Monday, August 22, 2011

{Virtual Coffee}

Ah, coffee time. After a week off I really need a double-double. But I'm going to settle for this intimate one french press style.

Taking a week off means I have so much to say I don't know where to begin. So, if we were meeting for coffee today I would start by telling you we have been mobile. We have hung out with new and old friends


pink friends

scary friends

a gargoyle or two

and a very gangster-y dog named Capone.

We have done our best to keep the vineyards in business

bought new shoes

landed on the moon

rode a snapping turtle

and been thoroughly searched.


We have swung on swings built for giants

made our way through elaborate natural labyrinths

been chased by crocodiles

camouflaged ourselves

availed and relieved ourselves for days on end on compost toilets

and in outhouses

We have held tight to the concept of world peace

been silly

waited on chickadees

and jumped off of docks.


We have left behind rocks


and bits of our hearts

We wished on a rainbow

took a chance on breakfast

mourned our ravaged tomato plant

laughed at a Christmas tree car

sat in the hot tub


tried to get a bit of culture under our belts

and drove over 500 kilometers to find Montreal steamies.

We have had good news and not so good news and been in full throttle of life. Oh and yeah, we have had our share of coffee.

If we were meeting for coffee today I would tell you that I have been Home Alone for 36 hours straight now, the first time that has ever happened in eight and a half years. I would tell you that at first it was a bit unnerving and I just paced around the empty rooms but now I'm kind of revelling in the selfishness being alone for a stretch of time allows. I would tell you that my heart is heavy with school starting up next week, I'm not ready for another ten months of the kind of lifestyle that brings nor the kind of weather that the segue into the school year will ultimately bring. If we all hold the thought, maybe we can turn back the clock a month so I could do all of this over again. But then you would tell me that I need to just be in my moment and embrace it and deep down I would know you are right. Then we would head over to Amy's Lucky Number 13 and see if there is any of that chocolate pie left over from her birthday.


11 comments:

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Wow, what a crazy week! I'm not even sure I can hold all my responses to everything in my head! I love that line about doing your best to "keep the vineyards in business." That's proper, and I'm probably going to steal it. That's a gnarly caterpillar you found - makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. I totally cracked up at the breakfast cereal. It's amazing how much stuff you were able to fit in a week. And to top it off with some glorious alone time? Sounds like heaven!

And yeah, try not to think about school until it actually starts. Hold on tight to the vestiges of summer!

Sherry Smyth said...

What a GREAT week...you have managed to find something wonderful in every single thing you have done...you amaze me (not really..having now met you I can see the exuberance in you!). I delight in the flowers in our hair and that we had the chance to spend some hours together noshing and sipping and laughing and just being.

I love that life has given us this opportunity to connect from so far away and yet feel so near.

I hope you have enjoyed that time alone to just be with yourself...well deserved!! ♥

See you soon...that's a promise! xo

Moomser said...

Next time you go off for a week like that can I go with? Also, what the heck are Montreal steamies?

Cheryl said...

Welcome back! Notwithstanding the whirlwind tour, you do look rested!

Wordsmith said...

Wow! I just stumbled across your blog today. It is fantastic. What a week. I'll be back to read more.

Snap said...

That was fun! Loved the dragon and the *throughly searched*. I'm thinking I'd like a bottle tree for the back yard ... more wine!!! :D :D :D

thecatalanway said...

Hi there - I love all those things too and especially the big wet searching nose and the vineyard bit! Love it all - you are such a breath of fresh air - sorry about the cliche but at this time of night it's all I've got in my brain!
I have arrived in cornwall and yes here too there is an end of summer feeling. but whatever the weather there willbe more LIFE and adventures - for you and for me. lots of love to an unmet(as yet)friend. K x

redheadreverie said...

WOW! You've been busy. And if I was home alone I'd dance around naked with a pint of ice cream in one hand and glass of wine in the other. Live it up girlfriend!

Elisa Black said...

What a great post!! Very clever and thoughtful presentation. I assume some of your "new" friends were the blogger(s) you said you were going to meet-- looks like it went well. Looks like you had a lot of fun and saw lots of cool things in your travels! And 36 hours of time to yourself-- sounds like heaven!! I'm actually looking forward to the start of school and the routine. Thank you very much for a very pleasant coffee.

Lis said...

Looks like a fantastic week! I love traveling along with you on these photo journeys :) Almost spilled my coffee at the Holy Crap Granola!

How can summer be over? School started up for us last week and I have been in heavy denial. Honestly, wasn't it just yesterday that you were showing us your poor, cold, white feet? I think we need a do-over for summer! I know I want you to be my guide next summer as you sure know how to have a good time ... wine, chocolate, coffee, compostable toilets? Wild Woman indeed!

xo Lis

The Dutch Girl said...

That sounds just wonderful! But all good things must come to an end. Are the fall colors starting to appear up by you, too?

Hanneke