Coffee date

I’m linking up with Lecy today from for a coffee date post.


If we met for coffee I’d suggest an old favourite restaurant which has a beautiful conservatory and pretty views.  We’d choose a table indoors because it is cold and we’ve had some unexpected rain this week.

I’d order a creamy cappuccino and ask you how you have been.  I’d tell you that I have been doing some creative writing this week and am working on a fictional story.  I’ve been writing it on and off for a while but the other day had over 5000 words and a bit more direction for this story.  Creative writing is something I’ve always enjoyed and it felt good to just fill a page with thoughts.  Feature writing is another passion of mine and I submitted another article to the online magazine for a women’s running club.  I’ve been an advisor and guest blogger for CMIYC for a few months and it has been very exciting.

If we met for coffee I’d tell you that I’m doing a dry month.  I started it last week (so it won’t be a calendar month – just 30 random days) and it is going very well.  I got a sore throat the day I started so gym hasn’t been possible but I’m on the mend and cannot wait to go for a run.  I’m sleeping so much better (although that could be the cold medication).  Hasn’t been the best winter for colds and flu unfortunately.

We’d look at the menu and I’d suggest the cake selection which they keep on display in a corner.  I’d choose a piece of lemon meringue and ask you how work is going and if you are enjoying winter.  The rain we’ve had has been wonderful and I’ve enjoyed watching the dam levels improve.

If we met for coffee I’d tell you that every day brings with it a reason to be grateful.  Sometimes you just need to look for it.  Yesterday was a very long Tuesday and a frustrating trip to the shops where we bought the wrong thing – something random like a lightbulb.  I was feeling a bit irritable, we got home late after running around and I sat in the study trying to catch up on the blogs (in the dark due to incorrect light bulb purchase).  Hubby bought me a cup of tea that I swear was the best cup of tea in the history of my tea drinking.  It tasted SO good.  And as I sat there I was reminded that complaining is easy but finding the good in the day is worthwhile.  So I got out of the bitter barn and had a lovely evening with one of our favourite suppers (steak and sweet potato mash) and watched Suits sitting under blankets feeling rather content.  Before bed I wrote in my gratitude journal and I’m pleased I have started this again.

If we met for coffee I’d tell you about the past 3 day weekend.  We spent some time up the West Coast and checked into a beautiful guesthouse in Langebaan.  I’ll show you the photos and tell you how relaxing it was and how refreshed I felt when we came back.  I’ve got a blog post planned for this week hopefully.  The West Coast is beautiful and with spring around the corner we could see a few flowers popping up and brightening up West Coast National Park.

We’d finish up and say goodbye, always lovely to catch up with you.  Next time you choose the venue!


4 Comments on “Coffee date

  1. The restaurant with the conservatory sounds amazing. So does a cold, rainy day because it’s been hot and humid in this part of the world. Can’t wait to hear more about your creative writing. You are so talented in that department. I’m a little jealous. I’m very literal, so writing fiction is difficult for me. I’m glad to hear that you guys have been getting some rain and that your drought conditions are improving. I love your thoughts on gratitude. I needed to hear that today. I’ve spent some time in the bitter barn and need to find my way out. So glad you were able to join the coffee date this month, friend. Hope to see you again next time! 🙂


    • This particular restaurant is so pretty – it is in the middle of a huge nursery so there are plants and flowers everywhere 🙂
      That is so kind of you to say about my creative writing and such a compliment from such a talented writer! I love reading your posts and always look forward to your newsletters.
      The rain has been amazing – we are SO grateful.
      It is very easy to get into (and stay) in the bitter barn – reading Beth’s post about this was something I needed to read recently!


  2. I am very much enjoying winter, it never seems to last long enough for me. Well done on your creative writing! It’s something I used to do but haven’t felt the inspiration for ages. You’re absolutely right about there being so many things to be grateful for if we actually look for them. I know I have to remind myself of that again and again. And the best cup of tea in the history of tea drinking…well that definitely is something to be grateful for! Lovely having tea with you this month!


    • It is so nice that we have the same seasons!
      I used to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for years and loved it but now I’m just working on a fictional story and letting my creativity flow. It is so relaxing.
      It is easy to complain or find the negativity in a situation – I’m trying to count my blessings more and have found keeping a gratitude journal really helps 🙂


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