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

Spring brings hope, joy and new beginnings #WBOYC?

September 29, 2023

Spring is here in Australia. The mornings and evenings are cool and crisp and the days full of sunshine. You just can’t help but be grateful to be alive and living well. Spring, to me always has a sense of new beginnings and after my recent health issues, I’m back to feeling good and ready to start living life to the full.

We are also in Countdown mode – it is only 5 weeks until we leave for our European holiday – I’m excited!!! 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.

It will be our first River Cruise so looking forward to a change of cruising at a gentler pace. For many years we have opted for ocean cruises and have cruised many parts of the world. However, times change and people change and both Mike and I are feeling that the ships are getting way to big now with passenger numbers between 5,000 and 6,000.

What’s Been On My Calendar in September?

September was a great month – I achieved something I didn’t think I was capable of after my recent illness, I had time with my grandsons during the school holidays and caught up with a special blogging friend.

So what did I get up to?

One of the many highlights for me in September was running another Half Marathon. From previous posts you would have read that I had some cardio issues in July/August. My stress test results were excellent and I was able start running again. My problem is genetic so I will need to be on medication to lower my already low cholesterol levels and to keep my blood pressure in check.

My friend and I had entered the Run100 Half Marathon about six months ago but due to not being able to run for 8 weeks I thought I would have to miss the event, or at least drop back to the 10km. Having had the all clear to run from the cardio I decided on the morning of the event to ‘just go for it’.

I’m so glad I tried because I completed the Half Marathon and felt so good physically and mentally. Mindset is a powerful thing and I proved to myself that if my mindset is strong I can achieve. It also showed, that despite not being able to run, the daily walks had kept my fitness level up.

Daily walks

I’m addicted to them now and the day just doesn’t feel complete unless I’ve had my walk. I love listening to audiobooks or just taking in the surroundings.

Social Connection

I caught up with my good friend, Debbie Harris from Deb’s World. Deb was in Brisbane visiting her daughter and family and she is always good value for a catch up. We both opted for colour in our dresses because that’s how we are – living life in full on colour and fun.

I treasure our friendship and despite not living in the same State we always seem to fall easily back into spending time together. We met up at the Full Moon Hotel at Sandgate and enjoyed a delicious lunch of Beetroot, Pumpkin, Walnut Salad with Goat’s Cheese. After lunch we went for a walk along the esplanade.

School Holiday Fun with my grandsons

School holiday fun with my grandsons Ethan & Elliot – cooking, playing board games, exploring. On Day 1 we visited the Mt Cootha precinct in Brisbane on a picture perfect day.

First stop the Mount Cootha Lookout for fabulous views of Brisbane and surrounds

Exploring the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Explored space at the Planetarium

Back to the MtCootha Summit Cafe for lunch and an ice cream

Day 2 was devoted to being creative

We spent the day downloading the photos Ethan had taken of birds and spent time finding facts about each bird. We then printed them off and made ‘Ethan’s Bird Book’ complete with an About the Author page 🙂

Elliot made his own book which was a picture book about Captain Underpants by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Both boys have a love of reading which has been fostered by their Mum and Dad.

In the Kitchen

Ethan made his first holy communion in September, so I made a cake for morning tea. Elliot and I had a baking day in the school holidays making corn fritters and meusli slice. I also experimented with a recipe Pasta with garlic, chilli tuna, mushrooms, olives in a sauce made of water, tomato paste and crumbled feta which melted into the sauce. I roasted mini tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, rosemary and oregano from my garden. Then garnished the dish with the tomatoes. I will post the recipe next month and will definitely be trying it again.

Fashion & Beauty

I was very fortunate to be asked to collaborate on a regular 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. I like using the Enhance Pro Age Multisticks for a quick makeup in under 5 minutes because they are quick and easy to use and add colour without going overboard. If you would like to try remember to use the code SUE15 for a discount.

  • Being Pampered – as part of my birthday gift, my husband treated me to a facial at L’Occitaine – it was heaven and my skin felt glowing. It was also time for a visit to the hair salon.
  • Reading – read and listened to some fabulous books and shared my top picks for the month for the What’s On Your Bookshelf? link up. (see link to blog post below).
  • Looking after Wallis the Pooch – we are always delighted to take care of our granddog, Wallis . This month we had her for a two-night stay whilst her human family were away camping.

Pressing Pause on the Podcast – life works in mysterious ways!

Life certainly works in mysterious ways. Last month, I wrote that I had decided to press the pause on the Podcast for a time. I love my Podcast and really enjoy interviewing Women from all over the world. However, I’ve needed a break and had been contemplating finishing the project or pausing.

What is so mysterious about that? Well, I happy to announce that the Podcast can now be heard on a the Bay & Basin Community Radio Station Radio 92.7FM each Saturday afternoon. You can read about this opportunity in the post below but I’m very excited to be able to give back to the community in this way.

My interviews are being broadcast and it means I can take a rest from the podcast until next year. It’s a win/win.

