Tuesday, 14th of September 2021

More and more cases appear in Wollongong as well as in Shellharbour and all over the Illawarra, also the DELTA cases all over Sydney have not stopped yet.

I had been hoping to have a few birthday guests on my beautiful deck. Yes, I had so hoped, that a few outside guests would be allowed to come! But no, having a few guests I must now forget about a bit longer.

My youngest great-granddaughter, Evie Rose, who turned two only yesterday, I have not seen for a while. And my eldest granddaughter, Natasha, who turned 30 last Saturday, I could not see either. Alexander Robert, great-grandson number five, is going to be 7 in two weeks on Monday. I already missed the birthday of Lucas, great-grandson number four, who turned 9 last July.

I would also love very much to see our friend Sylvia for her birthday on Tuesday, the 27th of September. Sylvia was born in 1957 in Germany, the same year that our Gaby was born. Their birthdays were only a few weeks apart. In 1959, we lived in Balgownie Hostel in Fairy Meadow. Gaby’s second birthday on the 28th of August was celebrated in the Hostel, and little Sylvia was one of the guests! So we have known Sylvia and Christa, her mother, for that long. Sylvia’s father used to be a workmate of Peter’s. Sadly, both he and Peter are dead now.

I have seen Christa and Sylvia a few times before the lockdown. They did sit beside me at Peter’s funeral celebrations. And they invited me to spend Christmas Day with them at their place. Both live together in Wollongong. Because of the lockdown, I cannot see them right now. And they cannot come to Dapto to see me. They have not been able yet to see my beautiful new deck. All my outside area looks so different now. All I can do is this, that I can write an email to Sylvia for her upcoming birthday.

I wonder when some of my family will finally be allowed to visit me! So far, only Monika, who does some caring work for me, was able to see my deck and the refurbished outside area. No one else of my family has been visiting yet. But I do get twice one hour weekly home help. The home help wears a mask when she enters the house to do some cleaning, and she usually does a few things outside a well. I am so lucky, that I do get a bit of home help!

Some of my neighbours could already take a glance at the deck. I think it made quite an impression on them. When I meet my neighbours outside, I wear a mask and I do insist on social distancing. Since we are in lockdown, we do not enter each others houses. But there is plenty of room to meet in the common area surrounding the ten free standing villas.

And as I said before, I just love to go for walks with my rollator in the neighbouring park. I am so lucky that I can spend so much time outside in beautiful fresh air. I cannot drive and I have no car. So lovely daughter Monika is helping me by doing some weekly shopping for me. I feel blessed, that I do not have to enter any shops right now.

Diary, Saturday, September, 11th 2021

Today Monika’s daughter Natasha, my eldest granddaughter, turns 30.

On Monday, September 13th 2021, my youngest great-granddaughter Evie Rose, turns two!

Evie Rose is the daughter of Monika’s daughter Roxanne. Roxy is going to turn 29 on January 1st in 2022.

Natasha wanted to celebrate this birthday with a lot of people.

Unfortunately, because of the lockdown in Shellharbour, NSW, all celebrations are off right now.

