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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Couch Potato Excercises

I never thought that I would see any excercise that would be for a couch potato!
Here is an article with instructions and a video on how to do couch potato excercise whilst watching tv!
This isnt the type of excercise I would like to do ,but I thought it was a good idea to get the "tv bugs"of the world moving. It includes lifting cans of baked beans too!
posted by Grace B at 4:52 PM 3 comments

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

More from Uganda

Several months ago, I received a letter regarding the Uganda Conflict Action Network, I read what is happening from time to time and I would like to share some ofthis story from
To continue reading it just click the link that I provided :

"The past few days I spent in northern Uganda hit me with fresh realities of the war.
I was humbled by an Italian photographer, Giovenallo, who has decided to adopt Oneka, a formerly abducted child combatant who has spent the past seven years with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. For all this time, Oneka has been a combatant. He now appears happy, and as I spoke to him we smiled at each other....... "
posted by Grace B at 10:42 PM 0 comments

Not so creative maybe

Yes I changed my photo :) I decided that a change is as good as a holiday! And I want to try changing the way my blog looks, but when I work out this html, I havent really bothered with it much, but want to have a go.
I have a photo special effects program on my PC and I tried being creative by turning my picture to black and white, yeah that's not really creative, I promise to do something more artsy in the future, for now I shall stick with the dorky black and white old day style.
posted by Grace B at 9:12 PM 4 comments

The "IM bored" post

Yeah this is my "I'm bored and will write anything" blog.
It's so windy here, bits of trees have been falling here and there, and Melbourne had some damaging weather. Although nowhere near as bad as the places hit by Hurricane Katrina.
I do love the wind though (not hurricane or tornado type!!) I love the sound it makes when you are inside, I always sleep so good on stormy nights!

I can't believe fuel prices have gone up so high! Here in Australia we can expect the cost of fuel to be $1.40 or $1.50 per litre,(yes in Australia we spell litre this way, not liter like spell check tells me) I don't know the conversion to gallons but let me tell you, it's costing a fortune! I think I better take up walking more frequently.

I wanted to post all these photos that I took with my cell phone, but I have no idea how to download them through a program I have called bluetooth, maybe later down the track.

I have a cold too :( but I'm full of energy at the same time, spring is in the air and it's lookin good, smelling good and feeling good, I love all the seasons, spring is my favorite but winter with the dead trees (yes I like them) comes close.

I have been reading more blogs lately before I go to bed, so much is happening!
That's all from me at this bored moment....
posted by Grace B at 1:15 AM 8 comments

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

Jonathan and I were talking a little about hurricane Katrina and New Orleans tonight.
When they first began to talk about it, I just assumed that it would be small and all would die down in the news.
Well I was wrong obviously. Lets keep New Orleans in our prayers tonight/day and hope that this is not as bad is it can be.

Here is some of the news I have read:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared," Nagin told a news conference after reading a mandatory evacuation order. "This is a threat that we've never faced before."

Katrina had grown into a Category Five hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with catastrophic winds of 284km/h, by 11am EDT on Sunday (0100 AEST Monday).

For the whole story: go here
posted by Grace B at 6:53 PM 6 comments


I watched a funny cartoon sitcom called "Popetown" ...well, I thought it was funny.
I went to a site that called it controversial and all that jazz, but the episode I watched was just in fun and about a priest who wants to be promoted to cardinal, so a nun assigns him to all kinds of tests.
My brother and I watched it and both thought it was pretty funny anyway.
Here to read about it.
posted by Grace B at 3:51 AM 0 comments

Charlotte Wyatt

I watched a video of one of the cutest little girls that I have ever seen,
Charlotte Wyatt
She needs your prayers right now, read her story
It saddens me that her parents need to prove to any one that their child deserves to live, this is their beautiful daughter!
I could see in that video, how her parents love her, her mother was holding her on her lap, her father, fussing around like a typical dad.
They are hoping and praying that the courts decide that Charlotte can keep on living.
I can't imagine the pain that Charlottes parents are feeling, wondering when "they" decide life or death for their precious little girl.
Hannah is doing a remarkable job of keeping us all updated through her blog, I have been reading this for months now and thanks to her, we can all know what is going on, we can all pray and we can all watch the progress through photos, videos and updates.
posted by Grace B at 2:59 AM 2 comments

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Home again

Thanks to those who wished me a safe trip and thanks for your prayers. I have been away for a few days getting my medical check up for immigration purposes, so I have had needles, X-rays and so on.
I had a nice but long trip home.
posted by Grace B at 2:10 AM 0 comments

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Carmel has left the building!

