If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of February, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Sit down and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some nice hot cocoa. What do you mean you are cold? It is up to 15 F/-9 C already! And the sun is out and there is no wind. It’s a heat wave! Where are we? Some may know the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire. I know, this is the longest stretch in NH without a weekend on Cape Cod in 8 years! Not just by a little, but by a lot.

As I said last week, we are in the heart of winter now. I’m sure everyone knows that the Polar Vortex has taken up residency in central Canada and has had effects over most of North America. Actually, looking at the forecast, we will be getting closer to normal temperatures this week, but not warm. (Two days ago it showed a deep freeze for the week ahead).

This last week I worked, as usual, and it was very busy. I exercised, but no running. i have been using the row machine, which helps cardiovascular a bit, but not even close to a replacement for running for me. I walked and played with the dogs. I played music – besides my electronics, I have started to do some finger exercises on my piano again, but not spending a lot of time with it. I had massage. Still no haircut (my hair is longer than it has been since I was in high school, and the bangs even longer than then. I read, wrote and drew as well.

If you read my weekly smile you know my adventure with my cell phone. I’m glad I was able to find it!

And if you have read my blog recently you know that I finally released the book, The Old Mill.

I also announced a joint plan with Yvette Prior of doing a “blog party”, or link up, in June to talk about Dickens’ book, Little Dorrit.

Anyway, I need to go out and enjoy the sunshine, cold or not. Thanks for dropping by! If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop in.

Natalie the Explorer is now the host of the weekend coffee share and she is doing a wonderful job. Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkzlinkup to see all of the other shares!

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Just a quick aside. I did a series of character sketches to post here. As part of it, I used real sketches :) I really like this sketch I did earlier in the week of the town eccentric, Galvin.

53 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of February, 2021

  1. Sagittarius Viking

    Sorry I am a little late for the coffee share, I bet you still have coffee somewhere!! I don’t mind that nice cold weather a bit, perfect for enjoying a hot beverage outside. I was actually starting to think about furniture for the balcony today. It’s almost spring :) Thank you for that refreshing cup!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, plenty of coffee! Today is a bit nasty – it is warmer, but freezing rain – so we need to either go for a walk or go inside. Why do I not mind the freezing rain as much if I am walking?

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  2. Prior...

    the sketch of Galvin is wonderful – really good T

    and I am liked about our Little Dorrit reading challenge
    I am using the hashtag #DickensChallenge just in case we opt to do it again some year (let us get through this and see how it goes – but this is cool how the February date and June dates allow for a challenge)

    and glad the phone is all set
    even more glad we will all have a it more warmer temps in the coming week

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Y! I do enjoy drawing, but there is so little time in the day to do everything! (Now I need to record some music ;) )

      Sure, let’s use the hashtag #DickensChallenge. I have a few things on my TBR pile before Little Dorrit, but I think once I do I’ll have a better idea of what we can do, besides just a generic review. Like talk about specific characters – I know you want to compare Dorrit with the actress you saw play her.

      Have a great week!

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  3. Corina

    I like the cold weather and even the snow. However, we don’t get the snow or ice very often. We aren’t prepared for it. The Weather Guys like to say we might have snow then everyone goes crazy preparing for it; clearing all the aisles at the super market, only to not get a single flake (of snow; we get plenty of the other kind). But I’m thinking that we seem to be getting these snow storms more often now. So it might be the time to find some reasonable prices on some winter essentials. It’s still very difficult to think of being alone when these storms come. I’m not very mobile anymore and I know I wouldn’t be able to get through more than a couple of days!

    I’m still thinking about how lucky you were to find your phone out in the snow and have it be functioning!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is funny, when I first moved to NH, people acted like that before every storm even though it was pretty common here. People would tell me to fill my bathtub with water every time any snow was forecast because we might not have power for a month. It is funny, in the 30 years I have been here, I have seen a power outage that has lasted more than four or five hours once and have always been able to get to the grocery store within a day, but people still freak out. Not as bad as back then, but, just funny.
      I know even a little snow can be a huge deal to places that never get it.

      Finding the phone was amazing!

