The smell rising from my mug this morning is exciting. It reminds me of heat and tropical stuff like Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen. It is a sugary coconut smell with hints of alcohol. The taste itself is actually sweet and nutty. It doesn’t make me think if coconut initially. It goes through a transformation on my taste buds that is intensely woody and bitter. It is the after taste that screams coconut as it leaves a clean finish in my mouth that can almost be described as buttery with hints of vanilla. The mug of Java Factory Roaster’s Spring Break coconut + rum flavoured coffee is as close as I am going to get to tropical for spring break this year.
If we were having coffee I would share with you that I am wondering about April’s upcoming A to Z challenge. With my current writing goal and schedule I am not sure if I can fit in A to Z this year. That said, I do really enjoy participating. So, as it stands right now for me I am at war with myself about whether A to Z will be a reality. Are you participating in A to Z this April?
If we were having coffee I would share with you that I was inspired a few weeks ago by Trent’s Coffee post where he shared some of the history of The Weekend Coffee Share group. The post got me wonder about my own blogging history. I started blogging in December 2015 and I had no idea what in the world I was doing. I spent a bit of time looking for great blogs to follow, places to share my posts and ways to connect with other bloggers. My first post to with The Weekend Coffee Share was on April 3, 2016. These are a few of the coffee share host images that I participated under since 2016:
It has been a great group all these years and continues to be a great group! Thank you Natalie for taking on the responsibility of hosting!
If were having coffee I would share with you that it has been a couple rough weeks. We had another death in the family, my 8 month old nephew passed very unexpectedly. There are no words for this and our hearts ache. We were able to have a very small service for him that fit with the current COVID restrictions. My nephew’s parents are into jeeping and when we came out of the service all their jeeping friends had parked in the lot and formed the procession from the cemetery to the crematorium. It was really moving.
So, Saturday was the funeral and Sunday we were still staying in a hotel when my older son fell off the hotel bed. The hotel bed was high so he fell about 4 feet and landed hard on the back of his head. Of course the floor is cement. Things went from bad to worse within minutes. He started throwing up, he had no control over his body and was like a limp noodle. It was 15 minutes to the hospital and by the time we got there he couldn’t remember simple things like his birthday and eventually he just stopped responding all together. The hospital quickly confirmed that he had not fractured his skull but we had to get the vomiting under control before we could lay him flat on his back to get a scan of his head done. Hours and hours this went on. He had a scan, blood work and an ECG. The end diagnosis was a severe concussion, now referred to as in the medical world as a mild traumatic brain injury. I got the tiniest bit of relief from all the stress closer to when he was getting discharged from the hospital because my son said to me in a groggy voice, “Mom I am still blizzy (his brain shaken attempt to say dizzy). I might consider going to bed early but don’t tell anyone.” Then he dropped into sleep again.
If we were having coffee I would share my latest puzzle with you. I found working on this puzzle was helpful with keeping my mind and hands occupied. It acted like a stress relief helped to focus my thinking. Are there any activities that you can recommend that are relaxing and helpful for focusing thinking and keeping one’s hands busy?
If we were having coffee I would pass you the coffee pot after I schedule my next coffee date with you for March 28, 2021.
By Shari Marshall – 2021