March madness didn’t hit me too hard this year, in fact it was a relatively quiet month in many ways. I wasn’t at home the whole month but I was home more days than I was away, so that’s saying something for me!! After all the busy-ness of previous months it was kind of nice to be in one place and take things a bit slower. How about you?
As you probably know by now, TIME is my word of the year and I’m well aware of how fast it goes! Can you believe we’re already into April? My wrap-up posts for the year will all have a similar flavour, taking into account the TIME theme.
I invite you to grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat as we look back over the month together.
AUTUMN – TIME
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.George Eliot
Autumn is my favourite month, with its orange, yellow, red colour palette, gently floating leaves, (which I love to kick through) and cooler, but still pleasant, temperatures. Unfortunately we seem to have gone from gentle autumn temps to full on winter weather in the blink of an eye this past weekend. It has been freezing with cold temperatures and snow falling nearby – yes in Australia already!!! Thankfully the next few weeks look like returning to our normal autumnal temperatures, it’s far too early for the fire to be on and wearing layers of clothing!
FUN – TIME
March started with a first birthday party for a little friend of ours. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a first birthday party and I must say it was pretty hectic but hugely fun too!!! I loved the blue Thomas the Tank Engine cake, made just for Master Thomas, by his mum and dad 🙂
AA otherwise known as Aqua Aerobics ended mid-way through the month as the pool season has officially finished now. I wrote a post about how AA helped me through the long summer months and how much I enjoyed the peaceful start to the day with like minded people. The lady who has taken the class for many years does so voluntarily and all our gold coin donations go to a local charity of her choice at the end of the season. It’s an example of good community spirit.
I managed to go out to lunch with friends a few times, worked a few days as an outdoor activity leader with school camps, attended an International Womens Day lunch, took our Exchange daughter to the local Tumbarumba Show and managed a quick spontaneous night away with friends where we went bike riding on a rail trail a few hours away from home.
BLOGGING – TIME
Have you seen my new Friday Feature, where I share various bits that have made me laugh or cry during the week?
I was doing Friday Flower posts, which I must admit were a LOT easier to do, but I am enjoying myself and loving the interaction with others. If you have any suggestions for winners/losers of the week just let me know and I’ll include them 🙂
I also celebrated 7 years of blogging this month 🙂
I have continued with my Wordless Wednesday posts and enjoy letting a photo tell the story. You can see them all here and feel free to join in at any time: Wordless Wednesdays
I was fortunate to be a guest blogger for several of my blogging buddies this month.
My Sunday Stills posts have been ramped up a touch given the creative input of my sister over the past two weeks! With topics such as Spring, Tropical, Green, Daylight and Wildlife, it’s been quite a creative month! It’s always so good to see how others interpret a prompt!
FAMILY – TIME
Sadly we didn’t get over to see our baby granddaughter at all during the month!!!! Except on FaceTime, which is better than nothing I suppose. She is growing up fast and is on the move, rolling around and trying to crawl. And she also has two little teeth now.
Our daughters all manage to stay in touch with messages, photos and news, almost daily so I am very lucky to have that relationship with them, especially when I can’t just drive around the corner to see them.
I’m looking forward to having my baby daughter home for a long weekend soon. Over Easter I will have my mother, sister, brother-in-law and one of my daughters, son-in-law and granddaughter staying with me, while my husband is off walking the Kokoda Track for the 8th time, with school students.
I have just returned from a week with my sister in Melbourne – in case you didn’t know, she has now completed her breast cancer treatments and is slowly recovering some of her zest and exuberance for life.
We had a great week together and I improved my city driving skills and became a storm chaser! On the 6 hour drive down I was engulfed in a horrendous storm and pulled over to try and wait it out and then on the way home the same thing happened in almost the exact same spot. It’s not much fun driving on your own in those conditions but I managed to get home in one piece.
READING – TIME
I’m well into my 2019 reading challenge and I have just read two books in a row that featured home schooling, controlling parents and both kept me reading well into the night at times. One was Educated by Tara Westover a true account of her Mormon family upbringing and how she managed to get a university education and the other was a fictional story set in Tasmania called The Orchardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books and highly recommend them.
Another good read was our bookclub book The Golden Age by Joan London about Hungarian refugees in Australia in the 1950s and how their son contracts polio – it met with mixed reviews on Goodreads but we all enjoyed the slower pace and story telling.
SOCIAL MEDIA – TIME
As one of my issues noted in my Word of the Year (WOTY) post, I’ve been trying to limit my social media time and it’s hard isn’t it? When blogging is all about being online and promoting your work, it’s difficult. I don’t do very much promoting of my own work but being involved in Facebook groups and linkups, I spend a lot of time reading and sharing other people’s work. I enjoy this aspect of blogging as I’m quite a sociable person, but it does eat into my time online. Do you find this too?
I love this meme I found on Leanne’s Cresting the Hill facebook page recently – it is so true! Bloggers will understand 🙂
THAT’S A WRAP – TIME’S UP!
And so another fun month was had by all! I also managed to fit in lots of walks while listening to podcasts, movie club, book club, a fabulous massage, new reading glasses (they’re red) and some down time – I do have priorities!
Thanks for the chat, I’ve enjoyed your company as always.
Wishing you all the best for April, what do you have you planned for the month ahead??
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