#WeekendCoffeeShare. Self-care.

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/  The weather is quite mild today, but I’m still enjoying a mug of hot coffee!

This week has been another intense one.  I worked on editing three nights this week, and the days have been: work, work, work, crunch numbers, target instruction, plan, plan, plan.  I stayed late Friday and I am ready for the week!  Can you believe the season of Lent is almost here?  Time is flying, and I feel short-changed, because I did not get to yoga last week.  Trust me, I will this coming week!  There was not much time for the blog, but I’ve started a new series about books that are not so well-known, but well worth the read.  Visit Installment One here:     Books You May Not Know Of…     I’ve also been taking care of myself.  It almost feels like indulgence, but I’ve been working hard and I deserve it.  Really, I’ve just decided to do some basic things that I deserve.

One of those is the pedicure.  It has probably been two months.  The nicer weather may bring opportunities for sandals, so I got the pedicure yesterday.  This was after I had lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen in 6 months or more.  She is such a supportive person; she also works in education but she has other dreams and she is working on them.  She can be quite an inspiration.  I gave her my short paperback, From Lost to Loved, the imagined tale of my dog’s early life.  She is an animal lover and adores her cat like I do my dog; she was ecstatic about the book, so I am so glad I did it.  She gave me some social media ideas!  This leads in to the new Instagram for my dog:  Bixby Fluffikins Canepa!  Follow him at   bixby_fluffikins

The boyfriend and I went to an art show last night to see a work of art by a friend of mine from church.  She is new to the art scene.  It was great to see her enthusiasm and her post-modern piece.  We did not stay out late, but it was something different to do.  I cannot believe how much I packed into this weekend already.  Yesterday morning I was finishing up work things I know I won’t get to on Monday.  Then, I happened to check e-mail and see I got my DNA report back from Ancestry DNA.  I just have to say, it’s fascinating!  Since I had a hard time inserting the whole picture, the breakdown is:

Ethnicity Estimate

Scandinavia

45%
Great Britain
43%
Europe West
5%
Ireland/Scotland/Wales
2%
Middle East
2%
Iberian Peninsula
2%
Europe South
1%
I’ve been on genealogy websites and found myself linked to someone from Italy, Spain, and Ireland in addition to the English, Welsh, German and French I already knew of along with all of Mom’s Scandinavian from Norway and Denmark.  Iberian Peninsula is near Spain.  The Middle East connection totally blows my mind.  I absolutely found all of this amazing, and I wish I could know the family stories, though some of them may be 1,000 years old, in which case I’ll have to imagine the story of a wayfarer from afar traveling to Europe or England, marrying into a whole new bloodline.  Perhaps there was migration due to war.  It just sparks my imagination, and I feel so connected to the world!
To bring this to a close, I am so thankful for everything that is giving me such a full life right now!  Yes, I feel positive about the challenges at work.  Yes, I feel like I can still make time and fit in the things I enjoy like Art, Family history, writing, and taking care of myself!  Next week will be a great one.  I’ll fit in an hour on three or more nights for editing;  I’ll even be sure to get to yoga class. 🙂
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How was your week?

Our Downtown Scene, Jacksonville, Fl #echoesofmyneighborhood, 3

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Photo taken at the Dowtown Jacksonville Landing during Artwalk.

Jacksonville, Florida has a budding Arts scene.  We also have an NFL football team, but I’ll focus on the arts, as that is more of my interest.  We have had three or four One Spark Crowdfunding arts festivals, and not just any city can claim that honor.  On the first Wednesday of every month, there is an Artwalk in downtown Jacksonville.  Artists show their creations, and crafters and small businesses peddle their wares, giving samples and demonstrations.  Music fills the air, from amateur to promising, talented bands.  The man on the corner with his saxophone, who seems to only know variations of old t.v. show theme songs such as I Dream of Jeannie, is a welcome piece of the amosphere.  Homeless folks park themselves in Hemming Plaza, and at nightfall, they head to the Sulzbacher Center or City Rescue Mission.  (Those are the ones I know of).  A year or two ago, our mayor decided to have seating in Hemming Plaza that is bolted down.  It is now hard to tell a homeless man from the guy who has gathered with his old buddies to play chess in the park.  Yes, I believe this is a good change for our downtown area!

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There are beautiful historical buildings.

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There are signs of art fused with everyday images.

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There are shops, bookstores, a library, an art museum, and galleries.  Chamblin’s Uptown bookstore shown above.

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Art of all mediums is displayed at The Art Center in the downtown Jacksonville Landing.  Pictured here: a porpoise, of recycled mechanical and metal parts.  Artist:  Kenneth Balser. (I happen to know him.  Let me know if you’re interested in his work 🙂 ).

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I’ll admit, we do have some impressive architecture.  (Part of the Library in downtown Jax.)

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*Capoeira demonstration by a local Jacksonville Ji Jitsu business during One Spark Festival, downtown.  If you didn’t know, Capoeira is a Bazilian martial art.

Let’s not forget our people.  We are diverse, represented by people of many nations, countries, ethnicities, etc.  We have lifetime Jacksonville natives, we have people of many countries or from different states who came here to our Navy base, and we have retirees who came for the weather, from any of the states.  There are even snowbirds who live here during the winter and spring months, going back home from May to October for a cooler breeze.  How I envy them!  Jacksonville is the ultimate melting pot.  Just look at the many variations presented in this photograph alone.  Our people are beautiful.

And the homeless folks I mentioned, they are part of it. Diverse, unexpectedly intelligent.  They are you, and me, with a one-degree difference……….but that is a topic for a whole other blog entry.

I know I have tended to loosely define neighborhood.  Yet, one of its definitions is “district or locality.”  Our city covers such a huge square mile area.  So, my neighborhood is huge.  My city is beautiful.  It is also imperfect.  Just like every city.  But I am glad to be here.

*This post is in response to Jacqueline Obyikocha’s Thursday challenge.  Jacqueline is super supportive of her fellow bloggers and inspires me without fail.  Peruse her blog, and subscribe, at http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/   Please show her some love.  Start by looking at her “Echoes of My Neighborhood” responses at this link:  http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/category/travel-2/dubai/echos-of-my-neighbourhood/.  They will be sure to amaze you!