Winterr's words

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Ok happy and spooky halloween to all, some of you have got great halloween stuff on your blogs! Some ghost stories and stuff are just too spooky for this wimpy person.

On my way home today I got into this terrible fight with this strange person and got kicked in the shin and look:

Actually the truth is that I fell out of my car when my shoe slipped off me :D
But lemme tell ya, it hurt.

Today is All Saints Day, it's quite a nice time to reflect on the good that will unite us all later.
And in victoria it's the Melbourne Cup whooo hoooo, every year we have this huge horse race celebration and we get to dress up, have a few good drinks and either win or lose our money.
I hope my horsey wins me some dough :D Go Makybe Diva!! You must see her photo:

Im not really into betting but once a year at this time is a lot of fun for me and the family.
posted by Grace B at 4:18 PM 7 comments

Friday, October 28, 2005

Fluffy rabbits n' flowers n' stuff

It's saturday!! And i'm glad, yesterday was one of those full on days and by the end of it I had a major headache, I was in bed by 9.30pm which is odd for me.
Spring has hit here in my land, it's getting so hot soon it will be time to do the fun summer stuff we all like to do :D
One fun summer thing I would like to do again, is to go snorkelling, it's so cool, although, when I went to snorkel were these weird things on the beach and I was too scared to squish them and kill them but they were everywhere! Underwater was like a new world, you can't hear anything but water and it feels like "peace" I wished that I had a camera to capture the beauty under there, if you ever visit a place called "Mystery Island" you must go snorkelling!
Blogging has been a real fun hobby for me, last night I just checked out anyones blogs.
I never realized how rude I can initially be (but I don't mean to be) I went jogging at our local football field and when it was cool down and walk time this lady walked by me with a huge smile,I could tell she wanted to say "hey there" or something. I initially thought to myself "hope she doesnt start talking to me, it's not like I know her" so she said "hi there" and started talking, she ended up being a very interesting person and I had a great cool down time walking and talking with her, I think it's too easy to get into that "leave me alone im busy" world, and im dissapointed in myself for thinking how I did. But hey I learned :D

I really like what's behind this poem, I hope everyone who reads it can be a wildflower!

Are you a wildflower?

Wildflowers grow from mere dust to reach their full potential.
Wildflowers grow well, even in adverse soil conditions.
Wildflowers don't require late nights at the office to grow.
Wildflowers grow thick and stick together.
Wildflowers grow strong and tall.
Wildflowers display their brilliant personalities for all to see.
Wildflowers withstand drought and grow all the more beautiful when watered.
Wildflowers withstand frost and hale.
Wildflowers last late in the season, when other flowers have given up.
Are you a wildflower?
~By David Leonhardt

Want to know who has the most beautiful singing voice in the world? (in my opinion)
James Blunt I have been listening to his stuff for a while, I love the song
You're Beautiful it's really worth checking him out. And of course I have to put a face to his name, so here is his pic...

And finally, bad hair/hare day....

But Oh so cute, kissy kissy kissy xxxxx
posted by Grace B at 1:59 PM 5 comments

Thursday, October 27, 2005

For Dylan Hartung

Im my comments section from my previous post on Dylan Hartung, Susan left me a message, informing all that they are holding a twilight Christmas market.
Dylan's family and friends are trying to raise money so that Dylan can stay in the USA and continue his cancer treatment, unfortunately they have run out and cannot afford this, which is why they need help.
I wanted to copy and paste her comment up here in case someone who lives nearby happens to read this and wants to go, besides what good is an advertisment for such a good cause going to do at the bottom of my blog in an old post? So here it is:

Just to let you know on Friday 18th November 2005 at St Catherine's Primary School in Berwick we are holding a twilight christmas market, 5-9p.m. The profits from ticket sales, raffles, sausage sizzle ect go to the Hartung family- please pass the word around and let people know tickets are available by calling 039707-1830 at a cost of $5.00 and you get a premium glass of wine by redeeming the ticket on the night( that is if you are over 18 years)

This sounds to me like it's going to be a great night, and well a glass of premium free wine is too good to pass up.

If you do not know who Dylan Hartung is (just the cutest little boy ever) visit his site HERE you can even view his "chicky babe" photos, where there are pictures of him with Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie!

