Over 50s Lifestyle What's Been On your Calendar? What's Been On your Calendar? #WBOYC

A month of Worthy Causes & Stepping out of my comfort zone #WBOYC?

October 27, 2023

What’s Been On Your Calendar? October 2023.

Well October zipped by in a blink, didn’t it? The Jacarandas are in full bloom and despite the purple carpet when these delicate blooms fall, they are a delight to behold.

I’m getting very excited as in two weeks we fly away to Europe. We are flying to Amsterdam for 5 nights then taking a 7 night Viking Rhine Getaway River cruise down to Basel in Switzerland. We then travel to Milan for 6 nights. I’m hoping to get to some Christmas markets although most won’t be starting until the week after we leave.

What’s Been On My Calendar in October?

October was busy and the focus for me was promoting and supporting worthy causes for the Heart Foundation and also the Cancer Council as well as stepping out of my comfort zone to model some lingerie! Yes, me modelling lingerie at 66 – who would have thought and another first for me.

October was also Menopause Awareness Month spotlighting Cardiovascular Disease. This was very timely as I had been diagnosed recently with CV. It was also Breast Cancer Awareness month and as my Mum died from breast cancer at 63 many years ago, this was a cause close to my heart. October 20 is my Mum’s birthday and she would have been 97 this year.


I started the month promoting the Action for Happiness Calendar and the theme for October was Optimistic October – Action for Happiness. The theme resonated with many and with the way the world is at the moment it is a difficult task to feel Optimistic isn’t it? But we need to try and the calendar certainly had some good prompts to get started.

So what else did I get up to?

Daily walks with a purpose

My walks focused on walking 84km during the month to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. Thank you to all who have donated.

There was lots of birdlife on my walks and immersing yourself in nature is always such a good way to soothe the soul. I found delight in watching the ducks waddling along, the gracefulness of the swans and the ducks diving and swimming.

In the Kitchen

In the Kitchen during October I made a quick return to our Home Restaurant Date Nights. Life has been so hectic and my efforts at our Date Nights at home have fallen off track. However, I did make an Italian themed meal which I will be linking up to What’s On Your Plate? in early November. I’ll share the recipes then. On the menu was Bruschetta with Olive and Danish Feta for the Entree and for Main I made a Vegan Eggplant Stack using Cannelli Beans instead of the traditional white sauce. It was delicious and healthy!

Fashion & Beauty

One of the many highlights for me in October was stepping out of my comfort zone to model some lingerie kindly gifted to me by JulieMay Lingerie. Now this 66 year old body, is showing signs of age, and although I felt very self-conscious ‘modelling’ these gorgeous bras and briefs sets, I also felt empowered. Body Image is something I’ve always struggled with but now in my 60s I’m comfortable with who I am and grateful my body is healthy and strong so I can enjoy my life to the full. You can read the full blog post which I’ve listed in my Posts for the Month section below.

I was grateful to collaborate again this month, with Fella Hamilton. An Australian family-owned business who have boutiques around Australia. the quality is excellent and their fashion is my style. The best part is they are true to size so their Size 6 is a perfect fit for me and I love the style.

Navy and white was my selection for this month from the Fella Hamilton Spring range.

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During October, Fella Hamilton was supporting two different charities, The Cancer Council and Breast Cancer Network Australia. I was delighted to help promote this offer through my social media. A percentage of all sales of The Breton Hat was donated to the Cancer Council for research and services. Living in Queensland with one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, I was very happy to promote the campaign. Shop Classic Breton Squash & Wash Hat in Poppy – Fella Hamilton So many colours to choose from.

Check out the latest offering from author, Joanne Tracey

Philly Barker on the case by Joanne Tracey

My dear friend and fabulous author of several books, Joanne Tracey has just released her latest book in the Philly Barker series. Philly Barker is on the Case is the second adventure for Philly, who I just adore. Now live on most online platforms. If, however, you prefer to hold your books in your hand, print-on-demand will be early November.

I was lucky enough to be given an Advanced Reader Copy and it’s a 5 star rating from me – and not because Jo is my friend!

