The week has gone by fast, changing weather (winter storms, spring melts, ice, &c.), some cleaning, some writing, and a family get-together, today, across the river in Minnesota. If we were having coffee together, this evening, there would be a lemony dessert to share along with tea or coffee or hot cocoa. Also, plain Greek Yogurt with thawed strawberries, if you’re in want of a dessert with substance to it.
We had an early dinner with the family; it is fun to celebrate holidays when children are included in the gathering. They change so rapidly. And we came home with enough leftover ham to support scrambled eggs for two for more than a few days. I ate sensibly, and with good result. It was also good to return home and play with the puppies before they had to go to bed.
I have not always enjoyed gathering with family for holidays. I am much less tired, these days, however. More sleep, better diet, and for the time being a lack of stress. Enjoying it while we can. 😀
Saturday: New Snowfall (3-4 inches)
Friday: Exercising Outdoors
Tuesday: Asleep with his Beaver
The Scampers, Their First Summer
Some photographs from the past week, and one photo from the past, taken during the Scampers’ first July.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I decided to take part in the National Poetry Month’s NaPoWriMo2018, in which I will try to write at least one poem a day during April. My first poem is on myQuiet Spaces blog. I may not publish all of the poems that I wrote during the month, but I do hope that I would remember to post the title, at least, even if I don’t make it available on my blog.
I hope that you have had a good week and weekend. And thanks for stopping by!
Good afternoon! I am happy that you have stopped by for coffee. I’ve got Toddy coffee concentrate, and also hot brewed Folgers that I put on for Al, this morning. I’ve had my coffee with breakfast (Toddy concentrate with milk), and am now enjoying a cup of Oolong tea.
If we were having coffee together, this weekend, I would share my hassles in getting back on-line and setting up the (remaining and new) computers so that I can access files and web sites—not working out exactly as I’d hoped, but possible in the interim—and get some actual creative work done. My remaining desktop computer, a Lenovo IdeaCentre, has a very small HD and is not adequate to hold my photograph archives. The little Lenovo 2-in-1 is more of a tablet with a detachable keyboard, and the place-holder I purchased (on sale at Best Buy) has only a solid state drive with less usable space than my most recent flash drive.
In the midst of all else, by computer printer, an HP inkjet which I also used for work before I retired, quit printing legible copy, and no print head cleaning or realignment resulted in any slow–down of ongoing deterioration. I am back to going through the pre-Christmas sales advertisements.
The one thing that I have accomplished to my satisfaction is getting all of my email accounts to work on the desktop with SMTP, so that I have both local and web copies of my mail. My next priority is to rearrange the files on my backup external HD’s so as to clean off at least one of the largest external HDs for comprehensive photo archiving.
For the Photo Challenge prompt at WordPress, this week, I posted a photo without poem or commentary: Ascend into Heaven. I managed to write a few poems, this week, which I posted on my Quilted Poetry blog: Steam and Rivers, a tanka for last Monday’s Ronovan Writes Haiku challenge and Evening Silence, which contains both a tanka and a prose poem.
You can see that I live a very dull life, here. Computers and medical tests. And books. Currently, I am rereading the Samaria series by Sharon Shinn, one of my most favorite authors. Immediately previous to that, I read her series, Elemental Blessings. I count the Samaria books as science fiction, but those in the Elemental Blessings series are definitely fantasy and just as much fun. I finished my reread of L. E. Modesitt Jr.‘s science fiction books earlier last week with The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue with Winds and Accompaniment. I have now returned to rereading the Imager Portfolio series and am awaiting the next volume with all eagerness. I have not yet finished the second volume of Francis Fukuyama’s Political Order books. Too disheartened, I think, to see things playing out in the world as it is.
I would mention that on Friday, Al drove with his siblings and others to the Twin Cities for his uncle’s funeral. The weather was not as bad as expected, and they were able to spend much time visiting while they were there. They also stopped along the way to and from for meals and conversation among themselves. Still no sign of an obituary for cousin Nora. I do wish that I had contact information for that branch of the family in Washington state. I am grateful that we were able to visit a while when she was back in Minnesota in September for her mother’s funeral. The first time in decades!
While Al is working his volunteer shift, this afternoon, I have washed some of the dishes and put a chuck arm roast into the oven. I am considering taking a nap until the oven timer goes off. 💤
I am adding a link to Alli’s Eclectic Alli web site, where I will be adding my link for Weekend Coffee Share. Unless I hit the wrong button and delete this entire post again!
If we were having coffee together, this afternoon, I would admit that I’ve been drinking Toddy coffee, strong, all day. Today’s allergy index for today is 11.4 on a scale of 1 to 12, and strong, hot coffee is a great help in clearing my breathing passages. If that coffee is too strong for you, let me know! I can add cold milk or a couple of ice cubes to it. I am remiss, not having offered cheese, fruit, or gluten-free crackers to go with the coffee.
I am so late with this blog post that I’m using it for the beginning of September, rather than the second week in August. I have not, at least, missed this weekend entirely.
If we were having coffee together, this afternoon, we would have to be quiet. My husband has gone back to bed to read, taking the entire day off from working on the woodworking shop in the back yard. He took the cookies with him, and they’re all gone, now. Hence, the crackers and cheese. He and I have made much progress with siding and soffits, but got off track, the past few days, with errands and grocery shopping.
