Sunday, June 20, 2010


 Double Expresso Irish Coffee


Double Expresso Irish Latte

one word .... Scrumdeliumptious!!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thought for Today

Being altruistic does not mean totally rejecting our own interest or neglecting ourselves, this is a misunderstanding. In fact, the kind of altruism that focuses on the well-being of others arises from a very courageous mind, an expansive attitude and a strong sense of self confidence - so much so that the person is capable of challenging the self-cherishing and self-centeredness that tends to rule our lives. ~ Dalai Lama

Thursday, June 10, 2010


"You know, it's not more knowledge, it's not more education, it's not more facts that we need. It's a better use of what we already have that we need to have. You have each and every one of you, within your potential power right now to do a wonderful job in your chosen field - if you would only embrace it and use it." 

Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, 
Author of "Think and Grow Rich"

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." 

Dale Carnegie 1888-1955, Author and Speaker

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What ever happened to manners???

Why is it that people think that they can behave badly or be rude when posting comments or responding to online posts by others??  Just because you are not face to face with a person doesn't give any anyone the right to forget your manners and social ettiquette.

With the evolution of technology and the ability to communicate via many various means, many people seem to have lost sight of the basic skills required.  Social ettiquete now requires "nettiquette" which is the behaviour one should display when using the internet to chat or post messages.

My philosophy is that you should speak to people the way you wish to be spoken to. When it comes down to communicating / social networking it's just the same as sitting in the same room as a group of people only that it is a far larger group and what you say and how you behave is seen by more people.  You are putting yourself out there and what you say or do represents you.  It is important to consider how your comments, statements and behaviour will be perceived. If you want to be heard and respected the proper netiquette is necessary.

Our parents and teachers taught us the the practice of good manners - being polite and helpful, being kind and not aggressive, being mindful of the fact that others may see things differently than ourselves.  Netiquette is no different.  Being polite to others is all the more important on the net because there are no facial expressions tone of voice or body language to help us understand another person, as there is in face to face meetings.
I say ...
  • if you wouldn't say something to someone in person then why be a coward and post it? 
  • if you don't have anything nice to say then DON'T say it at all
  • sometimes saying nothing is better than saying something
Freedom of expression should not be at the expense of good manners.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I shall, I will - I can!!

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it. I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning."

 Mahatma Gandhi1869-1948, Indian Nationalist Leader

Monday, May 3, 2010

How to make an Expresso Martini

Espresso Martini recipes

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
3 oz espresso

Brew espresso fresh. Pour into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes and add other ingredients. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
 Or ... 

1 oz cold espresso
1 1/2 oz Absolut® vodka
1 1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1 oz white creme de cacao

Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into chilled martini glass. It should be somewhat frothy.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Always be true to yourself

"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away." 
  Raymond Hull

Why is it when people meet / fall in love with another that they so hard to change them???  This is something I have trouble coming to grips with.

My understanding is that if you have fallen in love with a person, you have fallen in love with them for who they are, including their quirks, interests and passion for things in life.

All too often these days I see peoples relationships in turmoil or break up because one or the other partner is trying to change the other into what they would like a partner to be.  Why? Why? Why?

My philosophy is that we are all individuals with our own interests, passions and personalities and in a relationship, be it a friendship or a romantic relationship, we should be encouraging and supportive. 

In having individual interests and hobbies, it gives time out when needed and the opportunity to learn, live and grow.  It also gives an opportunity to then be able to share with friends and partners.

Our passions should be fuelled with encouragement and support, not smothered and snuffed out like a candle.   

I say:
  • Don't go into a relationship thinking you can change someone. It's not going to happen.  
  • I don't want someone trying to change me, I don't try to change other people.
  • You have to be able to accept someone unconditionally or the relationship isn`t going to work. You have to ask yourself  "Can I live with it?" If not then you need to move on.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis Joplin

Learn to live with self and you will learn to live with others.
Edgar Cayce

The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.  Eli Khamarov

Farewell Drinks at The Botanic

Expresso Martini - OMG to die for. My new favourite :D

Friday, April 30, 2010

New Beginnings

I have done a lot of soul searching and thinking this week. It is time to declutter and get rid of the negatives that are still lurking and focus on the positives. 

