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April 10 on the 10th

April 10, 2024

This is the first time I’ve participated in 10 on the 10th a monthly link up hosted by Marsha from Marsha in the Middle. I’m actually not big on the Q&A type posts but as history is being made with the full solar eclipse, as the questions intrigued me and as it is Wednesday I thought it would be perfect for the Wednesday Words and Whimsy link up as well. #WWWhimsy is hosted by Min from Write of the Middle.

Answering the questions also reminded me of my Being an Active Participant in Life challenge. I was putting into practice some of the ideas I had written about in previous posts. This project perfectly aligned with the challenge and one of the Key essentials for being an active participant in life – Keeping my Brain active. I had to put my ‘thinking cap’ on and in some questions do some diving down rabbit holes to research or delve into the recesses of my mind for information from 50 years ago.

April – a month of celebrations in our house

Personally, April is a month of celebrations. We celebrate my daughter’s birthday on the 14th, my grandson, Ethan’s birthday on the 28th and Mike and I celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 19th. I have two friends celebrating birthdays and I’m looking forward to the High Tea which we have planned for our friend’s 50th birthday.

April 10 on the 10th

Perhaps you might like to share your answers to the questions as well. It’s a great way to get to know each other. I also discovered some new things as well such as my birth month flower. Some of the questions brought back lovely memories so I’ve really enjoyed putting this post together.

1. April’s moon is the Pink Moon. Tell us about your favourite pink item


If you know me, you know that Pink is my favourite colour (although lately I’ve been leaning towards Red). My summer wardrobe including active wear was filled with this bright colour and I always feel energetic when I wear it. Researching the colour pink I found that it represents:

Pink takes the fiery passion of red and tempers it with the purity of white, resulting in a color that embodies tenderness and affection. It symbolizes youthgood health, and playfulness.

2. For those lucky enough to be born in April, your birthstone is the diamond. Share a little about your birthstone or a favourite diamond.

Did you know that the diamond in ancient times was considered to have  key powers, including: Invincibility and strength Healing abilities Judging innocence or guilt?

Our wedding anniversary is on April 19 so I’ve choses my engagement ring to share rather than my birthstone the peridot.

My diamond engagement ring was designed by my husband and I love the design which he says was a ‘year in the making’! Being second-time rounders, my husband was a little ‘gun-shy’ and even though we had been living together for 5 years, proposing was still a huge step for him. It was my forthieth birthday and I thought I would receive a ring for my birthday. It was a ring but not an engagement ring. In the evening we were staying at a hotel and he presented me with a box the size a coffee cup would fit in. Inside was a ring with shining diamonds and a proposal!

3. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere it is time to harvest. For those in the Northern Hemisphere it is time to plant. Tell us about your favourite thing to plant (even if you end up killing it).

I don’t have a green thumb but these are some of my favourite plants to grow in pots.

4. William Shakespeare was born in April. Please share a bit about your Shakespearean play, quote, character or plot

Doing some research I discovered that William Shakespeare was born in April being baptised on 26th, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616. I have always liked Hamlet since studying it in High School. Revisiting famous quotes of Shakespearean plays I came across this from Hamelt – Act 1, Scene 3.

Polonius has spoke these words as a token of advice to his son, Laertes, at the time of his departure to Paris. Polonius believes that a person can be harmless and good to others when he is financially sound. Therefore, he must be loyal to his best interests first, then take care of others. However, the modern age has given it an entirely different meaning, as it connotes the ideas of truth, self-ownership, and individuality.

“This above all; to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man/Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”” 

5. The First Earth Day took place in April 22, 1970. Tell us if and how you plan to celebrate

For Earth Day 2024 on April 22nd, EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in our commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040. This is something we can all take action with and that’s what I’ll be doing not only on Earth Day but every day.

6. The eclipse will have already happened by April 10. Share something you did and if you were in the path of totality

I live in Brisbane, Australia so unfortunately, we only saw around 16% of the Sun covered.

7. On April 4, 1964, The Beatles filled the first five spaces on the American singles chart. Tell us about your favourite Beatles song, even if it wasn’t one of those five.

I can’t choose a favourite. In 1964 I was 7 years old but my older brother was 14 years old and a Beatles fan. I love all of the Beatles songs and probably can remember all of the words to each song even after all this time. I remember watching them alight from their flight in Sydney to screaming fans. It was a rainy day but that didn’t stop the fans waiting for hours to catch a glimpse.


