Thursday, 28 June 2012

"Bean" There; Drank That ... But No More

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons
I confess that I have become somewhat of a coffee snob.

While I used to go to the popular coffee shops to meet friends and put back cup after cup of their poison, I just can't do that any more. Oh, sure, I still meet friends in those establishments, for fellowship remains important, but as for drinking the swill from their cesspool that they pawn off as coffee, no thanks. I'll pass.

"Life's too short to drink bad coffee."
I admit that's somewhat of a cliché, but oh well, it's true. There are plenty of ways we can go cheap in order to save money, and I am the first one to support the family budget by doing so. But coffee has become one of those "non-negotiables" for me. I would sooner buy some good quality coffee and take it home to enjoy out on my deck, than to go and sit in some fly-infested donut shop sipping on their over-priced and under-quality sludge.

As important as it is in starting with quality coffee beans, the way we prepare our coffee is also important. Yes, we still have the old drip maker, but I now prefer the French Press Pot. Mine is a one litre stainless steel variety that keeps the coffee nice and hot.

I am also a believer in fair trade. As I type this, I am sipping on freshly ground coffee from Rwanda that is "Certified Organic Fairly Traded: Supporting the Women of Rwanda" (from the label). Not only do I get great coffee, but my purchase also supports a great cause.
So where do I buy my coffee? 
Let me introduce to to my favourite coffee shop. I know it simply as:
For those of you who are not fortunate enough to live here in beautiful Lethbridge, Alberta, you can still buy your coffee from Cuppers online, so now you have no excuse (no, I am not receiving a commission for saying this; I just believe in their product). 

Well there you have it. Go ahead and drink your sawdust-infused grocery store variety, if you must, or come on over and share some real coffee. But I warn you, once you do, you will not easily go back.

Hmm, time for a refill. Bye for now.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Nice Stockings, Sister

What can I say about this? For me, this picture came "nun" too soon (yuk, yuk, grin, grin)

When I first saw this picture, I had to wipe away the tears of laughter and look again. Did I really see what I thought I saw? Apparently I did.

Theology aside, often times I think the world views religious people as stuffy old prudes, and sometimes for good reason. Quite frankly some religious folks do go around looking like they've been baptized in vinegar or lemon juice, and that's too bad. Is that really the perception that we want to give the world of what it means to be a Christian?

For me, this picture helps to debunk that perception. People of faith can have fun too. Why shouldn't they be able to seize the moment and have a good laugh? Who knows, maybe it's Jesus himself tending bar. Hmm, could be. After all, He did turn water into wine on at least one occasion. Maybe they're laughing because of the joke they just heard. "Hey, did you hear the one about the Baptist minister...?"

Judging from the expression of the nun on the far left, they appear to enjoy the humour of the situation as well. I wonder what they're drinking; "virgin" martinis maybe? Probably not. If they are at all like a certain nun that I know, they're probably enjoying a couple cold beers.

Perhaps, if there is a lesson to be found here, it is that we need to all learn to lighten up a bit. Can we try to get into the "habit" of doing that? (pun fully intended).

Photo Source: Unknown

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Deck Rules

Snivel. Intransitive verb.

1. to run at the nose

2. to snuff mucus up the nose audibly: snuffle

3. to cry or whine with snuffling

4. to speak or act in a whining, sniffling, tearful, or weakly emotional manner

My deck area is my sanctuary. It is the place I go to in order to unwind at the end of a busy and long day. As a matter of fact, other than during bad weather, my deck IS my home from spring through fall.

I don't go RV'ing, I don't go camping, I don't go to a cottage by a lake somewhere. But I do go to my deck. It is the one place I go to escape. I guard my deck space religiously. Sure, you're welcome to come over; I'd appreciate the fellowship. But if you do, please remember my one rule: No Sniveling. Most everything else is fine, but sniveling goes against my deck religion, so don't.

If you find that you cannot help but to snivel, you may just find me pointing to the new door mat at the edge of the deck; just saying. So the choice is yours; I'd love the visit, but ...

Have a nice day J

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Discerning My Job Options

Looking for a new job? Are you thinking it's time for a career change? Unsure which direction to turn? Perhaps this will help. You're welcome. Glad I could help.


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