If We Were Having Coffee on the 29th of August, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  Take a seat and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage.  It is warmish, but humid, so I won’t say anything if you’d rather have a cold drink.  It is kind of funny out and they are predicting rain and thunder storms, but so far we’ve been missed.  If it does rain, we can move a couple of chairs and a side table under the overhang.  I don’t know if you can call this a porch or what (protected side of the barn).  Oh, so where are we?  Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

Now look at the photo just above.  See the overhang I was talking about?  You may not be able to tell, but there is a brand new roof on the barn, new windows and the siding is also brand new – it is cedar shingles, which will turn grey as they age.  Cedar Shingles are very popular on Cape Cod, not just barns, but a lot of houses.  I took this with my new phone last night at sunset.  I was eating supper at the picnic table (visible).  I had just put the yard back together after it being occupied by the builders, who finished on Thursday.  The table is pretty close to where it was in the photo at the top, so I am close to the hammock looking back towards the house.

I said “new phone”, didn’t I?  On Monday evening I went out for my weekly grocery shopping.  There was stuff I wanted to get out of the backseat of my car before I left, so I stopped my routine to do that.  Bad.  Later, may car suddenly said that it could no longer see my cell phone…  On the way back, I stopped and found it, right where people stop for a light.  It was in pretty bad shape…  I spent hours trying to order a phone for pickup.  I kept getting errors.  Finally I used the online chat, and the person on chat got my phone ordered.  I just said, “I want the cheapest Android smart phone, perhaps Samsung.”  That’s what I got.  I like it, but the camera is awful.  And there are other quirks.  Still, I don’t understand why it is 1/5 the price of the next model up.  There is not 5x the difference!  Not even twice.  Anyway, so growing pains with the new phone this week, but not terrible.

My hot water tank at the place on Cape Cod was installed in the 1990s.  Yeah, that’s old.  It failed.  So, not only did the workers finish the barn Thursday, I had a plumber come in and replace my hot water tank.  I had him install water for a washer (clothes washer) while he was here.  The house is slowly coming along…

While down here, I did a good run by one beach yesterday and took a long walk on another (my favorite) this morning.  That is besides the normal things.

Work was busy, but not insane.

I had massage.

And that was my week!

I hope you enjoyed your drink!  I’m going to get up and start doing stuff (the house is filled with dust from when the painter ground the outside down to bare wood…).  Thanks for stopping by!

If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop in and say hi.

Have a great weekend.

The coffee share is hosted over on Eclectic Alli.  The link to join is here.

38 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 29th of August, 2020

  1. thecoffeebeanbrain

    The roof looks beautiful, love the color. I’m glad everything’s done with the house, I’m sure it’s all worth it once you’ve cleaned up. I’m not a fan of transitioning to new phones. When I do, I’m always all for the necessity of it like its really old or the software is not upgradable anymore. Then I get something that’s midrange with the right specs for everyday use and hopefully, will last me for 5 years minimum. Hope your weekend is good. Thanks for coffee.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Everything is done on the outside, or at least house and barn. Still a huge amount of work to do, but I’m not in a hurry. This is the second phone in a row I broke, but I got over 4 years, so not terrible. I got a low end phone this time mostly because it was just easiest. It is still a lot faster than the old! I had a great camera on the last (it was supposed to be one of the top phone-cameras at the time), so that is the only down.
      Thanks for stopping by for coffee! Have a great week!

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  2. taylorgraceauthor

    Having to replace a phone sucks. And they’re so expensive! Unless you join a plan forever, you have to pay a crazy amount. I have one that’s somewhat new (they get old so quickly too!) and I’ll be honest, I have no idea how to work most of the things on it. Sigh. Good luck with yours!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I said I wanted the cheapest phone, so not as expensive as it could have been! Right now I have most of it except for passwords to the apps I use. Oh well, no Instagram fior a while ;)

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  3. Charlotte Hoather

    I’ll take a tea please weak with milk, no sugar :).
    The barn looks gorgeous what a great spot for your future retirement.
    Passwords – I have to just send off for a new password all the time. I used to stick to the same one but my Dad told me I shouldn’t now I can never remember what I use where hehe. Sorry to hear about your phone though, i was annoyed when I cracked the safety screen on my phone and the warranty was a con so i ended up having to buy a new screen.
    I like shady yards too, too pale for too much sun and putting sun cream on all the time is a pain.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      One weak tea with milk, coming up. It is very cool watching this place take shape. It is a homey place, but with a lot of antique charm, in a quiet area, but close to lot of activities. And the shady back yard is great :)
      I have a few password “roots that I use to base all of my passwords. Simple accounts have simpler roots, banking have super complex. I then change the beginign and end. For the oens I change all of the time, I write down just the chaneg and my brain (hopefully) remembers which root. The problem is, most of my phone ones haven’t changed in years. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to change them all….
      Hope you had a good weekend and have a wonderful week :)

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      1. Charlotte Hoather

        I do like rural towns I grew up in a quiet town, not much to do though and I’ve got used to City life now and we have some beautiful parks and areas nearby in Greenwich, its about a 20 minute walk to the River Thames.

        I used to do Countries and numbers at the end but then i forgot which countries went with which numbers hehe. Phones are getting so clever now.

