If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of March, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It’s still a little chilly, but we are out of the wind here and it is sunny, so pleasant. I’ll get you a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or a hot cocoa. The wind is nasty, but it’s a beautiful day! Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as coming from Cape Cod.

I drove down Wednesday night, as typical. I got early, showered had breakfast and wanted to go watch the sun rise, but decided to start my work day first. Well, I do wish I had gotten to the landing 15 minutes earlier, but it was still gorgeous! This is over what is called the Grand Cove.

After work I went for a long walk in the woods and then went down for a walk on the beach. At the end of the walk I took a photo of the setting sun, to go along with that morning’s rising sun.

Friday was even nicer that Thursday – a beautiful spring day! I did a few short walks during the day when work would let me, then a long run after work. I did my typical Cape run, which goes from my house, down to West Dennis Beach, and then along the beach (on a road/parking area) for about a mile and a half (about 2 km), then back. It’s a great run. After showering, I spent about 45 minutes at the two landings near my house and took this sunset photo over the Bass River.

It was a great evening!

I attempted a walk on my favorite beach this morning, but… First, I was turned back by a huge dune across the road with a truck stuck halfway over it! I went to another beach, climbed over the 6 foot/2 m tall dune that had grown over night, and out to the water. It was windy. Uhm, that word does not do it justice. I have been out during a hurricane, and it was windier today. No early morning beach walk ;)

So, I have often said that I have “Covid-long hair”. What do I mean by that? Not a good picture (phone selfies are rarely good for anyone because of the massive distortion), and you can’t see how far down my back it goes, but…

Anyway, are you looking a bit different because of Covid?

Before I came down, I went through some old photos so I could clear the memory card. I like this one from the full moon we had a couple of weeks (or so) ago.

That’s about it for my week. I did write a lot but blog little (for me), I exercised and ran, I had massage, I did dog play the first half of the week and all of the typical.

And I plan to get out as much as possible today! Yeah, I can easily avoid the wind – I just won’t try Chapin Beach again!

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share, I will try to visit, but no promises – I plan on being outside all day, and I have to drive back to New Hampshire.

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!

42 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of March, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hey Trent – I had to laugh because yes, I look different than my pre-covid self, but it was the beard that took the hit. When the mask thing was taking off, I recalled how the masks didn’t work well with a beard from my days painting the inside of Navy ships. In short the fumes bypass the mask by squeezing through a bushy beard so I shaved it off, leaving only what would fit beneath a N95 mask which has worked well for me.
    These have been strange times indeed.
    Great photos and I also enjoyed how near hurricane scale winds kept you off the beach. I enjoy a good storm, but that must have been quite the blow.
    Hope you’re having a great week so far.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s funny, a lot of the guys I work with did the opposite – they grew their beards out. It was originally a “lock down” thing during the first few months, but many have kept it going the entire year. (Actually, I haven’t seen any faces on the Teams calls in a month, but at last sight). What I think is funny is that most of them have neatly, professionally cut hair, but keep the wild beard, so I am doing the opposite ;)
      Thanks re: the photos. The problem with the hurricane force winds was being sandblasted!
      Have a great week!

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  2. Lizl Bennefeld

    Lovely photographs! I do so like the rippled lights on the water. My sympathies on the haircut. I started out this pandemic with my hair 2- to 3-eighths of an inch long, and it’s now all the way down my neck and spreading out across my back. I still haven’t gotten a line on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (allergies, chemical sensitivities, meds reactions), and so I still must wait for outings other than medical appointments. My husband and I are going to have so MANY birthday, anniversary, and holiday dinners out by that time that I feel I should find and add to a dining savings box. I enjoy the photos and hearing about your walking and running activities. I do so miss that. Waiting for spring! Best wishes for your week!

