My Virtual Coffee Catchup Over 50s Lifestyle

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for November

December 2, 2018
My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August

November – where did it go?  I can’t believe we are only weeks away until the end of 2018 but before I wish my life away 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.

Summer has certainly arrived here in Brisbane, Australia.

My Virtual Coffee Catch up for November

Family & Friendship

This month we celebrated my son’s 36th birthday and had a special morning tea for him at my daughter’s house.  He is a wonderful and loving uncle to Ethan and Elliot and Ethan enjoyed helping Uncle Nathan blow out the candles.

I’ve also been spending quality time with my daughter Rachel each week as her parental leave will finish at the end of March.  Each Tuesday I visit early, take Ethan to kindy and then spend the day with Rachel and Elliot who is now 6 months old. Christmas this year will be wonderful with Elliot as a new addition to our family.

My 25 day Countdown to a Happy Christmas

During one of these visits we came up with a great idea for me to try in December – My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas  a unique way to use my Advent Calendar.

I would love you to join me as we reduce the stress and find happiness each day from December 1st through until our Christmas Day Celebrations.  You can read more about it on the blog and also through my Instagram.

It was lovely to also catch up with a Blogging Friend, Min Gillespie from Write Side of the Middle.  I’ve known Min for a couple of years and even though she lives in the same city we had never caught up in real life.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch together and hope to make this a regular catch up in 2019.

Giving Back

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for November

This month, I helped with the Melbourne Cup luncheon at Marycrest.  The Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the horse racing calendar in Australia and it is referred to as ‘The race that stops a nation’.  It was so lovely seeing the ladies and gents dress up for the luncheon.  We had a Fashions on the Field fashion parade and there was a competition for the best hat or fascinator.  My MIL and I both wore Black and White which wasn’t planned but at least we co-ordinated.  Nonna (my MIL) had a wonderful time and even at 92 years old was dancing!

Health and Wellness

For November I’ve been keeping my running going twice a week.  I also did a 30 days of Yoga practice through Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.  I have a new love!  This daily practice has been wonderful for my mental well-being and my body is feeling so flexible, health and strong.  I would certainly recommend it.

In December, I’m participating in Fitmas through Strong Healthy Women, so you may want join in and it’s FREE!  Here is the link if you are interested as there is still time.

Reading & Watching

My friend, Jo Tracey has published her latest book ‘Happy Ever After’ and I highly recommend it.  It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down but I didn’t want it to end either.  I also didn’t see the twist half-way through the book.  If you are looking for some holiday reading or a Christmas Gift then this is the book for you.  Here is a summary from Jo’s website about the book.

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for November

Do you only get one chance at a happy ever after?

Kate and Neil met at a protest march in Sydney in August 1985 – Kate was marching, Neil wasn’t. It was love almost at first sight.
Over thirty years have passed, their children have grown, and Kate and Neil have gone from being happily married to being happily separated. That is until Neil asks for a divorce – and another wedding brings up feelings they’d both thought were long gone.

Kate and Neil fall in love all over again, but the repercussions are unexpected and far-reaching. Will Kate be able to overcome a whole new set of challenges to find her happy ever after?

13 reasons why on Netflix

My husband and I have been hooked on this show although the subject matter is tough – teen suicide.  We book our seats each evening for two more episodes and have almost finished Season 2. 13 Reasons Why

Have you seen this program?  I would like to hear your thoughts.


As I mentioned last month I was back after a short hiatus from blogging and eased into the blogging lifestyle during November.

Over 50 & Thriving Series

Another great month in the series with contributions from:

I will only be posting one more in this series in 2018 but will continue into 2019.  We all have a story to tell about Thriving Over 50. If you would like to be a guest, even if you don’t blog, I would love to here from you at

I hope you have enjoyed our coffee catch up and perhaps I will see you during #My25daycountdowntoChristmas. 

If you blog, I’ll be putting a link at the end of my weekly update if you would like to join in.  If you don’t blog, you can use the hashtag #My25daycountdowntoChristmas for Instagram or post to the Sizzling Towards 60 &  Beyond Facebook Page or the ST60 & Beyond Facebook Group.

