If We Were Having Coffee 8/15/20…

Good morning friends! Welcome to a cloudy but, thankfully, less humid day here in Southern New Jersey. We can virtually catch up over coffee and my husband’s homemade blueberry muffins. Sit. Relax. Let’s chat!

If we were having coffee...you would have joined me in waving to Mr D as he headed out the door a few minutes ago. He and some friends are off to the beach for the day. It’s a bit cloudy here but apparently 70 miles to the east there is part sun. I don’t know if it matters though. A day at the beach is still a day at the beach. I’m glad he will have something fun to do since it’s been a tough week for him. His girlfriend moved up to Syracuse NY this week to do a two month rotation for her Athletic Trainer’s degree at Syracuse University. Two months is a long time when you’re 25 so neither one was very happy about the placement but they knew it was a great opportunity for her to train at a really good school. They’re both really responsible young adults and have been together a few years now (I’m pretty sure it will eventually lead to the altar) so they will manage this hump just fine but in the meantime we have to live with a slightly grumpy guy! Like I said, I’m glad he’s off to the beach for the day. 🙂

If we were having coffee...I would tell you that Miss D and I are planning to walk uptown later and visit a new cookie shop that opened last weekend. “Is there anything better than a cookie shop?” you might ask. My answer would be “Only a bookstore would be better” and, guess what? We’re getting one of those too! It will be called “Words Matter Books” and the owner is now finishing up work that was slowed down due to the shelter in place. Hopefully they will open in the next few weeks. I can’t wait! In the past year the uptown business district has added an Antique Store, an English Pub and a ladies clothing boutique. Now we have the cookie shop and the bookstore added to the already established ceramic studio, pharmacy, bakery, homemade Ice Cream Shoppe, and several other eateries all three blocks from my house! This is one advantage to living in a small town.

Of course small town living certainly has it’s disadvantages too. Other than the fact that everyone seems to know your business, our population, teaching staff and business owners are embarrassingly undiverse. This is something we newer folks have been battling for years. Finally it looks like it is being addressed with a new committee on diversity and inclusion being added to the town board. I have noticed in the past few years that we’ve been inching in the right direction electing young forward thinking council people who are dragging the town into the present. There are many families that have lived here for generations (we moved in a mere 17 years ago) and some tend to be a bit stuffy and slow to change. Hopefully the archaic views are on their way out. I guess time will tell.

Anyway…

If we were having coffee… I would probably look around and realize that the day has started without me. I would love to chat longer but I really should attempt to clean some things and be productive. I’m glad we had time to visit though because after six months sheltering at home my world view has begun to narrow. These coffee shares have become extra important. They act as a window to the events outside my walls and beyond my porch. I plan on visiting some of the other posts over at our host site Eclectic Ali. Please try and stop by as well.

Thanks for visiting!!

If We Were Having Coffee….10/1/16

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Welcome to October! I can’t believe it’s here already. Wasn’t it just September first a few days ago? The weather here is leaning towards “dreary” but never mind the outdoors. It’s toasty in the kitchen and we have strong, hot coffee, homemade pumpkin bread and lots of time to chat!

If we were having coffee…I would ask about your week? Are the autumn colors bursting out around you or do you live in an area where springtime is on the horizon? Maybe you live somewhere that doesn’t experience seasonal changes at all? I think I would miss seeing nature reinvent herself every few months.

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As I sit here looking out the back door, watching the leaves fall from our massive oak tree, the only big tree in our yard, the tree that singles the changing seasons each year for me, I’m feeling sad because in a few weeks that very tree will be gone. Each year more and more dead branches have appeared and after consulting several tree experts, we have concluded that it can’t be saved and will need to come down. The oak dominates our yard and I can’t even imagine how different the view will be.  It holds the tire swing my kids grew up with and blesses the back porch with much needed shade in the summer months. It’s been here since long before our house was built. I guess it might seem silly to be so sentimental about a tree but I feel like it’s grown along with our family. The yard will look so blank without it.

We’re hoping that in the spring we can plant a new tree. Any suggestions on what kind we should put in? Miss Dee is partial to Japanese Maples. Personally, as you might remember, I’m not very good with growing things so I’ll let the rest of the family make the choice.

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that, speaking of Miss Dee, We are really excited that she’s been promoted to “bridal consultant” at work. When she started out, the manager of the bridal salon mostly had her working with bridesmaid and prom fashions, which makes sense I guess, because she does understand the younger girls’ styles better than the older consultants. Apparently, though, she has proven herself, because now she is working directly with the brides and has even sold several gowns. Not only does she love helping the brides find their dream dresses, she also gets a commission on each gown she sells. I’m pretty darn proud of her. By the way, she said that they do actually ask each bride if they are saying “yes to the dress!” 😉

If we were having coffee…you might notice young Mr D in the next room, curled up on the sofa wrapped in a blanket. Technically, he doesn’t really live here, having moved into his off campus housing as soon as classes started in September, but when I came home for lunch Thursday, I found him on the sofa sporting a fever and a sore throat. I guess no matter how old you are, when you’re sick, you want mom to take care of you! I’m okay with that. We had him to the doctors yesterday and have been pumping him full of medicine and soup. I expect he will be on his feet again by Monday. In the meantime I like having him around, germs and all.

If we were having coffee…I would probably glance at the clock and reluctantly admit that I should start getting dinner ready. I really hate cooking but I do enjoy eating so I guess there is no way around it. ☹️ You are welcome to stay. You talk while I cook!

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