My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August
August is over and to celebrate the end of winter for me, 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.
Spring is almost here!
The weather has been glorious although our farmers would certainly appreciate some rain to ease the drought. I love this bouganvillea at the scenic Kangaroo Point Cliffs which over looks Brisbane CBD and is only a 5 minute walk from where I live.
After my big celebration last year for my 60th birthday, this year was quieter but still special. Nothing beats having your 4 year old grandson, Ethan, sing happy birthday to you via a video and receiving a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my children and grandsons, Ethan and Elliot. I am always humbled by the number of birthday messages I receive from family and friends.
The month was spent enjoying visits with my two darling grandsons, Ethan and Elliot. Ethan and I had two special ‘Ethan/Nan’ times and at 4 years old has a wonderful vocabulary. I enjoyed him telling me ‘Nan, do you know that a caterpillar becomes a chrysalis and then after being in a cocoon emerges as a beautiful butterfly?’ Perhaps we have a future writer in the family or a future David Attenborough!
Elliot who is now 13 weeks old is starting to smile and try to communicate. It is lovely to see his personality develop.
As regular readers will know, I volunteer at outings and events at Marycrest, my MIL’s aged care home. This month, I helped at the ‘Fiver for a Farmer’ event. The drought in Australia is affecting many communities, so the aged care home, held a Country BBQ with donations going to the ‘Fiver for a Farmer’ appeal. They raised $820 which was welcomed by the fundraising appeal.
Health and Wellness
I ran a full marathon – Really and truly! You have probably read about this, (several times LOL ), but I was ‘over the moon’ to have completed my second full marathon in 6 years, so I’m sure you will indulge me mentioning it again. Although, I ran the 42.2km slower I still finished with a smile on my face and the medal to prove it.
My main reason for entering was my friend and fellow Saturday Sister, turned 50 this year and wanted to tackle the marathon. I offered to train with her and after clocking up so many kilometres I decided, ‘what the heck’ I’m going to give it a try.
General Health & Wellness – The marathon had taken up most of my time training, however I did manage to keep my Yoga sessions using my Yoga Studio App. After the marathon, I found a free (gotta love that!) 5 day Kickstart by Flipping Fifty so that was a good way to get me back into a regular fitness work out. I’ve included the link to day one to give you an idea.
Ticked off my cervical screening test and then
I finished the month with my annual Mammogram. My Mum had breast cancer at 53 and suffered for 10 years. I am vigilant about having my regular scan. Do you need to make an appointment?
Reading & Watching
I love reading – I think you might have guessed that and lately I’ve been indulging in an afternoon of reading. Usually, Novels are my main focus, but I’ve discovered some wonderful ‘Self-discover’ books that I’ve enjoyed reading.
Two fiction books I would recommend from my reading list, is one that we read in the Summer 2018 Virtual Book Club Facebook group, run by my friend, Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Everafter and the other I noticed in the NY Best Seller list.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is about a child psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia. Looking out of her window to the outside world she hasn’t visited for a year, she witnesses a murder at her neighbour’s house. Of course, trying to get anyone to believe her is not easy and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns right up to the last page.
The other book I would recommend is The Party by Lisa Hall. You will enjoy this is you like a psychological thriller. After attending her neighbours’ New Year’s Eve party, Rachel wakes in her neighbours’ spare bedroom and although she has no recollection of the night before, she knows that something is terribly wrong.
I’ve also been reading The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy by Diane England. My husband, a Vietnam Veteran, has suffered for many years, mostly in silence, with PTSD and I found this book very enlightening.
PTSD is not just experienced by war veterans but anyone who has experienced trauma in their lives. It is not an easy road for them, but this book certainly opened my eyes and brought a better understanding of the condition.
What books do you like to read?
I don’t watch many movies, but this month I enjoyed the ‘Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’. I had read the book and was pleasantly suprised that the movie script didn’t stray too far from the book, as sometimes happens in movies.
During August I was fortunate to be asked to be write a Guest post for Sam from Loving the Fifty Something, each month Sam has a series Amazing Over 50’s and this month I was her guest. You can visit my contribution HERE. I was included in the series Women Over 50 Who Blog from Jo Castro, Lifestyle Fifty. Finally, I was a featured article in Midlife Boulevarde, a post I wrote last year with my tips for How to start exercising again after a holiday or illness.
I am continuing to love the Over 50 & Thriving series and this month was no exception. The contributors are always so inspiring and motivating and this month’s topics covered:
Writing your Own Recipe to Thrive – Agnes Knowles
How Photography Helps Me Thrive – Suzanne
R.I.P. 59 – Embracing 60 – Trisha
How has your August been? Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?