The stream rising from my mug this morning carries whispers of the future. I can see the images form briefly before dissipating into the air. I see myself, a few years older, sitting at the kitchen table with one and sometimes both of my boys. They are first teens and then men. Nestled in the curved shape of our hands are warms cups of coffee. It is here that we comfortably share emotions and events from our lives. This image from the steam warms my heart and brings an echo of me as a teen and then a woman sitting at my grandmother’s table with coffee cups nestled in our hands talking, laughing, crying, and sharing.
Not all coffees are the same, but ones like these are a comfort. And today my coffee and comfort is shared here with virtual friends. So, let’s sit back and enjoy a warm cup of coffee.
If we were having coffee I would share with you that my step-father’s long battle with cancer ended earlier this month. I created a few posts to celebrate his life, the same way that I did for my mother, since COVID doesn’t allow for typical funeral services. He will be missed. My step-father taught me to play cribbage all those years ago and we played regularly. I haven’t played crib in years but my older son has taken a recent interest in it so I am teaching him and sharing stories about when my step-father and I use to play. It has been another nice way to celebrate his life.
If we were having coffee I would share with you that just before Easter my younger son was identified as having been in close contact with 2 people that tested positive for COVID. So, off we went for a test and the 14 day quarantine began. My younger son loves wearing his mask. He loves it so much that his teacher contacted at the beginning of the year because they couldn’t get him to take it off for gym class, recess or anything else. We decided if he is comfortable and not having trouble breathing then he doesn’t need to take it off. We praised him for this when his test result came back negative. Then as Easter break was coming to an end my old son’s school had a fire so he is still at home doing homeschool. Needless to say my stress level has hovered near the top of the scale most of the month.
If we were having coffee I would share with you that A to Z is almost complete. We have the letters V, W, X, Y and Z left. I am glad that I made time to participate this year even though my A to Z posts seemed to over shadow my weekly posts about my novel writing progression. I posted up a non-A to Z post called Watching on Saturday and it didn’t generate as much interest as I had hoped. If you get a chance and want to check it out click: HERE. Letter P was a guest post if you are interested in checking it out: HERE. My guest post had a recent book publication. It was April 23, 2021 actually and I was honoured to write a short review of her work titled Letters to My Hypothetical Children. You can check out my review and others: HERE.
Talk of A to Z leads me to my next question. If we were having coffee I would ask you if you use a particular site to obtain images? If you do, is there one you would recommend? I usually use Canva.com but I am looking to see what else is out there.
If we were having coffee I would share that I have finished a couple puzzle pictures since our last virtual coffee (one below and the one at the being of this coffee post). I am working on the other 1000 piece shown below and then I am going to try my first 3D puzzle!
Here is the virtual coffee pot my friend; how has your week been?
See you again May 30, 2021 for another virtual coffee!
By Shari Marshall – 2021