Shout Out Saturday #14 – keeping it real

Welcome to Shout Out Saturday #14

What’s it all about?

Shout Out Saturday is 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 below
  • check out any other links if you want to
  • use the hashtag #ShoutoutSaturday on social media
  • no need to get caught up in too much compulsory sharing
  • keep it family friendly
  • Saturday can cover any day of the week

But first a quote that made me smile

My Shout Out(s) this week go to….

1. New Zealand’s tourism advert – lots of shout outs here!

This is a great tourism ad which I saw on the TV show Gruen last night. It was lauded as a good example of how to promote local tourism.

2. Pure gold!

The race that stops a nation….or is it the other way around? A mashup of our Melbourne Cup and some election somewhere…

3. The borders are opening up within Australia!

A huge Shout out to all Victorians for their massive efforts over the past months. I can only imagine how hard it’s been. It’s weird because I just live a short drive away from the border but it feels like another world away. Thankfully they have turned things around and soon the borders will be open again.

My sister, who lives in Melbourne, left this comment on my post last Saturday and I thought it was worth repeating here as she says it so much better than I can, mainly because she’s been living it – Diary of a distancer: Week 33

I’m giving a shout-out this week to the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria. We’ve done a sterling job in getting case numbers down from a high of over 700 to now zero for a number of days in a row – known as donut days. Things could have gotten out of hand if the Premier had budged and given in to those wanting restrictions lifted sooner, and if millions of Victorians had decided that their freedoms were more important than others’ lives. But the vast majority of people did the right thing and we’re now seeing that rewarded with zero new cases and a huge reduction in active cases across the state. It’s fabulous to be able to feel safe again when going out into the world – mind you, it’s only a very narrow part of the world but the feeling of safety is giving people like me (the cautious ones) more confidence to head outside into our 25km bubble. I haven’t been into a shop since they opened, but shopping wasn’t anything that ever excited me … but one day I might.
And tomorrow I get my hair cut!!! That’s worth shouting about.

The spooky thing is that of all the days my sister and I both had our hair cut on the same day without any planning to do so!!! We have had many other spooky sister moments over the years 🙂

4. Five whole years since THAT wedding!

An extra special shout out to my daughter and son-in-law as they celebrate 5 years of marriage. Such great memories of their beautiful wedding. This photo is a fun memory. – in case you’re wondering the Mathematician was busy getting a bug out of her dress and I was fiddling with her hair 🙂

The bride and her parents - MOB and FOB
The bride and her parents – MOB and FOB

Are you keen to share something or leave a shout out to someone? I hope so – all you have to do is leave a comment or a link!

Has someone done something nice for you, have you witnessed a random act of kindness, have you read something interesting or watched a good movie lately?

Anything really – it’s up to you!

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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Debbie in rock chick mode

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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7 Replies to “Shout Out Saturday #14 – keeping it real”

  1. Hi Deb, I loved both your videos, the first because I grew up in NZ and the second because you’ve just got to laugh how absurd the whole shit show has become. Thank God I don’t live in the U.S. I’m giving a shoutout to Sue and Carol for the wonderful retreat last weekend. It boosted my spirits and I got so much out of it. Here’s a link if any of your followers want to read about it:
    The next one’s virtual so anyone can attend. Have a great week,

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    1. Thanks Christina, I loved sharing these videos for just the ‘feels’. I really enjoyed your post about the retreat and am very tempted to join in next time. Great to have you join in 🙂


  2. Yay for Victoria! Our 1 day case total here in America was 120,000 yesterday. Ugh. But there may some good news on the horizon. Biden has taken the lead and that’s unlikely to change at this point. 😄



    1. Thanks Donna. I was hoping the video would work as the Melbourne Cup is a big deal here on the first Tuesday in November but I wasn’t sure if it would ‘translate’ for other countries. I’m happy to know you both enjoyed it!! I agree, Sammy J is very clever 😂


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