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  4. Bear

    Hehe, Galvin does look like he’d be an eccentric type of person. I like eccentrics… they’re so interesting to talk to. It’s butt cold here, too. Brrr…. Not looking forward to the predictions for tonight through Wednesday of snow round after snow round…Oh, and did I mention the ice between??? Ugh! Almost hoping hubby’s work calls a “snow day” tomorrow. The kind of work he does, board level repair, can’t be done from home. I’ve been thrilled to get just a few commisions for some sewn work this week. All things to be done for Easter, and only a few hours at the sew machine to finish up. I’ll have those out the door by week’s end, no doubt. So thankful for that. It’s small, but it’s something. Hunkering down here for the duration. Stay safe, Trent, and…hehe, get a haircut! ~Shalom, Bear

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  5. SHL2

    I will never like these cold temperatures. Jack had to pick all the cabbages in the garden there was 18 total if not they would freeze. He picked all the Brussel sprouts and the cauliflower as well. Monday and Tuesday are supposed to be our coldest days today’s early morning temp is 38 degrees. That is great news about your book. Have a great Valentine’s Day.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It would be nice to see a high of 38 ;) One thing I discovered by my time living in Texas – I am a northern boy through and through! I do not do well in the heat. My brain gets foggy and I have a hard time moving. lol, we are all different and part of it were we grew up. Thanks! Have a great week and a Valentine’s Day.

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  6. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Congratulations on your book launch. Well done on the sketching too. We are still having pleasant autumnal days here in NSW Australia and don’t mind if they stay. Much better than the recent humidity.

    Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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  7. Lizl Bennefeld

    Glad to learn that the book is launched. Love the drawing you included at the end of the blog post! We also have colder temperatures for a while. I am looking at the end of next week for an acceptable temperature for taking my camera outside, again. Not nice out there for nothin’ and I am grateful for Zoom and blogging. It seems to me that before I quit corporate to work freelance (in the mid-80s), I had little trouble walking to and from work, even working the night shift. More extremes.

    Best wishes for your week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. On days like today I should have taken my camera with me for a walk, but sometimes it just nice to be out (of course, i can only carry it when I’m out without the dogs). Hope the warmer weather finds all of us soon! I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The days are getting longer, so that is nice. And the sun, when out, feels much stronger. There are hints out there. But here in NH, winter can easily last until the end of March. Although it didn’t get above freezing, today turned out to be a beautiful day – with no wind and the bright sun, I saw people out without coats, gloves and hats.

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  8. workinacresnothours

    Sounds like a great week it must be nice to get some sort of sunshine when it is that cold I cannot even imagine it being freezing like yall get. I love Galvin, that is such a cool character sketch so much personality. Stay warm, stay sunny have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a pretty good week. I actually like the cold, though I hate heating the house! And I do not like when it is close to freezing and the air is moist – that is colder than when it is -20 C! But today, though below freezing, was great and I could have spent the entire day outside.
      Hope your weekend is going well!

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  9. dinah

    Hi Trent!
    Great sketch! And congratulations on your book! Lovely to have something to celebrate in the middle of winter! We’re getting hit with a long stretch of single digit temps too…this too shall pass.
    Happy Weekend!😊

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  10. robertawrites235681907

    The weather in the northern hemisphere has been very cold and lots of snow, Trent. Even here in South Africa, our weather has been cooler and rainy [but not cold]. My copy of you book arrived on my kindle during the week. Congratulations on your launch!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It sounds great and I really want to read it, so I’ll have to decide if I want to wait for Amazon or not… It is too bad it couldn’t be 100% released on a specific day. I’m sure it would make your life easier marketing/promoting if it were.

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          1. robertawrites235681907

            Hi Trent, it would make it much easier. This is how it works out with my UK publisher as she submits it to Amazon and they process it in their own time. If I self publish on Amazon, my book becomes available immediately, but I like publishing through TSL Publications so I put up with the inconvenience.

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    1. Nancy

      Arctic weather here in NJ too but not nearly as cold as your neighborhood! Personally I’ve been campaigning for Spring but that rotten Groundhog double crossed me! :) Have a good week.

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