Thursday 20th January 2022

Taking Stock #2. 18/51#LifeThisWeek. 47/2019.

Taking Stock #2. 18/51#LifeThisWeek. 47/2019.

It’s that time again folks, which comes around every 9 weeks on the blog for #lifethisweek. Taking Stock originated with Pip here and I thank her for that. I have amended the list recently. I hope you enjoy what I’ve been up to. I look forward to reading your post, if you have also ‘taken stock.’


Making: so many little cakes. Maybe I am ‘fooling’ myself making them tiny but I look at it this way, I feel less guilt and small still has lots of icing!

Cooking: see above. And as well, quite a few meat meals in small serves for both me and my husband. I prefer a batch cook and freezing the meals. Recently it’s been sweet & sour chicken, slow cooked lamb shanks and sausages/bacon in tomato and gravy base. And pies.

Drinking: my daily double shot latte ( seen as a model for the meme for this post) 


Reading: I start so many books (non-fiction) and have yet to finish them. Megan Blandford’s book is one. Go Megan for sharing the story of your post-natal depression. 


Wanting: as I write, less pain in the parts of my upper mouth which are tight. So tight. However by the time you read this, it will likely be gone. 

Looking: at the wonderful awards won by my favourite Aussie fiction writer at the recent publishers’ awards. Go Trent Dalton and Boy Swallows Universe.

Playing: a game I liked in 2017 and enjoying it again. Not strictly a game but an app called Elevate and it’s a brain-training one and I love me a personal challenge. Back at it. It’s a paid annual one but they had 40% off so snapped it up. 

Wasting: enough time – too much I mean – considering how much I have added weight to my body since I can eat….properly and well…..and being more kind to myself as I learn more about mindful eating vs mindless eating!

Wishing: that cancer was cured. Eradicated. Gone. Done. Two friends ( one on-line and one I have met) have died far, far too young in the past 2 weeks. 

I am so sorry @curlypops  and @t_to_the_racy your time here ended too soon.

Enjoying: some quality time with my husband as we have made it our practice to go out once a week somewhere different for morning tea. 

Waiting: for not much. That is a good thing!

Liking: the fact that we live in a very modern house, the lease has been extended till April 2020 and we are content with that.

Wondering: what this year will bring to our family and relationships. Nothing mysterious in this. Just wondering as when your kids are adults and some of  their kids are adults, you can get some news about all kinds of things. 

HB to SM! A while back but I will never forget the day this beautiful butterfly joined our family!

Loving: that relationships made with our grandchildren in their early and formative years, translate into memories made even if we do not see them frequently, they have our love embedded in them.

Hoping: that the rotten   federal election is over with a clear result one way or another. Please. 

Marvelling: at nature. Always. These flowers were in pots last May. I planted them in the very small garden out the back when they stopped flowering and now, it’s May and here they are! Again.

Needing: to remember self-compassion before self-blame and it’s getting better. It really is. I highly recommend as I have written before: Dr Kristen Neff’s work.

Smelling: coffee. It is aromatic. Love it.

Wearing: more tops with sleeves, so it must be getting cooler!

Following: my education tweeps and their schools and being so proud of what public education in N.S.W. is doing for ALL kids. 

Noticing: that I am far less reactive generally. Not always but better! And I always realise “oh” and think, that could have been a better way to respond.

Knowing: I am loved. Not much more needed is there?

Thinking: How fortunate I am to have been treated by the best every professional team when I was diagnosed with my Head and Neck Cancer almost 2 years ago.

Feeling: gratitude. And for the next few weeks on the blog, will be posting about Gratitude on Tuesdays and linking up here.

Bookmarking: so many of my real books. Sigh. I love getting them. I just need to actually read them as well.

Opening: a parcel from Ebay that I did not recognise then realising I knew exactly what was inside.

Smiling: at so much these days and with so many people because I CAN smile

I hope that your weeks have been wonderful.

I hope for sunshine and warmth and rain too….it’s needed!

