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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bits & Pieces

This post will probably take at least four hours to write. It's just the nature of things and business of late. Not sure why but the shops traffic has increased dramatically. It's a good thing, as Martha Stewart likes to say.

Our morning weather, this week, has been on the cool side. I really enjoy it. I've a habit, each morning, of jerking my first cup of coffee and taking it outside the shops back door under the oaks to soak in the peaceful atmosphere of squirrel play and birdsong. The fresh air adds flavor; perhaps that's why the first cup of coffee always taste best.  


Yesterday Little Bit made me promise to take her to Starbucks for breakfast. We chose this morning to do so. Inside she quickly discovered they only offered pastry. Their drink selections were, of course, limited. Finally, after making the folks behind us restless, she chose two tiny pink and chocolate doughnuts and a very small container of organic apple juice. She didn't like their limited breakfast menu. She looked at the cashier and told her, "Why don't you serve pancakes, this sucks."  Don't piss off little hungry girls...

I didn't say a word. I did chuckle.

We sat outside. It was cool. She didn't like that either. We gathered her 'breakfast' and drink and proceeded to my truck. She didn't like that one darn bit, either. Finally, "Papa, this was a very bad idea and don't you ever make me eat at Starbucks again."

I said, "Yes, Dear."  Sometimes the grass isn't always greener.



Last evening Sweet Wife came home with her laptop. Not a good sign. She gulped down our simple dinner and, without a word, set her laptop and two of our spare monitors on the kitchen table and didn't move until 0400 this morning. 

This doesn't bode well for the bond markets. Just saying....


Now, I've a request. SciFiChick, a lovely lady, needs help. Please, take a moment and click the link and run by and read her post. If you feel you can spare a few dollars, any amount will help, hit her donation button. I know times are hard and cash is very dear, but any amount towards the cause will be greatly appreciated. Even a kind comment and prayer will bring a little light into her life. Thank you.


Want to read a good book...I thought so. Then find a copy of 'Jesus Out to Sea,' by James Lee Burke. He's the dude in the above picture. James is probably the best prose stylist in America today. I don't care a bit for his politics, but none the less, the man can write. Jesus Out to Sea is a story collection, short stories that grip the gut. Trust me.

I'd link the book but haven't the time. The shop's bell rings and waits for no man.

Until then,

Stephen

17 comments:

  1. Starbucks lemon cake is not bad, but yeah breakfast it is not.

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    1. I skipped it all this morning. My coffee is, by far, better. Thanks, my friend.

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  2. Stephen, Good morning to you! Yes, I agree home brewed coffee is better and less money to boot. I see Little Bit is learning very fast. If you want a good hearty breakfast, never order it from Starbucks. Enjoy your coffee under the tree and don't work to hard today :-)

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    1. I don't believe I'll ever need worry about taking her back. She wanted, she got, she's finished. Thanks, Dear Sandy.

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  3. I hate Starbucks coffee. It's like pulling teeth, just to get a regular cup of coffee. And, it seems to always taste like it was made last week.

    I'm with you, home brew is the best. And, I drink my first cup out on our patio, while our dog Nugget lounges in the yard.

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    1. Me and you both, Flier. That's why I didn't bother to order a cup. It's mud. Thanks, my friend.

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  4. dear sweet one - don't take Little Bit to Starbucks for breakfast ever again - bahahahah! and don't make her eat outside if it's cool - little girls have many particular preferences that change regularly so you gotta stay on top of that Papa!!! she sure is some cute though - i bet she gets that from Sweet Wife!!! someday i am coming down there and having a cup of your coffee!

    thanks so much for mentioning SciFiChick! i appreciate it!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Remember, Sweet kymber, he made me promise to take her. She then turns if around and makes it Papa's fault...
      You're welcome about SciFiChick. She needs the help. We are all God's children. The coffee will be ready...

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  5. Starbucks is for adults, sad but true. Dunkin or Crispy Cream would have been better for L.B.

    I enjoy coffee every morning. I go with a Breakfast Blend, and not a Dark Roast.

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    1. Weird adults to boot...thanks, Rob.

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  6. you said, "Not sure why but the shops traffic has increased dramatically."

    c'mon now.... it wouldn't have nothing to do with a certain upcoming election or an impending economic collapse would it? :)

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    1. in any case, it's money in the bank or more prudently ammo in the can, preps in the closet, etc etc

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    2. Possible. Not that I'd do anything like that...

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    3. heh, yeah, me neither....

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  7. Heh. Sometimes learning a lesson for yourself just makes it sink in that much better.

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    1. Afterwards, all the way to school she told me exactly what she would order the next morning at McDonalds. She's learned her lesson. Thanks, my friend.

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