First Taking Stock for 2022 #lifethisweek

It’s time for my first Taking Stock post of 2022 – these are always fun to do 🙂

Taking Stock #1/2022

The way I approach the idea of these Taking Stock posts is to write a response to the prompt without giving it too much thought, so be aware it’s usually the first thing that pops into my head.

Blogging Schedule for 2022

I’m going to try to do a Taking Stock post at the beginning of each month but it might stretch out to every few months. I’ll see how I go. My blogging schedule is usually pretty fluid but there are a few regular posts:

  • What’s on Your Plate – first Wednesday of each month (I contribute to these via the link up from co-hosts Donna and Deb in Canada going live at 7pm my time (Sydney timezone)
  • What’s on Your Bookshelf – third Wednesday at 9am AESDT via the link party. I’m one of the co-hosts along with friends Sue, Donna and Jo.
  • Word of the Year (WOTY) link party – last Friday in the month at 9am AESDT. Again I’m a co-host with Sue, Donna and Jo on this one. This is a great way to share progress on our WOTY and to see how others are going with theirs.
  • Sunday Stills – Terri from Second Wind Leisure has a weekly photo challenge which I try to join in on her blog. I post late on a Sunday (my time) and link to Terri’s first thing Monday morning, due to the time difference.
  • Life this Week – Denyse has a link up each Monday and it’s always great to see what others are posting.
  • I’ll also try to share a link to a post on Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share on a Saturday.
  • Squares – every quarter Becky has a Square challenge, with a theme and the only rule is the photos have to be square. This month the theme is ODD, #squareodds. I don’t join in every day but do try to link up every now and again and visit others to see how they have interpreted the theme.

All that might sound a lot, and in some ways it is a huge commitment, but I enjoy the interaction, creativity and friendship.

Awards on Aus day 2022
Awards on Aus day 2022

Let’s get into it!

Admiring: All the clever people who play Wordle!

Becoming: Annoyed at certain people at a high level, who should know how to behave.

Curious: As to why the magnolia has flowered again in mid-summer??

Delighted: To have been awarded a Special Achievement Award on Australia Day in Tumbarumba, along with my husband.

Special Achievement Award 2022
Special Achievement Award 2022

Excited: My grandson Patrick turns 2 later this month! He is a gorgeous little man!

Granny Debs and Papa G with Patrick at home in Tumbarumba
Granny Debs and Papa G with Patrick at home in Tumbarumba

Feeling: A tad old! One of our earliest memories when we first moved here 31 years ago, was going to a teacher’s 40th birthday bash, well today we went on a bike ride (with him & friends) to his 70th birthday lunch. In a ‘ is stranger than fiction’ moment, he also taught me at school!

Going: Mad with all the political nonsense that’s around at the moment.

Helping: Emma Wiggle had a helping hand on our walk with Miss 3 recently!

Emma Wiggle
Emma Wiggle had a free ride on our walk

Imploring: Think about how your behaviour impacts on others.

Joking: I like this saying –

laughter quote
laughter quote

Keeping: Fit by riding my ebike regularly – about 50-80kms a week!

with the bike trailer
with the bike trailer taking the grandkids out for a ride

Loving: Regular Facetime calls with my daughters and grandchildren.

Making: A Penang chicken curry in the slow cooker – smells delicious.

Next: Tumbatrek and Tumbafest – it’s all go here in Tumbarumba!

Observing: It’s been 30years since we left Australia for a year on a Teacher Exchange in England, with our three young daughters aged, 8,6 and 3.

Pleasing: How well I feel after my weekly Aqua Aerobics sessions – it’s a lovely way to exercise.

Dive into summer for 52 week photography project
Dive into summer

Reading: Midnight in Everwood by M. A. Kuzniar.

Staying: Close to home for the moment.

Trying: To see things as a gift – it’s my WOTY.

Understanding: or not – it seems the world has gone a bit mad and I seem to be riding a wave of uncertainty at the moment.

