Monday, 22 June 2015

Fiz: Tired of not having enough time?

I was nodding off to sleep watching the 7.30 report when the phone rang.  It was a market research person. Now, my policy is to participate in surveys because I want people to participate in mine: but ….I said incredulously ‘It is Friday night.’ and then with petulance ‘I’m tired’. (Did I detect relief from the market researcher that I declined to participate.)

I am generally tuckered out by the end of the week—well, end of each day really. Is this because I’m wearing out? Is it an ageing thing?  I had a bit of a rummage around in the literature and I was surprised that there were very few studies specifically about ageing and tiredness.  However, findings from a large US study* show that tiredness is not automatically linked with getting older. The researchers found that people aged 65 years and older are actually less tired than people 15–24 years of age.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Naz: show me the money!

To free up some cash flow I am considering selling a property I have been holding for some years and due to my age wondered if there were any financial implications I needed to be aware of.  Some of the questions I needed answers to were:  if I sold could I borrow money again i.e. get a mortgage for another property —would the banks lend to me and how much would they be prepared to lend and for how long?  The older my age I think it realistic that the maximum term of a new mortgage must somewhat lessen.   Taking out a 30 year mortgage at the age of 58 somehow doesn’t add up — do the maths — 58 years plus 30 years = 88 years….ouch!  Would this add up to a lender? Would they consider this a risk, a high risk? It was time to ask some serious questions from someone who knows their stuff.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Fiz: Follow your passion!

Last week I put in a plug for the African Children’s Choir which has been touring Australia and has a concert this coming Saturday night on the Sunshine Coast This week, get to know the woman who is organising the choir’s visit to the Sunshine Coast: Yvonne Corstorphin—musical director of the Cool Harmonies Community Choir, Zumba Gold instructor, and terrifically BOLD!

Yvonne is someone who has followed her passion, and she inspires me to keep following my interests and see where they lead me. I hope she inspires you too!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Fiz: soul food
I feel as though I have had a huge dose of soul food, listening to Collusion Chamber Orchestra and other musos in the little hall at Eudlo, one of our small hinterland towns here on the Sunshine Coast.  I loved the intimacy of the setting—the country-town feel of the place; the creative energy—people sharing of themselves; but also the excellence—that only comes from a mixture of talent, love and hard work. The concerts—there is a series of them throughout the year—are just another reason to enjoy living where I do.

I think I have already written about my delight in walking along the beach; and this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, I am particularly thrilled that I am here at the Sunshine Coast. I am thrilled because it is just the right place to remember JLR, a local bloke, a surfie, who died 42 years ago on the Monday of the long weekend. He was my husband for such a short time. And what I like is, even though I loved again, he is not forgotten because our time together is part of who I am.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Fiz: the Melbourne bond

There is nothing like a bit of big city fun! I totally love living at the beach and having a kangaroo hop through my yard at night but it is also great to be where things are happening—the energy and vibrancy of a city.  My son’s fiancĂ©e (is this term still used?  Nowadays, ‘partner’ seems to cover most versions of being one half of a couple) and I are doing Melbourne for a few days while my son is there attending a post-graduate workshop at RMIT. 

I am chuffed that Jodi wants to hang out with me. She has never been to Melbourne before and I am enjoying showing her my favourite haunts and discovering new ones together.  It is a time of getting to know each other in a one-on-one female-type of way. I am grateful for this opportunity as the relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is notoriously tricky and I want us to get off to a good start. I want to get to know Jodi as she is herself so I understand her and my son better as a couple.

But to be honest, the reason