My Virtual Coffee Catchup Over 50s Lifestyle

My Virtual Coffee Catchup for August

September 2, 2018
My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August

August is over and to celebrate the end of winter for me, let’s have a coffee (or tea) catchup 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.

Last year I was linking up to a Sentence A Day with Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After.  However, this year has been so busy I’ve found it easier just to give a monthly review of what I’ve been up to.  My friend, Leanne from Cresting the Hill introduced me to a virtual coffee catch up and it is a great way to share what has been happening.

Spring is almost here!

The weather has been glorious although our farmers would certainly appreciate some rain to ease the drought.  I love this bouganvillea at the scenic Kangaroo Point Cliffs which over looks Brisbane CBD and is only a 5 minute walk from where I live.

Birthday celebrations

After my big celebration last year for my 60th birthday, this year was quieter but still special.  Nothing beats having your 4 year old grandson, Ethan, sing happy birthday to you via a video and receiving a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my children and grandsons, Ethan and Elliot.  I am always humbled by the number of birthday messages I receive from family and friends.

Family time

The month was spent enjoying visits with my two darling grandsons, Ethan and Elliot.  Ethan and I had two special ‘Ethan/Nan’ times and at 4 years old has a wonderful vocabulary. I enjoyed him telling me ‘Nan, do you know that a caterpillar becomes a chrysalis and then after being in a cocoon emerges as a beautiful butterfly?’  Perhaps we have a future writer in the family or a future David Attenborough!

Elliot who is now 13 weeks old is starting to smile and try to communicate.  It is lovely to see his personality develop.

Giving Back

As regular readers will know, I volunteer at outings and events at Marycrest, my MIL’s aged care home.  This month, I helped at the ‘Fiver for a Farmer’ event.  The drought in Australia is affecting many communities, so the aged care home, held a Country BBQ with donations going to the ‘Fiver for a Farmer’ appeal.  They raised $820 which was welcomed by the fundraising appeal.

Health and Wellness

I ran a full marathon Really and truly! You have probably read about this, (several times LOL ), but I was ‘over the moon’ to have completed my second full marathon in 6 years, so I’m sure you will indulge me mentioning it again. Although, I ran the 42.2km slower I still finished with a smile on my face and the medal to prove it.

My main reason for entering was my friend and fellow Saturday Sister, turned 50 this year and wanted to tackle the marathon.  I offered to train with her and after clocking up so many kilometres I decided, ‘what the heck’ I’m going to give it a try.

General Health & Wellness – The marathon had taken up most of my time training, however I did manage to keep my Yoga sessions using my Yoga Studio App.  After the marathon, I found a free (gotta love that!) 5 day Kickstart by Flipping Fifty so that was a good way to get me back into a regular fitness work out.  I’ve included the link to day one to give you an idea.

 

5 Day Kickstart by Flipping Fifty

Health Checks

Ticked off my cervical screening test and then 
I finished the month with my annual Mammogram. My Mum had breast cancer at 53 and suffered for 10 years. I am vigilant about having my regular scan. Do you need to make an appointment?

Reading & Watching

I love reading – I think you might have guessed that and lately I’ve been indulging in an afternoon of reading.  Usually, Novels are my main focus, but I’ve discovered some wonderful ‘Self-discover’ books that I’ve enjoyed reading.

Two fiction books I would recommend from my reading list, is one that we read in the Summer 2018 Virtual Book Club Facebook group, run by my friend, Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Everafter and the other I noticed in the NY Best Seller list.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is about a child psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia.  Looking out of her window to the outside world she hasn’t visited for a year, she witnesses a murder at her neighbour’s house.  Of course, trying to get anyone to believe her is not easy and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns right up to the last page.

The other book I would recommend is The Party by Lisa Hall.  You will enjoy this is you like a psychological thriller. After attending her neighbours’ New Year’s Eve party, Rachel wakes in her neighbours’ spare bedroom and although she has no recollection of the night before, she knows that something is terribly wrong.

I’ve also been reading The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy  by Diane England.  My husband,  a Vietnam Veteran, has suffered for many years, mostly in silence, with PTSD and I found this book very enlightening.