‘Midsommer Murders meets ‘Escape to the Country’ meets ‘Antique Roadshow’. Set in the village of Chipwell, Philly Barker has an eye for antiques, the stories they tell and she doesn’t mind a good mystery to solve either. Working in the Chipwell Barn Antiques Centre along with 5 other dealers and her trusty canine side kick Balthazar, Philly turns investigator.

Philly Barker Is On The Case (Philly Barker Mysteries Book 2) eBook : Tracey, Joanne : Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store
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Blogging & Posts for the Month

October was bittersweet in the blogging world as we farewelled Denyse Whelan who retired from more than 11 years of blogging. Each Wednesday, Denyse hosted Wednesday’s Words & Pics and had developed a great community of bloggers linking up. I wrote a tribute to this inspirational lady and you can see the link below in my posts for the month.

As we farewelled Denyse and the group was feeling a little adrift, Min from Write of the Middle stepped up to the plate and has introduced a new Wednesday link up – Wednesday Words & Whimsy. You can read all about it in the Posts for the Month below.

During October my fingers flew across the keyboards and I wrote quite a number of posts on a range of topics. Here are my posts from October in case you missed them.

October – Action for Happiness Calendar
What’s Been On My Plate during September?
Fine, thin or Frizzy hair – Achieve a Salon Look at home
Are you at risk of Cardiovascular Disease? What Women Over 50 Should know
Bruschetta with Olives & Danish Feta
Don’t Let Menopause & Body Image Issues affect how you see yourelf – Embrace your Ageing Body
A tribute to my retiring blogging friend Denyse Whelan
What’s On Your Bookshelf? – Books I enjoyed in October
There’s a New Link Up in the Blogging World – Wednesday Words & Whimsy

Quote for the month

I linked up with

  • Gail from Is this Mutton? for the monthly Tell Us About link up – this month’s prompt was Legacy. A prompt we all struggled with but our posts came up trumps.
  • Denyse Whelan for her Wednesdays Words & Pics
  • Hosted What’s On Your Bookshelf? with my lovely friends Debbie, Donna & Jo

Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar and I Iook forward hearing what you’ve been up to. I’m sharing my co-hosts’ links as well so remember to pop over and visit to see how their month progressed.

Debbie Harris
Donna Connolly
Jo Tracey

Enjoy your month and I look forward to next month’s WBOYC? edition, when I can share my European Holiday visit with you! Please note link up dates below.

Sue Loncaric

What’s Been On Your Calendar? #WBOYC

What: 2023 Monthly Wrap-Up Link Party.
When: Last Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 7 days
Why: A space to share highlights from your past month.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other social media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.

The next #WBOYC will be Thursday November 30 /Friday December 1. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.

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  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 27, 2023 at 08:16

    Hi, Sue – You have had a fabulous October filled with so many good things and new adventures. Enjoy your trip to Sydney and your big trip away that is also coming up shortly. Send us lots of photos! <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:06

      October was wonderful, Donna and I’m so grateful to be living the life that I have. I love to lead a busy and fulfilled life appreciating every moment. Sydney was wonderful x

  • Reply Alison October 27, 2023 at 09:50

    Wonderful month Sue, you have an awesome body and you certainly did that lingerie justice. You’re such a positive person and write such uplifting posts 🥰

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:07

      Thanks for the compliment, Alison – it was very much out of my comfort zone but the lingerie is beautiful to wear. I try to maintain a positive attitude most of the time because really I don’t have too much to complain about. I’m very lucky and grateful. Have a lovely day. x

      • Reply Alison October 30, 2023 at 10:10

        Same here Sue 😊

  • Reply marsha57 October 27, 2023 at 10:16

    I am so jealous of your European trip! I’ve been trying to talk my husband into a Viking River cruise for years. I hope you’ll write a blog post about it. I think you looked stunning in your lingerie! You have worked hard for that body. I also like your 84 km in a month idea. I think I’m going to try for something like that even though the weather is about to turn here in Central Indiana in the Northern Hemisphere.

