If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of February, 2019

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Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a very warm French/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage.  I was just out for a while without hat, cloves or coat (I have a thick wool sweater and turtleneck) and my hands are still frozen.  It is about 20 F (-7 C) out there now – not frigid, but cold enough.  It is sunny and beautiful and should get up to 40 F (5 C) today.  A heat wave!  And where are we?  It is a new photo at the top, but you may recognize it as being from New Hampshire.

This week in ways was a return to winter with a taste of spring.  When I returned from Cape Cod on Sunday I was a little surprised at how much snow was still on the ground and the roofs of houses. It hadn’t melted at all since I left on Wednesday, but it was icier!  And there was a lot of ice.  And then we received more snow with ice on top this week.  But then it warmed up.  Thursday was very warm, about 48 F (9 C), and then Friday was a bit cooler but still in the 40s.  Of course the ground is still frozen, so very little snow has melted.  But Thursday the air smelled like March.  Yesterday as well, but not as strong.  Today, although it was cold, there was a slight March twinge in the air.  Great!  Well, it is about to end – it will not be above freezing for most of the week with temps dipping down into the single digits.  This coming week looks like January.  And honestly, Tuesday of last week looked and felt like a mid-January day.  It was bitter cold.  We have had so little snow this year compared to most, and yet I am sick of winter.  There have been record breaking warm spells and no record breaking cold, but overall it has been 5 to 10 F colder than usual.  This is because the Jet Stream is farther south than usual.

OK, this morning Fiyero decided to explore the yard above us.  I had to climb to the top of the hill.  Not easy.  Coming down is worse – it is as steep as a black diamond ski slope, maybe a double diamond, and pure ice.  I could not get a foot hold.  It took me over 10 minutes to claw my way down.  I am not happy with Fiyero this morning…

It was a typical week beyond that.  Not a lot to talk about. OK, Dottie, I had massage this week, which is always a high point ;)  Actually, it is – I’d be so stiff I wouldn’t be able to move without it….

Anyway, I have a lot to do today and need to be off.  Thanks for stopping by for a coffee and a chat!  If you have a coffee chat I will try to stop by, but I can’t guarantee it.

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.

 

33 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of February, 2019

  1. Rowena

    Hi Trent,
    I’ve barely been conscious of the weather here lately. I had to do some binge cleaning on the weekend to get the place presentable for my daughter’s birthday sleepover and ended up becoming quite manic going on a subsequently exhausting cleaning frenzy. That’s me done for another year! Still pretty sunny here with the odd day of rain. Still Summer.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes
    Rowena

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I spend so much time outside I can’t help but notice the weather. And, of course, there has been more ice this year than usual, so every time I go out is an adventure in staying upright…

      Glad your daughter’s sleep over went well and that you don’t have to worry about it for another year. Enjoy the remainders of your summer :)

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      1. Rowena

        Oh golly. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like trying to walk around in that ice and snow. I have have enought trouble walking on dry land, although I had a taste of it back in December when we had a very heavy hailstorm and I was out amongst it and had to walk through it back to my car. It was tricky.
        Enjoy the rest of your week.
        Best wishes,
        ROwena

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I’ve been doing it my entire life, so I’m a bit sued to it. Snow isn’t bad, but when it is all ice, it is awful.

          Have a great rest of your week! (Can’t believe it’s Thursday already….)

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  2. D. Wallace Peach

    We had a taste of March in January after October extended through December. I thought we might skip winter this year, but it decided to roar in for February, and it’s still here. I’m glad you got outside, though the steep climb sounds a bit treacherous. I hope spring is finding us both. :-)

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  3. Beaton

    That picture ooks wicked nice but I am not convinced I am missing out on anything have never seen snow before, is it like leaving in the ice section of the refrigerator also why does fridge have a D in the spelling and refrigerator does not? things that keep me up at night… also spelling problems when i try to navigate between American english and UK english and my laptop with an american OS and a UK keyboard settings and a spell checker set to English ha!
    all I see is red squiggly lines
    our winter is coming though
    ~B

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Snow is beautiful and something you should experience, but the bone crunching cold? You can skip that part ;)

      I read a lot of British books as a kid, and as a teen-twenty something I read The Lord of the Rings two or three times a year every year, so I often use British spellings. I refuse to write “gray”! It was Gandalf the Grey! I occasionally catch myself writing “colour” and other such things, but I’ve gotten “better” as I age staying more American…

      Glad your winter is coming. I guess it will be warm instead of hot ;)

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  4. The Broken Spine

    This weather is driving me bonkers. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 64° in DC. Not really sure what to do with that because it’s going to drop about 20° the following day. Grr. I really need it to either stay cold or warm, preferably a cool 75° year round. Maybe to much to ask for.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think you received more snow this year than we did – all of the storms passed to our south. We are going to have the same, but starting at a high of 40 and dropping 20 degrees so by Tuesday the high will be 20. I think the mountains near the Equator is your best bet – so if you live at the same elevation you had in Denver but in Ecuador you’d be golden ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It seems like this every year at the end of February and the beginning of March – winter, just go away already! Maybe it is coming from a place that had slightly milder and shorter winters so the beginning of March really was the end of winter, if not the start of Spring. In NH winter often goes until April…

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I think for some people it is mandatory (my mom says something like it, but she grew up in Southwestern Kentucky and now lives in the Cleveland area, so winters are longer than when she was a kid!)

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  5. Sagittarius Viking

    That photo at the top is awesome! It inspire me to go out and get some new photos for my coffee share. For a while I haven’t used my coffee photos, because I think they are kind of boring. LOL. I need to get some fresh ones. Good job there Trent! Thanks for the awesome coffee! Stay warm, and have a fantastic weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I took this our first big snow this year, but there has been so little snow since that I never felt right using it. but now we do have some, so I can use it again ;) You are good photographer, so i thing personalizing your coffee posts with your own photos is a good way to go.

      Hope your weekend is going well and that you have a great week ahead :)

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  6. Writing Sparkle

    The weather seems to be a hot coffee topic this week. It seems to be doing interesting things everywhere.

    Sorry to hear that Fiyero provided a challenging morning for you. Hope the rest of your day runs a little smoother.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It has been an odd year weather wise all over the world, so… Yeah, Fiyero always picks a bad time to decide to be bad. If I have them, I will stay in the woods with them – I can run up the hill almost as fast as they can, so I catch them if thy want to visit the uphill neighbors (yeah, it is so steep I can go as fast as the dogs…), but I was inside when he ran off.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It has been a really odd year every where. It is so strange that it seemed cold here and yet world wide this was the warmest January on record. You and Australia were both hot, I guess hotter than we were cold. Glad you are getting cooler weather.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      This year we had huge swings in temps all winter – from -5 F to 60 F and then back to -5 in less than week. Hopefully Spring is here… Yep, jumped to over and am listening to Chains now – a great choice.

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