If We Were Having Coffee on 10-10-2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. It is relatively warm out, though super windy. Back here, behind the house, next to the barn, is protected and not too bad. Where are we? Some may recognize that Edward Gorey mug as being from Cape Cod.

I drove down here to “The Cape” on Wednesday evening. I had to work Thursday, but that got me up in time to walk to one of the landings and watch the sun rise.

, Cape Cod

I took an hour off of work Thursday and so was able to do stuff in the afternoon and took all day Friday off! I did a very long walk on my favorite beach. The tide was out, so I walked on the flats a bit, but it was cool and windy. I love the ripples in the sand when out on the flats.

on Chapin Beach, Dennis, MA, Cape Cod

The wind calmed down significantly in the afternoon and so I was able to enjoy a long paddle in the kayak. I didn’t travel to some distant shore, but did a large circuit around several of the coves and such around here so I ended up covering a large distance while staying local.

Besides that, same as always. I had massage on Wednesday, took dogs for many walks, played with dogs, walked on my own, exercised, ate, worked, etc. A normal week besides the Cape type things I mentioned.

Oh, one cool thing – yesterday evening the dogs and I ran into a flock of turkey a few times while walking. Fiyero was fascinated and sat and watched as they crossed the road just a few feet from us. Idina wasn’t too happy that they had taken over our yard when we returned, but they soon wondered off (with dogs watching closely).

And so today is another day here! It is too windy to kayak, but warm enough to stay outside all day! So I will be heading out about now.

Thanks for stopping by! f 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.

43 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on 10-10-2020

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. In the past I had a cottage across the street from a landing. My current house on Cape Cod is a little less than a quarter of a mile from a landing, so not quite as easy. I can still use a little cart and walk it down, so it is a 3 minute walk instead of 1 ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I did walk on the same beach barefoot the next day (Saturday), but it was a little too cold and windy when I took that picture. I agree, I’d rather be barefoot. Hope you had a good weekend :)

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  1. Prior...

    Hi T – I’ll have tea for this weekends coffee share…
    And… live that sunrise photo ;)
    The kayaking and many walks sounds so refreshing – only one walk this weekend and it was lightly raining so we kept it short –

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Y, it was a great weekend with a lot of walks on the beach and in the woods. A good time was had by all, including the dogs ;) Hope you had a good weekend and have a wonderful week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Dale. i do try to get a long walk in without the dogs at least once a week, and more when I am on Cape Cod. I did one this morning, but will go back out in a few minutes :) I hope you got your walk in!

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  2. Sagittarius Viking

    Sounds like a lovely week in every way! The beach and kayaking sounds wonderful. It’s been raining a lot here this week, and I have been wearing rain gear every day I believe. I like the rain, as long as I am warm and dry, and for the most part I’ve been warm and dry :) Thanks for the coffee!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a great week. We have had a little rain, but not much. We are still in drought conditions, but at least the grass is almost green now! It was burnt brown color all summer. Cold, rainy weather is my least favorite, but it is needed here! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Nancy

    Sounds wonderful and relaxing. Strangely, while reading about your encounter with the turkeys I felt an overwhelming need to ask “Why did the turkey cross the road?” :) Thanks for the coffee. Have a great week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      All jokes aside, since we (the dogs and I) were just standing a couple of feet away, I really wondered why they were crossing the road! Do they understand the term “carnivore”, or, perhaps, “predator/prey”? Anyway, just like the chickens, they didn’t answer ;) It has been a relaxing few days :)

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  4. workinacresnothours

    Love the photos its is amazing how the wind & tides can change a landscape. Silly turkeys coming out this close to Christmas. They are a protected species in Australia are they protected in your area. Thanks for the great coffee have a great outdoor day.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is amazing what tide and wind can do – one of the cool things about those ripples is that the next time the tide came in, they were erased, never to be seen again. of course, new ripples may take their place, though not always. Turkey are not protected here, but I am in town, so no hunting them. I think, in the proper places, there is like a two week period in April that they can be hunted.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure my dogs would have liked nothing better than for me to drop the leashes and let them chase the turkey… Thanks, hope you are having a good weekend :)

