“I love the empty, silent, dewy, cobwebby hours.”

Today is a beautiful fall day. How warm it is was a surprise when I went to get the papers so I stayed a while outside looking and listening. I saw a spawn of Satan, aka a squirrel, run across the road and up a pine tree. I could hear his claws scratching the bark. I heard birds singing. They sounded closer, but I only heard them. Finally I went inside lured by the thought of fresh coffee.

I love my morning routine. I have been sleeping late most mornings as my bed time is never before one. This morning it was 10:30 before I jumped out of bed. I greet the cats and dog then I feed Henry. He is quite impatient and stands on his hind legs in a sort of dance. You’d think he was starved. The coffee was next. First I ground it then set it to brewing. I went for the papers. Reading them is always a pleasure. I take my time. First is the Globe then the Cape Cod Times. I drink at least one cup of coffee with each paper. When I’m finished, it is Coffee time.

I don’t remember when I switched to coffee. I was a cocoa drinker for as long as I could remember. My mother would put the cocoa, Nestle’s Cocoa in the red cardboard container, in a cup with a little milk. She’d stir the two together then add hot water. There were always bubbles on the top of the cocoa.

In college, I drank coffee every morning. My friends and I would meet in the canteen over coffee, and we’d read the papers. We’d each have our own paper because part of our routine was a race to finish the crossword puzzle first.

My morning routine in Ghana was a bit different. I was up early awakened by the sounds of the students getting water at the school tap. The rush of water into an empty tin bucket makes a lot of noise, and it was over and over as each student took her turn to fill her bucket. I got up, got dressed and had my first cup of coffee. My breakfast was always two amazing fried eggs, fried in peanut oil, and two pieces of toast and more coffee made and served by Thomas. I’d teach a class, walk home across the school compound and have my last cup of coffee for the day. It was instant coffee served in a mug I had bought in Accra and carried home to Bolga when I first moved there after training. I loved my mug, and I got used to instant coffee.

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8 Comments on ““I love the empty, silent, dewy, cobwebby hours.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yesterday was a beautiful warm fall day. I spent a lot of the morning outside with the dogs. Some of that time we were observed by a pair of red tailed hawks who were sailing around above us and calling to each other. They may have been discussing whether or not Piki Dog was worth the attempt. Eventually they sailed off to the north.
    Today is dull and damp but we spent time outside unobserved by anything other than squirrels. I moved all their walnuts off the lawn to a central location. I’m sure they’ll be grateful. 😉

    Henry dances like Piki Dog except Piki doesn’t dance for a dish of food. He only dances for treats. Rocky just stares at me.

    I drink iced coffee most mornings. It’s a long standing habit. A friend says I drink iced coffee so I won’t have to actually taste it. He may be correct.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Good to know that Piki Dog was passed over as prey. Henry would always be out of the running. He is a good size dog. I see hawks here but mostly when I’m on the highway. The birds are riding the thermals and making slow circles. I barely look. It is the highway.

      We had sun a good part of the day. The morning was damp but not the afternoon. It is now cooler with the sun down but still not so cold. My heat has been off most of the day. I think, though, I can feel the house getting chilly.

      Henry dances for his food. He does circles for his treats. He has no pride!

      In Ghana I drank hot coffee every morning, even on the hottest dry season mornings. I couldn’t imagine my day starting otherwise.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Like you my mother made us hot cocoa when I was a kid. Sometime during high school I switched to coffee with milk, Then we had a milk delivery strike in NYC and I started drinking it black without sugar and never went back to adding milk or sugar. This presented an issue trying to drink espresso in Italy or cafe au lait in New Orleans which contains chicory. I’m not a Starbucks fan.

    Today it drizzled on and off all day with a brisk north wind and highs in the low 50s. It snowed 3 or 4 inches in the panhandle in Amarillo.
    BTW our power has been on and off and no WiFi or cable TV. My son went home and we are still in the hotel.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I don’t care for black coffee. A few times I was stuck with none so I chosen not to have coffee. In Ghana it is evaporated milk. Ghanaians don’t drink milk so fresh milk isn’t available. I like half and half in my coffee.

      I would have thought you’d like espresso. If you drink it black, I can understand your not liking cafe au lait.

      The day stayed warmish and mostly sunny. My heat never went on so the house stayed warm.

      The lights have been off a longtime. That surprises me. I wonder how far behind the cable and wifi are.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It is pouring down here this morning, the dogs went out to do their business and went in fast again, except for Nova because she disliked the rain so much that she waited for me to come and get her beneath the roof on the patio 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I am mostly a tea drinker but if I need something fast in the morning I’¨ll have instant coffee, no idea for me to buy real coffee since I drink so little and the coffee goes bad long before I’m even close to finish a package 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Today is another sunny day but rain is predicted for tomorrow. Henry doesn’t mind a little rain but pouring rain is a different story.

      Sorry, instant coffee just doesn’t do it for me. I grind my coffee beans then brew. My father only liked instant so I always had some on hand when he visited. My mother kept coffee for when we visited.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      • olof1 Says:

        We get instant coffee at ork for free and as much as we want to and since it is brown, smells almost like coffee and doesn’t cost us anything we drink a lot of it and get used to it 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I understand getting use to it as I got used to the instant coffee when I lived in Ghana.

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