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. There are muffins too 🙂
If we were having a cuppa and a chat, we could talk about all the news but let’s agree to make it a Covid free chat. Instead we could discuss the winter weather, my writing course, being home alone, family updates, walking, riding, blogging and of course jumping.
I’m also interested in hearing your news. What’s been happening in your world?
Jumping out of August
So, after being away from home for most of July and with worries about various family members, I decided I needed some time out.
Within days of getting home from up north, the Mathematician drove off to visit his mother and I stayed home alone for the first two weeks of August. I didn’t see many people, I went out only when necessary, I sat quietly by the fire, I listened to the wind and the rain outside, rode my bike when I could get out, read books, watched the Eurovision Song Contest movie more than once, twice…. wrote and kept the fire going. I basically retreated from the world for 2 weeks. It was lovely!
Have you ever taken a break from things? Did it help clear your mind? I found I enjoyed the opportunity to just stop and take a deep breath or two.
I found I needed some breathing space, and as my friends are always telling me: you can’t pour from an empty cup. It didn’t stop me from feeling guilty for doing so – why do we do that to ourselves? So in many ways I jumped out of August for a while there!
I also started a short online course, learning about Writing Children’s Picture Books. I’ll tell you more about that in a future post. I can say that it has given me a focus and although I have been struggling with all it entails, I am learning new things.
Thankfully there have been some improvements in the family health matters I mentioned and my anxiety has decreased a degree or two. There are still ongoing issues but I’m starting to feel a bit more positive 🙂
I was lucky to spend some time with some of my family during the month with my mother coming down to visit as well.
The biggest celebration in August was when my granddaughter Dottie turned one. This tiny dynamo was born last year at 25 weeks weighing 845grams. She lives on the other side of the world to me so we see each other through a screen most of the time these days. We are all very happy to see her growing and thriving and I just love the way she smiles and waves at me over the phone! My youngest grandson was 6 months old and this month my other granddaughter turns 2!! Where has the time gone?? They are growing up so fast.
I’m pleased to introduce a new feature called Shout out Saturday, where visitors can share anything they’ve found interesting, a post, some exceptional customer service, something that has made them smile, a meme – whatever!
It’s all about sharing without the need to reciprocate unless you’d like to visit the other links. Please think about joining in, and Saturday can be any day of the week – #ShoutoutSaturday!
My three favourite posts this month are these ones – please note they’re not necessarily the most popular ones! I usually choose posts that have meant something a bit special to me.
Shout out Saturday is a place for you to share your favourite posts, best blogging buddies, good news stories or something you’ve read. Hope you can join in.
Dottie turns 1! Can you believe it? A grandmother’s reflection on the year and Dottie’s progress after being born prematurely at 25 weeks.
Friday Fiction this week has a theme of books and movies as good company. We all get something different from reading. What are you reading at the moment?
My blogging buddies have been supportive as always, and I thank you all!
Jumping on my bike
I’ve had some great rides on Essie my ebike and love getting out in with the crisp air, mainly on the rail trail. This month we also joined lots of volunteers to participate in a massive tree planting, with appropriate social distancing, to plant over 500 trees and shrubs along the rail trail. These will enhance the trail, provide screening, and eventually, shade.
It was well organised with the local landcare groups providing the plants, tree guards and stakes for us. Interestingly the trees were geminated from local seed and will see the restoration of a special local species of tableland snow gum, a rare surviving species from the last Ice Age! How cool is that??
Jumping into Spring
Yes it’s that time of the year again – flowers, new growth, my magnolia tree, spring feels, and hopefully warmer temperatures, although we don’t let the fire go out until October-ish, just to be safe!!
Here are a few of my favourite photos from around the garden.
Jump – My WOTY
My word of the year (WOTY) is Jump, so most of my monthly updates use the theme of jump. And I also get to show a ‘jump’ pic each month.
This month I’m jumping in the snow on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. I was inspired and the Mathematician was very accommodating in taking some shots for me. It was completely spontaneous, hence I’m in my daggy old tracksuit and bobble hat – no styling or colour choices for this one, unlike my May jump when I blended in with the yellow leaves.
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? As you can see I have had a mixed month with lots happening. I’m sure I’m not the only one!!
I also can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner and I have no plans yet – none at all! Ideas yes, but no bookings have been made, we just don’t know what will happen in the coming months.
Thanks for listening to my news and being a part of my world.
Let me know what you got up to in August in the comments section 🙂
Take care and stay well. All the best to you for September.
Linking up with other bloggers from around the world for my version of A Sentence a Day
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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