Hello my friends, and welcome to the latest edition of A Sentence A Day!
The husbear and I are going through some tough times, and I’m not referring to the recent flooding here in south east Queensland.
In October his mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer (after his dad passed away at the beginning of July), and the husbear is regularly going to her home in Toowoomba (2 hours’ drive away) to help care for her.
It’s never easy knowing that one of your parents is not long for this world, and always wondering when we will get that phone call.
Plus it’s a lot of responsibility for him to take on, as well as keeping up with work and all his regular commitments – and we also hate being separated on a regular basis (yes even after nearly 32 years of marriage).
But enough of my moaning! Here’s how March unfolded …
1 March – Beautiful weather after all the heavy rain (and flooding!) Seeing as we were working from home, we took the cats out to play in the back yard at lunch time.
2 March – The beautiful weather continues. Today we amused ourselves watching the clouds … they actually evaporated as we were watching them! The cloud formation at the top of this photo had dissolved completely within 5 minutes.
3 March – Another benefit of working from home, the husbear did a bit of yard work and pruning at lunch time.
4 March – We visited my mother-in-law, I was a bit shocked by how much weight she’d lost and how quickly she has deteriorated.
5 March – The kids came over and we got our craft on – Miss 25 had purchased a couple of gnome painting kits, it was a lot of fun! They all turned out very differently – can you guess which one is mine?!
6 March – This is what working on a Sunday looks like. Also, we had some storms roll through late in the afternoon. Just what we needed – more rain. NOT!
7 March – Another selfie at my desk after I’d just finished my Zoom meeting – which Fleur gate-crashed, as is her habit! I noticed some mold on the ceiling of our ensuite, not surprising given the recent bad weather, so got stuck into it with cleaning vinegar. It’s not perfect but it’ll do for now. Obviously we have a tile that’s leaking but if that’s all the damage we have to deal with after the recent flooding, we’ve got off lightly.
8 March – Realised that my lovely gel nail polish was causing my skin irritation, so removed it. My nails look terrible but thankfully the damage should grow out in a few weeks.
9 March – Caught up with an old bloggy friend at Wellington Point Farm, a new cafe / produce shop which has opened locally. The Redlands (where we live) used to be known as the salad bowl of Brisbane, but these days most of the farms are long gone. The sticky date pudding was amazing!
10 March – Oh dear, I had to fill my car with petrol and it cost me $100. Mind you, this was BEFORE the prices went up (a side effect of the war in Ukraine)!
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12 March – The hubby and I did a spot of fishing. I managed to reel in a rock with a bit of seaweed on it, but that was the extent of our catch!
13 March – We settled in to watch MAFS (Married at First Sight). It’s all the husbear’s fault – he’s been watching it when he’s been in Toowoomba – so he’s got me sucked into this trashy drama as well!
14 March – When I got home from a client meeting the husbear thought I looked fab, so he insisted I take a selfie 🙂 .
15 March – Some days work goes great … and other days it’s like trudging through wet cement. Guess what sort of a day today was?!
16 March – At my fortnightly business mastermind session, the Easter bunny had left us all a treat!
17 March – We went for dinner with Mr 27’s future in-laws, at a fabulous Greek restaurant (of course … did I mention his fiance is Greek?!) on the Brisbane River. Of course we had baklava for dessert! Being St Patrick’s Day, the Story Bridge was lit up in green.
18 March – As soon as the husbear got home from work, he packed up and headed up to Toowoomba.
19 March – Couldn’t get motivated to do housework today, so I borrowed a tip from Miss 25 – I filmed myself doing it, and put a fast-forwarded version on social media for a bit of fun! (You can check it out on Instagram here). Afterwards, I rewarded myself by starting a new puzzle.
20 March – Met up with my parents and sister at a very atmospheric Thai restaurant for lunch, to celebrate my stepmum’s birthday.
21 March – It might be Monday but I hadn’t seen one of my friends (and her pupper) since before Christmas, so spent the morning hanging out at her place. Yes, sometimes I have to work weekends and evenings – but it’s worth it when I get to spend a Monday morning like this!
22 March – Brunch event with Women’s Network Australia – If you’re on the northside I highly recommend the venue, Dandelion and Driftwood at Hendra. In the evening the husbear and I watched MAFS in the media room and shared a cheese board and some moscato 🙂 .
23 March – Another day, another networking event. This time for breakfast, my business coach kindly invited me to her Bx group. I’m not keen on the BNI style of networking where you have to “refer” etc, this felt much more natural and organic and I made some valuable connections. I’m thinking seriously of joining.
24 March – After work I headed into the city for an event held by Brisbane Small Business, all about getting found online. I particularly wanted to go as one of the panel of speakers is somebody I’ve connected with on Linked In, one of the “good guys” in SEO. Afterwards the husbear and I had dinner at the Pig and Whistle on the Queen St Mall.
25 March – We were both awake early, so my lovely husbear brought me a coffee in bed about 5am – and we watched the sunrise, the sky was all shades of apricot and gold, just beautiful! However I was too comfy to get up to take a photo so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
26 March – I finished my latest puzzle – just as well, looking at all that candy all the time is wayyyy to tempting!
27 March – We made pumpkin soup and cheesy toast for dinner, just like we used to have at Sizzler. Gosh I miss their restaurants!
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29 March – The highlight of my day was a Zoom meeting with a bloggy fan from the UK! Times like this I really do find myself in awe of the advances technology has made in my lifetime.
30 March – Had to go out for a couple of meetings, when I got home I noticed the most incredible rainbow arcing across the sky. It was impossible to photograph in its entirety but here’s a little peek.
31 March – Nothing much to report. Fleur was on the couch in my office (which is not allowed) but she looked so cute I had to get a photo … before I roused on her!
So that was March in a nutshell – tell me one good thing about your March?!