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Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:33:16 AM

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Welcome to Inspirations, the new coffee house here on Stories Space.

There’s lots of comfy chairs and a couple couches around the room. The fireplace is burning to take off the chill and add some ambience. Over on the far wall is the coffee bar, with an assortment of varieties and flavours. There’s also hot water and some fine teas for those so inclined. You can get baked goods and other snacks, including healthy options like fruit, from the neighbouring all-day continental breakfast bar. It’s a friendly place to meet friends and chat.

So, come on in and grab a brew and a chair. Let's get to know each other. What’s up? How’s life going? Got any interesting writing or other projects on the go? What’s new in your world?

N.B. We like to keep the conversation friendly and light around here, so maybe avoid controversial topics like politics. Anything that gets too heated will be moved to it’s own thread.

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
fuzzy1954
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 8:24:49 AM

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what a grand idea. I welcome any and all to share a cup of coffee let chat and relax


gillianleeza
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:26:18 AM

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I don't drink coffee but I love the idea of a coffee house here. I think I will have some fruit and hopefully some sort of decadently unhealthy donut.

I am currently trying to plan for having 18 people at Thanksgiving. How much food to cook, where to cook it, etc.

I have four of my Canadian in-laws coming for the week. Two have never been out of Newfoundland or been on a plane. They want to experience an American Thanksgiving.

It should be an interesting week. But the burning question consuming my family at the moment is what kind of pies are we having.
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:45:21 AM

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gillianleeza wrote:
I don't drink coffee but I love the idea of a coffee house here. I think I will have some fruit and hopefully some sort of decadently unhealthy donut.

I am currently trying to plan for having 18 people at Thanksgiving. How much food to cook, where to cook it, etc.

I have four of my Canadian in-laws coming for the week. Two have never been out of Newfoundland or been on a plane. They want to experience an American Thanksgiving.

It should be an interesting week. But the burning question consuming my family at the moment is what kind of pies are we having.


18? Ouch. My family's Christmas gatherings topped out at 17 a few years ago, but then dropped a couple. May be up again going forward since the kids are all old enough to start finding partners, though only my eldest nephew has done so to date.

As for pie, apple and pumpkin are the traditional fall pies around here but not sure about the Newfies. I prefer the latter myself.

And what other drinks should we stock? Maybe a fridge with some juices and pop?

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 11:54:29 AM

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Pumpkin spice belongs in pumpkin pie. In coffee or tea it's just a weird chai and I'd rather have a proper Indian chai. angry7

(I'm a bit of a grump, aren't I?)

That said, we have both hot caffeinated beverages in that flavour for those who like it. Hey, this place is virtual. If you want a flavour, it exists.glasses8


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:10:00 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
Pumpkin spice belongs in pumpkin pie. In coffee or tea it's just a weird chai and I'd rather have a proper Indian chai. angry7

(I'm a bit of a grump, aren't I?)

That said, we have both hot caffeinated beverages in that flavour for those who like it. Hey, this place is virtual. If you want a flavour, it exists.glasses8



Cooooool.... had this once... it's chai tea ice cream! ... wait... we do have ice cream don't we????





Is it alright to post pics? ... or are we 'conversational' only???? hello2
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:11:50 PM

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hayley wrote:




I just put in a fridge for.cold drinks and haven't done anything with the freezer yet so...clown

And pics are cool. Just don't get carried away.

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:15:13 PM

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Monday is 5th November!

Remember, remember
The 5th of November
Gunpowder
Treason
and Plot

Sooooo.... who's letting off fireworks Monday night??????
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:17:21 PM

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Too cold and wet. We get a brief respite from the latter tomorrow, and it's iffy for the rest of the week.


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:20:22 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
[quote=hayley]

I just put in a fridge for.cold drinks and haven't done anything with the freezer yet so...clown

And pics are cool. Just don't get carried away.


