Taking Stock over the past few months

What exactly is Taking Stock?

Every few months (or so) I try to write a Taking Stock post, alternating between A-Z prompts (like I did in June) and the original prompts I’ve been using for a while now (last time I wrote here) – both sets of prompts are from the talented Denyse at Denyse Whelan Blogs.

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I wrote a Taking Stock post (last time was in May) so I have much to catch up on!

If you take stock, you pause to think about all the aspects of a situation or event before deciding what to do next.


To answer the prompts, I usually give myself a few moments to process the word and then write the first thing that comes into my mind – not exactly what I should do according to the definition above but hey, it works for me!

It’s a fun activity to do – not too much thinking involved and I’m usually happy with my immediate thoughts! This is my 6th Taking Stock post for the year so far.

I hope you also enjoy reading my responses.

Making: A real effort to eat well and move more – it seems to be working!

Cooking: Healthy foods.

Drinking: I did enjoy a few gin and tonics while in England, they do them so well in lovely big glasses – I was very disappointed when out in Canberra recently and my G&T was served in a puny run-of-the-mill beer glass!

Out for dinner
Out for dinner

Reading: The Bellbird River Country Choir by Sophie Green and really enjoying it after a few disastrous books lately!

Wanting: The weather to warm up!

Looking: At the weather forecast to see if it’s ever going to warm up!

Smiling: At the photos/videos my daughters send me of my grandchildren.

Playing: My friend Sue’s (Women Living Well After 50) podcasts as I go walking.

Wasting: Time on hold on the phone.

Wishing: I could live in England for a few months every year.

Enjoying: Seeing photos of my sister’s overseas travels and also my friend Jo’s travels. Love travelling vicariously.

Waiting: For the postcard I sent myself from England (over a month ago) to arrive! I may as well have just carried it home with me, but where’s the fun in that?

Liking: The fact that we’ve already booked our flights for a trip back to England next year 🙂

Wondering: Why time travel hasn’t been invented yet!

In the vortex at Doctor Who experience
In the vortex at Doctor Who experience

Loving: Facetime video chats with my daughters and grandchildren. It’s the nest best thing to being with them.

Hoping: My eye issue doesn’t return – it’s already made one reappearance and i don’t want a repeat!

Marvelling: At how I managed to travel for a month with only carry-on luggage without complaining about limited options – I’m so proud of myself!

Needing: New glasses and I chose some very cool ones, can’t wait until they arrive.

Smelling: Spring in the air – and it’s intoxicating!

magnolia flowers
magnolia flowers

Wearing: A bucket hat under my bike helmet and that tends to make me even deafer than normal so I don’t hear the menacing wooshing of the swooping magpies as they come up behind me.

Following: The rules.

Noticing: The magpies don’t scare me as much as they usually do when I’m out riding my bike.

Magpie sitting on the fence
Magpie sitting on the fence

Knowing: The magpies are just looking after their young and don’t really mean any harm.

Thinking: How good our holiday to England was recently and looking at videos/photos of our time there.

Bookmarking: Cycling tours in the Greek Islands – one can dream!

Opening:  The CSIRO Total Well Being Eating Guide – it’s helped in the past so I thought it might work its magic again!

Giggling: At stupid things that no-one else laughs at!

Laugh at yourself quote
Today’s quote

Feeling: Clever that I’ve changed many of my passwords on various sites so I no longer have the same one for lots of things – apparently that’s a big no-no!

As I said before, I’ve decided I will alternate between the A-Z lists and original lists as I write my Taking Stock posts. Next time it will be the A-Z prompts. I like to mix things up!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Taking Stock this month, it’s such a great way to get a few thoughts down and it’s been a while since I did one!

What’s your take on Taking Stock?

Hope you have a great week ahead.

Deb xx

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37 Replies to “Taking Stock over the past few months”

      1. Great list Deb. I think the high points of travelling have been intensified by the 2-3 years of no travel we have all experienced. Love that you have booked your flights for next year already! Hope the eye situation settles. Thanks for sharing

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      2. Not great news about the eye issue. I hope it resolves…and why not go live in the UK for a few months each year. As for the weather…really feeling for those who have been flooded and are facing it again. Sigh!! So good to see your post in the Wednesday’s Words and Pics link up for this week. How can it be early October??

        Thanks so much for sharing and being part of the #WWandPics Community.

        Hope to see you next week too.


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        1. Thanks Denyse, I’m trying to catch up on comments and realised I’ve missed a whole heap. My eye seems to be on the mend thankfully. The months are rushing by aren’t they?


  1. Hi Deb – a great look back at all the fun memories from the months gone by. Family always features so strongly doesn’t it? And I’m enjoying watching friends travelling too – no desire to go myself atm, but happy for them. Hope all goes well with your eye and it stops recurring – and I look forward to seeing those new glasses of yours.

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    1. Hi Leanne, yes family features highly in most of what I do these days! Travelling via others is a great way to do it when we can’t go ourselves and I love seeing what everyone is up to. Hopefully my new glasses aren’t too far away.


  2. I love this format, it’s what I would have called “snackable nuggets” when I was working in marketing! Glad we Brits do a G&T well. Personally I don’t like gin so I’ve never noticed the glasses! Wine glasses are generally huge here too.

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    1. Oh I love the term ‘snackable nuggets’ Gail 🙂 I might use that in future! Yes I noticed wine glasses over there were quite big and you could get a small or large glass of wine, we just serve the one size here – a standard size of alcohol. I really miss the G&Ts done your way. Thanks again!


  3. Oh wow; good for you for making it a whole month with just a carry on! That’s awesome. We just went away for 4 days and I was kicking myself for not bringing more choices along!

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    1. Thanks Bernie, it’s a fun way of sharing my thoughts and I’m so pleased you find them fresh each time :). Yes flights are booked for May 2023, it gives me something to look forward to!


  4. Another great Taking Stock Deb. It’s lovely catching up on your thoughts on what’s been happening in your life recently. Looking forward to seeing your cool glasses. Cycling around the Greek Islands. Sounds perfect to me. Exciting that you’ve booked England for next year. We’ve been thing about what’s next re travel. There’s too much choice so haven’t decided yet

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  5. Hi Debbie, I love that photo of you and Dottie and wow is that the gin you speak of in that glass. That’s one HUGE glass! lol Exciting that you’ve already booked your next UK visit. I crave some travel and have never been to the UK or Europe. Hopefully one day! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Yes Min, the glass is big and made the whole experience feel very special – nothing to do with the gin in it 🙂 Hope you get a chance to travel one day soon!


  6. I enjoyed reading your list! Great that you’ve brushed up your passwords, more people need to do that. I use Apple’s password tool and generated random passwords. And I totally hear you about the gin glasses! Gin is simply best in a gin glass, and for a reason. You may or may not know that I’m a whiskey geek, and it’s appalling how people in bars have no clue about how different people drink whiskey differently and that the default glass is almost always a tumbler (I’ve even been served whiskey in a highball glass once, yikes). Now when I go to a regular pub (with the standard whiskey collection which usually indicates they are not so interested in whiskey) I always ask for a brandy glass because at least it has the right shape.

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