If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is sort of odd out – warmish and humid. It rained a lot over night and the forecast calls for passing showers, but hopefully it will be a nice day overall. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

So I drove down here Wednesday evening, after massage. I came alone – I almost took the cat Alexander, but at the last minute decided not to. My sleep has been pretty ragged of late, and much of it has to do with animals sleeping on top of me. Between weather and being busy, I really haven’t done much since I’ve been here, but I guess that is OK – I don’t have to be hiking or kayaking every waking minute, do I? I have done a little work around the house, which is good, but not a lot, which is bad – if it dries up at all, I will mow later today.

Work seemed to be busier than usual. There are always ups and downs. Not all is bad, and a little is self-induced as I pushed myself to do specific things.

I’ve been keeping up my exercise routine, but my running routine is way off.

While in New Hampshire I did a lot of dog walking and playing, cat/kitten playing and walking and other such. I’ve read, but that’s like saying “I breathed”.

I did a little editing of my next book of short stories – it is almost ready, but my “editors” have been too busy to help.

I have been getting back into music and a huge chunk of my spare time was spent playing. I think I am going to shift almost completely away from writing to music for a while. Although I love to write, music is my first love. I have always played, but I am not even close to the level I once was, so… We’ll see how it goes – often when I do these shifts of priorities it lasts for a few weeks, maybe months, and rarely a year or more.

That being said, I have been mostly in a writing phase for quite a few years (7? 8?) and was in a music phase for quite a few years before that (4? 5? 6?) and then it was 100% visual arts for about three years before that, so possibly I will switch again…

Looking at the above two paragraphs, that also means my blogging is goign to go down to a post or two a week. In fact, it already has. We’ll see. Besides not posting, I have not been able to find time to read blog posts at all. In the past, about 85% of blog time is reading, 10% answering comments and 5% writing. This week it was 10% reading, 87% answering comments and 3% writing…

Anyway, it is not raining and outside is calling! I need to get up and get back out there (I was out for a walk and doing yard work for about an hour and half already this morning).

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share I will try to stop by, but, as always, I can’t promise.

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!

56 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Some of their early music is great, but I have to say that for me Help and Rubber Soul is were they really seemed to come into their own. Ok, Beatles for Sale is a great transition into those albums…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sometimes it is difficult to switch gears, but if I stall, hopefully I can switch back… I’ll still do some writing and blogging, but it will be a turn around, and I will most likely spend about as much time doing those things as I did music back a few months ago before it started to take over my life.

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  1. Gradmama2011

    love this post…very appropo … good comments from commentators too. I have so many things I should do…a handful that I have to do…and piles of stuff that needs to have something done to it but that list isn’t even on the agenda. What I want to do is write. I do write, actually, but beat myself up all the time for whining about writing and fussing if I’m not writing.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. My writing has been sliding a bit and I’ve been really getting into making music, so sometimes it just needs that conscious decision to go where my mus is leading me. Hope you had a good weekend.

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      1. Gradmama2011

        We are heading into Autumn, time to get ready for snow. I know what you mean about following the muse…I am not a musician, but I do beadwork and dabble at needlework.
        My family and many extensions are mainly artists of various degrees including professional artists. One granddaughter, however, is a musician, taught herself to play guitar and now has her own rock band and writes songs. Covid has dampened the music scene, but finally the gigs are picking up again.. She does solo appearances as well as with the band.

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          1. Gradmama2011

            Yes, Covid has put a dent in the entertainment business. They have a huge neighborhood event in which local bands perform on front porches, “Porch’rockr” My grand’s band performed several times, including one summer in the “beer tent,” and two years on the main stage. She’s been playing since she was about 16.

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              1. Gradmama2011

                the porch rockers are really fun. The last one I went to we sat on a huge sofa that had been dragged into the front yard. Oh, wait, that wasn’t the last one. Its a really big deal in Akron, Ohio, and draws a bug criwd in the neighborhood.

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                    1. trentpmcd Post author

                      My family (except the brother I mentioned) live in Vermilion, a town west of Cleveland. I enjoy visiting, but really like being an east coast resident (my brother is currently in the Philly area).

