Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Friday, September 3, 2010

Coffee Shop

I am treating myself today. I've been running and working all week and feeling a bit stressed.
So today I'm taking some time for myself. I'm at Seattle's Best having a cranberry/oatmeal cookie and a medium hot chai. I love chai and they have the best here.

It is a beautiful day. It is supposed to read 110 degrees but I don't think it will. There is a breeze and the sky is bright. It's wonderful to take time to notice these things. I find my blog helps with this. I'm always looking for things to write about. Pictures to share. And of course ideas for my artwork and writing.

I found this quote at Lisa's blog this morning: "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." by Camille Pissarro. Isn't that wonderful? (By-the-way, Lisa has a wonderful story about Cedric the gentlemanbug. Pay her a visit and add some magic to your day.
So what do I see today, in this place where I have spent many hours writing, reading and relaxing.

There are wonderful pictures of Seattle and Pike's Place Market that bring back happy memories.
Books and magazines are still being read.
The mesquite trees on the patio are all gnarly and bent.
There are no books on the upper storage shelves which I remember being full in the past.
They are playing soft jazz. I don't know the musician.
Christmas cards are already out; along with the 2011 calendars.
A guy just walked in with a big bouquet of purple flowers.
There's a lady in a straw hat with a pink band sleeping in one of the cushy chairs.

I'm already feeling better.
Take some time. Go to a quiet place, with pen or paper or your computer, and write down the little things you see.


  1. I wish I was there sipping chai with you today. It's been a rather stressful day here also!!

  2. Ooh I would love to cosy up with a cuppa and a cookie too and listen to the jazz. Who are the flowers for I wonder?
    Thank you so much for the link. I shall have to hunt down Cedric again tomorrow and tell him he has become something of a worldwide celebrity - lucky little bug!

  3. Feel BETTER!!!! Sounds like you are...

    Rita - could you send me your email address so I can add you to the list for the Butterfly Effect Project? Thanks - I am at twodressesstudio@shaw.ca

  4. Hi Rita it sounds lovely.Such a wonderful scene you paint my friend. Thanks also for adding the dezinaworld banner :)
    Hugs June xxxxx

  5. I can picture you perfectly :) Cheers to you Rita!

  6. There is NOTHING like some time for oneself. I enjoy taking a nap, or watching football (I know - - - a little too much testosterone in my system I suspect), or reading or going to lunch with a friend, or BLOGGING, always blogging.


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