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.


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.

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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

16Sept21 I had an appointment near Christies Beach so took a moment before going home to have a walk by the water.  This pink headcover is a sunblocker that I keep in my car in case I'm somewhere and don't have a hat.  I'm allergic to the sun and breakout in a rash that lasts forever if I don't protect the top of my head.  #muchlatergram #2021pad  #christiesbeach #sunblock #sunhat #beachselfie
20Oct21 Happy Belated Birthday - Here's your Seniors card!  Woot!  I can haz discounts now! I'm so happy to finally actually arrive at 60.  My only disappointment is that the age where I  can get assistance with some of things I need help with has been bumped up to 65 now.  Damn.  #latergram #2021pad #happy60th #senior #iamaseniornow #gettingoldisjustfinewithme
20Sept21 This is Neurmal... Hiding in one of the hidey areas of the cat tree.  You can make out her collar and I believe she's got her face down on the carpet.  Silly kitty. #muchlatergram #2021pad #catsofinstagram #hiddenkitty
21Sept21 You've heard of shoe trees?  Well this is a shoe walker!  LOL!  I hate shopping for shoes so I try to get a few pair that I like when I do need new ones. I always trade off wearing two pairs, and keep a third in a bag for when one wears out.  I bought the black shoes, but the other two weren't winners for me.  This was a great way to try on 3 pair without having to hobble back and forth or having an untidy pile next to me.  #muchlatergram #2021pad #shoeshopping #shoewalker #walking #walker
06Dec21 "Abstract Cat". When I glanced over at Noble, I had to do a double take.  It's not often you see a three-legged headless cat!  #catcontortions #catsofinstagram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram  #Creative  #cf21 #2021pad
07Dec21  My chair is complete.  Isn't she a beauty?  My posture has improved so much just in the few days of using it so far.  The first few days I had some body aches as my posture changed from hunched over to something much more comfortable. I knew my old chair was making my sciatica worse and I felt like I was leaning to the left (physically) a lot more than I should.  I have some spinal compression on the left side which really doesn't help that, but this chair so far has really made a difference how my body feels - while I'm in the chair - and when I get up and walk around.  This is the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Series in Plush Pink.  #newchair #officechair #gamingchair #secretlab #2021pad
22Nov21 I really thought I'd cracked my phone screen but everyone kept assuring me it was only the screen protector.  Everyone was right.  Why make a screen protector out of glass?? #cf21 #material #2021pad #latergram
01Dec21 My SodaStream bottle and my Brita Marella water jug.  This jug annoys me. It seems to be designed by a tall person with no tremors or thought to people with tremors or with kids in mind. It's too tall to fit in my fridge so it has to go in the door. I can't fill it all the way with water because the top doesn't seal and it needs to be tilted to into the fridge door.  Trying to hold it and pour water into my 1 litre water bottle, I have to set the bottle in the sink. Because of my tremor, I need to lean the lip of the jug on the lid of the bottle.  The edges of the jug were too smooth and the jug kept slipping as I was trying to pour - so I got out my trusty nail file and roughed up the edges a bit. At least I solved one issue.  But this jug... how the heck did it get past the design stage?  I should have returned it but I've had it a few months and tossed the box.  @brita.anz @sodastreamau #waterjug #water #sodastream #grumpygranny #2021pad
02Dec21  Adorable little 'bugs'. These arrived today.  Can't wait to see them in use! (Yes, I'll share any pics later). #2021pad #adorablebugs
12Dec21  Finally finished sharing my backlog of snaps to Instagram so took a celebratory selfie - which was also for 12 of 12 day - in my new chair.  the pillow behind my head makes it look a bit like I was wearing a headset!  #2021pad #selfie #celebratoryselfie

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