Above is a photo of Dylan that was sent to me in email, he is definetly a cutie
posted by Grace B at 2:06 PM 3 comments

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Pro-life or Pro-choice?

My main concerns with Pro-choice issues are that life is not being respected. Life that cannot speak for reasons such as "not being born yet" or being disabled and unable to communicate, often leaves the live human with "no choice".
Some call abortion a "freedom" issue, but it is hardly that. We need what I call "protection of life and rights to life".
Some websites suggest the government "stay out" of these issues, I question why? Should the government not be involved in protection against unjust acts upon life? I feel the government should be looking into these things and keeping a keen interest.
In a pro-choice website they write:

"Our goal is for the national Libertarian Party platform to RETAIN wording making it clear that we want government to stay out of the matter and that we do not want it prohibiting (or mandating) abortion!"
Is it really a "freedom" to do what they want with life that these people are seeking? A "no boundary" attitude to who gets to live or die?
The beating of a heart does mean that a fetus is alive, it is a human being, whether this life is sitting in a womb or in a hospital bed, does not change this fact. They turn a blind eye to this because they want "freedom, liberty" to do anything and they want the government to stay out.
Another site states:
Pre-born Baby: To claim that a single human cell is a pre-born baby is to claim that one, single, incomplete, dependent, unsustainable cell (so small its almost invisible to the naked eye) is the same as a breathing, laughing, crying, 3,000,000,000,000 (three trillion) cell human baby. That's like saying a redwood tree seed (which is about the size of a grain of rice) is the same as a thousand- year-old, thirty-seven-ton redwood tree.

See anything wrong with that picture?
Life is a gift and no one has the right to assume they have more right to live than the other.

This article has also left me wondering where the respect for life is.
The author quotes birth this way:

"Then theres birth, painful, dangerous, and destructive. There is no easy way to get one person out of another; however its done, both parties are bound to suffer, though usually the mother suffers more than the baby. The effects of childbirth are long-lasting and sometimes irreparable aching joints, scars, incontinence that shows up in middle age. After a woman gives birth, her body is never the same. Its one thing if she has chosen to take these risks, but quite another if she hasnt."

Child birth is painful for all, but it' s also a wonderful and emotional and not to mention beautiful way that a child can be born into the world, as many call it the miracle of life, and so it is.
Through exercise a womans body can be healthy and the same, scars are a very small issue.
And if the woman has not chosen to be pregnant then it's really not an excuse enough to discard of the developing child who did not ask to be there either.
Not to forget that this woman who has not chosen to be pregnant, chose to take the risk.

It's a fact that women who make the choice to have an abortion, face an elevated risk of death from a number of causes.

What about Ana Rosa? She is a failed abortion attempt, the doctors cut off her arm, thinking they killed her, but they didnt and she was born without an arm.

Ok so this is rare, but one mistake is a huge mistake and one mistake too many.
I care very deeply about life and I try not to write too much on this issue because I don't condemn or judge anybody, and I do not condemn women who have already aborted a child, nor those who vote for pro choice.
I have been very close to this issue, with 2 personal acquaintances, they both had abortions, simply because they couldn't resist having sex that night, and the man didnt like the feel of condoms, I wont go into contraception issues, i'm Catholic and that should tell you enough. But one of these girls was too afraid to tell her mother she wasnt a virgin and that was the reason behind the termination, again I hold no judgement toward her or condemnation I see why this is a very bad act and morally wrong and have a huge respect for life, starting from conception until birth.
It's also difficult for me to write alot about this subject because of the huge debates that follow, but at the same time feel very passionately about the issue.

I would like end this post with some things Pope John Paul II said on this issue:

"challenge to life has grown in scale and urgency in recent years." "It has involved particularly the beginning of human life, when human beings are at their weakest and most in need of protection,"

The government of each nation "has as its primary task precisely the safeguarding and promotion of human life."

"The Church's position, supported by reason and science, is clear: the human embryo is a subject identical to the human being which will be born at the term of its development," he explained. "Consequently whatever violates the integrity and the dignity of the embryo is ethically inadmissible."

