IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

If we were having coffee at my favourite coffee spot this is what I'd tell you

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

The 29th of September is National Coffee Day so what better way to celebrate than by sharing a virtual cup of coffee with me while I update you on what's going on in my life lately. I love a good 'Taking Stock' blog post, so I hope you'll humour me and sit a while with me in a lovely little cafe I love to visit while I share my news.

Stirling Cottage in Harvey - a lovely little spot for a coffee date or lunch
My favourite coffee place - Stirling Cottage and its Gardens in Harvey, Western Australia
This is Stirling Cottage in Harvey, Western Australia (known for once being the home of May Gibbs - who wrote the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Gumnut Baby books). It is surrounded by absolutely beautiful gardens and a river walk. If we were sitting at this table in the Spring sunshine sharing a cuppa and a scone, or a homemade cake, these are a few of the things I would tell you I was doing at the moment.

READING

The "Shades of Magic" Series by V.E. Schwab on my Kindle Paperwhite (a Christmas present from our daughter and son-in-law) I've loved all three books in the series - even more so because they were free! It makes a nice change to the library's selections.
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light


My latest reading - Shades of Magic by VE Schwab

WATCHING

1) On TV - The Handmaid’s Tale - quite a confronting Dystopian take on the not too distant future. Interesting to see how easily life can change under a totalitarian regime.

2) At the movies - Atomic Blonde - James Bond meets Jason Bourne wearing stilletoes - Charlize Theron is full on in this movie! My husband and I were a bit shellshocked by the hard hitting and accurate shooting - not to mention the blood and bruises, but there was more plot and twists and turns than I expected, so overall it was worth an afternoon at the cinema.

LOVING

Seeing our kids and our gorgeous grandbaby for a Father's Day visit at the beginning of the month. She changes every time we see her and is just a delight. I never realized how special it would be to have this little cutie in our lives - such a blessing!

PLANNING

1) My blog posts for October - now I've started mixing things up a bit, I seem to be darting all over the place and that makes it new and fresh again.

2) A visit from our son and daughter-in-law and granddaughter, where we get to indulge in our first overnight babysitting gig - exciting stuff!

3) What to do for my birthday at the beginning of November - I'm thinking I'd like to change it up a bit this year - maybe go away somewhere nice for a weekend?

FINISHING

1) My knitting project - a throw rug that I wrote about HERE. I'm really happy with how it turned out and it brightens up the spare room (even the cat thinks so!)

our cat enjoying the end result of my 2017 knitting project

2) My Christmas present from our son and daughter-in-law - a colour it yourself 500 piece jigsaw. It's been my on and off again project all year as I coloured in each individual piece, and it's finally finished!


PONDERING

I've been mulling over a few things this month and I've put four of my ponderings into question posts for the month - if you missed them I've included the links below:

How full is my glass?
What happened to my Facebook feed?
Why is Midlife all or nothing these days?
Why is Exercise so hard?

THAT'S IT FOR NOW

So that's about it for coffee for September. Hope you enjoyed our catch-up and maybe we can do it again at the end of October? Hopefully there'll be new stuff happening and lots to talk about. Is there anything interesting happening in your world?

If we were having coffee at my favourite coffee spot this is what I'd tell you

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42 comments

  1. What a FABULOUS idea for a post/National Coffee Day combo. Brilliant, Leanne. I hopped right over from #FridayFrivolity. :)

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth - I've seen a few of these type of posts and always enjoy them so thought I'd jump on board too.

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  2. Lovely to read your update over a cup of chai today Leanne. I might join in one day!

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    1. I'm sure they serve chai at Stirling Cottage Deb - so we'll clink coffee cups and I do hope you join the club - there'll be lots for you to write about the wedding!

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  3. Glad to share a cup of coffee with you this evening! Your life is full and seems satisfying! I love the blanket you knitted. I am planning to learn to knit one of these days!

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    1. It was a really simple and straightforward project Michele - my knitting skills are pretty basic so I was quite pleased to make it through to the end!

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  4. I've totally enjoyed our coffee catch up Leanne BUT still have a face-to-face coffee catchup with you on my bucket list. I really enjoyed reading your post, love the blanket and darling little Sophia. Have a beautiful weekend and plan that birthday gift to yourself of a holiday now!

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    1. Hi Sue - we will definitely get that face-to-face coffee in sometime down the track - Queensland is still on my bucket list and I'll make sure I get to Brisbane!

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  5. Stirling Cottage is obviously the best place for a coffee - no wonder it's a favorite of yours. This post was perfect, and the thought of spending this Friday morning with a cup of coffee and your post was just what I needed at the end of a long week. These things are what the women in my family talk about when we're all together, having coffee. I feel I'm really getting to know you - thank you for inviting me into your life.

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    1. I love that we've met Melody and I think we'd have a great time coffee-ing together (we just need to be able to teleport!)