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong

    I am indeed having coffee. Enjoying the warm, sunny day. Admiring my new kitchen door. Every time I get something fixed or replaced, I feel like I’ve achieved something special. I’m not sure what, exactly, but it FEELS like an achievement.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree that there is a special feeling about having things replaced and/or repaired. And since I am the opposite of a handyman, if I’m the one who fixed or replaced it, the feeling is even better! Often quite an achievement.
      It was a beautiful, warm day, but super windy. The Cape can look forward to some rain from the storm, but I don’t know if it will make it up into central MA or not. i do know NH will be a miss, and we need it there…
      Hope your weekend is going well.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Seeing the bear was very fun! (in hind sight ;) ). I do love seeing wildlife, even things as common as turkey. And I love seeing the ripples in the sand. There is something cool about knowing I was the only person to have seen those patterns since they were erased the next tide and then recreated in a totally different pattern..

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  7. Gary A Wilson

    Hey Trent.

    I love shots like your sand ripples. I call them texture shots and was collecting them for a while, but collections come and go with me as they take over so rapidly. I especially like those where it’s not clear which way is up or when from any perspective, there is visual depth to explore or contrasting detail which is hard to scale. Comfortable mental puzzles to think through.

    But then there are turkeys. Here, they are taking over as somehow, in mass, our neighbors have decided to co-exist no matter how many chose to block our roads and soil our yards. They were interesting for the first couple of years, but have grown in population that they’re much more of a nuisance.

    We have this one friend who’s kind of crazy and one day, several years ago now, was driving and found herself on a quiet road surrounded by turkeys, so she stepped out of her car and actually caught one large tom by hand, and held it in her lap as she drove home and prepared him for dinner. When she shared the story with a group of us at church she had us doubled over with laughter at how this unfolded.

    It may be time to get these birds back into the food chain. . .

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s odd, there are a lot of turkey around, and have been for years, but not to the point of being a nuisance animal. I think because there are at least some of the predators that eat them around. There is a hunting season, but here on Cape Cod, there are few places for hunting, so not enough to keep the population in check. One problem is that it makes them pretty bold, while they are much more shy in New Hampshire. But in New Hampshire, the predators are even more common, so that could be part of it as well.
      I do love seeing the different patterns and textures in nature, but for some reason I am totally fascinated by those in the sand. i think because they are constantly changing – every tide brings a new set that are different from the last, so twice a day they are erased and created once again.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If you haven’t figured it out from previous posts, I love kayaking :) Cape Cod is great, and the house I am now sitting in will be the house I live in when I retire, but I will miss being close to the mountains when I am here full time.

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      1. dprastka

        Yes, I should have worded that differently as I know you love to kayak. I should have said wish I could kayak too, because I bet I would really enjoy it as it sure sounds fun. It’s a bit of a drive to water to enjoy kayaking here on a regular basis. 😍

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          lol, I think you worded it right. Were I live in New Hampshire, it is a minimum of 20 minute drive to a nice place to paddle. Within an hour there are a lot of great places to go with beautiful mountain views, but I am spoiled and hate driving to paddle ;) I’m sure you’d enjoy it.

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  8. bearmkwa

    Sounds like a wonderful week. Kayaking sounds fun. I used to have a small birch canoe that I made with my Bobo and liked to take out now and then. Oh, I haven’t thought about “tippy” in years. I still remember the summer long process of honing and burning out the middle. Then the hot pitch boiling over the fire. (crinkles nose at the memory). Didn’t smell so nice, but Tippy was watertight in the end. Wish I’d kept her instead of selling her to the museum to pay for college. Love that rippled sand pic, too. the lines are soothing to look at.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a great week, thanks :)
      I used to canoe a lot as a kid, but in modern, metal ones, not an authentic, handmade one! It is cool that it is in a museum, even if you do miss it. When I was a very small child, my dad made a kayak. He was given a frame and did all of the fiberglass work. He used it for fishing. A few years ago, one of my nephews destroyed it :(

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Not silly at all – I love the ripples in the sand and have a million photos of them… In fact, I just returned from a walk on the beach where I took more ripple photos! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

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