Life is GOOD!

Some mornings are frustrating from the very beginning. My first clue, as I am stumbling down the hall with my eyes half closed, I step into cold cat barf. I suppress the urge to scream as I hop down the hall on one foot so I don’t spread the joy.   I grab paper towels and spray cleaner and clean the gross crap off my foot first. When that is cleaned up I run for the coffee which is so very necessary to get me through my mornings. COFFEE!   But wait…..the fancy automated coffee maker did not start. So I push the manual button as I stare longingly at the empty carafe. Must have my coffee.

To kill time, I start my computer only to find there are three bazillion updates waiting to load! I watch the counter 3 of 468, well this is going to take awhile. I really didn’t need to get any work done, at least not in the near future, as my computer continues to count down the numerous updates. COFFEE!

I stumble back down the hall to get my glasses so I can see…..yes that is the kind of morning I am having, I forgot my glasses when I got up and I really need to see.   On my way back out to check on my coffee, I peek into my daughters bedroom to see her peacefully sleeping.   A beautiful calm look on her face and suddenly everything is fine. Life is good.

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Wake Up!!!!

Wake up and smell the coffee. Well I must be honest, it usually takes drinking at least two cups some mornings.

But don’t you wish you could some times shake people and tell them “Wake Up” the world is passing you by. There is so much to see and do. Smell the roses, the coffee.

My favorite smell is the hint of rain coming. I live in Arizona so rain is rare and the smell in the air, the promise that rain is coming is exciting to me. I usually run to my patio and scan the sky looking for the one cloud that has the rain and then pray it does not pass by my house.

There is nothing like a nice gentle rain while you sit on the patio with your cup of coffee in hand.

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Chocolate Mocha Coffee? – Year of Living Cheap

Do you really need to visit that coffee shop every day on your way to work?  The average small gourmet coffee concoction is $4.00 a cup while the large is somewhere around $7.00.  If you multiply that by 5 days a week that is $35.00!  Now multiply that times 20 days (approximately the amount of working days in a month) and you come up with a whopping $140.00.  That is a weeks worth of groceries for a family of three.  Now multiply that times 12 and you get $1680.00 a year.  That is more than my monthly house payment!

I started making my own “home-brew” coffee several years ago.  One pound of coffee at a grocery store is between $7.00 and $9.00 depending on the brand.  There is about 40 to 48 six-ounce cups of coffee in a pound depending on how strong you want it. If you want really fine ground coffee, so it is really strong, then buy the beans and grind it yourself. Even if you buy the really expensive $11.00 pound of coffee that equals 27 cents a cup.  Now if you add creamers and chocolate syrup maybe that cup of coffee is going to cost you 50 to 75 cents….NOT seven dollars!

Now, you know when you make that coffee run on your way to work, not only are you going to get that $7.00 chocolate mocha but you will be getting that $3.00 muffin too.   Save yourself the money and calories and make your own!

Start making you own home brew every morning and save the money you would spend at a coffee shop.  By the end of the year you will have some extra cash to spend on a vacation with your sweetie!  If you insist on going to a Coffee Shop, go to a local “Mom & Pops”.  Shop Local, Shop Small Business, you are supporting people in your own community, not some big corporation.

“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.” Paul Ryan

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