happier in warmer climates.

4 – Goosebumps. I just don’t like them, even though I know they’re just trying to do their job and keep me warm.

5 – Clothing. I prefer not having to wear more clothing in the colder weather, i.e. coat, hat, scarf, gloves. Plus it’s more expensive! Furthermore, I have been scarred from having to wear woolly jumpers as a child, the itching would drive me insane.

6 – The price of oil and gas. I love having a warm home but it is so expensive to keep your place warm, more so recently with the ever increasing prices. Many people are having to live in cold homes due to the inability to afford fuel.

7 – Dangerous. Snow, sleet and ice can cause a lot of issues, especially when you have to drive.

As you can clearly see, I am not a huge fan of cold weather. However, I can appreciate that it’s not the worst thing if you are prepared and it can be very pretty to look at. I was recently in New Zealand at winter time and it was absolutely stunning! I can also appreciate winter fashion, especially when I’ve been wearing shorts and T-shirts for the past few years, however, I will always pick that over winter clothing.

What are your thoughts on cold weather?

Wayne ✌🏽

My favourite emojis 🤩 🤔

What are your favorite emojis?

I have to say I really do love emojis. I know, I know, they are not too popular here in the blogging world and that’s ok. I do try to keep them to a minimum here but I do use them a lot in text messages or in my social media apps. Not everyone has to like them but for me, they add a bit of fun and colour, plus sometimes the one emoji can really some up your mood, rather than a few words. Find below some of my favourite emojis 👇🏼

😊 – you just can’t go wrong with a smiley face. This is my number one go to emoji and it often sums up my feelings as I’m a pretty happy person most of the time.

🙏🏼 – I always use this as a way of saying thank you or thank goodness if I’m worried about something. I don’t pray too often but I use this also if I am hoping something goes well.

🩵 – I am a big heart person and I use the hearts to show if I love or care for something or if I am thinking of someone. I love the different colours of the hearts 🖤🩶🤎💜💙❤️🩷🧡💚💛🤍 and at the moment this one is my favourite as it’s a new colour and my favourite colour is blue.

🤷🏼‍♂️ – This one is great if I have no idea about something. Used more than I care to admit too 🙈

✌🏽 – My signature sign off emoji especially on my blog as I think it’s cool and it’s the symbol of peace.

😂 – I love this emoji and use it A LOT. It sums me up to a tee and it’s great if you find something really funny.

Ok so these are my most used emojis but I love SO many more and I could be here all day so I won’t bore you with them all 😂.

What are your favourite emojis? I would love to hear what you all think.

Wayne ✌🏽


How do you unwind after a demanding day?

I love this question as it is SO important to wind down after a hectic day, both for your physical and mental well-being. I have a few things that I do to unwind, sometimes all in one evening and other times maybe just one or two of these. See below my top five ways to unwind after a demanding day.

1 – Chat to my partner about how our day has been.

2 – Have a cup of tea.

3 – Take a warm shower.

4 – Go for an evening walk (delighted now with the light nights).

5 – Read some blog posts and / or catch up on social media.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

Wayne ✌🏽


What do you wish you could do more every day?

Since being back in Northern Ireland I just haven’t had the time to attend the gym as much as I would like to.

I work long days here so by the time I arrive home, have dinner, take a shower, prepare for the next day, it’s time for bed again.

I would love more hours in the day so I can exercise and / or attend a gym class. It really makes me happy to be exercising, feeling fit and releasing those endorphins.

I’m hopeful now that I have moved house and am closer to work that I will have more time to exercise, be that the gym or even a long walk in the evening, especially now as the lighter nights are coming in. Roll on this weekend when our clocks spring forward 😊😊.

Wayne ✌🏽

#exercise #healthiswealth

Driving in the snow!

What is the last thing you learned?

I had never driven in snow before, believe it or not. Today was my first time and the snow fall was plentiful. It has been snowing all night so I was not looking forward to my 5.40 am wake up call.

