Saturday 21st May 2022

Taking Stock#1. New Version 9/51. #LifeThisWeek 27/2021.

Taking Stock#1. New Version 9/51. #LifeThisWeek 27/2021.

I recently wrote about the changes I have made to how I will blog when it’s time for Taking Stock. You are, of course, welcome to use my new version of the prompts or ones initially devised by Pip Lincolne.



But…before moving on I have this update! I am delighted to see new and returning bloggers here linking up in 2021.

This is the 5th year of this link up from me in Australia.

What I want to say is this: do link up and comment on my post (thank you!), share that you found my link up by adding the image on your blog or using it in social media & please find the time to comment on other’s posts BUT limit it to what time you have for.

There is no need to comment on everyone’s at all, I do that, but try to comment on maybe around 2-3?

Thank you…the writing here is a bit small but is directly from the ‘rules’ area under the invitation to link up! 

This post was written on Sunday 21 February 2021.

Admiring: women who are courageous enough to speak up about ill-treatment and unlawful treatment by, in many cases, men.

Becoming: less likely to add my comments on twitter right now as I am getting overly angry about what I cannot control!

Curious: to know how my bone density results will be after being told 10 years ago, they were so good “don’t come back for 10 years”. The ten years is up and I will be having the test this coming Tuesday.

Delighted: that my daughter, a teacher,  chose to give an acting promotion position a go in 2021 and even though I am aware of how much more work will be on her plate, she has so much to share educationally and it’s time for her voice to be heard.

Excited: to know we are celebrating my husband’s upcoming birthday with our two kids and their respective kids (aka the 8 grandkids & one partner to a grandkid) present which we could not do for Christmas or our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Feeling: well. That is such a good feeling. I will not take it for granted though.

Going: to the local shops is less about stopping anywhere for coffee now and more for getting what I need and coming home again. Sometimes with a takeaway coffee.

Helping: a Year 12 scholar from the Public Education Foundation with some mentoring…advice and conversation, along with goal setting. This person, may be from a relatively low socio-economic  background and may also be a refugee. She/He is supplied  with a monetary scholarship and low cost devices and so on to complete the Higher School Certificate

Imploring: people to ….insert words about “politics” which I won’t but see “becoming” above to know why. And, I did say my blog is free from politics…

Joking: is something I do not always get when my husband tells me he is….

Keeping: some memorabilia from our recent Golden Wedding Anniversary in a special box and some inside a new scrapbook for mark the occasion.

Loving: this set of prompts so far…

Making: a mess on the mirror with my waterpik if I do not keep it inside my mouth whilst cleaning upper prosthesis!

Next: I am not sure, nor so I have any clue what my “next” view from Netflix will be that will possibly make me as  obsessed with as Schitts Creek ended up being (very poorly constructed sentence too)

Observing: that virtually no-one (I put up my hand too) wears a protective mask if there is no mandatory requirement.

Pleasing: to see that my eating, exercise and attention to staying well is being noted by me and my G.P. as OK! Numbers of scale keep me somewhat grounded for record keeping but not for obsessing. I usually weigh myself once a month. I remain a steady weight (for me) which is encouraged for all head and neck cancer patients.

Reading: blog posts. Love the community of bloggers I follow.

Staying: loyal to my friends who blog and enjoy seeing their latests posts as it helps me stay connected.

Trying: to get outside for some more moving most days….

Understanding: that if I cannot, that is OK too. No longer “all or nothing” thinking…most of the time.

Viewing: images from years gone by, especially of our now older grandchildren. Brings me such joy, especially if it’s a little video and there is laughter and words.

Welcoming: the end of daylight saving..I know it’s nowhere near ending but I do like it to be O V E R.

X- You Choose! My Daily Calm Practice is continuing with no effort these days and I am over 420 days in a row!

Yes: to anyone can make changes (big, small or in between) once the mindset can be changed…

Z – You Choose! What Do You Think Of The New Prompts? Did you try them?


I am driving to Sydney today to see my Dad. Unlikely to be replying to your comments here till I am back later in the day. Thanks for understanding.

Link Up #229


Life This Week. Link Up #229

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  1. I’m loving your new prompts too and may have to “borrow” some for my next Taking Stock post, if you don’t mind! Great to hear that you are keeping so well, crossing fingers for your bone scan. I have a Schitts Creek hole in my heart too now that I’ve finished the lot, now we’re watching Superstore on Netflix, nothing beats Schitts Creek but this gives us a lot of laughs. You might like it too! Have a lovely time with your dad today x

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Sammie, borrow away!!

      I am guessing all OK with the bone scan as afterwards the radiologist said ‘you should have the next one in 3-5 years.’

      I will give Superstore another go.

      Dad is really tiring out and I felt today was a bit more challenging for me as it was a repetition of his stories from my recent visit and I guess too, he has had some physical discomfort so wanted to share that. I try to listen well, feed him some nice morning tea, re stock his freezer of meals I made…then we look at the latest family pics I have taken. I will probably not visit till after Easter now. I did leave him with already buttered hot cross buns to eat over the next day or so.


