#Weekend Coffee Share – Sunshine, Water Woes, Birthdays and Easter

Hello my friends!  Welcome to this weekend’s Coffee Share!  I did mention two weeks ago that I could not play with you last weekend as I was… sigh… “stuck” in Punta Cana! 😉

There was access to WiFi but, let’s face it, other than sharing my Instagram photos, there was no gathering of thoughts and such!

First, let me thank the lovely Emily for hosting this shindig!  Just click on the box above if you want to join along and add your link!

Without further ado…

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I had a most relaxing and wonderful time in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (I specify, because so many think this is in Mexico!)  The weather was perfect, the beaches wonderful, the food excellent.  Check-in was a nightmare and totally disorganised.  We got there for noon but didn’t get checked in until 12:50 where we were told our room would not be ready until 3:00 pm but to go ahead and eat and drink (now that we had our bracelets).  Check-in was so long the guy at the counter ordered us two beers while waiting!  Once checked in, we went to the dining room.  Which wasn’t open until 1:00.  10 minutes to wait.  Let’s just say not a grand debut to our week…  Things looked up immediately after, though!

Only thing I would complain about, and this pains me greatly to say, were the Russian guests.  Oh my gosh.  The rudest, most pushy and disagreeable sort they were in general.  I don’t like to generalise but here, I must.  There were constant looks of shock and disgust by all other guests every time one of them pushed their way into the food line.  If all were going in one direction, they inserted themselves and pushed in the opposite!  Every. Single. Time.  At one point, there was no one in front of me, I was making my way and two botox, bubble-lipped, boob-implanted-barbie dolls planted themselves in front of me, facing me.  Wrong direction.  I waited for them to move out of the way and nope.  They practically ploughed me over.  Ridiculous.  It does not give one the urge to go visit their country; as ambassadors, they suck!  On a positive note, here are a few pics!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you the morning after I arrived home, I walked into my dining room and saw this:

I poked the hole and let out the water.  Then let out a wail.  This is my favourite room that Mick and I had redone the year he died.   Where was the water coming from?  I called my cousin Marc, who just happens to work in construction, to ask him if he was free in the next few days to come and assess the damage.  He said he would come the next day (Good Friday).

My son also advised me that he didn’t know what happened, but that he did not have an accident with my car while I was away…

He did use it to get to and from work as he was working two jobs.  In good faith, I am willing to admit that it does look like someone backed into the door.  Dammit.  Another thing to fix.

Good Friday came along.  Just so happens to be my birthday.  Oh no, no fuss, please!  I can’t handle more right now!  Marc came by before lunch and cut away at the ceiling, trying to find the source of the wet.  He determined it came from the boys’ bathroom shower.  Seems there is a joint that has been dripping for a good while.

I had also noticed that the carpet in the basement was wet.  It had been a bit before I left and I figured someone had spilled something.  However, now it was wet halfway across the room and on the other side!  Oh for Pete’s sake!  Stop already!

Trying to find the source

Marc determined that there must be a crack in my foundation.  Bloody hell.  On Monday I shall be calling my insurance company.  It appears there is work to be done before I can put this Mothaf*** for sale.

As I refuse to end this post on a negative note.  Just not my style, I tell you, I shall finish with this:

My sister, Lisa, made supper and my most favouritestiest spice cake for my birthday.  So nice!

Never too old

While having the last of our coffee (or really, should I not deserve something stronger by now?  I would tell you that Zeke and I took a nice walk yesterday and I was thrilled to see that I finally had a crocus!


And today, is Easter.  And I had to work.  It was the first official event of the new golf season for our members.  A lovely Easter brunch.  Everyone was in a grand mood.  It was nice to work with more of the regulars who didn’t work with me during the winter events.  After the event and the cleanup, we all sat down and ate a nice meal together and I got to take home a bouquet of tulips.

On that note, my friends, thank you for sharing some of your time with me (I promise I will be catching up on your Weekend Coffee Shares as well!)

Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!

Lotsa love,




Sunday Gratitude – October 26, 2014

Wow… my “baby” is 15 today.  That whole “time flying thing” is getting more and more out of hand!  He just wanted a few friends over to eat his favourite meal (chicken parmigiana) and have a cake shaped like a Game Boy.  Well… he must comply!  He truly was not too demanding!

It has been a week of meeting up with friends from waaaaay back, volunteering at school, running around and hanging around!  The pictures taken outside after midnight, under a heat lamp are total rubbish but I care not.. they show we were having fun with our selfies!

Gratitude List

  1. It is so wonderful to get together with old friends from elementary (!) school and walking downtown Montreal after midnight on a Friday night.

  2. Being able to sit on a terrasse on October 24th without a coat on (yes, yes, there were heat lamps, but still…

  3. Helping out at the school, getting to know the students and staff, feeling useful.

  4. Having a friend (yes, Patti, I am mentioning our get-together) inspire and encourage you and let you know she believes in you is so heart-warming.

  5. Watching hubby and son working together instead of arguing is beyond the best!

Sunday Gratitude – August 24, 2014

Ohh la la!  It’s past 9:00 p.m. and I still haven’t written my Sunday post!  Why?  Because it’s been such a fabulously full week-end and I’ve only just sat down!

Each of my sisters had us over for dinner on Friday and Saturday and today we went to pick the first Paula Red apples from our friend’s orchard.

Not only THAT, We also participated (well a gang of us, anyway) in the ALS ice bucket challenge as, in my sisters’ and my case, our neighbour died from the disease and also, my hubby’s mentor just passed away less than a year ago from the same disease.  I wanted to insert our video but unfortunately, it did not turn out so well!  So instead, here’s the video on how it all started…

I’ll take a moment to mention this ice bucket challenge as so many people are fed up of hearing about it.  I say, keep it going!  This is one of those rare diseases that has never before received such attention.  The more attention it gets, the more research can go into finding a cure.  So please, donate and/or do the challenge to bring more attention to it!


Happy 22nd birthday, Jennifer!

Happy 22nd birthday, Jennifer!

Gratitude List

  1. How wonderful to spend an evening at my sister Tracy’s with her family and fun neighbours, who just happen to crash…

  2. Every year I so look forward to going to my sister Lisa’s for her annual BBQ – that just so happens to fall on Jennifer’s birthday – and where all the extended family and cousins and friends all gather.

  3. How fun is it that in 22 years of celebrating Jennifer (Happy Birthday again, Niece!), the sun always shines… we may have gotten sprinkles once or twice only!

  4. Being able to pick apples at just the right time at a friend’s orchard (see you in 2 weeks, David, for the pears!) with which I will make jellies with and without hot peppers… yum!

  5. So happy to have been chosen to test four recipes (at least) for an upcoming cookbook – putting my skills to the test!