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  1. Blue's Clues
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    23 December 2020 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi all,

    Small and recent memory for me. A quiet moment in my day, around 5am, before work. I had my birds with me, and a live stream on YouTube of a remote reef somewhere with fish swimming around as a peaceful augmentation to the stillness and the quiet of the early morning. My back was hurting and I had a little time before I had to leave, so I decided to do some bridging exercises the physio gave me for back pain. They are done by lying down with my knees up and my hands flat beside me, and lifting my backside up for a few seconds before settling back down. As I did this for twenty or so repetitions, Sir Pecks (my firstborn birdie) made himself comfy on my stomach and had a ride. He seemed to be having a great time, cute little guy.

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  2. Croix
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    23 December 2020 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Dear Blue~

    Thank you for that, Sir Pecks is a lovable character and it is a fitting way to get your mind on something to enjoy. I hope you back felt better too.

    I too have memories of birds, but different. I remember as a lad the crows coming in at dusk into the oak trees outside my bedroom window, calling to each other and rustling until settled.

    Raucous to some, but to me a signal all was right in the world as it went dark.

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  3. Doolhof
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    25 December 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hello Everyone,

    Speaking of birds and pet ones, we had chooks as children and ducks. My sister had a pet chook she would dress up in dolls clothes and take to the shops in a dolls pram or with a string tied to one leg.

    Our drake used to play chasey with is in the garden. He would also came inside the doggie door early in the morning and quack at us if we have not been out early enough to feed him.

    We had some chooks here and I really enjoyed their company in the garden. One used to hide under a bush when it was time to go back to their yard. Another would just stand quietly waiting for me to dig up the bugs for her instead of her scratching herself.

    Cheers all from Dools

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    25 December 2020 in reply to Doolhof

    Awww that's so cute your sister dressed her pet chook up and put her in a pram! LOL!

    Pets are such great company.

    It's Christmas Day and I woke before dawn... just enjoying the FIRST Christmas morning in a long time that I haven't been shaken awake by excited children.

    My cat was the first "person" lol to give me a HUGE Long cuddle this morning!
    And he's not quite a cuddly cat, so he knew.

    Then our rescue poodle came out all "prancy dancy" lol bec he's had a bath, been to the groomers lately AND seen the vet.
    I KNOW he's thinking "Yah I'm being treated like a REAL poodle now guys, ABOUT TIME!"

    He's so excited that ALL the kids are home, I could hear him bed hopping during the night, he's prancing remember? LOL.

    Fed the chickens already, they were having a sleep in for once!

    LOVE MY PETS. I can't imagine a time I won't have a pet or 5 or more.

    Hope you have a great day at work today Dools and that the LUNCH IS AWESOME!

    Merry Christmas wonderful lady.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!
    Love EM

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    25 December 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi EM,

    Thanks for the Christmas wishes. Love the story about your poodle!

    Merry Christmas to you too.

    Cheers from Dools.

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  6. Croix
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    25 December 2020 in reply to Doolhof

    Dear Dools and EM~

    Thank you for your memories, they are cheerful distractions in their own right, but also remind me, when talking of chooks and Christmas

    (I apologize if I've mentioned this before, put it down to the lengthy distance from my birth-date:)

    We had a Christmas nativity scene in our house, not surprising as it was the rectory and my father the vicar. A large and realistic portrayal the stable complete with the babe in the manger surrounded by parents, a donkey and other animals and three gentlemen from elsewhere bearing gifts.

    It was a most excellent scene and was lit be a bulb in the stable roof.

    I remember getting into trouble as I'd placed a small piece of brown mud strategically under the donkey's tail.

    We also kept cooks, and for no reason anyone could fathom once layed eggs right then in the middle of winter, a most unusual event.

    As the hen house was not the warmest place we took the eggs and brought them inside, putting them in box on a towel and then took the lamp from the nativity scene and used it to warm the box.

    Back then lamp bulbs were in short supply.

    Amazingly it worked, almost all the eggs hatched and brought forth chicks which had to be fed and cleaned (I was too young to be entrusted with these chores).

