Good morning. It is already Saturday here in sunny Prescott, Arizona. It is 51 degrees F/ 10 C AGAIN! It’s perfect for a cup of steamy hot coffee mocha or tea. We could even go on the patio where I removed most of the vestiges of summer this week.

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This Week’s Nutshell News

  • Nutter Butter didn’t have to get put to sleep. He is still a sick kitty, but no fluid in his abdomen and chest, so he has a chance of survival. He’s soon to be my million-dollar kitty. Rooting for Humana for Animals!
  • We are 1/3 of the way through hosting our small group at church called, Better Together. Discussions were lively and everyone except the couple that told us they were traveling came back. YAY!
  • My car has a new battery.
  • I was dismissed from jury duty yesterday.

No Books Completed This Week

I’m still working on Doug Jacquier’s newest book, On the Verge of Extinction. You can get a free Kindle edition, and I’m sure he would appreciate the review. I read a story or two at night before I go to bed – the first time. One of his stories in that book was featured on Story Chat – November Story Chat – “Brooching the Subject” by Doug Jacquier. His stories are very dry and very funny. Click on his name to read a recent short short story.

Thursday Trios

Mama Cormier hosts this fun challenge each week. It’s easy to participate, just take pictures of anything in groups of three.

Blogger Meetup in Meyer, Arizona

Last month was such a wealth of blogger friends, pardon me for continuing to dwell in the past. I took over 1100 pictures in September and I’m still processing them all. I have taken next to none this month! As you may remember, I met the group from Jodie’s Touch of Style.

L to R: Leslie, Jodie, Charlotte

The restaurant in Meyer, Arizona is under new ownership and is making a name for itself. The cabins are cleaned and modernized (in a cowboy way.) The restaurant serves delicious food – which we had with delicious conversations on September 15. We want to get together again next month, if possible. If any of you Arizona residents or wanna bees are interested in getting together, let me know. For more trios click here.

Flowery Favorites

I was not as impressed with the Portland Rose Garden as I had hoped I would be – spoiled by Woodlake and all the time and love I poured into it. To be fair, fall is not the best time of the year for roses in California or Oregon. The most prolific blooms come in the spring. For more beautiful flower pictures from Cee and her FOTD followers click here.

Thursday Doors in the Nick of Time

Dan Antion hosts Thursday Doors. You have until Saturday noon to get yours posted. I’m barely going to make it, I think. While Dan is driving around Pittsburg, I wanted you to see some of the beauty of the PNW (Pacific Northwest). Trees rather than the doors made from them are the main interest in Portland.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge

I love this week’s theme of motorcycles. I don’t have any bikes or trikes from last month. Here are pictures from Cellar Creekside. For more from Cee and her fans click here.

This post is written for Natalie the Explorer’s Weekend Coffee Share. All of the pictures are cell pictures processed in either Adobe Bridge or Classic Lightroom. To know more about cell pics see John Steiner’s weekly post, Cell Pic Sunday.


70 responses to “Chocolate Coffee Just Through the Door”

  1. Kirstin Avatar

    Glad your kitty is doing okay..I’m a week behind in commenting on blogs so hopefully he is still doing okay. Yay for being dismissed from Jury duty!! I took several pictures of some cool doors while on vacation so maybe one of these thursdays I’ll try for the Thursday doors post. Those are awesome photos.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Kirstin. Doors make an interesting composition and are as varied as people are. Nutter Butter is hanging in there, but is still pretty sick. He hates taking his medicine.

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  2. Wind Kisses Avatar

    PS. Happy Nutter Butter is hanging on.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Donna. He’s not doing great, and he hates his medicine, but I’m making him stick to his diet and take his meds. So I have my fingers crossed.

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  3. Wind Kisses Avatar

    Such a nice collect from your travels. You brought favorite challenges together no nicely. I loved your doors this week. Reminded me of “home” too.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Donna. It’s a lesson in something, I’m not sure what. 🙂

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  4. aana Avatar

    Chocolate coffee with a huge of inception thoughts is also a wonderful experience to go through and work more.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, indeed. Coffee does spark thinking, doesn’t it, Aana?

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      1. aana Avatar

        Yes, exactly.

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  5. Gary A Wilson Avatar

    I do think it would be a lot of fun to get together with bloggers I’ve come to know. This has to be the big downside of making friends from around the globe.
    Great post Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      True, it is expensive to travel to the opposite ends of the earth to see people. But well worth it.

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  6. Gift N. T. Avatar

    I was out of the blog world for a while and as I’m catching up, I’m sending Nutter Butter and you all my very best wishes and strength.

    I love all the photos too, especially the little human decorations at the restaurant. Also love the doors you showed us, Marsha! Halloween/fall doors in the US are something I wish to see with my own eyes one day. I’ve never been a fan of spiders, but the fake ones for Halloween decorations are fun and photogenic.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Glad you are back, Gift. Life gets busy for all of us, and you are wise to manage your blogging rather than burning out. Thanks for your kind words and thoughts for Nutter Butter. He’s back in the hospital today. We’re looking for another step.

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  7. Mthobisi Magagula Avatar

    This is a stellar blog post and nice Images of the flowers there. I am glad you had a nice time with the other bloggers at the meet up spot🔥🔥🔥😍😍

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  8. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    We really need to set up another meetup and go explore one of the museums in your area. I know the holidays can be busy, but lets at least get something on the calendar even if it’s in January!!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Sounds good. Suggest a date and I’ll put it out there.

