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If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of May, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in.  I’ll get a mug of strong French/Sumatra roast blend, a cuppa tea, some juice or whatever.  It is sunny, but a little chilly out there.  Don’t worry, it will warm up.  There might even be thunderstorms this afternoon. And were are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being taken in New Hampshire.

The big thing to talk about is the return of Spring.  The trees have leafed out nicely.  Everything is very green, except where there are flowers.  I mowed the lawn.  I’ve worn shorts most of last week.  Spring has Sprung.  If it wasn’t for the roads looking like a war zone, you would never know that we had winter.

Work was, well, not as busy as it has been, but still very busy. Continue reading

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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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of April, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of a strong French Roast/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea of other beverage.  The sun is out!  It is relatively warm and going to get a little warmer!  So we may have to make this short – the world is calling, no, screaming my name, right now.  And where in the world are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo as being in New Hampshire.

First weather.  It was cold on Sunday and didn’t really warm up the way it was supposed to, it just stayed cold. The rain was supposed to hit in the evening and warm thing up, but it hit overnight and left two or three inches of slushy white stuff.  All though it rained hard all day Monday, the snow didn’t go away, just got messier.  It was a little warmer the rest of the week, but it was mostly cloudy so felt cold.  It also snowed a little on Thursday morning.  The ground was coated for a few hours.  Yesterday was warmer (50 F/10 C), but because of the clouds and wind it felt frigid.  today though…  And the forecast…  We may have Spring yet!

And I did see daffodils.  Here is the proof: 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 March, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of a strong Sumatra roast, a cuppa tea (many varieties), a mug of hot cocoa or other beverage.  It looks like it is going to be a lovely early Spring day out there.  Perhaps a little cool and too much snow on the ground, but sunny and, well, Spring.  Where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from Ireland New Hampshire.  Yes, I know, three weeks in a row.

Why am I in New Hampshire when I promised to be on Cap Cod?  We received our fourth Nor’easter in a row this week that hit at the time I was supposed to be traveling.  Up here in NH it was pretty much a non-event, but there was snow on the road on the way down.  I just didn’t want to risk it, so I wimped out.

This week I wrote a 15K story (novella?) that I’d been planning for a while.  I am a 100% panster.  Usually.  But I did do a little background work on this.  If I can bank it into shape you will see it in the short story book I plan on releasing in the late Autumn. Continue reading

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

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome.  Come in out of the cold and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa piping hot tea or perhaps some hot cocoa.  It seems that winter has returned.  Actually, it was cold last night and won’t get very warm today, but it will be the next few days that will be the return of January.  I’m talking 8 F/ -13 C.  The good news is that they have removed the next Nor’easter, set for Wednesday, off of the forecast.  I hope it stays gone!  So where are we?  Some of you may realize by the photo that we are in New Hampshire again today.

So we had another storm on Tuesday.  Yep, another 18 inches of snow.  There was a dusting over night into Thursday.  I think we’ve had more snow in March than the rest of the winter combined.  Hopefully that’s the end.

Work was pretty busy.  A lot going on as usual. 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 Were Having Coffee on the 10th of February, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a mug of very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea (we have a variety) a mug of cocoa or other beverage.  It is funny, out.  The sky is grey and it feels like snow.  We did get a dusting over night.  but it is supposed to get relatively warm today.  And were are we?  Some of you may recognize that mug and synthesizer at the top of the page as living in new Hampshire.

Week:  Work.  Play.  Eat.  Sleep.  Questions? ;)

I read The Halley Branch out loud and made a lot of little changes (wording, etc.).  I am calling the 4th draft finished.  I like were I am, but I may need to go back and cut some redundant stuff.  It all makes sense the way it is, but I do repeat myself.  Sometimes I do it on purpose.  Other times, well,it is just how it works out.  So I need to see if I can cut down a bit (I’m at 100K words…).  That, the trimming, will be my next draft. 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