Merry Christmas – Weekend Coffee Share.

This is just a brief message to wish you and yours a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy, healthy and Wonder-filled New Year.

As you may be aware, I live in Sydney, Australia where it’s looking like we’ll be having a scorchingly hot Christmas and Boxing Day. We’re heading out to Church tonight for Christmas Eve and will be heading to my aunt’s my parents and extended family for Christmas Day. We’ll be catching up with Geoff’s sister from Boxing Day.

I’ve written a few Christmas posts in the last week which may interest you:

Silent Night

A Stinking Hot Christmas (written 2015 for Solveig Warner’s Advent Calendar)

A Sydney Christmas

Christmas Door – David Jones

St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney


We would like to wish you and yours a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Happy Holidays isn’t a phrase we use here in Australia, but I understand it’s used a lot in USA and has its place.

Yet, at the same time, we understand that this time of year is very difficult for many for a variety of reasons and we would also like to acknowledge that. We hear you and I put my hand on your heart and stand alongside you. It’s not easy and while I’ve experienced the most amazing miracles myself, they haven’t come about like clockwork. I haven’t clicked my fingers and hey presto, pulled a rabbit out of my hat. I’ve also found there’s a lot I can do to both improve my lot and also completely shoot myself in the foot and make things worse.

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

-TS Eliot

Well, that’s a rather large dose of philosophy and reflection for what’s supposed to be a coffee share. However, so much is shared over a cup of tea or coffee in the real world. Why shouldn’t that be a part of our virtual coffees?

“Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”

-David Letterman

Best wishes,


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

PS The photo of me as the elf was taken in the Cancer Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital. I popped down there to pick up some resources for a friend. However, 6 years ago I had a round of chemo (cyclophosphamide) to treat my auto-immune disease, which had started attacking my lungs. Treatment began the week before Christmas with my second dose on Boxing Day, when there was plenty of parking for a change. The treatment worked and I’ve been in remission for 6 years. So, I have much to be thankful for and it’s a reminder not to take the seemingly hum drum and every day for granted.

9 thoughts on “Merry Christmas – Weekend Coffee Share.

  1. SD Gates

    Merry Christmas to you as well. I miss the summer Christmases in Australia (even with the heat) – although it is not too bad here in California – the clouds are in the skies and we are praying for rain (as we always do this time of year). Still I am glad we don’t have to contend with snow (although it is very pretty). Have a lovely day!!!

  2. maxwellthedog

    Happy Christmas to you and the family, Rowee. I’m assuming you guys say “Happy”, not “Merry” but then again you celebrate winter with high temperatures so who knows, eh? I’ve enjoyed your blog very much this year as in the past and look forward to more shares and doors and kid updates and ancestral detective stories and…DOG TALES! Max sends his everlasting affection to Lady and friendly woofs to the rest of the pack. We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, excellent health and joy in all you pursue. Tom, the AJF and of course, Maxwell ❤

  3. New Journey

    Merry Christmas. and a Happy New Year, but the way I was singing that in my head as I wrote it, so I am expecting nothing less than you do the same!! LOL

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Kat. The air-con is working wonders and Geoff fixed my laptop so I’m no longer melting at my desk. Phew! Happy New Year to you as well. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

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