Weekend Coffee Share; Better Late Than Never!

Can I get you a cup of coffee or tea? I am trying to catch up and didn’t want this last day to share in this group to slip by without sharing the most wonderful week. To be honest, this whole month of October has been really good to me. Last week was incredibly busy with family in town as we celebrated my 60th birthday! I still have some cake, would you like a piece? It was delicious. I will share some birthday photos as I have a lot to share. It was a beautifully fun, very horsey celebration. I felt like a kid again! A great way to feel when you are turning 60! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

The necklace I am wearing in the photo is a gift from my son and wife and it is stirrups, which are on an English saddle. I love it! They also gave me a beautiful scarf with horses on it and my hubby got me wireless earbuds. My daughter gave me a cookbook from a favorite cook and the picture of her and my granddaughter which is behind the cake in the first photo! (You scrolled up and looked! I did! Haha) My sister who lives out of state, her gift was all our food that we ordered from a wonderful BBQ restaurant. Oh my, I hope I am not forgetting anything as it was a wonderful day, with beautiful weather, food and fun times! Here is the horses with Alice!

Zack (my other horse) is around too, but I didn’t catch him in any of these photos. We didn’t have a lot of time to ride and so we walked around a bit and gave Chloe pats and hugs. Alice helped me put together their grain buckets and then put them away as we needed to head back to the party. I am glad we had this time together. I also am glad the weather was nice, not too hot or cold. Just perfect! I want to share the next day after my birthday. My daughter, son, hubby and I went to Long Beach for lunch and then went to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Only the outdoor exhibits were open and we had to buy tickets at a reserved time which is how they control the crowds. So there were not too many there at one time for safety.

It truly was the most wonderful week. I forgot to mention I got to babysit baby Teddy Monday before the birthday party. It was so wonderful to have him for the day as my son and wife with her side of the family went to the San Diego Zoo with Alice. I just have to share a couple more photos, I can’t help myself!

They are just so adorable. But before I close I had told you that I had a surprise and I didn’t realize when I mentioned this surprise what it all entailed. Because of this I thought it best to wait to share until I had 100% confirmation and now that it is all confirmed and all the important people know I can share my surprise! It is a surprise because I have made a decision to look for another job. It’s a surprise because I can’t believe it, but YES! I have acquired a new job and it is a day shift position. I can write a novel about my job history (I will share that in a separate post soon!) as I think it may be interesting and something that would be fun to have written down. I have been working night shift (grave yard shift) for 30+ years with only a couple of breaks in between. How have I done this for so long you ask? Perseverance!

I am not sure why I thought nights are the best hours and to be honest I have been a supervisor at this laboratory working nights for over 15 years. The money is good and I just always thought this was the best for us, the family. But as I am getting older, and a bit burnt out, the stress of supervising and working night shift led me to the decision that I should look for a day shift position. I am beyond EXCITED!! I shouldn’t be surprised I got the job because it is a laboratory job in Chemistry, my cup of tea and I will be taking care of instruments and working swing shift so I can take care of my horses in the mornings. No more night shift, and another plus, no more weekend work! I won’t have any excuse to missing another Weekend Coffee share again!! I just have 2 weeks to go and I will be like other humans, and living a more normal life! YAY!

I had a lot to share today. I may be writing about the difference between night shift hours and living and working day shift and sleeping at night! Haha, I still can’t believe it! I owe a lot of this wonderful decision to my daughter. Everything just fell into place and that’s my surprise!! πŸ˜€

Thank you for sharing coffee or tea with me today. My life is full of changes. I know changes can be hard but I think changes are good. I was getting so burnt out at my job. I was also feeling like I was not taking care of myself by working these crazy hours. I started to think why don’t I take care of myself? I worry so much about others, I forget about myself. I think we should all take some time and look at our situations and see if there isn’t some way to make things better. After all, we are worth it! ❀ ❀ ❀

Excited, Loving 60 Grandma!

~Diana

24 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; Better Late Than Never!

  1. I enjoyed your post so much tonight- I finally got a chance to sit down and blog and this was like my third post! The natural share about your birthday – family – and congrats on the job change!
    And what a change indeed – it might take you a year to adjust! But congrats!
    And top of the hat for the years you did the night shift! My mother worked graveyard for a few years and it really takes grit!

