If We Were Having Coffee on the 27th of July, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or perhaps something cool.  It is a beautiful morning so we’ll go out back and enjoy our coffee under the trees.  It is a little humid, which I discovered when i did my 5 mile run earlier this morning, but it feels very comfortable.  Perhaps later, when it is hot, I’ll have to hit the ocean,but this is nice for now.  Where are we?  The photo at the top is new so you may not know that it is from Cape Cod.

Odd week.  I wasn’t supposed to be here today, but some of you may have heard that a tornado hit Cape Cod.  I came down to clean up a bit.  Still have more, plus a little damage.  Here is a limb that fell off of one of my trees.

Last night I watched the sun set over the Bass River.  It isn’t quite as nice as the Swan Pond photos people rave about, but there were several osprey, and I saw one dive into the water, and there was a seal, which occasionally dove out of the water as it chased fish!  Very cool.

Up in New Hampshire I saw and heard a timber rattlesnake.  I later read that there is only one known population in NH, and I doubt if it was were I was running, but perhaps it is at a location a few miles away, a place i think would be perfect habitat.  I don’t know, but I do know what I saw.  And heard.

Well, that’s about it.  I have a combination of outdoor enjoyment and clean up to do today.  Thanks for stopping by for the visit!  If you have a coffee share, I’ll try to make it by your place and return the favor.  Have a great weekend!

The Weekend Coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Ali .  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here.

44 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 27th of July, 2019

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  2. Gary A Wilson

    It has to be the angle or perspective – as I thought that limb was a whole tree at first. I pay close attention to rattlesnake sightings after my son was bit when he was 17. Scary stuff, but he’s fine now. The price we pay for living in great places. . .

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Cell phones do wide angle shots great, but that isn’t always the best for perspective – this limb is about 18″ in diameter, so not tiny, but not a full tree. There were a lot of trees down in the neighborhood, though. I do have one that twisted off 30′ up and the top half is sitting across several limbs of other trees – I’ll have to get a professional to take care of that….

      Timber rattlers very rarely bite people, they aren’t as aggressive as most other rattlers. Still, yeah, have to be careful! There are very few up in NH, so this was a very rare sighting.

      It’s been a while – nice to see you around. I wanted to comment on your post, but didn’t see a comment section. Did you disable it?

      Have a great week.

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      1. Gary A Wilson

        Thanks Trent.
        And yea, that comment box was left unchecked until Maria got a hold of to fix it. Clearly you beat me to it.
        Thanks for giving it a read. Do let me know if you know the word for those:
        # # #
        and similar characters used to change topic or POV.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Off of the top of my head I don’t know. I do use a * for a break greater than paragraph and a *** if I am changing sections or want a new “chapter” in a novella without calling it a chapter but I am not sure what they are called.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    When Garry was bitten by a spider a couple of years ago, every post I read said that there were not such spiders in Massachusetts. The doctors instantly recognized the bite and knew what antibiotics would work to counter the poison. You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Sometimes, it used to be true but no longer is.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, I remember that indecent with the brown recluse – scary. The articles all said “one known population”, so there may be some unknown – they were far more widespread even 10 years ago, but lost a lot to habitat loss. One thing, though, this snake didn’t look like the average timber rattler, but looked EXACTLY like snakes from that one population, which are said to be dangerously inbred, thus their distinct color pattern. Even if it wasn’t part of that population, it was most likely closely related to it.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a very big limb, but driving around I saw some huge trees down that dwarf this. The amount of damage is unbelievable and makes me appreciate how amazing it was that nobody got hurt. Thanks about the photos. Did you look at one of my photo posts or are you talking about the ones here? If you saw some of my bird photos I would take “knees of iron” as staying steady when shooting, but if not I’ll take it as my knees didn’t give out as I ran past a rattlesnake that was rattling at me ;)

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  4. bearmkwa

    Maybe I ought to be handing you some coffee. Looks like you’ve had quite a week. I heard about the tornado, and oddly, I thought about you. Said a quick prayer, too. I’m enjoying some iced Almond Milk – Vanilla, this morning along with some fried green tomatoes. I stopped at the farm market, and was surprised to find one. I haven’t had one in years…maybe a decade or more, really. I was iffy on it, given my reaction to most tomatoes, but I fried it up – epi pen beside me just in case – and ooooo, it was soooo good! And, didn’t react at all. :) I’d share with you, but ya’ gotta be quick, I’m eating them awfully quick. :) LOL!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks for the thought, prayer and fried green tomato – I have never had one and only know they exist from the movie of that name. Glad you didn’t react to it. Hope your weekend continues to go well :)

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      1. bearmkwa

        Oh, Trent, you should try some… they have a tangy taste. Just slice them thin, roll in flour with a little bit of salt and pepper and fry in butter/oil until crispy. I like mine almost burnt crisp. Nummy nums for sure!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I will need a professional to come in for a little of it, but most of it was very simple. My damage was far, far less than a lot of people around here!