My Virtual Coffee Catch Up for August

PTSD is not just experienced by war veterans but anyone who has experienced trauma in their lives.  It is not an easy road for them, but this book certainly opened my eyes and brought a better understanding of the condition.

What books do you like to read?

I don’t watch many movies, but this month I enjoyed the ‘Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’.  I had read the book and was pleasantly suprised that the movie script didn’t stray too far from the book, as sometimes happens in movies.

Blogging

During August I was fortunate to be asked to be write a Guest post for Sam  from Loving the Fifty Something, each month Sam has a series Amazing Over 50’s and this month I was her guest. You can visit my contribution HERE.  I was included in the series Women Over 50 Who Blog from Jo Castro, Lifestyle Fifty.  Finally, I was a featured article in Midlife Boulevarde, a post I wrote last year with my tips for How to start exercising again after a holiday or illness.

I am continuing to love the Over 50 & Thriving series and this month was no exception.  The contributors are always so inspiring and motivating and this month’s topics covered:

Writing your Own Recipe to Thrive – Agnes Knowles

Midlife Circus Ring Master Thriving in the Greatest Show on Earth – Lori Jo

How Photography Helps Me Thrive – Suzanne

R.I.P. 59 – Embracing 60 – Trisha

Thriving when life throws you curve balls – Donna

How has your August been?  Why not join the conversation and share what you have been up to?

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30 Comments

  • Reply Donna September 3, 2018 at 00:01

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for the wonderful catch-up. Your feature photo looks just like our 49th Parallel Coffee Shop in Vancouver (https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/49th-parallel-coffee-vancouver-3?select=W-cP4wJoijA_YItEbCx5hQ).
    You have had an incredibly active month. I stand in awe that you have been able to accomplish so much on your blog during the same time. Do you also sleep? 🙂
    BTW – It could just be my computer, but the link to the “curve ball post” was broken for me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2018 at 12:32

      Hi Donna, thanks for the heads up on the link to the ‘curve ball post’ I have fixed that. Actually I don’t sleep well which is surprising with the amount of activity I have in my life! The feature photo is from a little cafe that has recently opened this year a few doors up from where I live. Yes, the colours are the same as the 49th Parallel Coffee Shop. My cafe is called The Little Smirk cafe and they make excellent coffee! xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb September 3, 2018 at 01:09

    Sue – thanks for the August recap. Sounds like a month balancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social self. Good for you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2018 at 12:34

      Hi Janet, I do try to get some balance in all areas of my life. Not always successful but I do try. Have a lovely September xx

  • Reply Trisha Faye September 3, 2018 at 05:07

    Wow! You are rocking life and filling it up with the most joyous activities! I’m inspired by you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2018 at 12:35

      Thanks, Trisha I do have to say I am very blessed but what is more important to me is that you have felt inspired that really makes me feel worthwhile. Have a beautiful week! 🙂

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid September 3, 2018 at 07:59

    Happy belated birthday – those birthday blooms were beautiful! I’m still in awe of your marathon achievements – will you do another? I’m trying to psych myself up to do the Disneyworld Marathon for my 50th but I think the half might be more my style! Have heard great things about Woman in the Window and it’s on my list! I’ve just finished Mike Gayle’s “The Hope Family Calendar” and it was just delightful! Also watched Book Club at the movies – it was so funny and the cast was pure gold! Hope you have a splendid September!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2018 at 12:39

      Thank you for the birthday wishes, Sammie and yes the flowers were stunning – they are still going strong after two weeks! Running a marathon really is about your mental attitude because it does take a lot more commitment than a half marathon – which is still a great accomplishment. Go with what you feel is right for you or alternatively try training for the full and then see how you are going. You can always pull back to the half. I’d love to hear about your progress. Thanks for the Mike Gayle book I will check it out. I also saw the Book Club and yes, the casting was perfect. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful September as well. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey September 3, 2018 at 08:15

    As always you’ve had a full month. Congratulations on your 2nd marathon. I enjoyed the Guernsey as a read but missed it at the movies – will need to wait until it’s on Foxtel I suppose!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2018 at 12:40

      Hi Jo, I enjoyed the movie because it stayed fairly true to the book. I hate it when the movie adaptation is so different. Have a great September and I enjoyed your SaD post 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 3, 2018 at 15:45

