March Madness: a time of celebrations and joy!

March Madness – in a Sentence a Day

March 2018

Things are slowly getting better 😊 and I was happy to be able to share some good news in this post just the other day – Good News Week.

As you may remember, January was a hard month with the passing of my father, and February started with Dad’s funeral, so it’s fair to say it’s been a rough time so far this year.

But I’m pleased to say things are on the up and up! I’ve surpassed two major milestones this month with 6 years of blogging and 1000 posts within days of each other!

We’re also busy planning for a three month trip to see our daughter in the UK and to catch up with friends all over Europe. Plus our big news of our first grand baby due in September – so there’s much to look forward to!

Read on for more March Madness:

  1. Thursday: A trip to a nearby big town for my car to be serviced, while I  enjoyed a walk around the shops.
  2. Friday: Finally allowed to tell people the exciting news that our daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child and our first grandchild, in September – although I’m not allowed to blog or Facebook the news yet!
  3. Saturday: Morning tea with friends catching up on all the local news and telling close friends our good news!
  4. Sunday: A warm day spent reading, blogging, walking and resting in the hammock under the tree.
  5. Monday:  I had a guest post published on my friend Miriam’s blog, she’d asked me for 5 of my favourite places to visit in Australia and I was very happy to share some photos too.
  6. Tuesday: A day getting ready to go north to see my mother.
  7. Wednesday: I drove 1.5 hours to the airport and flew 1.5 hours up the coast to Coolangatta in Queensland to stay with my mother for a week. My mother was thrilled with the news of another great-grandchild on the way.
  8. Thursday: Morning tea in the local cafe, a few jobs done then a nice brisk walk while Mum and a friend went to their exercise class.
  9. Friday: Collected my sister from the airport, had brunch, (where I told her the news she’s going to be a great-aunt in September) we all went shopping and then drove to our beautiful holiday house in Springbrook on the Gold Coast hinterland for the weekend. Whipbird House in Springbrook
  10. Saturday: The day was wet and cold but we went for our planned bushwalk, found a cosy cafe for morning tea, then back to the house for a relaxing afternoon in front of the fire, with my brother joining us.
  11. Sunday: Today would have been Dad’s 80th birthday and we were all together in a favourite place sharing memories and stories – I wrote this post about it – Retracing our steps Family time on a special day
  12. Monday: A day out with Mum – including shopping, lunch with a friend and a chat with my aunt.
  13. Tuesday: Spent the day helping Mum reorganise things, followed by a walk and dinner out with friends.
  14. Wednesday: Flight home – it’s so dry here compared with the lush green rainforest up north.
  15. Thursday: Last aqua aerobics class for the season, then drove 5 hours to the coast for a long weekend with my sister-in-law and parents-in-law, in a beautiful beach house we’ve rented many times before.

    An empty beach and white sand

    An empty beach and white sand

  16. Friday: A day spent relaxing with family, popping out for lunch, a visit to a bookshop where we saw this fab sign and of course a bit of shopping for the baby.

    A great sign outside a book shop

    A great sign outside a book shop

  17. Saturday: Joined by our daughter and son-in-law at the beach and enjoyed the warm weather and a swim.
  18. Sunday: Caught up with our niece and nephew before returning home from our fun weekend very late at night, falling straight into bed.
  19. Monday: Our second discussion group meeting over lunch where we talked about comfort food, followed by me being surprised with a Rotary award at our Rotary dinner that evening! Receiving Rotary's Paul Harris Award
  20. Tuesday: A quiet day at home but I did manage to get out for a walk.
  21. Wednesday: A day around the house and a bus trip to Tumut to join with Rotarians from Tumut and Batlow clubs for a bbq dinner and a tour of their Peace Labyrinth.
  22. Thursday: A meeting to discuss cycling in the area in the morning, an afternoon walk and Movie Club – which is a surprise meal and movie with a group of keen movie goers at Nest Cinema Cafe – always an interesting and fun night out.
  23. Friday: A walk, a quick trip to the shops and a 4 hour drive to stay with friends for the weekend’s Rotary District Conference together with the inbound Youth Exchange students.
  24. Saturday: A big day at the Rotary conference, listening to inspiring speakers then a lovely bush walk with the Youth Exchange students followed by the conference dinner.

    The tale of two waterfalls at Fitzroy Falls

    The tale of two waterfalls at Fitzroy Falls

  25. Sunday: A truly inspiring day of guest speakers on the subject of youth programs at the District Rotary Conference, and a long drive home through wind and rain.
  26. Monday: Met up with friends in the morning to discuss our upcoming travels, afternoon tea with my former work mates, then a walk followed by our Rotary dinner meeting. Another guest post was published!

