Today is my birthday. And as I am turning 52, I find that I pretty much have everything I need. I mean, I really don’t need to acquire any more stuff. I’m at the age where I’m trying to get rid of stuff. In fact, if you stop by my house today, I might even give you some stuff to take. Almost anything you find in the basement is fair game.
That being said, what I really want for my birthday is for you to honor me by doing something nice for others. Support a small business. Make a donation to a cause close to your heart. Support independent authors, musicians, and entrepreneurs who are trying to get their businesses off the ground. Help an old lady across the street. Pick up someone else’s trash off the ground.
You get the point. Do something intentional and good for others.
If you can’t think of anything in particular, I have a few suggestions for you of things close to my heart. Here are some options: [click to continue…]
Every morning when I get up, the first thing I do is head downstairs and feed the dog and cat. The next thing I do is put some coffee beans in our manual burr grinder and start cranking the handle. It can be a rather annoying task when you’re in a hurry and have other things to do, but when our electric grinder died, we moved to the manual grinder to get better tasting coffee.
You see, coffee is important to us in our house. We prefer whole bean over ground. We prefer grinding it by hand, rather than in a machine. Many might not notice the difference, but it really is worth it. Oh, sure I could save some time and grind it the night before, and set the timer on the coffee machine to have my coffee ready for me when I awaken, but I think the end result of my method is better. It’s more satisfying and produces better results.
Yeah, it’s a bit of a nuisance, but it’s worth it. And at the end of the day, I don’t sit back and bemoan the few minutes of time I wasted while grinding the coffee. [click to continue…]