Good Morning, Everyone. Coffee is ready. Come join me. The morning is filled with bird chatter.
I mowed the lawn yesterday, so the yard looks like a carpet of dabbled green. My husband, Matt, finished up the flower planting, the roses are budding, and the foxgloves suddenly appeared. Color is returning. It is just in time since my youngest sister is marrying her best friend next week. The wedding will be at my parents’ house overlooking the Great South Bay, where my two other sisters and I had our weddings. Barbara eloped the first time. It didn’t stick. This time, she is “doing it right” (as our father says) with Dad walking her down an aisle, promises made in front of everyone, tying the knot with John–a generous and loving soul, and celebrating in the backyard. Although most of the festivities will be at my parents’ house, I will be hosting the day before. Lots to do.
If we were having coffee together, I would recap the week. Matt and I had a very fun time visiting our grandbabies in South Carolina. We played games, read stories, and swam in pools. It was very hard to have to leave them.
I participated in the Syosset Public Library Author Showcase on Tuesday night. It was an impressive gathering of local authors and an audience of bibliophiles. The next night was spent at the Long Island 2 Day Walk Expo for Breast Cancer awareness and support. I met dedicated organizers and volunteers that make this event an important campaign. The mission of the LI2Day is to keep the funds for cancer support, education, and research that are raised by Long Islanders on Long Island. I sold my book at a table, shared stories with so many people, and was able to raise a donation for the cause. The cancer events and campaigns are beginning to solidify, and I need to get busy sending out proposals for me and Hug Everyone You Know to be part of the wave.
In the meantime, Matt is working on getting at least one boat ready for launching. The sails are repaired and cleaned, the bottom painted, brightwork brightened, hull polished, and the little engine started up. All a good sign.
This weekend I must clean the house, get the screens in the windows, finish up the yard work, and make more lists for the upcoming week. I need to get organized and perhaps delegate since I am still teaching this week. All of my girls and grandkids will be arriving on Thursday for the wedding. Our house will be crazy-happy full.
Big shout-out thank yous go out to Eclectic Allie, the drive behind Weekend Coffee Share. These weekly catch-ups prove to be a wonderful way to keep the writing flowing. Thank you, Allie.
Have a good weekend and week, Everyone. Make it GREAT!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.