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  3. kirstin troyer

    Great photos of the sunsets. I love a good sunset. I’m lazy with haircuts and I’ve let my gray come in starting 2 years ago, so I didn’t fret when salons closed, I just wore my hair up all the time. I also was an essential worker so didn’t get to lounge in my leggings…though that would’ve been nice at times. I got to head to the ORegon Coast (an hour and a half from our home) last weekend for a day trip and got some pretty sunset pics. I shared them either on weekend coffee share last week, or on another post. I can’t remember…lol. I love sunrises and sunsets.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, yes, I love sunset pictures, and if the photos are over water, so much the better – the refection of the setting sun are always great. I started teleworking full time just before Covid hit, so work didn’t change, and I would have gotten to lounge around in whatever as I worked any way ;) I hope you had a great weekend!

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    2. trentpmcd Post author

      Actually, you shared the sunset photo this week :) And photos of eagles, which is cool. I saw them earlier, but wanted to find the sunset photo, so..

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do try to get out as much as possible, and know you do as well. There is something about it that I need for my mental health…. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a great weekend!

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  4. dprastka

    Thank you for the coffee and I absolutely LOVE the sunrise and sunset photos! The moon is wonderful too!! I’m terrible about my hair. I’ve been coloring it for years and decided to let it go natural. There’s definitely some gray coming in and it’s what I call a dark or dirty blonde flowing into very blonde. Lol 🤣 I’ve learned about a pony tail haircut last year with the salons shutdowns where you pull all your hair up to the front of your head in a pony tail like a unicorn. So I just YouTube this and cut my own hair! I’ve done it twice now, and it’s pretty nice and layered all for free!! Haha, I hate spending money on myself, so as long as I can put it up in a pony tail, then I’m happy. Sorry to go on so about hair! Your hair looks nice, even on the long side! 😉

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! The mornings and evenings have been great this weekend, so it was nice to get some photos (I also love sunrises/sunsets over the water, so the Cape is the place to be…) I did trim the front of my hair, like the banks, a little and may do a little more. I most likely will get it cut in a month, though. We’ll see. I always swore I would never color my hair, but there are days when I want to break that promise ;) Maybe if I color it purple I’ll be fine ;) Hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week!

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  5. Shannon

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ve cut my own hair for the last 20 years, so mine looks the same as always – minus the ‘layer’ I had when I lived up north from those wild, bitter winds ripping my hair out of my hair tie! Those shifting dunes sound crazy – makes me think of the horror story The Elementals!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! We’ve had those wild, bitter winds a few times over the last couple of weeks, so I’m sure your hair is thankful to be down in FL ;) I don’t know if the dune blocking the beach access really did grow over night, but I’m sure the one across the road did! You don’t have to change what happens naturally around the sea to make a good horror story.
      I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a great week!

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  6. Resa

    Trent,
    You get to be in a wonderfully gorgeous place. The shots are beautiful. I am a tad envious.
    Me well, I’m taking pics of the 2 year construction project going on outside my home. I’m living in an old Silent Hill video game, where the coffee might be poisoned, poisonous fumes come up my drains and it sounds like Godzilla vs. the 3 Headed monster outside.

    Look Covid different? YES!!! I’ve been a werewolf 4 times, and it seems to be a regular occurrence as the months pass by. My hair now largely 50 shades of grey, wants to be in a novel about post Covid sex….. if there is any.

    A sprained ankle forced me to eat more and gain more weight…. the weight that Covid didn’t manage to drape me in.

    You look fab in long hair!!!! I adore long hair on men. WooHoo!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Cape Cod is gorgeous and I love being able to spend time down here. new Hampshire isn’t bad either. Not a lot of street art, though ;) There is a construction project across the street from my house in NH, but it is relatively tame, and there are woods out of my back window, so…
      Uhm, did you perhaps feel a little funny when you saw that photo of the moon I posted? Something you said about, oh well, never mind…
      My hair was 50 shades of grey before Covid and is wondering if the term “protection” in “Post-Covid Sex” means wearing a face mask.
      Sorry about the ankle and weight. Hopefully you will be out looking for new graffiti and working it off soon.
      Thanks, re: the long hair. I usually keep my hair long, but not this long!
      Hope you are having a good weekend.

