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Weekend Coffee Share: Is that Sunshine?

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I actually started to write this post a week ago, and never got past the title. It’s been a bit of a rough week – just a lot going on, a lot of thinking on my part, and a lot of trying to get myself organized and put some things into place (it feels like I’m always doing that… but I do think that each time I try it does a little something!)

Next week is a busy week at my work, so I’m trying to spend this weekend getting things all set up so that the week can be a relaxing one outside of work. I’m hoping to do some sewing – which I haven’t gotten to do in a while – and also some editing and writing. I’ve missed doing my writing, and need to push myself to write more – be it blogging or fiction, the longer I let myself go without doing it the more challenging it becomes.

I’ve spent a lot of the week (and probably will spend more of the coming week) cuddling with the Midnight Monster.  While he’s returned to his usual, crazy, self (thank goodness! He took a while to get there and I was a bit worried), he’s also been a bit more willing to cuddle than he had before. I’ve been taking full advantage of that to steal some cuddle time. He’s got a great purr and I love when I get the chance to hear it!

I’ve been excited to see the sunshine a little more – even though we’re still getting plenty of rain (at least it isn’t snow?) there has also been some bits of sun which makes me super-happy! I am not a fan of super-warm weather, but I do like when I can wander outside without getting soaked.

What have you been up to in the past few weeks?  What does the spring have in store for you? Any plans?



Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!



Weekend Coffee Share: Waiting

UPDATE: Saturday Night, 8pm…. Midnight got caught in the trap I set for him and is now home and safe!  So, my imagined coffee share later in this post can be real 🙂
Honestly I don’t even know how to write my coffee share post this morning. I like framing it like we’re sitting down and chatting, but my hope is that the situation is different soon than it is right now. As I write this it’s about 4 am Saturday morning and I am sitting on the ground of my front porch. Waiting and hoping. And it is not the first early morning watch I’ve kept this week..

 But, let me tell you the coffee time I’d like having.

I’d like to say:

If we were having coffee I’d have a Midnight Monster Cat curled up on my legs. He had an adventure this week, but finally decided to come home this morning and now is safe and sound. Last Sunday we tried to go out in a new harness for some fresh air – but he did crazy cat acrobatics, slipped his harness and darted.

I spend the week searching and waiting and hoping. It was a rough week, I kept hoping he’d just come home and he kept not appearing.

I walked the neighborhood a few times,.I searched in yards and distributed flyers. I put his litter box and bed outside as I could (in breaks.from the rain) and I waited.and I worried.

And friends lent support, helped me search, said prayers, gave advice and shared stories of their own pet returns.

It’s been a rough week, and I haven’t slept much.

But Thursday there were two sightings. Both in, or right next to, my yard. Friday morning I put out food for him and it was eaten something between 4:30 and 5:30 am.

So Saturday morning I went out and waited. Quietly sitting and listening and watching.

And now, as we sit together for coffee I hope I am able to say that he has come home.

Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share – February 4 2017

We had another ice day this week – Friday turned out not at all like I had planned.  For a while the weather had been predicting that we would have ice on Friday, but then it started to look like things would warm up and we wouldn’t see too much. However, I woke up Friday morning to find ice hanging from the leaves outside my window.  Work was delayed for a few hours and I spent that time resting and getting a few things taken care of (bills…yay…). and headed out to work about two hours before I had to be there. Since I commute by bus and train, and I had no idea if those would be running on time or what my connections would look like I wanted to give myself some extra time – plus my commute normally takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half.  I ended up waiting for the first bus for about 20 minutes.  In the cold rain.

In retrospect I probably should have looked at the schedule for when the bus was supposed to pass by and then at least use that as a guide for when I went to catch the bus.  However, I’m kind of glad I didn’t – because I would have likely made the decision to catch the earlier one which would have put me even further away when the next part of the day happened.

I had on the bus for about two minutes – less than a mile down the road – when I got a text message that work was going to be closed for the rest of the day. So I got off at the next stop, hit the store, and then went to wait for the next bus that would take me back home.