So what did I learn before arriving to work?

I learned the importance of giving yourself plenty of time to clear the snow from your car.

I learned to use a higher gear when driving from your driveway so the wheels do not spin.

I learned not to break when driving down a very steep hill, instead steering my way down and hoping not to meet any other cars.

And if at first you don’t succeed (almost sliding into a wall), try, try again.

Thankfully I made it so work successfully and survived my first snow day in my car 😅😅.

Did anyone else experience snow today?

Wayne ✌🏽

The joys of nursing 👨🏼‍⚕️

Do you enjoy your job?

The short answer is YES! I really do enjoy my job. Luckily for me, nursing is a career path, therefore, you can have numerous types of nursing jobs available to you and you can travel the world. Any job that I have had in nursing, I have thoroughly enjoyed and that includes my present job.

I am a haemodialysis nurse, caring for patients with chronic kidney disease / kidney failure. These patients will have to attend for dialysis treatment three times a week for a few hours at a time to basically have their blood cleaned and possibly have fluid removed from their bodies. Their kidneys do not work very well or may have even been removed, so we as nurses, care for our patients by connecting them to a dialysis machine where the machine will do the work for the kidneys. It will take the blood from the patient, clean it using an artificial kidney and then return the blood to the patient. We will care for the patient before, during and after treatment with a holistic approach to ensure they have the best possible experience for their health and well-being.

That’s a very basic explanation but it’s a pretty complex and sophisticated process. For the patients there is also a lot to consider. Not only the physical difficulties of having to have dialysis but also the emotional, mental, sociological, psychological and even economical impacts on people who have a kidney injury or failure.

As a nurse, I love to help others and make a difference in their lives. Even if it’s something small like making them smile or helping them to be at ease with being on dialysis. I try to be empathetic and compassionate with my patients, whilst remaining professional and accountable to providing the best care for them.

Nursing can be a difficult profession, however, it helps to enjoy what you do. I couldn’t imagine being a nurse if I didn’t enjoy it. If that was the case, I think you would have to leave your job!

I’m sure I can speak for all nurses when I say, we would just love to be appreciated as professional people, be treated fairly and paid accordingly. Yes, we as nurses love what we do but we still need to pay the bills.

Wayne ✌🏽

Tuesday thoughts – DIY

Describe the most ambitious DIY project you’ve ever taken on.

To be honest I am not the best at DIY projects, nor do I enjoy them. My most ambitious project was probably having to build our bed in Australia from IKEA when we moved into our first apartment.

Even with instructions, it will take me more than the average amount of time and patience but I will arrive at the finished project eventually. IKEA furniture is typically straightforward to assemble and requires very few tools, yet it still will be an unwelcoming challenge for me.

I did, however, manage to build the bed with the help of my husband. On my own, I fear that building the bed might have taken me many weeks to put together! Nevertheless, we succeeded not only once but on three different occasions as we had to mantle and dismantle the bed on a few occasions when moving homes.

Thankfully, it does become easier the more times you put the bed together, although never any more enjoyable. I’m sad to say this is my most ambitious project to date. Who knows what future DIY projects await in the future. I dread to think…

Wayne ✌🏽


Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.

So I have just transitioned to the Jetpack app (I wonder will I miss seeing the WordPress app on my phone?!) and now I appear to have prompts for writing. That’s pretty cool, especially on days that you’re maybe struggling to think of material. I maybe won’t always respond to these but this prompt I found interesting.

My favourite pair of shoes were a pair of Vans that my cousin recommended. They were black with brown laces and I found them to be stylish, yet extremely comfortable. I love a shoe that you can wear with chinos or jeans and appear smart but also look casual with a pair of shorts. The downside was that they didn’t last too long but I guess I wore them to death! They took me all over Sydney on many, many walks and also around Northern Ireland when I wore them home in 2019 when touring the north coast.

Visiting the Game Of Thrones spots in Northern Ireland. Check out my Vans 👆🏼

Wayne ✌🏽

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