My Virtual Coffee Catchup Over 50s Lifestyle

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for May

June 3, 2018


My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for May

May has come to an end so 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.

Autumn has finally arrived!

The days are just gorgeous in Brisbane during Autumn and Winter.  The skies are clear and piercing blue and the sun shines so that only the mornings and evenings are crisp and cool.

Birthday celebrations

The big celebration for May was celebrating my darling husband, Mike’s 70th birthday.  He didn’t want a fuss or to be the centre of attention, unlike me LOL:), so we had a series of smaller celebrations with family and friends spread over the weekend.  I can’t take the credit for this cake which was made by his daughter, Nikki and our grandchildren, Lexie and Harry.

Stepping out of my Comfort Zone

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for May


Public Speaking, taking the Mindful in May Challenge and committing to a 34km Run in July were all ways I stepped out of my comfort zone.  You can read all about this in my post Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in May.

Family time

We are preparing to welcome a new baby to the family and I’m so excited.  My daughter, Rachel is now on maternity leave awaiting the arrival of a new baby brother or sister for Ethan (it is a surprise), so I took her off for some pampering and we had a Manicure/Pedicure treat.

Also spent a lovely day when she visited with Ethan and Wallis the Pooch.

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for May


UPDATE:  We now have welcomed our new grandson, Elliot Alexander and baby brother to Ethan.  Exciting times!

Mother’s Day meant a visit to my MIL to spoil her with some gifts and a visit.

Giving Back

As regular readers will know, I volunteer at outings and events at Marycrest, my MIL’s aged care home.  Two events in May was the Mothers in Africa Event, which raised funds for Mothers in Uganda.  This was so much fun setting up for the event and the ladies all helping to prepare the food.

We took another City Cat Ride along the Brisbane River and had Lunch. It was a gorgeous Autumn Day and everyone had a great time.

Health and Wellness

Mindful in May – I took the challenge and survived but only just.  It was information overload and by the end I was a little over it.  Obviously, my mind was not in the right place and I tried to do it all instead of just perhaps doing the daily guided meditations.  Lesson learned:  My best is enough on any given day.

In training – I am now in training for 34km Bloody Long Walk which my Saturday Sisters and I are hoping to run.  We have extended our Saturday run to 18kms by end of May and included two runs during the week.

Mother’s Day run

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for May

Once again, I participated in the Annual Mother’s Day Classic 8km Run to honour and remember my Mum who lost her battle with breast cancer 32 years ago.  It was such a fun day and I would love you to check out my post Mother’s Day Classic 2018 in Pictures


During May I was fortunate to be asked to be write a Guest post for Dee from Grammy’s Grid and Karen from Profound Journey.  Both were answering questions and it was fun to dig deeper and become more self-aware as I wrote my answers.  You can read my guest post at Grammy’s Grid HERE and my guest post at Profound Journey HERE. I loved Karen’s title of ‘Sizzling Sue Shares What Inspires Her’

Blogging isn’t always fun!  I experienced frustration because my comments and replies weren’t working properly and also getting my head around the new EU Data Protection Regulation Guidelines.

After the April Blogging AtoZ Challenge I am trying to get into the new groove of posting 3 times per week. I’ve also started includind a Coffee Catch Video in my weekly newsletter which I also post to YouTube.  It is all about trying  new things!


My Virtual Coffee Catchup for May

I was thrilled to learn that Annual Bloggers Bash Awards results were confirmed and Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond was Runner Up (3rd place) in the Most Informative (Original Content) Blogger Category.  My friend Debbie from Deb’s World, another Aussie Blogger, was actually at the event and she messaged me with the good news that both she and I had placed as Runners Up in our respective categories.  Go Aussies!!!  I couldn’t contain myself so I wrote a blog post to thank everyone for their support and also why I blog.  Why I Blog – Exciting News to Share and a Huge Thank you!

How has your May been?  Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?

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  • Reply Candi Randolph June 3, 2018 at 20:43

    You are one busy lady for sure! So happy that your new grandson has arrived and all is well. And of course you absolutely deserved the honor received at the Bloggers Bash Awards…your blog is top notch and it is evident you put your heart and soul into it!

    • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond June 4, 2018 at 14:30

      Thanks Candi, it has been a busy but rewarding month that is for sure. The highlight of course was my new darling grandson. Thank you for your kind words about my blog. Lately it has been hard work as my website has crashed twice in two days. Fingers crossed it is now okay. Have a great week!

  • Reply Molly June 3, 2018 at 22:24

    That is a gorgeous cake!!
    I love your approach to life – always trying new things and keeping active while maintaining balance.
    You are truly twice blessed with two healthy grandsons – congratulations!

    • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond June 4, 2018 at 14:32

      Yes it was a great cake and huge, Molly! Thank you for your lovely comments and yes I try to keep some balance in my life. May has been so exciting with my husband’s birthday on the 6th and then my new grandson born on 29th! have a great week. xx

  • Reply Donna June 4, 2018 at 04:35

    Hi, Sue – You remain an inspiration of pushing out of comfort zones and truly seizing retirement. I loved our virtual coffee catch-up and look forward to a real life coffee catch up in the future. Thank you for all of your help with my blogging woes. You definitely give 110% to all that you do! Greatly appreciated!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 4, 2018 at 11:25

      Thanks Donna, I’m not giving up on our blogging issues – we will find a way! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the coffee catch-up and yes it would be wonderful to have one IRL.

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 4, 2018 at 07:10

    You’ve been busy! #Lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 4, 2018 at 11:26

      That is my life Lydia and I enjoy being busy but also love getting lost in a good book x

  • Reply Leanne | June 4, 2018 at 14:02

    Well Sue it’s been a fabulous month for you – a new grandbaby, a speaking engagement, guest posting and the list goes on. I still can’t believe that you’re planning on running 34kms – that is insanely amazing! Loved seeing all your pics and want to re-say how confident and professional you look in your speaking role – more to come I’m sure xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 4, 2018 at 14:23

      Oh thanks Leanne you are great for my ego. It was a great month and one that will be hard to top I think!

  • Reply Becky - BeckyandJames June 4, 2018 at 14:09

    This is a great post idea!
    Congratulations on the arrival of your new grandson, what a precious time.
    I am in awe of you signing up to do 34km! That’s awesome, can’t wait to read all about that.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 4, 2018 at 14:22

      Thanks Becky it is a good way to keep a journal of what I do each month. My new grandson is gorgeous but my daughter doesn’t like to post photos to social media so I can’t show him off! Yes training hard for the 34km! Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl June 4, 2018 at 14:48

    Congrats on your new grandson, Sue!

    Best of luck for the Bloody Long Walk!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:29

      Thanks SSG, he is just adorable and so tiny! Training hard for the BLW so fingers crossed. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Jody at Six Little Hearts June 4, 2018 at 18:35

    What a busy month you’ve had. Congrats on your blog award.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:28

      Thanks Jody it will be hard to top May. I am blessed to have had so many good things happen during the month. x

  • Reply samfiftysomething June 4, 2018 at 19:08

    You busy busy lady and a big congratulations to your whole family for the new arrival of your grandson, wonderful news 🙂 And congratulations on your blogging award too!! A great catch up post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:28

      Hi Sam, I love doing these posts because it makes me remember what I did during the month. It is like a diary really. May was a fabulous month and I realise that we can’t always have such great months. It makes you appreciate the good times when they come. Pleased you enjoyed the post and have a great week! xx

  • Reply Ness June 4, 2018 at 19:45

    What an exciting time for you. Congrats on the blog award and new grandson. Awesome news.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:26

      Hi Ness, yes it is exciting times that is for sure. Never a dull moment in my life LOL:) Have a great week!

  • Reply Katherine June 5, 2018 at 02:26

    Congratulations on your shiny, new grandson 🙂 And a happy birthday to your husband as well. His daughter and your grandchildren did an excellent job with that cake! You’ve had a very busy month!
    I feel like I dropped the ball during May. I stopped reading as much as I had been, although I did go to Vegas for a week. It’s been about visiting possible wedding venues, putting budgets together, making lots of phone calls to family, making comparison spreadsheets and trying to get organised. In the meantime, my blog has fallen by the wayside and I feel like I’m playing catch-up with everything.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:24

      Thanks Katherine I have fallen in love again with gorgeous little Elliot. His big brother, Ethan is so excited and as we didn’t know the sex of the baby before the birth, Elliot was a lovely surprise. Yes the cake looked fabulous and delicious! I hope you enjoyed Vegas, there really isn’t anywhere on the planet quite like it is there? Stuck in the middle of a desert! You can’t do it all so just be kind to yourself and enjoy life! Have a great week! x

  • Reply Pat June 5, 2018 at 03:49

    So fun to look back at a busy month full of wonderful activities! You are an inspiration … from your running to your volunteer work to your stepping out of your comfort zone. I didn’t think your could top April’s crazy busyness… but your did!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:22

      Thanks Pat I like to keep busy but sometimes I also enjoy my quiet time which is important. I wonder what June will bring? Have a great week! x

  • Reply Jennifer Koshak June 5, 2018 at 07:14

    Another busy month for you Sue. My May is usually my slow down month as my husband and I take a vacation around our anniversary. June is for gearing back up!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 07:21

      Hi Jennifer! Yes life is busy but good. I hope you enjoyed your vacation and happy anniversary!

  • Reply Jo Tracey June 5, 2018 at 12:21

    What a May…bring on June! Oh…and mine is an English breakfast tea – black – in case you’re taking orders for coffee…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 12:27

      Hi Jo I will serve your tea (I have black too) in my beautiful china just for you!

