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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. Continue reading

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 7th of April, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in. It’s still cold out there, and despite the sun, it doesn’t look like it it will get too warm today, more like a mid-March day than an early April one.  But after this week…  More on that later.  For now I’ll get you a nice mug of very strong Sumatra roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other beverage.  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the mug as coming from Ireland New Hampshire (where is the mug now, not where it came from).

OK, back to the weather.  It snowed on Monday.  Not as much as farther south of us.  Yes, that sounds odd.  The snow didn’t last long, but it did snow.  It was supposed to warm up significantly by Wednesday.  Tuesday wasn’t as warm as it was supposed to be and Wednesday was cold and wet.  Finally, at 5 PM, the sun came out and it warmed up, only for the temperature to fall drastically over night.  The temperature fall wasn’t helped by the super strong north winds.  One of my neighbors lost a temporary structure.  I saw other damage.  Thursday was colder than most days this February, as was Friday.  And it snowed again on Friday!  Not a lot, but there the ground is still covered!  When is Spring really going to arrive? Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 31st of March, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea (various kinds) or other beverage.  It is still just a little cool and there and the wind is strong, but it is looking like a beautiful day!  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the Beatles mugs as being on Cape Cod.

I have been out a little this morning.  I’ve played with the dogs twice – they love being out!  The run, fight, chase each other, ask me to throw stuff for them and then run some more, before finding a nice piece of wood to chew on while sitting in the warm sun.  I also went down the the beach.  It was cool and very windy, but nice.  On the way to the beach I was stopped in a little traffic jam.  A bunch of locals were crossing the road.  Overall there were about 30 of them.  They weren’t in any hurry and seemed to get irate if you tried to rush them.  I stopped and took some pictures.  Most of them ignored my, though a handful yelled at me in chorus whenever I turned their way.  They said “Gooblegobblegooblegooblegooble!”  Here is a picture of some of them strutting their stuff: Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of February, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other beverage.  We won’t stay in long – today is a day for being outside!  I just got back from a long walk, and sure, it was cool (about 48 F/8.5 C), but it felt like Spring.  And this is early.  It’s going to get a lot warmer later in the day.  And were are we?  Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

First, about this week’s weather…  I returned from Cape Cod early Sunday afternoon and was greeted with 5 inches/12.7 cm of wet, heavy snow on the driveway.  It didn’t take me too long to clear it, since it was pretty warm (45F/8C), but it was a pain.  The week continued to get warmer.  It was in the 70s on Tuesday and hit 75F/24C on Wednesday.  And then the temperatures crashed.  No, it wasn’t like early January, but in about 24 hours it had gone down to 20F/-7C. It snowed on Thursday, maybe one or two cm, not quite an inch.  And then it rained on Friday, a cold, miserable rain.  Today will be in the high 50sF (mid-teens C).  And, again, it feels like late March, even when it snowed, not like late February.  Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of February, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll grab you a large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea (black, white, green or herbal), a mug of hot cocoa or other warm beverage.  It is a little chilly out there and the wind is awful.  Were are we?  Some of you may recognize those Beatles’ mugs as living at the cottage on Cape Cod, and you would be right!

On Tuesday we had a big group get-together at the region office.  Although I’ve never worked out of the region (I used to visit often), because everyone teleworks these days, they decided to have one day quarter for everyone in IT to spend a day together at the RO to have some face to face time.  Funny, I work with nobody from the RO these days and have never met the people i do work with!  Oh well, it was still a nice day.  The thing is, since I was about a third of the way to The Cape, I decided to continue down after work and telecommute from here the rest of the week. Continue reading

If We Where Having Coffee on the 27th of January

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast.  I can also get you a cuppa tea (black, green, white, herbal), a mug of hot cocoa or other beverage.  It is beginning to warm up nicely and will be relatively warm today and tomorrow.  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from Cape Cod.