A special Birthday in 2014

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  1. catterel EditMany happy returns of the day, Uta. Thatlooks like a really lovely celebration. May you be abundantly blessed xxReply
  2. stacylynngittleman Edithave a happy birthday and many more in good health!Reply
  3. cardamone5 EditHappy birthday!Reply
  4. Pocket Perspectives EditHappy, Happy Birthday, Uta!!!! Reply
  5. gerard oosterman EditHappy Birthday Uta from us at Bowral.
    Gerard & Helvi.“Lang zal ze leven” Hiep Hiep Hoera!Reply
  6. berlioz1935 EditI think you had a really great day. Here is a little musical treat from Indiahttps://www.youtube.com/embed/FWbRuUE5E9M?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparentReply
    1. auntyuta EditI love this musical treat from India. Thank you for this, Peter. Yes, I had a really great day and I thank everyone for their good wishes to my 80th birthday. Thank you very much for all your comments!Reply
  7. Team Oyeniyi EditHappy Birthday!!Reply
    1. auntyuta EditThank you, Robyn! Reply
  8. The Emu EditMy apologies for a very late acknowledgement of a great milestone in your life
    May your birthday year bring you much happiness, and beautiful recollections of the love of your family, and all those who have been privileged to be a part of your life.
    Kindest regards
    Ian and AnaReply
    1. auntyuta EditThank you so much, Ian and Ana, for your lovely wishes . Yes, I regard this birthday as a great milestone! 
      Have a great week!
      Love, UtaReply
  9. Holistic Wayfarer EditPhotos are simply beautiful. I trust it was a special day with loved ones. I am so happy to see more comments on your blog.Love,
    DianaReply
    1. auntyuta EditIt was for me a very special day indeed, Diana. Thank you so much for commenting.
      Love,
      Uta

Burqas Under the Bed – Fabricated Fear for the New Millennium

auntyutaUncategorized  September 23, 2014 

I think Jenni’s blog is well written with good links. Well worth reading to get a picture where we are at in Australia.

Unload and Unwind

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Well it seems as if the new boogeyman of the 21st century is fully established.  Instead of drumming up fear and paranoia at the idea of Reds Under the Bed as was done in the past our governments have now determined that all our fear focused hate should be turned in the direction of those who follow the Muslim faith.  In short we should all fear the ‘Burqa Under the Bed‘ [courtesy of Yvette Scholtmeyer].

Regardless of the political tap dancing our world leaders use to present the idea that they are only interested in those who are extremist in their faith to the point of violence against others the facts are that they have stirred up a mighty brew of xenophobic fear and hatred.  How easy it is to cast stones at those whose beliefs differ to ours especially when we do little…

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auntyutaUncategorized  September 23, 2014 

I think Jenni’s blog is well written with good links. Well worth reading to get a picture where we are at in Australia.

Unload and Unwind

reds-under-the-beds-omg-commies-mommy-politics-1354105987

Well it seems as if the new boogeyman of the 21st century is fully established.  Instead of drumming up fear and paranoia at the idea of Reds Under the Bed as was done in the past our governments have now determined that all our fear focused hate should be turned in the direction of those who follow the Muslim faith.  In short we should all fear the ‘Burqa Under the Bed‘ [courtesy of Yvette Scholtmeyer].

Regardless of the political tap dancing our world leaders use to present the idea that they are only interested in those who are extremist in their faith to the point of violence against others the facts are that they have stirred up a mighty brew of xenophobic fear and hatred.  How easy it is to cast stones at those whose beliefs differ to ours especially when we do little…

