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What did I get up to in August? A sentence a day August

September 7, 2017
A sentence a day

a sentence a day

It is August and a special month for me as I celebrate my 60th birthday!

I started the challenge of writing a sentence a day back in April and also continued in May and June.  If you missed my posts for April and May you can read them here  A sentence a day

On the first week of each month, we link our posts up and can read what everyone has been up to.

In August  my theme for the blog is 31 days to Celebrate Your Life Now!.  That means writing about not only my own celebrations but why we need to celebrate our life now and each day.

Writing a sentence a month is short and sweet but can be a pertinent reminder of all the good things and perhaps not so good things that happen in life.  This is my fifth month and it is really like keeping a diary.  I just love the idea.

A sentence a day for August 2017

August 1 – Well my birthday month is finally here and I’m ready to party.  Visited my MIL and also had my Volunteering Induction.

August 2 – Wednesday – Ethan day and great fun playing with dinosaurs again.

August 3 –  Visited my MIL and caught up on some blogging.

August 4 –  My little grandson isn’t well so helped out while his Mum was on business calls. We also paid the balance on our Cruise around the Mediterranean in October.

August 5 –  Took the day off and binge watched ‘Offspring’ one of my favourite Australian television dramas.

August 6 – Its a relaxing kind of ‘do nothing day; today.

August 7 –  Kindy drop off a great way to start my week and my dress for my party has arrived.

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August 8 –  Kindy drop off but I’m not well so after a visit to the doctor with a diagnosis of pleurisy it is off home to my bed and antibiotics.

August 9 –  Instead of minding my darling grandson, I’m in bed with pleurisy – not happy 🙁

August 10 –  Another rest day but at least I’m reading some good books to keep my occupied.  I’d recommend ‘Picture Perfect’ by Jodie Picoult, ‘Inside the O’Briens’ by Lisa Genova and a cute easy to read ‘The Little French Guest House’ by Helen Pollard.

August  11 –  Feeling a little better so managed a trip to the hair salon which always lifts my spirits.

August 12 –  Resting up and hoping I can run tomorrow – fingers crossed.  Ordered to keep out of the living room as my husband is working on some secret business for my birthday party next week.

August 13 –  The morning of the 35km run and although I’m unhappy, I’m not 100% devastated that after all the training I only managed to get through 25km my body just wasn’t back to full fitness.  Had a delicious lunch though with my Saturday Sisters who thoroughly spoilt me with an early birthday gift which was a sketch of ‘The Saturday Sisters’ including me with my medal and a bottle of red wine called ‘Sisters Run’.  So thoughtful.

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August 14 –  Blog day and caught up with a friend for morning coffee while I helped her with her assignment, then I made a delicious osso bucco in the slower cooker and had a surprise early birthday delivery from my beautiful cousin.

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August 15 –  Finally feeling back to normal so it was kindy drop off for my darling grandson Ethan, some yoga practice and volunteering at my MIL’s aged care facility.

August 16 –  Today is a public holiday in Queensland for the Royal Exhibition, fondly known as ‘The Ekka’ when the Country comes to the City.  Went with some friends and enjoyed my first every Ekka Strawberry Ice cream. Yum!  You can read my post about The Ekka tradition here.

The Ekka

The Ekka

August 17 –  Lunch with friend it was so hot today 31C and this is still supposed to be winter.  My friend spoilt me again with a beautiful birthday gift.

August 18 –  Temps are lower today but very windy!  Visited MIL and then just relaxed for the afternoon.  I’ve been in a reading mood lately.

August 19 –  Rested up today after a busy week and looking forward to my birthday party tomorrow.

August 20 –  It’s my party!  Today I celebrated my 60th birthday early with a birthday party organised by my husband and daughter.  Fabulous day with family and friends, I’ve very loved and spoilt!  You can read all about my party here.

August 21 –  Blogging day today.

August 22 –  Volunteered at my MIL’s aged care facility today and was on ice cream duty!  The old dears just love an ice cream cone.

August 23 –  Although it feels like I’ve been having a birthday all month, today is officially my birthday.  We spent the morning with my daughter and grandson and in the afternoon my son called in to see me with more birthday wishes.  My children always spoil me I am so lucky to have such a loving and caring daughter and son. So many texts and birthday wishes I am overwhelmed.  Beautiful flowers delivered from my Cousin in Adelaide.