"We must not be resigned to attacks on human life, above all, abortion. Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each of its stages."

"I appeal urgently to all of you, dear brothers and sisters, to do everything in your power to ensure that life, each and every life, will be respected from conception to its natural end," the Pope said. "Life is a sacred gift, and no one can presume to be its master."
posted by Grace B at 4:14 PM 2 comments

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Heard it on the radio

So there's this guy, and for all his life he never believed in God, he would go around telling everyone "God is not real, there is no God" and so on.
One day this guy decided to take a hike in the woods, when he came across this huge bear! Needless to say he was afraid and began to run for his life, so the bear began to run after him (as bears do) so this guy ran faster and faster and the bear was getting closer and closer, just at that moment he yelled out "Lord, please help me!"
Suddenly it was as though time stood still, and everything paused except for the guy, and God said "Why should I help you after all the time you spent telling people I wasn't real and not to believe in me? " the guy couldn't think of an answer and realized that God was not going to save him, but then he asked "Ok, I see you wont help me, but can you at least turn this bear into a good Catholic bear and then maybe he wont kill me?" God then said "Ok"
So time began once again and the guy was running and the bear was running, until the bear caught up to the guy, pinned him down, ready to eat him, and then for a moment the bear paused and looked up to the heavens and said "Bless me oh Lord, and this your gift, which I am about to eat from your bounty through Christ our Lord, amen"

You like? I heard it on the radio and had a good laugh.

My blog is worth $62,099.40.
How much is your blog worth?

I discovered the "how much is your blog worth?" from
Catholic Pillow Fight
So since my blog is worth all that dough, anyone wanna buy it?
posted by Grace B at 3:37 PM 0 comments

Money VS Life

I just got back from my friends wedding. It was fun, parties are always fun, at least when you're in good company. It's always good having great cake(not to mention strawberries and chocolate, my fave) and great wine! I must say I think I'm a lil tipsy after we toasted the couple a few times.
Anyway, about life and money, I was thrilled to hear of Charlotte Wyatt's DNR order being lifted, she is so cute, and growing, I have a link to a blog with photos and updates about her on my sidebar :)
What has really left me disappointed in people is the fact that comments have been left on other blogs by people complaining that these cases take their tax dollars, and why should they have to pay for it and so on.
I admit if someone were left on a life support system where they are really dead but having the heart artificially pumped and all that, well they are probably gone, but when it's a breathing aid for someone who is improving , well that's a different matter, and I would happily donate, and pay tax knowing my money was going to something so important and beautiful as Charlotte Wyatt.
After all what price do you put on life?
posted by Grace B at 5:05 AM 0 comments

Saturday, October 22, 2005

What is the history behind your name?

So what's behind your name? What does it mean? I enjoy looking names up, I even have my own book of names.
There is a great website where you can look up your name it has all names from all countries so if you have an unusual name you may possibly find it there.
Also, have you ever wondered which famous people may share the same name as you? You can find out Here
Well this is what I got in relation to what is behind my name:

Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: KAHR-mel
From the title of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Carmel. Carmel (meaning "garden" in Hebrew) is a mountain in Israel mentioned in the Old Testament. It was the site of several Christian monasteries

Gods fruitful vineyard/ Gods garden

So what history is behind your name?
posted by Grace B at 4:41 PM 2 comments

Friday, October 21, 2005

So I like cats

I really like this : Cats in sinks

posted by Grace B at 9:52 PM 2 comments

Happy Birthday Charlotte Wyatt

It's Charlotte Wyatt's birthday, and I wanted to let everyone know! But if you want to know who Charlotte Wyatt is you should visit
Also, her do not ressucitate order is no more, so she has the right to live now. That's good news and answer to prayer.

posted by Grace B at 4:47 PM 2 comments

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Married or engaged?

