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#WeekendCoffeeShare — 29 May 2022

© 2022-05-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Thank-you for stopping by. This is a week when I have welcomed interactions with people, including a lovely 90-minute phone call with my sister in New England. I put aside my plans for the week, pretty much, and a solid week of impromptu activities. And not using the alarm clock and napping often.

The weather was fairly dry, but for a few showers in the night. Promises of more rain for Sunday and Monday. I enjoyed Liz Danforth’s Social gathering (via Zoom) on Saturday afternoon. Relaxed and relaxing, a smaller group with easy conversation and good feelings. In the morning (Sunday) I’ve meeting for worship to look forward to with a social time afterwards.

I spent the rest of the afternoon and part of Saturday evening taking care of the laundry. Clean bedding for people and dogs. I trust that later on Sunday, I can take care of what’s in the laundry hamper. I understand that lots of trips up and down the stairs is good exercise. Speaking of which, I did get the gazebo cleaned up, the rest of the foam blocks out of the open rafters, and using the stationary bike after dusting and straightening the accumulation of items that were put there for winter storage.

I hope to maintain a relatively spontaneous group of activities during the coming week. I bought a recent Elementals novel by Mercedes Lackey, whose writing I have enjoyed since decades past and another Valdemar anthology for which she was editor. I preordered another of hers, months ago. I also preordered Laura Anne Gilman’s latest book.

I did catch up on the Ronovan Writes Monday Haiku and Wednesday Sijo poetry challenges, the last on Saturday morning. Sometimes, poems are not ready to be written. I go with the flow;

Hugs & best wishes,

P.S. Natalie, our Host for Weekend Coffee Share, has posted her blog (with participant links) at her Natalie the Explorer blog: Loving Life in May 2022.

nature has no words
for friendship or loneliness
silent raindrop tears

copyright © 2022-05-29, by lizl bennefeld.
after the rain

9 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare — 29 May 2022

  1. HI Lizl,
    I’m so glad that some evidence of sprint (with a few strong hints of summer) have finally made an appearance in your yard. I’m not sure where you live, but am pretty sure you’re near North Dakota and have some deep roots where the weather remains less than friendly as compared to further south. It sounds kinda harsh, character building but harsh all the same.
    Glad warmer days are coming your way.

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    1. Yes, we live in Fargo, North Dakota, just across the Red River from Moorhead, Minnesota. While my mother’s mother’s family can be traced back to the late 900s and the first crossing of the Mayflower in 1620-21, my father’s grandparents (ethnic Sami or Saami) arrived from Norway and the British Isles in the late 1800s and eventually settled in the Minnesota Lakes country of Minnesota not far from here. Dad’s mother was Norwegian and Irish; they came over within the same general era. (Think “Potato Famine”!) The Norwegian/Sami, late comers to the Red River Valley, had for the most part, no money to buy land for farming, and so sought jobs working as farm hands and casual work in towns and villages, supplementing their provisions through hunting and fishing and such.

      One of my sisters, with her husband, after their separation from the U.S. Navy, spent two years of graduate studies at a Florida university. She had to wear long sleeved, long slacks clothing and hats to protect her skin from the harsher sun of that southern clime. After completing their graduate work, they settled in Connecticutt, which allowed her to be out of doors without worrying about sun exposure.

      I feel comfortable with the colder seasons of the year and the relatively cool climate of North Dakota and northern Minnesota. More southern states just don’t appeal to me. All of Al’s familiesof origin, far as I know, also arrived in the United States after the Civil War and settled a couple hours’ drive from where my father’s people settled. They were Norwegian and German. Al also has no inclination towards living in more southern states. Pretty much the same reasons, I think.

      How did you end up in California, or when?


      1. Yep – I was guessing you were up there somewhere and that it was in your blood. I don’t think I’ll ever get a chance to do more than sample it as my wife hates that degree of wet and cold. She’s a sunshine gal.
        I was born and raised not far from where I live now, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. My mom’s family, back a few generations came from Italy on her dad’s side and her mom’s family came from Denmark. My father’s family were mutts from all over the place.
        California has been a less-than favorite place for me for multiple decades now. The politics here is awful, which is why our taxes are also awful. The weather is actually kinda boring to me but when we lived in Colorado, my job ended about the time we needed to be back in California to care for aging parents – all of whom have now passed.
        We’re waiting for our kids to land somewhere so we can move to someplace near enough to torment them. We’re blessed with kids we like and who like us.

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  2. That’s so nice you reached your sister in New England. I enjoy reaching out to my long-distance relatives too. I remembered when I was little, my family and I made it a big event to reach out to my aunts and uncles across the world!

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  3. Lizl, I loved your Haiku. I should have more of a go at these myself. The photos are also stunning as usual.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,


    1. Writing haiku, senryu, tanka and such can be addictive. 🙂 I have loved writing in those poetic forms since the middle of my college years, the mid-60s. Although I do write a lot in other forms and free verse. Give it a try!


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