If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of October, 2019

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Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a little cool today and damp. Not raining, just wet. The photo at the top was taken just 5 minutes ago. Can you see how damp it is? Even though the photo is new, some of you may know that the stone wall is in New Hampshire, though I will be heading to Cape Cod this evening, so if you hit the share later, it will be down there.

It was a busy week. Work was very busy.

I finished what I consider the 2nd draft of The Old Mill.  I’ve been going back and rewriting small sections instead of my normal practice of letting it sit for a while.  Oh well, perhaps I can leave it alone this week…

Yesterday I found a nasty tick bite. I got a doctor’s appointment for 4:45. I left early, since, well, Friday rush hour… On a good day it is 40 minutes and in a non-snow situation as long as an hour (I’ve had a three hour drive in the snow….). I gave myself an hour. It took me 27 minutes. OK, I took a walk in Mine Falls Park in Nashua. It was pretty nice, and there were was a little color.

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Anyway, So the doctor wanted to see the bite. I took off my shirt and he said I had several spots. Sure enough, he removed two more ticks!  The itty-bitty (bity ;)) deer ticks. So I have meds.

I created an animation to go with a poem this week. Remember, it is Halloween…  OK, I decided not to put it here, but go to the poem and check it out. (Scroll to the bottom)

 

Anyway, I need to be going. I have a ton of things to do before i go to the Cape.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend. If you have a coffee share I will try to stop in and chat.

The Weekend Coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Ali .  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here.

68 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of October, 2019

  1. Gary A Wilson

    I’m glad you got the ticks taken care of Trent. I have a close friend from Boston who splits his time between your timezone and mine who got a tick bite, was misdiagnosed twice and thus got a nasty case of Lyme’s disease for his trouble. You likely know better than I how bad this can be. Glad you won’t be part of that story.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know too many people who have had it to not take it seriously. If left too long, it can have life long effects… Thanks for the good wishes. I hope your week is going well :)

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  2. Sagittarius Viking

    The photo at the top is gorgeous! I saw it on Instagram earlier, and it really caught my attention. The fall colors on your other picture are fantastic. Sorry to hear about your tick bite, I hope it doesn’t give you any trouble. Thank you so much for the coffee!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Maria. I often take a photo with my phone, post it on Insta so it shows up in facebook so I can download it and use it on my blog. Yeah, there are easier ways, but… ;) I hope you had a great weekend and that you have a wonderful week ahead :)

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  3. Lizl Bennefeld

    Cute poem. I love the animation! Glad to know you’re on antibiotics for the tick bites. I know they can carry diseases. Worry about that. We’ve gone from early autumn to early winter, here, with a blizzard shutting down highways throughout the state. I would rather have had autumn leaf displays than downed tree limbs and power lines. I do so love your photograph of trees, water, pretty leaves!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Today is back to a gorgeous early to mid autumn day. I’m now on Cape Cod, so not as much color as up in New Hampshire, but they had a tropical storm here three days ago so a lot of limbs down when I got here. Doesn’t sound like as bad as there, though, and it is far too early for a blizzard! I know a lot of people who had Lyme, so I don’t take chances. Thanks about poem and animation – I was real happy how well the animation came out!

      I hope you are having a great weekend, despite the weather, and have a good week.

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  4. Prior...

    LOVE the new photo!! and with that in mind – tea for me – even if you are on the cape by now…

    and saying a prayer that you will not get any illness from the tick bites. so sorry to hear that, T.
    Yuck…
    please keep us posted

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      OK, I’ll admit it – I made this photo for you :) A few weeks ago you said something about china cups and I’ve been meaning to take this photo since then. I used these this set since it can be coffee or tea, instead of those floral tea only china sets.

      Yes, I am on the Cape – I got here around 10 last night.

      Thanks about the tick bite. I’m watching it and hopefully it will clear up without a problem.

      I hope the rest of your weekend goes well and that you have a wonderful week ahead :)

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      1. Prior...

        oh right on…
        :)
        and you know – now that you mention it I dod see it as a universal set for coffee or tea.
        and nice – with the thinner rim and handle…
        and I said a prayer for you earlier this morning – for that tick bite – you likely will be fine and you caught it – whew – but still – they are so nasty with what they can potentially carry.

        oh and speaking of cups – or mugs – I used my Cape Cod one again – it was the last large one clean as the dishwasher was running – so I used to to have a large cup – and that dang handle gets too hot.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I hope that every time you think of Cape Cod you don’t think about burnt fingers ;) Thanks Y. I think I caught the ticks in time (a total of three ticks! Two I might not have caught for a day or two if I didn’t go to the doctor…)

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              By the time I saw the doc, it was four hours after my wife removed the first one. So when we looked before, they would have been just little dark spots, but when I was at his office, they were red. Not as bad as the original – it had a big welt (still does), but noticeable. He took a bright light and magnifier to verify before pulling them with forceps.

