Weekend Coffee Share, Good Food and Family

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. Saturday, coffee was in order, with honey and creamer. I really needed it to get me moving. Maybe the hot weather causes this listlessness. Let’s chat over coffee or tea, indoors with the A/C on, of course!

Saturday was my mother’s birthday. We went to Bonefish Grill for some fantastic seafood! There was Bang bang shrimp appetizer, mom had a smoky old-fashioned, and the entrees were awesome! She had their pasta with salmon, I had salmon with rice and creamed spinach. There was so much goodness!

Salmon with capers in lemon sauce!

Please tell me capers are good for my health; and spinach, although it was creamed with bread crumbs on top, has got to be good for me, right? ( Just found out the other day that my cholesterol is high again. I’ve got my work cut out for me).

Happy birthday to Mom!

So I mentioned my high cholesterol, right? It runs in the family. 😦 I also started physical therapy again for a shoulder issue, and they told me it’s frozen shoulder. Ugh! I’ve gone through this before. A Google search told me that high cholesterol can lead to or exacerbate frozen shoulder.

Yikes! I guess I’ll be better about taking my cholesterol meds. I thought I ate healthy, but there are things I could improve: no pizza from a box, fresh sandwiches instead of packaged, and coffee only now and then. That green tea habit I started a few years ago is going to help.

That’s all I can think of. Most doctors don’t tend to tell you what you shouldn’t eat. Mine does tell me to stay active, that’s the only other piece of this solution I can think of. I try to stay active, but I know I could always step it up! I’ve added a Zumba video a few times a week. I need to get it as a set routine, as I don’t quite yet.

My writing routine is, of course, also not very regular due to this shoulder discomfort. I think blogging, poetry, or flash fiction is more my speed, currently. I wrote one Friday about my future knocking at my door. You can read it here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2022/07/29/answer-it-rdp/

I’m still in that summer break state of mind, though. You know, no set wake up time. Many days I don’t have to go anywhere. No set bedtime, although I’m a little better about that because I just don’t stay up too late, as a rule. That’s all changing soon; next Monday I’m waking up and going to work for teacher planning.

So, this week I suppose I’ll focus on trying to find my energy. I’ll keep you all posted! Next goal today, a 30 minute walk in the heat, sun hat required….

How are things in your world?

Weekend Coffee Share, of COVID, Birthdays, and Healing

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Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali on WordPress.  Today is pretty hazy due to the sand ‘storm.’ It is very hot though.  I am moving slowly, which I guess I can afford to do at this time.  Thank God for lazy summers!

My state, (Florida) when I last checked, now has 111,724 cases of COVID 19.  I go places and still see people not wearing masks.  As of yesterday, all bars in Florida are closed. (Unless 50% of their sales are from food).  Three people that I know have recently stated that they either a. no someone who tested positive or b. have a family member who has it AND has tested positive. The younger generation is testing positive far more often now.  I did convince my fifty-something boyfriend to wear a mask to Old Navy when we went to buy him his birthday present yesterday. I have not been able to convince my 24-year-old son to wear one, even though we have some at home.  Perhaps masks will be made mandatory soon.  I am not going to worry, but I am going to take the precautions, as I have been.

Speaking of birthdays, my boyfriend had another birthday two years ago! He’s now in his upper fifties! We went out to Longhorn Steakhouse where I treated him to a steak dinner and discovered an ‘axe-throwing’ place in the area.  Maybe plans for the future when I have full shoulder mobility?  We both love the age we are, no matter what age that happens to be on any given year; we joked about me wanted to write Pixies song lyrics all over my sidewalk in chalk (scandalous) and him wearing a shirt saying, “In my defense, I was left unsupervised.”  Gen-X is the best!  We both also like to joke about being sore in the morning and waking with aches and pains. Laughter is the best medicine! Definitely an aging thing, but my joke is, when I have a birthday, I say, “No matter how old I get, you’re always older!” 😉

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As you can see, we both love to go for the ‘no-brush’ style!

On aging, I want to tell you that I’m making progress with my shoulder pain.  Three weeks ago, I could not put my right hand on my hip due to the pain of putting my arm in that position. (Shoulder impingement likely affected arm & hand also). With 2 weeks of PT behind me, I was able to finally place my right hand on my hip! (Albeit it at an awkward angle). I can also raise my arm higher!  I am so happy that I’m making progress, and it makes me want to keep working even harder! I was referred to see a surgeon, and I’ll do so, but I am going to keep moving forward as if I did not need surgery, as if staying active and complete the physical therapy will totally heal me.  I believe that it is possible.  Time will reveal if that is all I need, but I am going to give it my all.

