|This is a Weekly Coffee Share Essay.
I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, travel, photography, children, pets, work, life hacks or just about anything else that might be of interest. Here’s mine for the week of . The photo above is from the Harney & Sons Fine Teas website.
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Good crisp morning all. I’m very pleased to find you out and about and stopping by to visit.
This has been the coldest morning yet here in Sonoma County. Our black Friday had plenty of frozen moisture lying about, but given what some of you are reporting, ours still sounds pretty tame. My son’s laptop died and so we had to go out today to buy a replacement because he simply cannot do his senior year in college without one.
To get there, I had to wipe off a light frost from the windshield and mirrors. The temperature gauge read 37 degrees (f). Brisk indeed, but nothing like the single digit sub freezing temperatures some of you have outside your front door.
So, if we were having coffee – or other hot delicacy, I’d share that I’ve about had my fill of spending big amounts of money for one week. California has very high taxes and our property tax was due. In much of the US, my 6 month payment would buy you a reasonable used car and the next day my real car was found to be in need of repair unexpectedly for another $2 thousand.
Stuff happens and I had been saving up for most of this cost, but ugh! My check writing hand hurts.
Like many of you, we are celebrating thanksgiving this week. I had to smirk some internally because I had to remind myself oh how fortunate we are to have a home (which always comes with twice annual property taxes) and a running car that requires only occasional repair). On the other hand, I also get to enjoy weekend coffee share visits which cost nothing other than the time to click on a few browser buttons that always put us in touch. I’m very thankful for this too.
I am also thankful for how my writing turned out this week. I got one story done that did not feel like it was going to work until I actually wrote it – then the real “ghost” in some writing appeared and the story found it’s own way – leaving out much of what I’d planned and filling out a few unexpected areas. Thus, my conclusion that there is either a “ghost writer” inside many of us or I’m just a fortunate scatter-brain.
In either case, my new story, A Shot Between Friends, is live. With less than 10 minutes, you can get a glimpse of what 1965 Petaluma looked like from the perspective of a couple of young boys, one of whom went on to run a major machinist business along the banks of the Petaluma river. Lessons were learned and miniature adventures happened as did one very short fist-fight.
With the hopes that all you either had a great Thanksgiving day with those closest to you or, lacking a national holiday reason to do so or had the opportunity to realize how great are our blessings.
Cheers & Blessings all!