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My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for July

August 1, 2018
My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August

July means that half of the year has gone so let’s have a coffee (or tea) catch up 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.

Winter is here and the mornings are cold

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for July

I thought Winter had finally arrived in Brisbane in June, however, it came with a vengence in July with Brisbane experiencing it’s coldest day at 5C.  Of course, this just happened to be on the morning of our big run and getting up at 4:30am to go running wasn’t easy.

Giving Back

I always enjoy my volunteering at my MIL’s aged care home.  This month, I helped serve morning tea for the Brothers James Concert.  It was lovely to see these gentlemen who are all retired, participating in a choir and bringing joy to the residents.

Christmas in July was a fun celebration and I’ve started knitting squares which will make blankets for the homeless.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for July

Happy Families & Birthday Celebrations

Another fun month spent with my family.  I’m enjoying being able to spend regular time with my daughter, Rachel and our newest grandson, Elliot who is growing fast.

Enjoyed a special Ethan/Nan day.  Brisbane would never see snow because it is too hot, but for two weeks, ‘snow’ can be found at Snow4Kids at Southbank.  We had a great time building a snowman, throwing snowballs at each other and Ethan went tobogganing.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for July

At the end of July, we celebrated our granddaughter, Lexie’s 11th birthday.  I always make the grandchildren a special birthday cake and love that they look forward to what ‘Nanna Sue’ has made.  I’m not a professional so they aren’t perfect, but made with love.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for July

We have paid for our cruise to Japan in full.  We leave on 2nd October which will be here before we know it!


Although we can’t live at our Apartment full time at the moment, we have been decorating and making a start on renovating the kitchen.

Health & Wellness

The Saturdays Sisters and I achieved two of our goals.  We participated and ran the 35km Bloody Long Walk and then tackled 5,000 stairs (which actually was 6,300!) in The Gabba Stomp at the end of the month.  Call me crazy but our hard work paid off and although the run was very challenging it was great to cross the finish line.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for July

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for July


I took a step back from social media and have been working on my new weekly email.  Taking a technology break is so liberating, although it can be difficult initially.


I’ve read so many books during July and I don’t apologise for spending afternoons reading and relaxing – we all need our simple pleasures, don’t we?


Before We were Yours by Lisa Wingate was the book of the month for the  Summer 2018 Virtual Book Club which my friend Leslie has just started on Facebook.  This was completely different to last month’s thriller.  The story is set in present day but with flash backs to the main story set in the 1930s.

If you are a fan of Liane Moriarty you might like The Hypnotist’s Love Story.  I’ve read all of Liane’s books including her most famous, ‘Big Little Lies’.  I was a little disappointed in The Hypnotist’s Love Story.  It kept my interest but I was expecting a twist at the end which didn’t happen.

Self-help books that I’m working through and would recommend are Julia Cameron’s  It’s Never Too Late, Tama Kieves’ Thriving Through Uncertainty



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 July been?  Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?

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  • Reply Kim August 1, 2018 at 01:35

    Ah…to have snow in July! I live in north GA and it’s HOT here in July! This past weekend wasn’t too humid, though, so the heat was actually tolerable. The cake is beautiful-strawberries are my favorite, too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:16

      Hi Kim, where we live in Brisbane it doesn’t get very cold, but like GA it is humid and hot in Summer.. We don’t have snow but it is fun that they make a Winter Wonderland for two weeks for the kids (and adults) to enjoy. My granddaughter loves Strawberries so I thought that would be the perfect topping. x

  • Reply Candi Randolph August 1, 2018 at 06:22

    As always, Sue, you’e a busy lady, even when you’re relaxing! It is very warm where I live on the other side of the world, so is always interesting to hear about your cold weather. I’m glad you had some outdoor fun with your grandson! It can be difficult living so far away from my grandchildren. I skyped with Alex, who is 3, and it was great to see him, even if on my computer screen.

    I’ve read most of Liane Moriarty, too, and have enjoyed reading her books. Right now I’m reading some so-so romance novels that are perfect for a 10 minute read before bed – they put me to sleep!

