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 haven’t been consistent about exercising lately, so last night I decided I’d get up early today and swim. I’m one of those people who needs to exercise early in the day, or it just doesn’t happen. 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