Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 15th of May, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I will get a a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a little cool, but warming up nicely. The sun is out and the world is green. It will be great to relax here and look off into the woods. Oh, were are we? This is another new photo so you may not recognize it, but it was taken in New Hampshire.

First, of course is Alexander, AKA Super Scamp. He is a feisty 8 month old kitten that has been turning our house upside down. You can read more about him here. (note – he is that sandy gold, very muted color, but pretty).

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Alexander, AKA “Super Scamp”

After we lost Josie last December we started thinking “kitten”. As it became more and more obvious that Albert most likely would not last the year (of course we had thought that other years), our search got more serious and we started to apply to shelters. Yes, you need to be approved to adopt. We had a reservation to see a couple of cats last Saturday.

And then we lost Albert on Friday.

So we went to the shelter, Darbster in Manchester, NH, on Saturday. We were supposed to look at a bonded pair of females. the were scared to death of us! After 10 minutes of sitting quietly near them, they were stills cared to death.

Hmm, I do not want to force these cats into a house with two largish dogs and another cat if they are already so traumatized by us just sitting near them.

So we started looking at other cats and kittens.

Two really wanted attention. I opened the door of the first. She allowed me to pat her, then ran off to explore. The other said “Not good with other cats” on his door, but I decided to look anyway.

This cat seemed starved for attention. When the other forced its way into his “kitty condo”, he just sniffed it. he did better with Patches than any of the other cats did!

So he, renamed Alexander, came home with us.

Alexander is about 8 months old. he is a sandy gold, very light colored. He is long and very thin. He has very soft, short hair. He is a bit slinky, but also athletic.

Alexander explored every corner of our largish house within a few hours. he has been getting to know the other animals, though there is still a little hissing and growling.

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If We Were Havign Coffee on the 8th of May, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and welcome. Come on over and I’ll get a strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. It is actually relatively warm and a little later in the day than I usually post, so you can have something cool, like water, if you’d like. It is warmish, but not as warm as a few other days. It is also cloudy, but a nice weekend day. And it does feel like spring. Where are we? Even regular visitors may not recognize the new photo at the top as being from New Hampshire (note, I am using this one for now because it says “New Hampshire” a lot louder than the other).

First thing is the sad news that we lost one of our cats, Albert. His health had been deteriorating for quite a while, but the last two weeks it took a nose dive. We’ll miss him. You can read more here.

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Albert, RIP

We lost Albert last night. It wasn’t a surprise at all. I was almost surprised he made it through the day. He was sick a few years ago and never fully recovered. Since then, it has been off and on for him and thought he was on his last legs, only for him to bounce back.

I didn’t mean the little pun in the last paragraph, but Albert had only three legs, so “last legs” might not have been a great choice of words. He was also FIV positive, that is like HIV, but “F” for “Feline” instead of “H” for “Human”. I won’t say he had kitty AIDS, but he did have an immunity issue and we were told we would most likely have him for less than five years. It was over ten. I am not sure how old he was when we got him – they said “Two”, but my guess is older. So he would have been at least 12.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the First of May, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down! It is a little cool, but warming. The sun feels great and there is no wind back here. You can see a little water flashing in the sun through the trees. Isn’t it pretty? Hold on and I’ll get you a mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

I was on “The Cape” all week. More than that, this was my “Spring Break”. Sort of. I took Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off of work. It rained Thursday, but it was still nice to get away.

As i said, I did work Monday and Tuesday. They were busy days, but not as bad as the week before!

This week I kayaked a couple of times, walked in the woods, walked on the beach, ran, exercised, played with dogs, puttered around the house and yard, read, walked and dog walked, and other stuff. The dogs, or at least Idina, didn’t want to walk much, so I played with them in the back a lot. I am very physical when I play with Fiyero, chasing him, wrestling him for the ball/toy, etc. He is a boxer, so loves it. I also set up a keyboard and played a bit, but not as much as I had planned. I didn’t want to be inside!

I’m not sure exactly how I will let my day go today. I do plan on being outside as much as possible!

That being said, I do need to get moving again.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share, 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!

Oh – I have decided to use my pages “badge” for the linkup so it is the same every week despite the kaleidoscope of photos I use for the share itself..

