If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of April, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. It is a little chilly out this morning, but it will be warmish later today. The sun is shining, and, yeah, pretty typical for late March or early April. Jacket weather, but not coat. Oh, where are we? I know I only used that photo a couple of times, but some of you may still recognize it as Spring in New Hampshire (the red trillium aren’t out yet, but will be very soon!)

This was another odd week. First, I spent it mostly alone – my wife and dogs are on Cape Cod (they haven’t been there all year!) and I am home alone with the cats. So although I did a lot of walking, not dog walks since Monday afternoon.

Work was… OK, enough about work.

I did a lot of light reading, but haven’t started anything new since I finished Bleak House. However, I did read my latest book of short stories out loud, correcting as I went. There were actual few corrections. I haven’t touched it since early September, so I had no idea what shape I left it in. Not bad. I may be on to the formatting stage very soon…

I did a little piano practice, but very little music this week. I did go over the book covers I had made earlier for the short stories, and did a little correction, but little visual arts. Hmmm, what did I do? Besides edit?

I kept up with my exercise routine, which was good. It was pretty frigid on Monday and Tuesday (it didn’t get above freezing for well over 48 hours, and with windchill, was below zero F. It felt like mid-January) so I really didn’t get out much those two days, but tried to make up for it the rest of the week.

Oh, quick story. On Sunday I was takign the dogs for a walk. We got to the street in front of the house and Idina froze (what’s new?). There was a loud noise from the woods. I knew it was a tree, most likely the one that was broken off, leaning on another tree, shifting. I joked with Idina that the farther we were from the house, the safer we were. And then, as if the tree heard me, it fell. The dogs and I watched it all of the way to the ground in my back yard. BOOM!!! Idina was not happy ;) Just a reminder, this is what it looks like behind my house:

Wooded hillside

Well, it isn’t that green yet. It is also much steeper than it appears in the photo.

Anyway, it is sunny and pretty out, so I should get moving. Thanks for stopping in for a chat! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you have a coffee chat, I will try to visit.

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 InLinkz-Linkup to see all of the other shares!

34 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of April, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do like the southwest, but there is something about being in this forested area that has always made it feel like home. Thanks! Have a great week. And thanks for posting my parody – I need to stop in and see if anyone left comments for me there.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The tree had been leaning against another one for a while, so I had sized it up and knew it wasn’t going top hit the house (it came closer than I thought since the weight pulled it downhill a half a dozen feet or more). But, yeah, sometimes the dogs do sniff around where it landed, though not often.
      Last year I went out a grabbed some new photos, including this and one with daffodils in the background. I like the earthy textures of this one.

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      1. Prior...

        I like the earthy textures too! So inviting
        And quick story (I only have a handful of these kind of experiences) but in 1992, I lived in a tennis villa apartment with a roommate lady named Pat. One day I felt to pray around the garage area. Not too weird because I pray on and off (just part of me and all that) but the garage area?
        Then a few days later – the owner of the villa – out of nowhere – called and said she was having a dead tree taken down!
        The main guy that took it down said it could have fallen at anytime – and would have crushed the garage area!
        Well either way – glad the villa owner was on top of her property and mindful – I moved out a few months later / turns out she was doing all that to move back in! Well it worked for me because I was getting ready to move south!
        🌳🌲

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I was about about to make a comment about looking to God vs dog about the threat of falling trees, but didn’t want to come across as sacrilegious… A bit of dyslexia here. Sometimes things do seem to work out exactly as they should.
          ’92 was about the time I was moving to my village. I bought a small house about two houses down from where I live now and up against that same wooded hill.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I enjoyed reading it, even though Dickens does tend to get wordy. It is a great story filled with very intriguing and well drawn characters. If do want to read it before June… just saying ;)

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  2. Maria

    They have such great hearing, almost like they hear before it actually happens, like the creek in the tree before it fell. I enjoy your photos, the nature in your area is beautiful. Looking forward to see more this spring, when nature wakes up. Thank you for the coffee!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I wonder if Idina has known for a while – she has been afraid to go too far from the – maybe she knew she had to be there to protect it ;) This is a beautiful area. I do love to be surrounded by nature :) Thnaks for stopping in!

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  3. Diana

    Dogs remind me of horses either seeing or hearing things we don’t see or hear right away. 😊 I love your area with all those trees. New England is so beautiful! I bet you had fun with the cute kitties while your wife was away and thank you for the coffee! I’m always up for a cup of Joe. 😀

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Idina could probably hear somethings I wasn’t hearing, but I could hear a lot of it – there were a few really loud noises that were freaking her out, but I was hoping if we moved so they weren’t as loud…. Oh well, it was interesting to actually watch it come down!
      This is a pretty area. Do enjoy being in a heavily forested place and would have a hard time living where there were few trees.
      Little Tiberius has begun to drag toys in for me to play with him, so, yeah, plenty of kitty time…
      Hope your weekend is going well! Have a great week!

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  4. Natalie

    Good thing that you and Idina were not close to the fallen tree. Beautiful nature in your backyard. Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Have a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Idina thinks she’s a hero! If she would have walked, we would have been farther away when it fell and if I let her pull me back, possibly much closer! lol. We went in the house for a few minutes, and she wanted to go out to protect the house from any more of those evil trees that might be trying to break in.

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  5. dawnkinster

    Wow! Lucky you weren’t under that tree when it went down! The dog was trying to tell you that I guess. I have never seen a red trillium, that is really beautiful! How many dogs and how many cats does your family have?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Idina was trying to tell me something. Actually, we never in danger of the tree hitting us, and it would have been much farther away if Idina had let me take her for her walk, instead of standing there staring into the woods until the tree fell ;)
      We have two dogs, Fiyero (boxer) and Idina (rescue mix). We have three cats – Tiberius is still a kitten, Alexander is a about a year and a half and Grace Kelly, I am not sure. We inherited Grace, and my guess is she is around 10 or 12.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Idina did know it was coming down… The woods is mixed. I’m not sure what all is in the photo. I do know that in this little bit of woods there are several types of oaks and maple, some beech, ash, birch and I think elm. Not in this photo, but there is a black walnut just outside of the frame (I don’t think it is native). There are a few huge white pines mixed in there. I think there is one in the photo – it is almost 200 feet tall.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I had looked at the tree to make sure it wouldn’t fall on my house… The trunk is on someone else’s property, so I wasn’t sure who would pay to clean it up if I decided it was too close and I needed a professional to get it. But it is nice to have a lovely back yard, even with falling trees ….

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  6. Melis

    Your backyard is amazing! Born and raised in the high desert, my dad has always joked that I don’t know anything but our “dinky little trees” (ie Pinon and Juniper) and it’s largely true ;-) Gorgeous views you have there but I could do without trees falling on my head, or in my general vicinity so there’s that, too. Hope the weather warms up for you soon and those gorgeous red trillium make their appearance!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do love the tall, thin trees in New England. I do like the southwest, but I’m sure I’d miss the forests if I lived there. Even without trees falling into the yard, every spring there is a major cleanup of downed branches, so some down sides… Thanks for stopping in!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is nice, and I do grow a bit spoiled having it just there… The photo is walking up into the woods a bit, so the view from the patio isn’t quite that nice, but still, nice to be so close to nature.

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