I’m back and I hit the ground running …

June 12, 2024
hit the ground running

hit the ground running

HELLO, I’m back! … and I hit the ground running so didn’t get time to prepare a post on my week in Fiji. Hopefully that will be next week!

So why did I hit the ground running? Well, my sister (who I share visiting Mum with through the weeks) had a couple of nights away for her wedding anniversary so I visited Mum most of the days last week. Each visit I am generally there 3-4 hours and it’s a 20 minute drive each way, so a lot of the day is taken up. Things should be a little calmer this week!

Fiji was fabulous but already seems like a distant dream. We had a lovely time and all that I’ve heard about the Fijian people is true – what beautiful, happy souls they are! I’ll save all the details though for that upcoming Fiji post! Those that follow me on social media would have already seen some photos and know a little bit about what we did and where we stayed.

Last time I blogged I was a young thing in my 50’s but while I was away I turned 60! Eeek! Yes, on 31 May 2024 this 1964 born baby turned the big 6-0. I feel a ’60 things I’ve learned in 60 years’ post coming up in the near future!

In other news, I have cancelled my eye surgery for now. It was scheduled for August. My gut told me the timing was not right and my gut is generally spot on. It was not fear of the procedure that did it, it was the fact that Mum is not well right now and also the fact that I haven’t been well myself and that I had a bucket load of vaccinations before I went away. I still have more vaccinations to have. For example, I had the first of Hep B vaccinations before we went away. The second is due 1 month later, the third 6 months later. There are other vac’s I have coming up too. I also have a couple of dental appointments in the coming weeks to get a crown on the tooth that I had root canal work done on last year. I feel that my body has been through enough right now and I am unsure how things are going to go with Mum. I have a very good sense of intuition, and I know that surgery in August is not a good idea right now. I know that I’d be flat on my back in bed for at least a week (likely longer) and that’s not something I need at the moment. I am hoping to reschedule for next year. I have an appointment with my Opthamologist in September so he can keep an eye on my bad eye. If he says it’s become urgent then I’ll get it done when he says to, though there is a 4 month wait for this surgery!

On another topic, my sister-in-law has a lemon tree and has brought me a huge bag of lemons. We’ve got no hope of using them all before they go bad so I’m thinking I’ll make up some Lemon Butter. I found this Lemon Butter recipe that I might try. Do you have a favourite Lemon Butter recipe I should try instead?


Big thanks and masses of gratitude go to Debbie & Sue for looking after #WWWhimsy while I was away! You’re both fabulous and very much appreciated!

I’m looking forward to reading your posts and catching up on your news, and hopefully this week I will find a little more time to sort through all my Fiji photos and put a post together for your viewing and reading pleasure next week!

Ciao for now,

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  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 June 12, 2024 at 6:02 am

    Welcome back, Min! You’ve been missed but I’m so pleased you had a wonderful 60th birthday celebration in Fiji. BTW as someone who will be 67 in a few months, our 60s are not old LOL:) For me, each decade seems to get better so you still have much to look forward to. Take care and hope Mum is going well with everything you have on your plate at the moment, it is probably wise not to have the surgery at this time. x

    • Reply Min June 12, 2024 at 11:37 am

      Thanks so much Sue! I’m glad to hear the 60’s are not old. It’s just a bit of an adjustment to have reached this age. I remember the night we all went out to dinner to celebrate Mum’s 60th like it was only yesterday and here I am now 60! Yes there is too much on my plate right now for surgery. I had no doubt the timing was not good. Thank you again Sue for helping with #WWWhimsy while I was away! Hope you’re having a wonderful week! xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 12, 2024 at 9:19 am

    Glad you had a great holiday. With all that you have on the go it sounds as though surgery may be one thing too much at the moment. Take care.

    • Reply Min June 12, 2024 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Jo! The holiday was a week in paradise that was much needed. Wish I were back there! Yep surgery is just too much for me right now. xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 12, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Your intuition is a gift, Min, and as long as your opthalmologist agrees with waiting (eyes being so precious) then great plan.

    It’s not great what is going on with your Mum and care right now, I get that.

    I applaud your constancy of care while you are able to be with your Mum and for good reasons too.

    My late Mum’s recipe for lemon butter is an easy but different one. A bit fiddly too. You’ve reminded me that I used to make batches of lemon butter each winter for Dad. He loved it.

    I am 75 this year Min. No more talk of ‘old’ from you HA!

    Take care and its good to see you back
    Denyse x

    • Reply Min June 13, 2024 at 7:15 am

      Hi Denyse, thank you and yes my intuition never lets me down.It’s generally right on the mark! It’s not that I think 60 is old – it’s just quite an adjustment to be this age now. I had gotten used to being in my 50’s – still have a way to go to accept that I am now 60! You take care too! xo

  • Reply Jennifer Jones June 12, 2024 at 3:10 pm

    Welcome back Min. It’s great to have you back. I look forward to reading all about your adventures in Fiji. I’m sure you’re doing the right thing, by following your intuition re your eye surgery. I remember my shock when I turned 60. I just didn’t see it coming.

    • Reply Min June 13, 2024 at 7:17 am

      Thanks Jennifer! Hopefully I’ll get that Fiji post done for next week! I have no doubt that I’ve done the right thing in putting off the eye surgery. Now is not the right time. And … yes I’m still a bit in shock that I am now 60. It’s gonna take a while to adjust to it I think! xo

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis June 12, 2024 at 5:43 pm

    Glad you had a good holiday. And go with your intuition with regard to the surgery.

    • Reply Min June 13, 2024 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Barbara! Yes, I trust my intuition. xo

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 13, 2024 at 7:01 am

    Welcome back, Min and happy belated birthday! I’m glad your trip was so lovely. It sounds as if you have made a good decision to postpone your eye surgery. It’s a solid decision-making process, listening to your gut and weighing the facts. I look forward to a post on Fiji and your 60 things.

    • Reply Min June 13, 2024 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Christie! The trip was just perfect for what I needed – relaxing, uplifting, beautiful happy & friendly people, gorgeous nature and surrounds. As for the eye surgery – I just know in my gut now is not the time. xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 13, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    I’m glad you had a good trip away. It all sounds stressful now, esp with the eye. I hope it’s all ok so you can be ther for your mum. Take time to really think about the lovely moments on your trip. Happy Birthday! #WWWHimsy (Had terrible internet yesterday – sorry for tardiness)

    • Reply Min June 14, 2024 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Lydia! The week in Fiji was a really nice relaxing holiday. Longer would’ve been good but glad to have got the week! I have a lot on my plate right now so eye surgery will have to wait. It’s not mega urgent yet so it can be parked until a better time hopefully. Yes I know about your internet woes. I had the same so no worries! xo

  • Reply Joanne June 13, 2024 at 8:29 pm

    I think it’s important to trust your intuition and know when you’ve reached your limits. It sounds like you had a really good trip away and happy belated birthday!

    • Reply Min June 14, 2024 at 9:08 am

      Thanks for the birthday wishes Joanne, and yes I trust my intuition and know that I’ve made the right decision. The trip away was wonderful! xo

  • Reply Laura @ Our Grand Lives June 13, 2024 at 10:47 pm

    Happy 60th, Min! We call the 60’s our “Grand Lives” and we’ve found lots of joy. Wishing you the same! I found this link up while you were away and I look forward to following you and checking in regularly!

    • Reply Min June 14, 2024 at 9:07 am

      Thanks so much Laura and so lovely to (virtually) meet you! I’m hoping there’s lots of joy ahead for me in my 60’s. I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

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