If We Were Having Coffee on the 19th of December, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on in (this is virtual, so no Covid-19 fears). I know, I usually have you sit outside, but the table has a bit of snow on it and it is about 5 F/-15 C outside, so a little on the chilly side (yes, still, at 8:30). I’ll get you a nice large mug of super-strong dark roast, a piping hot cuppa tea or some steaming hot cocoa. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire (it did not get below freezing on Cape Cod last night!).

OK, the big thing is about the weather. It has been cold. The last time it was above freezing was Monday and the next time it will be above freezing is tomorrow (possibility today). That is a week below freezing. We will often have one week in January like that, never in December. And after our warmer than usual November – brrrr. We had a storm on Thursday. It was a cold snow since it didn’t get above 15 F/-9 C all day. We got a little over a foot, perhaps 15 inches/38 cm, but some places not too far away got up to 4 feet (48 inches)/122 cm of snow! (7 NH towns > 40 inches, 20 > 30 inches!). Yep, Thursday afternoon, after work, was all about shoveling snow ;) It is winter, even if the calendar gives us something like2 or 3 more days….

Besides weather, I ran a couple of days and exercised a few others. I took dogs out – they love playing in the snow! I also did some walks with the dogs, of course, Christmas shopping is done, the house decorated, and Christmas music is to be heard on occasion. I had massage. I continued to take on line courses. I played my musical instruments. I read. I worked (a tougher week than anticipated). So, nothing new, except for the foot or so of snow.

I have a lot of plans for the weekend, beginning with doing some over-due winterizing of the house! I also have typical chores, learning and dog play ;) And exercise.

With that, I am off. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a good week. If you have a coffee share, I’ll try to stop by, but my blog visiting has been very low this week and I know it will continue to sink as I do other things.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The coffee share is hosted over on Eclectic Alli. The link to join in is here.

23 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 19th of December, 2020

  1. dprastka

    Brrr… A week of freezing and I’m in need of that hot coffee you offered to stay warm! I am not a cold weather person, maybe if I grew up in the cold I’d enjoy it more! So funny, we are on the opposite spectrum of weather! I’m so happy you get out and about, the dogs loving the snow sounds like fun until you have to shovel a bunch of it! 🤣 And hopefully your winterizing won’t take too long, sounds like a pain but understand the need! Have a wonderful holiday week ahead!! Merry Christmas too!! ❤️☃️🌲❤️

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I am very much a cold weather person (actually, if we had low of 50/high of 68 every day, it would be perfect ;) ), and it is funny how everyone is so different in that regards. Shoveling is a major pain in many ways, but in other ways, it gives me a chance to get out and “play” in the snow! As an adult, you are not allowed to just play, you have to be doing something, like snowmobiling, skiing, etc. Thanks. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Sagittarius Viking

    That cold weather sound lovely! What kind of winterising do you usually do around the house? 2020 have literally been the warmest year in history, in Sweden, so far. I just heard the statistics this week. I’m hoping for colder weather and snow next week :) Thank you for the coffee! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do enjoy the cold weather, though I am not sure about days on end below freezing. The main issue is my house – it is a huge, old house and very inefficient. The windows are newer and double pane, but they were not installed very well. I have to tape all of the “seals” and edges. Then I put plastic over the windows. I put a heavy curtain behind the plastic on the north-facing windows, leaving a little room at the top for some light, but going all of the way to the sill to catch the cold air. It takes about 30 minutes per window, some more some less. Some much more, though! And I have a lot of windows. A huge number! Back 150 years ago, windows were the main source of light. Square foot for square foot, an old house may have three times the number of windows, even four times, than a new house the same size. And when the windows are inefficient… Not just cold and drafty, but a huge carbon footprint! (I have been running electric heaters to supplement since I pay extra for green electricity, my carbon footprint is less than if I used just the propane.)

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      1. Sagittarius Viking

        I can see how a lot of Windows could be a potential ossue. I am familiar with stealing off Windows from my time RVing. I bought custom made sheep skin to seal them off during the coldest part of the winter. It worked pretty well, but it became dark when you had to rely solely on lamps. Best of luck.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, I did get some of them done, but today will be busy! You are right, having the shopping done this early does remove a lot of stress. I hope you are having a good weekend. Thanks for stopping in for some coffee!

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  3. Gary A Wilson

    I’m going to throw my cards in with Bear on this topic. I think the cold does kill flu germs, if they’re exposed to it anyway. If the wee critters are stowing away on a person trying to stay warm, that’s a whole different matter.

    I actually enjoy a few cold days, but for my part of California, we only get a handful of days below 30 which is pretty tame by most other’s standards.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The cold does kill virus and the dry air makes it harder to transmit, since most viruses like warm, moist air, but we always have a serge of flu cases during cold spells because people stay indoors more, and so are in much closer contact than any other times. One of those odd contradictions of viruses – when it is ideal for spreading, cases plummet because people are outdoors more and so are not in close quarters. But I still stay outside in the frigid weather, and I do not congregate with a bunch of people, so no worries here ;)

      I do much better with the cold, even frigid, weather than with hot weather. I do not function well at all in the heat! Honestly, my biggest issue with weather like this is my house – a huge, old house with a lot of leaky windows is impossible to heat without breaking the bank.

      Hope you are having a good weekend!

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  4. bearmkwa

    Dude, a week below freezing is a good thing… think about it… it will freeze out the flu germs…and we all need fewer germs this season…right? Other than that, I kinda envy you the snow. Well, maybe. I do kinda miss the Ohio snows. here, it’s mainly ice, black ice, and more ice. We had a “Skiff” (by ohio standards) of snow last week. Shoulda seen the locals freaking out. Every year, I get a chuckle out of them. That said, with the little bit of cold and icy snow, it felt a little more like the holidays. Winterizing.. glad you mentioned it. I need to check the windows and make sure they’re actually locked… that’s about all that secures them besides heavy curtains with a sheet of plastic behind. Have a great week, and if I don’t see ya before… Merry Christmas! :) Bear

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hopefully it does kill the germs. And hopefully the snow keeps people from mingling and spreading… I have been in the south when there is a little snow. Nobody seems to know what to do. Oh well. I have a lot of windows in this old house. I tape up all of the places they are supposed to seal and then put plastic over them. I also put a heavy curtain inside of the plastic on some of the north facing windows. It is a long, time consuming process. I did a few this morning, so a start, but typically I will be half done by Thanksgiving. When it is 65 outside, I just don’t feel like sealing off the house! So, yeah, I’m just starting… You too – enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The snow was dry, which is good (the high was 15, up from below zero! so dry snow). Still it was a huge amount of snow to move around. Glad we didn’t have four feet of it!

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  5. robbiesinspiration

    That is very cold, Trent. A week below freezing! I’ve only experience that twice in my life. It sounds like you are all ready for Christmas. I’ve still got gifts to buy and I haven’t decorated yet. The giant gingerbread and chocolate project is taking up all my time.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a very cold week, particularly for December. Can’t wait to see the results of the gingerbread/chocolate project. I’m sure it will be worth getting a little behind on other Christmas “chores”. Have a great week!

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