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AUTUMN 2011


Hello to all you Groovies and readers everywhere


Welcome to our Autumn edition of Groovy Grandmas.


Those of you who are not living Down-Under will be getting warmer but here in OZ daylight savings has ended and the nights are getting cold. Time to swap wardrobes over! I love this time its nearly as good as going shopping for new clothes.

I especially love it if I can still fit into my last years Jeans - which I can - Just.


The summer in OZ was a time of natural disasters for many of our GGs to the North and South with devastating floods and cyclones and in stark contrast to the the West with bushfires. The rest of the country rallied to their aid and hopefully those affected are slowly but surely re-building their homes and lives.


New clothes and aid don’t usually go together but St Vincent de Paul is one entity whiich has somehow combined the two. Last issue in wardrobe Jess and I did a story on an event called “Styled by Vinnies”  St Vinnies were thrilled for the free publicity and sent me details of their new online website and up-coming “Styled by Vinnies” events all over. Moneys raised by the sale of clothes are going towards the Queensland Flood Appeal amongst other things. Make sure you check it out “Styled by Vinnies 2”


With all that sadness Jess thought she better pull her finger out and send in some new jokes to put smiles back on our readers faces. They are politically incorrect as always and there is some “obscene” language - but its really funny and know one will know that you read them.


Also in Just for Fun I have added a puzzle page which you can do directly online. Some of the puzzles will change daily so you can keep coming back day after day if you want to. I have been told it is one of the best ways to stave off alzhiemers disease.


In D & M I have a bit of a rant. When I was working in childcare some 20 years ago it was a requirement for children entering “big school” to be able to tie their shoe laces and eat with a knife and fork. Today with finger food and velcro these basic skills are not learned till much much later sometimes never. I believe that teaching a child a new skill can build as much if not  more self esteem than praise. Learning that you might have to fail a couple of times before you can get it right makes mastering a skill even more of an achievement. Are we taking these fundamental rights of passage away from our youngest generation because of our own frustration, laziness and over protectiveness? I would like to hear your own personal feedback and experiences about esteem as well as any suggestions and ideas you might have.


May is small business month so if you are running a home based or small business read our two articles in Business Boomers to find out about Microbusiness loans as well as seeing what free seminars are on offer in your area.


Is staying at work the “new retirement” for baby boomers. In Loving Life meet Di Berthon a Groovy Grandma who is re-defining retirement.


Next month you can look forward to some energy saving tips in our winter Green Grandmas section as well as  two new Postcards stories. In D & M we look at an alternative to buying toys for your grandkids - its not what you think.  And we will have some movie and book reviews too just in time for those cold winter nights. But for now we hope you enjoy the new pages  and tell your friends to log on.


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Stay warm and cosy and safe and groovy  till next time



Bryony ed.



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