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Join me for a cuppa and a catch up – #WBOYC? February 2024

March 1, 2024

Welcome to What’s Been On Your Calendar? 2024! I hope you have had a Fabulous February and if you are linking up I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve been doing. If you don’t blog I still would love to hear from you so you can leave a comment and tell me what’s been happening with you.

Please note that from next month the link up will stay open for 48 hours rather than 7 days.

I’d love you to pause, make a cuppa and take your time reading through what’s been on my calendar? #WBOYC

What’s Been On Your Calendar – #WBOYC? February 2024

I started February writing a post It’s February! – 8 ways to make it Fabulous and looking back at that Post I thought I would base my What’s Been On Your Calendar? around these 8 points and see how I scored. Was my February Fabulous??? Well it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but I did tick all of the 8 ways to make February Fabulous even if it was low-key versions.

FUN – ✅

I have had great fun demolishing our main bathroom and then moving onto the ensuite. I’ve surprised myself and Mike with my strength and whilst I won’t be applying for any Renovation Roles on Reality TV, it certainly has been an experience. Mike and I have only had one slight tiff since we started back in January so that’s not bad in my books.

Here is a sneak peek at the main bathroom. We haven’t finished with the accessories such as mirror, new towels etc but it gives you an idea of what we’ve been working on. I like neutral, clean colours which can be brightened up with accessories.

ENERGISING MY BODY AND MIND – ✅

I succeeded in moving my body for at least 30 minutes each day of February in a variety of ways and one of my friends took up the challenge too. We email each other daily when we have worked out and it has been great having a workout buddy even though we are doing our own thing. My usual Saturday run with my friend and daughter, strength workouts, yoga, pilates, and walking all found a place in my week. I was pretty proud of myself maintaining my daily goal as some days I didn’t really feel like doing it. After though, I always felt great and felt good ticking off the calendar!

BALANCE AND BOUNDARIES – ✅

At the end of January/early February I announced that I would be restarting the Women Living Well After Podcast for Season 7. I had let it lapse due to illness last year and couldn’t decide if I wanted to continue now that I’m back firing on all cylinders. I decided on a compromise as I really do enjoy interviewing my guests. Instead of weekly interviews, I now schedule the podcast on a fortnightly basis. This frees up my time and takes the pressure off having to interview, edit and produce a weekly episode.

I took some time away from social media which I think we all need occasionally.

RECONNECT – ✅

During February we enjoyed a delicious family dinner at my son, Nathan’s home. It was wonderful to spend time with him, his wife, Elaine and two children Oliva & Hugo, my daughter, SIL and grandsons, Ethan & Elliot, Mike and I all together. The last time was at Christmas which was hectic and since then Mike and I have been renovating our bathrooms so no time for socialising.

My son has become quite the Masterchef and made home-made pasta ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, topped with a delicious slow cooked ragout. Elaine made an entree of sourdough bread topped with garlic butter, Burrata cheese, prosciutto, chilli and warmed nectarine slices topped with honey. Delicious!!!

I also managed a very brief catch up with my dear friend Deb from Deb’s World who was visiting Brisbane to look after her grandson. We always enjoy the time we spend together despite this visit being a short catch up.

Our regular Stunners Book club meeting was a pleasure as always to see each other online, discuss the book (A Tale of Two Cities) and also chat about life and what has been happening in our world.

During the month, I restarted my role as a Group Trainer in the Strong Healthy Women Studio and after a couple of months away it was lovely to see the ladies again and help them in their quest to stay fit and strong as they age.

UNLEASH Creativity – ✅

At first glance I felt I didn’t achieve this but looking back at the Podcast and Blog posts I’ve written for the month I’m counting that as creativity – or perhaps half a tick. I’ve been on a roll with my writing and listed below the posts and podcast links in case you missed them during the month.

I got creative in the kitchen and made a delicious tuna pasta with chilli, tomoatoes and olives. It’s amazing what you can do with a can of tuna!


ACTION – ✅

After seeing a news story asking for volunteers to transcribe Wartime love letters, rather than thinking ‘that would be interesting to do‘ and then not doing anything about it – I did! I took up the volunteering opportunity of Becoming an Australian War Memorial Transcription Volunteer and registered. I’m yet to start but first step is done and I’m looking through which letters I would like to transcribe. I’m hoping to transcribe the Nurses’ letters from WWI as I’m sure they would have wonderful stories to tell.