    A complete success, if unexplained. The nativity scene was reduced to daylight only . By Easter they were chickens and had been acquainted with the hen house for some time

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  7. Doolhof
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    26 December 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix and Hi to All,

    Such a lovely memory of the nativity and the chook laying eggs out of season. I'm sure there are lots of funny stories about children acting out the Nativity play. I am sure You Tube has some funny moments as well.

    I have some new happy memories to hold on to from this Christmas.

    Mum was able to come and join us. Unlike so many people I celebrated Christmas with family.

    A friend dropped of a gift of a plant at my work place, which really made me smile and feel full of joy when I arrived at work Christmas Day.

    Some of the people gave me lovely Christmas Greetings as they came in the door and one of the staff came and sat with me at lunch time which I greatly appreciated.

    On the way home from family last night we drove around and looked at some Christmas lights.

    Lots of happy memories for Christmas!

    Cheers all from Dools

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    12 January 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi all,

    One of my earliest memories that I treasure... a baking hot Australian summer where the air shimmers near the ground with the heat... a country house all made by hand cut timbers... daub in the gaps in the walls between the planks... timber shingles on the roof... a single tap in the kitchen the water gravity fed from a raised water tank... a large stone fireplace taking up most of one wall in the kitchen with a wood fire stove alight despite the summer heat... no electricity it's dark & cool inside... the only light through a small window above the tap... an underground cellar (reached through trap door) to keep things cool... a large family size table with an assortment of wooden chairs filling the centre space... a green plaid sofa against one wall... stuffed with horse hairs that poke through the shiny & slippery cloth to poke into little legs...

    Even though I was very young I understood we were visiting family... that there were rules of behaviour for visitors grown ups & children alike... we had come a long way to get to this house... occupied by an old man who was a stranger to me... I can still remember after the saying hello my sister & I were settled on the couch & my amazement when mum went to the tap, filled the kettle & put it on the fire as though she was at home in this strange kitchen...

    The old man was small & wizened... bent over with bandy legs... he had a pipe clamped in his mouth... with a continuous wreath of smoke around his head... despite the heat he wore a home knitted dun coloured cardigan over the braces holding his trousers up... I was very wary of him... but with his quiet, gentle scottish burr he won me over with his offer to show me his buggy for going into town... my clearest memory isn't his overall appearance... it's of the smell of pipe smoke emanating from the sleeve of his cardigan... the feel of his hand as he took mine in his... his hand smooth like polished wood.. joints swollen on fingers of skin & bones...as he gently held my hand I had a sense of safety... security... & complete trust as we wandered across the yard to his big shed & the wonders within.

    It was the only time I remember visiting... perhaps I had been taken there as a baby I don't know... it was the last visit to that house... the old man passed later that year.

    My only memory of my grandpa & much treasured.

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  9. Croix
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    12 January 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Dear Paw Prints~

    You have conjured up a most vivid and gentle tale from your past. One with love.

    Your grandpa must have been lovey, and had the empathy and love to show what must have been an awkward kid a thing of interest.

    It's not a bad legacy to leave behind, that impression he made on you.

    It's funny the things that register in your mind, I vividly remember my Tide (Welsh grandfather) plucking pigeons for the pot and showing me how to do it. Then the smell of them roasting.

    Croix.

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  10. clown of mine
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    17 January 2021
    my dog is under 2 kg and today we met a dog same weight range and it was hilarious best day ever my dog is lonely for dog love and dog stuff so hopefully they ring us soon
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  11. Croix
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    17 January 2021 in reply to clown of mine

    Dear clown of mine~

    Mrs C takes FoxyDog for a walk every day, sometimes I go too if it is a short one by the riverbank. Foxy does not like those so much as she is on a lead to stop her chasing ducks.

    Other places she can be let free and immediately heads for other dogs to get antiquated. She now has a collection of of freinds she meets regularly and they all tear around having fun.

    Dog company with other dogs is obviosly something special and good for them.

    I hope those people ring soon so you see them again

    Croix

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    24 January 2021 in reply to Croix
    Hi everyone,

    Thank you yet again for this thread Croix. It is a comfort to read.

    Just a little memory from yesterday that made me feel good.

