Taking Stock – June 2015

June 30, 2015
water jug, glass, gardening gloves

water jug, glass, gardening gloves

Another month has passed and so it is time for me to Take Stock again!  I do love this concept developed by Pip from Meet me at Mikes.  If you’d like to have a go at Taking Stock you can visit Pip’s Taking Stock page and grab the blank form to get started.

Here we go!

Making:  Delicious soups for the family!

Cooking:  Small portions of protein and green vegetables for myself

Drinking:  Lots and lots and lots of water

ReadingA Table in the Orchard (should have finished it by now but had a long period where I didn’t get time to read!)

Wanting:  Happy, secure futures for my three beautiful kids

Looking:  Forward to our next day trip or weekend away!

Playing:  With the dogs – well mostly Ava as Chelsea is a little old for play!

Deciding:  Where to go for our next holiday?   It will be in December or February and more than likely at a beach!

Wishing:  I could eat whatever I wanted and never gain weight

Enjoying:  The cooler weather

Waiting:  For August when I have a very rare three nights away ‘on my own’ at the Problogger event. OMG!

Liking:  That I’m losing weight

Wondering:  What I’ll be doing this time next year

Loving:  The fact that I am feeling much better than I was 3-4 weeks ago

Pondering:  Everything!

Considering:  Getting back into yoga

Buying:  Solar panels! I know, exciting stuff hey. They will soon be installed on our roof and will hopefully reduce the ridiculous electricity bills we get, particularly during summer when this hot weather disliker needs her aircon!!

Watching:  Was watching Reno Rumble and was pleased with the winners!  Now I’m flicking between Masterchef, House Rules and The Voice!

Hoping:  That my first main event Problogger experience will be a positive one and I will walk away inspired and with more clarity around my future plans

Marvelling:  That I produced such smart and clever children. My son Twin 2 will graduate from University next month. Twin 1 graduated this time last year. My daughter will graduate at the end of next year.

Cringing:  Over the state of my bra’s. Yep – time for new ones!

Needing:  More time out to catch up – think, plan, write, edit, do (Review, Plan, Do)!

Questioning:  The ethics of a lot of stuff I’m reading in digital media these days.  I’ve noticed that everyone seems to jump on whatever the latest bandwagon is and things can quickly turn into what seems to me like a very unattractive ‘witch hunt’.  This herd mentality concerns me, particularly when the consequences of such strong actions on the various people concerned are rarely considered.

Smelling:  Still can’t smell (see all my other Taking Stock posts)

Wearing:  Comfy khaki pants, a long-sleeved black top and slippers of course

Following:  A very strict diet at the moment (under the guidance of a doctor and nutritionist)

Noticing:  That I am close to fitting back into two pairs of jeans I bought only last year

Knowing:  That dinner for the family is sorted for tonight and will just need to be heated up – a delicious Zucchini Soup! It’s a nice feeling knowing I have no big meal to cook up tonight.

Thinking:  About where we might go for our next holiday!

Admiring:  My brother and his strength at managing a growing and thriving business whilst going through a rough divorce

Sorting:  Through my kitchen cupboards recently, tidying them up and giving the shelves a good wipe over

Getting:  Slimmer – Yeah baby!

Bookmarking:  YouTube tutorials on Photoshop techniques

Coveting:  New carpet. I’ve never liked the carpet at this house from the day we bought it, plus it has stains that I’ve never been able to get out!

Disliking:  How badly my daughter suffered when she got all four (4) of her wisdom teeth extracted recently. To say she resembled a chipmunk is an understatement!

Opening:  Bills, always bills!

Giggling:  Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton –  they both give me the giggles!

Feeling:  Healthier and happier than I have in a long time! 🙂

Snacking:  No snacking allowed apart from an apple for morning tea and an orange for afternoon tea

Helping:  My home and family function smoothly and happily. I love being home. The running of the house chugs along efficiently. I’m on hand for the (adult) kids when they need me. The family gets fed good, nourishing, nutritious meals and they get a good variety. It was all a very different story when I was living the corporate life and not walking in the door until 6-7pm every night!

Hearing:  My dogs snoring!  😉

Ciao for now,


Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT

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  • Reply Shannon@ my2morrows June 30, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Love Pip’s taking stock. I did one today too after skipping a few months. Such a good thing to do to keep track of where you are at. I too can’t wait for my first pro blogger! Xx

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      I enjoy doing them too Shannon. My last one was a combined April/May because I’d been away. 🙂 x

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy June 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Oh Min, i love that we are both coveting flooring! the small things right! You must be so proud about your kids, well done Mum! And how awesome on getting close to your weight goal, go you! xx

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Oh yes – you mentioned a rug I think! Yes very proud of my kids and happy that I’m finally shifting some weight! Hope the number on the scales keeps going south because I am feeling so much better for it! 🙂 x

  • Reply Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side June 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Oh, how I wish that your wishing could come true! If you ever discover the secret, do tell me:-) #TeamIBOT

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Wouldn’t it be fabulous!! *sigh* It used to be that way when I was a teen and early 20’s and then it was like a switch was flicked! Pooh! 😉

  • Reply Maxabella June 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I 100% agree with your ‘questioning’ – I think more people need to question this very thing a lot more often. The whole concept of ‘don’t be judgey’ seems to only apply if you do not hold a different opinion to the other person – which is ludicrous!

