Yes I am excited to be here because it was beginning to look like I was never going to be here at all!
For some strange reason, I was locked out of my own blog.  I didn't realize that Blogger tracked attendance?  I know I've been busy of late.    I'm finally back in Blogger's good graces, although it was too late to post my WW shot.

 At first I didn't like this shot because the kids seemed so dark.   But the more I look at it, the more I like the silhouettes against the white snow and blue sky.   I am not as impressed with those power lines though.  An unfortunate reality if you want a striking sun flare shot at the top of our local sled hill.

Out takes are fun tho!  

Anyway, that's the reason I haven't been able to respond to all comments this week.  Thankfully I could get the chat links via email notifications.

Hopefully now that I am feeling much better and things are slowing down a bit, it will be back to blogging business next week.

Especially now that I know attendance counts for marks.  :)

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! 
Here are this week's statements with the blanks:
Week 41: February 17, 2017
1.Snow is very hard to photograph because it's Soooooo white.  But when you get it right, it sure looks fantastic. 
I'm not suggesting I've gotten it right yet, but I will keep trying.  The other thing about snow is that it is really, really cold - which means you don't have long to get it right. 
2. My favorite kind of soup is  ooooohhh - this butternut squash one a local restaurant makes fresh and they put a bit of some spice and a dollop of cream on top.

3. When no one is around, I  sing and dance like a fool.   I also tend to have conversations out loud with myself, that would seem like I am literally batsh*t crazy; if you didn't know that I am testing dialogue for a story out loud so I can tell if it flows or sounds natural.

Now you know.  I'm not crazy - honest.

4.  Coffee  is my  drug of choice.
Pretty sure you knew that one already.  
Have a good weekend!  
Good morning and welcome to Coffee Chat!
Today is love day!!!
Hug someone and tell them you love them.  Maybe bring them a cup of coffee.
Because nothing says I Love You like here have some jet fuel.


I fear I have not been very good at showing love lately.
I am so far behind on blog reading that I have had to do the unthinkable and just delete my blog reading list.   This is only the second time I have done this and it never feels good.
But Life, ya know?
Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned, it's been one week since my last post!!
Girl Guide sleepovers keep happening and I keep needing an entire day to recover. 

And winter illness that just comes slamming everywhere.
Especially during Girl Guide Sleepover camps where girls wake up with sick tummies and as you help them all you can think is I just got over one myself please not again.

Yeah, good luck with that.

So Monday comes and that's a good day to get back in the swing, right??   Got yourself all caught up on what's been left to falter.
Nope.  Snow Day.  Here have all the children.  Ugh.

But that's the point is it not?   Choosing to love through all the yuckiness.
That's when it's most important to stick

So today, while the children are forced to play in all that fresh snow, let's focus on a few things we love.

Time out for Mom

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

LOVE.   What, or Who are you lovin' lately?

Well clearly despite their never ending demands, whining and often displays of ingratitude, my children are the truly best and most joyful aspects  in my life.    I'd include Left Brain but he is pretty good about not whining, so he gets his own category.  Because the coffee bringing is no small thing either.

It's funny but I am struggling with this post in terms of pinning down what exactly I love.   I mean, I KNOW ... but yet, it's not flowing.   I find myself questioning if coffee and a good camera angles should be on the list. 

Or the way a good song can just life my entire soul out of the depths of feeling LESS, and also make me dance around my kitchen despite the eyerolls of aforementioned children.

The deep sigh of satisfaction upon turning the last page of a book you just know is going to remain under you skin for quite some time.   And yet right after, the need to devour another and so also get lost once more.

The child in me cheering when Captain America throws that shield and takes out a evil murderbot.   Or the somewhat grim satisfaction when Daryl takes out another Walker in a really badass cool  manner.

Like, what are those things?   They seem so trivial.
Family,  Friends,  Peace, the World.    Those are worthy things, because of course they are on this list.
But they are not the always the things that are at the forefront of our minds as we trip along our hardest, or even most joyful days.
Yet, they are important, are they not?   The minutiae that adds a little colour to the otherwise gray landscape.

