WHAT MADE FEBRUARY FABULOUS?

Living life fabulously - looking back at all the fun little happenings during February.

MY FABULOUS FEBRUARY

At the beginning of January I chose my new Word of the Year - which was FABULOUS - and in honour of all things fabulous, I've decided to return to my old habit of looking back over the month that's finished and sharing a few snippets that shone out during those weeks. My moments of "Fabulosity" is how I'm thinking of them.

How lovely that February is an "F" word and ties in so well with Fabulous - so without further ado, here's some of the small Fabulous moments from February.....

FAMILY-ING

I'm cheating a little with this one because the photos of our grandgirls' visit are from the last few days of January - but I figured I'd be forgiven seeing that we didn't get to see them or our kids during February (distance can be a bummer at times). Still, the few days we had with them were lovely - full of stories, fairy making, swimming, and girly chatter - and I just had to share a few pics. They're growing up SO fast!

family time

BLOGGING

Life on the blog has been steady and quiet. I'm sticking with my Monday posts and I still seem to have many thoughts left to share. I wondered if I'd run out of ideas when 2021 drew to a close, but there always seems to be something that catches my eye, or gives me inspiration to put into a post. If you missed any of my February posts (there were only four - including this one) I've added the links to the other three below. I'd love you to pop over for a read.


CREATING

I've been spending little chunks of my spare time doing some more collaging. There's just something so relaxing about cutting and glueing, deconstructing and rearranging. I'm also enjoying creating in books because it gives me somewhere to keep my projects without having loose pages everywhere. This is the third book in my ongoing collection and it's been based around women and flowers - all so pretty....


LOVING

In honour of my six "F" words for my 60's, this is what I've been loving lately....

Family - February 26th is our wedding anniversary. This year marked 39 years of marriage and 40 years of being together (yep we jumped into getting married less than a year after meeting each other! Young love....) It's been a varied and interesting journey and one I'm grateful for every day - I never take for granted how blessed I am to be sharing my life with someone who still loves me after all these years.

our wedding 1983

Friends - I love seeing my friends achieve amazing things - a few weeks ago we went to my friend Anita's first art gallery showing - to enjoy with her the thrill of having her work displayed and purchased. (And isn't her hair amazing?!)

Anita Shortland Art

Faith - Wearing a mask in church takes things to a whole new level - it's weird to sing in a mask, it's weird to socialise in a mask, and it's such a strange new normal to be living with.

Freedom & Flexibility - I still pinch  myself sometimes when I look at how simple and stress-free my life is now. This Calvin and Hobbes cartoon appeared in our newspaper this month and it says it all.... I feel like I might just be allowed a little smugness!

Calvin and Hobbes cartoon

Fabulosity - I rarely spend money on things other than groceries or necessities these days, so when something fun catches my eye I've decided to stop being stingy with myself and to just buy it. This month's purchase was a lovely colour changing solar ball - I do love a bit of bling in the garden!


A FABULOUS QUOTE TO FINISH WITH

Fabulous people make the best of what they have
Image courtesy of Collene


Living life fabulously - looking back at all the fun little happenings during February.

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29 comments

  1. Hi, Leanne - I am delighted that 2022 has been filled with family, friends, faith, freedom, and finding new forms of expression. This is such a fabulous and inspiring beginning to 2022. I look forward to following how your WOTY inspires the months ahead.

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    1. Hi Donna - it's been a really good month (despite the heat and lack of rain in our neck of the woods). I'm still really enjoying the retired life and all the opportunities to do things on my own terms - such a lovely stage of life.

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  2. Your creativity is flowing Leanne, good on you for being fabulous and you can be a little smug at times - if not now when?? Love all your fabulous bits for Feb, and hoping March is just as good. You've really got the rhythm now!

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    1. Hi Deb - yes I think I'm rocking this Fabulous stage of life - sometimes I feel a little bit guilty about how easy life is atm - but if we don't let ourselves enjoy the good times, then we're not being grateful for all the work that went into getting here. x

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  3. Hi Leanne. Great catch-up! Tim and I will be married 39 years in May. We married 6 months, after we met in 1983. We are both truly blessed, to have such wonderful marriages. Thanks for sharing. xxxx Christina Daggett

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    1. The old saying "marry in haste....repent at leisure" obviously doesn't always apply Christina (thank goodness!) I'm so glad you have a similar story that's just as long lasting as ours. Both of our children met and married over about a year's timeframe too - I guess it's hereditary!

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  4. Hi Leanne, January has been kind and fabulous to you and I loved reading about it. Your wedding is a huge achievement and such a happy event. I loved seeing the younger you. You really haven't changed much. You had that beautiful smile back then too.

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    1. Hi Jen - thanks for the lovely compliment - I sometimes see my young self when I'm smiling - but man....I was a lot fresher faced and thinner back then - but I'm happy to be where I am at 60 - there's been a lot of years of living since those wedding pics!

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  5. Reading about how much you are enjoying life makes me so happy! What a wonderful and so much needed, joyful post. And your wedding photos are lovely!