Very soon, on this blog, I am starting a series called Women of Courage. Each Wednesday. It promises to be a very interesting series judging by those whose words I have already received. Thanks to all.

Have a great week.


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  1. Hi Denyse, I’m really looking forward to your Women with Courage series and I’m sure it will be very inspiring. I like the idea of a weekly ‘date’ with hubby so now that we have moved and settled perhaps I can get Mike and I to do something similar. Quality time together is so important isn’t it? I received a delivery this week which I wasn’t expecting and it was like Christmas. I also had an unexpected letter sent to me from my cousin. It was a copy of a letter my Mum wrote to her Aunt just before my Mum was married. It was dated 18th Feb 1945 and Mum and Dad married on the 24th. As I lost Mum over 30 years ago I will treasure this. I could hear her voice when I was reading it. Have a beautiful week and take care of yourself. I’ll be making small cakes this month as my grandson Elliot is 1 years old and I’m making him a Hungry Caterpillar cake. 🙂

    • Oh Sue how wonderful for you to receive some wonderful memories from your Mum’s life.

      I certainly can vouch for going out with the husband. We are not dinner or meal eaters much at all out and to be honest my husband needs to be comfy in his bed with his Netflix of an evening. Mornings are our best time and a morning tea each week was a routine and then is slowly finished. NOW, I need to make it happen and so we are devoting Friday mornings to going somewhere new or local and having a cuppa. It is so important that we remain as connected as we can and we do.

      The birthday cake sounds amazing. I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar and tweeted you something interesting this morning.

      I too am looking forward to my Women of Courage series.

      Denyse x

  2. Hope the pain has eased up and that you’re feeling better. Great news about the lease – I used to get so anxious about the will they, won’t they feeling at renewal time when we were renting. I’ve been feeling so sad about Cam and so sorry to hear about your other friend – both taken way too soon. Boy Swallows Universe is still on my To-Read List, I’ve just finished Educated by Tara Westover. It’s an incredible story! How good is that pie maker? I often make a batch and then pop them in the freezer. They’re super easy to reheat. I’m really looking forward to the Women of Courage series – go you! Hope your May is marvellous!

    • Yay for pain almost gone. I know in the mouth is comes and goes but it was pretty stingy and sore. However, I can now wait till this time next week with the prosthodontist gets a good look. I suspect he will take the prosthesis out and have a good clean of area and assess how it has changed since January.

      Yes for the good news on the lease. We do enjoy living in this house but one to call ours, even if not as big or here, will be better “one day”.

      BSU is a read that you might need to persevere with an it is very very Aussie 1980s in so much of it.

      The pie maker is good. I already have another batch of cooked meat ready for when I use it next.

      Have a great week.

      Denyse x

  3. Hi Denyse – I just finished reading Boy Swallows Universe. Looks like you have plenty of positive things going on. I look forward to reading your Women of Courage series. Thanks for hosting Life This Week..

    • Thanks Natalie. I wondered how you might have found the book as it is so Queensland/Aussie based in the 1980s. I knew of much of the football references he mentions as they were our family’s fave team.

      I am hoping everyone takes something from the Women of Courage series.

      Denyse x

      • I think I found it from Debbish’s book review although I’m not 100% sure. Good for T. Dalton to win the awards. The book cover in Canada looks slightly different. I’ll post an image when I do my May wrap-up.

        • I hadn’t seen the review there. Thanks Natalie. I know there is a new and different cover for its release in USA. Denyse

  4. I love your knowing. I also know what your fair funding means (in terms of the election). YOu seem to have different words. Before the next one, can you put out a list? I got mine from Meet at Mikes but it seems different to yours. Thanks

    • Thanks Lydia.

      I have emailed you the two different lists.

      I amended mine slightly as some of Pip’s did not resonate.

      Happy 2nd week back to school….if feels longer and I am not even teaching.

      Denyse x

  5. I like that you’ve featured your coffee. For me it’s a daily hot chocolate that I must have. Great roundup.

    • Yes to the hot drinks!!

      I have not really had a hot chocolate other than one at home.

      I admit, I am a caffeine hound on one a day.

