Thursday 2nd December 2021

Self Care Stories#4. 28/51 #LifeThisWeek. 85/2021.

Self Care Stories #4. 28/51 #LifeThisWeek. 85/2021.

Self Care Stories are a regular feature on the optional prompts selection for Life This Week, occurring at 7 week intervals. Keeping myself accountable to me…and for your interest as readers and commenters is what my posts are about. I am also doing my best to respond under a few of my chosen categories.

Every 7th week

Covid 19 and Lockdown.

At the time of writing this post, where we live is included in a lockdown for two weeks. Of the school holidays! Grrr. No family visits. However, I am not one to be annoyed for too long these days and am grateful that we are both fully vaxxed against Covid, I had a Covid test because of a slight sore throat and it was negative. I gave myself a project/challenge to do for the lockdown period and here is a group of the photos. I hope you are well wherever you are living right now.

Gratitude.

I have gone back to being more regular at writing some things to be grateful for each day.

I am also noticing that if I have some days which do not feel so agreeable emotionally, when I call on gratitude I can do a pretty quick change of pace and attitude.

It surprises me how much I remember this now, so I guess I am integrating it better than I thought.

Health and Mindfulness.

I never need a reminder to be considerate of my mindfulness practice as doing a Calm meditation each morning, the Daily Calm, then ending my day with the Daily Trip, pays me dividends each day. I have now completed over 555 days in a row. This image from that day.  Not all days have an original meditation but that’s OK too…and why it’s called practice. We keep on doing it to learn.

 

 

And add to that practice is my art and playing with materials creatively.

Photography Shared.

There is no doubt about it, for me, have an eye into the world around me and using my iphone to capture it gives me so much joy each day.

When I review the photos I am kind in my self talk and I now have a pretty good photographer’s eye. Thanks to lessons way back in Sydney, AND now having a wonderful iphone ProMax 11. 3 lenses!

I also am glad I took so many photos and movies (little vids on the phone) of our grandchildren when we cared for them and when they had little holidays with us. Those days have passed now but my husband and I do enjoy some reminiscing and it’s a great time we share(d) together.

Mind you, we have few ‘easy to access’ memories of the pre-iphone times of the older grandkids, and I must, at some stage, get a quote on having some old video cassettes converted. We do have photos in albums, but listening and looking at the fun the get up to is priceless.

This is from a recent post. I only just noticed the HEART shape in the tree.

Stories About Ageing.

I am old(er) than I was. Ha! That is a fact.

I am more accepting of some of the physical changes happening to my skin  that cannot be “fixed” but can be better cared for, so I have some good quality sunscreen, moisturiser with tint to wear every day.

And, I am remembering more to actually add some moisturiser to my scaly legs. And I have some hormonal cream to use as well. Not stating the obvious  about where it’s applied.

My hairdresser and I agree my ‘thinning’ hair has stopped and we put it down to the 5 anaesthetics in 2020 as did my G.P. but it is still a part of ageing so I will be grateful for what I have. Brilliant hairdresser who does such a symmetrical and pleasing haircut every 4 weeks.

We are also getting to enjoy life as older married people. By that I mean we actually LOVE the times we are having now. Not 100% concerned with work anymore, care of little kids, worried about family members…we are loving and living our life mindfully each day. Lots of laughs, time for solo interests and shared time each evening talking and relaxing after our day.

We had morning tea out again recently, before lockdown, and used the NSW Government Dine Out Vouchers.

Neither of us can manage a meal out anymore so morning tea is ideal. As we have aged – and it’s not just my post oral cancer restrictions, we eat smaller portions.

Relevance is something I think about these days. Back in years of education, I had a title. I knew my role. I did it well. However, I am retired from that role as a school principal. But I am still relevant to my friends and colleagues via social media and in real life. This image of me here with a colleague at a Sydney primary school is when I was Relieving Principal there. Now, over 22 years later, someone I have known in school education since 2013 is the newly appointed principal. I am so proud of him. He’s invited me to visit too once Covid is calmer!

What I Wore.

Goodness me, it has been a long time for one of these. I have stopped doing daily photos but every so often I might ask my husband to take one.

I know now, and this might sound weird, but bear with me….that I actually look ok.

I used to scour my daily photos for ‘what’s wrong’ and that is/was a problem for me.

I have had to accept that whilst I may not like my large upper arms and my double chins, they are are much a part of me ..right now…as my hazel eyes, and great nose and ears.

To pick on parts of my body is something I am doing all I can to reduce. I am never dieting again. I am accepting that I have actually remained around the same weight now for almost 3 years. I still “can’t” believe this at times but each of my clothes tells me that’s correct.

I am a work in progress here. I am proud that I can let the voice of criticism go much more than I ever could.

Word of The Year.

Well… leaving best to last is a good plan.

I smile most days a great deal.

In fact of course I have reasons to smile.

I am well.

I am alive.

But mostly, I smile to connect and communicate with others.

And my reconstructed top lip looks much better as a smile!

That’s my self care post done.

How is your self care progressing?

Denyse.

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Clouds From The Southern Skies. #SundayStills. #4.12/2021.

Clouds From The Southern Skies. #SundayStills. #4. 12/2021.

Each week I am writing and posting here for inclusion in the #SundayStills from this blogger and kind person, Terri from here.

My images, are almost all from the Southern Hemisphere and on Australia’s East Coast.

 

Coastal Clouds: Semi-Tropical Area of Queensland in Australia.

Around 9 years ago, I was walking on Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland having a short break from life back at home in N.S.W. I also got to catch up with blogging friends and those from social media on that trip.

 

Coastal Clouds Heralding the Sun’s Arrival on the East Coast in Temperate Zone of N.S.W. Australia.

Around 7 years ago, I drove from where we lived in Sydney’s north-western suburbs to Manly beach on the coast, where I grew up, to capture sunrise in July.

 

Whispy Clouds of Winter on the N.S.W. Central Coast at Ettalong. 

A few years back, one grandson (his 2 sisters were elsewhere engaged near the sand) observing the water of Ettalong.

 

 

Pretty typical Summer clouds in Sydney.

Sunny Sydney, Australia,  in Summer. Magical Day To Be on a Ferry On the Harbour.

 

 

And in contrast, here is an Autumnal Cloud set above the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

I took this from the steps of the Sydney Opera House when I visited in May 2015 for TedX.

 

Clouds as far as the eye can see over Lakes Beach, Central Coast, N.S.W. Australia.

This is my ‘local beach’ now for best walking conditions.

 

 

Clouds at sunset, capturing the colours at the end of a Summer’s Day.

New Year’s Eve 2016. The Entrance, N.S.W. Australia. I went for a drive before dark in 2016, so peaceful.

 

 

AND, not in the Southern Hemisphere! Looking back at Waikiki. The clouds are so lovely in the afternoon.

These clouds over Oahu as I finished my day tour when I visited the magical Hawaii back in 2006.

 

I find the skies magical. I admit I look up most days and delight in the visions of clouds and a blue sky. Over a year ago, though, the sky was grey, smokey and the only clouds we saw were made from bushfire smoke.

Debbie from here, was far away in the U.K. when this was happening, watching the news from afar…and oh so grateful to see their property in Tumbarumba survived back home, even though others did not.

So far, this Summer has been OK. Nevertheless, we are always primed for taking care of property and ourselves in times of heatwave conditions…the start on one here as I write this post. We are taking care of our health and staying inside with the ducted air con!

Denyse.

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