I believe this little bird is a Gold Finch. I took this photo on Sept 9th and have been waiting to write about it ever since. I was hoping for a happy ending to the story before I shared, and here it is. Continue reading
I purchased this stove-top espresso maker while visiting New Zealand earlier this year. I wrote a post at that time titled, Love my stove top espresso machine.
I enjoy getting up very early every morning to write. It’s a time when I can sit quietly with a cup of coffee and my journal. This morning I thought about my espresso maker. I’d used it quite often when I first arrived home from New Zealand, but had relied on my electric coffee maker more recently. I was out of espresso grind coffee this morning, but wondered if I could use regular grind instead. Here’s what happened.
While the coffee heated, I poured almond milk into my bright orange coffee cup.
As the water heated in the espresso maker, I could hear it begin to hiss and gurgle as the steam forced the hot water through the ground coffee. When the hissing stopped, the coffee was ready. I let it sit for a few seconds then poured it into the mug. It was very hot, so I was careful not to burn my fingers.
When I finished this process, I had a delicious cup of coffee and I’d learned that regular grind coffee works just as well as the finer espresso grind. This means I can use regular grind decaf when I want a cup of coffee later in the day. This is also less expensive than the single serving pods I usually use. It’s a little more work, but worth it. So glad I remembered to use the stove top espresso maker.
Yesterday I attended my sketch class and the topic was artistic composition, or how to plan your drawing and arrange a subject on the page. Continue reading
This is how the sky looked early this afternoon, as I headed home from running errands. Continue reading
This was the bed in our master bedroom, pulled apart Friday morning while we waited for our new mattress to be delivered and the old one taken away. Little did we know what was in store for us! Continue reading