Are you married or engaged? If you are either I found this nice site
Together As One

St.Agnus of Rome....
Do you know about St.Agnus of Rome? Her story really inspired me tonight. I had known some little details but not really apart from the fact she was a virgin.
Sources vary on how she died but all ways sound pretty bad! Anway that's not the point, my point is that her story is amazing, I found out about her here:
St.Agnus of Rome

"Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve."
-Saint Agnus

posted by Grace B at 11:37 PM 2 comments

Dylan Hartung

Tonight i'm wanting to write about a boy who melted my heart! That would be 6 year old Dylan Hartung.
His family have run out of money to pay for his cancer treatment in New York.
So far his treatment has cost around $730,000. That is such a huge amount of money.
They are wanting donations and I don't blame them with figures like 730big ones!!
If you would like to help there is a site HERE you can also find out more about the situation there.
*Warning, if you are a softy like me, get your tissues ready before you enter the site.
And perhaps offering up a prayer for both Dylan and his family.
posted by Grace B at 3:02 AM 10 comments

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

a meme

It's about time I posted a meme. I read everyone elses but have never wanted to answer the questions for myself. I think that if I read other peoples , I should at least do one.
So I was reading Wendy's blog and took the one she had posted on there (thanks).
So here is my first meme....

1. What is your favorite word? Eternity
2. What is your least favorite word? Ugly
3. What turns you on? Fresh roses
4. What turns you off? Smelly feet
5. What is your favorite curse word? D*mn it!
6. What sound do you love? Rain
7. What sound do you hate? Screaming or Yelling
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Politics
9. What profession would you not like to participate in? Cleaning public bathrooms
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome home daughter
posted by Grace B at 3:55 AM 5 comments

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Says the Pope

Jeff Miller from The Curt Jester has written a few words about Pope Benedict XVI giving the children a little lesson at the youth rally in St.Peter's square.
What really touched me was the answer Pope Benedict XVI gave to a child who asked about Jesus being present in communion, this child wondered how it could be so, when the child could not actually see Jesus in communion. The answer was so special and a perfect explanation for a child, but also the right answer for us adults.
To read the post click here: Pope as Catechist

Picture above is of a cute german rottweiler

Also Marie Linda posted about Thanksgiving a few days ago, I just love the photo of the little girl praying with her dolls that was on her blog, you can find it Here
Last but not least, I leave you with this:
posted by Grace B at 8:58 PM 6 comments

An enjoyable read

You are that man by Mark Connell

*I should have mentioned when I posted this yesterday that this is a very powerful conversion to Catholicism story, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
posted by Grace B at 2:23 AM 0 comments

Thursday, October 13, 2005


I had a nice read of the blogs today. Through Julie's blog Happy Catholic I found Exultet where Therese talks about an experience she had through prayer to do with Angels.
I enjoy reading about things like this, they are always encouraging.
Just last night I was watching a movie about an Angel "Michael" with John Travolta, not your typical angel, but an "Arch" Angel, it was a comedy type thing, I sure hope angels don't look like he did :D
Anyway enough about movies I really enjoyed Therese's post on angels, you can read it
Julie at Happy Catholic also writes of an experience, go read these things!!
posted by Grace B at 4:03 PM 3 comments

Which fantasy/sci fi character are you?

This looked like fun..

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Hat tip Idle Mendacity

I also took this one (ok I was bored and did 2) The real keys to my heart is Jonathan of course!
What are the keys to your heart?

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.

In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.

You'd like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.

What Are The Keys To Your Heart?

Hat tip Thoughts of a Sprite
posted by Grace B at 3:17 PM 6 comments

Monday, October 10, 2005

Back home

Last night I came home after a very busy weekend in Melbourne where I was studying. I had a pretty good time but very busy as you could imagine, I had an exam to go through and wondered if I could pass it, but I did, yay me!!
I also wondered if I could actually draw blood and understand the whole way they do things,(without passing out) but I was able to do that too, I surprised myself, the look of blood or putting a needle in didn't bother me at all, I guess looking at it in a different light makes a big difference.
The student house I stayed at was really good, better than I thought and there was a beautiful Cathedral St.Ignatius Church and I wanted to go to a mass while there so I did.
I also visited St.Francis Church I didn't go right in because there was a service going on at the time, but I had a look around, they also have an awesome bookstore right next door.
My first hours of Melbourne were not so good, I got there and some pervert old man tried to bug me until he found that there was another man coming his way, I was in such a bad mood from lack of sleep that I felt like punching his lights out, when he approached me I knew that he was up to no good.
Melbourne has to be my favorite city, there is nothing like it, it's so livable and affordable, it's also so gorgeous.
Thanks to all you guys for your nice comments and kind words, I thanked you already on the last comment in my last post but who reads those?
I can't leave out the fact that I went looking around many stores, shopping is a great form of therapy! :D
I really wished that I had more time to do things that I wanted to do but my days were very limited.
The people I met were great, my partner at school (we had to have partners for blood taking hahahah) was a pleasure to get to know, and we both gave each other very sore arms from needles, but were still nice to each other.
I must say though, it's good to be home...

