THE FOLLOWING IS FROM MY DIARY FROM 2011:
“5th of December, our second daughter’s birthday; the youngest daughter’s birthday is coming up in four days. The two girls are exactly twenty years apart!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is Thai Yoga for beginners with Chaija Noradechanunt from the University of Wollongong. In the pamphlet it says:
‘Enjoy stretches, breathing work and relaxation practices in a women only place.’
On Tuesday, the 13th December, is going to be the last class for this year.
I like these Thai Yoga classes. I hope they’re going to continue next year. For the Thai Yoga I go to Coniston, which is two trainstops away from where I live. The Older Women’s Network hire the Community Hall in Coniston for these classes. They say:
‘You’re in good company with Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre. What is a Wellness Centre?
A Wellness Centre provides older women with a different model of health and wellbeing. We offer a holistic approach to improving and maintaining health and coping with illness by providing a variety of choices for healthy living. The Wellness Centre provides an informal, friendly and supportive environment.
We are committed to:
. Flexible, “drop in” attendance
. Learning from each other, as well as from health professionals
. Consumer involvement & participation
‘Social isolation is a threat to the well being and health of us all. As women tend to live longer than men, they are more likely to feel isolated. Being on a limited income further restricts many people and decreases our ability to lead full and productive lives. To enjoy healthy senior years our minds and bodies need to be active and we need to do all we can to ensure we foster a willingness to stay well by keeping active.
An older woman is generally considered to be 50 years and over. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women aged 45 Years and over. All are welcome at the Wellnes Centre.’
Thursdays I usually go to a class here in Dapto. It’s a gentle exercise class with Marta Venegas. This class is to improve core strength and balance. I like these classes. Marta always brings stimulating music along. She sees to it that we keep up with a bit of dancing and also some more serious fitness training. Some of the exercises can be done sitting or standing. This class is breaking up next week. The break lasts to the beginning of February! I must aim at going to the swimming pool more often to maintain some kind of fitness.
My laptop is playing up sometimes. I think I need to take it for another service.”
ON THE 5TH OF DECEMBER I PUBLISHED THE FOLLOWING:
“This week we’re going to celebrate our youngest daughter’s birthday: She’ll turn 33 on Friday. Yesterday another daughter of ours turned 53!
Here is a picture of our lovely baby with me at North Wollongong Beach.
I am 44 in this photo. I think our dog was already 13 or 14 years at the time.”