Weekend Coffee Share – 18th February, 2018.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Well, to be perfectly honest, it’s no longer the weekend here and it’s almost bedtime Monday night. However, we’re a global community so I decided to latch onto someone else’s time zone. How about it American Samoa? It’s just gone midnight over there.

So how was your week? What about your weekend or even the start of the week? I hope things are going well for you.

The last week feels like a blur, but I’m sure I did something. Went somewhere.


That’s right. Wednesday was Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge thing in Australia, especially once you’ve been married for awhile. That said, my husband brought me some chocolates and flowers and I gave him a non-Valentine’s Day themed book, which was actually about stretcher bearers in WWI and WWII. While the bookseller showed me a rather of books on the philosophy of love, those clearly looked like for myself. Mind you, when I spotted a book about the notorious prison, Pentridge, I thought I’d made a good choice. Imagine giving that to your better half as a gift? Being married to you is a prison sentence. Even if it is, that would certainly dampen the Valentine’s Day spirit.

If you joined me last week, you might recall that my application for an electric recliner was knocked back by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) after a 10 month wait because I can walk.

Well, the good news is that I’ve managed to pick up an electric recliner chair for nothing and am now able to raise and lower my legs and dear self out of my chair without contorting myself. A friend of mine found out about it on a site called Free Cycle and it was just around the corner and the people very kindly dropped it off for me. How good was that! Faith in community…100%. Faith in NDIS…? Think I might be diplomatic and not give them a score. Anyway, although this chair is 13 years old and onto its third owner, it’s brought me great relief.

On Saturday, I extended myself well beyond my comfort zone when I volunteered for the scout sausage sizzle at our local Bunnings Hardware Store. Well, that’s if you can call it volunteering. Both of our kids are going to Jamboree next January and the fundraising has begun. Our troop is very fair and transparent with it’s fundraising for Jamboree. You do a shift per child and the profits are only split between the families there on the day. Every bit helps. I must say a black hole is swallowing up our finances, which very well have my name on it but it’s easier to blame a malevolent, nebulous force than to accept personal liability.

Getting back to the BBQ, as I said this was a bit of a stretch for me. I have some coordination issues and so slicing up the onion or cooking the sausages seemed a bit beyond me, but serving and needing to count change also felt rather daunting. I never count my change and consider myself functionally innumerate. However, I managed well. Only slipped up when some pesky person decided to shout his mate and I had to calculate a few sangers, drinks…oh boy!

This week, I had a post published over at Smorgasbord  hosted by Sally Cronin. Perhaps, you might have read Life Is Meant To Be Easy. Even so, I still encourage you to pop over and read the comments. They are quite encouraging.

I have been getting back into the blog lately, which I’m enjoying. This week, I participated in Friday Fictioneers again, writing: The Snow Job. I also wrote about trading my high heels in for sensible shoes in Finding My Happy Feet.

red shoes

Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!! It’s are rare occasion that I’m able to wear heeled shoes but I wore these fabulous beauties to my cousin’s engagement party at Circular Quay.

Our daughter’s 12th birthday is coming up this Saturday. She’s having a slumber party and we’ll be setting up the tent once again in the backyard. I think I have much to worry about here but I don’t think the onslaught has registered yet.

How has your week been? I’d love to hear from you.

This has been another Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Eclectic Alli.

Best wishes,



7 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 18th February, 2018.

  1. trentpmcd

    Cool about the chair. they have Free-cycle here too. I haven’t heard much about it recently, but a few years ago it was huge. Sometimes community is the best way 🙂

  2. NorCal Zen

    I’m so happy that you got the electric recliner! That’s awesome. I’m all in for making use of helpful tools, that gives as a better life. My Monday is just beginning, or well…almost, I’ve been up since 4am, but it’s only 7am now, and the real day is about to begin. Enjoy this beautiful new week.

  3. IreneDesign2011

    Recycling is a great way of sharing, Rowena.
    When I have something, as I don’t need and things other might use, I just place it beside the containers for trash, as we have here and rarely it stands there for more than a half hour. I like this way too.

  4. Rowena Post author

    We have council cleanup here. You can put stuff out beside the road and some of it disappears. We have also noticed stuff migrate down the street as it gets picked up and put out again. I have a rocking chair which I picked up from the charity shop and I planned to repair it and then the pups have chewed it and I really d**/on’t have room for it. So, I might stick it out tomorrow and see what happens to it.

  5. Rowena Post author

    Me too. I’m a big user of our local charity shops as well both in terms of buying and giving. However, I’m currently saving up for our garage sale as we have a few bills.
    I’ve never actually heard anybody mention the pre-garage sale difficulty of osrting, pricing and storing all the stuff. We are also having trouble finding a suitable day when I can get some help from the rest of the family.

  6. New Journey

    Great find on the chair…pretty said just because you can walk you don’t qualify, what about your pain level from walking…well at least you have a great chair…your weeks fly by compared to mine, but kids will do that to you….have a great birthday slumber party…..XXXkat

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