If We Were Having Coffee on the 26th of December, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super-strong dark roast, a piping hot cuppa tea or some cocoa.It is a beautiful sunny day, though on a the cool side, hovering just around freezing. But, amazingly enough, the snow is all gone. OK, there are still some piles. After over a week below freezing, it got up to 60 F/15 C yesterday. We had a warm rain that lasted over 24 hours, and washed all of that snow away. Oh, were are we? Yes, still in NH, as you can see from that photo, though hopefully soon I’ll be able to go back down to Cape Cod (Sunday, maybe Monday…)

Besides the snow I talked about last week, we did have some on Monday. Here is photo out of my kitchen window on Monday morning, a bit of a Solstice Sunrise.

Thinking of Monday, I did miss the great conjunction, or whatever, but I was able to get a photo on Tuesday. The double-planet was moving in and out of clouds, so not great, but you can sort of see Saturn’s rings, even if you can’t see Jupiter’s moons.

Not a whole lot to say beyond that. It was a normal week, in ways. i worked three days. I walked and played with dogs. I was able to run on Thursday, and will tomorrow. I’ve started using a row machine, so that helps cardio-vascular when it is too wet and snowy for running. And exercise. There was music, both what I played with my hands and listening. the usual.

There was also Christmas. Like most of the people on the Earth, I had a Zoom meeting with family. I bumped into a few people around town on the 24th, so that was nice since there obviously were no parties. Christmas dinner was nice, if not exciting. I drank on of my last bottles of 2000 Bordeaux, perhaps the last of the Pavilon Rouge (there may be one more).

Pavill

And that was it. I hope you have a great week! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a happy Christmas. Whatever solstice tradition you have, I know it was an odd year, but I hope it went well :)

I’m heading out for a walk with the dogs to enjoy the sun after the pouring rain all day yesterday (yes, I had three wet walks!). 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.

31 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 26th of December, 2020

  1. dprastka

    Such beautiful photos out your kitchen window. I wish we had snow sometimes. And how cool to see the 2 planets aligned like they were. Sounds like a nice bottle of wine you enjoyed. I am so late getting to the coffee shares, and will be completing mine shortly. Enjoy the last week of 2020! 😀❤️🤠

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  2. Dale

    Love the full name of your morning winter solstice pic!
    Glad you had a lovely Christmas. The itty-bitty bit of snow we got yesterday is not even worth mentioning. The cold is though!

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  3. Charlotte Hoather

    Well its nearly the end of this very strange year. No-one would have believed this could happen if you’d told them at the start of the year. I’m glad you have had a relaxing time and have enjoyed your time outdoors this year. Fingers crossed we all have a better 2021 and that we can get out and about again. Best wishes Charlotte

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  4. Corina

    We. didn’t do the Zoom call. I saw my youngest daughter and her husband for about a twenty minute visit, all of us with masks on. I’m staying with my older daughter in Vancouver for a couple of days so I could be with the kids on Christmas so I got to see them all in person. My son usually calls via Duo on android and although I expected that video call, he did a regular call, no picture. But that’s okay. They posted some pictures on their FB page so I got to see them there. I really miss seeing them. I haven’t seen them since Dec. 26, of 2019. The last time I saw my grandson, he was sitting on my son’s shoulders sadly waving goodbye to me as I got on the train to head home. I’ve missed an entire year of his life and when they are little, that is a HUGE block of time. I most likely won’t get to see him until at least his next birthday at the end of May and there is a new baby brother for him in April so I’m hoping it will be safe to see them in late May. That was our Christmas. Quiet. Small. But we got to share a bit of ourselves and that is what counts.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It has been a tough year, and you are right that a year, year and a half is a huge block of time when they are that young. Glad you could see your daughters, though, even if briefly and masked for your youngest. I very rarely travel at Christmas, but my parents usually have a house full of people. This year they didn’t, so the Zoom call was more for them than for the rest of us. There were a few little ones, and I haven’t seen my nephew’s son in person. Actually, I haven’t seen any of my family face-to-face since the 4th of July weekend, 2019! Anyway, I hope you have a good New year and that the year shapes up so you can see your son at the end of May and are able to catch your grandson’s birthday! What a great present that will be… for both of you!

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  5. Sagittarius Viking

    Your coffee is always great! Dark, just like I prefer. Thank you! I really like that early morning photo from your kitchen window. We’ve had similar weather the past two weeks, cold, and then warm and rain. Yesterday it was around 17F, so pretty cold(ish.) We have a light white dusting, but no real snow to talk about. I wish you a wonderful last few days of the year, and a very Happy New Year!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It was a very pretty morning when I took the photo.
      When I talked to my parents on Christmas day (the live in Ohio), they said that they had just gotten off of the phone with their friends in Sweden and it was pretty much about how “warm” it had been and that this was the first year they could remember that there was no snow on Christmas. They live on the coast, in Härnösand.
      Hope the rest of your year goes well and that you have a very Happy New Year!

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  6. workinacresnothours

    Have a wonderful week ahead, I’m so glad you had a nice Christmas. I never tire of your photos of the view from your kitchen just stunning. I hope the dogs know how to wipe their paws when they come back home I can only imagine how slushy muddy they must get, unless you have little boots for them.lol.

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  7. bearmkwa

    Christmas was so low key this year, that I’m declaring it’s non-existence. I think if I had a fifth of whiskey in the house, I’d be much happier. I’d break a vow, but I’d be happier… at least until the buzz wore off.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know you’ve had a tough year, so maybe for the best that that 5th of whiskey wasn’t in the house… Oddly enough, in some ways this was one of the less low-key Christmases in a few years! Typically I make a couple of phone calls, but with that hour on Zoom, far more social than average. Hope you have a good week and a very good New Year.

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  8. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Trent,
    Good stuff from your home it seems. As to that nice wine, I’m more of a Chianti kinda guy and we opened one for the kids and our new daughter in law. It did not last long and was very well commented on. I may have to make my way back to the store where I found it and secure a few more bottles. All in all, it’s been a strange year but a very good Christmas season.

    Hoping all are well and happy in your family and home.

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  9. robertawrites235681907

    Hello Trent, I’m glad your Christmas was pleasant if not manic. Ours was manic, I am grateful we don’t have restrictions here on family gatherings and all our family gathered as usual. We are all being very careful, of course, as Covid is on the increase here again. Nice wine!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Glad you were able to celebrate with family. Actually, my Christmases are typically very low key, so not too much different for me. The big difference was my parents, since they usually have 20 or more people at their house! I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a good New year.

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  10. Writing Sparkle

    Great coffee post. We didn’t do the zoom family meeting but there were a few phone calls, emails and texts exchanged. I also enjoyed seeing some family celebration photos on Facebook.

    Thanks for the virtual coffee. Wishing you all the best for the New Year Trent!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Although I haven’t visited family at Christmas in many years, everyone else always meets up, so it was a weird year that everyone was at their own homes, which is part of the reason for the Zoom. But I’m sure we could have done it with calls and texts as well.
      Thanks for stopping by! Hope your Christmas went well. I’ll stop by and see if you have coffee on a little later :)

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