Weekend Coffee Share 21st January, 2018.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

You’d better hold your horses and psych yourself up. We’re not having coffee this week. Rather, we’re piling into the dog mobile and heading off to Dog Beach. I hope you’re feeling brave, because you’re taking our 6 month old Border Collie x kelpie pups, Zac and Rosie. They have such raw energy, that you could end up flying along behind them like a kite. On the upside, just think of all the energy you’ll burn off!  Meanwhile, I’ll take Lady, but I will give you a hand.

dog beach zoom

Dog Beach: my daughter inscribed this with a stick in the sand.

How has your week been? I hope you’ve had a great one.

This week’s been a bit of a struggle for me in some ways. I’ve still been battling The Cough, which I’ve now christened “Fergus”. No offence to anyone named Fergus, but it sort of sounds like wheezy creepings within my lungs. I went back to the doctor again and am on another round or two of antibiotics, but am finally on the mend. Enough to shout a yahoo, but not quite enough to leap in the air yet.

As you could well understand yourselves, something like a cough or cold which is chronically annoying but not necessarily serious, can still be a pain in the neck. Moreover, you still feel you have to keep doing life and stuff, while feeling entitled to your own private nurse and a good strong dose of TLC. I also want to be a part of life and do things with my husband kids, family and friends and not be shut away in the house all the time. So, I feel like I’ve swallowed Dr Dolittle’s classic Push-Me-Pull-You and it’s been hard to juggle it all.

Image result for Dr Dolittle's classic Pushmepullyou

Both of the kids have been away at different camps this week. Our daughter was on a Young Carers Camp at Camp Breakaway and our son has been away with scouts. While you’d think this would’ve given me a breather, I still had to provide some transport and our daughter had to pop back for a dance workshop. So, there was more driving. Packing for Scouts, was also an ordeal. They provide such easy to follow check lists, and yet the kids inevitably leave something behind at both ends. Trying to get His Lordship’s bag packed was also like pulling teeth. Indeed, I’ve seen him more compliant going to the dentist.

As they say, never work with children or animals.

Geoff & Lady 20 Jan 2017

Indeed, it was quite a deal piling all three dogs in the dog mobile with three humans tonight. The pups were so exuberant. Zac even ran over the rocks at a sprint, and I could see how these dogs could walk over the backs of sheep. They’re unstoppable. Meanwhile, Lady has this way of surruptitiously wandering off, and at one point was heading for the sand dunes, which are known to house rabbits and  other critters. This area runs up to the road and as Lady has zero traffic sense, Geoff had to bolt after her. Meanwhile, Rosie started to follow Lady. Humph! Out came the leads!

Amelia & pups dusk Jan 20 2018

 

By the way, I almost forgot to mention that after dropping my daughter back at camp, I went on a bit of a detour. Indeed, I am the Detour Queen. The camp was on the coast about two hours North of Sydney and there are some wonderful beaches up there. So, I puttered down to Budgewoi where I had half a dozen battered prawns for lunch and then spotted a sign for Norah Head. My friend’s family had a holiday house there when I was at school, and I still remember a few very special birthdays in the sand dunes. Those sand dunes were revegetated years ago and have in effect disappeared. However, the lighthouse is still standing. No one’s buried that along with my youth.

Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse, NSW Central Coast, Australia. 

With school going back in a week, I’ve been working desperately hard to get the house sorted out. However, progress took a huge step back in a sense today when we finally got the Summer clothes down from the roof. I have been known to frequent the local opportunity (or thrift) shops on a rather regular basis and have spotted more than the odd bargain, especially when it comes to my daughter. She could become a jetsetter and have what looks like a year’s worth of outfits without spending a cent. However, her wardrobe couldn’t possibly house all of this, so we’re having to do a cull and I’m thinking garage sale. Meanwhile a Mt Everest or two of clothes is choking up the loungeroom and my husband’s peering through fabric and crates to watch the cricket.

It’s become very clear that never of us need to go clothes shopping for a very, very long time. On the other hand, there’s some scope for me in the shoe department, especially after Rosie ate my favourite shoe for lunch. They’re nothing glam. Rather, they’re shoes for people who work on their feet or need added support. Or what my daughter condescending refers to as “granny shoes”. But they worked for me and sensible shoes is where I’m at these days.

Speaking about fashion, it’s an exceptionally rare moment that I even think of fashion. However, I was getting to the point of shooting The Cough, and spotted a very glamorous Vogue magazine and decided buy it and stick my face over the top. I haven’t gotten around to that yet but here’s the photo and perhaps it can ignite a few dreams of your own. I’m getting more and more interested in fantasy these days. Reality is over-rated.

Reality is only limited by your imagination!

As I’ve been reading back over this coffee share, I’ve detected a note of melancholy and wondered whether I should zoop it a bit bit. Add a bit of razzle dazzle and make it more positive. But, we don’t have to be all happy happy joy joy all the time and sometimes we do just need to move into what I’ll call a minor key, before we can reach the high note.

So, how was your week? I hope you’ve had a good one. Please let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments. 

This has been another Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Eclectic Alli ,  Here’s the Linky Come on and join in!  We’d love to have you along!

9 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share 21st January, 2018.

  1. trentpmcd

    I hope the Cough goes away soon! Dogs on the beach are always fun. So much to sniff and explore, and a lot of open area to run! Have a great week!

  2. New Journey

    Good Morning…dogs on the beach….what a fun sight….and Lady, the ole wise one, sneaking away to follow her own thrill, rabbits…LOL and without the pups…one smart dog!! LOL Glad to hear your heading in the right direction with the cough, I will yell Yahoo!!! from my side of the pond, let me know when I should be leaping in the air for you !! Has the heat of summer started to fade away to cooler weather for you?? Our weather seems to take a change in April, once the temps hit 90′ we are well on our way to hot!! As for now it is still a 2 blanket at night weather….my favorite ! I forget all the work school children are. plus your little ones are both so active in so much. I can’t say I was lucky, but neither of my kids did any extra activities with school…no sports, after school clubs, nothing. My son did go to the local swing dance hall on the weekends and as I remember one night during the week. He ended up working with them for several years and still teaches a couple dance classes now. I always wondered how you mothers do it, keep house, husband and taxi the kids to all the events…exhausting to think about it, but they are worth it aren’t they!! and it will be over in a few years, especially after they start to drive. I do miss taking my son to school, that is when we connected the most, he was corralled and had to listen if not engage in a conversation. LOL Have a fantastic week…..xxkat

  3. Kathleen Howell

    The dog beach sounds fantastic!! I’ve been battling a cough as well, hope you feel better soon!

  4. eclecticalli

    I love that you named your cold. I mean, if the thing is going to keep you company for so long, why not?
    Thanks for your detouring ramble through the week 🙂

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share, Alli. I really missed not having it, and even felt a bit lost. I’m not a good one for routine but it had become very familiar and it’s been like hanging out on the couch together.
    Hope you have a great week, Alli.
    xx Rowena

  6. Rowena Post author

    Our dogs have had a bit of trouble coming back lately. We were heading off to the dentist this morning and while I held the front door open for my daughter, all three dogs flew past and down the street. Fortunately, they didn’t get too far. I don’t think the pups know their way around well enough and were cautious about going too far away.
    xx Rowena

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