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

07Feb20 I had lots of ups and downs today. One o 07Feb20  I had lots of ups and downs today.  One of the downs was my car decided to not start.  One of the ups was the free loan of this car for the weekend from Ultra Car Care Reynella.  It’s put my thoughts towards a newer smaller car than mine.  I love my bronze dragon Ford Falcon Futura but it is getting on in years and the last 2yrs it hasn’t really been taken care of as well as it could have been.  Newer cars are zippier, smaller ones are easier to park and … less petrol.  Hmm.  #2020pad #loanercar #newercardreams
13Feb20 Look what I found at Costco in Adelaide, 13Feb20  Look what I found at Costco in Adelaide, Australia!  A genuine Saginaw, Michigan product.  I was tempted to buy a jar, but … it would probably last me 10yrs unless my daughter in law came to visit.  #2020pad #costco #shopping #saginaw #saginawmichigan #adelaideaustralia #pickles #vlasic #vlasicpickles
29Jan20 Challenge Friday photo. This is a square 29Jan20  Challenge Friday photo.  This is a square storage box.  It’s the perfect size for an actual single serve of cereal (not the single serve ANYONE would prefer, but .. there you go.  #cf20 #square
21Jan20 Mid afternoon snack. For the last severa 21Jan20  Mid afternoon snack.  For the last several months my glucose has been really high and it’s coming down VERY slowly while I wait to see some specialists. Meanwhile, my body thought a 7.5 was a low and sent me diving to check my blood and grab a snack. I opted for something high in fibre (Sesame crisps) and a bit of blue cheese.  This is half a serve.  #2020pad #t2diabetes #t2diabeteswarrior #snack
18Jan20 Yes! My roof is finished! The yellow is 18Jan20  Yes!  My roof is finished!  The yellow is masking for the gutters and was removed the next day along with the protective cover over the solar panels.  I love how the end caps look and how nice it looks overall.  More importantly, many cracked tiles were replaced and the coatings protect against sun damage and should help keep the house cooler.  @roofandrendersa  #roofrestoration #homeimprovement #homemaintenance #2020pad
16Jan20 There’s been some progress on roof resto 16Jan20 There’s been some progress on roof restoration.  At this point he still needed to replace some tiles, clean and then do all the coatings. @roofandrendersa  #2020pad #roofrestoration #homeimprovement #homemaintenance
10Jan20 My ramen soup. After steaming my fish wit 10Jan20 My ramen soup.  After steaming my fish with Nori in the bamboo steamer (see previous photo), I put the fish and nori into the pot with steaming water, turned up the heat and added vegetable stock powder, seasonings such as garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, sesame oil, a pinch of soy sauce, sesame oil and sriracha followed with chopped up veggies (frozen Asian vegetables and small bits of fresh cauliflower). Because I really like them I tossed in 3 prawn hargow (dumplings). When the veggies and hargow were cooked I tossed a packet of ramen noodles in and waited a few minutes before declaring my soup as finished.  How can something so easy turn out tasting so nice?? Try it sometime with your protein of choice. (Steamed or otherwise). Rod’s rule was ‘Fish & Chips on Fridays’. Well I’m still having fish & chips, but every other Friday I’m making this.  And it’s probably going to be different every time I make it. 
#cookingforone #cooking #hokifish #nori #steamedhoki #ramensoup #ramensoupforthesoul #2020pad #ramen #veggies #hargow #prawnhargow #soup #delicious
05Feb20 Noble was being a bit of a sook all day. 05Feb20  Noble was being a bit of a sook all day.  He’s not usually cuddly towards me, but today he just wanted loving and lots of it.  So much so I even let him hang out snuggled up to me on the doona.  #2020pad #catsofinstagram #kittysnuggles
22Jan20 I don’t often panic, but this had me in 22Jan20  I don’t often panic, but this had me in true panicked state for about half an hour before I gathered my wits and started some real problem solving.  This is the monitor to the solar panel system.  It said there was no power coming from the panels.  None. Zip.  I looked for the manual and couldn’t find it. We’ve had the panels installed since 2016 and never ran into a problem in all that time.  After finding the name of the installation company, I called them and they were able to calm me down and helped get it reporting again. The panels were fine. The box in the photo needed rebooting.  #2020pad #panicking #solarpanels #solarenergy #fixed
08Feb20 While waiting between having an injection 08Feb20  While waiting between having an injection and getting a bone scan, I went to the local mall to pick up a small and simple rice cooker.  I gave it a try with brown rice and to liven things up added sautéed  onion and garlic to it along with half a tablespoon of Turmeric and some Lemon Pepper seasoning.  It turned out absolutely perfect.  #2020pad  #cookingforone #cooking #brownrice #tumeric #ricecooker
13Jan20 Was doing my exercise today (Strength & B 13Jan20  Was doing my exercise today (Strength & Balance training). The stepper, for me, is a combination of both strength and balance.  Currently my lounge room / gym has a few remnants from my office makeover, including the box of books in the chair.  But stepping up and seeing the “This way up” sticker just gave me the giggles.  #strengthtraining #2020pad #homegymlife #thiswayup #stepper #quadkiller #gettingfit

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