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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Coffee



Yeah, I'm addicted.
I started drinking coffee 18 years ago when I had
a two year old and newborn triplets.
Yep, 4 hours of sleep a night requires a little caffeine!

Last week, Pat broke my coffee maker!  Really!
Things break in threes around here and when we had a laptop die,
he said my coffeemaker would be the next to go...and in a few days it went!

I loved my coffeemaker so much, I ordered the exact same one and
found a great deal on Amazon.com.   It's a Cuisinart with a Thermal Carafe.
My regular readers know that I keep it on my bedside table and
use it as my alarm clock.  That way I can sit up in bed and drink a cup of
coffee even before my feet hit the floor.  Such a lovely way to start the day!

 Well for 5 days while I waited for it to come in the mail, I drank
super strong black tea which was ok, but not the same!
When I went to Trader Joe's later in the week I got these cute little
instant coffee packets...just add hot water and they even have the
perfect amount of cream and sugar already in there!
Another great use for our Zojirushi hot water machine, too!

In my collage I have two photos of my steamy cup of coffee.
One fogged up the camera lens.
One got photo editing squiggles from me.
ha ha.


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128 comments:

  1. ha, I wondered what the C would be. I should have known I guess! :)

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    1. haha...it could have been Cats! ha.

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  2. wow, those little packets sound great, I have never heard of them, we are so slow to get things here in Canada, I think coffee is a pretty tame addiction, some weeks the Doctors say its even good for us,, with triplets and a toddler I would say you need coffee, wow!

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    1. they had a news story out not too long ago listing the health benefits of coffee...prevention of Alzheimers and all sorts of stuff! Better than drinking soda to get the caffeine, I'm sure. :)

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  3. When our children were young, I told them C was for Cookie.
    Now, I agree, it's for Coffee!

    Glad you are back into the swing of things, coffee mug in hand.

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    1. well, a cookie with my coffee would be just grand! :)

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    2. A Chocolate Chip Cookie.

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    3. I have chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and strawberry pie here. ☺ too much sugar I agree, but with 2 birthdays 4 days apart it usually happens. I'd be more than happy to share!

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    4. yum....what a delightful problem to have! :)

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    5. ha, yeah, not exactly a real problem :)

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    6. I always think it's nice to have extra to put in the freezer....pulling out something on a busy day is so nice!

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  4. I love your coffee collage! :)

    I am on my 4th round of ABC Wednesday and feeling a little overwhelmed. I've been turning in my assignments late and *gasp!* cheating sometimes. Tomorrow we are on to the letter H.

    I notice the squiggle edit because I thought your coffee cup was so pretty.

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    1. Wednesdays wouldn't be too bad...at least you have a whole week in between. These that come daily are going to be a bit of a challenge I'm afraid! haha.

      cheating? how can you cheat? lol....

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    2. Last week was K but I hadn't posted for J yet, so I made my entry "Just Kidding", I've used "Albuquerque" for Q, and even came up with ABC Thursday. Once I had already posted but had such a wonderful new idea that I posted twice in one week. :)

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    3. Oh, that's not cheating...that's being very creative. ha.

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    4. It was the middle of the night, 4 am, and I couldn't sleep. My mind bounced like a ping pong ball. Somehow I got thinking about ABC Wednesday and wondered what my next entry would be... H... H... I thought to myself, and it suddenly occurred to me that H comes after G and we just finished up J last week. Now you know what a complete LUNATIC I really am. I believe I may actually be LOSING IT.

      All this to say, I really do know my alphabet even if I always hated alphabetizing. (Now you know why.)

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  5. LOL I knew it would be coffee
    As cats would be the other one at your sea
    And you didn't sound like you would do them just yet
    Sooner or later I bet

    STILL not over me breaking it
    Geez you need to let that go a bit..hahahaha
    Just can't stand I was right
    I'll be nice and say the 3rd thing to go is nothing more than a night light

    Although I wish I had some caffeine today
    Just blah at my work bay
    Maybe I should try the coffee thing
    Or not as I could get to hyper at my wing..haha

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    1. haha...just had to give it to you one more time
      for being a prophet worth more than a dime.
      The third thing to break was my watering can.
      Cheaper than the other two breaks at my land.
      It was such a relief I was barely sad
      just said "I'm glad I didn't ask that Pat lad!"
      lol...

      yep, the kitties will have to come into play
      somewhere in the alphabet relay.

      and you needed caffeine today
      are you feeling alright? I'd say
      you better get to bed earlier
      so tomorrow you are cheerier.
      hahaha.

