Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A contest? Really? Stay tuned for details

I’m thinking of running a small contest to help us get through the rest of winter.  I played with the idea of “Win Crap from my Closet” but common sense prevailed. This is a wiser choice:

Photo of black over shoulder slingbag

It’s a small shoulder sling bag, big enough to hold a phone, id, change and maybe a small camera. Lots of zippered pockets to squirrel things away. It came from one of those online order companies that flash by on FB. I ordered a couple of things to see if the products were as good looking as they appeared.  I was surprised the overall quality. Well made, lightweight and perfect for outings where you don’t want to lug something heavy around.  

I’m sorting out details on how to make sure the draw is random – first, no friends, relatives or relatives of friends will be eligible.  I’m testing a few randomizers out, mostly because I don’t want to collect email addresses and need an easy way to make sure the draw is fair. I also need to think about how to smack away the asinine spammers.

Initially, I thought it would be open to Toronto residents only because the bulk of the site is about Toronto. But I’m wavering on that. I’ll look into the logistics of shipping it abroad and let you know, plus how to enter (of course).

I’ll post better photos when I’ve sorted stuff out. Stay tuned for details.


I'm back baby & excuses, excuses, excuses

Time has not been kind lately. Between work and helping someone through cancer treatment and surgery, there just hasn’t been as much time as I wanted to post here. But … things are on the upswing and my friend is now safely at Bridgepoint rehab to gain their strength back and being prepared for home.  Bitter Grounds had to be put aside for awhile because there are some things that are more important than writing.

As of this week, I’ll be back on a partial posting schedule so look for new content. I have a ton of photos to share, I’ve begun plotting out the first Mapping Toronto field trip and I have been writing a number of articles in my little book so - I have content!

So what’s coming? Here’s a short list:

  • Review of the many new extensions showing up for Edge browser
  • A few Android app reviews
  • Review of Grammarly for Word
  • Meanderings about helping my friend during the last year.
  • Photos, photos, photos. I lugged the camera around much of the last month and was able to get some smashing ahora. Just sorting through them. You can wander over to my Instagram or Facebook page (link on the right) to see some of the photos
  • Going to restart posts about interesting finds at upcoming stamp auctions
  • Re-editing Dear Donna – I’ve finished the novel and redid a few chapters

If you look that way -> you’ll see a sight unseen by readers -  the real me. It was time to retire the venerable cat icon and give the magazine a far more personal feel.  It’s an older photo, but that’s one my friends will instantly recognize.  One day I’ll pop for a real haircut and stop shearing it off myself, but don't hold your breath.  And no, that’s a good English ale in my hands, not an espresso.  Even I can’t handle that much caffeine. 

Back in a day or two with new posts. 


Just a quick howdy

I've been up to my eyeballs in non-blog related matters and haven't had time to keep up with the backlog of articles I have partially prepared for Bitter Grounds. Things have straightened around (a bit) and I'll be back posting this week. I keep Instagram/FB sites fresh with new photos so you can head off there to see what I will be working on - there's always time to toss up a couple photos.

Hopefully after tomorrow, my schedule will be back on track.  

Well this seems ominous

Does this mean I should cancel my plans for the weekend?

Photot of a sign that reads "If you're reading this, it's too late"

It was a brilliant idea - now if only I could remember what it was

This Post-it has been stuck to my desk for months:

 Post-it note with the word "epiphany" written on it

The first part is easy - it's a site I wanted to look up. Not a clue what the epiphany moment was. I remember thinking "THAT'S BRILLIANT" (with multiple exclamation points required) and then the second thought was a fatal "Oh I'll remember this". I keep it on my desk in the vain hope I'll actually remember what the earth shattering idea was. It's really bugging the shit out of me. I'm at that awkward age where I keep pretending my memory is as elastic as it was at 18. If it was, I wouldn't have 6 notepads half started with scribbled little notes. And yes, I do have 6 notepads on the go. I keep leaving them all over the city and have to start a new one when I can't find the old one. When I retrieve the misplaced notepad, usually a friend or customer sends me a note about it, I put it in the pile until it's rotation comes back up.  

Was I going to change the world? Would it lead to enlightenment? Or maybe it was the perfect espresso ratio? Whatever it was, it's lost for ever.

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

- Albert Camus

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