Ah, the Weekend, a First-Time Coffee Share…

I follow a Wonder Woman from Australia named Rowena. Why is she Wonder Woman on top of being a Wonderful Woman? Read her about page on: Beyond the Flow.

Every Saturday, Rowena participates in the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Nerd in the Brain, where her and others discuss their week over coffee and many other beverages. This weekend, I’ve decided to join them.

It has been a pretty good week, my hours at work this week went down to 53. I’m starting to see some headway, as the piles on my desk are getting thinner. By July, I may be down to 47 hours πŸ˜‰ I’m not here to complain about work, tho.

Like we did for the Memorial Day weekend, we’ve decided to take the day following the Forth of July holiday off also. The stress of driving home with everyone else, on the same day, has turned us bonkers. We have always had a good drive leaving for our destination, as we leave a couple of days before the long weekend. Our bosses may not be happy with us, however I don’t give a rat’s ass!

We’re going to Door County, Wisconsin again. Specifically, Sister Bay. We’re normally pretty fickle and don’t go to a location twice, however there were so many things to see here, we didn’t get to them all in one trip. We most likely won’t even finish the list this trip, either! It’s super beautiful there, and I highly recommend it. It’s dubbed, ‘The Cape Cod of the Midwest’. Hopefully, we will be able to participate in an art class or two. For whatever reason, many artists have settled here and open their doors to teach their talents.

Before we leave on our trip, we both have to go to the dentist for some work. I thought I was the sissy-la-la of the relationship when it came to going to the DDS…. Au contraire mon frΓ¨re!! My husband wears that hat! I only need two teeth pulled, unless they are able to talk me into implants. Let’s see… a $500 bill or a $10,000 bill? I’m so over spending a mint on my mouth. From childhood to now, I’m guessing I’ve dumped at least $125,000 into my mouth. I know teeth are important, however all the rest of mine are in great shape, these are the farthest back and don’t effect the opposite ones on top.

I’m here in The States and I often feel like we put too heavy of a worth on looks (cosmetic surgery), including dental work. Please don’t take offense to this running joke in the U.S., British folks, but we always poke fun at your crooked teeth. I’m sure this poke was dreamed up by a DDS marketing team for them to justify the advertisements for many, unnecessary dental procedures… Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is, do other counties, especially with publicly funded healthcare systems, push for dental implants or do they opt to pull the tooth? I’d love input. Research here tells me I need to opt for the $10,000 method. I’m just not sold. Sadly, my husband is in a worse boat than I am, due to smoking and having not gone to a DDS in years. PS – We do not have dental insurance.

Otherwise, I’m living the dream here in the Midwest! May’s rains are over and we’re finally enjoying some heat. The saying used to be, “April showers, bring May flowers”. I’ve changed that to, “May’s doom and gloom, brings June blooms”!! Flowers have been a bit early this year compared to the recent past. If you don’t know my blog, I post blooming flower photos by date (phenology) and compare them to previous years. The next two months will be a blur of color, as it’s the bloomiest time of the year, here. =-D

I thank you for taking the time to share a cup of Joe with me! I look forward to joining you more often.

Enjoy your weekend!! Ilex

47 thoughts on “Ah, the Weekend, a First-Time Coffee Share…

  1. Reblogged this on beyondtheflow and commented:

    Finally, I’ve been exposed. Yes, I truly am the “Wonder Woman of Australia”. AND, if you’d seen me at tap on Monday night, you’ll know I have the tights, even if I don’t quite have the moves! xx Rowena AKA Wonder Woman of Australia!!