Viewing: Lots of great blogs!

Welcoming: The willy wagtails who made a home in the grapevine on the verandah outside the back door.

hungry birds
hungry birds

X (our choice): I’m loving the sign I had made for my husband for Christmas. I asked it to be made in the form of an English street sign and I think it came out really well. What do you think? The Mathematician has always called this section of the garden (reclaimed paddock) Harris Park, so it was perfect for the sign.

Harris Park
Harris Park and the sunflowers

Yes: My sunflowers are flowering all around the garden! They are such happy flowers.

Z – (our choice): My grandson Zachary turned one late last month – he is just the cutest, happiest baby!

Zach's birthday weekend
Celebrating Zach’s birthday weekend

How about you?

How is life treating you at the moment?

How would you answer any one these prompts?

I always enjoy doing these posts! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Have a great week.

Deb xx

Life This Week 7/2/22

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29 Replies to “First Taking Stock for 2022 #lifethisweek”

    1. Thanks Sue, we were hoping to see Patrick for his birthday later this month but will now try and get up there in maybe April/May instead. January really was a gift with birthdays, anniversaries and new starts. Taking Stock lets me think outside my usual mindset and I always enjoy these posts 🙂


  1. The election coverage (in the media) is just the biggest waste of time. It’s all irrelevant ‘entertainment’ and never on actual policy that will impact us. It does my head in. It’s going to be a long few months.
    I can’t believe you do 80 kms each week! Good for you. I love Aqua aerobics too. Must find somewhere that does them. I used to do it a lot in my teens and 20s.
    Congratulations on the award (again) and enjoy all the time with your Grandkids. You are very lucky to have them close (I know not all of them are), geographically speakling.

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    1. I know what you mean Lydia, such a big bag of hot air all round! Thanks for your comments, the bike is proving to be a great physical and social winner, I just love it!


  2. Hi Deb – that electric bike has brought such joy to your life (like my scooter – except yours burns calories!) Loved reading all your snippets and the photos. I’m also over politics and covid updates – if I get tempted to turn on the TV I put the Winter Olympics on and watch some iceskaters twirling around instead of listening to stuff that I have no interest in, or control over. x

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    1. Yes it really has been a great buy Leanne, I love it and the socialising that goes with it. Our friends have a weekly catch up ride where we all ride and chat and repeat!! The winter olympics are a lovely distraction aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by 🙂


    1. Thanks Donna, I always have fun with these posts but I admit to having to think a bit deeply about some of the prompts this time. Yes the Harris x-ing is perfect and I hadn’t thought of it that way!


  3. Yikes, I’ve just written a longish comment and lost it. Hopefully you won’t get this twice! I loved your kaleidescope of thoughts and happenings. It was like a magical mystery ride. I too am fed up with negative politics and news reels and just want to get on with living. Life is too short. So glad to see you happy spending time with your grandchildren and just busy generally. We are counting are blessings to be able to spend time with our first, a little boy – and loving it.


    1. Oh no, I hate it when that happens Jo! Enjoy your little grandson, such a special time of our lives. Yes I enjoy the kaleidoscope of thoughts and happenings that show up in these Taking Stock posts and it allows me to share a variety of thoughts I might not normally share. Thanks for doing another comment after your first one got lost! Much appreciate your visit.


    1. Thanks Sammie, it all came together nicely although I actually had to think a bit harder on some of the words. The garden sign is brilliant and takes us back to our time living in England, which I why I asked for it to be done in that fashion. Uncertainty is prevalent and is doing my head in at the moment I must admit!


  4. Such a love-filled post Debbie and yes, the only way to do a taking stock is first thoughts. Love the garden sign. And all the pics of grandkids too. Lovely catch up….and thanks for using my alphabet prompts!! Thank you for sharing Your blog post linked for #LifeThisWeek. I look forward to seeing you again when you next link up! Warm wishes. Denyse.

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