Weekend Coffee Share. These Strange Times

The center of my life, lately,  is work.

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share,  hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali. I have my cute canine right by me. Pull up a chair and your favorite morning beverage!

I know it’s a frequent topic, but foremost in my mind right now is work. I mean, I can’t focus enough to really write much. There’s an idea on my laptop with 3, 000 words written, and I’m just taking my time. Sitting at the computer for too long bugs my back. It’s okay, I’ve accepted that I just need to be more active right now.

Consider that, from March to June 1st, I was on lockdown,  teaching from home, at the computer most of the day. I was so afraid when told we had to go back to in-person school,  but now I see it was the best for me. I see how it benefits the students as well.

Lately,  COVID cases are really rising,  and I personally know someone who has COVID. It makes you think about things. Of course,  I’m careful, but still…the COVID anxiety is real. All of this makes me wish I could hug my students.  Some of them are really special, and with all that’s going on, I just want to be a positive for others.

Of course, there are times I’m just so tired or times I’m really nervous,  full of anxious worry. But this attempt at positivity is helping that; sometimes it works to replace that anxious mental energy.

In these strange times, it makes me want to be sure my last words to anyone are kind words, or at the very least, to leave the impression to this person that I accept them fully.

I am trying not to suffer in boredom or feel trapped. Exercise, focus on work, and trying to meditate, these things are helping.

I made a big deal over a student who designed her own mask. I’ve written on a few of my plain white masks, because to me, they are just a blank slate. Added to that, is the fact I can’t wear beautiful silk masks anymore. They hamper my breathing, they make me feel hot, and heaven forbid there’s a hot flash! The cotton masks are more comfortable. Permanent marker stays on them after a washing and won’t smell so toxic afterward.

At any rate, this student wore a really colorful mask one day, and I asked her to do one for me. She uses gel pen, dark colors, then washed it and they turned to pastel. I love the effect, and she was so pleased when I gushed about it. Truth is, it really made me feel special, too, and I’m grateful for that feeling!

These odd times may be hindering our activities and goals, but we can still connect with people. Despite being unable to hug or give high-fives, I believe this is possible.

Please don’t think I’ve got it all figured out. I’m still in training to be the person I want to be.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and thank you for stopping by my corner of the world!

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

7 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share. These Strange Times”

  1. What a wonderful share… Love your colorful masks. I have a stack of cotton masks and change frequently. They cause my nose to run incessantly and then I sneeze… You get the picture. We’ve spent most of 2 days in hospital with hubby. S o worried but once transferred up to room from ER I was able to be with him…oh, the protocols were strict. The patient in room beside us died….and yet, there are people still refusing to a simple protective measure- masks. So sad… Have list too too many. Leaves us pressuring each moment all the more. Have a blessed week.


  2. These are strange times indeed. I know a few people that have recovered from Covid, and one that is currently ill. It is creeping up on us. I make sure I follow the latest recommendation we get at all times, and try any best to be a positive part of the peoples life I have to interact with on a daily basis, I don’t know what else to do. I do enjoy sharing coffee with my friend from all over the world in the weekends, it feels good. I hope you have a rejuvenating rest of your weekend.


  3. Thanks for the coffee chat.
    I loved your statement…. .” I’m still in training to be the person I want to be”…. Me tooooooo!
    Have a wonderful weekend 💜


  4. Hi Pamela, in your role, you, by definition have both your hand, your backpack and likely a large wagon tied to your belt more than full of concerns. I simply could not do it anymore and likely could not have tried and pulled it off with the grace you display even when I was 25 years younger. You are a standing teaching in the age of covid and you are a hero my friend.

    Now personal art on white cotton masks – what a brilliant idea. Tell your student that an older friend of yours from California loves her idea.


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