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As you know my 2022 Word of the Year is Gift and I’m thoroughly enjoying the various ways I’m seeing the word show up in my everyday life. I’m truly living it and loving it!
April is one of my favourite months with the change of seasons and autumnal colours everywhere. It starts to get cooler and so we look for ways of being cosy which is where my sunroom comes into its own. It holds the heat but keeps the cool air out and I can sit and read in comfort most days, even if it’s a wet day.
G I F T
G – the gift of gratitude. As part of her WOTY (Word of the Year) which is Peace, Donna from Retirement Reflections and fellow co-host of this monthly linkup, started a Travelling Book of Inner Peace project.
Donna explains the project in her post: “This is the Travelling Book of Inner Peace. Three copies were initially sent from Vancouver Island, Canada, in February 2022. The hope is that you will read it, gain inspiration, and share it. When finished reading, please sign your name and city to the adjacent list and then pass it on. Kindly drop me a line, so I know where the book has been. On the last Friday of each month, I will post updates on my blog to indicate the books’ travels. If for any reason you wish not to join in, please pass the book on to someone else so that it can continue on its journey. Thank you for contributing to this Travelling Wave of Peace.“
I received the Little Book of Inner Peace from fellow blogger Sue during the month and have now read it so will pass it on. The book is full of insights, practical ideas and quotes on how to gain an understanding of inner peace. I’m full of gratitude for Donna and Sue for including me in this lovely project.
I – the gift of imperfection. That might sound strange but when you think about it, how many people do you know who are perfect? If we can accept our own flaws and be happy within ourselves we can accept others for their imperfections too. I had a bit of a crisis and fashion meltdown during the week and have to learn, although I’m 61, to accept my imperfections and get on with it!
F – the gift of family time. April seemed to be a month of holidays – including Easter and ANZAC Day – and time spent with some of our family members.
During the month we did some kilometres in the car – we were in Canberra, Nowra then Sydney’s northern beaches. We had a great day out at Taronga Zoo, a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour and took in all the hectic-ness that is Sydney!
Exciting plans are underway for us to travel to see our youngest daughter and her family up north in June and then to the UK in August to see our eldest daughter and her family. I can’t wait!
I also spent time with my mother who had been away for a few weeks, picking her up from the airport and spending the night with her, then attending the ANZAC Day March with her.
Family time is so precious isn’t it?
T – the gift of living in a small town of Tumbarumba. I know I’ve said it before but I really do live in the best little town. We have an active and supportive community with lots of positive things going on which are always well supported.
Just last weekend we had the first marathon run on our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, the first rail trail on public land in NSW – a hugely successful event! Later that same afternoon we had the first Night Markets with food, markets, kids’ activities and drinks available – they were very well supported too.
Coming up soon we have the official opening of the Snow Valley’s Sculpture Trail. We are proud to be involved in the local Rotary Club’s trioBikes taking the less mobile members of our community out for rides along the rail trail and during April we had some lovely rides.
The Gift of Reading
As part of my WOTY, I’ve been reading and listening to books with the word gift in the title. So far this year I’ve read (or listened to):
- The Gifts of Reading: Essays on the Joys of Reading, Giving and Receiving books – a book of short stories from a variety of authors, extolling their joy of reading and giving books as gifts. It was lovely to hear their thoughts on what books they like to give as gifts and how important books are in their lives. Many of the books, and some of the authors, were new to me, but I still enjoyed it.
- The Secret Gift of Lucia Lemon by Celia Anderson was a fun light read.
- I’ve just finished The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey and throughly enjoyed this very futuristic story!
- I’m now looking for a new book with Gift in the title! Any suggestions?
I was also given the gift of an advanced copy of Toni Pike’s latest book Linda’s Midlife Crisis to read and review and really liked it – 5/5 stars from me – highly recommended!
Other Gifts this month
- I saw the Wiggles in concert with my 3yr old granddaughter – I can remember taking my youngest daughter to see them over 30 years ago!
- I had a wonderful massage from my therapist – so good!
- I had my hair and colour upgraded – a lovely feeling!
- My online bookclub started our new classical author Jane Austen and we’ve started with Persuasion. We had a great chat after we’d all read half of the book and will finish our discussion next week followed by ‘Cooking with Zoom’.
- Beautiful autumn weather with warm sunshine and glorious colours.
- I gave a gift of my time to various organisations.
- I gifted a whole heap of clothing after my wardrobe meltdown and subsequent purge pf my cupboards. A gift for those less fortunate than myself.
What does the word GIFT mean to you?
Did you give or receive any good gifts during the month? Mother’s Day is fast approaching!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my end of the month post. My WOTY is a gift that keeps on giving in so many ways!
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.Mother Teresa
Thanks very much for stopping by and for making me smile. I always appreciate your visits and any comments you leave me 🙂
You can find my co-host’s WOTY posts here – we’re hoping you can join us!
You’re invited to our link party! So what’s it all about?
This year I’m joining co-hosts Donna, Jo and Sue, to provide a link party for anyone who also wants to write a monthly update to help keep the focus on their WOTY. We’re hoping you can join us.
What: 2022 Word of the Year Link Party #2022wotylinkparty
When: Last Thursday of the month PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday of the month AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 3 days so you’ve got plenty of time to join.
Why: To encourage us all to keep the focus on our chosen WOTY.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #2022wotylinkparty so that we can find you and include your link in our posts. Whichever way you choose to share, don’t forget to leave a note in the comments so we can find you.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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