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

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat. It is a little cool, but not bad, and the sun feels great. I’ll get you nice mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, a hot cocoa or other beverage. It’s nice here, isn’t it? It doesn’t look quite like the photo at the top, which was taken in the middle of summer, but it is still pretty. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize that photo I spoke of as being from Cape Cod. Yes, there is a salt water marsh/bay just beyond those trees, which, without the leaves, is now visible.

So, yeah, I am on “The Cape” this weekend. I came down Thursday evening. Yesterday, after work, I took a long walk in the woods and by a saltwater marsh, then a shorter walk on the beach (it was super windy!), I got up early this morning and took a very long walk on my favorite beach. It is going to be warm, and the wind is down, so I am sure I will spend a big chunk of today on the kayak.

This was a tough work week. Yuck. The less said, the better.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of April, 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 some hot cocoa. It is still cold and wet out here, but not raining. or snowing! The flowers are very beat up, but still beautiful, so let’s just look at the flowers as we sip our coffee. Oh, where are we, you ask? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as begin from New Hampshire. I am thinking of updating my spring NH photo from this mid-March on to mid-April with lots of flowers. We’ll see…

Anyway, you may have noticed that I said “snow” up in that last paragraph. This is a longish story, so make sure you have plenty of coffee, and let’s go.

As soon as my age group was eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, I went on line and signed up. Yesterday was the day for my first shot! Of course, the vaccine location was an hour drive away, but, hey, work was flexible and no problem takign time off.

The problem was the weather. It was pouring rain when I left. Actually, it was a nasty mix of rain and snow. Not much was sticking, but it was sure coming down. And I could not keep my windows fog free, no matter how hard I tried. If it wasn’t for the shot, I would not have left the house!

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

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It is still a little cool, but warming up. Although it will be a very warm (almost hot!) day inland, it will stay jacket weather here today. Anyway, let me get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod. (More on that later.)

So I drove down here on Wednesday. I did work full days on Thursday and Friday, but I also enjoyed myself. I took a long walk in the woods on Thursday and watched a huge group of osprey diving into the water after alewife (a type of herring). Great! On Friday I did a long paddle on the kayak. Of course there were a lot of osprey. I did a 5 mile run this morning that took me next to the beach (I’m still on the beach access road, not the beach itself) for about half of the run.

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Almost Scammed (Real Scam I Narrowly Avoided)

Two quick comments before I start – first, this is not fiction.  Second, nothing was taken from me, so I’m fine.

Yesterday I received a scam call.  They did a good job and I can see how an average person can be fooled.  Truthfully, when you hear about these things you ask how people can be so ignorant to fall for it, but these people are experts and now I know…

I typically do not answer calls unless I know the caller, but I was having difficulty with my work VPN, a difficulty which I was 90% convinced was on my end, not work’s end, so people had to call me instead of using work’s IM feature.  So, yeah, I answered a call without knowing who was calling.

A female automated voice said something like, “This is an important call from your Internet provider, Comcast.  We have detected an issue with your Internet connection.  Please dial one to be connected with a technician.”

OK, I was having Internet issues, so must be legit, right?  I dialed “1”.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the Third of April, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It is a bit chilly, but it is sunny and there is no breeze. It will warm up to spring temperatures as the day goes on, so hopefully you can deal with this cold start. At least you weren’t here yesterday – it never got above freezing, and with the super moist air and strong winds, brrrrr!! Anyway, I will get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Were are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

So the word for the week is “work”. It was a super busy week. My team had a handful of big projects, but I was thrown into something else that was, well, not really mine. I hope we came to a good conclusion on Friday! But, yeah, I was super busy. One thing with that is that I did not blog very much this week and I don’t think I read a single post Thursday or Friday.

The dogs were on Cape Cod for most of the week, so I have only had a little dog play time and handful of dog walks. I did my typical walks every day, but not many on Thursday – it rained most of the day and hovered just above freezing. I did run Sunday and Tuesday, but it has been too wet and cold since then! I did my weight/strength exercises on Monday and Wednesday but was too busy after that. So, yeah, I have been lazy the last two days ;) OK, I have been straight out working, and it has been bitter cold!

Besides work, I also played around with my keyboards and did a little piano practice this week. I didn’t do any real writing, but I have been going through short stories. No drawing, painting or photography this week.

Since I have been pretty boring this week, and since there are new coffee share people these days, I will do a brief intro.

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