Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 28th of March, 2020


Hello and Welcome!  Come on in… Ooops, stop, hold it.  Let’s sit out here at the picnic table on the patio.  I know, there is a lot of snow, but this area stays a freezer at least 10 degrees colder than anywhere else.  Great for the summer, but..  It is warming up and is a beautiful day, so we can enjoy it out here.  I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other beverage to keep you warm  Funny, I have seen a lot of people sitting on their porches recently even when it is below freezing.  They live by socializing, but are trying to be safe.  Oh, were are we?  Some of you may recognize that photo at the top as being in New Hampshire.

OK, first, yes, we did have 8 inches of Snow Monday into Tuesday, but that is an old photo at the top of the post.  Most of the snow was gone by the end of the day.  Here is a photo from Tuesday late-morning: Continue reading

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

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on (virtually!) in and I’ll get you nice large mug of ultra-strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other beverage.  It is a little cool, but not cold out.  It will be a sunny day today, but not even close to as warm as yesterday!  Where are we?  Some may recognize the photo as coming from New Hampshire.

On the subject of weather, it has been strange.  We haven’t had quite the yo-yo that we had earlier this month, but still up and down, and now much wetter.  We had snow twice this week!  Here is Thursday: Continue reading

The Plan….

Mt. Katahdin

Many years ago I was at a gas station in Maryland.  I looked over at the beat-up pickup truck next to me and frowned. Hmm.  Maine plates.

“Hey,” I said, catching the driver’s eye.  “Why do you have a snow shovel tied to the front of your truck?”

He hunched over, slightly deflated.

“Dang,” he said.  “I hoped this was the spot, but nope…”

“What are you talking about?”

“Well, see here, after winter was over, I tied my snow shovel to the front of the truck and started south.  My idea is that the first time someone points to it and says, “what do you have there?” I will stop and put down roots, for I know I’d a done found my new home.”

These days I hear it is the other way around.

I’ve heard people from the northern points of Maine saying there are strangers in town asking if anybody knows anyone with the Corona virus.  Actually, they look at a map of where it is.  As soon as they find a place with no cases, they stop and put down roots.

A few trickling in already, you know there will be hoards in the near future.

Now, I’ve heard that there is a plan afoot.  Not going to say what it is, but if you suddenly hear of thousands and thousands of cases in places like Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota and, yes, northern Maine, well, let’s just say that it might be a bit exaggerated…


Yes, the first half is a very old joke.  The second half?

I have heard that people have already started to move to places like northern Maine to escape the virus.  Really.  Hmmm.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a bit of humor, but maybe will become reality… I mean, I have been hearing a lot of little white lies from the top all of the way down, so why not this?

Hope you got a small chuckle, anyway…


Walking the Dog in 2020 – A Cartoon



Dog Walking, 2020

Yesterday when I had Idina and Fiyero out for a walk I saw someone coming towards me with their dog.  I changed directions and took a side street.  Sure, it might have been OK, but Idina sometimes acts like a mad thing, particularly if the other dog is a female. But as I walked the other way, I started to think about Social Isolation and its effects on dog walking in 2020.  I hope you got a smile from this little cartoon :)

(Note – I just posted a slightly tweaked version of the cartoon)

Unintentional Break


Yes, I am alive!  For the last three weeks I have only done my Smile posts and I think one other post.  I have also almost completely stopped reading blog posts.  This was not an intentional break!

Work has been, and continues to be, completely insane.  A huge amount going on.  I do a lot of my blog-reading on breaks, so if no breaks, no reading.

I have also been very busy editing The Old Mill.  If I am in front of my computer for non-work related reasons, I have been editing, not writing new posts.

Daylight Savings Time has thrown me for a loop, worse than usual.  Part of it that every animal in the house seems to want to sleep right on top of me every night, so I have been getting about half as much sleep as usual.

I try to spend as much time outside as possible.  There have been some weekend days that I have been outside for 6 hours (not straight, over the day), which might seem like a lot until you realize that I spent 18 hours inside on those days! Continue reading

If We Were having Coffee on Leap Year Day, 2020


Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you large mug of ultra-strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa.  It is bright and sunny out there, but don’t let that deceive you.  It’s cold.  We have been having yo-yo temperatures lately.  The good news is that it will be warmer than forecast and actually get above freezing later in the day…  Where are we?  Some may recognize that photo at the top as being taken in New Hampshire.  yes, after three weekends on Cape Cod, I am back in NH!

It was a pretty busy week.  I had to get a new laptop at work.  Our Lions Club held a “candidates night” for candidates to local office in our town hall – I helped organize and sent the invitations.  I had massage.  I played with puppies, walked puppies, played musical instruments, walked by myself, ran, exercised, read, wrote and did a little editing (after 4 months away).  I also made another batch of chili from scratch, including soaking the beans.  It will be ready at lunch!

