Good morning and welcome to Coffee Chat!

Good grief, I tell you - sometimes I feel like good ole Snoopy up there and want to dive straight into my coffee cup!    Like it's not enough to have caffeine jolting through my veins, I need to IMMERSE meself in it's rich, java goodness.

Ya feel me?
That's how I know it's the first month of back to school.   Nothing says tired like I gotta get up, again, and make 3 lunches, again, and walk to the bus, again like September!

Before we get to today's topic, because I promise you: I AM on totally on topic, a few reminders about the Coffee Chat.

1) You do not always have to follow the chat prompt.   Random exists every where else in my life; so why not here?  If you got something to share, rant or intrigue us with: Do Tell!

2)  Last week, I forgot to also mention the other awesome Randomness that happens on Tuesdays, and where you can also find me, because sometimes I just need to talk more, amiright?:   Stacey Uncorked! 

Stacy Uncorked

Sometimes I will probably most likely sure to forget to include her lovely button (wine version!) in my Chat post, so you should probably just bookmark her blog now so that you can join us.

3)  Previously, I had left the Chat linky open until the following Monday, but since not many actually link up after the Tuesday, I will only leave it open until end of the week Friday now.  Because honestly, how many come back to check after the weekend to see if there are any additional link ups?  Right.

Okay, business at hand completed, pass the Lemon Poppyseed Loaf and on with this week's topic.
Someone brought Lemon Poppyseed bread, right?

Time out for Mom

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Which is more the "new year" for you:  
January or September?

The thought occurred to  me after I picked this chat topic, that the above question may only apply to those of us who still have children in school.   Those of you who have to work all through the summer, with only a short vacation time prior to back to the office may not relate to all the craziness that can arrive with September.

The bank breaking oh good lord how many pencils do they really need?!!!  craziness.
September costs more money than Christmas. 

Same with those of you who are in your retirement years - is it more of just the same but in warmer, cozier clothes?

I don't know.
And that's my prevailing thought during September.

Where are my blue jeans?
I don't know.

Where is my agenda - you have to sign it so I can return to my teacher?!
I don't know.

Where is my lunch kit?
That I do know.  Because I wash it every night and put it back in the cupboard until the next morning.

Where is my thermos?
Now, that I do NOT know because it rarely returns home attached to the above mentioned lunch kit.   Check your bag.

And that is my standard prevailing reply.    
*child asks seeking for lost item question in shrill voice*
Check your closet - jeans are supposed to be hung up.
Check your homework bin - that's where all the papers go.
Check your backpack - your newly filled lunch kit is already there.  You're welcome.  Eat the #$#Y@# carrots today.

And P.S  I found your still dirty thermos in your backpack where it spent the night with ....Oh Look -- more papers for me to sign.  And, is this homework?

Hello September, we'd like to establish a few rules again before we proceed.

New clothes. New shoes.  New boots.  New winter gear (shoot! I have to go into the scary place under the stairs and go through the winter gear)!   New school supplies.   Everything old becomes new again.
Well, except for you ZooZoo - you get Angel Girls hand me downs.  Sorry about that.   Not really.    Your clothed - many are not.

New programs and activities. 
I do try to keep it to ONE activity per week for all the kids.   But with 3 kids, that is still often 3 different nights out of the house taxiing someone, somewhere.

Girl Guides begins again, and even though I lost my own group, I am going to help out another group so...... Here We Go Again.  I promise to do my best.

My community service commences again at the Community Shelter.
My workouts?   Perhaps time to step it up a notch after all those summer smores.

And here we are today.... chatting.
That is, if you are still here and have not run away to take a nap.   Which is what I would really like to do.

September is my January.
After the carefree sunny days of the summer (even though we are busy then too) it is back to the routine and daily grind.  It's familiar, yet different.   Little changes throw us for a loop, but we examine and regain our footing.  And the road goes ever on.

What's January?   Blah, just another month in the school year.  There's no New Year's party for us often.  Left Brain is usually working.    It's just another month after the Christmas holidays where we will do the same things we did before the Christmas holidays.

Just in warmer clothes.

But September; that's the new beginning.   At least for my children.   Another chance to make new friends.  Set new goals.  Get to bed earlier.  (that's in case any of them are reading this).

And while I do not like to suggest the idea that I am only living through my children's lives, the simple truth of the matter is:  they are taking me along for the ride.   I can't lie -- it's a bumpy and beautiful road.   Lots of twists and turns, but many familiar sights also dot the sidelines.

It's okay - I got snacks.
I restock every September.

One of the best things about September, is just like we say good to an old year, we say good-bye to summer with a season end bonfire. 
New, old, renewed:  some traditions really ought to be kept.

Next Week:  Fall Asesthetic -  What gets you in the mood for the Fall Season?   Pumpkin Spice?  Wool sweaters and knee high boots?  Candy Corn?   Let's all get cozy with warm thoughts as we head into Autumn.