Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get a large mug of very strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. You might be thankful for the hot fluids for there is a very slight nip to the air. Not much, mind you, and it is rapidly warming, but after the last few days it feels a little chilly. And after the almost 70 F (21 C) on Christmas Eve and the 65 F (18 C) yesterday, Christmas, getting into the upper 30s F (single digits C) last night, well… And then looking ahead at temps down to the teens over night Monday/Tuesday (-8 and less) and up to 8 inches (20 cm) of ice and snow on Tuesday, well, maybe our over warm weather is coming to an end.
Weather is weather. It has been very wet in recent weeks, which is hard, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. We all still need to do what we need to do.
And were exactly is all of this weather happening? Some of my long time readers may see that mug up at the top of the page and know I am in New Hampshire this fine Boxing Day, not that “Boxing Day” has any meaning here in New Hampshire.
It has been an odd week, but a good week. I’ve already described the weather, though I haven’t talked about hyperactive dogs being forced to stay inside when they want to be playing. They’re funny – I walk them so they do their business outside instead of in and the want to return to the warm and dry as soon as possible and yet, no matter how hard it is raining, if I let them out to play they just go and go and go until the are covered in mud. Uhg.
It was a short work week. I only worked 3 1/2 days. It was also a little slow. Most of my meetings were canceled and little was happening. A lot of people had taken time off.
All preparing for Christmas, of course. It was a low key day here. I made calls to family and friends. Chatted a while. I played a lot of music on my keyboards. I read blogs. Walked dogs and played with them outside. That’s pretty mush it. It was warm so I stayed out as much as i could. I hope to do the same today, yet I have a lot of work to do around the house.
This has been a very good month for blogging. All of the stats are pretty high, except for individual visitors. I know, odd that I already have many more “likes” than any other month, am within 300 “views” of the all time high with a week to go, yet I have half the “visits” of the all time high.
One reason for the good month is putting up multiple posts in a day and posting every day. Part of that is my A Smile a Day, which will turn into “A Smile a Week” or “Wednesday Weekly Smile” at the end of the month. Over the last week I put up a “smile” post most days, missing only Tuesday, the first miss of the series. On Saturday I talked about the people from all over the world that have visited my blog and those special ones that I’ve gotten to know. On Sunday I talked about my village’s tradition of playing Christmas music from the town hall bell tower. Unfortunately they only did it on Sunday this year. Maybe people have complained. On Monday I smiled because i was done with Christmas shopping and wrapping. On Wednesday I introduced my “Weekly Smile“. On Thursday I smiled because I was able to spend a chunk of the day writing and I love writing. Yesterday my smile was for Christmas, and more than that, for the special feelings and ideas Christmas brings, ideas that transcend culture and religion.
Besides my “A Smile a Day” posts, I have kept a pretty busy posting schedule, with 3 short stories posted this week. On Monday I started the week showing off some of the homemade Christmas cards I have made in past years. On Tuesday I posted a poem about admiring one from afar. On Wednesday I posted two short stories answering challenges. The first was a story based on two prompts by Kruti Mehta. The second was a story of less than 100 words for the Friday Fictioneers (yes, on Wednesday ;) ). And then on Thursday I posted another short story (actually one of my longer stories), a sci-fi Christmas tale.
It is going to be a busy week ahead, though slow job type workwise. I hope to get a lot done. but I also hope to relax quite a bit.
That was about it for the week. I will most likely enjoy as much of this warm day outside as possible. I’ll try to stop by and read everyone else’s posts, but can’t make any promises.
And how about you? How has your week been? I hope it was good! If you do a coffee post I’ll try to catch up, If you don’t do a coffee post, perhaps you should consider it ;)
The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster. You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the “Linky“. In fact, I encourage you to click on the “linky” to see what’s been going on in the lives of other bloggers and even join us if you haven’t before