Enjoy the lead up to Christmas and the Festive Season and I look forward to another coffee catchup with you next month.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

Sue Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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  • Reply Candi Randolph December 2, 2018 at 21:04

    You certainly had a full month during November, Sue! I love your weather and the beautiful photos of the flowering trees! Family time is so important and I’ll bet you really enjoy the weekly visits with your daughter and new baby, as well as the special times with you MIL. Have a great week! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:11

      Hi Candi, yes my month’s don’t start out busy but when I write my monthly post it is surprising what I can fit in! The weather has been very hot and we have only just start Summer but the flame trees are so beautiful. I’m really enjoying my weekly visits with my daughter and will miss her when she returns to work after parental leave. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by for coffee xx

  • Reply Lori Jo December 2, 2018 at 23:33

    I enjoyed having coffee with you, Sue! You have such fulfilling engagements and variety going on, love that. I will have to take a look at your friend’s book, sounds like my type of reading.

    Lori Jo – 50 With Flair

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:13

      Hi Lori Jo, I’m glad you joined me for a coffee and wouldn’t it be great to do it IRL. My month was rather busy but I am blessed to have such a loving family. I’m sure you will love Jo’s book it is easy to read and perfect for the holidays. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 3, 2018 at 07:21

    I’m off to read about your advent calendar. I’m intrigued!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:13

      It is just a little fun leading up to the Festive Season. I hope you enjoy it! Have a great week. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey December 3, 2018 at 08:27

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Sue. I’m very grateful for your support of my book baby. I’m also grateful for your friendship and your inspiration this year. Keep thriving.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:16

      My pleasure Jo, I love all of the books you have written and will be re-reading them over the Summer break. Thank you for your lovely words and I appreciate your friendship too. We need to organise another catch up in 2019. Take care xx

  • Reply Pat December 3, 2018 at 12:42

    Sue, I love your virtual catch-ups. You are one busy lady! I also think November seemed to fly by…. It’s hard to believe it’s countdown to Christmas. I looked back to try and understand where November fled to… and was happy to recall some wonderful elements – a visit from my brother and SIL (first one in 17 years… we always went to him for visits), a signed contract to publish my book, and just some fun local events we did with friends. I love the matching back & white outfits you and your MIL are wearing, including the hats! Looks like a fun day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:17

      Hi Pat, I’m always amazed when I write the posts at the amount I fit into a month! Fortunately it is mostly all the things I love in my life. CONGRATULATIONS on the contract to publish your book. I can’t wait to read it! Well done you and have a great week! xx

  • Reply Donna December 3, 2018 at 13:45

    Hi, Sue – What a wonderful catch-up. It was so nice to see Min’s smiling face here as well. I absolutely love meeting with other bloggers IRL when I get the chance.
    Thank you also for sharing a quick summary of Jo Tracey’s book. It is definitely on my list to read.
    Good luck with your countdown. I’ll be following!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:19

      Hi Donna, Min was as lovely IRL as online and it was great to catch up with her. One day that might be us! Jo’s book is one I couldn’t put down and I have read all of her books. I am going to re-read the over Summer. the countdown is some fun to take the focus off trying to do it all and forgetting what this time of year really means. Take care, my friend.

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb December 3, 2018 at 14:46

    Love your catch-up Sue! Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen 13 Reasons — as heart-wrenching as it is, I believe it has some important messages and topics for discussion. And – it many parts of it are filmed in my very small hometown in California.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:20

      Hi Janet, both my husband and I were riveted with 13 reasons and watched the two seasons over about two weeks! It was confronting and I did here some bad press but I really think they covered some important topics which need to be discussed. It is a lovely location, I wasn’t sure where it was filmed actually. What a lovely place you live in. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by for coffee. xx

      • Reply Janet Mary Cobb December 4, 2018 at 16:12

        13 Reasons is partially filmed in the little towns surrounding the Carquinez Strait in the San Francisco East Bay – Benicia, Crockett, Vallejo. I actually grew up in Rodeo and crossed that bridge in some scenes every day for high school. The main streets, etc are filmed in Santa Rosa and Napa. All beautiful country! You should try to visit at some point.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric December 4, 2018 at 16:43

          Thanks Janet, my husband asked me the name of the town so you have cleared that up for me. It certainly is a beautiful area and yes we will visit the US again I’m sure. Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Ness December 3, 2018 at 16:07

    Wow you’re looking amazing. You certainly are sizzling, but I would never think you’re anywhere near 60! Being a Grandma must agree with you. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:21

      Well thank you so much Ness for your compliment. Being a Grandma does agree with me and my grandsons certainly keep me active. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas to you and your family and it has been lovely to connect with you this year. xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl December 3, 2018 at 16:13

    It’s going to be such a special Christmas with your new addition Elliot there, Sue!

