Thursday, February 4, 2016

What's next?


There have been so many changes in my life in the past few years that I'm feeling as though my head has been in perpetual spinning motion. Sometimes I even feel a bit giddy.

Life presents its challenges to all of us but I would never have envisaged being this age and underemployed and single.

I have many skills and much wisdom. This week I interviewed three really smart men about two complex studies they had conducted. Today I am finishing three paintings to place in my friend Martine's hair salon so the lucky patrons may enjoy the art and maybe buy one to take home with them.

This afternoon I am going to gallery sit in a beautiful space where I have had paintings displayed for seven months. I have sold one. I will take my quilt project with me as I would like to finish this masterpiece I am working on for a friend.

It's back to school this week for Miss B and the two-month countdown is on for Mr C's big adventure. Yesterday I sorted out my finances. In amongst all of this the family home is going up for sale.

When my mother was dying from cancer she used to say she must have killed a Chinaman* in a previous life.

I don't know what I did in a previous life but I've worked hard in this one and I'd like to receive the gifts the Universe has for me. This week, please.


Chinaman, must have killed a phr. a phrase noting bad luck.
[1910 Henry Lawson The Rising of the Court 299 'What have I been up to?' 'Killin' a Chinaman. Go to sleep.']
1930 Vance Palmer The Passage 272 'But my luck's out – I must have run over a Chinaman some time or other.'
1951 Dal Stivens Jimmy Brockett 184 'You're restless, Jimmy,' Nan said, teasing me. 'Have you killed a Chinaman?'
1982 Joe Andersen Winners Can Laugh v. 58 Superstition plays an important part in the life of the racing fraternity. The sighting of an oriental person before, during or after placing a bet is always regarded as a sure sign that fortune will smile on you. (A run of bad luck is usually attributed to the killing of one by the unlucky punter.)
1995 Paul Vautin Turn It Up! 62'You've heard the expression, 'You must have killed a Chinaman,' well I'm so out of luck that I reckon in a past life I must have been a tank driver in Tiananmen Square or something because I must have got dozens of 'em.'
1996 Tracks (Sydney) Jun 81/4 Young American Hank Mills wins the Rip Curl Pro Trials from Chris Davidson and the luckless Nick 'I killed a Chinaman' Wood.

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