    Thanks for the catch up, always good to hear what you’ve been up to!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:21

      Hi Candi, as we live in a climate that is hot in summer and mild in winter, Snow4Kids is great fun. It only lasts two weeks but at least they get to see snow. I’m all for a so-so romance novel in between other books. Sometimes the more intense novels require a follow up book that is easy to read and more upbeat. Thanks for the coffee, I’ll catch you on Friday at your coffee catchup! xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt August 1, 2018 at 08:24

    Hi Sue, you have been busy! Love seeing that snow (who cares if its man-made), I would love to have some shipped to California right now to put out the devastating wildfires all over the state! Congrats on your fitness achievements!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:23

      I know Terri, Ethan had such fun and so did I. The wildfires have been devastating for you all and we see updates on the news. They have been out of control for quite a while, haven’t they? Take care xx

  • Reply Natalie August 1, 2018 at 08:54

    Congrats, Sue, on so many achievements in July! The cake looks very nice. I like the silver beads you placed around the base. Glad you had many happy moments with your family.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:24

      Thanks Natalie, I have one more challenge in August and then that is it for the year! xx

  • Reply Jennifer August 1, 2018 at 10:53

    I am a little jealous of your winters if you think 5C is cold. But indoor snow must have been fun and you don’t have to shovel it which is such a perk!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:26

      Ethan had a ball, Jen and so did I. yes it seems lovely to have snow but I bet it is a pain living with it for more than a couple of days. Enjoy the sunshine 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au August 1, 2018 at 12:03

    Hi Sue – I was hoping you’d do a July round-up post so I could catch up on all your comings and goings in one place. I just love these because it’s always so interesting to see what other bloggers have been up to. You’ve certainly had a well balanced month and lots of family time – which is really wonderful. You’re running still amazes me – especially getting up so early on such a cold morning to get under way (I’d want to roll over and pull the covers up and go back to sleep!) Thanks again for co-hosting #MLSTL – it looks like another great week and I’ve shared your post on my SM xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:28

      Yes I love doing them Leanne as it is a great way to see what I actually did! I did try for more balance in July as you know. I have one more goal for August and then my fitness goals are done for the year! Thanks for sharing and co-hosting #MLSTL with me. xx

  • Reply Trisha Faye August 1, 2018 at 12:10

    What a busy bee you’ve been! I love your newsy post. It does feel like we’re sitting down chatting over coffee or tea as we catch up.
    I just read Before We Were Yours a few weeks ago. Loved it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:29

      Hi Trisha! Yes it was a busy month and I’m glad you enjoyed having a cuppa with me. I will have another coffee catch up with you at the end of August! What are you reading at the moment? xx

  • Reply Jo August 1, 2018 at 12:45

    Ahh love that you can have snow in July even in Brisbane! Well done to the powers that be for organising that! The cake you made looks amazing, but wonder how much of it you ate because you look so slim and trim! Must be all the running and stairs – WOW – well done you. And how do you find time to knit, volunteer and read lots of books? I feel sadly lacking in my output. You are inspiring 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:31

      It was great fun, Jo and Ethan had a ball! I did have cake but as you say at the moment I’m running long distances so I work it off – that is my excuse anyway 🙂 Thank you for your lovely words of support and I think you are definitely selling yourself short with all that you do 🙂 have a great week! xx

  • Reply Patrick Weseman August 1, 2018 at 13:27

    What a wonderful July you had. The snow looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2018 at 17:33

      I am very blessed, Patrick and the snow was a novelty because we don’t have snow in Brisbane. They certainly did a good job of making a Winter Wonderland though. 🙂

  • Reply Debbie D. August 1, 2018 at 19:20

    Snow in July; I can’t imagine! Here in the northern hemisphere, it’s the height of summer, but the “Christmas in July” concept sounds like fun. 🙂 Wonderful idea – making blankets for the homeless. I’m in awe of your physical accomplishments, Sue, especially the 6300 stairs! And my bad knee is cringing at the very thought. Congratulations on that and also completing the run. Your cruise to Japan sounds so exciting! We’ll be embarking on a Meditteranean/Adriatic one in Sept. Less than a month to go and it seemed so far off until recently. Cheers!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:40

      I know Debbie. We live in Brisbane which has a very mild winter and would never see snow. So each year for the school holidays they ‘make’ snow and the kids can play and build snowmen. Such fun! We swelter in the heat during our Summer and if you can’t imagine snow in July, then I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to reconcile celebrating Christmas in 30C+ heat. We have taken several cruises and the Mediterranean was the first cruise we took. We have also cruised the Adriatic and it is beautiful I’m sure you will enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and lovely to connect with you 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Jones August 1, 2018 at 21:00

    Winter in Brisbane sounds a little easier to bear than our winter in Central Victoria Sue. We’ve had quite a few below zero temps that have been hard to bear. I’ve also been stepping back from social media just a little, to restore balance to my life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:44

