#Weekend Coffee Share – Mid-February Edition


Before I even start my share, thank you to Emily from Nerd in the Brain Blog for her first, of many, hosting duties!  I think we are going to have much fun!  If you want to join in, just click on the image above, and you will be brought over to Emily’s home, where you can join in.

If we were having coffee… oh look, it’s noon!  Would you prefer something else?  It is Saturday, you know, you can have whatever you’d like.  I had a late start so I’m on my second coffee.  This cold that has been hounding me since last Thursday makes it taste a little wonky but it’ll do.  I fear I have caught that two-week bug I keep hearing about.  I ended up finally going to the doctor’s on Thursday, knowing full well that it was “too soon” for her to see if there is an infection or not so I got a prescription for an x-ray for my sinuses for next week if I feel the need… yeah. Well. I’ll be fine.

If we were having coffee, you would see that I got a new ‘do on Tuesday!  Yes, it was time.  Valentine’s Day Present no. 1. I don’t like to keep the same hairstyle for too long (something a former hairdresser of mine told me.  I asked him his opinion on women, age and length of hair and his response was:  What ages a woman is keeping the same hairstyle for years on end.  Somehow I got an image of Rachel from Another World and knew exactly what he meant!  Thanks, Joseph.  I follow your advice, though I no longer have you as coiffeur.  You are downtown and I haven’t worked downtown in ohmigosh! 20 years!)  So, here’s the new look.  Will never obtain the same look as the hairdresser does and it will take a week before I can do anything with it (usually does after having it long for so long!)  I happened to have been feeling rather well that day so I didn’t cancel my appointment (though I warned Françoise that I was still sick – she told me to come in anyway).  I paid for it by feeling worse then horrible by Thursday – which is why I finally relented and went to see the doctor.  Anyway.


Valentine’s Day present no. 2 was flowers to me from me with all my love…  Then my eldest felt guilty that I had bought him some Kinder Surprise, so he picked up sushi and chocolate for me!

And how could I forget!  There is a Tim Horton’s (THE coffee shop all over Canada – but don’t tell them, I am not in love with their coffee) beside the hairdresser and I hadn’t had my coffee yet, so I picked up a cup.  Dye job lasts a good 45 minutes so….  As I left the salon, Martine, one of the hairdressers calls to me:  Hey, you want me to throw out your coffee?  To my “yes” she said, wait, let’s roll up the rim.  Well, I’ll be darned.  I got a free cup of coffee!  So I brought said winning empty cup and got myself another for the drive home.

Guess what?


Maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket…

On Wednesday, we got quite the snowstorm.  I’d go so far as to call it a blizzard.  Man oh man!  Bummer for the school kids that it started after they all got to school. Buahahaha!  It was over just in time for them to come home too!

View from my bedroom window

View from my bedroom window

As a result from all this snow, rain, more snow, my Tempo (winter tent-like-thing for cars) is buckling under the weight.  Because I have been so sick, I didn’t think of telling the boys to remove some.  Too late.  The damage is done.  We’ll have to replace some screws – again.  Like the first year after Mick passed away.  This was HIS department!!  Sigh.

Oh!  And before I forget, I finished reading our very own Trent McDonald’s book of short stories, Seasons of Imagination.  A most wonderful collection of short stories.  Some of them really stayed with me and I almost wished they would go on (though they were complete stories in and of themselves…)  Worth picking up, I tell you!


Oh. My. God!  I am awful.  How could I forget to thank my sister for going out of her way to buy me meds from the pharmacy, and bring me her left-over chicken noodle soup!  Thank you, Lisa. You always come through in times of need!  I love you, Sister! xoxoxo 

I think I’ve taken up enough of your time for today.  I wish for you all a most wonderful day!

Always, with lotsa love!




Taking For Granted

There’s nothing like suddenly finding yourself “in charge” of basically everything in a household to make you see clearly.

As for most couples, or families, jobs/tasks get distributed over time either formally or informally; based on skills, experience or plain-old “if I don’t do it, no one will”.  We don’t often take the time to really discuss these things unless the person doing the task in question is fed up, not around for whatever reason or on strike (trust me, it does happen!)  Some tasks are doled out (mostly to the kids as they age and are given more responsibilities) and others just seem to get done.  The ones that seem to just get done have “shown their face” so to speak in the past couple of months.

This last group is the one I’m concerned with today.

I honestly didn’t put much thought into the tempo in any way, shape or form.  Not my job.  It goes up when it has to, the excess snow is removed as needed and it goes down when it must.  Not my department.  The boys were in charge of this.  By boys, I mean Mick, Iain and Aidan working together to set it up (well, the framework, anyway).  Somehow Mick often ended up putting up the tarp mostly by himself ~ his fault, he just had to insist on their help.  The removal of the snow?  I just never noticed when/if it got done.  Of course, this depends on the amount of snowfall in any particular winter. Some years it is not an issue… As some of you know, this year it became an issue when my frame started popping out because of the weight of the snow.  It is NOW my department ~ until I can get the boys to pay attention to their surroundings. Yeah. Right. A work in progress.

Though I have been watching it grow over the past months, I’ve not bothered to shovel the back balcony. Zeke is a big boy and can easily climb up and over.  There was an issue of closing the door properly at one time so I cleared that out, but the rest?  Nah… This would NEVER have happened under Mick’s watch.  Another thing I’ve taken for granted.

There are many things that will fall on my shoulders (or on the families’ and friends’ that I may just have to draft into helping!) ~ many I’m aware of and some will show up when necessary.  Please note I am not whining here; I am just acknowledging just how much Mick did for us.

If there is an afterlife and if, once there you can look back and see what’s going on, then know that I owe you a big “Thank you”, Mick MacIsaac.  I should have said it more often…