I shall be away for a few days, travel prayers are appreciated! Take care all...
posted by Grace B at 11:50 PM 4 comments

Monday, August 22, 2005

Fools Rush In

I just finished a great read by
Bill Carter he has written a memoir about his time in Sarajevo and what he did about getting the war and what was happening there, out to the rest of the world, with help from U2's Bono and the rest of the band.
I find Bill Carter to be a great man and so honest, he finds goodness amongst all that bad.
If you are up for a good book, then
Fools Rush In is my recommendation.
posted by Grace B at 2:18 AM 4 comments

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Pope says Beware of new age religions....

Wrapping up a successful four-day visit to his native Germany, the 78-year-old Pontiff said young people should turn their backs on secularism and faddish new-age religions.
He said there was "a kind of new explosion of religion" that if pushed too far turned faith into "almost a consumer product".
The huge open-air mass was the culmination of a visit which swung between the spiritual and the political as Benedict made important progress to fulfilling his pledge to build "bridges of friendship" with other faiths.
Benedict was due to return to Rome this evening at the end of what is being seen as a highly successful visit during which he met German Jewish and Muslim leaders.
During his landmark visit to Cologne's synagogue on Friday - only the second ever by a Pope to a Jewish place of worship - he condemned the "unimaginable crime" of the Holocaust in an address to Jewish leaders.
And yesterday he urged Muslim leaders to do more to combat the "cruel fanaticism" of terrorism that aimed to poison ties between Christians and Muslims.
Shortly before his departure, the Pope had time to lament the "dramatic" shortage of new recruits to the priesthood in his homeland, and urged German bishops to do more to get new vocations.
Outlining the problems facing the Church in his homeland, he said "secularism and de-Christianization" continued to rise, while the "influence of Catholic ethics and morals were in constant decline".
But he warned them there could be "no false compromises, no watering down of Gospel" in efforts to attract young people to the Church.
Earlier today, in a 20-minute homily dominated by a staunch defence of the everyday practice of religion against securalism, the Pope warned the multinational crowd of young pilgrims that constructing their faith on a "do-it-yourself" basis would ultimately prove fruitless.
"People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it. But religion constructed on a 'do-it-yourself' basis cannot ultimately help us."
Many in the huge multi-hued crowd, including Asians and Africans as well as Europeans, Latin Americans and Americans, spent the night at the site where the mass was held, a former coal mine on the outskirts of Cologne.
About 700,000 had attended a prayer vigil with Benedict the night before, but the World Youth Day organisers said the numbers had swelled to "more than one million" by today.
Though shy and retiring, and lacking the forceful personality of his predecessor John Paul II who revelled in such occasions, Benedict appears to have turned a corner in his pontificate and embellished his once rather dry appeal to young people with his first foreign trip.
The young crowd gave Benedict a noisy reception under a huge canopy of swirling flags when he arrived aboard his pope mobile, waving and blessing the crowd.
Before beginning the mass, he raised a huge cheer when he said: "I would like to have been able to go through the crowd and greet each and every one of you. That was not possible, but I greet you warmly."
At one point, the Pope cajoled them like a grandfather, gently urging them to "make the effort" to attend Sunday mass.
Benedict urged the young Catholics to keep God at the centre of their lives and underlined the importance of Sunday mass and receiving Holy Communion.
And the huge crowd seemed to appreciate the Pope's gently-delivered message, which sought to convey his own burning enthusiasm for the deeper mysteries of faith and the mass.
"He seemed a lot younger and more vibrant than we had expected," said George Pierce, 17, from the US state of Pennsylvania.
Story from
posted by Grace B at 4:03 PM 2 comments

Friday, August 19, 2005

Special words

"Dear friends, this deep gratitude for a gift of divine mercy is uppermost in my heart in spite of all. And I consider it a special grace which my Venerable Predecessor, John Paul II, has obtained for me. I seem to feel his strong hand clasping mine; I seem to see his smiling eyes and hear his words, at this moment addressed specifically to me, "Do not be afraid!". "
Pope Benedict XVI
posted by Grace B at 11:07 PM 2 comments

Thursday, August 18, 2005

More on World Youth Day

St.Peters helpers has posted some pictures of the Holy Father, visiting Cologne, there is also a link to a video of the event, click HERE for more information