Bay Basin Community Radio

Posts for the Month

September was another great month for posts and extending my creative writing process. Here are my posts from September in case you missed them.

Determined to live well and enjoy life – are you?
Self Care September – Action for Happiness Calendar
Passport to Spy – My ARC review for Book Sirens
Exciting news! The Women Living Well After 50 Podcast is now on Radio 92.7FM
How I maintain healthy joints & relieve osteoarthritis Over 60
What’s On Your Bookshelf? – My top ranking books for September 2023
What will my legacy be? Have you thought about yours?

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

Quotes for the Month

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!

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 October 28th /Friday October 29th. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections September 29, 2023 at 08:16

    Hi, Sue – What a wonderfully rich September you have. All incredibly well deserved! Congratulations on your half-marathon. You remain a true inspiration. And congratulations to Ethan on his First Holy Communion.
    Your River Cruise in only 5 weeks away?! Super exciting! Time has definitely been flying by.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 12:58

      Hi Donna, September was certainly a huge improvement on the previous two months. I can’t wait for our holiday! x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 29, 2023 at 08:20

    Congratulations on the radio broadcast. How exciting! You might end up with your own radio show soon!. I’m jealous of your trip to Amsterdam. It is the most misrepresented city. I only gave us 3 days (we had kids with us and I thought it would be all sex & drugs) but it is the most glorious city with so much to do. We went to that windmill place out of town. Make sure you do that. It’s gorgeous. Will try to find the name. We just got a taxi there (cos of time) and the train home.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:07

      Hi Lydia, yes the radio broadcast is exciting and a way for me to give back. I’ve not been to Amsterdam before but I have looked up the Windmill place you mentioned and I had put that on my list of things to do. I think it is Voledam, Markam and Windmills tour. Thanks for the tips. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 29, 2023 at 08:23


  • Reply Debbie September 29, 2023 at 08:31

    What a great month you’ve had Sue! So happy for you with your running and the podcast news, you deserve all the accolades as you give so generously all the time. It was fab to meet up again and it’s like we just pick up each time, we are both rocking our colours aren’t we? The boys are so creative and they’re so lucky to have you to foster and help them along with their creative ideas. Your holiday is coming up fast and I can’t wait to follow along. Thanks for being a great friend and co-host xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:13

      It was a fabulous month for me, Deb especially after the last couple of months with health issues. So good catching up with you and yes, the holiday is fast approaching. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes September 29, 2023 at 09:13

    It sounds like you had a lovely September, Sue. I’m so glad you were able to run your race and spend time with the grandsons. Here’s to a happy October!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:14

      Hi Christie, my September was a huge improvement on July and August when I had my health issues. I’m so grateful to be back and enjoying my normal life again. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis September 29, 2023 at 09:40

    What a great September you have had and how nice to meet Debbie too. Lovely to see bloggers meeting in real life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:15

      Hi Barbara, September was lovely and yes topped up by another catch up with my friend, Debbie. We see each other once a year but it only seems like last week. x

  • Reply Alison September 29, 2023 at 09:48

    Wow, love,y Sue and congratulations on your half marathon. You and Debbie both look fabulous in those dresses. I’ve always wanted to go on a river cruise. I love looking after my grandchildren too, but it’s exhausting. Happy to hear your health is getting back to normal. Dont wish away those five weeks too quickly, the time will soon go!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:16

      Grandsons are exhausting, Alison but I do love the time I spend with them. Deb and I enjoyed a lovely catch up which went way to fast. I can’t wait for the holiday but you are right – live in the moment the time will fly by soon enough. x

      • Reply Alison September 29, 2023 at 19:12

        I’m the same though always counting down to my next trip

        • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 10:59

          It’s hard not to look forward and start counting down, isn’t it Alison? May a balance of living in the now and also having something to look forward to is the ideal. x

          • Alison September 30, 2023 at 18:57

            Yes a good balance

  • Reply leannelc September 29, 2023 at 12:06

    Hi Sue – loved seeing you running again, and of course time with those lovely grandsons of yours and the added bonus of a catch up with Deb – your month sounds like it was pretty darn fabulous.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:16

      Hi Leanne, September was a wonderful month and yes, always great to catch up with Deb when she is in town. xx

  • Reply Debbie September 29, 2023 at 13:41

    Great post Sue, love the photos of us especially!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 13:43

      Thanks, Deb! We are Stunners – what can I say….. LOL 🙂

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 29, 2023 at 14:36

    Hello Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 29, 2023 at 14:46

      Yay! It worked! Thanks so much for your efforts, Denyse. I’m so pleased we have solved the issue. x

  • Reply Toni Pike September 29, 2023 at 14:59

    Looks like it’s been a lovely month, Sue. Your fashions are looking fantastic. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 10:58

      Hello Toni, September was so enjoyable, especially after the previous two months and health issues. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 29, 2023 at 19:08

