Shout Out Saturday#3 – what are you sharing?

You are more than welcome to join me for Shout Out Saturday

What’s it all about?

This the third Shout Out Saturday where I invite you to join in by leaving a link or a comment to something that has had an impact on you recently:

You can leave a link to your own blog, or maybe something you’ve read on someone else’s blog, or tell us about your favourite blogger, or simply share some good news, or even just drop in to say hello….

No strings attached, simply leave a comment, check out the others if you want to, there’s no need to get caught up too much in compulsory sharing or other rules – just keep it family friendly and we’ll all be happy!

Blogging, to me, is all about community, engagement and sharing.

Remember Saturday can cover any day of the week!

sometimes the smallest things
Winnie the Pooh

Why this quote?

If you missed my post on Wednesday, Hip hip hooray, it’s Dottie’s first birthday, you might want to pop over and read it first! This quote relates to my granddaughter Dottie being born VERY early, (at 25 weeks) this time last year weighing less than a kilo of sugar, and this week she is happily celebrating her first birthday.

I used this Pooh bear quote in a post written this time last year, when Dottie had just been born and I was on my way over to England (from Australia) to meet her. It was a tough time for us all. This quote rings true now a year later –

From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame.


Dottie is certainly a tiny bright spark in our lives!

My (2) Shout Outs this week go to….

  • Nurses, doctors, carers, specialists, medical support staff, all health care workers in fact – they have such awesome powers in their hands and I will never again take them for granted. I saw them in action during Dottie’s time in NICU, they’ve been extremely busy during the pandemic, my three daughters have benefitted from their handiwork and my grandchildren continue to be treated by a range of caring clever people. My husband was fortunate to have immediate medical attention just a few months ago and my mother-in-law is also currently in their safe hands. I remember feeling a wave of gratitude for my father’s carers in the last years of his life. It is such a noble profession and we should all make an effort to thank them for doing their job.
  • I read this interesting piece today and shared it with my sister who is in lockdown in Melbourne: Your surge capacity is depleted- it’s why you feel awful. It talks of ambiguous loss in relation to the pandemic and includes some very wise words and astute observations. Thanks to Denyse for sharing it on her facebook page which encouraged me to read it.

Our new normal is always feeling a little off balance, like trying to stand in a dinghy on rough seas, and not knowing when the storm will pass.”

What do you think?

Are you keen to share something? I hope so – just leave a comment or a link!

As always, feel free to share and get the word out there #ShoutoutSaturday

Thanks again for all your support, it’s much appreciated.

Deb 🙂

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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25 Replies to “Shout Out Saturday#3 – what are you sharing?”

        1. Oh no!!! But I must admit only one of my 3 girls share my joy and she’s the one who recommended it to me – she knew I’d love it too!! There are no gays in Russia 😂 and isn’t Pierce a good looking father??

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  1. Oh that movie is such a blessing in this unsettled time. We have watched it so many times, singing along to the songs. The other night I was in the kitchen we had it on the TV I started laughing so much as I knew exactly what was going to happen next. Its our feel good movie in these troubled times.

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  2. Hi Deb, I agree with your praise of healthcare workers. I’ve been on both sides of the health care journey. As as nurse I notice things that others wouldn’t. It’s really scary at times because I know too much to just be a patient. When you’re the one that the doctors and nurses are trying to heal, especially when it’s an emergency situation, it’s very humbling. There are some amazing doctors and nurses in this world. Thank you for your words – they are very true. Have a lovely Saturday, regards Christina

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  3. Hi Deb
    I second your shout out to all the health workers and who are looking after us all at the moment. I can only imagine the stress they are under and how they must feel everyday as they head to work.
    A big shout out also to Denyse from for her Women of Courage Series that I look forward to every week.
    Happy weekend to you Deb. Hope you’re staying warm. I’m thinking you may get snow in your area today or tomorrow

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    1. Thanks for joining in Jennifer. It’s snowing here as we speak and we managed to get out onto the rail trail for some snow pics! I second your shout out to Denyse for her Women of Courage series – it’s always enlightening and I look forward to reading them too. I also enjoy her weekly #lifethisweek series.


    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining in Natalie. Also for Dottie’s birthday wishes :). I look forward to reading your post this afternoon – it’s snowing here so a perfect excuse to stay inside and catch up on some blogs.


