Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of May, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. It is still on the cool side, but will get warm today. Two days ago they were saying 98 F/37 C, but they have changed it to being a high of “only” 92 F/33 C. Tomorrow will get up to that 98 F, though. Warm for May in New Hampshire! Oh, I just told you were we are without referring to the photo at the top, didn’t I?

I started with weather,so… You may remember that we had a hot weekend last week as well. It did get pretty cool during the week and was light jacket weather most days, so the heat this weekend, even though warmer than last, won’t be as bad since the house is going into it is almost 15 F (8 C) degrees cooler than it was going into last week’s heat.

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Music and (Gasp!) Records

I want to talk about records.  I don’t mean those emails that need to be saved because they are “important records”, nor those receipts you keep in an old shoebox for your taxes.  I’m talking about those funny vinyl disks you might run into in an antique store.  You know, you place them on a spinnie-thing, place a needle in a groove and music comes out! 

Yeah, I know, old people and random memories.

Anyway, I was watching a Youtube video and some people were talking about the future of music and they brought up this important part of the past.

There once was a time when you would go to a person’s house and the first thing you would do is look through their record collection.

When those vinyl disks might cost a significant part of your super limited disposable income, you only bought music that was important to you.  What a person chose to spend those precious pennies on said a huge amount about them. Even if they had a largish collection, it said a lot. 

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Where to Next?

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

A chill went up my spine.  Was it the wind across the moor or just being there?  I turned to study the standing stone and inspiration came in waves. A thousand and one new ideas popped up.

There was a flick and everything changed.  The open moor was gone replaced by a cluttered room, obviously used by an artist and author.

I instantly recognized the photos on the wall and smiled.  Yes, hundreds of one-hundred-word stories were inspired by the photos posted through that computer there.

I wondered where the “Settings That Inspired My Blog” tour would take me next.

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word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

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For those who didn’t recognize the first stop in the story above, it was a visit to the moors Sue Vincent loved so much. Her wonderful photos for her writephoto challenges inspired so much fiction. (As have the photos posted by Rochelle :) ) Sue passed away a little over a year ago.

Oh, subtitle of this might be “Magical Mystery Tour”, even if the Beatles have already used it…

If We Were Having Coffee on the 14th of May, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Lets sit here at this table looking back into the woods. It is nice and shady here with a pleasant breeze. Ah. It is warm, isn’t it? OK, it is only about 80 F/27 C, but it is very humid. It will get around 90F/32C later in the day, as it did yesterday, and will most likely feel a bit steamy. I hope the breeze keeps up! Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

It was a pretty warm week and it is ending hot (for spring in New Hampshire). I did a bit outside, including running a few times, including earlier this morning. I did my normal weight exercises and such. I walked the dogs a lot and did a few walks without them (they aren’t big on walking when it gets warm). I played with cats and such,as always.

I picked up a new lens for my camera and spent a little time playing with it. I hope to get out a lot over the weekend and do a lot more! Of course,the real test will be when I kayak with it on Cape Cod, but that will have to wait. Here is a Moon shot.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 7th of May, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or a hot cocoa. It is a little cool out there today, but not bad. We’ve had a cooler than usual spring, but the last week wasn’t too bad – we had a few warmer days mixed in with the cool. The weekend will be cool again, but next week we will get down right hot, with a couple of days over 87 F (31 C). Were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

I drove back from Cape Cod on Saturday evening. I did have a good, if low key, day down there after my coffee post, but needed to head north.

There wasn’t much happening during the week. I did run twice, and each time it was warm enough for just shorts and t-shirt (I think in the 70s/20s C both days). I did my other exercise routine three times and had massage. I walked every day, both with the dogs and without. I spent more time than usual chatting with neighbors (good weather?). I played with cats and kittens (Tiberius is doing great after his surgery).

Work was tough and I returned to over 400 emails on Monday. OK, enough about work, it is the weekend…

I practiced music, but really didn’t do a whole lot. I wrote a little but have been avoiding “real work” in my writing. I read some.

