Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Look who has the best seat in the house.Our weather has been almost oppressive with the high humidity. Of course none of that is helped by all the work to be done in preparation for our move. Filling, taping and moving boxes just feels extra sweaty when there is so much moisture in the air.
Just take a peek at the kitchen.
Every cabinet, shelf and drawer is now empty. All that's left are a few things I plan to carry with me to get started at the other end.
Or in the case of this little gem - get me going these last few mornings.
This is my mom's coffee percolator. She made her coffee every morning all my growing up years. She knew just the right amount to enjoy a cup first thing in the morning then fill a thermos that she carried to work. There was never a drop wasted.
By the time I became a coffee drinker, she had retired from work and switched to drinking instant. I never learned from her the right proportions for making the perfect cup. Today's maiden voyage was a little strong and a little gritty. I'll do better tomorrow. By the time I have my drip coffee maker back on the counter, I may not want to switch back.

33 comments:

Catherine said...

Wow -- looks like you're very close to getting on the road!
My Mom had one of those percolators and it was going all day every day. To this day the smell of coffee reminds me of the percolator!

The Rabbit Factory said...

What a great way to remember your mum! I love how old things bring back memories!

Carin said...

Good luck with getting the proportions right gritty coffee sounds pretty nasty ;O)

Carol said...

Oh boy Libby did that ever bring back memories...my mom had that very same percolator for years! Thanks for the memories!

Cathi said...

It may be empty but what a great view you have out the window!

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paulette said...

What a woman!! Moving and still has time to blog!!! You're incredible!
Paulette

The Quilt Buddy said...

You can never start a day without caffeine, especially when it is freshly brewed!

Hold on to your treasured memories. You will make many more!

We are also having a humidity spell, which means that I take a shower at least twice a day!

Enjoy the ocean breeze.

quiltmom said...

My folks still boil their coffee- no drip coffee at their house. They go to Tim Horton's for coffee most days ( Its a big Canadian coffee franchise)but at home they only want coffee from the stove. They have a tin perculator.
Hope all goes well with the move- you are almost there.
Regards,
Anna

AnnieO said...

Empty cabinets, yikes! That means no cooking, doesn't it? Oh, I forgot, you LIKE to cook :)

Good luck with the percolator! I don't drink coffee (can't even stand the smell of it) and wouldn't know how to load a percolator to save my life!

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Good luck with the move - stinky though that you have to battle the heat, ugh I can just imagine how tough that's got to be! Better than trudging through snow I suppose! ;)

My word verification is "flump", and I find that quite funny! LOL*** (Not that you have any interest in knowing that or anything...lol*)

Lynda said...

I have one of these coffee percolators too - it was a wedding present. Haven't used it for years. Good luck with all your packing/moving.

Kathie said...

good thing you have a few weeks before you have to deal with all these boxes once you close on the house!
love the view out your kitchen window...

sewprimitive karen said...

Back to basics, eh? Pretty kitchen. Looks like it's almost Road Trip time though!

Screen Door said...

OK--- the best part in the The classic "Blue Flowers" of the corning ware pot. They've come out with several different designs--- but my heart is always pulled to the blue and white-- just like my Mom and my Grandmother-- nice memories...

dee said...

Hi Libby,
Mom had one of those and my BIL Bob still has the corning dishes that MIL Dot used for years. Those things are indestructable. Mom even had the first series of corning cook tops back in the late 60s. She melted several teapots to a series of tops-a habit which I have apparently inherited.
Hope things are going smoothly. Harper looks confused.

Eileen said...

Libby, I do love your tale of preparing to move cross country. Have yet to see just where you are going but don't think you will leave that oppressive heat behind. It's just another kind of heat, called Humidty. But this summer has been really good with lots of rain and just a little good hot weather. Course it isn't over yet as Aug. can be the worst. Happy Trails to you.

paula, the quilter said...

Is that on electric? I have the on the stove one (I collect the Cornflower Blue Corning Ware). But, that said, I still use a different stove top percolator when we go camping. Love the resulting coffee -- 'course everything tastes better when you are camping.

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Erin said...

that percolator is a gem isn't it! It will certainly give you a comfort too when you use it which is perfect! hopefully when you get here the humidity will be gone and the drier air will be around..I can't wait!

Quilt Hollow said...

I grew up with a percolator in the house too...sorry can't help you with portion size...I was just a kiddo!
Looks like your nearly ready to head out!

Guðrún said...

I don´t envy you packing in the humidity you are having.

McIrish Annie said...

you are getting a taste of what August in New England is like! I love that Corning Ware perc. My mom made her coffee that way too and then switched to instant. Yuck! nothing is better that fresh brewed. keep tinkering with the recipe, you'll find the right proportions soon.

Wendy said...

My hubby has been playing around with the right amount of coffee in our espresso maker, I think he just wants to have more lattes.
Good luck with that.

Carole said...

Oh Libby, have you sold your house? When is the move? I am so behind on blog reading. I do peak every now and again. Congrads to the Princess. I know how hard A's are to come buy! Cheers!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

WoW Libby, it would seem that you are in your last days of moving out. How exciting!!! (and maybe a little sad too, but we are concentrating on the exciting part, lol) Are you doing the drive east by yourself? Have you mapped out all the tourist-y things to do on the way? There must be a couple "largest ball of twine" places to visit on the way.
Sending you happy moving wishes! =)
melissa

yellowfarmhouse said...

I remember my Mom having the same coffee pot, now that's a blast from the past. Harper looks very content there with the fan blowing in her direction. Good luck on the packing, it won't be long :)

Hugs - Karen

Diane said...

Libby, I had no idea you were that far along with the moving arrangements. I've always used a percolator for coffee. I use one heaping teaspoon of coffe per cup of water. As to the grittiness ~ are you using ground coffee intended for a drip coffee maker? Drip coffee is ground finer. It may be getting through the holes in the basket. But hey, we all need fiber in our diet!

Stephanie D. said...

Harper's got it easy--right now, anyway. But seems like she should be willing to share the fan with you!

Good luck!

Finn said...

Hello again my friend. Sorry I've been so totally missing lately. I think you know you are often in my thoughts and prayers whether I make to your blog or not. The new crate for Harper is sooooo fine! Perfect for the road! And I truly love your Jack-in-July...what could be better than a first pumpkin, carved where it was grown. And you have a picture to prove it!
Life is an adventure, as as Kermit might say, "turn right at the fork in the road" *VBS* Super big hugs for a happy and safe trip, Finn

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paulette said...

My mom had a pot just like that too and her coffee was the best!!! Thanks for reminding me...what a good memory! (my mom has been gone for over 30 years but I still remember her coffee!)
Take care!
Paulette

MARCIE said...

Libby, I am really spooked. When I move the computer screen I can see the fan going in your picture! Good luck with your trip across the country. We will all be waiting for news of your new home, etc.