    I hear you on the ‘wishing’ too. I think I need to wake up to myself and accept that that one is just not true at all. I am still in denial. Good luck with it all, Min. x

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Glad you agree with my ‘questioning’ Bron. It’s something that has been concerning me for some time! As for the ‘wishing’ – it’ll never happen LOL However, it was the case in my teens and early 20’s. I just didn’t realise how lucky I was at the time! 😉 xo

  • Reply Lyndall June 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Min – thanks for sharing your Taking Stock post with us. What a fabulous idea of Pip Lincolne’s :-). I’ve just done my own version of Taking Stock – it was a little harder than I thought it would be, but a lovely way to reflect on being halfway through 2015. Cheers 🙂

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Hi there Lyndall – I just saved you from my SPAM folder! LOL It is a fabulous idea of Pip’s isn’t it and YES it is so much harder than you might think to do! It usually takes me quite a while! Lovely to hear you’ve done one too. I’ll be popping over to have a read shortly! 🙂

  • Reply Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life June 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    So nice to read you’re feeling healthier and happier than you have in a long time. I think this is a goal for many of us, I know it is for me!

    I wish I could eat whatever I wanted too and not put on weight! Wouldn’t it be good!

    Enjoy ProBlogger in August and pleeeeease write many a blog post about you learnt there for those of us unable to attend 🙂

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks Ingrid! It has taken a long time and there is still work to be done so that I feel fulfillment in all aspects of life but I’m particularly happy that I’m addressing health concerns and seeing improvements at the moment! Yes it would be fabulous to eat whatever we wanted and not put on weight wouldn’t it! LOL Ain’t gonna happen sadly! Promise I’ll be writing PB posts for sure (though not until after)!! 🙂

  • Reply EssentiallyJess June 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Not long till Problogger now! How exciting 🙂

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      It IS exciting Jess – especially for this first time blogging conference of any kind attendee!! 🙂

  • Reply Beck @craftypjmum June 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I love these taking stock posts, I did a small version myself this month. I think it is something I will continue to do.
    Congratulations on your weight loss sweetie, it is something that I need to do as well.
    Sounds like your kids are happy and content with the path they are traveling in life. You sure have raised three gorgeous, intelligent souls. xx

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      They’re fun to do! I’m trying to do one every month this year. Don’t think I started until February though! Thank you so much for the congrats on the weight loss! It’s a really big thing for me because I have struggled to shift any weight for a long time and I have nearly lost 10 kg’s! I have more to lose but BOY losing that weight has made me feel so much better! I’m very proud of my kids and their achievements. All I wish for is that they have happy lives 🙂 o

  • Reply Lisa Mckenzie June 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    This is great Min xx

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa 🙂 xo

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living June 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I really enjoy Pip’s taking stock, it has been awhile since I have done one. I love the snapshot it gives though of life in that current time. I have been making lots of winter soups too, perfect way to warm up! I am considering solar panels too, I am just unsure how much it would really save of the power bill. x

    • Reply Min June 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Ashlea – I agree that it’s nice to do a Taking Stock post and have a snapshot of life at that moment in time! I adore home made soups in winter and there are so many fabulous recipes around these days! With regards to the solar panels – there appears to be quite a saving to be had by having them. There’s an art to it though – knowing the appropriate times to run your big ticket electrical appliances and not all at once so that they use the solar power rather than going on to the grid. I’m learning but I was convinced! I hate the fact that MORE money is being spent on the rotten roof though (just had the roof restored not long ago) when I need new carpet and need to renovate bathrooms and the kitchen! Oh well – good things come to those who wait – right?! 😉 x

  • Reply Hugzilla June 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Bahhahahhah! We are wishing and waiting for the same thing 😉

    • Reply Min July 1, 2015 at 9:57 am

      LOL – god you make me laugh woman! We are practically twins!! 😉

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages June 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I’m envious of the solar panels and with you on the bra shopping, I really should just do it. See you at PB!!!

    • Reply Min July 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Never thought anyone would be envious of my solar panels LOL!! Yes bra shopping – makes me cross that those things cost so much! Yes – looking forward to meeting you at PB! 🙂

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid July 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Love me a good Taking Stock post! I wish I could eat whatever I wanted too and isn’t soup just soup-er at this time of year! Bring on Problogger, I think we’re going to have a ball!

    • Reply Min July 6, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I think we’re going to have a ball at PB too Sammie. Can’t wait to meet you! 🙂

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