    I’ll be linking up on my Friday (perhaps your Saturday?) once my post goes live!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:08

      I’m really excited about our trip, Marsha and just had a whirlwind trip to Sydney to visit family who I haven’t seen for 8 years. This will be our first River Cruise but everyone assures us we will love it. Watch this space! x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee October 27, 2023 at 10:58

    Have a wonderful trip!I look forward to seeing some of those pics. Amsterdam is so gorgeous. I loved it so much and regretted only 3 days there. You’ve packed a lot in this month, and a lot of good causes. Well done!
    Bon Voyage!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:09

      Thanks, Lydia. We’ve not visited Amsterdam before so really looking forward to discovering this popular city. There will be lots of photos! xx

  • Reply leannelc October 27, 2023 at 11:16

    Hi Sue – you were certainly prolific on the blog during October – and you look lovely in all your underwear and clothes. The hat is great too. I have one like it in winter white and love it. I’ve owned it for many years and wear it daily in Summer – a quick wash every now and then and it’s good to go. I’m keeping your link in mind if I want to upgrade to a different colour down the track.
    You’re going to love your river cruise and it’s the perfect time of the year to be floating through Europe.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:10

      Thanks, Leanne, October was really a wonderful month and I’m so grateful to have such a fulfilled life. Of course, it isn’t always perfect – but what is in life? We are looking forward to our River Cruise and friends have assured us that we will enjoy it. I’m grateful to be able to have the experience. Have a lovely November. x

  • Reply Bernie October 27, 2023 at 13:21

    A busy but productive month for you Sue with all the walking and promoting causes. You look simply smashing in the pink hat and as I said during the other post I admire you for modeling the lingerie. I hope your trip is wonderful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:11

      HI Bernie, yes October was busy with lots of variety. I love the pink hat too! We are really looking forward to our November trip which is under two weeks away now so getting excited. x

  • Reply Toni Pike October 27, 2023 at 19:31

    Hi Sue, Have an absolutely fabulous trip, and take every opportunity to indulge yourself in every way.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:12

      Thank you, Toni. I’m geting excited now. x

  • Reply Deb October 27, 2023 at 21:29

    You had a very full and interesting month – well done for your modelling!
    Hope you have a fabulous trip, it sounds like it will involve a lot of interesting places to visit. Have fun!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:12

      Hi Deb! Thanks for your comment and yes the trip is getting very close now so the excitement has set in. Lots of photos to share next month. x

  • Reply Natalie October 28, 2023 at 01:37

    Hi Sue, What a productive October you’ve had. Amsterdam and Milan are wonderful cities to explore in addition to the cities and towns on your river cruise itinerary. Thank you for hosting #WBOYC. I added my post to the linkup. Bon voyage!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:13

      Hi Natalie, we’ve never visited Amsterdam and only spent a day in Milan so looking forward to discovering these popular cities. Having never done a River Cruise before this will be a new experience too. x

  • Reply Joanne October 28, 2023 at 04:25

    I hope you have the best time on your trip! It sounds like a wonderful itinerary. Congrats on stepping outside of your comfort zone. You look fabulous in your lingerie.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:14

      Thanks, Joanne! Under two weeks to go so getting very excited now for our trip. Thanks for your lovely comment about the lingerie photos. x

  • Reply Debbie October 28, 2023 at 06:06

    What a great month Sue and so much support for good causes. I love all your outfits and you’re a natural at the modelling, the lingerie looks amazing and gorgeous colours on you! I can’t believe your trip is coming up so soon, you must be so excited and i can’t wait to follow along with you. Thanks for all your support and co-hosting, I think we all make a great team but I could be biased! Great post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:15

      Hi Deb, October was a great month – but then most months are good in some ways even if there are not so good times as well. So excited for the trip which is now under two weeks. I’ll be getting the suitcase out this week and packing 100 times before I go LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Jo October 28, 2023 at 08:56

    First up, loving all the jacarandas in bloom – Sarah used to call them fairy flowers and I still think of that when I see them. I can’t wait to hear about your river cruise when you return and go you re the modelling – you look great. I love how you live the concept of stepping out of your comfort zone.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:17

      Aren’t the jacarandas gorgeous? They just make me feel happy. Sarah was right they are fairy flowers – I will think that now every time I see them. A bit like Ethan calling Lorrikeets, Lollikeets when he was little. The lingerie was definitely out of my comfort zone but I was happy with the photos and it felt quite empowering really. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan's Words And Pics. October 28, 2023 at 18:32

