Weekend Coffee Share June 19th 2016

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Welcome to a wet, quite warm but miserable day. The sky is solid grey and the rain has been varying between light and pelting down. Inside is so cosy looking with the lights on and the kettle on the boil and some oreos on a plate. We have just found oreos – a vegan friendly biscuit and moorish. I went out last night and Roger ate an entire packet, by himself. Not to worry — I anticipated that after we ate the first box so I stocked up with a few packets so there are plenty to go around today.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I feel as though a weight has lifted off my shoulders having submitted my thesis. Yeah! What a joy. I had no idea, however, of the number of tasks Roger has been keeping on hold until I was free to do them. I haven’t stopped all week and can see that there is a number more weeks before I finish everything I had let slide. Then I want to redo the parts of my first memoir that the lawyer suggested needed to be altered (still telling the truth but in a different way) so that we wouldn’t be at risk of a lawsuit.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you about the spectacular sky that followed the spectacular skywatch Friday sky. It was similar however it had the addition of pink billowing clouds rising straight from the sea, as if it were on fire. Mind you I am guessing that they came out of the sea because I didn’t go down that early in the morning.

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© irene waters 2016

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am saying goodbye to my friend who is moving back to Sydney. She was my matron of honour at our wedding and our lives have been full of good-byes and hallos as we moved between countries and within the country whilst they lived in Sydney until finally we ended up in the same place in retirement. As you get older, I am becoming aware, that women want to be near their children so she has decided to move back to Sydney to be close to them. Farewells become sadder as you get older, particularly as one half of her partnership died recently, you are aware that this may be the final farewell. Hopefully not for many years but we don’t get to Sydney that often. Tonight however we are sharing a meal from her freezer at our place cooked by Roger. She told us she had a lamb shank to share. We looked at her in surprise. ‘One lamb shank won’t feed three of us.”  Roger said. “It’s too big for me to eat” she said. This morning she dropped it off. The lamb shank we think is actually a leg of lamb and would feed a multitude. It should be roasted but instead we are shanking it. Roger had already started to prepare for a shank.

I’d better go and set the table. Thanks for dropping in and now it is your turn to tell me about your week. What you have been up to and what you are reading. I’m reading Germaine Greer’s “White Beech.” I’m not far into it but I can tell I am going to enjoy it. So far at any rate she is taking up the fight for biodiversity with the same zealousness as she took up feminism in the second half of the 20th century. It also came as a shock to see that she had cited my brother in her first chapter in a paper he had co-written in the 80s. How could I not like this woman.

Now I really must go. The dogs have finished eating so my excuse for staying here has gone.

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© irene waters 2016

Thanks to Diana for hosting our coffee morning. Thanks for dropping by.

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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23 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share June 19th 2016

  1. Wonderful to get that thesis submitted and look forward to a different project.

    I spoke with one of my aunts a few days ago. I only have three aunts still alive and this was our first phone call in decades. She’d had an argument with my father shortly before he died. I didn’t know if she felt I was tainted with the same bitter herb and hesitated to call until I realized how ridiculous I’d been to worry over something so unlikely and insignificant. We had a wonderful conversation, once I convinced her to remain on the phone. I’d given her my married name and just in time remembered to state my childhood name. She told me a few things about my dad I’d never known. Two of the stories she told were astonishing and yet accurately revealed my dad’s personality.
    Great photo of the clouds and I see Muffin is now posing sweetly for her photo.
    Sounds like a good week ahead of you.
    Please scoop up some of that rain and hurl it our way.

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    • How wonderful to have such a good conversation with an aunt that previously you’d not had contact with for ages and that she could tell you stories of your father. These family feuds are so sad. Everyone misses out. Glad you have healed the breach.
      Hope you have a good week too. I’m hoping to get on top of everything I’ve been neglecting and then get into a routine of work.
      Hope you get some rain also.

