It's the little things...

It’s the little things……#1

May 17, 2023

Recently, I have been following Thistles & Kiwis and I love Barbara’s weekly ‘This week’s small pleasures…’ posts now up to #335! I also love my friend, Debbie from Deb’s World posts ‘Wake Up and Be Amazing’ . Both bloggers concentrate on what has brought pleasure or joy to their lives and they have inspired me to start a weekly (hopefully) post – It’s the little things…

Too often we get caught up in life and forget to appreciate the every day things that bring us joy. Writing a dedicated post is a great way to stop, reflect and appreciate what has brought some sunshine to our lives and it is usually the little things that can brighten our day.

So here are some little things that I loved or am grateful for that happened over the last week…

Making birthday cakes

We had a belated birthday celebration for my grandson’s 9th birthday as his Mum and Dad both had COVID on his actual birthday. I’ve always made a themed birthday cake for my grandchildren and it brings me great joy. I’m not a professional cake decorator but I just love making something special and surprising them. As Ethan has become a soccer fan (thank you, World Cup) and is playing soccer this year, I thought a Soccer field would be the perfect thing! He loved it and told me his friends thought it was ‘really cool’.

My husband celebrated his birthday so I made him a special dinner and a sugar free birthday cake. That doesn’t sound too exciting but the recipe I found was delicious and both of us can now have our cake and eat it too!

Continuing a Mother’s Day Tradition

For more than 10 years, my daughter Rachel and I have run in the Mother’s Day Classic which raises money for Breast Cancer Research. We run in memory of my Mum, Rachel’s Nan, who died from breast cancer in 1985. It is a lovely way to start Mother’s Day and this year my son-in-law brought my two grandsons to watch us cross the finish line.

It is a tradition we both cherish and I hope there are many more to come. I’m grateful for our mother/daughter time together. The photo below is one of the last ones I have of my Mum not long before she died.#precious

Beautiful Blooms

The City Botanic Gardens have turned on a feast for the eyes and just look at these beautiful blooms.

Grateful for a clean bill of health

Knowing my family medical history has been important as my mother, father and both siblings have had some form of cancer. This week I had a colonoscopy which I’ve had every 5 years since I turned 40. Dad died from bowel cancer 6 months after diagnosis 42 years ago.

Although the prep might not be that pleasant it wasn’t that bad this time. My favourite part is the anaesthestic because I have the most relaxed sleep ( I wish I could take some home with me) and of course the sandwiches after as I’m usually starving!

Apart from some benign polyps which were removed, I have a clean bill of health and won’t require another colonoscopy for 5 years.

What are the little things that you are grateful for this week or that have brought sunshine to your day?

Sue Loncaric

Joining Denyse Whelan for her Wednesday Words & Pics link up each week…..

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  • Reply Debbie May 17, 2023 at 07:02

    Oh that’s so sweet of you to mention my Wake Up and Be Amazing posts Sue, thank you so much! It is often the little things in life and your selection this week is a wonderful insight into your busy life, and how family features very heavily! Love it 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:16

      Hi Deb, it is good to reflect and as I don’t really journal it helps me focus on the postive things that happen – even the ones that might go under the radar. x

  • Reply Cathy May 17, 2023 at 07:29

    It’s true about the little things in life being the ones to enjoy and remember. Thank you for sharing yours this week. Making his birthday cake one to remember will certainly be a highlight of your grandson’s year – and one of his little things to talk about in years to come. “Remember when granny made me that fabulous birthday cake – I can see it now”
    Take care
    Cathy #WW&P

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:17

      Hi Cathy, my grandsons and I were actually talking on Mother’s Day and remembering all the birthday cakes I’ve made them and what they were. I’m so pleased they remember and yes, it will be a lovely memory for them in the future. x

  • Reply Jo May 17, 2023 at 08:17

    It really is the little things – which actually aren’t really that little when you think about it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:19

      Hi Jo, your comment came through okay so I removed your second one but thank you for perservering. I get so busy that sometimes I just don’t sit and think about all the good things that happen. I mean really focus on them rather than saying ‘Okay that’s done now what’s the next thing….’ Hopefully these posts will keep me in check to enjoy the moments long after. x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement May 17, 2023 at 09:24

