Weekend Coffee Share – 13th November, 2023.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

My apologies for a bit of an absence. Let’s just say that time runs away from me and I’m staggering along breathless in its wake.

How are you all and what’s been going on in your neck of the woods?

Well, it’s still Spring here on the Australian East Coast. While there’s the odd roasting, much of the time it’s been unseasonably cool, and we’ve had a bit of rain. I haven’t braved a swim at the beach yet, but did get down for a delightful walk last week on a perfect sunny day and felt so much better for it.

Meanwhile, we’ve had quite a bit on.

Firstly, last Saturday a close friend of ours got married. I also had my 35th school reunion at same afternoon. So I splurged on a new dress, some strappy wedge heels and an overnight bag to stay with my friend, Glenda. Couldn’t believe that Mum was actually going to be staying with a friend for a sleepover. How could that be? Had I escaped into the realm of miracles? Of course, it’s not just responsibilities on the home front which have kept me grounded, but more likely covid and the dreaded lockdowns. So, it felt particularly good to get out there in my glad rags, see my friends married and catch up with the girls at the reunion.

Secondly, Miss Ballerina is back en pointe after snapping a ligament in her ankle a few months ago which had her hanging up her dance shoes for about six weeks (or at least the right one) and having weekly physio appointments. Before all that transpired, she’d done her Grade 8 ballet exam and received a High Distinction. Last Friday, she finally did her Intermediate Foundation exam after being stuck in suspended animation for the last three years, while she was also doing Advanced. Clearly, she’s been busy! The end of year concert is coming up now, along with the inevitable farewells which are getting harder and harder as each year goes by and they’re all getting older and leaving school. Two close friends will be leaving at the end of this year and moving away. Miss has one year left at school and the local dance school and then she’ll be fleeing the coop as well and heading goodness knows where.

Thirdly, Geoff and I headed off to the Tiny Homes Expo at Tuggerah yesterday and had a very interesting day where our minds were opened up to a host of incredible possibilities. However, rather than buying a tiny home, we ended up buying a new bed with all the bells and whistles and I can’t wait for it to arrive. If you’d like to read more about Tiny Homes, here’s a link to my post: Explorations Into Tiny Homeland on Australia’s East Coast.

Admiring the tiny homes from the comfort of our new bed.

Well, that’s all from me for now and I look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to.

This has been another Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie the Explorer.

Best wishes,


14 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 13th November, 2023.

  1. trentpmcd

    I did not know that your little ballerina was injured glad she is back on her toes. Sounds like you had some good times. Funny, my mom’s name is Glenda, though she uses her middle name (Joette – yeah, different).
    Hope you had a good weekend and have a wonderful week!

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Trent. Miss injured her foot in the studio running (in a dancer sort of way of course) and they all heard a loud snap and thought she could well have broken it. She missed a concert and a competition and I was pretty concerned about how she was taking it all. However, she handled things surprisingly well and it’s been such a blessing that the ligament reattached.
    Hope you have a great week too.
    Best wishes,

  3. Natalie

    Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Glad to read you had fun with friends and your daughter is doing well. Congrats to Miss Ballerina to pass her Grade 8 ballet exam with a High Distinction! Have a great week ahead!

  4. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena,
    Great to hear that you’re finally getting out and about.
    Ouch on your daughter’s tendon. Lacking any direct experience, I still can’t imagine that that didn’t hurt like crazy.
    Then – tiny houses . . .
    I have to admit – I don’t get the charm of them. I think the various implementations are likely clever but living in one is always going to be like living in a closet except there’s a toilet, sink, stove, bookcase, TV and bed in there with you. Add a spouse and/or a child or two, give them all a few months to ferment inside and you have all the chemistry for homicide.
    Honey, if anyone needs me, I’ll be out in the front erecting a big tent over the driveway. . .

  5. leannelc

    Hi Rowena – I loved your new dress and was so glad you got to attend both events. I’m also a big fan of tiny houses – although I couldn’t imagine sharing such a small space with another human being – I think they’re a single person’s ideal space, but too tight for two or more. Quite a laugh that you bought a bed at a tiny house expo – but nice that you did.

  6. Rowena Post author

    I agree with you, Leanne. I couldn’t live inside a tiny house either although it could make a good escape hatch. I became interested in tiny houses because we can’t even fit what we have inside this house and I’d dearly love to double the size of this place. I don’t even think I’d be able to fit my books inside a tiny house.
    We now have the drama of getting the old bed out and the new bed arrives tomorrow and we’ve had to move a whole heap of stuff but ah tomorrow night will be bliss!
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Well put on the tiny house front and I’m surprised something like your vision hasn’t made the headlines. A great idea for one of your stories.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

  8. Rowena Post author

    I agree totally with you, Julie. I’m married with two teens and three dogs and I think much of the mess these days is coming from the dogs and the teenagers’ rooms are an absolute bomb zone but at least it’s contained behind closed doors.
    I keep vowing to get rid of books and get reading to work my way through them all but instead I keep finding new ones and there are a number of places I can even pick up really good books for free. I am starting to feel doomed on this front but you never know. There is always hope.
    Best wishes,

  9. Kirstin Bozich Troyer

    Sounds like a great time. Reunions can be so much fun. When I went to my 30th I stayed with a friend. Love those tiny houses. So glad your girl is healing up nicely.

  10. Dan Antion

    I’m glad to hear your daughter is doing better, and that you got to walk along the water. We had our first bit of snow last night. Rain followed, so the roads were OK, but the grass was covered.

  11. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Kathleen. I’ve been busy and also distracted. My history research takes a lot out of me and doesn’t always result in any writing, which I need to watch out for. How have you been?

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