My Virtual Coffee Catchup Over 50s Lifestyle

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for October

November 4, 2018
My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August

October flew by 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.

The Highlight of October

4 personal learnings from my trip to Japan










Most of you would know and appreciate that the highlight of October was our trip to Japan.  We flew to Tokyo and embarked on the Diamond Princess in Yokohama for a 14 day cruise around Japan and South Korea. 

Family time

Being away for two weeks was wonderful but I definitely missed my grandsons, Ethan & Elliot. Ethan welcomed me home with a drawing of two Lorikeets eating a bottle brush plus an extra big hug. My heart melted as he told me how much he had missed his Nan. Elliot who is now 5 months old was full of smiles and filled my heart with joy.

My Virtual Coffee Catch up for October

This month we celebrated our grandson Camden’s 5th birthday so in my usual tradition, I made a special birthday cake.  I had to think fast as I had only returned from our trip two days before, so I decided on a Lego Cake which he loved.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for October

Giving Back

Volunteering at my MIL’s aged care home took a back seat in October but I still managed to help out at two events.  The first was a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer which was a BBQ and a visit from a Biker Group.  The residents just loved watching the big Harley Davidson bikes drive in and around the carpark and my MIL was quick to have her photo taken beside one.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for October

The second event was the Celebration of Life ceremony.  It was a beautiful service remembering those residents who have passed away during the year.  Many of the relatives attended and it was quite emotional.

Health and Wellness

I did manage to get to the Gym and a Zumba class on the cruise ship which I loved and I was surprised how many men attended!  After completing my marathon in August, I’ve given my body a rest and mainly concentrated on yoga and shorter runs.  We need to listen to our bodies and take care of them because we only have one.

Reading & Watching

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for October

During October I read a number of books and have just finished The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Set in WWI and just after WWII we are introduced to two main characters, Eve, who is a spy in France for the British during WWI and Charlie who is looking for her cousin who lost touch in France during WWII. Both women come together to revisit France together to resolve their demons. It is a great book and would thoroughly recommend it.




During October I made a brave decision and actually took a break from blogging and social media.  In the past I would have frantically scheduled posts and tried to post to social media during our travels.  This time, I was inspired by Donna Connelly from Retirement Reflections who took a six week break during July and came back refreshed and relaxed.

I was thrilled and humbled to receive many messages of support for my break and also messages welcoming me back.  I have a wonderful community of readers and fellow bloggers that I am blessed to have in my life.

I have so many ideas of where I want to take my blog but also realise that the world doesn’t end if I don’t publish a post.  I’m hoping to fulfill my goals for the blog but at a slower pace so I can enjoy blogging as well as other areas of my life.  2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year as along as I remember to pace myself!

I am continuing to love the Over 50 & Thriving series and October was no exception.  I only had three contributors, Natalie from Natalie the Explorer, Denyse Whelan and Christine from Booming On. This month’s topics covered fun, health and relationships.  If you missed them just click on the links below.





Retiring with Joy Monthly MeetUp

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for October

I was honoured to be a guest at the Retiring with Joy Monthly Meet Up to discuss my thoughts on positive aging and how I keep Sizzling after 60!  It was wonderful to meet such an interesting and energetic group of women who are making the most of life After 50.  Thanks to Maria Paternakis for the invitation and I would recommend you take a look at her FB Group ‘Retiring with Joy’.

Well I think that just about covers my adventures during October and I hope you enjoyed our coffee catch up.

Have a beautiful November and I look forward to another coffee catchup with you next month.


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  • Reply Debbie November 4, 2018 at 20:04

    Your photos look great Sue, what a lovely time you must have had on your trip. I’m glad you came back refreshed and not feeling as pressured. I can just imagine your delight at your welcome home by your grandsons and family. Making a fantastic cake like that so soon after arriving home shows real commitment. Hoping November is a good month for you too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:23

      I cheated with the cake Debbie and bought two madeira ones rather than baking them as time was short. I was pretty happy with the way the cake turned out though. Have a lovely week my friend. xx

      • Reply Debbie November 7, 2018 at 11:04

        Great to know your secrets Sue! Sharing for #mlstl

        • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:35

          Thanks for being part of #MLSTL Deb and being so supportive. xx

  • Reply Fil November 4, 2018 at 23:20

    Hi Sue, Your trip to Japan and Korea looks amazing. I’m just back from a working tour around the UK and like yourself I gave myself permission not to be keeping up with blogs while on the road. I’ve just turned 60 and while I’m not in a profession where retirement is a possibility, I am enjoying reading your ideas of slowing down and taking care of ourselves to maintain our energy levels. It’s good to have people reminding us lol