2010 was meant to be a year to start off well for me. Well, four months in and I didn't get the house I was supposed to. The saga with the vendors & mortgage broker continues and the legal battle still looms. That is all out of my hands and I refuse to let it get me down. Karma .. there had to have been a reason this has happened. 

I am looking forward to what the future holds ... new adventures, new housing options (oooo I am excited about this one ;D), but not going to divulge yet as I don't want to jinx it ... watch this space lol


How Addicted to Coffee Are You??

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Untitled @The Robin Hood Hotel Thursday's 7pm :D

Posted via web from Dana's posterous

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Frustration, Friends and Fun

Where to start .. this has been a frustrating week. Still no news on the house front and am busy looking for another house as things are not looking like they going to work in my favour. I am a believer in karma and it will get those who deserve it most!!! Friday the end of the week and the start of a five day weekend for me. What a fun night out with friends. Dinner at Dumpling King in Adelaide's China Town followed by Avenue Q. What a hoot!! A show to be seen by all!! Saturday, a day of rest, lunch at Henley Beach and a nice quiet night ahhhh, followed by a lovely sunny day in Stirling, shared with friends and good music ;-) I had a minor meltdown today and feeling was kinda sorry for myself but things turned around when I went to look at some rentals which were promising. Lots of kind and supportive words by my good friends which made me feel a lot better. Thanks for being so good to me and putting up with me during this time. Tomorrow brings another big day with more houses to look at Australia Day celebrations @ Maria's abode. Fingers crossed that one of these houses has my name on it :-) Keeping as positive as I can ... watch this space for updates.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Today has been a good day. Surprisingly I even had a good day at work ... hmm did I just say that???

Loving the cooler weather and love that my car got a very well deserved wash in the rain. Hmm maybe the cleaning fairy will visit overnight and vaccum the inside.

A little tired and thinking that an early night might be on the cards for me. I need to preserve my energy for what is going to be a very busy but fun end to the week. I love birthdays, always love to celebrate and have fun. It's good to see that my friends are catching up to me hehe

Let's see what tomorrow brings ....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday .. a new week ... a new challenge

Up early this morning ready to face the challenges that face me this week. Determined not to give in I met with the solicitor again to have a final go at negotiating with the Vendors who are being stubborn to say the least. Tomorrow a caveat goes on the property and they would have received correspondence today advising that if they are not willing to negotiate they would be facing civil action. Not only did I meet with the solicitor but the Senior partner of the firm came in to meet me and confirm that I had a very strong case and that the Vendors have been unreasonable in their given timeframes. Woo!!!

My resolution for 2010 - Not to let people walk all over me or take advantage!

Bring it on ... I am ready for the fight!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where did the time go???

Well judging from my last blog 2009 must have been an extremely busy one for me. Not one blog the entire year!! My bad!!

It is now 2010 and hopefully the start of bigger and better things.

2009 didn't end very well for me and so far this year my limits have been pushed to their boundaries.

I sold my house last year and was supposed to move into my new house on 11 December. Due to the incompetance of my original mortgage broker things havent gone to plan and as at today I an still homeless.

I am extremely grateful to my wonderful friends who have been there to support me every step of the way not only in providing me with a bed to sleep in and a roof over my head but also a shoulder to cry on. I consider my girls to be my sisters and my Adelaide family. I would be lost without them.

2010 is going to be a better year for all and I am feeling confident in facing the challenges that lie ahead.

Big thanks to Maria, Charlie, Bruce, Jim and Gerry for being so supportive. I love you guys. You are truly my Adelaide family.



watch this space ......