#weekendcoffeeshare 9/24/2016


My friend, Jenn, with whom I normally have coffee on Saturday, is still out of town today. So I’d like to have coffee with you, my friends, as I did last week. I can offer you Apricot blended black tea or the coffee of your choice, chicory or regular.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you to be patient with me while I tell you that a disturbing week last week has continued into a disturbing week this week, although for different reasons. I have lost a very important friendship. I surely can’t call this a highlight of the week though it has been the most of what has been on my mind. I guess it has been the lowlight. My friend was here one day and literally gone the next which causes a bit of a feeling of a panic. No sympathy needed, but thank you. It may be for the best. Whether the friendship was a good or bad thing, it is a blow whatever the case.

People can be quite cruel to one another, even those they call friends. Some people don’t seem to be able to just talk straight to their friends. That was the case here. Instead of just telling me that the friendship wasn’t working, my former friend set up this rather elaborate ruse. Though knowing my friend, and already having picked up on clues, I was able to see through the ruse quite easily once the shock wore off. It’s a hurtful world out there. Be careful who you trust.

The good news is that, in hard times, you learn who your real friends are. I had wonderful friends step to my side and I appreciate them so much.

Some good news this week has to do with my writing career. I’ve been a writer for over 15 years. Actually longer than that, but during my career as a professor, I did mostly academic writing. Then, I had a stint where I wrote only in my field of finance for a number of different outlets. Now, my writing career has morphed into an interest in fiction. I have been able to put together the first draft of a book proposal this week that I’m excited about. It will be published by Amazon.com, hopefully by the end of about two months from now. I’ll keep you up to date on my progress!

There is always something that is right around the corner when you are a homeowner. Some cracks in tile led to an investigation under the house and it seems that improper floor supports may have been used in the construction of my home. Right in the middle of my home so tile is cracking and so is the drywall in that part of the house. I’m going to have to hire a crew to come in and repair both the damage to the inside of the house and shore up the floor supports. It’s always something in the Adventures of Homeownership.

We are now past the fall equinox and summer continues to hang on in my part of the world. We’ve had many 90 degree days this year, more than any time in recent memory. Accompanied by high humidity. High humidity is not my favorite weather condition. I like to walk my little dog daily and she and I both wilt a little in high humidity. Betsy, in fact, wilts a lot. We will be happy when cooler fall days arrive. That weather is usually here by this time of year. Not this year. I live in a deciduous forest and there is no sign of the trees even starting to change color yet although other plants, such as the perennials in my garden, seem to realize that the time to go to sleep is near. You would never know it by walking outdoors or looking at the forest.

The deer do seem to have lost the velvet on their antlers. They aren’t as plentiful at the feeding troughs as they were earlier in the summer since the babies are growing up. Soon, they will vanish entirely for awhile only to return as winter comes.

I was lucky enough this week to get to see and spend some time in the city with my girlfriend. We spent an afternoon shopping, which is always fun. Retail therapy is some of the best, don’t you think? She was amazingly restrained and I was not! Then, we went to dinner at a favorite restaurant and met another friend. Even though the week had a tough start, I feel fortunate to have people around me who are supportive and who genuinely care about me.

Time to clean up these coffee cups and get some work done on the book. Thanks for having coffee with me today! #weekendcoffeeshare #amwriting #amblogging #writing #friendship #weather #livingintheforest

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  1. Good Luck with your book. I enjoy seeing wildlife, but there are none around. It is very hurtful when afriend hurts you intentionally or is it was unplan, the hurt is still there.


    1. Thank you, Betty, about the book. I’m very hopeful! The hurt was intentional and even planned. Made it doubly bad. Thanks again. About the wildlife. I live in the forest so wildlife is plentiful. i especially enjoy the deer and birds. SInce you also enjoy wildlife, i wish you could see more!

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  2. Rosemary, so sorry to hear about your difficulties with your friend and the intentional hurt, that sense of betrayal is difficult to shake. My kids are at school and have had some real troubles lately and I thought “bullies” but it was “friends”. The teachers were as amazed as I was. The thing is though, that no one can hurt and betray us quite like a friend. After all, we’ve let them into our inner sanctum and are important to us. A stranger or outsider doesn’t have that emotional angle even if they physically hurt us.
    Thanks so much for the coffee and good luck with the book.
    xx Rowena

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  3. Sorry to hear about the friendship breakup but it certainly doesn’t sounds like your loss! Sheesh.. I’ve realized recently too that the people you meet and think are friends, may not always stick around or turn out to be the kind of people you want in your life. Wow, forest life would be so very cool! And please do keep us posted about your book! 🙂

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  4. I experienced something similar with losing a friend this weekend. Sending you hugs!
    In my neighbourhood in the city sometimes there is wildlife that trapises through my yard but its mostly rabbits. And a purrfectly adorable 6 toed kitty who resembles mine!
    Hope this week goes better for you!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry that you experienced losing a friend, especially if it was similar to what I experienced, which was very painful. Sendng you hugs as well! I hope you will have a good week and that we can both heal. In my case, I fear it will take a long time. I hope not for you.

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