Weekend Coffee Share: 22nd May 2016


Welcome and come in. Feel like coffee or tea? I’ve got both so take your pick and have a seat. In the sun or in the shade? Normally at this time of the year we would be following the sun but it is still so warm that instead we are searching for shade.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’v had a great week.Everyone seems to be well,we’ve had no hospital visits, eaten out with friends, got back to Pilates and for me I have done some creative writing. It is amazing how much freer that has made me feel. Doing all this scholarly writing is fine but it doesn’t allow for letting out these ghosts of ideas that linger waiting for release.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I went to an amazing 60th birthday party last night. Amazing because it was so romantic. Stuff that only happens in books that aren’t memoir. My friend thought she was working at 6am tomorrow. Her husband who returned from his job as an nurse in a remote aboriginal community had organised with help from all the invitees a surprise party. The food was superb. The cake, out of this world.


© irene waters 2016

But the romance came with her husband’s present to her. He had arranged holidays, now already commenced instead of the 6am start followed by two weeks of night duty and at 5am they would have lift off from Brisbane on a two week holiday to Switzerland. He gave her a backpack and a gortex jacket telling her that would be all she needed for the trip (along with what clothes she could fit in.) She was totally gobsmacked. With all that surprise it came as no surprise that we then danced the night away.


© irene waters 2016

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that some of the writing I’ve done this week is for blog prompts: Water Management  on Monday, Experience on Memoir Monday on Tuesday, a guesswork challenge on Wednesday which was a lot of fun, followed on Thursday with a flash ‘The Squirrel’ and on Friday for Friday Fictioneers ‘A halt in the Line’ and finally on Saturday for the WP Discovery a piece on Apology. Having done these pieces and some work that has not been blogged it made me realise just how important writing is for my well-being.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you not everything has gone perfectly. Muffin was a nightmare at training on Wednesday night. She was totally spooked and could not do a thing right. The trainer told me that they had planned on putting me up a class but on her performance that night he felt that we would remain where we are for a few more weeks. I’m glad about that really as she doesn’t have the concentration yet to cope with a more advanced class.

Now how about you? What kind of week did you have?  Is your weather getting warmer? Done any writing or reading? Thanks for popping by and look forward to seeing you again. Thanks Diana for hosting our coffee morning. 

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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26 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share: 22nd May 2016

  1. After several weeks of distress for you and the family, it’s good to read a happier post. That extraordinary cake – oh my, I’d be happy with a macaroon. Your friends are going to have a wonderful time in Switzerland.
    The writing is the most important and I’ve read some of the work you’ve posted.
    I’ve also been reading – always reading – and writing, but I’ve ignored what I most need to do – write the queries.

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  2. Travel Nurse April says:

    I hope your next week is even better, and Muffin improves in performance.

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  3. KB Garst says:

    That cake looks yummy! I agree, writing is wonderful for our well being! I’m a tad behind but will get there! Sometimes life gets in the way, but we just need to keep on going!

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  4. A wonderful post! I love surprise birthday parties, and the one you describe sounds like a winner! It’s a lot of planning and work, but must have been worth it just to see the pleasure and surprise on the birthday girl’s face!

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  5. Norah says:

    I’m pleased there weren’t too many bad things this week, Irene. It sounds as if Muffin’s being “kept back” is actually a good thing.
    I love the sound of the 60th birthday party. Where did she get him? I didn’t think those sorts of things happened “in real life”.
    You must be pleased to see that a memoir won the industry’s book of the year, and biography of the year prize. I thought of you when I heard the news. It’s great to see the recognition given to the genre.

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  6. trentpmcd says:

    It does sound like a great party with a super great gift. I gave my wife a trip to Paris for her 40th and 50th birthdays, but they weren’t surprises and we they didn’t happen for months after her birthday.

    I hope you have a great week and get some more non-academic writing in!

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  7. Remembering how good I feel after writing pushes me when I don’t feel like doing it. 🙂 That cake looks delish and it looks like everyone had so much fun. Thanks for sharing your happy event. ~Tara

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  8. I seems so great to be happy! 🙂

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  9. Corina says:

    What a wonderful party! What a lucky woman your friend is!

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  10. Sorry about Muffin bad time at training and glad the instructor keep her back. Too bad four furfriends can’t tell what is bothering them. The surprise was nice for your friend’s birthday.

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