If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat! The temperature is perfect and the sun is out, though the table is in the shade. There is almost no humidity in the air, which is surprising. Well, maybe not: it feels like Autumn and it is September…. And where are we sitting this fine September morning? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

OK, I have posted very little in the last couple of weeks. Almost nothing at all! I have been busy on many levels. A good thing is that I had this week off of work, so not busy there! Well, I was last week….

My parents came to visit. They arrived last Friday and left on Wednesday. This is the first time they have visited since 2018! Because of that, this is the first time they have seen the “new” house. We didn’t do a whole lot except putter around the house, some walks, eat out etc., but it was great having them come and visit! And we had all of the animals (almost) here. Maybe not so good since my mom left with a nasty scratch from Fiyero on one arm and a nasty scratch from Alexander on the other!

Little James came almost two weeks ago, during the Tropical Storm Henri. But he was very sick that first week! Very, very sick. We did a lot,and finally were able to have the shelter send meds to a human pharmacy here. We also used (are using) homeopathic treatments, nebulizer, etc. He is much, much better and has been as playful as a kitten needs to be!

Note – we first called him “James Bond”, but it wasn’t working, so we renamed him “James T Kirk”, but call him “Tiberius” for short.

He and Alexander have been bonding and play a lot. Think of the “super scamp”, Alexander demands to be walked after every time the dogs have been out. He is very much a hunter…

Tiberius came during one storm and lived through another – we had Ida come through and there was a tornado in town, not too far away! We had no damage (the last tornado (!!) caused much more damage, including taking a tree sized limb down (see below).

Gary might have climbed trees with a chainsaw as a kid, but I never used one until this week. I bought one two years ago to remove a huge limb that fell during our first(!) tornado, but the limb was gone by the time the saw arrived (I think the town took it – it was a foot and a half in diameter and twenty feet long). Anyway, under my dad’s supervision, I used the saw to cut up a few trees I had taken down with a hand saw – these are super fast growing invasive trees that I have only seen in my yard – I have dozens from a few inches in diameter to four feet in diameter. After sawing up the ones I had already taken down, I used the chainsaw to take down a half a dozen more and cut the stumps down. I didn’t take down any of the largest ones – I’ll let a professional handle those, but did have to rope some off so they didn’t fall on the barn.

Also under the supervision of my father but using my design, I put up a compost area made with chicken wire, some posts and a floor of that junk wood I just talked about… I will build another in NH soon.

In the last few days, on my own, I have kayaked, run, exercised, swam in the ocean, walked on the beach, walked the dogs, walked the cat, played with the dogs, done yard work (usually when out with dogs and/or cats), etc.

What I have not done is spend any time on the computer! There are times I wished it and the Internet would go away, but then there is always soemthign I need to look up and…

Anyway, I have a huge agenda for the day and need to get going – I did run this morning,but the dogs are after me right now. And there woods calling my name.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share I will try to visit,but no promises – I am still on my summer vacation and am havign a hard time returning to the blog. I hope you are having a great weekend!

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!

35 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Yvette. i don’t know how good my chainsaw skills are, but it is nice to pick up something new like that. And I am better than the first cut I made…. Yes, much better to let the professionals do some of it instead of either hurting myself or damaging something important…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I have a battery powered mower (Ego brand) and so bought an Ego chainsaw that uses the same battery – it is just as powerful as a regular, though smallish, saw. I’m going to pick up a “weed whip” that uses the same battery in a few days.

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  2. Bear

    Awww, just let me drool over that little cuddler! Hubby and I were actually talking this weekend about bringing home a second kitty. Sometimes, I worry that Leah is lonely for a playmate. So, we’re going to start looking. It’s hard to rescue a kitty where we are as I’ve said many times. they make it so difficult to pass their “tests” before you can adopt. Maybe I’ll contact the shelter we adopted Leah from and see what little angels they have.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Here they don’t make adopting cats too difficult, but they do make it expensive, and even more expensive if you want a kitten. Dogs, though, you have to go through the third degree and some places send someone out to inspect the house! Almost all animals in shelters here come from the south, most Georgia, though Alexander came from Florida. A playmate for Leah might be nice, but it might be four times the trouble as one cat ;)

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      1. Bear

        We used to have two kitties for years. It was really nice when I was gone most of the day at work/school. They could and did play together. I hear ya on pricey adoptions. It’s almost as if they’d rather euthanize them then see them in good homes. I get so angry with shelters that I usually end up walking out in tears. I gave up (except in dreams) of getting a small doggy. It’s horrendously hard here, too.

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  3. Maria

    Chain saw work, that is always fun!! I am happy there was no big damages to your property. How wonderful to have you parents come for a visit. Besides the scratches, it sounds like a great visit. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend! Sometimes we all need time offline. .

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      My dad tells me the chainsaw will become my favorite tool, but I’m not totally convinced yet ;) It was a great visit. I’m glad they were able to make it. Hope you are having a great weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

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  4. Diana

    You’ve been so busy and so cool your parents came to visit to see your house and all your new animal additions too!! Thank you for the coffee and so happy Tiberius is being a kitten again (so scary) and doing good. Alexander sounds so fun wanting walks. Lol – and happy you escaped any damage from the storm! Have a good rest of this holiday weekend! 🥰

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Diana. it was a nice week, and havign my parents visit was super. I have created a bit of monster with Alexander’s walks – I hope I can tone them down a bit ;) Hope your weekend is goign well :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think I misstated it – When I said “this week”, I was talking a week from Sunday to Saturday, so the week just ended, not the upcoming week, which is next week… Anyway, it was a great little vacation!

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  5. workinacresnothours

    How fantastic you finally got to have your parents visit that was such a long time to miss them. So adorable your newest family member happy for you that all is well now. It must be the time for it, my chainsaw & I have been cleaning up madly. Best toy ever. I love the exhaustion of a days hard yakka.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      “best toy ever” – my dad told me that once I started using the chain saw that it would quickly become my favorite tool. Not quite there yet, but… ;) I was able to see my parents earlier this summer at their house, but it was great that they could visit. Hope you are doing well and getting a lot cleaned up with your favorite toy ;)

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  6. Gary A Wilson

    Ah – you tickle memories of playing with my dad’s chainsaw Trent. Those were some fun days.
    I finally got rid of the last one he gave me from his estate, a broken thing that never ran for me, but it felt like the passing of another era.
    Thanks for the visit and memory.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      When I thought about admitting that I had never used a chainsaw before, I thought of your post and had to laugh. Oh well. I guess it is never too late to learn.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He is ultra-cute :) He can bee a little terror, like all kittens (and Roman emperors), but it is great to see him being that terror after how sick he was! Very happy he is doing much better.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did see my parents in 2019 and this summer, but at there house, It was great to have them come visit, though. And nice to have them see the new house. Yeah, I was so worried about Tiberius. I’m so happy he is doing better.

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  7. Susanne

    Oh, James is adorable! I’m glad he recovered from whatever he had.
    Sounds like a dramatic time for you with the storms and tornado. But sounds like you’ve been doing some relaxing activities also. Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He is ultra-cute. He had an upper respiratory infection and wasn’t eating or drinking. Before force feeding him, all he did was sleep – not being a kitten at all!
      Despite the storms and all it has been a nice little holiday. I am not ready to go back to work ;)

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