#WeekendCoffeeShare (September 25, 2021)

Hi everyone on this cloudy but warm Saturday afternoon. We’re supposed to get temperatures to rise to as high as 25°C tomorrow. I remember once, I think it was in 1999, writing in my diary in late September that I wished for this high a temperature for once that year still. Three or four years ago, it even got to 27°C one day in mid-October.

Anyway, I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare. It’s 2:30PM, so I just had my afternoon coffee, but the other clients are still having theirs. Yesterday, the late shift actually came to my room with another cup of coffee at 3:15PM, because apparently the other clients had been late having theirs and she erroneously thought this meant I still needed to have coffee too. I didn’t mind, of course. Anyway, let’s have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I managed to get my corona pass ready in time for this requirement in restaurants and indoor events today. Not that I’m likely to go eat out at a restaurant or go to the theater anytime soon. In fact, I’m feeling a bit off about this requirement, even though, as a fully vaccinated person, I’m good to go. Getting the CoronaCheck app, on which you need to create your pass, to work, was a bit of a hassle, because for some stupid reason the “Next” button to get beyond the introductory screen wasn’t easy to locate with VoiceOver. I eventually asked one of my staff to click that button for me and from there could do everything myself.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I celebrated two years in the care facility earlier this week. I made a cheesecake with my favorite large cookies, ie. stroopwafels.

Stroopwafel Cheesecake

I did worry at first whether the other clients could eat it, as most are at higher risk of choking. However, apparently the staff were able to sufficiently blend the cake so that it was edible by everyone.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week was quite a good one in the walking department. I got in over 10K steps almost everyday. That one day that I didn’t reach my goal, I really should have looked at my Fitbit, since I needed only like 100 more steps to reach it.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, at the recommendation of one of the community psychiatric nurses at the mental health team, I’ve been taking my phone with me whenever I go on walks. We were discussing my grief about my vision loss and the wonders of technology and she suggested I take more pictures on my walks. Last Tuesday, I took a picture of the cows in a nearby field.

Cows in a Field

If we were having coffee, lastly I would share that I sadly haven’t been too creative lately. I tried to create a necklace this morning, but found out midway through it that I didn’t have enough of a certain kind of beads that I needed for it. I didn’t want to start redesigning it all over again, so will do that at some later point.

Overall, this week wasn’t too intense, other than Wednesday. It was a pretty good week.

How have you been?

29 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (September 25, 2021)

  1. What a yummy cheesecake idea! Are the stroopwaffel pieces only on top or also in the bottom crust? I can get them here in Texas so I want to try this recipe.

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    1. They are also in the bottom crust. In fact, there are two layers each of stroopwafels and cream cheese with whipped cream and vanilla sugar. I am so glad you think you’ll like this!

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    1. Oh, I guess I made a typeo in it somehow then, as I don’t recognize that character you write at the end of your comment. “Stroopwafel” is spelled like this, it is a Dutch word but there are no special chars in it.

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  2. Hi Astrid,

    With all your thinking about covid last week, you might find my new story interesting as I finally gave in and wrote something specifically about it. It’s a blend of fiction and fact, emotion and light science that so far is getting the kind of feedback I hoped for and should leave you smiling too.

    Too Alone for Too Long

    It’s a different type of story than I normally write but I wanted to give it a try to see if I could pull it off.

    That said, you noted in your coffee share that you didn’t feel very ‘creative” this week. I’m curious. I don’t think I’ve every read a story from you. Do you write fiction and I’ve just missed it somehow or if not, I think you might have several possibilities bouncing around inside your head. I’d like to read something fictional from your perspective.

    Just a thought, but it might be both easy for you to try one or two and I can tell you from my experience, it is a lot of fun sharing stories as the characters come to life and become part of your bank of fun experiences and memories.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. I will definitely go read your story later tonight. As for my creativity, I usually mean my crafting endeavors by this, but very occasionally I do write (flash) fiction indeed. I used to write short stories as a teen, but somehow lost my muse as I transitioned from offline to online writing and from Dutch to English as my primary writing language. Thanks so much for encouraging me.

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  3. Hi Astrid,
    I remember reading one of your posts where you said you enjoyed reading memoirs.
    I recently read a “Road Home” a memoir by Judy Sheer Watters. She is a member of IWSG (just like you an me).

    I would like to gift you a copy.
    If you like to contact me, here’s my email:
    sv.lavita@gmail.com

    Before you decide, here is the synopsis:
    “Stopping just inside the door, he quickly took in the diner and then focused on her. He slowly removed his gray fedora hat to reveal his wavy black hair. “Good morning,” he said, “I’m Nathan, the new cook. I guess it’s time to put the eggs on for breakfast.”
    “And that’s how it all starts—a city boy from a New York City orphanage well versed in the school of hard knocks meets a country girl who thinks she wants a life of travel and excitement. Together they show how living an honest, but sometimes hilarious life is essential to a happy family.”
    Here’s Judy’s Website.
    https://www.judywatters.com/

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  4. I could email the copy to you, if you wish. If you would like to ask Alex Cavanaugh, founder of Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG), about me and Judy, I’m sure he would be happy to confirm we are members in good standing.
    You visited my blog during a mostly blog hop. Probably back in February/March 2021. The link to my Website is in the details. You can see my montly IWSG posts.
    I read your posts nearly every night, just before I go to sleep. I apologize for not leaving a comment more often.
    This is simply an offer of friendship. I wish you good health and joy.

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    1. Thank you so much. Sorry I didn’t reply to your earlier comment. It got stuck in my mod queue for whatever reason and, once I’d approved it, I struggled to reply. I do really appreciate you coming to my blog and definitely consider you a valued commenter and blog buddy! As for your offer, I do love memoirs indeed, but I do not have much time to read right now.

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  5. I hope you had the nice weather over the weekend.
    That is good you have got your Corona pass sorted. At least you have it if you need it.
    That cheesecake looks so good. It sounds like it was enjoyed and well done with all of the steps. x

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    1. Thank you for encouraging me. Yes, the cheesecake certainly tasted great. I haven’t taken any pictures so far this week, but have a number from last week that I haven’t shared yet and would like to.

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      1. How do you share the pictures from your phone on WordPress and label them so that people will know what they are I know I asked you that before but is it hard to share them from your phone do you get help or can you do it on your own

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        1. I can do it on my own. The WordPress app has a button in the media screen that lets you add images and then you can choose to pick from your device, choose from a free image library, snap a picture with your camera and I think there’s something else there too but I always choose pick from my device. You do need to remembr which image you want to add (I remember the date and time), because VoiceOver Recognition will not work within the WordPress app unfortunately.

          For labeling, when you double-tap on the image you just uploaded to the media library, a screen will pop up with for example description, title, alt text, etc. I use the alt text for the labeling and enter the description there. Then click save and your image will be saved.

          Do you create image posts on your phone too or will you do that on your computer in a web browser? On your phone, I don’t know how exactly it works as the classic editor no longer works in the mobile app. However, if you’ve uploaded your images on your phone, they will be in your WordPress media library on the web too of course, so I click “add media” and then select the image I want to add and press “insert into post” at the bottom of the screen. Hope this helps.

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