Weekend Coffee Share: Stumptown Reminiscing


After we share some Stumptown cold brew, head over to Part Time Monster for some more.

If we were having coffee, I would invite you out on the balcony. I would say how I’ve never had a December like this. We have the windows open most days and had to turn on the AC on Thanksgiving. Not a proper rainy winter down here in the South. The bonsai doesn’t know what to make of it and I don’t either.

If we were having coffee, I would say that I’m excited to visit a monastery I just found out about. I would wait for the eye roll to finish before I continued. This one is different. There are bonsai at this one. It looks like one of the brothers is a master gardener and I can get some supplies to move my bonsai to a better pot and prune him. Also this isn’t just any monastery but the daughter house of Thomas Merton’s monastery, Gethsemane. That’s quite the poetic pedigree.

If we were having coffee, I would discretely ignore your continued eye rolling by taking a sip.

I hope that visiting a monastery will make us feel more grounded. We’re struggling with the culture shock and missing the Northwest. I never thought I would watch Portlandia out of a sense of homesickness.

If we were having coffee, I would say that we just watched C.O.G. (about David Sedaris’ time in Oregon) the other night and I was surprised how strongly the landscape hit me. I got excited that they were getting ready for a fair and wondered which county it would be in and was disappointed when it was just the PSU farmer’s market. Even the cannery work was familiar.

If we were having coffee, I would ask if you knew a good place to get a Christmas tree. Finding tree farms back home was no problem. There’s a reason why the Cascadian flag has a Douglas fir on it.

16 Responses

  1. I’ve arrived here following the Coffee Share links. Hi!

    So you’re telling me that you’re as confused as a bonsai?!! Delightful image. Would make a good bumper sticker. I hope that the monastery is all that you hope it will be. Have a happy weekend.

  2. Sorry to learned you Re homesick for the Portland area. According to our news the coast is being hit by a series of storms and ma.y areas are flooding. It akes about 2days for the storms to reach southwestern Idaho.

  3. I’m sorry you are feeling out of place there but when you think of it, you haven’t been there very long. I’m sure that this time next year you’ll be so much more adapted. I’m sure you will still miss Portland but maybe not as much or as often!

  4. We get our tree every year at the local fruit shop but it wouldn’t be in good shape by the time it travelled to USA. I really have no idea how we’re going to fit the Christmas tree in the house this year and really don’t feel like bothering with a tree at all. It all feels a bit too hard but I’ll get my mojo back. Went to the school carols tonight and that helped put me into more of a Christmas mood. We’ve been so bust lately that I just feel like crawling into bed and not coming out. That said, I should be in bed now but am tapping away here instead so I’m clearly lying. I just wish I could clone myself every December and I know I’m not the only one.
    Take care and I hope you have a great week!
    xx Rowena

    • Thanks Rowena! I know exactly how you feel. I’m tempted to not get a tree too, or to wait till I’m done this term. But I think if we hang in there and decorate we’ll be able to get more into the celebration.

  5. I am NOT rolling my eyes at your plan to visit the monastery, I think it sounds marvelous! Bonsai are fascinating. I have a bougainvillea that my husband’s grandmother gave to us when we bought our first house twenty-two years ago, and I’ve kept it alive all this time by bringing it inside and cutting it back severely each fall. I suppose in a way it is a bonsai, since it is only two and a half feet tall! ………Oh my gosh, just now I looked up bougainvillea bonsai online, and they are incredibly beautiful! I might have to undertake to train the branches of my plant with wire! Thank you for your post!

    • Glad to hear it, Nooce! I just looked up bougainvillea and they do look amazing! I have a coral bark maple. I’m still waiting for it to go dormant before I prune it here. I’ve been keeping an eye on the temperature and bringing it in, but it doesn’t go down to freezing much here.

  6. Hope the monastery visit is an interesting and productive trip, both for you and for Mister Bonsai. 🙂

    It’s unseasonably warm here in New Orleans, too—seems to be unseasonably warm all over, really. Maybe we’ll get a bit of cooler weather soon.

  7. We may not ever have white Christmases in the South, but Lard Cheeses, our Autumns are long and awesome. Except when it’s gross and rainy.

    I’m an artificial tree type Christmas lover so I could never help you with your real tree search. But I hope you find a beautiful, great smelling tree.

    I love visiting monasteries. I always feel more even when I leave. I’m not sure even is the right word, but it describes perfectly how I feel.

    • I think “even” is a great word for it. I think part of it is the slowness of monastic time. Of course monks and nuns still live in our hectic modern lives and they have important work to do and deadlines to meet, but the regularity of their life seems to even that out.

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