Welcome to the December issue of Viva70. How are you travelling? Grab a coffee and let’s have a chat. What’s happening in your world?
Some of you may still be in lock-down overseas while in Australia, and especially Victoria we are relieved to be seeing friends and family again after months of being isolated. We may still be wearing masks in stores but the gyms are open and the bars are humming, the sun shines and cricket is on at the MCG on Boxing Day so we’re feeling GOOD!
Our monthly format for Viva70 feels right for the times and this month we bring you another great article from Julia Richards about staying well in the Christmas season. I write about ageing as a series of moments rather than a process. I hope some of the moments resonate with you. There are also some thoughts about how to plan any christmas / new year parties in times of Covid. Finally, there’s an article about a wonderful fashion art exhibition of Indigenous designers… LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!! Sensational! ( I’m using a lot of exclamation marks this month!)
What else have you been up too? Have you got plans for Christmas? My December looks like this
1.Painting the farm gate and retaining walls BLACK
What do you think? Too dramatic?
2. Choosing paint colours for feature walls for main bedroom and exterior house colour
3. Creating little corners that look nearly finished
I sourced old metal troughs and planted them with French lavender to fill spaces along the house wall. Perfect! And the front porch has already seen merriment.. Christmas drinks with neighbours. It could easily hold 30 people so lots of fun ahead
Apart from the house and garden I’ve spent many days developing a care plan and establishing contracts with service agencies for our relative who has dementia. Tackling aged care agencies and departments is a nightmare..but more of that next month.
I binge watched Newsroom Wars on Apple TV with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Also checked out Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep on Netflix in The Prom..agh don’t do it…a musical nightmare. Started morning walks in the Botanical Gardens 2 minutes from my house. Made and ate mince pies. Bought and drank wine.
Then there’s Christmas shopping and a few get togethers with friends. It’s a ho Hum Happy Kinda life!
I hope your life is good too and that you have a happy, safe and gentle Christmas after a brutal 2020. Be grateful, find joy and laugh out loud!
Much love, Nora x