#WeekendCoffeeShare (August 11, 2018)

I did the #WeekendCoffeeShare for a while on my other blog, but stopped eventually. Now that I’m getting this blog up and running, I think I’ll participate again. I’m currently having a cup of organic green tea with my mother-in-law, but if you’d like coffee, that’s fine with me too.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you’re doing. I hope you’re all doing as well as possible. I hope the weather is good where you are. It is here. For me, that means not soaring hot anymore but not chilly either.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I started new day activities last Monday. My first week as a whole was as good as my first day. I have been doing a variety of different activities, both indoors and outdoors.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I’m still enjoying this blogging adventure. It is a challenge to blog everyday, but so far I’m meeting that challenge head on.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I am considering exploring a low-FODMAP diet for irritalbe bowel syndrome. I discussed this with my mother-in-law, who is trying this too. It is pretty compliicated, particularly the elimination phase, but it may be worth trying. I was provisionally diagnosed with IBS in 2013 after a colonoscopy, bloodwork and a stool sample all came back normal, even though I’m not a classic case. I’m already pretty sure artificial sweeteners trigger my IBS. I consume those in relatively large quantities, as I tend to believe they’re an excuse to consume sweetness without gaining weight. Thankfully, with low-FODMAP, you don’t need to stop eating products that may be triggering altogether. IBS, after all, is painful and annoying, but it is not dangerous.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I’m enjoying the day at my in-laws. My husband is visiting his grandma, who had a stroke a few weeks back. Unfortunately, due to her cognitive decline, she probably won’t recognize me, so I am not going with him. I’m so happy that I can stay at his parents’, because I don’t like being alone all evening. My father-in-law made a delicious pizza for dinner.

So what have you all been up to lately?

8 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (August 11, 2018)

  1. I’m glad you’re enjoying blogging so much, it is a really enjoyable experience, and well done for you for sticking to writing every day. Good luck with the diet and I hope it’ll help you with IBS if you start it. My Mum has lots of intestinal issues including IBS and from what I can observe it can really suck.

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    1. IBS definitely sucks. For me it manifests mostly as constipation, so a generally healthier diet with more veggeis and other fiber-rich foods and drinking plenty of water has already been helping some.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Your comment got stuck in the spam queue, but I unspammed it for you. I definitely understand how frustrating it is to not have Internet access. We had that for a few days last year when our ISP was having problems. It was a nightmare. I’m so happy your coffee maker still works though.


  2. Hi Astrid, I’d love a cup of that green tea you described in your coffee share for this weekend. Thank you for your visit and comments about my friend, the marine who doesn’t know how to stop even when hospitalized. The world does not have enough folk like him and I am very fortunate to be able to call him my friend.

    I was sorry to hear about your IBS – it sounds very unpleasant and I hope between your cleverness and your doctor’s insights and perhaps your husband’s wisdom you all can find a living formula that give you a comfortable life.

    Because I hadn’t done it before, I clicked on your profile to get to know you a bit better. I am impressed. You have beat some odds that others have plead defeat to. But here you are, encouraging others and pursuing life. Bravo lady – bravo for you.

    I’ll bet you have some insights to how strangely our minds work sometimes. For example, just yesterday I was fighting – trying to recall a word that describes the act of living life through the activities of others. It was making me nuts, because in my life, it has been a fairly common word – but there I was drawing a blank. Today, a stray thought took me back along similar ideas and pop – there was the word; “vicariously”, as in “the children were silent with locked attention as their teacher expertly read them the story, each of them living each scene vicariously as the teacher revealed them.”

    So, how is it that one day, we can beat ourselves silly trying to recall a simple word we normally know well, then the next day, while hardly trying, we easily trip over it almost with no effort.

    Men are notorious for not being good with peoples names. I suffer from this constantly. I often forget the names of friends and family who I don’t see or think of daily, but oddly have no issue recalling the name of a grammar school best friend or first crush or even an employer who I worked for almost 50 years ago.

    Anyway, I suspect if we really could share a cup of coffee, you could teach me so many things. I hope you progress many of your projects and efforts this week and hope to enjoy your visit again next week.


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    1. Thanks so much for your extensive comment and thanks for your compliment on my having beaten the odds. I’m definitely proud to be a survivor.

      As for your friend, the world definitely needs more people like him so that the few there are now won’t feel as burdened (unconsciously) or alone. I’m so glad he has you for a friend.

      I no longer see a doctor for my IBS. Thankfully, it’s gotten a lot better already now that I’m eating healthier and living a more stress-free life. I will have to look up whether I put that in my profile but I’m a former long-term mental institution patient. That definitely is a recipe (no pun intended) for health issues like IBS, as the food is atrocious and it’s quite stressful living there.


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