Come on in to the coffee house and join me for a cuppa and a chat.
It’s wonderful to catch up with you on the big, yellow sofa as the weather outside is absolutely abysmal today. Grey upon grey has enveloped the trees and sky; even the birds are looking rather dull out there on the bleak trees! But, you’re here and it feels warm and smells inviting in the coffee house. Anything to avoid finishing my assignment is a good distraction too. I have managed to write fifty words out of a 1200 word essay and I’m already fading. So, instead of drifting away, I’d love to hear about your weekend. Give me your highlights in the comments – what were your highs and lows this week?
My weekend consisted of cleaning and clearing. We are approaching the end of our time here in the beautiful Meadow and will be looking to move on to bigger, better things. Part of the move is down to needing more space, the other is due to missing Henry and being surrounded by his memory in the forests and fields around us. Though the memories are all happy, it’s rather painful driving up to the house and not seeing his little muppet face peering through the upstairs window, the curtain wagging in time with his body. So, we are moving on and hope to find a house that holds enough land to accommodate a new fur baby (or two) when the time is right. Most of the accumulated rubbish has been removed, though I’m sure we will find more once the boxes that have been sitting in storage for the past few years see the light of day again.
On the upside, I will get to see my boxed books and find a more permanent place for them on a bookshelf instead of their plastic caskets. I’m excited at the prospect of setting up my long awaited library/study with space for all my literary delights. It does mean I will have to invest in hard copies of the ebooks I have enjoyed in the interim – something the Hubble probably won’t be pleased about when he sees the number of books waiting in the depths of storage right now!
Even though I am attempting to studying hard for my next assessment, I have to admit to being distracted by the delectable collection of romance stories by Jacquie Biggar. The temptation to sink into a world of thrilling romance with hints of danger and suspense makes it very hard to focus on things like themes of authority held by Homer’s Iliad. Admittedly, my carrot and stick method of learning encourages moments like this. I attempt to tell myself that I will not be allowed to finish the story of the women of Tidal Falls until my discussion on an epigraph from the Iliad has been completed to the best of my ability. Right now, like a movie put on pause, the story hovers over my consciousness, lingering with arguments and theories as I prattle on instead of getting on with my work.
Amidst all this frivolous nonsense, a more serious topic has cropped up. My home country, Zimbabwe, is in conflict with its own government (not really new news or different news from the norm but still disheartening). Thanks to its new leader, who was voted in to supposedly lead the country out of corruption and into a new era of democracy, we are being drip fed news on the military using live bullets on civilians and terrorizing families in their homes. I say drip fed because the internet has been shut down in the country to avoid news spilling out about this savage behaviour. Violence, looting and unrest has ensued on the streets of the high density suburbs and city centres, encouraging further abuse by authorities to regain order. I’m shaking my head as I type this because I could close my eyes and think back to freelancing in the 90’s when I encountered similar violence under a different leader with the same agenda: greed. It’s pointless going further into the subject because nothing will be gained by discussing corrupt leaders and their power to censor the media, subject their citizens to undue hardship while their families and close minions grow fat off the fruit of the land. That said, what news headlines makes your blood boil on a Monday?
Moving on to the trivial again, as we approach the end of the first month of the year, what, if any, resolutions have you dropped that seemed like a good idea but now weigh you down like a lead balloon? I would love to know.
Well, my cup is empty and I can see the time flying by. Before I go, I want to give you a heads up about an interview I will be conducting in the next few weeks with an upcoming band still in their teens but making waves in rock music. Talk about having a finger on the political pulse, the songwriter and drummer will be giving me a sneaky preview into what it’s like to become a rockstar.
Until then, do keep in touch and send in your replies via the comments section or flag me down on twitter or Facebook.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.