I’ll admit that I went down a couple of Internet wormholes (or are they rabbit holes? I guess it depends on if the journey is sci-fi or whimsical fantasy). Anyway, as an example, I would remember an old movie. I do a search and find the name, say Sunset Blvd. Then I would get sucked into reading about it and watching clips on YouTube. I would finally emerge and wonder why the clock said 9:30 PM when I knew it was 7! The dangers of sitting too close to the computer!

As usual I have a busy weekend planned and need to get to it.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share I will try to visit, but, as usual, no promises (I typically hit at least 90% of people who link, though can’t leave a “like” if it is non-WP and I don’t comment as much as I should).

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!

Bleak House – Dickens Challenge One Month Countdown!

Charles Dickens at his Desk in 1858 – This was from Wikimedia and I make no claim to ownership

Imagine the scene.

“Smoke lowering down from the chimney pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snowflakes – gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun.”

Cheerful, no?

“Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among the green aits and meadows; fog down the river, were it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.”

London is notorious for its weather.  It is in a natural bowl that holds the air, and a sea-level river runs through this bowl, pumping moist air in.  Back in the 19th century, at the start of the industrial age, when every chimney emitted coal smoke, when factories lived in with the dwellings, that heavy fog was mixed with smog.  And then there was the raw sewage in the streets and in the river, filling the air with their pungent tones.  Not pleasant.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 30th of April, 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 hot cocoa. It is a little chilly out there and the wind is nasty, but, out of the wind, the sun feels great. Let’s sit and chat. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

I spent most of the week here on the Cape. My sister and her husband were visiting from Ohio. Not actually with me, but at a time share about 4 miles away. I met them for dinner on Tuesday, we did stuff together on Wednesday and Thursday and then they drove home on Friday. Yes, I did take Wednesday through Friday off of work.

I did a few very long walks, most by myself (including this morning), but some with my sister. On the walks I saw osprey, snowy egrets, great egrets, great blue herons, many types of ducks, several types of geese, several types of cormorants, swan, loons, osprey, hawks, falcon and a bald eagle. There were tons of people around looking at some glossy ibis, which I also saw – my photos aren’t very good, so I won’t share. There were other things, like a very pregnant racoon just off of one trail.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of April, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or a hot cocoa. It is a little cool out, but it will be warmish today. Warmish, but you still might want a jacket. This week was very much a spring week, but not very warm over all. Yesterday was the warmest. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Of course a work week. OK, next topic ;)

The dogs were with their human mother visiting Maine, so it was just the cats and bird and me. The cats were a lot of fun and slept on top of me all night every night. When the dogs are away, the cats will play might not be the way the saying goes, but it is true here.

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The Weekly Smile for the 18th of April, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all!

Last week was a nice Spring week. Flowers were blooming and there are buds on the trees. It was pretty warm – I wore a short sleeve shirt and no jacket a few days. I ran with shorts and t-shirt (no sweats). I took a few very long walks in the woods, including some long dog walks (mostly just Fiyero when there is any length). I did a little outside work, like raking (our back patio collects leaves all winter, as does a few other places in the yard).

It wasn’t just all Spring, though. I’ve been alone in the house with just the cats the past few days and the cats are always worthy of a smile or two.

Yes, they like the dogs (well, Grace might not) and the dogs love them. Idina sometimes acts like Tiberius is her puppy, and he doesn’t mind being babied a bit, particularly when he isn’t feeling well. But still, they are a little freer without the dogs.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of April, 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 hot cocoa. It is a little cloudy out, but warmish. It does feel like spring! In fact, this entire week was very much spring with a few days of short-sleeve/no-jacket weather! Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo, though I’ve only used it a couple of times, as coming from New Hampshire. And, yes, the daffodils have been out all week :)

Since the weather was so nice, I did a lot outside. Down on Cape Cod last weekend I did my first kayak paddle of the year. I did a couple of very long walks in the woods in New Hampshire (I don’t call it a “hike” unless it is at least two or three hours…). I ran in just shorts and t-shirt a couple of times. Of course there is walking dogs and such included in there.

Work…, well, OK, I worked this week.

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