Coffee Share 200222

This is a Weekly Coffee Share Essay.
I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, or just about anything else that might be of interest. Here’s mine for the week ending Feb. 22, 2020.
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Good day. It’s great to see you.

I’m going to be very short today because I’m anxious to dig into the main item from my to-do list for today – to write.  Details below.

First, according to my backyard metrics, spring has arrived.  My indisputable indicators are:  the awakening of the lizards and the blossoming off our plumb tree.  These two are the annual kickoff of warmer and sunnier weather and this week I secured both.

Lizards 2 on bricksWe dropped into last fall with 4 small lizards living behind our brick herb garden and 1 big 10″ long guy in the front yard ivy. As of yesterday, I have sighted  3 of the 4 of the small guys (the last one may just be a teenager sleeping in) and my wife surprised the front yard guy on her way to work 2 days back.

alligator lizard

neem oilThe plum tree is now in full bloom but some sort of curly leaf problem has been troubling it so yesterday, I gave it a good spray over with neem oil which kills a wide spectrum of small nasty things.

I love this stuff.  It saved a favorite front yard tree from two rude assaults from black aphid armadas.  These things can suck a soft wood tree dry of the sap of life, but any contact with neem oil takes them right out of the gene pool.

Anyway, my two metrics are satisfied and spring has arrived here in southern edge of northern California.  The plum tree in particular,  is beautiful and I’m hopeful for better harvest of yummy plum later in the season.

plum tree 3b

Then, an update on my job.  Last weekend I noted that my division has been reorged and I’m loosing one of my customers to take on some number of new ones.  Well the customer I was supposed to loose complained loudly and we had to rewind that decision.  Nice to be wanted – I think, but this does mean that I get to continue working with a lot of people I really enjoy.  This next week, I’ll be meeting and talking with my new manager to see how this is going to work.  I remain optimistic.

What I’m really excited about is the experimental story I’m working on with a peer.  It will be chapter 2 of the the Teancoff Dumbwaiter Mystery.


The reason I’m so jazzed is that today should be almost free of distractions and the latest version my partner in word-craft gave me inspired what I think will be the rest of the plot.  I don’t want to say much here, because the work events of the week have prevented me from chatting with my partner about it, but I think it will appeal and be a fun read.  Okay, okay. Maybe just a teaser.

Do you recall the basic idea?  It’s simple.  It merges fictional characters with two (in this case) real characters, me and my (yet to be named) partner, and takes us through a story placed at my fictional tea and coffee cafe, Tamara’s Teancoff Cafe.

Tamara owns the cafe.  When she and I discover a hidden, long forgotten dumb waiter in the loft area above the cafe, we run the box compartment down to see if it works and maybe figure out where in the cafe it comes out so she can use it as part of a remodel to add more floor space, but the dumbwaiter doesn’t stop at the ground floor, but keeps going down – a long way down.

So what the heck is down there and how do we find out?  I’m too big for dumbwaiter box and Tamara – there is no way she’ll do it because, well, I think she’s just claustrophobic and chicken, but if you tell her I said that – I’ll deny even knowing you. . .

On the other hand, I have a writer friend who has an adventurous spirit who will fit in the box.  S/he agrees to put on a head lamp and crawl aboard.  You’ll have to check out the story to see what when the [Down] button is pushed.  You’ll hear both our voices and enjoy the thoughts and reactions of two writers on a weird adventure.

I was hoping for each chapter to abide by my 2000 word limit for all the previous items in my story collection but I already have way over that for this second chapter, so I doubt it will ever get down to 2000.  It’s a different kind of story than my regular project work so I’m not going to fight with this rule much and just focus on making it fun and surprising and good exposure for my partner. Stay tuned and wish me luck for today.  I hope to have it ready for you very soon.

I hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think.

Thanks for your visit.  I’ll be by to check out your coffee share shortly – if you have one.


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8 thoughts on “Coffee Share 200222

  1. I do hope that you will share a picture of your plum tree later in the season when it is full bloom! It is really pretty. Can’t wait to read the new piece, sounds like it will be a lot of fun to read…. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Gary, congratulations for the Spring arrival! Our weather in NE Florida keeps going back and forth. True Spring shouldn’t be long now. I like the Quick links feature at the bottom of your site’ it works much better for me in finding your most recent Coffee Shares! Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Pamela.
      I think you mean at the top of my site and thanks for the feedback. I know some readers are using it but you’re the first to mention it. I like it too and it’s easy to maintain.
      I was working on a story this morning and had a scare when it looked like WP dumped all my work from yesterday. I rebooted and checked the history feature and thankfully found a checkpoint that had everything so I was saved from redoing 5+ hrs of work.
      I’m really liking it and am anxious to share it with you. My day job really killed my progress for the past few weeks and it feels great to be weaving words again.

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  3. This time of the year is my favourite in Northern California. Facebook reminded me about starting to plan a garden, which I always did about now when I lived in California. Here it is a little later..usually, it has been too warm for the season here. We’ve had almost no snow, very little, which is unusual. This week the kids found lingonberries when we visited the forest. That is way out of season. Your plum tree is beautiful 🙂 Thank you for the coffee, and best of luck with your writing projects, and all the things that are happening at work.

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  4. Glad the great re-org is shaping up nicely, it’s great to know when one is appreciated and that the work put it building rapport is not without notice… Kudos

    Interesting story idea who’s love to see how evolves


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