Taking Stock 3/2021 for #lifethisweek

It’s time for another Taking Stock post – these are always fun to do!

Taking Stock #3/2021

This year Denyse has changed the Taking Stock prompts, and I’m happy to join her in using the new alphabetised version. You can read Denyse’s latest #lifethisweek post here and you are welcome to join the linkup too. Lots of great blogs to discover!

For me, the idea of these posts is to write a response without giving it too much thought, so it’s usually the first thing that pops into my head.

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.

Steve Maraboli

Let’s get into it!

Admiring: Rainbows – they keep popping up in the sky outside my front door and I can’t resist taking a photo each time I see them.

rainbow from the verandah
A double rainbow from the verandah

Becoming: Vaccinated – I had my first shot of AstraZeneca this week.

Curious: What would an action figure of you look like?

Delighted: My ‘Women’s Circle’ has been going for over a year now with our weekly zoom chats and catchups, so much fun!

Excited: Next month I have two of my daughters and three of my grandchildren visiting – fingers crossed we don’t run into any trouble with lockdowns! It will be the first time my youngest daughter gets to meet her 6 month old nephew!

Feeling: A tad worried about lots of things going on.

Going: To the doctor to check some things out. I’m trying to be an adult!

Helping: Myself – I need to take more care.

Imploring: The Government to do the right thing – about lots of things!

Joking: My bold update for June was published yesterday with this quote – Be bold, or italic but never regular!

Keeping: We have to keep finding the fun in life and doing more of that!

Loving: That Becky is back with her squares challenge, this time it’s all about trees #treesquare Becky’s July challenge – here are some of my square photos used so far. I’m not posting everyday but will join in regularly. All my #treesquare posts can be found here

Making: Scones

Nothing beats home made scones!

Next: Ive taken on a new role in our Rotary Club as Treasurer for this year! Yes I’m officially mad 🙂

Observing: Life from my sunroom.

Pleasing: Sitting in front of the fire reading a book for most of Sunday.

Reading: Lots of great books lately.

Staying: Home, as Covid continues to carry on around us.

Trying: To stay optimistic!

Understanding: Everyone is different, with different values, goals, dreams and that’s what makes the world go around. We’re all unique.

Viewing: I’ve just started watching Starstruck on ABC Iview.

Welcoming: A delivery of firewood.

X (our choice): Thinking back to 3 years ago when we were in France watching the Tour de France go by. I’m just glad I wasn’t THAT woman who caused the massive crash of cyclists!

My happy face at the Tour de France 2018
My happy face at the Tour de France 2018

Yes: Saying yes to going for bike rides when the weather is cold, foggy and damp!

Z – (our choice): Zany – a good description of someone I know all too well 🙂

How about you?

What are you taking stock of?

How would you answer any one these prompts? Did you notice that Denyse has made them all in alphabetical order?

I always enjoy these fun posts! I hope you do too, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Deb xx


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30 Replies to “Taking Stock 3/2021 for #lifethisweek”

  1. Great post. I like the way you used the A-Z prompts then tied in the trees. I’ve had a hard time doing A-Z prompts because I tend to tell chronological or ordered geographical stories and I’ve never tried to make them fit. It could almost be a poem, though.

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      1. It is good to review every so often, Deb. “Random think,” I like that. When I first started this blog, I named it Streaming Thoughts. It’s developed randomly over the years. I’m still streaming my thoughts, but I think I’m more focused and inclusive of others as I stream my thoughts and photos. But definitely my blog is a “random think.”

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  2. My action figure would be inactive, scrolling on her ipad and getting cranky at politicians….

    Loved that you used the A-Z prompts. Yes, they work for me but I still go into as you do, get in write and then move on. Always best not to linger.

    It’s funny but when I saw you were at the Rotary Changover Dinner, I wondered in what capacity and now I know what is ahead for you.

    Bernard and I went to a couple of those dinners way back in our early teaching lives in the country. We also went to loads of Winter Balls which were fab.

    As for that sigh, I can never think of Tumba Rumba without adding the bloody in the middle.

    Worry…we seem to be ‘born’ with that condition many of us. Worrier here but more recently the Head & Neck Cancer journey has taught me to stay so much more in the present moment (yes, Bernard, the only one we have…) and that helps. I get it though. Right now I imagine you are “praying” to the covid gods that your family can travel and enjoy much longed for family time!

    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek last Monday. I am always pleased to see my old(er) and new(er) blogging friends link up. Your comments make my Mondays rock. Next week, the optional prompt is Self Care Stories. I hope to see you there too. Denyse.

