Over 50s Lifestyle

Putting the focus on Thankfulness in October

November 2, 2021

October has come and gone and during the month I re-discovered some bloggers who I had drifted away from. One in particular was Leslie from Once Upon A Time Happily Ever After. I joined Leslie and some other bloggers for a Chilli-Soup-Stew Blog Hop which was great fun. Whilst visiting Leslie’s blog I found her Thankful Thursdays link up as well as her Sentence a Day link and it reminded me that lately I’ve been dwelling too much on a personal matter that seems to have taken over our life and not appreciating the good things that I experience each day.

So I’m combining my October wrap up with a Thankful Thursday post and putting the focus on Gratitude and Thankfulness.

Time Out

Taking time out each day to just ‘breathe’. Living near the ocean brings calm whether I’m watching the waves from my balcony or walking along the Esplanade. I’m grateful to live where I do. Taking time out to relax with my husband and read is something I treasure. This month I’ve read several books which I included in my What’s On Your Bookshelf? monthly post.

Taking some time to remember my Mum’s birthday. She passed away 36 years ago but is always in my heart.


Spending each Wednesday with my grandsons is a constant source of joy. I’m also grateful that I can see them as there are many who have been separated from their grandchildren due to lock down or distance.

Celebrating Grandparents Day with my grandson Elliot at his kindy. We made playdough cupcakes, saw a butterfly hatch and played lava and monsters – such imagination! I also ‘adopted’ several of the other children for the afternoon who didn’t have grandparents visiting.

My orchid which is flourishing and blooming brings me happiness each time I look at it as well as my new plant stand.


I’m thankful that my body allows me to stay active and healthy and also young at heart. During October, I ran each Saturday with my Saturday Sister, as well as participating and also taking sessions as an instructor in the Strong Health Women Virtual Studio. I’ve also been working out with some friends twice a week so getting plenty of exercise which keeps my body healthy and strong and my mind healthy as well.


Trying new recipes to participate in the What’s On Your Plate Challenge? hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb The Widow Badass. This month I was thinking of ways to use shortcrust pastry and came up with my post 3 recipes with Shortcrust Pastry. The What’s On Your Plate Blog Challenge is the first Wednesday in the month so watch for my post tomorrow and then visit Donna and Deb.


I like to think I’m a kind person but the kindness of others is always appreciated. It was lovely to receive a couple of surprises in the mail. A thoughtful gift of an individualised tea towel and book from a friend plus a ‘thinking of you card’ from another.

A thinking of you card


Playing PJ Masks with my Grandson who looks too cute as Gecko and baking cupcakes whilst his big brother is at school.

Exploring a new shop after our Saturday Run at Buy from the Bush. A shop that helps promote rural farmers and businesses. I picked up a lovely hand painted tea towel and wash cloth as a gift and also some earrings for me. They have so much to look at so I will definitely be visiting again.

Undertaking a challenge

I started my 100 day #bringmorecolourintoyourlife challenge this month. I had started to look at life in ‘grey’ tones. If you know me, you will know that I am not really someone who looks at life through a ‘grey’ lense so I decided to pull my socks up and look for colour and positives in each day. The 100 day challenge is about posting a colourful photo every day on social media. It is amazing how much colour surrounds us even in daily life and how much a pop of colour can lift your spirits. As I publish this post I’m up to Day 26/100. Here is a sample of some of the colour I’ve brought to my day during October. You can join in too and use the hashtag #bringmorecolourintoyourlife so I can see your posts as well.

Learning & Living Well

I am almost finished my Certificate IV in Fitness with only one module to go. This will give me qualifications to be a Personal Trainer to add to my qualification of Group Fitness Instructor. Learning keeps my brain healthy and there is such a sense of satisfaction when I’ve completed a course.

My book club is not only fun but a learning experience. We decided when we formed the group to study the classics I’m appreciating learning and understanding more about the author as well as the characters in the book. We have read most of the Bronte Sisters’ books with only two more to go after this.

What else did I get up to in October?

On the blog – I actually wrote more than I remembered!

On the podcast

What are you thankful for over the last month? Did you do anything that filled you with joy? I’d love you to share your experience or link up with other bloggers through the link below.

Wishing you all a beautiful November….

