If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of July, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you nice large mug of very strong Sumatra roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  Actually, I’m very late with this, so maybe something cool would be better.  It is warm out, but not hot.  It feels great!  We’ll sit on the back patio and look off into the woods.  And where are we?  By the picture at the top you may know that we are in New Hampshire this weekend.

This was a strange week.  It was hot for most of the week, 90+ for 7 or 8 days in a row.  Unusual for this part of the world, particularly at the end of June/early July.  I did better than I sometimes do in the heat, but still, with no AC the house does get a little warm (I saw the upstairs at 89 once).  OK, truthfully, I did better managing the heat than almost any other heat wave.  It comes from teleworking and so being able to manipulate the windows and shades.

Also strange was a Wednesday holiday.  I am all for celebrating Independence, just think it is odd that so many do with explosives.  But then again, there was less fireworks this year than I can remember in a long time.  If you have dogs, you know why I was happy there were so few (I think anybody who lights fireworks should be forced to babysit nervous dogs when someone else is reenacting WW III).  I worked every other day this week so….

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View North from North Pack Monadnock on the 4th (taken with my phone)

I did go out hiking in the morning on the 4th.  It was nice and relatively cool.  I went to North Pack Monadnock.  The trailhead is exactly 9 miles from my house.  Pack Mondnock (Miller State Park) is even closer, but I like North Pack better.  Mount Monadnock is bit farther and a great hike, but often crowded.

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Pack Monadnock seen from “the cliff” on North Pack Monadnock this morning (phone photo)

I also did North Pack this morning.  I did a loop around the top to make a longer hike (it’s pretty short).  It was great!  You can see Vermont behind Mount Monadnock in one direction and the big buildings in Boston in the other direction.  Very cool.

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Mount Monadnock seen from North Pack Monadnock this morning (phone photo)

We had a sick cat this weekend, which is never fun.  I did a lot of editing this week, which also isn’t fun.  And it was just plain busy.

I don’t know if I read a single blog post yet this weekend.  It’s just been too busy and I hate sitting at the computer when it is nice outside.

Anyway, thinking of that, I gotta go and do some more stuff outside!  Thanks for stopping by!  It was nice visiting.  Talk to you soon.  if you do a coffee share, I’ll try to stop by.

The original Coffee Share kind of died out, but it has been revived!  Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here. Come on and join in!  Hopefully we can bring it back to its former glory :

16 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of July, 2018

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    We’ve had some pretty nice weather in the past week. Because we are so “under the trees,” the house doesn’t get as hot as it used to. And we also have an attic full of insulation, so that probably helps too.

    I’ve also been ridiculously busy — and I’m retired. How did I ever have enough time to actually WORK? I’m hoping by the time summer is drawing to an end, Garry will be out of the woods from surgery and I’ll have time to read something.

    I think I’ll have some of that coffee now!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I was talking to a neighbor after the heat wave ended and mentioned manipulating windows, fans and shades, changing configurations through the day. She nodded and said, “People in New England have to learn all of those tricks.”

      My parents are beginning to slow down (they are in their mid-80s), but have been busier after retirement than before. My dad volunteers with every charity on Earth and is constantly doing stuff. I guess being busy in retirement is better than being a bump on the log.

      Sipping coffee, taking a short break from work. Come on down (I’m on the Cape) and join me for a cup ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think the entire northern hemisphere is having a heat wave. I watched a little Wimbledon yesterday and did not envy those sweaty people! Yeah, editing is one of those chores we have to do if we want to or not…

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  2. Sandra Conner

    Terrific pictures. And I know what you mean about fireworks. When I was a kid, I loved them, but lately, they really bother me. And this year in my neighborhood, there were many more than usual — and I honestly believe they were louder than ever. And some people were still shooting off the last of them yesterday!!!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. this is a pretty area around here and I do like to get out when i can.

      I don’t mind community fireworks, but… I think I heard more last night than on the 4th. I hope (and the puppies hope) that that is the end of them until next year.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. Yeah, I think the entire east coast, or maybe the entire east half of the continent, had similar weather. Too hot for this early! And it is supposed to be back into the 90s today and tomorrow!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. One problem is the unpredictable nature of the fireworks. Last night at about 9:45, out of the blue, one of our neighbors decided to reproduce a war. It was the loudest display of the year. OK, on the fourth we expect it, but on the 8th? And a work night? what’s up with that? So the dogs freaked and we had to calm them down.

      Anyway, I hope you are dong well!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Actually, most years the fireworks seem to start in late June and go on for week after the 4th. Since there seemed to be less fireworks early, I was surprised when they accelerated after the 4th – they have been shooting them off, typically around 9:30 (when it gets dark) or later. Obviously people who don’t work…

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  3. cordeliasmom2012

    Our 4th was absolute hell this year – for whatever stupid reason, the county authorities decided to make fireworks legal. People no longer had to drive to Ohio or Pennsylvania and then smuggle the darn things in like they have in the past. Made for a very noisy 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc. Poor Puppy Cody is still traumatized.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sorry. I think community fireworks are fine, but hate when everybody blows them up, and the puppies hate it even worse! They are legal here and we are still hearing people shoot them, but it isn’t as bad as some years.

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  4. Corina

    You’re so very fortunate to be able to go on hikes in such beautiful surroundings! I’m glad you are able to enjoy nature.

    The fourth was much quieter this year than in past years. I’m hearing that from people all over. I hope it’s a trend!

    Have a great week. I hope it doesn’t get too hot there!.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. i do feel fortunate. Both of my parents are relatively healthy for being int heir 80s, so I hope i can keep going for a while longer, but I know I can’t take it for granted.

      I hope less noisy celebrations with less explosives are a new trend for the fourth. But then, it could be just because of the heat and that it was in the middle of the week….

      Have a great week!

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