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:22

      Hi Fil, we had a great time and you are living my dream with a working tour of the UK. Good for you to take time off the blog. I’ve never really done it before and to be honest I don’t know why, it isn’t as if my blog is #1 in the world, but I like to write and connect with my readers and friends. The lesson I learned is that they will all still be here waiting for our return and eager to hear about our adventures. Have a beautiful week and thanks so much for stopping by to comment. x

  • Reply Leanne | November 4, 2018 at 23:33

    Well it sounds like a fabulous month Sue – a beautiful trip away and then full steam ahead when you returned to base. I couldn’t agree more about pacing yourself – especially in regard to blogging. Sometimes I think we take ourselves too seriously and it’s good for us to step back and have a clearer look at why we write and to re-discover the fun and the fulfillment – and not succumb to the pressure that we tend to put on ourselves. I’m stepping back and loving the breathing space too. Thanks for our virtual cuppa and November’s catch up will be here before we know it! xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:20

      Yes, I’m very lucky Leanne and each month brings something new. I enjoy our coffee catchups and also reading back over them to see what we have done throughout the year. You and I are definitely on the same page re blogging and just about everything else in life. Have a lovely week BBB. xx

      • Reply Leanne | November 7, 2018 at 11:57

        Hi Sue – just popping back in to say that we’re off to a great start for #MLSTL – thanks for sharing the party with me and I’ve shared your post on my SM xx

        • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:38

          We make a great team, BBB! Thanks for sharing but more importantly thank you for your friendship xx

  • Reply Donna November 5, 2018 at 00:42

    What a terrific catch-up, Sue. Not only did you have a wonderful month, you have also effectively modeled what your wise posts always say to us (i.e. take care of yourself). Thank you so much for the shout-out — it is greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:19

      I’m very lucky Donna and the break has done me the world of good. Thanks to you I had the courage to make it a clean break for once and I will be doing that again as it was such a period of relaxation and restoring my mind, body and soul. 🙂

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb November 5, 2018 at 00:45

    Sounds like a great month Sue — family, traveling, volunteering, and socializing. Who can beat that!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:18

      I’m very blessed Janet. Have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply jodie filogomo November 5, 2018 at 02:05

    That cruise just made the month so special, Sue!! That and the fact that you took a break. That’s so energizing!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:17

      I certainly needed the break Jodie but didn’t realise it until I was away from my normal life. We all need to take a break and restore our mind, body and spirit.x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit November 5, 2018 at 05:56

    That trip definitely is a “highlight”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:16

      It was Leanne but it was also lovely to come home. Now to plan the next trip! xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 5, 2018 at 07:16

    I love your Japan pics. What a trip. I also am glad you enjoyed the break. I find it a good way to make me ‘miss’ it. Hope you feel the shine again. I will think of something to contribute to your series next year….;) #Lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2018 at 06:44

      Hi Lydia, we had a wonderful time thank you. You are right in saying that taking a break is a good way to ‘miss’ it. I didn’t miss the pressure of posting regularly but I did miss the connections and I realised that I still want to blog but on my new self-imposed terms. xx

  • Reply Natalie November 5, 2018 at 07:45

    Your October sounds wonderful and rejuvenating, Sue. It’s great that you listen to your body and make adjustments as needed. Thank you again, for featuring me, in your Over 50 & Thriving series. Enjoy November! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2018 at 06:46

      Hi Natalie, I loved having you as my guest as you are always full of enthusiasm. The break was just what I needed although I missed my two darling grandsons so lots of hugs on my return. xx

      • Reply Natalie November 7, 2018 at 09:22

        Hi Sue – I’m back to thank you and Leanne for hosting MLSTL . Have a beautiful week! #MLSTL

        • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:33

          Thank you, Natalie for always supporting our #MLSTL link up and being part of our group. xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle November 5, 2018 at 09:20

    October was a great month for you Sue with that exciting Japan trip! I think it’s always good to have a break from the blog and social media. I do it often but I struggle to stay away from Instagram (I love it)! I adore that picture your grandson drew for you. That’s the most beautiful drawing of lorikeets eating a bottle brush! You amaze me with all the running you do. I just can’t do it. I tried to run – my body did not want to do it and so I had to listen to it. I absolutely love my pilates and I enjoy walking. I love yoga too but have not committed to that due to the $$’s I already pay to do pilates. I might have to work out my own yoga program to do at home. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2018 at 06:42

      Hi Min, I use a free app called Yoga Studio which I love and I’ve also just discovered some good Yoga sessions on Youtube. I’m doing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge with Adriene through YouTube xx

      • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle November 7, 2018 at 11:33

        Thanks for those ‘yoga’ tips Sue! I’ll look into them for sure. Looking forward to catching up with you IRL on Monday! 🙂 xo

        • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:37

          No problem, Min. I’m sure you will find them useful and I use the Yoga Apps regularly. I’m looking forward to our catchup as well 🙂 xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 5, 2018 at 14:57

