Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of August, 2019

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice strong mug of my dark roast blend, a cuppa tea of other beverages.  We will go back outside and enjoy the green.  It is a little grey today and there may be storms later, but for now it is nice being out instead of in.  Where are we?  Some of you may recognize that cup on the stone wall as being in my backyard in New Hampshire.  Yes, two weeks in a row ;)

The last coffee share I told you that this was going to be a very busy week.  Yep.  I had two days that were all day meetings.  There was a lot else going on at work.  Just a busy week any way you look at it.

Beyond work, I didn’t do much out of the ordinary.  I ran and exercised.  I took the dogs for walks.  I mowed and did other work around the house.  I really don’t remember a whole lot else that I did… Continue reading


Hope #tanka


An ominous place
Walking in the bleak valley
Looking for a ray
Always trying to flee night
Searching for a bright lit day

The gloom holds me back
Shadows grabbing at my arms
A pit of gloom here
Pulled by an airy promise
A better place bright and clear


Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were  “Light” and “Dark” This week I decided to do a Tanka, perhaps a double tanka, if such a beast exists….

If We Were Having Coffee on the 10th of August, 2019

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a large mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is pleasantly cool outside, so lets sit and take in the view of the hill behind my house.  Sitting here it is hard to believe that we are in the middle of a village and not the middle of a forest.  It will get warm today, but not hot.  A perfect late summer day.  Where are we?  Although this is a newer photo, some may know that it is in New Hampshire. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 3rd of August, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a mug of very strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or something else, perhaps something cold.  It is warm, but more than that a bit humid, so the house is stuffy.  We can go out back were there is a pleasant breeze.  See that picture at the top?  That’s were we will be sitting.  Do you recognized it?  If so, you know that we are on Cape Cod.

Yes, I left The Cape Sunday morning and drove back on Wednesday evening.  I’m spending a lot of time here!  Why?  Besides the obvious that the Cape is great ;)  Last week I came down to clean up after the tornado.  This week we are having a visitor come in from Denver.  There is also going to be work done this week.  I changed my telework agreement so I only go to the office if I have to.  There is a huge amount of work needed on this place.  We just listed the old place for sale, so there has been a lot of prep work and a lot more to do.  If it wasn’t for the cats, I would most likely stay down here full time.  As it is, I do have one cat, Albert, with me.  (Here is one of many posts about Albert). Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 27th of July, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or perhaps something cool.  It is a beautiful morning so we’ll go out back and enjoy our coffee under the trees.  It is a little humid, which I discovered when i did my 5 mile run earlier this morning, but it feels very comfortable.  Perhaps later, when it is hot, I’ll have to hit the ocean,but this is nice for now.  Where are we?  The photo at the top is new so you may not know that it is from Cape Cod.

Odd week.  I wasn’t supposed to be here today, but some of you may have heard that a tornado hit Cape Cod.  I came down to clean up a bit.  Still have more, plus a little damage.  Here is a limb that fell off of one of my trees. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of July, 2019

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or… hmmm, maybe I’ll get you something a bit cooler.  We’ll sit on the back patio and look off into the woods.  It is not even 8 AM and yet it is warm and humid, 83F/28 C.  Later today it will reach close to 100 F/38C with very high humidity, so feel like 120F or more.  There is no wind or breeze as there was yesterday, the first day of our heat wave.  And where are we hot and miserable?  Some of you may know that photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

I started the week on Cape Cod.  I can telecommute, so I worked from down there.  I was able to kayak and go to the beach and stuff in the afternoon.  I drove back Wednesday evening.  With the new place I will be spending more time there as I work on it and such.

Tuesday evening the dogs were barking.  I walked out to go to the cottage (which is finally listed!) and walked right into a large flock of turkey. Continue reading

Start A Journey

This is a day early, but I may not get a chance tomorrow… This post from the 21st of February, 2014, was one of the first posts on my blog and one that I have reblogged in the past, but it seems a little more pertinent today….


Small Step

Take a single step
Like Neil up there on the Moon
No start, no success


I resolve to quit procrastinating and take action! I start tomorrow….

See rest of the original post here


Yeah, that moon was hand drawn :)

An Excuse to Post Two Pictures

I recently took two photos that I want in my “Media” on the blog so I can refer back to them in the future.  What better way to get them up than to just write a post with no reason to exist except to put these photos up? ;)

Here is a new “Weekend Coffee Share”, i.e. “If We Were Having Coffee”, photo to be used when I want coffee outside.  This is the backyard at the new house on Cape Cod.  See the hammock in the background?

The second is a photo of all of my books to date.  I didn’t have any with all of them together sine the two novellas came out.  Now I do.

Need a book to read?  I have a recommendation or five ;)

Seasons of Imagination
The Fireborn
The Halley Branch
Two Novellas: Towards the Light and The Mad Quest


If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of July, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, or some other beverage, warm or cold.  We’ll go out back and sit at the new teak table and enjoy the sun and breeze.  It is a gorgeous day!  I’ve already kayaked for a couple of hours and need to relax.  Were are we?  If the reference to kayaking didn’t clue you in and you missed the photo at the top, we are on Cape Cod.

So, were where we?  A few weeks ago I had a semi-vacation here on the Cape.  Entertaining a hyperactive 10 year old is not really a vacation, but…  And then I went to Ohio to visit family.  I also visited with an old friend.  There was a band concert by the Cleveland Orchestra Band for the 4th at Blossom, along with fireworks.  There was watching eagles and then canoeing at Old Woman’s Creek.  There were many walks in Mill Hollow.  And on and on.  Over all a good visit.

And then it was back to reality.  I spent a lot of time catching up at work (I did work several days in the middle of my “vacation”.)  I had massage on Wednesday. much needed after a month!  I came down to the Cape on Thursday evening and worked here yesterday.  I caught up with two other old friends, at least briefly.

Anyway, I have a lot on my agenda for the day.  I have to get up and start moving again.  I will try to stop by all of the other coffee shares, but no promises.

I hope you are having a great weekend and have a good week ahead!

The Weekend Coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Ali .  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here.

Blogging Break


Some of you may have noticed that I have been mostly missing the last week or so.  I have been away and kept very busy.  Typically I blog through my end-of-June stay on Cape Cod, but this year we had family and so I didn’t have much time.

And then there is the week coming up….

I will be traveling to Ohio, visiting family.  I will not have much opportunity to even look at blog posts let alone post anything.  I will try to answer comments on an almost daily basis, but I can’t promise anything.

I should be back to the blog on Tuesday, July 9.  I’m sure it will take a few days to get back into it!

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week and I wish my American readers a Happy Fourth of July!