Good morning and welcome to coffee chat!



I am sorta on time today.
Which I rather think will be the story of the rest of my life, so we should all just get used to that right now.

That coffee photo is my easy like Sunday morning shot -- except I'm quite honestly feeling that mode every day to be honest.    Can we make No Pants Required a thing?

Although on rare Saturdays, I do have another mode.


That is actually not a very accurate shot of me baking.    Everything is neatly arranged and nothing has spilled on the page, and you can't smell the aroma of Burnt.    Also I don't think I've ever used fairy dust.   Not sure what filter I applied and why.

But my kids love muffins in the morning.  Specifically my chocolate chip banana muffins, which really are just flour, sugar, egg and an entire bag of chocolate chips.   So sometimes against my better judgement and risk to the clean state of my kitchen and their glucose levels,  I bake them a batch.
Cause I'm a good mom.

And who doesn't like chocolate chips for breakfast?

Since in only three short days they will be home All The Hours on summer break, I feel a lot of baking is in my future.   If I can drink coffee while they bake, than I declare it a win-win.


Time out for Mom



Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Three things on your Summer To Do List.


Right now it seems like the entire Summer is stretching forth and I have to come up with like a ginormous list of What We Will Do Each Day, in order to keep everyone happy.   Boredom sets in easily, unless I let them have the 11 hours straight on the computer or their various gadgets.
Honestly, we are not vampires - get outside!

However, my kids seem to take after their dear mom in that they are pretty much slow - and by that I mean sloth like - during the daylight hours; and just as the sun starts to droop they want to go outside.   No kidding.
I'm kinda proud, but also:


So number one thing I will try to do is make our mornings - or at least some of them - a little more "together."  
Everyone needs a good start to the day, right?
Ugh.

Normally I do a small Summer Bucket List, but I realized this year we only have about three weeks actually at home, and then three weeks on the road for our vacation.   So I don't actually have to plan a lot for us to do.   I suspect we will spend as many days as we can in this place.




Because why the hell not, right?    This beach is just beautiful.  Clean.  And they have actual bathrooms so you're not swimming in pee.  That's what I tell myself, don't wreck the dream.

Yes, more of the Nature please.    Always.

The last thing I really need to add to my Summer Do List is my Camera.   Over the Winter months is easy to fall in the habit of not bringing my camera everywhere I go.  Because who wants to see another snow picture, right?
But now the world is green and lush and colourful and I want to capture THAT.

Especially our trip to the East Coast.
So I have pick up my camera bag when I leave the house from now on.

Photos will probably dominate this blog over the summer months, as I enjoy a wee break.  As most long time readers know, the Coffee Chat takes a break until September.   Mostly because I am usually gone at least one entire month on vacation anyway, and since we camp: there's no wifi in the woods friends.

This will give me time to sort out what I am going to do with this little blog.   The move to Wordpress just to get rid of my old comment system and have a secure site is very tempting.   So I might not be HERE exactly come September, but in a brand new location and ready to Chat.

And there will be writing.
There will always be writing.

I wrote this sweet and romantic little fiction today at request.   It does have a Not Safe For Work Paragraph at the end, FYI. 

Have a great summer everyone - Do all the things that bring you joy!!
And I will see you here from time to time, and definitely be back with more interesting Chat Topics in September.




Next Week:  Summer Break - no topic. 

Good Morning and welcome to Coffee Chat!


Also, Hello my name is Leslie and sometimes I get so absorbed in a good story that I forget time, place,  basic hygiene.... and my own coffee chat.

I mean, have you ever become soooo invested in a story that you alternated between joy, happy, furious and then back to joy again?    The main character does something stupid and you literally yell at the book, or your screen if you are Kindle app user like me?   Normally I throw the book across the room when a character does something stupid and frustrates me... thank goodness my sense prevailed or I would be shopping for a new laptop today.

Literally me getting way to emotional over the marriage troubles of a couple.... who are not even freaking real!!    Seriously this story is that amazing of a roller coaster ride. 



