If We Were Having Coffee on the 28th of May, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. I think the rain is finished for the day, but it is still super wet out there and it is humid. Despite the wet, I will have to get out and about today. I know I will walk and puppy play outside as these are things I do even when there is a hurricane blowing through or the worst blizzard in a century. But it isn’t that bad today and I hope to do even more. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

So this was a super busy work week. OK, far too much about work!!!

I think I told you last weekend that it goign to be hot. Yep, though not quite as bad as originally forecast. I mean, we only hit 95F/35 C, so not too bad 😏 There was also a breeze, so I spent most of the day on both Saturday and Sunday out doing things. I think it will hit 90 F/ 32 C in New Hampshire on Monday, so it will be three weeks in a row, in May, in New Hampshire, that there was 90 degree weather! Wow, and people complained about the cool spring!

I might talk about it another time, but just a quick mention – one of my neighbors has been having a sort of “boys club” meeting every Monday in his garage. It is just what you imagine, a handful of guys, most of them retired (a few of us aren’t) sitting around in an old garage, BSing and perhaps indulging in an alcohol containing beverage (beer or wine). lol. I never thought I would enjoy something like that, but I guess I’m getting old, or perhaps it is a post-Covid thing, but it is fun to stop by every so often, which I did Monday after work.

I had a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday. It was just a routine checkup, but we also discussed the MRI I had in the winter. Yeah, the results were such that the cardiologist didn’t need to talk to me, so my GP did a quick overview. Anyway, nothing I didn’t know, so I should be relatively healthy for at least a little while longer.

I couldn’t believe how high the grass was at my house on Cape Cod. I’ll have to say that I use the term “grass” loosely, for I don’t know what percentage is actually grass… On the other hand, the grass itself was almost waist high and had already gone to seed! I see a lot of un-mowed lawns around (summer people), and not one has grass even as quarter as tall. My lawn must be special. I use an electric mower. It takes a little less than an hour for the battery to charge. The battery will last for between 45 minutes (super heavy load) and an hour and a half (normal conditions). On Thursday and Friday I spent three and half hours mowing, three battery charges. The three and half hours included stopping to pull these little trees that would grow back if I left any roots and picking up sticks (I had picked up most of them the last time I was down, but still some there). The area I covered was about 90% of what I would typically do with one charge. Yep, I still have mowing to do…

Yesterday I had to run to the town office to pick up beach stickers. I had them mailed, but they never arrived. The person who could help wasn’t there when I showed up, so I took a walk to a park near the town hall and then an exercise path/loop twice with an added detour, which ended up a little over two miles. About half way through it started to rain. It didn’t rain hard, but I was pretty soaked by the time I got back to the office. I was able to get new stickers so can actually use the beach this weekend, but have to keep an eye out for the old ones.

Some of you may have noticed that I really didn’t blog this week. Uhm, well, until they make 36 hour days…

So, yeah, this was another busy week. I hope to be able to sit back and relax a little over the weekend, but more than that, I hope to be able to get out on the kayak, take a few walks in the woods, do a beach walk or two, go running, ect., etc.

Anyway, as I said, despite the wet, I need to get out and do things! It is pretty, with a lot of flowers and such.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have a coffee share, I will try to visit, but I feel I have been pulled so thin lately that I can’t even give the half promise of a non-promise that I usually do. Anyway, hope you had a great week!

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!

38 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 28th of May, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

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  2. Maria

    I sure hope you did get to relax a little this weekend. Perhaps some kayaking? That sounds like so much fun. We went kayaking a few times last year, and I am planning some longer trips this summer. I don’t have my own, but there’s plenty of places where you can rent them very affordably. Your weather is really hot! Is that normal for May? I am hoping we won’t reach those temperatures this summer, but we probably will at some point. Have a fabulous new week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is very hot for May here! I did get out on the kayak for a couple of hours this morning and hope to again tomorrow. I also took a long walk in the woods yesterday, even though it was very damp.
      Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Susanne

    That garage club sounds like fun! Your lawn does not – as you can expect after having read my post. Lawns are such hard work. I can’t wait to get rid of some of mine. I hope you get better weather soon.

