July means that half of the year has gone so let’s have a coffee (or tea) catch up and I can share what has been happening in my world during the month. I would love you to share what you have been up to in the comments section below and keep the conversation going.
Winter is here and the mornings are cold
I thought Winter had finally arrived in Brisbane in June, however, it came with a vengence in July with Brisbane experiencing it’s coldest day at 5C. Of course, this just happened to be on the morning of our big run and getting up at 4:30am to go running wasn’t easy.
I always enjoy my volunteering at my MIL’s aged care home. This month, I helped serve morning tea for the Brothers James Concert. It was lovely to see these gentlemen who are all retired, participating in a choir and bringing joy to the residents.
Christmas in July was a fun celebration and I’ve started knitting squares which will make blankets for the homeless.
Happy Families & Birthday Celebrations
Another fun month spent with my family. I’m enjoying being able to spend regular time with my daughter, Rachel and our newest grandson, Elliot who is growing fast.
Enjoyed a special Ethan/Nan day. Brisbane would never see snow because it is too hot, but for two weeks, ‘snow’ can be found at Snow4Kids at Southbank. We had a great time building a snowman, throwing snowballs at each other and Ethan went tobogganing.
At the end of July, we celebrated our granddaughter, Lexie’s 11th birthday. I always make the grandchildren a special birthday cake and love that they look forward to what ‘Nanna Sue’ has made. I’m not a professional so they aren’t perfect, but made with love.
We have paid for our cruise to Japan in full. We leave on 2nd October which will be here before we know it!
Although we can’t live at our Apartment full time at the moment, we have been decorating and making a start on renovating the kitchen.
Health & Wellness
The Saturdays Sisters and I achieved two of our goals. We participated and ran the 35km Bloody Long Walk and then tackled 5,000 stairs (which actually was 6,300!) in The Gabba Stomp at the end of the month. Call me crazy but our hard work paid off and although the run was very challenging it was great to cross the finish line.
I took a step back from social media and have been working on my new weekly email. Taking a technology break is so liberating, although it can be difficult initially.
I’ve read so many books during July and I don’t apologise for spending afternoons reading and relaxing – we all need our simple pleasures, don’t we?
Before We were Yours by Lisa Wingate was the book of the month for the Summer 2018 Virtual Book Club which my friend Leslie has just started on Facebook. This was completely different to last month’s thriller. The story is set in present day but with flash backs to the main story set in the 1930s.
If you are a fan of Liane Moriarty you might like The Hypnotist’s Love Story. I’ve read all of Liane’s books including her most famous, ‘Big Little Lies’. I was a little disappointed in The Hypnotist’s Love Story. It kept my interest but I was expecting a twist at the end which didn’t happen.
Well, that is really my news for the month. I am so grateful for the life that I have and to be surrounded by loving family and friends, including those in the blogging world.
How has your July been? Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?