Weekend Coffee Share 5th March 2016

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Welcome. Come in and have a coffee or tea or cold drink. Take the weight off your feet for a minute and tell me how your week has been.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we saw SILS and BILL back to Germany on Thursday. SILS and Roger are so similar, both in looks and in personality that it is no wonder I miss her. We both feel flat. The hard thing is when you reach an age (BILL is in his eighties and SILS and Roger in their 70s) you never know if this farewell will be the last and that thought is hard to come to terms with as we said good-bye.

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The day they flew out we took them down to Brisbane and had a wander through the city and South Bank before taking them to the airport. Sadly parking was at a premium and we could only get a three hour spot so our time was cut short. We would have spent an hour or two in the art galleries had we more time, instead they had a longer wait at the airport and we sat in a peak hour traffic jam. We understand totally why we live in the country.

Now it should be time to finish off my work and get it submitted (almost there) but Roger has decided he wants to give me a party for my 60th birthday this week. Although it will be great celebrating it with friends it does mean that I will have to help with some preparation. The dining room table is going to have to be cleared of all my books and computer and a bit of housework (which hasn’t been a priority) will have to be done as well as organising food, music and I want party games. I’m still a kid at heart. Musical chairs might be too difficult but I’ll find something. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. It’ll be right on the night.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the new “Times Past” prompt has been posted. This month we are looking at seaside memories. One comment reminded me of a sight that used to be common but I don’t think we see any more – the floaty horse. Then I remembered I have seen one (although a different animal) in the last ten years so they must still be around.

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Would love to have you join in with your memories of the seaside.

The weather here remains warm, blue and a perfect temperature as we go into autumn. How is your weather? Warming up a little bit? Well that is it for me this week. I’ll be a year older and in a different decade next week with a much cleaner, tidier house. I’d better get moving as I’ve got a lot to do. Thanks for dropping by and thanks to Diana for hosting our weekend coffee. Drop over and say hallo to those that partake in coffee of a weekend.

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. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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35 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 5th March 2016

  1. I can’t believe you found a floaty tiger! The little swimmer is adorable but I don’t think I ought to call him “fetching” in his sun-protective swim attire.
    Happy happy birthday to you, Irene! Games, huh? Classic family reunion games might be fun – run down a path with an egg on a spoon; water balloon toss; cup cake or cookie decorating; funniest selfie photo; dance contest; paint bandanas for Muffin and Bundy; beer hiding, similar to Easter egg hiding. You’re going to have fun no matter what. It’s your birthday!

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    • You brought back memories Sharon and the vision of you in your horse stayed with me which is why I guess it finally came to me that I had seen one fairly recently. This tiger was my nephews safety net but as you said it would have been like a colander making a great boat.
      Thank you Sharon. Egg and spoon sounds fun, dance contest yes except the floor is too hard, perhaps forget the bandana and just paint Bundy and Muffin. I’m cheating as I plan on putting Muffin into puppy day care where apparently they play so much they come home exhausted. Hopefully she will then be controllable. But whatever, yes I plan on having fun.

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  2. I have many beautiful memories of my children at the beach when we lived in Comox, British Columbia. My sisters from the neighboring province, Alberta, used to come each summer, bringing their brood. Picture three young mothers and eight cousins swimming, clamming, and playing games all day long in the sun! We didn’t worry about sun screen then! Thanks for taking me back, Irene. And thanks for coffee!

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    • Glad to bring back happy memories Diane. Clamming is something that I have never done. A South Australian woman told of her clamming so they are in Australia. Perhaps it just has to be a little colder than where I am. I’m jealous of all those cousins. My dad had many but we only had two. So much fun can be had in numbers. Glad you joined me for coffee.

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  3. Robin says:

    An early Happy Birthday to you, Irene! I didn’t know about your “Times Past” prompts. I’ll have to see what I can come up with since I have so many beach memories. I love that floaty tiger! πŸ™‚

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  4. mjchatters says:

    Happy Early Birthday to you. I hope your party is fabulous.

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  5. When you get older age you never know what will happen. Have fun birthday and a great party.

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  6. Deb says:

    Have a wonderful birthday!! Welcome to the 60s!!! πŸ˜‰

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  7. Enjoy your birthday. The weather here in Florida is beautiful as we go from a mild Winter into a mild Spring.

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  8. Diana says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely visit, though visits always seem too short. I sometimes wish I could just have all the people I love around me—but then again, we wouldn’t be ourselves if we didn’t get to choose our place.

    Weather is sunny and warm here, which is pleasant. Glad for the early spring. πŸ™‚

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  9. Nancy says:

    Happy early birthday! For a great party game I would suggest one called “Heads Up.” You may have seen them play it on The Ellen Show. I have it on an app on my iPad but there is a non electronic version too. We play it at our parties and it’s always a lot of laughs. Here is a link in case you are not familiar: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wb.headsup

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    Happy Birthday Week, Irene! Bittersweet when our loved ones leave for home. Having work helps with the transition. Musical Chairs was a favorite game in grade-school. Did you ever play Duck, Duck, Goose? In Minnesota, they call it Duck, Duck, Gray Duck and insist that’s the real name! We like to play Apples to Apples and Dixit. Have fun at your party and enjoy the clean house!

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    • Thanks Charli. Yes it is sad but I am now putting out every persuasive skill I have to have a trip next year. No, apart from musical chairs I don’t know any of those games (by those names anyway.) Musical chairs brings me a smile at the thought of some of my guests on their walkers rushing for a seat. Wait on, they don’t have to as they have a seat with them.

