Taking Stock – October 2015

October 29, 2015

whales, whale, whale watching

boat, whale watching

whale, whale watching

October 2015 will be remembered as the month I finally went whale watching (up at Hervey Bay, Queensland) and the month where I lost my mother-in-law (she passed away on Tuesday).  Both will have dedicated posts soon.  The latter is a huge reason why things have been a little quiet here on the blog and possibly will be for a while longer.  I’ve posted a few photo’s from the whale watching trip above.  I haven’t had time to edit them all and will save the bulk of them for a dedicated post anyway.  The boat you see is not the one we were on.  I took that photo from our much bigger vessel! 


Making:  plans for a funeral
Cooking:  meals every day and would love a break from it
Drinking:  water but not enough
Reading:  not much lately
Wanting:  someone I care about who is sad to be happy
Looking:  forward to our short holiday at Burleigh in December
Playing:  catch ups here at the blog
Deciding:  on the best way forward for myself
Wishing:  everyone I love could be happy, healthy and wealthy enough to not struggle
Enjoying:  a bit of rain lately for the garden
Waiting:  for me to get my  head into gear
Liking:  the fact I’ve got back into regular walking
Wondering:  what to buy my boys for their upcoming birthday
Loving:  a particular song that makes me feel good when I need a lift
Pondering:  ideas for the many birthday and Christmas gifts coming up
Considering:  what lollies I should buy to have on hand for when the kids in our street come trick or treating on Saturday night (Halloween)
Buying:  birthday and Christmas gifts soon
Watching:  the time tick away and freaking out that Christmas will soon be upon us
Hoping:  that I can hold it together at my mother-in-law’s funeral (I won’t)
Marvelling:  at the achievements and community service of my mother-in-law over her lifetime
Cringing:  over some past hairstyles I’ve had when recently looking through some old photos
Needing:  lots of hugs and affection lately
Questioning:  why we have to age and why does time have to go by so quickly
Smelling:  nothing – as usual
Wearing:  my heart on my sleeve – that’s me!
Following:  whale pods recently when whale watching off Hervey Bay, Qld
Noticing:  that I refer to people in their 30’s as really young
Knowing:  that I thought I was getting old in my 30’s – pffft
Thinking:  that I should think of myself as young in my 50’s coz when I get to my 70’s I will think that
Admiring:  the strength of hubby and his siblings at this sad time
Sorting:  through lots of photo’s gathering photo’s of my mother-in-law for her big send off
Getting:  prepared to farewell a wonderful woman
Bookmarking:  not too much at the moment
Coveting:  clarity, surety, self pride
Disliking:  that another era has ended
Opening:  so many junky spammy emails
Giggling:  like I haven’t in a long time when I went to the see the movie ‘The Intern’ with a girl friend.  If you haven’t seen it, go see it.  It is fantastic!
Feeling:  a bit emotional lately
Snacking:  on nuts and seeds but a little too much
Helping:  a friend or at least I try
Hearing:  the silence of my home during a rare time alone


Rest in Peace Betty – I will tell everyone about how fabulous you were in a dedicated post very soon.

Ciao for now,


Linking up with With Some Grace for #FYBF


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  • Reply PatrickC October 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Min, you re always so honest and open every month when you sum up and take stock. Thanks for your honesty and openness.

    make sure that you take care of yourself

    • Reply Min October 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks Patrick – open and honest are my middle names I think. I’m taking care of myself – thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Deborah October 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Hey there, I did notice you were missing this week. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law and my regards to the extended family.

    Love these taking stock posts!

    Take care.

    • Reply Min October 29, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Many thanks for your wishes Deb. Also, it’s nice to know someone noticed I was missing! πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life October 29, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I was just thinking the same as you, that I should be considering myself as young as in another 15 – 20 years I will think I was young at the age I am currently.

    • Reply Min October 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Yep – from now on I am going to always consider myself young at every age I am! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Beck @ craftypjmum October 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    So sorry for your families loss Min. Sending love, hugs and prayers your way. Thinking of you all xx

    • Reply Min October 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks so much Beck! xo

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid October 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Love me a Taking Stock post. Hervey Bay looks wonderful but I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I’m thinking of you and your loved ones at this difficult time xx

    • Reply Min October 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks so much Sammie! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Lisa@RandomActsOfZen October 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Min. This is a beautiful post, and even though it’s at a sad time, your photos are just glorious x

    • Reply Min November 3, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Grace November 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, Min. So so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time, lovely x

    • Reply Min November 3, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Grace – appreciate your words! πŸ™‚ xo

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