The power of small words

Today is another grey day here at Granite Glen.

Which normally I am all for – rain is usually very welcome here – except we have weaner calves in the yards (cool wet weather doesn’t make for comfortable space for them).

This is a shot from when it was warmer – mustering in the cows on Tuesday morning.

There were a few of them… I was trying to take photos while riding Pickles (Dash’s horse who is a little un-bendy in his head and neck) and also worrying about Violet, who was home from school sick.

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I won’t do that again. I did none of those chores very well.  Live and learn…

As the boys feed the weaners their hay this morning, and I share these couple of images with you, I have to admit to having a little flat patch in my mood.

As you may know, I am a chick who likes to get things done.  Things were so hectic in the lead up to, and during Beef 2012, that I desperately needed some down time after we got home. Only trouble is that I don’t relax very well (I feel lazy and get all guilty). Maybe I am just having trouble changing gears? Anyone else ever feel like that?

One thing I tend to do (which probably doesn’t help with my unease over ‘wasting time’) is that I check my facebook and twitter pages.  I love seeing who has followed, liked or commented lately. Makes me feel connected.  Sometimes I chat to people I know well, sometimes it’s complete strangers. Well, they’re not COMPLETELY strange. But they have a wonderfully strange sense of humour.

I sent out a tweet, calling for a smile, and got a lovely little avalanche of silliness…

smile tweets

I would include some of the others but my screenshot key seems to have bitten the dust.  One fave was from @nedscreek1:

Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.

That made me giggle!

Short, sweet and funny.  140 characters of goodwill and giggles.

There is a certain skill in making your point, or getting to the punchline in such limited space.  It’s a challenge I kind of enjoy really.

Then this morning I noticed that one new follower had a name I recognised, from this post.

So I said ‘g’day’.

cooks tweets

I feel like framing that.  Rob’s Mum. How VERY cool. I love that not only is Twitter being increasingly used by bushies as a tool to share info and take part in discussions, but also people of all generations are dipping their toes in.  And (hopefully) finding the water warm and inviting.

Think about it – Suplejack is Australia’s most remote cattle station. They make Granite Glen look like the suburbs!  But in this day and age, they (and most Aussie bushies) don’t need to feel quite so isolated… pretty amazing really.  The thought makes me smile.

And (as I do when I need to lift my mood) I visited my friend Kate, who had this amazing image she had taken and paired with this fabulous quote.


I have told her she needs to sell this poster. Isn’t it amazing?

Please make sure you visit her to see more of her incredible work…  she always chooses appropriate and amazing quotes. Distilled snaps of someone’s clever thought that makes it all make sense.

So today, in their own ways, I let Twitter & blogs lift my mood.  And it worked.

Next therapy is ironing with a sappy movie. Or Ellen.

This is how I roll.

Do you use social media much? If so, why? If not, why not? 

Intrigued to hear your responses…

16 Responses to “The power of small words”

  1. Jennifer Morgan Reply May 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you!!!!!

  2. Oh I didn’t know you needed a smile otherwise I would have told you the one and only joke I can remember. The boss doesn’t even thinks it’s funny, but I always end up in a fit of giggles. Love the power of social media to make us feel important and thought of.
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  3. Thanks BB….glad it helped :) bb
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  4. I don’t use social media much but am right into instagramming. I have to be very careful of social media due to my job, so I don’t use it much. I also find it so time consuming. I find it weird that people want heaps of followers, but if you follow a lot of people it takes forever to scroll through! I think I like instagramming so much because as they say a picture tells a thousand words. I hope you are getting your groove back! Perhaps you need another project?
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    • It shouldn’t be about the quantity of followers… I seem to have an excellent quality though! (I thin out the spammy and rude ones constantly!). I do need another project… I think it might be called housework/bookwork/weaning!
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  5. I cook. We did the show this morning – more there to dampen the spirits than to uplift, but as occurred in a discussion earlier with V, sometimes the good moments can wipe the not so uplifting hours.
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  6. ah where would I be without social media especially now when it seems to rain in time for every weekend preventing me from socialising in person much at all (well that and the 3.5hr or more drive to town)

  7. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make you feel a little better.

    I am a wee bit addicted to FB – I love to see what all my ‘friends’ are up to, I love knowing there are shoulders to cry on when I am having a moment and I love sharing my photos with anyone who wants to look at them. I can’t imagine my life without FB (sad really!)

  8. I’d really be lost without Facebook – my only social medium! I’m 1000 miles away from my daughter and only grandchild, so we depend on email and FB. I also stay in touch with her friends that way, and all my old Atlanta friends. Now that soooooo many people my age have joined in, we have a group page for my high school class that numbers almost 100 so far, with more joining all the time.

  9. I actually don’t use FB all that much. I don’t need to discover one more computer hobby that I really, really love.
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  10. Theresa in Alberta Reply June 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Everyone needs a silly giggle now and then eh ;p That bird shot is STUNNING!

  11. You’ve thinned out the rude ones? And I’m still here!
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  12. I’ve found the peeps on FB and, to a lesser extent, Twitter to have got me through some rough moments, God bless all their cotton socks and tootsies!
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