Cooool! .. Don't worry sweet man, I don't get carried away anymore .. it's bloody dangerous! My friends had a habit of dropping me as they carried me out. Something about friends who can't hold their drink. (ke)
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:25:02 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
Too cold and wet. We get a brief respite from the latter tomorrow, and it's iffy for the rest of the week.



Just a big bonfire then?


I think it's only right we celebrate the memory of Guido (Guy) Fawkes. Afterall he was the first man to enter a Parliament with the right idea :D
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:36:20 PM

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I wonder if this awesome thread should have it's own topic space rather than being part of the Break Room or anything else for that matter?????
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:37:49 PM

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hayley wrote:
I wonder if this awesome thread should have it's own topic space rather than being part of the Break Room or anything else for that matter?????


Made most sense here to start. Like the suggestion. I will see what others think.


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:53:05 PM

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Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:58:07 PM

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Survivor wrote:
Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.


You brought a tear to my eye... you must play TAPESTRY... you will understand.. most here won't.
What a legacy he left on the cafe scene here in France.
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:41:38 PM

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Do you serve this in your coffee house? icon_smile



The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:58:45 PM

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hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.


You brought a tear to my eye... you must play TAPESTRY... you will understand.. most here won't.
What a legacy he left on the cafe scene here in France.


Do you mean Tapestry by Carole King? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. drunken

I expect they serve cocoa here if the machine has hot water to make the instant stuff. flower
gypsy
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:21:17 PM

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Survivor wrote:
hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.


You brought a tear to my eye... you must play TAPESTRY... you will understand.. most here won't.
What a legacy he left on the cafe scene here in France.


Do you mean Tapestry by Carole King? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. drunken

I expect they serve cocoa here if the machine has hot water to make the instant stuff. flower


I was wondering the same thing, Larry, especially since here in France, where I live, the music in cafés is usually raucous and more likely to be Lou Reed and Walk on the Wild Side.

I kid you not...



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



DenimAngel
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:25:50 PM

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Ooh comfy chair *runs and jumps up in the biggest overstuffed chair*
Hi everyone hello1
Can we have sweet tea here ?
I'll have a coffee please :)


DenimAngel
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:28:19 PM

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gillianleeza wrote:
I don't drink coffee but I love the idea of a coffee house here. I think I will have some fruit and hopefully some sort of decadently unhealthy donut.

I am currently trying to plan for having 18 people at Thanksgiving. How much food to cook, where to cook it, etc.

I have four of my Canadian in-laws coming for the week. Two have never been out of Newfoundland or been on a plane. They want to experience an American Thanksgiving.

It should be an interesting week. But the burning question consuming my family at the moment is what kind of pies are we having.

Apple pie
Cherry pie
Pumpkin pie
Sweet potato pie
Blueberry pie



Survivor
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:46:37 PM

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gypsy wrote:
Survivor wrote:
hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.


You brought a tear to my eye... you must play TAPESTRY... you will understand.. most here won't.
What a legacy he left on the cafe scene here in France.


Do you mean Tapestry by Carole King? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. drunken

I expect they serve cocoa here if the machine has hot water to make the instant stuff. flower


I was wondering the same thing, Larry, especially since here in France, where I live, the music in cafés is usually raucous and more likely to be Lou Reed and Walk on the Wild Side.

I kid you not...


I've tried several time to post the music I am listening to here on this thread. For some reason it won't allow me to do it. But, basically, I go to youtube and search for French cafe music and I get lots of stuff with accordians. Very happy, uplifting things.
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:51:22 PM

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Should be able to post videos here, just like any other thread. I can't do it because I am on my phone and the YouTube doesn't seem to give embed codes.


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 3:48:25 PM

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Here is some music.



The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 3:51:49 PM

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Survivor wrote:
hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.


You brought a tear to my eye... you must play TAPESTRY... you will understand.. most here won't.
What a legacy he left on the cafe scene here in France.


