Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of February, 2021 #WeekendCoffeeShare

Hello and Welcome! Here, I will shovel off dust off a spot for you at the picnic table. It is nice and sunny, if not too warm. I did see flakes in the air just a few minutes ago, but I think we are done. It is actually supposed to get above freezing today! Anyway, I will go get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Isn’t the back yard with the new fallen snow pretty? You can imagine we are a million miles from civilization even though we are in the middle of the village. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize that once again we are in New Hampshire. Yes, I will be returning to Cape Cod eventually! Just an odd winter…

We do not have quite the weather news that some parts of the country have! The “big one” was mostly rain and slush here. It still left us with quite a bit of snow, but the snow was the consistency of a ceramic after it all refroze. It snowed all day yesterday, but did not accumulate very much, perhaps 4″/10 cm, perhaps a little more. It has been pretty cold since mid/late January, which I guess makes up for the first half of January. I think this week will return to normal, which is great.

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Changing Web Presence Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I told you about some changes to my blog and other web pages. The big thing, of course, is changing the blog to its own domain to get rid of the advertisement.

I also talked about updating some other web sites. I did finish the first part of the updates, but didn’t say anything because of the release of The Old Mill.

Well, that is now past, so time to link talk about my web presence :)

After looking through it all, I discovered that I have quite a few sites! Each has its own function.

Blog (this site). Almost daily updates with stories, poems, photos, drawings and just plain talk.
Trent’s World Web Page. A static web page about my creative side. It is a good place for galleries and links to other sites.
Author site. Pretty basic. Just links to my books for now.
Amazon author’s page. My page on Amazon.
YouTube. This is where I share some of my music. It is mostly recordings by me and most of the music is music I have written.
Instagram. I do little here, but will occasionally post photos from my phone. 90% of posts are to get the image to my personal FB page ;)

So that makes six web sites! This one is, of course, the most important, but I am going to try to maintain all of them.

If you have time, I’d like you to visit a couple of galleries on my Trent’s World Page. The first is just drawing and painting in general. the other is figure drawing, i.e., nudes, which is why I kept it separate.

If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of February, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Sit down and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some nice hot cocoa. What do you mean you are cold? It is up to 15 F/-9 C already! And the sun is out and there is no wind. It’s a heat wave! Where are we? Some may know the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire. I know, this is the longest stretch in NH without a weekend on Cape Cod in 8 years! Not just by a little, but by a lot.

As I said last week, we are in the heart of winter now. I’m sure everyone knows that the Polar Vortex has taken up residency in central Canada and has had effects over most of North America. Actually, looking at the forecast, we will be getting closer to normal temperatures this week, but not warm. (Two days ago it showed a deep freeze for the week ahead).

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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! (Little Dorrit “Challenge”)

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

Today, February 7, is Charles Dickens’ birthday. This an author who needs little or no introduction, being perhaps the most famous 19th century English language author.  Even if they haven’t read a word, everyone knows A Christmas Carol, can quote the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities and most likely can summarize Oliver Twist.  There are other big name books, like David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, etc. 

Dickens is known for some of the most colorful characters created in the English language.  He also pushed for social reform and helped improve the lot of the average British citizen.  He is often thought of as the greatest, most influential British author since William Shakespeare. 

Anyway, the man is well known and well respected.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 6th of February, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a mug of very strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. I know it’s a little cold out here, but not frigid and no wind. And it is also sunny! We had some snow this week, so it is very pretty. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire.

OK, start with weather. The deep freeze finally broke, but we have only gotten above freezing a couple of times and tomorrow it will start to get frigid again. There are no temperatures above freezing in the forecast and by next weekend we will be back to highs in the teens F (highs around -8 C). There is also supposed to be snow every other day, typically a few inches (maybe 10 cm) each time. It is so odd that winter was very late, but when it arrived, it arrived with a vengeance. Three weeks (or more) in a row with only three or four days above freezing? Ouch! But the last few years have been odd.

