Well – here we are again at the beginning of a brand new year. I find it fascinating how much emphasis we place on the changing of 3 little numbers on a calendar, but we all do don’t we. We see it as a new beginning, no matter how bad the ending year may have been, there is hope for a fresh start on the January 1.
Every where I went last year every one seemed to be saying that 2012 was a year for ‘Fresh Starts & New beginnings’ & it certainly was that for us. But as I learnt very quickly, not all new beginnings are welcomed.
A couple of months before Christmas we had moved into the house we are currently in – that was a good thing. This house is the same rent, but quite a bit bigger, far more comfortable & has great views. It is a very peaceful house (most of the time, gets a bit noisy this time of year with holiday makers), but a few weeks after Christmas our beautiful little Davie became quite sick. A visit to the vet, an injection & some medication & within a few days he was looking great again, better than he had in a while for an old man of 16. We all sighed with relief & got on with life, but then he took a turn for the worse & started to deteriorate again quite quickly. His bladder infection was all cleared up but I think it had all been just a little too much for him & a few weeks later he passed away quietly at home with us. He was a brave little soul who fought to stay with us right to the very end & as hard as it was to go though that I am grateful I was able to be there with him in the end to comfort him.
After we lost Davie I knew we would eventually get a new cat but I wasn’t sure when. Lindsay was on the computer a day or 2 later, just looking around to see what Devon Rex cats might be around the place. He wasn’t looking for a new cat straight away, just looking when he came across an add in Gumtree for a 2 year old Devon Rex named Georgie …
for free! He was gorgeous but I honestly wasn’t sure about getting another cat so soon, but he was available & opportunity generally doesn’t wait for a convenient time to arrive. So we made an appointment to see him – & for his ‘family’ to check us out. Georgie’s previous family were retired Devon Rex breeders. They had wanted to keep a male from their last litter – that was Georgie. But unfortunately Georgie doesn’t play well with others & was picking on his sisters just a little too much. So they had made the difficult decision to re-home him. So there we were … without loosing Davie, we wouldn’t have been in a position to give Georgie a new home – a fresh start for Georgie & a new beginning for us.
Then my dad got sick. At firsts we didn’t realise just how sick he really was, he was always so fit & health & active. As time when on though & he didn’t improve we all slowly started to
realise he was a very sick man. I have 3 brothers, most of us live close to Adelaide so we were able to visit him over the coming weeks, including Jon, the youngest who is in the Air-force & was based in New South Wales at the time. This was one of those new beginnings that none of us expected or wanted & we are all still coming to terms with in it our own time & way.
But … as they say, life goes on. I still need to find work or do something to generate my own job. After a trial run on eBay selling a few things for Easter I decided I would take a closer look at the NEIS program. I decided to apply for the program through BRACE because they have a distance education option which suited me better. And so, with the help of my Finding Workable Solutions JSA agent I prepared my application & started the Small Business Management course. And so here we are – almost finished the first month of my 12 month contract with the NEIS program.
Well – this post is much longer than I planned, so long in fact I have decided to split it in half. So stay turned for part 2 to see how the ‘Tide is Turning’.
What ‘Fresh Starts’ or ‘New Beginnings’ did you have in 2012? Go on … don’t be shy, I’d love to hear how you year was. 🙂
Until next time & part 2 of ‘From Fresh Starts & New Beginnings to Turning Tides’
And don’t forget the 25% off sale – ends 12th January 🙂
Love Mignon & Georgie 🙂