Getting Personal

Gaelyne
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Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible.

-H. Robert Schuller

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Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

-Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.  

-George Santayana

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You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

-H.L. Mencken

About Me

My name is Gaelyne Gasson. Gaelyne is pronounced as “Gay-LINN”. I live in Reynella, South Australia with my husband, Rod and two cats – Noble and Neurmal.  I have three grown kids who live in the USA and a pair of appropriately adorable grandchildren that I’ve thus far only met via video chat online.  

I had a serious fall into rocks at Christies Beach a few years back that rocked my confidence. I broke a rib, but came close to hitting my head on the jagged rocks, which could have been fatal. I spent several months not really coping and was already dealing with depression, so it just compounded the situation. 

My rheumatologist suggested I take part in a program to help older people avoid falls.  By my actual age, I didn’t qualify to be in the clinic, but my body age was certainly in that bracket and they let me in the course anyway. The program lasted for about 6 weeks, and completely changed my life. Much of what I learned in the Falls clinic was a combination of balance training and strength exercises. I’ve tried to continue on this path as it’s done me a world of good.

I use a Fitbit and try to walk as much as I can everyday. I’m currently up to day #222 of meeting my modest (4500 steps) step goal. I have been trying to exercise at least 3 days a week and include balance training at least once a week. I’m still prone to falling – I had a fall yesterday – but I’m much better at being able to do it without injury and know my limitations. I have osteoarthritis, and despite walking a lot throughout the day, if I sit, stand or lie down for too long, I’m very stiff for a few minutes until I’ve been able to move a bit. My hips and ankles have a habit of ‘giving out’ on me during these first few minutes so I keep walking sticks near my desk and other strategic places so I can have a bit of safety for those scary moments. I hate that I need to do this. 

Other health issues include allergies, anemia and diabetes (type 2).  Over the last several months I’ve seen an improvement in my glucose results, mostly due to the extra activity.  I am better able to be out and about but still have limitations. It used to be I couldn’t handle a couple days of being away from home for various reasons. I can now do three days during the week but it takes me a few days to recover. It’s an improvement though, and I’ll take it. 

About 15 years ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and convinced myself I was going to die in the next few years.  That didn’t happen. I’m still here.  Some of my health issues started around the same time, or have had a hand in causing some of the effects, but I’m still here! 

I really enjoy cooking and have a little recipe area on this site for sharing some of my favourite dishes.  I have an appetite to match my love of cooking and my body size could definitely be smaller. I’m working on that, but it’s reached a bit of a plateau lately. 

When I’m not walking or in our home gym, you can usually find me at my computer. I enjoy using WordPress and in particular a theme named Divi.  I also really enjoy a couple of Facebook games – Bejeweled Blitz and Bingo.  Another I enjoy on my tablet is called Cross-Stitch World and I find it helps with my hand-eye coordination (as does Bejeweled), but this one is very relaxing. I often fall asleep at night playing it. 

I’m also a geek. I wrote a book about how to use the Internet for Commodore users several years ago and was very much into the inner workings on how to get online back before it became so easy anyone can do it.  Rod and I met on FidoNet, which existed before the Internet. And we tell people that as a point of pride. When we shared private messages with each other, we knew it was private. We rang each other’s modems and uploaded our messages.

I’m firm supporter of gay rights. I grew up with my first name of ‘Gae’ in the 1970’s. I’ve probably heard every bigoted anti-gay remark and especially when I was younger, was lectured by well meaning ‘adult’ bigots about why being gay is bad. It all took a toll and I made up my own mind that these people are just trying to live their lives and don’t need the bullshit some people want to heap on them.

My daughter is non-binary. She will *always* be my daughter, but I respect her feelings and realise that not everyone is born to their actual gender.  It’s taken me awhile, and I’ll probably get things wrong now and then, but my support is real. 

I believe people should be nicer to each other, and that the world would be SO much better is we just accepted differences and didn’t go out of our way to point out said differences. We are all human beings regardless of race, colour, religion or any combination.  Every once in awhile I try to practice Random Acts of Kindness.  It’s fun and brings smiles. Give it a try sometime. 

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