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Living Well This Week – June 26 #WWWhimsy

June 26, 2024
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Dear Readers

Welcome to my weekly Living Well This Week post where I share not only what I’ve been up to, but also ideas and information I’ve discovered during the week to help us all Live Well and Enjoy Life.

I’m enjoying writing my Living Well This Week letters to you and revisiting what I’ve done since my last letter. It’s the school holidays so I’ll be spending some time with my grandsons. Today we are off to mini golf which should be fun.

Living Well This Week – June 26

Highlight of the Week

Mike and I have been wanting to take a Norwegian cruise and found one for September 2025. We have booked the cruise and will also do some land travel, exploring England, Scotland and Ireland. It has been a trip that has been on our bucket list for some time and we are excited to be planning our adventure despite it being over a year away.

Family Time

Fun with my grandsons last Sunday morning. We made pikelets, played football, played online bowling and then some drawing. It’s always special spending time with family.

Out and About

Lunch out again at the same place but when the food is good, why not? We recently joined the Carina Leagues Club and after three visits we are still impressed with the quality of the meals. This week, Mike selected the Barramundi and I went for a Butter Chicken curry with rice and naan bread. Delicious!!!

Health and Wellbeing

  • A visit to the doctor this week to find out the results of my blood tests and bone density scan. Whilst my blood tests came back with flying colours, my bone density scan showed that I have some osteopenia and a 10%-15% chance of a fracture over the next ten years. I am grateful that I keep my fitness levels up with strength training, cardio workouts and my running otherwise who knows what my results would be? Here is an article I found which may be helpful. Have you had a bone density scan? Perhaps it is time you book one in.

  • As usual I took a couple of sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual studio as well as joining in with the ladies for a couple of Strength sessions myself and daily walking with my Daily Walking in June Facebook Group challenge. Everyone has been sharing photos of where they walk and getting involved which is great.

    Here is where I walk, a local park about 1km from where I live. It is so peaceful here and one morning I recorded the bird song and posted to Instagram,

A quick stress reliever

Sit in a comfortable position for a moment, closes your eyes, listen and take some deep breaths whilst immersed in the sounds of nature.

Buys of the week – Taking advantage of the June sales

Mike has lost weight and most of his clothes don’t fit. I took him off to buy some new clothes and also took advantage of the End of Financial Year sales myself. I needed some black trousers and found two pair for the price of one. Slightly different but exactly what I was looking for. I mostly where skinny leg fit but wanted something a little fuller. I find that the Basque brand is a perfect fit size wise and also being petite sizes the length means I don’t have to take up the hem!

With Mike’s encouragement (not that I really needed any), I also purchased a pair of loafers and a pair of ankle boots, both 40% off and a stylish sweatshirt style, again 30% off. To finish it off, I bought this watch from Big W. It was $15 and I can actually see the face without my glasses. Sure it isn’t a high end product but it does the job and it was exactly what I was looking for.

In the Kitchen – a quick and easy pasta dish

Take two cans of tuna in oil and chilli, add some olives, mushrooms and baby spinach and you have a delicious (a little spicy) sauce to accompany some spaghetti or pasta of your choice. This is a quick and easy meal and we buy the John West tuna with calcium and protein which was recommended by Mike’s endocrinologist. This brand of tuna with chilli actually comes with a whole chilli in the can which I chopped up and added to the sauce. It makes it hot and spicy but you could tone it down by adding cream or some plain greek yogurt.

If you don’t like hot and spicy, then try other flavours such as lemon and pepper or just go for the plain and maybe add some garlic and Italian Herbs.

Reading, Watching and Listening

It was time for our monthly What’s On Your Bookshelf? Link up where we share what we have been reading over the last month. I had some fabulous reads that I reviewed in my post What’s On Your Bookshelf? – June 2024.

What have you been watching lately? As you know we are fans of British crime drama . We watched Season 2 of Trigger Point starring is a British crime thriller television series starring Vicky McClure as a police bomb disposal expert in London. We had enjoyed the first series, but I felt the second series was a little too violent for me. It certainly had me on the edge of my seat and I really don’t know how these bomb disposal experts cope in such stressful situations. I’m sure they must suffer from PTSD at some point.

No audio books this week and I missed listening to one on my walk. Any suggestions for me???? Let me know in the comments.

This week on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast my guest is author and coach, Meredith Walters. Meredith wrote the book ‘This Animal Body’ which I reviewed last week in my What’s On Your Bookshelf? post. She was so delightful and radiated such a calm personality. We discussed Learning The Language of the Body and why sometimes we need to tune in and listen to our bodies, rather than our brain. This Animal Body has just been named a finalist in the International Book Awards which is very exciting for Meredith. Click on the image to get to the post.

Learning the Language of the Body - Meredith Walters

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
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Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc June 26, 2024 at 10:03

    Another full week Sue, glad you had success with your shopping (and that Mike is doing well with his health and weight). I smiled at your comment about your watch – mine has a large face for easy reading and Ross always looks for a white background on his so he can see the time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:42

      Hi Leanne, it is fun looking at what we’ve done over the previous week. The watch is great, and exactly what I was looking for. I’ve seen some ‘pretty’ faced watches but they are useless if you can’t see the time! x

  • Reply marsha57 June 26, 2024 at 12:47

    I loved listening to the birds you hear as you walk. I really need to find another place to walk as our neighborhood is boring and in full sun. But, until Mike’s hips are replaced, I don’t feel I should leave him too long. Your trip next year sounds amazing! Are you doing all the planning yourselves? I haven’t worn a watch in decades. When I was teaching, there were clocks all around. Now, I use my phone. And, I have some lovely watches!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:47

