Wednesday 26th January 2022

Taking Stock #1 9/51. Life This Week.18/2020.

Taking Stock #1 9/51. Life This Week.18/2020.

Here we are, if you also follow the optional prompts: Taking Stock #1 for 2020. These prompts come in roughly every nine weeks. Let’s go: first one this year.

I wanted to be different this time round so added photos first, then the prompt that I thought suited best. Hope you enjoyed the pictorial version.

Happy first week of Autumn (Southern Hemisphere) and I know Northern Hemisphere people wait till equinox: 21/22 March for first day of Spring!


This is the list of optional prompts I use for my taking stock posts. Feel free to copy them from here if you wish.



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Life This Week. Link Up #178.

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  1. I like your new format!! Looks good. Curious what video you are making?! And by piccolo do you mean champagne? How magical!

    • Thank you. I am glad I came up with it. Refreshing for me too. The video does have a story and I am pretty sure I will blog about it.

      The piccolo is my shorthand for a one shot of coffee that is small.

      Mind you the other would be OK too…but haven’t had alcohol for a few years.


  2. That’s a great selection. Thanks for hosting your linkup. So sad they are few and far between now in the blogging world.

  3. Your new format looks good, Denyse. I’m looking forward to spring. Thank you for hosting. Have a wonderful week! #lifethisweek

    • Thanks so much Natalie. I will keep it going in this format I think.

      You must be seeing some wonders of Spring soon.

      We have another day of over 100deg F today…with rain on the horizon for the next days to come.

      Blistering heat…be gone! Mind you the washing is drying quickly!


  4. What a novel way to answer the prompts Denyse! I love frangipanis too and your collection of photos says a whole lot about you 🙂 . Thanks again for having us over and for sending me the prompts, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my responses!

    • Thanks Debbie. I would like to say we grew those frangipanis but no, I stopped to take a photo back in the older suburb where we lived and there are many mature trees there.

      The photo idea came to me and I decided, what the heck!!

      Glad to help with the prompts.

      Happy Monday to you.


  5. Denyse
    I love how you’ve arranged ‘Taking Stock’ this week. Can’t wait to hear more about your video apperance!

    SSG xxx

    • Thanks SSG. Seems my accidental idea has proved popular. It was pretty good matching a word to the selected images that did tell some of my recent stories.

      The video itself will be ready in 4-6 weeks and before then I will share here what it was about.

      I was so glad to be a ‘ONE take’ interview.


  6. Loving this format – it’s very “you”…

    • Thank you, I shall accept that compliment and continue with the format this year if it continues to work.


  7. Happy first week of spring to me! I’m super excited for spring over here.
    It looks like you had a great February, with lots of nature incorporated! I can’t wait for that video to come out, so we can see how well you did.

    I know it’s not a proper “taking stock” post, but I linked up my huuuuge post on getting my Green Card, since that happened in February. I hope it doesn’t bore anyone to death.

    • I thought I had better be Northern Hemisphere correct as I know 21 March is first of Spring. But hey, you have a foot in both hemispheres (so to speak) so you can make your own rules.

      The video. Mmmm. I was glad it was a one-take. When the film guy said, we might need to do the last 2 questions because my interviewer was giggling at my responses (coffee and cake) I thought “oh heck, I will never remember what I said”. But my interviewer said ‘nah leave it in, it’s very natural’. Yay.


  8. Mmm, I’ve been craving pancakes lately. Hope they were yummy!

    • You know Di, they were. I couldn’t eat more than one but I froze a couple. It was my late Mum’s recipe and better than any you buy in a bottle!


  9. Happy Birthday B! Hope you have a lovely day! This was a lovely way to take stock Denyse. I saw a segment on the Today show at the Chris Obrien life house celebrating the opening of the new waiting room. If only other hospitals would follow this model – imagine the boost in people’s general well being feeling like a person who is cared about rather than just a beeping alarm or a flashing number waiting in line in a sterile herding corralled of a waiting room.

    Have a great week.

    Sandra Xx

    • Thanks so much. B had what is for him a perfect birthday. His family rang or texted him, we went our for morning tea and yesterday our daughter and her youngest came for lunch.