    For the first time, I am not linking up but of course, I did have to come over and see what you and my other friends are up to for WBOYC. What a busy and fulfilling month you have had. Out of the comfort zone and into so much more. Go well, and I hope you continue to share the good news of those causes you are passionate about. I wish you and M well for the vacation ahead…and again, (I went back to comment today because I CAN!) thanks for including me and my retirement in your month of October. Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:19

      October was a lovely month, Denyse. I also had my trip to Sydney which was after I had posted but that was wonderful catching up with family I hadn’t seen for 8 years. Thanks for taking the time to comment and for your friendship. Have a wonderful November and enjoy x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement October 29, 2023 at 03:25

    Hi Sue, I love your enthusiasm and appreciate all you do to stay healthy and happy. Your trip sounds like quite an adventure. Probably too early for Christmas markets, but you never know. I love all your fashion photographs. Kudos to both the model and photographer. If I looked like that in my undies, I’d be showing them off too!! Good for you. Maybe swimsuit model is in your future? I have spent most of October regrouping and getting back to basics after a stressful summer. I’ll be linking up tomorrow to share more about that. Take care.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:21

      HI Suzanne, I have found two Christmas markets which open just a day before we arrive – one in Basel which is from 23rd November and we arrivethere on 24th and another in Bologna which I may visit when we are in Milan. Life is good and I’m very grateful as always for my health and ability to live a fulfilled life. Not sure about the swimsuit model LOL 🙂 but I suppose we should say ‘never say never’. Sending love and good wishes for you, your husband and MIL at this time. Take care xx

  • Reply Janine October 29, 2023 at 06:16

    What an amazing month you have had – pushing yourself for worthy causes and pushing out of your comfort zone doing modelling. I hope you have a fantastic holiday and I look forward to hearing all about it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:22

      Hi Janine, life is good and I’m very grateful. I’m getting excited about our upcoming trip which is now under two weeks away. x

  • Reply Marsha October 29, 2023 at 08:39

    Sue, you are brave to model underwear at any age. My body image fares much better in clothes! LOL Our parents would have been almost the same age had they lived. My dad’s 97th birthday was October 12. Mom’s was May 12. My mom’s first cousin passed this June following his 98th birthday. I hope you have a wonderful November, but it sounds like October is going to be hard to beat. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2023 at 09:23

      HI Marsha, yes modelling the lingerie was a little out of my comfort zone but it is beautiful to wear. November will bring our first River Cruise which I’m greatly looking forward to. Thanks for your comment and wishing you a wonderful November. I look forward to reading about it next month. x

      • Reply Marsha October 30, 2023 at 21:29

        Thank you, Sue. Have a wonderful cruise. Is it in AU or somewhere else?

        • Reply Sue Loncaric October 31, 2023 at 06:32

          Hello Marsha, the cruise is a River Cruise starting in Amsterdam, travelling through The Netherlands, Germany and France and finishing in Basel, Switzerland. I have a post coming out next week with our itinerary. xx

          • Marsha November 1, 2023 at 07:45

            How exciting, Sue. That’s quite a lengthy cruise. Do you have room in your suitcase for a couple of extra travelers?

          • Sue Loncaric November 1, 2023 at 09:31

            Hi Marsha, the cruise is only 7 days. We are staying in Amsterdam for 5 nights before the cruise and then Milan for 6 nights after. Yes I will have room for you LOL 🙂 x

          • Marsha November 1, 2023 at 10:41

            Perfect, I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Reply Janet Alcorn October 31, 2023 at 01:02

    Jacaranda trees are so pretty–messy, but pretty. They grow in Southern California where I used to live.

    Well done with the lingerie modeling! I love how you’ve accepted and embraced your body. May we all do the same.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 31, 2023 at 06:32

      Jacaranda trees are messy, Janet but there is something so beautiful about the blooms that you forgive them. x

  • Reply Lisa notes... November 9, 2023 at 05:38

    It’s so encouraging to see you comfortable with your body. I’m about to turn 61, and I’ve really struggled with my “older” body, so you give me hope that maybe one day I will finally accept this body I have! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2023 at 08:17

      Thank you Lisa, it has taken many years to get to this point and how I view my body. All we can do is maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy life because I do think that if we are happy it shines through from within. xx

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