Sunday 22nd May 2022

Last ‘Taking Stock’ in 2017. #LifeThisWeek. 45/52. 2017.125.

Last ‘Taking Stock’ in 2017. #LifeThisWeek. 45/52. 2017.125.

Making plans for be more mindful every day especially when I am facing experiences that I find challenging.

Cooking not a lot recently as the freezer is pretty full from recent ‘batch-cooking’. 

Drinking more cups of tea each day so..I can dip my biscuits!

Reading social media, the daily newspapers, blog posts, some books even though I am still unable to become absorbed in them.

Wanting good health news for anyone who is unwell.

Looking up at the sky every day and noticing the clouds which change every minute.

The Lake Views Near Our Place.

Playing a word game on the Ipad which keeps my brain active and my frustration levels high when I cannot make a word from the letters.

Wasting more time on the above game than maybe I should.

Creating art of every kind I love, every day. Paint is my favourite medium at present.

Wishing that the world stays safe. 

Enjoying the times at home in between hospital stays and doctors’ & dentist visits in Sydney.

Surprise Delivery this week from a friend.

Waiting as patiently as I can for my long recovery and reconstruction of my mouth to be finished sometime in 2018.

Liking that I am learning, from my cancer experience, to be more patient than I was.

Wondering from how much my grandchildren have special memories of us, their grandparents. 

Loving the blogging community I am part of and follow. 

Hoping that I can continue my newly-embedded acceptance of “going with what the present is offering”.

Marvelling at my improvement in my thinking and emotional health to the point it is no longer keeping me scared and fearful.

What I Noticed on the walkway to the Beach last week.

Needing reminders that it is nearly Christmas but to be honest, we don’t ‘do Christmas’ much anymore but we will do a tree with lights.

Smelling my husband’s after shave and enjoying the aroma.

Wearing a different outfit every day because I have decided doing that makes me care for and about myself more and it is fun.

Following the increasingly annoying news from the Australian political arena.

Noticing that the jacarandas are nearly finished and the frangipanis are blooming.

Knowing that by the time this post is live I will be at home recovering from my 2nd surgery inside my mouth.

Daily Outfit post..but fewer smiles as mouth is swollen from recent 2nd surgery.

Thinking that the surgical team who care for me are very competent in their roles.

Feeling a lot more confident than I used to be about getting out and about up here and even taking myself to Hornsby recently.

Bookmarking all the wonderful comments that people make to buoy me up when I am feeling a bit down.

Opening cans, bottles and jars with much more difficulty these days

Giggling at some very cute kids of blogging friends who post their pics and vids on Instagram.

Feeling lucky to be receiving the best health care and having the support of my family and friends as I do.

Very relieved Me…about to head home after 2nd surgery. Less than 3 hours since the operation! I am a good recoverer!!

Do you like the taking stock prompts?

They can be changed or adapted of course. I use the ones from Pip Lincoln’s blog Meet Me At Mikes with acknowledgment here.

There are five weeks until Christmas Day which falls on a Monday. No #LifeThisWeek that week!

#LifeThisWeek returns on Monday 1 January 2018 with this prompt: Bye to 2017.

I promise to put the prompts for first 9 weeks of #LifeThisWeek 2018 up on the Home Page before then!


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  1. Your last photo made me happy to hear that you are a good recoverer and heading home so soon after your second operation!


    • Thanks so much Ingrid. I am grateful for that too. Just back from a flying visit to the surgeon – 5 days post op so he could check the skin graft and it is OK. D x

  2. Love the marvelling. Health can be so all consuming and debilitating when it’s not in a good state (and we take it for granted when we are!)
    The word game sounds fun – weird how addictive those things are once you start.

    • Health is exactly that! My late Mum used to say that having your health was was more important than anything. I know what she means!! As for the word game, I only play it alone..I don’t seek others but I realised I am competitive even with myself!!? Go figure! D x

  3. Wonderful that you have had a change in your thinking Denyse and that you are feeling less fearful. Cancer is a horrible experience – even the word is fear invoking. Great to move past this. X

    • Thank you dear Jody and I hope that you are going well. Today we have returned from my 5 day post-op check up and whilst the news was good I still had a bit of a teary reaction on the way home. I think the recency of the surgery might be partly to blame and the fact that it IS a life-changer having you well know. D xx

  4. Love all of this. It’s great to hear that you are feeling less fearful. And I love seeing all your outfits xo

    • Thanks Ness! It is good to feel that way now for sure. I am keeping on with the outfits challenge because it is doing me some good to get out of a rut and into something more brightening for my day. Too easy to get stuck being at home all day for me so I also now try to go somewhere each day even if it is just for a coffee and to people watch! D xx

  5. I love the positivity here Denyse! And that you’re taking time to relax, reflect and think about what’s ahead. I think that’s a great balance! (And I’m loving the outfit pics as well!)