It also prompted me to pull out the letters my Nan had written to my Mum who was in hospital 75 years ago when my brother was born.

Australian War Memorial Transcription Volunteer

RELAXTION – ✅

Despite taking an active role in the renovations of our bathrooms, mainly on the demolition side (call me if you need tiles removed, I’m an expert!), I did manage to take time out to relax and read several books which I reviewed in my recent What’s On Your Bookshelf? post.

YOU (or me in this case) – ✅

Despite a busy month, I have made time for myself doing things I enjoy and some days that was absolutely NOTHING!

Blogging

I’m found my blogging rhythm in February and once again have been inspired by others, plus brimming with ideas around Freedom as well as my usual link ups which I co-host or contribute to.

I’m grateful for the considered and encouraging comments I’ve been receiving and feel I’m back on track with what I want to share with you all.

I’ve listed my February posts below in case you missed any of them.

The ‘Recipe’ for Increasing Bone Density as we age
Why Age-Gap Friendships are a vital part of Ageing Well – Women Living Well After 50

What’s On Your Bookshelf? – February 2024
10 ways to find your Zest again
Becoming an Australian War Memorial Transcription Volunteer

The Women Living Well After 50 Podcast returned for Season 7

After an hiatus due to illness I was very happy to recommence interviews for Season 7 of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast. I was a little wary of starting again but after making the decision to take the pressure off and produce episodes each fortnight rather than weekly, I was ready to go! (See I get a tick for Balance & Boundaries )

Episodes 1 and 2 in Season 7 are listed below in case you missed them. I’m excited because both of the women I interviewed are not only inspiring but they are also my good friends. I know you will enjoy listening to them and would love your feedback.

Freedom to change my mind Podcast
Are you Thriving or Just Surviving? Podcast
Finding Courage to follow your passion Podcast



I linked up with

  • Gail from Is this Mutton? for the monthly Tell Us About link up – this month’s prompt was Legacy. A prompt we all struggled with but our posts came up trumps.
  • Min from Write of the Middle for her Wednesday Words and Whimsey and was honoured to be a co-host and support Min who had to step away from hosting duties for a week because of her sick Mum and life in general.
  • Hosted What’s On Your Bookshelf? with my lovely friends Debbie, Donna & Jo
  • I started co-hosting a new-to-me link up the Weekend Traffic Jam Reboot! with the lovely Marsha from Marsha in the Middle, Melynda, from Scratch Made Food for Hungry People, and Lisa, from Boondock Ramblings

Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar and I Iook forward hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m sharing my co-hosts’ links as well so remember to pop over and visit to see how their month progressed.

Debbie Harris
Donna Connolly
Jo Tracey

Enjoy your month and I look forward to next month’s WBOYC? edition. Please note link up dates below.

Sue Loncaric

What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC


What: 2024 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 48 hours
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• January 25/26,
• February 29/ March 1*
• March 28/29,
• April 25/26,
• May 30/31,
• June 27/28,
• July 25/26,
• Aug 29/30
• Sept. 26/27,
• Oct 31/ November 1*
• Nov 28/29
• Dec 26/27
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45 Comments

  • Reply Retirement Reflections March 1, 2024 at 08:22

    Hi, Sue – Your February sounds absolutely fabulous (including great focus on ‘Freedom’). I love how you reflected on your past month by using the tips that you had shared with us earlier. Great modelling. I loved your podcasts with Debbie and with Jo. I highly recommend them to others.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2024 at 10:47

      Hi Donna, I’m always surprised at what I get up to. I didn’t really think I had done too much as the focus was on the renovations. I love our WBOYC? reflections but boy they take time to write up sometimes. Have a Marvelous March. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan March 1, 2024 at 08:40

    I love your use of anagrams for this…you are very skilled. I think even though it was a shorter month than usual you packed a lot in.
    Thanks for the link up and I am 100% in agreement with a much shorter link up period as it worked well when I hosted on.

