If We Were Having Coffee – 4/24/16


If we were having coffee…I would welcome you in and offer you a seat. The  weather folks are predicting a lovely day here in southern NJ, in fact it may even warm enough for us to take our coffee out on the porch. Speaking of which, would you like a cup of French roast or perhaps some tea instead? There are some cold beverages as well, if you prefer. No home made baked goods this week, I’m afraid. I will have to get my Hubby working on that.

If we were having coffee… I would ask if you’ve ever had a day where no matter how hard to you tried to get things accomplished, you just seem to end up spinning your wheels? Yesterday was like that for me. All morning I attempted to be productive but ended up with very little to show for it.

I wanted to grid-out a large art project I was working on but I couldn’t find my straight edge (Hubby actually found it later in the very place I thought it was but failed to see it the two times I looked! Duh!) Then I wanted to finish a project that required some tracing paper. Do you think I could find a single sheet?! I had hoped to clean out the downstairs closet but couldn’t get the heavy things out without some help.

Of course it didn’t help that every room I wandered through had odds and ends that needed picking up and putting away. Then, as an added bonus, the cat puked all over so that needed attention as well! By the time twelve o’clock came around  I realized that I’d spent the whole morning wandering around the house accomplishing nothing. Sometimes I feel like my brain just spins in circles instead of a straight line. Is this be something else I can blame on middle age?

If we were having coffee...I would tell you that my frustrating morning ended when I had to get ready to go to my volunteer job at two.  Since this past July, I’ve spent every Tuesday afternoon and every other Saturday, helping out at a non profit thrift store uptown. It is run by a local hospice organization and all the proceeds help to provide hospice and palliative care for people who have no health insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover all the services they need. I am just one of  17 volunteers there. Miss Dee helped too before she started her regular job.

I really enjoy my time there. It puts my obsessive organizational skills to good use and the other ladies I work with are very sweet, especially the manager Sherri. The shop isn’t too large but we have a nice selection of ladies and men’s clothes, accessories and some smaller housewares, all donated by people in the area. It is a very different atmosphere than my regular job. I think that’s part of the appeal but the main thing is that even though my own loved ones have never been in need of hospice care, I’ve seen how important it is to so many other families. It feels good to help.

If we were having coffee..I would appologize for cutting our visit a little short today. Miss Dee is leaving on her senior trip to Disney World on Tuesday and there are still quite a few odds and ends left to be done. She has to have her luggage packed and at school by 4:00 Monday afternoon. They weigh it and have the TSA dogs give it a sniff to avoid any problems at the airport on Tuesday morning. Speaking of which, their flight leaves Philadelphia at nine so they need to be on the bus at school by five! THAT’S 5AM PEOPLE!!! You better believe this one falls under Hubby’s list of parental duties. No one wants me driving a car at that hour! 😳

Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Coffee Share Post hosted by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster!!


16 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee – 4/24/16

  1. I have mornings like that all the time. :/ So frustrating!

    I’m sitting here trying to get my head around the idea of a charity having to provide hospice and palliative care while I remember the beautiful care my friend received in a public facility here. I also think of the friend who had a heart transplant a couple of years ago and is now on an array of drugs to prevent rejection, all covered by our public health system. If she’d had to pay, she’d be dead. And all I can do is shake my head and pray that we never go down the American route to health care.

    • Yes, I agree, the insurance companies in the U.S. have way too much power over the medical care people receive. Most hospice care is covered by insurance and the government Medicare but the since the company that runs the thrift store, never turns anyone away regardless of insurance or their ability to pay, they look for other ways to off set the cost.

  2. I think we would be friends if we ever met. My son is going to go to Disneyland for his senior trip in June. They go by bus all night, go to Disneyland all day and get back on the bus to drive home. It is a 10 hour drive. My dog throws up all the time. I make my son get out the carpet cleaner and clean it up. She is always licking her hair like a cat and I think it makes her sick. She must be part cat. Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your comment.

    • Yes, I think we are living parallel lives right now! My sister-in-law grew up in Hollywood and she said they went to Disneyland for their class trip too. My daughter will be gone from Tuesday to Saturday, a bit longer than your son, but I bet his trip was a lot less expensive!!

  3. I have those days that all the chores seem overwhelming and I just don’t get it all done. I think women can relate to this, especially if you work out of the home and your time to accomplish anything is limited. It’s wonderful that you volunteer and for such a great cause! Best wishes for your daughter’s senior trip as well!

  4. When starting to do things and you can’t find needed object it frustrating. I know the feeling as there are many of those days. The volunteer job is extremely helpful. It is a good feeling.

  5. Seeing as how I’m a bit late to coffee, I’ll have some ice water, Nancy, thanks.
    The trip sounds so exciting! I always loved those school trips, although ours never involved flights, just buses. 5am would be me, I’d be the 5am’er, because I’m the one who could nap later in the day.
    The days I feel get away from me are the ones I go out. Last week, I made a very poor choice picking Sassy up at five and going to two grocers. Dinner was late, and to be honest, I was exhausted. Timing is important!
    I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and I wish you a great, productive week 🙂

    • It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and fate just dropped it in my lap last summer. Love it when that happens!

  6. Nice of you to volunteer for such a good cause. There are so many places out there that can use a few hours of eel from someone.
    Next time…baked goods..:)

    • Thanks. My part is easy, though. I am in awe of the volunteers who visit the patients homes, offering time off for the families. That takes a very strong person indeed.
      (Hubby promised a batch of cookies this week, so I’ll set some aside!)

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