    Afternoon tea with my former work colleagues at Nest Cinema Cafe

    Afternoon tea with my former work colleagues

  27. Tuesday: Worked on blog posts most of the day with a break for a walk – it’s quite a difficult post I’m writing.
  28. Wednesday: Hair appointment, feel all fresh and with-it again!  A nice quiet walk in the afternoon.
  29. Thursday: A busy day preparing for visitors (our daughter and son-in-law ) – shopping, washing, cleaning, vacuuming – did you know you can do a lot of ‘exercise minutes’ when you do housework?
  30. Friday: Good Friday.  Farewelled a friend on his way to walk the Kokoda Track for the umpteenth time and welcomed our daughter, (and Spud, the bump!) and son-in-law home.  At 17 weeks, Spud is now approximately the size of a tangy pomegranate according to the app I’m following  🙂  I took this photo in the local supermarket, as I spotted it right after talking with my daughter about Spud’s growth. How bizarre!!



  31. Saturday: We all enjoyed the beautiful autumn weather with breakfast out and a relaxing day.

Well that was March – another very busy month! I’ll leave you with my moon rise photo on Good Friday, which I used in a recent post for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. I just love the autumn tones and sunset colours!

Moon rise on Good Friday

Moon rise on Good Friday

Bring on April 🙂

Once again, I’m linking up with other bloggers from all over the world who also compile their month in a Sentence a Day.

I’d love to hear what you’ve got up to in the month – leave me a message below 🙂

Deb xx

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  One thought on “March Madness: a time of celebrations and joy!

  1. April 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Such a fabulous way to recap the month Deb. It’s like an online diary that you can look back on. So happy to hear that things are on the up for you with lots of great things coming up too. Keep smiling lovely lady.

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    • April 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Yes it’s like writing a diary but being limited to one sentence makes it a bit of a challenge too. I love it! Thanks Miriam, hope all is going well with you too 🙂

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      • April 5, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        It is Deb, thanks. Life’s full on but good. 🙂 xx

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  2. April 5, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    A lovely March for you Deb with lots of positives especially the new grandbaby. Wow 6 years of blogging I hope I make it that far. I am linking up but I’ve only managed to do a summary of the month. Glad you have had some guest post spots as well and exciting travel plans to look forward to. Have a beautiful day xx

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    • April 5, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Sue, it was a good month and I honestly didn’t think it was 6 years since I started! Your summaries are a great way of doing it. Our travel plans are starting to get formalised thankfully!


  3. Is This Mutton?
    April 5, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Glad that things are on the up and up. Love your moon rise picture! And congrats on the blogging milestones.

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    • April 6, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Thanks very much! I enjoy the month-long project compiling all my sentences and then reading them back shows me what I got up to all over again! I appreciate your kind words, my moon rise photo was a fab sight to see in real life. 🙂


  4. Jodie
    April 6, 2018 at 1:20 am

    I’m so glad that March was looking up for you, Deb! And I love how you take walks to clear your head…that always works for me too!!

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    • April 6, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Jodie, I often need to walk as much for exercise as clearing for my head. I have a lovely forest a the back of my house and off I go with the kangaroos bouncing around me 🙂 I loved seeing you in the fierce 50 video!


  5. Retirement Reflections
    April 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Wow, Deb! You are really rocking retirement!! And just think, you once thought that you would be bored! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      There’s not a day goes by that I don’t wonder how I can be so busy and not go to work every day! Loving life and living the dream ❤️


  6. April 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Such a great month of March for you, Deb, with wonderful grand baby news, your awards, and blogging milestones. Love the image of you walking in the forest, with the kangaroos bouncing around you. Have a fantastic April!

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    • April 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Thanks so much Natalie – it’s a true story the kangaroos are very shy and just bounce away when I get near to them! I am so excited about becoming a grandmother in September – just in case you hadn’t noticed 🙂


  7. April 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Well – how interesting to see how ‘Debs World’ looks where you live! You certainly had an eventful month – congratulations on the grandbaby news – I bet you can’t stop smiling 🙂

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    • April 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks! It’s a very happy time. My Deb’s World location is very different to yours! Lovely to meet you 😊


  8. mommyhon333
    April 10, 2018 at 10:31 am

    First of all, you look amazing in that reddish-orange dress. What a great color for you.

    Seems travel was a common theme for many of us in March. That holiday house in Springbrook is gorgeous. Like something out of a movie or novel. Glad you were able to spend time there with family.

    With my granddaughters we followed an app that compared their gestational growth to various foods. But I don’t remember the pomegranate stage! My grands were pretty chubs so maybe they skipped over that and went straight into cantaloupe!


    • April 10, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      It’s lovely to have your comment Leslie, thanks very much! I love wearing bright colours and orange is a favourite, thanks for the compliment 🙂 Yes the house was an amazing find and we had fun there together. Iv’e been told by my daughter I can change the food selection to include pastries as well as vegetables/fruit. I’ll enjoy having a play around with it now 🙂 Thanks again for stopping by 🙂 x


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