Come in for a cuppa
I invite you to get a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat! Let’s take a break and look back over the month of October. Don’t you just love the spotty cups in the picture above? I’m enjoying lots of spotty, dotty things lately 🙂
TIME – MY WOTY
As you know, TIME has been my word of the year (WOTY) for 2019 – and I really don’t know where the year has gone! Do you feel the same way?
My monthly wrap-up posts for 2019 all have a similar flavour, taking into account the theme of TIME, depending on how the month has gone. My last monthly post, in case you missed it, can be found here.
BLOGGING – TIME
October was spent getting back into blogging after a break in September. I managed to write 11 posts during the month with the most popular ones being The Power of a Pink Octopus, Dottie and the Wombat, The Tooth that broke the Camel’s back – these all dealt with issues related to the very premature birth of my granddaughter in England back in August.
In relation to my story Dottie and the Wombat I am now making it into a story book for Dottie and I have an illustrator working on images to go with my story, I’m so excited! It will only be for our family at this stage but it’s a very special moment for us all! I can relate to these lovely Australian stories, with this title in particular capturing my heart, as I’m also a sort-of Grandma Wombat!
I have been blown away with everyone’s supportive comments and positive thoughts on Dottie’s early arrival and my month long visit to meet her. We leave within a few weeks to go back to see how much she’s grown and hopefully the news will be good about when she can come home. She’s now 11 weeks old (but in reality she should be 36 weeks and still in the womb!!) . Thank you all so much for your care of me and my family during this stressful time. I love you all xx
I really enjoyed writing a more general travel post with input from my husband – A Travel Quiz with a difference.
Top 100 Midlife Blogs
A big blogging buzz this month was being informed that my blog has been placed at #20 in the Top 100 Midlife Blogs. Very exciting indeed!
The other good news is that many of my blogging buddies are also on the list – in particular Leanne at Cresting the Hill at #3 and Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond at #7. Go us Aussie Midlife bloggers!
In August I was one of six Tumbarumba locals interviewed by Qantaslink Spirit Magazine (an inflight mag) for a feature on our area. I was suggested as I’m a passionate advocate for Tumbarumba, I’m a blogger, and I’m heavily involved in many community events, but in particular our town’s Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, which will be the first public Rail Trail in NSW. Most of the others interviewed are business owners so I was very excited to get an invite! It will be published in March/April 2020 – and I can’t remember what I said so I’ll have to read the article too! But hopefully I don’t have to book a QantasLink flight to get a copy 🙂 If you are flying then and see the article please let me know! They are sending a photographer out this week to get our head shots and I’m absolutely delighted!
READING – TIME
I’ve read a few excellent books this past month and have updated my 2019 Books list. I’m currently reading my 97th book for the year!!
I must admit that I’m labouring through John Marsden’s The Art of Growing Up, it’s quite a heavy read but it’s very interesting and his stories quite relevant.
My favourite book this month has been Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life, a humorous look at life. I must say I did agree with some of her rules. In my review I listed a few of her rules on blogging.
This was a fun read and as a blogger I was very interested in Rule #335 Don’t presume people have hours to read your blog – try to be concise…less waffle, more content, and Rule #336 Blogging won’t make you rich – as Kitty says ‘No matter what people tell you about advertisers and people buying space on your hugely successful blog, it won’t happen. So blog if you must, but do it because you enjoy it, not because you think you’re going to make monster coin.’
So many good tips and I smiled throughout the book – not taking things too seriously!Source
HEALTH – TIME
Last year I had a virus and had some worrying blood test results, relating to cholesterol and sugars. I’ve been working with a nutritionist/dietician and my GP and having regular blood tests ever since. This month I had the best results ever and am pleased to say my lifestyle changes and eating plans have paid off, with my results putting me well back into the normal range for everything. I was put onto medication for my cholesterol back in June and it has been working very well. I have maintained my weight-loss of about 8kgs and am feeling healthy and on top of things. It wasn’t an issue but I also haven’t had any alcohol in well over a year and must say I haven’t missed it!
FAMILY – TIME
We caught up with quite a few family members during the month, we visited Canberra a few times, went to Floriade, enjoyed time with our daughter, son-in-law and one year old granddaughter, participated in the 10th Annual Walk for Prems, raising money for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation helping families of premature babies – a cause very close to our hearts.
My sister and her husband visited from Melbourne and we had a fun time doing photo shoots as part of her assignments. She captured this lovely shot of me which I was able to use as my new profile shot everywhere – thanks Sharon!
My mum has just been to visit too and it was great to have her here. She lives at the other end of the state so we don’t see each other all that often but we keep in touch regularly.
My daughter and her husband celebrated their second wedding anniversary by having their 20 weeks scan of their first baby! What a great way to celebrate 🙂 More news on this exciting development in an upcoming post.
GLOBETROTTING GRANNY – TIME
The big news is that this Globetrotting Granny and Papa G (the Mathematician) are on our way to see little Dottie, our daughter and son-in-law. We will be with them for two months, over Christmas and New Year, but not staying with them. Hopefully Dottie will be out of hospital soon and we can help them get settled in at home. I’m sad to be leaving the warmth of spring and the hint of the summer to come but we will enjoy coming back to the heat after a few months of English winter weather.
Dottie is growing but is still having trouble with her breathing as her lungs aren’t fully developed yet. It will be great to be with them all and I feel like I’ve been treading water ever since I’ve been home from my trip last month, just waiting to get back over to them. I should be packing and getting sorted!!!
Here’s a recent photo of Dottie for you, isn’t she a cutie??
THAT’S A WRAP – WE’RE OUT OF TIME!
If this is your first time reading my monthly wrap-up posts or even the first time you’ve read my blog – a huge welcome to you. To my regular readers I can’t say enough about my gratitude to you, it’s an amazing community to belong to and I value each and everyone of you!
It’s been a huge few months in so many ways and although we’re all tired, I think we’re coping OK.
Thanks for the chat and the cup of tea, I’ve enjoyed your company as always. No biscuits though 🙂
Wishing you all the best for November. Let me know what you’ve got planned as we enter the silly season.
Stay happy and well.
Recent posts in case you missed them:
- Shout Out Saturday #13 – keeping it local
- Walk for Prems 2020, or in my case, Ride for Prems. Be kind and generous – always!
- It takes all kinds – Wordless Wednesday
- Shout Out Saturday #12 – Keeping it in the family
- Morning sunshine and a cute cottage garden – Wordless Wednesday
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