Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Havign Coffee on the 31st of July, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a bright and sunny morning. A little on the cool side (refreshing!) with a nice breeze. The humidity is as low as I’ve seen it in a long time. Perfect! Where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being my backyard on Cape Cod.

OK, for starters i did pick up my car after the last coffee post. I even wrote a weekly smile post about it :)

Besides work this week, I had a Lions Club meeting. I think this was the first normal meeting in over a year. I had a dentist appointment (cleaning, etc.). And I had massage. I walked and played with dogs, walked and played with kittens and just walked on my own. I did a little work around the houses. I ran (I am not running enough and can feel it!). I exercised. I swam in the ocean yesterday afternoon, though it was just a quick dip.

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Random Rambling About (My) Short Stories…

I am in the editing stage of a book of short stories.  This will be different from my other two books of short fiction in a number of ways.  The other two were both pretty eclectic, while this is all science fiction.  Seasons of Imagination had 36 stories and totaled about 71K words.  Embers had 22 stories and totaled about 90K words.  This book will only have 11 stories and be close to 75K words, so the average story length, having jumped for Embers, has jumped again.

I like short stories.  I like to read them, and I like to write them.  Although I like the novels and longer novellas I put out, I think my short stories (and short novellas) as given in these three collections are my best works of fiction.  I know this format is not the best if trying to sell books, but…  Both Seasons of Imagination and Embers have sold better than The Old Mill or The Haley Branch and much, much better than my two fantasy novellas, so…  They also each have almost as many reviews (or at least stars) as those three put together.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of July, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and welcome! Come on over and take a seat. You can look off into the woods while I get you a mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a little cool this morning, but it will warm up into a nice late July day. Where are we? Some may recognize that photo as begin from New Hampshire.

OK, the big thing this week was my car, or lack there of. I was almost back from Cape Cod on Sunday when my car over heated. A few long waits while it cooled didn’t do any good. Anyway, So I left it for four hours while I went and got some coolant. Yeah, it leaked out as I was putting it in – not good! By the time I got home it was dry, though not overheated yet. I charged it (plug in hybrid = about 20 miles all electric) so I could drive it to get serviced. There were other issues, so I had them look at several things. Besides wildlife destroying pieces parts inside of the car and making a mess, there was a new water pump for the coolant (no animals involved in that one). I should be able to pick it up this afternoon….

This week there was work, dog walks and play, my walks and play, cat walks and play…. I ran once (been off running this summer!) but I should run today. Exercise. Reading and writing. Playing music (keyboards) and drawing.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of July, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a large mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a little humid and hazy out here today, but not too hot, so the breeze feels comfortable. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo (though new) of being from Cape Cod.

I came down here on Wednesday evening with Alexander. He has been so cute! He cuddles up with me every night, and stays pretty close during the day. I took him for a walk yesterday, and he loved to explore.

I did a little mowing on Thursday, but from the photo above I am sure you can tell that I need to do more ;) I really haven’t been able to do a whole lot else, but I did get a long kayak paddle in this morning, even if it was a bit foggy.

In the early part of the week I played and walked with dogs, I was only able to run once (it was hot and humid!), but have gotten some strength exercise in. I had massage. Our Lions Club had a barbecue/meeting on Tuesday. And I worked.

That’s mostly it. I do hope to get a lot done today, but we will see what the day brings. I’ve entered a new part of my appliance saga and hopefully will get some clarification today. And there is that mowing. I need to do a lot of clearing and organizing. And hopefully I’ll be able to get out and enjoy myself!

Thanks for stopping by! I need to get up and start doign stuff. I hope you are having a great weekend. If you have a coffee share post, I will try to visit, but no promises.

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 InLinkzlinkup to see all of the other shares!

If We Were Having Coffee on the 10th of July, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat. It is a nice morning, though it is a bit humid. Cool enough for a hot beverage, though, so I can get you a mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other similar beverage. Oh, were are we? Some may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire.

Some of you who are observant may know that I haven’t posted in a while. In fact, my last post was July 1. I was away for most of that time. I went to northern Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, to visit family. I stayed with a sister, but my parents and other sister live in the same town. My brother came to visit, as did two of his three kids. All of the other nephews and nieces made appearances, as did their kids (for those who have kids).

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Blog Break

Hello, I can’t come to the blog right now, but if you leave a brief message, I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.


Yeah, I am on a blogging break. I may check in on a rare occasion, but don’t expect to see me for a week (I should be back July 8, but who knows…)

See you all soon!

If We Were Having Coffee on the 26th of June, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over, take a seat and I’ll grab you a mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is nice out here, not too warm though plenty humid. A slight breeze is coming in off of the cove behind the house. Can you see it out there, beyond the hammock and through the trees? Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

I have been here on The Cape for a little over a week. As I said in in the last coffee share, I had last Friday off as an unexpected holiday. I also took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off, so I had a little vacation down here! I did long walks on my favorite beach, swims in the ocean at the closer beach, runs beside the beach, long walks in the woods and saltwater marshes and did a few long paddles on the kayak. In fact I just got back from a paddle! I also did the typical dog walks and dog play, strength exercise, reading, writing, etc.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 19th of June, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Happy Juneteenth, the newest US Federal holiday. It is a gorgeous day. Come on over and sit here in the shade. Can you see a little of the cove back through the trees, maybe some sparkles of the blue water? I’ll get you a nice strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. Were are we? Although it is a new photo, some of you may know that we are on Cape Cod today.

I drove down here to “The Cape” on Thursday evening. It was been about three weeks, so I was shocked at how much my yard resembled a jungle. Anyway, I unexpectedly got Friday (yesterday) off of work, which was perfect. I spent a big chunk of the day on yard work. I also did a nice paddle – it was perfect conditions. In the afternoon I took a long walk in the woods. This morning I went to my favorite beach for a long beach walk.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of June, 2021 #weekend coffeeshare

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 :)

Work was busy, as always, but not bad.

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Little Dorrit Challenge Kick Off!

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

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.

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