Friends of KS Reunion

The rain shimmers down the gutter as I leisurely lift my cup to my lips slowly sipping my coffee as I wonder what this summer will bring.

What a wonderful time of year on the Kansas prairie.

I was elated to meet with one of my closest friends this morning for coffee and see all three of her children. What a joy! I was able to hold her second youngest who, in fact, I was the first to hold at the hospital after mom and dad, of course. So it made that doubly joyful!

This friend, in fact, moved several states over to KS after working one summer and falling in love with the farm. Meanwhile, getting married and having several children! Wow, I held her teeny-tiny baby too. She is such a wonderful friend!

We had a good long conversation about ourselves and how our personal lives were as well as dappling in politics and world events. We talked especially about how life was changing so break-neckingly fast under the Biden administration.

On a lighter side we also talked about working out and staying fit which is a goal for the both of us. I have been, recently getting back into the swing of ab workouts, which makes my body feel better and stronger. My friend having just had a baby still is limited to only walking for a couple weeks more. Since, I left my bike in PA I guess I’m somewhat limited to walking as well. :/

And to my surprise and joy, she told me that my bridesmaids had planned a bachelorette party for me! Wow, I am so excited!

I am ahead of schedule for my Child Psychology class and working on submitting and ardently studying all my materials. And looking forward to a trip to the city soon. What a lark! I’ll be helping transport asparagus to one of my dad’s buyers.

Meanwhile, while we’re in the city we’ll be picking up a bagpipe reed that my fiancé needs for a talent show in my little town!

I also just properly identified that this part of the bagpipe is called a GOOSE! The bag is leather and the rest is wood.

The town will be so surprised I think!

The Coffee Shop BUZZ

                   So, my friends, I have been searching the cities and towns of the Eastern U.S. for the best coffee shops. And I have found many many coffee shops with excellent coffee. This has been one of my favorite hobbies since I moved to the Ohio Valley area.

Coffee is wonderful.

The best roast is better than wonderful, even, prize gold. Teehee, so let’s start at

Leonardo’sSteubenville, OH

Great coffee shop also with art from local artists and an ice cream shop. A great hangout for university students. The building is perched in the City of Murals. The coffee is good. Slightly acidic and crisp in flavor. The barista is always fun to talk to. 

The Coffee Tree RoastersPittsburgh, PA

Excellent coffee. Brighter and more acidic; but good. When I went to this coffee shop, I went “out on a limb” and tried their Costa Rica el Indio roast. Quite exotic and full-bodied but definitely acidic.

https://coffeetree.store/coffee-beans/costa-rica-el-indio-1

The Coffee Bean
Weirton, WV 

Loved by many for not only coffee but also Casino. I, accidentally found this out by walking in, and seeing all their casino chips and slot machines. This is PRIMARILY a drive-through coffee shop. 
The coffee here is delicious and my favorite is The Scrap Iron. It’s a dark roasted with a slightly acidic twang at the finish. If you like sweet the “20 below with Shot” as my fiancé calls it is best. The name is 20 degrees Below Zero. The drink actually already has an espresso shot. 2 is better than 1 😉

Next up we have, my all-time favorite,

The Crazy Mocha Coffee Company Sewickly, PA

Excellent service and astounding coffee! This coffee shop is nestled in the cutest little Hallmark cozy town. While there I had a latte with a very small pump of pistachio. Oh, wowzer! It was so good. And the coffee from that roaster, I tried the Sumatran blend, ha such a dark taste, start to finish, hardly any acidity whatsoever. I loved it!
Surprisingly, the business has been in operation since 1994! Previously “The Dancing Goat”.

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Here’s a link to the coffee I strongly recommend for all dark coffee lovers. This coffee is limited time bag which is directly sourced:

https://crazymocha.com/shopucts/ev9kaaws3r5s8g1g7wjtsjmtre3gm7-24yrb-n3z9r

Anyway, my mugs empty literally and physically, so friends toot-ta-loo!