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      1. Resa

        Hope you’re having a fab Sunday!
        The only good thing about DST is I get to have a glass of wine earlier.
        Your hair is fab. Don’t cut it!
        ARRROOOOO!!!
        This was a good post, because it got me thinking, talking and feeling creative.
        Thank you, Trent!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Imbibing in wine an hour earlier must be the only plus about it…
          Don’t worry, I won’t cut it all off. And before my trim, I’ll do a pose in front of my electronic music instruments so I can look like a rock-star wanna-be ;)
          Glad you had a good chat! So did I :)

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  7. Coffeeandcream

    Oh wow, loved reading this post. All of the photos were absolutely gorgeous – sunsets are just the best and you got a really good capture of the moon! I know that we’re all looking a little different than normal right now, especially with hairdressers being shut!
    Hope you’re well.

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  8. Dale

    Lovely photos, Trent – that moon shot! Wow!
    I have to tell you (coz you did the same thing last week… check your title ;-)
    As for the hair, I decided to stop dying it because I was liking the streak I had going on one side. Now that the bangs have completely grown in I’m rather undecided if I keep it. How did they get so salt and pepper? Nah… I’m liking the freedom of not having to sit through an hour and have every six weeks at the hairdresser. Decided to own it!
    We had some nasty wind two nights ago. Sheesh. Tore the cover off my cushion bench container thingy. We had some nice and mild weather so of course, today is back to freeze your butt off!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Dale! Yes, my most common typo is exchanging the “n” and “g” on “ign”, I mean “ing” words ;)
      Several years ago a lot of my hair turned white almost over night – I think I had some type of infection. I used a medicated shampoo and it stopped turning, but… Oh well, I’ve always said I’d refuse to dye my hair, though if it ever becomes fashionable for older men to color their hair, I might die it purple or green ;) I did trim my banks on my own – my bangs went past my chin!
      It has been a windy late winter early spring here! Cape Cod always gets a lot of wind! Luckily, it calmed down quite a bit since early this morning.
      Have a great week!

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      1. Dale

        I’m guilty of singing insteadof signing regularly ;-)
        Wow. Usually that happens following a trauma. The way the body reacts is crazy. And why wait for it to be fashionable? Why not make it a fashion? :D I usually cut my own bangs 2-4 times before I finally got for a proper trim.
        You too!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I think with my hair is that I bought a hat from a street vendor that had something in it, like a fungus, which is why the medicated shampoo worked. As soon as my hair started turning, I threw the hat out!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I did a couple of walks with my real camera, but took zero photos with it. But the sunrises and sunsets always make good photos from my phone, so… Hope your weekend is going well. Have a wonderful week :)

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  9. PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

    Lovely moon photo, Trent! Your hair is pretty long. I’ve been back to the hairdresser regularly since last May. I don’t think I look very different due to COVID. I lost a few pounds before COVID due to new exercises learned at physical therapy, and I started exercising quite regularly during lockdown to stave off boredom, anxiety, and over-thinking. I’ve sort of kept to it. I think I look similar to how I looked when COVID first hit. I wrote about COVID today as well, I’ll be getting shot #1 later today. Have a great week, Trent!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Very cool that you are getting shot #1 (or maybe :that you have gotten” by the time you read this). I think they just opened up what they call “phase 2a” in NH, which means educators are now eligible for shots. I am hoping I will be eligible by early April (I’m in phase 2b).
      I’m glad you are keeping up your exercise, or at least “sort have kept to it”. I started my exercise routine a few years back, but have been much more consistent in the last year. I was at a good weight, so didn’t lose anything, but I feel better than I have for years.
      I hope you have a great week!

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    2. trentpmcd Post author

      Oh, I forgot – last week I said in a comment on your post that my hair is long enough that some might mistake me for a woman at first glance, at least from behind, and now you know that I was only half joking ;)

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