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  1. Jenni Thanks for the re-blog – it’s good to see that people understand how badly we are being manipulated.Reply
    1. auntyuta Since I just turned 80. Jenni, I can remember what it was like in Germany under the Nazi regime. How relieved we were when there was peace and freedom after World War Two!Reply
      1. Jenni EditIt’s too easy to forget just how much things can go wrong when people don’t speak out and just let things go until it reaches a point when it is no longer possible to speak out. History paints a very clear picture of what such actions bring but humanity just can’t seem to learn from the past. Frustrating is too mild a word for it but fortunately due to the internet those who want to speak out have a voice those in the past didn’t have access to. Although I’m pretty sure the Abbott government is taking steps to tighten control over social media.
      2. auntyuta EditMy goodness, Jenni, you seem to think on much the same wave length. – Yes, luckily the internet can be used to make our views known – Well, so far it is possible. Thanks for that. 
  2. likeitiz EditThis is very sad to read about, Aunty Uta.By the way, my nephew, who went to live in Sydney for a year of training for his company, is back here on vacation. He says he’s enjoying his life in Sydney.Reply
    1. auntyuta EditSydney has become very expensive but we love to go there for a visit. You can find some very enjoyable places in Sydney. 
      Thanks for commenting, dear Mary-Ann. Who knows where we are going in future?Reply
      1. likeitiz EditBTW, my daughter just got engaged. Her boyfriend of 7 years has proposed. I feel that they are still young, but what the heck! It’s not my life. Guess what! He was born in Washington D.C. but when he was barely 2 years old, his parents moved to Sydney. He came back to study at Stanford University for college and that’s where he met my daughter! Small world, Aunty!And yes, he has an Australian accent.
      2. auntyuta EditAmazing, Mary-Ann. Such a small world! 
  3. gerard oosterman Australia would be better of looking at our rate of youth unemployment which is almost 15%. They are spending 500.000.000.- a year on exercising their pyrotechnical toys bombing far away sandy countries.
    On top of that billions on keeping a few boat people away by the Australian defence Force and keeping them locked up in detention/jails.
    With that money they could have kept our manufacturing motor industry and other large employers of people.
    It is no wonder the young are disillusioned and seek adventure and excitement elsewhere.Reply
    1. auntyuta I totally agree, Gerard, the money is not spent the way it should be spent. I say, this is very sad state of affairs. It shows that our so called democracy is not working very well. So far it does not effect me personally. I have a good life and nothing to complain about. Still, this does not make me happy go lucky. It is so terrible to think about how more and more people in our own society have no prospects, absolutely none. What causes are the young ones going to fight for? I don’t like it.I am officially old now for I am 80; but all this makes me frightened for future generations. Even for well off people there is eventually going to be less and less security in this kind of a world. As Jenni says: ” . . . . humanity just can’t seem to learn from the past.”The years when government did not seem to do too much wrong, are long gone. Now they are making more and more mistakes, the same mistakes that had been done by other generations in other countries. Do they learn from the mistakes of the past? Of course not. All their actions are being rationalised to make people believe they do the right thing. And so it goes. . . . .Reply
  4. stuartbramhall  Great find. Thanks for sharing. I see Abbott is copying Obama’s and Bush’s old trick of scaring people to death to keep them from seeing how incompetent he is.Reply
  5. Team OyeniyiThank you for the introduction to Jenni! Love her work!Reply
    1. auntyuta EditI love it too, Robyn. Yes, she does good work.I am glad that you love it.

To Gaby: 28 August 1957 – 2012

You were a rare and beautiful flower !

Dear Gaby,


today 55 years ago you were born. When I heard the good news in the early hours of that day in 1957 I cried with happiness for you and your Mum. I wish you were still here so I could congratulate you for the good life that you lived, despite fate having given you a massive hurdle to overcome. But you did it !!! You put us all to shame with your zest for life. This zest for life you shared with the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe whose birthday you shared too. Here is what he wrote and you will understand, because you felt the same:

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

Wasn’t that you? You spread the “good climate” and shared your attitude to life with the rest of us. Your birth and your life was a gift to us from the creator as the meaning of your name is “God gives Strength”. When we chose your name we must have subconsciously foreseen what would become of you.Your life was a gift to us. Thank you for having been Gabriele, our Gaby. We love and remember you for the rest of our lives.

A beautiful life

This is a blog that Peter wrote in 2012 and I copied it in memory of Gaby and Peter.

Diary continued for August 24

Thought of August 2021

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First of all I nearly had a meltdown again after breakfast when I heard the News Headlines on the radio. But more about this later.

I came across the website of Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this morning and found it so impressive that I published a link to it!

I found out this morning that Amruta gave me yesterday a like button to this post: https://auntyuta.com/2021/07/22/thousands-pay-last-respects-to-dutch-reporter-peter-de-vries/

So, I want to stop here now. Maybe I’ll publish another post later in the day.

Diary

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https://www.mit.edu/about/

The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through educationresearch, and innovation. We are fun and quirky, elite but not elitist, inventive and artistic, obsessed with numbers, and welcoming to talented people regardless of where they come from.