    Also – at first I thought the necklace was two hearts – but the stirrups are cool!
    And lastly – you look great for 60- seriously – can see softness and kind years

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    1. Oh I’m blushing, such kind comments! ❀️ Funny, how I notice the few new wrinkles here and there and I’m getting some gray hairs too! You are the sweetest and yes, I’m thinking it will actually take me awhile to get used to the new hours. Thanks so much for visiting and I do enjoy sharing with you all!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much! I certainly wasn’t planning on trying to get a new job near my birthday, but it’s all falling into place and a great way to celebrate! And yes, this night shift is getting harder and harder every year! I still can’t believe it, and can’t wait to start my new job! Thanks for visiting and sending your kind comments! πŸ˜€

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  2. wow just wow! Ya flamin spring chickeny cowgirl you, Happy Birthday!!! What wonderful smiley smiley time you had. I smiled all the way through reading & lol I did go back & look at the beautiful photo behind the glorious cake. How blessed you are & so glad your family got to share your magical day. Congratulations on the new job what a relief. Hope the 2 weeks fly’s by for you & the transition is smooth. May the smiles continue forever ever.

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    1. AWWW!! You’re the sweetest!! That photo is so precious. 😍 Things are falling into place and I’m so grateful for the smoothness so far. I’m in the process of moving my horses this week back to the original barn I was at, so am anxious and hope the ponies make the transition back okay. I’m sure it will all go well!! I’m still in “pinch me” mode, am I really getting a new job? I’ll be keeping everyone updated as these weeks go by! Thank you for your WONDERFUL comments and for visiting with me this week!! ❀️

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    1. Thanks so very much Kellie! ❀️ Such sweet comments, am so EXCITED about the new job. The birthday was so much FUN!! I’m really enjoying October this year! I’m happy to share with you all! β€οΈπŸ˜€

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  3. Happy birthday, Diana! Your birthday cake looks beautiful and I’m glad your celebration turned out perfect. Your grandchildren are adorable. Congratulations on your new job! It’s going to be great to have more time for self-care and leisure time on weekends, including weekend coffee share with your blogging buddies πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you so much sweet Natalie!! I think I’ll have more free time with my new job, so excited! Thank you for your wonderful comments and enjoy the rest of this week and weekend!! ❀️❀️❀️

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  4. Lovely photographs and marvelous happenings! Thanks so much for sharing your new and your joy. Family gathering around, I can tell, is precious to you. Congratulations on the new job. A better fit with family?

    Thanks so much for your coffee share, eagerly awaited.

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    1. Thank you so very much Liz! ❀️ Family is very close to my heart, more than I can say as I miss my grandkids so very much since they live in AZ. Such a gift to see them!! ❀️ And Yes! The new job and hours will be a much better fit to my family and all my other horsey responsibilities! I’m so very happy to have coffee with you! Hugs! β€οΈπŸ˜€

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  5. What an amazing post to read. I’ve not been around for a while but it’s nice to be back reading your posts. Happy birthday for last week! And congratulations on the new job! Such lovely photos to see too πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Cara!! Welcome back and thank you for the birthday wishes, and new job. I’m happy you enjoyed the photos, it’s so FUN to share! Have a great rest of this week!! β€οΈπŸ˜€

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  6. It made me so happy to read this post Diana. The cake was just as delicious as it looked. That is an amazing cake, so YOU!
    Congratulations to your new job! You deserve that. I can not imagine working night,. I just could not do it. I’m am so happy for you that you decided to take a leap of faith there. Good for you! once again Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thank you so very, very much! It’s totally ME!! Such horsey fun, fun, fun!! Such a DELICIOUS cake too!! I’m so excited about the future and yes, a leap of faith and can’t wait and hope it’s everything I think it should be which is a good change for the better. I didn’t realize how tough night shift is as I’ve had my struggles but made it work! ❀️ Thanks for the birthday wishes!! 😍🐴❀️

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    1. Thank you so much Anthonia! You are so very sweet. What WONDERFUL wishes for me and I think that would be grand to cut my 100th birthday cake! ❀️ That’s many years from now and I’m hoping we will still share with God’s grace, our time together as we share our lives with each other through these posts. ❀️❀️❀️

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