July 13: Ups and Downs | Weekend Coffee Share

large and small, brown teapots

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share! There is Toddy coffee, if you like, but also a pot of Oolong tea, which I have been enjoying, today. The week has been…awkward. My husband was coming down with something, I don’t know what, and became quite ill, Wednesday evening. Much better, today, and so he was up and around, finally going out to his workshop to build tables for the ham radio room. Things come to a grinding halt in the house when one of us is ill. Fortunately, that is not often.

During the week, to get out of the house (out of the way), the puppies and I spent a lot of time in the back yard, where I pulled weeds and took a lot of photographs. I also put in much more time on the exercise bike in the gazebo, most days, and spent more time there.

Almost every day, I post some favorite photographs from the morning shoot (flowers, wildflowers, miscellanea) in the back yard at the JPG Mag web site. This week and last, I got some really good pictures, and I was nominated for “Member of the Week”. Pleased to say that I was selected, today (selections are made on Fridays), and there is an announcement post HERE with a few of my photographs, a snapshot of me, and a link to my photo gallery.

This was a more active week than usual, although I did not get out of the house after Monday evening, when we attended a visitation at a funeral home in the next town.  The brother of one of our good friends died; my husband knew his mother, who lived in the same town when they were young. There was a great gathering of relatives and friends.

I did not write a lot of poetry, this week. (See photographs.) But I did manage to do one for the Ronovan Writes Haiku weekly challenge. It was odd. Based on a stray train of thought that seemed improbable until I got into it.

These past few weeks seemed unwelcoming, and so I tried to concentrate on activities close at hand. Things within reach that I could actually do something with/about. While I was on the exercise bike, this week, I read three novels in a favorite fantasy series by Sharon Shinn. I have read through a number of her series, this year. Her series and L. E. Modesitt’s novels are the most rereadable, right now. I am not in the mood for Pern (McCaffrey) or military SF. I did find a new book in Sheila Connolly’s Relatively Dead series. That was wonderful. And I pre-ordered Murder at the Mansion, which is next on my to-be-read list and was just released.

My blood pressure is still low enough that I’m not to worry about it, and I had to use my nebulizer, last week, but I suspect my blood sugar is doing better because of the increased exercise and decreased stress.

I don’t know what I can blame the disjointedness of my thoughts. Probably thinking about too many things at the same time. Thanks for the company, this evening.

Best wishes for your week!
Lizl

Note: Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Eclectic Alli. Her post for this week is HERE, and the InLinkz link also can be found on that page where you’ll find other participants in this week’s Weekend Coffee Share.

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Weekend Coffee Share : In the Garden | 7 July 2018

I had hoped to get a Weekend Coffee Share post written, this weekend, but ended up not getting back to it after selecting the photos. I do have some tea ready, but didn’t get around to putting on coffee. (It’s now Monday, late afternoon.)

Most of my week was spent in the garden, pulling weeds, taking photographs, and then helping to get some of the invasive vines out of the lawn. Of which we no longer have a lawn, actually.

The Scampers roamed and woofed, but did not contribute energy to the efforts.

Hot, Out Here

There was hot and muggy weather, rain too often, and several thunderstorms. Had the computers unplugged a lot. I did get some photos and poems up on my photo and poetry sites. My favorite is this one:

On Saturday evening, there was a Retirement Celebration for one of my husband’s sisters, which unexpectedly occupied three hours of our time. It was great. Met a lot of people, and we came home exhausted.

Thank you for stopping by. We must leave shortly for a visitation at a funeral home across the river from us. The brother of one of our good friends has died, and we need to be there.

My thanks to Allison (Eclectic Alli) for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share! I am going to look for the link to the InLinkz page. Now!

Best wishes for your week!

Lizl

P.S. The “g” key on this computer is not working properly. Please excuse spelling omissions!

Link to Weekend Coffee Share sites/blogs for this week: HERE!

blue wild flax and seed pods in the late-september garden

Scattered Week | #WeekendCoffeeShare

This One & That One, Asleep

Thanks so much for coming to visit. If we were having coffee together, now, it would be an afternoon coffee break for me. The puppies are asleep on the loveseat across the room, and my husband is getting ready to head out for a shopping trip; he’s been digging a trench in the back yard, and now needs some more conduit before the electrical crew get here, this week.

If we were having coffee together, I can offer some variety. I am drinking Toddy coffee again today, but I’ve got two or three different flavors of black tea. Also, gluten-free rice&veggie blend crackers, hazelnuts and roasted, unsalted almonds. The wind is cold, but there’s no rain coming, yet, according to the radar, so we could sit in the gazebo. The wild flax drop their petals by noon or shortly after, but some few other wildflowers linger in the garden, and they do not discard their petals daily.

The leaves have started to change their colors. More of the berries are have ripened on the cotoneaster trees along the south fence line. We have birds in them all winter.  They move too fast for me to photograph, but the same is not true for the Painted Lady butterflies, this year. They have been stopping to pose for me.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you about my latest appointment with my doctor: the nine-month get-together after the diabetes diagnosis.  (Type 2 diabetes runs in the family, and I think all of us siblings have ended up with it, now.) I am to cut down drastically on my consumption of dairy products, due to a high calcium level; we had a good chuckle about that, since I practically live on dairy products. I’ve promised to give up half the dairy if I can add beef to my diet. Also, I am to quit using “lite salt”, which I have taken for muscle cramping since college (B.A. Philosophy, 1968 graduate); my potassium level is entirely too high, but since I am in effect taking a potassium “supplement”, there’s no way to find out if something else is failing.  Otherwise, my A1C has dropped from 11.7% in December to 6.2%, and my weight has dropped 37 pounds in the same time period. Next appointment, 12-month, we discuss cutting back on medication to see if I’ve got this under control with exercise and proper diet.

If we were having coffee together, i would tell you that I am frustrated with myself with regard to the poetry workshop and my flailing away at the assignments. As you may have noticed by my blog posts, I have not cultivated a talent for “terseness”.  I’ve looked and identified images in my “space”, but my mind makes up stories about them, and that’s what shows up on the page. What I need to do is describe in some detail several images that impact each other…and let other people’s minds connect with their own stories. Images…images without explanations or elaborations. … Yeah. Anyway, I was looking for something tough, not easy to do, that would engage me. Guess I found it.

If we were getting together for coffee, this afternoon, I would mention that the calendar’s beginning to look more reasonable. We have no more appointments scheduled for a while, now, other than my dropping in at the grocery store to have my flu shot (pharmacy in the building) and deciding where to go for an eye exam. The appointment with the dentist isn’t for another couple of months. I suspect that I would not cope well if I actually had “health problems”.

I would confess, if we were having coffee together, today, that I do have a frustration about the current gluten-free, low carb diet. I’ve worked around the gluten free, pretty much, but I don’t know how to handle the low carbs part of soup making. In winter, I live on hot milk and gluten-free soups, but both are high-carb/high Calorie. Researching the soup making might be a worthwhile pursuit before the totally frigid, windy weather arrives in North Dakota.

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend, wherever you are. I’m one for holing up, and so I’m good, here, but if you thrive on the presence of people, I wish you much congenial encounters.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your week is all you need it to be.

Lizl

P.S. It looks like our host is still out of contact. Best wishes to you!

blue wild flax and seed pods in the late-september garden
Blue Wild Flax Flower and Seed Pods