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  11. roweeee says:

    Happy Birthday, Irene. I was going to suggest Celebrity Heads for your party. Have you heard of it. Everybody has the name of a celebrity stuck to their forehead and they keep asking questions to find out who they are. I still remember being Garry Glitter back at uni. I’ve never heard of him.
    I hate goodbyes, especially when people are going overseas. It’s so expensive to travel to Europe from Australia so there are no guarantees about regular contact.
    Tomorrow, it’s my son’s 12th birthday and also International Women’s day. I am thinking of going on the Gosford March. It gets a little difficult juggling the two. I used to be on the Status of Women Committee which runs it. xx Rowena

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    • Thanks Rowena. I plan on having a good time and celebrity heads sounds like fun.
      We always make them short and sweet. It is the only way we can cope with them. The tears come when they are gone.
      Happy birthday to your son. March is a great month for birthdays and I discovered our neighbourhood four year old twins had their birthday yesterday as did Roger and two other people that were in our art class yesterday and 1 dog walker. Staggering. I can imagine your juggling difficulties with more than just birthdays. Cheers Irene xx

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      • roweeee says:

        I have been getting a bit stressed and bamboozled. This afternoon, I need to be in 3 places at once. Fortunately, my husband is coming home from work early. That mess came about due to a parent-teacher night. I tend to have siestas during the day and that gets me through, even if my productivity could be better! xx Rowena

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      • Hope you managed that division of self without too much agony. ❀

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      • roweeee says:

        You wouldn’t believe it, Irene. I mis-read the note from the high school. The parent teacher night was for kids going into Year 7 next year. Fortunately, I recognise friends .with kids in year 6 and asked before it all started. Geoff had come home early from work and everything. At least, I managed to get to my violin lesson. Felt quite annoyed with my self but what can you do?!! xx Rowena

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      • LOL At least you had it covered if it had happened and you would have been more annoyed with yourself had you missed it. How are your daughter and son enjoying their new schools?

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      • roweeee says:

        Going fairly well. They are both home today after their weekend away with scouts. Our daughter gets a bit stressed at times saying she doesn’t belong in the OC class but she’s doing fine. Our son is still quite disorganised and lacking motivation. Addicted to his electronics. We are working on this. Thank you for asking. Much appreciated! xx Rowena

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      • At least your daughter is being stretched which she may not have been if she had remained at her old school. Perhaps your son will learn because of his electronics??? I don’t know how you motivate a boy of that age but hopefully he will find he needs to learn. Next year when he chooses electives (if they still do that) it might be different if he is doing something that he has an interest in. Cheers Irene xx

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  12. Sherri says:

    Did I miss your birthday Irene? Oh I hope not 😦 Belated or not, i wish you a very Happy Birthday and a most wonderful time of celebration πŸ˜€ ⭐ I’m so glad that you are nearing completion of for your deadline, that’s wonderful news. After your party you can finally get it all done. What a fantastic feeling that will be. It is so sad to wave loved ones goodbye, especially as we grow older. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time together, and hopefully there will be another visit to look forward to. It’s Hubby’s birthday today and our 10th wedding anniversary next Friday, so we’ve got the boys home this weekend as a double celebration (not to mention Mother’s Day last Sunday). We’re doing a Murder Mystery. I’m like you, Iove games and the sillier the better. Big birthday hugs to you my friend…and lots of love πŸ™‚ ❀ xxx

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    • Today is the day so no you didn’t miss it. Thank you for your birthday wishes. The big party tonight and then back to work tomorrow. So many wonderful people are born in March. Roger was Tuesday, your husband Wednesday/Thursday (not sure of time difference and wish him a happy birthday) , the twins across the road Tuesday, my Aunt Sat and the list goes on and on. A murder mystery sounds like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see your costume.

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      • Sherri says:

        Yay! Happy Birthday dearest Irene! Have a wonderful time and fab party tonight my dear friend, wish I could be there celebrating with you πŸ™‚ Wow…So Roger Tuesday, Mike’s Wednesday and yours Friday…and it’s our 10th wedding anniversary next Friday, the 18th!! And your friends and family…wonderful people indeed πŸ˜€ Ahh…thank you. My character is Dame Barbara Carthorse. World famous novelist, lol! I wish!!!!! I’m supposed to be wearing a glamourous gown and a tiara, haha πŸ˜€ No Eqyptian wig this time, more’s the pity! Have a beautiful day filled with beautiful birthday surprises and loads of love and joy. 60 is the new 40…or is it 30? Either way, you look fantastic and here’s to the next 60!! Lots of love to you from me … ❀ ⭐ ❀ ⭐ ❀ ⭐ xxxxxxx

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      • Thanks Sherri. Then my brother’s on the 21st and the list goes on. Happy 10th wedding anniversary. We are now on 24. Hope you are as happy as we are. Your character sounds fantastic – I know exactly what I would wear if I was you so I expect to see a photo to see if you do. Sounds like a lot of fun.I think I’ll pass on another 60 but quite happy to go another 30 or whatever is doled out to me. I plan on enjoying it no matter how long. Lots of love back cheers Irene ❀

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      • Sherri says:

        Busy, good, wonderful days…enjoy every day Irene, as I know you do. Big hugs and lots of love to you my dear friend xxxxxx ❀

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