Weekend Coffee Share – 13th December, 2021

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

How are you? Hope was your week? I hope it went well.

My week has rushed by in a blur, and it feels like I’ve done nothing, achieved nothing and have simply been hovering in suspended animation. That’s not depression talking, butt more a state of conscious forgetfulness. Where was I last week? What happened’/ sometimes, it’s also a case of : “Who am I?” and it’s just as well my name is written down somewhere close by to remind me.

The reality is that I was actually rather busy. We are a family of four humans and three dogs. My husband works in IT for a university in Sydney with a hospital attached and has been the only network engineer available to go on site because his colleague is unvaccinated. Two people is pretty understaffed anyway, but with the overseas students being axed for the last two years, the universities have been a severe casualty in so many ways and the axe has been falling everywhere. We also have two teenagers – our son is now 17 and has always been known as “Mister” on here but he turns 18 in March, and has rather outgrown it. Miss is now 15 and working part-time at McDonalds and still dancing up a storm. So, we’ve been busy with end of year dance concerts, Geoff has end of year Christmas parties this week and I actually managed to post 17 Christmas cards.

Are you sending actual physical Christmas cards this year? Do you write a Christmas newsletter? These have always been big traditions for me. However, I don’t believe I sent more than a couple of Christmas cards over the last two years and I might have forgotten to email out my Christmas newsletter last year.

I’ve pulled my socks up this year, because I’ve realised that these Christmas cards are doing so much more than simply adding to Hallmark’s coffers every year. They help us to stay connected to a host of people who still mean the world to us, but we don’t see very often. They’re particularly important with people who aren’t online or Facebook. I don’t tend to ring people just for a chat anymore like I used to either. Here in Sydney we’ve had that massive four month lockdown. We live a bit North of Sydney in what in termed Greater Sydney. Now, Geoff is usually commuting to Sydney five days a week for work and I’d be down there at least once a month. However, we’ve only been down there once since the end of June and that was to see my parents and brother. We didn’t go anywhere else. We’ve also been laying low at home, and haven’t been back to physical Church so that’s a whole different swag of people we’re not seeing. So, the Christmas cards and the newsletter feel particularly important this year. We need to connect!

Despite beating myself over the knuckles for not doing anything, I did write a piece for Friday Fictioneers. These are 100 word responses to a photo prompt, and a great way to keep up your fiction writing without having to develop a long piece. I actually find it a very good medium for me, and encourage you to give it a go. Anyway, I had a bit of fun with this one. Here’s the link and I hope you enjoy it: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2021/12/08/the-valentines-day-baby-1962-friday-fictioneers-8th-december-2021/

The Beach

The weather has been pretty lousy lately but it’s a bright sunny day outside, and here I am indoors tapping away. The beach is only a few blocks away too. However, I have a support worker here today, and will have to wait til she leaves at 5.00pm. Meanwhile, there’s a pavlova cooling in the oven for our son to take to his Venturer meeting tonight, and then I’m onto preparing the fruit for the Christmas cake. I know it’s a bit late by most people’s calculations. However, Mum often rushed it through the night before Christmas so I’m way ahead.

Before I head off, I’ll leave you with a photo of the formal dress I picked up for our daughter for $20.00 at the opportunity shop last week. She doesn’t have a formal this year, but got all dolled up for photos with some friends who had their graduation formal. Here’s a pick:

Miss on the left with her friend.

Hope you’re going well and I look forward to hearing from you!

Meanwhile, you might like to join us over at the Weekend Coffee Share, which is hosted by Natalie the Explorer https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Best wishes,

Rowena

3 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 13th December, 2021

  1. Natalie

    Thank you Rowena for your coffee share. December 17-19 weekend link-up is the last one for 2021 before the holidays. I hope to see you then. If not, happy holidays to you and your family!

  2. Tails Around the Ranch

    With the various elements of loss this year, I confess to not being very Christmasy myself. I make all my cards and pared down the list substantially. Here in Denver, the weather is quite balmy, very un-Christmas like which adds to my spiritual malaise. Norman and I will try to cheer staff up at hospital this week. Our panDAMNic numbers are (again) going through the roof and healthcare workers are beginning to bend with the sheer weight. My closest friend who is a cancer survivor recently had a procedure to remove another tumor had to endure the first date cancelled because there were no available beds, they being taken by COVID patients, most of whom were unvaccinated. It’s crazy and maddening.
    P.S. what a great formal you managed to find! Miss will no doubt look stunning in it! Happy ‘Howlidays.’

  3. maxwellthedog

    You make a good case for Christmas cards but I am of the Humbug persuasion and gave up on them years ago. I do get cards from my insurance guy, several realtors who I’ve never met, my gym and I think a solar power company but they seem less than totally sincere. I also get a thick package of requests for donations to charities, again most of whom I don’t know. (I have my faves and that’s it!) So Christmas communications for me are electronic or verbal and that seems to work OK. Oh, Each year the AJF gets 2 Christmas cards: one from me and one from Max. Max picks excellent cards. Glad to see all is going well over there – your daughter is lovely and your feet look quite nice at the beach. 😁

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