Feel free to grab a drink, get comfy and join me for a virtual cuppa plus a virtual hug 🙂
When jumping into a new month feels like jumping into a whole new world – each month of 2020, so far, has had a new dilemma for us it seems – bushfires one month then into pandemic mode!
Jump – WOTY
My word of the year (WOTY) is Jump, so most of my monthly updates will use the theme of jump! And I also try to show a ‘jump’ pic for the month that was!
You can read more about my reasons and ideas for 2020 in my post Jumping into the New Year.
Some people walk in the rain…I’d rather jump in the puddles.
My April Jumping for Joy moment
I have to admit I LOVE planning my jump photo each month and the Mathematician is getting used to my quirky requests now! At the end of the year I’ll put them all together in one jump-fest post.
Jumping around the world with Zoom
Our family has taken to having weekly Zoom catchups, with our daughters spread over two different states of Australia and one in the UK, we have scheduled catchups so we can see everyone together in the one place. The grand-babies are growing up so fast and it’s fabulous to be able to see them all together although it’s not the most relaxed way of seeing everyone, it does the job for the moment!
We had a special Zoom for my mother-in-law’s 89th birthday and she loved seeing and hearing everyone.
I am also involved in daily exercise classes via Zoom with my mum, my sister and other family members. It started as a way of keeping mum active and has grown into a lovely way to meet up each day, work out and have a quick catch-up chat.
We used to have a Saturday morning tradition of meeting friends in our local cafe, but because of restrictions this hasn’t been happening. So what to do? Start a Zoom meeting on a Saturday morning instead! We all bring our own morning tea to the meeting and chat for a while then resume our life in lockdown. It’s not the best way on interacting but it is better than nothing.
Our Rotary Club has also resorted to this way of meeting each week too.
Just this week, we attended a book launch over Zoom – considering I hadn’t had anything to do with Zoom before the pandemic, I’m nearly an expert now.
I have to say April has been one of my best months in years for views, visitors and comments – I thought everyone might take a break from reading blogs but that’s not been the case for me! The numbers have been fabulous and I’m so happy to welcome new readers to my blog. Thank you all for your visits and comments 🙂
I was asked to be part of a series on Sue’s blog, Travel Tales of Life about how COVID-19 is impacting life in Tumbarumba – in the first post in the series Sue had guests from Thailand, Spain, Mexico and Tumbarumba! I was thrilled to share news of our little town amongst those bigger places 🙂 Each Friday since, Sue has had guests from all over the world telling their stories, and it’s fascinating reading!
I was excited to be a guest over at Leanne’s Cresting the Hill blog with a post in her Midlife Symphony series. I took some advice from the Queen and her address to the nation and the timing was quite serendipitous and fun!
Jumping around at home – what’s been happening?
Not a lot of socialising that’s for sure! We have been staying at home as much as possible.
Anzac day was very different to other years and I wrote about it here – ANZAC Day 2020
Jumping to distractions – still
Reading – so many books, a variety of genres, and I’m not pushing on if something doesn’t grab me quickly, I don’t seem to have the concentration for that! I gave up on Milkman although it has great reviews, I just couldn’t get into it, so gave up – there I’ve admitted it.
Watching – this delightful video
Taking – photographs for our family’s Alphabet of Isolation photo challenge. It was great fun! You can read more about the A-Z challenge here – Alphabet of Isolation
Listening – Spotify playlists, birds singing
Doing – Staying at home, unless I’m out riding my new bike
Jumping on the rail trail with my new bike!
Any moment we have spare, and given we’re not doing very much at this time, we seem to be out riding sections of the new rail trail – until the wintery weather blew in over the last few days that is. It’s been brilliant for all the locals and everyone has been making the most of it. It’s made the hard working volunteer committee happy to see the families, those in wheelchairs and recumbent tricycles, the elderly – the range of people out and about using this facility. As there are no other activities available, it seems everyone has embraced this new shared path, for exercise and to improve their mental health, and we couldn’t be happier to see it.
Motherhood and Grandmothers
It seemed that during April I had a soft spot for motherhood, with a post covering motherhood during these strange times and changes in Grandmotherhood over the years – and both posts have been very popular.
I think the reason for this is that I’m nostalgic, I’ve been taken back to a time when things were different, our social lives have changed and I’ve had more time sitting in one place thinking, than I have in ages! My youngest daughter had her first baby in February just before the pandemic took hold and it impacted on her a great deal. She was truly isolated and felt it. Whereas some new mothers revelled in the time with their new baby without any interference my daughter was suffering a bit and I could only help from afar. I am happy to say things have eased for her now.
The post about being a grandmother came about after reading a few extracts from a new book Grandmothers: Essay by 21st century Grandmothers, where 24 Australian grandmothers shared their thoughts. I was chatting to Denyse, another blogging friend, and we got thinking we could write our own thoughts on being a grandmother, since no-one had asked us to contribute for the book 🙂 So between us, we devised some questions and set about writing a post each on the topic. Part 1 was out on Monday 27 April and Part 2 will be out on Monday 8 June as part of Denyse’s weekly #LifethisWeek linkup. It was such fun to write and share my thoughts, I’d encourage anyone to take a look at the questions and have a go at answering them.
The best news for April was that Dottie our granddaughter born in England, at 25 weeks back in August 2019, is now officially off her oxygen – she’s 8 months old and is the cutest little thing! She now has to be ‘shielded’ for the next 3 months which will take her up to nearly a year of mostly being isolated, either in NICU or at home, due to COVID-19.
So, how was your April?
Let me know how you are coping with the pandemic in your neck of the woods. Australia seems to be doing OK, but we definitely don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and have more infections take off. Restrictions are starting to ease but we need to be vigilant with our social distancing, hygiene and testing regimes – in my expert opinion!
Let’s hope May is a better month around the world. Take care and stay well everyone. Thanks for the cuppa and the chat 🙂
Previous monthly updates:
Jump into a new year – January
Jump in for a chat – March update
Bio: Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and her husband are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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