    Sounds like there were many highlights in October for you Sue. Holiday photos look fabulous. Looking forward to hearing about what November brings for you

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2018 at 06:40

      Thanks Jen the month flew by mainly because I was away for half of it! Can’t believe it is November already!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl November 5, 2018 at 17:08

    What a fabulous October, Sue! Travel, giving back, connecting and relaxing. Here’s to an even better November.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2018 at 06:35

      Yes I’m very blessed, SSG and November is shaping up for a busy month as we prepare my MILs house for sale. Have a lovely week xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph November 6, 2018 at 07:35

    October was such an eventful month for you, Sue, with your break from blogging and the beautiful cruise! But I think the highlight was the picture your grandson drew for his Nan, and the lego birthday cake you made! Glad you’re back. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:30

      Hi Candi, yes October was busy but I’m truly blessed to have such a full life. It is good to be back and I did miss my blogging friends but the benefits of the break were certainly worth it. x

  • Reply Michelle November 7, 2018 at 07:50

    What a fantastic month! I think as much as I enjoy time away it always feels good to get back home!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:32

      Hi Michelle, I’m very lucky that most of my months are full and writing these posts are a good reminder of what I’ve been up to. It makes me feel so grateful to have the life that I have. Thank you for stopping by to comment and I hope you have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Kim November 7, 2018 at 10:30

    Don’t we all need a break every once in awhile? I’m glad you enjoyed your time off, especially your cruise! I’ve never been to that part of the world and I’m sure it was wonderful. The cake was great for something you just threw together-I somehow think you’d come up with something spectacular if you had a little bit of time to plan!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:35

      Thank you, Kim. I do enjoy making the cakes although I am far from being a professional. The children don’t see my mistakes they just see a cake that Nan has made with love and that is the most important thing, isn’t it? The cruise was a tonic for us both and Asia is close to Australia so we have visited several times. Have a beautiful week and enjoy! x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan November 7, 2018 at 16:23

    Having that break has helped you I am sure. Getting hugs on your return must have been great. Awesome cake too Sue!
    Thank you for sharing your coffee catch up.

    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek. Optional prompt next week is “I Remember”.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:38

      October was a great month for me Denyse and you certainly can’t beat welcome home hugs! xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 8, 2018 at 00:55

    Your trip to Japan sounds amazing, Sue. I’m glad you took the time to rejuvenate, but I am also very happy to have you back. During October, I celebrated my birthday with family and friends, closed up our cabin, and completed the Hell Week exercise challenge. While you were resting a bit after your marathon, I needed to re-energize myself after slacking off a little. I agree 100 percent that we need to listen to our bodies. Now here we are in November. I hope it’s a wonderful month for you. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:40

      Your October sounds like a perfect balance, Christie and happy belated birthday. I needed to certainly rest my body after the marathon but am now doing a 30 day Yoga Challenge this month which my body is loving. xx

  • Reply Jennifer November 8, 2018 at 05:16

    You may have taken a blogging break, but lady, you did not take a break. You were busy all around the world! Loved all of your pics from your cruise, but I think I love that picture of your MIL and the Harley best!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:42

      I suppose I was Jennifer! I’m just that sort of person who likes to be busy but I do definitely need time out! Yes my MIL loved the bikes and wait until you see her in her Fascinator for the Melbourne Cup lunch. the Melbourne Cup is a horse race that is the biggest in Australia and run on the first Tuesday of November.

  • Reply Suzanne November 8, 2018 at 23:18

    One of the wonderful things about writing a blog, or keeping a photo album is that you have an instant recap ready at your fingertips. Reliving experiences makes me smile and motivates me to strive for more in life. Thanks for sharing your recap. Your gratitude shines through.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2018 at 05:16

      Hi Suzanne! I find these posts are like a diary and a lovely reminder of all I’ve done during the month. It certainly makes me feel blessed and appreciate all I have. Enjoy your weekend. xx

  • Reply Leslie Clingan November 14, 2018 at 13:16

    So behind on my blog reading and writing. No good excuse. Just can’t seem to get it all done lately. Your pictures from Japan are priceless. What a wonderful adventure that must have been. And what a dear welcome home Ethan gave you. I had my youngest grand here last weekend for less than 24 hours, most of which we were sleeping, but she just warms my heart. And cried so when we had to say goodbye.

    Tickled at your MIL with the Harley. How fun. You are so good to volunteer at her community and to visit her so regularly. She is blessed to have such a loving DIL.

    The Alice Network caught my eye on Goodreads. Glad to read your positive review. Will be sure to read it now. Have just started The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Think I am going to love it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 15, 2018 at 13:56

      Hi Leslie, we are both so busy these days and don’t talk as often. October was great and I would totally recommend the Alice Network. I noticed The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the Book club book although I’m in two minds whether I want to read it or not. I have it so perhaps I will give it a go.

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