Weekend Coffee Share 2nd January 2016


Hi. Hope you had a Happy New Year Celebration. I have a very good feeling about 2016. It is giving off good vibes and I’m looking forward to progressing further into it. Hope you feel the same. Anyway, come in, sit down and have a beverage to your choosing. We have coffee, tea or hot chocolate. We don’t have bonnox but I imagine vegemite covered in boiling water may have a similar effect although vegemite, I am told, is an acquired taste.

If we ‘were having coffee” I’d tell you that as expected I did not see the New Year in. We had a lovely meal and wander along the river but arrived home around 9pm. We both went to sleep on the lounge in front of the television (too much food) and dragged ourselves off to bed before 11pm.

If we ‘were having coffee” I’d tell you that my new challenge, Times Past, has commenced.  In this challenge I give a prompt to which you respond, link to my post and put what generation you belong to and where the event took place such as rural NSW Australia or New York city USA. I am hoping that if I get enough people responding we will be able to have a snapshot of the changes that have occurred between generations and by location. Above all I hope it is fun thinking of events that you normally probably wouldn’t be bothered thinking of. A new prompt will be given on the 1st of each month and as long as you respond within that month there is no time limit.

If we ‘were having coffee” I’d tell you Muffin continues to grow and become more delightful each day. She comes very quickly when called although occasionally (only occasionally) when she is playing with another dog she chooses not to hear.

The top photo was taken yesterday  15 wks. The bottom from right to left 4 weeks, 6 weeks, and I can’t remember whether it was 8 or 10 weeks but you can see the growth.

If we ‘were having coffee” I’d tell you that on Wednesday Roger’s sister and her husband arrive from Germany to spend a couple of months with us. They are escaping the cold winter for our hot summer so I hope it is not too much of a shock to them. We have stocked up on Wasgij puzzles and hopefully the good weather will continue. We love these puzzles which are a jigsaw puzzle but the picture on the front is a clue only . There are three types mystery, destiny and eyes in the back of your head. You have no idea of the picture that you will be constructing but they are great fun and the creator has a real sense of humour in the funny details he puts into them.

If we ‘were having coffee” I’d tell you that I hope your weeks have been good. I will catch up with you over the next few days but right now I have to go and continue working. I am going to get my thesis finished by the end of January and I have a lot to do if I am going to succeed in this aim and with house guests arriving I have to do as much as possible when I can.

Have a good week everyone. Hope it is good for you. Looking forward to 2016 and getting to know you all better. 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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34 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 2nd January 2016

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  2. Gradmama2011 says:


    This is the url for my post for the challenge… I hope its in the right place.


  3. Oh, Irene, I am so sorry to have to tell you that though you think you have a puppy, what you really have is an unraveling skein of golden yarn. Awfully cute though.

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  4. Diana says:

    Muffin just gets cuter and cuter!!

    And those puzzles sound like fun. I haven’t heard of them before, but I’m going to have to look them up now.

    Looking forward to reading the monthly challenge entries, too!

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    • And bigger and bigger. The puzzles are a lot of fun. They have family ones also with a combination of bigger bits for children to fit and smaller more difficult ones for the adults combined in the one puzzle.

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      • Diana says:

        Oh, those sound like fun! My son loved puzzles when he was a toddler, but he’s mostly lost-interest. I think some more complexity would help.

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      • I found with my nephews that, although they are way advanced compared to me at the same age, they have much shorter concentration spans as a result of their technological devices.They didn’t have the patience to work on the puzzle. Another nephew who lives with dinosaurs and had no devices happily worked on the puzzles for hours. I think it could just be a changing world.

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  5. Puppies and kiitens are fun to watch them grow. Muffin has grown a lot and is darling. Remember that she won’t have her full growth until she is two years old. I find it hard to believe Kato will be 14 years old the spring.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    So the Yank has to ask, is vegemite for real? 🙂 I always loved that line in the song but never really thought about it beyond. I’m trying a new drink of turmeric and almond milk. Sort of a health tonic and not bad. Perhaps it’s an acquired taste, too. I’m really excited for your new Times Past challenge and like the idea. I have a good feeling about 2016, too. Enjoy your guests and puzzling!