So apologies for arriving late this week, but I rather suspect some of you get exactly what I am saying.

Please tell me I am not the only one so intent on indulging on their guilty pleasures to the point of utter distraction?

Time out for Mom




Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Shameful!!!   Come on, fess up!  
We all have a book, movie, or song... 
maybe a celebrity crush that makes us blush? 
I'm listening.



Well I think my love of super heroes is well documented on this blog.   
So I will not go into detail about that.   Detail, meaning apology.
Honestly, I am not even sorry or ashamed at this point.




I also do have a ready to go Freebie List.    I even considered getting it laminated, I am that loyal to my celebrity husbands.    Maybe even proprietary.   Tom Hardy is incredibly talented and handsome as hell, with that bit of bad boy vibe, and that IS my jam. 


I know tattoos are not for everyone, but it's fantasy people - take a leap!   LOL

But seriously, the man can play any role.   Fight me on that.   
I must also have substance with my fantasy or it just won't work.  

No, you can't have him on your Freebie List.   He's mine.



Mostly, I really appreciate it when my faves, such as Mr. Hardy,  have a knack for picking really great stories.    And that is ALWAYS my vibe.    

GREAT STORIES will always be my guilty pleasure above all. 

I'm not opposed to a bit of smut within the tale --- not quite 50 Shades, not quite as sappy as a Harelquin: middle is good. 
The other confession is, I also write that stuff.  

Getting lost in my own characters is just as dangerous and time loss inducing these days.   I can glance up from my laptop and suddenly realize it is dark and the children need to be fed. 
No no, I am not that bad.  Don't call anyone.
And there is always frozen pizza in the freezer ---- which gives me about another 20 minutes of writing time while it cooks. 
Win.

Here is the tricky part:  it gets a little smutty.    Okay, sometimes a lot smutty.   Oh there's lots of fluffy romance feels in there too.   Also violence and language because the main character of the piece is a gangster after all.    However, I feel like sometimes we are okay with a bit of bad language and some mild violence... but writing about SEX??

Good girls don't do that. 

Except, this one does.  
And believe me, I had a hard time with that... because I am a Girl Guide Leader and a Sunday School teacher, so why I am writing about people doing the horizontal?   (actually Alfie prefers his desk often, just a warning)   

Simple.  I write about people.   And people have sex.   
It's really that simple and I think it's nigh time we stop making women feel ashamed, or dirty about it.   It's normal human behaviour and if I am going to write about them taking a walk in the park, attending a play,  or going to dinner ... then I see no reason why you cannot also write about them doing it in the car behind the theatre.   Personally, I don't necessarily enjoy the completely "vulgar" - not really my preference; but I will tell you what is going on in that car.   Sometimes I push my own limits and then sit back and think:  yep, that was too far - don't go there again.  Lesson learned. 

My motivation will always be to ensure it's a complete story.   The scenes don't exist solely to propel you towards the hot and steamy scenes.  They are not what is important in the overall telling of the tale; but they are there.

I rather feel at this point, in my mid 40s, I should have not have to explain or justify to anyone that "yes, sex happens in my stories."

Also, it's not as easy to write it as one might think.   It's a fine line to make sure it doesn't become the focus of the piece.   That the story doesn't just exist so I can get someone all twitterpated:  that's not why I write.

But I do want to make you FEEL -- everything.

I think I've already proven on this blog I can write the sentimental, the rant, the poetic, the fluffy good feels ---- this was simple the last taboo to cross.  

If you want to cross the divide:  HERE'S THE MASTERLIST TO ALL OF IT 

Yes, I have been busy while not here. 
The Still Waters fan fic based on the show Taboo is over 100,000 words now!    And it's not even finished.  
That's novel length ---  which is truly the main point of it all folks.

I CAN write a full length novel story.  I proved it to myself, and it feels really good.
Almost better than sex.  ;)

So yes stories are my guilty pleasure.  Fantasy.  Fan Fiction.  Classical.  Poetry.   You create a world and I'll come running to jump in it. 