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  2. Norah says:

    Yay! Congratulations, Irene. How wonderful it must be to have your manuscript submitted. I wish you all the best with it.
    I’m intrigued about the situation in your first book – dodging that lawsuit is a must. They don’t look good on anyone. 🙂
    I didn’t know Oreos were vegan friendly – not that I’ve ever thought about it.
    It is sad to have your friend move away. I do hope it’s not the last goodbye. Many of my good friends have moved away to other places, or passed to what lies beyond. It can be very lonely without them.
    I had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating my birthday with my younger generations, being totally spoiled. I had lunch on Friday with a good friend who still lives locally, and a phone call last night from a good friend who now lives south of Sydney but is holidaying in England. She phoned from Suffolk. What special times for me. Thanks for asking.
    Have a great week.

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  3. I had a busy and active week. I’ve been seriously working on my fitness, having strained my right shoulder and arm since I began my blog (motor repetition syndrome). I worked out at the gym three times with my daughter, and took three long walks with my husband. It takes so much time, but is worth it! I had many phone calls, and some worry over my brother-in-law in another city, who has suffered a stroke.
    Thankfully, it was mild, but a warning for him. He will be fine, and will take his meds this time! I also went out for dinner last night. (Nice change from cooking). Oh, yes, wrote my blog, did so much social media, it goes on and on…Thanks for prompting me to do this!

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    • Good to hear you working on your fitness Diane. Was it blogging that caused the injury? You are lucky to have your daughter and husband to exercise with. I find it much more fun to do it with someone. Roger and I do pilates together on a Monday morning. We dread it, hate it while we are there but feel so good for having survived the class.
      Sorry to hear of your B-I-L’s stroke. I guess he was lucky he got a warning and hopefully will do what he has to to prevent anything nastier occurring. Hope you have a good week. Glad to have the conversation over coffee with you.

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your thesis. Good-byes are alway hard especially as we get older.
    Have a good week.

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  5. Lizl says:

    Glad to hear that you’ve finished your thesis. That’s a major accomplishment. Congratulations! I hope that your dinner fellowship was satisfying to all. Saying good-bye does not seem to get easier as the years pile up. I have been sorting through what remains of our library (we are downsizing it). I currently am rereading _Gramercy Park_ by Paula Cohen, which I’ve again found in ebook format, and a reread of _Hostile Takeover_ by Susan Shwartz, also in ebook format, to save wear and tear on the paper copies.

    I have skipped a night’s sleep, last night, to have uninterrupted time for reading, relaxing, and photo art activities. Sometimes recreation is more important than sleep. 🙂

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    • Thank you. It feels like a weight has lifted and just getting to submission, for me, was an accomplishment. I am a person who does not like to fully finish anything.
      I don’t know how you can skip a night’s sleep even for such enjoyable pursuits as reading. I haven’t read either of those book you mention but they sound as though you would recommend them so I am putting them on my list of to read books (now I am going to have some time.)

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  6. Deb says:

    The cloud coming off the sea is pretty awesome. It must be beautiful country there. Congrats on getting your paper done and turned in. Nice of hubby to keep things for you to do when you finished! 😂 wouldn’t want you to get bored or lazy now would he? Muffin is so cute. Who could not love that face?

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    • Thanks Deb. I neglected lots of my tasks so it is only fair I now muck in. Couldn’t have a holiday first though. Yes Muffin is as cute as and she knows it. She is quite a celebrity in the dog park as she looks like a fluffy toy dog but is as tough as they come, rough housing it with the big dogs.

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      • Deb says:

        She has to stand her ground with the big dogs. Mike always told me if you can’t play with the big dogs, stay on the porch. Never could figure out why he’d tell me that unless it was because I was always biting off more than I could handle most of the time. Penny has gotten her big girl bark, and its pretty intimidating.. Till you take a step toward her then she runs and hides behind me!

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      • I like what Mike said. I love the vision of Penny running behind you. One good thing with Muffin is when she is scared she stands her ground and faces what is scaring her, motionless. So many smaller dogs turn and run when confronted with a bigger dog and of course they see this as a game of chasings.

