Friday, January 17, 2014

CAN YOU SMELL THE AROMA ? ... ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR SENSES TO AWAKEN? ...

GOOD DAY, ALL!



HAPPY HOP DAY!!!! 

That's correct it is time for THE COFFEE HOP! Have YOU had your first cup yet? I am GRINDING the beans as you read this post. LOL.

PURE COLOMBIAN BEANS ... STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP OF THE ANDES MOUNTAINS.

As you know I want this to be a super FUN HOP, so my COFFE story today hopefully will give you a chuckle.

Mostly all my life I have been around some form of coffee addict. Growing up it was my Mom. She was a working mom and was NOT a morning person.

She was always scheduled to arrive at work by 9am... She'd get up at 9am... honestly... Her job was only ten minutes from the house so the night before she'd shower, etc, so she could stay in bed as long as possible.

My brothers, father, and I WOULD NEVER speak to her UNITL she had her morning cigarette and coffee! During the week I'd be at school before mom woke up. Dad worked nights, so he slept until noon or later. SO, my brothers and I learned at an early age to fix our own breakfast and make our own lunches... sad but true. LOL

I bet most of you mothers out there WOULD LOVE THAT! LOL.

BUT on weekends I had the coffee ready for her by exactly 10 O'clock. Mom would stagger down the stairs in her pink robe and slippers, tousled haired, and her normally large green eyes were mere slits. She'd plop down on the dining room chair and feel around for her pack of cigarettes.

Almost mechanically she'd light one up, take a few drags and wait for me to bring in the freshly brewed coffee.

Her button nose wrinkled and after I added the milk, she clinked the teaspoon around a few times and inhaled deeply.

After the first few sips, her eyes cranked open like the rusty gates on a shop store window. Another drag on her cigarette and perhaps another sip or two, she'd face me and smile.

Another sip, and she uttered her first three words of the day.

"Good morning, honey."

Then she'd pour herself the second cup.

That happened every weekend until the time I had left home. I will always treasure those weekend mornings and the conversations we had AFTER her second cup! LOL.

If you have a story to share... PLEASE DO... You can still join the HOP! If not, please visit the other entries. I am SURE you will get a kick out of them.

On Monday I will post the winning entry! SO PLEASE stop by to see who won the pound of PURE COLOMBIAN COFFEE!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!









75 comments:

  1. Loved your story. I go directly to the coffee pot when I wake up and turn it on. And make many pots of coffee during my busy days. I've been a total coffee addict since college and law school. And I go to the store immediately if my coffee pot breaks to buy another one.

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    1. Too, funny, Natalie. I love the fact that you RUN to the store immediately after your coffee pot breaks! lol.

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  2. It gave you some good memories.
    Can't relate to the coffee addiction though. It smells good but tastes awful to me. I just can't drink it.
    Good luck to everyone in the bloghop today.

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  3. That is great. That is me in the morning minus the cigarettes. It really isn't a pretty picture. Anyone who talks to me gets the bleary eye. Or maybe it's the Stink Eye. I don't know, but it isn't my best look;)

    I love that you have that memory of your mom to take with you. As we get older all of those times are even more special. Maybe it's because we realize that times change. Things change. People aren't here forever. Well... that got a bit morbid. But, I think you know what I mean.

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    1. Not morbid at all, Robin... It's true. But thankfully our memories keep them alive!

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  4. Hi, Michael! Thanks for sharing your story. I bet you and your mom had some great talks once she had her morning coffee.

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    1. Yes, Susanne. We really did. I miss her and them all the time.

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  5. That sounds like my mother, although I never made it for her. I never liked it until I was much older.

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  6. Delightful story of your mother and her morning routine. We are a family of coffee drinkers...nobody talks to anybody until at least the first or second cup. :)

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. LOL. I can so relate, M.L. But I took after my dad. He was also a coffee drinker, but WE BOTH were chirpy and AWAKE in the morning. My brothers and mom were the catatonic ones.

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  7. Both a delightful and a disturbing story :)
    I don't drink coffee, but I do take an occasional capuccinno with brown sugar and I like to use it in cakes too

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  8. Aww, that's a very sweet story -- even a simple connection like that meant so much to you. And hey, it's not a bad thing for kids to learn to be self-sufficient. Way too much coddling going on in parenting these days...and I'm probably one of the worst offenders. :/

    Enjoy le hop!

