“Coffee first. Save the world later.”

The morning is just so beautiful with a bright, bright sun, the bluest of skies and a slight breeze, deck weather for sure. It is already getting hot, an August heat, but the deck has branches hanging over it and an umbrella to keep the sun at bay. Tonight is movie night.

My next door neighbors barbecue every Sunday. He cooks, and it is always chicken wings, just plain chicken wings, no sauce, no sides. I can usually smell the wings cooking so I go outside to yell hello from my deck to theirs. They always invite me over.

As soon as I wake up, I look forward to my first sip of coffee. I can hear it dripping into the carafe, and the house fills with the aroma of that coffee brewing. My sense of smell works overtime. I impatiently wait and sometimes even stand in the kitchen to watch. I could take it mid-brew, but I choose to wait, to heighten the expectation.

Recently I’ve been drinking African blend which is a bit funny as I never had real coffee in Ghana, only instant. I got used to it but was never a fan. On my last trip, my friends brought coffee bags, and they tasted far better than the instant, but we had had real coffee at Zania Lodge which spoiled me a bit; however, I adjusted to the instant though my taste buds were severely disappointed.

My house is a full cape which means it has two front windows on each side of the door. In the back, there is a dormer which gives my house three floors in the back but only one floor in the front. My deck is off the second floor in the back. I like being suspended above the ground.

I have to go out to get the fixings for tonight’s movie food. We’re having a jalapeño dip with blue corn chips and maybe a Stromboli. I have the ingredients for that on my shopping list, but oftentimes my trip to the store means seeing something already made which looks delicious so I change the menu right then and there. I’m nothing if not flexible.

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8 Comments on ““Coffee first. Save the world later.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    WE had a wonderful morning here too but after that it’s been downhill 🙂 The weather have been very mixed and it changed so fast that it was tricky to guess when the best time for walks were 🙂 We were lucky most times though and as soon as we had come home the rain started again.

    I rarely feel the smell of a bbq here. I know the beekeeper does it sometimes and my closest neighbor too but that’s it. I don’t even have a grill any more 🙂 It’s odd that we do it so seldom here because it really is very popular.

    I’ve gotten used to instant coffee now days. I drink so little here at home so the real coffee I buy gets old and taste odd after a while 🙂 It’s a huge difference between the different brands though, we have two different brands at work and one is just awful and we all get worried stomachs when we drink it 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      You have been getting lots of rain lately. I’m just glad it’s not cold enough to snow. That rain the other day left 6.75 inches. It was a lot of rain for one storm.

      Here people have lots of summer barbecues, winter too. The grill just days on the deck ready to go.

      There are a lot of brands of instant coffee here, Maxwell House I think. My father always drank it. He didn’t like brewed coffee. My mother had a brewer for the rest of us when we visited.

      I’d stop buying the coffee which worried your stomachs.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    We switched to a Kurig machine a couple of years ago and would not go back to a drip coffee machine. The cups are available in many styles including Starbucks, Green Mountain and others.each cup is freshly brewed and we buy them on sale at Costco or online. Real coffee mavens will brew the coffee in a carafe that has a screen and a plunger. You put the coffee grounds and hot water in the carafe and after they steep for a few minutes you just push down the plunger to separate the grounds from the water.

    What do you mean by your house is a “full cape”?

    Yesterday and today the sky is blue and the temperature hit the century mark yesterday and maybe this afternoon. This is what August in Texas is supposed to feel like. More rain is forecast by Wednesday when another child front comes through. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I have a few different kinds of brewers including that French press you mentioned and a Chemex as well as my drip coffee maker. I like strange brews so I buy regular coffee.I wasn’t tempted by a Kurig.

      A full cape has four windows in front, two on each side of the door. The architectural types are described below.

      “The first Cape Cod houses fall into four categories: the quarter, half, three-quarter, and full Cape. The comparatively rare quarter cape is a single bay, usually a wider “outside” bay that would become rooms. It has a single door and a single window on the front, but is full depth. The half Cape is two bays, with a door to one side of the house and two windows on one side of the door; the three-quarter Cape has a door with two windows on one side and a single window on the other, while the full Cape consists of a front door in the center of the home, flanked on each side by two windows.”

      We don’t even get close to 100˚. I think we may have reached 90˚ once this summer.

      • Bob Says:

        You can buy reusable Kurig type cups that can be filled with any type of coffee. Of course if you are going to go through that much trouble you might as well use the French press or the drip maker. Generally I only drink one cup at home during work days and two cups on the weekends.

        Thanks for the explanation of Cape Cod style houses. I had never heard them called a full Cape or half Cape before. Here we have all various types of home styles including Cape Cod styles.

        Of course it rarely gets that hot along the New England coast today. When global warming really gets going it might get that hot but by then Cape Cod may be completely under water. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I’ll stick with my drip coffee maker. I have two cups every morning and once in a while a third. It’s is far easier to make one pot and pour from it.

        I call my house a full cape if I’m asked. People down here know what I mean. The half cape is the second most common style.

        Boston has had three or four heat waves this summer, but we haven’t. It is sometimes 6 to 7 degrees warmer off cape.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    When I travel, I bring tubes of Starbucks Via. Much better tasting than the complimentary “coffee” the hotel leaves in the room.
    At home I have coffee first thing in the morning but it’s always iced coffee. Even in winter. About the only time I have hot coffee is if I’m eating out.

    Barbecued food smells good even if there’s no sauce on it. Must be the burnt offering effect. 🙂

    It finally got sunny up here. And warm. But it wasn’t humid so it was all good.

    Enjoy movie night.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Unless I am leaving at an ungodly hour, I usually don’t drink the coffee in the room. I leave and get coffee. I’ll have to remember to bring the Starbucks when I go to Ghana again.

      I could smell hamburger being barbecued earlier. It smell great,

      It got sunny and warm here, but by evening it had gotten humid. When I did anything outside, I sweated. Not fun/.

      It was a great night-good food and a fun movie.

      Have a great rest of the evening!

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