I’m a little late to the Taking Stock party. Created by Pip Lincoln over at Meet Me At Mikes, it’s a way of slowing down once a month and, well, taking stock. Similar to my wrap posts, but different at the same time.
Making: time at the start of the day to work on my current novel. Sadly this means I’m not making enough time to exercise.
Cooking: not very much – the kitchenaid is away for the duration of the sale and it’s way too heavy to lift up and out of the cupboard. Plus it’s hot. Too hot to cook.
Drinking: way too much alcohol. Still. One of these days I’ll do something about it. Maybe.
Reading: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. It’s one of the novels the series Shetland is based on.
Trawling: Real Estate.com
Wanting: a quick sale of our house in Sydney
Looking: at my diary filling up
Deciding: which furniture to sell rather than move.
Wishing: I’d made more time for the gym this month…
Enjoying: my super clean study – I’ll never ever let it get that messy again…
Waiting: for next Friday. I’ll tell you why then!
Liking: The new bookmarking thingie on instagram. No more screenshots.
Wondering: whether I should have a go at growing ginger in Queensland.
Loving: my herb garden. The basil has gone mad.
Pondering: the power of signs and serendipity and all of those concepts
Listening: to retro, daggy pop very very loud as I’ve been cleaning…interspersed with more atmospheric stuff by Lisa Gerrard and Dead Can Dance.
Considering: a month of no buying – where I read only what’s already in my kindle, and watch or listen only to what’s already on my itunes – or available for free. Freeman February has a ring to it…
Buying: books from Amazon. My January purchases included:
The Secret Wife, Gill Paul
Hades and Fall, Candace Fox
A Murder of Crows, PF Chisholm
Raven Black, Ann Cleeves
Love, Lies and Lemon Cake, Sue Watson
Hoping: it doesn’t really get into the 40s again tomorrow
Marvelling: at the power of the elements – watching the fire in Coolum the other week proved again what a force nature is.
Cringing: at the thought of another 40 degree day
Needing: to get moving more this week.
Questioning: when I can fit in the whole moving more thing.
Smelling: the gardenias that have just started blooming in the garden.
Wearing: Bali beach dresses and havaianas and wishing I could wear these clothes to work every day.
Following: my insta follows this week were:
@cookislands – for travel inspo
@jamesvodicka – for photography inspo
@thetravellingkimono – for sunny coast inspo
@backpackingmatt – for NZ inspo
@paulsmithimages – for Noosa inspo
@metropolist_sc – for all things sunny coast
Noticing: the family of 3 kookaburras that has moved into the neighbourhood. They come and sit on the pool fence in the late afternoon each day.
Knowing: where my family will be living for those few weeks when they head north before me. I’ve booked them into a unit up at Alexandra Headland – across the road from the beach…lucky things.
Thinking: about how soon I can join them.
Admiring: Pip Lincoln for coming up with this list and getting through it each month.
Getting: excited about the possibilities of a new adventure
Bookmarking: Instagram pics of Sunshine Coast scenes
Disliking: the extreme heat of this summer so far
Opening: for inspection – our house that is. We had 12 groups through yesterday in the half hour opening.
Giggling: at the video of a corgi on a hill with a propeller cap on its head.
Feeling: surprisingly ok about the whole selling process.
Helping: Wesley Church with boxes of things for their garage sale.
Hearing: squadrons of cockatoos fly over as I write this.
Celebrating: This month we celebrated my sister’s birthday, her husband’s birthday, and the birthday of her two oldest sons. We also sang happy birthday to my mother and wished Mum and Dad congratulations on 53 years married. January is a big birthday month.
Pretending: not to be worried about hubby and daughter driving to Queensland without me.
Embracing: ok, I’m trying to embrace the idea of letting go and letting things be – and not really succeeding.