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If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of May

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of super strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage.  After weeks of odd weather, it is perfect today!  It had been cold and wet for a few weeks, and then this week it turned hot, like 95 F/35 C.  Today and for the next few days, it will be nice and comfortable with cold nights – great for sleeping!  Not that I slept well last night, but that’s another story for another time.  Anyway, where am I?  By the photo at the top you may guess that I am in New Hampshire this weekend.

So, work was ultra-busy.  Enough said ;)  OK, just a few words.  In ways, being busy is better than bored.  And at least I have work, and a very good job at that.  And it is challenging and I have to continue to grow and stretch myself.  What happens to people as the age if work no longer challenges or stretches them, make them grow?  Does their mind atrophy?  Their work muscles shrivel?   Hmmm.  I don’t want to find out… Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 6th of May

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the pouring rain and dry off.  Here, I’ll get you a large mug of very strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa.  If you are visiting after lunch I might be able to find a nip of something to warm you up ;)  Yesterday was wet, cold and miserable.  Today is starting as a repeat, but it will be much warmer (over 20 degrees F warmer).  I’m sure you are asking where it is so wet and nasty.  Well, pretty much the eastern half of the US, from what I’ve heard, but, as some of you may be able to tell by that Moog Voyager and coffee cup at the top, I’m in New Hampshire today.

I wasn’t in New Hampshire for most of the week.  If you read last week’s coffee post, you know I was on Cape Cod over the weekend.  I came home to NH on Sunday, but flew out on Monday.  I had some training to do for work down in Washington, DC.  The training was all day Tuesday and Wednesday and I flew home on Thursday.  It was a nice class and I did get a lot out of it.  I wish I could do more of those types of classes.  In fact, I’d like to do more classes of any type… Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 29th of April

Hello and welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a nice mug of French Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a nice, if grey, day out there and we need some refreshment before we go explore!  Many of you who have visited me for coffee in the past may see that picture at the top and know that we are on Cape Cod this weekend.

This was a nice week.  Work was ultra-busy, but I took a couple of days off.  Yes, this is spring break for me!  I’ve kayaked, run, walked on the beach (a couple of them), walked in the woods, eaten sea food, etc., etc.  I’ve read a bit and did some blogging down here, but I haven’t done as much writing or editing as I should.  Too much going on! Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the Earth Day, 2017

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in!  I know, it’s still a little raw out there.  It isn’t going to be a hot day by any stretch, but hopefully the sun will shine and burn some of the moisture off.    At least it isn’t snow! Oh, in case you couldn’t tell by the photo, we are in New Hampshire this week.

It’s been a busy week and it seems like I never had a chance to sit down.  Work was very busy and it seemed like there was something every evening at home, but I really don’t remember what.

It is Spring, and everyone is happy about that!  We had some warm weather, but after a week, I had to turn the heat on again.  Nobody is happy about that, except that we aren’t freezing our behinds off.  Puppies have wanted to be outside 100% of the time, so I’ve taken them a little more than usual, but I do have to have some inside time! Continue reading

Expectations

In the 80s

Expectations, or when drunken girls turn nerds into heroes….

I was reading a post by Lisa on “Zen and Pi” when an ancient memory came back, one I haven’t thought of, mostly likely since it happened all of those years ago.  First, I want to say that I don’t want to downplay her (Lisa’s) serious post with this bit of silliness, but there was something in there that brought this up.

One weekend night during my Senior year of college, one of my roommates and I went out drinking.  This was Ohio State, so this was a very big past-time 😉 All of the nightclubs were off of the southeast corner, while we lived off of the northeast corner of campus.  This is a huge campus…

We were both Introverts.  I don’t know about other college age Introverts, but back then I often had trouble going to clubs, though I did it all of the time.  The sensory overload makes my brain turn off.  I see all of the excitement around me and want to join, but don’t know where to start.  Back then it too often ended up with one or two too many beers.  No, I wouldn’t get sick or falling down drunk or anything like that (not often), but I might be a little more than just slightly tipsy. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 15th of April, 2017

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come in out of the… oops, sorry, it’s colder inside than outside.  I turned off the heat the other day when it was so warm (in the 80s F and upper 20s C).  I can’t turn it on yet, even though it has been cold at night, so the house is frigid…  It has been beautiful, though, and today will be warm so I can open windows.  Tomorrow may hit 80F (27 C) and so the house should get nice and warm, though I might have to turn the heat on again :(  Oh, you are asking where I am?  If you’ve been here before, you may recognize that photo of the beautiful synthesizer as having been taken up in new Hampshire.