MIT’s motto is “mens et manus,” or “mind and hand,” signifying the fusion of academic knowledge with practical purpose.

MIT’s motto is “mens et manus,” or “mind and hand,” signifying the fusion of academic knowledge with practical purpose.

Childhood Prayers, a Copy!

I love early mornings. Waking up early always seems exciting to me. Here in Australia the nights are getting rather cold now as we are approaching winter. These days when I wake up at five it is still dark outside. Sometimes I think it is better not to get up straight away. So I may tell myself to stay in bed for one more hour or so. Occasionally I am still a bit tired and go back to sleep after a little while. But usually I stay awake the whole time, lying in bed thinking about what I plan for the day or perhaps saying a few prayers. Often I remember my childhood prayers!

The family I grew up in was not very religious. During my whole childhood I remember being taken to church only once. This was for a service on Christmas Eve in 1943. Lots of familiar Christmas songs were being sung then. I thought this was wonderful!

Now what about prayers? Strangely enough there are some childhood prayers that I often remember when I wake up early in the morning. Then I am that child again who was being told to say these prayers before going to sleep.

The first prayer I learned was just saying that I am small and my heart is pure with only Jesus in it.

When I was a bit older I learned another prayer. saying that I was tired,  closing my eyes and asking the Lord to watch over my bed.

Mum also told me to ask God for the protection of all my loved ones. In the reciting of all the names there was always Dad included who was on the Eastern Front at this time of WW II.

Here are the prayers as I remember them in German:

“Ich bin klein,
mein Herz ist rein;
soll niemand drin wohnen
als Jesus allein.”

or

“Müde bin ich geh’ zur Ruh
schliesse beide Augen zu.
Vater lass die Augen dein
über meinem Bette sein.”

And I would say:

“Lieber Gott, behüte Mutti und Vati, Bodo und Peter, Tante Ilse, die Omi und Renate und alle die ich lieb habe.”

I wrote and published the above on May 3, 2014

Meeting my Friends while Strolling in the Park

I have lots and lots of friends in the park. There are probably hundreds around close to my humble abode. I keep thinking I should really count all these friends and remember everyone’s pecularities. But so far I haven’t attempted yet to count them all. There is a cluster of them right between a few soccer fields. These are my special friends, and I know them pretty well. But I don’t really know exactly how many there are. I assume there would be at least one dozen, maybe more in that cluster.

What would I say to them, if I could talk to them? I might perhaps say the following: I love it, that you are there. I thank you for letting me hug you. I wish you a very, very long life. I love you so much!

https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au/explore/sport-and-recreation/sportsgrounds/list-of-sportsgrounds/lakelands-oval

Lakelands Oval, Dapto

Status: Open

Status last changed: 13 Jul 2021 9:16am

Location: Lakelands Drive, Dapto

A beautiful Morning again

I love the early mornings, when the sun is just coming up again. I have a SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE in the oven. This is one of my favorite meals! 🙂

This meal is meant to be for one person, but it lasts me for two meals because I have a few extra things on the side.

After breakfast I’ll be going for a stroll in the beautiful and usually extremely deserted park at the back of my house. I have frequent breaks, especially when I’ve been walking a bit too fast for, I get easily out of breath.

When I have a break, I can sit on one of the park benches, or I just sit on my rollator seat for a while in the middle of one soccer field or close to some trees. There are dozens and dozens of great trees spread out all over the park! 🙂

I am so lucky that I have such a wonderful environment in these awful lockdown times. Can’t see my children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren. One daughter can usually give me some essential help about once a week. However, I insist on social distancing. So sad!

Whether she is now allowed to continue seeing me for essential help is doubtful for she lives about ten kilometers away! Maybe she needs some special permission from now on. We don’t know yet.

So, now I’ll go and enjoy my all heated up SPAGHETTI BOLOGNAISE! 🙂