    Take care and thanks for your kind words too.
    Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2024 at 10:48

      Hi Denyse, yes I surprise myself sometimes at what I do in a month. I suppose it doesn’t give me time to get bored LOL 🙂

  • Reply leannelc March 1, 2024 at 10:33

    Hi Sue – a great month and only one tiff from the stress of bathroom renovation speaks very highly of your marriage! I’ve heard that the couple who can paint together will stay together – so this takes it to a whole new level! BTW your shower tiles are similar to what we chose for our kitchen splashback – they’re very popular – our neighbour has them in both her renovated bathrooms too! (We must all have good taste). Glad your February went so well – and Yay!! to the family catch up. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2024 at 10:45

      We do have good taste, Leanne!! LOL:) I’m not an ‘out there’ kind of decorator and prefer the neutral, calming tones. We are almost done with the ensuite and then we will definitely need a break. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones March 1, 2024 at 14:18

    You managed to fit heaps into Feb Sue and it sounds like February has been kind to you. Well done on getting your podcast going again. I listened to Deb and Jo and really enjoyed them. You’re ensuite is looking great. I like to neutral colours too. It gives many options for change.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2024 at 14:26

      I was very surprised when I look back now at February as I thought the whole month was just bathroom renovations. They are both looking great and ensuite on schedule to finish next week. Then a rest! x

  • Reply Bernie March 1, 2024 at 14:27

    Love how you reviewed the month versus the tips you gave for having a fabulous February. Those items you listed for creativity definitely tick the boxes. So awesome about the 29 days of fitness! Way to go. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:47

      Thanks, Bernie I did better than I thought I would. Our renovations have been pretty full on so I was surprised at what I actually fitted into the month. x

      • Reply Bernie March 7, 2024 at 15:01

        You are so committed to it, and that’s why you make it happen. I have slowed down to let this skiing injury heal, so fingers crossed, I can pick it back up soon. Still walking but cut back all the rest.

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

          I’m sorry about your skiing injury, Bernie – take time to heal before you start anything! Take care x

          • Bernie March 12, 2024 at 12:16

            I started back today but I cut it back quite a bit and then did a really good walk this afternoon. Think I’ve rounded the corner. 🤞

          • Sue Loncaric March 12, 2024 at 16:37

            Yes, take it easy and you will improve I’m sure. I just went for a walk and feel so good getting outside into nature. x

          • Bernie March 13, 2024 at 01:01

            It was such a stellar day here that my walk was so pleasant.

  • Reply Marina March 1, 2024 at 14:56

    How interesting to transcribe war letters! I love old letters. I recently found some my dad wrote to my mom while he was at war.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:49

      Yes I’m looking forward to it, Marina. I have some letters of that my Mum wrote to my cousin and my Nan wrote to my Mum. It really is interesting reading them as you get a glimpse into their lives. x

  • Reply Debbie March 1, 2024 at 15:54

    What a fabulous February you’ve had Sue, so much going on and you managed to fit so much in! The renovations are looking great and lots of hard work by both of you. Thanks for the catch up while I was in Brisbane, I felt a bit discombobulated with everything that was going on and being tired, but I’m so glad we managed to fit in some time to meet up. Life seems to be treating you well and your activities show a variety and love of life that exudes from your words and photos. Thanks for being such a great support and fabulous co-host. The podcast interviews are really professional and Jo’s was particularly interesting.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:50

      I’m so pleased we could meet up Deb and you had so much on your plate in February so I’m not surprised you were tired. I’m happy with the pace of the Podcast although I do get tempted to go back to weekly. I’ll just need to be mindful that I have to balance it all. x

  • Reply Joanne March 1, 2024 at 21:37

    Look at all those check marks! That’s great. The bathroom is amazing. I think that is so neat that you signed up to help transcribe Wartime love letters!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:51

      Hi Joanne, I’m looking forward to transcribing the war letters and will also be trying to transcribe the Nurses letters from WWII which should be very interesting. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton March 2, 2024 at 02:42

    Sue, you’re such an inspiration. I enjoyed the podcast with Debbie today, will mention it in my review of March. You had a fabulous month. I could do with “Demolition Sue” to come round and help with some major DIY projects that need doing! Thanks to you and the gals for the link-up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:52

      HI Gail, thank you so much for your lovely comment. ‘Demolition Sue’ has no nails left and needs a makeover desperately, however I’ve enjoyed the physical side and planning. It’s been a great experience. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 2, 2024 at 07:59

    A busy and fun month – glad you reminded me of the McCurdy book. Am going to read that…#WBOYC

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:53

      Hi Lydia, the McCurdy book is a difficult read but well worth it. It has depth for sure. x

  • Reply Natalie March 2, 2024 at 11:09

    Sue, Congrats on all your achievements in February! Your remodelled bathroom looks beautiful. I love that you “walk the talk” and made February fabulous. Thank you for hosting #WBOYC and linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a wonderful March!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:54