8. King Henry VIII became the King of England on April 21, 1509. Tell us about your favourite of his six wives

I didn’t know much about all of King Henry VIII’s wives, however, after researching I think that Catherine Parr his last wife, who outlived him, was the wife where Henry met his match. Why?

  • Catherine Parr had been married twice before, being titled Lady Burgh and then Lady Latimer, and married again around six months after Henry died, making her the most married English queen.
  • She was also the first queen of both England and Ireland.
  • In 1546, Catherine, who held strong Protestant sympathies, faced a plot to get rid of her by anti-Protestant officials.
  • These officials tried to turn Henry against Catherine and even drew up a warrant for her arrest. But Catherine outwitted them and successfully reconciled with her husband, avoiding the same fate as her unlucky predecessors.
  • She also differed from her predecessors being 30 years old, and a scholar. She became the first English queen to write and publish a book under her own name in 1545, with Prayers and Meditations.


9. April’s flowers are the daisy and sweet pea. Share a little about your birth month flower

In August, the primary birth flower is the gladiolus, and the secondary birth flower is the poppy

Gladiolus: Strength, honor, and love at first sight are the hallmarks of the gladiolus. Gladioli come in a variety of colors, each carrying its own significance. These tall, elegant flowers make a bold statement in gardens and bouquets.

Poppy: Poppies symbolize sleep, comfort after death, wealth, and success. Their vibrant hues and delicate petals evoke both beauty and resilience. Poppies have a rich history, from ancient times to modern-day associations.

10. The Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17, 1964. Tell us about your first car

I was the first in our family to own a car. My parents didn’t drive and my older brother preferred a motor bike. I bought my first car for $100 when I passed my driving test at age 16 and 9 months. It was a Fiat 1100, olive green, old and with a back door that would fly open if you took the corners too fast, but it was mine and I paid for it myself. Whilst still at school I also had a Dance studio teaching ballet, tap, jazz and highland dancing. From these funds I bought my first car and found freedom!

Taking part in these types of challenges, helps us to discover more about ourselves. It encourages us to take time to delve and ponder.

Perhaps you’ve learned some new things about me from my answers. I’d love to hear your answers to this month’s 10 on the 10th.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

34 Comments

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle April 10, 2024 at 11:03

    Hi Sue, what a great idea 10 questions on 10 April! Your engagement ring is beautiful and I love your plant stand and all your plants. They all look green and lush so I think you have more of a green thumb than you think! On April 4 1964 when the Beatles came to Brisbane I was not yet born but Mum was very heavily pregnant with me and I was born around 1.5 months later. Thanks so much for linking up again with #WWWhimsy – enjoy the rest of the week Sue. Hope you’re enjoying the bit of a cool change like I am! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:18

      Hi Min, I saw 10 on the 10th prompts on a post Marsha did and thought I would give it a try. She puts the questions out as a post about a week ahead so you have time to prepare. Oh gosh you make me sound old saying you weren’t born when the Beatles visited LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Jo April 10, 2024 at 11:53

    I might join in on this one too! Great questions … and answers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:18

      Hi Jo it is a bit of fun and I dived down some rabbit holes. You would have been proud of me. x

  • Reply Bernie April 10, 2024 at 13:07

    Gosh I also paid $100 for my first car (well actually for my first bike which I then traded for my first car). I remember the Beatles on TV – my sister was a fan. About the same age as your brother. I am not even sure what January’s flower is.. I know the stone but can’t place the flower. I love your engagement ring! Nice story that he designed it. Hm… I’ve been thinking about doing a 10 on 10. I did blog about the eclipse over at 3six5snap. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:19

      Hi Bernie, I had fun thinking about my answers. I loved my first car and felt the freedom of taking off whenever I wanted to. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee April 10, 2024 at 14:02

    Very pretty ring, but the best part of this post is your story about being the first in your family to own a car. I find that amazing, but i guess in your parents era that may not have been so unusual, just in my child brain at the time I didn’t register it. You’ve got me trying to remember! #WWWhimsy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:20

      Yes, Lydia. Back in my day (LOL 🙂 ) we didn’t have the telephone connected until I was in high school. We had to use the neighbours phone only in an emergency. Dad and Mum never learned to drive and as I wrote, my brother bought a motor bike. It was all so different then. x

  • Reply marsha57 April 10, 2024 at 14:28

    I am so glad you wrote these, Sue! I loved reading about your diamond ring as well as the Beatles in Australia. I’m so jealous you had a car when you were that young. I hope you’ll link up as the party is now open!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:21

