Tuesday, October 25, 2016 09:02:27 AM
 

Why have I called myself the Angel of  Oz?  I was told that no one would find my site on the Net, if I used that name.  Well, I did and I was found by many people.  I decided now, to update my pages and give them a new look.  Oz is our slang, short, for Aussie or Australian.  Like the Wizard of Oz, I became the Angel of Oz because I love angels.

I am the mother of six children but only one of them are at home in the ‘nest’ at the moment, although this changes from time to time.  The family is comprised of four boys, Mark, Paul, (Andrew) and Matthew and girls Louise and Jacqualine ranging from 22-38. My son Andrew died from cot death or SIDS, when he was eight months old and is in heaven.   I have 4 grandchildren, Andre, Kenji, Carmen and newest is Jesse born 14th November 2005.

My real name is Carol Anne and I live in Sydney, Australia.  My wonderful, husband is David and we have been married  over 30 years. I have been using the Net for about 12 years and it is of great interest to me and I learn more every day.  I enjoy T.V. shows like House - Hugh Laurie, Boston Legal - James Spader I miss this so much, The Good Wife, Desperate Housewives Grey's Anatomy - Patrick Dempsey E.R now has now stopped,  Oz program I watch is All Saints sadly this has finished,  R.P.A. (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital)   Packed To The Rafters another Aussie show, and I nursed there with Elle McPherson’s mother, Frances Dickson.  I met her again many years later, when she had a business with her then ex-husband Peter Gow, at Miranda Hi Fi.  At that time, Elle was Eleanor and she was one year older than my son Mark.  I believe that she was about four years old then.

I grew up in Lakemba and went to Mc Callums Hill Primary school.

I commenced my High school studies at Kingsgrove North, a brand new school in 1959, as one of the first group there.  Our 50th Anniversary was in in March 2009 Because the family had moved to Hurstville, I was should have attended Kingsgrove South High but it was not completed in time for me to start there.  When it was finished, the Dept. of Education decided that I could stay where I was, to complete my Intermediate Certificate there.  

My favourite screen actors are Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Laurie, Patrick Dempsey, James Spader, William Shatner, James Dean and singer/actor Gordon McRae (who was a singer in many of the films of the past).  The actresses that I most like to see are Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Meg Ryan, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Shirley Jones and Drew Barrrymore.  Some of these are better known for their singing, than for their acting skills.  I love romantic stories, made into movies and feel that I have really enjoyed myself, when I have had a good cry and leave the theatre feeling “kinda” relaxed and contented. 

Stage shows that I have seen and really enjoyed were Chorus Line, Buddy (Holly), the King and I and They’re Playing Our Song.  As for the movies, I loved Carousel, Showboat, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, High Society, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Brigadoon and Tammy.  By the way, does any one out there have a copy of this movie? I have done some small musicals at Concord Hospital in the 70's tap dancing and singing.  I am now collecting all the musicals I went and saw as a child with my Aunt Anne both DVD & CD

Singers and groups that send me into “outer space” with their songs/melodies/music are Barry Manilow, Anthony Warlow, The Bee Gees, Perry Como, Deep Purple, The Beatles, all British Rock Groups, The Supremes, the wonderful soul singers (with those might powerful voices), ACDC, Phil Collins, The Three Tenors (particularly Nessan Dorma) and many orchestras performing any of the Strauss Waltzes.  

Of course, the music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s was great and many numbers released in the 80’s and 90’s.  Let’s all go back to the ‘good old days.  Rock and Roll and the Age of Aquarius were my ‘kinda” music and I was there singing and dancing at every opportunity.  I still dance sometimes in the supermarket----much to the dismay of my children and they simply disown me.  Who can blame them?  My father used to sing all the Al Jolson songs to me and I still miss him so very much, even after all these years. He died of cancer in 1975. 

I went to many concerts to see Johnny Ray, Bobby Vee, (He has now died October 2016 )Wayne Newton, Bobby Rydell, Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye and have wonderful memories of those events.  I also visited T.V. Studios to participate/dance at Bandstand and 6 O’Clock Rock with my friends.  Even managed to get to see Barry Manilow up close and got his autograph around 10 years ago. Gee.. do you remember those rope starch petticoats we used to wear?

All things that are beautiful really touch my soul.  Music would be the most important to me and art is a pleasure for my eyes.  Angels, Cupids and the Victorian Era have always intrigued me.  I have spent time on the Net, looking at the work and pictures on these subjects.  Hours of work as gone into visiting the sites of others, who have mastered their own Web Pages.

I put this on the ‘backburner’ for a long time, to start one for myself.  I had been afraid to venture out into this ‘unknown’ language of HTML.  Eventually, I decided to ‘go down the path’ and try it.  Front Page 98 was a BIG HELP, at this time.  There were many attempts and this is a major update of my original pages that were put on the Net and hope that those who visit will like the improvement.

My husband is the Guru, who does all the loading of the programs into the computer and I simply use what I want.  He has just completed building ten computers and I think he is very clever to do this on his own.  However, he has not shown any interest in a Home Page for himself, so it was either I did it or it was not done at all.  Today, we us a combined effort and have achieved some major breakthroughs.  To most of you out there in the wide world of computer ‘buffs’, what we have done may seem to be very, very small. 

I listen to the radio,  but now October 2016 2UE is doing my head in and I will now tend to read more as all their good presenters have gone.

I learnt ballroom and tap dancing and have participated in many amateur shows, using lots of the songs that meant so much to me in the past.

One of my pet causes is the Environment and I believe we must all do something to help protect it for the whole world for future generations.  For years, I have been making all my own laundry liquid soap for the family washing.  It costs so very little and does not harm the ocean, when it arrives there with our household discharge.  Recipe here

I attempt all kinds of Craft and have worked on folk Art, Decoupage, Heritage Books, Knitting, Crocheting, Quilling and some sewing.  Unfortunately, these days it seems that I spend more time mending.  I really enjoy cooking and cake decorating, although I have not worked on anything large.  I compose personal poems (bottom of this page) using the initials of Christian names and I print them to give as presents.  I make all my own cards and print them on my HP printer & I create personalized Guardian Angels that I frame for newborn babies and give this to new arrivals. 

Within Australia I have travelled to have been to South Australia, Victoria, far North Queensland, South Molle Island, Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef other places in Queensland and many within New South Wales.  I really enjoy flying and seeing sights, scenes and towns, outside the area where I live.  I enjoy travelling and have met some wonderful people. I have been overseas many times and hope to go again soon once again.

Since having my page up and running I have ‘met’ some wonderful people and they have brought another dimension to my life.  The world is a smaller place with some very, very, nice people, who reach out from afar, caring and helping each other. I feel comforted by those, who have contacted me, after reading my pages.  I have found school buddies and some lost relations and this a real bonus. 

"My Winter of Life"          
And then it is Winter..
You know . . . time has a way of moving quickly
and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was young,
just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago,
and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all...And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is -- the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise.
How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well... seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is ...my friends are retired and getting gray, they move slower and I see an older person now.
Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but, I see the great change.
Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore ... it's mandatory!
Cause if I don't on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so . . .now I enter into this new season of my life - unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength
and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!
But, at least I know, that though the winter has come,  and I'm not sure how long it will last ...this I know, that when it's over...its over.
Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things
I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not in your winter yet, let me remind you that it will be here faster than you think.
So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life  please do it quickly!
Don't put things off too long! Life goes by quickly.
So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter, or not.
You have no promise that you will see  all the seasons of your life . . . so, Live for today and say all the things that you want  your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in the past!!
"Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.
Make it a fantastic one."

Remember.. Keep smiling...