My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for April
April has come to an end so let’s have a coffee (or tea) catchup and I can share what has been happening in my world during the month. I would love you to share what you have been up to in the comments section below and keep the conversation going.
Last year I was linking up to a Sentence A Day with Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After. However, this year has been so busy I’ve found it easier just to give a monthly review of what I’ve been up to. My friend, Leanne from Cresting the Hill introduced me to a virtual coffee catch up and it is a great way to share what has been happening.
Autumn does not want to arrive
Last month I celebrated the arrival of Autumn but apart from slightly cooler mornings and evenings we are still experiencing Summer weather. I shouldn’t complain and with the Easter holidays the weather was great for those who wanted to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.
We spent Easter and the following weekend at the Gold Coast and enjoyed beautiful weather with long walks and I even managed some technology free days! It is so liberating not to be tied to the computer or social media. As fond of each other as we are, I’m sure you agree that time away from screens and technology is well spent enjoying life and other activities. The little blue Koala in the picture is the Games mascot – ‘Borobi’ and do you love my morning visitors on the balcony? Gorgeous but pretty noisy!
This month’s outing with my MILs aged care home was a ride on a City Cat along the Brisbane river. It was a perfect Autumn day with sunshine and a cloudless blue sky. We took about 10 of the residents some in wheelchairs or with their walkers, and took the City Cat for the loop from Mowbray Park to Univeristy of Queensland and back. Along the way we passed the CBD, Southbank, West End and Toowong. After the ride we had morning tea and everyone went back to Marycrest happy – that is the main thing. I just love spending time with all the residents as I get just as much out of it as they do.
I also dropped some tampons and pads into a collection bin for the Share the Dignity Charity which helps homeless women and women in need.
Happy Families, Friends & Birthday Celebrations
April is the month for birthdays as we celebrated for my daughter, grandson Ethan, and an extra special birthday for one of my Saturday Sisters who turned 50! We celebrated with her at the Stamford Hotel and enjoyed a buffet breakfast plus this birthday plate of goodies just for the birthday girl.
Ethan had a wonderful 4th birthday party with his kindy friends and just loved his ‘Lightening McQueen’ Cake that I made for him. I always make the grandchildren a special birthday cake and get so much enjoyment, not because it looks professional, which is doesn’t, but because the children get such a surprise to see what Nan has made.
Rachel had some great ideas for party favours which were inexpensive but a hit with all the children. She bought bubble wands (5ocents each), a lollipop, some little cars and cars cookies.
Nan (that’s me) is getting quite excited as we head towards June and the arrival of another grandbaby. Ethan ‘helped’ his Mummy & Daddy prepare the nursery over the Easter break and he has even put some of his toys on the shelves in the baby’s room as a gift for his soon-to-be- brother or sister- just so adorable!
I’ve been spending some time before kindy drop days playing with Ethan and on this morning we were building railways. Children can certainly make you live in the moment and enjoy life.
Exercise & Eating Well
I have to admit that going back and forth to the Coast has interrupted my routine with exercise and eating well. However, one achievement my husband and I are proud of is reaching 8 weeks totally alcohol free. I can certainly feel the difference in my skin and although I didn’t drink to excess it is amazing how good I’m feeling.
My focus in May will be doing a challenge called Mindful in May which will not only help me to be more mindful but will also help a good cause. Here are details from the website are below:
Mindful in May is a transformative one month online mindfulness program which brings together the world’s best meditation teachers, wellbeing experts and neuroscientists to teach you the tools to transform your mind towards greater well-being and happiness – all whilst giving you the chance to transform the lives of others living in poverty.
Take the ten minute a day, research backed Mindful in May meditation challenge this May and receive a program that will transform your life AND at the same time help raise funds to bring clean water to those in need in developing countries.
I will give you an update in next month’s Coffee Catchup.
I did manage a run and some walks along the Esplanade on the Gold Coast during Easter and the Commonwealth Games and the weather was still quite summery.
I have also continued my yoga once or twice a week although my weight and body workouts have not been as frequent as I would like. At least I’m moving several times a week which is a positive.
I’ve set my goal with the Saturday Sisters and have entered a couple of runs. My first will be an 8km run for the Mother’s Day Classic in May and I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to try The Bloody Long Walk which is 34km in July. We are hoping to run the distance.
Blogging – An exciting announcement plus a Challenge
My biggest news and excitement for the month was that I was nominated for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards (ABBAs) which are held in London in May. I was thrilled to be nominated in the Most Informative (Original Content) Blogger category and had no idea of the nomination until a friend sent me a text. Such an honour and I’m in wonderful company as many experienced bloggers were nominated from around the world. Great to see a few Aussies in there as well and my friend Deb from Deb’s World (who is also nominated) will be attending the event in London. I’ve told her not to forget her tiara and acceptance speech! Voting closed at midnight 30th April so if you voted thank you!
Being nominated is wonderful as we all like to receive recognition but equally as wonderful is the connection I have with my readers who leave comments on my blog or Facebook page/group and my fellow bloggers. That is where I receive my reward through the connections and friendships I’ve made.
My Over 50 & Thriving Guest Series has reached 16 guest posts at the end of April. I do believe this was one of my better ideas which I actually ‘borrowed’ from Donna at Retirement Reflections and her Sunday Series. Having guests is a great way to introduce you to new bloggers who are experiencing the same highs and lows of Midlife & Beyond. I have plenty more guests scheduled and what really excites and surprises me, is that so far, everyone has approached the phrase ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ from a different perspective. I love it!
I took the Challenge and I survived!
The AtoZ Blogging Challenge took up almost every day in April and although at times I wondered why I was doing it, I loved the challenge of writing from A to Z and discovering even more about my word of the year ‘Thrive’.
The Midlife Share the Love Party (#MLSTL) has continued to grow and we have a great group of like minded bloggers linking up each week.
Well, that is really my news for the month. I am so grateful for the life that I have and to be surrounded by loving family and friends, including those in the blogging world.
How has your April been? Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?