Welcome to our Word of the Year monthly catchup
It’s the last Friday in the month so that means it’s time for our monthly linkup, all about our Word of the Year (WOTY). I can’t believe it’s so close to the end of the year already!
I hope you’ll join my co-hosts Jo, Sue and Donna and share your WOTY progress with us all.
My WOTY for 2022 is GIFT and this month it’s all about sisters, as I’ve had the pleasure of my sister and sister-in-law visiting for a few days. They didn’t overlap but it was two sister visits in one week. We didn’t do anything major but relaxed, caught up on news, tried to stay warm and enjoyed the time together.
Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.Unknown
I am fortunate to have two sisters, although technically speaking, one sister is really a sister-in-law.
Sharon – my younger sister
It was because of my sister that I started blogging many years ago. Sharon and I are only 15 months apart in age (I’m the eldest) and we are close in many other ways too. We often buy the same things when we’re miles apart, we often dress the same for no apparent reason and we have a similar sense of humour. She is much cleverer than I am and more insightful whereas my perceived shallowness and need for people and approval stands us apart. I’m far more social. We can both be quite blunt and have opinions we don’t always keep to ourselves (or is that just me?).
She is clever, capable and competent. She’s been through a lot in the past few years with losing our dad, having breast cancer, her husband being unwell, Covid, lockdowns in Melbourne, being made redundant from her university job and much more. She’s resilient and just keeps going.
She is many things including being an accomplished blogger, a very talented photographer, an academic, a fun person to be around, a mother, a grandmother and an all round interesting person with strong thoughts on various topics.
You can read more about Sharon in my People of Interest series – she answered 10 questions and you learn a lot about her from her responses. I can’t believe that post was written in October 2017! Time flies 🙂
I love these old photos when we were little.
Carol – my sister-in-law
I first met Carol when she was about 7 or 8. I was going out with her eldest brother (the Mathematician) and we clicked right from the moment we met. I’d babysit her, play games and she’d tag along with us when we went out. She was the youngest in the family and as her two brothers were much older than her, she was sometimes like an only child. We’ve stayed close ever since those early days.
Like Sharon, Carol is very clever and has managed to cope with a lot of things especially over the last few years, losing her brother, both her parents and over the past year preparing to sell the family property while living miles away and working full-time in a stressful high-powered role. With bushfires, covid lockdowns, her mother being ill and hospitalised and the long distance travel back and forth it’s been amazing to see her resilience.
We worked out it’s been almost six years since she’s been at our place due to all of the above, so it was good to have her stay for a few days of R & R, even though the weather turned very cold while she was here!
And my daughters are sisters too…
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown it becomes the strongest relationship.Margaret Mead
Some of my other GIFTS this month
- A weekend visit from one of my daughters, SIL, and two grandchildren
- Spring Garden Festival
- Celebrating our Rotary Club’s 60th birthday
- Bike rides on the rail trail when it was fine enough (aka not raining)
- Workouts with friends
My Gifts so far this year
It’s been a great way to look for the GIFTS in the everyday with my WOTY this year:
- In October I laughed about the Gift of being easily amused with Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
- September had me looking at the Gift of Unconditional Love
- I was away travelling in August and took a blogging break
- In July I shared the Gift of Health before heading off for a month overseas
- June saw me enjoy the Gift of Sunshine
- May was all about the Gift of daughters and birthdays
- April had me enjoying Gifts that keep on giving
- March had me asking the question ‘Is it even a Gift if you buy it yourself?’
- In February I celebrated Gifts in all shapes and sizes
- January I was just getting started with the Gift of GivingI
- In early January I announced my WOTY GIFT for 2022
Hope you can join us for the linkup
Do you have a sister or sister-in-law? I’m fortunate to have these two in my life.
I smile because you’re my sister, I laugh because you can’t do anything about it!
Is it time to start thinking about a Word of the Year for 2023?? I’m exploring my options, are you planning on a WOTY?
Thanks for stopping by and I always enjoy hearing from you 🙂
UPDATE: For 2023, Donna, Jo, Sue and I will continue to share a monthly wrap-up post but with a new twist! Stay tuned for more.
You’re invited to our link party! So what’s it all about?
This year I’m joining my lovely friends and 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. The last linkup for 2022 will be Friday December 30 2022 – mark your diary now! We will be back in 2023 but with a twist! Stay tuned.
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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