Valentines Coffee Share

Valentines Coffee
Coffee is served with chocolate and Charbonnel truffles, a gift waiting for me at breakfast this morning.  I’m a sucker for this kind of chocolate and thankfully in small boxes not to disastrous!  Fortunately I’d got my card ready, written with a few meaningful words and was able to reciprocate the thought.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the weekend coffee share.  My attention has just been elsewhere and I have to admit that I’ve been struggling to write.  I’ve started a couple of times and then events have conspired against me.  I’ve struggled with being at my PC all the time and not taking enough breaks.

The days are getting longer  and more than a welcome relief where I’m hoping for light at the end of the tunnel with this pandemic but I know we still have a long way to go.  It’s been the half term break this week so no on-line lessons and a huge dump of snow at the start of the week has been a huge god send in terms of not having to twist their arms to get outside.  The lure of a sledge and the mention of hilly golf course the only nudge required.

For me though work is even more pressured, project milestones ever closer and although working from home is allowing me to consider self-learning and more reading.  There is an underlying feeling of being trapped.  The papers are constantly mentioning the subject of mental health relating to the reader.  The  shared feelings of angst helps on some level, that we are all going through this, but on another level there is a feeling that its adding weight to it.  The irony of my writing this isn’t lost on me.   At this point I put my head in my hands and wonder why am I even writing this.

I can’t help thinking we are eating more, even though we are trying to eat less.  It’s a coping mechanism and my constant need to feed us must be some underlying cave man thing going on my subconscious.  Food though is my way of sharing and getting through the dark nights and worrying times. Tonight’s meal is an attempt at making a cassoulet that will last a few meals followed by a cherry and apple crumble.

The last months reading included the really thought provoking ‘Atomic Habits’ James Clear and Downsizing by Tom Watson.   If you are podcast listener I definitely recommend the following podcasts where the authors are interviewed.

How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones with James Clear
From Sugar in Tea, To Butter in Coffee: Tom Watson’s Weight Loss Story #542


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

0 thoughts on “Valentines Coffee Share”

  1. Your dinner plan sounds delicious. I’m glad to see you back at Weekend Coffee Share. Please make a little bit of time and update us on how you’re doing any and every week. The lockdown is hard. Hopefully the blogging community makes you feel better. Have a great week ahead!

  2. Hi EC.

    You can file me with those who wondered where you had wandered off to. But you provided a good alibi and forgiveness is freely given, but bear in mind, we’re happier when you’re among us.

    Here in Sonoma County, California, we rarely get snow and the 1/4 inch of white dust we sometimes have, melts away by noon.We can occasionally see real snow atop a few nearby mountains, but build ups suitable to sky on are at least a 4 hour drive away.

    We too have been largely shut in, but sneaking out is easy with the days getting longer (a huge joy to my wife) and even some hours most days with full warm blue skies.

    Edinburgh’s turn is coming my friend, hang in there.

  3. Had to look up Sonoma County, thanks to google maps…looks like a beautiful part of the world and definitely worth sneaking out for.

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