Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong French Roast or a cappa tea or some other warm, breakfast appropriate beverage. It is a little nippy outside, but still above freezing. It has been cold and rainy the last two days, so it is still damp out there, but I think it should be better. And where are we? Some long time readers may see the picture at the top and and know we are in
Co Mayo, Ireland New Hampshire. (You weren’t supposed to read the mug, just know where it is ;) )
As I said, it was a weird week weather wise. We had a frost, I think our first for the year, but it wasn’t that crisp, thick frost we’ll soon be seeing. The leaves were past peak, yet still pretty. Today it looks pretty ragged out my window. There are patches of color, still a lot of green (the oak trees are still green, as are, of course, all of the pine), some bare limbs and bits that just look fuzzy and grey in the distance. It is still pretty in it’s way and I will take every opportunity to get out into it. However, despite being stuck inside the last two days, I have a huge amount of winterizing to do, such as wrapping the windows. (That post was around this time last year). There is a ton of outside work, like raking leaves, but I often wait until I’m sure most of them are down, and there are a lot of oak trees in my back yard. The picture below is from earlier this week. No, it is not the same picture as last week, but obviously the same view out of my window. Pretty, yes?
Work was busy, perhaps more than most weeks. There are a lot of unresolved issues that have to be cleared very soon. But this is the weekend, so I’m going to sit back and sip on my coffee and not think about them.
As with last week I’ve been reading a lot. I hate reading because once I start something, everything else is pushed out the window…. Oh well, I’ll still try to find time to do other stuff.
Which brings up blogging. The first week of my “blogging slowdown” was the deepest. Since then I’ve slowly increased my reading and greatly increased my posting. I am posting at least as much as i was before the slowdown, and have been for a couple of weeks, but Word Press does reward those who spend time reading and commenting on other people’s posts so my views are still under half of what they were just before the slowdown and one third what they were over the winter. Well, I just don’t have time to read any more than i currently am, and am already starting to spent too much time again, so I guess I’ll just get used to lower numbers again. (Don’t give me that look – this is mostly me gently poking fun at my stats obsessed self ; I really don’t take it that seriously)
So I said I posted a lot, right? I started Monday talking about trying to get some pictures of seals off the coast of Cape Cod. I waded in almost up to my waist and felt I was right on top of them, but my phone failed to capture seals. Tuesday was a poem about a child’s love of keeping various live critters caged and how some people never outgrow it, and even keep people “caged”. Also on Tuesday i celebrated wearing my first turtleneck of the season! I even included a selfie of me wearing it, a picture taken just for this post. Wednesday started out with my Weekly Smile about my parents returning from 2 1/2 weeks overseas. Later, I reposted a call for help from fellow blogger and indie author Linda Hill. Thursday I did a throwback post about an adventure I had as a teen “doing” the local bar scene (Double Pepsi. On the rocks!). On Friday I posted a short story about a very scary encounter. Or is it? Later on Friday I posted a Smile about the Smiles, just stating that last week’s Smile, week 42, had a bigger turnout than any other smile in at least six months! This week isn’t close yet, but there is still time!
One thing I want to bring up about this week’s short story. I wanted to write a scary, chilling, horror, or whatever story for Halloween, but the story had different ideas. Last year I posted six stories as a lead up to Halloween and one just after. And that doesn’t include reposts of older stories. I had at least one story posted every day the week leading up to Halloween. In fact, I posted three of them on October 30! In 2014 I had a horror story on the two Fridays before Halloween. This year? Nothing. Except the near miss on Friday. I’m getting boring :(
Anyway, on that note, I have a ton to do today. I am running out and doing shopping for winterizing materials and such first thing. And then, as I said, I need to try to get. And then there is the actual winterizing. It has been great having you for a chat! I know it’s been all about me, but if you host a coffee chat I’ll stop by and it can be all about you :) Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!
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