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

Instagram post 2218909867518071306_507303 11Jan20  I went to the city today to hang out in a pub with some friends over lunch and a few drinks.  I forgot to take photos while there.  DARN!  But waiting for the bus I saw this ad.  Can’t wait to see it!  I love Shaun the Sheep!  Any Adelaide people want to come see it with me?  #2020pad #inthecity #igotoutofthehousetoday #busstop #shaunthesheep #farmageddon
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Instagram post 2229832524149162684_507303 24Jan20  Challenge Friday Photo.  You want a pattern?  Which one, the floor, the cat bed, the pillows, the hand made blankets?  Or maybe my jumper (sweater) precariously on the arm of the chair.  Lots to choose from!  If you see one I didn’t mention, feel free to comment and let me know.  #cf20 #pattern #2020pad #catsofinstagram #office #patterns #patternseverywhere
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Instagram post 2218892523911752890_507303 09Jan20  Some of my meals aren’t that special or fancy.  This one was filling and not totally unhealthy.  Lots of cucumber (actually more than pictured because I went back for more). Two chicken burgers with burger sauce on them, and steamed fresh cauliflower in an olive spread container (it still had spread in it that I thought would be nice with it and it worked a treat. I sprinkled dry ranch dressing powder I bought in the states on it (less than a teaspoon) for a bit of oomph.  #cookingforone #cooking #2020pad #cucumber #chickenburgers #cauliflower
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Instagram post 2229724301584885775_507303 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
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Instagram post 2218899845966930544_507303 10Jan20 A couple weeks ago I read that you can use Nori (the seaweed ‘paper’ that’s wrapped around sushi) in a bamboo steamer as opposed to using foil and cutting little holes in it then throwing it away when done.  So I thought I’d give it a try for steaming my fish.  The house had a lovely seaweed smell while the fish cooked and when finished, the nori was crinkled up to the fish. I scooped both up and put them in the pan with the hot water I’d used for steaming then added the rest of the ingredients to make my ramen soup.  #cookingforone #cooking #hokifish #nori #steamedhoki #ramensoup #ramensoupforthesoul
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Instagram post 2218904749301058269_507303 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
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Instagram post 2229031221949039487_507303 17Jan20  Earlier in the week I ordered myself a ‘rollator’ or walker.  The one we bought for Rod will be put up for sale as I had issues getting it into the car for him.  This one folds opposite of older ones (like Rod’s) which makes it a lot easier to get in and out of cars. This is a ‘short’ version for short people!  Plus it’s purple!  I hope to use this for walks around the block, to and from the shops up the road, going for beach walks and anything where I need to walk more than I would with the cane.  In the photo, the wheels were still covered in plastic, and it’s folded up.  YES it even stays upright when folded.  This was one well thought out design. #2020pad #walker #purple #purplewalker #rollator
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Instagram post 2229035657064848880_507303 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
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Instagram post 2228481016010659088_507303 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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Instagram post 2229780145009602779_507303 23Jan20  Challenge Friday photo.  I was given a desk organiser set for Christmas that has a great gold and white pattern on it.  It went on my desk today, finally!  #cf20 #pattern #2020pad #deskorganiser
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