Welcome! I am so glad you could stop by for a cup of coffee or another hot beverage. I think this coffee share will be a fun one and I hope you enjoy it too. But first, if we were having coffee I would tell you that it has been frightfully cold here this week with a couple days reaching minus 51 with the wind chill! We were the coldest place in Canada that day! Winter is great and the snow is beautiful but I have to be honest about being ready for spring.
If we were having coffee I would be happy to tell you that I finished the 13 week P90X3 program and I am moving onto something new. It was a nice change to my regular exercise routine and I enjoyed it. I completed the classic program but I think the next time I go through I will try the lean program. I enjoyed that it had a large variety of videos because it felt fresh and I didn’t get bored.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that my boys and I have been watching the Kid’s Baking Challenge on television and the boys have been asking to try to bake. So my oldest tried his hand at baking brownies. My only role was to get out the ingredients for him and away he went. They turned out well; I would describe them as rich and moist. He lost interest though and never made icing for them, but they really didn’t need it anyway. I would love to share some with you but I have to apologize because they didn’t last very long and neither did the chocolate chip peanut butter cookies that I made! It really was a great week to have the oven running and adding extra heat to the house.
Now for the fun part…
If we were having coffee I would ask you to insert yourself into the scene below, who are you and what are you doing…?
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There is a soft instrumental music playing in the background and the atmosphere is friendly and warm conversations flow like the buzzing of a bee hive. The scent of coffee and rich baked goods lingers in the air. The glass front on the coffee shop shows the snow falling outside in big white flakes. Foot traffic moves by the window with warm coats zipped high wearing knit scarves with matching toques. The children that walk by all seem to have their faces up turned and their mouths open to catch those cold flakes on their tongues. I see you rush by and wonder if you will be in later for a hot drink.
The laughter across from me draws my attention back inside. I watch the group over the rim of my coffee mug wondering what I missed. As I lower my mug I smile at a familiar face across the room. “Shari?” The voice on my right says questioningly.
“What’s your favourite thing in this coffee shop?”
I glance around the quaint shop. The room is set up to encourage conversations using big soft cushioned chairs and love seats, small country tables, and a fire place decorated for the season. I smile, “that all of you are here” I reply. My voice came out louder then I intended and random people are glancing over with smiles and nods before returning to their conversations. A bit embarrassed I look down as I raise my coffee to disappear behind it long enough for the conversation to shift.
The conversation does shift of course, someone is always ready with a topic or story. I am perched on the arm of the chair with my legs crossed and boots off. My left foot rocks up and down slightly as I listen. I am glad that I wore my black sweater and jeans today because a cold breeze hits me every time the door jingles open and it makes me wish my hair wasn’t pulled back in a ponytail. My ears are much warmer with my hair down.
A voice to my left picks up the conversation, “I’m glad we are having coffee today because…”
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“Who are you within the scene?” Write up your post adding yourself to the scene and then add your link to the comment section below or just add your response in the comment section.
By Shari Marshall – 2019
The idea for this post came from from Gary A Wilson’s Stories in a Dime of Time (July 8, 2017) – This post set up a nice coffee scene and it was how one of the comments read in the comment section that gave me the idea for this post.
I should also give credit to Canva because a lot of my images this month have come from this Canva site.