      Hi Marsha we used to live by the ocean which was so beautiful to listen too. When I first moved here I didn’t realise the park was so close. I enjoy my walks there and it is a great way to clear my head. We are planning our trip ourselves so look forward to getting started. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis June 26, 2024 at 15:33

    A great week so and you reminded me of how good and easy tuna and pasta is – haven’t had that for ages. We enjoyed Trigger Point too even if it was a bit silly at times.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:48

      Hi Barbara, the pasta dish is so quick and easy, yet tasty. Perfect for when you don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 26, 2024 at 16:08

    What a great update about you and Mike and life going well. I loved the big and little wins on clothing sales. Yes to well-cooked meals outside the house. I miss being able to eat another’s cooking (serving sizes are too much and no-one will do a kids’ serve for a grown up…I have asked!) but I am grateful for the range of meals I can cook. NSW schools aren’t on hols until July and we look forward to a play day here with our rapidly growing up 4 granddaughters who are still at school. Take care, Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:49

      Hi Denyse, that’s annoying that they won’t serve kids’ sized meals to adults, isn’t it? Not everyone can eat or digest the huge servings and it is a waste of food and money. Perhaps you can get your granddaughters to cook you a restaurant meal at home. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 26, 2024 at 17:04

    I just finished Roll of Thunder, hear my cry which was great on Audio. How exciting re Norway. I loved it! So beautiful.
    Not heard of Trigger point….will check out

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:50

      Hi Lydia, I’ve not heard of Roll of Thunder. Trigger point had me on the edge of my seat but overall it was a good show. Yes, really looking forward to Norway and UK next year. It will be here before we know it. x

  • Reply Debbie June 26, 2024 at 20:33

    These are great posts Sue and let us in on your life in some ways! Love all your shopping bargains, I might hit the shops while I’m up this way. We listened to ‘What Happened to Nina’ on audio on our drive to Brisbane and both enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to catching up with you in person while I’m up here!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:51

      Hi Deb, I have ‘What Happened to Nina’ downloaded but haven’t read it yet. Maybe it will be my next read. I’m looking forward to catching up with you, too. x

  • Reply Joanne June 27, 2024 at 02:40

    That sounds like a very successful shopping trip! I don’t think I have ever seen tuna with seasonings mixed right in before but your pasta dish sound delicious.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:39

      Hi Joanne, yes we were both happy with our new purchases. I know Mike wouldn’t have bought anything if I wasn’t with him! Here in Australia we have tins of tuna that come in a favourite of flavours and seasonsings which just zest up the tuna. So quick and easy to make too. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 27, 2024 at 06:36

    That park is just beautiful, Sue. I wish I lived closer…I’d walk there for sure. Your travel plans also sound amazing. I can’t wait to hear all about it…though I know I’ll have to since it’s down the road a ways. Isn’t it so fun to have something like that to look forward to though? Here’s to a joyful July!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:38

      HI Christie, I didn’t even know the park existed when we moved here and my daughter told me about it. It is less than a 1km walk so convenient and such a pretty place to walk and clear my head. We are off to North Queensland at the end of the month, but it is hard not to get too involved in our European holiday plans. Wishing you a joyful July too! x

  • Reply Jo June 27, 2024 at 07:03

    I love this living well series, Sue. It’s absolutely on point. Well done to Mike for losing some weight – and tastily too by the look of that tuna pasta – and to you for snapping up some sales.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:36

      Hi Jo, I actually took a leaf out of your weekly Rambles and thought it was a good way to share how I’m Living Well and also share what I’ve discovered during the week. The tuna pasta is quick and easy and with the chilli flavoured tuna it just adds that little bit of heat to make the dish interesting. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle June 27, 2024 at 09:53

    Hi Sue, what a great week! I thought it was the Carina Leagues Club you were featuring your eating out meals from. Great food there isn’t it? Also love the photos and birdsong from Minnippi Parklands (pretty sure that’s where it is?). I love the Basque brand too. Buying pants as a petite person can be so frustrating when everything is made for tall people! Love brands that cater for us but there are not enough that do! Love your purchases – I’d like a pair of boots like those – stylish but yet comfy. I’m not good at heels anymore. Oh the Norwegian cruise – how exciting!! And well done to Mike for losing some weight. Bet he is feeling amazing! Thanks for linking up with #WWWhimsy – enjoy what’s left of this week and have a wonderful weekend! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:35

      Yes Carina Leagues Club is just at the end of Meadowlands Road where we live so it is very convenient. The food is delicious. x

  • Reply Janine June 27, 2024 at 14:03

    Well done getting your bone density scan done. I know I should get mine done but I’m even more nervous now if yours came back slightly low. I don’t do anywhere near the exercise you do!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 05:34

      I’m probably a bit older than you Janine and I sort of expected some degeneration due to age. I like to have medical tests that are available so I can have a base to work from and see exactly where my body is at. That way I can take measures to slow down or prevent. It only takes 15 minutes for the scan and well worth it. x

  • Reply Donna-Lynn Elizabeth Connolly June 28, 2024 at 06:36

    Hi, Sue – Congratulions on your upcoming cruise. That sounds fantastic (although I also think you should also take another cruise back to my part of Canada – your room is ready)! <3
    I'm sorry to hear about the osteopenia. I also have a small section of osteopenia that appeared in my recent bone density scan. Like you, I have been addressing this with exercise and additional calcium+vitamin k2. I look forward to reading the article that you attached.
    I also very much look forward to catching up with you soon.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 28, 2024 at 17:41

      Hi Donna the trip is still over a year away but we are in planning mode which is exciting. Maybe we can purchase a round the world ticket and drop into Canada on our way home??? I’m glad I had a recent check up and bone density scan. I’d never had one and felt it was time to do so. Like you I’m adding supplements as well as keeping my fitness routine for strength and walking/running. We can only do what we can do. Take care and yes looking forward to catching up soon. x

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