Morning Ramblings. Coffee!

On this beautiful and sunny Monday morning, I am sitting at the breakfast table with my coffee mug in hand. I have already drunk half of my delicious Latte with International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream Creamer (my
favorite), and I have so many thoughts running through my mind. It is 7:00am currently, and I know I have at least a half an hour until Hootch, one of my pups, needs his “GO-GO” juice, aka his insulin shot.

So, while I am sipping the rest of my coffee, I felt compelled to share happenings here. Life on the acreage was busy and a bit hectic this past week.

It started last Monday when Ken’s son Brian arrived for a visit.

On Tuesday, Ken’s oldest grandson Dakota arrived. He starts school next week, so using the time off to spend time here with grandpa and to hopefully take out a coyote or two.

On Friday, Ken’s daughter Stacey arrived to spend the weekend with us and her brother and son.

On Saturday, one of Ken’s nieces that lives a couple hours away came to visit along with her husband and 14-month old daughter who was an absolute delight.

Saturday night the boys and Ken’s niece got out their guns and spent time shooting can’s and targets in the field. They shot several rounds until the rain put an end to their gun play.

In the meantime, we had plenty of food, drinks and snacks, we polished off several jars of homemade salsa. It was so good along with the Boston butt Ken put on the green egg. Slow cooked for 10 hours with apple wood. Major YUM!

Back to my ramblings. I took the feature photo Sunday morning before the kids came into the cottage. I don’t know why I took the photo other than I liked the look of the scene with everything setup and in place for the morning ritual we enjoy. It’s a ritual I go through every morning. Espresso machine filled with water – check. Enough ground coffee for the day and coffee grinder filled – check. Coffee mugs ready – check. Frothing mug and coffee filter ready – check. Espresso machine ready – check. Stacey, Brian and Dakota walking down the driveway to get coffee – check. Everything is ready, time to start brewing cups.

I already made my coffee when I saw the kids coming down the driveway. I left my cup untouched on the dinner table and started working on 2 more cups. As the kids came through the door, I said there is a cup on the table. Stacey called dibs, but Dakota got there first. I reminded Stacey that possession was nine tenths of the law.

We all laughed and sat and talked about nothing in particular. The kids enjoyed their coffee with homemade cinnamon toast making the most of their time together, Ken and I enjoying their company. Great start of the day.

Anyway to end my ramblings – for me coffee is the way I start my morning. It provides me with feelings of comfort and renewal. It’s a vessel that is used as a means by which our family comes together. Our morning coffee ritual is an activity that is weaved into our life here on the acreage, for us it’s more than a drink, it’s a link that joins family together.


2 thoughts on “Morning Ramblings. Coffee!

  1. marylee632

    Oh Marsha, I love that you are sharing your and Ken’s life in the country!! Craig and I are getting ready to take the plunge also, but we don’t have to start from scratch, but have lots to do on the old farmstead. Any advise 🙂 Have a great day

  2. Marsha

    Mary – Not sure what advice I can give, other than if you are going to do renovation then make 2 list: a list of what you want to do and a list of what you need to do. Things on the want are items that can be done if situation allows, the need list are items that you don’t compromise on.

    For instance, on our want list we wanted an open concept floor plan. At the start it wasn’t clear if an open floor plan was doable since there are structural considerations that played into what walls can be removed.

    During construction, Ken and I would review what he worked on and discussed how the want list might be accomplished. For instance – open floor plan, our biggest blocker was the staircase to upper level, since it was right in the middle of the house. Eventually we had a brain fart – the stairs could be moved up against the north wall – leaving the living area wide open.

    On my need list I needed a kitchen that I could use for baking and canning. We designed the kitchen for that purpose. That is why I have a double oven, a cook top with high BTU burners and sink directly across from the cook top.

    Another thing set and prioritize goals. Obviously for us getting into the house was our primary goal. I also had a long term goal of having chickens. The chicken goal was pushed back a couple years, but eventually Ken came around kicking and screaming.

    We lived in our RV for 6 months during the renovation. I can’t tell you how impatient I was to get out of the trailer. The process took more time than expected, patience is a virtue – and if you don’t feel things are progressing fast enough take time to review everything that has been accomplished. You’ll be amazed. I took lots of pictures during construction so I could be reminded of how far we came.

    I wished I would have kept a journal of the renovation. That is one reason why I started this blog so I could keep track of what is happening here. I just need to get better at writing things down.

    Last have fun.

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