    Hi Sue, hearing your grandson say that his friends thought his cake was ‘really cool’ must have made your day. Indeed, it’s the little things….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:19

      It really warmed my heart, Suzanne. All of his friends were saying what a great cake it was and how delicious so I think it was a hit! xx

  • Reply patwdoyle11 May 17, 2023 at 10:58

    Every morning I try and capture 3 things from the day before that I’m grateful for or that gave me joy. It really does help me start the day in a better mood. I love the ones you shared. We so often don’t celebrate those “clean bill of health” moments when we have family history of issues hanging over our heads. A good reminder from you for me to acknowledge those moments when they occur.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:20

      Hi Pat, that is a special habit to get into unfortunately I haven’t managed to do that and get too caught up in life. That’s why I decided to at least focus on the week that was and the good things that happened and appreciate them. x

  • Reply leannelc May 17, 2023 at 10:59

    Hi Sue – I’m a big fan of finding joy in the small things of life. Mind you, those cakes look pretty big to me! I bet Ethan was stoked with his cake and that you’re continuing the family tradition (even with covid thrown into the mix!) Glad the colonoscopy was all good and can be ticked off for another 5 years.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:22

      HI Leanne, Ethan loved his cake as did his friends and now it is time to think about Elliot’s birthday cake. His birthday is in a couple of weeks so the planning starts now! I love it all though and yes finding joy in the smallest things is so important to living well. x

  • Reply Janine May 17, 2023 at 13:03

    You have so many beautiful moments to be grateful for – family love, health, exercise and happy memories. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that it’s the little things that make life special

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:23

      I certainly am blessed Janine and I think writing posts like these really help me to focus and appreciate all the good things I have in life. xx

  • Reply Bernadette May 17, 2023 at 21:25

    Sue, I hope that you keep writing this weekly post. It will serve as a good reminder to me to sit back and reflect. I am grateful that I have a wonderful friend who made a delicious dinner for me at her home on my birthday. We raised our children together and I cherish her.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 05:23

      How lovely Bernadette and a belated happy birthday to you. It is wonderful that you have such a long friendship with many shared memories. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 18, 2023 at 09:20

    Great news on the colonscopy. I love that you do the mother’s day classic with your daughter – great way to spend time together #WWandP

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 18, 2023 at 10:12

      Hi Lydia,it is a lovely way to start Mother’s day and next year we are hoping my grandsons will join us. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 18, 2023 at 12:40

    Not sure if my comment went thru?

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Hosts A Weekly Blog Link Up on Wednesdays. May 19, 2023 at 13:35

    What a good news post, Sue! So much love, care and connections with family which I know is important to you…and for us both!! Happy snaps too! Thank you for sharing a post from your blog on Wednesday’s Words and Pics Link Up. I hope you continue to do so! Take care, Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2023 at 17:06

      Thank you Denyse, I’m taking a leaf out of your book too as you often write posts along this theme. I’m hoping I can keep it up and maintain my weekly focus. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton May 20, 2023 at 16:39

    A lovely idea for a post, very joyful and uplifting. That soccer themed cake is absolutely amazing! Thanks for linking x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2023 at 16:57

      Thanks Gail, I love making the birthday cakes for my grandchildren. xx

  • Reply Bernie July 4, 2023 at 10:59

    Gosh, darn it, Sue. I hit follow after this post, but just today, I realized I’ve received zero notification of any posts. UGH. Word Press or me? I will go on the computer and see what’s up (some stuff you can’t do on a phone).
    I practice a nightly 3 gratitude list, and it helps me see the little things and the big things every day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 09:57

      Hi Bernie, thanks for your comment and sometimes WordPress just isn’t our friend. xx

      • Reply Bernie July 7, 2023 at 12:00

        I double-checked, and yes, I follow you. Yes, to notifications in reader. But nothing. Oh well I’ve been listening to your voice and about 10 podcasts. Share them with friends if applicable. Now will catch up reading your posts soon. Bernie

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