Grab a drink, get comfy and jump in for a chat. I’ll even share some popcorn with you 🙂
Thanks for dropping by, it’s always great to see you. These monthly chats are a fun way to collate the news of my world.
Let’s talk about jumping, not jumping, and how to help my knee improve by doing some right brain activities.
Jump – is my WOTY
Reminder: My word of the year (WOTY) is Jump, so my monthly updates tend to use this as a focus. And I also try to capture a ‘jump’ photo each month. Here I am!
Due to knee issues not much jumping went on, but I can pretend, and my Bitmoji self can still jump!
How many different ways are there of jumping?
Jumping to conclusions – apparently it’s not a form of real exercise!
Jumping in boots and all – do you do that too?
Jumping on the inside – if my outside can’t jump at least my insides can
Jumping on a bandwagon – is this ever a good idea?
Jumping ahead of yourself – not always a good idea
Jumping on a bike – thankfully this is still an option!
Jumping into the unknown – see story below
Jumping in the car and just driving – but only if restrictions allow you to do so!
Jumping in puddles – my preferred form of jumping
Are there any other ways of jumping you can offer me?
The Mother ship
This is a perfect case of jumping into the unknown.
Some big news – after living thousands of kilometres away from my mother since I was 18, she is now living only 75kms away. Yes literally just down the road!
She decided to move from up in the north of the state, to the south, where it’s much colder in winter and a different kind of hot in summer. Why did she move? Well when you ask her she says it’s because she will be nearer to family – my brother and his daughter and grandchildren live there, her brother lives there and her sister is only a few hours drive away. I’m close by and my sister is much closer as well, about 5 hours drive away but much closer than she was before. If you ask me it’s because she’s keen to live nearer to her favourite child (her youngest, my brother) 🙂
It is a good solution to being on her own with limited family support, but it’s been a huge effort to make the move as you can imagine. Thankfully she has lots of good friends and neighbours who have helped out and she’s a strong old bird! It still feels strange to know I can pop over to have lunch with her or a cuppa and a chat, and still be home within an hour.
Mum is lucky to have found a little house to rent and will be on the lookout for her ‘perfect’ new home over the next few months. It was great to be able to help her unpack and get settled, she really is amazing and is already quite comfortable but it is a huge move for her. She has a lot ahead of her but if anyone can make it work, she can.
I’m happy I can now see her more often and do things together that we haven’t been able to do except when on holidays. I think you’ll agree it’s a huge thing to do!
Happy to you
The biggest celebration in September was when my granddaughter Emilia turned two. She enjoyed the song ‘Happy Birthday to You’ but sang it leaving the word ‘birthday’ out, so it became Happy to You! So cute!!
We had a small get together, enjoying a day at the zoo and a party in the park. She is just the cutest little girl and I’d forgotten how amazing a two year old can be, with all the talking and learning of new things.
I’ve had another great month of blogging, thanks for all the visits, comments and follows 🙂
I did a short writing course and wrote about it here, it was a challenge but I’m glad I jumped in!
My 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. Like the memories from the Sydney Olympics in 2000, what fun we had being overseas and watching from afar.
My Sunday Stills post was a favourite mainly due to the great and timely quote I found – Before you give up, think about why you held on so long – yes it went well with the photos of water droplets holding on but it also resonated with me about life, especially at the moment. I always enjoying jumping into a challenge.
Taking stock is always an interesting exercise! Here’s my latest taking stock post for #Lifethisweek
What were you doing in September 2000 when the Sydney Olympics were on?
Here’s an update on my list of 12 things I plan to do before turning 60 at the end of the year. And why I didn’t go for 60 things 🙂
Water droplets is the theme for #SundayStills today so I’ve collated a few of my favourite drop shots.
Jumping on my bike
Whenever I could, I jumped on my bike during September. Even the magpies couldn’t put me off! It’s the one exercise that doesn’t hurt my knee. I love this happy snap with my husband and good friends out riding the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail.
This is a screen shot taken from a tourism video promoting our area which was released this month. And yes that’s me and my husband riding on the bridge. It was an early morning start to the photo shoot back in May, but I’m sure you’ll agree the autumn colours and fog were a perfect combination.
So what do you do when your knee isn’t into jumping?
Yes I am still going on about my right knee – it’s sore, it won’t let me walk or run or do things I love doing. I can’t exercise the way I want to and it is starting to really
p# @$% me off annoy me.
You know the saying, the straw that broke the camel’s back? Well that’s me right about now. To some it won’t seem like a big deal and I’m lucky to be healthy and able to still move but I know all that. Let me moan on for a minute please!
I first went to the physio in March, after putting up with it being sore for a while. I enjoyed the slowness and calmness of the exercises and felt I was improving with regular checkup appointments. I was doing what I’d been told and not walking or running. I didn’t have a problem with bike riding so that was good!
When I had to go away for family reasons, the appointments stopped and I felt OK. It didn’t seem to be too bad and the pain was minimal.
Once I was home again, I started walking early in the morning with some friends. I loved the interaction, the early morning get up and go routine, the feeling of being active again but, unfortunately, my knee wasn’t too happy.
I could manage one day of walking but then the next day I had to rest my knee as it was too sore. This went on for a week or two before I decided I really couldn’t do ANY walking until I had my knee checked out by the physio due to the pain I was experiencing. I nearly cried. I needed the time to walk and talk with my friends, I needed the exercise, I had put on weight during winter (I blame the pandemic), I needed to feel in control.
I’ve probably told this story before but when my daughters were teenagers and I would get VERY stressed by life in general. Instead of erupting like a volcano, I would put on my shoes and go walking – as fast and furious as I could. And believe me I could walk both fast and furious at the same time! Years later I started running and this helped me enormously, I could run and think, or run and not think, but my body knew what it needed to do.
Now I can’t walk like that or run at all. And I’m not happy!
With everything else going on in my life, I need my body to move, I need to feel the freedom that walking and running give me.
But no, not at the moment. I have to be patient and controlled with my movements to get it back to the way it was. I’m fast approaching 60 and this knee issue has told me what I’d been trying to ignore – my body isn’t the same as it was a few years ago.
My physio said my knee has been like a volcano (funny she used that same expression) and was erupting. She can help me and we will work on it together. She will join my support team and believe me, I need support.
She also said I should try to activate my right brain due to not being able to walk or run – dancing, singing, drawing, writing. I mentioned I was a blogger and have recently done a writing course for children’s picture books. Her face lit up and she said YES, you need to continue to do this and get things out, cry, write whatever. So here I am writing instead of crying.
So, how was your month?
I’m always interested in hearing your news., what’s been happening in your world?
Thanks for listening to my news and being a part of my world.
Take care and stay well. All the best to you for the month ahead. It has to get better!
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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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