Work was busy, but not insane.  We may get to insane levels later, but for now it is workable.

I got some stuff done around the house.  Mostly it’s been getting the house ready for spring.  I removed the plastic from a few windows so I could open them (see here for what I am talking about).  I put away the humidifiers and some of the space heaters.  Switched winter wardrobe for summer (I have a large cedar chest that keeps 6-months of off season clothes).  Other such stuff. Continue reading

Music That Means Something – Recap!

Pyschodelic Music

I recently finished the “Music That Means Something” challenge.

Don’t know this challenge?  Here is the basic idea:

Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)
Post the name of the song and a video.
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge.  –>Well…, All of you! :)

I was “volunteered” by Sue Vincent ;) And I did it my way (like Frank, both Zappa and Sinatra).  Because of that, I felt I needed a little nightcap.  Uhm, I mean I need a little recap….

Here is the Intro I did for this.

And here is the list, with links, of posts:

First, you’ll noticed I chose entire albums, not songs.  I also posted videos instrumentals (OK, since I ended up posting the entire of Shine on You Crazy Diamond there were lyrics). Continue reading

Music That means Something – Day 1

Pyschodelic Music

This is Day one!  I’ll tell what album I chose in a minute.  Look here for my intro.

Don’t know this challenge?  Here is the basic idea (which I’ll semi-ignore):

Post a song a day for five consecutive days. (will do, well album, not song)
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional) (nope – instrumental)
Post the name of the song and a video. (will do – a song from the album)
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge. (Well…, All of you)

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Sometime when I was five or six years old I visited some cousins on my dad’s side of the family.  I’ll admit now that I’m not 100% of exactly when it happened and believe it may have been two different visits, but there were two albums that I fell in love with.  One, which if it was two visits would be the second visit, I remember very well hearing it the first time, asking questions and all (next post).  The other, must have been the first visit and I don’t remember much about it, but my mom tells me that I was completely entranced and made them play it over and over and over…

My mom ended up buying the album for my brother for Christmas.  It is possible it was that same year, in which case I would have been five.  I quickly learned all of the words and listened non-stop to the instrumentals.

So when other kids my age were singing itsy-bitsy spider, I was singing about child abuse, pedophilia, bullying, tripping on acid, cult-religions, etc., etc.  Have you guessed it yet? Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of April

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of French Roast, a cuppa tea, some cocoa or whatever you need (within reason ;) ).  It is a nice early Spring day.  The sun is shining and the wind is blowing.  It will be semi-warm, though still coat or jacket weather.  And where am I?  Long time readers may recognize the photo as being on Cape Cod, where I am today.

After the April Fools snow storm up in New Hampshire, things started to warm up and become more springlike.  The trend is going to continue – I see temperatures up to 80 F/27 C in New Hampshire coming up this week.  As a point of reference, we spent most of the month of March below freezing.  I’ve seen a few flowers, there are a lot of birds, I even heard peepers yesterday (on Cape Cod)!  The Osprey have returned to Cape Cod, as have other migratory birds.  and the ground is no longer frozen.  It is spring!

I took a long walk on the beach this morning.  It was very windy and not my nicest beach walk this year, but I still enjoyed it.  Yesterday, I had a long walk in the woods with the dogs.  That’s when I heard the spring-peepers.  Today I’ll spend as much time outside as possible. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on April Fool’s Day 2017!

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and shake or brush all of the crud off.  Yeah, it’s nasty.  It’s not really cold, but if it water based and can come out of the sky, it’s doing it today.  Get your mind out of the gutter!  I’m talking rain, sleet, snow and other such nastiness.  Oh, so when you said “Flock of Seagulls” you were talking about the 1980’s New Wave band and not what a mess they would leave on the patio?  OK, but the New Wave band might leave a mess too…  Anyway, back on topic, you may ask yourself, where is that beautiful house?  Oh, sorry, I’m still stuck on new Wave (Talking heads that time).  To answer the question, those in the know realize that the Moog Minimoog Voyager in the picture at the top is up in New Hampshire.

 

I’ll start with the obvious – Mother Nature is playing a cruel April Fool’s joke on Northern New England.  Right now we have about 4″/ 10 cm or wet, heavy snow and ice pellets on the ground.  They are calling for up to a foot (30 cm), but I think we might miss it.  But then again, it is supposed to continue until 6 PM and it is only 8 AM, so I guess it is possible…  It is right at freezing right now and won’t go below, so it’s a “warm” snow.  Yuck snow.  It will be warmer in the middle of the week and there will be rain, so hopefully it won’t last long.  I want flowers! Continue reading