If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is kind of funny out, warmish and humid. It will get almost hot with high humidity later today before we return back to normal early autumn weather on Sunday and Monday. It was a strange week weather-wise… Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire, and there is a story in that…

The main theme of the week has to be about dental work. I went in Tuesday afternoon for a filling. I had chipped the corner off of a tooth that had an existing filling back early last winter. Anyway, when they were starting to work on it they discovered that the damage had grown. I had lost the filling and had another chip. A decision was made to do a crown, but they couldn’t do it then. So the put in a blob-like filling while the admin people researched Insurance (or lack there-of – even my dental insurance sucks for dental work). I went back in on Thursday and had the the crown prepared and a temp put in. So I will have another visit later. Yuck…. One thing, I had planned on going to Cape Cod on Wednesday night. The Thursday appointment made that a no go.

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The Weekly Smile for the 13th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. I’m having a hard time picking out something for my smile this week. It’s not because it was such a terrible week or anything. Most of it was routine, though there was, of course, the 9/11 remembrance. There was just nothing that really jumps out.

This weekend was beautiful. Well, Saturday was beautiful. Sunday was a bit humid and very hazy, but it was still nice to get out into it. And that I did. I didn’t go for a great hike, but I was outside a lot. A few things stand out, like seeing a tiny tree frog in some weeds. It was odd – I don’t think I’ve noticed one like this before. Or going through a field of waste high grass/hay/weeds with Fiyero, with him finding the animal paths to make walking easier. Or scurrying up hill on a fallen log to stay up with Alexander (the cat). I did my typical run a few times, which has fabulous views of the surrounding country side (it starts at a low point, but reaches the highest point for several miles around. There were several walks, including into lightly wooded areas. All of the animals needed walk and outdoor play time. I “stopped to smell the flowers”, just spending time exploring my surroundings with all of my senses. Anyway, it was just great to spend time outside, even if I didn’t do a lot with that time except “just be”, living 100% in the moment.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 9/6 – 9/12/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Another interesting week with all of the ups and downs that we see in life. Part of that, of course are all of the smiles that we have gathered here :) Sound interesting? Just click on a few of the links below:

Trent’s World
Nut House Central
The Hidden Edge
Tessa Dean – Author
A Day in the Life
Touring My Backyard
Change is Hard
Thistles and Kiwis
priorhouse blog
Light Motifs II

See what I mean? A lot of good smiles :)

I’ll post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 11th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come take a seat and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, or some other beverage. It is a beautiful day! The sun is shining and the sky is a deep blue. It started out almost cold, but is pretty warm now. You can feel Autumn in the air. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

OK, I can’t go farther without mentioning the date I wrote at the top of the post. Yeah, it has been 20 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I have a friend who is a retired NYC firefighter who is down in the city this weekend. In 2001 I worked in the air traffic control facility that first reported the hijacked aircraft and made the decision to ground all of their planes – watching documentaries it is always interesting to see people I know being interviewed about it. So I am thinking about the date, but I don’t want to bring it up beyond acknowledging it.

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Plan B

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

“I think I am all cultured out.”


I had that figured out when we set foot on the Air France flight to go on “the vacation of a lifetime”.

The Louvre was boring.

I heard the phrase “Awful Tower” far too many times.

Grand chateaux were as exciting our neighbor’s house.

Sitting in a historic medieval village, sipping coffee, and he finally realizes he is not having the time of his life?

But then his face lit up. I followed his gaze.

It took me two minutes to add working farms to our itinerary.

I’d save our trip yet.


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Sandra Crook. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

The Weekly Smile for the 6th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. Some of you may have noticed that I was pretty much missing from the blog over the last week and half or so. Actually, for most of August, but that is another story… Anyway, I spent a good portion of August on Cape Cod. i told you earlier about having a nephew and a niece visit us there. Well, last week my parents were able to make a visit.

A couple of quick comments. We have been sharing a week with my parents on Cape Cod for almost 15 years. From 2014 – 2018 they were able to stay at our cute cottage on Swan Pond. In early 2019 we bought a real house, but they were unable to visit that year, and then 2020 was the year of no travel due to Covid. So this is the first time they have visited since 2018 and the first time they saw our house!

We didn’t do a whole lot. OK, in ways we did. We puttered around the house, reading, talking and relaxing. I did quite a bit of work on the house and yard with my dad giving pointers and helping out at times. He is a child of the Depression, so seems to know how to do anything and everything… Well, until we get to computers, but that’s another story.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 8/30 – 9/5/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. I’m running quite a bit late. I actually thought of skipping the recap for a second week because I am so far behind and my computer is acting up after being off for two weeks while I was away, but, here it is. Some pretty good smiles :)

Trent’s World
Change is Hard
A Multitude of Musings
The Hidden Edge
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Tessa Dean – Author
Natasha Musing
Touring My Backyard

Some great smiles there :)

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat! The temperature is perfect and the sun is out, though the table is in the shade. There is almost no humidity in the air, which is surprising. Well, maybe not: it feels like Autumn and it is September…. And where are we sitting this fine September morning? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

OK, I have posted very little in the last couple of weeks. Almost nothing at all! I have been busy on many levels. A good thing is that I had this week off of work, so not busy there! Well, I was last week….

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