Taking Stock – September 2018
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Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Gilda Radner
I read a lot of blogs each week and I try to comment and share as much as I can, so I truly appreciate any interaction on my blog. Thanks to all those who leave me comments, ‘like’ my posts or share them around! We have a great community of bloggers 🙂
I’m reminded that blogging is not for the fainthearted!
I’m enjoying getting back into blogging more regularly and have found some inspiring blogs to read during the month. Being part of active and supportive blogging groups is a source of motivation to keep going at times! I actually wrote 13 posts this month, so I’m pleased with that! Some were travel related, some about spring, some about becoming a grandmother and one of my favourites was Live Local, Shop local.
I’ve had a crack at writing short stories this month as part of Lorna’s #Ginspired Writing prompts and you know what, I’ve really had fun with it. My first one was in response to a photo and prompt A sepia toned Fall Memory and the next one was a prompt of How far have you travelled which I turned into something completely different! I can definitely see my love of Doctor Who and other worldly stories coming out in my writing. In case you missed them here are the links – A New World Order and Far away from home as she knew it
I’m happy to share these five top posts from others I’ve enjoyed reading recently. They are all different but all very interesting. I’m sure they’d appreciate you visiting, just click on the links.
Angela’s thought provoking post – The problem with “Pretty Girls” and Princesses.
Leanne’s fab post on being a grandmother – Being a grandmother is the best kept secret
Hugh’s great advice on blogging – 7 things to lookout before following a blog
Sue’s motivating post – Why it’s important to share and celebrate your story
Melanie’s latest exciting post on our recent trip to Iceland – Iceland Tales: Why you need to go to Þingvellir National Park
I’m feeling much better than I was last month when I wrote an update for August – you can read it here – Taking Stock of Life
Life is looking up due to the safe arrival of our first grandchild, Emilia Jane just a few weeks ago. She is perfect and a source of great joy for all of us.
As I waited for my daughter to go into labour and ultimately give birth, I was reminded that although we’ve been doing it for years, it isn’t something we should take for granted. It’s a scary and worrying time for everyone. Being a grandparent is something we shouldn’t take for granted either. We are fortunate to live in a country with good health systems and nursing staff who care. It has reminded me that giving birth, despite not being a new phenomenon, is still a risky business.
Throughout this roller coaster called life, I held onto the fact that soon I would be a grandmother and a new stage of my life would begin. It was like the light at the end of the tunnel and I was well and truly hanging out for it!
Becoming a grandmother – what really happens to you?
Most of my friends are already grandparents several times over and continuously extol the virtues of this new stage of their lives. They had me wanting to experience it for myself and now that I’m on the same page, it’s even better than I expected.
But I have been surprised too, mainly with the emotional aspect of becoming a grandparent.
You relive your own children’s births which makes it even harder seeing or knowing what your daughter is going through in labour.
You feel torn, love for your daughter and love for your grandchild – is your heart big enough to handle it all?
Feeling a little bit helpless – despite having been a new mother many years ago, it all seems new and strange. It’s an overwhelming experience for everyone.
Knowing where the boundaries are – not offering advice but trying to offer help can be a fine line
Worry for the life ahead of my grandchild
I want to write her stories and tell her things
I know I’m not the first person to become a grandmother but it’s a very special time to me. My sister reminded me that she’s been a grandmother for over 19 years, she’s also 2 years younger than me and has a LOT of grandchildren!! She was lovely enough to tell me she’s thrilled for me. It’s a very special time in our lives.
Due to recent illness and blood test results, I’ve taken steps to improve my diet and am making progress by cutting out sugar, eating lower carb foods and healthy fats. I have a great nutritionist/dietitian guiding me through this stage and lots of support. It hasn’t been too hard and I’m taking it seriously, but I must say I’ve been surprised at what I can eat on this plan. As my stamina improves I’m also increasing my walks and adding a bit of jogging into them, hoping to regain my fitness levels from earlier in the year. I am feeling much better already 🙂
I’ve read a lot of good books this year and I’ve already finished my Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I set myself the challenge to read 50 books in 2018, and I’m now up to 55 books at the end of September.
A few recent favourites have been:
- Crazy, Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – I saw the movie first but enjoyed the book much more – isn’t that always the way?
- Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
- Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski
- The trilogy of Wool, Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey – very apocalyptic and gripping
I’ve updated my book page for all the books I’ve read so far this year, you can read it here by clicking the link – Books in 2018
Are you on Goodreads? I love keeping track of what I’ve read and seeing what others are reading along with their ratings and reviews. Feel free to join me.
In case you’d missed a few of my recent posts, it’s Spring here and I’m loving it! I love my magnolia tree, my camellia trees, my tulips, my sun room and the new growth everywhere.
The sunshine is slowly getting warmer and everything is waking up, even me! Since I shared this photo of my sun-room in a previous post, I’ve had a few comments about it. It’s now been in place for five years and is a mix of greenhouse, sun-room, orangery, she shed, cubby house and glasshouse. It’s actually made of poly-carbonate and came to us in kit form which my clever husband, the Mathematician had to put together. Thank goodness he loves puzzles! It’s a great outdoor room in the garden and I love nothing more than sitting out there reading, blogging or just resting. I have some seedlings planted and I’ve made it very comfortable. It’s a protected area out of the cool wind and a real delight!
How are things with you? I’d love to hear what’s been happening in your life lately.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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