After reading a blog post about getting back to reading, I realized how little I read books, these days. I start at 3 or 4 am, writing, working out, and working all before my family wakes up. It’s not bad as I am an early riser, naturally, and those are my best hours, creatively. But I am asleep, early, and my day is packed! However, I know I need reading, and I need to read what I love.
This morning, I pulled two favorite authors, Joyce Carol Oates and Sylvia Plath, off my shelf and decided I would read one new short story that I haven’t already read from each book until I finish.
I started inside, early, in my living room, and I moved out to the fire pit and I get to enjoy a glorious sunrise and cool morning weather.
Here in north Florida, we are enjoying a decadent Sunday morning breakfast of beignets, mimosas, and coffee, outside!
A good morning sea breeze and cooler morning temps (not 95) is the promise of cool fall days around the corner.
I haven’t attempted to make beignets from scratch. I love Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans – my favorite place besides my home here at the beach and Tallahassee (my hometown). So, I use their beignet mix. I mean, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? I have found the mix at Publix, mostly.
We are grateful that hurricane Dorian most likely has turned back to the Atlantic, and I hope my friends and colleagues throughout the state are relaxing this morning, as well. I also hope the storm simply dissipates and does nothing more than provide awesome surf for good folks all along the east coast.
Has this ever happened to you? A foggy-headed morning, you shuffle into the kitchen, set the coffee filter perfectly into the coffee pot, despite being groggy, and you press start. A few agonizing minutes coupled with the glorious smell of a strong, dark brew, and it’s ready. Finally.
You stir in your whatever- additives: cream, milk, sugar, sweetener. And then, those pesky little grounds rise to the surface, taunting you.
Boy, did they make me mad this morning! I fumbled for another coffee filter, opened the canister to make another cup, and the coffee-fix-it gods descended upon me. A filter! A fine sieve.
Coffee hack 101: when you get unwanted grounds in your coffee, find a sieve. Save the coffee!
See. Who needs coffee for brilliant morning ideas? It was the threat of not having the cup I wanted that inspired me, I guess.
Happy morning coffee drinker, my favorite Shakespearean Insults mug, pre make-up and all!