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Time for a cup of joe . . .

When I think of birthday cake, I think of a rich sweet taste, creamy textured, and a vanilla colour with so many beautiful multi-coloured sprinkles. My cup of joe is Coldstone Creamery Birthday Cake Remix. Inside my mug, the deep brown java has a reddish tint where it meets the side of the mug. It smells like a typical coffee. There might be faint notes of vanilla. The brewed beverage from my Keurig is not chocolaty, flowery, or fruity. It is a mellow coffee, a soft bitterness if that makes sense. It lacks that whimsical feel of other birthday cake themed items. It can’t be the rainbow-coloured beauty of sprinkles or the surprise pops of a cake or ice cream.

If we were having coffee, I would start by sharing my picture contribution to the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC). The PPAC is a fun addition to our beloved Weekend Coffee Share. This piece of artwork is marked as for sale or lease from Grant Berg Gallery. It is in the lobby of one of the buildings downtown and it fascinates me.

If we were having coffee, I would share another image with you. This was my grandmother’s sewing basket; she was a seamstress by trade. When she passed, my dad inherited it and I believe he kept it for sentimental value. When he passes last year, I inherited it. It was still full of grandma’s sewing stuff. I cleaned it out this week, slowly sifting through sewing machine feet and needles. There were some items in there in their original packs that appeared to be from her very early years of sewing. I donated a few things and kept stuff I could use. I repurposed the basket for my writing stuff: pens, highlighters, pencils, sticky notes, thumb drives . . . It’s now in the writing space that I am setting up.

If we were having coffee, I would invite you to click on the Writing Sparkle Books coffee-stained ink quill image in the side bar (if you are on a laptop) or at the bottom if you are on a phone or I-pad. That will take you to my new author page that I created this week. I’m happy with how it turned out. You can also click here, Writing Sparkle Books.

If we were having coffee, I would sigh and pass you the coffee pot as I settle back into my chair, put my feet up, and turn my ear to you.

By Shari Marshall – 2022

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I hope you have a chance to join us for a virtual cup. Coffee share #96 or week 46 of 54.

14 thoughts on “Time for a cup of joe . . .

  1. My mother had a sewing basket like this. Your photo brought back memories. That art work is fascinating to me too. I think I’d have trouble taking my eyes off it, if I was to see it in real life.

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  2. Wait, WHAT? Birthday Cake Remix COFFEE? (door slams, tires squeal)

    That is my all time FAVE from Coldstone! Will have to check that out. How awesome to have the sewing basket! I remember finding spools of thread of my Mom’s with Woolworth stamped on the ends. Off to check out your new author page!

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  3. Shari, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and PPAC contribution. That art work looks interesting and well-designed. Glad to see that you re-purpose your grandmother’s beautiful sewing basket. Your author page looks great.

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  4. Hi Shari – I love your new page and it was good to see a picture of you – it always feels more personal to me when I know what a blogger looks like. My grandmother was a dressmaker too and made a lot of my clothes when I was a child. That robot fairy was unusual to say the least – a bit steampunk and a bit techno.

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    1. Thanks for the support, Leanne.
      I loved listening to Grandma’s origin story for her seamstress career. She was a single mother of 3 and that was how she supported them for years before she remarried . . .
      I agree that this piece of art has a steampunk techno feel, but it works for it.


  5. Your grandmothers sewing desk is perfect for your writing nook. It’s very inspiring to add family heirlooms to your special place. I bet many interesting pieces will be written at that desk.

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  6. The sewing basket is cool and looks perfect for your writing materials – a little modernizing there 😉 The piece of public art is interesting. She is more than a little scary! I liked the new author page.
    I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week ahead!

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  7. Hi Shari,
    I love both the stuff of, and stories about the stuff that gets passed down like you describe. Some of it just radiates interesting history. When my grandfather passed, I got a fixed blade knife made by my favorite brand and bought two of his guns from the estate. One I may never shoot again because is such an odd collection of parts that happen to sorta work and a much nicer shotgun. From my parents, I have all kinds of odd things that I need to sort and somehow decide what to keep or discard.
    But they’re all potential family heirlooms.

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