Why we can’t talk about Anything anymore…

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I love hearing other people’s ideas, thoughts and suggestions. Why? Because I know that maybe, just maybe I don’t know everything about everything… I know shock right? There is so much to learn from other people and I think we can learn a lot more from people than we would from books (that was painful for me to say… as I love my books).

I am going to be honest… I had a strange weekend. My son, who has sensory issues was quite highly strung and I was having to use a lot of patience being able to work with him. He was discussing his goals with me about wanting to make $10 more to pay for a LEGO set he had wanted. I told him how I could not give him $10 in one day for chores… I was going to suggest other options but instead he reacted before I could get there – strongly. His words were “You don’t care about my goals, or that I would like to try to buy Continue reading “Why we can’t talk about Anything anymore…”

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My plea for farmers of Australia

My son feeding a calf from a Norco Co-op
The chickens were happy
My son feeding sheep

Watching the cow that was about to be milked

I try to stay away from politics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very opinionated when it comes to politics but when it comes to writing blogs – I stay away. I personally think that there is too much out there and people are getting bombarded with so much hate and vitriol that there is a huge need for people to be exposed to something other than the stress of the news. So I try to stay away… but today I can’t and I hope not only will you forgive me but share this so that the “city folk” can understand why this is so desperately needed. ALSO – I want to say NO ONE is paying me for this – this was based completely on attending an school excursion today with my son (yes – a simple school excursion has turned me into a passionate advocate).

Also, I have had so many debates over the year over Australian Dairy. I know – I’m American as well. People try to tell me all the horrible things that are done to the dairy cows from the documentaries they have seen and I tell then “I am pretty sure Australia is different,” but I had no proof to back this up – until now.

Last year my daughter visited one of the many (approximately 250?) Norco Co-op dairies in Australia. I was unable to go on the excursion but she came home completely converted that we had to buy Norco. I said to her that it was a higher price and I tried to give her all the reasons why I never bought Norco, but her little mind and voice was trying to explain to me what she heard that day. I nodded and didn’t really understand what she had interpreted and never really thought about it.

Fast forward to TODAY. Today I got to visit a different Norco Dairy Co-op in the Scenic Rim with my son’s class. I understand why my daughter was converted and now, I have completely converted too.
First – this isn’t anything like you see on TV. These are passionate Dairy farmers who know the names of every one of their cows, they are concerned for their cows, they talk and chat with their cows. This isn’t a mass production for a reason – AND FOR GOOD REASON. These are farmers (and there are many) who care about their animals – if they tried to expand and become massive they know the quality of the milk – and their cows would suffer. They choose to stay small, they choose to care and they choose to deliver the best milk on the market.

I have seen horrible misinformation out there about milking cows. How calves are taken away from their mother – etc etc… this is not the case with the smaller dairies. The cows are only milked after the calves take exactly what they need. It benefits a lot of these family owned farms to have healthy calves to raise to also contribute later on – so why would they deny a calf food to make money? In fact a lot of these small dairies know the family line of many of these cows that they are milking today -they know their mothers and grandmothers – why? because there are actually people out there that care about animals that also produce food. Amazing right? I know quite a few farmers (although none of them in the dairy business until today) who have talked about the only reason doing it is the love of the land and/or the love of the animals. These animals are cared for. Proof? One of the ways to check quality is testing the white blood cell count – the lower the count the healthier the cow… guess which “brand” has the lowest white blood cell count? Yes… and I haven’t barely even started… I was shocked to find out that NORCO is 100% Australian owned. My mind screamed “yes but so is… ” and I had a bunch of names in my head – I was assured… some of those brands are Partially Australian – but there is some foreign ownership (seriously it makes me cry when I type that as I have been super loyal to other brands).

I had heard something about a 10 cents hike – the farmer I spoke today told me that would be a minimum  – it would help but it needs to be higher for them to benefit (he was hoping for 20 cents) – but branded milk can only be hiked if the homebrand milk price is hiked. I don’t know why this is – I didn’t ask – I assume it’s basic economics, or contract related. Right now they are only receiving profit from farmstays and tours. NOT the dairy. That’s not good enough.

I don’t know about you but I buy A LOT of milk – I thought out this price hike and realized that at most this would be $0.40 difference for me a week – I’ll take it – if I can get all Australian owned good quality milk – where I know the cows are treated very well it’s worth it.
You see – I joked with the leadership spill recently in Australia – announcing my run (everyone else was doing it) on my personal Facebook account. I was horrified that we had given over $400 billion dollars to a Great Barrier reef conservation company(when they didn’t ask for it) with six employers… and yet – our Australian farmers are having to sell up because they simply can’t afford to run their farms. I joked I could win votes by just saying I would give most of that money to farmers “because food” (I got many likes from this statement – I think the people want to support Australian farms – and possibly they just like food). I’m sure the $400 billion to the GBR will pay off when we are all starving but the Great Barrier Reef will be alive and well. I am for all animals and all conservation so don’t get me wrong – this isn’t anything against the reef (fyi there is a small amount of information out there but they can help the reef and it doesn’t cost $400 billion).
We need food. We also need Australian food (for quality and price control) and we DESPERATELY NEED AUSTRALIAN FARMERS. If I was in politics – this would be the first thing on my agenda – and I don’t understand anyone who doesn’t see it this way. Second – as an AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN – we need to have this as our top priority or we could easily be a nation depending on the generosity of another country to supply us basics.

So this is just my plea for Australians – PLEASE support a minimum 10 cent price hike in dairy.  Second – please – lets have no tolerance for ANY politician who isn’t willing to make this their top priority in the next election. I don’t care which side you sit on. Food is kind of necessary for survival. ALSO – since NORCO is 100% Australian – please – if you do drink milk – please pay a little extra for those farmers who actually care about their animals and quality more than profit. They deserve it. We need them.