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  9. That is a cute story with some lovely imagery, though these days it would seem shocking. My mom was the same way, though she never worked. She would stay up all night drinking wine and reading and then sleep in until well after we went to school. Her coffee was always important to her, too. I think I got my love of both books and coffee from her. Thanks for hosting such a fun hop.

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    1. It's great you took after your mom in such important matters.... especially your love of books!

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  10. lol - How well I can relate to this…wish I could join twice, because you just reminded me of the time I put an onion (instead of an apple) in my daughter's lunch. Hadn't had my coffee yet, and we were running late. I'll never live that one down. She was only six at the time. From that day on, I always had my coffee, before the morning rush set in.

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    1. THAT is SOOOO funny. I'm sure that will be a family joke for the next fifty years!

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  11. My morning brew is green tea, and a bottle of water. How boring is that. I drank coffee in my college years, couldn't have survived without it. At the student union at 6:00 am - coffee and a bagel before tackling the homework and classes. I miss coffee and the great conversations I used to have while enjoying a cup!
    Happy blog day!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda! I remember my 'battery acid" days from college... yes, the coffee never poured out ... it blooped out. LOL

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  12. i am disturbed and enjoyed that story... for me it pop gradually into "jolt" cola... machine coffee [old coin-op]... then one cup from a pot... two.. three... four. sorry this post all over the road, i am only on my fifth cup... 8)

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    1. LOL. No problem, Jeremy.... I understand when the coffee HASN'T kicked in yet!

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  13. I like the way you describe your Mom, I got definite visuals from that Michael, and a bit of tenderness.

    Just starting my first cup of coffee, but I'm a perky (no pun intended) morning bird!

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    1. I'm the same way, D. G. I am ALIVE the moment I open my eyes. I don't NEED coffee ... I just CRAVE IT!

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  14. I am glad you got an early start on self-sufficiency but I think your mother might have gotten the family roles reversed there. :-) If coffee tasted as good as it smelled, I would drink it.

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    1. That was just her nature, Roland. She was NEVER a morning person. Mom told me when she was a little girl, her mother dressed her for school while she was still asleep. She could never wake up in the early morning.

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    2. I hear you. We must adjust to our natures and to those of others -- especially those we love. Your bloghop seems to be doing great. :-)

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  15. Nice story, very vivid. I've known quite a few people who can't be civil until they have that first cup in the morning, which might explain rush hour traffic.

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  16. That's a great story, and I've been reading many others around the web. Nice idea for a blog hop.

    mmod

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  17. In honor of this hop I've had two cups this morning. Look out world!

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    1. Yay, Lee...

      I'm on my third MUG now. LOL. I sometime drink coffee out of my twelve ounce Mickey Mug...

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  18. Love the story, love me some coffee!

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  19. I agree with Steven--very vivid story. I'm impressed with you boys and being so self-sufficient at a young age. I'm glad you have the good memories AFTER the second cup, LOL!

    Never had coffee. But I am a sucker for hot chocolate... :)

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    1. GASP!!!! YOU'VE NEVER HAD COFFEE?!!!! WHOA... I don't think I've ever met a person who has never even tried it.

      Hot chocolate is awesome, but you must RUN to your nearest Starbucks and grab one of their fantastic lattes! If you like it on the sweet side, the flavored ones are great!

      Once you've had one ....

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  20. Isn't funny what our brains remember about our parents? Whereas your mom couldn't speak until a smoke and downing her first cup of coffee, my mom was the opposite. She dragged heartily on her cigarette drinking at that time instant coffee(yuck) and she was a jabber-mouth...probably the caffeine already flowed through her veins by the time I woke up.

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    1. Instant?! YUK is right! Well, at least she was a chatty little bird when you got up. Much better that the silent, walking zombie that turned up every weekend morning at our table. LOL

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  21. LMAO love your mom. I can relate caffeine wise. Nobody better come near me until I've had a hit or three. :)

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    1. Now you're talking! Three! lol! You are a walking zombie....

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  22. I love your story, Michael. I've always hated getting up early but always had to. I wish one of my children would have taken care of me like you did your mom.

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    1. Thanks, Susan.

      It was survival for us kids. Since my two bothers were like her, it was up to me to get the fuel ready.

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  23. I drink a lot of coffee during the day, mostly decaf though. I don't need coffee to wake me up. I too smoked a cigarette when I got out of bed in the morning, luckily I quit around 20 years ago. These days I don't have my coffee until after breakfast usually. The bowling alley thinks I drink an inordinate amount of coffee though. I do too.

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  24. Hi, Jo,

    Some decaf coffees can be wonderful. Coffee is Coffee.... remember too, even decaf has a bit of caffeine in it.

