Over 50s Lifestyle

Living Well this week – June 12 #WWWhimsy

June 12, 2024
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I was delighted to co-host #WWWhimsy over the last two weeks with my dear friend Deb from Deb’s World whilst your regular host, Min from Write of the Middle was away taking a well earned break.

For the weekly WWWhimsy post I wrote a recap of how I had been living well over the week with the focus on being an active participant in life. I’ve enjoyed writing the posts and it has been a great way to look back and see how I’ve been trying to live well. I’ve decided that I will continue these posts each Wednesday but expand them to not just be all about me living well, but to provide tips and ideas to encourage readers to join the living well lifestyle with me. That includes all aspects of our lives from our health to eating out, reading, learning and connection. I’ve called the posts ‘Living Well This Week’ not very creative but on pointe.

I hope you enjoy the content.

Living Well this Week – June 12

Out and About

We enjoyed a lunch date at our local leagues Club and were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meal. It was inexpensive but tasted delicious. Mike and I both selected the King Prawns with Pancetta Pasta with chilli, olive oil, fennel, baby tomatoes and garlic.

Saturday I swapped my long run to watch Ethan play soccer (‘it’s football, Nan’). It was freezing but clear blue skies and I wondered how the boys felt in their shorts and jerseys at 7am. It was a great game and the team really worked well together. Ethan was pumped as he scored 3 out of the 10 goals for his team. I love seeing kids being energetic and right into life. Team sports provide not only physical exercise but life lessons in losing, winning, teamwork which are invaluable.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Mid year check up – When was the last time you visited the GP for a full check up? After last year’s health scare, I’ve decided to have a check up with full blood work twice a year. I made a list of things I wanted to discuss with my GP as these days I can’t always rely on memory! One priority was a skin check which came up well, a referral for some full blood work plus a referral for a bone density scan.
  • Another email received which was timely was this Walking Tips video.
  • Wrist mobility exercises – I made a video which I shared on social media providing some stretches to improve our wrist and hand mobility. You can find the video here if you are interested Wrist Mobility Exercises

Buys of the week

After our delicious King Prawn and Pancetta Pasta lunch Mike was enthusiastic to try it at home. We found this Pasta dryer which was reduced from $34.99 to $20.00 at Harris Scarfe and some very inexpensive pasta bowls at Kmart. Now to make the fettuccini – watch this space.

Watching and Listening

What have you been watching lately? We are fans of any U.K. Crime televisions shows and over the last week we watched McDonald & Dodds a British Crime Drama starring Jason Watkins and Talea Gouveia which is set in Bath, UK. I love this show and the scenery of Bath is spectacular. If you enjoy Midsomer Murders, Broadchurch, Death in Paradise you will enjoy this show. The two actors have a great on-screen rapport despite their characters having completely different personalities. There are 4 seasons.

I’m currently listening as I walk to an audiobook version of My Favourite Mistake. The author, Marianne Keyes is the narrator and I’m transported to Ireland with her lovely lilting voice. This is book #7 in the Walsh Family series and can highly recommend this one. I will review in next month’s What’s On Your Bookshelf?

So that was my week, over to you, what have you been up to this week? I’d love to hear from you…..

Have a lovely week!

Sue Loncaric
Wednesday Words and Whimsy

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Jo June 12, 2024 at 09:55

    I love McDonald & Dodds, but the latest series was way too short – like Chelsea Detective which was also too short. By the way, I’m with Ethan – it’s football not soccer! (yes, it’s been drummed into me over the past 35 years of being with Grant)…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:09

      I know, they only make a few episodes each series although they are longer. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle June 12, 2024 at 10:50

    Hi Sue, I love your plan to do regular living well posts on Wednesdays and enjoyed reading this one! Must say that King Prawns with Pancetta Pasta lunch looks very delicious!! Great link there for vital health checks too. I know it’s probably time I had a bone density test done and I need a skin check done too. I’m back doing my yoga/pilates each morning (didn’t do it when in Fiji) but really need to add in some walking – for my mental health as well as physical health. The good thing about this time of year is that you can walk anytime of day whereas in summer you’re restricted to early morning or late in the day. Thanks again to you and Deb for looking after #WWWhimsy for me while I was away. I really appreciate it as I know it is a time commitment more than anything .. so thank you! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:10

      Hi Min, I thought writing a Living Well this week post would be a great way to keep on track and participate in WWWhimsy. Hope I can keep it up. I’m pleased you had a wonderful holiday and always happy to help with co-hosting when required. x

  • Reply Debbie- Dabble June 12, 2024 at 12:31

    Still trying to establish a new normal routine for me in the wake of Joe’s passing…Still working through everything that I need to take care of but I am almost through it all so I think once I have everything settled, I can focus on what my new life is going to look like…I do need to get back into walking again…Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:11

      It will take time, Debbie so don’t push yourself and give yourself time to grieve. Sending hugs. x

  • Reply marsha57 June 12, 2024 at 13:01

    I have been out walking every day and I am trying to decide on shoes for my trip to Scotland/Ireland later this summer. I’m also lifting weights every other day. Blogging seems to take up more and more of my time which is not altogether a bad thing. And, bravo to your grandson for so many goals!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:11

      Hi Marsha, we have just booked a Norwegian cruise for next year and will also visit the UK. I will look forward to following your trip. It is very exciting isn’t it? Good for you getting fit and ready to explore. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 12, 2024 at 13:51

    Well done on living and thriving by example Sue. This was a lovely post and catch up from you. I know of Harris Scarf shops now I am back in Sydney but have only ventured in one . Glad you could find what was needed for your personal chef to design a new (but tried elsewhere) meal!
    I am big on medical checks and keeping an eye on prescriptions that need new ones and refills and rely on the notes app (and the calendar) in my iphone.
    Take care,
    PS I call it soccer too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:13

      Thanks Denyse, Harris Scarf menswear seems to suit Mike and they have a good selection don’t they. They are like a smaller version of Myer, I believe. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis June 12, 2024 at 14:50

    We also enjoyed McDonald & Dodds – could do with something like that to watch just now.

    And I would always say football – soccer is just not a word in my vocabulary 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:14

      It is a shame when you finish a series you enjoy isn’t it. We hope to visit Bath on our trip to the UK planned for next year. x

  • Reply Toni Pike June 12, 2024 at 16:51

    An amazing week, Sue!

  • Reply Janine June 12, 2024 at 21:01

    Lots of great tips, information and motivation in this post Sue. Thank you for sharing the health check list. Definitely called football 😃

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 13, 2024 at 06:43

    It sounds like a lovely week, Sue. I enjoy hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m scheduled for an exam with a new GP next week. I’m hoping it goes well, and we are a good fit. As for what I’ve been watching, we just finished Shetland, and we really enjoyed it.

  • Reply Natalie June 15, 2024 at 09:30

    Looks like you had a great week, Sue. I love how you call your posts “Living Well This Week”. Congrats to Ethan on his three goals. I had a fantastic week in Los Angeles with family and friends. I’m back at home and catching up on blogging. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  • Reply Joanne June 16, 2024 at 00:58

    That food looks delicious and I am loving those bright blue skies! I have been awful at getting regular checkups since the last 3 doctors I have found all left our area (or even the field of medicine) after my first visit with them… we have a real doctor shortage in our area.

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