If We Were Having Coffee – 1/31/2015

Morning Coffee

Hello and welcome! Looking at the coffee cup you may realize we are in NH this weekend. So sit down and I’ll get you a mug of a very strong French Roast or perhaps some tea, cocoa or other warm, non-alcoholic beverage (if you arrive in the evening, perhaps we could uncork something stronger, but it is still morning;)). You’ll want something warm since it has been very cold, down to -10F/-23C on Thursday, and below 0F today. Next week will be even colder.

Looking out the window you may notice a bunch of white. Yes, no matter which direction you look the whole world is white. We didn’t get the full brunt of the storm in my little village, but there was still around two feet/60 cm of the stuff here. It wasn’t the heaviest snow fall I’ve seen, both in depth and weight – I’ve seen almost a meter of snow that was almost the weight of pure liquid water which took down many very large trees. No this, snow was light and I was able to get out in only a couple of hours.

That has been the main topic of conversation, obviously. That and deflate gate (we’re in Patriot’s country here), but the first one to bring that up here gets salt instead of sugar in their coffee;) OK, why do we have to hear about it 24×7? Isn’t what’s happening in other parts of the world more important? Not that I know what’s been happening in the world the last two weeks because all they talk about in the news is weather and (American) football!

Today we are driving to Maine to pick up a rescue puppy. The puppy is not from Maine, they are driving up the coast to different drop of points. The closest drop of point for us is in Maine. If I don’t hit your coffee chat today it’s because I’m busy.

This week I announce I am going to put out a couple of self-produced CDs. I’ve been working on a new mix for the first one. It should be ready in a week or two. I have no time frame yet for when it will be released. I’ve done the research but haven’t contacted the company that will actually release it yet.

The blog has been doing very well. First, even though I made fun of the WP end of year report with my flying monkey post, I still did get a few things out of it. One was that my longest posting streak was a lucky 13 days. I decided to break it for 2015 and posted every day in January. I did a few reposts, but since I posted twice a few times there have been more than 31 new, original posts.

I’ve also received more traffic this month than any previous, and by a fairly wide margin. Now, when I look at my weekly views I know they are smaller than many of the blogs I follow’s daily views. Much smaller than a handful. But that’s fine, it’s not a competition. I’m just happy that more people are visiting.

I’ve also been continuing with the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion and had two posts this week devoted to it, here and here.

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There is so much negativity in this world it is time for people from all over the world, from different races and religions to stand up and put out a positive message for compassion.  If you haven’t heard yet, on February 20, 2015 we want to get at least 1000 people to blog and Tweet about compassion.    There is now a Word Press Blog for this event.  Please take a look!  You can join at the Facebook page.

My personal vision for the event is captured in this paragraph:

Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!

Well, that’s about it.   I hope you all had a great week and that next week is even better! Thanks for dropping by and sharing a cup of coffee, or the hot beverage you chose, with me!

Part time Monster, which originated the “If We Were Having Coffee” posts, is now hosting a weekly Weekend Coffee Share. Go over there and join other bloggers for a cup of coffee!

33 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee – 1/31/2015

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks for stopping by for coffee! Yes, I think you’d like the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion and I’m sure, seeing your blog, you’d have something to say on the subject. I haven’t had time to go through the different blogs from The Journal’s Introduction post but I’ll try to take a look.

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  1. yprior1

    well I want sweetened creamer in my irish creme coffee – so I will not mention the – well – you know… but I did like how you said it seems that on the news it is either weather or football –
    congrats on posting every day – whew – I did that for 2 months last spring – and well, it was fun- but not really my groove.
    okay, safe travels picking up your sweet rescue – and I think you are making the right choice (and two thumbs up to your wife) and now you really have a Pack! ha!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yep, it’s becoming a pack all right. She is beginning to fit in, unless you ask the cats;) I am NOT going to post every day in February, even though it’s a short month! I’m skipping today, for one. About the unmentionable – I did see your latest ball video:) Anyway, heading back down to help with the pup, I’ll be sure to bring back your Irish creme coffee when I come back:)

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      1. yprior1

        why thank you kindly sir – and I am super glad to have caught you after picking up the pup – we are getting ready to head out to go and watch the Superbowl. (double yawn – just not fun when none of our teams are in it…. )

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, my wife has said our puppy Fiyero would be much happier with a sister. I finally submitted, or at the very least didn’t shout too much when she said we had just adopted a puppy ;) So now we have 2 dogs, 2 very unhappy cats and a parrot. And soft hearts:)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Because of the snow I’m working from home today. My lap has not been empty of cat even for minute. They might not like the puppy, but they’re not totally sulking. They’ll get over it. We’ve brought dogs home before and it doesn’t take too long for them to adjust.

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  2. mbarkersimpson

    Thanks for the coffee :-) I will look forward to hearing more about the CD’s – that sounds like an interesting project. I’d also like to learn more about the puppy, and am keeping my fingers crossed we get to see photos! Have a great Sunday.

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  3. sonyaliraphotography

    We have not had any snow in our part of Texas. It has been colder than normal this winter. We had a super high electric bill. I hope to see some puppy pics soon.
    I joined the facebook page to blog about compassion on February 20th. I had not seen that Trent thanks for mentioning it.

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  4. nerdinthebrain

    I think it’s so awesome that you’re getting a rescue pup! We rescued our little guy 8 years ago, and I’m happy every day that we did. :)

    I also think it’s awesome about the CDs! How exciting! :D

    I hope you’re having safe travels to Maine and back. :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          There was a log story behind this puppy, but the main part is the mother and two puppies were brought to a vet who was told to euthanize them all. The vet called the shelter. They were all very malnourished, had different parasites that had to be treated, etc. With your husband, I think it’s a great thing he does even if it it is “just” providing transport.

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          1. Silver in the Barn

            It’s a necessary part of the rescue machine. Finding foster parents after rescue is another vital part. Oh, those poor puppies of yours. Honestly, it just makes me murderous with frustration; the animals are so vulnerable to our (mis)treatment.

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