Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of November, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down here. A put a cushoin on the chair so your bum doesn’t freeze, though it is actually quite nice out. I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, a hot cocoa or other beverage. The weather has been weird. On Wednesday it only edged above freezing (may 33 or 34 f, 1 C), but with the wind, it felt like mid-January, and then on Friday it was short-sleeved shirt weather! Today is slightly warmer than average, but not as warm as yesterday! Oh, were are we? Some may recognize that photo at the top as begin from New Hampshire.

It was an odd week. Work was busy, as always, but it was not insane and a lot slower than the last few. I didn’t have two Lions Club meetings over the week, as I did last week. As I said, the weather was odd.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 14th of November, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It is a little chilly, but I will get a warm beverage, perhaps a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or mug of hot cocoa. You know, lots of marshmallows in it… Anyway, after yesterday’s miserable cold and damp, it is a beautiful day, if cold. Well, seasonable – it has been very warm, feeling like mid to late September instead of early November, so when it gets back to normal. Oh well. And were are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

This was an odd week. I went down to Cape Cod last Friday, instead of my usual Wednesday, and stayed until Wednesday evening, instead of Sunday morning like usual. I had a meeting on Tuesday evening down there, and then Wednesday was a day off of work, so bonus. As I said, it was warm there, but 10 to 15 degrees F cooler than in NH (it did reach the low 70s (low 20s C) over the weekend, but was closer to 60 F (15 C) during the week, while it was in the upper 70s (mid 20s C) (it might have hit 80 F /27 C one day) in New Hampshire.

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If We Were Havign Coffee on the Seventh of November, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a beautiful day, sunny and warm. Let’s just site, relax, and take in the salt air. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

First up is weather. We started the week much colder than normal. We had snow squalls on Monday. And then it warmed up. It has been in the 70s (low 20s C). Very nice, and a great change, if very strange.

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WTF is Up With My WIP? ;) The Old Mill

The story of the story of my Work in Progress (WIP) is a bit of a story. Got that?

Sigh.

OK, back to the beginning.

In late 2016 I wrote a stand alone character sketch of a local oddball (not real! fictional). Later I added a little to it and brought the idea of “the old mill” into the story. In the spring to early summer of 2017, I wrote and posted a serialized novel, The Old Mill, starting with those stories. This was a very rough draft of a story, as I posted each chapter the day that I wrote them. The good news was that I used story ideas that had been kicking around in my skull for years.

At the end of 2018, I decided I wanted to sharpen it up and release it by the summer of 2019. I did a lot of rewriting and drafting, and was pretty much done by late August 2019. I didn’t reach my goal, but having it out in the late fall was very doable.

Through the autumn of 2019 I posted teasers, sketches, and even a big chunk of one of the chapters of the reworked work.

But it was never published.

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If We Were Having Coffee on Halloween, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Here, let me brush this little bit of snow off of the table and get a dry cushion for you to sit on. It is sunny, but still a bit chilly, particularly here, behind the house where the sun never shines – our patio has its own micro-climate, which is perfect for the summer! Hold on and I’ll get a mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage. Where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire (yes, third week in a row – a record!)

First to weather. We have been in a severe drought this year. And then there was October. We have had a lot of rain. Often, the weather will show 10% chance of rain, but it will drizzle all day. I think we had four of those days like that, and then the days where it actually rained. This week was perhaps the wettest. As Zeta went south of us, the counter-clockwise motion pulled frigid air down from the arctic, thus the snow. Not much, but still, snow on October 30! (Back 15 years ago we had over 3 feet/1 meter of wet heavy snow on October 30! – a lot of trees were down because they still had leaves, so couldn’t handle the weight.)

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Weird Dreams….

We all have weird dreams, don’t we? For example, several years ago (6 or 7?), I had a really odd dream about being in a crypt with skeletons. The next morning I wrote a story about it. That story turned into my book The Halley Branch.

Of course, we often have really odd experiences in waking life. A year ago I had a very weird experience in a cemetery, which you can read about here. The important part here, though, is that stench that went away the moment I turned, the smell of death. I have only smelled this scent in very old cemeteries, and not all ancient cemeteries at that, just a few. It is different from the smell of, say, a dead animal. It is a horrible stench.

OK, why do I bring up that old dream and my spooky experience from almost exactly a year ago?

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of October, 2020

Hello and Welcome. Come on over and sit down and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is surprisingly warm for this part of the world in late October. It is a bit damp out, but it should be drying out today (I hope). Where are we? Some may recognize that photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

It was a pretty week. I think we hit peak color last weekend, but during the week most of the green went away as the color spread. Yes, more bare branches and less of the brilliant reds and bright oranges, but the yellows came out, as did the darker oranges. It is now starting to head more into the browns, but at the early stage, and still beautiful.

It was also a warm week. I think I wore a long sleeve shirt two days, then back to short sleeve and no jacket in the afternoon. It was pretty wet – in the last two weeks we’ve had three big rains and two days that were just damp, but not really raining. This is good because we were technically in a severe drought, so any moister helps.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of October, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. I think the rain has finally stopped, but it is still wet out. It is also cool, but seasonably cool, not frigid. I’m hoping it will be a nice, if somewhat cool, day after the rain clouds blow over. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Thinking rain, we have had a drought this year. I think they considered it a severe drought at that. This week we had a lot of rain, which is great for nature, but awful for dog owners ;)

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The News… or Not? (Rant ;) )

A few months ago, I started to do a series that was a little more political.  At the time, I put out a proposed agenda of other topics I would take on.  Well, it obviously didn’t happen.

My first big topic was supposed to be “media”, ie, “The News”.  Wow, the more I dug, the deeper down the rabbit hole I got!  And I did not dig far enough for my liking.  Sigh.  Oh well, I will do just a quick overview, but no footnotes or anything that I had originally planned.  And no stories showing how far out a lot of “news” really is! This will be a very small, light, scratching of the surface.

As I talk to people, read things and watch “The News”, I have some interesting observations.  OK, none of this is original and many have talked about it before, but seeing it first hand and hearing someone tell me, well, it is two different things.

Right now, in the US, people live in completely, diametrically opposite worlds.  These worlds are created by the news people pay attention to, or the news that the people they talk to watch/listen to/read.

First, I have several news sources that I rely on.  I will not take the word of just one.  These sources do fact check and actually fire people for not following the proper fact-checking procedures.  Contrary to what some may say, this does not “prove they are misleading us”, quite the contrary, it proves that they take getting it right serious.

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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.

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