Do you mean Tapestry by Carole King? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. drunken

I expect they serve cocoa here if the machine has hot water to make the instant stuff. flower



Don't know much about Carol King sorry, although I know she is a rage from the past as a song writer/singer. Is 'Tapestry' the name of an album by her?.

Not all French Cafes blurt out accordian music 24 hours. Some even have DJ's at night, especially at the weekends. I do rather like accordian music though and if you are really deeply immersed do you listen to Swiss and Bavarian? Especially the latter.

Back to Paris ... late night over an over heavy Bordeaux or coffee and cognac you can find a softer more melancholy background...


The 'Tapestry' I spoke of is by Charles Aznavour.. it's actually called 'A Tapestry Of Dreams' ... my uncle gave me it when he was clearing out his old vinyls. I have only really listened to the French and German ones .. plus a few Greek. He parted with over 1600 of them .. I should look for Carole King?


AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 3:53:18 PM

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This maybe?



The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 4:00:54 PM

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hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Just back from some weekend shopping. I got a large chrysanthemum. To plant in the area around my sycamore in front. It will fill in a gap next to other mums.

All the other groceries and sundries are put away so I could use a cuppa java, if you please, while I listen to French cafe music.

Cheers, all.


You brought a tear to my eye... you must play TAPESTRY... you will understand.. most here won't.
What a legacy he left on the cafe scene here in France.


Do you mean Tapestry by Carole King? That's all that comes to mind at the moment. drunken

I expect they serve cocoa here if the machine has hot water to make the instant stuff. flower



Don't know much about Carol King sorry, although I know she is a rage from the past as a song writer/singer. Is 'Tapestry' the name of an album by her?.

Not all French Cafes blurt out accordian music 24 hours. Some even have DJ's at night, especially at the weekends. I do rather like accordian music though and if you are really deeply immersed do you listen to Swiss and Bavarian? Especially the latter.

Back to Paris ... late night over an over heavy Bordeaux or coffee and cognac you can find a softer more melancholy background...


The 'Tapestry' I spoke of is by Charles Aznavour.. it's actually called 'A Tapestry Of Dreams' ... my uncle gave me it when he was clearing out his old vinyls. I have only really listened to the French and German ones .. plus a few Greek. He parted with over 1600 of them .. I should look for Carole King?




Oh, what a shame. Charles Aznavour just passed away. I did love his work. He was a protege of Edith Piaf, I think. I have one of her songs here on my profile (Non, je ne regrette rien) and one of his, as well (La bohme). Carole King was a songstress for my generation in the 70s. Tapestry is an album and a song on that album.
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 4:36:50 PM

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Survivor wrote:
Carole King was a songstress for my generation in the 70s. Tapestry is an album and a song on that album.


Tapestry is a great album! My sister had it – I was a little young yet, but nevertheless nearly wore it out.

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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 4:48:31 PM

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Hi everyone! hello2

After spending the day at a writers conference, I’m stopping in to unwind before heading home. What a wonderful spot this is!

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hayley
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 5:04:45 PM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Carole King was a songstress for my generation in the 70s. Tapestry is an album and a song on that album.


Tapestry is a great album! My sister had it – I was a little young yet, but nevertheless nearly wore it out.




Really? .. Now I will def look for it. Lot of rummaging to do this morning :D


What was the conference like? I have never been to one.
gillianleeza
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 5:08:32 PM

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Still debating pies but these have to be included I am told. Anyone who requests something has to make something.

Apple
Pumpkin
Pumpkin Cheese (Basically a cheesecake on the bottom topped with pumpkin pie)
Apple Pumpkin with a Streusel Topping
Triple Berry Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie (It doesn't really go with the holiday but it is my Dad's favorite)

I'll have a Cocoa Cola Please. Extra Cold with ice.

I know it's a coffee shop but I brought a box of cocktail umbrellas to liven up the non-coffee drinks. I hope no one minds.
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