Taking Stock: September

My Happy Place

The change in seasons always brings about contemplation; for me anyway. It marks the passing of time much more significantly than the start of a new month. It’s the physicality of season change that does it. Suddenly I feel too warm in all my layers, and I can leave the house without worrying about a coat (sometimes).

With that comes the feeling that time is escaping me; it’s a border-line panic about something I can’t quite put my finger on. When this feeling sets in it’s time to take stock; the perfect antidote to this uncomfortable low-grade panic. 

DSC_0019This whimsy list comes with compliments from Pip Lincoln, of Meet Me at Mikes. If you like reading about feel-good fun stuff, her blog has all the feels, and more.

Half way through September, in contemplation of the final term of school, Christmas a couple of months away, and life in general. Here’s me Taking Stock.

Making : chocolate chip cookies for the start of our holiday road trip tomorrow.

Cooking : ricotta gnocchi, from scratch! Boast alert – I also made the ricotta from scratch too.

Drinking : holiday feeling drinks – champagne, gin and tonic, and tea… always tea.

Reading: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. She is such a masterful story-teller that it is interfering with my sleep! Both keeping me awake to read and waking up, disturbed by events in the book.

Wanting: a bit of down time.


Looking: at maps, for our road trip.

Playing: hopefully some Scrabble while we are away.

Deciding: what to pack and what to leave behind. Spring weather is so unpredictable.

Wishing: for a dry spell – camping is no fun at all in the rain.

Enjoying: getting my teeth into a novel.

Waiting: for our washing to dry, so I can pack.

Liking: the idea of becoming a runner.

Wondering: if I’ll ever really be able to run 5km without stopping.


Loving: my magazine subscription to The Simple Things, a gorgeous English magazine.

Pondering: what to have for lunch.

Considering: where to go for my run this afternoon.

Buying: books, which I haven’t done for ages; there is nothing like holding a real book in your hands.

Watching: any British crime –  the Brits do crime so damned well!

Hoping: for some sunshine while we are away.

Marvelling: at how quickly the year is flying by (I’m not sure why I am surprised at this. It’s always the same).

Cringing: Pauline Hanson – no explanation required.

Needing: to get moving or I’ll lose my motivation for my run.

Questioning: the big things, like how our treatment of refugees is considered ok by our leaders.

Smelling: Spring flowers, like the Jasmine sprig I picked at the park the other day.


Wearing: Comfy Sunday house clothes.

Following: recipes – which is a big deal for me, I try to free-wheel, but with something like gnocchi, I just wasn’t brave enough.

Noticing: how much my family all need a rest.

Knowing: that I will finish the C25K and I will be able to run 5km with out stopping (one day).

Thinking: how much I’d like to have a cup of tea on the couch rather than go for a run.

Admiring: my husband’s ability to get things done.

Sorting: clothes for packing purposes.

Getting: a new tarp for our camper trailer.

Bookmarking: a new art blog, Tea With Georgie, which looks cute and inspiring.

Coveting: some new jeans – comfy well fitting jeans are just SO hard to find.

Disliking: the way my house only stays clean and tidy for like, one minute.

Opening: the draw to get my running gear.

Giggling: often; I feel so lucky that laughter punctuates my every day.

Feeling: very fortunate.

Snacking: on chocolate chip cookies.

Helping: my kids to unwind.

Hearing: the whirr of my husbands power tools in the shed, my kids chattering and the sounds of a lovely quiet Sunday.



What are you thinking about on this quiet Sunday?


  1. says

    Lovely thoughts and wonderings here Collette, and very jealous of your gnocchi – so impressive to do it all from scratch! I also love The Simple Things mag and get it when I see it. Just flicking through the gorgeous pages makes me feel relaxed and happy 🙂

    • collette says

      The Simple Things is such an aspirational mag for me, not like the fashion mags, but in that way that makes me want to simplify, lie in long grass and chew on a flower or something! The ricotta was so easy! I’ll do a post on it, with the recipe, so everyone can feel a bit fancy and accomplished in their own kitchen.

    • collette says

      Oh Edie, I’m scared – my next session is 20 minutes non-stop. 😳 It seems such a jump to go from two lots of 8 minutes to 20 minutes! But I’m going to give it a red hot go!

      • says

        Omg I totally remember that one…. I even wrote about it in a blog. You can do this. This one is the totally psychological mess with your head one…. After this one you are a runner!!! Yes!!! It is the very very most important pivotal moment…. It is still my favourite run of all time. The most special one… The best…. You can do this one!!!! I KNOW you can… Do not stop… Mental strength…. Your body can totally do this. You have to make your mind believe. I AM BARRACKING FOR YOU!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. says

    I missed Sunday, running a bit behind. Now it’s Tuesday and it’s going to be sunny, which is good for me and my mother as this is the day we go out for lunch and op-shopping. We laugh a lot together and last week she sang a song to the workers in the Salvos store in Thomsatown. ☺️

  3. says

    Ricotta gnocchi – and your own ricotta! Wowee! I only do the potato one but I have to say once you’ve made your own, you can never go back to store bought. My husband and I had a break away over the weekend. Very nice to get away. Hope your trip gives you lots of time to rest and read. Will be interested to hear what you think of The Goldfinch. I started out okay with it and then got a little frustrated. Have you read The Secret History.

    • collette says

      The ricotta was surprisingly easy! I will post the recipe here. I’m feeling a bit braver with potato gnocchi now that I’ve made this one. Might tap you up for some advice on that! I’ve read The Secret History and loved it. Like The Goldfinch, it left me feeling quite unsettled. Still ploughing on with The Goldfinch – things have taken an interesting turn!

What are you thoughts?