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  6. I'm having tea this morning, but really enjoyed this post. I do love this kind of collection of meandering thoughts from a person's life. And that knitting project with the black kitty is just lovely. Amazing perseverance to complete such a big product!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words Michele - I was very proud of finishing that rug - when it was about 3 inches wide I never thought I'd see the end of it - so it was nice to finish it and give it a home.

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  7. What a lovely post. I love the idea of checking in each month. And you have so many comments already - envious :) I will look forward to your next! Cheers to you on National Coffee Day!

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    1. Hi Julia - thanks so much for stopping by - I visited your blog too and left a comment because gluten intolerance is a big deal in my family too x

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  8. Glad to have my coffee with you this morning from half a world away!

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    1. It's so strange to think of how far apart we all are Lois - it doesn't feel that way at all does it? Thanks for sharing your coffee time with me x

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  9. I am a big coffee lover myself and enjoyed reading your piece while sipping on my own cup of goodness! I also love the blanket you knitted--knitting is on my bucket list but I seem to be all thumbs! Thanks for sharing a little snippet of your life with us!

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    1. The blanket was a lot easier than I expected and definitely achievable if you have basic knitting skills. And thanks for sharing my coffee break with me - I always enjoy catching up with friends :)

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  10. Hi Leanne! Wish I lived closer so we could get together and actually have that coffee. But his was a lovely way to catch up with your real life! And I LOVED that happy baby photo! ~Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy - I think we could have many an interesting chat if we lived closer! I always enjoy what you have to teach me on your blog :)

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  11. Lovely, Leanne. I'll have to check out "The Handmade's Tale" too. Love that gorgeous coffee spot in Western Australia! Makes me want to go.

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    1. Nothing like a good dystopian tale to make you appreciate what you already have Laurie! And yest it's a lovely spot for coffee and I must be due for a return visit soon!

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  12. I enjoyed our coffee time, Leanne. I'm planning a closet clean/swap this weekend--from warm weather to cold weather clothes. Pretty exciting, huh? I am hoping to get a run in tomorrow, some pampering at the beauty salon, and some reading time on Sunday.

    That was fun. Now it's almost wine time. Cheers!

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    1. Hi Christie - it sounds like a pretty perfect weekend to me - I'm all for some pampering at the beauty parlour especially!

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  13. I do feel like I've just had coffee and a good catch-up with you, Leanne. I love how you have been mixing things up on your blog lately. My vote is to keep it up! :)

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    1. Thanks Donna - I'm a bit all over the place atm with the blog - I think lots of little things are getting my attention and I can't help sharing them! Glad you're enjoying my randomness :)

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  14. I simply adore that jigsaw puzzle Leanne! 😊

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    1. It was a really time consuming process Linda - but looked really cool when I finished it - soooo many hours of colouring though!

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  15. Having my morning coffee alongside you and your post! Drink up! #fridayfrivolity xoxo

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    1. And I'm happy to be sharing a morning cuppa with you Lisa - thanks for visiting x

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  16. Omg! Look how big she's getting! I love reading your updates and getting a real glimpse into blogger's lives. It makes me feel like we are "real" friends!

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    1. She changes every time we see her Elena - it's why I'm a little bit sad we're not closer, but it makes me appreciate every minute that we get with her. And btw I think we're "real" friends - even though you keep using that teenage photo of yourself!

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  17. Hi Leanne,
    I LOVE A Handmaid's Tale! It deserved its Emmy win.
    Janice

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    1. I really enjoyed it too Janice - I'm a big fan of dystopian novels, and this was done so well - scarily well in fact!

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  18. Hi Leanne, I absolutely this idea. Although I am not a coffee drinker, I love to smell a fresh pot brewing. I am more of tea girl but Happy Coffee Day To You!! I love the recap idea. Enjoy your first overnight babysitting gig. You will have a ball. Thank you for partying with Blogging Grandmothers. I have shared your article on social media.

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    1. Hi Clearissa - I'm glad you enjoyed the smell of my coffee and stopping by to hear about my month - I can't wait for that babysitting gig - it's going to be such fun!

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  19. There is nothing like a coffee shared to get to know you better. All good stuff going on. I read a quote in a coffee shop. "Let's sit and have a big cup of coffee, while I lie to you about all that I am going to get done today."
    You are always popular on the Blogger's Pit Stop so we are going to FEATURE this post.
    Kathleen

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    1. Thank you so much Kathleen - I love that you enjoyed the post enough to feature it - it was fun to write and I think it might become a monthly feature on the blog x

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  20. What a lovely post! I do feel like I had coffee with you. Your little granddaughter is adorable.

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    1. I'm glad we could share a cuppa Pat and yes she is the most delightful child - we are very blessed to be a small part of her life.

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  21. Thanks for sharing this on Blogger's Pitstop - really enjoyed it. I read The Handmaid's Tale years ago and have it recorded, reading and waiting to be watched! I love the sound of the book series too - great to connect!

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    1. Hi Claire - you'll love the Handmaid's Tale because it was done so well. There's nothing like seeing something translated well to film and this was a great example. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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