Weekend Coffee Share 11th March, 2018.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee, you might need to hold me up this morning. Prop open my eyelids. I was burning the midnight oil again last night, and if you check out my previous post, I was Writing By Rainbow Light.


You see, I was feeling a bit agitated like I needed to burn up some nervous energy. I couldn’t quite pinpoint it at the time. However, we watched a documentary by Michael Moore about gun violence in America called Bowling Columbine. Have you seen it? He was trying to understand why the rate of gun deaths are so high in America and looked at a number of possible culprits like the availability of guns, high levels of gun ownership, ethnic diversity and I could have this wrong, but I think it came down to a culture of fear. I’m not sure. I’m not sure why channel SBS had such a focus on guns in the US last night, because this was followed by a show about the NRA and attempts to tighten gun controls after Sandy Hook, which failed. No wonder I was feeling wound up and stressed after this. I felt powerless and gun violence literally makes me feel sick. I lead a very quiet life when the rest of the family goes out, and I just don’t encounter such things. The worst I might see is a rumble between my pups, and so I haven’t been desensitized. I must say that it’s a different story when everyone else comes home.

In other news, I am still fighting off the sinus infection. Fergus the Phlegmeister…buzz off! Today, I bought some kind of sinus flushing kit. I swear I’ve lost weight since I caught this thing and the kilos just keep pouring out my nose.

Last week, it was our son’s 14th birthday. Being a school day, it was fairly low key. However, my mother came up and we went out for lunch together, which was really great. This is quite a rarity as we usually do things with the kids in tow, or she has the kids so I can have a break. It also happened to be International Women’s Day, so it was good to spend it with her. In previous years, I’ve gone in the local march but it wasn’t held this year due to the council amalgamation. Wasn’t real happy about that as I like to do my annual thing  to fly the flag, especially as I can feel it’s the last bit of independent woman left in me. Anyway, these days disability rights are more my concern.

Anyway, I made my son what could have been the richest cake in history…a chocolate cake filled with Nutella and butter cream and topped with lush chocolate icing, and I decorated it with strawberries. It looked scrumdidillyumptuous, but I didn’t get to try it. He took it off to youth and, as expected, they scoffed the lot. Didn’t expect anything but the crumbs to come back. They were down on the waterfront and gave him a bit shout out.

On Saturday, I finally managed to watch our son sailing his boat…Fury, a Flying 11. Since I’m usually driving our daughter to and from dance, I don’t get to the sailing club very often and my husband misses out on much of the dancing as well. Anyway, the weather was glorious with warm blue skies without too much heat and the wind seemed to be about right. At least, I didn’t hear any complaints. If you’d like to read more about it, you can click through here: Sailing On The Wings of Poesie


By the way, just a brief commercial break to say that I just found Rosie, our Border Collie x shark, chewing on my watch, which she’d picked off the bathroom vanity and she chewed through one of the bands. Grr! This chewing is starting to add up. I’m off to the butcher today. Next, she’ll be off to the dentist for extractions!

I also had a bit to say about that in Puppies of Mass Destruction.

In terms of writing, once again I took part in Friday Fictioneers. This week’s effort, A Stone In My Pocket, addressed the spiritual ramifications of suicide and also referred to a philosophical dilemma known as Pascal’s Wager. This proposes that it’s safer to believe in God than not, because there are no consequences if God doesn’t exist.

Well, I think that sums up the last week fairly well. How was your week? I look forward to popping round and catching up!

Best wishes,


BTW The featured image this week was taken in Cologne in 1992 and I’m drinking a mug of Hot Chocolate with cream. Yum!

9 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share 11th March, 2018.

  1. Corina

    Hi Rowena! Gun violence is one of our BIG problems right now. It’s so difficult to comprehend why it happens. There are many reasons and as Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine shows, it’s part of the fabric of our history. But it’s time to change it. It’s not going to be easy and it’s not going to be quick. IF it happens, it will not be in my lifetime. However, I am hopeful that I will see some changes. Even small changes will help save some lives and every life is precious so we have to try to save every single one we can. I actually had a post last week that touched on gun violence. Then today’s is another one of my rambling rants. Anyway, it was good to read you! I hope that sinus infection leaves you soon. I used to get them all the time and the only thing that would get rid of them was a shot of cortisone. Within twenty-four hours, they’d be gone.

  2. Rowena Post author

    So much to touch base with you Corina in your comment. Wish we could sit down and and have a coffee somewhere together. Did you used to be part of 1000 Voices for Compassion? I really miss the monthly get togethers writing and sharing about creating a better world and becoming better people. I really felt I was part of something worthwhile. I’m love to resurrect it and have been toying with that for some time. We’ll see…
    I read a quote today which related to making environmental changes, and an activist was advised something along the line of you can’t change everything, but you can change something. I really liked that and wrote it down. I had a coaster in my bag from the sailing club which already had scribble on it so it’s becoming quite a wise old piece of cardboard now.
    I’ve never had a sinus infection before but my nose has been very dry for about 6 months and then this happened. I’ve bought some Fess and today I also bought this nose flushing system which really impressed my son. I amm just trying to muster the courage to use it before I go to bed. It’s not going to be fun but if it works, it’ll be worth it.
    I’ll pop round and read your posts shortly.
    Hope you have a great week!
    xx Ro

  3. maxwellthedog

    Today, I bought some kind of sinus flushing kit. I swear I’ve lost weight …

    Reading that quickly produced a very disturbing image. Then I thought, “Hey, maybe I’ll try that.”

  4. NorCal Zen

    I have seen Bowling For Columbine. The gun thing is a complex challenge. I might, probably will, offend someone, but is there a right and a wrong in the matter? It’s horrible what a gun in the wrong hands can do. On the other hand, I’ve worked at secluded ranches where we weren’t allowed to do our job without a gun, to many mountain lions and rattle snakes lurking around to get a bite out of you. I do think it’s a big difference having a gun in the city, and in the middle of nowhere though. It’s definitely not a black and white matter to me, and I grew up in a home where guns were a big NO NO. At the same time one of the reasons I homeschool my daughter is that her dad and I are scared of all the violence in our schools nowadays. It was a school shooting close to where we lived a few months ago.

    I hope that your week got off to a wonderful start, and that your pups doesn’t destroy anything more for you.


  5. Kathleen Howell

    Hope you feel better soon. I’ve heard of those nasal flushing kits – seems like it would make you choke, aren’t you putting water where air should be? I’ll have to check them out. Nasal congestion is so aggravating. Looks like you had a great day for sailing! What fun. And happy birthday to your son – the cake sounded amazing! Thank you for the coffee and have a great week!

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Kathleen. The instructions say to breathe in and out through your mouth and I think that prevents the ghastly feeling you get say if you dive into a pool and water goes up your nose. The water has a sachet of stuff you mix in with it which includes salt and bicarb soda. I don’t mind using it at all. Hope you have a great week too!
    xx Rowena

  7. New Journey

    I certainly understand why you couldn’t settle down and sleep after watchin a Michael Moore documentary on guns…hope your feeling better! How wonderful to have lunch with mom, and then send the kids off with her…bonus LOL xxkat

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