      Denyse x

  6. I really am happy to read that you are smiling Denyse, that’s great and I do hope the pain eases for you. I agree with you about this election being over soon. I’m looking forward to reading your Courageous Women posts! Fab read this morning (as always) and I’ve linked up with my monthly catchup.

    • Thank you Debbie. As I had hoped, the pain has eased.

      This time next week the Prosthodontist will be inspecting the prosthesis and I am guessing removing it to thoroughly clean. It is some extra skin that’s decided to land very close the the top of the prosthesis that hurts. Sigh. However, I am exceedingly grateful to be this well.

      We have become postal voters and did ours yesterday.

      Denyse x

  7. A thought-provoking take on the theme, Denyse. I am sorry to hear of the loss of two your friends to cancer.

    Excited, though, to read more about your Courageous Women in the upcoming posts. Perfect and constructive antidote to The Election…

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you so much. When one of the ladies is known in person AND her treatments have all been “over the road from you” it becomes much closer in connection. She had a very nasty sarcoma- half her leg was amputated and she got on with life…for a while. However, those metastasies (?) are horrid and they landed in her lungs and ….we all die if we cannot breathe. She was taken off life support and came to for a day or so, enabling her and her family/friends last chats and hugs even with her dog. Very sad.

      I too am looking forward to the Women of Courage series.

      We voted postal. Done. No queueing

      Denyse x

  8. So much to smile about here. I giggled about your cakes and love this time of the year for the differences it brings to cooking. I think I must be the only person in the country who hasn’t yet read Boy Swallows Universe…I really should get to it. Sorry to hear of the loss of your 2 friends, but looking forward to your new Wednesday series.

    • Thanks Jo, I am loving your trip pics and updates.

      One of my friends, who I met via twitter, has been living in Singapore for almost 8 years with her husband whose work placed him there. They have 2 girls who have been schooled in one of the international schools there.

      Kel comes back to Australia with the family each Christmas and just before she and the girls fly home, they come up this way to stay with her mum and twice we have caught up. It’s great.

      I don’t want to talk up BSU too much but I think because of knowing life as I did (and my daughter found it the same) back in the mid 1980s it resonated with some of his tales especially his references to the Parramatta Eels.

      Hope your holiday keeps being such fun.

      Denyse x

  9. Di from Max The Unicorn says:

    I’ve been meaning to make cakes for weeks now and never get around to it! This week is the week!

  10. Hi Denyse – loved catching up on all your news and I’ll look forward to following your new series – it sounds really interesting. Glad you had a good month and that you beat cancer and we weren’t mourning your loss as you are with those two lovely friends.

    • Thank you Leanne. I am hoping the series will be found both heart-warming and interesting.

      Yes, not everyone gets a good outcome with cancer. I know I need to remember I am fortunate for now but I also know having one cancer makes me more at risk for another. It is a nasty thing!

      Happy Monday to you.

      Denyse x

  11. Hope the pain has settled. How good is coffee and how good are books?! I have just started reading Neff’s first book on self-compassion and so far, finding it helpful. I’ll probably get the mindful self-compassion workbook at this rate. Goodness knows it’s something I need to practice! I love that you and your husband go somewhere different for morning tea each time 🙂 Not liking the cooler weather at all! I swear it’s playing havoc with my mood and it’s making it so much harder to wake up in the morning. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Hope you have a fantastic May!

    • Thank you Sanch. Weather for you not so great, but I don’t mind it. I am relieved to say the pain settled. Yes to coffee. If a day goes by and I miss a real one, I KNOW it.

      I too like Kirsten Neff’s work as you know but her work with Chris Germer helps me as well. In fact, I have his book on CD and find what he does helpful. But Dr Neff’s workbook by both of them “makes” me do some of the hard work I may be avoid. Book Depository was my source.

      It sure comes home to you what cancer can do. I am OK but I know, from what I’ve been told, once you have a cancer, it is more likely that you can get it again. It’s a fact.

      Happy May! My second GD is 20 today!!

      Denyse x