Saturday 22nd January 2022

Last 51/51 #LifeThisWeek 2019. Thanks To All! New Prompts for 2020. 123/2019.

Last 51/51 #LifeThisWeek 2019. Thanks To All. New Prompts for 2020. 123/2019.

Life This Week.

This has been another great year for me as each of you kind and generous bloggers have linked up, on or off prompt. I haven’t got a best of or anything like that for numbers as I am about the stories we share, the connections we make and being here.

This is why I comment on each person’s post.

I am chuffed when you comment on mine and if  you too have the time to visit others’ posts to comment that IS being connected. Not everyone can and I don’t believe “If I link up I have to visit everyone.” No, that’s my role as host, so please link up when you can and share the news of this link up going into its 4th year.

After the link up closes each week and I have visited to comment,  I tweet so everyone sees who’s linked up.

The fact that you, and others return here to link up each Monday is something I really value.

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It’s Nearly Christmas Day 2019.

Have you seen Santa yet? I started doing this in 2017 and this is my 2019 version. Santa Claus is getting younger! OK, I am getting older too.

Some of my recent Christmas related art.

In 2014 this sad but resigned woman (me!) knew she was experiencing the last of the family Christmases as she knew it. In fact, she was not even hosting as the house of almost 18 years residence was being packed up for the move to the Central Coast in early 2015. I tried to enjoy and take in every moment and memory to savour it.

We had said, too, that because of the distance from Sydney and needing to use the M1 we would not travel back to Sydney. It was practical. It made sense but emotionally it was, as I knew, much harder. Then, on Christmas Day 2015 my 3 older grandchildren dropped in! One had her licence and car and the secret was kept with my husband too. Oh. That was awesome. So appreciated. And our son and his family called in a day or two later on their way home from Christmas further north. In 2016 it was again a lovely  drop-in visit from the older kids (and later the younger GD and her Mum – our daughter) and we talked to the others by phone. In 2017 I was recovering from two surgeries and of course “wanted to celebrate” but it was challenging so we sent off cards and some money to all.

Then in 2018 “We” hosted Christmas here for our daughter and her four. That was great fun, me getting back into my Christmas mode.

What’s on this year? Never say never…we are driving to Sydney – I have overcome so much of my fear of this kind of thing…as people who have read here for years – dropping into our son’s to see his four kids (we have sent gifts via Aust Post earlier) and then to our daughter’s for Lunch. And, ahem, I have been doing some Christmas shopping after a few years. Just for the “kids” and for the traditions to stay alive! They will love it too.

Christmas Cupcakes for all!

Back in 1999, we had two granddaughters….and I talked their grandfather into getting into more outside Christmas decorations. This board – of Santa and his reindeer (with 2 teddies – one for each girl here) is still going strong: at their mum’s house.

Here’s a recent photo of our two eldest granddaughters: thanks for being the best and most fun ever girls…See you Chrissy Day!

In her Papa’s arms is GD on left…and birthday girl (today) is the person who made us “Grandma and Papa”.

Next Year. Life This Week Optional Prompts.

The first week back in 2020 is Monday 6 January and the title for that post is below.

Then, in an effort to be clever…(ha) I have added the next 9 prompts.

There is a message in the prompts somewhere indicating what my word for 2020 is.

1/51 Word/Intention for 2020 6.1.2020

2/51 Good News 13.1.2020

3/51 Remember This 20.1.2020

4/51 Australia 27.1.2020

5/51 T: Time to Share Your Snaps #1. 3.2.2020

6/51 Interesting 10.2.2020

7/51 T: Telling Self-Care Stories #1. 17.2.2020

8/51 Unusual 24.2.2020

9/51 D: Day for Taking Stock #1. 2.3.2020

10/51 Excited To Share Your Snaps #2. 9.3.2020

Onward and into 2020.

I will continue to be blogging on Wednesdays too.

The Women of Courage series will resume on  Wednesday 5th February 2020…with a new photo: here it is!

I will be linking my Wednesday post to MidLife Share the Love Linky and on Thursdays Lovin Life Linky as well as Open Slather on I do hope all three return in 2020.

Looking forward to catching up with you all again next year. I hope whatever this holiday season is for you and yours that it is relaxing, fun and enjoyable. If it’s not, then it becomes a blog post…for telling later!

Cheers to you all.


Added: I do hope that you and yours stay safe and well over this Australian holiday period where temperature records are being broken and for most of Eastern Australia, especially my state of New South Wales, bush fires are exacting a huge toll.  Loss of pasture, forests, wildlife, over 800 dwellings and so sadly, as the time of writing, two lives of volunteer firefighters were lost in a vehicle accident on Thursday night after the truck collided with a fallen tree. For anyone wanting to donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service and/or to the funds being raised for these two men’s families, the link is here.

You can link up something old or new, just come on in. * Please add just ONE post each week! * Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not. * Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do! * Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right! * Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine! *Posts deemed by me, the owner of the blog and the link-up, to be unsuitable for my audience will be deleted without notice. * THANK you for linking up today!

