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A trace of winter | 25 November 2022

crow standing ankle deep in troubled snow. street and driveway cleared of snow and melting.

I have finally gotten around to doing some writing, again. Household chores to tend to, as well as relaxing to read a lot of books. I am still sleeping a lot and not spending much time at the computer(s). I have found that the Nook devices and iPhone app have a font (OpenDyslexic) that is much easier to read/focus on; using a smaller font size, I read faster and take in more at a glance.

The Thanksgiving Day gathering got moved to yesterday (Saturday) on account of an exposure to Covid (the host/cook for this year) the previous weekend. Her tests came back negative, so all was well in the end. I still could not attend because of the larger gathering, but still don’t feel comfortable after having breathing problems/time in hospital at September’s beginning.

As the tensions recede, and I am feeling more myself, I am sleeping, catching up on rest, and taking it easy for the time being.

I did head out to the front yard, where I got some photos of the leaves uncovered by the warmer days with sunshine. Soon to return to winter-like weather.

Thanks for stopping by! By then I will be more able to offer more than Thanksgiving leftovers. 😀


Natalie the Explorer has included the Weekend Coffee Share schedule through the remainder of the year, and she plans to do the same in the blog posts to the end of the year. This weekend coffee share post can be found here: Toronto Music Garden in Autumn

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various fallen leaves in autumn colors
Before Winter’s Ice & Snow

Good day! We have survived our first major winter storm, here in eastern North Dakota (USA). Winds, rain, sleet, and then some inches of snow over much ice, Hot, black tea or Toddy coffee and very dark chocolate are in order, today.

I got wrapped up in activities, this weekend, including about five hours, counting Salon/Co-working activities on Saturday, Friends Meeting and afterwards on Sunday, and a lot of poetry writing to catch up on. Actually, I had a fantastic time, between researching and the writing itself. What is presentable out of that is on my Quilted Poetry WP blog.

Al has volunteered to add a couple volunteer hours on Monday at the shooting range, and so I will some extra free time during the day.

Best wishes for the new week!

Natalie the Explorer, host of the #weekendcoffeeshare, does a great job! Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkz-Linkup to see all the other shares.

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All at Sea #WeekendCoffeeShare

Jan van Goyen (1596–1656): A Stormy Seascape / Myrskyinen merimaisema / Stormigt hav
by Finnish National Gallery is marked with CC0 1.0 .

Welcome! I’ve both drip and Toddy coffee to offer, this Saturday evening, as well as a freshly brewed pot of English Breakfast tea. Gouda and Jarlsberg cheeses and rice or corn crackers, if you like.

I am surprised that on Day 4 of NaNoWriMo, I had finished only two poems (poem-a-day challenge among my poetry-writing cohorts), so far. I will perhaps be back on track by the end of the weekend.

I am moving back into more physical exercise, I think, but I am doing more pedaling on the elliptical machine than on the dance and dance exercises. That is because I can read and pedal at the same time. While I wait for Tuesday’s ebooks to arrive: The Laran Gambit (Deborah J Ross/Darkover) and Call Me by My True Names (Thich Nhat Hanh), I also think about the poems that I will write tomorrow.

For the time being, I am focusing as much as I can on relaxing and recovering my health. Catching my breath. And tonight, we have been watching the infrared light show across the back fences, two lots down, with enjoyment. That surveillance camera displays a ghostly panorama, ever changing with the dancing fire reflections and fickle breezes. Time to go to sleep…

Best wishes for your week!

Natalie the Explorer – Bay of Fundy: 5 Natural Wonders is where you will find our host’s #WeekendCoffeeShare post. Also, links to other participants’ posts.

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Lingering Autumn, 29 October 2022

The Fallen Leaves

It’s Saturday evening. The weather is temperate, and nobody seems to know whether we have colder/wetter stuff coming in this week or not. I have been looking forward to snowfall. The leaves have fallen from the taller trees, and my Cotoneaster trees have been turning color and the leaves began to fall. One certain harbinger of shifting seasons is the boxelder bugs hanging to the inside of the screen doors, waiting to get the rest of the way inside.

The week has been a bit of a jumble. I have been staying up until the middle of the night reading and playing with the Scampers. Charlie has been staying awake to keep me company. Then we all sleep through the morning wakeup alarm. I missed all of my online “writing dates” in Google Meet. For the Zoom co-working session today (Saturday), I concentrated on washing, drying, and putting away all available items that merited the washer/dryer. Even the quilted hotpads. I only got one poem written, a tanka for the Monday prompt, but not the Sijo for Wednesday. Instead, I looked through my library for books I hadn’t read for many years. (I found myself deleting some of those books, but set aside others so as not to lose track of them again. My tastes in subject and genre have changed a lot!)

