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Taking Stock: A January List

January 19, 2019
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Oh my goodness. I had a bit of a blog break over Christmas and the beginning of January and gosh I think I’m the better for it.

That said I’m very much looking forward to cracking on because the year ahead is looking a little less pesky than last year. And the year before.

What better way to start a new year then with a Taking Stock catch up?! I have been doing so much stuff and not sharing it here … so you have been warned this January Taking Stock might be a little enthusiastic and chatty …

Let’s go!

Making : A book! I am on deadline for my new book (which is about how to deal with life when times are  tough) and have been spending a lot of time working on it. It comes out in 2020 through the wonderful Murdoch Books and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be published again.

Cooking : So many things. I am not a huge fan of summer temperature-wise, but I love summer eating so much. Tonight I’m making couscous with roasted tomatoes and fresh herbs. And maybe a steak if Ari comes home. Some nights we have lots of home cooked things. Some nights we have chicken and chips. Some nights I have toast (if Ari is not home!)

Sipping : I found a nice cleanskin riesling I like at a wine shop near me. So I have been enjoying that.

Reading: I finished Tara Westover’s Educated and am now reading The Trauma Cleaner (which Max got me for Christmas). When I’ve read it I am going to listen to the Big Ideas episode about this book too.

Looking: At my sleeping pup. He’s such a kind and caring dog.

Listening: James Blake and Saint Etienne.

Wishing: My hair was not always so tangled.

Enjoying: Grilling vegetables on the George Foreman grill I bought last year.

Waiting: For Thursday when my baby boy turns 19!!! 19!!!

Liking: Making Japanese potato salad – not pictured here – (after I saw my friend Edie had made it). I used the Cibi recipe and gawsh it was freaking delicious and I wish I had taken a photo. I had it as a salad and then cold on toast the next day and the day after that (and I didn’t put cheese in because I did not have any … and it was still so good!)

Loving: Reed Avocados. Aren’t they the best? So creamy and delicious.

Buying: I bought a River Cottage cookbook on sale at Readings. It’s a good one with lots of great ideas and go-tos.

Watching: I re-watched Muriel’s Wedding (on Netflix) last night while I was trying to stay awake so I could go and pick Ari up. I only got halfway through so I’m going to start it again later. Such a great cast!

Hoping: To emerge from my every emoshe convalescence some time this year.

Needing: To charge my camera battery and start taking photos with it. Well. More wanting to, I suppose. Not that phone photos are not great, but I like my actual camera and want to play with it again.

Wearing: An old cotton Obus dress because it’s a bit floaty and cool. I don’t have many floaty cotton dresses and I wish I had more.

Following: The Ariana Grande/Princess Nokia drama. I care about such things.

Noticing: I am a bit stiff because I have not been doing any yoga. It’s been so sweaty-hot and busy, but really those are not very good excuses. I had such a good run of doing it every day for more than 200 days and then I fell in a heap. Tonight I will start again! I am making a promise to myself.

Sorting: Clothes. And folding them. Very small and stand-uppy!

Getting: I found this Mexican cookbook at the Salvation Army store today for $3, so I was pleased to be getting that.

Saving: All my $5 notes this year. Not that I get much cash, but when I do I am going to tuck the fivers away for a rainy day. I saw this idea online somewhere but I can’t remember where it was. It’s a goodie.

Bookmarking: The potentially life-saving ‘Dutch Reach‘.

Coveting: A clear hallway. Mine is full of stuff that needs to be donated to the right places. Sound familiar?!

Opening: The doors (it’s stuffy). Then closing the doors (it’s too hot.)

Giggling: At this pigeon.

Feeling: Relaxed. Which is hard for me. LOL.

Hearing: People playing cricket at the oval near me. Every now and then there’s a huge ROAR … I suppose the roar happens when someone gets out?

Obsessing: Over making lots of fresh ice each day. It’s very, very important to have fresh and non-fridgey ice at our place.

