First Taking Stock post for 2023

What exactly is Taking Stock?

It’s been a while between Taking Stock posts and lots of things have been happening!

Every few months (or so) I try to write a Taking Stock post, alternating between A-Z prompts (like I did in November 2022) and the original prompts I’ve been using for a while now (last time I wrote here in Oct 2022) – both sets of prompts are from Denyse at Denyse Whelan Blogs, who got them from someone else!

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

Taking Stock 2023
Taking Stock in 2023

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 – a bit of thinking involved, though not too much, and I’m usually happy with my immediate thoughts! This is my first Taking Stock post for the year 🙂

I hope you also enjoy reading my responses.

Making: Lists of things to do, blogs to write…

Cooking: Rhubarb

Drinking: half cold cups of tea

Reading: I’m motoring my way through the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths at the moment

Wanting: Not too much to be honest

Looking: At Eddie my new best friend – you can see more here in my Sunday Stills post

Smiling: At photos of my grandchildren on my mouse pad 🙂

Playing: Catchup with reading and commenting on blogs

Wasting: I’m not wasting away, so no need to panic!

Wishing: Dust didn’t gather on furniture – I sometimes think my house is held together with dust and cobwebs

Enjoying: Summer weather and trips away

Riding the O'Keefe Rail Trail
Riding the O’Keefe Rail Trail near Bendigo

Waiting: For inspiration to strike on several fronts

Liking: The fact that I’ve read some fabulous books lately (will mention them in my next What’s on Your Bookshelf post on Friday 17 Feb)

Wondering: Why I get all these spam comments on my blog from RV and camper sites, I’ve never written about campers, SUVs, RVs, diggers…

Loving: I finally met up with Tiny and Lea after 62 years – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read the story here, it’s all true and with a happy ending!!

Debbie with Tiny and mum
Debbie with Tiny and mum – reunited after 62 years

Hoping: The good weather holds for Tumbafest at the end of February – I have most of my family coming for the weekend 🙂

Marvelling: Where do artists get their inspiration from?

Needing: Not another bike!

Smelling: Sunscreen

Wearing: Summer dresses

Following: The awful news of the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey

Noticing: I’m smiling when I ride my bike 🙂

Knowing: That a cup of tea solves all problems – even if it is half cold

Tea drinking Debbie
Tea drinking Debbie

Thinking: Happy thoughts 🙂

Bookmarking: Articles to read later but I never seem to get back to them!

Opening: The fridge wondering if anyone has filled it up with food yet

Giggling: At my granddaughter over Facetime 🙂

Feeling: Like an explorer!

Deb-orah the Explorer
I’m Deb-orah the Explorer

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 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!

What’s your take on Taking Stock?

Hope you have a great week ahead.

Deb xx

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33 Replies to “First Taking Stock post for 2023”

  1. Hi Deb, I always enjoy a Taking Stock post. Where do artists get their inspiration from? I chuckled at that one cos my inspiration left me for ages. Now it’s coming from other artists. I follow artists who do the kind of art I like and their enthusiasm and passion starts to rub off on me and has led to me starting to get back into it. I hope to get my own inspiration from within at some point! lol I hope your Tumbafest goes well at the end of Feb with brilliant weather! xo

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    1. You are an inspired artist in my eyes Min!! I love your sketches and the detail is superb. Thanks, we’re hoping for a great weekend with our family visiting and a 3rd birthday to celebrate.


  2. Hi Deb – a great little overview of your month – hard to believe we’re halfway through February already – where does the time go? Glad you’ve been able to be out and about enjoying your bike and the summer weather – good luck with the festival (I’d love to come!)

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    1. I know Leanne, the month and year is going by very quickly already! I’ll be packing my bags for our trip to the UK very soon at this rate. Tumbafest will be great this year as we’ll be celebrating Patrick’s 3rd birthday here!


  3. Had to smile at the half cold cups of tea comments! My husband has to drink his tea when it is still scalding hot and freshly made. Quite often on the days we pick our grandchildren up from school he makes a mug of tea for me which sits on the side and I sip from time to time while I’m making their dinner/getting them drinks/finding the toys they want to play with/logging on to Minecraft apps etc etc. By the time I actually sit to drink it, it is half cold and Paul always comments that he doesn’t know how I can drink it like that!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Deb. I used to like my tea HOT but now it’s better when left to cool for a while. I’m a bit like you, doing other things while drinking a cup of tea. Each to their own 🙂


  4. I love your Taking Stock, as always Deb. Giggling with grandchildren is definitely a fun think to do. I do the bookmark thing too Deb and rarely get back to read whatever took my interest. I hope that inspiration hits you soon. I’m sure it will.

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  5. The secret to Taking Stock IS being quick…and I loved reading this. Dusting. Honestly it’s a nuisance. I recently said to B I am not dusting any more, this furniture is moving in a truck soon…what will I do when its there…ahhhh. I HOPE all comes right for this weekend’s Tumbafest…so many disruptions to events like this and great to have the family come…. Thank you for sharing your post for this week’s Wednesdays Words and Pics. The “good news” I mentioned in my intro this week is that we have found & secured a new place to live, where we hoped for, and next week’s post will explain more! Take care, and I hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

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      1. Thanks Deb, as its only been two weeks tomorrow that we began a VERY hectic process…and stressful, I can say the organisational me got a BIG work out and a big learning curve. But we are a team here and I was very encouraged along the way by B. So much happening. Thank goodness for on-line reminders, a paper diary and more!! D x

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  6. I was going to do play but you’ve just set me into a spin with the book link up – I’ve totally missed it. Might get up early tomorrow and od it. I’m useless at the moment. Sorry!! I love the idea of the Play link up and def love the book link up – my lack of attendance is not lack of interest. Just all over the place atm.
    Looks like a great taking stock and I love you’re getting plenty of facetime with your granddaughter. That’s special. Keep that bond strong.

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