    Happy birthday – you sound busy. And well done on the running! I need to see that movie when it comes to the tv…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2018 at 06:23

      Hi Lydia, yes I love looking back at what I have done during the month. It makes me appreciate my life. I’m sure the movie will be on TV soon so catch it when it arrives. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Kalpana September 3, 2018 at 18:14

    I enjoyed your virtual coffee catch up. I’m still so impressed that you RAN 24 km. I love the Guernsey book and have hesitated watching the film out of fear that it won’t live up to my expectations. I’ve read a lot this month – Pachinko and a Tamil author translated into English – Perumal Murugan – whose prose is like poetry.
    Also, belatedly HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Those flowers look fabulous.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2018 at 06:24

      Hi Kalpana it was actually 42km LOL 🙂 The movie was really good and I’m always doubtful of movies that have been adapted from books. don’t think you will be disappointed. Thank you for your kind birthday wishes and have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Candi Randolph September 3, 2018 at 23:19

    The month of August was good to you, Sue! I am always so impressed with your physical abilities and commitment to running. Family and birthday time is precious as well. I’ve been with my family for almost 4 weeks now, and although we’ve experienced the loss of my dad during this time, we have still made many happy memories.

    I love to read psychological thrillers, so will be adding your August reads to my list. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2018 at 06:26

      Yes, I read about your Dad, Candi it is a difficult time for you. It is good that you have been with your family though and concentrating on the happy memories. Sending you love and a hug. xx

  • Reply jodie filogomo September 4, 2018 at 07:48

    You should be shouting from the rooftops about your marathon Sue!! What an incredible accomplishment and you are so inspirational!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 5, 2018 at 07:19

      Yes I was pretty happy with myself, Jodie! Thank you for your lovely words of encouragement and have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Vanessa September 4, 2018 at 09:23

    Super congratulations on the marathon! I finally went back to the gym last night for the first time after moving house and I am feeling it today!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 5, 2018 at 07:17

      Thanks Vanessa, I was so pleased to cross the finish line! Good for you going to the gym, you might feel it after your first session but you know the workouts are making your body, mind and spirit feel so much better. Keep it up! x

  • Reply Becky - BeckyandJames September 4, 2018 at 14:04

    I am so glad Spring is on the way!!
    Well done on the marathon, that’s amazing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 5, 2018 at 07:15

      Yes Becky, Spring is on the way, although in Brisbane, our winter’s are really quite mild. I love all the flowers though. Thank you for your good wishes re the marathon. I’ve done two now so I might just stick to half marathons from now on, but never say never 🙂

  • Reply Debbie September 4, 2018 at 17:38

    You are sooo busy Sue, I don’t know how you do it sometimes!! I love reading your catch up posts and hearing about your activities. The marathon was very impressive I must say. All the best for September, isn’t the year getting away quickly?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 5, 2018 at 07:11

      Hi Deb, I love these posts because it really shows how much I pack into a month and it is usually full of things I love. I am very blessed. September may not be quite so busy as I’m preparing for our cruise to Japan in early October. The year if flying!!! xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 6, 2018 at 17:09

    Great to finally catch up with you in the comments! What a busy but wonderful month. Thank you for linking up for life this week and next week’s optional prompt is Travel Tips. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 7, 2018 at 07:09

      Yes I’m always happy to hear from you Denyse and look forward each Monday to Life This Week. xx

  • Reply Natalie September 8, 2018 at 09:35

    Happy belated birthday, Sue! The bouquet looks beautiful and the spring flowers, too. Good on you for doing and enjoying the variety of activities in August. Finishing the marathon is a huge accomplishment so my congrats again. Enjoy September!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 11, 2018 at 07:34

      Thanks Natalie, the flowers lasted well over two weeks so I really was able to enjoy them. I hope you have a lovely September and look forward to reading about it. xx

  • Reply Alicia September 8, 2018 at 20:03

    Oooh I’ll have to look that movie up. I remember my mum mentioning it before too. August went by in a flash, my brain can’t even compute what happened!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 11, 2018 at 07:36

      I know what you mean Alicia. In August, I found myself wondering where the last year had gone since I turned 60. Life is fast but we need to enjoy it. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by x

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