    I sat on our red swing seat on the verandah with Cookie the rescue kookaburra. Hubby calls her my emotional support animal, I think he's right.

    She likes to sit on my chest and snuggle up just under my chin with her good eye peering out. Yesterday I was swinging the seat slowly and absently patting her when I realised she was fast asleep.

    It's a nice feeling when a wild animal decides to trust you.

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  13. Weaponsofmassdisstortion
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    26 February 2021 in reply to monkey_magic
    This summer past; Snorkelling in the ocean. Every time I go snorkelling I think to myself: I have seen it all, I doubt the ocean will surprise me this time. And almost every single time, I am proven wrong.
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    13 March 2021 in reply to Weaponsofmassdisstortion

    Dear WMDisstortn~

    Apologies for taking so long to respond, I've been away.

    I can picture you, and think that not only are you right about the infinite variety of the sea, but also on the few occasions I attempted snorkeling I found I was immersed in a new and completely separate world, with no links to normal life and my anxieties and troubles. It was alien and absorbing.

    I'm sure if you are like me it will have done you good and I hope you get many more occasions to be in the sea again

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    14 March 2021 in reply to Croix

    Thanks to Covid, my sister has been working from home. We try to go walking together a couple of times a month.

    We are creating happy memories together. I like to take photos on my phone while we are pout so I can look back on them and remember the beauty of nature.

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    19 April 2021 in reply to Doolhof
    I have been thinking of happy memories in my shop. I remember the day a friend I hadn’t seen for over 40 years came I to my shop. We were both surprised .
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    19 April 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Dear Quirky and all~

    Thank you for that , I hope that shop continues to give you happy memories, I'm sure htey are there, just a matter of being able to see them.

    My one goes on just about every day. Mrs C normally goes to bed before me and props herself up on a huge mound of pillows to look at something particularly edifying (like the Royal Family for instance) on her iPad

    I'll see Sumo cuddled up to her on his back, gravely watching the screen and purring, in feline heaven.

    Then later when I come to bed he will stump over and drape himself across my feet and go to sleep. It feels rather like a sandbag has been dumped there.

    Sumo's idea of sharing I guess.

    Pets make a house a home

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  18. Shelll
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    Lately I have been thinking about buying a beautiful covered book, maybe a leather one with lined blank pages.

    I was skimming the pages in a book I was reading with a title something like "upward Spiral"... ( Needed to take it back to the library) Anyway it mentioned writing down our happy memories, so I thought of this thread.

    I have written on here before. Anyway it got me thinking of why it may be a good idea to write down our happy memories.

    As sometimes I think along these lines ( when I am struggling) "life is awful", "I hate it" and it so challenging to see anything happy about it. And I can get so very sad, discouraged, in despair and not see anything good, whether in the past, present and sometimes in the future. Get stuck in the gloom, I guess. And I absolutely hate that place.

    And at the moment I desire to think upon whatever is lovely, whatever is pure.

    So if I had my personal "happy memories" book. I could read my entries easily. And if this book was physically beautiful to look at and feel. Well that would be lovely and beautiful. So yeah. And the writings inside of my happy memories would also be special and beautiful to me.

    I think I need to remind myself often that indeed I have experienced the emotions of happy and even peaceful. Tell myself the truth here.

    So now I am on the search for a beautiful blank lined book.

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    9 July 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    I really like your idea of a Happiness Book. I was given a small book with drawings in it and room to write as well. I used that as a Gratitude Journal and enjoyed colouring the drawings as well, so a bit of thankfulness writing and creativity together.

    Hope you find a book you will enjoy writing in!

    Cheers from Dools

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    I love this idea of remembering happy memories, I really don't do this often enough:

    One of my favourite memories was going to Tokyo Disneyland in 2018 with my partner. It was his first trip overseas! We went on our 2nd anniversary. It was a perfect day, the weather was sunny and warm too. We got matching hats- he got a Goofy one and I got a green alien one. We ended the night by watching the fireworks from the castle. I yearn to go back!

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    10 July 2021 in reply to missep123

    Dear missep123~

    The idea of having memories that highlight the singular treasured events with the person you love is not something just confined to mental health , I believe it is there for most folks.

