It’s time for a cuppa and a catch up to chat about What’s Been On Your Calendar? during Feburary. I love reading everyone’s post in the #WBOYC linkup and it is so lovely to have you join Debbie, Donna ,Jo and myself to share what you’ve been up to during the month.
I know that February is a short month, but the month seems to have flown by at warp speed. I’ve been trying to slow down TIME (my WOTY) but we all know that is just no possible.
Time & tide waits for no man (or woman)
Did you know that this quote dates pre-dates modern English and the earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225?
What’s Been On My Calendar in February? More than I remembered….
February has been so hot and humid it has been stifling and energy levels have been low. When it is so hot you just don’t feel like doing too much other than trying to stay cool.
TIME and using my TIME wisely is my theme for 2023 and I’ve feel on reflection that February was ‘all over the shop’. When it was time to write this post, I had difficulty remembering what I did during the month and whether I had used my TIME wisely.
Putting Plans into Action
In last month’s #WBOYC post I suggested that January is my planning month and I use it not to make New Year resolutions but rather to list what I would like to do during the year. I listed some of our plans for 2023 and still feel excited when I review them. Of course, we plan and plan but what good are plans if you don’t put them into practice? I’m considering using #WBOYC post to review my list to add or update my progress during the year.
✔Travel – all booked and just waiting to go now! Bring on June! It is our 25th wedding anniversary in April so hope to plan a short getaway to celebrate.
❌Regular Day Trips – we are yet to re-commence our day trips. At the moment our TIME has been spent renovating our home and it has been too hot!
✔Health and wellness – My darling had a Health Care Plan assessment which reminded me it was TIME for me to put my own Health Care Plan into place. I’ve listed all of my health requirements including health issues I’ve neglected and I’ve started making the relevant appointments with allied health professionals and my GP. I’ve still been running, walking, resistance training and yoga-ing during the month.
✔Home restaurant – I’ve managed two Home Restaurant Date Nights which have both been enjoyable and delicious.
✔Home renovations – We had decided to renovate our bathrooms this year but then changed our minds and are now in the process of replacing our kitchen benchtops. The cabinets are fine, so once the benchtops are installed first week of March, the downstairs renovations will be completed.
✔ Podcast interviews – Season 5 of the Women Living Well After 50 podcast Episode 1 is now LIVE
❌Exploring community groups Mike and I can join – I’ve done the research but just haven’t had the TIME to join. I do note that a Women’s Shed is planned for our community which may be worthwhile looking into.
Kitchen Renos have started
New routines – a new era begins
For the last 8 years I have spent each Wednesday with my grandsons. Firstly, Ethan, until he went to school and then Elliot who started school this year. I will still collect the boys from school each Wednesday afternoon but adapting to having most of my Wednesdays free is taking some getting used to. I’m missing the routine of spending the day with Elliot, walking Ethan to school, taking Elliot to swimming lessons and then having our ‘morning tea’ date, playing and then walking to meet Ethan after school.
It has been a huge adjustment for Elliot, too as he starts Prep which is very different to Kindy. He certainly looks to little for school, his backpack is as tall as he is but he was so proud in his school uniform. Privacy reasons stop me from posting a photo of both the boys in their ‘first day of term’ photos. I am sharing these beautiful words of support to parents (and the children).
Cooking with the Kitchen Confidential Cookbook Club
One of my plans for 2023 is to try new recipes and to reintroduce our Home Restaurant Date Nights. During February, my friend Donna from Retirement Reflections told me about an online bookclub she had joined with other bloggers. The Kitchen Confidential Cookbook Club is hosted by Bernadette from New Classic Recipe. Each month we take turns selecting a cookbook to read, review and make a recipe from. We then share our reviews and whether the Cookbook deserves a place on our bookshelf and Bernadette publishes on her website.
The first Cookbook was ‘Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean’ by Christopher Kimball. I’ll be posting a link to my review on Bernadette’s blog next week but you can check out all the reviews HERE.
I couldn’t find the book at the local library but managed to download a free sample from Amazon. From the limited recipes in the sample copy, I selected Spicy Ground Beef Kebabs with Tomato-Sumac Sauce to review and make as a main course for our Home Restaurant Date Night #2 – Mediterranean
For dessert I made Cannoli al Cacao con Ricotta from the Italian Street Food Cookbook by Paola Bacchia.
The Women Living Well After 50 Podcast Season 5
Season 5 of the WLWA50 Podcast has now commenced and I have quite a number of interviews booked in for the next two months. Episode 1 was Beautiful Midlife with Tania Dalton – Overcoming Post Menopause making health & lifestyle changes and I was delighted to meet and chat with Tania Dalton from Beautiful Midlife. You can catch the podcast through the link in the image below, on Youtube or on major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music.
To balance my TIME, I’ve decided to publish an interview fortnightly rather than weekly. It takes the pressure off as interviewing and producing the podcast can be tiring, especially when guests are in different time zones. I enjoy this project and want to maintain that enjoyment so finding the right balance is necessary.
Link ups I’ve participated in during January included:
- Wednesday Words & Pics hosted by Denyse Whelan
- What’s On Your Plate? Challenge hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb from The Widow Badass
- What’s On Your Bookshelf? and What’s Been On Your Calendar? Hosted by Deb from Deb’s World, Donna from Retirement Reflections, Jo from And Anyways and myself
The 52 Book Club Reading challenge
I am enjoying this challenge which I discovered through my friend Jennifer Jones from Next Phase in Fitness. I’m not putting pressure on myself although as an avid reader I know I can read 52 books in a year. The challenge is finding books that fit the prompts and stepping out of my genre ‘comfort zone’. I’ve not spent as much TIME as I would have liked reading in February but I’ve certainly enjoyed most of the books I’ve read. You can catch up on my progress and reviews in my What’s On Your Bookshelf February edition post. I think this graphic is pretty cool as I can update it when I’ve read a book using one of the prompts and it shows my progress. It also helps me to remember what books I’ve read!
Blog Posts in February you may have missed
Time for Friendly February – Action for Happiness
Home Restaurant Date Nights are Back in 2023
Home Restaurant Date Night #2 – Mediterranean
Beautiful Midlife – Overcoming Post Menopause making health & lifestyle changes
Making Time for the Most important Love of all
What’s On Your Bookshelf? February edition
New Resources: Quick Workout Videos for Women Over 50
Is it Time for a Health Care Plan?
Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar for January 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 January progressed.
Enjoy your month!
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 March 30/Friday March 31. I’m lookingforward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.