Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of August, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is relatively cool this morning but will get up to warmer, though not really very hot (for here in mid-August), temperatures later in the day. I guess it was very hot for a few weeks, so everyone is relieved by the cool temps. I was away, but I’ll get to that later. And if I am not away now, then where am I? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

I got back into the country Monday evening. I had been gone about 10 days, leaving Friday July 31 pretty late. Actually really late – we had a late flight to begin with and it was delayed for 3 hours, so we might not have left the ground until August 1. And then the flight back was delayed 4 1/2 hours. So, yeah… And where was I? Here is a hint. I tell you later.

Going back to work after 10 days was, well, it was not fun, but the week is over (I had 7 1/2 days off).

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Blogging Break

Hi All! I have mentioned in a few posts that I am takign a blogging break. Well, this post is the official notification :) If you don’t see posts by me for a couple of weeks, don’t worry that I am laid up someplace or celebrate that I have finally taken the hint and left. No, as Arnie said, I’ll be back.

I may read a few posts in the next day or two and will possibly even answer comments, but don’t expect it.

Anyway, hope you all have a couple of good weeks!

(No, I am not going to the Moon ;) Just put up a random photo…)

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

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. Something cold? i don’t blame you. I just got back from a dog walk, and it is starting to get warm, even if the backyard still feels cool. So green! Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Of course the first thing to talk about is weather. Always the case, isn’t it? It was hot all week and will be hot all weekend. It was over 90f/32c every day this last week, hitting 98f/37C one day. It will reach 98 again tomorrow. The big thing is that a few days were super humid, so “real feel” was closer to 105f/41c a few days and will be again on Sunday. OK, some of you are laughing at me for calling 7 days above 90f a “heat wave”, but it is here in New Hampshire. We do not have A/C. We have had more days above 90 so far this year than there were the first three years I lived in New Hampshire combined. On the good side, the nights have been cooler than they could have been, so I have been able to manipulate windows so the inside isn’t too bad (one night it was still over 90 at 10PM, so that night the windows stayed shut…).

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

Hi all! I hope you had a great week with plenty to smile about. My last week had a few rough patches, but also some smiles.

I think for today’s smile I will do something different.

I woke up pretty early on Saturday morning. I was on Cape Cod alone with two of my cats, Alexander and Tiberius. It was after 6, so well past kitten-feeding time! I got up and fed them, but stretched and such as they ate instead of the normal routine of getting my own breakfast.

After I was sure cats were fine (they only eat while I am there watching, and if I spend too much time with one cat, the other stops eating) I went out for my run.

My run is about 4 1/2 miles (7.25 km). I hit the salt water swamp about two thirds of a mile (a km) in and the beach at about a mile (1.2 km). There is a road along the beach. On one side is parking where you can hop out of the car and be on the beach instantly. On the other side is the saltwater marsh. At the end, a little less than a mile and a half (just under 2.5 km), the road ends at the river in a small parking lot, where I turn around. However, the last 1/2 mile (just under a km) of the road is closed to vehicle traffic due to bird nesting.

Anyway, it was a great run.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll grab you a large mug of a very strong dark roast. a cuppa tea or some other beverage, perhaps soemthign cool. It is not too warm yet, but not cool either. It will get pretty warm and humid so will feel hot later. I ran at 6:30 this morning to beat the heat. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo as being from Cape Cod.

I drove down here on Wednesday evening. I worked all week, so the two days I was here was working. I did get a kayak paddle in Thursday after work and went to the beach on Friday. Today I will need to mow, perhaps hit the beach, maybe kayak again and will try to walk in the woods. A little vacation in one day!

For the most part it was a typical week. There was a lot of walking, with and without dogs, weight exercise, a little running, massage, reading, etc. Nothing too exciting. The weather has been nice.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 9th of July, 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 other beverage. It is a gorgeous day, about as perfect as you’d wish for. It is warm but not hot. A nice breeze. Perfect. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Thinking of photos, I did make it through all of those photos I was talking about last week. Here are posts where I put some of the photos:

Photos – Everything but the Osprey…
Photos – Osprey!
Photos – Lens Review

And a small sample.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of July, 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 other beverage. It is a bit wet out there, but, besides an earlier quick passing shower, the rain hasn’t arrived – watching the radar it is somehow going around just my village, to the north and south, but I can’t see how the major storm will miss… Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top and realize I am back in New Hampshire (NH).

I drove back to NH on Tuesday evening, so I had a little more time on Cape Cod since we last chatted. I kayaked, played/walked/swam on the beach, walked in the woods, walked the dogs, ran, exercised, mowed, etc. I had to work on Monday and Tuesday (mowed Monday), but still nice to be there. One thing is that it was very much summer when I left, not just in the feel of the air, but there were many more people out and about.

Since I’ve been in NH I have run, exercised, walked, walked the dogs, had massage, played music (keyboards) and other stuff like that. I do need to mow here, but will wait until next week.

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The Weekly Smile for the 27th of June, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! This last week was pretty good. I had a mini-vacation – I took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off of work. I spent the week at my house on Cape Cod, so did a lot of Cape Cod types of things. There are beaches, woods to walk in and places to explore. But, for me, the big thing is kayaking!

I did several paddles over the course of the week, including Saturday. I brought my camera out on most of them (one time was so rough and windy, I didn’t bother – I came back soaked) and I think i got a few really good photos – we’ll see later.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of June, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I will get you a nice large, super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. It is pretty warm, so maybe a cool beverage… It is gorgeous out there, sunny, and warm. There is a slight breeze, but not as windy as it has been. Inland it will be a scorching day, but nice here. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as begin from Cape Cod (yes, for the second week in a row).

As you may have guessed, I spent the week down here. I only had three days off (I worked Thursday and Friday), but last weekend being super long was great! The dogs (and my wife ;) ) joined me and the cats Tuesday evening.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of June, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get a you large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. The weather is as close to perfect as you could ask for: coolish (69 F/21 C) but the mid-June sun is hot. There is a nice breeze. It feels great! And where are we hanging out for our coffee? Some of you may recognize my back yard on Cape Cod.

I got up this morning (Saturday) at 6, fed the cats, ran 5 miles (8 KM) with a big chunk of the run on beach access with great views of the water. Home and a shower followed by breakfast. Then a very long walk in the woods with my camera (didn’t see anything, but you never know). Now a short stop inside to blog, and I’ll be back outside again. It’s a little windy for kayaking, but there are a million things to do, so… Yes, I love being down here :)

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