I think that as the times come together again, late autumn, winter and into early spring, the energy flows will resonate; and I’ll relax more. I will be happy to return to Standard time, next weekend. For one thing, my Saturday Social/Co-working session will be 1 PM to 2 PM or 3 PM, respectively. More manageable in some ways.

And now I have to wind this up, because Sunday’s schedule has been beaten upon. I did visit and enjoy Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share post earlier. Friday, I think. Loving Life in October 2022.

I am glad you stopped by, today. Even though I am talking to myself, I have in turn you to listen to. Each brightens the day.

Hugs & much love,

Charlie Scamper, 2022-10-25

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#weekendcoffeeshare 2o22 Oct. 21

Morning has slipped into afternoon while I was reading the overnight news. The air quality in eastern North Dakota is being supplied by recent (ongoing?) Washington and Oregon fires. I hope that the weather is more friendly where you are.

A Lazy Morning

I woke up several times during the night for no reason I could determine. The last time, though, the Thaddeus Scamper was sleeping at my side. I turned off the alarm, but then fell back to sleep also.

On Tuesday, I received the ebook edition of Laura Anne Gilman’s Uncanny Times, and so was able read the last few chapters without the magnifying glass. On November eighth, I will have three ebooks arriving from Barnes & Noble: Darkover (Ross), Valdemar (Lackey), and collected poetry by the late Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Time for a nap with the Scampers, now. Link to Natalie’s post and linkup below.

Best regards,

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Rain and a bit of mid-October snow #weekendcoffeeshare

Wet sidewalk from the front steps
Soggy Morning!, by E.W. Bennefeld

Welcome to the dead leaves along the sidewalk and the browning grass. I awakened to the sound of rain on the roof and glancing against the window just behind my head. Thaddeus moved to a “safer” spot below the recliner’s extended footrest, taking the top blanket with him.

I seem to be out of contact with the world, for the most part, between computers that work only when they care to and a cell phone that no longer makes or receives telephone calls during ever lengthening time periods. We will be visiting the local Verizon store to see whether anything at hand is within our price range.

The rest of the afternoon (Friday) was spent in the Verizon store at the mall. Very helpful staff, but two eateries near by, and so lots of foot traffic. I was able to try out the telephone the next morning with a call from my sister in New England. We tried the video calling, which was fun. I got to meet both a dog and a cat. Spent a lot of time visiting.

There was a thunderstorm where the host of this afternoon’s Zoom meet-up lives. And so I have the laundry in progress, but have not gotten a nap. Which I am going to take time for now. Our host Natalie’s weekend coffee share is here: Celebrating 6 Years of Blogging. With the colder weather, the skies seem clearer and the air, cleaner. I don’t know what comes with tomorrow.

Best wishes!

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mother’s favorites
yellow tulips at springtime
lips outlined in red

Copyright © 2020-05-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Good afternoon! The day (Saturday) is clear and cold, but there is promise of a warmer week yet to come before the deep frosts return. The pollen counts are down, and I am breathing more deeply. The smoke in the air, flowing from the North and/or West, comes and goes throughout the hours and days, and that is more variable.

The water’s hot for tea or coffee. I am enjoying the very sharp cheddar cheese. My favorite, and so I’ve saved it for last. It goes well with the gluten-free rice and corn crackers. The other of us went shopping at the grocery store, this weekend, and we now have a good supply of canned goods, as well as milk and fruit.

I feel quite tired, this weekend, and so have spent time reading and taking naps with the Scampers. I did go outside with the camera, where I got a nice shot of the cotoneaster branches with still-clinging leaves to the west of the garden shed. It was in darkness, but for the lamp at the shed door. The leaves are of many colors, brilliant in the darkness and light. I have misplaced the camera since coming indoors. I must remember it on Sunday.

I wrote poems for the Monday and Wednesday prompts from RonovanWrites (dot) com: Not a Clue and Movies of the mind. Movies were not special, since our father was the projectionist at the village movie theater and we got in for free. I was much more absorbed in reading books from the local library and the monthly visit from the county bookmobile. Many books came and went, and I have been quite pleased as more and more of the oldest SF books are reappearing as ebooks on Barnes & Noble.

I attended meeting for worship, this morning, as part of our first hybrid meeting house/Zoom worship. It was scheduled for longer than the Zoom worship has been lasting, so I had to leave before all was done. The Scampers were more than ready for an outing in the back yard and their noontime yogurt meal after that.

I am looking forward to visiting Natalie’s #weekendcoffeeshare post for this weekend, again. Here it is: Eating Out in New Brunswick. I don’t know how it is that time goes by so quickly! I have to put together a meal for myself, now. Best wishes for your week!