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August 24 –  My MIL’s aged care facility is in lock down for a week because of a gastro virus.  We couldn’t see her before we headed to the Coast for the second part of my birthday week.

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August 25 –  Did nothing but relax – it was bliss!  My husband made me a delicious hot and cold seafood platter with champagne to toast my birthday.

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August 26 –  Went to Carrara Markets and bought a bamboo plant and orchid for our apartment on the Coast.

August 27 –  Loving the Coast and had brunch out today with my darling.   I took my birthday flowers with me and the lilies are just gorgeous and keep on giving.

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August 28 –  Another lovely lazy day on the Coast and started another crochet rug for my MIL to continue.  She is making Christmas gifts for the helpers at the aged care home.

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August 29 –  Home from the Coast and after a two week break had a run with one of my Saturday Sisters in the afternoon.  Boy it was hard to get back into it!

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August 30 –  Spent a wonderful day with my grandson visiting the Redcliffe Peninsular where we fed the birds, played on the beach and then had a chocolate ice cream.

August 31 – The last day of August, had my yearly mammogram and I looked back over my month – it wasn’t too bad at all!

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So that was my month in a sentence a day.  I hope you enjoyed reading what I got up to this month.

What has September in store for me?  We are in count down mode for our October holiday.

Why not try this challenge for September?  It is surprising what you might write over the course of the month and it is fun reading.  You can then link up and read other posts from those taking the challenge.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

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  • Reply Jo Tracey September 7, 2017 at 10:24

    What a simply sizzling month! I love the sketch your running buddies gave you – you were certainly spoilt. Here’s to an equally fabulous September.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:09

      It was a perfect month Jo (apart from the pleurisy) and the sketch was a perfect gift and so thoughtful. They also gave me a medal holder with Sizzling Sue written on it! I certainly was spoilt and felt so loved it was a little overwhelming to be honest.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt September 7, 2017 at 11:22

    Sue, I loved how you celebrated the entire month of your birthday! So sorry to read about pleurisy then trying to run. I can’t believe you did that much! I’m sad I had to drop out of the Sentence a Day challenge…hope to come back to it in December and January. Nice that spring has sprung! It takes forever–almost to the end of October–to feel Fall in the air here in Northern Cal! Happy birthday again, my friend, you indeed make 60 look “sizzling.”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:45

      Hi Terri! So lovely to hear from you and yes I had a great birthday month. I hope your book is coming along well and that is probably taking up most of your time. I look forward to you returning to Sentence a Day but enjoy your other posts in the meantime. Have a fabulous week my friend. xx

  • Reply Em September 7, 2017 at 22:42

    What a fun Birthday Month (minus a few sick days 🙁 )

    Happy, happy birthday!

    You are definitely sizzling, Sue!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:58

      Thank you so much Em! I thought when I was sick at the beginning of the month that there wouldn’t be much to celebrate. I was so wrong thankfully. My birthday was such a wonderful time – one of the best in my life and I can recommend being 60 that is for sure! xx

  • Reply Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 23:09

    I love these little peeks into your life. Sorry that you got sick during your birthday month, but at least you were able to catch up on some reading!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:57

      That is a positive way of looking at being sick Jennifer and yes I love reading so that made it easier to stay in bed! My birthday was full of love and best wishes and I couldn’t have asked for more. Have a beautiful September and it is always lovely to hear from you. xx

  • Reply Jodie filogomo September 7, 2017 at 23:24

    What an incredible birthday month you had Sue!! You really are sizzling!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:56

      Thank you Jodie it would have to have been one of my best months ever! Have a great September my friend. xx

  • Reply Rebecca Jo September 8, 2017 at 01:12

    OK!!!! I am IN LOVE with that sketch!!! How cool is that??!?!?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:56

      Wasn’t it a thoughtful gift Rebecca Jo? I just love it and it really sums up my Saturday Sisters and I. I’m the one who makes a big deal of getting the medal at the end and after running 21kms think I deserve it LOL:) Have a fabulous month and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Nikki Gwin September 8, 2017 at 01:16

    Mediterranean cruise!!! Yippee! Sorry you were sick but looks like you had a great birthday month otherwise.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:54