    My first wife, who was not subject to any MH issues, treasured our visit to a well known harbor revolving restaurant on our first anniversary. I still have the matchbox with our photo on it (a promotion of the venue) and do gaze at our happy faces. A wonderful tme.

    I'm hoping to repeat the process in the next week or so as it is near the 25th anniversary of my marriage to my current wife (sadly my original love passed away).

    I think it is something to do with sharing, as you would know. Thank you for sharing.

    Croix

    I'm hopeing this to will become a sort of milesotone for us

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    Hi Croix!

    I really like how you described happy memories- I like to come back on this thread as it really does give me happiness to reflect on my own and everyone else's memories!

    That memory sounds beautiful Croix, I'm sorry to hear of their passing but I truly see a lot of strength and vulnerability in your post!

    I wish you a happy 25th anniversary to your current wife! That is a huge milestone. I hope that you are able to celebrate it!

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  23. mmMekitty
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    Thanks Croix, for the link to this.

    I would like to tell you all the fun Mekitty and I had. This is one of the best:

    When I bought some food, the bigger dry food chunks to help keep her teeth clean, and I thought, get her some exercise too, so I held a piece in my hand, waved it about and got her attention. Then, I chucked it, often through the doorway into the next room, saying, "Fetch, Mekitty!"

    It might ping off the window or wall, or wardrobe, (I can't se where I am aiming), and , off she would go. I would hear her little bell jingle then stop. Then, crunch, crunch, sounding as if she is cracking small stones.

    She did not find all of them immediately. Later, in the middle of the night, I would hear from under my bed, crunch, crunch...

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    15 September 2021 in reply to mmMekitty
    mmMekitty you are a wonderful writter! I love the way you describe the adventures with Mekitty. That reminds me of some of my happiest memories which come from reading books! I love to read, especially re-reading childhood classics makes me happy happy happy!
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    15 September 2021 in reply to Miz

    Dear All~

    Miz: I too love books, and one memory I have, I really don't know if it is gratitude, relief or happiness.

    I was in a psych ward and the other people there were getting me down, a miserable place. Then a psych nurse -who was not in the same group as me, noticed I was not progressing and went home and brought back an adolescent's fantasy and simply gave it to me.

    It was a wise choice, as my concentration -and ability to read - had both taken a nose-dive.

    That book held my short ability to concentrate, as just about every line had a pun or play on words. I'd always loved language and those witticisms as much as the plot kept me mastering more and more lines.

    Eventually I've reached the stage of speed-reading I had before, but still go back to that book and enjoy it all over again, as I do other favorites. It is a beneficial escape.

    mmMekitty

    Did you discover how Sumo Cat got his name? -it's early on in this thread. Actually he is busy supervising me right now (with both eyes closed) on his special plush blanket by my left elbow as I sit here typing in front of the wood fire.

    Croix

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    15 September 2021 in reply to Croix

    Croix, didn't you know, cats do their supervising with their whiskers?

    I have search for the origin of the great Sumo Cat's name, but did not find it.

    Before I got Mekitty, I was feeling desperate to hve a cat. I realised I had to prepare my flat first, especially to get rid of a lot of old crap, just to make room enough and for safety's sake. While, with help, I did that, I kept thinking, as if I was looking for something which had gone missing "where's me kitty, where's me kitty". Before I ever saw her, I had named her, Mekitty. I saw her Saturday morning, January 23, 2010, on RSPCA website. She was already two months old.

    That's Mekitty! No doubt about it, even though they called her Christine. She looked as if she wanted to be further away from the camera, but a wall would not allow her to lean back any more than she was. I wonder how they get the animals to stay still, as if posing for portrait pictures. It was never easy with Mekitty.

    I had to travel a fair distance to where she was, not wanting to wait, going by taxi.

    The RSPCA provided me with a bag of (expensive) food, adoption pagers, vaccination and had her little operation so recently she still had stitches. I had to take her to my Local Vet the following Monday.

    She did not enjoy the travelling.