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    2. haha I don't mind taking the blame
      Glad the last break was rather tame
      And you did not need me
      To point out what would be number three..haha
      I know the kitties will come due
      As you have to with the ever growing number at your zoo..haha
      Yeah bed and early doesn't seem to come anymore
      For some reason here at my shore
      Need to try that once again some day
      Maybe the energy will come back at my bay..haha

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    3. Geesh, are you getting sick?
      have some germ you need to kick?
      But look at you,
      after midnight visitng my zoo
      get to bed you little loon!
      hahaha.

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    4. haha no just too many late nights
      Before I turn off the lights
      Feel better now though
      As I sleep for ten hours in a row
      So no germs on me
      Thankfully..haha

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    5. sleep is usually the best remedy
      no matter what your destiny
      better end the email chats earlier
      as you can always chat the next day with her.
      lol....ducks.. (incase you're still throwing knives)
      as unlike a cat, I don't have nine lives. hahaha.

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    6. LMAO stupid hour time difference comes into play
      But I suppose sleep could be needed at my bay
      As it does make all go away
      But the cat and Pat still need to have their say

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    7. haha...couldn't resist
      teasing you a bit. :)

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  6. LOL. I have never heard of someone having a coffee maker beside their bed! That is addicted! :-)

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    1. haha... I know! When I first started drinking it, The Mister would bring me a cup in the morning to help me wake up. A few months later he went on a business trip for a week and I knew I'd never wake up on my own each morning. And I hate the buzz of alarm clocks, so that was my solution. I loved it so much it has never left the bedroom! lol.

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    2. always find funny (and nice) you have the coffe maker in your bedroom! lovely! and you draw the smoke in the cup Betsy??? you are so cute ha!

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    3. yep...see those little squiggly lines? :) But the other one is real steam.

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    4. yeah, it is kind of funny that I have it in the bedroom. But I love it there. lol.

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    5. Yes but these squiggly lines are so cute!

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    6. they were actually kind of hard to do on the computer! I had to keep erasing them and starting over!

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    7. I love the coffe smell so in the bedroom is nice!!

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    8. Sometimes I try to drws but always finally I have to eraser:(

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    9. what is your traditional Easter dinner in Chile?

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    10. well depends of the religion (Im catholic, christian really) we have the Friday ceremony is nice but so sad you know I suffer when Jesus is tortured, really. The Gloria Saturday or sometimes we go to Church in Sunday.
      I believe in God really and pray a lot but dont go a lot to church

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    11. WEll the dinner (sorry for all I relate) in our case sometimes I make salmon or other nice fish with some prawns and salads and a dessert!

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    12. and at night I put the eggs for them when are sleepy cause I love they see in early Sunday morning lol

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    13. We call it Good Friday...and sometimes we have a service that day...and you're right..that one is very somber..but Sunday's Resurrection Service is very joyful and of course, a big reason to celebrate with Christ conquering death.

      Your dinner sounds delish. Salmon is one of my favorites. I think I told you we have ham...which is fairly tradition for our country for Easter. Usually spring vegetables like asparagus and little new potatoes.

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    14. Yes I heard you normally have Ham. Some people make beef meat but really I dont you know like Esperanza is veggie only eat fish.
      But I lose seafood and fish!

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    15. Yes I understand that you say about good friday but dont you think sometimes Christ still suffer by usmetimes I feel this pain He suffer,but Resurrection is our Joy Im agree is the best!!

      Well dear you dont believe that I have to iron LOL
      have a good night Betsy see you tomorrow!

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    16. yes, I do agree with that. I never did get to my ironing! night, dear...talk to you tomorrow!

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  7. C is nice to coffe Betsy, nice I can comment Im sure someones take me out of the Computer and I have to iron.
    Nice pictures. Love your Coffe maker is amazing! and of course love the blue cup lol

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    1. Agree I love Tea too but coffe is amazing I love both:)

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    2. I knew you would like my blue cup! :) I like both, too...but wouldn't want to settle for just one! ha.

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    3. loved your cupcakes today, gloria....so cute for easter!

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    4. Thanks Betsy a friend asked me if made Esperanza lol anyway she made so well but doesnt help me this time (you know)

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    5. I do remember Esperanza helping you with the Halloween cupcakes!

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    6. Yes and she is amazing to garnish (for Christmas too) but this time nope:(

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    7. well, she was sick...and grouchy with you! lol. Oh dear.

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    8. Yes but she speak something today she told me I have pain in my stomach lol

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    9. she is adorable and terrible lol

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    10. haha...oh, I shouldn't laugh, but that is so funny. ...typical teenager. :)

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  8. C IS for coffee! I love the stuff. Great collage!

