#WeekendCoffeeShare (July 23, 2022)

Hello everyone on this fourth Saturday of July. I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare today. It’s been a few weeks. Let me share what’s been going on.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask how your weather is. We haven’t had an official heatwave here, as we had only three days of daytime high temps above 25°C. Then again, on Tuesday, the temperature reached 39°C. That’s not a record, for your information: the Netherlands’ official all-time heat record was reached three years ago and it was almost 41°C.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that, on Monday, I took a trip into town with my staff. I had to get some toiletries and new baby wipes (which I use for cleaning my claying supplies). I also went into Action, a discount store, actually looking for origami paper. I didn’t find any, but did buy some clear stamps, a stamping pad, blank cards and alcohol ink. As it turns out, I will most likely only be able to use the alcohol ink for my clay, and I’m not 100% sure how, as it contains glitter. I mean, that may damage my pasta machine rollers, so I may need to only roll by hand when I’ve used this alcohol ink. I might find other uses for the other supplies. I was thinking of starting up simple card making again. Now my past self is laughing and telling me “No!” in a firm voice at the same time, but I’ve already decided not to invest any more money into it. If I can’t do this at all, that’s €4,95 wasted, but some people at the day center may still be able to use my supplies.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that I’ve been loving coming up with some ideas for my polymer clay. I’ve also been watching a lot of YouTube tutorials. I’m still not actually crafting much, but that will hopefully change soon, as I managed to blend three different intensities of the same color green that I intend to use for a unicorn. Let’s hope this unicorn turns out great!

If we were having coffee, I would share that I really need to mind my food plan again soon. I am still just overweight as opposed to obese, but I do need to watch out that my weight isn’t creeping back up. On Monday though, my sister and her family will be here for a belated birthday visit and we’re going to order pizza I think. That will be the fourth time in a month that I’m either eating at a restaurant or ordering takeout. After that, I’ll seriously watch my diet. I’m already trying to make sure I’m not having too many treats. For instance, yesterday I was hungry mid-afternoon and decided to have some carrots rather than going for my licorice. I think that counts for something.

If we were having coffee, I would resist the urge to rant about my appointment with my psychiatric nurse practitioner and the care facility’s behavior specialist on Tuesday. It was really frustrating, but I’m not ready to share the details. I would instead refill your cups and ask you how you are.

8 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (July 23, 2022)

  1. Ahh! We have had the heatwave and it reached just over 40C here which is a record for us.
    It sounds like you had a good shopping trip. I always go in discount stores looking for one thing and come out with other things.
    Enjoy your pizza next week. Having carrots instead of liquorice is very sensible. x

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. Wow, your heatwave sounds rather bad indeed. Oh and yes, that’s true about the discount stores, I always come out with things I didn’t intend on buying.


  2. Hi Astrid,
    I was thinking of you last week. You’re the only person I currently know from the Netherlands but this last week i learned that I am part Dutch and could easily hae long lost relatives there. The problem is that that side of my family was of that class of people who did not keep such records. I’ve never been one for getting too involved in figuring out my family tree, but I was surprise to hear this possibility.
    What language do you commonly speak to others there with you?

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    1. Hi Gary, we speak Dutch. The only officially recognized language in the Netherlands is Frisian, though many regional dialects if you ask me differ as much from mainstream Dutch as Frisian does. I don’t speak any dialect, but here in Raalte the people born here talk with a very strong countryside accent (I imagine something like the American English equivalent of the dialect they speak in the movie Fargo). People from here can tell the difference between a Raalte accent and a Nijverdal (the town about 20km away) accent, but to me, I’m lucky if I can tell the difference between the accent here and the accent they speak in Doetinchem 80 km away.

      I was born in Rotterdam and there they have a strong city accent. My husband is originally from Zandvoort, which is near Amsterdam, and that city has a wholly different accent, but they’re still kind of comparable. I am pretty sure NYC and Boston and Washington DC have their own accents too even though they’re all on the east coast of the United States. Anyway, sorry for rambling.


      1. Thanks Astrid.
        I’m sorry to say that you know much more about the US than I know about Netherlands.
        I’ve only been there once and my visit was so brief as to have only a tab better than making connections through one of your airports. That was not rambling in the least.

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        1. Thank you. I had an obsession with the U.S. when I was about sixteen, so it’s understandable I know some things about it. Besides, the Netherlands is so much smaller and more insignificant.


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