Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of super strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or other morning appropriate beverage. It is a relatively nice morning in that it didn’t get below freezing last night (!!), though it will never get very warm and it is supposed to rain today. Anyway, we can take our beverages and sit in front of the Christmas tree as we chat. This is the third year with an artificial tree, but I think I’m beginning to figure out how to decorate it so it looks nice. Notice the kitty angels up top?
That is Bartelby and Claudius. We volunteered a couple of rooms to a theater company years ago during the holidays. One of the guests got us these decorations – they look a lot like the cats we had at that time.
If You haven’t guessed, we are up in New Hampshire this fine morning. I’ll head down to the Cape (as we call Cape Cod) later in the week.
This last week has been interesting. The work week was pretty busy with an average of five meetings a day, not including Friday. A lot of emails, etc. I’ll have a few days off, so that will be good.
A lot going on around the house. I put up a post about my heat. I’ll send you there to read it while I refill the coffee/tea/cocoa/whatever.
Anyway, last week I promised to post pictures of Grace/Gracie/Princess Grace. So here is the first photo, done with my phone.
And here is the first photo taken with a camera:
I spent some time on the blogs and read quite a bit. I also posted more than usual, which is strange since I spent less time writing. One thing you need to be aware of – I write very, very fast. For instance, for the Friday Fictioneer, I typically look at the photo, open a page and write the story in my mind while typing it out. From idea to post for the 100 word story is maybe 5 minutes. A 1000 word story is usually about a three quarters of an hour from first idea until it is posted, give or take. If I really wanted to I can often write several stories every day. I’m not saying they’ll be good ;) I actually sometimes hold myself back from posting more.
With that preamble, I started the week with a reminder for my Weekly Smile. Later in the day on Sunday I posted a video with a very dark version of Jingle Bells. On Monday I finally posted pictures of my hike last month. I have talked about it quite a bit and had a few photos up, but now I put up a bunch. On Tuesday I posted a poem about keeping compassion alive all year. It was originally written f for Solveig to use in her Advent Calendar, but I liked it a lot and wanted it on my blog. On Wednesday I wrote my Weekly Smile post followed by a second one about the return of heat! On Thursday I wrote a 100 word story for Friday Fictioneers. On Friday I posted about a community story. Take a look at the post and participate if you can! (Over the week I also wrote a few episodes for the story). Later on Friday I posted a second Friday Fictioneers story.
Anyway, today is Christmas Eve, for those who celebrate such things. I don’t have a lot planned. I’ll be eating out (traditional Christmas Chinese food). I ate out with friends last night and went out two other times in the last week, I need to start eating home cooked meals again soon!
I don’t mean to rush you out of the door, but I’m sure you have a lot to do today. I know this conversation has been all about me, but if you have a coffee share, I’ll stop by and we can talk about you!
I hope you have a great weekend and a great week ahead! Happy holidays!
he 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.
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Oh, and for some holiday cheer. OK, more like holiday depression ;) here is the dark Jingle Bells i talked about. It was done with an analog modular synthesizer.