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My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for April

May 3, 2018
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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.

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up April

Coastal Living

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!

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up April

Giving Back

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.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for April

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.

Virtual Coffee


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.

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up April

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.

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up April

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!

A to Z Challenge 2018


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?

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  • Reply Leanne May 3, 2018 at 16:34

    You’ve certainly been busy Sue – it’s great to see all the variety you fit into your month – not just the blogging, but sharing your time with the old and young members of the family, parties (I’m writing about Sophia’s in next month’s cuppa – I ran out of room this month) You still got all that excercise in and it blows my mind that you’d consider running for 34km – you are truly amazing!

  • Reply Debbie Harris May 3, 2018 at 17:51

    Wow, this has just made my head spin Sue! You are so busy and involved in so many things – good on you! I loved Ethan’s birthday cake, so clever of you and so much fun for the grandchildren to have something made with so much love.

  • Reply Is This Mutton? May 3, 2018 at 18:02

    Autumn doesn’t want to arrive for you and spring doesn’t want to arrive here in the UK – what’s the matter with the weather?! You’re an inspiration with all your blogging, fitness and everything else you fit in. Congrats on the blog nomination.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 05:38

      Hi! I love your name ‘Is this Mutton’? thanks for visiting and yes the weather is crazy at the moment. I’m wanting to start wearing warmer clothing which is really only for a few weeks where I live. Thank you for your kind words about my blogging and fitness. Have a great day and lovely to connect x

  • Reply Nancy Baten May 3, 2018 at 20:55

    Congretulations on all the birthday’s! So nice to meet you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 05:35

      Yes and in May my husband turns 70 so another birthday celebration. My grandson loved his birthday cake and party in the park. Lovely to meet you and thank you for stopping by to comment x

  • Reply Ally Bean May 3, 2018 at 21:26

    I am in awe of how blue your skies are in your photos. My April was a dreary cold mess of a month that toyed with my emotions, leaving me ready for spring [that better show up here pretty darned soon]. I’m tired of being tired about talking about how tiring the weather is!

  • Reply Jacqui Murray May 4, 2018 at 01:19

    Congrats on your award–and surviving April. If I was that busy, I’d simply go to sleep. You are definitely fun.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 05:33

      Thanks Jacqui it was certainly a big month blogging wise with the AtoZ but I suppose I do like to keep busy and boy was I busy! Lovely to connect and look forward to you visiting again. x

  • Reply Jodie May 4, 2018 at 01:32

    It’s been a wonderful month, and your exercise and eating will get back on track because you always make that a priority!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 5, 2018 at 05:44

      Thanks Jodie, looks like you had a lovely April as well although it still looked busy to me! I would love a hair stylist visit every day – that would be my guilty pleasure. Have a great week!

  • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 05:28

    Yes I actually like these posts, Leanne because they do chronicle what has happened during my month. With AtoZ I just couldn’t write a sentence a day but find your idea of the Coffee Chat easier to write and handle. Yes I’m a bit crazy with the 34km but will give it a go! Have a great May. xx

  • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 05:29

    I know Deb it is amazing what I do in a month and writing it in a post is a great way to remember what I actually did! Ethan loved his cake and I do enjoy surprising all the grandchildren with a special cake for their birthdays.

  • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 05:31

    Hi Ally thanks for visiting and yes I just love the crystal clear blue skies we have during Autumn. I’m sure you are looking forward to Spring and Summer because dreary days can get you down can’t they? Have a great week! x

  • Reply Karen Hume May 4, 2018 at 06:56

    Hi Sue. You had a great variety of activities in April, especially impressive given the time required for the A-Z blogging challenge.
    I love the cake you made for Ethan and think it looks very professional. I too have an Ethan in my life – my great nephew- and he will be turning 4 in August. If you don’t mind, I’ll pass along your daughter’s theme to my nephew and his wife. I especially love bubble wands. They’re a great idea for a young child’s birthday party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 08:52

      I love making the cakes Karen even though I’m not a professional – the kids don’t notice that part. Of course, share the ideas, the bubble wands were inexpensive and a real hit with the kids. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones May 4, 2018 at 08:14

    Good to catch up on your April activities Sue. You’ve been so busy! And all in the month of the AtoZ Challenge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 4, 2018 at 08:50

      I was busy Jen but I loved it all – I’m very lucky to have such a full life. Have a great weekend!xx

  • Reply Natalie May 4, 2018 at 11:53

    What a full and fun April you’ve had, Sue! You completed the AtoZ Challenge and Thrived. Have a fabulous May!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 5, 2018 at 05:10

      Thanks Natalie and look forward to reading what you get up to in May xx

  • Reply AJ Blythe May 4, 2018 at 22:10

    Hi Sue, how lovely to find another Aussie who completed the A-Z challenge (and one of the 13 other “no longer strangers” on Karen’s Profound Journey blog). If you are looking for autumn you should pop down to Canberra. We’ve found it =)

