I felt like a casual chat and catch up with you all today. The Gorgeous 50’s series is nearly finished and I’m keen to get it all wrapped up and completed because it’s been going for a long time now (it kicked off in July 2017), but it can wait.
How would you like your coffee? Milk? Sugar? Would you prefer a tea? No problem! Take a seat out there on the deck overlooking all the beautiful trees and wildlife (oh gosh I have an imagination don’t I?! lol) and I’ll bring it to you.
Ok here’s your cuppa and help yourself to the food. Let’s say there’s some sweet and savoury to choose from – a cheese platter with crackers and dip and some scones with jam and cream, and some fruit for those goody two shoes of us!
When we reach those midlife years of 50+ there’s quite a lot of change happening for us, on all fronts – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and there are some little fears that creep in that no-one really talks about. We put on a brave face, but underneath all that there are a lot of things going on – some changes: new freedoms, hormonal changes, a need to adapt and reevaluate, some ageing fears. I recently wrote an article on Ageing Fears for Bupa. If you haven’t read it already, I’d love for you to pop on over for a read. You can get there by clicking on this link: AGEING FEARS.
Hasn’t Christmas come around quickly? Thankfully I have made a good dent in my Christmas shopping and am feeling pretty on top of it all now. Still a few prezzies to get sorted and I still need to get the Christmas tree up and some Christmas decorations around. I would have done that this past weekend but I had a busy weekend with lots of parties! How about you? Feeling organised and ready for the festive season?
On Monday 2 December it was 2 years since my Dad passed away. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. Two years down the track and the pain is still there. I know now that it will never go. It’s not an all consuming day in and day out pain as it were. Life has to go on, but it can still hit me at any moment and it’s just as intense if not more-so, and I still cry often. I seem to miss him more and more as time goes by. I’m so grateful I had him as my Dad. He was a wonderful person and father and I was so fortunate to have him here on earth with me for 53 years of my life. On Monday I went over to visit Mum and we went out to the cemetery to visit him. I clean his grave when I visit. Yep, I take the ‘ol Spray & Wipe and Chux out there and wipe over that beautiful stone until it is shining and clean and not a drop of dirt or dust in sight. I don’t care if I look like a weirdo. It makes me feel good knowing that his grave looks clean and smart and well cared for. We all do what we need to do to deal with our grief, don’t we?
Did you read my post about my plan to do some fostering for the RSPCA? On this day in one week’s time I will be attending the Fostering Baby Kittens workshop at the RSPCA – the final hoop I will need to jump through before I am able to begin fostering neonatal kittens. I am eligible right now to foster kittens aged 6 wks+ and also puppies of similar age but I’m waiting to do the aforementioned workshop so I can help them with a big need for the fostering of the orphaned neonatal kittens. My house inspection was done last week and passed successfully. I did the required Basic Fostering Workshop weeks ago. I am trying very hard to be patient. Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap tap, tap tap. Trying!! After I’ve completed the required training I’m not sure how long it will be until I have my first fostering experience. To keep in the know, keep watch on the blog and check ‘The Foster Files‘ which is available from my menu bar at the top of the blog. Stalking me on Instagram might also be a good idea!
A couple of weeks ago I went for a long overdue skin check. All was pretty good but one dark freckle on my wrist and a strange small red itchy sore that won’t heal on my chest are both being scraped/biopsied on Saturday. I’ve never had anything like this done before so I’m a bit anxious about it I’ve got to admit. Fingers crossed all will be ok. Have you had your skin checked lately? With summer upon us – don’t forget to ‘Slip, Slop & Slap‘!
Anyone who follows me here would know I’ve recently had a rather long period of being sick with Pneumonia, including 5 nights in hospital on IV antibiotics. Every time I finished a course of antibiotics, within days the pneumonia came back. All up, most of my October and November were taken up with being sick. I was laid pretty low for that time – didn’t go out much, couldn’t exercise, missed a musical and some other events. It cost me a fortune in drugs, tests, a hospital stay, and various medical appointments. I am pleased to say though that FINALLY I am feeling quite well again and able to resume life as normal. It’s not been pleasant but I am well again now and I’m well aware that there are many people who do not have that luxury.
So enough about me. Tell me your news! Are you all sorted for Christmas? Got a lovely holiday planned? Go on, make me jealous. I have no holiday plans at all this year but hopefully will organise something for maybe late March when the worst of the heat has passed (hopefully) – probably a relaxing beach holiday.
Ciao for now,
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