stop and smell the coffee

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in fun | 2 comments


This delicious coffee break merited some cream.

This delicious coffee break merited some cream.

fireIf you follow me on twitter, you probably saw my sad lament that my very fancy coffee maker caught fire. It was tragic, but luckily I caught it before it turned into a real problem. Let me rephrase that, it is neither tragic, nor a real problem, but it is inconvenient. I’m in the middle of moving. There will be no shopping spree in search of anything fancier than Mr. Coffee. Or not. Ain’t nobody got time for this.

I’m no stranger to long periods of fasting from coffee. There’s lent, but I stopped giving up coffee for lent when the people with whom I share a home decided they would give me up for lent were I to try that again.

pressBut…there was that dark period in our marriage a few years ago when we both gave up coffee in a passive aggressive battle of wills that involved not being the one to go buy a new coffee maker. I turned to green tea. He turned to Mt. Dew.  Life was simple then. Can you imagine a 30+ year marriage where this is the only memorable fight? Ha. Me neither, but that’s all water under the bridge.

Today I say life is too short to give up coffee. I also say who wants to brave the mall? A friend with the same aversion to shopping calls the mall a four-letter word. She’s right. But my current circumstances demand caffeine.

I figured I’d be fine making cuban coffee with my time-weathered espresso pot. But no! I pulled out the French press. Aaaah! Life is indeed, good, and so worth taking the time for a little indulgence here and there.

I posted a list of great coffee quotes some years ago, but this remains my favorite:

Just around the corner,
There’s a rainbow in the sky.
So let’s have another cup o’ coffee,
And let’s have another piece o’ pie.
– Irving Berlin, 1932


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apparently “trump’s hair” is a photo filter

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in fun | 2 comments

I was playing around with the filters in the Dreamscope App. I think this one, Starry Nights, is pretty:


Then I took this week’s photo challenge and ran it through the Ink on Parchment filter:

trumpAnd then I discovered a filter named Trump’s Hair.

I had to do it.

I mean, seriously. Wouldn’t you?

Wouldn’t you?


Here it is. Not bad, huh?


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this latest obsession

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in fun | 2 comments

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Coloring beats sitting in front of the tv mindlessly, and it goes well with tea. It also goes well with audio books and podcasts.

Here are some of my favorites:

Adventures in Imperfect Living

Among Women Podcast

Catholics in a Small Town

The Catholic Hipster Podcast






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having oh so much fun coloring

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in fun | 2 comments


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Happy Leap Day!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in fun | Comments Off on Happy Leap Day!

a totally gratuitous picture of a cup of coffee

a totally gratuitous picture of a cup of coffee

Happy February 29th!

I always wonder about the births today – when do you celebrate your birthday? On March 1st? On February 28th?

One of the best-known traditions about leap year is that women can propose marriage. Let’s set aside the fact that a non-leap year has never stopped anyone from proposing. Nevertheless, ladies, if you are proposing to your boyfriends today, you have a 16th century pope to thank for it!

On February 24, 1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull named Inter gravissimas that instituted a new calendar that better aligned with the lunar calendar in order to celebrate Easter at the right time. Because the actual length of a year is a little bit longer that 365 days but not 366 days, that little piece of a day, over time, creates a shift in the systems used to measure years.

Different cultures in different time periods have accounted for the shift in various ways, sometimes adding extra days to a month, like we do today, or introducing a special month to account for the “lost” time. I’m amazed to learn that in the adoptions, countries switching to the new calendar lost as many as 10 days on their old calendar. Imagine going to bed on March 12th and waking up on March 22nd. If that happened today, I’d be pretty concerned about when I pay the mortgage.

In a nutshell, the introduction of the Gregorian calendar 434 years ago put the Roman Catholic Church in different countries in sync in order to celebrate Easter on the same day.  But not everyone made the switch to this new calendar. At first it was only the predominantly Catholic European countries, most adopting it in the 16th shortly after the bull, but the rest of the world trickled along in a process that took about 300 years, more if you consider that countries such as Greece and Turkey didn’t adopt it until the 1920s. There was a great deal of opposition to the calendar – fears that it was a plot by the Church to take over the world. In the end, the adoption was probably driven by economics — everybody needed to be on the same page, so to speak.

Today many people don’t know the Catholic origins of this calendar that is widely adopted across the world, but there you have it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in fun | 1 comment

My Honey gave me beautiful yellow roses, my favorite, so I played around using the Dreamscope app.

So naturally, I tried all the crazy possibilities. Well. Not all, but the ones I liked.

Click on the first picture to scroll through the gallery. My favorite is #6.

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