Over 50s Lifestyle

Wrapping up November from the Gold Coast

December 5, 2021

For me, once we celebrate my son’s birthday on 20th November, I’m in the mood for the Festive Season. However, let’s wrap up November in a nice little package with a bow. I’m just selecting the highlights of the month from different areas in my life to share with you. Of course the highlight for me each week is spending the day with my grandsons, Ethan and Elliot.


The highlight of my month was achieving my Certificate IV in Personal Training to add to my Certificate III Group Fitness Instructor qualifications. At 64 I’m so proud to have this qualification. I had tried previously to study for this at 57 and was told I was ‘too old’!

Certificate IV in Fitness
Certificate IV in Fitness

Baking & Bookclub

I adore my Online Bookclub friends and our study and discussions of the Classics is always enlightening. If you are a regular reader, you would know that we have been reading the Bronte Sisters in 2021. From our Bookclub we have introduced a monthly post ‘What’s On Your Bookshelf?‘ where we share the books we have been reading during the month and encourage others to share what they have been reading with us.

Another fun element of our Bookclub is our baking session at the end of a book. We gather in our kitchens and connect via Zoom. Jo is our resident baker and guides us through the recipe. This month we finished Villette by Charlotte Bronte and made Pear Belle Helene. You can find the recipe on Jo Tracey’s Brookford Kitchen Diaries

Poire Belle Helene – Bookclub Baking

I also had fun with the monthly What’s On Your Plate? Challenge hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, the Widow Badass. My contribution for November was 3 Recipes Using Shortcrust Pastry.

3 recipes using shortcrust pastry
3 ways with Shortcrust Pastry

Blogging & Podcast Interviews

I had decided to take a step back from blogging but when I looked at the posts I had written I don’t think I stepped back very far. I have now completed Season 2 of the Podcast and I am looking forward to bringing more interviews with Women who are living lfe their way in 2022.

I’ve listed the blog posts and podcasts links below in case you missed them.

On the Blog

On the Podcast

Catch Ups & Celebrations

I was delighted to attend a lunch with some of the ladies from Strong Healthy Women. As we are a Virtual Studio it was lovely to catch up with them in person. As I am usually dressed in active wear it was a novelty to dress for the occasion. I treated myself to some earrings from Tinney’s Treasure Trove. They are leather and really completed the look – what do you think?

We celebrated my son’s 39th birthday and it was wonderful to have all the family together.

My friend, Christine from Tasmania was visiting her daughter and grandchildren who also live on the Gold Coast. It has been quite some time since she has been able to visit due to COVID and border closures. We spent a lovely couple of hours at the Ross Evans Garden Centre Cafe for brunch and then a leisurely stroll through the Garden Centre. The flowers were gorgeous and I loved all the little gifts and garden decorations.

A Colourful Challenge

I started my #bringmorecolourintoyourlifechallenge and so far, I’ve managed to post for 56 days (at the time of writing this post). I find I’m looking for colour each day and it certainly lifts the spirits. Feel free to join in on Instagram or your social media of choice and use the hashtag #bringmorecolourintoyourlife – don’t forget to tag me. I’ve included a sample from Days 1 – 30 below

Self =Care Sundays

I try each Sunday morning to make time for some DIY self-care using products from LimeLife by Alcone and Mor Moisturizer. I also had fun on a Green Sunday with some Soothing Eye Gel Pads and a Green Mask.

The Festive Season has started early

I blame my grandsons and Santa who arrived at the Shopping Centre in the last week of November! They put their Christmas Tree up last week and so ‘Nan’ had to put her Christmas Tree up. I don’t mind because I love Christmas and after the last couple of years I think we can all do with a little cheer. Mr M, offered to help and although our tree is modest as we live in an apartment, I still get excited as the Festive Season approaches.

As I was in the Festive mood, I made a Christmas Cake, tried my hand at making Mince Pies for the first time and also made my Slow Cooked Christmas Pudding. I had some of the pudding mix left over so made some in muffin tins and they tasted delicious. In December, I am sharing my Traditional Festive Baking recipes so watch for that one.

Well, they are a few highlights from my November. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I was up to and I would love you to share with me what you did. Now, on to the Festive Season, my favourite time of the year.

