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This is 'good news". Jaywalker has agreed to moderate a "Voice your Opinion" page, for all who enjoy a good discussion. Coming soon, so stay tuned.
I have some good news of my own to share. In late September I will become a grandmother for the first time. Woohoo! I'm so excited. I'm knitting little things and checking out the baby fashions. My d-i-l wants to be surprised, so we don't know if it's a boy or a girl but I'm hoping for pink.
Congratulation. You have a long way to catch up with me - I have two great grandchildren! I always tell people I was a child bride!
That is Good News San ! Congratulations to the newGrandma to be and the future parents . I have 8 grandies ranging in age from 21 to 11. Where are you going to find the time to babysit ?
Congrats Sanmac. A grandchild will add a whole new dimension to your life. When you think your heart can't hold any more love, wow, it just opens the floodgates.I held my granddaughter when she was maybe 10 minutes old and she stared into my eyes and we communed, and it seemed as though she held every secret to the Universe. It's a memory I treasure.She's 1 now. They seem to grow so quickly. Cherish every moment. Children are a privilege.
My congratulations also Sanmac .......those incredibly special early years pass too quickly and you would be wise to heed Camelia's advice to `Cherish every moment'. I'm yet to experience the joy of being a grandparent.
Thank you all for your kind words. I do plan to cherish every moment. As a matter of fact, each moment will be a bonus. You see, my D-I-L is American and they had planned to return to the US before starting a family but now they intend to stay in Oz for a while after the birth. How long? I don't know. I'm just grateful for every day. Skype wouldn't have been the same.
Ggod luck, Sanmac - you can do your babysitting - and if you live close by - YOU WILL! Whilst thumbing thru the pages of your websiteLucky you! and CONGRATULATIONSIf they return to America - and we hope for your sake they don't, you will have an overseas holiday house to go to
Enjoy your grand child Sanmac. there is nothing like being a Grandmother.
Hi everyone, was having trouble posting a comment on here so I have signed up a different way. So fingers crossed I won't have anymore trouble.
My fingers are crossed. Welcome back.
I believe that Diamond5 is a published author. I recall it being mentioned on AMA.Do tell us what you've published.No need to be Precious here.
That is great news San, how exciting for you,children are special but grandchildren are the icing on the cake.I have 7, 5 girls and just two boys Wobbly
Welcome Wobbly. I like your mix of grandies: 5 ballet lessons to 2 soccer training sessions. They're the odds I like.:D
Today, we sadly said good-bye to our favourite site but we needn’t say good-bye to everything that it offered. There are 3 new sites, each offering a little bit of AMA, and a way to keep in contact with each other. All 3 owe a HUGE debt to the “original and the best” and to David, who devoted so many years to what I now realise was a Herculean task of keeping it all together. He too, must be feeling the same pangs of nostalgia that we are. Join me in wishing him all the best for his future and assuring him of a big welcome whenever he chooses to visit us.
Yes, Sanmac. A big thank you and congratulations on a job well done to David.
From me too.
Brisbane's Lifeline Bookfest. We are meeting at 10am on Sunday, June 10. Come along for coffee and chat and great book bargains. Email me for the details. firstname.lastname@example.org Looking forward to meeting you.
Moi and I met at the Bookfest this morning. It was great; good company, good coffee and surrounded by books. Heaven! Not only did I make a new friend but I picked up some bargains as well. I’m all smiles.
Just adore your 'cheeky comments' Sanmac.... where did you get them from?
I like them too. Some are very clever. Here's the linkhttp://www.cheekyquotes.comEnjoy
HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the Dads. Enjoy your special day.
It's a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A healthy 8lb 7oz bundle of bliss..... Lucas, welcome to the world. I am so exited. WoooHoooo!
Great news and the 8th is my mother's birthday. How exciting for you all!
I will always remember your mother's birthday! and 8 is a lucky number.They are home from hospital now and his parents are trying to remember what 'sleep' means. Lucas is apparently nocturnal but so adorable.
Congratulations Sandra on the birth of your little grandson - and welcome to little Lucas.Best wishes.
Congratulations. He certainly was a healthy weight!
Congratulations. Wonderful news . Are we taking bets that Nanna might now introduce a page devoted to children's books? ( which I adore...)
