If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of May, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in.  It is kind of cool and grey out there.  It’s been threatening rain all day, with a few sprinkles here and there, but so far the heavy rain has missed us.  If you are wondering where I am, some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from my cottage on Cape Cod.

This has been another busy week.  Although Tuesday was a more “social” day at work, a large relatively informal gathering at the region office, most of the week at work was the week from Hell.  Well, not really, but it was busy and there were some not so good parts.  Hopefully I’ll return Monday well rested and ready to get back into it.

I came down to the Cape right after work on Tuesday.  Being at the Region Office put me over a third of the way here, so…  Also, I have my home set up as a telecommuting office, so no problems.  I was able to get out on the kayak after work on Wednesday and Thursday, made it to the beach with the dogs on Friday and did some walks in the woods.  I usually go to Chapin Beach on Saturday mornings, but because of the threat of rain, I took my walk in the woods.  I did see an immature eagle this morning, but I didn’t get any photos.

I didn’t see any osprey, but thinking of them, my post about osprey on Monday was one my most “successful” posts in a while.  Here is a sample photo.

Besides the osprey post, the only other posts I did this week were Friday Fictioneers and a new installment of the serialized story that I am writing from Sue Vincent’s Writephoto prompts.  I did finally name the story and put up a table of contents.  But not much blog posting and even less blog reading.

I’m off to do stuff around the cottage.  I’ll try to make it outside again before the rain.  The dogs have been out almost all day, but will be happy for another excursion.

Thanks for stopping by!  It was nice chatting.  If you have a coffee chat I will try to stop by for a visit, but it might be late this evening or tomorrow.  or Monday.

The original Coffee Share kind of died out, but it has been revived!  Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here. Come on and join in!  Hopefully we can bring it back to its former glory :)

 

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20 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of May, 2018

  1. Rowena

    Hi Trent,
    Great to catch up and I loved your osprey photo and will be following up that post after dinner. Indeed, I’m on borrowed time atm as she who must be obeyed, popped her head in awhile ago and made some rather pointed remarks about when dinner will be ready. It’s only a quick meal and it’s only just hit 6.00pm. However, they’re each sitting for some fairly bit national school tests this week called NAPLAN and they do need an early night and to get organized. I’m not too happy with them today because they completely glossed over Mother’s Day and I kept waiting and hoping something would pop out of the woodwork but the surprise never came. I’ve decided to sit the three of them down tonight and they’re getting a talk on how to treat their mum and wife. At the same time, I am sympathetic to a lack of time and volunteering elsewhere but it’s a bit rough when you’re selling flowers to raise money for scouts and your family doesn’t get their act together.We even sold a bunch of chrysanthemums to a 3 year old little boy out with his dad and he proudly put the flowers under his little arm and walked back to the car. Maybe, it’s easier when they’re three and not teens.
    I feel it is my job for the future to educate them all about the importance of gifts and celebrations. That making the effort matters.
    Anyway, better get dinner made before I join them in the sin bin.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Oh oh, sounds like your family is in trouble… Not good to forget mum on Mothers Day. But then, they have their burn the bridges test. Oh, sorry. When I first read it I saw NAPALM ;) That seems to describe some of the testing I’ve seen.

      I hope you have a good week!

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      1. Rowena

        I’ll have to pass on the NAPALM reference. That was funny.
        I sat them all down at the table last night and gave them a gentle talking to. That it’s important that we celebrate special days and not think it’s too much hard work. To be fair on my husband and son, they’d been clearing up the sailing club after a flood and that was a horrid mess and then been on the scout sausage sizzle for two hours and then setting up for Church on Sunday. My son was also made an Assistant Patrol Leader during the week and that was the best present in awhile. At the same time, I did mention thatr a three year old was able to buy flowers with his Dad for mum so it wasn’t that difficult.
        Hope you have a good week too.
        Best wishes,
        Ro

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    Each day seems busier than the last. I barely have time to read anything and writing takes time and so does picture processing. But I’m just letting it roll along. I can’t do more than I’m doing and i don’t really want to do more, either.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I write pretty fast, but I have just been so busy I haven’t had time to throw together a 10 minute post… But yeah, it just doesn’t seem to slow down, does it?

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  3. NorCal Zen

    Kayaking, and walking in the woods sounds amazing! It’s so awesome that you have your cottage to go to. I was actually looking at kayaks the other day. I did a lot of kayaking growing up, but haven’t exercised my skills in 15+ years..lol. I would like to do some kayaking this summer. Have an awesome rest of your weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The two places are very different – in New Hampshire I am in a more forested area not to far from a few small mountains. It’s all hard granite around here. And Cape Cod is all sand and water with gentle woodland. I hope you do get out on a kayak this summer. The thing about kayaking is that it is easy enough that almost anyone can do it, yet, if you want to put in the effort, you can get more out of it. Kind of like a bicycle, but even easier. So I’m sure it will come back to you real quick!

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      1. NorCal Zen

        I can see how those two areas would be very different, and interesting in their own way. You are blessed to have access to both. I was going to say lucky, but we all know that “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”. I’m sure you’ve made some good choices along the way, to have access to two gorgeous places like that.

        Yes, I am going to look into getting a kayak. It’s nice to get out on the water during our hot summers. Have an awesome day!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I do feel luck and/or blessed. In many ways it was a series of choices, opportunities, priorities, a bit of preparation, etc. to get to this point. I do love being able to take advantage of both.

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  4. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Trent. I’m envious of where you must live. All that beauty must distract you from life in IT. I’m in tech support myself and frequently work with guys like you – enough to know that your job can be a brain-breaker some days. Anyway, your accounts and photos can be absolutely therapeutic. Stay sane and keep helping us other techies maintain some balance with the universe. Warmest regards,

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m lucky to split my time between two beautiful places. Of course I also try to find the beauty of any place I visit. Amongst other things, this week I accidentally took a very important website off line. Ooops…. Most of the week wasn’t -that- bad, just busy on high visibility projects, mostly because I raised my hand at the wrong time.

      I hope you have a great week ahead.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yep. If I could be sure I paid attention and didn’t follow butterflies or something, I’d set up my office outside and spend all of waking hours with no ceiling above my head….

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  5. Nancy

    Enjoy your outside time while you can. I’m doing the same here— storms last night, storms tonight, so I’m getting some sun while it lasts! Hope your work atmosphere improves next week. We’ve been doing state testing all week and most of the student’s brains checked out days ago so that’s been fun!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The rain really didn’t start until 1 and there was some time when it stopped, so I did get out a lot. But it’s been pouring for the last couple of hours and dogs are telling me they would rather be out…. Oh well.

      Testing doesn’t sound fun. It seems education these days are more about the tests than, well, actual education…

      I hope you haver a great week!

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