Featured Image: View from my front door
The view from my front door

Welcome to ‘Gaelyne’s Sanctuary’. If you’ve visited in the past (welcome back!) you probably noticed I’ve given my site a new name and look. I’ve spent several months working on this revamp – mostly trying to find the time to work on it. I chose the name ‘sanctuary’ because I found working on it has given me a sense of peace while the rest of my world seems to be falling apart. My husband was fighting lung cancer, so life was a little crazy then. It’s a place where I can come and make one small corner of the world a little brighter.

I have a variety of interests but they boil down to cooking, writing, taking photos and playing Bingo on Facebook. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to talk to me in comments or on the contact page.

What's in my Sanctuary?

My Blog

I had a few off-site blogs before deciding to have a blog on my own site. I don't blog very often, but when I have something I want to share, I'll write about it. The topics range from general, fitness, cancer, diabetes, vaping and maybe a rant here and there.

Recipes

I love cooking, sharing recipes and enjoying myself in the kitchen. Most are recipes I wanted to share with my kids or have available so I wouldn't lose them. I don't do fancy stuff, but I like challenging myself with learning to cook something I've never made before.

Photos

I enjoy taking photos with my camera and have a few projects I do such as Photo of the Day, and 12 of 12 days and a group on Flickr and Facebook called Challenge Friday. If I happen to cook something I'm pleased with, I'll often take a photo of it for my pic of the day. Mostly the photos I take are snapshots of my life, which is pretty mundane, I think. But my world is different from what my family in the USA experiences so sharing seems a nice thing to do.

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Photo a Day 2019

These photos are my Photo a Day 2019 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Photo a Day 2018

These photos are my Photo a Day 2018 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Challenge Friday

I’ve joined another photo group, where a challenge word is given on Fridays and we have a week to take photos that represent our interpretations

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Random Instagram Pics

My Facebook Fitness Page

5 Jan22 Neurmal hides herself in one of her little cubby holes.  I think she's checking to see if anyone is watching. #catsofinstagram #playinghideandseek
28Jan22  Finally a good combo for playing my favourite 16grid sudoku game.  I have played this particular app on my original iPod Touch and my iPhone 4.  I had better eyes then, but also that app allows you to zoom in so you can see one the grids clearly which helps.  The iPad version doesn't have this feature sadly. However, between a pair of reading glasses or now with my new magnifying glass, I can get back to playing again.  I'm no whizz kid at this game - it can take weeks to finish a puzzle, but it is so satisfying when I work out a match.  I'm not sure when the app was last updated - I'm just glad it still works after all these years. I searched for a similar game on Android and never found one.  #2022pad #ipad #sudokumonster16 #favgame #smallprint #magnify #magnifyingglass #latergram
18Jan22  Noble, using portrait mode.  It seems to really show off his soft side.  #catsofinstagram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram #2022pad #latergram
31Dec21  Well I got that one in the nick of time.  I earned this by walking 53.2 km in the month of December.  Woot!  #applewatch #award #december2021award #122021 #latergram
18Jan22  Oh ick.  I am NOT showing you what the porch light looked like.  Cleaning the porch and porch light were not my job and wasn't something I even thought about over the last 3yrs.  Until it started looking like this.  The blackness is from the dust and dirt across the road (where there's a large horse paddock). When the wind comes from that direction, even with the windows closed I get a film of dust and dirt over everything.  And obviously cobwebs are not immune from it.  So I took a couple cleaning brushes with extensions on them and tackled this area as well as the porch light.  Rod used to bring the globe around the light into the house and wash it. I can't do that. I'm not safe on ladders.  So I'll just get it to be less scary looking and call it good.  Before I tackled this job, the area was sprayed with my favourite spider killer.  Were spiders hurt? Geez, I hope so. And I hope they stay away for a long time.  #dirt #cobwebs #porchcleaning #eww #spiders #latergram
10Feb22  My gym advisor works really hard at keeping me moving.  Especially this week while I worked on meeting the Valentine's Day Challenge.  I like how the mirror shows me on the rower with my walking stick beside me (necessary so I can stand up when I finish my workout). #2022pad #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse  #catsofinstagram #latergram
8Jan22 I set up my oil diffuser for an hour of really nice fragrance and set the colours on the diffuser to random.  It's a nice way to end the evening. #2022pad #diffuser #aromatherapy #relaxing
4Jan22 Noble and I had a bit of a sleep in.  At least this time he let me have some bed too.. #2022pad #catsofinstagram #sleepingin
7Jan22  My Christmas card from America came with an official NASA First Moon Landing stamp.  Which I'm keeping.  That was part of my childhood.  #nasa #moonlanding #stamp
20Feb22 I was searching for something to make for my Sunday dinner that was a bit different.  This was different!  This was roasted sweet potatoes covered with prawns and then a fancy Piri Piri  topping.  It was stunning.  I found the recipe at New Idea Food (17 April 2019) - "Sweet Jacket Potato with Piri-Piri Prawns" and the recipe was actually for one person. It turned out amazing.  #2022pad #cooking #cookingforone  #sundayprawns
21Dec21 I came home to find Neurmal sunning herself in the office window.  #catsofinstagram #2021pad #latergram
6Jan22  It didn't last more than 5 minutes!  They both like sleeping in the chair but Neurmal generally gets there first.  Noble decided he'd try to fit in too.  He didn't like it.  LOL!  #2022pad #catsofinstagram #Iwasherefirst #stopcrowdingme #getyourownseat

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