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  7. Nancy says:

    Congratulations on your milestone! Sorry to hear about your friend moving. My matron of honor/ best friend now lives about a four hour drive away so I don’t see her nearly as much as I would like but we always have LOTS to talk about when we do get together! How far away is Sydney from where you live? I’ve yet to taste lamb. Maybe I should add it to my bucket list. Hope you had an enjoyable farewell visit. Thanks for the coffee and Oreos!

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  8. Congratulations on finishing your thesis. I hope you don’t have too many changes.

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  9. Sherri says:

    Great to catch up with you here at last Irene. So happy to read you got your thesis turned in…hip, hip, hooray! How wonderful to have that weight lifted at last. I feel as if I’ve been doing the opposite, getting all those endless on the back burner jobs done now which is preventing me from getting back to my memoir properly. Things were in such a muddle that I couldn’t stand it any longer. This week you’ll be pleased to know that at long last I am now tackling those dreaded rewrites once more and getting back into the flow of things. I am still wondering about taking a blogging hiatus…let’s see what happens over the next couple of weeks. There are so many wonderful challenges I would like to take part in here though! I’m sorry about your friend moving away. I hope you do get a chance to visit her at some point but it’s not always easy to travel so far. Lamb is one of my favourites – sounds like you had a wonderful dinner together and hopefully took lots of photos 🙂 Big hugs & lots of love to you my friend ❤ xxx

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    • Thanks Sherri. Nice to see you back even if only briefly if you decide to take a blogging holiday. I understand the reason for that and it would be good for you to have achieved what was always your goal – to write your memoir. I no sooner finish one project and the next pops up. This one may take me away from blogging more than my studies as it means I am away from the computer. More about that later. I agree there are so many challenges that are fun to participate in and keep the creativity alive without having to think about what you are going to write about as the topic has been chosen. It is then just a matter of how will you tackle it, approaching it from what angle…. I’m sad my friend is moving also but it is the right thing for her to do to be closer to her daughters and their families. It was a lovely dinner. Hugs to you and lots of love and if we don’t see each other blogging we will keep up via FB and email as I have to know how you are going with your memoir. 🙂 ❤

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      • Sherri says:

        I’m so glad you had a lovely dinner with your friend Irene. I’ll be wrapping up blogging this week, but will be around for a few days beforehand with my post up tomorrow, didn’t get it ready in time for today. I hope you are getting on well with your projects. I find this, so many things I need to do take me away from the laptop. And yes, I really want to make this final push to finish the memoir now. We will definitely be in touch via FB and email (I hope you got my last emails…) as I couldn’t bear not to be in touch with you. And I will return to blogging in the autumn (spring for you) hopefully! Time flies by so fast, it’ll be here before we know it! I hope you have a good week my friend…lots of love and big hugs… 🙂 ❤ xxxx

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      • I’ll see you before you leave and have a productive summer enjoying yourself with your family and getting that memoir done. Will be in touch. ❤ 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        Thanks Irene. I’ve just put up my post linking to your Time’s Past. Hope you don’t mind that I included it in one big post, I ran out of time and then with Brexit, which has thrown me for a loop.. The photo of the teacups….I wish we could have tea together for real, after a good, long walk of course, putting the world to rights 🙂 I’ll be hanging around for a few days before officially disappearing. I feel better for having made the decision and putting out there. No turning back now. I really need to get this memoir done and now I can make sure to spend the time I need with my daughter and the family. The next few months are going to be bumpy for many reasons, but we’ll get there. One day at a time. I hope you’re having a good week my friend, I’ll be over to you in a day or two… 🙂 ❤

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      • Sherri I’m sorry I have taken so long to reply. No I don’t mind that you have put them all together. Tea together would be just lovely and one day will be a reality I’m sure. I may be disappearing to a large extent over the next few months also but will be in touch by email. I hope your anticipated bumpy road is not as bumpy as you think it may be at the moment and if you want to share the bumps you know where to find me.

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