It’s getting cold, so grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat! Are you warm enough? Let’s take a break and look back over the month of May together.
May was a month of fun with visitors, a Federal Election, bike rides, afternoon fires in the backyard, a hair appointment, massages, runs, movies, bookclub, ChiBall, and it ended with a cold snap with the first snow of the year.
As you know, TIME is my word of the year and I’m well aware of how fast it goes! But where does it go?? I saw this recently and thought it was very applicable for my word of the year.
My monthly wrap-up posts for the year will all have a similar flavour, taking into account the TIME theme.
TRAVEL and FAMILY – TIME
We had a busy month with trips to Canberra, Nowra and Wagga to see family, celebrate birthdays and Mother’s Day. The Mathematician had hand surgery for his Dupuytren’s Contracture and has recovered well. You can see the before and after shots here.
We caught up with our baby granddaughter, Emilia, who is now clapping hands, growing teeth and crawling around – the things all babies do – but to me it’s extra special as a first time granny! I know I’ve shared this photo before but she’s just so cute 🙂
The BEST news I am now allowed to share with you is that I am going to be a grandmother again…YAY!!!!! Our eldest daughter is expecting her first baby later this year. The only downside to this, and really it isn’t that bad, is that she lives in England and we’re in Australia. This just means more travels for us and technology will be our friend in the meantime! We are already planning to be there for a while when she’s due and we’re so happy for them both.
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE – TIME
Some of the things we do come to their natural end and so it was that my time with the Rotary District Youth Exchange Committee. I attended my final committee meeting in May and was surprised and honoured to receive an award for all my years as part of the team. It was with some sadness that I decided that I’d finish on the committee, but the time was right to me. After countless kilometres and weekends away volunteering with Rotary Youth Exchange I am proud of my efforts and what Rotary does for the students who come to Australia and those we send out for a year. I love being a host mother and counsellor and have made many lifelong friendships with people all over the world. I thought it was quite fitting that it was National Volunteers Week! I thank everyone who has helped me over the years and believe wholeheartedly in Rotary’s motto – Service Above Self.
I’m not leaving Rotary and will no doubt still be involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange program as a consultant and frequent visitor.
BLOGGING – TIME
My new Friday Feature, where I share various bits that have made me laugh or cry during the week, have been fun posts to compile. I find I’m taking more notice of things that are going on around me. I’ve been heartened with the response I’ve been getting too, so thank you to all my faithful readers for your continued support, ideas and suggestions. I can’t believe this Friday will see the 13th edition! Time certainly does fly!
I’m getting into a bit of a rhythm now with my blogging schedule. At the moment it looks a bit like this.
- On Mondays I link up with Denyse for her #Lifethisweek get together which can either be an older post or a post written in response to her weekly prompts
- Wednesdays I have my Wordless Wednesday posts – which I try to schedule ahead of time
- I link up a post to Sue and Leanne on the Midlife Share the Love (#mlstl) party on Wednesdays too, and that’s usually a recent post I’d like to be read, comments made and maybe shares as well!
- Friday is for my Winners and Losers post
- On Sundays I join in with Terris’ Sunday Stills which is a photo based post in response to her themes each week. It’s always interesting to see how others interpret the prompts.
- The first Tuesday of each month I share my monthly overview post (this one)
- If I have anything else to write about I fill in the other days!
The great thing is by linking up with other bloggers, there’s an expectation that you will read, comment, share their posts and it’s always interesting to read what others are writing. It’s quite a sociable way of blogging and one part of it that I enjoy immensely. It’s not for everyone, joining in like this, but for me it’s a fun aspect of blogging and I learn a lot from others.
I’ve discovered that it’s not that hard sticking to a schedule and I try to plan ahead for some of them and schedule them to post automatically. It’s only taken me how long to get this organised????
As I’m no longer working, I find that blogging fills in quite a few gaps in my life. I’m thinking of areas like creativity, socially, technology, problem solving, time management and it’s a lot of fun.
And I’ve changed my theme! How does it look?
AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHY- TIME
As you may know, I can never get enough autumn colour 🍂I love taking photos of the leaves and variety of colours and the light has been beautiful during May. Now that we’re in June and winter is upon us, that’s a whole different feeling. Think cold!!
Anyway this photo below was chosen by the judges as one of their 10 favourite shots in an Instagram competition in our local area #VisitSnowyValleys . The winning three photos were fabulous and deserved to take home the big prizes. As one of the 10 finalists I received a #SnowyValleys tote bag and tea towel, so I’m happy with that!!
READING – TIME
I have read a number of good books lately and thought I’d share the top three with you.
The Mother-in-Law by Australian author Sally Hepworth, was a great read and it kept me intrigued until the end. I heard her interviewed on a podcast and was able to buy myself the book with a gift card I’d been given in lieu of Easter Eggs – great choice!
I really enjoyed this book and it kept me intrigued as I went along. There were always bits to wonder about and eventually they were made clear which made it a great read! The characters were relatable and the amount of research Sally must have done was evident. I heard her interviewed on a podcast recently and decided it sounded like a fab read and I’m happy to say I was right. A little bit like Liane Moriarty’s writing and that’s not a bad thing at all! It was compelling, dealt with the variety of issues in a gentle way but hit home when it had to. Really enjoyed it and will now look for some of her other books.My review on Goodreads
I read two of Ann Cleeve’s books. If you’ve ever seen the TV show Vera, then you may know that these are based on Ann Cleeve’s books. I didn’t know this until just recently. The books were good, a slower burn than I’m used to, but finished really well and kept me reading for more! I read The Crow Trap and Telling Tales books #1 and #2 in her Vera series.
I also saw a recommendation for The Nowhere Child by Australian author Christian White, which turned out to be a particularly good read.
RUNNING – TIME
On Mother’s Day I ran in the Mother’s Day Classic in Canberra despite waking with a crick in my neck. Some would say I’m always a pain in the neck 🤣but that’s by the by!
I didn’t intend to run all the way but I managed to keep going once I started, and I was so happy with myself. It was a cold, foggy morning so it would have been easy to stay in bed! I wrote a post about my run and my first Mother’s Day as Granny Debs – What does being content with your life look like?
THAT’S A WRAP – WE’RE OUT OF TIME!
If this your first time reading my monthly posts or even the first time you’ve read my blog – a huge welcome to you.
To all my regular readers many thanks for your continued support and encouragement through comments, likes and shares. I love our blogging community!
The Mathematician and I are off to warmer climes for the next few weeks as we embark on a bit of a road trip up north. I’ll be trying to continue my blogging but things might slide a bit – no drama!!
We’re looking forward to being with our youngest daughter for her birthday, it will be the first time in many years we’ve actually been with her for her special day.
Thanks for the chat, I’ve enjoyed your company as always 🙂
Wishing you all the best for June. Do you have anything special planned for the month ahead?? Stay warm and dry if you’re in the southern hemisphere and if you’re lucky enough to be coming into summer then I envy you!! Let me know what you’re up to 🙂
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