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  4. Shannon

    I’m also in need of those 36 hour days! Like you, I’m up for a walk in both blizzards and hurricanes, but I haven’t had time for even a short walk (besides my dog’s daily jaunt) in weeks! I’m having withdrawals!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I hope you get a respite soon so you can get some satisfying walks in! I do force a couple of walks a day, even when there is no time, but running and other things? They have to slide…

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  5. Natalie

    Glad to hear you had good health news and you showed the grass at your house on Cape Cod who’s the boss. I hope you get to do all the fun outdoor activities that you want to this weekend. Thank you for your coffee share.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Natalie. Positive health news is always great to receive. I did get out a bit today, despite the wet and foggy weather, so that was nice. The rest of the weekend looks like nice weather, so…
      Hope your weekend is goign well and that you have a wonderful week ahead!

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  6. Janet Alcorn

    The garage hangout sounds fun! It sounds a lot like what my friends and I did as teenagers–hang out at someone’s house and BS.

    Glad your medical news was good and you mostly conquered the special grass (OK, “special grass” sounds like something that doesn’t involve mowing). When we lived in Portland, the first mowing of the season was always awful, because spring was warm and wet. The grass would start growing in March, but it would be too wet to mow for at least a month, sometimes longer. Ugh.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yep, I conquered the special grass and just laughed at the lawn, as I ate a lot of crunchy foods. The next day, though I decided I needed to mow. lol, yeah, the term “special grass” sounds like, well, there is a shop literally a quarter of a mile away that sells that stuff. I haven’t visited, but if my lawn was much worse, I just might have!
      The garage hangout is fun, and great for an ultra-introvert who doesn’t socialize enough like me. In ways it is sort of like those teenager hangouts, except that the youngest guy who regular stops by is 10 years younger than me and the oldest 15 years older.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Work has just been straight out lately. I will get a respite at the end of June, but I am not sure how much of one… Heart health news is good, and BP is low – after not taking BP medicine for over a decade, my doctor put me back on it last November. He is lowering the dose because my BP is too low (it wasn’t high before, it was marginal)..
      Sorry your BP has been high. Hope you had a good week otherwise – I haven’t been visiting blogs, so am a bit out of touch.
      Hope your weekend is goign well and that you have a wonderful week ahead

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Pam! Health is very important and I have been super lucky my entire life on that front, so havign a cardiac MRI in the first place is a bit scary.
      You too, have a good holiday weekend.

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  7. Gary A Wilson

    Hey Trent,
    An adult scale boy’s club. . . I’d not heard of this being a thing. I’d like to think I would enjoy it but that would largly pivot on who was there and what agendas came with them.
    I’m horrible – a near full failure, at making small talk even with people I like. I get into ruts and either look for ways to stay just outside the edge of conversation or step in and mangle my owe efforts to be a part. Frustrating because when I was much younger, i think I was actually pretty good at this. Now, I normally just can’t wait for the meeting to end or to have an excuse to leave.

    You weather temps sound high and if I recall, you get it with high humidity also.
    It’s likely just as well that we did not end in in New England. i would have loved the outdoors but rarely would have enjoyed your weather.

    Hope your work calms down soon. It does suck the fun out of life sometimes.

    Blessings.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m usually pretty terrible at small talk, and if there is too large of a group of people (sometime too large = three ;) ), I just sit and watch. For the most part the handful of people who stop by are very easy to talk to, and I am able to keep pace. But then, the others are all introverts as well, so… When I was younger I could not make small talk at all and had a very hard time at social gatherings of more than, say, two couples, and even there, I might not get a chance to say more than three words in a night. I’m a little better now, but not much.

      For the most part I really like New England weather. Having this type of weather here in May is strange. On the other hand, when it was 95 in New Hampshire, it was 65 on Cape Cod, which is one reason I will eventually live here full time.

      Unless security keeps piling stuff on us, I hope to have a relatively slow July and August, but it should get crazy again as autumn approaches.

