Thursday 20th January 2022

Taking Stock #5. 49/51 #LifeThisWeek. 119/2019.

Taking Stock #5. 49/51 #LifeThisWeek. 119/2019.

Dear Readers,

My timing for Taking Stock  may not be as regular as some bloggers write theirs, but I will stick to the ‘around every 9th week’ for Taking Stock when it returns as a regular optional prompt in 2020.

Making: lots of art and loving it

Cooking: many cupcakes: some for me, some for you, and some for giving for Christmas gifts

Little cakes. Iced later.

Drinking: regular readers would know this without my words

Reading: birthday card wishes…with such love and care back to me for my 70th at the end of November & this one from long time follower and friend:

Wanting: the bushfires to be extinquished NOW.

Looking: to see if there is blue sky outside instead of smoke and haze

Playing: mahjong on the ipad along with listening for the 4th time on audiobook: Boy Swallows Universe

Wasting: energy on social media calling out our so-called elected leaders: Scott Morrison (you are a $ic$) and Gladys Berejiklian (no words) & the opposition isn’t actually….

Wishing: someone, somewhere needs to act for the people instead of the big end of town & owners of media. Looking at you all,….and in UK and USA.

Enjoying: not being in schools much as I loved them back when I was working. I am tired  and I remember the tiredness of end of school VERY much. Wishing all my education friends and family the very best as 2019 draws to a close: very proud of all that has happened at this public school in particular!


Waiting: for rain. Everywhere in Australia affected by the drought is doing just that. 

Liking: that some communities on the coast are travelling west to take much needed goods to families in the bush affected by the hardship a drought brings

Wondering: if I will enjoy Trent Dalton’s new book next year as much as I did Boy Swallows Universe.

Loving: my Christmas faves playlists back in the car for my solo sing a longs. I love singing Christmas songs….I love Infants Assemblies and classroom music at the end of the year for that too. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas by Patsy oldie but a goodie! 

Hoping: my husband and I (no we are not Royal) continue to be well as we are both now in our 70s! Our seventies!!

Marvelling: that my father though somewhat frail physically is sharp as a tack mentally  at one month off being 96.

Needing: nothing much at all. Well-satisfied.

Smelling: the blooms that are Christmas is coming (next door’s hedge): gardenias

Wearing: a smile much more than a frown every single day. Back to the beach to escape the smoke scenes.

Following: social media on the  drought, weather and education

Noticing: that it is not helping me to become too immersed as it is somewhat stressful

Knowing: my limits in ability to eat and acting upon them instead of feelings of regret or missing out

Thinking: of how very very fortunate I am. In fact, I am GRATEFUL for my improved health: emotional and physical 

Feeling: grateful…and a bit sad …and a bit happy….and knowing it is also part of the human condition

Bookmarking: a page in this book which I read every day…it continues to help me make sense of the world for me

Opening: the best and most surprising gift I ever received last weekend…for my 70th Birthday from my kids and grandkids..not often I can be surprised either.

Smiling: with joy and appreciation for all the care and love I received on my birthday. I am very much blessed by my family and friends.

Did you take stock recently?

Thanks to Pip Lincoln for her original idea and list. Found here.


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  1. What a lovely Taking Stock – so many reasons to be happy! I’ve had to tune out of the news about the bushfires, the drought and the ineptitude of our government because it makes me feel so sad and regarding the latter, so stabby. If the people had power we would have done something about it by now. I might have to go outside and do a rain dance and look for Boy Swallows Universe. It must be good if you’ve listened to it that many times. PS Those cupcakes were delicious!

    • Thank you kindly! The cupcakes are my go-to for me…and for little gifts. Glad you enjoyed them.

      I have taken the decision to get off twitter as I can’t help myself but get cranky about all the above mentioned. Don’t even start me on schools and what “they” want to do to education. AGAIN.

      So, back to being grateful seems like a good plan. I cannot say if you would love or not love BSU…remember it took Trent Dalton to convince me to keep going. He is one of nature’s true gentlemen!

      Happy week ahead!

      Denyse x

  2. So much happening and so much great stuff here. Your birthday celebrations looked great. Such great memories.

    I’m with you re the fires and the rain. I woke early today and thought I heard rain but it was just my house creaking and I was so disappointed.

    I’m looking forward to Dalton’s next book as well.

    PS. I’m irregular on the ‘taking stock’ thing as well. For me it’s a good check-in if I’ve not posted anything non-bookish on the blog for a while.