  • Reply Denyse June 5, 2018 at 15:26

    Well-done YOU. What a month of all things good and challenging. Congratulations to you on the arrival of your newest grandchild. A lovely time in a family’s life.

    Thank you too for linking up for #lifethisweek 23/52.
    Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 24/52. The M-Z of Me. 11/6/18.
    Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 5, 2018 at 16:00

      Thank you Denyse and it was a very exciting month! Elliot is so tiny and adorable. It will be hard to top May for wonderful things happening that is for sure. xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections June 6, 2018 at 00:24

    Hi, Sue – I am commenting from WordPress Reader! Yaayyy!!!! You are a technology Super Star!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 07:12

      I wouldn’t say that Donna but we are learning so much aren’t we?

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 6, 2018 at 06:38

    Wow! You’ve been busy, Sue. I really enjoyed reading about all the things you’ve been up to. The picture of your grandson and the dog is just adorable! Happy belated birthday to your husband, and good luck on the loooong run!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 07:08

      Thanks Christie, life is never dull that is for sure!

  • Reply Amy Johnson June 6, 2018 at 07:26

    Congratulations on the new grandbaby and the blog nomination! What am I up to? Gardening, gardening, gardening!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 07:32

      Hi Amy, Elliot is so adorable and tiny and his big brother, Ethan is so proud. I call them E1 and E2 🙂 The blogging nomination was a huge thrill and motivates me to keep blogging. Alas, I missed out on a green thumb but have always desired a beautiful garden to sit in and enjoy. Have a great week!

  • Reply Retirement Reflections June 6, 2018 at 07:30

    Thanks for another great Link Up, Sue. I’ve shared this on my Social Media.

  • Reply Erith June 6, 2018 at 08:28

    I love the idea of a Virtual Coffee Catch up. I haven’t heard of it before. It really matches my style of writing. As I am writing about summer finally arriving in the UK, you are writing about autumn / winter in Australia!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 08:43

      Thanks Erith it is a great way to keep a record of what I do each month. There is a link up at the bottom for a Sentence-A-Day. We link up each month and you are welcomed to join us. I don’t write a sentence-a-day anymore but rather my coffee catchup which is a summary of the month. Great to connect with you through #MLSTL and have a great week!

  • Reply Lori Jo June 6, 2018 at 09:00

    Love your enthusiasm and involvement! Thoroughly enjoyed your inspirational post. I am a newbie blogger (5 weeks!). Leanne has been so sweet and generously supportive. My first #MLSTL — Thank you for having me! Sharing 🙂

    Lori Jo –

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 09:03

      Hi Lori Jo welcome to #MLSTL and the blogging world. I have sent you a message through your contact page on your website. Great to have you onboard with us.

  • Reply writeofthemiddle June 6, 2018 at 09:06

    Wow Sue – May was such a huge month for you! Maybe a little too much! lol The best thing of course is your new little grandson. How wonderful is that?! I hope that June is a little less overwhelming than May was and you get to enjoy lots of baby cuddles. Good luck with your training for the 34km Bloody Long Walk (and that is a bloody long way – I’ve done a similar length walk – the Brisbane Kokoda – all steep gravel hills!! – nearly killed me!!). xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 09:09

      Hi Min! Yes by now I think you know that I like to keep busy but I do have my quiet times. My new grandson is just adorable and Ethan is enjoying being his big brother. They have a morning cuddles tradition now which is lovely. I’m off for some cuddles today! I’m training hard for the BLW but let’s see how the body holds up! Have a great week 🙂

  • Reply Natalie June 6, 2018 at 09:06

    Congratulations again, Sue, for your achievements and your family birthday celebrations in May, including your new grandson. May was excellent for me with fun activities at home and a memorable trip to the Baltics. Thank you for hosting another great MTSTL link up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 09:07

      Thank you Natalie and yes I enjoyed reading about your visit to the Baltics. What will June bring us? My May is going to be hard to beat! Have a great week 🙂

  • Reply Donna B. McNicol June 6, 2018 at 09:23

    May looks like an awesome month in many ways for you…well done!!
    #MLSTL visitor

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 13:26

      Hi Donna it was pretty full on but Elliot was the best part 🙂

  • Reply Miriam June 6, 2018 at 11:31

    Congratulations on your beautiful grandson. It sounds like May was a busy and wonderful month for you Sue. Hope June is just as good. xx ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 13:29

      May will certainly go down as one of my best months. Little Elliot is just so adorable and his big brother, Ethan has now started a morning cuddles tradition. I am truly blessed xx

      • Reply Miriam June 6, 2018 at 14:55

        Aww, that’s so sweet. Enjoy ? xx

  • Reply leannelc June 6, 2018 at 11:42

    Hi Sue – well we’re off to another roaring start fro #MLSTL – I’ve shared your post on SM and I’m looking forward to our next virtual cuppa already x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 13:29

