Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 22nd of January, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in (close the door quickly!) and I’ll get you a nice large mug of steaming dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or a (very) hot cocoa. By my adjectives you may understand that it is a wee bit chilly out there. I think it was -8 F/ -22 C when I got up this morning. But don’t worry, it has warmed up significantly! Yep it is now a balmy -1F/ -18 C! OK, it is early and it might hit 22 F/-5.5 C later in the day. So, yeah, come on in and warm up a little. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

I drove back to New Hampshire Saturday evening, cutting my trip to Cape Cod a little shorter than usual. I had a few things to do Sunday, so…. We had snow on Sunday night into Monday, but it rained all Monday morning. Yuck. Several inches of slush. It was wet and nasty to clean up, and then it all froze. So, yeah, it’s pretty icy out there.

My wife took the dogs up to Maine for the week, but I still did a few walks a day on my own. That being said, I didn’t get as much exercise as I would have liked. I had an appointment Tuesday morning. Work was super busy. The cats needed a lot of cuddle and play time.

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Jerry “The Knife”

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Jerry “The Knife” Lewis was my man for the harder jobs.  Strong as an ox and dumber than one, he was a picture of efficiency.

Our target was one Madam “X”, society lady.  She had a voracious appetite for reading, yet demanded to touch the books she read.  She hit the library every day.

So, there was Madam “X” in front of the classics, but where was “The Knife”?

It took me 20 minutes to find him surrounded by Cats in Hats and Dogmen.

And, just like that, I lost him.

Today Jerry “The Wizard” Lewis is a bestselling children’s’ author.

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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 15th of January, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in. It is frigid out there and the wind is howling something fierce. Here, I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa to warm you up. Better? Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the Edward Gory mug as being close to his house on Cape Cod.

So I drove down here Thursday evening. It rained all day Friday (Cape Cod was the only place on the East Coast to get rain, and it was pouring when I got up at 5:30 and was still raining when I checked at 8 PM in the evening (I could hear the wind after that, but didn’t check the rain situation). It was 25 degrees (F) cooler at 8 PM than it was at 5:30 AM – the temps just fell all day and then all night.

It was a cold week up in New Hampshire and will be a colder weekend. It has thrown my exercise routine off, and I feel it. I did walk the dogs a little, and played with them. I did some strength/weight exercise, but no cardio. Besides that, last week was a super busy week at work. I had massage on Wednesday. I read a little. I played music, though not as much as I would have liked.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of January, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. We’ll need a warm beverage after being out! It is a bit chilly, and we’ll see some very frigid weather later in the week. And what do you think of the snow? Not a huge amount, but enough to look like winter. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Wow, a couple of weeks of no coffee post! Were do I start? Not just that, I blogged very little in the last month – I had less hits in December, 2021 than any month since April of 2014, which was my sixth month of blogging! In fact, I received as many views on Wednesday as I did the entire month of December. That isn’t very fair, since most of the views were people looking at my owl photos – Wednesday almost doubled my previous highest single day hit count.

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A Bit of Musical Fun… Overture to a Nursery Crime

Years ago I studied “contemporary concert music”, maybe better known as “modern classical”. Very early into my exploration, long before I had done a deep dive into harmony, counterpoint and such, I did this little joke recording. For the most part it came out pretty well. OK, the timpani rolls are, well, they sound more like machine guns than a musical instrument. I think overall the orchestration came out pretty well, particularly when you remember that I whipped this up in an afternoon.

Again, there are a lot of little jokes hidden in here. Some of the obvious ones – the melody broken up so different instruments play only one or two notes of it, relying on the entire orchestra to make the simple line. Or the poor clarinettist who can’t seem to be able to find the right notes in his solo, even when the first violinist comes by to help…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of December, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hi all! Come on in and I’ll get you large, steaming mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other warm beverage. It is not really frigid out, but with the very moist air, it feels cold! And you may notice a few flakes. Yeah, we are getting snow, and I’ve seen estimates for my town up to 9 in/23 cm. Not a huge amount, but enough! And it is strange since the week was so unseasonably warm. Oh, and where are we? Some of you may recognize that “getting ready for the snow” photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire. (forecast is for more than twice that amount of snow…)

It was an odd week! Work was super busy. I was in meetings pretty much all week, many security meetings, some going up as high as you get… Let’s just say that we are being ultra-aggressive in our response. Enough said. And then there are about four projects we are trying to finish before everyone goes away on holiday leave. And then just stuff in general, like a huge outage last night. Ugh.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 11th of December, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I will get you a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or a cup of cocoa. It is wet and cold out there, so a hot beverage is a must. To expand on that, it is raining right now, though it is supposed to warm up today. That is fine. It will most likely melt the last of the snow. Were are we? Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

I missed last week’s coffee share because I was traveling. I was in southern New Jersey, Stone Harbor to be exact, visiting my brother, who has a condo down there. My sister drove in from Ohio, so we had a little “reunion”. (My brother actually lives in the Philadelphia area and my sister drove to his house, letting him drive to the beach.) We spend a lot of time on the beach, exploring Cape May, watching movies, eating and just family things in general (i.e., this was a sibling “meeting”.) It was a nice get-together/getaway and made the 6 to 7 hour drive each direction worth it.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 27th of November, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I will get you a nice, super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or hot cocoa. It is a little chilly, but the sun feels great. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

I drove down to the Cape on Sunday evening, two kittens in the car with me. We were greeted by the pups, who had been down since Thursday evening. The pups acted like it had been years…

I was able to do a few Cape Cod type of things this week, like long walks on the beach and such. Besides that, I ran, I walked (besides those couple of beach walks, mostly in the neighborhood, which means to the two landings), I did a little work and puttered around the yard, I exercised, and I ate. Hey, it was Thanksgiving week, what do you expect? Yes, we ate out twice and had a big, turkey-less dinner for T-day – turkey makes me very ill….

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of November, 2021#weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and welcome! Come on over and I will get you a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is sunny, though a bit cool, outside. I have been out walking and such pretty much all day, which is one reason why I am so late for this coffee share! Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

It was kind of an odd week. It was pretty warm on Thursday (up to about 56 F/ 19 C), but chilly the rest of the week. It felt like late November! Yesterday we even had some quick snow sowers blow through! OK, there was more rain and sleet in the mix, but it was nasty (I was outside both times they came through). Today is pretty cool, but at least it is sunny, and the sun feels great!

Work was busy…

I spent a lot of time working on music this week, so little time writing or blogging. I did a few posts, but.

I ran, walked, walked dogs (and cat ;) ), played with dogs (and cats!), exercised, read, etc. I had to make a few runs out and had massage. In other words, pretty much a typical week. Only it wasn’t… Nothing strange, just that I spent so much more time playing music and less doing things on the computer.

Anyway, I still have a busy afternoon planned :) Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share, I will try to join, but this weekend is packed (as was last – sorry I didn’t visit more), so it is possible I may not be able to stop in…

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!

Song Writing…

So after spending too much time doing that old craft of setting Bach to Moog Synthesizer, I have started to actually write my own music again. Sort of… But there are consequences.

I have written about this many times, but I have a difficult time being deeply involved in more than one art (craft). If I am deep into visual arts, and I mean really studying it, not just a few quick sketches or creating a book cover for my latest, I am not deep into writing or writing new music. The same with writing a book. The deeper I am into it, the less time I have for music.

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