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                    2. trentpmcd Post author

                      Must have been someone else – I live in New Hampshire and spend a lot of time down on Cape Cod in Massachusetts (I have a house there and will eventually move full time). I was in Vermilion (and into Huron) back around the 4th of July this year.

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                    3. Gradmama2011

                      Son and wife lived up in Mass very near N. Hampshire,, now in Minn. They almost moved to Boston but grandkids are in Minnesota so they went back there to live. I visited them a lot in all the different places they lived…I loved traveling when I could…now too poor and too old…complicated by Covid, like everyone else.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      When I moved on the Cape, my Beatles mug collection photos went away (the photos were taken at the old place), so I had to find a way to reintroduce at least a few. Hope you had a good weekend and have great week!

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  2. workinacresnothours

    I can so relate to the sleep deprivation, our Turbo(Queen of all cat) literally howls in the hallway, if I don’t get up she will yell in my face, till I get up, anywhere from 4am to on a polite morning 6am. A break is good. lol. It is so important to follow our passions even if they do change from time to time. I will miss your blogging prowess if you choose to solely pursue your passion. Your music is great. Have fun in the great outdoors my friend.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Luckily our critters let me sleep in (sort of), they just want to be on top of me all of the time! I most likely won’t go away completely, but I have already gone from 5 or 6 posts a week to 3, which includes the two smile posts…
      Hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ve always asked for 32 hour days and 9 day weeks (with 4 day weekends, of course), but nobody seems to listen… Sometimes I try to pack it all in, but usually making a choice between directions turns out to be for the best.

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  3. Dale

    Nothing wrong with switching things up. I don’t even want to analyze how much time I spend on blogging. I have made the conscious decision to slow it down and actually read books. Crazy. But it’s great!
    Have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi Robbie. In some ways it is nice to have these days where I accomplish almost nothing – I know I need to get stuff done, but the break is good for me. Hope you are well and are having a good weekend :)

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  4. Diana

    Hi Trent, such a good idea to follow your passions!! Thank you for the coffee and your weather sounds wonderful with all the rain. We need rain so badly! We had some thunder storms blow through yesterday but it was not nearly enough rain. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! 🤠🥰

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m grumbling a bit about how much rain we’ve had this year, but know I should be a little more thankful! I wish I could send it your way ;)
      Sometimes it takes me a a while to shift gears, but do try to follow the muse when it leads in a new direction.
      Hope your weekend is goign well :)

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  5. WildChild47

    Sometimes we just have to listen to where the heart is tugging and nudging, and just let go – follow the processes and see what comes of things. And if we resist? We find ourselves moody, resentful and generally miserable, usually. So best to let yourself be led – you’ll figure out what works for you now, in the moment, and in the short/long term. Besides, sometimes the change of artistic creativity and endeavours actually is prep work – a writer friend of mine said to me long ago, writing is like dipping into a well – you keep dipping in and eventually, the well is dangerously low, or dry – so you need to stop, take a break, do other things, experience other stuff, in order to slowly let the well fill again. I think this applies with most things. Especially creative fields.

    I can appreciate poor sleep for animal blankets too – had me laughing in sympathy – but hey, enjoy the time away from the fur-babies – may you have sweet dreams!

    Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful and filled with just the right amount of work and play, and relaxation.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know weighted blankets are all of the rage, but I think a bit overrated, particularly if the weight comes form a couple of large dogs and two cats ;) lol Of course they don’t see it that way.
      I do need to follow the muse, and right now my muse is heading of towards music… I do think it is easy to burn yourself out in anything, including creative pursuits. The well for writing is a bit low, so heading off in other directions might let it refill a bit….
      Thank for stopping b! I hope you are havign a great weekend.

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      1. WildChild47

        I completely agree – who needs weighted blankets when one has a full household? I’m in the same place, minus one cat. 😂

        weekend is pretty good, so that’s alright by me …
        and I’m sure you’ll figure out what you need – enjoy the journey 😊
        and here’s wishing you a most wonderful week to come

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