And it's so personal.  There's a reason why you might have furrowed your brow and went all "huh??!" when I mention a zombie show -- because that is not your thing.   But, you do have a Thing.  Several.  Perfectly tailored to you and I might not understand.
Except, I know it is most necessary to your overall enjoyment of this life.   So I don't question it.  Just as I don't want mine questioned.

We love what we love.  The reasons are as varied and deep as our own true natures.
Whether it's familial, romantic or experiencing a beautiful landscape, or work of Art.
Far more than our brains needing this stimuli, are hearts seemed hard wired to seek such attachments out.    To Be Filled.

It's simple, and it's complex.   We constantly attempt to define it, and yet it cannot be defined.  This. Feeling.
It cannot be measured, observed and held:  and yet we so firmly believe in it.
It's the thread woven through all our interactions in this world -- or, at least it should be.   It does not leave,  when the person or object does - it lingers on.

I must conclude that we have these little attachments because Love should be a daily practice.   Sure it's just a good TV show or an upbeat song or a beautiful picture, but it's also us opening up to the possibility and the beauty around us.   Allowing it to have space within our sometimes heavily guarded world.
The more you open yourself up to people and things, the easier it becomes to move through this world as Love as your guide.   There's no need to put things in perfectly ordered boxes...  let the boxes overflow!!!

Let the love flow.

And after saying all that, I am going to enjoy something I very much love with hot cup of java.

Mmmmmm, Quality!!
Dibs on the Toffee Pennies.   :)

Next Week: Who do you trust most?

Good morning and welcome to coffee chat!!

I feel as though I am just coming out of a daze after being so sick... well, mostly just incredibly tired, for a good week.
I joked to Left Brain that it felt just like those first weeks of pregnancy when you are so tired and sick all the time.

He did not find it funny.   

And to answer that question :  Um, hell no.
However, please bear with me today because quite frankly, words are hard, as I get back into the regular schedule again.

Thankfully I had planned not much more than a little bit of this, and a little bit of that for today.

Time out for Mom

Tuesday, February 7th , 2017

Random!  Every now and then I like to give you 
a chance to just untangle your thoughts.  
Dessert recipes also acceptable.  Encouraged.

So not much has been going on around here while I have been trying to rest and regain energy.
Oh, except you know my Brownie group on Mondays, and then my Sparks group on Thursdays, and then an actual paying gig one day in my church office.  And then a baby shower party on Saturday, followed by teaching Sunday school the next day.  Not to mention two days that also had various children home sick.

Yep - lots of resting.  Ha.

I have not worked out and I actually feel okay about that now.  I think my body needed a break.  Listen to your body people!!!   I feel much better today with slowly jumping back into... well Life.

There's new music!!

A  new show!!
*Taboo is dark and twisted and full of so many twists and turns and literally you will be sitting there going WTF!!!??   And absolutely loving it because it is also a masterpiece.   Tom Hardy is perfection.   There is literally no role this man cannot do, and better than anyone. 

Special note:  I do not recommend doing a Google image search for "taboo."  Consider yourself forewarned.   Make sure you do add the "FX" after.

This show is incredibly well done with a great script, masterful performances, incredible attention to details in setting and costumes.   Just all around richness.  BUT - it is dark themes, so not for everyone.  But I am loving trying to unravel the mysteries within it, and seeing Mr. Hardy just sink his teeth into this role.  He makes it seem so effortless.

In other times I have diving into Hilary of Feeling Beachie latest novel, Plan Cee!    It's been such a refreshing and wonderful tale to offset the darkness of Taboo.  LOL
You can learn more about in my cover reveal post HERE

Other than that, snow continues to fall, kids continue to whine, and life just pretty much goes on all it's chaotic and beautiful glory.

Darkness and light; it's all around us and within us -- it's our choices that determine the way.  
Choose to find the beauty!

Next Week:  LOVE.   What, or Who are you lovin' lately?

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