Next Week’s Year’s first weekly optional prompt is: 1/51 Word/Intention  6/01/20


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  1. Merry Christmas Denyse! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas day in Sydney with your family. I love the photographs of your granddaughter as a baby and as she is now. I really look forward to the day I become a grandmother! Best wishes too for a happy, fulfilling and healthy 2020! xo

    • Thank you Min and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      Thinking of being a grandmother (one day) is truly a blessing…I can honestly say it’s a wonderful ride but then again, you (the grandma) needs to know limits. It took me a bit of time!! lol.

      See you back here in 2020 when you can visit.

      Happy 2020 too.

      Denyse x

  2. Thank you, Denyse, for hosting the link-ups in 2019. I heard about the fires and fatalities in NSW. Some 30 Canadian firefighters have gone there to help. I hope the fires will be under control soon. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2020! I look forward to continuing our blogging connections in the year ahead.

    • Thank you Natalie. Yes, it’s been a horrible time for so many. Thanks to communities far and wide, including your countrymen and women we are getting more advice and assistance.

      Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season and see you back here in 2020. I am always grateful for your support!

      Denyse x

  3. Merry, Merry Christmas, Denyse! Looking forward to writing and reading with you in 2020.

    Have a wonderful break.

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you Ms Christmas fan too!

      My eldest granddaughter says I have taught her to love all that is Christmas and that is cool.

      Enjoy all you get to do with the fam.

      See you in 2020.

      Denyse x

  4. Enjoy Sydney and the family time. My mum wasn’t up to our planned trip to Brisbane – given her recent surgery and my brother’s place has internal stairs and she was getting stressed about them.

    They’ll still have xmas at their place and come up for an overnighter a few days after that. My niece goes o/s to work for a year in Feb so it’s the last we’ll see of her for a while.

    Mum and I will have a quiet xmas here though I’m going to a friend’s that morning to share it with her and my godson who’ll be excited about presents etc…

    • I am glad your Mum’s needs were taken into consideration as I know “worry” is not helpful when she would want to be still being a part of the family life.

      Sounds like a good plan for the celebrations. With your niece going OS again, it will be good to catch some more time with her.

      Happy Christmas morning fun with your GS. We used to drive to our grandkids’ houses for that very reason when we lived in Sydney.

      And, HAPPY Birthday to you too…for the 28th!!

      Denyse x

  5. Hi Denyse I think I see your word for 2020 in the prompts!!! Thank you for hosting this weekly link up even though the last month or so I’ve not participated. I do hope to be more regular linking up next year. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family in Sydney and may 2020 bring happiness and health to you and hubby. We had our family get together last Saturday and it is always joyous time. Christmas Day we will go to my daughters for another round of celebrations. Take care and here’s to a wonderful new decade. #lifethisweek.

    • Ah Sue, clever!!

      Thank you for your kind words.

      I hope you do link up in 2020 but I never believe in “having to comment” on everyone’s posts…as I do here (and you & Leanne share) so link up (old post or new) without any concern about that.

      Looking forward to 2020 and seeing what I do come up with in terms of my “word” of the year!!

      It was lovely seeing your family shots from the weekend. I hope everyone enjoys the celebrations of this week.

      Denyse x

  6. Merry Christmas! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Your Santa lost weight 🙂

  7. Love your Santa pic – me and Teddy got to see Santa Paws this year, you inspired us! Thanks for being the hostess with the mostest and this lovely link up party – it’s always a pleasure to join! Wishing you and yours the happiest of Christmases and an absolutely fabulous 2020!

    • Thank you Sam for being such a loyal blogging mate too.

      See you inn 2020.

      All the best for the festive days and nights ahead…

      Denyse. x

  8. Thanks so much for hosting this linkup Denyse, I really enjoy it. I always enjoy your posts, reading your thoughts and stories, you are such a generous and giving person. Your granddaughters are beautiful in both pics! I’m missing lots of family this year by being overseas with my daughter and son-in-law and my newest granddaughter – I think it’s where I should be this year so I’m trying not to feel guilty as I know I can’t be everywhere!
    I love your Santa photos! Wishing you a happy and safe time, enjoy the time with your family, as I know you will. I too know your word for the year from your clues and I look forward to joining up next year with mine. Thanks for all your support and lovely comments, I always love hearing from you 🙂

    • It’s my pleasure to host and I love your supportive comments about this link up.

      I too enjoy the chats and learning more about everyone via this medium.

      Torn as parents..yes, I do get that. It is the way these days when they have ‘flown the nest’

      It would seem you are doing well to manage sharing the love, care and concern.

      Have a good the cold and we are all hopeful of rain here.

      Denyse x

  9. Hi Denyse like you I stopped doing the family Christmas as I had always done previously. I moved away from family and now work through the holidays. But it looks like I may be doing it next year again. Congratulations on a great year of blogging. Sharing

    • It’s a case of “never say never” in this ever-changing life of family isn’t it?

      I did not think I would ‘host’ again..and we did.

      I did not ever think I would drive back to Sydney for Christmas and I did.

      Life, hey!

      Sending all good wishes to you as we move into 2020.

      Denyse x

  10. I’m very late in commenting! I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family in Sydney. I love how you’ve incorporated what I think might be your word for the prompts next year! Here’s to a fab 2020 Denyse!

    • Just made it for this year, and decade. Thank you so much. Yep, no doubt about it, you have guessed my word.

      Happy New Year Sanch.

      Denyse x