Weekend Coffee share: December 19th 2015


Welcome. Come in and have a cup of coffee or tea. How are your preparations for Christmas going? You are probably ready to sit back and relax.

If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you that I have done as much as I plan on doing for Christmas. My Mum came over on Monday to help put up the Christmas Tree. If she hadn’t done that I possibly wouldn’t have got around to it but it was fun sharing the activity with her. She sat on her walker and worked on the lower branches whilst I did the higher ones. I don’t have a proper tree. Last year I collected a branch from the park and decorated it. Mum presented me with a better branch early in the New Year that she picked up from the post Christmas sales so this is its first year being used.


© irene waters 2015

Being up on  a cupboard it isn’t in danger from Muffin who would be sure to find all the hanging bits irresistible.

Talking of Muffin, if we “Were having Coffee” I’d tell you that she seems to have turned a corner. Suddenly she seems to be less out of control, not biting so much and there are days we have no accidents in the house. She doesn’t seem to be able to manage it two days in a row but at least I feel we are winning. She can now jump onto the lounge and bed so Bundy now has nowhere he can escape to although he too is finding her easier to cope with.

If we  “Were having Coffee” I’d tell you that this has been a week of Christmas Parties and last for the year. Pilates, dancing, university, book club and friendly catch ups with friends who will be away over the Christmas break. However, at one of these I caught up with my supervisor and I now have a timeline. Finish my edit by end of January and give to her first week Feb. Submit to the examiners before Easter. It means I have my work cut out for me over the holiday period but I need that deadline to make me get a wriggle on.

If we “were having coffee” I’d tell you I have to go to have a coffee. We belong to an expat coffee group who meet every Sunday. We don’t manage to make it every week but I want to get there this week to wish them all a Happy Christmas. As I may not see you again before Christmas I also hope that yours is Happy and Safe and that you can relax and enjoy it with your family, friends or by yourself. Merry Christmas.

Thanks to Diana for hosting our coffee mornings


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to Weekend Coffee share: December 19th 2015

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Isn’t it nice to have a timeline? And frustrating with all the holiday activities getting in the way of getting on with it?

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  2. Deb says:

    Love your tree!
    Glad to hear more Muffin tales also. Penny makes good for a day or two, then backslides and I am once again ready to take her to the animal shelter. I get so frustrated with her. She got her stitches out after being spayed and I was hoping she would slow down. No luck! Even the vet has said I have my hands full with her. Oh well. I made a commitment when I brought her home and will do all in my power to keep her.

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    • Thank you.
      Glad to hear I am not the only one with good then not good. I guess eventually it will just be all good. I was hoping the same thing (although it is over a month off) with the spaying. I do hope you can keep Penny. I know how attached I am to Muffin after such a short time it would be hard to say good-bye. Do you get many holidays over Christmas. I know we get a massive number of public holidays. I think it must be much easier for me as I am home most of the time. I can’t imagine how hard it would be with a puppy and work as well.

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  3. Your tree is really beautiful! How do you get the branch to be covered in gold? I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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  4. How wonderful that your mother could be included in decorating the tree! My mother spent many Christmases with me, and I treasure the memories! Have a great Christmas, and enjoy your writing!

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    • I treasure the memories we are making also. We have only lived in the same town since my early adulthood for the last four years and I am relishing the time we have.
      I hope you don’t mind but I put a couple of ping backs to your site which I look forward to exploring much further. I hope you have a lovely Christmas also.


  5. Charli Mills says:

    Beautiful golden branch and ornaments! And I’m so happy to hear Muffin is growing up as puppies finally, thankfully, do. Your schedule sounds a bit like mine with similar deadlines to editor and beta readers of which you are one, so I hope to give you a read when you are at a pause in writing! I raise my Christmas coffee mug to you!

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  6. Irene, I’m cheering you on for your paper to be completed and submitted on time, though I have no doubt you’ll be successful. Can’t wait to see the pic with you and your new diploma.
    I just got up to have one of the leftover caramels from our party the other day, but one is lonely so I took two. Back at the computer with four as three are never enough, I unwrapped and ate all of them, but only one by one. Now I’m having photic sneezes, always happens with sugar for me. I should have gotten a coffee with you.
    Happy holidays wished for you and the whole family.

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    • Hahaha! You make me laugh Sharon which I just love. There is nothing better for you. I know your problem with the sweets. I am the same. Have one have to have the lot. I was like that with drinking too. Have one then have another. Coffee too. Any dessert. The only way with me is to not have any. Luckily I am a fanatical personality and so once I decide I can do it. The problem is it makes for an incredibly boring person who doesn’t drink coffee (I do have 1 a day) or alcohol and doesn’t eat anything nice. Difficult at Christmas time.
      Wishing you a happy holiday where you can resist anything with sugar that makes you sneeze. 🙂


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