Living Joyfully

Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things. – Thomas Merton 

The smell wafting from the oven roused me from my book as I quickly looked at the kitchen timer. The bread was done. As I lifted the pan out of the oven a fresh wisp of bread steam hit my face. Creating and baking things has always been a passion of mine. In my opinion elegance comes from simplicity. Like the old saying goes, “simplicity is elegance.”

As the loaf came out I popped on the kettle for my favorite ginger tea. I have come to enjoy tea more and more.

Since I had been in the kitchen most of the day a nice walk was just what I needed. So, stepping gingerly outside I began walking through the grass.The sun blazed over my arms and shoulders thankfully I wore a hat. My camo hunters hat… I don’t hunt.
As I reached the field I saw a group of wildflowers nestled in bunches of white and mustard colors. The flowers are in a beautiful bouquet on my kitchen table.

For dinner, I baked a spaghetti squash with marinara sauce inside. Like a vegetarian spaghetti of sorts, though I am in no means a vegetarian.

Spaghetti Squash

As I sip hot tea now, I contemplate on the beauty of a day lived in simplicity.

Thank God, he is so charitable to give us this life abundant with everything we need.

Well friends, thats all for now. Let’s live boldy this beautiful life.

Magnificent27

The Revisiting of Old Friendships and Pecan Pancakes

To rekindle with a friend from long ago is such a blessing.

This morning I awoke to the sun streaming in my window. Kind of a shock when your so used to waking before the sun. But all in all I feel very blessed today. I visited the church which I unfortunately missed mass this morning due to changing mass times.

This morning being Sunday and since I’m trying to up my protein intake I made pecan brown sugar pancakes.

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I used a recipe I found online from a food blog yummy recipes

However, I took some liberties with the recipe including adding brown sugar and replacing the milk with water and adding pecans as a topping. It turned out pleasantly sweet with a nutty finish.

And I was so delighted to enjoy fresh plums that my dad gave me! I ate two today. Absolutely delicious!

With pecan pancakes, plums, biking, church, and coffee for the Sabbath feast who could be unhappy?

God is good!

Magnificient27

Airing out your House

With my camo ball cap pulled over my bun, I spray the Ozium deodorizer in my room I make for the exit. 30 minutes later I return to clean fresh air.

This reminds me of patience some things in life take time. And some things require prudent decision making. Airing out decisions. Like relationships take time and reflection when jumping into a new one.

The pinnacle of any relationship I find now, is relating to the same thing. If you can’t relate to the same things or understand each others decisions then the relationship is bound for trouble. I’m by no means condoning relationships that don’t share this, just making an observation.

After every relationship you need to clean the air clean; your heart. This allows space for just the right someone to show up in your life. But in order to clean the air, as in with the deodorizer, you have to put away everything edible. Similar to putting away all those memories you’ve made before; like a romantic house cleaning for your heart.

Then wait.

Breathing clean air is important for your heart. Clean everything and pray for the perfect match.

He’s out there.

God Bless,

Magnificient27

Work Day Workout

This morning I got up and said my reflections before daybreak. Sipping my coffee watching the rising sun I thought what a beautiful day! Thank God. He makes my days easy. And keeps my nights holy rest.

After my morning reflection and reading I did my workouts. Which made my day go so much better and less painful.

I had coffee and a late breakfast with one of my dear friends who truly is quite enjoyable company!

My workday was amazing I ran the cashier which is digital and a little tricky to figure out but I’m getting it. I love my work! Serving others is a true blessing.

After work I stopped by the church on my walk home. It was locked but the grotto is a beautiful place to pray as well.

Then three more blocks home and a hungry stomach. Quick to fix. I heated up my cast iron and fixed a chicken rice pepper stirfry a great healthy lunch with a fresh banana. Mmmm.

My life is changing for Christ. I’m working on improving spiritually in my current vocation of singleness. Preparing my heart for my maker and hopefully eventually a spouse. But we’ll see. Time has a way of making decisions.

And God will determine my path.