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                  1. Prior...

                    well just a suggestion – but if it were me – I’d put activated charcoal on the area a few time s day –
                    not sure if you have any – but they sell bottles with capsules at Walmart for under 10$. They can be open and applied – –
                    the charcoal is also excellent for teeth and gum health (but you might already know)

                    or get some EDTA and apply that on the areas – it pulls and draws stuff out –

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                    1. trentpmcd Post author

                      Thanks, Y. I’ll have to look into it. I doubt if there is any around and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get out, but sounds like the charcoal my be worth while.

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                    2. Prior...

                      also – when I had the issues with the IFI (invasive fungal infection) I covered my whole body with baking soda – a thing layer – and it brought such relief.

                      then – years later I found the ultimate scrub!
                      ready for it?
                      cover the face with dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap.
                      add a layer of coconut oil.
                      then – add in some baking soda.
                      gently mix and let sit on face.
                      oh the lifting powers are fantastic.
                      sometimes I just use the coconut oil and baking soda – but the Bronner’s soap adds a nice dimension – and the skin is soft and nourished when done – but cannot do too many in a week (and more in summer)

                      side note – remember our chat about moisturizers and you shared about the shea butter – and all those tips?
                      well my follow up is that I still LOVE the shea butter – I have 1/3 of the tub left from when i bought the one when we talked.
                      the key for me was to stop using sopa with essential oils added – it was so abrasive it dried out my skin (and the shea butter sure healed it) –
                      I also have been having daily cod liver oil (sonnes) and for some reason – my body and my skin just thrives with this internal oiling…

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                    3. trentpmcd Post author

                      I don’t know Dr. Bronner, but sounds like a good combination. Glad you found the shea butter so useful – i love it! Cod liver oil sounds like a bad joke from childhood ;) A few years ago I played with fish oil, but not cod liver oil. Might give it a try. A few years ago i think I picked up a scalp fungus and tea tree oil took care of it. I’m not sure if it was a fungus – after getting a hat from a street vendor (which disappeared as soon as I started getting symptoms) my hair tunred white in a couple of places and then started to thin rapidly. Someone gave me the tea tree oil and in a few weeks it started to revers – hair grew back and started to darken. I Googled it and found that one thing it does is get rid of skin and scalp fungus. so…

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                    4. Prior...

                      Dr. Bronner’s soaps are my absolute favs. Then – I like the bars from “Zum” (indigo Wild)

                      and tea tree oil ROCKS – in 2002 – for xmas I gave away soap bottles infused with tea tree oil – and a little note talking about the perks of using it –
                      I think I should use it more these days –
                      in the air diffuser – my favorite mix of essential oils is 10 drops of peppermint – 2 drops of tea tree and then a few drops of whatever else I am in monks for (like sage – cinnamon – etc. – but I have to watch the oregano oil in the diffuser as it can irritate folks)

                      the street vendor story is a little unnerving.
                      I do sometimes thing there is bio-terror on some countries and they send in these microbes or ailments subtly to just hurt the people. Not to be conspiracy laden – and staying objective and all that – I heard about a major fungus-slime mold going around in hospitals – not sure why it being kept so hush hush – but someone said it might be “intentional”
                      – the flip side is that people who live on a high sugar and bad carb diet leave their body vulnerable to infection and the fungi and mold that gets into their body was already in the environment and they just contacted it because their terrain was weak – makes sense – eh?
                      but fungus is bad news in the body (as I am sure you know) and have research articles on the fungus cancer connection as well as the “misdiagnoses of cancer that were actual fungal infections”

                      anyhow – the hat he gave you likely had mold/fungal spores from being stored or from place of manufacture – once saw a gross factory photo where a worker had all these infections – so who know what gets on the “goods” – and I try and wash everything super well before wearing.
                      – what works for me is Purex with Clorox2 (love it) and adding BORAX (one of my fAVORITE products ever). Do you use Borax?

                      glad your hair reversed.
                      :)

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                    5. trentpmcd Post author

                      I do like the tea tree oil and may have to get more – great smell. With the hat, might thought was possibly someone tried it on and unintentionally left their mark. Who knows? Just glad it’s gone! With hospitals, part of the problem is that some people avoid them when they need to go, so the hospitals don’t want people to know that one of the places you are most likely to get sick is where all of the diseases are ;)

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                    6. Prior...

                      ooo – that is scary about the place where all the diseases are – my other complaint about hospitals is that they are so airtight – they have stagnant air – or can…
                      and the services there are usually never alternative – although IVs often have vitamins and minerals – too often the main stream training is to cut into the human body – do transplants – or offer drugs – without considering alternative medicine options – and it is catching up with us because heard some stat about how the US uses 75% of the prescription dugs in the world and we are soon becoming one of the least healthiest countries –
                      I am proud to live int his country and defend it when foolish citizens slam it – but I also hope we can change this area – the drug greed and poor regulations for drugs that kill and oversee of them vs. the alternatives–
                      __
                      and you could be correct on the hat idea – I saw folks trying on a lot of hats at a store the other day and now that you mention it – who knows what they leave behind

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                    7. trentpmcd Post author

                      Modern, western, medicine has given us so much, but there are still deep rooted problems, like treating symptoms instead of the disease. Or, as you said, cutting or medicating when it’s not needed. Some of it is because that is what they know “works”, but a lot of it comes down from the people making money – I saw a special several years back that showed that the most expensive hospitals were the ones where the doctors were paid by the procedures they performed, and these were the least healthy hospitals, while places like the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, some of the best places, the doctors are paid a flat rate, so greed is not involved in their decisions.

