It’s time for a cuppa and a catch up to chat about What’s Been On Your Calendar? during April. 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.
What’s Been On My Calendar in May?
Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Fashion Fun, Reading, Blogging, in the Kitchen and some health checks was how I spent my May.
Making TIME for Birthday’s
May was a month of celebrations and traditions.
We celebrated Mike’s birthday and a belated birthday for my grandson Ethan who turned 9. Ethan’s birthday had to be postponed because his Mum & Dad had COVID but he made up for that a week later with a party with his friends. As is the usual tradition, I made a themed birthday cake and this year as Ethan has started playing soccer (thanks World Cup) it was a no-brainer. Elliot, my youngest grandson has a birthday on 29th May so I will include his birthday cake in next month’s WBOYC? I wonder what it will be?
Making TIME for a Mother’s Day tradition
For more than 10 years, my daughter Rachel and I have run in the Mother’s Day Classic which raises money for Breast Cancer Research. We run in memory of my Mum, Rachel’s Nan, who died from breast cancer in 1985. It is a lovely way to start Mother’s Day and this year my son-in-law brought my two grandsons to watch us cross the finish line.
It is a tradition we both cherish and I hope there are many more to come. I’m grateful for our mother/daughter time together. The photo below is one of the last ones I have of my Mum not long before she died.#precious
Making TIME for my health
Life can be busy and it is easy to put our health on the backburner especially those tests and screenings we really need to have. This month I had a colonoscopy and a visit to the dentist so I can tick both of these off the list.
Why a colonoscopy?
Knowing my family medical history has been important as my mother, father and both siblings have had some form of cancer. This week I had a colonoscopy which I’ve had every 5 years since I turned 40. Dad died from bowel cancer 6 months after diagnosis 42 years ago.
Although the prep might not be that pleasant it wasn’t that bad this time. My favourite part is the anaesthestic because I have the most relaxed sleep ( I wish I could take some home with me) and of course the sandwiches after as I’m usually starving!
Apart from some benign polyps which were removed, I have a clean bill of health and won’t require another colonoscopy for 5 years. This is me in recovery feeling relieved.
I’m not a fan of the dentist but I had my bi-annual check up this month.
Next on my list is a mammogram as my mother died from breast cancer 39 years ago and a pap smear.
Do you make time for those important health checks? Do you need to make an appointment but have been putting it off? Do it today!
Spending TIME In the Kitchen
My husband celebrated his birthday so I made him a special dinner and a sugar free birthday cake. That doesn’t sound too exciting but the recipe I found was delicious and both of us can now have our cake and eat it too! Recently Mike had an appointment with a new Endocrinologist who suggested that his sugar levels were too high despite daily insulin injections and medication.
I didn’t think our diet was too bad but have made some tweaks and we are both taking extra care to try to cut down on added sugar. I’ve found some delicious sugar-free dessert and snack recipes which I will be sharing as posts in the future.
On the menu for May:
Mike’s birthday dinner was Yogurt Marinated Lamb with Spicy Fennel & Sumac followed by a sugar-free chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. I recently discovered sugar free icing which tastes like the real thing. Mike, who is a chocolate cake officionardo commented how delicious it was so I will be making it regularly.
The Women Living Well After 50 Podcast Season 5
The podcast continues to grow and I am now booked with interviews until mid October! I have suspended taking more guests at the moment but will recommence in 2024. What a great feeling to know that the podcast is received well and that I’m approached on a daily basis from women who want to be guests to share how they are Living Well!
I love interviewing my guests who all bring inspiration by sharing their stories. Episodes 8, 9 & 10 of Season 5 of the WLWA50 Podcast were released during May.
I had the pleasure of chatting with three inspirational women who are all sharing their knowledge to help Women Over 50 Live Well. I was delighted to meet and chat with Dr Libby Wilson founder of Best Life Functional Medicine | Shaping Your Health in Springfield OH, and author of The Path of Intention – 5 habits to optimize your health & Create a life you love who discussed how we can live our best life through functional medicine.
I also met Health Coach, Allison Liu founder of Staying Sharp For Life (allisonliucoaching.com). Allison specialises in Brain Health and we discussed ways to optimize our brain health because it is never too late. My third guest was Diedre Wolownick, who at 70 climbed the highest peak in the US and author of The Sharp End of Life: A Mother’s Story . Diedre was definitely an inspiring guest and we chatted about her life and how to overcome our fears.
You can catch the podcast through the link HERE. This link takes you to the Podcast library. You can also listen to the podcast on major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music. or watch the videos on the Women Living Well After 50 Youtube channel
Link ups I’ve participated in during the month 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
- Tell Us About….. this is a link up I was introduced to by Deb from Deb’s World who is a co-host along with other bloggers from the UK and US. Each month there is a prompt and this month was ‘Gardens & Gardening’ PLUS I was also invited to be a co-host which is great.
A new bookclub with my grandson
As a way to encourage my grandson, Ethan who has just turned 9, to keep reading, I put the idea to him of starting a book club. He could select the books and we would both read them then discuss our thoughts.
First up was to select a name for the Book Club. I thought the Ethan/Nan Book Club, my youngest grandson, Elliot (5) suggested The Amazing Book Club but after discussion Ethan came up with a name and to quote him:
Our book club is called the ‘Never Stop Reading’ book club because you should never stop reading and we want to encourage people that don’t read to read more.Ethan, 9
I made time for reading again this month and you can catch up on my progress and reviews in my What’s On Your Bookshelf May edition post. I feel like I’m playing BINGO and almost have some of the lines completely filled! It also helps me to remember what books I’ve read!
Blog Posts in May you may have missed
This month I added a new theme ‘It’s the little things…’ a weekly (hopefully I can keep this pace up) focus on the little things that I’ve appreciated in my life during the week. It is a wonderful way to really stop and reflect on the ‘good things’ especially during the times when we are feeling that life isn’t going so well.
I also stepped into Fashion blogging which was fun and I hope to bring more of these posts occasionally to the blog.
Chicken & Sweet Corn Chowder à la Sue
Time for ‘Meaningful May’ – Action for Happiness
Optimizing your brain health – it’s never too late
5 reasons you need black ponte pants in your wardrobe
Climbing into Life – Overcoming your fears
It’s the little things…#1
What’s On Your Bookshelf? May Edition
Finding the Holy Grail of Health with a healthy Gut Microbiome
It’s the little things…#2
WE ARE IN COUNTDOWN MODE FOR A 10 DAY CRUISE DEPARTING ON 7TH JUNE
Next month’s WOYC? should be fun as I will be writing about our cruise from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea. Mike travelled to Rabaul regularly for work about 50 years ago, so he is keen to revisit and see how life has changed. Some of the islands we are visiting still maintain their original village way of life which should be interesting.
Well, that’s what’s been on my calendar for May 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 May 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.
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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 June 29 /Friday June 30. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Calendar? during the month.