Welcome to my special place in the world!
Feel free to grab a drink, get comfy and join me for a virtual cuppa. I’ll also offer you a virtual hug – we’re still keeping our distance here despite some restrictions being lifted 🙂
If we were having a cuppa and a chat, I would tell you why there’s not been much jumping going on; hospital hopping; what my blog has been doing; how I appreciate my friends; photo challenges as distractions and what I’m hoping for in July.
Why no jumping in June?
I said it last month too, that so far this year there have been many times when I haven’t felt like jumping and this past month has been one of those. I’ve generally tried to push through it but this month has been very hard for lots of reasons and with lots going on. And that’s on top of everything else that’s already gone on this year…. My WOTY is Jump and I generally like jumping around. Without getting too personal I will say the following:
Instead of jumping, it seems I have been busy hospital hopping. First it was my husband’s emergency surgery in May, then my mother-in-law being admitted to the local hospital (not Covid related) before being moved to Sydney for tests and then back again during the month. The unknowns, the lack of information, the waiting, the worry…it takes it out of you!
To visit hospital these days involves answering many questions about being ill, contact with anyone with Covid-19, any cruises, or overseas trips lately, and more recently any visits to Melbourne – oh and having your temperature taken each time before applying copious amounts of hand sanitiser on the way in and on the way out. I now know the system very well and I appreciate all that is being done to keep us all safe.
Family health issues
Being away from home but not on a holiday and lots of driving up and down the highway, backwards and forward from home – it isn’t easy especially when you’re constantly waiting for news and continually feeling worried. Filling in time has been an issue but we’ve tried to get to the beach as often as we can for the calming effect and fresh air and I’m enjoying riding my bike – I wrote about this recently in my Sunday Stills post Freedom.
My mother also had worrying tests during the month and thankfully she is fine. She celebrated her birthday during the month too. It just seems like it’s one thing after the other and then add Covid into the mix.
On top of all of this my new baby grandson has been undergoing some quite serious tests and I haven’t been able to get to be with my daughter due to border closures and other issues. I haven’t been sleeping or eating well and admit to being very anxious, cranky and generally out of sorts. Apologies to those living with me, my family and friends who bear the brunt!
Jump – My WOTY
My word of the year (WOTY) is Jump, so most of my monthly updates will use the theme of jump. And I also get to show a ‘jump’ pic each month – but not this month I’m afraid.
The closest I could get to jumping, was this lovely shot of me on the swings with my granddaughter.
You can read more about how I’m (trying) to Jump my way though 2020, in my post here Jumping into the New Year. In some ways I wish we could jump straight into 2021!
It’s been surprising, to me anyway, that the past few months have seen my blog traffic almost double on previous months – and I have no idea why! Maybe everyone is turning to reading blogs while in isolation? There’s been one or two very popular posts – My Guide to Riding the Rail Trail for instance, but apart from that just my general honest and authentic posts. Have you noticed something similar in your blog stats?
I’m thrilled to bits of course and welcome all new readers/followers. Leave me a message to tell me how you found my blog and what appeals to you, I’m always interested.
My three favourite posts this month are these ones – they’re not necessarily the most popular ones!
What are you called, what words describe you, have you changed, how is it different to being a mother – just some of the questions I answer in Part 2 of this series about being a grandmother.
Does making your own book mean that it’s a real book?
Freedom in these special times! How do you see freedom? #SundayStills
I must say a big thanks to Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News for sharing how to use this new setting, the blog post block – in his post 3 Quick and easy ways to promote your old blog posts. I’ve since found it to be a great feature. I’m always happy to learn new things from other bloggers!
Jumping to distractions – photo challenges
Early on in lockdown, my sister and brother-in-law had the fabulous idea of doing family photo challenges. We started with An Alphabet of Isolation and then moved onto Images by the Dozen (without using numbers) and the most recent has been 10 Ordinary Objects. We’re currently working on the latest challenge, Variations on a Theme – more to come on that one at a later stage.
It’s been a great way to think of something other than the prevailing pandemic. My sister has gone onto produce a magazine of our photos so we all have a memory from this time. We meet up on zoom once a week to share our photos, so it’s been a good way to stay connected too.
Winter in Australia
We started the month at home with cold and wet winter weather. We then drove a few hours east over to the coast into warm winter sunshine. We have visited old haunts like Hanging Rock lookout, Vincentia and Callala Beach, riding our bikes and soaking up memories and the warm weather, in between hospital visits.
We will be heading back home to the mountains (and the cold) for a few days before going north to even warmer winter weather. It’s strange that over in England our daughter is experiencing hot temperatures as they swelter through summer.
In between all of this we have managed to have our annual eye tests and I can’t wait to collect my new spare pair of funky reading glasses! The Mathematician went with the exact same pair as he already has for his spare pair – why would you do that??
I also finally managed to fit in my postponed (due to Covid-19) mammogram and am still awaiting the results. I am more aware than ever of the need for these checks due to my sister’s experience in recent years.
The best part of June?
I want to say the end of it, but underneath all my despondency, I do have a positive streak. So I will say the best part has been the opportunity to visit the beach in winter, ride my bike along the water, my blogging, and staying connected to friends and family, who put up with me, despite my meltdowns.
It’s so nice to have friends who check in on you at times like these – they know who they are and I send my heartfelt thanks to them all.
Keeping in touch with family and friends via technology has been great, I don’t know what we’d do without it! We’re still having regular zoom chats, exercise sessions and photo sharing.
So, how was your June?
I’m desperately hoping that July is a better month around the world (I think I said the same thing last month). I hear the Queensland border will be opening up soon so we can go north to see my mother and my daughter and baby grandson. That makes me smile 🙂
Take care and stay well everyone. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a lot going on at the moment. I’m so grateful to the medical profession for their care of my family.
I’m reminded of this quote I used in a post ages ago. It’s so true!
Thanks for listening, I am feeling a bit better after our chat 🙂
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Previous monthly updates:
Jump into a new year – January
Jump in for a chat – March update
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 the Mathematician 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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