Coffee Talk: Downsizing and Seriously, What Year Is This

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

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I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

I’m sitting here watching 11.22.63 on Hulu and totally digging it. I’ve tried reading the book over the years but I just can’t get into it. Actually, that’s not true. I start reading it, then I put it down and forget. All of my friends {the Stephen King fans anyway}, kept telling me that I needed to read this book. As an history person, they just know I’d love it. When I’m reading it, I’m totally absorbed but life happens. I pick up other books. The Walking Dead returns. My family wants to eat. Anyway, the miniseries is engrossing. And I’m only a few minutes into the first episode.

The Hubs and I are trying to downsize. You know, reduce expenses — cut back on cable, force the kids to be a little more self sufficient, etc. We’re one of those couples who had kids before we got married and then had several more together, so we never got to do the dating and living without kids thing, so we want to do it now. Our kids are in their twenties and thirties. And, quite honestly, we’re not getting any younger, you know? And we kinda feel like it’s time. We have the camper, we want to go exploring. And we want to make some memories. We’ve been looking into selling the house too. I really want a craftsman or a bungalow style house, but I don’t see many of those here in Georgia.

Did you read that Selena Gomez’s best friend gave her a kidney? That’s intense. Would you do that? Could you do that? That’s love, ya know? Not gonna lie, I kind of envy that friendship.

Some guy went on CNN to defend 45 and did so in one of the most disgusting and sexist ways possible. I don’t know why people are shocked. If 45 can confess to assaulting women and still get elected, isn’t it only reasonable to think some of his supporters would think it’s acceptable to reduce women to their body parts as well?

Politics, y’all. This is what life has become.

Now, it’s your turn… What’s going on in your world? Anything have you scratching your head or belly laughing? Is there a book I absolutely must add to my TBR Shelf? Have you cooked or ordered anything tasty?


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • fuschia

    We have grown up kids too, and have been discussing downsizing for almost a year now. Hubby is retiring in January so that was a consideration. We also discovered that we really did not want to downsize as far as square footage, we have almost 2300 square feet now. I love the space, I have my own “she shack” downstairs, he has his man cave upstairs, but I hate my kitchen. There is no room for renovating it. My husband says I don’t cook as much as I used to when we had kids, so why isn’t this kitchen enough? My response was that a kitchen is not just to cook in. Sometimes you just want to look at a beautiful well organized kitchen space and sigh with contentment. Lean on the counter and look out the window and just have some time alone with your thoughts…..does anyone feel me? Ultimately we decided not to downsize for now but the subject isn’t totally closed!

    • LOL I feel you on the kitchen. I don’t cook nearly as much as I used to, but I still want a kitchen that is pretty and functional. The one thing missing from our kitchen is big ol’ window. *sigh* Love that you and your husband have separate spaces. People always look at me like I’ve grown two heads when I say I want my own space. I want a space that is truly a reflection of me — where I can sit something, come back 3 weeks later and it’s still there. LOL

  • Rae

    I saw that show a while back and was completely drawn in. I didn’t even know it was based on a book, which is probably better than the series. Definitely adding it to my never ending reading list.

    When I hear about anyone defending Trump, especially people I work with or know, I just make sure to make a mental note. I can’t say that I’m surprised anymore, and I’m not sure that’s a good or a bad thing. I feel like I’m constantly trying to remain attentive without becoming desensitized.

    • I’ve been trying to read the book for years. At this point, I really ought to give up, but I can’t do it. LOL What I need to do is take a vacation from life and sit down with a pot of coffee.

      I cannot believe there are still people defending him. The worst part is that some are folks I considered friends. Like you, I’ve started making a mental note and moving on. I just can’t with him. I think what really bothers me is that we know if President Obama did the stuff this guy is doing there would have been all sorts of calls for impeachment.

  • If you babes are in their 20s and 30s, they are launched, you’ve done your due. Get in that camper and go make some memories!!

    We aren’t getting any younger over here either. Funny how that works! I have told my daughters that we need to trim the birthday and Christmas gifts to one something special. None of us in our family needs or wants for a thing. I say that after spending too much on cosmetics at Sephora…the first time I have bought makeup anywhere but Walmart and Target. Probably the last, too!

    I did see that Selena Gomez’s BFF donated a kidney to the star. Beyond friendship.

    • You are so right. The Hubs and I finally had a sit down and were like this is our time. We need this. Our kids are in college and we will help them, but we cannot continue to support them.

      We trimmed back on gifts years ago. We only buy for those 18 and under (which means, only the grandkids receive gifts). As for Sephora, sometimes, you need to splurge. It does feel good, doesn’t it? Like you, I mostly buy at Target or, sometimes, the dollar store…

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