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 is fighting lung cancer that’s spread to his leg bone, so life is a little crazy right now. 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.


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.


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. But my world is different from what my family in the USA experiences, so sharing seems a nice thing to do. Usually, my photos are snaps from my daily life, which is pretty ordinary. But my world is different from what my family in the USA encounters, so sharing is a nice thing to do.

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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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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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Random Instagram Pics

My Facebook Fitness Page

Instagram post 2102315663925675135_507303 23Jul19  This is a book, made by other grieving parents in my area for others in the same situation.  In my group for spouse grief, we talked about doing similar.  As the meeting ended, the therapist offered a copy for me to give to my grieving niece who lost her son a year ago.  A very lovely act of kindness, indeed.  #2019pad #grief #griefsupport #actsofkindness
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Instagram post 2102316284103718019_507303 25Jul19  Oooh, that’s a big suitcase…  #2019pad
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Instagram post 2102302773369788208_507303 16Jul19  I had a coupon… and really wanted to try the ‘Italian’ sausage. (This was pepperoni and sausage - a great combo!). The pizza was so big I actually had to open the door wider to get it in.  This was so big I still have a couple of meals left in my freezer for a rainy day.  #pizza #newyorkstyle #italiansausage #pepperoni #dinnerforonex8 #2019pad
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Instagram post 2102306509647275927_507303 19Jul19  I took the longer slower way home from a dental appointment just so I could see the beach.  It was cold today so I didn’t stay long, but it sure was lovely to view.  #beach #christiesbeach #2019pad
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Instagram post 2102334779323558670_507303 03Aug19  I’m sure the Cole’s delivery driver and the packer thought this order must be for a crazy cat woman… I have a good reason though.  And I even found a safe place to store all the cat food too.  #2019pad #catsofinstagram #crazycatlady #stockingup
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Instagram post 2102307424324348294_507303 19Jul19  I loved watching these seagulls having a chat over the railing.  #beach #christiesbeach #seagulls
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Instagram post 2102309005828799618_507303 20Jul19  Well that’s just the wrong cat!  Moonshine decided to try sleeping where the other cats sleep.  It appears I’ve trained yet another cat to sleep on the kitty blankets, not on my doona.  #2019pad #catsofinstagram #mycatsthinkimcrazy
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Instagram post 2102330174019661292_507303 01Aug19  Annual mammogram over and done with.  This marks 18yrs since I had breast cancer.  The 1 spot was a bit of calcification.  Phew!  #2019pad #annualmammogram #mammogram #breastcancersurvivor
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Instagram post 2102328689395314888_507303 30Jul19  Breakfast for dinner.  And it was sooo good.  2 slices of bacon, lots of mushrooms, toast with vegemite, some scrambled eggs with cheese and green onion and one over easy egg with the yolk broken so it oozed onto the toast (the way I like it). I couldn’t decide on which way to have the eggs so did both just to see if I could.  #2019pad #cooking #breakfastfordinner #eggs #scrambledeggs #eggsovereasy #mushrooms #toastwithvegemite
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Instagram post 2102311731731952114_507303 21Jul19  Sunday is prawn night.  This week I made a Thai curry with asian veggies and skipped the pasta in favour of trying a wild rice mix I found - the first I’ve seen in Australia.  It was brown rice, wild rice and a red rice I’ve never heard of before.  Very nice!  #cookingforone #cooking #2019pad #prawns #thaicurry #wildrice
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Instagram post 2107727021584267352_507303 07Aug19 Not only did I score a seat, I got a seat in the Polaris section. Thanks @united !  #usaadventure2019 #unitedairlines
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