Weekend Coffee Share | December 13

ice in the tree branches, reflecting the morning sunlightWelcome! I could use a coffee break, this weekend. I’ve been around people a lot, this week, or so it seems, but generally life has been a blur, and I feel disoriented. I have missed a lot of posts on WordPress, Facebook, &c., and the interactions that proceed from them.

I have had problems with eyesight for a number of years. (I need to make an appointment, since I’ve also lost my good eyeglasses.) More often, I am inside and reading from the computer or one of the tablets. Instead of taking a break routinely, I lose track of time and do not quit writing until I no longer can see. Trying to break that habit now. Also, my eyes are irritated when I encounter fragrances or chemical fumes or dust particles, adding to the strain.

I don’t always feel motivated when so much of my environment is “me” generated and narrowly focused. I missed the interactions of the family gathering at Thanksgiving Day dinner because of there being too many people and too much, too many fragrances in the air. And a friend came over wearing a perfume that was overwhelming, although if I had not still been recovering from Thanksgiving, most likely would not have bothered me.

There have been good times in the midst. My brother, next in line in order of age, has begun a dialogue about health histories in our family. Although he has only one child of his blood, that son already has more than several children. Large families are part of our living patterns, just as strenuous physical activities, instrumental and vocal studies and performance by way of recreation, reading (science fiction emphasis-my fault as a role model), writing, and volunteer work run in our families.

I was able (at the cost of some eyestrain) to do a couple of computer projects for friends, which was fun! The second friend also has fragrance and chemical sensitivities, and so we were able to spend much time visiting together. I realize how very much I need one-on-one social interactions. Because most of my social interaction has been with clients-inevitable, given more than 30 years of freelance work-I hesitate to initiate contacts.

No matter how congenial relationships were, I find that sorting out business relationships from friendships is…dicey. I work at it, but…I think that making a physical list and hanging it somewhere handy would help. (My fragrance exposures also involve some temporary loss of short-term memory.) Actually, there is another area where connections are blurred. Many of the people I know are those I worked with at various churches over the decades. A primary source of friendship-type relationships. Without the church connection, there have not been ongoing acquaintanceships.

Al and I got out for a grocery shopping stop and also went through three stores looking for replacements for our soup bowls and mugs that have started to show cracks or whose handles are breaking loose due to years of microwaving. It is disconcerting to have a cup of hot soup take a header, splash and all. Replacements means tossing favorite dishware, which has come as a shock to my husband, but it must be done.

And I have meandered through two cups of coffee. I hope that you’ve enjoyed yours. I do so wish for interactions, but this also is welcome to me. I may not get to reading other folks’ posts, now. I need to rest my eyes. Ah, my!

I hope that you have a wonderful week, full of only enjoyable surprises.

Lizl

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Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee together, this weekend, we would most likely be sitting at the kitchen table, where the window looks out onto the street that runs past our house. This afternoon we have Toddy coffee made with milk or filtered water. The water is hot for tea, with a choice of Darjeeling, Oolong, or Orange Pekoe. Also, red seedless grapes.

I awakened a little after nine-thirty, this morning, but didn’t brew coffee until I heard my husband’s alarm clock ring. Between the two of us, we’ve drunk six cups of coffee, so far. I like brewed coffee with lots of milk (or half-and-half, if there’s some to hand).

Even though I awoke of my own accord, I find myself still sleepy. I’m thinking that going shooting (target pistol shooting) while feeling wrung out would be counterproductive. I have allergies, including problems with antihistamines and decongestants, and chemical/fragrance sensitivities, and so I often isolate.

The week has been filled with ups and downs. I have written some nice poems, I think, but nothing past the two weekly challenges in which I participate. (“Mouse Dreams” is one, which I posted here as well as on my poetry blog.) We had ferocious winds, early in the week, with gusts on several days 50 miles an hour or more. The sky was filled with dust. Much better when the ground was dampened by rain, and then lightly coated with snow. I imagine that the snow will melt away, tomorrow.

On Thursday evening, Al and I attended the annual Volunteers Appreciation Dinner. This year, we didn’t have it catered, but instead, the members of the Board of Directors planned, cooked and served a very nice dinner with fantastic desserts. I could eat all but the scalloped potatoes, desserts, and dinner rolls, which left a nice selection. Roast pork, raw veggies, salad and corn. It was good. Sponsors donated gifts for an after-dinner drawing. Also something new: BINGO after all of the other activities were finished. We had a lovely time visiting with friends and acquaintances, and also with several couples that I had not met until now.

I have taken a break from rereading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels to read a couple of cozy mysteries, and also The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay. This is her third book, and each of them unique, but all are well worth reading. I like fantasy, science fiction, cozy mysteries, but not, generally, romance. What books have you been reading, lately?

After I finish my coffee, here, and following my nap, I will tackle the dish-washing, and then make a pasta casserole for us to eat over the next few days. I think, chili, slices of tamales, and mixed, frozen vegetables.

Best wishes for the coming week!

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