If you don't know how to create the world and the muse strikes, I'll create it for you.  



Next Week:  Three things on your Summer To Do List.   (LAST CHAT before Summer Break!)

Good Morning and welcome to Coffee Chat!


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 That is not one of my coffee images posted above, but it is one of my favourite image combinations:  coffee and a bonfire.    Also that view!!!

Imagine waking up to this in the morning?   The next time someone asks me why I like camping, this is the image I will show them.   There is just something about sitting by a warm fire with a warm mug in your hands during the early morning chill.   

If I could wake up to this every day, I'd think I was in paradise.  

Instead, this week I woke up to no coffee in the house and a dead laptop battery.  Which wouldn't be too much of a problem because you can plug them in, right?
Yes, unless that cord also fails. 
What to do, AND how to write??!!

Maybe you should sit down and have a coffee while you figure out a solution?



Anyway, apologies for not getting to your comments and posts last week until very late today, but I am back up and running today.   I even have an external hard drive now so that I can back up my laptop every night. 

Because can you imagine if I lost all those photos I've been acquiring the past couple of years, OR the stories that have been pouring out of me?

Sometimes I think the cave drawers had a better system.
I mean, those pictures and words are still with us and no one had to make an emergency order from Amazon. 

Unless of course, that is how you like to spend your weekend time?


Time out for Mom




Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

What is your favourite way to spend the weekend? 



As already noted, every day should start with coffee.   That's just a given.   The where is what can make it extra special.   I have mentioned being particularly fond of Left Brain's bedside delivery practice.

Since I cannot get the camping and bonfire experience every day, when the summer months arrive, my backdeck with a view of my gardens is the next best thing.    Just tune out the noise of suburbia in the background. 

I don't have a picture of coffee on my back deck - yet, because we are currently invested by these red and black bugs crawling over every single thing they can crawl upon.   And I don't mean of the lady like variety -- these things are ugly.    I think they only last at the beginning of the warm weather and them mostly die off, so hopefully we can soon be enjoying the lovely weather. 

I did however have to get those nasty creepies out of my garden before they ate all my  plants.    Thus, my weekend was definitely spent doing one of my favourite things.  In my Happy Place.   Even though bugs are happy here too.

After a very late Spring, that gave us snow in May, followed by weeks of constant cloudy skies and downpours, the sun finally shone.   And my garden was most grateful. 

Happy Place.  #garden #flowers #nature #getdirty 🌺 ☀️ 🐝 🦋

I have more garden shots for WW this week, all kinds of colour popping up all over the place.    I especially like that shock of blue with my newly painted birdbath.  The birds love it too.

Working in the garden always gives me a huge appetite.  I could eat an entire cow, I swear it.   I settled for one fantastic grilled steak instead.

Honestly, I do not know why I own a stove.   BBQ is the way to go.   I think I could live just fine without electricity.    Well, except for that I need to do some writing on my computer today Right Now before the idea leaves me thing.   Although, I could buy more pretty journals that way!! 

And as if life was not beautiful enough, I did get that bonfire closing of the day after all.
Thanks to an invitation from friends ---  it had looked like rain all day, but thankfully it held off and we had a lovely time of smores and watching the kids play Manhunt in the woods.


If the weather was just a bit warmer -- meaning our water still not glacial temperature - all I  would add to this weekend is a trip to the beach.   Perfection.

You know, I just realized I have celebrated all the wondrous Four Elements of Nature in my weekend pursuits:

Outdoors - Air
Garden - Earth
Bonfire/BBQ - Fire
Beach - Water

That's it folks; I've achieved Perfect Harmony and Balance w 
That's the secret to life right there; y'all can stop searching now.


Have any perfect weekend secrets you want to share?
Coffee's on. 


Next Week:  Shameful!!!   Come on, fess up!  We all have a book, movie, or song... maybe even celebrity crush that we are a bit ashamed to say we love!   I'm listening.

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