As far as writing, it is going very slowly for my work in progress, but I had accepted that at the start of summer due to the pain I was feeling.  The audiobook for Malachi, Rusemaster is in progress as I now have a narrator and we have made a contract.  Woo-hoo!  I have also decided to choose certain days this summer in which I will share a short tale from the blog archives; I have several, and many of you may not have been following me for long.  I’ve been at this blogging habit for four and a half years now!  Life is good. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by! Please share about your life and your week, and if you want to learn more about my books,  please visit Pamela Schloesser Canepa, Amazon Site

Have a great weekend and enjoy this coming week!

Weekend Coffee Share. Happy Easter!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/ . I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter, whether you are simply celebrating spring time, Passover, or the resurrection of Jesus, whether you are religious or simply spiritual, or even agnostic. As I grow older I am firmly believing it is not my place to judge one’s beliefs but to respect all.

Maybe I am developing a live and let-live philosophy. After all, I do believe in Jesus’ teachings that we should love one another.  I wish it was more pervasive in our world.

I was blessed to help my son celebrate his 23rd birthday on Friday! I feel blessed that he made it this many years, and I have decided that is how I will see every new birthday that I come across, as well. A blessing.  Even though I seem to get more aches and pains as time passes, it is all a blessing.  Well, some of it is downright laughable, so plan on seeing some jokes from me in future posts, as time goes by.  🙂

Saturday, I got some much-neglected writing done; it was such a good feeling!  I am too busy right now and can’t wait until the course I am taking is completed.  This summer, my character and I have a date to resolve his life crisis.  I will leave it at that for now.

We enjoyed a beautiful church service on Easter with music and an inspiring message.  I am in an interesting spot with my faith.  I need more time to just sit and enjoy things, like a puppy enjoys play and greets the sun with stretches, like an elderly woman gets the biggest smile with a visitor and is filled with gratitude, or the way a toddler just wants to be held by its mom.  I am tired of analyzing the nuances of my faith and trying to make sense of it.  This is where I am for now.  The concept of Jesus is the feeling of being totally accepted and protected; he would do anything for me.  He is at once a friend and a parent, and I can’t make sense of it right now.  I can only feel it, but it is unconditional, and I strive for my parenting to be the same.

After church, we had some down time between lunch and dinner, and everyone was watching TV or videos in the house in different rooms.  While I enjoyed the show I was watching, I felt like something more was needed.  It was a beautiful day outside!  I convinced my son we should take the dog to the park and don’t regret it for a minute.  He pulls on the leash and sniffs everywhere, tinkles and marks his spot all over the place.  His gusto is admirable.  In this photo he had already been trying to lead us all over the park.  I am wearing my peace-sign t-shirt.  There is no better day for a peace sign, a loving dog, family, and sunshine.

How about some peace in our world as well?  Unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance of others?  We do not have to accept violence.  We do not have to accept hate.  We can only fight it with love. We must continue to love our families non-stop, no matter what happens in the White House or in the world.  Have a great week, brothers and sisters.

O is for Ocean. #AtoZChallenge

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*I own the rights to this photo.

This photo was taken in April of 2015.  My son walks on the beach with a bird fluttering behind him.  He has had a wonderful love and curiosity of birds through childhood.  I have many pictures documenting that!  The ocean has been a common ground for us, even through his tumultuous teens.  It has always been a place of peace.  We spent a day at the beach on this particular weekend surrounding his 19th birthday.  While most teens might prefer partying with their friends, he is a quiet fellow, and he loved this.

img_0284.jpg  Digging on a beach in St. Petersburg, Fla. 2007. Note the chubby cheeks of childhood.  🙂

I used to take him to the ocean quite regularly at certain times of our life.  It is not as frequent lately since we live a little further away and I don’t enjoy long drives, not to mention, my life is packed full of work, volunteer activities, and writing goals.  But I still make it a point to get there over the summer.  It is the first acknowledgment for me that summer is here and it is time to relax.

Coincidentally, it is my son’s birthday again tomorrow.  So far, the only plans are to take him to a Brazilian Steakhouse.  He is turning 21.  I am praying for sound decisions now that he is going to be legal.  I also need to make a beach appointment with him soon!

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2006 Sunrise beach visit.  Always a special time!  Note the birds in the background.  🙂

**The AtoZ Challenge theme for my blog is “Who I am.” Yes, it’s wide open.  In April, I will blog from A to Z to include little tidbits about me, poems I’ll share, and stories. Each day I will write something based on the next letter in the alphabet.  It’s been fun so far, yet it has really given me a chance to pause for reflection as well.

Want to know more about the A-Z blog challenge?  Visit http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

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