      Thanks BBB and yes another great week of #MLSTL – we rock!x

  • Reply Suger June 6, 2018 at 11:55

    Autumn has been so stunning this year. Thanks for the catch up, especially sharing the baby news. Who doesn’t love a new baby!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 13:30

      Hi there! Yes little Elliot is so adorable and tiny. Ethan looks like a giant next to him. We are very blessed. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply JenniferAlison Jones June 6, 2018 at 13:36

    You’ve certainly had a busy month Sue. Retirement definitely does have s different meaning these days. #MLSTL Shared

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2018 at 13:52

      Hi Jen it was a wonderful month and I am so blessed. Thanks for sharing and also joining us at #MLSTL. Have a great 10 days off 🙂 xx

  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany June 6, 2018 at 20:02

    You are a very busy lady! Wow, that cake looks delicious!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 7, 2018 at 09:51

      I enjoy being busy Cherie although sometimes it is nice to get lost in a good book. The cake was delicious and looked great!

  • Reply Jennifer June 7, 2018 at 00:43

    Thanks. It rained every day at the beach, but we were warm and we were away by ourselves. So a good vacation.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 10, 2018 at 09:02

      I actually love it when it rains at the beach Jennifer. I love a good stormy ocean. I’m glad you took a positive spin on the weather and enjoyed your quality time together. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 7, 2018 at 03:11

    Such a busy month for you Sue, full of a variety of activities and fun! Congrats again on your new grandson, that is such exciting news. I really enjoy these catchups over a cup of tea – it just so happens I’m enjoying mine in Iceland at this very moment, while catching up on the #mlstl linkup. Glad your website issues have been fixed, I bet it was frustrating for you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 7, 2018 at 09:46

      Hi Deb, Elliot is so gorgeous and just think will have your own grandbaby soon. I’m pleased you enjoy the catchup posts and what a name dropper you are – enjoying your cup of tea in Iceland! 🙂 Looks like you are having the time of your life which is great. Keep enjoying it all xx

  • Reply Jan Wild June 7, 2018 at 04:55

    Congratulations on being a Nan again Sue. What a huge month May was for you, I hope you get a little down time in June but knowing you it will continue to be full on.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 7, 2018 at 09:44

      Hi Jan, yes Elliot wasn’t due until June 10 but needed to arrive early so completed my May on such a high!

  • Reply Victoria June 7, 2018 at 12:00

    What a busy and exciting month. Congratulations on the new grandson.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 7, 2018 at 12:45

      Thank you Victoria he is so tiny and adorable. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Tamara R /MyRetirementProject June 7, 2018 at 21:34

    Congratulations Grandma!!!! Such wonderful news, and so happy that everyone is happy, healthy and doing well. ??

    I think you know I’m right behind you, with our new little one expected any day now. Such wonderful times.

    Loved reading about your month, and wish I lived close enough to join in on your running events. The sense of well being from being outdoors and active is the gift that just keeps on biving I think.

    And congratulations on the much deserved blogging accolades. As one who considers herself a n extremely casual blogger, I absolutely and totally respect the amount of work you clearly put into your wonderful blog. It is much appreciated!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 8, 2018 at 06:25

      Hi Tamara oh it is so exciting for you as well. Do let me know when the baby arrives. I wish you lived closer too and I agree that being outdoors and active just makes you feel good no matter what type of day you are having. Thank you for your kind words about my award. My blog is very important to me (sometimes perhaps too important!) but I love the connections I have made most of all. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Michele @liferedesign101 June 9, 2018 at 01:30

    Congratulations on your new grandson! I am sure you are delighted. You have had a special May!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2018 at 04:41

      Hi Michele, yes May has been an extra special month for us all. Elliot is so tiny and adorable. I know have two grandsons – Ethan and Elliot so I will call them E1 and E2. I am very, very blessed xx

  • Reply Jodie June 9, 2018 at 05:31

    Such great times in May, Sue!! Congrats on the new baby, and birthdays always make the month better!!
    I’m so impressed that you did a speaking engagement….way to go!!!
    And you’re so right that blogging has it’s frustrations—but then again, that’s life, right?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 10, 2018 at 08:37

      Thanks Jodie. May was certainly a wonderful month for me with my darling grandson’s birth. Elliot is so tiny and adorable. I did enjoy my speaking engagement and would like to do more if the opportunity arises again. x

  • Reply Nancy Baten June 11, 2018 at 06:58

    Very nice to read about your month! Till next one!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 11, 2018 at 07:03

      Hello Nancy and thank you for stopping by to comment. My ‘May’ will be hard to beat for excitement but we never know what the future brings! Have a great week and look forward to you stopping by again. xx

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