    She hid in my flat. I looked everywhere. My anxiety getting the better of me, to the point when I thought she had only been my imaginary cat, not real at all. I phoned a friend I knew then. I was so scared, she was lost, caught where she could not get out, or outside somehow, or, somehow not real.

    Eventually, after looking around again, I found her, under my bed, backed up as far into the corner against the walls there - sleeping.

    Bringing her home, those years I had her, all the fun, which I will recall here, was so good, did me a whole lot of good.

    ***

    Mekitty would wake me up by walking along the length of my body, from my toes to my head. When she arrived she would "Meow!" right in my ear.

    & thinking of books, listening to audiobooks is like speed-reading for me. I have heard a couple thousand since, hmm, 2003? I think. I have re-read a lot too. Terry Pratchett's are often wonderful fun, how he played and explored so many ideas and social constructs and still had room for utter silliness, all woven so finely, as a tapestry of words.

    mmM

    I'll be back -Schwarzenegger. Just the way he delivered the line is worth remembering!

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    16 September 2021 in reply to Miz

    Thanks Miz

    Writing is something I like to work on. In late 2005 I went along to a Writing Workshop for people who were blind or had low vision. I was so nervous. Thinking I was going to not write anything or worse, something 'bad', as in not written well in any sense, and I would be embarrassed and humiliated. But I had decided, a decision set in concrete, I was going to try. I wanted to get my writing 'active' again. I needed to.

    I met a wonderful woman, who was facilitating the workshop. She had thoughtfully prepared the exercises we would do. She had people there who would, if asked, read, or write for us, as required, what we wanted. I could still write using pen and paper. Some were using braille, some using a small voice recorder, and a few asked someone to scribe for them.

    I was not able to read my writing aloud. Too nervous, I could not raise my voice.

    One of the exercise was to paying attention to this exact moment. Using our senses, all you could sense, inside and out. What are you aware of, and use that to begin your writing.

    I took a couple minutes to think, to focus, (but I am not writing about my feelings!)

    It was a hot November day, my stocking socks were irritating. I wanted something to eat. I had a capsicum...

    Some people like apples; I like capsicums, so, maybe that 's weird?

    So, I wrote: my crunchy munchy capsicum, yum, yum, yum, so crisp and juicy in my tum, tum, tum...

    Something silly, like that, they will laugh at me. I don't know if I want them to read it. But when it was read, the laughing did not sound like derision. The wonderful facilitator was smiling, enjoying my spontaneity, the fun of it, and observed it really was in the moment.

    After the workshop ended, and I heard some good writers, and met some, too, and we got to talking about how we would like to do this sort of thing again.

    And our writing group was born. The facilitator became the group's facilitator, intending to only do that until we got ourselves established and created our own facilitator. Never happened.

    That was a good day, great memories. And some very good writing came out of that group.

    I learned many things. One of the most important was to begin with first thoughts, no censoring what I want to write, and no critiquing; that comes later when editing and redrafting. Immediately, I was learning to set aside thoughts of whether what I was writing was good or bad, right or wrong, worth writing or not. I was writing; that's the important thing.

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    16 September 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    Hi mmMekitty,

    I think that's so wonderful! What a great happy memory.

    I really liked what you said about writing down first thoughts, not censoring what you write and no critiquing. When I try to journal I find that even then I am trying to write in an appealing rather than authentic way!

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    17 September 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    Dear mmMeKitty~

    I'm afraid I've no time to write this evening, however you did say

    "I have search for the origin of the great Sumo Cat's name, but did not find it"

    If you go to the page one of this thread using this link

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/permalink/qltLoXHzvGGEbv8AAOnT_A

    you will see my post of 31 January 2017 entitled "The Household" there

    Incidentally Sumo does indeed have a very fine set of whiskers

    Croix

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    20 September 2021 in reply to Croix

    I felt like storing a happy memory here today:

    One day last summer, my partner and I were in the city. We had a wonderful day- walking around, the sun was shining, ate amazing food and looked around at a few shops. We were waiting at the bus stop to go home but then we decided to spontaneously take the bus which was going to the zoo instead! I still remember it vividly now. It is such a happy memory for me.

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