June has come to an end 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
Winter has finally arrived in Brisbane, although my idea of ‘chilly’ might be quite balmy to some of you who experience very cold, snowy winters. Still, it has been hard to get up for our 5:30/6:00am run each Saturday morning when the temperatures are in singled digits! The days in Brisbane are beautiful in winter so I hardly can complain.
This month’s outing with my MILs aged care home was another ride on a City Cat along the Brisbane river. I also helped with the Annual Fete and found I am now an expert at serving ‘Devonshire Teas’.
The last of my duties was to help some of the residents, complete Surveys for the Aged Care Home. It is so sad to see that some of the residents don’t have family or friends who could help them with this or even visit them. However, it was a wonderful experience for me as I met some new residents and they all had stories to tell me.
Mike and I also decluttered our study and donated all the books we have read and probably won’t read any more to the Lifeline Bookfest. We packed them up and then Lifeline came and collected them. It is always hard to know what to give away and what to keep isn’t it?
Happy Families & Birthday Celebrations
This month we celebrated my MIL’s 92nd birthday. Mike and I visited her on her special day and the staff gave her a birthday gift and sang her ‘Happy Birthday’ in the morning. She has come so far in two years since her 90th birthday and is much happier and healthier these days.
I’ve been enjoying extra cuddles with my newest grandson, Elliot Alexander who is such an adorable little boy. Ethan is so proud being a ‘Big Brother’ and enjoys his newest tradition of ‘morning cuddles’ with Elliot and Mummy before Kindy. It is also a treat for me to spend quality time with my daughter, Rachel who is on parental leave. We have set a ‘weekly date’ to spend the day together and it is time I relish.
Mike and I enjoyed a brunch at Manly and visited the Sunday Arts and Crafts markets afterwards. It is good to get out and about sometimes isn’t it? The day was gorgeous and breakfast was delicious.
Health & Wellness
The Saturdays Sisters and I are in serious training for a 34km run in July and are certainly committed. Each week we are increasing the distance and just feel so damn proud of ourselves at the end of each run. What I’m really pleasantly surprised about is that my body is recovering so well with no aches or pains – not bad for nearly 61!
I have been doing an 8 week Whole Body Makeover Challenge through Daily Om. I love their courses which are so inexpensive. This isn’t about losing weight but more about taking a couple of months to really focus on mind, body and spirit. A weekly menu is provided and a workout program which can be done 6 days per week or 3 depending on your fitness level. I’ve been incorporating this with my running program and feeling great at the moment.
Looking for a nutritious and delicious meal?
I made this delicious Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup. I just chopped up all the veggies I had on hand, added some canneli beans, barley a tin of tomatoes, some Italian herbs, Cummin powder and Cayenne Pepper and 2 litres of water. Cooked in the Slow Cooker on High for 5.5 hours and it is just so nutritious and delicious! Sorry I don’t actually measure when I cook but it is a winner in my book!
Blogging – Ch Ch Ch Changes
I’ve been blogging for 3 years now and retired for 4. I am a constant WIP both personally and with my blog. I suppose I just haven’t found that comfort level yet and so embark on new ideas and projects to bring me closer to total fulfillment in life.
You may have noticed I’ve been at it again and changed the theme of my website. To me, my blog provides pleasure and a creative outlet for me. I wasn’t quite happy with my previous theme. I knew it was better than previous ones but just wasn’t hitting the mark for me. It also clashed with some plug-ins so wasn’t playing nicely.
I will also be making other changes to my weekly newsletter and may even take a small break to recharge my thoughts – stay tuned – I will certainly keep you updated.
In other blogging news:
I was delighted to have Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond listed in the Top 10 Blogs for Women Over 50 to follow in 2018 I’m in good company so you might want to check out the others.
I was a guest writer this month for two of my blogging friends. For Leanne from Cresting the Hill ,I wrote about ‘Having the Prime of Your Life’ for her new Social Saturday series. For Cathy at My Side of 50 I relived the time I ran my first marathon and shared my Fitness Goals After 50. It is always an honour to be asked as a guest so I hope you will pop over and check out my posts.
I’ve just finished The Wife Between Us written by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. If you like suspense and psychological thrillers then you will enjoy this book. I couldn’t put it down and neither could other members of the Summer 2018 Virtual Book Club which my friend Leslie has just started on Facebook. We all commented how there were a number of twists and turns which kept us wanting more.
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 June been? Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?