Hi all! I think last week was a pretty good week for most, though, of course, in such a large world, it is impossible to be good for all! If you didn’t have the greatest of weeks, perhaps you can read one of the smiles below, or two or three… Even if you had a good week, what’s wrong with having another smile :)
Hello and Welcome! Sit down and I’ll get you a nice, strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a little on the cool side and damp after a night of rain, but feels comfortable. After the heatwave we had, anything would be! 5 days of 90 – 98 F (33 – 37 C) was pretty bad, particularly since it was very humid a few of those days. We then had a warm Thursday (not hot) followed by an almost cold Friday! The next few days will be closer to normal. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from new Hampshire.
The big news this week was the weather. It was pretty oppressive! But not totally terrible. I did get out for some shorter walks, though the dogs chose not to most of the time. I didn’t run,but did strength executrices (I ran last Saturday before it was too uncomfortable and then on Friday). I did some yard work over the weekend and had someone come in and do some yard work that is beyond me over the week. And I tried to stay cool :)
You may have seen that Yvette Prior and I are running a small Little Dorrit challenge. The challenge runs from today, June 9 (Dickens passed away on June 9, 1870) and will run until Sunday, June 13. You can join by writing a post about the book and linking to any of mine or Yvette’s posts about it. Your posts can be about anything at all – what you though of the book, a review, talking about the writing style, about the characters, about humor, about satire, about what you liked, about what you hated or anything else that comes to mind.
This post is to get things started with a few facts about the book.
Little Dorrit was originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857. The story is set in London in 1826 and features Amy Dorrit, aka “Little Dorrit”, the youngest child of her family, born and raised in the Marshalsea prison for debtors in London, the same place where Dickens’ father was imprisoned in real life. Arthur Clennam encounters her after returning home from a 20-year absence, ready to begin his life anew. (paraphrased from Wikipedia) In many ways Arthur is the real “main character”, not Little Dorrit, but she is the center of attention.
Note on the title, just in case you didn’t get it Phythaux – Ph (F) – y (i) – th (d) – aux (o) – (Fido) ;) I got this from a cousin when I was about 10 and he said he got it from Bill Cosby, but I never heard that skit.
This was written for Collen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we were given two words to use, dawn and twilight, but only synonyms are allowed. I wrote a haiku.
Just a quick comment – I obviously thought of Cat Steven’s version of Morning Has Broken after I wrote this. Of course I always liked Rick Wakeman’s uncredited piano playing (He is my favorite rock keyboardist).
Hi! This was a weird week. I did a lot but there is little to talk about. OK, let’s back up for a moment or two.
I am not a hot weather person. I live in New Hampshire instead of Texas or South Carolina (I’ve lived both places) for a reason! I could not survive in a place where air conditioning was mandatory.
We started our second heatwave of the year on Saturday. Typically we will have 90+ F (33+ C) for extended periods perhaps twice a season, usually in late July or early August. Some years are worse. Being on our second one weeks before the official start of summer? That is odd! And for a person who prefers cool temperatures?
And yet I haven’t minded it….yet – ask me On Thursday how I feel! In fact, it has been nice.
Way back on the 7th of February, in honor of Charles Dickens’ birthday, Yvette Prior and myself decided to do a little challenge. We asked everyone to read the book “Little Dorrit” and do a post about it someplace around June 9, which is the other end of Dickens’ live, i.e., the day he passed away. We planned a drawing of a $25 Amazon gift card for people who took the challenge.
All you have to do is read, attempt to read, try to read or skim or whatever Little Dorrit and write a post about it. Use the hashtag #Dickenschallenge and place a comemnt with the link on one of the Little Dorrit posts, such as this one, my original or any on Yvette’s blog (like this page).
You can start now, but the official challenge is from June 9 – June 13.
You can write anything at all about. Talk about the story. Talk about the politics. The humor. How long it is! How many words… The historical background. Anyway, here is a little bit copied from Yvette’s post:
If you want to read (or skim) the book Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, then share a post about it on or around June 9th, which is the date of Dickens’ death. The last day to join in will be Sunday June 13th.
Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat. It feels great out here right now, even in shorts, but will get warm later. We are expecting a heat wave that will last until, I think, Thursday. But it is a beautiful morning, so let me get you a large mug of super dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being New Hampshire.
I drove home from Cape Cod on Sunday morning. It was a rainy and cold weekend! It had been very hot, so the house stayed warm throughout, but still – the temps were flat-lined at 46 F/8 C and it rained almost continuously late Friday night through Monday morning. Yuck. But then Monday turned out pretty good. i took the day off of work on Tuesday, and it was a great day! I feel I got more done Tuesday that the entire weekend, including Monday.
Oh, we received our first batch of farm fresh produce from a local CSA (Customer Supported Agriculture) on Tuesday! It is all greens this early, but still great!
Yeah, you see those high fences with razor wire at the top they just put up? Let me tell you about it…
You’ll know that they closed the beaches about a month ago. They said “Red Tide” and all, you know those algae blooms that pretty much kill everything in their paths. But why close the beach over that?
Yep, I wanted to find out too.
The other day me and my daughter Barb decided to check it out. We got her kids, little Tommy and Paul, and we all dressed up in the best protective gear we could find. No stupid algae would ruin our day.
At first we saw nothing, no dead fish washed up, no nasty algae, nothing.
OK, “nothing” went pretty far, for there were no seagulls or anything else living or moving either.