Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Havign Coffee on the 19th of September, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. I’ll go grab you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a beautiful day, though somewhat breezy and slightly chilly. It is sunny though. And nice, after the heat of the summer. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being on Cape Cod.

I have been down here since Wednesday night. Yes, I work from here since I telework full time. I did a nice kayak paddle on Thursday after work. I’ve had a few walks and I did a nice run this morning. It is so interesting running on the flat! My run in New Hampshire is super hilly, and yet I run a mile further (over 1.5 km). I do run faster here, so there is that. I could add on that mile at the end, but I think there is a psychological thing when I get to my house.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of September, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Sit down and enjoy the great view into the woods while I get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is more than a little nippy this AM, so you need something piping hot! I have on jeans for the first time since early-June! And real socks!! OK, Thursday it got to 85 F/29 C while last night it got down to 46 F/7 C, so it went from summer to fall pretty much over night! It is a beautiful day and will warm up a bit, though will feel like autumn. And where are we? Some of you may recognize that photo as being from New Hampshire.

I came back from Cape Cod on Sunday. Since Monday was a holiday and I left very early, the traffic was almost non-existent, though what was out there was ultra-aggressive. I spent a lot of time outside for the rest of the day on Sunday and did a long walk in nearby woods on Monday.

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Launch of D. Wallace Peach’s Liars and Thieves

Hi all! Today I have author D. Wallace Peach over for the book launch of her latest, Liars and Thieves, the first book of her new fantasy series: Unraveling the Veil. And what is this book about? Let’s take a look!

Blurb:

Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

A misfit elf plagued by failure—

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The Weekly Smile Round up 8/31 – 9/6/2020

Quite a few smiles came in, including several late ones. Two I am going to add to next week’s smile, but you can still find links on the original post if you are curious :) And, as a reminder, a lot of people leave a few words of what they smiled about on the original post, so worth the look :) Anyway, here are last week’s posts:

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Natalie the Explorer
Light Motifs II
Ruth Blogs Here
Mylife-and-Horsestories
Gary A Wilson’s Stories on a Dime
Breathing Shallow Poetry
Colline’s Blog
Heart to Heart
Ruth Scribbles

Quite a few great smiles :) Go ahead and click one or two and see what they are about.

I will post This week’s smile in an hour or so. What made you smile?

If We Were Havign Coffee on the 5th of September, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  Come on over and sit at the table!  It is a gorgeous day.  Yesterday was warm and very humid, so sticky.  Today is cooler and the humidity has gone down quite bit.  There is a nice breeze, but not too windy. Here, let me get you a nice large mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  Where are we?  Some may recognize that back yard photo as being on Cape Cod.

Some of you may remember that I was on “The Cape” last weekend as well.  Guess what?  I have been here every day in between.  Not just that, I had time off of work, so it was a kind of “staycation”.  It did rain Wednesday and Thursday, but overall a nice time down here. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 22nd of August, 2020

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  A thunderstorm is about to hit (good, we need rain!) so lets stand on the porch and wait for it to blow over before we sit at the table.  Yeah, I’ll get some towels and such so we don’t get wet seats.  It started as a gorgeous day, after a very nice week – warm, but not overly hot, nice cold nights.  Perfect.  It is going to get hot the next few days, but with cool nights.  Autumn is in the air, and it definitely feels like late August!  Where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 15th of August, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome.  Let’s go back and sit down here and enjoy the breeze.  It is a little cooler and less humid than it has been, but the breeze still feels great.  The noise?  Oh, yeah, there are people working on the house and barn right now.  Those big bundles are siding shingles, but they still have prep-work.  We can ignore the workers and I’ll get you a nice large mug of very strong coffee, some tea or some other beverage.  It is getting later and warmer, so I can get you something cool if you would rather.  Were are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

This week has been pretty good.  There were a few very hot days, but this has been a hot summer, and it hasn’t been too out of bounds for August.  One good thing is that we had a little cooler weather and the nights aren’t bad, so I won’t complain too much.  I will say that there are reasons I live in New Hampshire and Massachusetts instead of Florida! Continue reading

My Day Job – It’s What I Do ;)

The other day Robbie Cheadle put up a post about her career.  After reading it, I thought, “Hey, maybe I should do something like that…”  It will be a little different than what Robbie posted, though I think I will follow her lead by going over my job history as much as my current job itself. Hopefully knowing a little bit about my day job will help you to get to know me better :)

As a kid and young adult, I had all of the typical jobs that kids have.  I picked fruit and vegetables, flipped burgers at a fast food restaurant, bussed tables in a high-end restaurant, bagged groceries, did temp work (from washing windows to light assembly work to grunt labor), spent a couple of summers as a camp counselor, did “fluid device” reclamation/repair in a large chemical plant, wrote assembly-level language code for network analysis, spent a summer on a nuclear submarine.  You know, the typical stuff kids do ;)  OK, I was in Navy ROTC for a couple of years, so that is where the nuclear sub comes in.  I was certified as a helmsman/planesman and on SONAR.  The plant where my dad worked had a summer program for college kids. A lot of the kids worked in production, but I was lucky and had a much more interesting job. I have a cousin who owned a computer company (they did hardware (proprietary network devices) and software) and I worked for them for a few months.  This was in Texas, though I did part time work in Ohio and South Carolina as well. Continue reading

Clouded #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

This is a continuation of a story I wrote last year, Rift.

Everything had seemed so simple!  Jeg had received word from Ashna herself, queen of the godlike Atonee, that he was the key.  All he had to do was go back and mend the rift with Dalph and all would be good between their peoples.

Well, she didn’t say it quite like that.  And healing the wounds between himself and the beautiful Iniyan princess would not be easy by any stretch.  And that was the least of his worries.

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