Taking Stock – November 2018
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Hello from me!
Another month has flown by and we’re on the home straight heading for the end of the year, and it also just happens to be my birthday month too!
As much as birthdays and Christmas are happy times, this year will have its fair share of sadness, as we prepare to have some more ‘firsts’ without my father and father in law. I know it’s not an easy time for many.
So how was November?
I felt that I had enjoyed a slower pace during November but once I started writing this post I realised that it wasn’t much slower at all. In other ways I’ve been faster – in my running and cycling in particular. I’ve also done a lot of driving backwards and forwards mainly between home and Canberra. Maybe it wasn’t such a slow month after-all!
My mother came to visit and we enjoyed spending time together. She was doing a tour of family, meeting the newest family member and catching up with many of her other children and grandchildren. We joked that she’s been on an International Ironing Tour as she has travelled overseas this year visiting family and wherever she’s been she’s done the ironing! Here’s a lovely photo of four generations with mum, me, my daughter and baby Emilia.
I was lucky to have two of my daughters and their husbands home with us for a few short days during the month. Due to plane cancellations it was a shortened visit but we got to have a few laughs, and hang out together in between wedding preparations (my daughter was Maid of Honour at her best friend’s wedding) and we also Facetimed my eldest daughter in England so she was with us as well. I love technology!!
I took a cute shot of Aunty and niece in matching socks when they met for the first time.
We’ve enjoyed time at home during the month and I even had a stint at being home alone as the Mathematician visited his mother. I wrote about it here – Home Alone with spiders, echidnas, rain and a bodyguard
Another proud family moment was attending the Australian Citizenship ceremony, in Canberra, for my son-in-law.
I’ve been guesting all over the place lately – my interview with Esme from Esme Salon was fun, making me think about why I started blogging, what’s my blogging style, my achievements to date and a fun question asking me to describe myself in 3 words – I chose quirky, fun, enthusiastic….you can read the full interview here: Interview with Debbie
What 3 words would you choose to describe yourself?
I was also a guest over at Sam’s blog, Loving the Fifty Something and again I enjoyed the questions she posed. You can read it here if you missed it – Amazing Over 50s – guest post. I met sam at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London earlier this year and we hit it off immediately, so it was lovely to be a guest in her Amazing 50s series.
I had fun putting together a few words for a collaboration post on A Not So Young Woman Abroad – where travel bloggers were asked to showcase our home town just for a change! Little old Tumbarumba is up there with words about Montreal, Brisbane, Vancouver,California, Bath, Quebec…. The link is here if you’re interested: Travel Blogger’s Tips from their home towns.
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 having fun 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:
I have to say my favourite post this month is the one I wrote about giving and receiving compliments – Why can’t we just accept a compliment? And it seems to have hit a nerve with many other readers too, and not just women either. I love receiving comments where readers share their thoughts and stories and this post has elicited quite a few of these.
It all started with my mother, having returned form her overseas travels and everyone kept saying how ‘well’ she looked. She immediately took it that they thought she had put on weight and were making a comment without saying as much! It got me thinking about compliments in general and how we tend to brush them off or read too much into them. On a wet day when I was stuck indoors, I sat and wrote and researched compliments and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’m happy to say others seemed to have enjoyed it too. It’s not too late to add your own two cents worth if you haven’t done so already!
From other bloggers:
I’m happy to share these five 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.
- Sue is having an Advent Calendar with a difference and is inviting us all along each day. You can check it out here, My 25 Day Countdown to a happy Christmas
- My friend Miriam always writes such lovely posts and this is just one example – A Satisfied Mind
- This post from Sue and Dave at Travel Tales of Life was another post where my husband and I contributed some words during the month. 50 Affordable Travel Gifts loved by Travel Bloggers
- If you need to know anything about life in New Zealand then Suz is the person to read. Her post Life at No.22 Titbits about New Zealand is a fun read!
- Now for some more NZ fun, watch this Christmas video from Air New Zealand – see if you can see the Trump moment!!
Better! I’m just waiting for my latest blood test results and I’m hoping my 3 months of careful eating – no sugar, no bread, no alcohol, no pasta or rice, more water and fresh real foods – has made a difference. Whatever the result I am definitely feeling healthier, fitter and more energetic and I’ve lost a few kilos along the way. I may even get into my bikini this year.
I’ve read some great books this month including Richard Glover’s The land before Avocados Jane Harper’s The Lost Man, Joanne Tracey’s Happy Ever After and Toni Pike’s Dead Dry Heart – all highly recommended!
So that’s it for another month! It’s been busier than I thought 🙂
How are things with you? I’d love to hear what’s been happening in your life lately. Take care of yourself as we enter the official Silly Season – just enjoy the lead up to Christmas and New Year and do what you can, don’t stress and try to do too much! (I’m talking to myself as much as anyone here!)
Feel free to leave me a comment below. I always enjoy hearing from you.
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