#WeekendCoffeeShare – August 13, 2017 Birthdays and School Under Way.

Good Sunday morning to everyone.  I’m enjoying my 2nd cup of the morning and invite you to join me.  How do you take it (your coffee that is) – Cream? Suguar? Black?  We have regular sugar and a sugar substitute (a Stevia Blend)…  There’s also Cocoa Powder if you’d like to make it a Cafe Mocha.  Not one for coffee?  There’s also some tea but I’d need to get the water bottle.  And, of course, there’s water and tea on tap.

It’s been a week (well 2 weeks) of birthdays.  I think I forgot to mention in last week’s Coffee Share that my son son had a birthday nearly a couple weeks back.  He’s reached the big 1-6.  I know for girls that is (or used to be) considered Sweet 16 (is that even done anymore??). Pretty sure 16 year old boys don’t want to be considered sweet 16 😝 but it is a pretty big time in their lives as well.  I asked my son what he thought of being 16 and he responded that it was the same as 15 😂.  Ohhh, did I mention, last week, that he’s taking Drivers Ed as one of his electives this year??

The other birthdays are my own.  Before you start shaking your head in confusion, I’ll explain…  One is my actual birthday (the date of my birth).   The other is more of an anniversary date, but I thought “birthday” sounded better considering the other birthdays I was mentioning, the birthday/anniversary of my becoming an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay.  Hard to believe it’s been 2 years now that I’ve been doing this 😃.

Birthday – wise, it’s been fairly uneventful.    Per tradition, my son got a “beat-down” (basically a ‘spanking’ with a large paddle like thing.  This is done in good fun and even the younger kids go through it, on their birthdays, in good stride. 

In other news,  School is well under way for my son and he’s completed his first week at the new school.  So far, things seem to be going well.  

I’d say that pretty well covers it for me.  How about you?  Do anything exciting or fun this past week?  How about the week ahead?  Any exciting news to share (or just news in general)??  Be sure and join Diane over at Part-Time Monster Blog for this week’s Weekend Coffee Share.


Ohh Hi, Good Morning everyone…  I was just doing some research on the use of tags in wordpress – more specifically whether or not tags could consist of more than one tag (eg Weekend Coffee Share vs WeekendCoffeeShare)…  Didn’t exactly find the information I was looking for in my “search” but I did find it when I went to my dashboard and looked at my “tags” so, ok,  good to go now.

Ugghhh,  can you tell how boring things are?!?  First thing I start off with is writing about wordpress and tags….  Ok well it’s not all completely boring so, please, don’t take off running yet.

So last Friday was orientation for my son, starting off at a new school. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is an online based school so he gets to work at his own pace.  But it also has the benefit of a brick & mortar school in that there are teachers there to help if he gets stuck on a problem or has a question.  I’m thinking, also, that because he is limited by what he can do on the computers in the school and because it is a “school-like” setting there will be less distractions and more of a likelihood to work on school work. 

One clear advantage for our son, and the way he works, is that he can focus his attention on say a couple courses at a time, and spend his 5 hour class day just working on those classes.  When he’s done with those, he moves on to the next set.

 School actually starts off, for the year, on Monday and I’ll have a better idea of what he’s taking during the school year.  He did get a rough schedule at orientation but there was some discrepancies as the school hadn’t gotten the full transcript from the last school and was missing classes he had already taken.  We got that sorted out and a more final schedule should be  ready to go on Monday.  As it currently sits, it looks like  he should have Sophmore English, Geomoetry,  Earth & Space Science, American History.  Plus a couple of electives – Personal and Family Living and a Driver’s Ed course.

The overall schedule of our days will be interesting as he goes to the afternoon session and, between scouts, martial arts, etc,  has something going on nearly every day (or so it seems).

I’ve done enough talking myself…  What all is going on with the rest of you??  Has school started up for anyone else yet?  How is the process going for you?

Here are some more Weekend Coffee Share posts that have been shared:

Of Coffee and Shiny New Lessons

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Back to Job Hunting

If We Were Having Coffee on the 5th of August 2017

I haven’t yet seen a post from our host, Part-Time Monster Blog, yet but I’m sure she’ll be along here soon…  And I’m sure there’ll be more “Weekend Coffee Share” posts to check out.  But, for now, it’s time for me to say good-bye and end our little chat.  Hope to see you next week for more Coffee Chat.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sunday July 30, 2017

Not sure where our Weekend Coffee Share host is. Nothing showed up in my emails, so I headed over to Parttime Monster Blog (the original and current host for the Coffee Share challenge) —  Nothing…  Then I checked over at There She Goes (who had taken over briefly while PTMB took a much needed leave of absence…  Nothing there either.

Hopefully everything is okay over on both fronts…  Anyway, here’s my Coffee Share —

It’s been a fairly interesting (guess you could say) and busy week.  As usual much of the busy-ness is pretty much typical day to day type stuff that really isn’t worth writing about (shopping, doctors appointments, chores, day to day projects, etc, etc.

Don’t remember if I mentioned about doing this in my last Coffee Share, but last Monday we put our son on the plane to go visit Grandpa.  Being that he is almost 16 (less than a week away now) it was decided that he should be well old enough to travel as a regular passenger and not require the “unaccompanied minor” assistance.  The trip there went without a hitch.  We were able to accompany him to the gate and ensure he got on the plane okay and grandpa was able to meet him at the gate with no problems.  Even on the return trip home, there was no problems and grandpa was able to accompany him to the gate, making sure he got on the plane okay.