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  2. Thanks so much for my new title. I made sure I shared it with the family and reblogged. Not everyday I get such appreciation band it’s much appreciated. I am currently trying to sort our house out, which is tapping into my weaknesses but after a few months, I am starting to make good progress.
    Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share. It’s great to have you along and I hope you keep joining us. I’ve made some good friends here.
    On the teeth front, I’ve generally gone every 6-12 months and my teeth a pretty good aside from 2 crowns. My husband currently needs major work done and is putting that off due to finances. I have a few friends who’ve gone overseas for treatment and I’m wondering whether my husband should try that. My mother’s spent a mint on her teeth.
    I personally don’t see why implants are so expensive.
    xx Rowena

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      • Thanks so much. I do laugh at things. Life is so crazy and things turn inside out and upside down and completely bamboozle me. It’s been a long,long road to reach this point and as you know, that road has involved scaling some vertical cliffs by my finger tips and I know that helped me reach this place. I still battle a sense of sadness which I can’t really explain but suspect it’s due to this constant sense of striving and not always realizing how far I’ve come because the goal posts keep moving. It’s important to encourage people, especially those who are struggling and I try to do that as honestly as I can without getting too bogged down. I don’t want people to think I just pressed a magic button to get where I am now, because it just doesn’t work like that and it would only make people feel worse. I feel that even as writers who are unpaid, that we have a responsibility for what we write and how we construct our story. Broken people are so very fragile and don’t need any further knocks.
        On that note, I’ll get off the soapbox. Went to a local cafe today with the kids and the dogs and went for a beach walk afterwards. The sun was out and it was absolutely beautiful!
        Hope you had a great weekend. Catch you soon.
        xx Rowena

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        • What a beautiful statement!
          Yes, it’s hard to judge time when you are reading a post. What took days or week to do can be read in 10 minutes.
          I’ve been reading your posts for a while and know you are strong. Strong doesn’t always mean you’re not weak at times.
          Thank you for all of your encouragement. It has always helped me =-)

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          • Your welcome and thanks so much for coming back for so long. The cheque’s in the mail.
            Interesting that you mention about being weak and strong because allowing yourself to embrace weakness, is no doubt a sign of great strength.
            I enjoy encouraging other people and it’s a very natural thing for me to do. Time management and organizing stuff are not not my strengths, but I am trying. And trying…

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    • Its easy to balance a 0. As in that’s how much I want to spend at the down-tist!
      Basically, I’m going there for the drugs. DDS uses the same pliers I have at home and pulls up. Can’t imagine there’s a whole lot of science behind it. Like I said, aside from the drugs… 🀣

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  3. Welcome to weekend Coffee. I agree Rowena is a wonderwoman. It sounds like your long weekends are a great way to relax after the dental work that doesn’t sound like fun. I’ve had a bit (I discovered like horses as they age our teeth too suffer) and it is not cheap nor a lot of fun although the pain attached these days seems to be more with the wallet than with the mouth. Thanks for the cuppa.

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  4. Actually I have just sat down with a cup of coffee to read your post – fortuitous hey! πŸ™‚
    As to dentists, I pay medical aid, like your insurance, but it never covers the full cost of dental care – maybe 25%. Yes, I have the British crooked teeth, but not so much that you see in the front. I did opt to have some teeth capped, cos you gotta have something to chew on! – but more for functionality than aesthetics. I recently went to my dentist merely for a check up before my long UK trip next month. 3 small fillings and a very light purse later . . .
    Enjoy your long weekend, some sunshine and June’s Blooms. πŸ™‚

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  5. I spent part of my youth in the dentist’s office so I can’t stand going. I do, but usually put a little longer space between visits. We have insurance, but if we require anything beyond the maintenance piece, it comes out of our pocket. My husband had the question of implants a few years back and because of the cost chose a bridge. If we had to do it over again, the implants would win out. It strikes me ironic that as we age everything falls and sags except for gums – they recede and cause a problem. πŸ™‚

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    • I knew you’d want to hide in our luggage πŸ˜‰
      I’d bet we’ll be going there for a few more ‘long weekend’ trips for a few years… so much to see! Maybe we can coordinate?
      Speaking of travel… I left a review for your Alaska Bits on Amazon. I just finished it last weekend. I want to go so bad now! However, this trip would need like a month to be done correctly.
      I think I need to become a teacher and have summers off! πŸ˜ƒ

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    • Thanks! I feel April has become a great month! We can camp, weather’s nice and we feel spring is here… Then May shows up and rains on the parade πŸ˜•
      I’m in landscape construction, and it sure put a damper on our schedule.

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