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There’s No Coffee???

Our Back-Up

Yesterday morning, my husband went into the kitchen to fill his travel mug, only to find that our coffee pot, while proudly beaming its little green light that normally proclaims “The coffee is ready!”, had not actually made any coffee at all. He had commented the morning before that the coffee tasted funny, and after no coffee at all on  Thursday, we surmised that our trusty morning servant must have been giving its last gasp to try to give us a fine pot of coffee on Wednesday morning, and expired during the process.

Fortunately, we have a back-up coffee pot in the garage, kept for just such an emergency. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t have a clock, a time-delay setting, or an automatic shut-off, but it does the job in a pinch. Morning was saved, even if the old coffee maker wasn’t.

Last night, we set out to find a replacement that would be our reasonably-priced, reliable (for about three years of daily use, anyway) Mr. Coffee #3. A quick trip to Target yielded success and we are now the relieved owners of a brand-new, all-white (because I can’t see what’s in the bottom of the all-black ones and it just makes me too nervous) steadfast morning companion.

Our New Morning Friend

A quick wash, a coffee-less run-through, and our new Mr. Coffee (Shouldn’t we be on first-name terms, now that we live together? Maybe we’ll call him Fred) was ready for set-up for the morning. Our back-up pot will go back into the garage, and be ready when called upon again in about three years’ time.

Since Mother had already gone to bed, I got her white board, wrote “Mom: This is the new coffee pot. Don’t push any buttons. Your coffee will be ready by 6:30 a.m. Love, Kay” in really big letters, and propped it up in front of the coffee maker so she’d be sure to see it. After I got up, she confirmed that her coffee was, indeed, ready by 6:30 and there was much rejoicing.

It is a fine, fine thing to live in a world where your coffee can be hot and ready for you right when you wake up.

Comments on: "There’s No Coffee???" (10)

  1. Marilynn Shapiro said:

    I remember that backup coffee maker. That was the one you loaned me when my coffee maker died.


  2. Bobbie Carpenter said:

    Kay this reminds me of a story about a friend of mine. Her coffee timer was set for 6A Monday-Friday so she would have time to work her puzzle and prepare hubby’s breakfast and enjoy a good cup of coffee before going to work. Her cat would wake her up each
    morning about 5 minutes before her alarm clock would go off. She thought he was so smart.
    They finally figured out when the coffee pot came on it was time for them to get up so the
    cat went to the bedroom and woke them up. I use to have a clock radio with the on/off buttons on top and my cat would turn the radio on when he wanted me to get up. He would step on the button and then run before I could make him get down. Have a good weekend.


  3. My backup was one of those little cone things you set on top of the cup. Then I realized how much faster it is, and it can’t fail. Mr. Coffee is now my backup.


  4. Herbert Shapiro said:

    For many years, the spokesman for Mr. Coffee was Joe DiMaggio. Since “Joe” is also slang for coffee, perhaps Joe would be a good name. Personally, I would prefer DiMaggio, however. As in, “Set the DiMaggio up to brew coffee for tomorrow morning.”


  5. Herbert Shapiro said:

    This is rather long, and if you’re not Jewish, you might consider it as some trying to break their arms by patting themselves on the back. But I found it to be interesting and cleverly presented. And even though I’m a Jew, I really love Cole Porter’s music and lyrics as well. You also might be surprised at the non-Jewish names who are Jewish. As an aside, I have always been bothered by the “ish” in Jewish. No one is Catholicish, or Methodistish. Anyhow, the first 5 minutes are worth a look, but the whole thing is an entertaining presentation — I think.


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