Urban Coffee- A Real City Cup

This morning we headed into our beautiful little college town against the fury of a snow storm! It was mad snowy and coming down like faster than a “bore on corncobs.”

This is a shot outside my window. After tromping outside to drop of my rent payment I now have my feet cozied up under my plaid blanket my dearest fiancé bought me for Christmas!

As, I had mentioned we drove into the city this morning to see if classes were still going besides I had volunteered to babysit another student’s kids. Well, after fourteen arduous miles of patchy black ice and five feet of barely plowed over snow a notification popped up that said classes were cancelled.

Hurrah for cancelled classes! But too bad for not babysitting.

On our way out of town my fiancé treated me to coffee at one of our new favorite coffee shops, recently opened, Urban Coffee 304. Where you can get incredible coffee that is perfectly balanced. Not too acidic not to “tame.” Lol.

Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Urbancoffee304-105351554675588/

I had a muffin too; that was la-tee-da, SCRUMPTOUS! It was a sticky roll muffin that was incredibly moist and had a sugary crunch to finish. The bottom of the muffin had caramelized spots of buttery cinnamon. It was divine, truly.

The inside of this coffee shop is really cute too; it has a row of lights hanging from the ceiling that are bunched up, creating a really cool spread of light across the floor.

And just because todays kinda a funny relaxing stay in bed and watch cat videos day. Here is one I watched this morning that really cheered up the gloomy weather melancholy day for me:

I can totally relate to the black cat jumping and sliding through the snow!!

Well, it looks like my fiancé and me have the day to ourselves inside. I think we might make bread. That would be fun!

Speaking of bread here’s a picture of our latest!

It was a delicious recipe I found on https://kirbiecravings.com/no-yeast-bread/

Well, I’m off to go bake, ta-ta! Friends!

Recovery: Coffee, Family, ​and Stumbling

Steaming hot coffee greeted my mouth as I gazed across the frigid white country. The snow outside my window webbed the trees some of it standing four or five inches tall on the very limbs themselves! what a lark it would be to tromp around in the snow, but Ha! little luck there as I heft around this lugubrious boot. Though it is quite a pain to wear this boot I am surely glad that I’m not still wearing one of those stiff and dare I say smelly casts.

Just so you’re aware, my dear readers, I did not use a picture of my foot as I’m sure you’ve guessed. I’m sadly not that tan.

During this forced time of recovery, I’ve been struggling through writing a couple articles. Admittedly now, after submitting two from my editor’s topics, I find myself rather up a tree, as I search for another topic, which is quite difficult since I haven’t been out on a regular basis. Writing for the newspaper, however, is a blessing and a distraction. Like Crosby sang: Count your blessings instead of sheep.

So, since my surgery, it has been roughly six weeks. And after these painful and somewhat excruciating weeks, I’ve pondered quite a lot about life. My foot, after the checkup, was proven “quite healthy” by the doctor. I have quite a different opinion as its attached to my leg. Hehe, it is feeling quite a lot better despite its grotesque appearance.

Another thing I’ve had to combat as I recover is not working out! Its been a trifle disheartening. Though I have been able to keep up with my ab exercises and arm workouts. Which indeed has kept me sane. Let me say, I am a huge fan of XHIT!

Here are some of the workouts I’ve been doing:    Washboard Abs

I’ve also been doing heel-to-knee and leg lifts a lot. The heel-to-knee bicycling sadly must take the place of my bicycle for now (sad face). I can’t wait to bicycle again! I’ve always hoped that one summer I could do this notorious biking “trek” across Lawrence Ks. called “Lizard in the Skillet.” Quite a comical race to be sure, it’s in the hottest part of summer and after the race, they provide free salsa and heated blankets!

Not to say that I’m killing it with workouts now, to my dismay I’m not. I guess I’ve been concentrating a lot more on my diet. I’ve been really enjoying kale/spinach smoothies from my Nutribullet. I really do prefer kale to spinach. Hehe, there’s the vegetable farmer’s daughter comin’ out in me!

Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes:

1 c. blueberries

1/4 c. peaches (I used frozen)

1 banana

bunch of cilantro

1 cup kale/spinach

3 ice cubes

1/2 c. milk (I prefer using almond milk but cow milk works well too! 🙂

Fill Nutri-bullet to proper line, not too full- bad things happen if it’s too full, trust me! Then blend, for three 50 second intervals. And voila!

I’ve also been keeping my hands busy with knitting. I’m knitting a blanket! That is just on the cusp of being finished. Super think and amazing! Let me tell you, its taken quite a couple fort-nights to knit, but I must say that it has paid off nicely. Quite warm!

Stitch-in-time

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine.

 

 

Having a Ball, Prosecco and a Jolly New Years

As I skillfully balanced on my scooter I popped the cap of a bottle of Prosecco to toast yet another great year folding into the seems of time and the hailing in of another. As my knitting needles whispered

Quite an entrance for the new year blown in on the shoulders of a furious wind! The room was filled with a coziness that created reading almost as a necessity.

 

Snowy Barn

Snowy Country Barn

I pulled at the two strands of yarn as they glided through my needles their noise resonating throughout the quiet living room. The needles I’m working with a size 19 circular needles which I think are quite whily to control.

I’m undertaking my first hand-knit blanket and it’s coming along quite dapperly. Its color reminds me of salty olives, the ones you find at fancy venues or on top of sandwiches. That’s almost the exact color! Undeniably salty, indeed, quite a necessity in the dead of winter. I knit double yarn for the first time, which is when you knit with two strands of yarn, not just one.

It bulked up quite readily and is delightfully warm!

Stitch-in-time

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine.

 

Quite an entrance for the new year blown in on the shoulders of a furious wind! The room was filled with a coziness that created reading almost as a necessity. Quite chilly too!

Such an amazing year filled with happy conversations, great expectations, achievements, and new beginnings. The burnt ends of my first collegiate endeavors put out with a star of achievement. The year was like a hand-stitched quilt, piece by piece changing the appearance of the quilt ever so slightly with every stitch of time. The loose stitches, carried from last year, eventually fading into oblivion. The loose stitches, taken out and reworked like any challenge in life. Every predicament we endure must be worked and reworked to create something magnificent in the end- a beautiful hand-stitched quilt. Every patch of the quilt representing a time period or some new endeavor. Stitched with time to represent a magnificent time of our life.

I’m very grateful for my family and that I miraculously am still living. God has done amazing things in my life and God willing will provide and help me through the rest of it.

For now, my friends, raise a glass and Hurrah for a jolly New Year! And God Bless!

5 Feet of Snow

5 feet of snow 

Sits around my house.

Apple trees hold snow

On their limbs

Like heart crossed  lovers.

 

5 feet of snow

Covers the ground

Like a white

Mink coat my momma wears.

 

5 feet of snow

Can be a blessing

And a condemnation.

The snow saves

The snow kills.

 

The apple trees know

How many will fall.

How may will provide nutrients for their roots.

In 5 feet of snow.