      Hi Nikki! Yes being sick wasn’t great but my birthday celebrations and the love and best wishes I received certainly made up for it. Only 3 weeks until our holiday and time is flying. Have a fabulous September and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Juhli September 8, 2017 at 03:33

    A belated happy birthday. Seems like you had a mostly fabulous birthday month minus being sick.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 04:53

      Hi Juhli! I had a wonderful month thank you and my birthday celebrations and the love shown to me certainly made up for being sick. September is well underway and we are planning for our trip to Spain in October so it is all go, go, go! Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great month. x

  • Reply Andrea@WellnessNotes September 8, 2017 at 05:36

    Sorry you got sick during your birthday month! But it sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. And I think we noticed before that we have the same birthday…

    I hope your September is off to a good start!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 9, 2017 at 07:57

      I had a wonderful month Andrea despite not starting too well. Happy birthday to you and I hope you enjoyed your special day. September is exciting because I’m in countdown mode to our holiday in October. Thanks for stopping by and have a great September!

  • Reply Natalie September 8, 2017 at 08:33

    Glad you’ve long recovered from pleurisy, Sue, and such a special August you’ve had. I think you’ll enjoy Spain very much. I certainly did. Have a fabulous September!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 9, 2017 at 08:00

      Yes I’m not a good patient Natalie! I can’t wait for Spain and you have certainly made me impatient to go. Your photos and posts have been so enjoyable. Have a great September yourself! xx

  • Reply Leslie Clingan September 8, 2017 at 12:49

    You were radiant every single day! Even through pleurisy. My mother had that on her wedding day and was in agony. So sorry you were sick But what resilience you have to run even a single K after being sick like that.

    Love how well everyone loved you for your birthday. You have raised two dear children and their love for you just reflects the love you have given them over the years. Glad you and Ethan got in some dino playing during the month.

    What a scrumptious hot/cold seafood platter your hubs whipped up. Please have him make note that my birthday is in April and I adore seafood!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 9, 2017 at 08:04

      Oh you are a sweetie Leslie and I wish you lived nearby. I’m sure we would always be catching up for coffee! My month was great, apart from being ill and yes I was thoroughly spoilt for my birthday. Time with Ethan is always a joy that is for sure!

  • Reply Debbie Harris September 8, 2017 at 16:18

    What a great month of celebrating Sue! I’m glad you are feeling better now, it’s not fun at all being sick,especially in your birthday month. I’m still working on my post. not sure if I’ll get it done or not this month. Great effort by you xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 9, 2017 at 08:06

      I’m not a good patient Debbie and of course, had to do the run even though I should have stayed in bed. Oh well, I lived to tell the tale. It was a great month and one I will never forget. xx

  • Reply Tamara / My Retirement Project September 9, 2017 at 01:03

    Sue, I think I write a variation of this every month, but you make both 60 and being retired look wonderful! Blogs like yours, and hopefully mine, that demonstrate how full life can be in our post-working years are hopefully inspiring for those coming up behind us.

    Your coastal apartment looks fabulous! I’d be hard pressed to leave and return inland! And congrats on your 25k, even if it fell short a bit. Most people couldn’t do 25k, much less 35k, so you have much to feel good about!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 9, 2017 at 08:07

      I hope we are inspiring others as well Tamara because this time of life can be still so exciting and enjoyable. Yes, the Coast is our favourite but we need to come back to the city for family commitments – sigh! Have a wonderful weekend and would love to connect more with you. xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill September 9, 2017 at 16:25

    Well that was a month and a half really Sue! Great to see all your birthday celebrations again and to see you so happy and enjoying yourself (not to mention the pretty flowers and great food!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 10, 2017 at 16:34

      I know Leanne I probably won’t have another month like that for a while! It will always hold special memories for me. x

  • Reply Random Musings September 16, 2017 at 01:15

    I love this idea but I’d never stick to it. I remember starting one of those happy thoughts jars last year. It got to about May and I realised I hadn’t put anything in it – it wasn’t that I was negative and couldn’t find anything happy each day, it was just that I never remembered to write things down
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 17, 2017 at 16:59

      I’ve started the happy jar Debbie but like you it seems to have fallen by the wayside! I do find it quite easy to do the sentence a day especially if I take photos which helps to remind me of what I did get up to!

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