    I am not a Melbourne Cup person as far as the race goes but I do love how the cup day lunches and celebrations bring people together and allow others a bit of joy and occasion in what would usually be ‘just another day’ at work or at residential care.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:23

      Hi SSG! Yes, Elliot has been such a beautiful addition to our family and I am filled with joy because Ethan just adores his little brother and vice versa. I’m not into Melbourne Cup either but it was wonderful to see the ladies and gents wearing their hats and fascinators and getting excited watching the race. They also enjoyed a delicious lunch and it was such a happy day. xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid December 3, 2018 at 16:36

    What a busy month! I am desperate to read Jo’s book. I must get on to it! I haven’t seen 13 Reasons but I want to. We’ve just finished watching Killing Eve on ABC catch up and are currently engrossed in Atypical – it’s fab!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 3, 2018 at 17:06

      Hi Sammie! I started watching Killing Eve and then we went to Japan so I haven’t watched it since we returned. It was pretty thrilling so now that 13 Reasons Why has finished I might revisit Killing Eve. You will love Jo’s book. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Leanne | December 3, 2018 at 18:54

    Hi Sue – I enjoyed our cuppa and catch up. You’ve certainly hit the ground running since you came back from your cruise and your 25 days of happiness is such a great idea in the lead up to Christmas. I haven’t seen 13 Reasons Why – we’ve been watching a series called Salvation – about a meteor on a collision with earth. Not a bad evening’s viewing – we mix it up with the latest season of Elementary – love a bit of Sherlock quirkiness!

  • Reply Natalie December 4, 2018 at 03:33

    Hi Sue – I enjoyed reading your November coffee catch up. You had a lovely month with your family members, and sure kept your days full with other activities. It’s nice to see Min and you have met IRL, too. Have a beautiful December!

  • Reply Sanch @ Sanch Writes December 4, 2018 at 19:05

    Looks like a lovely month. Always nice to catch up with blogger friends in real life. I have watched 13 reasons why and read the book {which the first season is based on}. Enjoyed the book and the series despite the difficult topic. I wrote about it on my blog a while ago because I think the series copped a lot of flack for contributing to suicidal thoughts in young people. Hope you have an awesome December!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 5, 2018 at 18:26

      Hi Sanch I found 13 Reasons spell binding so I’ll have to find the post you wrote about it. Hope you have a fabulous December too! x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 5, 2018 at 17:10

    That was a lovely read and I liked the B&W theme for Melb Cup. Getting to meet a fellow blogger IRL is the best! I have done that twice in the last 5 weeks. You certainly do cover all the wellness bases in your lifestyle and more power to you!
    Thank you for linking up this week for #lifethisweek Next week’s optional prompt is the photo-based “Share Your Snaps.” Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 5, 2018 at 18:21

      Thanks Denyse! It wasn’t planned that we both wore B&W but at least we were co-ordinated LOL:) I’m hoping to meet more bloggers IRL in 2019. Last year I met up with some from Brisbane and Gold Coast including Kathy Marris and Jo Tracey. We met for a Christmas lunch and it was lovely. I look forward to Share your Snaps next week as I will be sharing my photos from Week 1 of My 25 day countdown to a happy Christmas. xx

  • Reply Debbie December 6, 2018 at 08:23

    I always love these catch up posts Sue and your month sounds delightful, birthdays, family, celebrations, friends, running….you’ve got it all happening! I really enjoyed Jo’s book Happy Ever After too. Thanks for the Fitmas link, I’m enjoying staying on track and I’m also having fun with your 25 days countdown challenge. Thanks for being such an inspiring friend. #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2018 at 05:59

      Hi Deb, you are such a treasured friend and I am thankful for your continuing support. I love my Coffee Catch ups as it enables me to share my life with others but also reminds me how full my life is. Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan December 10, 2018 at 12:50

    You have such a precious and admirable relationship with your mother-in-law. Your fascinators and outfits in a similar print are so fun. Have really enjoyed your Advent countdown videos. Had wanted to join in but my connectivity and time are limited here at my mom’s. Maybe I can still get in on the festivities before they come to an end.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2018 at 06:08

      Hi Leslie, you can join anytime or when you can. I hope your Mum is okay, I saw that you were delayed at the airport which can be distressing can’t it? My MIL and I didn’t plan to wear matching outfits but at least we were colour co-ordinated for the photos and she had a lovely time. Take care and thanks for stopping by xx

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