Thursday, October 18, 2018

Respite on a Rainy Day

by Karen Rose Smith

The last week in September and the first week of October were extremely busy. I had overbooked doctors' appointments and vet appointments, in addition to meeting with contractors for a bathroom remodel. I had also made arrangement for a lunch visit with a good friend and agreed to pet sit for another friend who lives 40 minutes away. To top it off, I received the final edit of my latest romance with a short turnaround time. Needless to say, I was out of energy and motivation by the end of last week.

Saturday was a dreary morning with pouring rain, so hubby said, "Let’s go to Jacquelyn’s." He’d been there before but I hadn’t. It’s an adorable coffee shop near my home.  It has the ambiance of a coffee shop at the shore and offers delightful treats and luncheon items along with a full menu of specialty coffees. 

A cappuccino, a raspberry pinwheel and a fireplace provided a delightful, albeit brief, respite and time to just relax without my phone or computer.  We enjoyed time together before heading back to our daily routine.

An impulsive decision to get out of the house and find some quiet time can go a long way to alleviate the stresses of everyday life. Our coffee date was a reminder that we need to make time to take a deep breath and enjoy the simple a chat by a fire while sipping coffee and snacking on a sweet treat.  Those are the things that make life cozier and sweeter!     

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