Welcome to my world!
Feel free to grab a drink, get comfy and join me for a chat. I’ll offer you a virtual hug and we can have a nice long catchup over a cuppa.
If we were having a cuppa and a chat, I would tell you what’s been going on; all the family I’ve caught up with (while social distancing); how I’ve still got the ‘touch’ and am now known as the ‘baby whisperer’; how much I loved spending some of the winter up north in the warm sunshine; how cycling has taken over this month; Flying into July; and how things are going generally.
What’s your news? Is the year getting any better for you or is it still a bit of a train wreck?
June was a bit hard but we’ve moved on…
I have to say (again) how bad June was but thankfully July redeemed itself and I am now starting to feel a bit better about things, although COVID restrictions are impacting life again – for some more than others!
What has happened to change this mindset?
A few things have helped – the warmth of family, the warmth of winter sunshine, some travel after restrictions were lifted, exercise and a decrease in my anxiety levels due to seeing my daughter and grandson again and seeing improvements. It also helps me writing about these things which I’m usually quite honest about – I know it helps me.
The best part of July?
Family – one word but lots of feels 💖
During July we managed to get to see lots of family. We started the month seeing one of our daughters, son-in-law and granddaughter before spending time with my mother-in-law who has been unwell in hospital and my sister-in-law on the South Coast of NSW.
Once the border into Queensland was opened we made our way north to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, basing ourselves in a villa near the beach. We stayed with my mother on the way north and she came to stay with us for a few days at the beach. It’s been great catching up with other family as well – two of my nephews and their families, my uncle, aunt, cousins – everyone made the effort to catch up with us and kept their distance!
July is always a hard month as we remember my brother-in-law who died suddenly 6 years ago and then a week later my father-in-law who passed away 2 years ago.
Granny Debs hits the ground running!
It was so lovely spending time with my daughter and getting to know Patrick. When we last saw him in early March, he was only a few weeks old and it’s been amazing to see the changes in him since them, he has grown so much and is just so adorable. There have been a few issues requiring a never ending round of specialist appointments and it’s been hard on my daughter, especially during the lockdown period.
During our visit we helped by just being around, looking after Patrick, shopping, cleaning, spoiling and we all enjoyed the time together. I discovered I could put Patrick to sleep, that I have still got it and became known as they baby whisperer. I was even accused of strutting around after doing my magic trick – as if!!
Jumping into Winter in Queensland
Queensland does winter very well! The photos tell the story better than my words.
I have to tell you that the temperature was around 20-22 degrees every day. On the day we came home it was 2 degrees and the next day it snowed! I miss the beach and the warmth.
Meeting up with Sue from Women Living Well After 50 was a highlight of my month. We tend to try to catch up whenever I’m up this way and it’s always fun to sit and chew the fat about everything, not just our blogs!
Sue has big news – she’s started her YouTube channel and has just started a podcast aimed at Women Living Well After 50. What an inspiration she is! I’m so proud to be considered one of her cheerleaders 🙂
My three favourite posts this month are these ones – they’re not necessarily the most popular ones!
Stay calm and pedal on. I lycra your wheels. Life behind bars. The fun continues on in this post from a special guest.
Taking stock is always an interesting exercise! Here’s my latest taking stock post for #Lifethisweek
Can you stop for a moment and think of some good things that have happened so far this year? I made myself sit down and came up with 10 things fairly quickly.
Jumping to distractions – another family photo challenge
In the early days of 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 10 Ordinary Objects. We’ve just finished Variations on a Theme with my theme being Bike Bits, and we are currently working on Composition – more to come on that one at a later stage. I must say it’s testing me a bit!
It really has been a great way to think of something other than the prevailing pandemic and social unrest around the world. 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.
I have to say that I’m feeling for my sister and her husband as they are in Melbourne and have been working from home and isolating for months now, doing the right thing, working from home, hardly leaving the house – it’s hard enough in Melbourne in winter without having this to contend with. Sending good vibes to everyone in Victoria.
Jumping on my bike
We made the most of our time away by fitting in a bike ride each morning, usually about 20km along the shared pathways next to the beach, before going to spend time with our daughter and grandson.
It was a lovely way to start the day and compared to home, the weather was almost tropical! I’ve enjoyed sharing almost daily photos on Instagram. #sorrynotsorry
It turns out I rode over 350kms during July! How about that??
Did you know my bike was a guest on my blog recently?
Stepping it up for Fly into July
I joined Sue’s team, Women Living Well After 50, in the month long Fly into July campaign for a few reasons.
- To be held accountable for moving every day during the month of July.
- Be a part of a team – it wasn’t a competition but we were working as a team and I didn’t want to let anyone down.
- Life’s Little Treasures – this was the charity Sue chose for our fundraising and part of our joining fee went to this charity. Sue selected this charity as she had heard about their great work from my experiences, when my granddaughter was born super early at 25 weeks, over in England in August last year. I have helped fundraise for Life’s Little Treasures in the past and have felt so supported by them despite my daughter living in UK and me here in Australia. I have nothing but praise for them and so I was happy to join in and help again.
So how did I go?
I managed to come a credible 255 out of 979 individual walkers, with a total 415953 steps, which averaged out at 13418 steps a day.
Our team of 5 walkers ranked 27th out of 184 teams, with a massive total of 2, 336,360 steps! Wow, just wow! Some of our team did massive days and are to be commended on their efforts.
I enjoyed being held accountable for my movement and activity during the month. It was also great being a part of something, especially now when many of us can’t get together physically but we can support and encourage each other – which we did!
The total steps from everyone involved was a staggering 329,272,392 and over $50000 was raised. The Fly into July step challenge was all about balancing social, mental and physical wellbeing and I think it achieved this. If you haven’t heard of this challenge before, like me, then this link might help fill in some gaps. https://www.flyintojuly.org.au/
So instead of jumping this month I’m using my Fly into July challenge and all my cycling activity to illustrate jumping 🙂
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. This month I’m featuring my cycling shot with the Mathematician.
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!
So, how was your month?
It’s not been an easy year has it?
I’m desperately hoping that the rest of the year starts looking better – it’s getting a bit grim again isn’t it?
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.
Take care and stay well everyone.
Thanks for listening and for the 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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