      I do love cold weather Jen and have visited the UK at Christmas time one year. However, I must admit from a running and exercise point of view I’m not sure I would be committed enough to get up in minus temps to go running. I’ve been trying to cut back on social media because it is so time consuming. I do love the interaction with others though. Have a lovely time away and enjoy the sunshine 🙂

  • Reply Victoria August 1, 2018 at 23:31

    My book club read When We Were Yours. I have it downloaded on my Kindle but they picked it when we were just starting with husbands treatments and I haven’t gotten back to it yet. I am sure you and your grandson had fun with the snow, we get it so much in the winter it is not a novelty for us. On into Aug.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:47

      It was quite a sad book, Victoria but very easy to read. Ethan had a ball and so did I – building a snowman and throwing snowballs at each other. I’m sure if I had snow for weeks on end the novelty would certainly wear off. August is my birthday and I’ll be 61 so I wonder what the month will bring? Take care and thanks for stopping by to comment 🙂

  • Reply Trisha Faye August 2, 2018 at 12:35

    I already commented when I first read this. Now sharing for MLSTL

  • Reply Anne Downing August 2, 2018 at 12:51

    Brrr it is so cold in Perth today and snowing on the mountain down south! It is great having a break from social media, I often have little breaks.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:51

      Hi Anne! I can’t complain as Winter in Brisbane hasn’t really been that cold and tomorrow they are predicting mid to high 20s – this is winter! Social media can really take over if we allow it to so I find I need to just take a little break. I feel quite liberated without the iphone stuck to my hand 🙂

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb August 2, 2018 at 12:56

    Sue – what a lovely month! I’ve read a few of Liane’s books and will add both of these books to my list!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:53

      Hi Janet, I am very blessed and appreciate all that I have. I think I mentioned that this one Liane’s was quite as good as the others but you might enjoy it. Both books are worth reading and relaxing with. 🙂

  • Reply Jan Wild August 2, 2018 at 13:01

    As always it’s great to catch up on all your news and wow that cake looks sensational! Congratulations on your running and the stadium stomp; no you aren’t crazy, you are inspirational.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 17:54

      Hi Jan thanks for the compliment re the cake and your lovely encouraging words. I’m not a contender for the Great Australian Bake Off but the kids love them so that is the main thing. Have a lovely weekend, Jan and hope to catch up with you soon. xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle August 2, 2018 at 14:02

    You do some fun stuff Sue! I never knew there was snow at Southbank. I knew there was at King George Square, but not Southbank. Your trip to Japan in October will be exciting. Believe it or not my son is going to Japan in October too! I’m impressed with the cakes you make for your grandchildren’s birthdays. Well done you! 🙂 xo #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 18:00

      I took Ethan last year, Min but this year he enjoyed it more. It was only $15 entry for around an hour at the Suncorp Piazza and all the kids and adults had so much fun. I’m looking forward to our Japan cruise as it is for 14 days so a good mix of exploring and relaxation. As I wrote in reply to Jan Wild, I won’t be heading up the list for ‘Great Australian Bake Off’ but I do enjoy trying to make something extra special for the grandchildren. I try to surprise them but it is getting harder as they get older 🙂 Still my newest grandson, Elliot is only 9.5 weeks so I have a few years of cake decorating to go 🙂

  • Reply Deborah August 2, 2018 at 15:14

    I listened to The Hypnotist’s Love Story on an audiobook Sue and it took FOREVER. I didn’t dislike it but wasn’t a huge fan!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 2, 2018 at 18:01

      I was disappointed with this book, Deb. As I said, I have read all of Liane’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one left me a little flat at the end.

  • Reply Kathy Marris August 2, 2018 at 21:18

    You have been a very busy lady. I think you need to read my post today! I’ve also had a huge month with many social events like a Hen’s Party, a 60th Birthday dinner for a friend and a night out to see Pete Murray. Plus we’ve sold our house and now the fun begins with packing and moving. EEK!!! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 3, 2018 at 11:56

      Hi Kathy! Very exciting times for you and congratulations on selling your home. It didn’t really take that long to sell, did it? A new adventure awaits you now. Have a lovely weekend xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey August 3, 2018 at 06:50

    Another full month – the birthday cake looks so much fun. Would you believe that with all that I read, I’ve never read any Liane Moriarty? I really should rectify that some day. Bring on August.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 3, 2018 at 12:02

      Hi Joanne! Yes I’ve read all of Liane’s books, however The Hypnotists Love Story wasn’t quite up to her usual standard. I’m not sure what I have planned for August but it is always fun to see what pops up during the month. Have a great weekend x

  • Reply DeeDee August 3, 2018 at 11:05

    What a great month you had! Kinda weird to see the snow there, when we are in full summer mode! Have a wonderful new month??

