Taking Stock – October 2018
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As I sit here in my favourite café in Tumbarumba, enjoying the early morning bustle, I am taking a moment to evaluate my October. I’m surrounded by pretty flowers, including bunches of Waratahs; I have my cup of tea served in a pretty china cup and saucer, complete with tea strainer; and a passing parade of people, some I know but some I don’t. I say hello to everyone, regardless!
It must be such an unusual sight to see me out and about so early in the morning (well it is 8.30am and I’m not only out, I’m dressed up and ready for the day ahead), that I’ve had several locals ask me what I’m up to!
As a retired lady of leisure, I no longer have a need to be out of the house too early unless I’m going out for a walk in the forest on my own. But today, after my husband finishes his early morning meeting, we’re off to the big smoke of Wagga Wagga for a few appointments.
So how was October?
I have to say, it has been a lovely month for me. It’s Spring, everything is renewing and reaching towards the sunshine, including me, and I’m feeling good.
I’ve been away from home a lot this month, mainly helping my daughter with her new baby girl Emilia. As her husband had to return to work (reluctantly) and she was incapacitated after her emergency caesarian, she needed my help. I was the driver, the heavy lifter and the all round helper – a role I was more than happy to play! I got to watch Emilia grow each day, start to smile and take in the world around her. It was a very special time for me!
This photo shows me with Emilia, in her little WonderWoman in Training outfit – in case you didn’t know I sometimes get called WonderWoman Debz, so when I saw this outfit I just had to buy it for her! This is my new favourite *photo 🙂
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Writing and Photography Challenges:
I’ve continued on with Lorna’s #Ginspired Writing prompts and you know what, I’ve really had fun with it. These are my recent responses. Click the links to be taken to each post.
Crossed Wires, People watching, Puzzling through life, Blogging isn’t for the fainthearted (this last one has had a huge amount of comments from bloggers, it seems I hit a nerve with many agreeing about the pressures we put ourselves under with our blogging).
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
I’ve started participating in Terri’s Sunday Stills Photo Challenge, where she has a set theme for each week’s posts. Terri missed the now defunct WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge so much, she started her own challenge. It’s good fun to be involved! Anyone can join in.
My favourite post this month:
One of my favourite posts during the month was the one about Life being too short to wear beige, where I talked about my love of colour and my dislike for beige clothing! I don’t often do fashion posts so this was obviously something I felt strongly about. It was also fun to write.
From other bloggers:
I’m happy to share these three posts from other bloggers who I’ve enjoyed reading recently. They cover a variety of subjects. I’m sure they’d appreciate your visit, just click on the links.
- Shannon’s Must Hike Must Eat – You never forget your first time series
- Sharon’s Musing from the Cold – in this post she joins the Sunday Stills photo challenge with her amazing Orange shots
- Leanne’s Cresting the Hill – I love all of Leanne’s post but this one struck a chord this month Right now she’s just living her best life
Being a grandmother is the best feeling, I love Emilia to bits 🙂 and I’m in awe of the job my daughter and her husband are doing. It’s such a change to their lives and they’ve adapted exceptionally well! It takes me back to my early days as a new mother and the feelings of exhaustion, of being overwhelmed with the responsibility and all the unknowns being thrown at me. It’s much better from the viewpoint of a grandmother I can tell you!
My new MacBook Pro
I keep asking my husband – have I told you how much I love my new computer? He now just rolls his eyes at me when he hears me ask.
You see I bit the bullet and bought a new computer, predominantly for my blogging activities but it’s quickly become my new best friend. I had been having trouble with my old laptop, it was slow, kept doing stupid things and wouldn’t work when I really wanted/needed it to.
I have an iPhone, iPad and an Apple watch, so I went with a MacBook Pro. I researched, I asked my family who have Macs, chatted online to an Apple person about my needs and made a decision.
I’ve just realised this is the first computer I’ve bought that’s just mine, and not a hand-me-down from my husband. I ordered it online and living in a small rural and relatively isolated town, I was totally surprised to have it arrive the next day. It was easy to setup and just works beautifully!
It’s made my life a whole lot easier!
As I was away for most of our winter months, I’m finding the onset of Spring (again) a bit discombobulating if I’m honest. It’s lovely but I can’t get my head around the fact that it’s almost Christmas and summer, as it seems just yesterday I was experiencing similar weather in Europe! I know it sounds weird but hopefully someone understands what I’m getting at. The whole year has been one of discombobulation it seems! (I really like that word, don’t you?)
Apart from that odd sort of feeling, I’m going well with my health plan, eating well, walking, running a little and taking control. I noticed my improvement in my last month’s update and I’ve gone from strength to strength this month. My sugar consumption is reduced, my water intake increased and my healthy meals are starting to pay off.
I’m also feeling lucky to be able to enjoy have regular massages and facials in our little town.
Out and About….
I’ve been lucky to visit Canberra, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga and around my local area this month. With Spring in the air I’ve visited lots of open gardens and have been inspired!
My sister and I had a fun weekend catchup in Melbourne, where we went shopping, bought baby clothes, had manicures/pedicures and just enjoyed spending time together. It was just what I needed!
Forest Glade at Mt Macedon, just out of Melbourne, was a beautiful private garden open to the public. We enjoyed a beautiful day walking around rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, bluebells and many other cool climate varieties. I shared some of the photos from the gardens in my Texture post for Sunday Stills a few weeks ago. We also enjoyed a late afternoon visit to Red Bluff lookout at Black Rock, just outside of the city, what fantastic views!
I attended the annual Debutante Ball in town as Anna, our Rotary Exchange Student from Hungary, made her Debut. This is an anachronism which I have never really been a huge fan of, but it was a fun evening which Anna thoroughly enjoyed. She was well supported with the donation of a dress and had fun learning to dance. It’s not something they do in Hungary apparently! Yes Debutantes still wear long white gloves.
Tumbarumba Tastebuds was a weekend of Open Gardens, a Flower Show, wine tastings and good food in gorgeous spring weather. I enjoyed visiting some of the gardens and seeing all the work that goes into them, lots of new ideas!
One of the best books I’ve read in ages was Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales. I actually wrote a book review about it which you can read here: What happens after the worst day of your life – Any Ordinary Day
Leigh ends the book with this – There’s only one lesson to take from all of this and that is to be grateful for the ordinary days and to savour every last moment of them. They’re not so ordinary, really. Hindsight makes them quite magical.
That’s a great quote to finish up on!
So, that was October in a nutshell. I actually did more in the month than I thought! I also managed to have morning teas and lunches with my friends, attend my discussion group, go to Rotary meetings and follow my daughter and her husband vicariously on their honeymoon around Europe and Fiji! It made my heart sing to see my youngest daughter visiting with her oldest sister in the UK and to speak with them both via Facetime – I love technology! Life doesn’t get much better.
Phew, after all that – bring on November 🙂 . I have my mother visiting in a day or two, so I’m madly running around cleaning windows and tidying up – maybe my husband is right, she should come to visit more often!
How are things with you? I’d love to hear what’s been happening in your life lately.
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Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.Maya Angelou
*You might be wondering about the lack of photos of Emilia given I’m so proud of being a new grandmother – as a family we are limiting her digital footprint and only a small selection of photos are being released on social media. We have our own private family sharing app and I can assure you we are taking lots of gorgeous shots of her. I’m thrilled to be able to share this photo of us together.
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