The only problem we ran into was meeting him at the gate at this end.  Because our name wasn’t in the reservation notes as being allowed to meet him at the gate the ticket agent wouldn’t give me a gate pass… In a way I blame (but not really placing blame) on the fact that the ticket agent that was there at the time we put him on the plane back on monday did not mention thenecessity   of doing so when we asked about the requirements needed to meet him at the gate on his trip home – instead she just told us that all we needed was the confirmation letter/email of the flight and an I.D.  This was not completely accurate info and caused a delay and undue stress on my part.  I do, also, have my suspicions that the ticket agent (at the time I was going to pick up my son) was discriminating, but that isn’t something I have any proof on and since everything did work out – isn’t worth making an issue about.  There was one other WTH moment as I went through security and was detained (only for a moment) as they checked the buttom of my pant leg.  As expected, nothing was found and I was allowed through without further delay but after having had to deal with the situation at the ticket counter I was under a bit of stress and my first thought was WTF is going on this time – Thankfully I remained calm and everything. worked out fine….  In fact I made it to the gate in plenty of time to meet my son.

Let this be a lesson —  If you are putting you are putting your child (teenager) on the plane as a regular passenger (non-unaccomapnied minor) and wish to have someone meet them at the gate on the other end or want to meet them at the gate yourself on the return trip, be sure and confirm that they/you are listed as being able to do so on the reservation notes.  You will also want to be sure that the name given is the same as your Driver’s License/State I.D.  There are age requirements/restrictions given (different for different airlines) as to what age a minor (under 18) can travel as a non-unaccomapnied minor (ie as a regular passenger).   The youngest age I’ve seen given seems to be about 14 years old.  Under that they will have to travel as an unaccompanied minor (which generally involves a small fee ($25 or $50, I believe)…  The youngest in which a child can travel by themselves as an unaccompanied minor is like 5 or 6 (under that they must travel either with an adult or (and don’t quote me on this) a family member who is traveling as a non-unaccompanied minor.

I also ended up going into urgency care last week due to intense, debilitating, pain in my shoulder.   After trying various home-remedies and taking 1200 mg of Ibuprofen (without any effect), I just couldn’t take any more.  According to the doctor there, I have “Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome”.  He prescribed a pain-killer and a muscle relaxer and, thankfully, now my shoulder is feeling much better – It’s still sore and a little stiff but I can move it again without wanting to cry and/or scream.  I was also given some exercises to do to help with strengthening and R.O.M.

Now that I’ve gone on (and on) about myself and my week, LOL, How was your week?  What all did you do.

Wishing you all a wonderful week… See you next time.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Busy Busy

Sorry to be so late to the Weekend Coffee Share this week…  Infact it isn’t even the weekend any more so I can hardly call mine a Weekend Coffee Share, can I?

The reason I wasn’t here yesterday? It was pretty crazy here.  I woke up a little later than usual (something like 5 something in the morning, I beleive – my usual being somewhere around 4 – 4:30 in the morning) and almost immediately got started in the kitchen w/ grounding up a bunch of meat.  Some of it was used in our strogonoff (we did a quick & easy version) and some was put aside for this morning’s breakfast (which I need to get started on soon).  The rest was put aside in the freezer for later use.

We also worked on the car changing out spark plugs & spark plug wires, which included a 15-20 minute bike ride up to the auto parts store to get said parts.  Probably should have bought them ahead of time and then returned if they weren’t needed.  On the way home me and my son (who had gone with me) stopped at the store for a drink and had to wait out the rain for a bit.    The car is finished and sounding a lot better than it has been.  Amazing what changing out  spark plugs & spark plugs wires can do.

After all that, I then baked up some chocolate sandwhich cookies.  Basically, I used a chocolate sugar cookie recipe and put chocolate chips between 2 sugar cookies and then baked.  I’m not super impressed with the recipe I used for the cookies – partly my fault as I forgot to adjust for the fact that I was using white whole-wheat flour (along w/ a little bit of rye flour)….  S till, they aren’t too terribly bad.  I also made up a batch of small chocolate sugar cookies to take across the street to our neighbor who was kind enough to help us out multiple times while we were working on the car.

Today, we are heading up to put our son on an airplane.  His first time traveling by himself  as a regular passenger instead of a “unaccompanied minor”….

So, well, time for me to run – Got to get started on breakfast and get us ready to get out of here.

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful week everyone and be sure and check out the other Coffee Chats.  You can get to them by visiting Part Time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share

#WeekendCoffeeShare: July 16, 2017 – In which I have been MIA from Blogging.

Had to look back at my blog to see whether or not I had even done the last Weekend Coffee Share (welcome back our hostess Diane from PartTime Monster Blog) – that was after I had to check the date on my phone to know what today’s date even was

No good reason, really, for my absence from blogging… Just a lot of little things pop up (mostly in the mornings when I do my blogging) and I just never got around to it.

Before I get into my goings on (and no doubt bore you to tears) how about a cup of coffee??  I have a single cup brewer here.  Takes a minute to get coffee out to everyone but can make fresh and to order – Do you prefer Super Dark or a French Roast/Sumatra mix (almost put Samoa…that’s a cookie isn’t it).

We’ve had some heavy rain the past couple of days as well as some thunder and lightening.  I did have one video that kind of showed the lightening (and of course I didn’t save it).  I did get these two shots ahead of the storm from the other day (taken looking opposite directions from each othe)

There was also a panoramic view I had taken as I was leaving the store (just ahead of the storm), which I also failed to keep.

Not really much to tell you all this week…  The big thing was belt testing for my son… Don’t know if he passed or not (we find out Monday at the ceremony, but he did do pretty good (for him) and has come a long way since he’s started.

Just for fun, here’s a cool screen shot I grabbed from a video I was watching on you-tube (BeAmazed

{The link above should take you to the specific video I was watching}.

Till next time, have a wonderful week…  Now off to link this to linky and then check out some other weekend coffee share posts.  I urge you to join me in doing the same.