9. December 2014 (Draft – images coming)

Day 223 Monday 1st December
A huge shout out of gratitude to all the wonderful people who made today so special. To my gorgeous fiancé Karen for everything you’ve done in front and behind the scenes, to Jessica for ringing me during her English class and getting all the kids to sing Happy Birthday to me, to Beth, Matthew, Abby and Sam for organising tea tonight and to Dad, Sarah and Nick for completing the picture with your presence and love. To all my friends who have wished me Happy Birthday in one way or another, thank you  you have all made my day an exceptional one. Love you all

30 Days of Music Writing Challenge
Day 6: Beethoven-Fur Elise

Upon the Ivories

“‘Twas at the ripe old age of two
I made my heartfelt plea,
No dolls or prams or tiny cups
My love was ivory.

A mighty ask from one so young
Alas was not to be,
They didn’t have the music gene
The passion, time or means.

At Leila’s I would disappear
My fingers gently splayed,
Upon the yellowed white and black
I finally learnt to play.

I listened hard and played by heart
A simple tune or two,
The Entertainer, Fur Elise
The Rose to name a few.

It wasn’t very often that
I got a chance to play,
Recorder, strings and flute
Soon filled my every day.

And yet my heart still yearned
To brush the ivories,
To let myself get lost again
In Mozart’s melodies.

In high school stood a poor old soul
Locked in the music hall,
And oft I’d beg to stay awhile
Or just not ask at all.

The old familiar tunes soon came
Into my hands again,
I practiced hard, but teenage angst
A wall between two friends.

School days gone, no cash, no time
No chance that I could see,
Of ever learning how to play
The music locked in me.

And then one day I said enough
The bullet I did bite,
I took myself to lessons
Practiced hard with all my might.

Practiced hard upon a keyboard
Hating every single sound,
But knowing it was all I had
It helped me stand my ground.

Two times I found, pianos old
In hopes they’d be the one,
The first was warped, the second had rot
I thought this can’t be done.

And then one day, a call, a chance
To have my very own,
An old soul, worn and very loved
Would finally grace my home.

I held my hands above the keys
Too scared to make a start,
A dream, not true, could this be real?
If not, a broken heart.

Although untuned the sound was pure
I played a tune or two,
Then broke down crying, 40 years
My wish had just come true.

Today she stands in all her glory
Polished, loved and tuned,
My heart soon gained more confidence
As the music flowed on through.

Sometimes I wish my folks had seen
The gift I held so dear,
And had I been allowed to play
Would’ve been a few less tears.

I’ll never know what could have been
Too old, too slow, these days,
But I’ll be forever grateful
For the chance to finally play.

So if your baby comes to you
With tears upon her face,
And begs for a piano
Please don’t put her in her place.

It might be hard, it might take time
But worth it, it will be,
When her hands light for the first time
Upon the ivories.
© Annie Whitehead 2014


Day 224 Tuesday 2nd December
Today I am grateful for opportunities, resilience and perseverance.

30 Days of Music A Writing Challenge
Day 7: This playlist sucks so first person to read this please comment with a song and I’ll write about it.
Thanks Jodi for this suggestion. A hard one to write about so I hope I can do it justice xx

Ed Sheeran – Small Bump

13 Little Bumps

I was your first your pride and joy,
The start of a new life,
The reason why you and my dad
Became a man and wife.

So many plans, so many dreams
You longed for more like me,
A household full of children
One great big family.

Another baby on its way
But this time not to be,
Heartbroken, pain and suffering
A little soul flown free.

My brother came into the world
Four pound but going strong,
Surely now things will go right
Now nothing will go wrong?

Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten,
Eleven and then twelve,
Rhesus factor killing life
And putting you through hell.

And then at last when hope was lost
A tiny baby girl
She’d be the last to come and fill
The heart ache in your world.

Now you are with your babies
Holding every little one with pride
And I hope the pain of leaving us
Is eased with them by your side.

And I hope my two sweet Angels
Are curled upon your knee
Loved and secure, held warm and tight
Within your family.

