Common sense? What’s that!?!?!?

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein

I honestly do believe that common sense is very rare these days.

It seems that every other person is now wearing hi-visibility shirts or vests, even some work vehicles are now sporting hi-vis coloured paint jobs.

There are signs warning us about signs that may be ahead.

Even our food has warnings on it. A bag of salted peanuts contains a warning that “This product contains peanuts”- well, I bloody hope so as that’s why I bought it!

I think the world has gone cotton wool crazy. Everyone seems to think that they have to wrap each other up in cotton wool for fear that something may possibly go wrong. No one wants to do, say or offer anyone anything in case it is taken the wrong way or unintentionally hurts someone.

I’m by no means old, but I don’t call myself young either- but I remember being little and going outside and playing.
If I fell over and skinned my knee, no body got sued, I simply got up and brushed myself off and continued to play (or go home to get it fixed up if it really hurt).
I was able to go to a friends house and eat their food, likewise I was able to have friends over at my house and they’d have snacks or meals without any worries.

My favourite lunchbox item was my peanut butter sandwich. I could eat lollies without worrying about how much sugar was in it as I would burn it off as most of my days was spent outside doing some form of exercise (It was called PLAYING!)

Even TV was easier to watch, there were kids shows, family shows and Adults Only shows (or those shows where you had to go to bed when you were told and then sneak into the lounge room and hide behind the lounge to sneakily watch the show your parents wanted to watch after your bedtime).
These days there are shows for general viewing, babies/toddlers shows, shows for primary aged kids, tweens, teens, young adults….. And not to mention all the other codes that let you know about the themes within the program.

Some days I wish things were so much simpler.
Maybe I was born into the wrong generation? Maybe I am simply being unrealistic (I’m sure there’s a warning sign for that somewhere)?

Unfortunately, common sense just isn’t so common anymore… it’s actually a novelty in some places/cases.

Between Point A and Point B was the Wisteria in full bloom.


This might not be the clearest photo, but I was caught up in the moment when I took it. I was walking between my home and my children’s school.
The Wisteria’s beauty took me by surprise.
I was having a bad day when I walked by this plant but looking at it’s stunning flowers made my day seem that little bit better.

A list of completely random sentences.

Reading this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge ( made me want to write a list of completely random sentences. I thought it might be a bit of fun and hope you enjoy reading it.

1. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

2. My Mum tries to be cool by saying that she likes all the same things that I do.

3. If the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy had babies would they take your teeth and leave chocolate for you?

4. A purple pig and a green donkey flew a kite in the middle of the night and ended up sunburnt.

5. What was the person thinking when they discovered cow’s milk was fine for human consumption… and why did they do it in the first place!?

6. Last Friday in three week’s time I saw a spotted striped blue worm shake hands with a legless lizard.

7. Wednesday is hump day, but has anyone asked the camel if he’s happy about it?

8. If Purple People Eaters are real… where do they find purple people to eat?

9. A song can make or ruin a person’s day if they let it get to them.

10. Sometimes it is better to just walk away from things and go back to them later when you’re in a better frame of mind.

11. Writing a list of random sentences is harder than I initially thought it would be.

12. Where do random thoughts come from?

13. Lets all be unique together until we realise we are all the same.

14. I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older.

15. If I don’t like something, I’ll stay away from it.

16. I love eating toasted cheese and tuna sandwiches.

17. If you like tuna and tomato sauce- try combining the two. It’s really not as bad as it sounds.

18. Someone I know recently combined Maple Syrup & buttered Popcorn thinking it would taste like caramel popcorn. It didn’t and they don’t recommend anyone else do it either.

19. Sometimes, all you need to do is completely make an ass of yourself and laugh it off to realise that life isn’t so bad after all.

20. When I was little I had a car door slammed shut on my hand. I still remember it quite vividly.

21. The clock within this blog and the clock on my laptop are 1 hour different from each other.

22. I want to buy a onesie… but know it won’t suit me.

23. I was very proud of my nickname throughout high school but today- I couldn’t be any different to what my nickname was.

24. I currently have 4 windows open up… and I don’t know why.

25. I often see the time 11:11 or 12:34 on clocks.

26. This is the last random sentence I will be writing and I am going to stop mid-sent


DP Challenge: Object. My camera.

Without a doubt, my object of choice for this challenge: , would have to be my camera.

As a hobby photographer, I have a couple of cameras but my Olympus SP570UZ would have to be my favourite.
It’s getting old now (in terms of technology), but we have been on many great outings together.

It has been with me to quite a number of gigs, shot countless macro images of flowers, bugs, interesting textures plus the usual family photos, photos of school assemblies and award days.

My camera is like my saviour. I feel that when I am behind it, I can do anything; like I am capable of doing whatever my heart desires and I don’t have to worry about being judged.

My camera gives me a freedom that I otherwise would feel is unachievable.
My camera lets my inner artist come out and show her face, the artist from within that brought me many moments of joy throughout my childhood but disappeared once I finished school and I felt I was then expected to “grow up”, to get a job, get on with life like everyone else and hide my imaginative side.

I was lead to believe that “artist” was not a viable job description. It wouldn’t be something that I could survive on, it wasn’t something worth pursuing.

My camera has given me many opportunities that I would have otherwise been too afraid of, too wary of, not had the guts to say “let’s do this!” and experience something that I may never experience again.

My camera has given me a sense of belonging and helped me feel like I fit in to places and experiences that I would normally steer clear of.