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply Donna Connolly November 2, 2021 at 08:59

    First of all, your grandsons are seriously adorable. They couldn’t possibly be any cuter! 😀
    Secondly, I <3 how this post is filled with such great gems! Congratulations on having only one module to go for your Certificate IV in Fitness. That's awesome. You are a very talented fitness instructor. Your students are very lucky!
    I've been avoiding reading the final pages of Tenant (no idea why) but I do have that on my list for this week.
    Thank you for the shout out for What's On Your Plate. See you there tomorrow!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:14

      Thanks Donna, the boys are pretty special to me (but I think you know that!). I actually should have posted this after What’s On Your Plate but never mind the shout out was there but I think I’ve given away what I’m contributing LOL 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan November 2, 2021 at 10:41

    Oh, dear friend. I appreciate the kind mention of my blog and some of the link ups I host. You are very sweet.
    I hope writing this post was cathartic. I am a grand ruminator and once I get started worrying about something, I worry it to death. All day, all night, unable to think about much of anything else. Writing my ‘thankfuls’ does help me remember that while I might have a big attention-consuming problem, not all in life is terrible!!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing the grands. And how they are growing!! You’ve never looked prettier than in the photo with the youngest at kindy. I remember when you were unable to share photos often but glad things have loosened up a little and we can see these babies.
    Your mama was so cute. I bet she was a firecracker, sweet but full of energy. Kind of like YOU!!
    Congratulations on the continued progress on your fitness instructor courses and certification. So proud of you!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:44

      Thank you Leslie, it did help to write this post and thank you for prompting me. I’ve pushed through with my Certification and yes only 1 module to lodge and I am done! x

  • Reply suzanne November 3, 2021 at 02:32

    Sue, I have always admired your balanced approach to a happy life and this month is the perfect example. Love the fun grandkids’ pics.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:49

      Hi Suzanne, sometimes my life doesn’t feel very balanced but I do strive for that. Maybe from you comment I’m achieving some balance after all. x

  • Reply Joanne November 3, 2021 at 07:39

    Love all these photos of your grandkids and the beautiful pops of color you are finding to enjoy! Your recipes look delicious.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:50

      Thanks Joanne, I’m a little biased about my adorable grandsons and I’ve found happiness each day trying to find some pop of colour. I’m glad you are enjoying the photos.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 3, 2021 at 07:43

    There really is so much to be thankful for and it’s a great exercise in perspective. I adore your orchid (I’ve never been able to grow one) and every time I see it I’m reminded of my grandfather who was able to grow them – in fact, he grew everything.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:50

      Hi Jo, I don’t have a green thumb so I’m pretty happy that my orchid has flourished and bloomed so well. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 3, 2021 at 08:21

    This was a lovely positive post to start my day Sue and you really are flourishing in so many ways. I agree with Leslie, that photo of you at kindy is just beautiful! Your orchid is stunning and your little boys are just the cutest!! It’s great being in our bookclub and we are going from strength to strength!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:51

      Hi Deb, sometimes you just have to reflect and find the positives and I’m so pleased I helped to start your day in a positive manner. x

  • Reply Natalie November 7, 2021 at 08:10

    What a lovely post to read, Sue. You’ve done so well in October. Your grandsons are adorable. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a wonderful November!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:55

      Thanks Natalie, October turned out much better than I had anticipated. Enjoy your November too! xx

  • Reply Angela November 8, 2021 at 16:38

    I’ve found your blog via the Weekend Coffee Share link up and I really enjoyed reading your post. 🙂 Congrats on almost finishing your certificate in Fitness! Your grandson is adorable and it looks like the two of you had a lot of fun. 🙂 I keep seeing everyone is in a book club! I really need to find one to join! 😆 I hope you have a lovely week. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 13, 2021 at 09:30

      Hi Angela, lovely to meet you and thanks for dropping by to comment. My grandsons are the joy in my life and I have fun with them both. x

  • Reply Karen November 8, 2021 at 22:52

    Such fun with the Grands, keeps us young. Your view of the ocean looks peaceful & calming, I would enjoy a walk there. That orchid is a beauty in bloom. My Christmas cactus is in bloom. Karen

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 13, 2021 at 09:32

      I’m lucky to live by the ocean, Karen and yes my grandsons certainly keep me young!

  • Reply Kirstin November 11, 2021 at 01:41

    I enjoyed your update Sue. I also watch my grandkids on Wednesdays. So fun. I’d love to join in on the What’s on your plate? But I think that’ll have to wait til I have a bit more time. Have a great week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 13, 2021 at 09:33

      Hi Kirstin, yes it is fun (although at times tiring) spending time with my grandsons. I love it!

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