#WeekendCoffeeShare, Recouping from Vacation


Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Alli

Coffee is a must today!  I’ve been quite sluggish for the last week.  You see, my son and I traveled to Rhode Island for five days in mid-July to see my dad.  It was beautiful there!  I’ll be honest, my dad is no dottering old man.  He works full-time at age 74, attends many community functions, and holds a position of leadership in his church.  He also lives a very healthy, active lifestyle despite having had three heart attacks.

Dad’s active lifestyle was witnessed firsthand by my son and me.  I mean, Dad had things planned for almost every day we were there.  He rents an apartment very near the beach in R.I.  We walked from there to the beach many times.  The weather was heavenly.  Even on days he called humid, I was pretty comfortable, as it always seemed to be at least 10 degrees lower than it would be in Florida.  Our activities ranged from walking to the “Clam Shack” for clam chowder, to the beach, walking on the famous and gorgeous “Cliff Walk” that was about 4 miles one afternoon, and walking to the town of Newport the next day.  He took us on a ferry to tour lighthouses on the bay and took us sailing with his friend who owns a sailboat.


This is where I got to see his stubborn spirit that has likely been around since youth.  He has had to be self-reliant all his life, as his family grew up poor.  Having many siblings meant his parents had to send him to a farm to work in the summers.  He entered the Navy in his twenties, and I guess his love for the sea never left him. His friend also sails several times a week, and they are quite the pair, fearless old men with sea legs.  🙂  We went way out beyond the bay and toward the sea.  My son went down to the cabin, but one of the guys said that would make a person feel more queasy.  After a while, I went there too, just to feel I had something to grab. (There was a table attached to the floor).  I felt shaky, weak, and ready to be sick.  None of us did, though.  Soon, we were heading back from the sea and into the calmer waters again.  We were out there for hours.  I could safely say that I enjoyed 80% of our sailing excursion.  Overall, it was a good experience.  My discomfort was a minor thing; I didn’t ask them to head back, though I am sure at one point I asked “when” we’d head back.  The calmer waters allowed for some beautiful views.  At the end, I had to admit the old man was tougher than I was.


It was a really enjoyable trip, though, especially the Lighthouse ferry boat, and I attended church with my dad at a Center for Spiritual Living. It was great, and all of his friends there were quite lovely.  He took my son kayaking one day, and I walked to the beach to enjoy the lovely weather.  All in all, it was nice spending time with my father, and I even got some bonding time with my son.  He learned a little bit more about who we are.  When it was time to head home, I was probably good and tired.  The airline flight and getting home at 1 a.m. didn’t help.  The next day, I got new car tires.  The day after, I woke up with a cold, and it grew more harrowing day after day, but I just stayed in, rested, and took the Mucinex.  A week later, and I’m still awfully sluggish in the morning.  At least the big excitement of this summer is over.  All that is left is my mom’s birthday next week.  July is, in a big way, about family this year.  August 6th, I head back to work teaching.  There will be lots of changes this year, but today it is still summer break, so I need to honor that.

Thanks for stopping by for my Weekend Coffee Share!  Have a great weekend.  How was your week?  Are you looking forward to summer’s end?





Author: PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

I am a writer who also teaches reading and writing, currently. In 2016, I self-published an e-book and its sequel, and I am learning the art of self-promotion. I published a full-length time travel novel as of 6/16/17 and its sequel in the summer of 2018. Life is a trip, and writing is the best escape for me! Learn about my award-winning sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF Visit me at https://about.me/pamela.schloessercanepa

12 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare, Recouping from Vacation”

  1. Hi Pamela! I am trying to limit my cursing, so made myself some more espresso to help calm me down! I spent 20 or 30 minutes writing a comment, hit ” post comment” and ……no comment appeared unless you have it ser up for review but most blog sites tell you, ” comment awaiting moderating. I love your blog and writing, however this was so far, my favorite! I even had a message to relay to your Dad. If it is lost I will write again today or tomorrow. As you know, since you follow my blog, I just returned to writing after being away since May 6th. I am learning to lo live with chronic nerve pain. Of course, working on healing as God can heal us. My new recovery God-goal for now with the ability I have is 2 or 3 posts a week. I only post prayer filtered blogs. To you, today, AWEPLAUSE!


    1. Thank you for the Applause, Rick. I did not see the other comment. I am so glad you are back to writing despite the nerve pain. I pray for your nerve pain, and I am sure that the written expression can help you in some way. Thank you for sharing your positive messages and grace!


  2. Hi Pamela ! The Aweplause are well deserved! Please email me at rc1153@yahoo.com as I have self published 2 Devotionals which I would like to gift to you and when you are done reading, please re- gift to your Dad. I’m hoping you have a P O Box number as there is so little security here and I would prefer you not send your snail mail address. Thank you!


  3. It sounds like a great visit. I’ve only been to Newport a handful of times, but I really like it. And I like sailing out of Newport (your dad picked the place since Newport is the center of the US sailing world…) I’m part time just up the coast from him (Cape Cod) and it is very comfortable here – I would not be able to live in Florida! Too hot.


  4. What a big week. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your dad. Going to the beach, and the water sounds pretty amazing 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your vacation.


  5. What a great week Pamela! In case no one else has mentioned it, don’t give up on he ocean yourself. I understand that almost everyone gets some version of what you experienced only to have it all but gone by their 2nd or 2rd trip. Hope you are well past that bug by now.


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