Friday 28th January 2022

Good News. 2/51 #LifeThisWeek. 3/2020.

Good News. 2/51 #LifeThisWeek. 3/2020.

There is no  not much good news at the moment, right?

We hear of world conflicts that could escalate to wars anytime a certain person in charge of a country decided to say ‘do it’.

We read of the numbers of fauna destroyed in the Australian bush fires.

We see, nightly (and all day if we cling to our social media accounts) the fires. The exhaustion of firies, the loss of housing, infrastructure and so much more GONE to the beast that is fire.


Time to SEARCH for good news.

Here’s some I found.

Little but more than that, it is significant that we CAN and DO look for the good….

NINE TEN Good News Stories! 

ONE. On one of the hottest days this summer…this bloom appeared. By itself. Just flowered.

TWO. A wee gift from my 10 year old granddaughter on Christmas Day. Treasured.

THREE. I was never sure IF I wanted to upgrade to a new Iphone until I realised I HAD to get one when my Iphone 6+ was not going so well. I did my research, spoke to an Apple guy and then, later when I was ready to get this phone, I was confident and let the sales person at Telstra know EXACTLY what I wanted. The good news in that transaction was that I was not treated like a ‘little old lady’ and I was not at all patronised. Win!

FOUR. For someone whose iphone stores 1000s of my photos I admit the weather outside was totally NOT conducive to sharing pics until I saw this flame (I know, irony) tree and used the different camera lens to capture this. Liked its flexibility.

FIVE. This is so not a sponsored post but one of the kindest women on-line is Kirsten who “IS” Bettyquette. Once I had my new phone I realised I also needed a new pop socket. And a love heart to join my head and neck cancer colours on my lanyard. And some coconut oil. In the week when Bettyquette went back to work, over one 24 hour period ALL proceeds from sales ($1300+) went to one of the charities supporting fire relief. Kirsten is also here as a Woman of Courage.

SIX. Every year he wonders how come he is still around. Well, Dad, you are! Happy 96th for last Saturday. Here he is (photo approved) giving me his latest (and some repeated) news last week after we shared the morning tea I brought with me from home.

SEVEN. As a family we stopped Christmas presents for the adults some time ago. Our daughter, however, did not get the memo in 2019. She generously bought her dad a Bunnings voucher…and for me, THIS. Tickets to see Boy Swallows Universe in Brisbane in September with her.

EIGHT. Knowing my story with head and neck cancer AND eating, many readers know it is a challenge. Sometimes the biggest challenge is in me giving something a go. Delighted that I could manage the small prawns on Christmas Day, I recently treated myself to a few, added avocado with a non-spicy sauce I made, and some brown bread with butter. A sensory delight!!

NINE. A great reminder of nature is to be by the ocean. I walked a little way along here last week after seeing Dad. The ocean was pretty fierce and there was quite a bit of haze from the smoke but looking at the patterns in the rocks reminded me of how time takes its toll on the universe…not just people.

TEN. Added after a cool change and R for R A I N falling. Friday into Saturday. Yay for THIS good news.

There! I could find good news by looking for it. I know for me if I spend too much time on social media: hello Twitter….I end up getting mad and sad. So, having taken myself away and looking more around me, I found the good news!

It’s out there!

We just need to look, listen and appreciate it.

Hope you are travelling OK this week…and thank you for joining me today for the second Life This Week in 2020.


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  1. I loved your good news post Denyse and I’m like you, I find too many sad and dreadful comments on social media very upsetting and draining! Your post though had me smiling and nodding along so I am grateful to you for that. As I sit in my hotel in London ready for the last night of our trip, I’m grateful for the opportunities we have to travel and for our 40 years of (mostly) happy married life. I have shared my post about our wedding anniversary, and in this day and age, I think that counts as good news!! See you back in Aus in a few days 🙂

    • I know how hard it’s been for you…and literally had to take myself away from screens on the most awful day here: when it got over 40 and I was concerned we’d lose power. We didn’t but I did some art and just went away from the ‘bad’ news even though I continued to be a bit concerned.

      By the time you read this I imagine you are getting ready to board the long flight home.

      I do hope it goes well and that the homecoming is loving even though you won’t know about your town and house for a while.

      Sending all my good wishes to you both. Happy 40th Anniversary. Us schoolies – always in the hols. We are 49 years next week.

      Denyse x

  2. Hi Denyse, you know that I am a great believer in trying to find good things in life especially when life is not going the way we planned. The news here in Australia and around the World is not good, however, bad news will always be there so we just need to take your advice and find some good news – or make our own. I enjoyed all 10 that you shared with us and you started my Monday feeling uplifted. Thank you for that. I’m so grateful for all that I have. I walk onto my balcony, look at the ocean, breathe deeply and give thanks for all that I have. Have a wonderful week, Denyse and it’s good to be back at #lifethisweek. xx

    • Oh Sue, thank you!

      I do know the benefit of focussing on the good but that default brain of ours will always look for the ‘bad’ first. Learning to tame that is one daily exercise.

      I can imagine the beauty of your morning on your balcony (I sure hope no-one ever builds you out) because that view is precious. And sea air. Nothing like it!

      Thanks for sharing your update here too.

      Denyse x

  3. We all need good news as there’s too much bad on a daily basis! Thanks so much for hosting! I’m linking up with TOP 10 POSTS OF 2019 AT GRAMMY’S GRID.

    • Yes there sure is. I said recently why don’t they say “the Bad News” on the News channels.

      Thank you for sharing your post.

      Denyse x

  4. Denyse, thank you for encouraging us to all FIND joy in the world this week. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your list, It made me smile.