        Hope you have a great week too, the good thing about a PAYE job is you get holidays and tomorrow is a bank holiday yay, so I can just sing all day.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I do like being in the city, but am used to small towns. This house is in a vacation town, but out of the way, part of the “old town” where tourists don’t go, but 2 minute walk to a large tidal river (not as large as the Thames!) but over an hour and a half drive from Boston.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I tend to hang onto my phones until I break them, so not too awful I had to replace a 4 or 5 year old phone, but still…. Thanks! My yard is very shady, so I don’t need it to get away from the sun, but I think I will put a few seats there, particularly for when there is alight rain.

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  4. dprastka

    Thanks for the coffee and your barn looks great!! I love the cedar shingle siding too, and didn’t know they gray as they age, that’s cool! I like others have mentioned buy cell phones with good cameras. One day I’d like to purchase a nice digital camera. Like you say though, they are hard to carry around. I hope you have a nice rest of the weekend!! 😀

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do really like the cedar shingle siding. A lot of houses and barns around here have it. I think on Nantucket it is mandatory – maybe 95% of buildings have cedar shingle siding. I’ll play around with the phone’s camera, but so far it isn’t as good as the last I had. On the other hand, when I bought my last phone, the camera was one of the selling points. I have several good cameras, some very small, so I’ll just have to make better use of them. Thanks for stopping by! Hope your weekend is going well and that you have a good week ahead!

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  5. RuthScribbles

    Wow lots of work on the house! It will be like brand new soon??
    Sooo sorry about the phone! Ouch. Thanks for the coffee. Sitting under the overhang is great to avoid sun too!! I would probably call it a porch just to be simple! 😉

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The exterior is almost like brand new. The inside? Uhm…. lol, this is going to be a long term project, but it is coming along. The last time anybody put a lot of time and effort into the house was in the 1950s…. The great thing about th back yard is that there are a lot of big, old trees, so very little sun, so don’t need to go onto that “porch” to avoid the sun.
      Yeah, the phone thing sucked, but it was 4 years old, so about time to change it.
      I hope the rest of your weekend goes well!

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  6. msjadeli

    Cedar shingles are far and away better than vinyl which seems to be covering too many houses anymore. Your “barn” looks as nice as many homes! Do you have critters or is it more for storage? I had a couple of hot water heaters installed a few years ago. Those things aren’t cheap when you add in labor.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know some people do old buildings with vinyl, but I like to stay natural. A new house? Maybe… The shingles are very popular here, and look great, or will once it has aged – shingles are the only siding that improves with age. The barn really looked very much like a barn before the new windows and siding! And the old roof was wood (I’m not sure if cedar) but about 75 or 80 years old – it leaked… 175 years ago, when the house and barn were first built, I’m sure it had the horses and carriages – it was in town even then. We haven’t moved in full time yet, but it will just be storage for us. You are right, the hot water heater and labor… ouch. I have money set aside for restoration, but it is going very quickly! But, there are still a few years before I retire and move in full time…

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  7. Gary A Wilson

    There is a pattern forming with you and massage Trent. How did you get started with it and how is it that it earns it’s keep? The introvert in me would not enjoy it much I think – but you might well know something here I don’t.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I started massage about 20 years ago, maybe longer. I had always been very stiff, and this has helped loosen me up. I can move easier, less jerky and have fewer aches and pains, etc. I try to have it every other week. It is a pretty big ticket item in my budget, but worth it. And, yeah, I’m a major introvert, a bit shy (different than introvert) and someone who always hated locker rooms, but I have never been self conscious when I’ve had massage, and though I would choose a female therapist over a male, I am not uncomfortable with either.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do use the camera on my phone a lot. Maybe I will get one of my small “real cameras” out and leave it close by (my good camera is too big to carry around every day). Still a huge amount of work to do on the house, but the outside is looking good :) Thanks! Have a great rest of your weekend.

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  8. Sagittarius Viking

    It really looks very beautiful with the new siding and roof. I like cedar a lot! I once experimented doing an inside makeover of an old RV doing cedar sidings…I did the job myself and if I have to say it, it turned out OK. I got a good deal on small scrap pieces of cedar sidings at Home Depot, that I used as a puzzle, sort of, perfect for the RV. Best of luck with your weekend and the new phone. It always takes some time to learn a new phone. Thanks for the coffee!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Cedar siding is great. I’m sure it gave a homey feel to your RV. The work they did on the barn and house came out great. With the house being painted, the entire place looks totally different. I’m sure the neighbors are happy as well ;)

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    2. trentpmcd Post author

      Forgot – phone… Right now it is almost there, but I don’t have accounts, like instagram, set up yet – I have forgotten most of the passwords in the years since I last had to use them.

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          1. notestowomen

            Yes. I don’t know how we used to manage without them. It seems like such a long time ago when people had to use public phones because they didn’t have cells. Now, we can’t do without them. We use them not only for calls but for texting, taking photos, surfing the Internet, etc.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a good week, over all. New phone is almost there, I just don’t have all of the accounts set up yet (what in the world was that password I haven’t used in 4 years? or that one that has been 3?). Yes, the work on the Cape is moving along, so good news there :) I hope you are having a great weekend.

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