If we were having coffee together, today, I would admit to you that I also have taken the day off, pretty much, and spent a lot of time in the back yard with the Scampers and the camera. Although I’ve enjoyed taking photographs of the flowers, other items have drifted in on the breezes.
Is it morning already?
What’s Out There?,
But I don’t *want* to come out!
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I have been enjoying the WordPress self-directed Writing course: Finding Everyday Inspiration (see my blog at TheWrittenWord.net), but I’ve gotten behind. My hang-up is the word “critique”. I cannot think of anything that I am thoroughly enough grounded in that I have the expertise to critique it. I do recall that I was one of the two people in my Literary Criticism class in college to receive an “A” for the course. (Both of us were taking the course for Philosophy rather than English credit, much to the disgust and amazement of the professor teaching the course.) Anyway, I may give in and write a “review” of something, just to get that day’s assignment off my back.
If we were having coffee together, I would mention that I have redone my “Art of Disorder” blog, changing the majority of my posts before this summer from Public to Private. I expect to be doing WordPress and other challenges there (except for poetry challenges, which will mostly remain at QuiltedPoetry.net, where the rest of my poetry rough drafts are.)
Speaking of poetry, if we were having coffee, this afternoon, I would tell you that I received an email from the person who is leading the Introduction to Japanese Poetry, welcoming me and confirming the start date. That would be the eleventh of this month. I do intend to have the Finding Everyday Inspiration course finished up before than.
Thank you for stopping by for coffee, this afternoon. The Scampers have gone out with my husband to look over the workshop project. I expect that I may be called upon again to help with lifting and carrying, once he’s decided on today’s “To Do” list.
I invite you to stop by the blog of our host, Diana, at Part Time Monster Blog, where you will find her weekend post and a Link button leading to URLs for posts from other Weekend Coffee Share folk. (Or if the Link button isn’t working yet, check #weekendcoffeeshare on WordPress, Twitter, &c.)
The weekend—this past week—has been cluttered, and I have lost my way in the midst of it all. I’d welcome the chance to sit down with you for coffee and hear about how your week has progressed. Toddy coffee, here, and carrot sticks. Also, Tetley tea (black and strong) and a pitcher of filtered water in the refrigerator.
I have been escaping to enjoy taking photographs in the wildflower garden and to put in miles on my exercise bike, which lives in the screened-in gazebo in the back yard. While there still are lots of weeds in the back yard, I am making progress in getting them pulled, now that the plants that I wanted in the garden are getting large enough to identify.
WIldflower in my Garden (Coreopsis?), by Lizl Bennefeld, 2017-07-08
Bee in the Garden, 8:34 a.m.
Hoverfly & California Poppy
Poppy & Hoverfly (Close-up, 2017-07-08)
California Poppy, Lizl Bennefeld (2017-07-07)
Plains Coreopsis, Lizl Bennefeld (2017-07-07)
Forget Me Not wildflowers, Lizl Bennefeld (2017-07-08)
Lady Bug, Sunday Morning Walk
Much progress has been made on the backyard workshop, and I’m being called upon less often to lift and carry, now that the doors and windows close. And there have been fewer storms and fewer branches being blown into our yard. The Scampers adjusted quickly to the noises of the Independence Day celebrations here in town. Even when the fireworks sounded loud enough to be just outside our own door. I guess the process of accustoming the dogs to the fierce thunderstorms has added benefits. I have high hopes for getting through this fall’s fireworks association convention and demonstrations that rock the house even from the next town over, without even keeping the dogs awake.
I finally remembered to order refills on the Scampers’ Flea and Tick pills, this weekend. As it turns out, the website we order from keeps a copy of the vet’s approval and our orders, so all I have to do is click the correct medications and fill in my gift card number of the month.
This has been a “keep busy” week, and I have been putting in a lot of time on the elliptical machine (living room) and the exercise bike (gazebo), which has been bringing down my blood glucose level. Although I forgot to take my medication, this morning (not the first or second time, this week). Seems, however, that my numbers are staying down even so, and I expect that sticking to my diet and exercising help with that.
I must share with you that I have made no progress on getting together socially with anyone here in town. Although a poet friend (an acquaintance, I suppose, really) found that she would be stopping here on her way to a wedding in central Minnesota. She’d never before visited North Dakota, but has relatives in the same town in which I live. I found that I very much enjoyed visiting with her about her poetry activities and family history and current events. I do not recall the last time I offered to fix a meal for a guest. I spoke with … someone, grief counselor or diabetes educator, about my needing to make contact and form some relationships with people locally. I wonder, now, as I find I’ve gotten out of the habit over these many decades.
Happy that you have stopped by, and I am looking forward to visiting other blogs, as I am able, on the #WeekendCoffeeShare circuit. I understand that both NerdintheBrain.com (Emily) and PartTimeMonsterblog.com (Diana) have links to the Linkz page where the participants in Weekend Coffee Share are placing their links, this weekend. Diana is taking over as host, again, after her needed time off.
Hope that you’re enjoying life! I plan to visit again soon!