Dedicated to my mum, my thirteen brothers and sisters who never made it into this world and to Sean and Rose, my own sweet Angels, who I miss and love every day.
© Annie Whitehead 2014

Day 225 Wednesday 3rd December

Grateful for the opportunity to spend a day with Karen seeing some of the research work being done by Karen and her colleagues at TIA. Had a great day

Day 226 Thursday 4th December
Grateful for an extraordinarily lazy day doing very little at all

Day 227 Friday 5th December
Feeling grateful that although today has been rather hectic, everything ran smoothly. Kicking back now and looking forward to putting up the Christmas tree and decorations this weekend
Feeling grateful that although today has been rather hectic, everything ran smoothly. Kicking back now and looking forward to putting up the Christmas tree and decorations this weekend

Day 228 Saturday 6th December
Feeling grateful for a quiet day spent in the company of love

Day 229 Sunday 7th December
Belated post as yesterday got rather hectic. Very grateful to my sister Sarah for putting my doona through the wash after my washing machine had a fit and to Karen for letting me wash my clothes last night after I realised that washing the doona in my machine seems to have completely buggered it sigh

Day 230 Monday 8th December
Grateful for hard conversations and very grateful that today is nearly over zzzzzz


Day 231 Tuesday 9th December
Some days are just too hard. Even more grateful than yesterday that today is over. Goodnight all

Day 232 Wednesday 10th December
Feeling very grateful for a day of rest and reading

Day 233 Thursday 11th December
Feeling grateful for this wonderful story that my father shared with me xx

The Magic Bank Account – Author unknown

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:

The set of rules:

  1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
    2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
    3. You may only spend it.
    4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
    5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!”. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL … Shocked ??? YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see it.


  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
    2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.
    3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
    4. Yesterday is forever gone.
    5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time


SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”….


Day 234 Friday 12th December
I am extremely grateful that my fiancé has a great sense of humour

Day 235 Saturday 13th December
Grateful for cool breezes, good whiskey, and the company of two of my favourite girls xx

Day 236 Sunday 14th December
Have had a lovely day hanging out with my girl and a bbq with family for dinner. Feeling the love

Day 237 Monday 15th December

Have had a lovely day today. First time on the water since last summer and it felt sooooo good.

Day 238 Tuesday 16th December
Grateful for many things today….
Grateful for rain and very grateful that it hasn’t been too heavy here.
Grateful that Reuben is starting to use his wings to flutter small distances.
Grateful for lovely comments from Nicks teachers on his report.
But mostly grateful that those I love are safe tonight.
RIP Katrina and Tori, our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this sad event

Day 239 Wednesday 17th December
Grateful that I’ve finally worked out some ideas for Christmas presents lol. Nothing like deadlines to get you motivated
Day 240 Thursday 18th December

Feeling very grateful for my pillow

Day 241 Friday 19th December
I usually try to keep these posts positive but right now my heart is breaking. I know that war and violence are something we see way too often and I am in no way disregarding everything else that has been happening around the world but it’s been an extremely sad week and the loss of so many children to violence has left me speechless. To all the families, friends, communities and nations, both here in Australia and Pakistan my thoughts, tears and prayers are with you. I am grateful today that there are so many other people who are also praying for peace and an end to all the violence.
Namaste my friends
We are all one

Day 242 Saturday 20th December
Wow, lots to be grateful for today.
My baby has just flown to Melbourne to spend a month with his dad, first flight ever and doing it solo so very nervous but handled it so well. I’m very proud of you Nick and will miss you heaps
I’m spending the night at a friends gorgeous farm with my girl and looking forward to waking up to the stunning morning views.
I am now also 2/3rds of the way through my year of gratitude, not sure how I’ll feel about it coming to an end?