The photo is one of melbourne, very nice..

Ok an update on this post: I wanted to show you some pictures of these cute babies Unreal!!! I had them emailed to me. I thought they were made of marzipan but Jonathan corrected me, they are made of resin or something. Here is the website LINK
I think they are adorable, enjoy

posted by Grace B at 7:19 PM 3 comments

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How my cat sleeps!

I have been meaning to post this photo of my cat since last summer, it's not so clear but still...

I have been so tired that tonight I decided to boil some carrots and got so lost in thought that they boiled dry before I realized.. so, how's that for some useless information? I wanted to get more time to post on St.Francis of Asissi but am a bit strapped time wise.
Im leaving tomorrow night for school, I have to attend 2 classes in the city, I wont be back until next week. Until then stay beautiful!!!

Check out da baby!

Photo is from a halloween costume place called
One Step Ahead
posted by Grace B at 10:22 PM 7 comments

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Things and all that...

The new attack on Bali is such sad news. I always dreamed of visiting Bali, being so beautiful, great weather and close to Australia made it one of my dream places to visit. I highly doubt that I would go now. I feel for the tourism business there, which will suffer immensely. But of course I feel for the wounded and the families of the dead, and pray for them all, there are people yet to find out if their loved ones are dead or alive. But I do know that people will move on and rebuild their lives and keep a strong spirit.

On a totally different subject, I hear Kermit the frog is going on tour! I heard it on the radio, hey he is a star. About Kermits Tour

Around the blog world..
I have made some discoveries indeed, the other day I went to one of my favorite blogs (I have lots of favorites) over at Dymphnas Well and found a blog through here called The Rebelution it's a blog maintained by 2 brothers, these guys are amazing, just today I was reading a post called "Faith n fire" where they write about "after death" and the theory of do we cease to exist and all that jazz, if you wanna know just go there and find out for yourselves.
I have been loving a lot of the links from 7 Dolors
you can find some excelent reads there.
I came across a great photo page belonging to Dano this guy is very talented with a camera, I love art in a lot of ways, there is nothing like good photography, and good photography needs to be recognized. I found it through a new blog that I have been reading by the beautiful Heather from Thoughts of a Sprite yah I'm addicted to her blog, .
I'm not here just advertising sites and blogs, these are my honest opinions and I want to post about what I like.
Also I found a new to me blog, after he commented on my site I wanted to see "who" he was and "what" he writes, well I discovered it was a great read, especially his post here How many bloggers does it take to change a light bulb ?
As for websites, well thanks to I'm Patrick I found a funny cartoon type thing called Home star runner I don't get time to watch it but what I have seen is pretty funny, there is a character I love called Cheat, he is just so cheaty!! He is so cute that he deserves his photo right here on this post:
cute right? Well I think so.
Also someone I know says to me "You look like Catherine Zeta Jones" I thought to myself, wow I do? really? whoa, then he says "yeah if it were darker in here and you were standing 10 feet away and perhaps after a few drinks" ......what a brat!!! He was just kidding around of course and I thought it was funny.
I took the "napoleon dynamite quiz" I dont know what that is really, a tv show perhaps? and I came up with this:
You are Pedro Sanchez and love holy chips.

Which Napoleon Dynamite character are you?
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HAHAHAHAA, him?... me?... I hardly got cousins and no moustache, and can someone tell me, what a Tia Concha is? (why couldnt I get Catherine Zeta Jones?) but hey he's ok, and has nice hair and a sun tan :)
Ok that's all from me for now, I have spoken!!!
posted by Grace B at 4:04 PM 5 comments

Saturday, October 01, 2005


posted by Grace B at 9:17 PM 2 comments