Weekend Coffee Share: June 11 2017

Welcome and come on in for a cuppa. This week whatever beverage you want I can offer. Well, perhaps not every beverage. I don’t have any schnapps but I do have the beer to chase it. We are well stocked up with everything herbal, non-herbal, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. You’ve guessed it. We are expecting guests (other than yourself that is). I am glad though that you have dropped in and can give me a break from preparing firstly for friends, then my brother and his two children and then more friends. We won’t have the place to ourselves for around 6 weeks. It will be interesting to see how we cope with less space and more people. I think we’ll be just fine.

If we were having coffee I’d say how the events in the UK have rocked us. Firstly the terrorist attacks. It is so sad that innocent people’s lives are torn apart in such a senseless way. I also think it is very sad that we focus on those events in the UK – they affect people that we easily relate to – but we spend little time mourning those killed in similar acts of terror in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, India, Pakistan, Iran and I could go on telling you that in the last 30 days (excluding the attacks in the UK) that 189 Islamic terror attacks occurred in 29 countries killing 1783. Many of these were children, most were Moslem. I feel sad for all the victims of terror. All are innocent and deserve a few of our thoughts.

You didn’t come to be sad. We get enough of that hearing the news. Instead, if we were having coffee I’d tell you I have just come back from a laughter yoga session. I took Roger with me. I have to admit that I was a trifle concerned that he would be derisive, not want to join in and generally be a pain in the neck but instead he let forth with gusto as we laughed our way through the hour. Even better, at the end he said he did actually feel better and would do it again. They have proven that laughter decreases blood pressure, alleviates stress and generally causes endorphins to be released leading to happiness. As Roger still doesn’t like living in our new abode I was happy that he felt happier.

We have had a couple of nice dinners out since we last had coffee. I’d tell you that this week we ate at Global – a backpackers accomodation in Noosaville. The food was great, good value (that means cheap) and the ambience even better.

 

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am looking forward to the coming week. I am hoping to kick start my writing again which has been almost non-existent. I am off to a work in progress 3 days where at least half the time will be spent working on our WIP and the remainder split between the group critiquing others work and items that may aid our writing. I’ll let you know next week whether it had the desired effect of finally getting my first memoir finished. I have such a small amount to rewrite (legal reasons) it should only take me an hour or two.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that unlike New South Wales, who are again experiencing flooding, our weather has been just perfect. Too hot during the day for a cardigan and cool enough of a night to sleep well with only one blanket. I have managed to get the house in order (yes I know we have the motivating factor of guests coming) and that makes me feel good. I haven’t been to the pictures although I would have liked to have gone to the Viceroy’s House. I think I will have to wait now until it comes on television. I have  a couple of books on the go at the moment including He, She and It by Marge Piercy, and White Beech by Germaine Greer.

Now it is your turn. How was your week? Has your weather been warmer/colder, wetter/drier. Have you read any good books or seen any good films?  Thank you for dropping in for coffee and thank you to Nerd in the Brain for hosting our weekend coffee. Other places to drop in for coffee can be found here. Hope to see you next week.

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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8 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share: June 11 2017

  1. So very sorry Roger doesn’t like the new house, but maybe he’ll get used to it enough to be comfortable. Laughing sounds like a great idea because crying or screaming are terrible options.

    Thank you for the reminder that thousands of innocent people all over the world are destroyed by terrorists. And I’m glad you identity the perpetrators as terrorists as there is no just agenda for i murdering children and other people.

    I read He, She, and It about six months ago and really enjoyed the book. We can talk when you’ve finished.

    I imagine we won’t hear much from you when your guests arrive, but am very glad to know you are back to writing. Have a great week, Irene.

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    • He took awhile to settle into our old house so I am keeping the fingers crossed the same will happen here. And yes, laughing is the best alternative.
      Yes I can’t understand how people can be brainwashed into carrying out these deeds. It is so far removed from the essence of humanity.
      I’ll certainly let you know Sharon what I think. I don’t know why I bought it and got a bit of a shock when I realised the genre (not normally something I go for) but I am hooked enough to continue on with it.
      Hope your week has been good Sharon. Mine has had its ups and downs but looking forward to the weekend.

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  2. Val says:

    I stay off politics online as much as I can, to retain my sanity, but I’ve always known about the acts of terrorism all around the world and certainly don’t discount them while mourning the loss of people in th UK from it. I think it’s perfectly possible – and necessary – to feel sympathy for all victims of these acts, wherever they are.

    I’d never heard of laughter yoga and had to look it up. I can certainly vouch for the healing power of laughter as years ago, when I was withdrawing from a prescribed tranquillier, I used comedy videos (mostly replaying tv shows I still love) to keep myself afloat.

    Enjoy your visitors. 🙂

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    • I agree. Politics is a subject to keep away from. It just hit me how much we heard about the devastating attacks in the UK whilst others with a bigger toll got a one line sentence. This week it seemed unbalanced and like you – I feel sympathy for the victims wherever they are.
      Laughter I think is a big healer as you found out.
      Hope you are having a good week.

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  3. I believe in laughter, it’s healing properties, its sheer fun! I love actors that can make me laugh—watched a Sandra Bullock movie last night, and laughed until I got a cramp!

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  4. vernette says:

    Sobering reminder that so many lives have been lost to acts of terrorism and those were only in the last week. Hope you enjoyed having your visitors.

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