Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of a nice, strong
French Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage. It is not frigid (it’s above freezing), but it is cool and will not get very warm today. And that wind is just cutting. And where am I? Many of you may recognize those mugs at the top as “living” down on Cape Cod.
What a week, right? For the second time this century the US candidate that won the popular vote lost the electoral vote. The first time, with George W Bush, it was upsetting for some people. This one was very unexpected and has very much upset a lot of people, much more than “W’s” win. But there is so, so much more than that. I know life long Democrats who hated Hillary with a passion and are celebrating her defeat. And then the Republican party is in total disarray, with some of the biggest names having actually endorsed Hillary! It has been proven that people on Facebook read and shared more fake news articles about the election than real ones. I saw it quite a few times and made the mistake at first to point out that the article was a joke, that you had to read the whole/entire article, not just the first paragraph to understand it wasn’t real. Have you ever lost Facebook “friends” for pointing out such things? And talking to friends who supported each candidate, their version of reality are so radically different, their takes on the outcomes so far apart, I can’t believe they are all in the same universe. And there is hatred and anger and fear in all corners. I have no clue what is going to happen, if our country is going to rip itself to shreds or actually find a way to heal. I am not young and I have not seen anything that even comes close to this in my whole life. Those who aren’t gloating or protesting are holding our breathes and hoping for the best.
OK, too much about US politics!
I had a day off yesterday and was able to get out on the kayak (it was warm, but too windy! I ended up very wet), go for a long walk on the very windy beach (the walk was great but the water was frigid!) and take a long walk in the woods (very nice). I also read and worked on my blog.
Yesterday I also started what I hope is the very last draft of my book of short stories. Yes, I think this will be draft five or six; I lost count. I want to get it out before Christmas.
Work was busy. I have to start doing some organizing and figuring out how to do more with less. This is not a cliche. Every year the budget is cut, and yet every year we are expected to do more. It’s not as if we were lazy do-nothings before! This year I have no choice except to cut a lot of services. It can’t be helped. Remember, services = people….
I’ve also been busy doing work around the house. I’ve been raking leaves (both houses!), winterizing, cleaning and organizing, etc. That’s one reason I love having these little mini-vacations to Cape Cod every couple of weeks, even if I have to do work around that (this) house too.
Blogging has been odd. Again ;) Oh, the life of a stats nerd! My numbers have been good, and yet the new posts are getting less views than I’ve had since early 2015. The large majority of my views are search engine related. Odd.
Thinking of blogging, a little over two months ago I hit 1000 “real” followers (those who actually clicked the follow button), a little over a week ago I posted my 100th post (a Weekly Smile post!) and yesterday I had my three year blog anniversary (blogiversary). So many milestones in such a short period of time! So there are good things on the stats nerd side of the house! Not to mention that my Weekly Smile has hit week #45!
I posted a huge amount over the last week. On Sunday I posted a very rare political rant about the unprecedented negative election season. You’ll be happy to know that I stayed nonpartisan. Later on Sunday I posted a reminder for the Weekly Smile 44. On Monday I posted photos that I took in early September on cape Cod. On Tuesday I posted a short poem telling people to vote! On Wednesday I posted my Weekly Smile, to prove it could be done ;) I started Thursday with a love poem (to make up for the political poem on Tuesday) and later put up a short story for Friday Fictioneers. I really liked Thursday’s story, so on Friday I took that 100 word bit of flash fiction and turned it into a 2000 word story! Later, when Word Press congratulated me for my three years, I put up my Three Year Blog-Anniversary post. Besides this, I updated one of my fiction pages and my poetry page. A lot of posting!
Even though today is cold and windy, it is sunny and I am on The Cape! That means I will be spending a lot of time outside. I also have a lot of other things indoors to do. So what I’m saying is that no matter how much I enjoy your company, I will have to get moving soon. I mean, it has been great having you over for a chat! I’m sorry that 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!
The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster (note that the site has changed!). You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the “Linkup 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.