So… I’d already been out, I’d had coffee, and breakfast, and an early lunch. I’d been walking, and moving about and should have probably found the energy to sit down and do some work.  Writing, Jamberry work, blogging, editing, SOMETHING.

And I tried. I really did. I wrote the rewrites of two whole sentences. I created a word document for a project I’m hoping to start on.  I recorded a little video (five minutes, which I’ll probably have to re-do because I’ve changed a few things) for a Jamberry “Party In A Box” that I’m sending out on Monday. It took me about an hour to get all that done because I kept distracting myself with other things. So I decided to call it a wash. I wasn’t going to get any work done on those projects originally, anyhow, today because I would have been at work so….

I spent the rest of the day curled up in bed, with Midnight Monster sleeping on me, as I binge-watched Netflix. It was awesome.

A surprise evening trip to Ikea with a friend resulted in finally getting an actual desk chair for myself (been meaning to get one – my entire body will thank me for better posture here) and a stop by 7-11 to get Slushies (because, random cravings are fun!  I think we all need at least one friend in our lives who will hear you say “You know, I kinda want a Slushie” and will help you procure one).

The weekend is looking pretty busy for me.  Saturday at least.  Today I get to take Midnight Monster to his annual vet-check-up. It’s been about a year, and I’m hoping that he’ll behave himself as far as letting me get him in (and out) of his crate.  Last year it was a bit of an ordeal.  Then Saturday night I’m attending an auction fundraiser that got rescheduled from mid-January due to weather.  Looking forward to it – it should be a fun time!!

Sunday is going to be spent writing and working – I hope I’ll have gathered up enough of my energy to make some real progress by then.

What have you been up to this week?  Any fun or interesting weekend plans?

If We Were Having Coffee… Birthday Weekend!!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how excited I am about my birthday weekend!

It’s been a strange week – but I’ve been loving it! We had a bit of a delayed start to the week due to ice and grossness. Then, on Tuesday night we got SNOW. Lots and lots of snow (particularly for this area). In about 12 hours we got 9 inches of snow at my house. Some places got over a foot in a 24-hour period.

The beautiful view of snow-covered… everything… in my neighborhood.

Wednesday was a snow day, and I got to play in the snow and enjoy being inside for much of the day. Thursday was also a snow day, and I took a walk through the snow to buy some needed cat food for the Midnight Monster. Luckily the sidewalk on the road I had to walk had been pretty packed down so it was a fairly pleasant walk.

The temperature stayed cold, so the only melt that’s happening is due to the sun – and then it’s freezing again. Friday I had to venture out to go to work, a delayed start but… it was still just 5 degree’s (Fahrenheit) outside when I left to start my commute.  It was NOT a fun trip – the “sidewalk” on the way to my bus-stop was pretty much non-existent – just a large pile of snow.


There IS a sidewalk under there, somewhere. But walking on it was NOT fun – and stepping into the bike-lane was not a safe option.

The one great thing about having to venture out on Friday was that I was able to stop by the story to pick up some materials for my BIRTHDAY PARTY! I had to cancel a few of my Birthday Weekend plans because the snow is not moving much (other than turning to ice in some places) so it just isn’t safe to be out and about too much for some of us. The car I have access to can’t get out of the driveway at this point, and I just don’t want to deal with the headache of public transit this weekend!

But enough of my friends are close enough in and are going to be able to make it over so I’m still going to have my Mac-And-Cheese party! I’ll have a few different kinds of Macaroni and Cheese, and folks are bringing their own versions (and trying new kinds with different kinds of cheese). We’ll sample them all (and vote, of course, because we can!)  I don’t often have actual parties for my birthday, and am looking forward to this year and glad that the weather isn’t going to have to stop it from happening.

Today I have to do some prep for the party – looking forward to trying to create some new mac-and-cheese flavors!  Then there’s writing (I am ridiculously behind in my writing), and some Jamberry work…. I’ve managed to fill my empty weekend pretty well!