You can make a list too, if you want to! I’d love to read it! Let me know if you do this too!

Making :
Cooking :
Sipping :

I hope you are well and have been having nice times!

Love to you.

x pip



  • Reply Rhonda Hetzel February 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Hi Pip, lovely photos and food. I’m really pleased you’re writing again, although I don’t envy the process. I’m looking forward to that book in 2020. All the best for the coming months. xx

    • Reply Pip February 6, 2019 at 9:46 PM

      Hello Rhonda! Thank you so much for you confidence and your vote of confidence. I SO appreciate it … and YOU! x pip

  • Reply Donna Bridges January 26, 2019 at 2:30 AM

    Making : lists for moving
    Cooking : so little in my west facing kitchen (so hot I might die )
    Sipping : fruit teas , rediscovered them because I cleaned the pantry
    Reading: Outlander and my Christmas pile of books
    Looking: at catalogs and op shops for decorating ideas
    Listening: to others when they say “can I help”, I’m asking now .
    Wishing: we could afford one of those services which pack it one end and unpack the other.
    Enjoying: the post three day break we went on that made us relax
    Waiting: for school to go back
    Liking: that somethings I have loved have gone to new homes
    Loving: actually feeling ok now the house is sold and we have to go , renters joys.
    Buying: cotton nighties from op shops
    Watching: Call the Midwife on Netflix
    Hoping: for cooler weather soonish
    Needing: to tackle my wardrobe
    Wearing: cotton nighties as much as possible
    Following: my own trends and less social media
    Noticing: how I have missed Pinterest
    Sorting: house to fit into a smaller house ,anyone need a piano and stool?
    Getting: excited about my upcoming birthday splurge
    Saving: for my upcoming birthday splurge
    Bookmarking: my clever daughter’s blog
    Coveting: velvet couches in indigo colour
    Opening: more banana milk ( thanks Nippys)
    Giggling: about the person who tried to raise money for a pirate ship to get the replica Bounty , so hilarious but unfortunately go fund me shut it down 🙁
    Feeling: hot
    Hearing: crickets chirruping
    Obsessing: over lists for moving

  • Reply Gaia January 25, 2019 at 3:27 AM

    Hello Pip!
    Thought you might like to see my Taking Stock List on my new blog…
    https: //
    I was introduced to your blog some years ago by my mum Melissa from The Owl in the Art Tree blog. She started a course with you a few years ago but her computer broke so she didn’t finish it… 🙁
    Gotta say that I love your post that included the link to Longboard Dancing with hyo_joo on Instagram.
    Love Gaia xx

  • Reply paula January 24, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Yay a taking stock post. Love these from you. It will inspire me to do the same.
    You rock Pip!

    • Reply Pip January 24, 2019 at 9:28 PM

      You are such a darling-face to always be so kind and supportive. THANK YOU!!! xx

  • Reply Rachel January 21, 2019 at 7:14 AM

    I wrote a year’s worth of Taking Stock posts, linked to in this last one in December:

    Thanks again for my inspiration Pip x

  • Reply Reannon January 20, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Hello lovely Pip!
    Your food always looks the most delicious & so inviting. Can food look inviting? I think I must mean that I’d just like to eat it!

    I read The Trauma Cleaner last year, we’ll listened to the audiobook & LOVED IT! It was one of my fave reads of the year, possibly going into my most faves ever….the story is all the things & the narration was perfection. I bloody loved it.

    I too have been doing the de-stash/de-clutter thing but as soon as I bag it up I put it in my car so I remember to drop it off. I have no memory.

    Enjoy celebrating your boy on Thursday. Much love to you xx

  • Reply Cassie Foord January 19, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    I have just rediscovered your blog after about 10 years and loving it. I learnt to crochet following your instructions and still have the first blanket I made ! Your list has got me thinking… look for the positive things which I am trying to do after a few bad years, I have a dog who looks like yours, Anna rescued from Romania . I am in the middle of winter here in the UK !

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