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  25. Michael! I'm so sorry! I thought this was next week! I will get it done today! Promise!
    Great story you posted. I miss smoking with my coffee. Sad but true.
    Heather

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  26. Janey Mac (as they say in Dublin) it sounds like your Ma and my Ma might have been related - because I *completely* related to your story :)

    Cheers for an invigorating hop :)

    PS... The drip coffee machine is standing by :)

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    1. Anytime.... Always good to have one around... Just in case the Keurig dies... lol.

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  27. You sound like a great son! Thanks for a fun blog hop idea. It's 5:30 pm EST. I want to announce I haven't had a cup of coffee today. And I'm still alive!

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    1. REALLY... I'm on my FOURTH 12 oz. mug! With one more scheduled to be drank in another hour or so. LOL.

      You have much more willpower than me, Liza!

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  28. HOLY MACKEREL, 48 comments? I haven't gotten 48 comments ALL YEAR. You have a great following, Michael, and I'm sorry I was so late getting here but I was being braintested today. (Long story.)

    I love your story about your mom. My own mom was a bit like that -- she worked 3d shift and would sleep while we were at school -- but we didn't get to make her coffee for her. We probably wouldn't have made it strong enough!

    (We did make our own breakfasts, though. To this day, I am a MASTER at pouring a bowl of cereal.)

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    1. LOL.... That is a true art form, Briane!

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  29. Your mom was a true addict! My dad drank a ton but I don't think he ever got addicted. We switched him to decaf without his knowledge and he never even got so much as a headache :)
    I've never like coffee myself but my hubby and kids all drink it :)

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  30. As I learned today, many people don't like coffee. That's fine. It is totally an acquired taste. But you have to admit, nothing beats the aroma of freshly ground, freshly brewed coffee.

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  31. That's a great coffee story about your mom. :) I had fun with the hop.

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    1. Thanks Brinda,

      I had such a great time... I still am!

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  32. How sweet Michael! And gosh darn I missed the signups for this!! Give me a lil nudge next time! And cheers to that coffee!

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    1. I definitely will next time.... I know how crazy your schedule is PK....

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  33. That's such an awesome story Michael! You always have the most clever imagery!

    My mom never got up with me either. But hey, made me more self-sufficient than the average bear.

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    1. I actually think it's a good thing for kids to learn to take care of themselves. It prepares them for life. Of course, parents need to keep a close eye, just in case.

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  34. 1. Welcome back, my friend! :)
    2. That's such a cute story!
    3. I'm such a boring coffee person. *whispers* I only drink decaf...

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  35. Hi Michael! I found out about this hop thanks to Robin @ Your Daily Dose :) What a fun post and a fun hop. I'll be checking out the other entrants :)

    I grew up around coffee too. My parents used to fix me a milk and sugared down version with I was a few years old. I felt so grown up! Then, when I was 19 or 20 I had my first white chocolate mocha and I started trying everything dark and roasty I could get my hands on! I'm not a bit of a baby coffee snob...I usually only drink coffee at local/indie coffee shops and buy very specific brands to brew at home! I can even drink it black if necessary. Just yesterday, I was talking to someone at work about coffee substitute. I told them it was good but don't expect coffee. "I drink coffee for the taste," It told her. "The drug is secondary!" Not sure she believed me!

    Sorry for the long comment! Nice to meet you!
    Jen

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    1. Great Jen! Nice to meet you and welcome!

      I hope you enjoy the hop!

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  36. I can totally relate to your mom. I'm not a morning person either and would generally prefer that no one talks to me until after 10 am.

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    1. LOL...

      That surprised me Marcy, we met in the morning and you were most charming and sweet! I guess you had your coffee really early that day. LOL.

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  37. coffee! my kids know that the first thing I do is make coffee...then I make their breakfast. I got a keurig a little while back and my fave is paul newmann's. I like dark roast coffee, black and bold. christy

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    1. Christy, ... With three boys you definitely need that rich bolt of caffeine!

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  38. Loved your story Michael. I too love to drink coffee, but have reduced it quite a bit now.


    Btw..would you be please send me the cake recipe.

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    1. I should reduce it too, but thankfully caffeine really doesn't affect me, so I drink as much as I like, until I;m told otherwise.

      You bet! I'll send it later today!

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  39. Loved the memory of your mom and coffee.

    Hugs and chocolate!

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  40. Wow! I somehow missed this Blog Hop. I love coffee. Well, its fun reading the posts I've been seeing around Blogdom.

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