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Christmas Memories

Christmas Snow
Christmas Snow (Photo credit: gw_boyd)

I was reading through my emails and Google Reader feeds today when I came across Jim Casada’s December Newsletter. As I was reading his list of childhood Christmas Memories I found myself nodding on more than one occasion as my own memories mached up with Jim’s.

Here are a few that I particularly liked…

  • The Christmas Day feast at the home of my grandparents. It was a meal rivaled only by the spread at Thanksgiving.
  • Grandpa Joe “sassering” a cup of Russian tea and smacking his lips as he drank liquid hot enough to scorch most lips.
  • The concluding words of every blessing I ever heard Grandpa deliver as we were preparing to eat: “You’uns see what’s before you. Eat hearty.”

via ~ Things I Remember About Past Decembers – Jim Casada

I think it was the”sassering” that really hit a nerve though. I learned to drink coffee with my Grandma and Grandpa Sewell. And it was the saucering and blowing across the almost boiling coffee that still brings them back into the fore of my memories. Instant Folgers stirred into water so hot it foamed as it swirled around the cup…poured from the cup into the saucer before being cooled by blowing across the pool until you could sip it from the side of the saucer. Then repeat… Over and over until the cup was empty.

Twice a day every day. The ritual didn’t change other than the addition of whoever might be around at 10 and 2. Sometimes, the addition of cookies or cake would take the ritual to another level. But most days it was just coffee…”Sassered” and blowed.

Last year we started a new tradition around the Coffee Muses homestead when I had the photo at the top of the page printed and framed to remind us of the Christmas Miracle that happened in 2004 when we had the only Christmas eve and Christmas Snow ever recorded in this area. Now, every December as we decorate for Christmas the picture is moved over the mantle at the fireplace… Both as a reminder and a wish…


One of the things I like most about this thing we call Blogging is number 2 on Patry Francis’ list. And she ranks up there at the top of my amazing people list. Patry published this list back around Thanksgiving in Twenty O’Six. I stumbled across it again today as I was looking through some old posts in a blogger blog I set up privately just to archive this sort of article. It spoke to me just as loudly on rereading as it did when I first read it (and reread it and reread it…)

1. You will know yourself more deeply than you ever did before. No matter how old you are, or how much time you spent on your analyst’s couch, blogging will teach you something about yourself that you never knew. And it will do so on a daily basis.

2. You will meet amazing people who live in wonderful places; and you will grow hungry for travel. You will want to see faces, and hear voices,and sit across tables. But even if you never do, you will see and hear and know these people in a particularly meaningful way anyway.

3. You will try new things. You may find yourself writing poetry in previously unknown forms, or make collages, entering contests, or hosting festivals. You may even go outside and conduct science experiments in your back yard.

4. You will be challenged by people who don’t agree with you.

Do I know myself better now than I did when I started? I doubt I’ve done more than scratch the surface in knowing me. I have watched  the subjects I am passionate about grow and change over the past few years. I have rediscovered some of the youthful ideology that went away in the years I scrambled to support a family and get them raised (or not as the case may be).

But the amazing people I have met (virtually) along the way…That’s what keeps me going on with these meandering thoughts in electronic ink…Not a journal. I never could develop the habit. I own untold numbers of beautifully covered blank books…Mostly still blank. But set me down at this computer and sometimes the words flow out with a life of their own…Sometimes not.

New Things? Twitter Poetry lasted a few weeks…Blank verse in exactly 140 characters…Life changing…Not by itself, but, I took the shot and I may again.

And so it goes…If you haven’t met Patry yet wander over to Simply Wait and get acquainted. I’ll personally guarantee you’ll be glad you did…I know I have been.

Oh, and for the record…The ice cream quote….

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just to enjoy your ice-cream while it’s on your plate. – Thornton Wilder

via SIMPLY WAIT: 10 WAYS BLOGGING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE and a quote about ice-cream.

Coffee Muses for Black Friday

Though coffee drinkers may be cutting back on the expensive drinks, they still are consuming as much as they did last year — an average 3.3 cups a day per person, according to a June study by the National Coffee Association of U.S.A.

The study of the $39.5 billion industry also found that number of 18- to 24-year-olds drinking coffee daily dropped to 26 percent from 37 percent in 2007. The New York-based group conducted the study in the spring as gasoline prices were on the rise and many young consumers had to make budget cuts, Alan Kaiser, director of external relations and communications for the association, said.

Coffee drinkers are putting frugality into their blends | Business | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

To bad I never developed the habit of drinking the higher cost “Starbucks” type coffee drinks…It doesn’t offer me the opportunity to cut back…Oh well, anything beats my first cup of Joe. Cooked up by my grandfather, grounds boiled in an enamel pot on the camp house stove at the ranch…The spoon stood up straight in the cup when I stirred in the milk and sugar. Half of the cup was grounds. It made for an interesting introduction to the “pleasures” of coffee consumption. I think it was  four years before I tried another cup.

Yesterday’s family gathering was a lot of fun with minimal squabbling for a bunch of individualists like my family…Here is a slideshow of some of the clan…