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    1. Hi Susanne - I was feeling a bit guilty about how easy we've had it here with the whole covid thing - but (as I suspected) it's just delayed the inevitable and omicron has arrived and is spreading rapidly. I refuse to allow that to bother me and I intend to live a Fabulous March month too - life is short and we have to appreciate every minute of it :)

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  6. What a fabulous February you've had, Leanne. Thanks for sharing it with us. Congratulations on 39 years of marriage!

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    1. Hi Christie - it's been a good month and I've enjoyed summer - but I'm well and truly ready for a bit of cooler weather as Autumn slowly starts in March - roll on some cooler nights!

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  7. Fabulous is definitely the right word! What wonderful things to celebrate in February (and the end of Jan.). Looks like your granddaughters had just as much fun as you did. Happy belated Anniversary.

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    1. Hi Joanne - life is definitely full of happy moments (even Fabulous ones!) if we're open to looking for them. I'm loving my small and cosy life - and it's lovely to remind myself of that at the end of each month :)

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  8. Your collages are really inspiring! I've used the collage technique to do vision boards, but your's are simply breathtaking compositions. Thanks for sharing.

    This year marks my 30th wedding anniversary... we met later in life (and yeah, first marriage for both of us). It's wonderful to go through life with a partner who's there through it all!

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    1. Hi Pat - thanks for your lovely compliment about my collaging efforts - I just find the whole process so relaxing and rewarding. Creativity for the uncreative! And you and your husband may have started a bit later, but it's great that you're both going strong too.

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  9. Love that final quote Leanne! Your grandaughters are so cute. I hope I get a grandchild one day as I imagine it would be so much fun being a grandparent! Happy 39th Anniversary to you! I'm guessing you got married in 1983? I worked that out because we've been married 37 years and were married in 1985. Such a whizz at maths - not! lol I'm loving the look of your friends art! Is that acrylic or oil? Oh and yes she does have fabulous hair! Wishing you a 'FABULOUS' March! xo

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    1. Hi Min - well done on the Maths! And yes your grandparenting will happen one day - and you'll probably end up with more than the two that are all I've been blessed with (my daughter and her husband have decided not to have children). My friend Anita dabbles in a bit of everything with her art - she tends to layer and layer and layer a bit more - primarily acrylics, but with all sorts of other things in the mix - it's fascinating to see her process. She's hoping to start making a living from her art - and I often think of you when she talks about it. x

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  10. Congratulations on your 39th Wedding Anniversary. Gosh, next year it will be 40 years for you...and I remember celebrating that with my parents in 1986. TIME is a weird thing. In NSW singing and dancing has only just returned....been s very frustrating time in schools and for our grandson who is a DJ (amongst other things) Thank you for sharing your blog post for the final #lifethisweek link up…you were part of my blogging history as it was the 280th link up!!

    I look forward to having you link up when I am next back with #lifethismonth on Monday 14 March 2022. Same hours and days open as for #lifethisweek.

    Warm wishes,
    Denyse.

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    1. Hi Denyse - you have a lot more water under your marital bridge than we do - but you're a shining example of it still going strong after many, many years together. WA is tightening up on everything atm - I think our Premier still believes he can beat the virus (and forgets that a virus is unbeatable!) We have a very high vaccination rate and it's only Omicron - with almost nobody in hospital, so I think we should just get on with things - the borders open tomorrow and that will add yet another layer to the craziness.

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  11. happy anniversary congratulations

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    1. Thank you - it feels like a great box to have ticked for another year :)

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  12. Congratulations on your 39th wedding anniversary, Leanne. I'm glad you had a fabulous February. Your art creation and Anita's are both beautiful. Thank you for sharing your updates and photos with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Thanks for the anniversary wishes Natalie and for the lovely compliments on my "art" and Anita's. Thanks for hosting a great link up and I'll see you next week :)

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  13. Thanks for a fabulous recap.

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  14. Sounds like you've had a great month, Leanne. Congratulations on 39 years of marriage! That's such an accomplishment and a blessing. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and today was our son's 18th Birthday and we had a dinner for about 18 friends held at the Church (they went out for a drink afterwards so it wasn't all wholesome. It's been challenging getting in synch with him but everything came together really well. We had a really good night and my sponge cake was perfect.
    It is still really wet here, but nothing like what Lismore and the Hawkesbury people are going through.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena
    PS your grand-daughter look very sweet.

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    1. Hi Rowena - I'm glad the floods haven't gotten to you - but I imagine the rain must be really tiresome - especially when Winter hasn't even started yet. We've had no rain for months and are at the other end of the extremes - some mellow weather would be nice for all of us! Glad the 18th birthday party (and cake) went so well - it's so hard to believe our babies are so grown up isn't it?

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  15. I loved everything about this post Leanne! your granddaughters are darling. That book is stunning. Your friend is VERY talented. I also love your garden art. That comic strip cracked me up. Your wedding photos are stunning. Happy Anniversary. We celebrate 30 years in October.

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