    • Thank you Deb! I go back to my old Taking Stocks to see how I am progressing..not that I am “trying to make it any less true” and I can see and feel the greater energy in me too. Have to admit I am really enjoying the outfit posts now too! D xx

  6. I did it. I did a Taking Stock post. I actually used the prompt. Miracles do happen! 😀

  7. You continue to be an inspiration Denyse and I’ve seen such a growth in confidence in you during your stressful time. Love your positivity and all the things in your life. I’m enjoying your outfit pics on Instagram – I would love to do these but some days I’m just bumping around in trackies which aren’t a good look! Thanks for the weekly linkup and look forward to being part of it all in 2018.

    • Ah Sue, it was because every day I was just hanging around in the same old same old that I took myself in hand. As someone who is now, quite by accident at her lowest weight since her early 20s I realised I needed to be more proud of how my appearance has changed (not a diet as you know) and to ‘show myself off a bit more’. Not having a work place to go to or anything like that made it a bit strange when i started then I just did and it has flowed well each day. It is a good start to my day and even my hub says “are your ready for your outfit picture now”

      I am having a bit of a miserable day today even though my visit to the surgeon went well for post-op check. so I am letting it out and having a whinge because i dont keep stuff in anyway…and it has helped to write it as an IG post!

      I hope you are feeling a bit more settled back in Oz. D xx

  8. My taking stock is pretty much “counting down to a break” at this time of year. Not that I have any plans for the work close down time, but I think that’s kind of the point.

    • I actually loved this time of year in schools. You could see the end but you still had plenty to do but once it was done it was an extended break. Mind you, I would always leave school with everything ready for week one anyway and by mid Jan would be planning but at least I had a good break in between. It must feel good at your end to have the countdown happening!! D x

  9. You just described me playing Words Chums and Word Cookies! So frustrated when I can’t figure out the answer. Also, good work on the biscuit dunking. I can’t stand coffee, but I used to buzz around my mum’s coffee like a fly to dip biscuits in there.
    I do like the “Taking Stock” blog posts. Although I feel like I can’t really join in because it may not be in my blog’s “niche”. Maybe I’ll try it net time and see.

    • The word game I am playing is one B showed me. I only play in competition with me! Sadly I am also competitive with myself. mmmmmm.
      Once I learned (after cancer surgery) that dunked biscuits worked I have a few different ones to try.
      I must say the food thing is annoying the hell out of my right now as I am kind of at the half-way point (months wise) of when I may be able to crunch and chew!! I am going to write a post for next Tuesday. Meanwhile…thinking of you for tomorrow. If you feel a Taking Stock isn’t for you, that is OK but maybe you could make it expat/travel related…using only some of the prompts. Dont forget that next year, in weeks ending with a 5 and 0 it will be photo based. Take care… D xx

  10. I always love a good Taking Stock post Denyse – and I’m so glad you’re recovering so well from surgery number 2. I’m re-jigging my blogging next year and I’m going to use a lot of your prompts so I’m glad you’ll have some up for 2018 soon.

    • I am so glad that my prompts are going to help you too. Look I so understand a bit of blogging slump but I have a pretty creative mind (teacher me) and like the challenge of coming up with the prompts too. Thanks for your kind words. D xx

  11. I love a bit of Taking Stock. I love your positivity and am so pleased you are in good hands. I have to say, cancer teaches you so many things, but especially how to be patient and embracing what the present is offering… Especially when it involves frangipanis and/or jacarandas – win, win!

    • Thanks Sammie. Always value your upbeat comments and encouragement. Whilst today I have lost some of my positivity …it will be back within a day! It sometimes is that way and that is all I can say. D xx

  12. I love reading the taking stocks. I had to laugh at your comment about smelling your husband’s after shave. I bought mine some more at the airport yesterday & as I’m smelling I’m thinking, yes, that smells like him, or nope, not at all like him.

  13. Denyse, I think it’s fantastic that you are doing daily outfit pics, I began doing this early last year and found it was a great boost to my confidence. Seeing you as others see you, instead of what the chatter inside your head tells you, you look like, is life changing.

    • It has been better than I thought. I am really proud of myself for the first time in about 40 years…if you know what I mean. I enjoy colours anyway and putting items together now that I have finally bought clothes to fit is a fun challenge. Thanks for you kind words and support. D xx

  14. I love your taking stock post Denyse, it must be gratifying to review where you are at. I think I should do that too, it has been a big year and sometimes it feels as though the days go by in a blur; a review is a great way to see what has been done/achieved (including taking time out)

    • I am glad that you enjoy them. I often do check out my previous ones after I have done the current one and it gives me an idea of whether I am ‘stuck’ or ‘making progress’. I hope you do decided to do one as well. It would be appropriate for your audience as well I believe. Denyse x

  15. I’ve been terrible at getting around to everyone’s blogs of late and I apologies. But I have loved seeing you pop up in my Instagram feed and I love seeing the process you are making xox

  16. I am loving seeing you in your bright colours, I don’t think there is a colour you would look bad in! I can only admire the way you’ve held yourself in your recent challenges, you are an inspiration xx

    • Why thank you M’am! I am quite a bit down as pain from last week’s surgery is ‘biting’ and it was not something I expected. I have made myself do the ‘getting outfits together’ still as it’s a good distraction. Today I even bought a long dress for summer..unheard of!! Not sure when I will wear it but I do have a granddaughter turning 21 and she is having a casual outdoor celebration. D xx