Oh, I also got a tick :(  This is the second tick I got this winter.  They love me.  I have tried to be careful, but…

I had a bit of bad news yesterday, but since I didn’t share the good side, I won’t the bad… I had hinted about the last few weeks, but didn’t want to “count my chickens before they hatched” and was right not to – it all fell apart on the very last day.  Oh well, life goes on.  And I did some very needed work.

Oh, yes, and work.  Besides the new laptop, it was busy.  A few things did finally come through there (yeah!) and I made a few steps in the right direction on some other projects. And, of course, I got calls from people about things that aren’t mine because I’ve become known as a bit of a “Subject Matter Expert” even on subjects that I’m, well, not the expert, or at least isn’t really part of my job… lol

Anyway, cold or not, I will spend a lot of time outside today!  I also have a ton of chores to do, since this is my first weekend in NH in a month.

So I got to run (maybe not literally today, except when playing with the dogs).  Thanks for stopping by!  If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop by, but make no promises – I’ve missed quite a few the last several weeks…

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

If We Were Havign Coffee on the Twenty Second Day of the Second Month of the Twentieth Year of the Twenty First Century (2/22/2020, or 22/2/2020 for non-Americans)

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a mug of super strong Dark Roast, a cuppa tea or a hot cocoa.  It is still a little cool out, but it will get pretty warm later today.  OK, warm is a relative term – it will be around 45 F/ 7 C.  But the sun is shining and it is absolutely gorgeous outside!  And where are we?  Some may recognize that Edward Gorey mug as being only a few miles from the Edward Gorey House on Cape Cod.

Two quick things.  First, although I was planning on using a photo of the mug anyway, I decided that I will connect it to Chelsea Owens’ Terrible Poetry Contest winner for this week.  This week as full of morbid, little Willie poems and someone compared them to our fried Edward.

Next, if you are observant you may recognize that this is the third week in a row I have been on Cape Cod.  I had a reason to be here, but things happened, and… Anyway, since I had it penciled in on my calendar (really – I am a computer nerd but use a paper calendar and really do pencil things in…) I decided to come.  It’s been nice :)  In ways I enjoy being here in the winter more than the summer when I have to share the road with a million people… Continue reading

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

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the bitter cold!  It is sunny and gorgeous, but frigid.  Not as frigid as back up in NH, not even close!  But it is cold.  I’ll get you a steaming mug of super strong dark roast, a piping hot cuppa tea, or comfortably warm mug of comfort-drink, aka hot cocoa.  And where are we?  I already gave it away, and there is the photo at the top of the page, but if you missed it, we are on Cape Cod.

It was a super busy work week.  I can’t point to much and say , “This! This is what I did!” but it was busy.  I feel i didn’t get a whole lot done, besides my every-other week massage appointment on Wednesday without which I would be as stiff as concrete.

Last week when I was here I took this photo of the full moon.  I kind of like it:

And I had a little wine for Valentine’s Day last night.

I have to go rent a big truck soon – I have to leave the house in 5 minutes, so I need to drop off.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have a coffee share, I’ll try tomake it by your place later.  Enjoy your weekend!

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

The Weekly Smile for the Tenth of February, 2020 #weeklysmile


Last week was a pretty good week.  I felt well all week and things all seemed to go how they were supposed to.  But was there something special for a weekly smile?

I seem to repeat that last paragraph all of the time.  I feel like an echo.  Hey, echo!  That’s it.

(And since this is an echo, some may realize that I posted about this on Tuesday)

Last week I picked up a guitar pedal  that’s a digital recreation of a tape echo.  No I don’t play guitar, but I do play synthesizer. Real quick, an echo repeats sounds that were played into them.  Tape echos were hugely popular in the late 60s, and the 70s, particularly with the prog rock crowd.  You can read all about it hereContinue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of February

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super-strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa.  It is a beautiful day, but a little chilly, particularly after yesterday’s warmth.  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from Cape Cod.

Funny thing.  As I sat down to write, the Davis Bowie song Valentine’s Day came on.  It is from his second to last album and is great, as is all Bowie…

It was one of those busy weeks without much to say.  i was constantly on the run, but just deign the things of life.  It was a little too wet Thursday to do much here and too windy yesterday (up to 70 mph! (113 kph)).  I was running and hit and open area and nearly knocked off my feet.  It wasn’t raining, but the water coming off of the bay soaked me almost instantly.  Yeah, I think it was even more than 70 mph at that time!  You could see the water whipping through the air and it was like stinging horizontal rain.  I’ve been out in 100 mph wind before and this was worse…. Continue reading