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    1. please let me pour you a cup! :)

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  9. Ohh my favorite thing in the entire world!!! Did you ever check out Starbucks for your black & whites yet? I always see them there!

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    1. Ours doesn't have them! I swear it's a NY thing...you lucky ducks. lol. I'll just have to keep baking them myself!

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  10. I share your love/addiction! Have you tried Nestlé coffee Mate Natural Bliss, sweet cream flavor? It is so delicious !

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    1. I saw that but haven't tried it yet! I reached for it but my hand grabbed the Almond Joy creamer instead! ha. I'll put it on my grocery list!

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  11. My hub's the big coffee drinker. He says his eyes don't work until he's had a cup of coffee. I rarely drink it, maybe because everybody around me when I was growing up drank it sooo much, I tuned coffee out. But, with a toddler and triplets, hon, you can drink all the coffee you want. Don't know how you do it all, girl!

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    1. Hey, Kittie...well, they aren't toddlers any more...they are young men but still have me requiring a pot of coffee. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  12. Seriously, I have trained myself to say "This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it" as soon as I wake up. My next thought is of coffee with Hazelnut creamer. Life is good. (o:

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    1. Anita...now that is a wonderful way to start each day! :) I have hazelnut creamer in the frig...one of my favorites!

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  13. It's amazing what kids will do to you :-) I started drinking coffee when Son #1 was a toddler and old enough to play on his own. I'd sit in the kitchen with my coffee and the newspaper, and Son would be in the living room. The house rule was that he couldn't disturb Mommy when she was drinking her coffee. I learned to nurse my one cup for a VERY long time!

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    1. that would have been a great reason to have the whole pot! lol.

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  14. Thanks for stopping by...I LOVE THE BLOG! How do you do your picture vignettes? I will definitely come back! LOVE COFFEE AND BERRIES TOO!

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    1. Hi, Tracey! I use Picasa 3...free download from Google. SO easy. ;) thanks for visiting!

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  15. if pat breaks my coffeemaker its on...just saying..started drinking it on the loading dock at 16...i blame it on the old men i worked with...

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    1. I'll help you get him and make him pay.
      We'll make him drink a whole cup, what do you say?
      hahaha.

      I guess the old men could have done worse. lol.

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  16. I love the way coffee smells, but I have never acquired a taste for it. It makes the perfect choice for the letter "c" for you though.

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    1. Magpie, that's exactly how The Mister feels about it...loves the smell but doesn't drink it.

      I'm drawing a blank on D! Oh no! lol.

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  17. I've been meaning to get a great coffee maker (oh but I do like my cappuccino!)!! Now I'm off to see if this is available here in the UK! thanks Betsy! Coffee is the best ever! Take care
    x

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    1. I hope you find one there! The thermal carafe is wonderful. I even take it to the auctions with me!

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  18. I am addicted to strong coffee and have been for years. I usually make it fresh in a cafetiere but I have often thought about getting a proper coffee maker.
    I'll now look into the Cuisinart. Thanks for that!

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    1. Hi Denise...thanks for stopping by! Yep, nothing better than coffee. I'll have to look up what a cafetiere is! :)

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  19. so glad you have your coffee again. Diet Dr pepper is my "upper" I can live without it but I sure like and function better with that lift I get from it.

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    1. Sometimes in the afternoon you just need a little lift...usually before making dinner begins...at least I do!

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  20. There is nothing that can compare to that first cup of coffee. It is from a Keurig in this household {Newman's Own}.

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    1. Hi Mary. Do you like your Keurig? I've heard good and bad things about them.

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  21. I don't think I know anyone with a coffee maker on their nightstand. That is true addiction. I'm not mentioning to my husband. He'll want one too.

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    1. It's a great way to spoil yourself. You should surprise him. ha.

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  22. WOW... you do love your coffee. I just found your blog and love that.... (coffee, not so much) :)You are one busy lovely lady. I can see why you need coffee. Cheers.

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    1. non-coffee drinkers are still welcome here. lol. Glad you stopped by! :)

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    1. thanks for visiting, saranya! I'll come visit you, too...that food blog sounds intriguing! :)

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  24. I, too love coffee~ Now, I want Iced Coffee...
    Fun to read...I look forward to visiting you again,
    when I have my coffee ;D

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    1. love iced coffee...especially in the summer afternoons when the hot stuff is...well, too hot! ha.

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  25. I'm a coffee fan, too. I love the idea of having your coffee maker in the bedroom. A perfect way to begin the day!