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 3, 2018 at 11:53

      I know it is weird to have snow because we are in a temperate climate but my grandson enjoyed it so much. Enjoy your August x

  • Reply Jodie August 3, 2018 at 12:54

    Congrats on such a fabulous accomplishment, Sue!! You are in such great shape!!
    I read that book “Before we were yours” for our book club….wasn’t it fabulous??

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 4, 2018 at 08:38

      Thanks Jodie, I feel great when I’ve trained hard and it all comes together. I enjoyed ‘Before we were yours’ but shudder to think what people got away with back then. Have a great August! It’s my birthday month xx

  • Reply Sue August 3, 2018 at 21:41

    Phew, sounds like you’ve had a busy July Sue!! I know it’s winter all over Australia, but I have to say, we just spent a few days in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and loved every minute of the blue sky sunny July days while Perth continued with cold and wet days. You must be looking forward to your October cruise, it sounds lovely!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 4, 2018 at 08:46

      Hi Sue, I divide my time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and we have been so lucky with the weather. Not good for the farmers, with no rain but winter in Qld is usually mild, sunny and dry. I can’t wait for the cruise to be honest and I know Japan will be fascinating. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment and have a great weekend! x

  • Reply Mother of 3 August 4, 2018 at 07:27

    I just loved Before We Were Yours. I do love Moriarty’s books so I may have to check that one out even if it’s not quite as good as some of her others.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 4, 2018 at 08:53

      Hello and thanks for visiting my blog! Yes I was disappointed with the last book but all the others I’ve loved. Do you read Jodie Picoult? I’m a fan of hers as well. Have a great weekend and enjoy!

  • Reply Lori Jo August 4, 2018 at 22:39

    Hi, Sue! – I am catching up with my favorite bloggers! What a joy reading about your full life and all that you have going on. So proud of your running and healthy interests. I just read that book “Before We Were Yours” in the Rosemont Book Club, you should join us there on Facebook, no pressure or obligations, just one book each month, lovely ladies. As a matter of fact, one of the real life children from that horrible orphanage lives just minutes from me in Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.A., Georgia is not far from Tennessee, so I am sure some of the grown children from that period are all around here. There was an interview in our local newspaper about her, what a terrible time period and how that secret was kept for too long.
    Enjoy your time at the coast and your break from the social media, I certainly enjoyed mine and will do it regularly.

    Lori Jo – “50 With Flair” – “Find Your Flair, Be You!”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 7, 2018 at 09:07

      Hi Lori Jo, yes my life is pretty full and blessed. I loved the book and how interesting that you live near the area. I will check out the book club as I’m always interested in what other people are reading. Have a lovely week and chat soon x

  • Reply mrsluvit02 August 7, 2018 at 16:55

    Thanks for the coffee, Sue. I enjoyed that. Those stairs, oh my, you are wonderful and a good role model for us.
    Kathleen xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 8, 2018 at 10:29

      Thanks Kathleen, but it looks harder than it is. Many people older or younger than I walk them and take their time. It is the atmosphere that makes it with all the music and the DJ 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Clingan August 14, 2018 at 07:39

    So far behind on blog reading and writing!! But so enjoy reading everyone’s SaD posts. Thank you for the mention about the book club. I have really enjoyed it myself. Now the gals are asking that we continue beyond summer. I really enjoyed Before We Were Yours. If one can ‘enjoy’ a book about such a sad subject.

    Love, love, love that Nan and Ethan had a special snow day together. What great fun! We need some new Elliot pictures, too. I bet he is growing fast. They change so quickly at that age. Ethan looks like he has grown a foot himself.

    Your cake is lovely and I am sure just as tasty as it is pretty. The ombre/sunset shade icing is very pretty.

    Have said it before but will say it again, you amaze me with your accomplishments..walking, running, climbing stairs. I wish I had some Saturday sisters to motivate me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 15, 2018 at 16:26

      Life gets busy, doesn’t it Leslie! I’m really enjoying the book club and the books that have been chosen. I’ll have to PM you some photos as Elliot’s Mum and Dad don’t really like posting to social media. Maybe we could be your virtual Saturday Sisters? We would love to have you join us. xx

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