What do you have planned for the weekend? How is the weather where you are? Have you had a good week?




Weekend Coffee Share – Stepping into the New Year

If we were having coffee I’d ask how you’re doing.  This stretch at the end of the year can be tough on people during the best of times — and there are many that argue that 2016 hasn’t been “the best of times.”  I know it’s been a rough one for me personally, but I don’t really want to dwell on that right now.  There’s too much that’s up in the air for me, too much that I can’t do anything about just now, so I’m trying to focus on other things.

I’ve been hard at work planning out what I want to accomplish in 2017, and thinking about how to make that happen. It has involved a lot of list making and putting things into my new planner.  I’m really excited to be getting to put it to use! I’m going to be doing some (minor) work around here – looking at creating some new banner art for my features, rework my categories and do some general cleaning up.

I’ll be aiming to write every day for the month of January to help get back into the regular writing habit — and READ every day as well, because my reading really fell off the edge this year. I’m hoping to post more about my reading plans in the coming month – in hopes that sharing will help me to actually follow through!

Probably the most challenging of my goals is looking at increasing my Jamberry business. I’ve done okay, getting my feet under me this year, but I would really like to be able to start using my commission to pay some bills so I’ll have to rev up what I’m doing.  Which means – gulp – pushing myself to reach out into the “cold market.” Like, talking to people I don’t know about them, and trying to find ways to get in on different events.  It’s daunting for me!

If we were having coffee I’d also tell you that today is a pretty special day.  One year ago I adopted Midnight Monster. He’s a handful, but I do adore him and he’s definitely been a good addition to my little household.

Top: Midnight Monster cat when I was deciding I was going to adopt him. Bottom: Midnight Monster today, between fits of demanding play time.
Top: Midnight Monster cat when I was deciding I was going to adopt him.
Bottom: Midnight Monster today, between fits of demanding play time.

I’d tell you about my exciting New Years Eve plans!  I’m not generally one who goes out and does stuff for New Years Eve – a number of years I haven’t even managed to stay awake until midnight!  But this year I am going to a party at the library!  Loud at the Library — it should be fun. There’s going to be laser tag, mini  golf, dancing, drinks and food — all in the library!  I’m going by myself, which is somewhat frightening for me, but I’m sure I’ll have a grand time.  It’ll be cool to be going to an actual New Years Eve party – I’m excited to be getting dressed up and going out!

Do you have any New Years Eve plans?  How has your week been?  I should probably start moving on some of those other things I’m supposed to be doing today, but I’d love to hear about what has been up with you.

Happy New Year — may 2017 bring us pleasant surprises, I think we could all use them!



Weekend Coffee Share: Christmas Weekend!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me by the Christmas Tree.  We like to decorate in my house – so there are actually two trees in public spaces (and two of us have decorated trees in our bedrooms), plus the Christmas Village, and the decorations in the windows, and the lights outside.  Some years we’re able to get more up than others, but I think we did pretty good this year.

A small sample of the village
It spans multiple levels of furniture-tops, includes two ponds, hills, lots of trees, animals, and a variety of lights!
Our tree! With some presents under 🙂

I’d be very excited to tell you the news – if you hadn’t connected with me on Facebook or somewhere else yet.  I’m going to be an Aunt!  My little sister and her husband are expecting!  The due date is this summer, and the little-one seems to be pretty active in the womb… I can’t wait to meet this new addition to the family – we’re all very excited.  Though I’m one of five, and we’re all over 30, this is the first niece/nephew. I’m so looking forward to being the best aunt I can be for this kiddo!

There’s been a lot happening in my mind lately – over the week I’ve had the idea’s of a few different blog-posts or articles that I’d like to write. Unfortunately, when I finally had the chance to sit down and write them I found my mind going blank. Hopefully some of them will come back to me quickly because I’d really like to write them. It was strange to realize yesterday that I only have any days in my four-day weekend where I don’t have to leave the house at some point – which will mean trying to make the most of my time that I do have. I have a goal, in the new year, to really make the most of my time for maximum productivity — hopefully I’ll be able to find a good way to put the plans in place.

