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!

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.


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!


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

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Celebrating July

Blue Wild Flax, 2018-07-01

As I’ve sat here waiting for coffee-time Internet visitors, I have been looking through photographs from Julys past. Last summer, there were fancy poppies, where this year I purchased only the seeds for the golden California variety. In 2014, there still were common thistles growing along the garage, mingled with the hollyhock stems and flowers. I miss both.

I would share with you a few of the July photographs I have found, taken on 16 July.

During the past week, I have written a few poems: one for the Ronovan Writes Haiku” challenge: “Child and Safe” were the prompts; and one that I scribbled down this morning, thinking again about what is important for here and now…or, rather, what is not important: One-Day Flower”, with my beloved blue wild flax flowers on my mind.

I have gotten in a minimum of 8 miles a day on the backyard exercise bike, and my blood glucose numbers are way down, which is a relief, after they got so high while I needed to take doses of the albuterol for my breathing. I am finding that it is just as important to know what is blooming as why. 

The week has been brutal when it’s come to outside stressors, not least among them, not having any more information about my youngest sister-in-law, who is under hospice care. Her husband, my youngest brother, does not respond. I suspect ‘avoidance”. I guess I would react the same way, were it my husband.

If we were sharing coffee together, today, I would confide that I am in need of a break. Not from blogging or housework or maintaining diet and chores, but from things that matter most in concrete terms, and yet are not amenable to any gestures I make or could make in their direction. It is not a matter of feeling helpless, I think, because these are things that I never could or thought I could stave off or bring into being. It is more a matter, I think, of having a set of gifts/talents that does not lend itself to either world building or world destruction. A limited circle that does not stretch beyond these four walls and the back yard. And even the seeds planted do not grow at my command. Not even with watering.

It used not to bother me. What does bother me is, I think, living in a world that people do not seem to see. (Perhaps my submersion in political theory was not helpful, since I tend to see and feel in terms of theory and time, ongoing. I do not like it, Sam-I-Am! And I am familiar with my tastes!)

If we were enjoying coffee, together, this afternoon, I would invite you to visit the back yard and fall asleep next to me in the shade of the cotoneaster bushes for a quiet nap.Al is painting the gazebo eves…but quietly. I have a couple of large old quilts ideally suited to napping. And then ‎Café au laits before we go on with the world as it would be.

Best wishes for you during the coming week!


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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Friday Night

Not Quite Ready, Yet

Thank you for joining me for a coffee break! The week has been long, and I am looking forward to a quiet weekend with cool and rain. On Wednesday, we navigated through the street construction projects to my clinic for my six-month check-up. (We did the same on Monday to get the blood testing done.) Everything seems to be maintaining or improving. My A1C reading was up a tenth of a percent, but we had reduced my medications by a third, six months ago, so that was good. Maintaining my weight. After the run-in with allergies, this spring, I am able to return to aerobic exercise. That is, I can pedal and breathe at the same time. Twenty-six miles on the exercise bike, this week.

On the way into the clinic, we saw a cloud to the south that showed rainbow colors on its edge. Quite colorful and well defined…which is not well captured by the photographs I took before we had to go inside.

Rainbow Colors

I have enjoyed taking photographs of the flowers, this week, and reading several books. I put aside New York to Nome: The Northwest Passage by Canoe to read L. E. Modesitt, Jr.’s latest Recluse novel, Outcasts of Order. Enjoyed it and plan to read it again in a couple of days, when I will be able to pick up on more of the details and integrate the story in my mind with the previous books in the series.

My sister-in-law, my youngest brother’s wife, is under hospice care. I would like to get to the care facility. Not sure if my coughing and sneezing are allergies or another cold, right now; I hesitate to bring fresh germs into that setting. The other sister-in-law who is local did make it over there, a couple of days ago.

I am thinking that with all the personal, family, and external turmoil, I need to take some time off to just read and garden and unwind. Al is having a good time of building and painting, and now planning furniture to build to fit out his new workshop. A good time, a happy time to share together. Trouble and worry are continuing, but they can be laid aside. The world’s troubles are much larger than me. I must pay attention to the moment and the needs of the people whose lives mesh with mine.

The hour is late. Midnight, already! I still have to prepare and eat one more meal before my day can end. Al is heading off to his computer/sitting room to watch the end of his last television show for the evening.

Thanks for listening! I look forward to reading your Weekend Coffee Share post tomorrow.

Best wishes for your weekend and the new week!

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Allison, whose site is eclecticali.wordpress.com; her coffee share post is at the top of the blog. The InLinkz link is HERE! You’ll find links to other people taking part in Weekend Coffee Share. –Lizl


Weekend Coffee Share for 17 June 2018

large and small, brown teapots
Tea for Two

Welcome! The new batch of Toddy coffee concentrate is not quite ready, and so I’ve brewed a big pot of tea. Having on hand a nice selection (black, green, and a couple varieties of oolong) after a lapse of some years, I am drinking tea by preference for a while. (I need to get an electric pot for boiling tea water.)

If we were having coffee together, this afternoon, I would share with you my frustration at replacing the bathroom towels that the puppies ate during their first year with us. Literally! Ate them up! Down to scraps, except when one of us caught them at it. We bought six bath towels, and I put two into the washing machine, so they would be ready for use the next day. Enough of the fluffy threads came out to threaten the drain, which has problems anyway, but for what stuck to the inside of the washing machine tub. I am going to look, next time, for beach towels, which, if I remember correctly, are not filled with loose threads. Fortunately, we were able to return all six towels to the store for a full refund.

The week in general has been quite beautiful. I’ve loved the rain and thunderstorms and cool breezes. The Scampers and I have spent a lot of time out of doors, while Al has been painting and working on the inside of the workshop. (Mock-ups for built-in cabinets, drawers, and work benches. I think he enjoys the furniture making more than anything!)

I made an appointment a week or so ago with the O.D. to have an eye exam, my first since the diabetes diagnosis in November of 2016. I enjoyed this doctor and found her easy to communicate with, unlike the last two that I saw over the past eight to ten years. Much more comfortable with two-way conversations, rather than disjointed statements that are not to the point. This week, I have a six-month checkup with my PCP. I have not done so well as I had wanted, but I am happy with what I (think I have) accomplished. I do seem to be sleeping better and not waking up during the night since I put lite salt back into my diet at the end of last month. Potassium level, be hanged!

My poetry writing has not been prolific, these past few weeks, but I did write a poem for Father’s Day, this morning, to match with my favorite picture from childhood of my dad and me. Here, if you’re interested, is the link to “Father-Daughter Bonding”. Otherwise, I have posted some links to previous poems of mine that I liked in particular, instead of writing new.

On Thursday, I received the mail order of wildflower seeds for summer and fall blooming. Tomorrow, I have only an early morning appointment for lab tests, and so I hope the garden spots are dry enough that I can get the seeds planted. I think that all I have to do is make shallow tracks for the seeds, put them down, and cover them up.

There are so many things that I should be sharing with someoneI’m sure, but perhaps not in this setting. But thank you for stopping by.  I am going to put some of today’s flower pictures at the end of the post.

Best wishes for your week!

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Allison, whose site is eclecticali.wordpress.com. The InLinkz link is HERE! You’ll find links to other people taking part in Weekend Coffee Share. –Lizl