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    1. I think so! But once you start doing it, you can never go back to stumbling out to the kitchen. lol.

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  26. My Mum used to have a shop and, when it closed at 7pm, she always made coffee for herself, my dad and me. Even years after the shop was sold, my father would still ask (around 7pm), "Is it shop shutting time?" I grew up on coffee, and have never liked tea.

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    1. Oh what a cute story. Life is made sweeter by those little traditions, isn't it? :)

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  27. Hi, Betsy,

    Yum. Coffee...I love it, too. I'm going to look for those packets at Trader Joe's. Your new coffeepot looks interesting, too. I'll have to check it out on amazon.com.

    Gorgeous photos here! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Suzanne...thanks for visiting! Loved the little packets and even though I have my new coffee maker, I think they will be nice to have around...maybe for an evening cup when I don't want to make a full pot!

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  28. Aaaaaah coffee! LOVE! LOVE!

    I will never forget staying at your house and you had that coffee maker set up! It was DECADENT!

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    1. haha..oh, I forgot about that! :)

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  29. I love coffee. Not black, just cream no sugar. But I love Starbucks espresso drinks, too. Lattes and mochas.

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    1. mmmmm...yes, there are so many yummy possibilities!

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  30. I am not a coffee drinker....
    BUT I love the smell of coffee. 8~)
    I want to know where you got the coffee cup...
    I need to "track" one down for myself. 8~)
    Have a Happy Spring Break!
    Take care,
    Nancy
    P.S. Did Spencer get a new laptop?

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    1. the cup is Crabtree & Evelyn ironstone :)

      no laptop for Spencer. He and Harry seem to be sharing alright for the time being. :)

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  31. I couldn't agree with you more...LOVE coffee! Great C word :) I want to come back and read your blog. I teach children with Autism and recognized your connection so I'll be back!

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    1. Hi Tracy...so great to meet you. I'd love for you to come back!

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  32. Hey, there are plenty of worse addictions!!!

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    1. yes Silver? by example?lol

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    2. yes, silver, there are...and this one is actually good for you! :)

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    3. I agree Betsy I think coffe is a nice addiction, and anyway all of us have someones lol

      Im drinking coffe!

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    4. I'm doing alright. Are you ok? I'm on my last cup of coffee..then I'll need some water. ha.

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    5. I have a headsche but you kbow well how was the las timas:(((

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    6. Now when I drink coffe (normally at this time) I reember you lol

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    7. Betsy the last posts you made (really all) are beauty and amazing, love Coffe post! Betsy you have a Coffe grinded ? and antique? I would love to send you one when I canlol

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    8. oh no...sorry. Hope the coffee helps. I haven't had a headache in probably a week now...yay...of course, I shouldn't say that or one will probably come! lol.

      What's for dinner over there tonight? I'm going to finally try that white asparagus. :)

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    9. all the asparagaus are delicious, Im lazy (lol) maybe I make some tacos you know, Esperanza eat only tomatoes and mashed avocado

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    10. I love tacos. I'd eat them every night. ha.

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    11. I do have a coffee grinder. It isn't an antique, though..it's electric. You can see it just to the right of my coffee pot. I do like to buy the beans and grind them myself...seems fresher that way.

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    12. Dito loves tacos so is easy and nice! I wanna make other Easter recipe but Im not sure all depends like I feel!
      betsy last night I talk so much ha! I will try not!

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    13. I love Antique coffe grinder are so nice, I have someones! are really lovely!

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    14. that's the nice thing about tacos...they are easy and you can make them so many different ways.

      I like it when you talk, silly! :)

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    15. you have an antique one? You need to show me on your sidebar! :)

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    16. well is LIKE and antique is teh same not really antique you know, I will show you tomorrow, dis you see my Easter bunnies in my side bar?

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    17. no...I'll come and look. Oh, and tell Esperanza that she will like my post for "D", speaking of bunnies. :)

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    18. are you sure?? I mean take care the bunnies you know!! Im teasing you! of course I will say her. You know all I show of your post she look:) she loves triplets lol

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    19. yes...lol...bunnies doesn't start with D, but you will see. :)

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    20. I know betsy only teasing you, ok mayhbe we talk later I have to hung clothes I made twon laundries today!

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    21. aww..beatrix potter ....that is so cute on your blog. Perfect for easter! :)

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    22. Love Beatrix Potter and all her draws betsy:!!

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  33. Whoa! I never thought of using the coffee maker as an alarm clock, but I really like that idea. Only problem is I'd need a mini-fridge for my cream... ;)

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  34. My day literally can not start without coffee!...hmmmm definite addiction!!

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