Taking Stock – October 2020

dog sitting on a wall with pink flowers in the background

The new month took me a bit by surprise, I was so busy gadding about with Halloween that I didn’t remember it was already November. However, here I am with just enough time to take a breather and take stock and look back on the month that was. Why don’t you grab a cuppa and join me?

Making: This spooky no bake slice for Halloween. It’s so scrumptious, it’s scary! 

no bake halloween slice with white chocolate and rice bubbles

Drinking: Coffee and lots of it.

Packing: Lunch boxes again. It keeps us fed, organised and healthy.

Eating: Mangos with wild abandon. Mango season really is my favourite time of year! 

Reading: Olive by Emma Gannon. It’s a masterpiece – as a child free person by choice, I feel seen.

Watching: Schitts Creek  Can’t believe I waited so long!

Laughing: At Schitts Creek – it’s so funny!

Listening: To 80s workout tunes at the gym.

Fangirling: Over Carole Matthews – did you catch her interview in Author Corner?

Coveting: Carole’s New Book Christmas For Beginners.

Trying: To laugh off some epic kitchen disasters. I think I’ve had more fails and fluffs this month than the whole year! 

Posting: This recipe for my favourite dip, this Mexican Bean Dip is vegetarian, delicious and healthy.

tortila chip dipped into mexican bean dip

Sharing: All my favourite baked cheesecake recipes in one post! It’s scrumdiddlyumptious!

Upgrading: To a new, bigger and fancier dehydrator. This can only mean more homemade treats for Teddy Roosevelt!

Buying: All the doggy Christmas things. One has to be prepared for every holiday! 

Selling: My cookie cutter collection. It took years to accumulate, at this rate it will take years to sell!

Thanking: My past self for taking out pet insurance – Teddy Roosevelt was back at the vets again! He wasn’t very impressed.

dog on vets table looking at bandaged paw

Reorganising: Teddy’s furdrobe – I think he’s got more clothes than both his pawrents put together!

Pushing: The pram here there and everywhere – what with sore paws and rainy days both me and the pram are getting a thorough workout!

Matching: With Teddy – his bow tie to my mask! 

woman holding dog wearing matching face mask and bow tie

Disliking: How many people are not wearing masks. 

Liking: That Victoria got down to zero cases. Teddy Roosevelt had a doughnut cookie to celebrate. Onya, Victorians!

dog yawning next to a donut cookie

Loving: Sneaky lunch dates with David.

Looking: At our new look spare room and feeling pretty pleased with what we’ve achieved. 

dog lying on a day bed

Wanting: To paint our bedroom next.

Forgetting: My 9 year cancerversary. Well, I did remember but only after the event. I guess time is a great healer after all! 

Getting: My hair did. I love a visit to the hairdresser’s!

woman_sitting _under_heat_lamp_at_hairdressers

Going: To the gym most days, if only to do my physio exercises. 

Hoping: I can be signed off physio soon. 

Walking: 10,000 steps most days.

Enjoying: Tea and scones at The Tea Cosy with my ASM (Annual Scone Meeting) with Lisa Marie.

teapot teacups and scones on a table

Thinking: It’s been way too long between visits – the new space is just fabulous!

Catching: Up with friends in my computer on the phone, on face time and in real life. It’s good for the soul.

Attending: Not Quite Nigella’s Hell-Oween party.

Admiring: This Gremlin Cake was the star of the show.

Gremlin cake

Marvelling: At Lorraine’s mad Halloween creation skills!  She really is the Halloween Queen!

Dressing: Up. It’s not our forte! Can you tell?

man dressed as zombie and woman wearing spider web poncho

Forgetting: And then remembering, it’s nine years since my total thyroidectomy.

Wishing: The wet weather would pass. I know it’s good for the farmers but… 

Worrying: About the state of the world in general.

Feeling: A sense of discomfort but am learning to sit with it.

Noticing: That beauty is everywhere.

a yellow rose with morning dew

Taking: Things day by day.

Waiting: To put the Christmas tree up. 

Looking: Forward to a making it a November to remember for all the right reasons.

Now I’ve told you about my month, won’t you tell me about yours?

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