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                    8. Prior...

                      well even if greed is not involved – a doc can still be surg happy – so to speak.
                      but it really comes down to training (brainwashing) and from my experience – they deeply believe that their trained way is the only and best

                      it is sad because it is not always
                      and you said “what they know “works” ” or what they think will.
                      because I know a lot of people who have worse problems because it was not needed or did not get to the root (as you keenly noted).
                      and whew – enjoyed comment sharing (and sorry if it was too much of moi – lol )

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                    9. Prior...

                      yes – I fully agree they do want to help – big time – but there is the mindset that is limited.
                      and yes, we have covered a lot for one day.
                      I was busy working on the “Q&A” for Norah’s blog post and so our comment chatting made that more interesting -hope you have a good rest of the night T

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                    10. Prior...

                      so far – pretty great – the cooler weather has arrived – sniff in one way – but it made for great sleeping last night and sweater weather today – I am ready.
                      hope your Thursday is awesome and that you have some of your nice outdoor time :)

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                    11. trentpmcd Post author

                      Sorry about the sniffle. It was windy on the Cape (35 – 55 sustained with gusts in the 60s). But I left there about 1. I’ve been in NH for about an hour and took the dogs for a long walk. So some outdoor time, both here and in the wind ;)

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                    12. Prior...

                      I agree – and that list is from Dave from bulletproof blog – he even says he does not always suggest that – but if someone is traveling say – and maybe the airplane serves crap and you want some.
                      but I am with you = I’d rather pass.

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  5. dprastka

    Enjoying coffee with you this morning. So sorry about the tick bites! Yikes! Glad you got them taken care of and absolutely love the Fall colors and photo! This weather is interesting everywhere… The winds didn’t last here in CA, praying for fire victims, they will come back though I’m sure. I’ve had a super busy work week too! Have a great weekend! 😉♥️

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Autumn is so beautiful in new England, even when we have a fall like this year. I have read about California this week. I know it’s a huge state, so what happens in one end isn’t necessarily going on someplace else, but still… Have a great weekend! :)

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  6. bearmkwa

    Ouch on the tick bites. BTDT, and they’re not nice! Great photo. It’s cold here this morning, low 40’s today’s high 50. rained on and off all day yesterday, sunny this morning. I love your lake pic… makes me wish I had access to my paints at the moment. It’s so very beautiful! Have a great week, Trent… don’t work too hard.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The weather is pretty similar here, though just an occasional drizzle and not much rain. It is supposed to be nice the next few days, which will be nice – October is usually blue sky, pleasant days and cold nights. We are finally getting some color, so it is nice. Those are some of the only reds I’ve seen this year, though, which is odd.

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  7. Paula Light

    Yikes! Hope all goes well with the meds. That was scary to read.

    We have a blast of heat and wind throughout California, as you may have read, which is causing fires, and also they’re doing planned power outages up north. Everyone is unhappy about something! My allergies are going nuts. But it could always be worse…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Despite the cold rain and the tick bites (we are at the center of Lyme Disease country!), I’m actually in a pretty good mood. yeah, I read about the fires and the power outages to try to prevent even more fires. Yikes. California seems great in some ways, but if it isn’t too dry and causing fires, it is to wet and landslides or earthquakes. I’ll live with my blizzards and hurricanes ;) I hope you have a great weekend, despite all the weirdness.

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  8. PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

    I just love the colors in your photo! Today is a V8 day for me. It’s not easy, but I have been trying to only have coffee maybe 3-4 days a week. It was rough this past week with a strange school schedule and testing, but I think I am adjusting. No fall colors here, but that is normal. At least we have temps that are slightly cooler. Woohoo! The photo I have in my flash-fiction post today is from NC, 5 years ago. Go and give my flash-fiction a read if you get a chance! Take care.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The colors are odd this year. A little late in coming and not as bright, with fewer reds and oranges. There is still a lot of green, so there is still a chance for color, though I might miss it (NH gets much better foliage than Cape Cod). I’ll try to make it over later to read your flash :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Mine Falls is pretty nice for an urban park (not that Nashua is that urban, but…). I don’t remember the last time I was there. I seem to get ticks in October and early April and never summer. Have a great weekend!

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