    Trying a comment Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 10:59

      It worked! We are back on track. x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement September 30, 2023 at 08:08

    Sue, I can’t wait to hear all about your river cruise. It is something we have considered, but have yet to make happen. We are not fans of the big ships either, but some of the smaller ones have great itineries. Your September looks grand.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 11:00

      I am looking forward to the river cruise, Suzanne as we have normally only taken ocean cruises. I had a lovely September, especially after the health issues of the previous months. x

  • Reply Natalie September 30, 2023 at 09:10

    Hi Sue, Congratulations on your half marathon and the radio broadcast! It’s awesome that you and Deb got to meet and catch up IRL. I look forward to hearing more about your river cruise. Thank you for the WBOYC linkup. I added my link. Have a wonderful October!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 11:01

      Thank you, Natalie! I have lots to be grateful for. I still remember our catch up with Donna which was four years ago this last week, would you believe? x

  • Reply Jo September 30, 2023 at 10:33

    I am beyond proud of you for so many reasons … and more than a tad jelly I couldn’t meet you guys for lunch. Can’t wait to follow along with your river cruise.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 11:01

      Thank you my lovely friend and yes we missed having you join us. I’m still determined to have us all meet up at some point though! I’m looking forward to the river cruise as it is the first one we’ve taken. x

  • Reply Janine September 30, 2023 at 11:30

    I love what a jam packed, colourful, creative and inspirational month you have had. My heart swelled seeing your Grandson’s homemade books! It’s really delightful how much they love books. Your communion cake looked amazing – what a lucky family you have.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 2, 2023 at 10:30

      Hi Janine, yes, September was a much happier month for me. School holidays are always busy but yes, the boys’ parents have had a bedtime reading routine since they were born. Rachel regularly takes them to the library and we all encourage reading. It was a good way to keep them busy – being authors. x

  • Reply marsha57 September 30, 2023 at 13:36

    I’m so glad you were able to get back to you running after your recent medical problems. I’m still at the exhausted stage but gradually building up my walking stamina. Congrats on the radio show! And, I loved creating things with my grands. They’re not teenagers and a bit busy so I just wait for them to ask for help!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sue!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 2, 2023 at 10:33

      Hi Marsha, I’m feeling really good now thank you. I’m taking the medication and continuing along my usual healthy routine and that’s all I can do really. I hope you feel better soon but take it slowly and look after yourself. I’m making the most of my grandsons because, yes, they grow up so fast and won’t need Nan as much soon xx

  • Reply Joanne September 30, 2023 at 22:16

    What a fabulous September between the half marathon, spending so much time with the grands and having your podcast broadcast you have had much to celebrate!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 2, 2023 at 10:33

      Hi Joanne, it was a lovely month after the previous two months of illness. I’m very grateful for all the good that is in my life. x

  • Reply Writing Sparkle September 30, 2023 at 23:56

    Sue, you shared so many great things in that post. It was a pleasure to read with my coffee, thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 2, 2023 at 10:34

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and I’m glad you enjoyed a coffee reading about the things I did in September. x

  • Reply Bernie October 2, 2023 at 13:57

    Love all the details about your month that you filled full in Sue style! How cool you and Deb met up and had lunch. That’s so fabulous. I adore the books you and the grandsons made and the special things you did with them. As to the river cruise — I predict you will fall in love with river cruises as they are fabulous. Decent size boat, every changing scenery, great food and we found lots of cruise friends. Have a great time while you are away. I am working on adding to the link up. Will see if I make it in the next 4 days! Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 5, 2023 at 08:51

      Thanks, Bernie! September was a really good month and I feel so grateful to be back to feeling healthy and strong. I love that my grandsons enjoy reading as well as being ‘authors’. We are looking forward to the River Cruise as we aren’t sure what to expect. I do know that our friends have all had positive reviews so looking forward to it. What’s this space! x

      • Reply Bernie October 5, 2023 at 10:16

        I will definitely be watching this space for updates. Weirdly enough though your posts don’t come up in the Reader but I do get an email. I guess you are special!! Bernie

        • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2023 at 05:36

          Maybe because I’m with wordpress.org rather than .com?? Who knows but I’m so pleased you can find me anyway.xx

          • Bernie October 6, 2023 at 05:57

            I bet that is why!

  • Reply Kirstin Troyer October 4, 2023 at 23:57

    How exciting to take a european vacation. Can’t wait to hear about it. COngrats on your half marathon. That’s awesome. I’ve slacked on my daily walks the last few weeks…it’s weird that I was so hooked on them, and then it’s like a switch went off and I’ve had no motivation for it. maybe the change of weather/seasons.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 5, 2023 at 08:59

      I’m very excited Kirstin and yes, you will probably get tired of my posts about the trip! Sometimes we go through phases where we drop off the exercise. I was getting into walking every day and then was out of routine during the school holidays as I minded my grandsons. I’m starting to get back to it now but restarting is the hardest part. Take care x

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