    • Great to see you here Deb. Thanks for your kind words about my birthday. It was just the best. Glad I was brave enough to try the ways of celebrating. The family did blow me away with their presence and their gift. Cannot stop smiling when I see my grandchildren’s images smiling back at ME (us, it is for us, the grandparents who both turned 70 in 2019).

      When an author has such success first time around, it is always a bit scary to got again. Glad Trent is and I see Rick Morton is as well in 2021.

      Happy week ahead.

      Denyse x

  3. Happy 70th Denyse!
    I love your art work. Perhaps you should be painting tiles and selling them on Etsy?! Just a suggestion! X Merry Christmas. X

    • Thanks Jody. That is very kind.

      I love doing my patterns for their sake.

      Anything once I start doing it past creativity for me just becomes work.

      But your encouragement is very much appreciated.

      Denyse x

  4. Love the birthday cake and table set for 13. Happiness is made of such things.
    I have noticed a few friends that voted for the Libs are changing their tune – one is an accountant so how it took so long for her to work it out is beyond me. And agree there seems to be no opposition at the moment, which bodes very badly for the average Australian.
    As for the smoke, I’m so triggered by it that we went for pizza and the burning smell from the woodfired oven made me physically stiffen. It was a few moments before I relaxed and understood it was the oven and not the rapid clogging of my senses and lungs. (My skin is itchy!).
    I just don’t understand that a number of active and recently retired firemen are asking for investment in equipement but because one fireman (without a name??) told the PM they didn’t need anything, the government won’t invest in the depleted Fire and Rescue Service. Makes sense. I’d love the media to wake up and ask who this fireman that told him that is. I wonder what the reason is that he can’t be identified??

    • Thanks Lydia.

      I have great memories now of what was a wonderful WEEK of birthday celebrations!

      I don’t know anyone who would vote differently to me other than my dad…and he is pretty disgusted with them all.

      Too many show ponies in politics but when it comes to ‘actual’ leadership they disappear….to Hillsong…I have particular distaste for them as it was the cult that grew over the years we lived nearby..building after building done…the PM John Howard opened the new one…and ..I can’t go on. It is so much about money and looking good. That is it. I do not think anyone has a good platform to govern either.

      So….back to the firies. I do not know about the one fireman but I do know RFS and paid firefighters in cities and towns are territorial. I believe there are many power plays within the services. See?

      No good news. Best I get back to being grateful to you for suggesting I “go for the 70th” and celebrate!!

      Have a great week.

      Denyse x

  5. Thanks so much for hosting!

  6. What beautiful birthday suprises!

    I LOVE lamb cutlets too. I look out for them to go on sale at Woolies and freeze them for future enjoyment.

    SSG xxx

    • Wasn’t it the best?

      Loved my birthday memories and wish I could show more here but due to privacy I don’t but I smile at the gifts that have been made into a photograph book and a large canvas. Sensational.

      Yum. Cutlets. They were always our birthday choices as kids. I also remember we had them with our kids. Now I wonder “how did we afford them?”

      I do check the prices carefully. I trim and crumb my own. Occasionally the trimmed ones are better for cost per cutlet.

      Have a great week ahead.

      Denyse x

  7. Such a great taking stock post Denyse! I loved your response for ‘needing…nothing much at all..well satisfied! That sums it up perfectly and I bet there aren’t too many people that can say that these days! Well done 🙂 . I feel your pain about the lack of action by politicians, there really does seem to be a lot of unrest going on around the world. Here in England everyone is so concerned about the upcoming election and I can understand why! I’m so sorry for everyone when I see the drought and fire photos and all that smoke everywhere, so sad. Take care and enjoy the last few weeks of the year. From a very different part of the world to where you are xx

    • Thank you Deb. I really appreciate our connectedness online and am at one with you with the worry and concerns politically. The news in the UK must be at overkill level.

      Just as well you have country lanes, walks and a granddaughter to distract you.

      Love the update snaps from you too …take care.

      Denyse x

  8. I am “enjoying” the same thing as you, Denyse! I loved (almost) every minute of my teaching career, but I am so happy to be retired. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Yes, Laurie, when we KNOW what it’s like to be a teacher …we also know NOW it’s good to be ‘outta there’.

      Mind you I still offer my heartfelt thanks to all who are in my family and friends groups who are in education! And they are all looking forward to the Aussie school hols which are the long ones – 6 weeks in summer.

      Denyse x

  9. I’m glad you had a wonderful birthday month Denyse! As always love getting updates about your life!