      Thanks, Natalie the bathrooms are almost finished so life can get back to some normality whatever that is. It’s been a great experience doing some of the renovation work outselves. Mike is experienced but I haven’t really done anything like this before. x

  • Reply marsha57 March 2, 2024 at 13:56

    You definitely had a full month, Sue! I love bathroom renos! It seems like the space where just a little bit (though you did a lot) makes a huge difference. Our primary bathroom is the last room to be redone. I’d love to take out the fiberglass walk-in shower and have it tiled, but Mike has no desire to ever do that again! And, I’m too cheap to pay someone to do it! Thanks for the link up, too!

    And, I’m so glad you’ve joined me for Weekend Traffic Jam!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:55

      I’ve kept the palate fairly neutral Marsha and it is all so lovely with clean lines and exactly what I wanted. Now to find another project when this finishes! x

  • Reply Janine March 2, 2024 at 13:57

    Wow – you have achieved so much this month. Loving your renovations. Very hard work especially in the summer heat. Also loving the return of the podcast too – the interviews with Debbie and Jo were really inspirational.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:56

      I actually surprised myself, Janine as the bathroom renovations were really the focus. I’m happy that I decided to proceed with the Podcast and have received positive comments from quite a few. x

  • Reply KymPossible March 3, 2024 at 03:41

    I think it’s fantastic that you are enjoying the PROCESS of the demolition and renovation, and are getting so hands-on with it. Doing the letter transcription is sure to be a very interesting and hopefully rewarding experience. Visiting from WBOYC today 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:58

      I’m surprising myself, Kym! I haven’t done anything like this before, although my husband has. It’s been a great experience. I’m looking forward to the letter transcription and I’m sure it will be very rewarding. Thanks for linking up to WBOYC x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes March 3, 2024 at 06:17

    What a full, fabulous February you had Sue. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m impressed by the demolition work you’ve done. The new bathroom is looking good. I definitely say your blogging, podcast, and cooking count as a full tick for creativity. Here’s to a marvelous March!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:59

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Christie. The bathrooms are almost finished and I’m very happy with the result. It was a good experience trying my hand at demolition although I need a manicure now!! x

  • Reply Jo March 3, 2024 at 07:07

    So much to comment on but wow to the letter transcribing. That would be so interesting & I can’t wait to hear more about it. Thanks so much for featuring me this month I can’t believe I didn’t mention it in my wrap-up but will go back and rectify that tout suite.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 17:00

      Yes, I’m really looking forward to the transcribing. I think it wil be a very rewarding experience. x

  • Reply Antoinette Truglio Martin March 3, 2024 at 22:04

    WOW! You certainly get a lot done. Very impressed and inspiring.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 4, 2024 at 11:55

      Thanks so much Antoinette. No wonder my February flew by! x

  • Reply wendybstaton March 4, 2024 at 00:46

    Wow, what a February you have had! Your bathroom looks amazing. We haven’t tackled a home reno project in a while, but the demo was always a good stress relief, haha. I love that you run with your daughter every week. I get to run with mine once in a while, and I never realized what a bonding experience it could be. Transcribing those letters looks incredible! What an interesting window into the past! You are like the Energizer Bunny and you constantly inspire me to be better! 💗

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 4, 2024 at 11:56

      Hi Wendy, not sure I’m feeling the Energizer Bunny today but at least we have had a project to work on which has been great for Mike. I really enjoy running with my daughter. We both enjoy running and it is nice to have one-to-one with her as most of the time she has the boys with her and they demand the attention x

  • Reply Lisa March 4, 2024 at 03:36

    What a busy February. My husband and I are thinking of a kitchen remodel and I find it terrifying. I recently found your blog and I am really enjoying it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 4, 2024 at 11:54

      Hello Lisa, I’m so glad you found my blog! A kitchen remodel is a big undertaking that’s for sure. I’m happy with our bathrooms and they are almost completed. Thanks for visiting and have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Kirstin Troyer March 7, 2024 at 07:25

    Fun update Sue!! Home projects can sure be tedious. That sounds so interesting…transcribing war letters. Wow. I’ll need to check out the new episodes of the podcast

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 12, 2024 at 11:16

      Thanks, Kirstin. We have really enjoyed doing the renovations without too many hiccups. Hope you enjoy the podcast x

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