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Dickens Challenge Update/Reminder #Dickenschallenge

Just a reminder about the Dickens Challenge. Did you forget already?!? If so, that is why I’m doing a reminder 😉😎 Anyway, I am co-hosting the challenge with Yvette and Marsha. The challenge this year is pretty easy, you only need to read one of Charles Dickens’ novellas by June 9th. Yeah, June is still a long way away, but time goes by so quickly!

I just received a book of five novellas and have started to read.

Here is what we originally wrote:

This year’s Invitation:

  • The 2023 #DickensChallenge invites you to read ANY of Dickens’ novellas between February 7th and June 9th, 2023 (the dates for the challenge align with Dickens’ date of birth and date of death). Then share about your reading in a post (or posts) or via comments on one or all of the host blogs. 
  • We will allow comments to be shared  until around June 16th – and then we will raffle off the gift cards by entering the names of participants into a raffle. 
  • Use this hashtag: #Dickenschallenge
  • We will be making a master page with info – coming soon

If We Were Having Coffee on the 11th of June, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome. Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. It is still slightly cool out, but it looks like another beautiful day. We did have rain two days this week, and it really poured hard on Thursday, but it cleared on both of those afternoons. Over all, this week was as close to “seasonable” as we have had this year, seeming just like an early June week in New England. In fact, this is as close to “perfect weather” as we get outside of early October. And what part of New England are we in today? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Work was tough. OK, that’s enough.

I was able to get out for plenty of dog walks this week, though not as many during working hours as usual – see last paragraph. I exercised a few times, ran at least three times since I last “saw” you, and did a few quicker walks without the dogs. I read a little, did some neighborhood socialization, and those types of things. A bit of work around the house rounded off my week. As I told many of you, I spent as much time outside last weekend as was possible, even if it was doing work, or reading.

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Carrot Ranch Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient sites.  When I visited the British Islands, I put things like Neolithic stone circles, Bronze Age tombs and Iron Age hillforts at the top of the itinerary.  Sure, I visited Roman ruins, went into old churches (which are great), explored castles (the more ruinous the better!) and played tourist at places like the Anne Hathaway Cottage, but it was the ancient sites that held my attention.

When I started blogging, I soon discovered a blog that often posted about ancient sites in Britain.  Yep, an immediate follow!!  Of course, I discovered a whole lot else after following the blog for a while.  There were personal posts and poems, stories and symbols. Even talk outside of Britain of my favorite city, Paris, but as part of the blogger’s personal history.

I also discovered the blog’s owner, Sue Vincent, the center of one of the largest chunks of the blogging community that I belong to and interact with.  Her weekly writephoto challenge is one of the best out there. Some of my best fiction was inspired by Sue’s marvelous photos in this challenge.

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Changing Web Presence

Some of you may have noticed, but very recently my blog has changed address from to Yep, I finally broke down and decided to get off of the free version of Word Press. I have been meaning to for years, but I had been trying to figure out how to use my other site. In case you haven’t guessed, I have a web site at Right now that site does little besides tell you to visit my blog (here), but I plan on changing it and turning it into a true “author’s web site”! My original thought was to convert that into my blog, but I have decided to keep the two separate.

Just letting you know that there is that name change in case you are linked here. The old name still redirects to the new name, and I am guessing will continue to redirect for the foreseeable future, but who knows? Some day the old links might produce errors. Also, checking it from a dummy site I have for testing, I have run into a few quirks. Nothing major or show stopping. If you see some odd behavior, that might be it.

Since I’m paying for it, I might start using some of the more advanced features. in other words, I may give the old place a face lift. At the very least you might see small changes, like the absence of advertisement…

Yes, this is a “nothing post”. On the other hand, maybe you were one that saw those quirks.

Have a great day!

(It was only a few months ago that I discovered how many ads people see when they visit from outside of the WP community. A huge amount! Hopefully the place is more inviting now :) )

Blogging Break…

windowI was planning on taking a blogging break over Thanksgiving, since I will be traveling, but I sort of started it early… I haven’t been able to read many blogs in the last few days and missed posting on Tuesday.  OK, I can start early, no problem :)  I will be on and off over the next couple of weeks, will try to keep up with comments and the weekly smile, but won’t be around as much as usual.

See you all in December!

If We Were Having Coffee on the 3rd of August, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a mug of very strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or something else, perhaps something cold.  It is warm, but more than that a bit humid, so the house is stuffy.  We can go out back were there is a pleasant breeze.  See that picture at the top?  That’s were we will be sitting.  Do you recognized it?  If so, you know that we are on Cape Cod.

Yes, I left The Cape Sunday morning and drove back on Wednesday evening.  I’m spending a lot of time here!  Why?  Besides the obvious that the Cape is great ;)  Last week I came down to clean up after the tornado.  This week we are having a visitor come in from Denver.  There is also going to be work done this week.  I changed my telework agreement so I only go to the office if I have to.  There is a huge amount of work needed on this place.  We just listed the old place for sale, so there has been a lot of prep work and a lot more to do.  If it wasn’t for the cats, I would most likely stay down here full time.  As it is, I do have one cat, Albert, with me.  (Here is one of many posts about Albert). Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 27th of July, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or perhaps something cool.  It is a beautiful morning so we’ll go out back and enjoy our coffee under the trees.  It is a little humid, which I discovered when i did my 5 mile run earlier this morning, but it feels very comfortable.  Perhaps later, when it is hot, I’ll have to hit the ocean,but this is nice for now.  Where are we?  The photo at the top is new so you may not know that it is from Cape Cod.

Odd week.  I wasn’t supposed to be here today, but some of you may have heard that a tornado hit Cape Cod.  I came down to clean up a bit.  Still have more, plus a little damage.  Here is a limb that fell off of one of my trees. Continue reading

Blogging Break


Some of you may have noticed that I have been mostly missing the last week or so.  I have been away and kept very busy.  Typically I blog through my end-of-June stay on Cape Cod, but this year we had family and so I didn’t have much time.

And then there is the week coming up….

I will be traveling to Ohio, visiting family.  I will not have much opportunity to even look at blog posts let alone post anything.  I will try to answer comments on an almost daily basis, but I can’t promise anything.

I should be back to the blog on Tuesday, July 9.  I’m sure it will take a few days to get back into it!

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week and I wish my American readers a Happy Fourth of July!

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of April, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large dark roast mix or a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a very nice, on the warmish side (for date and location) and the sun keeps peaking out.  Where are we?  Some of you may have seen the photo at the top and know that it is a new one from Cape Cod.

It was busy week and I don’t remember much.  A lot happening at work.  I had a week up in NH, so a lot of work up there.  I did have massage, so that was good.  I got almost no writing or editing done – I’m so far behind!

Of course this was the week that Notre Dame burned, at least the roof and spire.  I did a post with about 20 photos I took during three different visits. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of April, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a a large mug of very strong dark roast.  I blended several coffees together as an experiment, and it is good!  Anyway, I can also get a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is cool but not cold, unfortunately it is raining, so….  And were are we?  Some of you may know that the stack of Beatles’ mugs is on Cape Cod.

This is another week were I was busy but I don’t know what to write…  Since I’ve been down here on The Cape, I saw an easel, a bunch of osprey, a black crowned night heron (I think) and other such critters.  I did a little work at the new place.  I walked on the beach in the rain.  I guess I look friendly because I had a few people come up and talk to me out of the blue, including a person who led me to where the eagle was.  So a nice little stay.

And it is pretty here, as the clouds reflected on Swan Pond in the photo below show :) Continue reading