Photo above: The Holy Father arriving in Cologne
posted by Grace B at 4:06 PM 0 comments

World Youth Day...Cologne

Stef is going to World Youth Day in Cologne, i'm so excited for her! It's going to be a great experience for all i'm sure, and I can't wait to be updated on how it went for her, who knows, maybe she will meet the Pope.. ;)
Pray that she has safe travel to and from Cologne

Visit WYD 2005 for information on this event!
posted by Grace B at 2:58 AM 3 comments

Monday, August 15, 2005

Nothing in particular

My American tour is now over, I had a great time, although on my way to Jonathan's my flights were delayed, we can thank the weather! I ended up sleeping in Washington Dulles airport on some chairs :-( I was not a happy chappy.
But the next day I was on a high because I finally got to see him.
We always have a great time and got to do so much again.
Jonathan has been a Catholic for one year now, whooo hoo! It's also my mums birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER!! So what does she decide to do for her birthday? Cook, it's her hobby I suppose.
My brother gave me a new cell phone today, I'm not into fancy phones but since it was offered, I took it ;) it has this really cool video feature on it, so far I have video taped my cat 10 times! I video taped my mum cooking, and my aunt while she was washing dishes. So I have been having fun, I would love to show you on here but I don't know how.
I'm also reading a great book by Bill Carter called "Fools rush in" it's a memoir of his time during the sarajevo war, apart from the foul language i'm loving it, someone rated it as "the pages will burn your fingers" and they are right.
So now that I'm back ,it's time to adjust to being home, and look forward to going back. Bye folks x
posted by Grace B at 11:52 PM 2 comments

Feline Quotations

"A cat is not fussy, just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the
shallow, rose-patterned saucer, and his fish on the blue plate, from which
he will take it and eat it off the floor"
Arthur Bridges

"Cats only occupy space and think about 3 things: food, sex and nothing, and if they
are neutered, that leaves food"
Penny Ward Moser

"A kitten is mischief in mink"
Christine Harris

"A cat is a lion in a jungle of bushes"
Indian Proverb
posted by Grace B at 9:50 PM 4 comments

Monday, August 08, 2005

Vines, Wines & Good times...

This week, Jonathan and I went to visit the Ferrante winery in Geneva, Ohio
It was a beautiful place with good food, wine and a great kept vineyard.
It was neat to see a vineyard when I am so far from home, all I know is growing up in a region full of vineyards in Australia.
Before I was born, my family owned the same vineyard we own now.
We had lunch at Ferrante followed by some wine tasting, my favorite is Merlot, just for the record....I don't drink much.
We then went outside and enjoyed the property, while some band played accordions, it brought back memories of my dad when he used to play for us.
All in all this place is neat, and I recommend it for anyone who is visiting the Geneva region, if you don't like wine then you will surely like the food and surroundings.
posted by Grace B at 6:16 PM 4 comments

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Happy Birthday Susan Anne Catherine Torres!

Update: With great sadness I write that Susan Anne Catherine Torres, passed away after surgery, only 5 weeks old. Keep the family in your prayers after this tough battle.
Now reunited with her mother and in the care of God

You can light a prayer candle online for Susan Anne Catherine Torres, or for her family by clicking HERE

Previous blog entry:

Here is a PHOTO
Of the gorgeous Susan Anne Catherine Torres, a miracle baby girl!

Also: R.I.P to Susan Torres, mother of the newborn girl
posted by Grace B at 11:25 AM 10 comments

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sonny Superstar!

I can't believe it, another one of my friends has a blog. Sonia is a great friend of mine, so check out her new blog and give her a nice welcome to the blogworld, you can find her site here SonnySuperstar
posted by Grace B at 3:57 PM 0 comments

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Susan Torres baby born!

Wow, Susan Torres baby has been born! I can't get into their official website, I guess it must be flooded.
Isnt it wonderful though? Im not sure of the sex and condition of the child, but can't wait to get to the site.
I have been so busy and havent been able to blog much but I had to for this.

For more information click HERE

UPDATE: Im writing this to inform you all that Susan Anne Catherine Torres passed away after 5 weeks of being on this earth. Pray for her family. This beautiful girl is now reunited with her mother and her father had a chance to meet the daughter he fought so hard to save. Bless them

posted by Grace B at 5:46 PM 6 comments