Day 243 Sunday 21st December
Have had a lovely day; waking up with Karen to sunrise over the Western Tiers, Christmas lunch with my extended family and coming home to see my big girl home for Christmas. Lying in bed now listening to my three girls and Matt laughing and enjoying each other’s company

Day 244 Monday 22nd December
Grateful for lots of things today, like sharp knives and scissors, hot metal, pretty things and rich earthy smells. I’m grateful for the good belly laugh provided by Halley playing with her new squeaky toy (video to come later when I have proper reception), I’m grateful for my girls hugs and understanding when things get me down and I’m grateful for time spent with my sister this evening, pigging out and reminiscing


Day 245 Tuesday 23rd December
I have had a lovely, although very full on day. Pre Christmas BBQ with family who won’t be with us on Christmas Day and my first Christmas cake turned out really well. But I want to say a huge thank you to my amazing, kind, generous and thoughtful lady, who has just driven home, tired and worn out, so I can sleep alone tonight because my back is hurting so much. And even though this is a really hard day of the year for her, her thoughts were for me before herself, I’m just so sorry that I forgot that with everything else going on around me. Karen you are amazing and I’m so very grateful to have you in my life


Day 246 Wednesday 24th December

Grateful for a gorgeous day to match my mood. Presents made and wrapped, Christmas Eve visits from Carla and her gorgeous Tully, baked dinner with family, fresh beetroot dug and cooked, Christmas Day cooking almost finished, about to put my feet up for a bit and watch the carols…..getting very sweepy

Day 247 Thursday 25th December

I am grateful that today has added some lovely memories to my life, a day of firsts for Karen and I, a day of laughter with the people I love. It will never be quite the same without you here with us mum but I am grateful that you are still very present in my life, in my family, my children, the songs we both love, but most importantly, in the memories we share. Merry Christmas mum, I love and miss you more than I could have ever realised

Day 248 Friday 26th December
Oops, too busy enjoying the company of family and friends so not apologising for the late post lol.
Yesterday was a lovely day, meeting the new bf Dom (he’s lovely too), catching up with a dear friend and meeting the very lively and adorable Baxter, hanging out with my girl and finishing the day off with family

Day 249 Saturday 27th December
Grateful that they didn’t make the Hobbit into 4 movies, 3 was bad enough, however I still enjoyed it
Lovely evening with family to see Jessica  and Dom off before they head back to Hobart. Entertained as always by my crazy but loveable family Sarah, Abby and my dad.
Kicking back now enjoying the peace and quiet with my baby


Day 250 Sunday 28th December
Well I don’t anymore lol because I’m not allowed to but I feel like I’ve been running all day. Feeling grateful for a peaceful and quiet end to a long day xx

Day 251 Monday 29th December
Grateful for speedy recoveries. Mr Reuben James flew from the ground to the top of his cage today with a good five second hover in front of the open door. Landed beautifully and proceeded to squark very loudly. Release is imminent


Day 252 Tuesday 30th December

So much to be grateful for today…
Reuben can fly!!!!! Shopping at Bunnings with my partner in crime, (who knew hardware could be so much fun ), Cecilia, a lazy afternoon reminiscing with our favourite songs and sharing the stories behind them, a yummy casserole and kicking back now to watch Eat, Pray, Love

Reuben James Esq. released 31 December 2014
Well it’s finally over. Reuben has been released and it was an emotional/slightly amusing process. After spending some time together this morning, we made the drive to Ulverstone to where he was rescued. After opening the cage door he wandered out onto the grass and proceeded to have a feed. He then decided to circle around me a few times, all the time checking out his surroundings. I thought, he’s going to take off any second now, but no, he decided he wasn’t liking this freedom thing that much and climbed up my back to perch on my shoulder for a pat and a chat. I decided to walk around the park for a bit and finally he gained enough confidence to take off. When we left he was sitting on the power lines chirping away to other birds in the area and I like to think, saying goodbye. Good luck Mr Reuben James, you’re on your own now

Day 253 Wednesday 31st December
Wow, what a year!
I have much to be thankful for and I hope my daily posts have somehow conveyed the deep gratitude I feel for all the love and support I am surrounded by. I am so very blessed to have Karen in my life and for many reasons so very proud of all my children. Jessica, Sam, Matthew,  Beth, Abby and Nicholas. I hope and pray that 2015 brings us all the love and peace we need and want. Blessings for the New Year everyone.