      I’m so glad I joined in Marsha and will definitely try for next month as well.! x

  • Reply Debbie April 10, 2024 at 21:00

    Hi Sue, loved your answers to these 10 questions especially your wedding proposal! Lovely stories and a fun post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:23

      Hi Deb, yes the proposal is a lovely story (well for me anyway). I’m glad I participated and might try to do them each month. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton April 10, 2024 at 23:24

    Very interesting questions, I might have taken part if I’d seen them. Love your answers. What a sweet wedding proposal. Thanks for linking

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:23

      Hi Gail, Marsha writes a post about a week before detailing the questions. I might try again next month so will let you know when I see the questions. x

  • Reply Joanne April 11, 2024 at 04:21

    I can not get over that you were the first one in your family to own a car and that it only cost $100 to buy!… We definitely do not live in an area where cars are optional. I know my mother’s mother didn’t drive but only because she had epilepsy all the other family members going back 3 generations or so drove at least a little bit.

    That Earth day goal is one I can definitely get behind! We try to limit plastics in our house but it’s so hard when so many things come in plastic.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:24

      I know, Joanne life was very different when I was growing up. Mum and Dad never learned to drive and my brother bought a motor bike. x

  • Reply Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life April 11, 2024 at 06:53

    My mom was a highland dancer! I took lessons as a little girl but was too nervous to go to a competition so I stopped dancing.

    I also chose Catherine Parr! I do think she was more than Henry bargained for. Lol.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:25

      Oh how lovely, Erin thanks for sharing that you mum was a highland dancer too!. I agree about Catherine Parr and actually couldn’t have named her as a wife of Henry VIII until this prompt. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes April 12, 2024 at 06:44

    First of all, you look beautiful in pink, Sue, so no wonder it’s one of your favorite colors! My mother played the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night album over and over when we were young, mostly whenever she did housework or ironing, so any song from that album reminds me of her. I love them all. And finally, happy anniversary to you and Mike next week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:27

      Thank you for your kind compliment, Christie. I do love pink although lately red has been creeping into my wardrobe. x

  • Reply Natalie April 13, 2024 at 08:29

    Hi Sue, I enjoyed reading your answers in this post; especially about your engagement ring and Catherine Parr. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. I’ll host a link-up on April 19 before taking a blogging break. I hope to see you at the link-up next week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 16, 2024 at 10:08

      Thanks Natalie, it was a great exercise in reflection so I might participate next month too. x

  • Reply Writing Sparkle April 14, 2024 at 00:41

    My birthstone is the opal, which I love. That said, off the top of my head, I can’t think of a birthstone that isn’t pretty.

    Great post, Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 16, 2024 at 10:09

      We have some lovely opals here in Australia. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 14, 2024 at 15:26

    Hi Sue, loved your answers to these. My favourite Beatles song when I was a child was Love Me Do. Now I can’t choose. I love them all.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 16, 2024 at 10:11

      Oh I loved that Beatles song too, Jen but really I find it hard to choose a favourite. x

  • Reply Lisa R. Howeler April 16, 2024 at 02:34

    You look great in pink!
    I love that story about your engagement ring.
    I am a Beatles fan so it’s fun to read about the songs of their’s they like or just their memories of them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 16, 2024 at 10:13

      Thanks so much for visiting, Lisa. I do love pink! but you probably have guessed that by now. x

  • Reply KymPossible April 17, 2024 at 14:22

    You look fabulous in pink – no wonder it’s a favorite color of yours! I learned some new facts about Catherine Parr, and she sounds like a formidable lady in her own right. Hope you’re having a great week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2024 at 17:38

      Thanks so much Kym for your lovely words and yes I do love my pink! Catherine Parr has sparked something in me to find out more about her. She certainly seems to have been a formidable lady. Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Karen April 17, 2024 at 23:44

    I enjoyed reading your 10 things for Coffee Share. Pink is for sure your color, looks good on you. My favorite color is red, but I think I don’t wear it well. I enjoyed the Beatles video. I was not born then, but know of them & their music.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:46

      Thanks so much Karen. I do love pink and I’ve discovered red as well over the last year. I always have a giggle when people say ‘I wasn’t born then’ as it only seems like yesterday to me. x

  • Reply Kirstin Troyer April 19, 2024 at 01:13

    What a great post. These were fun. I missed 10 on the 10th again…haha!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:45

      Thanks so much Kirstin. It was the first time I had participated in 10 on the 10th and it was so much fun. x

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