    SSG xx

  5. Thanks, Denyse, for sharing your good news. Positivity is good. Time out in nature is great. #lifethisweek

    • Yes Natalie, when the smoke was so dangerous it stopped any of us visiting nature for solace that was when it hit home how bad it was. Half of our back lawn is dead from the extremes of heat and our lack of rain. We give it a small water but everyone is being asked to be conscious of use.

      Never mind, soon we will be complaining about the rain!!

      Thank you.

      Denyse x

  6. There is so much bad news around that it’s easy to miss those little pieces of joy. Yesterday I enjoyed the soft drizzle and walking in it this morning was also lovely.

  7. Thanks for that, I needed some good news! Well done on the prawns, glad you could eat something different and festive!

    • I am glad it was helpful.

      Yes to the prawns. I am learning that I can try these foods and when they work that is a win.

      Hope the school hols are going well.

      Denyse x

  8. You know how much I love your continued positivity Denyse. I’m trying to pick myself up a bit this week. I wasn’t quite up to a ‘good news’ blog post but have written something and would like to try to challenge myself to post everyday for a while!


    • Deb, if only you knew! Literally I have had to turn myself and my thoughts around SO much.

      My GP was only saying today that “you are a different person” to when he met me pre-cancer and full of anxiety.

      The learning I have done, the encouragement from my husband and the experiences that I take on board and let them stay in my memory help.

      It so takes an effort to start and to keep on going. The ‘gratitude’ notion for a year is one that has challenged me but ….as I sit here I see some quotes and I write something in the diary each day so it’s piece by piece…step by step…and being scare as well to make some of the changes.

      I am so glad you have linked up today.

      Denyse x

  9. I love your positivity Denyse – and I think we sometimes forget to remember how blessed we are – we get caught up in the information overload that is always skewed to the bad or the sensational and forget to look at all the good stuff. Thanks for sharing yours today and I pinned your quote xx

    • Thanks so much Leanne.

      I just noted to Deb that it is really an effort for me to ‘look for the good’ but now I am on the ‘gratitude’ path for 366 days it does make me search with greater intensity.

      Each of us grows and changes each day and no one day IS the same so we need (as you know) to be in the one we are in and accept it for what it is.

      Denyse x

  10. Good news. Love it. We need some of that at the moment hey.

    I loved Boys Swallows Universe. One of my favourite reads of 2019. And I also think your dad looks totally amazing for his age. How lucky you are to still have him in your life. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Caz. I really did sit down thinking..”what good news??” Then I had a look at my photos and saw I sure did have some.

      My Dad…amazing alright. He wants to ‘die’ in his sleep he tells us.

      Denyse x

  11. Not being treated like “a little old lady” when shopping for an iPhone IS a win! I need a new phone very soon. Maybe an iPhone this time. I hope I get a salesperson like yours! And the gift from your granddaughter is priceless!

    • There are some people who really have no time for those who are older but in this young man’s case not at all. In fact, when he noticed my apple watch he was even more impressed!! LOL.

      Our granddaughter (one of 6 we are lucky to have) is so sweet and thoughtful and she & I used to do art together back when we were caring for her in pre-school years.

      Denyse x

  12. Sometimes it does seem we have to intentionally seek out the good news; they don’t come to us as automatically as the bad stories, at times. I love your gift from your granddaughter. 🙂 That’s a keeper!

    • Yes we do and as time goes on we seem to need to do this more.

      Thank you so much for visiting today and my granddaughter is very sweet. yes, I have kept it.

      Denyse x

  13. Happy Birthday to your dear dad!

    Thanks for all of the good news Denyse, I can’t wait to see all the great photos you’ll be taking with that new phone.

    • Thanks Kat….

      Honestly, he DID ask me “how come I am still going well?” My response- no idea but enjoy what you have.

      Considering he was brought up in the Great Depression and his Dad died when he was 11, he has done very well. He can “annoy” me but not as much as he did…apparently we are “alike”. LOL

      Denyse x

  14. These good news stories are wonderful. I have been a slack blogger of the last couple of years, but I have been dipping in here occasionally to catch up with you, I’m so glad to hear you are doing well.

    • Thanks so much Cate. Good to see you here again.

      Blogging is a great connection for me and when I was first struggling with cancer my blogging buddies were (still are) so supportive.

      Denyse x

  15. So glad to hear there’s so much goodness in your life right now. Thanks for sharing, they made me smile. 🙂

  16. This was such a lovely post to read – we all need some good news at the moment! I’m overwhelmed by your kind words too. Thank you xox

  17. You are so right, when we get wrapped up in all the terrible things that this world can sometimes present to us we loose touch with all the good. .. and there is always good, always.

    • There is indeed. I hope you and yours were OK in this most awful time we have had.

      Take care..and let’s get some rain!

      Denyse x

  18. It is horrible what is happening in the world at the moment. Good on you for enjoying the little things in life.

  19. Your Granddaughters gift (insert love heart here)!!!

    You often remind me of a dear friend of mine who’s ability to find the blessings in every day always astounded me when she was going through so much horrible stuff. That’s a gift in itself… and you definitely have that gift.

    Sandra Xx

    • Thank you Sandra. She is a sweetheart herself!

      As for ‘finding’ the gratitude in every day, I have learned from the Master (my husband) who has pain emanating from mostly his compromised spine (don’t ask!)….and he can find it every single day.

      Me? Nah. Disbeliever in the regular practice until I “made” myself do this and yes, it works.

      It’s a matter of discipline in some ways but the reward is good.

      Lovely to see you commenting too.

      Denyse x