  4. Hi, Deb – Thank you for creating this very flexible ‘Shout Out’ space. This week I would like to shout out to my niece, who has just begun her own blog. Her best target audience would be early 30’s, single women living through dating disasters. Her blog is: Colourfully Invisible ( Her tagline is: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about inventing yourself.” I greatly appreciate others dropping by. I know that she’ll do the same.

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    1. It’s my pleasure to offer a flexible shout out space Donna, thanks for joining in! Popping over to your niece’s blog now and wishing her well in her new endeavours.


  5. Today I’m giving a shoutout to my sister Debbie. The reason I’m giving this shoutout is because her courage continues to inspire me.

    I’m specifically talking about her courage as a learner here. I know it’s said we all “learn something new every day” but that’s not the same as putting yourself in the position of learner in a formal way.

    Debbie has taken the challenge of learning formally, a challenge that means she has formal learning to do and formal assessments to complete.

    It’s a challenge cognitively – getting your head around new terminology, a new language, a new way of seeing the world; it’s also a challenge to your identity – ‘I thought I knew a lot about this thing I’m learning about and now I find there’s heaps I didn’t know and that challenges who I think I am and what I thought I knew’.

    There’s a vulnerability to formal learning – submitting assignments to someone who is going to assess your work is an act of making yourself vulnerable. Someone is going to judge your work and while they can say as many times it’s your work they’re assessing, you feel that, really, it’s you they’re judging.

    That vulnerability extends to sending your work to someone to review. And this is what sparked my shoutout. It’s one thing to send your work to someone to assess who you’ve never met and who, when all is said and done, isn’t someone who’s going to have an ongoing relationship with you when the course is over. If they didn’t like your work, it’ll sting for a time, but you don’t ever have to see that person again.

    That’s very different to sending your work to your sister to read/comment on. Especially when your sister is a former English teacher, teacher of the subject you’re now learning about, and someone who is known to be blunt in her feedback.

    It takes courage to push the ‘send’ button when it’s this sister you’re sending it to. You desperately want her to say ‘That’s great Deb. Well done’ but instead you get back ‘Is there another word you could use for [insert word here]’ and ‘Think about your sentence length’ and ‘are your verbs active enough?’

    It might not necessarily be courage the first time – because, really how specific is your sister going to be? – but once you know that she’s going to go full pedant on you, it’s courageous to do it a second time with a fresh piece of work.

    So to Deb, for having the courage to make yourself vulnerable in sending me your work before you submit it for formal assessment, I salute you.

    I also won’t be surprised if you don’t send me anything again!

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    1. I really appreciate your shout out and always admire your honesty. I wouldn’t send my work to you if I didn’t value your honest and knowledgeable feedback. I know you by now, so I know you will be more blunt and the day I get a simple ‘that’s great Deb’ comment will be the day I ask if you’re feeling OK 🙂 Only after having your feedback do I feel confident in submitting my assignment. I’ll keep sending you things as long as you’re happy to read them. Thanks again for the fabulous comment here.

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  6. Hi Deb, yes a big shout out to all our amazing health workers. And happy birthday to precious Dottie. I love the article and the link that you shared with us here too. The quote you highlighted … “Our new normal is always feeling a little off balance, like trying to stand in a dinghy on rough seas, and not knowing when the storm will pass.” is so true and echoes
    the theme of my latest post.

    Stay well and happy weekend my friend. xx

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    1. Thanks for popping in and sharing Miriam, I’m off to read your post now. It’s funny how often we can be on the same wavelength isn’t it? I thought the article was very interesting and accurate too. Hoping you’re doing OK and coping with the restrictions you’re living with. Take care xx

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    1. No you’re definitely not crazy Leslie! It’s a hard time for many and trying to keep our heads in order can be quite tricky! I’m glad the article was of use for you. Take care.


  7. i am catching up, and amazed at how much I missed in 2 weeks. I read the article on surge capacity, really glad that you shared it. There is a lot of wisdom there, although I can’t take the time to process it all. 2 things come to mind though, one is that perhpas the whole world, certainly the United States, was not ready for the pandemic, not so much medically as mentally and emotionally. We get set in our routines a nd routine expectations that we have failed to build up any muscle to help us cope with the unexpected and the long-term unexpected situation we find ourselves in. We have taken too much for granted, imo. A second thing, still struggling with the concept or phrase “new normal” For myself, I am just seeking some “normalcy.” Thanks, Michele

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