Weekend Coffee Share: A July Break

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that for the past weekends, I have put my laptop aside and made the decision to not write this post. Instead I have been taking my days easy and ignoring my usual routine. After all, isn’t that what a vacation is supposed to be about? This year I may not be jetting off to another part of the world but I am still doing things on a whim.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that during the past month we have had some extremely hot days. So hot that I have not moved from my position in front of the fan. I have spent my time reading; and have even watched a TV show on Netflix. Rectify. Have you seen it? I loved the show and quickly could not stop watching which resulted in late nights and morning sleep-ins. The storyline is so good – and is a discussion of so many different types of prisons. I would definitely recommend seeing this one if you haven’t seen it already.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that during the past few weeks, I have also spent some time tidying: I have sorted through my clothes and books and given away quite a bit. I am currently at an impasse as I still have a few non-fiction books sitting on the floor with no shelf to put them on. I need a few days to think before I figure out where I am going to put them. I don’t want to give these books away just yet – unless I come across someone who would appreciate them and use them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have spent quite a bit of time with a friend of mine whom I don’t normally see during the school year. We have gone to a book launch, listened to a barbershop quartet, had coffee to discuss our buddy reads, and gone shopping. It has been lovely seeing her, and I look forward to spending more time with her during the month of August.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that last Saturday I went with my cousin to the St. Jacob’s farmer’s market. Even though it is quite a drive, I enjoy strolling through the market and seeing the wares that are on sale. The fruit and vegetables that I buy there are always more tasty; and the vibe in the market energising. Every time we go to the market, my cousin and I visit the Dutch shop to buy some treats – we cannot leave without buying some double-salted licorice!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am still in holiday mode. I haven’t done as much as I wanted to as the heat sometimes gets to me – we do not have air-conditioning in our place and sometimes it is too hot to do anything. I am still enjoying my break though and will continue to take things slowly for the next few weeks.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

31 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A July Break

  1. hello C- rectify sounds good and just wrote it down!
    i enjoy exploring prison topics – esp. reform and in another lifetime i would have helped with reform boards because in my opinion it is too punitive and too “behavioral” in the consequence approach and not cognitive enough!

    i will
    let you know if i get to it soon!

    and the books on ur floor – wow – i know the feeling – and best wishes as you find the right place or home –
    and if we were having coffee i would tell you that my bookshelf needs a go through and i need to make
    room for about 20 – not sure how it will

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    1. You will love this one Yvette. The show describes the experience of a man after 20 years on death row after he had been imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. The story also explores the prisons of relationships between siblings and partners. Very interesting.
      Good luck with clearing your book shelf. It is a difficult job for book lovers to do.

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  2. I’ve never heard of double salted licorice! Sounds interesting though. I’m just having a break from packing. A job I hate. Glad when the decisions are made and it’s in the case 😆😆. Have a nice weekend!


    1. Packing is not a favourite chore of mine either!
      Double salted licorice is a Dutch treat so I am not sure whether you can find in where you live.


  3. Well, the only thing missing is the coffee. Otherwise you have shared activities pretty thoroughly. If responding, I would gabble about the books I am publishing, own and those of other people, as I did over coffee after a talk on a botanical subject today. Mind you, I was prompted with interest shown, first!


  4. I completely understand the issues of “too many books, not enough shelves” and struggle to decide if I should donate some or keep them….I would also tell you that I started a new “Six Shot Saturday” series on my blog, beginning with six photos that capture the beauty of Napa Valley wine country…and that today I am driving to the Northern California coast to see if I can get six more for next week – if the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean doesn’t do it, nothing will!


  5. Mmm, this coffee is nice…goes really well with the iced Almond milk I had this morning. I went to the farmer’s market this morning, too. I found a green tomato, came home and fried it up. Oh, it was divine…haven’t had one in many years, maybe a decade or more. I have an allergy to tomatoes – red, raw… but the fried green ones don’t seem to bother me. It was a risky endeavor that paid well in smiles.
    Oh, and I got a new library card in the community that we hope to be moving to in September. I walked the stacks with a spring in my step, thrilled to see new books. I’ve literally read everything that’s readable in our local library system. I’m writing, too. Need to get back into my morning writing routine. Have a great week!

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      1. the only thing annoying is that this particular library only allows you a week for books and three days for a dvd… Thirty years ago, I could have read a book (495+pgs) in a matter of a couple of hours…now, it takes me weeks. I barely got to chapter 2 and I have to return it. Grrr…. Makes me wish I still got my books through the Lib.Of. Congress…. in fact, I might sign up again.


  6. Sounds like you’re having a fabulous vacation! Sometimes we just need a break from our routines. How fun to drive to the farmers market. I love fresh produce so much. Enjoy your weekend, and the rest of your vacation


  7. Are you a teacher? I caught the school break reference. I appreciate that you want your books to go to a good home. I feel the same when I’m moving things out. Thanks for sharing the Netflix series. Looks intriguing.


  8. I love this! OK, if we were having coffee I would say I’m glad you’ve spent some time tidying and decluttering, I have too, isn’t it such a cleansing process? If we were having coffee, I would also tell you about the wonderful week off I’ve had, the fantastic time I had at Bluedot Festival and the day I spent in York and how I’m feeling super excited to get back to work tomorrow! Enjoy the coffee x


  9. Yay for being in a holiday mode! I’m so glad you’ve managed to stop your schedule as well – I’m awful for doing that when I’m supposed to be having a break!


  10. Hi Colline.

    I cringe at the thought of parting with my books – but they do take over unless managed.
    I have loved the feel of a book in my hands for too long and loved the experience and mental travel of those words coursing though my brain.

    We’ve never had AC, except in our cars, and books are one of the ways I cope with the heat.
    Thanks for the visit.


  11. Wow! We’ve had the same type of weather here. It’s back up in the 80’s which seem cool compared to the 90’s we experienced through most of July.
    Salted licorice? I’ve never heard of it, but it does sound delicious!


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