      I just returned from swimming in the ocean and am planning my next outside adventure :)

      Hope you are having a good weekend.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          If I had a Star Trek type transporter, it would be perfect. Mountains in NH and then to the beach on the Cape… ;) I did swim a little. The water is very warm this time of year. I hope your weekend is going well :)

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  5. Writing Sparkle

    The hammock in the back ground of the picture looks like a nice place to spend the afternoon with a good book! As for the storm, that is an impressive tree limb that came down.

    Thanks for coffee and have a great week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Good eye seeing the hammock in the background. I moved it so it would be in the photo ;) Driving around it is amazing how much damage there is. Quite a few big trees ripped to shreds, twisted and shattered. I’m lucky with just that one branch.

      Hope your weekend is going well and that you have a great week.

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      1. Writing Sparkle

        Well, a hammock is a thing not to be missed!

        It can be very amazing what a storm can do. We were hiking a few weeks ago and there were whole trees uprooted and blocking the path. We had to climb over a couple.

        Hope you have a great week too!

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  6. Prior...

    i like the new photo – and the coffee mug has Einstein on it – and his unruly hair reminded me of our recent chat about hair (Einstein could use a little product / lol)
    hope the damage was not too bad

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, at my family reunion I was called both Beethoven and Einstein because of my hair ;) The mug is funny – 19 years ago I was working on fixing computers for Y2K and a friend gave it to me. It is labeled “Millennium 2000:” There are pictures of fossils, sunflowers, galaxies, comets, Einstein and an A-Bomb explosion! What any of those had to do with the year2000 is beyond me.

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      1. Prior...

        haha – funny mug- and just the other day i was thinking of y2k and all the buzz leading up to it!
        and maybe the mug was covering 1900s – or just “life” stuff because some folks wondered if stuff would crash on 1-1-2000
        i dunno – hm

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It is a funny mug. In some ways Y2K did make everything crash – People spent a huge amount of resources upgrading their infrastructure (which needed to be done!) not just for Y2K but because there was this false idea that the Internet was doubling in size every six months (size = bandwidth, machines on it, sites, etc.) and so hundreds of billions were put in to try to stay ahead. Then on Jan 2, 2000 the people with the money sighed with relief and put their wallets away. The tech industry collapsed almost over night (there is more to it than that, but these things contributed).

          As to the mug, hmm is about it. though ti is cool and I like Einstein ;)

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          1. Prior...

            well it is also cool that you still have the mug. —
            and that wasn’t interesting to learn that about Y2K. i had no idea.
            my biggest memories were shopping that year for xmas (december 1999) and there were tons of y2k connected items – and i still think we have the hand-cranking radio that can run without electricity or batteries if needed – there were so many items like that at stores like Kaufman’s and Macy’s –

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I recently played with a wind up radio and a windup flashlight. They both worked great… while I was winding them! As soon as I let go, they would die. They have batteries in them to store the power and I assume the batteries are dead after 20 years.

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              1. Prior...

                wow – yeah the batteries should be dead – or leaking their innards – well not sure if age causes leakage from batteries (what days the ol wise trent on this? of course you’d know…)
                and our hand cranked one worked for a few minutes after it was wound –
                at least it did last time i checked.
                it is pretty amazing as to how many people have generators nowadays!
                in 2003 – during hurricane isabelle we only had two neighbors with full-house generators – and almost felt bad for them because they missed the experience of the cooking out with neighbors on grills in driveways – and well – the last storm we had – almost half the neighborhood had some sort of generator and i was surprised to
                find that we had a small one to use – not a full house one – but set up for basics-
                do you have a generator at any of your places?

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  I have a generator at the cottage I am selling. Unfortunately I need to get it fixed before the house sells – really unfortunately since the house didn’t have power for three days and everything in the fridge is bad…. I may eventually get a generator for the new place – there are always high winds on Cape Cod and so a lot of power outages. Not many in NH, but when we have them, they last a week… (Twice in 20 years)

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                  1. Prior...

                    wow – a week… that is rough
                    and hope you did not lose too much stuff in the fridge after the recent three days – and i saw that tree in your post- yikes – a lot of work – eh?

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                    1. trentpmcd Post author

                      Besides that one branch, it didn’t take me long to clean up. There is still some damage that I will need to get a professional to take care of (a tree top is sitting across some trees 30 feet off of the ground….) Driving around was amazing – a lot of trees, and huge trees, down all over. Huge amounts of damage. Just amazing that nobody was hurt.

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