Odd week this week.  I didn’t work on Monday (I won’t say why, beyond saying if you read the news you may know – I’ll neither confirm nor deny).  I didn’t get a lot done, unfortunately.  It rained most of the day, and it began to freeze in the evening.  That was fine since it was supposed to get up in to the 50s F on Tuesday.  I kept looking at the temperature and weather web site.  It showed the warm up starting, yet the temperature stayed at a few degrees below freezing.  It didn’t move all night or all day.  I worked from home on Tuesday because of the ice.  I would put down sand, and an hour later the sand would be frozen over and not providing any traction.  At the end we had a torrential downpour followed by a crash in temperatures.  Although Wednesday was a little above freezing, the ground was frigid.  The good news was that the ice didn’t accumulate too much on the branches.  The bad is that the ground was covered in a half an inch of ice.  I put sand down and it just made it slicker.  I chipped most of the ice off of the driveway – as the day went on, chipping became easier.  But the backyard, which is on the north side of the house, is still 100% covered in ice,  Unfortunately, that is the way we take the dogs out for a walk… Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of January, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea, some cocoa or other warm beverage.  Despite how it felt just a few hours ago, it is no cold and winding, the temperature already having fallen over 30 F in the last 4 or 5 hours and with it possibly sinking another 30 degrees before tomorrow morning.  And were are we that saw 60 F (16 C) this morning but will get down to 6 F (-15 C) tonight?  From the photo at the top of the post some of you may know that we are in New Hampshire today.

This has been an odd week.  I have been doing a lot of work towards getting The Halley Branch ready.  I am not working on the draft, but on other things which will see the the light of day very soon.  I’ve also been doing some studying, which I’ll talk about on another day.  I have been reading.  Just all sorts of stuff. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 6th of January, 2018

Moog and Morning Coffee

Welcome!  Come in!  Quick, and let’s close the door behind you.  Sorry about all of the noise.  It is impossible to keep the house warm, but I’m trying.  Here, I will get you a nice large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast or a cuppa tea or hot cocoa or other warm beverage.  It is cold!  And where are we that is so cold?  Some of you may recognize that photo at the top of the page as being taken in New Hampshire.

OK, the news is that it is cold ;)  It has been cold all week, with a slight warm up (still below freezing) on Wednesday and Thursday.  Thursday was the big storm, though there wasn’t really a huge amount of snow – maybe 8″ to 10″ (20 – 25 cm).  We typically get a storm of 15″ + (40 cm +) every year, and occasionally over 3 feet (1 m) in a single storm, so less than a foot?  But it turned cold at the end of the storm and started to blow.  There has been a lot of drifting.  The high today was 10 F (-12 C) and tonight will be down around -10 F ( -24 C), maybe colder.  It was 50 below on Mt. Washington in NH with windchills of more than -100F! Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 30th of December, 2017

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a large mug of very strong Sumatra Roast, a steaming cuppa tea, some cocoa or other hot beverage.  You’ll need it!  It is cold.  It is very cold and has been for a while and will continue to be cold for a while to come.  It has been years since we’ve had as deep of a cold snap and I don’t ever remember one like this in December.  And where am I?  Well, although it is cold all over the eastern half of the continent and even colder up in New Hampshire, I am on Cape Cod today.

I took this week off of work, so no complaining about work this week.  There was Christmas, and I had the fun of shoveling snow that day.  Better than the ice I did earlier, or shoveling in the pouring rain!  Christmas gifts, you ask?  I got some clothes and some DYI type electronics stuff.  Some art supplies.  How about you?  Was Santa good to you? Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of December

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other hot beverage.  Be careful on your way in, it is slick!  It snowed all day Friday.  The total accumulation was low, but the roads were slick all day.  It was very cold, but warmed up during the storm so there was a little mixed precipitation at the end, which packed down all of that light, fluffy cold snow.  But then we had freezing rain all day on Saturday.  It got cold last night, so everything is covered in ice.  And where is this horror show of winter weather?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being taken in New Hampshire.

My weekend so far?  I spent a big part of the day reading, writing and editing.  I am almost ready to call it a third draft on The Halley Branch.  I spent two hours in the pouring freezing rain shoveling (I didn’t shovel on Friday, because I didn’t want two inches of ice to cover everything.  It’s easier to remove wet, heavy snow than ice.).  I was soaked to the bone.  And then I went out for a chunk of the evening, doing some shopping, eating out, etc.  I did almost no blogging, which is why the coffee share post is today.

Today has been taking care of dogs, doing stuff around the house, etc. Continue reading