Weekend Coffee Share: First Week of Summer Break

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to come inside and sit near the fan – it is HOT outside and you would need to cool down. Today is the fourth day of our current heat wave and I am sure you would want something cold to drink.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I haven’t been able to blog for the last few weeks. Not only was I tired of sitting in front of the computer; but I was also feeling a little sad. The end of the school year was hard mentally and emotionally for both me and my students. I was not able to end the year correctly with my them – nor tidy up my classroom space. I arranged Google Meets online to say goodbye but it was not the same.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been on the Summer Break for one week now. I like not sitting in front of the computer for the entire day working and have not opened my laptop for seven days now. Working in front of the computer has been the only indicator that school is over. As we have been isolating at home for four months now, being on break does not have the same feel to it. I am hoping, though, that I can get to do some of the other things I usually do during the school vacation.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my hopes of doing the usual seem slim. Going shopping is going to be a problem: fitting rooms are not available to try on clothing; and the lines to get into stores are over an hour long! It doesn’t seem worth it to me. (I did spend Thursday and Friday giving it a go). Coffee shops are open for business – but we cannot sit at a table inside and enjoy the space. In addition, the cinemas are not open so we cannot pop in to enjoy a film. It will be frustrating if the next two months are similar to the last four.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my husband has been cooking up a storm. He has made noodles from scratch (as well as wontons); tried his hand at briyani and a delicious Indian curry; grilled some delicious ribs; and experimented with a variety of vegetable dishes. He even made croissants – which took him three days to prepare! We have enjoyed eating the offerings Chez Roland. It has also given me a most welcome break from cooking! ๐Ÿ˜€

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Wednesday we celebrated Canada Day. My husband and I invited our nephew over to eat with us as we hadn’t seen him for 4 months. It was good to see him and to see that he is doing okay – seeing someone in the flesh is always better than texting. Even though we spent the day indoors, we still had a good time with family. Hopefully next year we will be able to go out again and celebrate with others.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I do not have any plans for the upcoming week – except to go to the nursery. I have some re-potting that I need to do so I will buy soil and some pots. Have a wonderful upcoming week and may it be filled with things that bring you joy.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

ยฉ Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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

20 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: First Week of Summer Break

  1. I hope a visit to the nursery will brighten your spirit, I know it always does that to me. We’ve had a heatwave for three weeks in June, and now we finally have rain. You enjoy your warmth, and I’ll enjoy the cool weather ๐Ÿ˜‰ Are you reading anything at the moment?


    1. I am hoping it starts to cool down – let’s hope the forecast is correct! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I am currently reading a very interesting psychological thriller. It is one I will have to share, I think, with everyone. It is really good – I think I will finish it this afternoon.


  2. I’m sure the atypical end to the school year was odd. I hope you find a way to make the break a real break, perhaps find outdoor activities to keep you busy. I do cook a lot, but I haven’t stretched out quite as much as your husband… Have a great week!


  3. This mew normal is not fun where do we get the reset
    I was looking at how we are now half way into the year and it looks like we are going to need being more inventive with our downtime I have recently taken up some exercise routine I found on the internet and am thinking once i have master the form I will start recording myself then post on the net and make the circle bigger haha
    am swaddled in a duvet like a baby with my hands sticking out awkwardly as I type this because its cold outside!!! I miss the sun hahahaha and now I know where it has been hiding


    1. Many of our habits have changed – some for the better. With the gyms being closed, I have finally figure out an exercise routine – which I think I will continue when things get back to normal.
      Happy exercising – may it keep you warm ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. I know how you feel, Colline. I am finding this lockdown a bit tiresome now and my boys are missing school. It feels as if SA locked down at the wrong time and now that the infections are rampant, everything is open. I hope you have a good holiday and that things improve where you are.


  5. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we are trying to stay positive as so many of our fellow Americans have decided that wearing a mask is too much to ask, and a President who now says 99% of us will be fine…meaning a few million WON’T – but he’s OK with that…that’s the reality we are working through….stay safe and positive!


  6. Hi Colline, it sounds very much like the isolation is getting you down. We too are getting tired of it but everything indicates that we’re going to keep at it for quite some time still. I’m old enough that I’m in the high risk group just because I’m still alive. We’ll get through this though and I’m so far winning the battle of not getting cranky about it all. I enjoy my reading, some writing and lots of work as much as possible and try to keep a good attitude.
    I think you too will make it through. The brightest ones among us will.


    1. I just think I miss spending time with my friend – especially during the summer as this is the only time period that we really get to see one another. But it does have to end sometime. Fingers crossed.

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  7. Hi Colline! Sorry it has been a while since I popped in to see how you are getting on and you are so good at visiting my blogs! It is nice to hear how you are doing though I can see how frustrating it must be being at home and trying to teach, I am so glad I am no longer teaching! Will you be back in school in the autumn term? I haven’t been anywhere either despite gardens opening recently – I booked a slot, but it was raining so we didn’t go. I did drive to see my daughter last week before the overnight stays were allowed, but I didn’t want to have to drive back in holiday traffic. It was so good to see her and the grandkids. I think we will still be staying close to home now that the tourists are back. We might go out for lunch and visit a garden or two, but we are a little anxious. Thank you for the coffee and the chat. Stay safe and enjoy your books! ๐Ÿ˜
    Jude xx


    1. So nice to see you on my space Jude ๐Ÿ™‚
      We still don’t know what may be happening in September – we will only be told mid-August. It doesn’t give us much time to get ready if we are going to work online. I have decided not to stress about it too much as it is out of my control.
      We are not going out and about either – though many things in the city here are still closed. We will definitely not be eating out soon as my husband is rocking in the kitchen department ๐Ÿ˜€
      Enjoy your garden – I love seeing the pictures that you post.

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      1. I wish my OH was good at cooking or at least felt inclined to have a go. I am so fed up with constantly thinking of menus. Eating out even occasionally was such a treat.

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