      I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a great week ahead.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          We are always busy with security, but it seems in the last three months it is all that we do. Most of it is very necessary, and some long overdue, but still… We didn’t have any compromises in the Solar Winds fiasco, but it did bite bad as far as shutting down dozens of server to clean and such like that. Just nasty. As was log4J in December – everything stops until it is taken care of 100%. Nothing that drastic lately, just a lot of work to be sure it doesn’t happen! I can see how a small company would never be able to stay up and either be compromised or spend 100% of their time patching, testing, etc. and not getting their work done.

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  8. dawnkinster

    Sounds like a decent week, with good news from the MD, and dog time and, OK, mowing time too. I don’t mind mowing, but your yard sounded a bit daunting. Our grass is growing fast too, but since we live here we can keep it mowed, now we’re doing it 2x a week. Last year it needed that all year as it never stopped raining. This week I got to kayak down the Platt River while camping at Sleeping Bear. It was wonderful. I got one clear night too, so got the Milky Way finally! It was a good week for me, a pretty terrible week for a lot of others. :(

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The week was OK for me – work was horrid, but the rest went well. I don’t mind mowing too much. This was awful because of the height and thickness, but several hours mowing sure beats several hours at work ;)
      I think I told you that I used to spend a lot of time up there as a kid – there is a state park on Lake Anne, which helps feed the Platte River. That is where we used to camp every year.
      I hope you posted photos on your blog!
      Yeah, not a good week for a lot of people.
      Hope your weekend is going well.

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  9. D. Wallace Peach

    Your have special grass, Trent. But how fun to get to the Cape, no matter the weather. I’m one of those “I hope spring gets here soon” people, but I don’t envy your heat either. Have a great weekend, and relax a little!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do think the grass must be special… Spring is not my favorite time of year – I think people around here forget that winter really does last until early March and then there is that cold, wet almost two months before we get “May flowers” out of those showers.
      Thanks! I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  10. mammasquirrel

    I am thankful for the rain we got last week as today we begin our 95 degree trend. I’m glad you enjoy the neighborhood get together with the boys-those are fun and you can make some great friends!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That “95 degree trend” is one of the reasons that after I left Dallas I moved to northern New England. lol, I am not a hot weather person. I can take a bit of it, but like living in an area where it doesn’t last long.
      Glad you got the rain.
      I’m a super introvert and I am teleworking full time, so the bits of socialization are good for me. I’ve only met one new person, but have gotten to know everyone a bit better.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I a cold weather person, so the north suits me, but I know those temps aren’t for everyone! just like summers down there aren’t for everyone…

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  11. Writing Sparkle

    The garage hangout has become the thing to do. I know a few of my neighbours have their garages set-up like mancaves with televisions and the works. It seems to be a man thing. I know I saw woman sitting in patio chairs at the end’s of their own driveways, coffee in hand, and talking loud to cover the distance between. But that was a COVID thing.

    The grass cutting sounds like it was a big project.

    Hope you get to enjoy the great outdoors a lot thing weekend. Thanks for the virtual coffee.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A few years ago I visited my brother and laughed because a couple of days a week a lot of local guys would hang out in his neighbor’s garage to BS and drink beer. No man cave stuff except for a keg. My brother’s wife had helped him fix up their basement as a perfect mancave (pool table, dartboard, good stereo, TV, etc.) to try to move the party there, but they still stay in the neighbor’s garage… Never thought I’d ever do the same ;) Anyway, I understand since to me, turning it into a “mancave” with TV and such would ruin it. And I think that is part of it – they guys my brother hangs out with and the people I see don’t watch TV, don’t talk sports, don’t do any of those cliche guy things, so that is why it works.
      The first time cutting the grass for the year is always bad, but I’ve never seen it this bad! So a huge project.
      Thanks. I was out for a while, but it started to rain. Hope it is done now… Have a great weekend!

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      1. Writing Sparkle

        I think hanging out and chatting is the best kind of time spent with friends.

        Glad to hear you are almost through the first grass cut of the year. Our weather isn’t ready for grass cutting yet. Soon I hope.

        Have a great week, Trent.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It is a great way for an introvert like me to get socialized a little… Just finished the lawn. Back in New Hampshire I only did the parts that are visible to the road, so I will have to take care of the rest of it when I get back,
          You to, Shari, have a wonderful week.

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