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#WeekendCoffeeShare – A Jumble of Things


Thank you to Diana from Part-Time Monster for hosting this wonderful group!

If we were having coffee, I’d be serving it in my brand-new café au lait bowl and pretend we were sitting in a Paris Café.  Since we were pretending, the horrors of last night would never have occurred and we would feel blissfully safe and unconcerned, watching the passersby go about their business.

Café au lait

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how pleased I am with my sons who helped to clean up the yard and put away all the backyard paraphernalia.  I’m sure Mick would have been pleased with the way we packed everything in the shed!  There are still a few things to take care of, but the majority of it is done!

There was only one walk worth mentioning, and that was with my sister and her two dogs in her hometown of Varennes.  I stupidly did not bring my camera and only took one photo with my phone!  It was such a gorgeous day and we finished the walk with breakfast prepared by sister herself.  Upon my return home, I noted the apple Fairy had passed again.  Still don’t know who they are from!!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I cannot believe that in November, my roses are still blooming… mayhaps not as wild and bright but blooming nonetheless!  And one day, a shrub is on fire with colour and a small windstorm later, denuded!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that there are wonderful people out there, just willing to lend a hand or offer their time for no other reason than “just because”.  My eldest, Iain wants to join the military so my sister’s neighbour, Aldo, who has appeared in this blog before, and is military man himself,  offered to not only speak with Iain to explain the ins and outs of joining but also offered to bring him on a tour of our very small base in St.Hubert, so he could see and ask questions to the men and women on duty.  There was a bonus as we met for lunch first at a small market with a food court right near said base and where many military folk go for lunch.  As I was picking up my lunch, Iain and Aldo were chatting with a guy from the Air Force.  All of a sudden, Iain’s choices widened.  Will be interesting to see where this goes.  I am beyond grateful to Aldo for taking the time to do this and for following up and offering to help him prepare for the interviews and whatever else he will need in the near future.  Aldo, you are a prince amongst men!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I was pleasantly surprised by the Whitehorse concert on Thursday evening. This duo, made up of the husband and wife team of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClellan, were something else to watch.  Just the two of them, but with a few bells and whistles.  Luke would get on the drum, beat out some beats and the beatbox would take over so he could move over to his guitar.  Speaking of guitars, that last picture… shows, what I suspect, is his “baby”.  It has such a raw sound that both my date and I were totally enthralled with.

I was especially pleased to have discovered a new talent (to me, anyway) as the opening act.  Ms. Fiona Beven, a lovely English lass, has a voice that is a mixture of India.Arie and Corinne Bailey Rae.  Just her and her guitar or ukulele… wonderful.

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If you are not tired of me yet, I would then add a few random things.  Anyone who sits and chats with me knows that I talk and talk and talk and subjects jump from one to another, to the point that, once I am alone, I wonder if the other person had a chance to talk and, did I finish any one subject?  As an example:  I just received my latest book purchase and cannot wait to start them. Assuming I shall find time to read!  And I grabbed the jar of roasted pumpkin seeds and am aghast at how few are left!  No matter how much I try to ration them, they will not last forever.  Iain and I are huge fans.  Truth be told, if Mick were here, there would be none.  I had to hide the jars from him!

Oh. Em. Gee.  In all my chattering, I totally forgot to mention that I started a new job yesterday!  At my friend Tina’s suggestion, I applied for a Christmas Season Job at Pier 1.  I figured it would get me out of the house and away from my stove and give me the opportunity to meet people and exchange, and, if I’m any good, sell them items!  I’ve always loved their store (MY store, now!) and fell in love with their Christmas commercials from a few years ago.  “Find what speaks to you”… what a brilliant slogan… This was one of them (hopefully the link works as all the others were made private).

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, so to speak, do tell me, how have you been?  What have you been up to this past week?  Truly, it’s my turn to listen, and I will gladly pour us another cup.  Please do share!


51 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – A Jumble of Things

  1. Thank you for the coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed the chat. I think our chatting styles are similar in that I do the same thing — talk and talk and talk, and then wonder if I let the other person get a word in. I checked out Fiona Beven on YouTube and will check out Whitehorse next. I am always interested in hearing new (to me, at least) music. Fiona Beven has a beautiful voice. Roasted pumpkin seeds wouldn’t last long around here, either.

    I’m happy to be reminded that the world is filled with wonderful people willing to help “just because,” and that there are apple fairies out and about, making deliveries. 🙂

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    • And I forgot! Congratulations on your new job! I’ve always liked Pier 1. I wonder if we have one around here? I will look. I don’t remember seeing one anywhere, but I bet we do. Probably up by the Big City.

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    • Well… are you surprised? We seem to have more than one similarity!! She truly does have a beautiful voice. And she’s so sweet. I’m always amazed at people who can stand up there, all alone, with just a tiny instrument in their hands and bare themselves like that.
      Yes, the world is a most wonderful place!


  2. A new job with talking reindeer, I wish you lots of luck and fun!! Can I have a hot chocolate as I am feeling really rough with a cold. Thank you for the chat and lovely photos it helps to take our minds off of the horrors just across the channel! ❤

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  3. I enjoyed that cup of coffee Dale. How could you forget the new job ‘until right at the end. How exciting. But then so was your walk and the fact that your roses are still blooming.
    It was particularly nice to hear in the aftermath of Paris that there are nice people like Aldo in the world. How nice of him to offer support to a young man just starting out. That has brightened my day.
    See you next week for coffee.

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Irene. I so love having company!
      New job will change my whole schedule. Will take some getting used to!
      Yes, the Aldos of the world make it a better place.

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  4. A new job, blooming roses, and cooperative boys? A bumper time for sure! Pleased you experience so many good things in your days, Dale!

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  5. I’m a talker, too. I don’t get out a lot so when I have a captive audience, I tend to talk non-stop, especially if there is coffee involved. And I tend to go from one subject to the next and the next so quickly that I often leave the listener way behind and I have to explain how I got from the taste of the coffee to the new comforter and then my grandsons and then the coming holidays all in about two minutes! See? Doing it again! Have a super week and enjoy the job!

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  6. its a good thing when i am not talking i listen and hoard words saving up for when its my turn to speak.

    new job congrats

    some people are good people why can’t the world be full of good people

    i could never join the army i am a lover not a fighter these were not made to make the war…. sips the tea far away look

    anyhoo lovely chat



  7. Cheers to you talking my ear off. 😉

    Cheers to Iain for listening!

    Cheers to a good concert. Speaking of music, their is a song for you near the end of Act 1.

    Cheers to looking forward to bantering next week.

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  8. Fun post, Dale. I enjoyed l “listening” to you talk about your week. You must be excited about the new job especially at a cool store like Pier 1. There are so many possibilities with your apple fairy bags…think of the possibilities for baking…:) I hope this coming week is even better for you.


    • Why thank you, George. I suspect I will have fun working there for the holiday rush.
      Apples to be transformed into many treats!
      Happy you hung out with me!


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