Weekend Coffee Share 6th November 2016


Welcome. Come on in and choose what you would like to drink. Tea, herbal, coffee, hot chocolate or perhaps a glass of water.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you this has been a week of packing boxes. I have almost packed everything we won’t need for six months and taken it to the storage shed we are renting. We have also sold a whole heap of stuff that we will no longer need in our new place. We really are downsizing. It’s a good feeling every time something walks out the door. I have also had a bit more time to write and visit, which has been fun. In fact I feel as though with spring turning to summer that I am returning to a self I recognise. Let me tell you that is a nice place to be. My feet, although not yet fitting into many shoes, are giving me less pain and I have tried dancing in the shower. I don’t think it will be long before I return to the floor. I have to find some flat shoes that either lace up or have a strap across that also have a sole that is fairly smooth. Then I can get the boot-maker to apply some suede to the soles and there will be no stopping me. I’ll be tripping the light fantastic in clodhoppers.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you there is a new Times Challenge where you can respond either in a post of your own or in the comments. This one is about dressing up. Do you remember dressing up as a kid? Perhaps only on halloween or perhaps at other times? We’d love to hear your memories. I also had a blast from the past when Charli’s prompt was to write about flying monkeys. It brought memories flooding back of Little Miss Baker the space monkey and I had fun creating a story from my memories (plus a little research).

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’ll be thinking and watching with great interest your election in America. On our television here they are predicting riots whoever wins and I sincerely hope that doesn’t happen.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I spent this afternoon at the concert at my mother’s retirement village. They presented songs from here and there. Most were Scottish, Irish or English and a couple from Wales, United States and France. I was overwhelmed by the level of emotion I felt from some of the numbers (all old like my Mother) and the piano rendition given by the pianist. Music truly is a powerful medium.

If we were having coffee I’d say it is over to you. How has your week been? What books have you been reading? Any good films?

Thank you Diana for hosting coffee.

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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18 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 6th November 2016

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Packing is never fun. I look around my house and wonder how we will ever do it when it comes time to downsize.

    I hope you are dancing soon, even if in clod hoppers 🙂

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  2. Thank you for inviting me! I’m glad your feet are improving. And dancing! Wow, something to really look forward to!

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  3. We downsize some time ago. It is longer beforeyou have more processions again By the trime I vote the election is already finished. This is true on the west coast. Somehow voting places have suddenly changed. One wonders what is happening.. Have pleasant week.

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  4. Downsizing is a LOT of work but decluttering feels so good.
    No, things are not good in the US. It’s gotten a bit scary, to say the least. It is the worst election I’ve seen in my lifetime. I hope that doesn’t happen but…I think nothing good will come from this.

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  5. Nancy says:

    There is a lot to be said for purging and downsizing. It always makes me feel rejuvenated, like a fresh start. Thanks for your well wishes regarding our election. Personally I’m hoping that sanity will return on Wednesday morning. We will see. Thanks for the chat. Have a good week.

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  6. Wonderful to know you’ve faced downsizing in a positive light and not with dread. Last year, finally admitting I will never teach art again, I cleaned out hundreds of examples of art. Every piece I put aside made my heart twinge, but the empty space afterward was a huge relief. I don’t miss any of it.

    Yes to the music and all the memories and beauty it evokes.

    As for our election: I’m appalled at the candidate who is most fomenting rage. His platform is the complete antithesis of the American dream of a republic based on common goals and respect for everyone. True, that respect and commonality are still being enacted, but the road forward must be the road where everyone travels. I will be so grateful for the dawn on November 9.

    And I most sincerely hope the riot predictions are wrong, wrong, wrong.

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    • I’m glad to hear you say you don’t miss any of it. I am feeling a great sense of relief as stuff goes out although I know when I unpack the boxes even more will be culled.
      I hope it all goes smoothly and somehow post election something can be done to bring the two sides peaceably together by policies that truly do encompass everyone.

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  7. And may you and Roger and your Mum enjoy the week to come.

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  8. Rowena says:

    Hi Irene,
    Seems like it’s been awhile since we’ve caught up, although I could be wrong. I agree with your feeling that Spring is turning into Summer already. We have crates all round the lounge room as we change over the Winter and Summer clothes. Looks like an op shop around here.
    All the best with your move and I hope you have a great week.
    xx Rowena

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    • Yes it has been awhile Rowena. I am more than a bit erratic at the moment with everything that is going on (something you have every day) I am not getting around as much. Summer is certainly coming and you already have dreadful fires a little to the north of you. Hope it is not a bad summer but it is very dry. At least we are up here. Hope your week is good. Cheers Irene

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      • Rowena says:

        Thanks very much, Irene. Erratic sums me up at the moment as well. I accidently took two days worth of tablets this morning and and feeling quite whoozy. It’s not dangerous but I am going back to bed shortly.
        The fires aren’t too far from here…about 1.5 hours up the freeway. I think it must be dry here too as I can’t recall much rainfall.
        All the best with the move!
        xx Rowena

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      • Hope you sleep it off quickly. Lets hope everyone stays safe.


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