Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of March, 2023 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or another beverage. A lot of snow still on the ground, but it is melting fast! It was about 50F/10C yesterday and will be pretty close to that again today. That is the thing about a March storm – the snow doesn’t last long. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

This was a super busy work week with back-to-back meetings all day every day. Next…

We had a little storm that started Monday night and went until the early hours of Wednesday. The official snowfall total for my town was 25″/62.5 cm. The next town up the hill from us had 34″/86.5 cm and there was one town in New Hampshire that had 42″/106.75 cm! That is a lot of snow…

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If we Were Having Coffee on the 11th of March, 2023 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in, take off your wet jacket and I will get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other beverage. Yuck, it looks like a cool, grey and damp day today! At least it isn’t snowing. And there is no snow on the ground. Back in New Hampshire there is plenty of snow on the ground and there is snow expected during the week for my part of the state (maybe). Oh, if I’m not in New Hampshire right now, where am I? If you don’t recognize the photo at the top and and don’t know where I usually am when not in NH, I am on Cape Cod.

OK, a work week. We accomplished much. The end.

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The Weekly Smile for the 6th of March, 2023 #weeklysmile

Hi All! A few years ago I did a series of posts “Music That Means Something” in which I went through my top five favorite albums (see recap here). Funny, my supposed favorite bands weren’t on the list, but one band had two entries (out of five!) – Pink Floyd. Anyone paying attention may have seen that March 1 was the 50th anniversary of the release of their legendary album, Dark Side of the Moon (legendary = sold more than any other album ever, only album to be on the charts continuously for 50 years). That wasn’t one on the lists, but still one of my favorites.

Yesterday (Sunday, March 5) I went to see a show by a group called “Classic Albums Live”. Yep, they playing classic rock albums as close to as recorded as possible. They don’t dress or act like the band, just try to play like them.

Yesterday they did Dark Side of the Moon.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of March, 2023 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and brush off all of that snow. It is coming down hard, isn’t it? Here, I’ll get a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. I think we got at least 8 inches/20 cm over night and it will snow all day dropping another 3 or 4 inches (7 – 10 cm). Oh, and where is all of this snow flying? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from new Hampshire.

Last week I talked about the revenge of winter. We had that one bitter cold day and couple of other frigid mornings (10 F/-12 C and less), but for the most part it warmed up. The problem was that we had several snow events. Not big downfalls, like today, but a short squall leaving only 1 or 2 cm followed by a break and then another short squall. Over and over. Every time the driveway is cleared, another squall comes through – and the drive needs to be cleared, because I will have ice build up if I don’t… Anyway, despite some melting (clearing of roads!) later in the week, it still looked like winter even before the snow began last night. And although the week looks warmish (for early March in New Hampshire), there is snow forecast for next weekend! Oh well, we had spring all winter, so I guess we’ll have winter in the spring…

It was a work week. OK, next…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of February, 2023 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping hot cuppa tea or a steaming mug of hot cocoa. Brrr, it is cold out there, you’ll want something to warm you up! After some warmer than average days, winter decided to strike back – the revenge of Winter! We had snow, sleet and ice Wednesday night into Friday morning and now it is frigid, one of the coldest days of the year. And I see at least two snow storms in the forecast – more snow is predicted for next week than we’ve had all winter! February is winding down and March is coming – why is winter just arriving? Oh, and where is winter arriving? Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Work was straight out and has no signs of letting up.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th (or 18th) of February #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come in and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, a mug of cocoa or other beverage. Hmmm, this is an odd one – I am writing this on Friday at lunch time instead of Saturday as I sip my coffee after breakfast. I have plans all Saturday morning, so… And where are we that I have to meet you for an after-lunch coffee on Friday instead of an after-breakfast coffee on Saturday? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

We had unseasonably warm weather this week. It did reach, and surpass, 60 F/ 15 C at least Wednesday, though it missed the mark on Thursday, which was supposed to be the warmest day (they had originally said 65F/18C, but it turned out 57F/14C). I wasn’t out as much as I would have liked, but I did run on Sunday and Wednesday (I will today, if the rain stops) and took the dogs for several walks. Funny, but Idina likes walking in the cooler weather than warm! Winter will return tomorrow…

Work wasn’t as bad this week as last.

