Weekend Coffee Share – 22nd December, 2020.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve popped by for coffee. Of course, I’m full of excuses and, of course, they’re all very compelling. Top of the list, is the house situation. We’re having my parents over for Christmas lunch, which has somehow necessitated a major renovation of our house in just a few weeks. Fortunately, my husband Geoff has been working from home much of this year, or it wouldn’t have been possible. Not that he’s been renovating on the job. It’s just that he hasn’t been commuting around 2 hours each way to work, and is actually alive at the end of the day.

Geoff cutting up the old carpet. Good riddens, at last!

We’ve actually been trying to launch this reno project for the last six months. The floor boards have been waiting in the garage for us to find someway of magically caterpulting the old piano out the front door. In the end, it turned out to be a classic case of “divide and conquer”. We couldn’t give the piano away as a whole, but it ended up leaving the house in pieces. We’ve kept the keys and pedals, and our friend loaded up the rest on his trailer and disappeared into the sunset. Well, it hasn’t entirely disappeared and a friend did mention something about seeing piano parts outside his place. It does sound a bit suss.

Deconstruction in progress….

As any of you who have renovated will agree, one thing leads to another. Once we moved out the furniture and got the new floor down, it became pretty clear a wall needed painting and then the room. I wasn’t much chop on the painting front, and so I drifted out into what really should be known as the “dump room”, and steadily started making progress and soon I found myself swept up in a whirlwind. Or, more to the point, hundreds of books found themselves caught up in the whirlwind and swept out the door to the charity shop. I decided I’d disposed of enough books to send an entire bookshelf packing, enabling us to turn the dump room into a retreat and we’ll be moving a couch out there tomorrow.

While it’s very satisfying to be on such a roll, with three days to Christmas, it’s hard to know quite when to call it a day and start shoving everything back in, not pulling more of it out. Yet, I’m planning to drop another load off to the charity shop tomorrow and the car’s not full yet. What else can go? What else can I turf and release that bit more space? It’s a sort of mania once it gets hold of you, but while we need to get the house as clean and spacious as possible, we also need to cook and cooking requires ingredients. Yikes, how does a simple lunch become so complicated? I’m sure if Jesus was in charge, he’d just tell me to make them all Vegemite sandwiches and be done with it. Keep it simple, Stupid.

Anyway, what else has been going on?

Well, we were relaxed. Being part of Great Sydney, we watched Melbourne go into lock down and we were just a little superior about it. After all, we always knew Sydney was better than Melbourne. However, Melbourne’s got it’s revenge. Covid’s back with a vengeance with a cluster generated out of Avalon just down from Palm Beach. This general area known as “the Northern Beaches” is now in lock down and people will be doing Christmas at home, potentially alone. It’s pretty tough, especially when people do so much to prepare for the big day, and I know I’ll really be spewing if my parents can’t come up. Christmas is Christmas. It is more than sacred.

How is Christmas looking in your neck of the woods? Are you catching up with family or friends? Or, are you playing it safe, or possibly in lock down. It’s rough when Christmas gets cancelled. I think even the great Scrooge would complain about that.

Anyway, I’d like to wish you are yours a Merry and blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Best wishes,


5 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 22nd December, 2020.

  1. Lizl Bennefeld

    I certainly hope that your parents are able to come to your place on the day. Al and I do not celebrate holidays, but have attended family celebrations. This year, with so many children (including a new arrival), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year (family birthday), and, I expect, Easter also, there will be no holiday celebrations other than nuclear families. Respiratory illnesses are not taken lightly, around here.

    I have been enjoying the increased contact with family members via the Internet, and one of my artist friends is holding a 6-hour “Open House” on Zoom, Boxing Day, where I plan to spend a lot of time with folks from across the world. Other online communities, especially the small ones that have been together for decades, are showing up and catching up. This is a good time of the year.

    Best wishes, love, & hugs!

  2. Tails Around the Ranch

    If you’re in the tossing mode, feel free to come here and cull through 18+ years of accumulating books, crafts, etc. Thanks for sharing your tale; it’ll be good inspiration for 2021 which has to be better than COVID 2020. Cheers for a happy holiday! 🎄

  3. maxwellthedog

    Hey Ro! No pressure. If you haven’t completed everything or don’t have everything in top top condition by the end of the week, what’s the worse that can happen? Oh sure your parents will disown you, the neighbors will shun you, the kids will disavow any lineage , the dogs will run away and packs of wild dingoes will move into the carport. But other than that – no worries! Relax and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. TanGental

    have a great day and hopefully your recent spike is tiny and contained compared to our recent bombshell; typical of the British to want their own variant of this bloody virus that is better than anyone else’s. Exceptionalism sucks! Merry Xmas and enjoy your M. Kondo moments.

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