I got this new calendar yesterday – I’d customized it through Agendio – and am so excited that I was able to make it to be something that is unique to me. It seems like it will really help me to stay on top of all the things that I want to get done this year (and let me tell you, it’s a pretty big list).

Well, I know it’s Christmas Eve, and some of you probably have a pretty busy day ahead of you.  I’m doing a reading at the Christmas Eve service at my mom’s church tonight, so I need to make sure I’m solid on that. How has your week been? Are you looking forward to this weekend?

Happy Holidays!



Weekend Coffee Share – Winter Weather, AGAIN!

If we were having coffee we’d be hunkered down while the snow is falling outside.  This being the Portland-Metro area, we aren’t really equipped for this kind of weather so, while there is only a few inches out there, the roads are icy and slick, and it isn’t terribly safe to be out and about.  Especially since many of us have cars that won’t handle this so well.

I… may… have been hearing a lot of people recently making fun of us for the situations we’ve had in the current weather.  I… may… be feeling the slightest bit defensive about it some. But, as someone who has driven a 16-passenger van during Maine winters, but who will not drive the vehicles I have access to in this kind of weather.  And, honestly, walking home last night was a little worrisome – as I had to skate-walk across some parts of the road that had melted enough during the day to re-freeze into packed snow/ice.  I was wearing my snow-boots, with good traction.  And I mostly was walking in the “penguin walk” for the rest of it.

Frozen packed snow/ice at the Transit Center during my Friday commute.
Frozen packed snow/ice at the Transit Center during my Friday commute.

But, let’s step away from the weather a bit.

I love Christmas. Growing up the religious associations with it didn’t mean much to me – my family was more “culturally Christian” than anything – so the holiday took on its own meanings.  Now I have some other religious associations (I’m kind of thinking I may write a bit about that for Christmas this year – since it falls on a Sunday that seems appropriate so stay tuned for that post), but the meanings that it took on when I was little are still strong.

For me Christmas means bringing live greens into the house, filling the house with the beautiful smell of pine.  It means setting up lights inside and out, giving a little extra sparkle against the darkness. It means figuring out just what would be a good present for someone, and then finding or making that. I love giving presents. I have memories of favorite presents given in the past, and it’s always fun to see if I can figure out the just perfect thing for someone.   It helps that my present-list is pretty small, just a few family members – at this point there is some immediate family that doesn’t do presents anymore.

For me Christmas means more music, pretty wrapping paper, and the smell of cookies baking. It’s a fire crackling in the fireplace and a general sense of joy.  This year, especially, I am focusing on the concept of light in the darkness (an ancient ANCIENT part of this season). I feel like we need to be able to spend some of our energy on moments of joy and light.

I’ve talked to a number of people who are having a hard time getting “into spirit” this year.  I get it, I really do.  But I feel like all that is going on in our world right now makes me even more determined to enjoy the holiday. It’s almost a feeling that letting myself fall away from celebrating is letting the negativity win. I refuse to do that.

Let’s see, what else… we had a little holiday party in my office yesterday.  It was pretty fun, with a white-elephant and a secret-Santa gift exchange.  I got a really over-the-top decorated wine glass  – that is actually kind of perfect for me – for the white elephant.  My secret santa ended up being the same person who got me last year (!) and this year she gave me an Oscar Wilde Paddywax Library Candle, and a Bernie Sanders stuffed doll! All presents ended up being kinda perfect for the people who got them! It was a fun way to end a kind of trying two weeks (with closures and delays due to the weather, some of it hitting during our busiest time of the year, we were having to do a lot of rescheduling and running around).

My list of things to get done today is getting longer and longer, and I seem to be moving slower and slower today so I’m going to wrap up our coffee today.  But, first, what have you been doing this week?  Are you looking forward to the coming week? How are you doing?