April Coffee Talk

Pull up a chair and pour yourself a cup, I am joining Coco from Running With Perseverance and Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner for the April version of the Ultimate Coffee Date. Doesn’t “April” sound so much better than “March“? I am so ready for green grass, blue sky, and warm sunshine. Bring it on, April! I have three things to tell you over coffee today.

Let’s Talk About Coffee

Hubs and I have started watching Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix. I like it. The shows are short, usually around 15 minutes, and Jerry Seinfeld has long been one of my favorite comedians. We saw him in person once, and he was hilarious. Even funnier in person than on TV.

Much of the show’s success depends on the rapport Jerry develops with his guest comedian. Shows when the two comedians click are funny. Shows that feature only polite conversation are duds. Most of the shows are funny.

One of the best aspects of the show are the transition shots between conversation segments of coffee brewing. I can’t do justice to describing just how appealing the coffee appears in this show. The coffee clips are works of art.

The coffee appears dark, rich, and flavorful. You can almost smell the coffee brewing through the television. It immediately makes me want to find and visit the best coffee shop in town. This would be a disaster for me since we watch the show at night. Even drinking decaf after dinner keeps me awake.

Even the sign on the cake was edible.

Of Course They Are Ground Beef

Our grandson’s seventh birthday was on St. Patrick’s Day.

When I asked Henry what he would like for his birthday dinner, his response surprised me. He requested meatball hoagies.

Of course, I gathered the ingredients to fulfill his request. On the day of the dinner, he asked if he could help me make the meatballs. This was a quandary. I always make ground turkey meatballs, rather than using ground beef. I was not sure how he would greet this revelation. He is known for some funny quirks in the eating department.

I surreptitiously slipped the ground turkey out of its packaging so he could help with the preparation without reading the word “turkey” on the package. He was none the wiser.

He asked if he could make two huge meatballs for his sandwich, which I agreed to, of course.

The meatball hoagies were a success.

So was the cake. I ignored my no-sugar rule for the occasion and had a slice, then sent the rest of the cake home with the birthday boy.

Oh Yes, We Need a Little Christmas

This has been a very confusing year for my Christmas cacti.

I blame it on the pandemic.

One of them bloomed on Halloween.

One bloomed on Thanksgiving.

One bloomed on Christmas.

And now one just bloomed on St. Patrick’s Day.

I am not sure what is going on. They all used to bloom between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, they are all mixed up, just like a lot of us. When every day seems the same, I guess it doesn’t matter when you bloom.

I hope everyone getting the vaccine will result in a return to normalcy for my Christmas cacti.

And for all of us.

Are any Christmas cacti experts reading this? Can you tell me what is going on and how to fix my plants?

Thanks for joining me for coffee. I hope to see you again next month for some more coffee talk.

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  1. I used to grow Christmas cacti in the window around our tub, but eventually got tired of them and threw them out so I’m of no use in helping you out. 😕

    Happy belated birthday to your grandson! I’m glad you were able to sneak the ground turkey in and he wasn’t any the wiser and loved his birthday subs!

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  2. The birthday cake looks amazing, Laurie. And of course I love that you included your Christmas cacti in this post. Mine still hasn’t bloomed. But it hasn’t declined since the last time I wrote about it, so I’ll consider that a win. (I suspect it’s time to prune and repot, but I’ll save that for another day.)

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  3. I’m glad your grandson enjoyed his hoagie and birthday cake!

    I actually haven’t seen Comedians and Cars Getting Coffee but now I’m intrigued!

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  4. Laurie, you’ve been watching too much Seinfeld – he’s rubbing off on you! This post is hilarious. I saw him in person once, too, and nearly fell off my seat and wet my pants. He was so funny!

    I am working on an interview of Natalie the Explorer to post on Friday. I decided to include some lovely supportive comments from her readers and add a link to their names as well I loved your quote, and I love this post, so this is the post I want to link to your comment, if that’s ok with you. If it’s not, please let me know. 🙂 Here’s the comment I want to use.

    “Oh those travel photos give me itchy feet! The emerald lakes in Croatia are beautiful! You certainly have had many adventures. I hope you get the chance to share more travel photos before too long. I love the photos of the trees with the arrows. So cool how you did that! Thank you for hosting and thanks for the coffee!”

    Thanks, and have a great week. 🙂 Marsha 🙂

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      • Awesome! This may be my best interview yet. I had never thought of using comments from the interviewee’s readers before. It adds so much support. Thanks again, Laurie. 🙂

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  5. That show does sound fun. Somehow since the pandemic started, America’s Funniest Home Videos has been one of my mainstays. I used to watch it occasionally, but now I look forward to it immensely. It’s like I NEED that weekly laugh session–though we do laugh most days as it is.

    I like the ground turkey switch. We’ve been eating that for years instead of ground beef for all but about 3 dishes.

    I don’t know anything about Christmas cacti–or most houseplants.

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