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    1. I laughed at your action figure Denyse 🙂 It’s not hard to get cranky at politicians at the moment! Rotary is a good organisation to belong to in a small town and I do enjoy it. Hopefully the position won’t be too onerous. Yes I’m a worrier too but I am getting better at thinking things through and trying not to think too far ahead, but it’s a struggle. Thanks for your lovely comment and for hosting us each week.

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  3. Deb, I enjoyed reading this post. Yay for the 1st dose of vaccine and other good news you’ve had. The rainbows are beautiful. I hope your family visit goes on without interruptions and your visit to the doctor is good with nothing to worry about.

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    1. Hi Natalie, yes I’m really pleased to have had my first dose of the vaccine, it’s a relief actually! Yes fingers crossed the family can still come and visit in August.

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  4. Yay for the first vaccine! I can understand the worry at the moment; it’s hard not to be given all that’s happening right now. Love that pic of the rainbow! And those scones look delicious! I really enjoyed your taking stock post, Deb. Hope you have a lovely week ahead.

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  5. Well done on getting your first AZ jab Deb. I’m due my 2nd on 28 July. Will be glad when that is done and dusted. I’m sorry to hear you’re worried about some things but not surprised considering this new world we are living in. I think we’re all carrying around some anxiety these days. All the more reason to take good care of ourselves. Love that photo of you at Tour Le France, and yes wouldn’t it be awful to be that woman that caused the major crash of cyclists! Hope you have a good week!

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    1. Thanks Min, it’s great to know I’m on the road to being vaccinated, well done on almost being fully vaccinated. Yes this time has been quite tricky and some things really impact more than others. At least I’m aware of what’s worrying me and can take some actions. You’re right we all seem to be carrying some anxiety at the moment. That photo from the tour in 2018, never fails to make me smile as the memories are still crystal clear. Thanks for your visit and wishing you well too x

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  6. I must check out your BOLD update.

    How exciting to be able to have your family together. Such great news and fingers crossed nothing happens to disrupt those plans.

    Are you enjoying Starstruck? I loved it.

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    1. Yes I have everything crossed that the visit can go ahead Deb. My Bold updates are fun to write and a good way to look back over the month. Yes Starstruck is really fun!

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  7. Love the alphabetical list and love that rainbow – what a capture! Your scones look delicious. I’m getting my second vaccination this week and never thought I’d be excited about getting a needle but there you go – what a time to be alive! Fingers crossed that you get to see the fam bam – the borders open and close with wild abandon these days, it’s positively nerve wracking!

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    1. Yes Sammie, the alphabetical lists are a fun way to look at how things are going in a moment in time. Yay for getting your second vax, it will be a great feeling when most of the country has been done won’t it? I’m not a lover of needles either but I’m getting better as I get older the need is greater than my fear. I know the uncertainty is so worrying but you know more about that than I do. Hope you’re well now that you’re home.

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  8. Hi Deb – lovely to read all your thoughts – and I think the one that stands out the most to me is “Understanding” – I think if we all respected each other’s differences the world would be a happier place indeed. You and your Tumbarumba sign gave me a smile – it such an Aussie thing to have done 😀

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    1. Hi Leanne, I’m glad you enjoyed reading my thoughts here. Understanding is so important isn’t it? I love that photo from France, it just exudes happiness and makes me smile 🙂

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  9. So much to say about this lovely positive post Deb. I love your positive reactions to the prompt. I did my first Taking Stock today and like you tried not to overthink it. I really enjoyed writing it. Fingers crossed your family are able to visit. Everything is so hit and miss these days. Great to see you at the tour again. It’s such a fun photo

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    1. I can’t wait to read your Taking Stock post Jen, I’ll pop over soon and catch up. I find them really good to write, a real moment in time captured. Yes fingers are crossed the family can visit, it is so uncertain as you say. That Tour photo is one of my absolute favourites and it just takes me back. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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  10. I enjoyed your Taking Stock post Deb and if I had time this morning I would write one too. Sorry to hear you are feeling worried and hope things improve. The scones look delicious and yes, I’m happy our women’s group has recently celebrated it’s 1st anniversary. It is the highlight of my week. xx

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    1. I know time is sometimes lacking but I really enjoyed your Micro Monday podcast today – you do them so well. Thanks for your concern, I’m feeling better about things and not worrying as much, it doesn’t do me much good and just raises my blood pressure even more! Talk to you soon 🙂

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  11. My action figure would be a bit stiff and hard to move. Ha! (but I’m working on it). As for the going to the dr cos you’re trying to be an adult. That’s me. And then they find other problems that turn into a different hassle. But at our age we DO have to be grown ups when it comes to health. Blah! Hope all is well for you!

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    1. Your action figure sounds like it might need some oil Lydia! Yes at our age we have to be grown ups about our health. I hate the way one visit leads to another and so on….

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