      I knew the segment was coming up for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse yesterday and I will be waiting in one of those areas tomorrow! I will take pics and report back.

      Usually my surgeon is running late but I choose the first appointment in the arvo and hopefully get away to drive home straight after.

      I will definitely write about it as it’s a cancer check. I have learned never to be too complacent!


  10. I love the idea of a photographic version of the post Denyse! Now that I don’t use instagram I take far less pics than I used to. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing? Neither probably!

    PS. I’m excited about the Trent Dalton as well!

    • Thank you Deb. I am glad I came up with it. I have had issues with logging into IG on my phone since early January. Have tried everything I know to get back but nothing. I have IG on my ipad and as I wanted to record one photo a day for 366 days on IG I do it via the ipad, and am taking part in Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day. I now have 2 accounts (hedging my bets in case IG decides to block one) and keep them private. I am on IG far less as a result of it not working on the phone so that maybe a blessing….

      Trent is such a generous soul. I hope you get to see him speak at an event. I recently loved his series of stories in the Australian Magazine about one street in Brisbane. He writes about people and life in wondrous ways. I have been able to print off a 7000 word special from last weekend’s OZ about the stories of people from NSW South Coast and the fires.

      HE is going to be the narrator for All the Shimmering Skies on Audible so that will be interesting too.

      Did you see that Pip Lincolne has a new book out this month? She has had a very tough couple of years.


  11. It’s amazing how little video practice helps – just from doing the odd thing eg for others at pbevents over the years. Apparently it made me look confident and calm on camera when I was doing it as some alumni thing the other year. I’m sure your insta stories etc will have helped you be aware of coming across on camera. But equally, I’m sure people will be paying attention to the content and (I assume) your story.

    • You are so right. I think some of the little vids I have made for my progress with head and neck cancer helped me.

      Decades ago I did a training course for school principals and deputies about media. It was a great aid for many of us: press releases and interviews and more.

      Before the guys started my interview they asked if I had had experience like this and my mind went back a way to a couple of times I had done this, most recently on Weekend Sunrise talking about education.

      When my interview was about to start, I said I will be mindful of not talking too fast…and then we had one hiccup, because I answered too quickly. We re-started with the sound guy giving me a 1,2 count and then I responded. They also asked me to include the relevant part of the question in the answer.

      Once it was done. It was great. A real relief. I won’t ‘like’ how I look I guess but isn’t that pretty common?


  12. Hi Denyse – I loved your photo journal for February – it was a great way to cover the prompts and make it even more personal. February seems to have gone well for you and wish your lovely hubby a happy birthday from me x

    • Thanks so much Leanne. It made me think a bit differently about Taking Stock and how I go about it and I will most likely leave it this way for this year.

      My husband enjoyed a quiet and no fuss birthday. Just as he likes it. I will pass on your good wishes.


  13. Love the new format and for once, I’ve linked up on topic! I can hardly believe it myself! I need to know more about the video. Hope your March is marvellous!

    • Meant to be, meant to be!

      I know it’s different like this format but I think it will work well for me.

      There have been some very wordy posts from me recently (for good reason) and so this was refreshing for me too.

      The video will be out in 4-6 weeks and before then I will write a post about how it went.

      Big day again tomorrow, off to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse again: 4 month cancer check. Even though I am well, I try not to be complacent. Little cakes are ready!


  14. I like this format.

  15. Hi Denyse I love the way you approached this post. I would never have thought to get photos first before the prompts. I will use the prompts for next time. I’m enjoying #lifethisweek

    • Thank you so much. Yes, it was me looking to be less wordy as past couple of posts have been like that. I will continue it this year now I think.


  16. Happy fall and Happy birthday to your hubby! Love your view for reflection. Thank you for hosting the link up!

    • Thank you so much.

      We finally have cooler (and wetter) weather and after the summer it’s been, all is welcome.


  17. HI, Denyse – I love this format — it definitely draws the reader in. Looks like you had a great February. Happy birthday to your husband. #MLSTL

    • Thank you Donna, now I know that readers also find it of interest I will continue in the format. Thanks for kind wishes for the birthday boy.