Thursday, October 21, 2004

Rain Rain Go Away...

Yes, that's right! I am (for the moment) over the rain! Gloucester (like many other places on the Mid-North & North Coast) has become a lakeside town overnight! We have gone from praying for rain, to asking for a temporary (ie a few days) of "pause" from the big wet.

The Avon River was like a lake with Bonsai trees yesterday, and waters thankfully have subsided a bit today.

Kath xo
Reading: Angels by Marian Keyes, Listening: Radio, Watching: 10 year old The Bill tapes and seeing what I want to keep and what I want to ditch.

Friday, October 15, 2004


Any TV (particularly The Bill) fans out there will be able to relate to this. Don't you hate it when someone comes up to you knowing that you watch a particular show without checking if you saw the last episode and tells you what happened... and as it happens you didn't see the last episode?

I was thinking about this in a more web-based way. Every Saturday(Sydney time) is updated with next week's episodes in the UK (which are 6 months or so ahead of Australia). I can't resist looking them up. As I type this I am waiting for tomorrow to come with great enthusiasm because I find out what happens to one of my favourite characters, Smithy (Sgt Dale Smith, played by Alex Walkinshaw). For me I was in shock when I got the cliff-hanger (as such) from last week's episode rundown.

Sometimes we treat life like this. We hunt out the spoilers (finding out what is going to happen in the future) when we really have no right to (apart from the fact that Jesus (the Messiah) is going to return). We try to play God with things like fortune tellers and wealth-creation schemes and even insurance (although it is wise to be insured). What do we gain from this?

In the smaller picture (using the example of The Bill) you know if it's worth watching the show, setting the VCR if you are out or even having a few fellow fans over to share the experience of the particular story-line.

The bigger picture is that we forget that God is in control and has our best interests at heart. Sometimes this is hard to grasp, especially if you are a Christian and things are not going well for you at this particular time (or even hasn't been for years). My favourite book of the Bible, Ecclesiastes outlines this over and over again by showing us that everything that is not from God, is meaningless (ie doesn't last/fulfill)... even The Bill!

Kath xo

Thursday, October 14, 2004


No, I'm not talking about the song they play at some of the Dragon's matches, but infact the 37 degree heat up here in Gloucester! Even Sydney copped it yesterday.

This morning I helped out at my Church's Playtime Group. It wasn't too bad - the kids were too tired from the heat to squeal and shreek at the top of their lungs. Quite a good group, and the mums are friendly.

I have been thinking recently about how much I used to take for granted. Just simple things like taking myself off on little (ha!) trips around the countryside are a non event now (both with my tiredness and the price of petrol (you are lucky if you can get unleaded in Gloucester/Taree/Forster for under 114c per litre!) makes it prohibitable). I am actually getting around to doing things that I have put on the backburner for a while.

Anyway, not the world's most exciting post today, so feel free to email me with suggestions on how to make it better!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

To RSVP or not to RSVP, that is the question!

This is a subject that has bothered me for a long time - the RSVP question. (For those of you who can't get the link above it's blogged on (6 Oct)).

We live in a society where people think it's okay to turn up to Weddings without even a phone call to the couple or their parents (depending on who is hosting the Wedding) to indicate that they are coming. Sorry, but this is plain rude.

Why does this irate me so? Well, think about it - you plan anything from a morning tea for four to a Wedding for 300 guests (thankfully it wasn't my Wedding) and you like to know how many people to expect. Ian & I regularly have Football nights (League and Union incase any misguided Europeans are reading this) and have a "just turn up" invitation. That said, we know we can expect anything from none to a dozen or so people. It's no skin off our nose, because anyone who knows me knows that I am a "packet caterer" unless it's a sit-down dinner (which I usually get Ian to cook anyway!). If this was a Wedding/21st etc you could end up with 50 people instead of 110 - this could cost you thousands!!!

What I am saying is this - if you care anything about the person who gives you an invitation for any event/party, show them you care by replying to their kind invitation by either the means they request or if that's too hard for you, give them a call. If you think that it's a load of unnecessary rubbish, then it's time you thought of what that person means to you, because it is probably different to what you mean to them, and I have been hurt by this in the past.

And now for the positive (yep, left it to the end) if you are sending out invites, a novel way I heard about a few years ago was putting "RSVP with regrets" meaning that people only needed to RSVP if they weren't coming... worth a thought!

Kath xo