Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stories from a Coffee Shop

I have been running the coffee shop for 4 months now! (Wow I can't belive it!)  What I have really enjoyed about the coffee shop are the conversations and the social aspect of it. I have heard so many stories, some sad, some funny and others just news.

I thought it would be a good idea to write these down.

It is quite amazing how we live our lives. Often we are going through similar difficulties but we are scared to tell other people!

My biggest problem with running a coffee shop is that my short term memory is so bad! I can't remember from one order to the next. For those who are going to tell me to write things down - I can never find a pen!

But problem solved, I have hired a waitress!

Friday, April 23, 2010

An old diary

On Monday I decided to have a big clean up! What a huge task. Since we moved into our place the same time as the coffee shop, I didn't really get to sort out my house. It was like a gym session on steroids!!

When I was packing out the stuff I found an old journal. I have never used one and only made one entry. (I started to blog in 2008) It was written in 2002 ... I found the entry interesting (also embarrasing to read) because it mentions my headaches and the stomach pains which I now feel are indicators of a seizure. It was actually written just before I had to go to hospital for stomach pain and dizziness caused by "stress".

"...I feel helpless (about the situation) and I feel that no-one helps me. I know that I get stomach pains and headaches from my worries. I try to hide it most of the time..."

So I am sure that stress agrivates the situation but what I was actually having were seizures!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book Name - My Brain Matters

Well James is convinced that I should call my book "My Brain Matters". My mother and daughter are in agreement so I have gone ahead with that.

I have a local publisher interested and I have been in contact with a self publishing house in the UK what have given me a quote. Now I need to decide what would be best for me. I am needing to get exposure and I am not sure how to do that. One step at a time...

What a fun thing this has been! I could do this for a living while stepping in and out of the coffee shop.

I have made a few updates to the website - you will see some new pages at the top links. I still have to fit in a lot more.

I am meeting so many people in the coffee shop. I should really start sharing the stories!

I am feeling good today (besides the nagging cough that I can't seem to beat) I can run my fingers through my hair and have to make another appointment with the hairdresser - whoever thought this tediuos action would bring such joy!!

For all my South Africans - Don't touch me on my studio! (For the rest Google it)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Website update

I have decided to do a website update (still trying to figure out when) so you will see a few things moving around a bit! I am looking forward to it!

Yesterday was really busy at the coffee shop and it was only Sean in the kitchen, Patricia cleaning and myself in the front. Phew! So my plans of doing a lot of book publishing or spring cleaning went out the window! But I can't complain. It was nice to know that I had made a bit of money!

James and I have started to (for the first time) pray in the mornings before we get dressed etc. We have been doing it for about 2 weeks now. I had prayed for people to come into the coffee shop yesterday and ... it seemed to have worked! Be carefull what you wish for! Shows God is answering!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Still need a name!

I am thinking of how to publish this book. I am pretty green in this area. If anyone has any advice PLEASE let me know! Also - I still can't decide on a name! nothing seems to stick!

Here is the prologue to my book! It describes what I now know is a complex partial seizure.


Why can’t I speak? I think my blood sugar must be low. I should eat. What can I eat? What is food? My eyes are blinking very rapidly. I go to the bathroom. No-one must see me. I feel stupid. It will go away. I don’t know how to lock the door. I sit on the seat so that I won’t fall. If I have low blood sugar, I need to eat, so I look for food. I don’t know what food is. I grab the air freshener and try to spray it into my mouth, thinking it is food. (At least I will have a nice lavender-scented mouth.) Luckily I don’t know how to open it. I experience everything. I am thinking and trying to rationalise what is going on. Although my thinking of what I want to do is there, nothing around me makes sense.

I get tired. I lie on the floor. My eyes are sore and flicker; my head is pounding and the noise is intense. I worry about the baby in my belly. “Dear God please help. I want to get up. I don’t want to ask for help, I feel ashamed. I will just lie here. It will go away. What is happening?”

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