Deep Thought Thursday: 1 thing I’ve given up.

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With a difficult situation coming up with a risky procedure there have been a lot of thoughts that have gone through my head. Unless I lived with my head in the sand, I’ve had to think about death.

It also makes me think about maybe my limited energy I have to give in this world. This has made me stop and think very clearly about friendships and “friendships”.

I have always been told that you catch more bees with honey, that you are to turn the other cheek and all of these proverbs and scriptures in the Bible. I honestly believe they are they right way to live – but I have thought about these things in a different way.

I really can’t keep putting out energy to people that have made it quite clear that they can’t even treat me with respect or honesty. Yes I can forgive them but is it Christian to think that it is my duty continue kindness to those that have made it quite clear they don’t care for it or value it?

Being Christian doesn’t mean you have to be everyone’s friend. You do practice kindness to those that don’t deserve it, but you don’t have to push energy you don’t have into something that is stale and lacking growth.  You have shown you are willing to be kind once – it doesn’t mean you have to be the one to keep making the effort over and over again.

This is a major thing I am letting go. I am not caring to impress you, or to gain your friendship or to keep proving my kindness. I’ve been there and done that. If you don’t know what I am willing to offer by now, I can’t keep acting like you’ll suddenly value or respect me as an individual.

Quite frankly – I’m done with that. Being Christian doesn’t mean you go seek the people who are known liars, or gossipers and put yourself in their crowd to show them how nice you are. You can be perfectly kind from a distance.

The funny thing is, I have done a little experiment lately on who really would put effort into my friendship. I have been known to be a big conversationalist and happy to walk up to anyone – but now I sit there – waiting to see if anyone would make the effort to come talk to me. It’s been interesting too see who will make the effort when I don’t. A lot less people make the effort for me than I have made for them in the past.

I’m okay with that. I’d rather know who to spend my energy on then to waste whatever little energy I have on those that don’t care anyway. It’s been disappointing and refreshing, and freeing.
I have freed myself from an expectation of “being everyone’s friend” to focusing on those that value me back. It’s a good feeling.

Hope you know who your friends really are!

Why Mike Rowe will always have “it”.

Dear Readers,
I know this is a weird post, and frankly I can only be so honest on here because half of my family doesn’t even know I have a blog, but we need to talk about Mike Rowe.

I have been watching Mike Rowe since the beginning of Dirty Jobs (My husband made me at first but I didn’t fight it after the first episode). His voice is amazing, and quite frankly I am curious about how he would have sounded in the Opera (look that up… he was in one).

Dirty Jobs was humorous, it made me think – and helped me provide a response to my teacher and classmates in my educational philosophy class when the classroom discussion centred on how as a teacher your job is to inspire students to “pursue jobs they love”, and how it’s the job of a teacher to inspire children to be creative. At that point I said “If every kid gets a dream job, who’s going to be my plummer?” *SILENCE* Then… as if I hit a magic button I mentioned “Mike Rowe” and Dirty Jobs” and they were all on the same wavelength willing to entertain the idea. Had I not mentioned Mike Rowe, I think they would have thought I was crazy! I went on… “I Guess we wont have anybody to do the ‘undesirable jobs’ out there – and “society wont run will it?”. I have to say, I wouldn’t have thought outside of the “chase all your dreams” attitude had it not been for Dirty Jobs. However, I’m not sure what world some of my classmates are living in but their conclusion was “well, in the future we may not need people to do those jobs, we’ll think of a way where we can live our lives without toilets”. 😳 umm… please send me to another planet if the human inhabitants of this planet stop using toilets just because “no one should have to work in a job involving poop.” 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

I hear Mike Rowe does some of the science shows now (I don’t get them on my cable), and I eat up every episode of “Returning the Favor” (the world needs more shows like this), and he will go on to do as many projects that interest him (I have a feeling he’s one of those people who wouldn’t enjoy doing ‘nothing’ in retirement), but there is something that makes him timeless.

It’s a sad fact, but what will always draw people to watching and listening to him (The Way I Heard It is Highly recommended) is not always his voice, or his wisecracks, or his intelligence on how he responds to the fan letters, not even how his mother writes hilarious letters. No, what makes Mike Rowe have “It”, and something that I believe is an undeniably attractive quality. It’s logic. I know! It’s crazy! But in this day and age where people claim all sorts of things and make decisions based on feelings – Logic is a rare and sought after trait in many people.

And So there you have it. I am undeniably attracted to logic. I find myself wanting to be around those that display this rare quality…  I’m not trying to get political or provoke, or cause controversy – I’m just stating a quality that can change your life. I highly recommend people invest in acquiring the quality of logic. It has worked for 100% of the people I know who have tried it. Including Mike Rowe.

I will say that most people I know who make decisions based on feelings (with no logic factored in) have made BAD, bad bad bad…. decisions…. so (based on my scientific findings) there has to be and always should be logic at the foundation of the many decisions we make.

And is it just me or does logic make a man seem more masculine? (which isn’t a bad thing no matter how the media currently portrays it).

Please let me know how logic has changed your life in any comments below.

P.S. I am going to say – for the record – I don’t get paid for recommending anything that has to do with Mike Rowe… I’m a tiny (as in numbers, not necessarily size of person) unimportant blogger (I am not a “social influencer” at all) and I just wanted to promote more logic in the world. However hopefully I have helped you with thinking about how much you appreciate logic and made you decide you would like to purchase some of  Mike Rowe’s work.

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