I’m fed up with being so tired all the time. I don’t get any deep sleep, according to my Apple Watch Autosleep app, and that would certainly explain why it is that I am utterly exhausted all the time, even after 5-6 hours of “sleep”. If theres no deep restful sleep in there, how can I keep functioning? Can’t.

Been up for 5 hours and now need to return to bed for another sleep.  There’s an issue with my OSA treatment.  I am being treated adequately, in the sense that my mask doesnt leak much (just an occasional issue) but that the whole kit and kaboodle annoys me so much, and every time I move, I have to readjust the mask.  The hose is just way too heavy and it pulls the mask around too much.  I’m going to see if I can get something lightweight.  Might be able to use the sleepweaver mask I bought, then, also (mine is an older model than that shown, but it should work).  Got one fabulous sleep with that and have never been able to emulate it ever since.

New Rules for Australian Citizenship

Here are the 6 new requirements to acquire Australian citizenship:

  1. All applicants are required to pass a stand-alone English test, involving reading, writing, listening and speaking;

  2. Applicants are required to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years (instead of one year at present);

  3. Citizenship test will be strengthened with new and more meaningful questions that assess an applicant’s understanding of – and commitment to – shared values and responsibilities;

  4. Applicants will be required to show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community. Examples would include evidence of employment, membership of community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children.

  5. An applicant can fail the citizenship test only three (at present there is no limit to the number of times an applicant can fail the test);

  6. An automatic fail for applicants will be introduced who cheat during the citizenship test.

As reported on SBS News, here

Normally I am pretty easy going about immigration to our country.  Migrants have brought their culture and food with them and that has been of benefit to all of us.  Generally, they are hard working and have much to offer.  And, lets face it, everyone who lives in this country was a migrant or descendant of a migrant at some point in the last few thousand years.

However, in recent years, our desire to be politically and socially “correct” has left us with a fractured society.  There’s none of the cohesion which had always existed.  We now have people coming here and adhering to laws that don’t belong in Western Society.

My feeling is, if you cannot or will not obey the laws of this country, then you do not belong here, and you should not be here.  Go back, or go to a country where the law coincides with your own beliefs.

In conclusion:  I fully support this move by the Liberal Party.  I am usually opposed to them on principle but in this, I agree, and in fact I believe that after the 4 years has passed, if you haven’t shown any kind of willingness to be Australian then you don’t even deserve to retain your permanent residency.


Coffee Obsessions

I like coffee.  No doubt about it.  But I am not obsessed with it in the way I have noticed some become.  Seems like some people have quite complicated rituals for getting their coffee just the way they like it.  And then, there’s me.  Seems like there are some who believe if you don’t have a hugely complicated machine with the coffee ground just so.  I get my coffee at the supermarket, pre-ground.  And it tastes great.  Having a coffee thats 80% (or more) milk is just madness for me.  It boosts my blood sugar levels beyond reasonable and I always feel terrible afterwards.  It took me about 5 years to realise that, what an idiot I was.  I still have restaurant coffee once in a while but more often will choose a herbal tea when out.

At home, I have a drip machine.  Its difficult to get a good one but since there seems to be only a couple on the market these days I’ve settled on a Breville which has a metal mesh basket (no need for messy papers) and which has a warmer plate that actually works.  Its the third machine I have bought in the last couple of years and so far so good.

Gave up giving up

I wanted to get away from WordPress because of its propensity for being a target for spammers and hackers, but in the end, in spite of trying just about every available blog script, I’ve come back to it, because really, its the best at what it does.

So, Akismet is active, and I have removed the links to the admin area.  It wont stop the antisocial twits, but it might slow them down a bit.  Bots are another thing, of course.

So the blog isnt what it was going to be.  Its somewhere to sound off, or show photos of Toby (or anything, really), or to whine about the state of my health (which, as it happens, seems to be at least partly genetic).  Friends get sick of hearing about it but one does need to have a bitch once in a while.

I’ve not yet found the perfect theme, but this will do for the moment.

Here’s a shot of one of the visitors I have whenever the callistemon is in bloom.  At the moment, there are dozens every morning.  Not too many flowers left, now.