Hello and Welcome! Come on in, brush the snow off. You might leave your hat and gloves on because i keep the house pretty cool to conserve energy (because I’m cheap ;) ) Let me get you a large mug of very strong French Roast or a steaming cuppa tea. I even have hot cocoa if you need it. And you will need something warm! It is currently about 15 F/ – 8 C out. This is actually warmer than it was all day yesterday! It was -4 F/ -20 C out yesterday morning and never got above 15 F. Can you say cold? I thought you could. It is snowing today, perhaps as much as 7 inches/ 18 cm. On Monday we had 4 or 5 inches (12 cm), but a lot of it is gone. Or was until it picked up again. And tomorrow it is going to be about 55 F/13 C and raining! Yeah an almost 60 F/ 35 C raise in temperature in two days!
If you haven’t guessed from the picture of the Moog synthesizer at the top or the talk about the weather, I’m in lovely New Hampshire today. It is a very beautiful state, so lovely does fit, but when the temps dip below 0 F I would rather be elsewhere! Funny thing, though. Yesterday, after the wind died down, I walk out when it was10 F/ -12 C without a jacket and it felt warm! The sun was shining, there was no breeze and my wool sweater (and of course turtleneck ;) ) keep me nice and toasty. It was the wind that made it so cold. And it was very, very windy at the coldest part of the day. Yesterday, New Hampshire saw the second coldest temperatures in the world! And if you count in the sustained wind speeds of over 75 mph/ 120 kph (gusts well over 100 mph/160 mph), you can imagine that the wind chill was the coldest on the planet at the time. This was on Mt. Washington. Here is a photo I took of Mt. Washington about a month ago from the top of Mt. Lafayette. It doesn’t look big here, but believe me, it is a huge mountain with a vertical rise from base to top of over 4000 ft/1200 m. (It’s the mountain in the distance.)
Thinking of that, I hope to post pictures from my hike last month on Monday!
This week was very busy. Let me just say that “things were broken”. I worked an 11 hour day and a couple of 10 hour days. Doesn’t seem like much, but they were long…. And there is still a huge amount of work to do. I actually do like what I do and was only a little stressed, but wow, I hope I don’t have many more weeks like this!
In my personal life there wasn’t much happening. This was due to the fact that I’ve been spending all of my time at work ;) But I’ve been trying to relax and stuff like that. Oh, there is Princess Grace, our new cat. You can read about her on my Smile this week. I will post pictures soon! One piece of celebration, yesterday was the local Lions Club Christmas/Holiday party. So a nice time.
Blogging seemed slow. Actually, it was very odd up and down, but over all down from last week. I also noticed some odd things happening and so knew a change was coming. And the change did come. I hate the change. It already looked like this on my phone, which is fine, but it doesn’t work on a computer screen! Anyway, the less said about the change the better.
I tried to post every day this week. It wasn’t easy with my schedule, but I made it. OK, so there were two reblogs, but… I started Sunday with my typical Smile Reminder. On Monday I did a reblog about those things that we need with every cell in our bodies just two minutes after learning they exist (This was posted exactly three years previously and was one of my very first posts!) On Tuesday I posted a poem about the Self-Appointed Expert. I wasn’t talk about anybody in politics, but someone pointed out that it fits… Wednesday was my Weekly Smile!! On Thursday I posted a 100 word Friday Fictioneer story. On Friday a story I wrote based on my childhood was posted by Solveig as part of her advent calendar (check out all of them!), so I reblogged it. Yes, two reblogs and a 100 word story that I wrote and posted in less than 10 minutes: I posted every day but put very little work into it! Not that I had time….
Today is going to be spent relaxing/recuperating form the week. I also have to do some winterizing (it usually doesn’t get cold like this until January, and I’m a little behind, so…). I need to finish going over hike photos and I hope to spend some time playing/recording music. And then there will be snow removal and walking dogs and taking care of all of the cats (Albert is in my lap now), including Gracie. So a busy but relaxing day.
Anyway, it has been all about me, and mostly complaining. Well, I don’t really mind the snow and cold much, even if it is costly and messy… I’d like to know what you’ve been up to this week. Any holiday plans? If you host a coffee share, I’ll try to stop by and enjoy a cup and let it be all about you !
I don’t mean to rush you out! Take care and have a great week! We’ll talk again 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.