• Personal

    Blogging Renaissance

    After reading this post on Facebook by Very Excellent Habits about how she and Christina of Hair Romance missed blogging, I was inspired. Seriously, go read the post! I’ll wait. It got me thinking, and reminiscing. I’ve been around this here internet for a long time now. I’ve seen blogging rise and fall in popularity, watched micro-blogging become a thing, and videos become the next big craze. Gosh, it does kinda make me feel old.  I started sharing my life on the internet on Livejournal in 2001. I moved over to WordPress and opened Extra Large as Life in 2009 and rebranded to Natatree in 2017. That means, wow, 22…

  • Everyday,  Personal

    Life Lately

    Stealing this idea from Louise of Polka Spots and Freckle Dots and doing a ‘Life Lately’ post. Visiting I traveled down to Sydney in April to visit family. It marked 2 years since my Sister and Mother passed. It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years. It was amazing to see family and get to spend time with my Dad. I was only there a short time, but it was good for my soul. Feeling Sick! Ugh, I thought I was just having a bad reaction to the Ozempic I started taking for my diabetes, but turns out I have gastro 🙁 It’s been hell. My mental health has been…

  • Everyday,  Personal

    Happy New Year! Life Update!

    So, no surprise, but I’ve neglected this here little portion of the interweb. I honestly feel blogging is dead and no one really reads these things anymore. Then again, part of me wants to get back into it, if just for me. Find the joy in creating and writing again. Firstly though, I thought i’d do a bit of a life update. My life has changed so much in the past year. Obviously, from my previous post, you know about the major loss of my Sister and Mother. The Move For those who don’t know, I made the move from Melbourne to Queensland over a year ago now. Nothing was…

  • Personal

    My best friend, grief.

    CONTENT WARNING: This post talks a lot about death. It’s been a while. I haven’t felt like I could sit down and write this post any sooner. I’m still not sure how I am doing it now. If I will belt this all out at once, or if I will start and stop, keep coming back to it. I’ve talked about grief before. Greif and I were on a first-name basis. When you lose the person you had planned to spend the rest of your life with, you get to know grief quite well. This year, grief and I have become a hell of a lot closer. If we were…

  • A day at the beach
    Everyday,  Personal

    A day the beach.

    March 2019 Hi, my name is Natalie and I don’t like sand.  It’s coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere. (Please, if you got that reference, leave a comment!). I’ve always been a water lover. I grew up with a pool, I would spend hours in it. I love baths. The beach, however, its a bit of a love/hate relationship. I love getting in the water, feeling it wash over me, but as I mentioned, sand. The beach is my BFF Kays happy place. It’s where she goes to unwind and relax. She was headed out one day and asked if I wanted to tag along. Obviously, as…