Tea and Me at #WeekendCoffeeShare

Welcome!

Well, come on in! I am enjoying an afternoon cup of tea. English Breakfast tea is the only tea option in the house. Toddy coffee and cranberry/fruit juice are in the fridge.. I ate all the gluten-free crackers and (I’m so sorry) the crunchy peanut butter. I discovered that I still have some bad bruises from my fall at the end of September. Not ever present, but painful when I move the wrong way. Got to exercise the muscles, though, during this week’s cascading failures with the bathroom plumbing. I had to call Al, who was at his volunteer shift at the time, to find out how to shut off the water for the house. Caught a load of laundry mid-rinse, and myself in the shower.

That has not deterred me from my task of writing at least one poem a day during November, which is National Novel Writing Month. Most of the ones I have written, including some warm-ups in October, are on this blog. For this month, I am attempting to write poems that follow, more or less, 1o Japanese poetic forms addressed in an article by that name at Writers Digest online. It’s been fun so far. I don’t think I’ve encountered half of them, before. Sending notes with the new ones with the poems, as I write them, to the email poetry-writing group I write with during November and April. (I also do the poem-a-day thing during February, which is National Haiku Writing Month.)

In the midst of the week, I switched out themes on my Quilted Poetry WP blog. I really need a larger, bolder typeface. My eyesight is not what it used to be, come evening, and I still hate wearing glasses. I took my magnifying glass with me to the twice-a-month Poetry Heals online Zoom workshop, and that helped with the exercise slides.

During the week, the air quality has deteriorated due to wood smoke (and, I suppose, last minute barbecuing and outdoor cooking) before the snow arrives. I am trying to move about more to keep my blood oxygen level up. After the heavy smoke outside both last night and today (Sunday), I am resigning myself to using the nebulizer before I go to sleep at night.

In the meanwhile, I have had a lot of fun interacting with my poetry-writing friends, the professor and participants in the Saturday morning The Artist’s Way course, and Saturday afternoons with Liz Danforth and friends for co-working and socializing. As others are looking forward to the end of the pandemic restrictions, I have to remind myself that I was following those distancing restrictions before, because of my respiratory allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Right now we are discussing whether or not I should chance attending family holiday gatherings, this year. It is awkward when Al has to take me home early because of poor air quality, and then return to the celebrations alone. I suspect it’s better, though, to stay away rather than disrupt things by having to leave abruptly. The sad thing is that I really am an extremely introverted person, and I do feel awkward around others in social settings, however much I enjoy interacting with others on projects, which I did for 30 years of freelancing.

I expect that I am running short on time to put my link into the Weekend Coffee Share app on Natalie’s #WeekendCoffeeShare post for this week. Natalie’s blog is here: 16K Walk to Hanlan’s’ Point.

Best wishes for your week!
Lizl

2 thoughts on “Tea and Me at #WeekendCoffeeShare

  1. It’s great to hear that you’ve been writing frequently and that you’ve been enjoying your time with your poetry writing peers. 🙂 It’s unfortunate to hear about the air quality and also about your fall. Thankfully it was bruises and nothing more serious, although, bruises are no fun either. I hope you recover quickly. 🙂

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  2. It’s great to hear that you’ve been writing frequently and that you’ve been enjoying your time with your poetry writing peers. 🙂 It’s unfortunate to hear about the air quality and about your fall. Thankfully it was bruises and nothing more serious, although bruises are no fun either. I hope you recover quickly. 🙂

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