    Although I am a transplanted Qlder, so I am jealous of the weather I know you are having (we reached a max of 12′ today). The only consolation are the gorgeous pink, red, orange and yellow leaves on the trees. It does make for a pretty town.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 5, 2018 at 05:17

      Hello A J and lovely of you to visit via Karen’s blog post. There were so many bloggers in the AtoZ I found it hard to keep up each day with commenting and visiting plus replying to comments I’d received. I’m a transplanted NSW but back in 1988 so surely must be regarded as a Qlder by now. My friend, Toni Pike who is a school friend and an author also lives in Canberra. I should come and visit you both. Have a great weekend and lovely to connect. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 17:33

      Hi there, what is your blog?

  • Reply RetroCutie May 5, 2018 at 08:03

    What a great charity; Share the Dignity! I wonder if they have a chapter in the US?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 11:23

      I’m not sure but I would think there would be similar charities. It makes you feel good to do something for someone you don’t know. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to comment xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 5, 2018 at 10:56

    Hi, Sue – I loved your newsletter for this month, and your Coffee Catch Up. It was wonderful seeing you on video, and hearing your voice! Your new time for the newsletter makes sense to me. It will now arrive Friday afternoon Vancouver time, which also works out well. I loved your Over 50 and Thriving Guest Post Series — thank you for the shout out! I look forward to reading about your Mindful in May. Now that the A – Z Challenge is complete, I also look forward to rejoining the Link Up that you and Leanne host. See you there soon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 11:24

      Thanks Donna – a little out of my comfort zone but I might even do this each week. At least you can hear my ‘Aussie’ accent. It is difficult to know the best time to send notifications so it is trial and error at the moment. Have a great weekend and we will love having you back at Midlife Share the Love Party. xx

  • Reply May 6, 2018 at 00:15

    Wow, you’ve been so busy! It was great to see you – and hear your voice – on the video… it let us experience you in a whole new dimension!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 11:20

      Hi Janis yes it was the first time I did a video in the newsletter and it was a way to take me out of my comfort zone. You can hear my ‘Aussie’ accent. I think I might include it every week. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph May 6, 2018 at 00:20

    Loved reading about your month! The birthday cake was awesome and original, and the photos of your grandson are just precious. I am ‘Nana’ to my grand kids so we have a similar name 🙂

    You got my vote for the Bloggers Bash Award, fingers crossed!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 11:19

      Thanks so much Candi and aren’t grandchildren just the best thing! Really appreciate your vote and enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

  • Reply patwdoyle11 May 6, 2018 at 09:34

    I also love these month-in-review posts and stole it similarly from Leanne. It’s inspiring to see the diversity of activities folks (you) are involved in! I’m curious to hear about your May Mindfulness; I recently did a 21 day mediation podcast and found it validating. (Yup, blog post about it is drafted).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 6, 2018 at 11:18

      Yes it is a great way to look at what you actually did in the month. I used to write a Sentence A Day but couldn’t keep up so now it is just a month of experiences. I look forward to reading your post Pat about the 21 day meditation podcast. Enjoy your weekend xx

  • Reply Debbie-Dabble May 6, 2018 at 21:25

    First of all, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!And thanks for your kind comments on my post about getting my MOJO back!! What an amazing month you have had!! Loved this post!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 7, 2018 at 10:21

      My pleasure Debbie. Sometimes it is hard to get around to all the blogs I like to leave a comment. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to leave a comment xx

  • Reply mommyhon333 May 8, 2018 at 02:07

    Nan, that cake is so cute! What a gift to each grandbaby for their birthdays…a homemade, ‘specially decorated cake for them! Love the goodies for the party, too. Children’s birthdays are such fun to plan.

    Enjoyed seeing the photos of you and your MIL on the water. How wonderful that she is still able to get out and enjoy life like that. I wish we could persuade my mom to come for a visit. I would love to have her in my home one more time.

    So very proud of your blogging accomplishments. You can bet I voted!! And just think your work on the A to Z Challenge was phenomenal. XO

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 8, 2018 at 06:26

      Yes I enjoy making them all special cakes even though sometimes I think I’ve been too ambitious with my ideas! MIL had a great time and they are having another similar outing this month which I’m attending. Also helping this Friday night for a Mothers in Africa fundraising. Thanks for the vote and your continuing support, Cuz I really appreciate it. xx

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski May 8, 2018 at 05:11

    Sue – Ethan’s birthday cake looks so good. What a fun party that was! So admire your work at your MIL’s aged home. Love your coffee catch up!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 8, 2018 at 06:24

      Thanks, Cathy! Ethan loved his cake and his party and had so much fun. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the coffee catchup and I hope you join me for a coffee in May x

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