Besides the runs and walks, I read and did stuff like that. I also wrote and recorded a new song. (You can watch the video here – I’ll make a post about it later. Voice is, well, so I won’t win any contests ;) (Edit – here is an all instrumental version!)). I exercised. I had Lions Club on Tuesday. Seems like a lot more, but then again, writing and recording a song takes a lot of time, so maybe not…

Well, that was a nice little lunch break, but I have to get back to work.

Thanks for stopping in! I will try to make a visit to all of the coffee shares over the weekend, so if you have one, I’ll see you there :)

Natalie the Explorer is 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!

Back on Campus


I remember my first day on campus.  The prestige and history was suffocating.  The dorm towered over me as if questioning my right to be on those hollowed grounds.

Only the best of the best and the richest of the rich went here.

And there was me, a hick from a town with fewer people than that dorm.

“Hi!” The loveliest woman I’d ever seen was talking to me!

Scared to death, I returned her greeting.

Your greeting.

And here we are again, this time incoming professors.

And I still think you are the most beautiful woman in the world.


A Valentines Day story, a day late.


word count = 100

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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 11th of February, 2023 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other beverage. It looks like it will be a beautiful day out there, if a little cool. I took a walk this morning and there is ice, but there is also plenty of sunshine. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from Cape Cod.

The first half of the week was in New Hampshire taking care of dogs who want to be constantly outside. lol. Fiyero has become more and more demanding of long walks at a slow jogging pace, exploring new places when possible. When Idina is with us, she reigns him in a bit, but even she has wanted to be out for longer walks more often. Fiyero also doesn’t understand that I can’t take an hour long walk/jog when I am working!

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Five Novella Descriptions (2023 #DickensChallenge: Read ONE Novella by June 9th) Post #2 (Reblog from Yvette Prior)

Does reading THREE Dickens novellas seem to much of a chore? How about just ONE? We are changing the challenge. For now I will just push you over to Yvette’s blog to read more about it and a description of five of Dickens’ more popular novellas:

HI Readers, If you are interested in joining us for the 2023 #Dickenschallenge, we modified the goal and invite you to read ONE novella (not three). (Thanks to Norah and a few others who offered feedback) 

Also, Dan Antion (here) asked if we had any suggestions for which novella to consider and so I put together this post with five novellas to choose from for this challenge. 

In this post, I will provide a brief intro to the FIVE Novellas we can choose from:

  1. A Christmas Carol (1843)
  2. The Chimes (1844)
  3. The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
  4. The Battle of Life (1846)
  5. The Haunted Man & The Ghost’s Bargain (1848)
  • Charles Dickens wrote short stories, novels, and novellas. Most of his novellas came out around Christmas, but keep in mind they are so much more than a holiday story (and some barely connect to the holiday at all). 

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The Third Annual Dickens Challenge! A Triple Threat ;)

(Note – edited to bring three to one…) Happy 211th birthday, Charles Dickens! That is right, Charles Dickens was born on February 7th, 1812. If you recall, on the last two C.D. birthdays Yvette Prior and I started a Dickens Challenge. In 2021 we did Little Dorrit. Last year, 2022, we did Bleak House. This year, the third, we are going to be joined by a third, Marsha Ingrao, and it will be a real triple threat – we are letting you, yes YOU, choose three one of Dickens’ novellas! Yep, any three (novella) you chose, though if you do just one, that is better than nothing (uhm, it has been changed to one..).

Trying to find a novella beyond A Christmas Carol, or some of his other Christmas novellas, might not seem an easy task, so you can try a few places. Here is a list of works, and you can find novellas and short stories listed. And here is Wikipedia’s version of a list of Dickens’ works. Here is Project Gutenberg’s selection of Dickens’ works. You can find works on Amazon, though it seems like the Kindle store is the best for novellas, and I am sure at many other book sellers. (See Yvette’s post with descriptions of 5 of Dickens’ novellas)

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