  2. Thanks as always for hosting the #lifethisweek Denyse. I enjoyed the new version of Taking Stock and always enjoy this fun exercise. I love your take on them too and that smile quote is just excellent and perfect for your WOTY. Have fun with your dad today. I’m babysitting my grandson as his mum works from home today, so that should be fun!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks for your kind words Debbie. I am glad you enjoyed the taking stock change.

      I wondered how today would go with P when his mum was working from home. I bet you had a great time. Very special indeed.


  3. Congrats, Denyse, on the 5 years of this link-up! Great to see that you’re feeling well. Having good health is the best. We’re starting Daylight Saving on March 14 over here. Have a wonderful time with your Dad. #lifethisweek

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Natalie for your kind words.

      I hope your start to Daylight Saving goes well.

      I am always very ready for ours to end. It gets very hot at the end of the day in this house!

      It was a different day with Dad as he recounted his health challenges from the previous week but he always enjoys the treats I bring and the frozen meals I make so I guess at 97 he gets to have ‘off days’.


  4. Glad you are feeling well. And I love the helping the student idea. I do still wear a mask but I’m noticing I’m one of the few. However, I go out a lot and I don’t want to go back into lockdown so I figure it’s a small price to pay to keep people safe (and out!) – also don’t hug or kiss hello for same reasons. As for the politics, I can’t talk about it because I don’t think it’s about politics, it’s about a violent crime that is being ignored. And now a number of violent crimes. And I do think it makes a difference where it happened, as it means there is literally no place safe for women in this country. I hope the lot of them get charged and sent away, frankly.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Wouldn’t it be good for the so-called male culture to take a good look at itself? Hmmm. I read over the weekend that the Uni houses of residence – Sydney: The ones that have had complaints about them before, have not changed. Middle class, upper (?) class, white males. I am saying no more but we both know what and who I am talking about.

      If I lived as you do, in pretty close proximity to inner city and many people out and about wearing masks make sense. It’s a bit different up here, greater spaces both inside and outside. But, I guess we can take nothing for granted.


  5. I don’t want to see the end of daylight savings! Makes me miserable. I enjoyed your taking stock in this way. Also, I deleted the Twitter app mid-last year and I feel like it’s the best thing I did for my mental health! I rarely ever go there now. Hope you have a fab week ahead, Denyse!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh I know you count on DLS to give you more outdoors time, Sanch.

      It can feel very long for us because we are both tired and ready for bed – not sleep, just TV or watching Netflix and a blazing sun is still up!!

      I love twitter if I can limit myself to education and head and neck cancer….and I will still try. The govt stuff etc is OTT ….

      Thought of you today as I did a detour on my way home from Dads at Dee Why to go back to Dobroyd and look out over the water and reminisce about learning to drive along that one way road, checking out the yachts for the Sydney to Hobart and much more. It was when I saw where the Spit to Manly walk takes you, I thought of you.


  6. Denyse, I hope you had a great visit with your dad. Thanks for this set of prompts. It gives us a chance to get to know you a little bit better and see what you are doing. I have been following your moving more posts on Facebook and enjoying them. You certainly are getting outside often. Good for you! I am looking forward to spring and nicer weather here in the US. It was raining this morning and chilly…but I got out for a short run anyway.

    I know what you mean about Twitter. I only follow and comment on runners’ posts. No politics!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Laurie, today’s trip to see Dad went well but he had a challenging week health wise last week so I had to listen to the recount!

      He enjoyed the buttered hot cross buns I took him for morning tea and I re-stocked his freezer with more meals I made for him.

      I NEED to get outside every day and even if I do not break any records of mine for moving, I am better for it. Recently I have been trying to go somewhere different and today, I returned to where I lived from age 10-20 to take photos and reminisce. They will appear on social media this week I reckon.

      Hope your run went well.


  7. Hi Denyse, I love your prompts and there’s always something in them that makes me smile. Schitts Creek was a unique show, we have never found anything close to it in how much it impacted us. I’m watching the latest season of Outlander. We don’t have daylight savings here and I so wish we did! I love how you’re still involved with education and mentoring young people. I was talking to my niece yesterday who is nearly finished her undergraduate degree in primary school education. I told her she will make a difference to those young peoples’ lives. She will make an excellent teacher as she has been working in preschools and childcare centres for a few years already. Thank God for teachers! Take care, Christina

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Christina.

      I am so glad to read of a young person going into teaching. Schools and teachers can get such a bad rap undeservedly and its great to know of new young people going into the profession. Wish her well for me,

      Daylight saving needs to be over now…sorry! I know not having it in Qld is a real nuisance for many.