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      1. Jodie Avatar
        Jodie

        How does Thursday Jan. 12 sound?? Lesley works Mon-Wed, and I was thinking that the drive would be easier on a Thursday. But we are open that Sat. or Sunday too.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It would be better on a week day rather than a weekend, I imagine. I’ll set it up for 10:00 to see a museum, do lunch, then some window shopping. There are some darling used clothing stores, one in particular I know you will love. Hopefully there won’t be snow. We will know in plenty of time if there is going to be any.

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  9. Mama Cormier Avatar

    Your trio of friends is delightful and the cowboy decor in the restaurant looks like fun. I love the roses as well. So gorgeous and I almost missed that the last rose shot was also a trio. Good eye, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I cropped it, or I would have missed it, too. 🙂

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  10. Maria Avatar

    Meeting bloggers in real life is so much fun, I’ve met up with several and I’ve never been disappointed. Some of them have become close friends IRL. Your weather sounds perfect 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Maria. I would say that my blogger meetups have earned me friends IRL, for sure. It’s one of those wonderful gifts of blogging. 🙂

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  11. Susanne Avatar

    So glad to hear about your cat! I hope he gets better soon. Lovely photos – my favourites are those from the rose garden. I hope to find a rose garden around here eventually.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I adore roses, not so much the thorns. They need so much work that I guess the fact that they need me draws me to them even more. I wanted to get my pruning shears and deadhead while I was there. 🙂

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  12. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    A great post, Marsha. I’ve picked up Doug’s book. I am hoping to dedicate November to poetry and short stories/flash fiction.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That sounds great. I’ll look forward to reading your posts. I need to delve more into poetry and short stories even though I prefer reading novels. They do take a lot of time to read and write.

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      1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

        HI Marsha, I like most things. It’s about the story for me and the length and presentation doesn’t matter.

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  13. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Beautiful doors and roses. Sending warm hugs to Nutter Butter

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much. He loves warm hugs. I have cat hair all over my black blouse today because of warm hugs. I wish you could hear what a great purrer he is.

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  14. Prior... Avatar

    Hi Marsha – glad your cat has a little more time😊
    And the blogger meetup sounds fun!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was fun. Wish you could have been there. 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        I will make it to one of the meetups eventually 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That would be awesome!

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  15. Dan Antion Avatar

    Great job checking off all the challenges! You have a nice collection of doors, and I really like the rest of the photos. I had problems posting this comment earlier. Thank you for joining us at Thursday Doors.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m sorry you had trouble posting. I just had trouble posting on someone’s blog, too. When I signed it, WP took me to HER dashboard – or at least that’s what it said at the top. After that I was allowed to leave a comment. Too weird. Thanks for trying!

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      1. Dan Antion Avatar

        For once, this was unrelated to WordPress. It was a security issue with my phone. Oh well, I made it. I hope you have a good week.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks again, Dan. I love your persistence. 🙂

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  16. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. You met the photo challenges again so well. I hope your kitty is feeling better. Have fun at you next blogger meetup!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie. We get to have him with us for a bit longer, thank goodness. It about broke our hearts to think about letting him go.

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  17. bushboy Avatar

    That last rose is a beauty. Loved the journey through the prompts 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Brian. Yours is coming up next week. I had better get out and take some pictures. 🙂

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        Oh yes and I am hoping that I’ll have some good ones too 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You will, I’m sure. You always have some amazing shots.

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          1. bushboy Avatar

            Awww *blushes 🥰

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  18. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Hurrah for Nutter Butter and a blogger meet-up. I’m up for another before the end of the year. Besides, I’m sure Vince and I need to find some new beers. 🙂 I especially like your houses and doors this week. Lovely!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Janet. Have a great trip. Take some pictures of public art while you are there. There’s lots of it. 🙂

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  19. Dan Antion Avatar

    You did a great job covering the prompts. I love the door on that stone house.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Dan. We all looked for doors to photograph! 🙂

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      1. Dan Antion Avatar

        I love it when that happens.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s a lot of fun. Do you ever get together with other bloggers or photographers?

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          1. Dan Antion Avatar

            I have met a couple bloggers in the area, but usually while I was traveling for business.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That works, too. I’m sure there are quite a few in your area. I met a blogger friend in Boston when I was back there for business. It was an unforgettable time.

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  20. Sue Avatar

    Bless Nut Butter..

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awww, thank you. 🙂

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  21. joylennick Avatar

    Hi Marsha,
    So sorry to hear about your ailing kitty. I’m rooting for him. What great photographs…It looks as if you enjoyed your trip. Good for you. Cheers.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Joy. It couldn’t be beat! Perfect weather, perfect friends, and lots to do and see. 🙂

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  22. Cee Neuner Avatar

    You still got some pretty roses despite the time of year. 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. They came out pretty well. Cropping them helps. There’s a lot more greenery than flowers.

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  23. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Thank Goodness Nutter Butter is hanging in here. Poor baby poor you!!!
    beautiful pics Marsha and love the picture of the beautiful blogging babes.. 💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy. They blogging babes are cute, indeed. Hopefully they will see your comment.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        You’re so welcome!!!
        Totally Cute!!
        Like you!!!💕💕💕

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  24. Sadje Avatar

    Sending healing vibes for your kitty. Lovely pics.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. Nutter Butter needs all the healing vibes he can get.

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  25. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Glad your cat are still with you! Hope he will be better soon!
    I love the yellow rose!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. I hope he will get better soon. I think its a rest-of-his life process. But I do love him so much I hate to lose him.

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        I know how you feel 💕☺️🤗

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Aletta. 🙂 xxx hugs

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