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply Debbie Harris December 5, 2021 at 17:27

    What a fabulous recap of your busy month Sue! Well done again on your Cert IV you are so inspiring in all you do for others and I’m so proud of your achievements! Go you, there’s no stopping your accomplishments xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 5, 2021 at 17:43

      Thank you Deb, you are always my cheerleader which I gratefully appreciate as well as your friendship xx

  • Reply suzanne December 5, 2021 at 22:55

    Sue, your November was filled with all the things that create balance in life. So much joy in these photographs. Congrats on the new certification. Well done!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 6, 2021 at 05:12

      Hi Suzanne, I struggled to write this and then was surprised at what I had actually done during November. Thank you for your congratulations I am so happy I’ve achieved a long held dream. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly December 6, 2021 at 12:52

    Hi, Sue – I truly do not know how you do it all. You are a true inspiration.
    Congratulations on these awesome accomplishments!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2021 at 07:34

      Hi Donna, when I write these posts I usually surprise myself with what I’ve done. It is so easy for the month to zip by in a blur so it is lovely to reflect. x

  • Reply Gail December 6, 2021 at 17:06

    I know you’ve had a very long lockdown so it must be wonderful to be able to socialise again. I usually do some DIY beauty on Sunday too! Amazing achievement with your PT certification. I’d love to see you in the weekly linkup on my blog on Wednesdays, it’s a fab community of women.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2021 at 07:37

      Hello Gail, lovely to meet you and I’ve actually been fortunate that where I live in Queensland, the lockdowns have been minimal. In saying that, our borders have been closed to other parts of Australia and the World for so long and many have not seen family for a couple of years. I’d love to join your weekly link up on Wednesdays x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones December 6, 2021 at 18:38

    November sounds like it’s been kind to you Sue. My son’s birthday is 22 November and like you, I’ve never been able to think of Christmas until his birthday is over. Looking forward to your Christmas recipes.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2021 at 07:37

      It was a lovely month Jen, although I had forgotten some of what I did. It is good to write these posts as a reminder, like a diary really. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey December 7, 2021 at 07:17

    So much to love. Our book club bakes are a highlight for me, and I adore those leather earrings & am off to check out the website.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2021 at 07:33

      Hi Jo, the baking is definitely a highlight and I probably wouldn’t have bothered to make the recipes without you taking us through. I really like Tinney’s Treasure Trove, which I found at the Buy from the Bush pop-up shop at New Farm. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 7, 2021 at 07:39

    Your eye mask is hilarious! I am very excited as I took a photo for your colour challenge yesterday at OzHarvest but then couldn’t remember the hashtag. Just posted in now~!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2021 at 07:41

      Hi Lydia, I’m an idiot aren’t I but it shows how far I’ve come in self-confidence to put a photo of me in the eye mask onto social media LOL 🙂 Thanks for posting your photo to the colour challenge I will go and take a look. Enjoy your day. x

  • Reply Deborah December 7, 2021 at 08:01

    A busy month for you Sue, but a happy one. Congrats on the new qualification and well done on the virtual training sessions and of course your book club.

    I’m not worrying about any Xmas decorations this year, but I understand with little ones you definitely need to make the effort!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2021 at 08:14

      Thanks Deb it was a lovely month and I’m pretty chuffed at obtaining my qualifications. My grandsons are beside themselves with excitement for the Festive Season and I’m making the most of it before they grow up! xx

  • Reply Joanne December 8, 2021 at 07:42

    Congrats on your certification! That’s wonderful. I always love seeing your colorful photos too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 10:04

      Thank you Joanne, I can finally tick off a dream that has been on my bucket list for some time. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 8, 2021 at 15:50

    Congratulations on your Cert IV and your accomplishments. I too get to end of November because it’s “my” birthday and then Christmas can happen. A very cheery, colourful and happy post Sue.

    Great to catch up with your blog post after linking it to #LifeThisWeek on Denyse Whelan Blogs. Next week, hard to believe, is the 2nd last Monday link up for 2021.
    Hope to see you then! I will be sharing my snaps. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 10:04

      Thanks Denyse, and belated Happy Birthday to you. x

  • Reply Karen December 9, 2021 at 00:25

    Congrats on getting your certificate, I know you have worked long & hard to achieve it. Baking together with your book club seems like it would be a fun activity to do & delicious to say the least. Nice outfit & cute earrings, looks good on you. Those bees & bugs are so cute. I love that color challenge idea to bring some color into the drab winter we’re having. Seeing Santa is always fun no matter what age we are. Can’t wait to see your recipes. Karen

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2021 at 10:08

      Thanks Karen, I’ve wanted to achieve this certification for sometime so chuffed I now have. Our Bookclub baking is so much fun and I’m making recipes that I probably wouldn’t normally try. Hope you enjoy my Christmas recipes. Enjoy your week. x

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