  8. Glad to hear you are feeling healthy Denyse. I have also been trying to get healthier. I have had good news from recent brain, (breast), cancer scans – everything is stable. I have even been offered a six week holiday from chemo. I am a little scared of taking a break however.
    I am planning on watching Schitts Creek. I thought I might today however there was a sudden curriculum day for the high school kids that I found out about last night. No TV for me today!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Ohh, Jody I love that news but I so understand how you must feel when they say you can have a break from treatment. It’s a tough one when you want to be sure everything is being done to keep you well but the professional team says “have a break.”

      So good to see that you got to go to the beach recently. And soon you will be kid-free again, so give Schitts Creek a go!


  9. Hi Denyse – how lovely that the family can all get together soon for your husband’s birthday – we’re off to see our kids and grandgirls on Saturday and I can’t wait – family is just so important. Interesting that your daughter is acting in a higher up position this year, our daughter has just taken on Head Of Department for the English dept in her secondary college where she works – so she’ll still teach but will also run the dept – lots of work and stress, but she seems to be thriving on it and says she really likes meeting each new challenge – I’m very proud of her (as you obviously are of your daughter too). It’s so great to see our kids excelling isn’t it?

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Leanne, getting together again for B’s birthday meant a lot. We are all separated by distance and different life circumstances these days…grandkids who are grown up, we live up the coast, the family is spread out…but they all made it. So good.

      I said to my daughter, as I knew from experience, that the only way to continue to have a say in a school is this kind of opportunity and she has the skills, the respect of the staff and the ‘boss’ encouraged her too. Even though she is tired (perpetually for a single mum…her severe glandular fever aged 16 still affects her!) she told her Dad she was contented in the role. So I hope she is eventually able to get a permanent role.

      Well done to your daughter. I loved being in a leadership role in a school as it’s a challenge I too enjoyed. It’s tiring but satisfying.


  10. I really late to the Schitts Creek party but am just getting into it. I too am looking forward to the end of daylight saving and being on the same timezone as my colleagues.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I thought I was late but got into it eventually. Just finished and even though there are some other show that Netflix recommends I am pretty fussy so will probably just “scroll” for a while!

      The timezone thing would be hard!


  11. Interesting read as always!

  12. I love the new list Denyse but am late getting to my post today so went with something I’d already started. I hope the trip to Sydney went well and that your dad’s well.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I am glad you liked the list. I had fun compiling it. I like a pattern so alphabetical order always works for me.

      My trip went well thanks to a great and improved drive. 50 minutes from our house to Wahroonga in Sydney where I leave it to drive through suburbs to the Northern Beaches for around another 45 minutes. I always have an audible book on to keep me learning/interested/amused.

      Dad was very tired today. He still does everything independently but today he recounted the challenges of the previous week…I told him (very undiplomatically!) I do not want to live as long as he has. He enjoys my company – I am different to my bro – and I take morning tea for us and restock his freezer with meals I have cooked for him.

      Hope your Mum continues to go well. She looked great in your accidental family photo!


  13. I’m trying to get outside more as well.

    Curated By Jennifer

  14. What a fabulous word list! I relate to so much of what you wrote here… but the one that truly stands out for me is to finally be rid of the “all or nothing” mentality. I am still working on this in my own life, but at least I now catch myself and try to redirect my thoughts. “What else can be true?” is a phrase I learned a while ago that helps me avoid the either/or trap. I want to include more “and” in my life 🙂

    • Love that…’what else can be true’ …yes, being aware is so much better now for me.

      Thanks so much Molly. Loving our connections via blogging!


  15. What a fun list and a great way to take stock!

  16. Hi Denyse, sorry I haven’t been well and I thought I had commented. I love the A to Z idea so might try that next time although when I started to think it made my brain hurt! I enjoy reading people’s interpretations of this type of prompt e.g. your curious was about bone density which I would never have thought of. Take care and thanks for another great #lifethisweek

    • Oh Sue, never apologise for being unwell. It truly zaps us. I understand your brain hurting.

      Women “of a certain age” need bone density scans and I would be surprised your GP has not sent you for one. I tend to have health checks on a regular basis from the GP that come up on his reminder list. Bloods etc each December, and every 2 years mammogram. I had a hysterectomy at 38 so no female health checks now.

      My mum was found to be at risk for breaks so needed to take medication daily. My ‘overweight’ body actually helped my bones stay strong and after the most recent test I was told come back in 3-5 years.

      Hope by now, some improvement is happening for you!


  17. Hope your visit with your dad went well – saw the photos of you and B and all the kids – so good we’re in a safe enough place now to meet up with people when we can.

    • Thanks so much Vanessa. Dad was a bit ‘off’ this time round as last week he had a few physical health challenges so he needed to ‘offload’ and share it all with me!! However, I understand that too and do try to be a patient and caring listener.

      We really enjoyed the family time. Far fewer chances to do this now as the grandkids get older, kids are at different parents’ on alternative weekends and Saturday sport so we counted ourselves very fortunate indeed!


  18. Thanks for another great read. Full of positive vibes.