OK, this week was mostly the same as usual, and I want to zip through it. Exercise, walking dogs, no running (:( ), work, making sure book is ready to go, working on web sites, reading, etc. Typical.

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The Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

Sue Vincent has meant so much to so many of us bloggers. She has given so much to all of us, perhaps we can show our appreciation and give a little back in return. It is great to see this Rodeo Classic in her honor!

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

by H.R.R. Gorman

Here at the Carrot Ranch, we take the business of 99-word literary art seriously. Those who participate in the Ranch prompts or yearly Rodeo saddle up to TUFF (The Ultimate Flash Fiction) it out and train new Rough Riders as we go. Now, the Ranch is hosting a new event to sharpen minds, welcome new hands, and celebrate one of our own the best way we know how: our first ever Rodeo Classic.

In this Rodeo Classic, we’re here to celebrate a stalwart center of many blogging corners, Sue Vincent. Sue has variously contributed to the community here at the Carrot Ranch, through communication with many other bloggers, and run her own famous #writephoto weekly blog prompt. You can (and should!) follow her on her blogs, The Daily Echo and the shared blog France & Vincent. She has inspired us to become better writers and shown…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 30th of January, 2021

Hello and Welcome! I would have you take a seat here at the picnic table, only you might freeze to death before I can get you your beverage, so come on in and we’ll stay socially distanced. It is sunny, and no longer windy (yesterday was awful!!!) and is a balmy 5 F/-15 C out there. Almost beach weather! I can get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as begin from New Hampshire.

OK, I mentioned weather. If you remember, last weekend I said it was the coldest weather so far this winter. Well, that changed. This weekend is colder! yesterday was frigid and super windy. Today is just as cold, but thankfully a bit calmer. It will warm up a little this week. We had some snow last Tuesday night, so the ground is covered. We are supposed to get more this week, maybe up to a foot (30 cm). Not a lot (for NH!) but enough.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of January, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down! It is a bit frigid out here, but sunny and pleasant. I’ll get a nice steaming mug of super-strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or a hot hot cocoa to warm you up as we chat. Cold or not, it is nice to relax out here and stare off into the woods, imagining that we are a million miles from anybody despite that we are in the middle of a village. Oh, and where is that village? Some of you may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire, though there is little snow on the ground now.

This was another odd week. Monday was a holiday, Martin Luther King Day where we celebrate the great civil rights leader and think about the spirit of the civil rights movement and how far we still have to go with it. I had a dentist appointment on Tuesday (just a checkup and cleaning) and a massage Tuesday evening. There was the inauguration on Wednesday and all that went along with that (I was working, but saw clips and later watched a few videos, like the young lady reading her fantastic poem). The rest of the week was spent playing “Where’s Bernie?” I’ll go with him watching Paul Simonon smashing his bass in that iconic cover photo for London Calling.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of January, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Come on in. I have a large table in the formal dining room that I almost never use where we can stay socially distanced. I’ll grab you a super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other beverage. Yeah, we have to be inside because it is pouring out there! It is a cold rain, but not freezing, luckily! Where are we? Although I haven’t used it in a while, some may recognize the photo at the top as being from NH.

This was an odd week. I had training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. My work days ended up being 9 AM – 6 PM those days. Might not seem bad to you, but I am typically done with my day at 3:30 and love that free afternoon to get stuff done. I also usually take several short breaks during the day, but there was pretty much just a long lunch break. Yes, I could get stuff done in the morning, but the mornings were packed full. So I felt I got zippo accomplished this week. The class was pretty good, and I did get a lot out of it, so not wasted time. Still…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 9th of January, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other warm beverage. We’ll be sitting outside, where it is a little chilly, but the sun feels great and there is no wind in my back yard, so it is refreshing! Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Monday was my first day back to work since the 23rd of December. It was pretty tough to get inspired! Monday wasn’t as bad as expected, but the week did get busier as it went on. I have several very large projects in process and they have all started to roll along again.

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