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    • Yes vegemite is definitely for real. It is one thing along with tim tam biscuits that Australians crave whilst travelling. Vegemite is quite different to the alternatives promite, marmite etc. My grandfather, whom we called pa, used to say to us that vege might, ma might, pro mite but that pa will. We always used to laugh at this but I discovered a year or two ago that during the war there was a vegemite alternative called parwill. I have some turmeric root and almond milk so may give it a go.

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  7. Corina says:

    Puppy times! I remember having a puppy, many years ago. I don’t think I would do it again but you seem to be doing just fine with it!

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    • I’m with you – I wouldn’t do it again and if I was working it would be just impossible. Life has stopped for puppy watching but unless you are constantly with it there are piddle puddles to contend with, skirting boards eaten, pillows depillowed to name but a few. But we are getting there and I can now see hope that I will get my house back. You have to laugh.

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  8. noelleg44 says:

    Lovely coffee time, Irene, And look at Muffin! She’s a cutey and growing by leaps and bounds!

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  9. Muffin is adorable! I’m so excited for this prompt of yours. Will take part but am SO interested to read the responses. Happy 2016. 🍾 Cheers!

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  10. Norah says:

    Congratulations on the launch of Times Past. It sounds like you’ve got a busy month ahead with a thesis to finish and house guests. I’m sure you’ll do it. I love the sound of Wasgij puzzles. I do enjoy a good puzzle though I don’t have time for any not associated with my work at the moment. Best wishes for the upcoming weeks.

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  11. Sherri says:

    How I’ve missed your coffee mornings Irene, so good to be back! Great news about Muffin and I have to say that I have tried Vegimite but nothing beats Marmite lol 😉 Acquired tastes both, I think! I’m intrigued by your Times Past and will now head over there to read all about it…Happy New Year to you my friend, I feel good vibes for 2016 too, let’s keep them humming 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      PS Lovely photos 🙂 xx

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      • Hi Sherri, Missed you dropping by but I have been a lousy visitor myself at the moment as I struggle with guests and writing. I look forward to later in the year when all these pressures are off me. Would love you to join in Times Past if you want to. I know you are snowed under also.

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      • Sherri says:

        I miss you very much Irene, but I fully understand. It’s so important you spend valuable and fun time with your guests and also get your writing done. I’m in a state of freeze with blog posts. Hopefully I’ll melt soon 😮 I plan to join in with Times Past by the end of the month for sure, a wonderful challenge. I’ve been thinking of you and hoping that your writing is going well, not easy whilst also entertaining. I hope you get some R&R this weekend, ready to start next week raring to go once again. Keep going my friend, you can do it! And I say that to myself too! Love & hugs, see you soon… ❤ xxxx

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      • Thank you Sherri. I hope you melt soon and feel you can restart your editing. I haven’t got anything done over the last week and plan on taking myself to my office at the uni next week for a concentrated week of work. I can’t concentrate at home at the moment. I have had some good R & R this weekend and will be raring to go. Talk soon. Love and hugs – think of a good walk we can go on – even if long distance.

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      • Sherri says:

        Thanks Irene. I’ve just written a letter to myself on my blog to get my arse in gear – pardon the rude word. I can barely concentrate at the moment, taking yourself off like that is great. I hope you are now raring to go as this week begins anew. I certainly hope to be there soon, as each day goes by. It will be okay. And yes, a long walk is just what we need. I’ll plan something soon…long or short, works either way 😉 Take care my friend, and yes, we’ll take soon. Love & hugs back and here’s to a productive writing week for us both…by no small miracle, ha! 🙂 ❤

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      • Sherri it sounds like we need that walk.

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      • Sherri says:

        Yep…we do!!!! Will reply to your email today Irene, sorry not before, been a crazy week…so what’s new pussy cat, ha! xxx

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