Thank you everyone. He is just perfect, with long, thick brown hair -like a rock star. Good idea Moi. He can be our resident critic of books for kids. His collection has already started! :)
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.The shopping is all done, the presents are wrapped and the turkey is in the oven. Phew!! I didn't think I'd be ready till March.I hope Santa brings you a stack of books.Merry Christmas everyone.Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all
Happy New Year!!!*****!!!Thank you to all who contributed with comments and opinions over the past 7 months and also to those who regularly look in.May your year be filled with wonder - and smiles - contentment tempered with excitement - and, of course, lots of great books.
Just like to alert people to the fantastic little map on the Home Page.Its called a Clustr Map and shows the origin of people who are logging in. All very vague so no privacy is infringed but fantastic to see people from the other side of the world popping in.And a big hello to each and everyone of them !!!!
Glad you like it Moi. It's a guide only but as the stats build up it will be interesting to see where our viewers are. I'm planning to open a 'guest book' for those who may be reluctant (shy?) to join in discussions and also to feature authors whose work is published in translation. What do you all think of these ideas?
Guest book sounds a great idea SanmacYou amaze me with all these new ideas you come up with to enhance this website and our reading experiences.Any more ideas from any of those yellow dots on the cluster map ?
The guest book is now open! It's a new page in the top tabs. I do hope that visitors are happy to sign.
I went to see the Antique show in Melbourne last Friday.. was very interesting but the prices were way out of my reach.
You are lucky. We don't have a show here in Brisbane, though we do have a large warehouse of antiques which I love to browse. The nicer ones are pricey. I could spend the rent. lol Welcome to Bookworm.
My eldest son Elliot got engaged to his lovely girl-friend yesterday evening after running the Edinburgh marathon! Looks like I will need to buy a new hat sometime!!All delighted and excited!Sylvia
Great news, Sylvia. Congratulations. A daughter at last? I think you may need more than a hat ( :D ) Marathon, eh,, He's a real winner. Best wishes to Elliot and his fiance.
Thankyou Sanmac! Yes he got a medal and she got a ring!The saying (in case you are not familiar with us English! ha) "Buying a new hat" indicates a wedding coming up. I'm not a great fan of hats as they don't suit me but apparently there is one hat to suit every woman so let's hope I find it, as well as a lovely outfit of course!
It will be great fun searching for that hat too, Sylvia !And lovely of you to share your exciting news . We need more of it !
No, I didn't know that expression. When is the big day?
Thankyou Moi; you are SO right saying we need more good news; we seem to have had such a lot of doom and gloom or sad news since before Christmas.Sanmac; I don't know whether or not you ever heard of the TV progamme "Blind Date" with Cilla Black presenting it a few years ago now. Anyway, each time a couple's Blind date went really well Cilla would get excited and say that she might need to go out and buy a new hat (in honour of the hoped for wedding).No date set yet (frustrating!) I was at the hairdressers looking through a Hello! magazine when I spotted JK Rowling in a lovely outfit and talking to the Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of a Harry Potter exhibition. I wasn't keen on the colour as I don't suit creams but the style was ME! Now I wonder if I can afford an outfit similar to one worn by JK Rowling!! Hm probably not! :)
I hope you managed to come away with the photo of the outfit. You never know but you may find someone clever enough to make it for you.
I'm going to be a great-grandmother for the third time, well, fourth if you count the twins as two. My eldest granddaughter is expecting her second in late January - she only just told me - and I can't believe it's over a year since her first child was born in early March.
Congratulations..................Exciting news !
Oh congratulations jaywalker! You must be one of the youngest great grandmothers! And at the age of 66 I don't even have one grandchild yet! People keep telling me they will probably all come one after the other! We shall see.Meantime if there's any more good news to come please someone come and buy our house!! :)
Well, they might, sylvia - my middle son has two children, 28 and 25, and between them, counting the twins, who have made them grandparents four times in two years!
I would certainly count the twins as two! Ah Jaywalker, you're another child bride. Congratulations. Do they all live near you?
No....eldest son and family in Launceston, middle one in Mornington, youngest in Coolum....so none in Hobart.
Visits must be so much more fun, seeing the changes as they grow. Congratulations again.